My Favourite Nail Looks Ever

Happy Easter weekend everyone!

I hope you are all enjoying a long weekend – I am most certainly making the most of it and will be getting as much sleep crammed into it as possible!

I wanted to take the opportunity to show you some of my most favourite nail looks ever…since having my blog (for over a year and a bit now) it basically means that I take pictures of everything *just incase*. So that means every time I do my nails, I always have picture upon picture of my mangled claw hand in case I want to blog about the look :).

Here are a few of my favourite nail looks that I’ve tried in the last few months – I will also name and link the products if you need them!

***ALL nail looks have been finished with a slick of Seche Vite over the top – you can’t beat it :)***

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The nail look above used Essie’s Lilacism which is a beautiful pale cool toned lilac, with a gold glitter over the top!

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This nail look was great for Christmas – it used ‘Bordeaux’ again by Essie, and the same gold glitter!!

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You can’t beat a slick, simple black nail look to really flatter your hands and keep it chic and minimalist. This was using Nails Inc Black Taxi nail polish!

strawberry pink

This final look uses Barry M’s Strawberry Ice Cream nail polish which is a lovely warm pink without being too sickly!

Which is your favourite look?

Happy Easter everyone!

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Roshni xxx

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My Essie Nail Polish Collection

Hi all!

I hope you are having a great week so far – you have got over hump day anyway so don’t worry the weekend is in sight now.

I’ve got back into the mood with painting my nails recently, I had some gel polish on and as soon as it grew out I was instantly disgusted and had to soak *peel* them off. I can’t stand it when there is a growing out gap it makes me feel a bit *bleurgh* so I took them off and began to browse my polish collection!

Noticing I had grown a small yet respectable collection of Essie nail polishes, I decided I would share them with you so you can see my favourite shades.

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Essie polishes are great quality – the packaging is nice, they usually come with a big fat wide brush which makes application really easy and they have an amazing range of colours. They usually cost around £7.99 and they do tend to have 3 for 2 offers in Boots etc so they are a bit more expensive, but worth it.

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You will see that there are two colours that look very similar above – I can say that I don’t think they are very similar on the nail, but maroon burgundy colours are one of my favourite kind of polishes.

From left to right you have, Aruba Blue, Sugar Daddy, Skirting the Issue, Lilacism, Cute As A Button and Bordeaux. Skirting the Issue and Bordeaux are quite similar in the bottle, but Skirting the Issue is such a dark, deep burgundy that it is almost black (which I really like). Bordeaux is more of a reddy browny shade that pays off a bit lighter in colour.

Aruba Blue is the most GORGEOUS blue, it’s the kind of blue that you imagine an other worldly sea would look like. It’s shimmery and smooth, but the colour easily goes on opaque with one coat. I’d recommend this to anyone with darker skin tones as it looks really pretty on (which you can see here!)

Cute As a Button (bright pink) is the first Essie polish I tried *you can read that review here* and I still really like it – it’s quite a bright coral pink but very flattering and perfect for summer.

Sugar Daddy is a more ‘french manicure’ type of polish. It’s no where near as pigmented as the colour you get in the bottle – I pretty much use this as a top coat when I can’t be bothered to have proper colour on my nails. It’s still good but not my favourite! Also the name makes me cringe big time. Maybe that’s why I’m not as keen lol.

Lilacism is a bit of a wild card – it’s pastelly and lilacy and gorgeous from the bottle – it looks quite light but you’d be surprised at how flattering this is. It really is very pretty, perfect for spring and summer and really helps to brighten up your hands. I reviewed this after I bought it (which was a while ago, you can read it by clicking here!)

That’s my little modest collection of Essie polishes for you, are there any you have tried that I should buy ? **I mean research?**

Thanks for reading, as ever!

Lots of love,
Roshni xxx

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Why I’m Obsessed with Instagram…

If anyone follows me on Instagram, they’ll know that I quite like it. I post a lot and I usually go on it around 2 – 3 times a day. Go through my feed and double tap on anything that takes my fancy, it’s such an EASY way to explore photography and it fits right into our convenient, time limited day to day lifestyles.

It gives you the opportunity to experiment with photography and you don’t even need a big fancy camera in order to do it – I find my iPhone 6s camera is just right.

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One of my favourite things about Instagram is when you come across a great account that shows sped up make up tutorials. Make up feeds are my favourite kind to browse through and I’ve tried my hand at some close up pictures too but am still practising! For those I tend to ignore my front camera and use a mirror so that I can use my back camera instead which is much much better quality.

I like following large brands Instagram accounts because it’s a great way of finding out what their newest products and sale offers are – some of my favourites are Essie, Bombay Hair, Nars, Benefit and Make Up Geek (which I’ve just heard that you can get on Beauty Bay!).

Have you guys got any favourite Instagram accounts you can recommend following? 🙂

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Roshni xxx

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Essie’s Lilacism with Gold Glitter

So, I go in phases of really liking doing my nails and then hating them. Not too long ago I had some gel polish done (french) which was great – up until you could see they were growing out…then I hated them with a passion.

The relief I felt when I had soaked them off was UNREAL. Seriously lol. This has since reinspired my love of nail polish – from years of biting my nails when I was younger (I stopped halfway through my uni exams – did not make any sense but I am glad it happened!) I am now glad to have long, healthy nails.

Most recently, especially in the run up to Christmas, I love using glitter polishes. The only thing I hate is taking them off! Here I’ve used a No7 Nail Effect Gold Glitter polish – sorry I don’t think they do this anymore!

I’ve done quite a simple nail look with Essie’s Lilacism which is a beautiful cool toned lilac, with a heavy gold glitter  accent nail.

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I love this look as it’s perfect for christmas – yes it uses pastel colours but I think the lilac goes really well with the gold glitter, it looks very luxe and has a touch of sparkle!

I shouldn’t really buy any nail polishes ever again, look at how many I have *hides behind eyes*

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What are your favourite Christmassy nail looks?

Thanks for reading people!

Roshni xxx

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Can Seche Vite withstand an Indian Wedding?

Put simply, no it can’t. Lol. Don’t worry, there’s more below :).

So, my sister got married this weekend and being an Indian wedding, it was (at least) a three day shin dig. Traditionally you do some religious ceremonies on a Friday (if you are doing your wedding over a weekend), have your indian wedding day on the Saturday and then a reception on the Sunday – what a way to drag it out, eh?

It’s pretty full on when you cram it into three days, traditionally Indian weddings used to last around a week but now with people wanting to reduce it down it’s condensed into three hectic but enjoyable days for a complete wedding.

Part of the Friday antics involve being covered in a paste made with Turmeric – if any of you don’t know what this is it is usually used in cooking as a colourant (it’s bright yellow) but it has health and beauty benefits. It’s meant to be great for your skin, so part of the wedding prep involves the bride being covered in what we call ‘Pithi’ (usually a mix of turmeric and water). This then does wash off before the wedding day, but you end up finding your house has yellow stained towels, there are random blobs of it on the floor and things that were white are no longer white.

What does this have to do with nails, I hear you ask? Well, the bride traditionally wears an outfit of red/gold/white/green on the indian wedding day – which means you would usually have dark red nail polish. However on the reception day my sister chose to wear a lovely cream colour meaning she’d want lighter coloured nails.

So you have to plan well in advance what you want to do manicure wise because:

  1. You want something that lasts as you will have very little time
  2. You’ll have to bear in mind that when you do the ‘Pithi’ your top coat will usually go yellow and so will your hands
  3. There’s a likelihood of Lots of Yellow

So this brings me onto Seche Vite!

I have raved about this top coat and quick nail polish setter more times than I can count, but I thought it would be a good idea to see if it can withstand the mother of all weddings. Myself and my sisters had maroon coloured nail polish on for the Friday and the Saturday, then we changed our polish on Saturday night and opted for a lighter glittery shade.

We were very busy on Friday and Saturday – moving boxes, washing up, eating, running around and getting things ready – so this is a great test for nail varnish!

Seche Vite usually lasts me around a week before disastrously chipping, but then again I must be really lazy and not do anything. During the wedding, Seche Vite lasted around 1 day – so I can’t say it performs very well during a crazy wedding.

By the evening on Friday, the Seche Vite had started to peel off a little on my mum’s nails and had started to chip at the corners on my own. Here is a lovely picture of what they looked like before the craziness!

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This is Essie’s ‘Bordeaux’ – it’s beautiful! It looked great on the Friday morning, but it definitely looked worse for wear on Friday evening. I didn’t have time to touch it up for Saturday so that just…happened lol, but then for Sunday I chose 17’s Silver Kisses, which is beautiful :D.

So unfortunately, although Seche Vite is amazing for day to day wear if you have an indian wedding coming up soon you won’t be able to rely on Seche Vite for the whole time but it is still a great product. I have heard good things about Lottie London’s Gel Top Coat – with someone I follow on Instagram even saying they think it’s BETTER than Mr Vite!

Hope you have found this useful even if it just says ‘WEDDING DON’T USE SECHE VITE’,

Thank you for reading!

Roshni xxx

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The Nail Polishes That Say ‘Autumn’

One of the best things about autumn (or Fall for any of you across the ocean) is that you can crack out the mauves, the burgundy reds and the burnt oranges.

Autumnal colours just bellow messages of warm nights by the fire, hot chocolates and feeling snug wrapped in a knitted scarf :).

So I thought I’d show you some of my favourite nail polishes for Autumn time – they are a mix of purples, reds and teals. A few glitters are thrown into the mix too, as when you start to move towards Christmas time you can’t beat a bit of glitter!

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First up, we have Essie’s ‘Bordeaux’ (pictured above) which is a beautiful burgundy, maroon colour. It’s quite dark, but that’s what winter is all about – it’s filled with dark and moody shades. This is my newest purchase and it has a brilliant, glassy effect. Essie polishes are amazing!

Next we have Ciaté’s ‘Silhouette’, which is a gorgeous dark red, with flecks of glitter running through it. It isn’t coarse bits of glitter, it’s quite fine but it is quite dramatic once you’ve painted it on. (By the way, why does silhouette have a H in it? Sil HOO ette). The glitter is like a green/browny/red reflection, which is SO pretty.  This takes a good two coats to build up, but once you’ve done the second one it’s beautifully opaque.

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Front and centre, we have Tanya Burr’s Midnight Sparkles, which is a firm autumn favourite of mine. This is quite a bright but dark purple glittery polish. Compared to the Ciaté polish this comes out quite opaque already (you can tell Tan has taken time to look at the formula for these polishes). This is a great polish for those times when you are in a rush – a few  sweeps of this and you’re done! I’d recommend a layer of Seche Vite over the top to give a glassy finish that dries really quick!

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Lastly, we have a No 17 polish and another from Tanya’s range (you can tell I like them, right?) The 17 polish is called ‘Navy Glint’, which is summed up by the name really! It’s a teal coloured glitter, which has AMAZING opacity. Seriously, a few strokes of this nail polish and you are done. It can look quite dull as it is so I’d recommend using a top coat :).

Then, Tanya Burr’s ‘New York Night’ is a deep purple that has no shimmer in it. Sometimes when using this, it’s so dark it looks a bit black, but I quite like that about it. This is quite good in terms of coats – I’d say max 2 coats is needed. This is a great kind of polish to use if you are going for a bit more of a grungy look, or if you’ve used kohl to line your eyes for example.

Those are my favourite polishes for Autumn time, I hope you’ve enjoyed this post and feel free to leave me a comment if you want to know any more about them!

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Thanks for reading,

Roshni xxx

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The Non Sickly Pastel Look

The gorgeous weather has hit again and we are definitely moving towards summer territory now. High streets are filled with pale pinks, yellows and lilacs, all in time for the sunshine! I’ve never really been a massive fan of pastels, preferring the moody maroons and mauves of winter.

I used to dislike it even more on nails, but I’ve had a bit of a U-turn (makes me think of Usher) and there are now more pastels that are more subtle rather than in your face light. Barry M brought out a great range of ‘Quick Dry’ polishes that have lovely pastels in them (I reviewed one of them here) and they have a wide selection of shades in their complete range.

Today I have a pastel lilac nail look for you, with a strawberry pastel pink accent nail. I loved this look as soon as I slicked the last swipe of Seche Vite over the top, which surprised me as I thought even these might be too light for me in the bottle.

I’ve used Barry M’s ‘Strawberry Ice Cream’ and Essie’s ‘Lilacism’, both of which are from the drugstore and in my opinion perform just as well if not better than some higher end nail polishes like Nails Inc and Ciaté. At just £2.99 for the Barry M and £7.99 for the Essie polish, they are pretty reasonably priced…(by the way the polishes are much brighter in colour than in the pictures on the links).

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What I love in particular about this look is how GLASSY the polishes look. I have always thought that Essie polishes have has a gorgeous sheen to them, but this Barry M ‘Strawberry Ice Cream’ nail paint is just as good when it comes to the finish. I really like the combination of the two colours. To me, this is perfect for girls who are like me and don’t want to end up with a sickly sweet manicure.

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What do you guys think of this look? What are your favourite pastel polishes?

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Thanks for reading,

Rosh xxx

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The Perfect Summer Polishes

Hello Everyone!

I hope you are having a lovely Saturday morning eating a crummy breakfast or enjoying a lazy lie in :). I have a few nail polishes to show you that are perfect for wearing in the hazy spring sunshine that we have been lucky enough to have in the UK. It doesn’t necessarily have to be pastel colours that you opt for in Spring/Summer, so I’ve grabbed a mix of brights and pales to show you that are my personal favourites.

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I think the two Essie shades are my favourite from this pentagonal array. The formulae (?) for them is beautiful, a practical wide brush deposits just the right amount of glass like polish onto your nail and it’s so easily buildable (how is that not a word spell checker).

Here I’ll show you what each looks like on!

ESSIE ARUBA BLUE (with Ciaté Celestial glitter coat over the top):

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BARRY M GREENBERRY:

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ESSIE CUTE AS A BUTTON:

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CIATÉ FERRIS WHEEL:

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BARRY M QUICK DRY KISS ME QUICK:

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What are your favourite spring/summer time polishes?

Happy Saturday everyone!

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Essie ‘Aruba’ and OPI ‘Silver Shatter’

Hello Everyone!

Today’s nail polish look that I am bringing to you uses one type of varnish that was all the rage about a year ago. Shatter nail polishes started to come out in all types of colours and shimmery shades, all over the shop!

I chose Essie’s ‘Aruba’ as the base shade in this look. This is one of my most favourite colours in the world ever, and I have to say trying something new with the shatter polish over the top actually pained me as ‘Aruba’ looked SO good just as it was.

‘Aruba’ is a brilliant polish, it goes on very opaque, particularly on second coat. To me it reminds me of Egypt and Cleopatra when I look at it, it also looks great with tanned skin.

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The OPI Silver Shatter shade that I have used in this post looks like quite a dark silver in the bottle, but as soon as you apply it, it actually comes out quite a cold, bright silver. I really like this, as even if you by accident put a thick coat of the shatter on, as it dries it separates just enough to show the colour underneath and it doesn’t make your finished look TOO silvery.

I love the combination of blue and silver together, the more I look at this too the more I think I should probably have done this around winter, but I still really like it.

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Have you guys tried any good shatter polishes? Also, what is your favourite Essie polish?

I’m really tempted to get a cool lilaccy blue colour but every time I look at my vast collection of polishes I can hear my cabinet groaning at the thought of the weight of MORE nail varnishes (gah).

Thanks for reading!

Rosh x

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‘Cute As A Button’ – My First Essie

Here is ANOTHER nail varnish post. I didn’t think nail varnish was going to be a regular occurrence on this blog, but I think impending summer time has broadened my horizons…

I have a vast nail polish collection, and very rarely throw nail varnishes out even if they have pretty much solidified at the bottom of a murky bottle (don’t ask why). Although I like buying them, I had never got around to trying out Essie nail polishes. I know bloggers and vloggers like Lily Pebbles and Vivianna Does Makeup (whose blog I LOVE to read) rave about them until the cows come home – anyone ever thought where did those cows go? Maybe they went out raving.

Therefore, I thought I would buy my first one. It is quite a spring/summer shade that I went for, it is a lovely coral-y pink colour. I was tempted to get Bordeaux, but 1, that is an autumn winter shade and 2, I already have Nails Inc Regent Street which is very similar.  (I couldn’t find a shop link for Regent Street, sorry I can’t remember if it’s limited edition or not).

Anyway, here is a little picture of ‘Cute As A Button’:

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‘Cute As A Button’

 

I’m going to keep this brief, as I don’t want to bore anyone. Here are my main observations after two heavy-ish coats of ‘Cute As A Button’:

  • It has a lovely ‘glass-like’ look even from the first stroke
  • Easily buildable
  • Creamy texture
  • Streak free

All in all I really like this, and it looks really pretty on, especially with a slick of my favourite Seche Vite over the top, to keep them looking glossy.

This is the way I hold all my nail polish bottles...all the time.
This is the way I hold all my nail polish bottles…all the time.
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