Found: Nails Inc Bling it on…

Regular readers will know I love my nails and often share a new nail find. The last trend I showed the DIY for was a painterly autumnal ombre effect, but todays is a product, similar to the Ciate nails I tried a while back.

I first saw the new Nails Inc Bling it on glitter effect probably a couple of months ago. Passing through Selfridges I made a bit of a cack-handed effort at trying it on myself, ended up with a slap dash mess and wrote it off as an insubstantial gimmick. Fast forward to two weeks ago and I was getting my nails done pre-holiday and ended up with this…

The truth was, one of the manicurists was at a loose end and utilised her time by studiously applying the Bling it on glitter to her nails whilst I was having mine done close by. The glitter effect in her chosen black looked absolutely stunning against her black uniform and I was captivated. It was so dense and perfect that it was unlike anything else I had seen and I was inspired to try it out for my holidays.

There are several colours available but I chose a pinky shade (in the Hologram set) which worked over my pink polish. Each kit has 2 complimentary shades of ‘bling’, a mini polish for underneath and mini Kensington Caviar topcoat, with a brush and tray to apply the bling. You tip the glitter into the tray, apply a layer of polish, dip your finger in to the glitter nail down, whilst rolling to evenly coat the nail (the tricky bit.) If you need extra, you shake it over the nail held over the tray, then brush the excess off the nail and finger with the brush. Finally seal with a coat or three of topcoat.

I was really impressed. I was afraid it would feel rough or catch on clothes but actually it becomes textured yet smooth once sealed with topcoat. I worried it would chip straight off but after week one of my holiday (including sand, sea and pool water,) my nails needed re-doing and the glitter ring finger remained intact. I re-did the others and a full 14 days later, my fingers were only just starting to look worse for wear. Impressive.

Clearly it’s not an everyday look, but if I have any special occasions coming up this party season, I know what I’ll be doing with my nails 😉

Love,
Rebecca
xo

Recommended: Deborah Lippmann

A little while ago I wrote about the new and more adventurous nail trends that I’ve been spotting everywhere and in the process of researching them, came across a polish that I just fell in love with – Deborah Lippmann‘s ‘Glitter In The Air‘.

A super pretty delicate pastel shade of minty blue, with dusty pink and tiffany blue pieces of large hexagonal glitter as well as some tiny glittery dust in there too, it stole my heart. I should at this point say that these polishes are not new and have been storming the blog world for quite some time now, but I had always assumed I wouldn’t be able to get them as they are often featured on US blogs. Off I headed to my trusty Amazon and snapped one up for £10.75

One of the things I wasn’t sure about was whether the glitter would actually spread onto the nail as when the polish is dragged over, I worried the glitter would just be swept off the edge with the brush. Not so, a bit of strategic re-sweeping was required but the glitter goes on in a pleasingly random fashion without any need for putting on big gloopy drops of polish that take ages to dry.

The other nice thing is that even at this shade of blue, the polish is lovely and transparent. I can’t vouch too much as I haven’t yet tried it ‘nude’ i.e. without a base colour, but as you can see from the before and after pictures, even over this candy fuschia shade I was sporting when I layered the polish on, it just made the polish a slightly cooler, sorbet tone.

Next stop, my minty blue H&M polish with the glitter over it.

Best of all, even though the last time I wore glitter on my nails may well have been the nineties, this just seems fresh and pretty and rather grown up. For a bit of celebratory sparkle, hunt some down and tweet me a picture of yours @FlorenceFinds 🙂

Love,
Rebecca
xo

Nails #trending…

I’ve been a-noticing recently, nails just aren’t what they used to be. They’re even better!

I’m fairly confident that I can award myself the title of nail queen. From leaving school right through to my early uni years my nails were painted 24/7 in every colour possible, then medicine and hospital hand washing rules got in the way. (Despite the fact that nail varnish has absolutely nothing to do with how much you wash your hands or how clean they are.)

Freed from the wards now, I’ve been getting back into nails in a big way over the last year or so, and quite topically after this morning’s discussion, I thought I’d do a round up of nail trends I’ve been spotting.

You see, it’s no longer enough (and I say that of course with a pinch of salt,) to simply have painted nails. They must be the latest shades like blues, greens and neon, have contrasting tips, stripes or ring finger accents. And then there’s, *gasp* glitter!

Once upon a time I thought these trends were so lacking in cool (remember nail art and hideous acrylics with piercing and a diamanté? And when blue nail polish was so your-ten-year-old-self?) but now I’m all for experimenting. It’s funny how things change 🙂

Turquoise with china glitter Pshiiit.com
Space Nails Pshiiit.com (DIY)
Red and coral mani (how do you like the zip transfer?) Pshiiit.com
Sparkled Apricot nails – Cupcakes and Cashmere (DIY)
Galaxy nails – A Cup of Jo (DIY)
Grey and gold sparkle fade tips via Pinterest
I love these Deborah Lippman glitter top coats and this baby blue one is perfect for spring – Kellie Gonzo
Gold leaf manicure – The Beauty Department (DIY)
Faded neon Tips – High Fashion Magazine
Yellow neon ‘V’ nails – Pshiiit.com

So today I was wondering… What do you think about all the new nail trends we’re seeing, are you game? Or too many memories of the 90’s?!

Love,
Rebecca
Xo

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