Friday, 25 September 2015

Autumn Nail Trends 2015

Well there is no use in denying it anymore. Summer is over and we are well and truly in the grips of autumn. Dont be sad neons and brights can adorn your nails but there are a fab new batch of colours and technical trends to try!

Marsala is the official pantone colour of the season and I personally couldn't be happier! I am a sucke for a deep winey red and I have seen plenty of brands coming out with them. My fav so far has to be the Gelly Shine Barry M Nail Paint in Black Cherry. Other colours that are popular this season are mustard yellows, emerald/forest green and also the happy return of muddy "Greige" (these are colours that aren't quite beige not quite grey. There is no colour that suits this category better than Sephora By Opi Metro Chic. Its an oldie and may be hard to find but if you do its a must have in any collection.

Technique wise, this season, I have seen embellishments being using a lot. Be it on naked nails or as a signature nail a bit of bling in very in. Negative space manicures seem to be here to stay, but with the added addition of using a translucent black as a base and either colour blocking over or stamping/hand painting a lace design over it. Ruffian manicures also have been seen a lot, using metallic along side the berry tones. Metallic French tips are also very popular.

By far my favourite trend that I have been seeing all over Instagram is Paint Splattering. This is a fantastically fun mani technique and can be done with any colour of polish you like! The base colour can also be anything you like and all you need is a straw to create the effect. Once your base has dried add a little of your chosen accent colours to the base of the straw and sharply blow through it towards your nail ( Remember blow don't suck I'm not being held responsible for colour tongues!!) The splats will take a little while to dry and using either tape of Kandy Colours Double Duty (see my review here) around your nail to make clean up easier!

I will be posting a few of my attempts at these techniques and colours so make sure you follow me on Instagram to see how they go!!!

Love Ya
Nailpixi x   

Monday, 14 September 2015

Danglefoot Polish Cuticle Oil Review

I was running out of my one true nail love, my Nails Inc Vitamin E Oil, so I popped a pic up on my Instagram seeing what else was out there. The lovely Clara from Nail_Art_by_Clara said that she was a massive fan of DangleFoots Cuticle oil. Hayley is amazing indie polish maker and she was amazing enough to send me a sample of the oil to try.

A few days later a beautiful vile of oil arrived. The scent she had sent was cedar wood and lime. I was a bit dubious a first but once I opened the vile I was in love! It has a lovely earthy wood scent with a burst of citrus that really lasts!

The oil not only smells great, but is a super food for your nails! Its main ingredient is high quality Jojoba oil. This stuff is fantastic at repairing your nails, holding in moisture and improves the adsorption of vitamin E. The other ingredients are Argan Oil, Apricot Kernel Oil and Avocado Oil. These three combined give your nails a cocktail of all the essential vitamins to encourage strong, healthy nail growth. In particular the apricot kernel oil is great at penetrating the skin without a greasy feeling like some other oils have.

I only received a small sample but this oil is so highly concentrated that a little goes a long way. My nails were feeling dry but since I started using this oil they have felt well hydrated and my cuticles are wonderfully soft.

The oil is available from Hayley's Esty Shop and comes in 9mls lipgloss style tubes for £5.99. The quantity and quality of this oil beats the big guys hands down for value for money.

Thanks again to Hayley for my sample and you have found yourself yet another convert!!!

Love ya
Nailpixi xxx  

Thursday, 3 September 2015

Taras Talons Polish Review

Well its happened! I have been lured by the magic of the Indie Polish makers and made my first purchase!!

Tara from Taras Talons was having a 50% off sale so I thought what the hey lets have a butchers! I was very pleased with myself when all I bought was one!! There, ladies and gentlemen, is willpower at its finest (plus its bill week!)

Her polishes are made with a 5 Free Base. This means that the base doesn't include Toulene, Dibutyl Phthalate, Formaldehyde, Formaldehyde Resin and Camphor. Theres a post coming up as to why this list of stuff is a good things to not have in your polishes, but back to my new pretty!! 

It arrived excellently packaged, in great time and even had a Tootsie Roll in with it to only sweeten the deal! The colour I picked was apple green neon so I put it over a white base so that it could really shine. The polish applied beautifully and also doesn't have the strong chemical smell that comes with other polishes. In two coats, after the white, it was opaque, not streaky at all and wearing really well! 

This was my first 5 free Indie polish so I have to admit that I was a bit dubious about what it would be like but I now know that all that was in my head. The people behind these Indie brands are 100% dedicated nail addicts, who have a real passion for the industry and put their heart and souls into making the best product they can. Etsy is one of the best places to hunt down these polish wizards so pop indie polish into the search bar and enjoy shopping!!

Love ya
Nailpixi x