Take me to the Ballet

Essie Gel Couture range, which launched successfully last year, is bringing us a new collection of six magnificently neutral, long wearing creme nudes, this January. With shades named aptly for the ‘Gel Couture Ballet Nudes collection’ ranging from a misty rose pink, to a soft shimmering grey.

We took the chance to wear all five (out of six) of the shades shown, altogether to get the most from the pastel delights, and giving us a potential outfit matching shade on at least on nail per hand!

The Shades: 

Satin Slipper: a feminine silky champagne ivory. Lace Me Up: A misty rose pink. Hold the position: A fierce Coral rose pink. At the Barre: Soft Cinnamon Nude (not worn), Perfect Posture: A Periwinkle Powder Blue & Closing Night: A soft shimmery grey.

Satin Slipper, is one of our faves, Its a great soft colour to wear, all year round, and especially now, as we endure the chilly cold into the early spring, giving a rest too from the party glitters and Christmas reds! Plus we are huge fans of the coral – Hold the Position, and the Periwinkle – Perfect Posture. We only need to add a couple of colour coats, and one top coat, and this beautiful collection lasts easily for a week, with no UV or LED curing, no chips and glamorously glossy nails. (Plus, you can remove them with normal polish remover, no fuss, no stain, On Pointe nails.

Available instore and online at Boots & Superdrug from Friday, 20th January 2017.

Time for a little TLC

That’s TREAT, LOVE, COLOUR by the way! Essie have launched this new one step care and colour collection for those of us that want to give out nails a rest, but can’t be without our fresh manicure! The collection contains collagen, camellia extracts and visually brightening pigments to leave our nails strengthened, moisturised and looking brighter and healthier.

Available in three shades, Laven-dearly (for neutralising uneven nail tone) 

Sheer to you for a gorgeous natural look – the pink blends seamlessly into your natural nail tone

Tinted Love – soft peach glow giving you a delicate romantic look

Don’t you just love the fact you have a polish that lasts a week ( we tested it!) and soft pastels to make you feel
Like you’re with your mani when you’re without it and simply treating your nails!

Treat, Love, Colour, Rrp: £8.99, Essie


Available now in store and online from Superdrug and Boots

Live a Luxe life

This Christmas, Red Carpet Manicure is introducing you to the Luxe Life, a collection inspired by penthouse parties and all the glitz and glamour that Christmas has to offer. The It’s A Luxe Life Collection comes with six stunning shades, so you’ll have everything you need to complete a flawless manicure to last the festive season.

Complete the Luxe Life look this Christmas with six stand out shades, including A-Muse Me – a hot pink shimmer, Glasses Up – a rose gold shimmer, Oh So Posh – a sophisticated nude crème, Red-y To Party – a letterbox red crème, Star Gazer – a midnight black glitter and Throw Some Glitter On It – a sultry sapphire glitter for a truly glamorous finish.

We adore the glasses up shade, and want to use it all the time! Especially when it catches the light! Just don’t layer the colour too much as this could cause peeling (as mosts gels do!)… 

Pics taken with the #HuaweiP9 (available from Vodafone)

Celebrate in style with Red Carpet Manicure!

Red Carpet Manicure It’s A Luxe Life shades, £12.95 each from www.redcarpetmanicure.co.uk

Super Sensatio-NAILS 

We get fed up when our ordinary polish takes a long time to dry and chips after only a few days, so we were pleasantly surprised when this little kit (SensatioNail polish to gel transformer starter kit, £49.99, Boots) turned up at our desks last week. A gel kit like no other which turns your normal favourite nail polishes into super shiny long lasting gel polish.

The kit is very compact and cute unlike other gel starter kits that we’ve used before and very quick to use. The only thing we’d like added to the kit would be remover. – Alternatively we use Elegant Touch Get ‘em off Nail Remover, £2.65, Boots [find it here] which is cheap and fantastic at removing all gel polish and much much cheaper than most too! The kit makes it easy to mix up the polish, and you use a lot less polish than you do re dipping into the bottle everytime which means your fave colours will last you a lifetime! Application was swift – we completed one hand at a time for the fastest and best results, and after 12 days our nails are still going strong! 

The SensatioNail polish to gel transformer starter kit includes: 1 x LED nail lamp; 1 x USB lead; 1 x UK mains adapter; 1 x Gel cleanser (14.6ml); 1 x Gel primer (3.54ml); 1 x Polish to gel transformer (7.39ml); 1 x Mixing pot; 1 x Manicure stick; 12 x lint free wipes; 1 x Double sided nail buffer 

Make your hands SensatioNAIL today onine and instore at Boots.com

Celebrate the Roaring 20′s

Leighton Denny bring us the new Roaring Twenties Collection this Autumn. Leighton Denny’s Roaring Twenties collection showcases a range of rich crème colours and glitter effects infused with platinum for nails as luxurious as the perfect accessory for autumn/winter. There are 7 beautiful Limited Edition colours to choose from; Tinseltown, Speakeasy, Let Your Hair Down, Moonshine, Crazy Times, Prohibition and the M&S Exclusive, Rebellious Heart. 

Team this collection up with the #NEW Bare it all CC Coat nail polish, £12. This cares for your nails covering up any unsightly discolouration, with Marula Oil which locks in moisture and smooth’s the nail surface and Keratin which helps to strengthen and toughen the nail protein. Plus do you like the simple things in life? Then Double Up is the perfect product for you. Double Up is a 2 in 1 base & top coat that does it all. Use it to protect against staining of the nail and give you manicure a glossy professional finish. It’s a great product to travel with, just apply a thin coat to the nails before applying polish and a second coat on top of your polish. 

We tried on this fantastic new range, and we’re loving the CC coat nail polish! It’s a perfect base for most colours and wearable on its own! The Roaring Twenties Collection, is so difficult to select from because there’s so many colours that we wanted to pick from! Above – we loved ‘Let your hair down’ (mainly as this matches us totally! It’s a stronger more metallic version of my hair! And is everything ‘GingerTalks’!  Moonshine is our perfect nude, elegant and lengthening for your tailored tips! ♥ 

Get your Roaring Twenties Collection (£12 each) Leighton Denny, online at 

www.leightondennyexpertnails.com, M&S, John Lewis, Fenwicks, LookFantastic and select Leighton Denny Salon & Spa stockists nationwide.

Prep for this season with new essie colours! 

This autumn, nail salon expert essie has created a riot of colour with the essie Autumn 2016 collection. Rebecca Minkoff, essie global colour director, was inspired by the cultural surroundings of Tokyo so this limited edition collection is a whirlwind of style, eclectic cuisine and spectacular colours fit for a Geisha.

There’s a reason why the fashion savvy flock to the #1 street style destination in the world: taste, flair and Japan’s uncanny aptitude for mixing fashion metaphors. essie has captured the modern and traditional sides of the city with a collection that reflects the changing autumn foliage and the tastes and energy of Tokyo; and we know you’re going to love it!

The six shade palette creates a perfect balance between trendsetting colour and classic looks:

We tried:

  • Maki Me Happy – a crimson-wrapped berry that puts a smile on everyone’s face A punchy berry shade perfect to wear though Autumn and winter, add some statement glitter to one nail to make this your Christmas Party go-to shade! 
  • Kimono-Over (Hero Shade)– an inviting damson plum, that’ll make you ready for everything 

    A fab colour and great dark shade as an alternative to black, team with your plum lippie and other simple make up for that stunning evening glamour look!

Plus you can get these four shades too!

  • Playing Koi – a bold flirtatious orange rust that’ll ensure you never fish for compliments again
  • Now And Zen – this timeless sage grey has you styled cool,                   calm and collected
  • Udon Know Me – this mysterious stony blue will make you never want to say sayonara
  • Go Go Geisha – with this nonstop antique blossom pink, you’re in perfect company

“Waking up on a beautiful autumn morning is just magic – especially in Tokyo. I wanted the essie Autumn 2016 collection to be a snapshot of my experience in a beautiful city at one of my favourite times of the year.”

Aim to Misbehave with essie’s limited edition 1000th shade

Welcome to the party-starter of the Rio 2016 Collection, Essie’s 1000th shade, ‘Aim to misbehave’, £7.99 is a gloriously scandalous vibrant metallic yellow, which

puts you on the same wavelength as any bold trendsetter, and is the hero of nail salon expert Essie’s limited edition Rio 2016 Collection.

Inspired by Rio’s carnival of colour, this collection features 6 of Essie’s boldest colours to date. 

Aim to Misbehave; a scandalous yellow that will have your nails misbehaving. 

(Thisis such a fun and bold shade, perfect for your parties and a perfect addition to your summer holiday wardrobe!)

Sunday Funday; turn everyday into a ridiculously good time with this beautiful, coral crush.

Aruba Blue; escape to paradise with this frosty sapphire.

Bahama Mama; anytime is the right time for this tropical beauty.

Pure Pearlification; this over-the-top top coat instantly creates a lacquered shine to rival the real thing. (Review: This is beautiful and adds jazz, celebration and fun to any colour you’re wearing, with a fabulous long lasting gloss!)

Jazzy Jubilant; this hyperkinetic chromatic glitter top coat is part jazz-age shimmer, part space-age glamour.

Naughty Nautical; sail the sexy seas and chart a course for adventure in this shimmering, brilliant blue-green, naughty never looked so nice.

Like every VIP studded soiree, the 1000th shade celebration won’t last forever. This limited edition shade loves to play hard to get, being available exclusively at Superdrug stores and online from 27th July, – 23rd August 2016 so grab it while you can!

15 Years of The London Look

Two
British beauty icons, 15 years of London looks… Join us to celebrate the 15th
anniversary of the most successful, unrivalled partnership in the beauty world.
Rimmel and Kate Moss introduce a special-edition lip and nail collection in
Kate’s favourite reds and nudes. Revel in
timeless Brit cool at its best.

Rimmel’s
muse since 2001, Kate has always embodied the edgy styles and soul of the
capital city; she’s the true original spokesperson for the London Look. Paying
homage to Kate’s most iconic looks, the new anniversary collection celebrates
the different facets of her fashion personality from red carpet idol to boho
goddess.  

Kate
says
: “I’m incredibly proud of my 15 year
relationship with Rimmel. It’s a brand very close to my heart; my first ever
lipstick was Rimmel Heather Shimmer. The partnership has strengthened and
evolved over the years, with me taking an actively creative role. The new
anniversary collection echoes some of my favourite London looks from the last
decade and a half. I’ve focused on reds and nudes because they’re the colours I
love to wear – each shade reflects a different side of me.”

Building on this success of Kate’s debut make-up line that was first introduced in 2011, the anniversary collection stars six
lust-worthy shades – three reds and three nudes – each inspired by a classic
Kate look. The shades are:

  • Muse Red #51
  • Idol Red #52
  • Retro Red #53
  • Rock N Roll Nude #54
  • My Nude #55
  • Boho Nude #56

All of
Kate’s lip shades are designed to dazzle throughout the day with a full impact
formula that’s infused with light-reflecting Black Diamonds. What’s more, the
richly-saturated, luminous colour lasts for up to 8 hours. Your pout will have
the power to mesmerise. RRP £6.49

In addition to the lipstick shades, Kate’s
iconic style extends to her tips and toes so the anniversary collection also
stars four shades of Super Gel Nail
Polish
three new colours and one classic shade. To complement the crimson
lip hues, the supermodel has created new Rock
N Sparkle #044
, a shimmering red that adds glamour to any outfit. Kate has
also designed two new nudes for nails: Boho-licious
#015
, a suit-all creamy beige; and Gilty
Pleasure #071
,
a beautiful rose-gold that captures the celebratory spirit
of the 15th anniversary. Ms.
Moss loves a super-shiny mani and, thanks to Rimmel innovation, Super Gel delivers a flawlessly glossy
finish with the 3D volume of professional gel manicure. Its exclusive,
patented, two-step Gel Colour System uses a natural light curing technology to
create superior gel colour and shine that lasts for up to 14 days. Easy to
apply, it dries like regular nail polish – no UV lamps needed.  RRP £5.99

Available now from Boots stores nationwide and boots.com

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Last minute gifts to buy? Grab these gorgeous @nailed_london gift sets for tree & stocking gifts! These @RosieFortescue beauts are Available from #feelunique & @harveynichols nationwide for Just £19 (Instant Glamour Trio) & £24 for the Perfect classics collection) Get yours before they’re gone! ❤ #beauty #blogger #gingertalks #instanails #nailsofinstagram

Ginger_Talks: NAILED London by Rosie Fortescue, The review…

So today we review the brand new NAILED London collection – a patented revolutionary 3-step system, developed to closely match the look, feel, wear and gloss of a professional gel polish – all without the hassle of a UV-cured in salon gel manicure.

First up: Rosie’s step-by-step guide…

STEP 1

Use: Nailed London Base Coat, £7

  • Ingredients Epoxy Resin and Polyvinyl Butyral form a mesh-like base to help bind the lacquer, and an optical Brightener helps to bring damaged nails back to life.

STEP 2

Use: Nailed London Lacquer, £7

  • Exclusive Dual Polymer Technology delivers a long lasting, durable, high shine finish. Volcanic Glass provides strength during application, Shellac helps to protect nails and a plant derived, patented plasticizer provides flexibility to lacquer. Only one coat is required due to the high percentage of pigment.

STEP 3

Use: Nailed London Top Coat, £7

  • This advanced topcoat completes the ‘self-cured gel-like’ manicure. Acrylic provides non-yellowing properties that help preserve and protect the manicure and ensures a wet-look finish.

The Review:

“We absolutely love this nail collection…  Easy to apply & quick drying, this makes it a wonder product for us! We tried ‘Thigh High Club, £7′  and the colour is lovely, rich in pigment as promised and definitely a competitor for in salon gel polishes! It stays glossy, and stays put on the nail for days… we are on day four and still no chips! We look forward to trying ‘Noodle Nude, £7′ as soon as its time to take this one off 🙂 – Even though at the moment we dont want to!” 

Head to Harvey Nichols nationwide or feelunique.com for this must buy for your beauty bag!

Ginger_Talks: Rosie Fortescue talks about her new collection NAILED London

Launching this week, Nailed London from MIC’s Rosie Fortescue, is a revolutionary new nail range with a gel-like lacquer system. Available in 28 catwalk inspired shades with four glitter effect polishes. 

Why have you launched a nail colour range?

For as long as I can remember, nail varnish has been something that I have been obsessed with. I probably change my nail colour around twice a week and it has become a major part of my beauty routine.

Where did you get your inspiration?

I wanted to create a nail range that had colours to suit everyone. Whether you wear a nude,pale pink, bright or pastel shade, there is something in the collection for you. The glitters are a fantastic way to jazz up a colour for a night out too!

Was it just as important to have a high tech formulation as well as amazing colours? 

Yes absolutely. I know when I see a good nail varnish from years of painting my own nails, so for me a colour that lasted without chipping was essential.

How did you decide on the colours?

I tried to bring in colours from my life andmy own inspiration into the collection. Iwas inspired by everything around me,from the pink of a rose, the grey from adress on the LFW catwalk and even thename of my dog Noodle.

“From start to finish I’ve been involved in every aspect of developing this fantastic range. I hope you love it as much as I do!” Rosie Fortescue

Get your ticket to a perfect mani, by heading to Harvey Nichols stores nationwide, or feelunique.com to buy yours now! 

PLUS! Keep your eyes peeled next week for the Ginger_Talks: The NAILED London Review 🙂