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 Matte Nail Paint in Caramel and Barry M Nail Paint in Dolly Mixture

Barry M Matte Nail Paint in Caramel and Barry M Nail Paint in Dolly Mixture
Barry M Matte Nail Paint in Caramel and Barry M Nail Paint in Dolly Mixture
Barry M Matte Nail Paint in Caramel and Barry M Nail Paint in Dolly Mixture
Barry M Matte Nail Paint in Caramel and Barry M Nail Paint in Dolly Mixture

Remember last time I wore Barry M Matte Nail Paint in Caramel? I got bored! I love the colour – it is classy and my perfect nude but I actually like bold nails and hi-shine! I decided to wear Barry M Matte Nail Paint in Caramel with a gloss topcoat this time around and I think it looks amazing! I did a feature nail with Barry M Nail Paint in Dolly Mixture as the confetti pieces would have taken far too much time to cover all of my nails. It needs a minimum of two thick coats to get the coverage in the photos.

I really like this combination!

 

Barry M Matte Nail Paint in Caramel and Barry M Nail Paint in Dolly Mixture: The Kit
Barry M Matte Nail Paint in Caramel and Barry M Nail Paint in Dolly Mixture: The Kit
barry m, green

Barry M Nail Paint in Mint Green

Barry M Nail Paint in Mint Green
Barry M Nail Paint in Mint Green

I can’t seem to stop buying nail polish in mint green. It’s just such a pretty colour! The Barry M Nail paint in mint green is a little darker than the other pale pastel shades out there which is a refreshing change. It’s creamy and very shiny which I like! I do like the Barry M formula – not too thick and not too thin. I’m wearing two coats and a top coat in the photo.

 

green, MUA, review

Review: MUA Nail Polish in Pistachio Ice Cream

Review: MUA Nail Polish in Pistachio Ice Cream
 MUA Nail Polish in Pistachio Ice Cream

This tiny little bottle of pale mint green nail polish contains MUA Nail Polish in Pistachio Ice Cream. It needs two coats of colour as a minimum but I do this with all of my nail colours. I really like the colour on me – it was definitely attention grabbing and it’s very pretty! It’s the exact pastel green I was looking for. I found it chipped within a day but most of my nail colours do anyway.

I would say based on this nail colour that MUA nail polishes are good for trying out new colours against you skin tone without having to worry about wasting too much money if it doesn’t look quite right.

Have you tried any MUA £1 nail polishes?

Crabtree & Evelyn, grey, Matte

Crabtree & Evelyn Nail Lacquer in Mica with No7 Nail Effects Matte Topcoat

Crabtree & Evelyn Nail Polish in Mica with No7 Nail Effects Matte Topcoat
Crabtree & Evelyn Nail Polish in Mica with No7 Nail Effects Matte Topcoat

I really love grey nail polishes which is why I bought Crabtree & Evelyn Nail Lacquer in Mica. The thing is, I wasn’t in the mood for hi-shine, glossy nail polish the day I wore this so I finished it with No7 Nail Effects Matte Topcoat. I think it turned out well and now I question whether I would ever want to wear this with a gloss topcoat!

What do you think?

 

barry m

Barry M Caramel and Mint Green Nail Art

Barry M Caramel and Mint Green Nail Art
Barry M Caramel and Mint Green Nail Art

 

If you follow me on Instagram you might recall that one miserable February day I decided to play around with my nails. I don’t often to nail art because my nails almost always chip the next day.

As beautiful as my Barry M Matte Nail Paint in Caramel is, I needed to liven it up.

The full “livening-up kit” consisted of: OPI Nail Envy as a base coat (not pictured), Barry M Matte Nail Paint in Caramel, Barry M Nail Paint in Mint Green, Barry M Nail Paint in Yellow Topaz and No7 Nail Effects matte topcoat and Revlon Quick Dry Topcoat.

Barry M Caramel and Mint Green Nail Art
Barry M Caramel and Mint Green Nail Art

All nails had a base of OPI Nail Envy, two coats of Barry M Matte Nail Paint in Caramel and one coat of No7 Nail Effects matte topcoat. I then added the other colours on top.

Thumb: Barry M Nail Paint in Yellow Topaz followed by No7 Nail Effects matte topcoat. I love the matte gold glitter look.

Barry M Caramel and Mint Green Nail Art
Barry M Caramel and Mint Green Nail Art – Thumb

Index finger: Barry M Nail Paint in Yellow Topaz followed by No7 Nail Effects matte topcoat and finished with two coats of Barry M Nail Paint in Mint Green diagonally down from the top of the nail.

Barry M Caramel and Mint Green Nail Art
Barry M Caramel and Mint Green Nail Art- Index Finger

Middle finger: One freehand stripe of Barry M Nail Paint in Mint Green to cover one third of my nail from top to bottom followed by two freehand stripes of Revlon Quick Dry Topcoat to cover the mint green stripe and to create a shiny middle stripe which was one third of the size of my nail. I ended up with three equal stripes.

Barry M Caramel and Mint Green Nail Art
Barry M Caramel and Mint Green Nail Art – Middle Finger

Ring finger: For a twist on a French manicure, I gauged how large the tip should be then mentally divided it in half across the nail. On the top half of the tip I painted Barry M Nail Paint in Mint Green across the nail then using the Revlon Quick Dry Topcoat I painted over the mint green again, across the nail and then painted another strip across the nail just underneath.

Barry M Caramel and Mint Green Nail Art
Barry M Caramel and Mint Green Nail Art – Ring Finger

Little finger: I really like my diagonals! I painted a triangle down from the top of my nail with Barry M Nail Paint in Mint Green (two coats) then carefully sealed this triangle with Revlon Quick Dry Topcoat.

Barry M Caramel and Mint Green Nail Art
Barry M Caramel and Mint Green Nail Art – Little Finger

It was fairly simple and quite fun! Which is your favourite?

Gold, Seventeen

Review: Seventeen Quicker Slicker Nail Polish in Fury

Seventeen Quicker Slicker Nail Polish in Fury
Seventeen Quicker Slicker Nail Polish in Fury

 

I bought this in the January sales as part of a set of 9.  I was in the mood for gold and though I would pick this darker shade.  I thought it was two-tone but I was mistaken.  It is a dark golden molten gold, almost bronze.  It goes really well with my skin tone and has a luxury feel to it.  As it is a quick dry formula, it is a bit on the thick side and does indeed dry quickly so if you linger when applying the colour will drag.

I am a fan of Seventeen’s quick dry polishes, and I love gold nails so this one will definitely be worn again!

P.S. Sadly, just before I posted this I discovered my little bottle of Fury had broken and the polish had frozen solid. I hope I can still get this colour 😦

 

Clear, Crabtree & Evelyn, green

Review: Crabtree & Evelyn Nail Lacquer in Avocado

Crabtree & Evelyn Nail Lacquer in Avocado
Crabtree & Evelyn Nail Lacquer in Avocado

This Crabtree & Evelyn Nail Lacquer in Avocado is not currently on the website so I assume it is popular!

To get the full Crabtree & Evelyn benefit, I applied the clear shade as a base coat and top coat as according to the website.  The site says that the nail colours are fast-drying, glossy, and long-lasting if two coats are applied.

Unfortunately I disagree.  In the shop, the nail colour dried quickly over my existing nail polish but when I did the full on manicure, it took a long time to dry – I tried to air dry them out of the car window (yes, that is what you read) but when this failed I sprayed on some Elegant Touch Rapid Dry for Nails. The colour was glossy for a day or two then this faded! As for long lasting, the colour did not last any longer than the other brands I wear.  Taking all this into account, I’m not sure why the shop assistant thinks this is anything like Shellac.

However, I am not deterred,  this is a gorgeous colour – a multi-tonal metallic olive green.  I have no idea why it is called Avocado – the name is completely detached from the colour.  It complements my skin tone and goes with everything.  It’s easy to apply and the bottles are cute.  Also, they only cost £6.

This colour has now become one of my favourites, and despite what I see as failure on all of the claims, I will go back for more! Next time I wear this I’ll stick to my usual OPI Nail Envy and quick dry topcoat combination!