Posts Tagged: Nails

Apr 13

Illamasqua Speckled Nail Polish

I’d read a lot about Illamasqua’s speckled polish; beauty bloggers and editors are falling head over heels for it.

illamasqua speckled nail polish

Vogue even called the range: “The most innovative artistic nail varnish.” I don’t quite understand the science behind it, all I know is that it’s like nothing I’ve ever seen before. Most textured nail polish calls for a coat of colour and usually a top coat to give the textured effect. Not so with Illamasqua Speckled Nail Polish; one bottle of polish does the job nicely.

I tried Freckle, a nude, and Scarce, a candy pink.

I think Freckle is the perfect nude for brown skins. The key to a good nude is finding one two shades lighter than your skin tone and up until now they’ve all been a tad too light or a tad too pink. Freckle is exactly the right shade. And why have a plain nude when you can have one that looks like mini chocolate eggs?

illamasqua speckled nails

Scarce is a candy pink which I didn’t think would suit me (hence it only being on one finger) but it’s a thick creamy pink which I think looks really good too. In fact these two colours are so universal I imagine they’ll complement everyone.

They’re not too expensive at £14.50 a bottle but they look so good I think they’re more than worth it.

Illamasqua Speckled Nail Polish – £14.50/15ml

Dec 12

Original Sugar Manicure at Harrods, Knightsbridge

Nail art is great way to add some temporary jazz to your otherwise ordinary nail polish.

I’m always keen to try a new trend so I was happy to be invited up to Harrods department store in Knightsbridge to try out the new Original Sugar manicure. The manicure took place in the Urban Retreat Nail Loft on the fifth floor which, once I could find it (better signs please!) was a lovely space, reserved purely for mani and pedi treatments.


Harrods Nail Loft

After a mani and hand massage from my very sweet beauty therapist Ellie, I was asked to choose a colour – I went for Leighton Denny ‘Embellish Me’ and a nail art design. Original Sugar have recently brought out a range of new colours and designs – velveteen, bullionaire, gold leaf and Swarovski crystals to name just a few.

Original Sugar Bullionaire

Original Sugar Bullionaire

Unable to decide between the bullionaire and the velveteen I decided to have both. ‘Tis the season! After my nails had been painted and two coats of top coat applied, Ellie poured the bullion and velvet on the respective nails, shook of the excess and left them to dry. Another layer of top coat was applied to seal the bullionaire nail art while the velveteen was left to its own devices. Here is the finished product.


Now I’ve had it done I wish I had got the velveteen treatment on all my nails as it is such a cool, modern, matte look. Next time. Not all Original Sugar nail art is meant to last ages; after a couple of days the velveteen is starting to wear off although the bullionaire is still going strong.


Original Sugar Velveteen

You can buy kits to get these effects at home (prices start at £4.95) but if you’re in London, I recommend a visit to the Nail Loft at Harrods for that real first class experience.

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