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Waterfall Nails

Hello ladies (& gents),

I hope everyone is enjoying their weekend in the sun? It’s just started raining here which is welcome as I was so busy today and the clammy heat was the last thing I needed. I thought I’d share with you a manicure I tried out midweek (and it’s still going strong).

 

So I first saw this manicure on thenailasaurus and had to give them a go. I wasn’t in love with my first attempt, but I did get some lovely feedback so tried again.

Waterfall thumb nail

It’s actually a really easy technique – anyone with a striping brush can easily achieve great results – and as I hadn’t shared my results here on the blog I thought I’d better give it another go.

Plum Waterfall

The colours I chose are perhaps more Autumn/Winter but I was a little bored of all the bright neons and pastels. I felt like I’d neglected my purples so I used Estee Lauder Insolent Plum as my base with a dramatic metallic combination of No Place Like Chrome and Nothing Else Metals both by Essie.

Waterfall Manicure

So what do you think? Are you a fan of the waterfall mani? Are you bored of the summer colours yet (or is that just me)?

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Is choosing a nail polish by it’s name akin to choosing a book by it’s cover?

 

My I do…(Part 2) post featured a lot of polishes with wedding-related names but does that really make them the best/most appropriate polish? Shouldn’t we be screening by colour and not by name?

I know it’s wrong to choose a book by it’s cover because it’s the content inside that counts, but with nail polish it’s the exact opposite! Instead of putting them all in plain glass bottles so we can say to ourselves ‘Isn’t that just the perfect shade of blue?’ the polish makers bamboozle us with words, of all things! Is Rimmel’s Breakfast in Bed any prettier than Barry M’s Mint Green?

Then there are brands like OPI or Essie who can’t resist a tongue in cheek reference that makes us polish-lovers snigger; I’m not really a waitress and Jamaica me crazy being my respective faves.

Just when we thought it couldn’t get better (more difficult to choose) PicturePolish showed us it’s not just the names that make us smile but the tag lines too – ‘naughty girl, nice nails’ accompanying Badass on the bottle front.

Essie Mirror Metallics

Blue Rhapsody, Nothing Else Metals, No Place Like Chrome

Recently I’ve also seen a lot of nail polishes with ladies names (Zoya has definitely cornered the market on this trick though) and the main problem with these polishes is that I find myself drawn to PicturePolish’s Aurora (oh, the lady in work just had a grandchild of that name, I wonder if she’d like it) or AEngland’s Margot (oh, my sisters step-mother-in law might like that one) despite the fact that I’d never ordinarily buy polish for these people, I just like that there’s a personal connection there.

And don’t even get me started on my own name – Anna Sui (yes the whole collection is adorable) or Anna Andre Paris (what a cute logo!) get my attention purely for egotistical reasons.

Eiffel Tower

Another temptation a lacquer lover might find difficult to resist is buying a polish that represents your holiday. For example:

Nails Inc Bond Street – “I had to buy it we were ON Bond Street during our London Trip”

Jessica Nails Samba Parade – “well I had to get it whilst we were on our holiday in Rio”

OPI Vampsterdam – “it was the perfect souvenir from our girls weekend in Amsterdam”

Though in the defence of polish buyers everywhere if there’s one time you can treat yourself it’s on your holidays!

 

 

So tell me, what is in a name? Are you tempted in by polish names? Have you got a polish named after you?

Polish combinations

Hi guys,

As you may have guessed from my post earlier this week I am settling in this evening for a night of awesomeness that is the Eurovision song contest. However I thought I’d take a brief minute to share with you one of my all-time favorite polish combinations.

Essie Mint and Sephora Flakie side by side

For me the ideal mix of colour and pizzazz comes in the form of Essie’s minty green Turquoise & Caicos and the lilac/gold flecks of this Sephora flakie topcoat.

Final manicure

Marriage made in heaven!

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