Marc Jacobs Beauty

It’s been a while since I featured a nail post and I thought who else to blog about that the icon that is, Marc Jacobs. When I was in New York last year I spent quite a bit of time in Sephora. The American designers are so purse friendly in the states, I think this polish only cost around $18. I featured it last week in my Autumn essentials post (you can read it here). Today I decided to share a swatch of me wearing it for all of you lovelies.

I always use a touch of my Nails Inc favourite, 45 Second Top Coat. It’s enriched with caviar and leaves a beautiful wet look finish. They’re the perfect combination in my opinion, my favourite colour for Autumn. The pigmentation is good as you do only need two coats, pretty standard for a polish but I just hate when you need to apply endless amounts to get a decent shade.

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I get roughly around five days out of the polish without a chip which I find pretty impressive. I could probably get longer wear with the polish but I like to freshen it up every so often.

I hope you’re all buzzing with that Friday feeling. Enjoy your weekend and I will see you all in my next post.

Nx

Nails Inc || The Knightsbridge

There is no better way to kick start your Summer holidays than being pampered with a fresh manicure. On Friday I spent my morning at Nails Inc in the House of Fraser, Belfast checking out their new gel polishes that are due to launch later this season. Each shade is named after an iconic location around London and my choice was,‘The Knightsbridge’. The classic nude shade is the perfect look for Summer, it’s fresh, clean and simplistic which is what the brighter months should be all about. I’ve had a gelish manicure before so I was excited to get some much needed TLC for my nails.

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With so many adorable shades to work with it was hard to decide what to wear but I was definitely all about the nude. I have so many events, meetings and festivals coming up over the next few week’s and it’s always lady etiquette to look freshly polished (that’s my excuse, anyway!).

Before the lovely Laura applied the nude shade, she prepped my nails by working on my cuticles (which were in dire need of attention) and filing my nails into a lovely natural shape. My nails have been quite weak and poorly looked after over the past few months if I’m honest so she started to process of a new treatment. NailKale is a new nail care range formulated with Kale to help create stronger and healthier nails.

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The range includes six different treatments; a Superfood base coat, a highlighter and four colours. Each one has some Kale extract which is perfect for injecting some Vitamin A, C and K to stimulate the Keratin production within your nail and gives them plenty of hydration and nourishment. Personally, my nails grow pretty well, it’s just the condition of them that I need to focus on.

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The manicure itself was the perfect pamper session. I have to admit that I genuinely prefer a gel polish as it is kinder to your nails and doesn’t leave them badly damaged when they’ve been removed. Myself and Laura had a lovely girly catch up throughout my treatment which made it all the more enjoyable. I opted for some Swarovski crystals to each nail to add a touch of sparkle to them for Summer. I love how it gives them a delicate and pretty effect against the gorgeous Knightsbridge nude.

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After consulting with the girls (the very helpful Laura and Seanine), I invested in some nails treatments as I really need to start to looking after them. I got the 45 second base coat to lock in my new colour and nourish my actual nail, Cuticle oil pen to help fight the dehydration and dryness of my cuticles and SOS nail pen for some on the go emergency treatments.

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Thanks again to Laura and Seanine for making me feel very welcome and looking after my nails. I’m looking forward to pampering them with some much needed TLC each month.

Nx

The Summer Edit

This is the first time I’ve featured a Summer Edition post and I’m excited to share my essential pieces that span across style and beauty for this season. You may have already spotted some of the pieces in previous posts, they’re my key styles and products that I’m loving at the minute. Without babbling on too much, I’ll just get right down to business.

Jigsaw kimono:

This is definitely my favourite purchase within the last few months. I featured my love for this fabulous kimono a few week’s ago, you can read it here. It is such a effortless piece to style and the luxurious silk fabric helps it hang beautifully. What I like most about it is the rich colours, they are a nice change from the typical vibrant summer shades and it is a little more understated.

Tarte palette:

Ahhhh. The pièce de résistance, my beloved Tarte palette! This all matte beauty is most definitely a firm favourite for creating some soft and subtle summer looks. The ‘less is more’ rule certainly applies during the brighter months, the full face does not work well with the heat. I only purchased this palette a few week’s and it’s already my ‘go to’ product.

Dune handbag:

Every so often, I’ll *tell myself* that I deserve something special for being me. I’ll go on a more expensive shopping spree and indulge in some shameless “I deserve a treat” activities. I have a pretty strong handbag collection but every so often I find myself wanting a new colour, size, or shape, hence the reverse physiology. This Dune bag is definitely a multi purpose piece, I’ve used it as an airport bag, shopping bag and even on nights out.

Victoria Beckham nails:

I tend to go through phases when it comes to mainting my nails. I’ll spend a few months of the year getting them manicured by a beauty professional, I’ll then give them a ‘rest’ but out of pure laziness, I’ll never maintain the gel style. This is when I’ll start painting my own and investing in some colour and brands. My gorgeous Victoria Beckham set is all kinds of amazing and I find myself reaching for it throughout the bright months. The colours are lovely and I’m really loving the Bamboo White shade.

Office sandals:

My addiction for all things rose gold continues in the form of my absolute favourite Office sandals. I’m not much of a heel girl unless I’m going out for the night or have an event to attend. During the day, you’ll always find me running around in flats and these gladiator beauties are a winner. Not only are they incredibly comfortable but they help dress up my look and break away from my usual tan style. I’ve even worn these on nights out when I’ve just been too lazy to make an effort.

It was hard narrowing the post down just five pieces. I’ll end up going on a shopping spree this weekend and adding more pieces and products to my list! Happy Friday, lovelies.

Nx

Nails Inc x VVB

It will be a while before I can get my hands on a fabulous piece from Victoria Beckham’s collection so for now I’ll enjoy her nail polish collaboration with Nails Inc. I had been meaning to treat myself to this gorgeous set since it first launched but out of sheer laziness I never got round to it. I decided to indulge in a mini shopping spree last Friday (as you do) when I set eyes on this beauty in the House of Fraser.

  
  
The set consists of two shades, Judo Red and Bamboo White, perfect shades for summer in my opinion. At the moment I’m absolutely loving any crisp white or frosted pink tones so I know I’ll get great use out of the Bamboo White. I did test the colours out before purchasing them and they’re quite universal which is a bonus.

I do like a good two coats of polish for a solid look, sometimes even three if I’m feeling flirty. I applied two with the Bamboo White and I was pleasantly surprised that it gave me a full coverage finish. Sometimes when it comes to whites, creams and frosted shades I lose patience as no matter how many coats I apply, they’re always transparent looking. With regards to the Judo Red (it is more orange than red), due to time I was only able to apply one coat as I was in a rush but the pigmentation is so good with the one coat. Absolutely loving the results as you know yourself even on nights out you often forget to apply your polish and a last minute coat is generally what’s left. (And I’m not singing the praises of the polishes just because they’re by VB).

  

  
Have any of you tried the VB collaboration with Nails Inc yet? I’d love to know which shade is your favourite!

Nx