Nail Polish

Catrice Brown Collection 💅🏻

One of my favorite things about Autumn when it comes around is the fact that I get to go back to wearing gorgeous dark rich nail colours on my nails. Now I know I can do it all year round, they are my nails and all but I always feel that summer should be embraced with the trends that it brings with it which is why I tend to reserve the more darker shades for Autumn and Winter. Recently Catrice Cosmetics released it’s A/W 2017 permanent line collection and within it is the Brown Collection.

20171005_080624The Brown Collection is a set of five nails polishes, a in varying shades of brown making them very autumnal indeed. Unfortunately I could only find four out of the five shades though I did search high and low for the fifth with no success. Shade No.1 is called Fashion Addicted and it’s your typical basic muted brown shade with a gorgeous soft silver shimmer running through it.

 

SAM_3651All of these polishes come in same packaging which is a rectangle shaped bottle with a rose gold lid. The rose gold lid is plastic and can be removed to show the black handle of the nail polish brush. These polishes all apply super opaque even with only one coat. I found them to be quick drying with thin layers and not so quick with thick.

 

SAM_3649The second shade in the collection is called 02 Sophisticated Vogue and it is more of a champagne brown. All of these polishes when applied with a good base coat and top coat are chip resistant. I found if I was lazy and didn’t bother with the extra steps of base & top coat that they would chip almost instantly.

 

SAM_3653Shade three of the collection is probably the brightest of the set and it’s this almost burning copper red shade, similar to the leaves of  the trees. This shade is called 03 Goddess of Bronze. With regards to longevity these polishes lasted for approx ten days on my nails and I’m a person who uses there hands alot whether it’s cleaning, washing or typing.

SAM_3655Last shade that I have from the set is called 04 Unmistakable Style and it’s actually my favourite out of the ones I owe. This is the most stunning dark auburn brown shade with deep red shimmer running through it. On the nails this polish has so much depth to it that it looks like a gel polish.

lbeOK_ca225714-catrice-nagellack-brown-collection-nail-lacquer-pure-eleganceThese polishes retail for 3.50 euros each. The fifth shade I believe is called 05 Pure Elegance and is similar in colour to the fourth polish just without the shimmer.

-Talk Soon xx

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Catrice IcoNails Gel 💅🏻

Catrice Cosmetics has launched their IcoNails Gel Nail Polishes that I mentioned in my recent post on their Provocative Collection. They have revamped their entire nail polish range into this new gel formula. There are a whooping 45 shades available and they only retail for 2.95 euros. The great thing about these is that there is no rush to run out and get them as these are part of permanent range. Below I will be posting images of some of the shades though not all of them otherwise it would be a super long post of just images. Let me know if you plan to pick up any of these polishes for the summer 🙂

-Talk Soon xx

Catrice IcoNails Gel
Price:
2.95 euros
Available in 45 Shades

“The innovative nail polish formula ensure a perfect gel finish and maximum durability in 45 brilliant colours. The nail polish, which are enriched with acai berry, have a high-shine finish thanks to the incorporated GLOSS SEAL’R™  technology. The new professional brushes allows a particularly simple and accurate application.”

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IcoNails Gel Top Coat
Price:
3.95 euros

“The IcoNails Gel Top Coat with hybrid technology is ideal for sealing the colour and enhancing the shine for up to 10 days. This top-coat creates a strong gel-shine protective barrier on top of nail polish to extend it’s durability.”

CatriceIcoNailsGelTopCoat,€3.95

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Disclaimer: All images used in this post have been acquired via brand PR representatives and are for illustrative purposes only and not for profit gain. All images remain property of Catrice Cosmetics™
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Nail HQ Cuticle Oil

Taking care of my nails is not something I tend to do on a regular basis. I’m the type of person who files their nails when their short so that the nail grows into that shape. I do wear a base coat and a top coat when I decide to paint them. The minute one of my long nails breaks I chop off the rest and the re-growing process starts again. I have recently however discovered the benefits of using a cuticle oil as part of my nail care regimen. The main reason why my long nails tend to break is because as they grow they become more brittle and so they begin to snap off. Since I started using a cuticle oil my nails have grown longer and healthier plus it has also added a nice shine to them. The one I’m currently using is the NailHQ Cuticle Oil which has almond oil as it’s main ingredient.

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The cuticle oil comes in typical nail polish packaging and even has a nail polish brush as it’s applicator. If the words cuticle oil weren’t written across it you would probably think is was a cool shade of yellow nail polish. I personally think they should have made the applicator a dropper instead of a brush just to give it a distinguishable bottle from nail polish.

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The oil itself is very thin and when its applied it absorbs almost instantly. I found that there was no greasiness associated with it as an oil whatsoever. The way I like to apply it is by popping a drop of it onto the nail bed and then massaging it into the actual nail gently using my finger. It has a nice citrus lemon scent to it that is rather nice.

I personally have really enjoyed using this product on my nails. It conditions the nails beautifully and makes them look nice and hydrated plus it gets rid of the brittleness that tends to happen as they grow.

-Talk Soon xx

Disclaimer: Some of the products featured on this site have been sent for review consideration by brand PR teams, however all opinions and comments are the authors. Any sponsored content (paid for product placement) will be clearly marked as such. All opinions remain the authors own, even when the content is sponsored.

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Nail HQ Protect & Repair Nail Polish

Top coats and base coats and how to choose both can be tricky business when it comes to your nails. Most people tend to gravitate towards fast drying top coats, and while I can get on board with that (I hate waiting for nail polish to dry) I also sometimes wonder what’s the point. Shouldn’t we be realistically applying a nail polish on our nails for a benefit that is more than just high shine. Nail HQ, a nail polish brand that I have featured before on this blog is probably one of my favourite brands for finding multi-action nail base and top coats. The one I’m featuring today is their Protect & Repair nail polish which is a treatment base coat.

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This nail polish is designed for the rejuvenation of the nails after you’ve had fake nails, shellac or even gel nails on. All of those nail treatments, even though they look pretty for the 4 weeks you have them on, still wreck the nails and put them in a less then pretty appearance once you take the fake nails/shellac off. This polish can be applied on its own or as a base coat under regular polish for when your taking a break from the more longer term nail treatments.

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Like all Nail HQ polishes, the packaging is a lovely frosted glass bottle. The polish itself is tinted yellow however it just applies transparent on the nails and gives a lovely shine when its worn on it’s own. I, personally find it great as a base coat under regular polish as it restores your nails and makes them healthy but you don’t have to compromise not having a pretty manicure.

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The brush of this polish is relatively thin so you do need two strokes to cover the entire nail with enough polish. Because it’s a base coat you don’t need more than one layer of this. It’s recommend to remove it after two weeks and then reapply it to get the most benefit out of it’s healing properties.

All Nail HQ products are available in local pharmacies, Tesco Irl and the Invogue International website.

-Talk Soon

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NailHQ Growth Base Coat

I honestly have been trying to feature more nail related products on my site but it’s been quite difficult as I’m not one to have the patience with waiting for polish to dry. As a result I tend to gravitate towards sheer polish and clear polishes and who wants to see posts about what is basically how to achieve shiny nails. I do however find that when a clear polish has added benefits that help your nails it’s nice to recommend them to others and so I bring to you today the Growth Base Coat from the nail polish brand NailHQ.

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NailHQ mostly specializes in nail care polishes and my favourite from their range has got to be the Growth polish. This polish is designed to harden nails so that they are less fragile and hence less likely to break, making them grow instead. Now I don’t have weak nails in general but whenever I do the washing up I do find my nails have become soft and tend to chip a little while later. When I had this on, they remained hard all the way through the washing so I highly recommend it for those who are to busy with the house and kids and work to take time off for a professional manicure.

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The polish is tinted a pink colour however this only brings out the natural pink tones pigments in the natural nail. It doesn’t provide any colour itself. You can wear it by itself as I have done for this post or wear it as a base coat underneath regular nail polishes to ensure longevity in your manicure. I love the shine that it provides to natural nails, it makes them look healthier than they really are.

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All these products are available to purchase from Tesco Supermarkets and can also be found on both the Invogue International Website and Superdrug stores.

-Talk Soon xx

Disclaimer: Some of the products featured on this site have been sent for review consideration by brand PR teams, however all opinions and comments are the authors. Any sponsored content (paid for product placement) will be clearly marked as such. All opinions remain the authors own, even when the content is sponsored.

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NailHQ Gel Top Coat

Nail polish for me is very much a love hate relationship. I love nail polish when it comes to colours, varying formulations and brands. I hate waiting for it to dry! Now I could probably list about 101 ways for you to dry yours nails quickly but I think there are more than enough YouTube videos available on the topic. For me the fastest method of drying your nails quickly is to use a fast drying top coat. NailHQ is a brand that specialises in you guessed it Nails! They have a bunch of different base and top coats along with other polishes that can be used to strengthen your nails if you need too. But for today I’m only going to be focusing on their Gel Top Coat.

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Packaging isn’t anything fancy  but it is practical in that the bottle is double glassed and thick meaning a few bangs off the kitchen floor won’t be sending it into a hundred pieces. The brush is a nice medium thickness. For my nails I need two swipes to get the polish to coat my entire nail evenly.

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An essential element that any top coat that I use must have is a high shine finish. I don’t like matte nails. This top coat in all honesty didn’t give any better of a shine than my normal top coat (I normally use the Nails Inc Top Coat) but it did give an amazing shine non-the-less. I’ve used it over the L’oreal nail polish in the shade Nude Demoiselle (pictured).

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The NailHQ range is currently available in Tesco Stores and you can also find them via the NailHQ website if your interested.

-Talk Soon xx

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Nail Polish

Sublime Cosmetics Polishes

I’ve mentioned before on my blog and in my posts that I am a huge advocate in supporting Irish based cosmetic brands. As a result I recently discovered a brand called Sublime Cosmetics and immediately got in touch with them in hope to be able to feature them on my blog.

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This company is mostly famous for their self-tanner but I am very much a lover of embrace the paleness of ones skin so I didn’t feel right featuring it on my blog. However they also produce Gel based nail polishes and so I was sent a few to test and try out.

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I got sent two formulations and one I liked and the other not so much. Let’s start with the bad one so we can end this post on a high note. This first polish is the Sublime Cosmetics Hybird Gel Polish ad I received both the top coat, base coat and a coloured polish in shade #987 Underwater.

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My camera didn’t really pick this polish up in it’s true colour. It’s a lot more vibrant and a lot more blue than the green that’s in the photo. The thing about this polish is that the formulation is so thick that it constantly felt sticky even though it had been cured via UV light. I kept feeling like my polish was constantly only semi-dry even though it didn’t smudge, budge or stick to anything. It just felt sticky to the touch. I also am not a fan of the colour, but that’s more personally preference. This is of course with the base coat and the top coat applied.

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The brush on this polishes is nice and wide and great for applying polish to the entire nail in one stroke. Also I will say that after I removed these polishes from my nails, my nails weren’t dry or brittle like most gel manicures cause. The nail polish itself lasted for a full 3 weeks without chipping so other than the sticky feeling these polishes are good….its just the stickiness.

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The second formulation that they sent me I absolutely love. I got sent 2 different shades and the first of the two is my favourite mostly because of the shade colour. This shade is called #133 Pink Velvet and this polish is the Sublime Cosmetics Peel Off Gel Polish. Yes you read that right, it’s peel off! It’s polish that you apply, cure, and then simply peel off, no acetone required.

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Even though they’re peel off, they also last really well on the nails and they don’t have that sticky feeling that the other formulation has. These lasted a little bit less than the other formulation with them chipping in 2 weeks rather than 3 but I still prefer them. My only issue with these polishes is the smell. They smell so chemical like that you need to have a window open when using these polishes. The second shade that I received is called #119 Rose Velvet.

These polishes are available to purchase from the Sublime Cosmetics website which I shall link below. The peel off polishes do have the words Limited Edition written on them but I’m not sure if that is for the formulation or for the shades.

-Talk Soon xx

Sublime Cosmetics Website

Disclaimer: Some of the products featured on this site have been sent for review consideration by brand PR teams, however all opinions and comments are the authors. Any sponsored content (paid for product placement) will be clearly marked as such. All opinions remain the authors own, even when the content is sponsored.