Midweek Mani Inspirations…

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Do you like neutral nail colours that have an element of individuality about them…? If you love looking for the perfect modern nude nail, you’ll love Essie’s Wild Nudes collection.  Inspired by the outdoors during the Fall season, the 9 shades in this super collection pack plenty of rich creamy colours that are edgy and bang on trend for AW17.

Go back to nature… in style.  When adventure calls, disrobe, disarm and totally charm everyone with these new nudes; from light gray, to khaki, to dusty purples and camel shades, this collection captures the element of autumn in a way no other nail polish collection has before!          

Without A Stitch is a clean light gray inspired by all things slate and clay coloured 

 Accentuate your full, round moon in this pale shadowy blue with a black undertone. Mooning is the perfect muted pale shade to compliment the colours of a Fall sky.      

Strip down to nothing but this mossy green with a subtle white overcast, show the world your true colours in Exposed.

Truth or Bare – why choose? Dare to wear this trusty light cinnamon brown with a hint of red and you can have the best of both worlds!

Skin is in! This sumptuous sienna is all the fashion you need! Clothing Optional.

To win is no sin – this dark, dusty purple with a gray undertone loves to get your Winning Streak on.

Skinnydip! Take the plunge in this light peach with a hint of black.  Nude is so very naughty but oh so very nice.

Bare With Me – let’s get naked! You’ve got nothing to lose but your inhibitions in this apricot cast with a hint of gray.

The collection’s namesake, Wild Nude, is an untamed, sexy fierce light tan with a wash of white that’s anything but plain and bland! Walk on the wild side in this wild nude!

Bold yet natural, watercolour landscape hued but never wishy-washy, you’ll zen out looking at Autumn’s new nudes that will beautifully compliment all of your stylishly cosy ensembles.  And we just found another reason to love Autumn.


My Favourite Product Midweek…

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We’ve all been there. 2 minutes to spare and bare nails, you paint them in record time, all while answering those “where are u?” texts, gingerly fishing out some shoes or a bag with your wet nails, and leaving the house. Result… you turn up at the event/night out/party with some up and coming marbled mess for a manicure. Gone are the days of dented gel jobs and that so called precision colour that’s gone everywhere but on your talons, and looks like you painted your nails on a bumpy speedboat.

If you need to set your nails in a hurry, Speed Setter by Essie is the answer to all of those manicure mishaps!

This is a top coat that sets any nail polish in one minute. Used in place of your usual top coat, Speed Setter delivers a touch dry, diamond-shine finish in 60 seconds. When I first bought this, I wasn’t holding out much hope for it living up to its claim, as I don’t rate those setting sprays at all, they tend to leave a smoky haze in the room. So I was pleasantly surprised when I recently used Speed Setter and my nails didn’t take half as long to dry as they usually do. I had a hardened finish that was ultra glossy in no time. I would recommend Speed Setter to anyone wanting to speed up their manis and pedis.

Essie Speed Setter Top Coat is sold at larger Boots stores and retails at £9.99. For more info & to buy, click here:


Mani Monday…

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If you’re looking for a good quality, long lasting gel nail polish range that doesn’t cost the earth, look no further than Barry M!

Their Gelly Hi Shine nail paint range delivers a diamond shine finish in one coat, for just £3.99 a bottle.

Very highly pigmented and chip resistant, they’ll outshine other polish formulas when it comes to longevity and shine.

Gelly Hi Shine nail paints are available at Boots, Superdrug and at http://www.barrym.com in an endless variety of colour popping shades. This is one gel nail range that’ll have you spoilt for choice.

What’s more, Barry M’s products are vegan friendly and cruelty free, so you can polish your talons and your halo, safe in the knowledge no bunnies were hurt in the making of such bright, glossy goodness!

Summer Nail Spoiler Alert!

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Indulge in all the deliciousness of French patisseries this SS17, without all the calories… oui oui!

You won’t be able to resist six sweet Essie shades that will keep your mouth watering all summer long. 

Inspired by all the glittering confections of the finest Parisian cafes, the S’il Vous Play collection will take you on a whimsical journey through the chic streets of the city of style, decadence and love with soft pastels and a shimmering metallic that is absolutely delectable.

Anything with a Parisian theme or style has always drawn me in, and I know I’m not the only one attracted to the kitsch wanderlust of the city of lights.  Seeing this Essie collection is making me crave macarons, maintenant…

This soft iridescent sugar white will have you licking your lips all the way to the confiserie!

An irresistible lilac cream inspired by the tastiest macarons dans la Rue!

An unforgettable lavender pink foil that will remind you of the most frosty cake icing and the sweet namesake of this collection.  I’ll take the petit gateau avec Glacage Rose s’il vous plait!

Tres fondant of this sparkling apricot marmalade shade!

Romantic rose candy cream that will evoke all the passion of the city of love.

The prettiest pastel Parisian blue that says casual summer all over it!

Beauty Tuesday…

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There’s no doubt that over the past few years, nail effects and nail art have been enjoying a rather big moment.

Holographic, glittery, textured, beaded… the beauty market has experienced a boom in nail trends, some of which were never tried before.  

Magnetic nail polish, which has only been around this past five or so years, is one of the new phenomenons that will take your manicure from everyday chic to envy inducing and edgy.  

Magnetic nail polish…? You may be asking yourself how does this work…? The science behind the magnetic mani is the magnetic particles that have been mixed into the polish that are able to create a pattern when they come into contact with a magnetic force. Most magnetic nail polishes have a magnet on their lid, as this is held over the newly painted nail, the iron powder in the polish gravitates towards the magnet to create the astonishing finish. As if by magic!

One of the first brands to foray into the magnetic field of nail patterns is Nails Inc, who came out with eight jewel-toned metallic colours, each of which boast their own magnet to create an individual magnetic pattern, from fishnet, to star, to wave, magnetic nail polishes attract so many opportunities to take your normal nail look to the next level!

Creating a magnetized mani at home couldn’t be easier.  All you need to do is apply 1 coat of magnetic nail polish, then carefully hold the magnet close over each nail, taking care not to hit your wet nails.  Hold the magnet over each nail for 1 to 2 seconds to create a mesmerising pattern.  Then wait 10-15 minutes for your first coat to dry, and if you feel a second coat is needed, apply a second coat of your magnetic polish, and hold the magnet close to each nail like you did with your first coat.  Wait until it is touch dry then apply a top coat to protect your newly metallized talons.  

Nails Inc are giving you the opportunity to experience the full magnet magic for yourself, thanks to a very exciting promotion on their website.   All you need to do is enter the code FESTIVALNAILS at checkout, when purchasing their full collection of 8 magnetic polishes, which is called the Festival Fever Collection.  

I couldn’t believe my eyes when I saw how much I’d saved on this set – a nail collection that should be over £100, and a whopping £96 saving!  Strokes of luck like this do not come around every day, and the good news is that you do not have to be an O2 Priority customer to take advantage of this amazing offer!  

For more about this collection & what colours you get, and to grab a beauty bargain, head over to the Nails Inc site here!


Vlogmas Festive Nail Favourites!

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Today’s Vlogmas post is all about creating the perfect finishing touch with a sparkly manicure or pedicure. 


Christmas parties and New Year nights out are all about that extra bit of glitz, what better way to add a touch of sparkle than these gems from Nails Inc, Essie and OPI!

The New Globe Walk Snowglobe glitter has to be my current favourite; I was able to choose a free nail colour when I purchased it on the Nails Inc website and Victoria Nailkale was the free shade I chose.  Unfortunately this offer has ended now and I was one of the last customers to take advantage of it.  

I would like to wish all of my YouTube subscribers, viewers, readers and followers of #Fashalia101 the merriest of Christmases and a Happy New Year!

Beauty Tuesday: Essence Haul & Dupe Alert!

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Lately I’ve been collecting various bits and bobs for my next vacation and couldn’t resist a rummage around Dudley’s Wilkinson store.  

Continuing on my mission to downsize my luggage, I was after mini travel bottles, but the main attraction is the much extended Essence Cosmetics stand, my delight at finding the nail polish shades I thought I could only get on their site (www.essence.eu), I came away with 3 beauties today.  Essence nail polishes, like the majority of the Easence cosmetics, are priced with the budget-savvy, thrifty fashionista in mind, without compromising on style and trend inches.  At £1.60, The Gel nail polishes come in a bottomless spectrum of shades and finishes, some shades are satin, matte and even “oil-slick.”  It’s hard to choose just one favourite shade!  The two I’m currently loving are Paradise, the Oil-Slick (Essence’s phrase for colour-flipping duochrome) seafoam blue-green which is flooded with a gold pearlescent shimmer.  I’ve never come across a nail colour so beautifully unique! 

Essence The Gel in Paradise, £1.60!

Let’s not forget Girl’s Best Friend, a light sanding of gold micro fine glitter which is intercepted with larger rocks of silver glitter.  Girl’s Best Friend is like a blingy, rocky beach trip for your nails!

Girl’s Best Friend, £1.60, Essence

I can’t help but notice it’s striking resemblance to Essie’s Hors d’Oveures, if you forgot what this one looked like, here’s a blast from the past, winter 2013 to be precise!

Essie Hors d’Oveures, £7.99, part of the Winter 2013 Encrusted Treasures collection.  

Just goes to show more purse-friendly brands like Essence are just as ahead of the beauty and nail trends as the likes of Essie and OPI, who’s polishes are way pricier.  

I couldn’t resist the temptation of spangly Effect nail polish in Hidden Garden, an eclectic party of gold glitter and multi-colour sparkles is just one of many Twinkling Bling Bling glitters, another mould-breaking nail trend, and Essence’s are a reasonable £2.00. 


Party in a bottle! Essence Hidden Garden, £2.00!

Over the last few years, the manicure market has been experiencing a massive creative boom with nail art pens, transfers, gel-polishes, glitter effects and much more, with social media and YouTube turning into the new trend alert magazines.  In 2015, more people now find it economically better to browse a make-up website or watch a tutorial than to buy a glossy magazine, so a budget friendly brand which doesn’t compromise on quality or style miles like Essence is excellent news for the industry, it makes the latest in beauty accessible to a lot more people looking to save a pretty penny!