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Autumn Nails – Plum Season.

Hello everyone,

I’m finally writing my final article of the ‘Autumn Nails‘ series. I apologize it took me so long to write this last post but I was looking for a specific polish which I couldn’t find in any stores where I live. I have ordered it online in the end and it is here!

I love autumn for many reasons, one of which is that it’s plum season right now and so I thought I’d end the series with Essie Sole Mate.

This polish has a very dark plum colour. I think it suits any skin tone and skin colour. I’d suggest wearing on shorter nails (no any longer than on the picture below) for a more sophisticated look. You could pair it with a dark berry lip for the ultimate vampy look.

As always I applied one coat of O.P.I. Original Nail Envy, followed by two coats of the nail polish, and finished with one coat of Seche Vite. The colour on the picture isn’t too far from reality, just note that the polish will look lighter in brighter light and darker (almost black) in low light.

I do like this colour very much but I have a few issues with the polish. I don’t like the brush, it’s too small and I find it quite hard to apply the polish. The first coat went on streaky and the second coat didn’t help evening out the polish. I didn’t bother with a third coat but I think this one it a three coater.

Let me know what you think of my ‘Autumn Nails’ series. I really hope you enjoyed it.

Juliette

September Favourites.

Hello everyone.

It’s that time of the month again! I can’t believe how quickly September flew by, October already, Christmas is just around the corner.

So… What have I been loving this month?

I’ve been using the Estée Lauder DayWear Advanced Multi-Protection Anti-Oxidant Creme for years and it’s never let me down. The brand has a new DayWear moisturizer (which replaced the one I was using), and so I bought it when I almost ran out last August. I am glad to report that I love the new version, at least as much as the previous one, I was worried it would be too different from the one I’ve used for ever. I’ll write a short article about them.

Whilst I’m talking about moisturizers, I’ve been loving using the La Roche-Posay Lipikar Lait body moisturizer. I just apply it in the morning after the shower and let it dry for a couple of minutes before getting dressed. It is lovely on the skin and reply helps with dry patches I may have. I will be moving to the body balm version of this product (which is a lot richer) when winter comes as it is very moisturizing. I bought mine in a Parisian parapharmacie but you can get yours here.

I still absolutely adore my YSL Le Teint Touche Éclat, even more so now that I have the colour BD40 that I mix with BD50 to get the perfect colour match. I wore this foundation a little longer than thirteen hours and didn’t need to touch up and it did still look very good when I took it off, very impressive. I actually wrote an article on this product.

I have been loving using my Sigma F60 brush to apply the YSL foundation. It’s just a classic foundation brush really, it does the job it’s suppose to do and I get the right amount of coverage when I use it.

If I need to hide some dark spots or blemishes with concealer, I use my Detailer Brush which came in the Real Techniques Core Collection kit by Samantha Chapman. It’s quite small so it ideal for precision work. Real Techniques brushes are available at Boots.

I am gone contouring and bronzer mad this past summer and I just can’t get enough of the Soleil Tan de Chanel Bronze Universel Makeup Base. I absolutely love it, it works so well with my skin tone. I use it every single day, to the point that I skip blush now.

I have very long and full lashes so I don’t tend to too much mascara as it makes my eyes look very dramatic and I’m more into subtle makeup. If I wear mascara, I prefer brown and one I have been loving is the Benefit BADgal brown mascara. It just gives more definition to my lashes and that is all I need really.

I don’t really worry about blemishes anymore, and if I get any I just apply a bit of the Avène Cleanance K Cream-Gel on the spot before bed and it would be gone the next morning (two nights for more persistent blemishes). I have recommended this product to a couple of friends and family members, every single one of them came back to me saying how impressed they were with the product. Just be aware that it might sting a bit. It’s available at Boots.

I’ve also been enjoying my weekly application of GlamGlow Tingling & Exfoliating Mud Mask, it is a very pricey mask but I can safely say that I will repurchase it when I run out of it, not that I can see this happening any time soon. Read my review here fore more details.

I made a series of articles titled ‘Autumn Nails‘ and whilst I liked most of the polishes I absolutely loved wearing O.P.I. Nein! Nein! Nein! Ok Fine! nail polish. I love this dark olive polish, plus it has an amazing formula. I’ve reviewed it here.

What have you been loving this September?

Juliette

Autumn Nails – The Wellies.

Hello everyone.

Today’s article in the third in my ‘Autumn Nails’ series. After The Naked Texan and Dead Leaves, I present you ‘The Wellies‘.

I was looking at the nail polishes from O.P.I.Germany Collection for Fall 2012 and thought I’d try one of the colours. Brace yourself ladies, this is quite a ridiculous name, Nein! Nein! Nein! Ok Fine! is described as a black olive. I think it I’d agree with this, though, under some lights it looks like a very dark grey.

Like all the previous O.P.I. polishes I’ve tried, it was pretty easy to apply, I mean the formula and the brush are impeccable.

Like with the other polishes, I have to apologise but I find it impossible to get an accurate picture with the camera I use. This time I thought I’d put two pictures up so you can see two different captures I managed to get of this nail polish. The real life colour is a lot closer to the one on the second picture but both photographs seem to have totally removed any traces of grey in the polish.

As usual, I applied one coat of O.P.I. Original Nail Envy, followed by two coats of the polish and one coat of Seche Vite.

I love the colour and how it looks against my skin tone. I can imagine it would work with most skin tones and look fantastic on both fingernails and toenails. It’s a great twist on the classic black polish.

Have a look at the rest of the O.P.I. Germany Collection here. Pick up a set of four Ger-Minis here or a full size bottle of Nein! Nein! Nein! Ok Fine! here.

Juliette

Autumn Nails – Dead Leaves.

Hello Everyone.

This is the second article in the ‘Autumn Nails’ series, you can read the first one ‘The Naked Texanhere. Let’s talk about O.P.I. Java Mauve-A.

I find this nail polish very hard to describe. Is it a brown? A pink? An orange? Or a mauve like its name suggests? I say, it reminds me of the colour of autumn leaves (picture below), it is a brown/pink/orange/mauve. Very appropriate for the the season.

Picture from here.

The colour is modern and goes with everything. I personally like wearing it on slightly shorter nails, it is very sophisticated.. I love this colour on my fingernails, so much so that I’m actually wearing it on my toes too.

On the picture below I wear one coat of O.P.I. Original Nail Envy, two coats of the polish and on coat of Seche Vite. I have to mention that the first coat was a little streaky, the polish evened itself out with the second coat though. The colour on the photograph is close to the real life colour.

So far, this is my favourite polish, I absolutely love it.

Get yours here.

Juliette

Autumn Nails – The Naked Texan.

Hello everyone.

With autumn just around the corner, I’ve been gathering a few nail polishes for the new season, old and new releases. So, this is the first article in a series of autumn nail colours.

First stop is O.P.I. San Tan-Tonio, it was released as part of the Texas Collection for Spring/Summer 2011. It is described as a ‘honey of a ten-gallon tan!’, I say it’s a sandy nude polish.

It is almost opaque after the first coat but I would most definitely say it’s a two coater.

I think the colour would look amazing on you if your skin tone is fair, light-medium and medium. Any darker and I fear it might not be flattering on the nails. I personally just about like it, I think if my hands were any darker, I wouldn’t wear it.

I apologize for the picture, but I only have a standard camera and so it is quite hard to get a good picture. Looking at my nails right now, San Tan-Tonio is less glossy, darker and I’d even add a little more khaki than on the photograph.

To get this finish I applied one coat of O.P.I Original Nail Envy, two coats of the polish and one coat of Seche Vite on the top.

Get yours here.

What do you think?

Juliette.

On the road to better nails?

Hello everyone.

As I said in my ‘Late-August/not-quite-September-yet purchases’ article, I’m trying to get my nails in better shape. This is a short post to show you what my nails look like right now. I’d say they are very dry, especially the cuticles, and they are brittle and bendy; not how I’d want my nails to be. I understand that diet is another big factor to take into consideration when trying to get better nails but I won’t include anything that isn’t nail care related.

So here is a quick list of the products I am trying out, again, they were all in the article I mentioned above.

1. Leighton Denny Crystal Nail File.

2. Leighton Denny Quatro, 4 in 1 Nail File & Buffer.

3. O.P.I. Original Nail Envy used as a base coat.

4. Seche Vite used as a top coat.

5. Burt’s Bees Lemon Butter Cuticle Cream to soften my cuticles.

I will probably write articles about these products, when the trial is over. Until then, here is a picture of my nails this evening, just before I manicured them.

Before I end this post, here is a picture of my nails after a manicure and with a nude nail polish on. The polish is Ciate ‘My fair Lady’ and guess what? It is a full size bottle, and came free with the September 2011 issue of Marie Claire. The colour on the picture is pretty close to the one in real life, only a little pinker, I’d say it is a perfect nude for fair to light-medium skin tones, that’s not saying you shouldn’t try it if you are of a darker complexion.

What condition would you say your nails are in? Do you know of any ‘miracle’ products that could help me get healthier nails?

Juliette