Base, Nail Colour, Soigne, Topcoat

Olympia Beauty 2015: Soigne Botanique

The Soigne bottle
The Soigne bottle

Just when I thought I had enough nail polish to last me through autumn and winter, I stumbled across Soigne. It caught my eye because the stand was so pretty. It had a wall of white roses, a bit like the one Kanye West gave Kim Kardashian West. It also said it was “botanical”. I was intrigued.

All of the nail polishes come in beautifully elegant bottles and each bottle comes in a box. If you caught my Periscope broadcast you would have seen that the Soigne nail colour bottles really do travel in style!

The build-your-own collection gift box from Soigne
The build-your-own collection gift box from Soigne
Soigne wrapping
Soigne wrapping
Close-up of the label
Close-up of the label
Set of three
Set of three
The internal layer of pakaging
The internal layer of packaging

The name Soigne rang a bell but I hadn’t personally seen the products before. Soigne means “to take care of” and my nails really need some care right now.

As you can see, I had no choice but to try the products, there were more pros than cons!

I was tempted by the gift boxes which contain five shades exclusive to the box but I tried to be good and picked one colour, Bleuet. I then decided that to get the full benefit I needed the corresponding Oxygen Base and Gel Effect Top and to confirm my decision, there was an offer if you get three products. Even better, the three came in a nice little gift box- I gifted my custom collection to myself.

Oxygen Base, Bleuet, Gel Effect Top
Oxygen Base, Bleuet, Gel Effect Top

I then gave into temptation and bought the Liqueur de Chocolat gift box. I just couldn’t resist the lure of the deep green Absinthe shade. I was unsure about the Whisky shade but I’ll find a way to make it work. Also in the box are Champage which looks like liquid gold, Parfait D’Amour a pretty purple and Vin Rouge, a deep red.

Liqueur de Chocolat gift box
Liqueur de Chocolat gift box
Wrapping inside the Liqueur de Chocolate gift box
Wrapping inside the Liqueur de Chocolate gift box
Liqueur de Chocolat: Champagne, Whisky, Parfait D'Amour, Absinthe and Vin Rouge
Liqueur de Chocolat: Champagne, Whisky, Parfait D’Amour, Absinthe and Vin Rouge

I went home with the plan of putting the other gift boxes on my wish list but when I looked on the website, Choux a la Crème had sold out.   The shades in the five gift boxes are exclusive to those boxes so I’ve completely missed out! The two other collections available are more suited to spring so I didn’t go for them.

Soigne limited edition gift sets Macaron Collection and Fruit Marbles Collection
Soigne limited edition gift sets Macaron Collection and Fruit Marbles Collection

I’m hoping that as the nail lacquers are 85% botanical, they will be good for my poor, beaten nails. I need my products to multitask – nail health and good colour are the order of the day. If I don’t get around to wearing them I hope to stick the colours on a nail wheel to show you.

Have you tried Soigne? What did you think?

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Barry M Nail Paint in Moonlight over OPI Red Fingers and Mistletoes

Barry M Nail Paint in Moonlight over OPI Red Fingers and Mistletoes
Barry M Nail Paint in Moonlight over OPI Red Fingers and Mistletoes

Barry M Nail Paint in Moonlight 439 is a limited edition glitter topcoat that I picked up from Boots. This little bottle packs in so much – I couldn’t decide which base colour to use so I tried it over two.

Moonlight is mainly silver glitter made up of silver stars, tiny silver circles of different sizes, silver rectangle pieces like tinsel, medium sized silver hexagonal pieces and the odd piece of randomly shaped red glitter which resembles torn papers. In certain light I’m sure the hexagons and stars a holographic. In all it’s very Christmassy!

I first tried this over OPI Nail Lacquer in Red Fingers & Mistletoes, a deep red nail polish with what looks like red and gold micro glitter which gives off a deep three-dimensional shimmer rather than a chunky glitter effect.

The smaller Moonlight particles paint on quite easily but a little bit of dabbing was needed to deposit the stars and hexagons. The silver bits come up nice and bold against the red but the red pieces cannot be seen at all.

Overall, the effect is multi-dimensional with the depth of the red underneath and the variety of different shaped glitter on top. This is definitely not for the faint-hearted!

Barry M Nail Paint in Moonlight over OPI Red Fingers and Mistletoes
Barry M Nail Paint in Moonlight over OPI Red Fingers and Mistletoes
Barry M Nail Paint in Moonlight over OPI Red Fingers and Mistletoes
Barry M Nail Paint in Moonlight over OPI Red Fingers and Mistletoes
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Barry M Tinsel Nail Paint

Barry M Tinsel Nail Paint
Barry M Tinsel Nail Paint
Barry M Tinsel Nail Paint
Barry M Tinsel Nail Paint

I got this Barry M Nail Paint in Tinsel free at Christmas with the purchase of two other Barry M nail polishes. I thought it would make the perfect Christmas top coat for the burgundy Shellac manicure I had at the time.  I think it was supposed to be limited edition but I actually saw this in Boots a little while ago so you might still be able to get one!

This is a quick post just to show you what the Barry M Limited Edition “tinsel” polish looks like without a colour underneath. You can really see the dark pink-red, blue-purple and green tinsel pieces. As much as a tried, I couldn’t get the tinsel to cover the whole nail with gaps so if you don’t like to see bare nail, you’ll need another colour underneath. I’ve tried it with burgundy here and navy blue here. I prefer it over blue. Which is your favourite? Which colours have you tried this with? I’d love to see!

 

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No7 Betty Blues with Barry M Tinsel Nail Paint

No7 Betty Blues with Barry M Tinsel Nail Paint
No7 Betty Blues with Barry M Tinsel Nail Paint
No7 Betty Blues with Barry M Tinsel Nail Paint
No7 Betty Blues with Barry M Tinsel Nail Paint

There is just something about No7 nail colour in Betty Blues that I love. Maybe it’s the depth of colour which makes me feel like I’m looking at stars far across the galaxy, or maybe it’s so dark it wants to be black but mysteriously stops short. I don’t know! You can see it on its own here. I think the red, purple and green tones in the Barry M Tinsel nail paint topcoat go well with this colour. Tinsel is not just for Christmas! What do you think?

 

Matte, Spree, Topcoat, White

More January Nail Polish

I went into Boots today to buy concealer and CC cream and ended up buying lip colours and these:

 

No7 Nail Effects matte top-coat as my manicures will last about 5 seconds without a topcoat!

Models Own nail colour in Snow White – my very first Models Own nail colour purchase! My collection is lacking a white so I added to it today.

No7 matte topcoat and Models Own Snow White
No7 matte topcoat and Models Own Snow White

 

Reblog, Topcoat

Reblog: The Best Top Coat. Ever.

via Reblog: The Best Top Coat. Ever..

Look’s like I need to try this one.  My nails chip easily and I am so bad at waiting around for my nails to dry.  This one could be a winner!