Monday Nail Mail

Morning! (or afternoon if you’re international) I was very excited with my nail mail this morning, although it did look a bit boring, ha! However the majority of it is all ‘essential’ stuff. I was very pleased to find that my replacement polish from Digital Nails arrived ( i had some issues with glitter in the last one, so Raphaelle kindly resent free of charge- now that’s customer service!) of ‘Oh,Fionna’. I will probably use the one where i was having issues as a back up, in case i run out. However i don’t think i have EVER come to the end of a bottle of nail polish…(except top coats). Here are a few picture of ‘Oh,Fionna’ in case you’re wondering what it looks like.(Broken camera, still relying on website images)

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I may end investing in a nude polish to go under this as it is slightly sheerer than shown in the images. I’m thinking Taras Talons’ ‘Dolly’.

I also picked up the much raved about Seche Vite Dry Fast Top coat. After looking at reviews and never coming across ANY bad ones, the publicity it has recieved in beauty magazines, and the number of beauty bloggers that swear by it i decided it had to be mine. I used to use the OPI Rapid Dry but i found it went ‘gloopy’ really quickly and even before that, even a medium coat would peel off and felt really ‘plastic-y’ ( more of my made up words). I’ve already tried it out over a manicure i purposefully didn’t top coat and it’s made the world of difference! It does dry very quick and really brightens the colour underneath giving the nail a lovely shine. This is something that will become a staple for me. I noticed QVC are doing an offer of 3 for £18.75 if you’re interested…(http://www.qvcuk.com/Seche-Vite-Top-Coat-Duo-%26-Clear-Base-Coat.product.202634.html?sc=202634-DRIL&cm_sp=VIEWPOSITION-_-22-_-202634) I have no idea why that link is so long sorry…unfortunately i don’t know how to integrate a link into text haha so if anyone can tell me i’d be really grateful!  I got mine for the brilliant price of £6.In case you’ve never seen it before…

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I don’t actually own a base coat so to go with this i also picked up the Seche Ridge Filling Base Coat. There were so many different types of base coats that i was a bit bamboozled when it came to picking one! I finally decided on the ridge filling one as i find  i sometimes get ridges etc in my nails that affect the way nail polish looks when applied, so this one just seemed perfect. I’m curious to see what difference using a base coat makes and whether this one actually does what it says. We shall see! Image:

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A few days later, in despair after breaking nearly all of my nails and the fact that the surface of the tips seemed to always ‘scratch’ i decided it was time i bought a nail treatment. My nails always get a certain length and then they just stop growing, seriously! This isn’t a particularly long length either and i’d like for them to be a bit longer really. I’ve started taking a biotin based supplement too, so hopefully the use of these together will help my nails grow back fast, strengthen them and stop them from breaking and chipping! I picked up the Dry and Brittle OPI Nail Envy. I decided to go with Nail Envy as so many people say that it works and i really trust OPI for their nail care. I got the Dry and Brittle one as no matter how much hand cream or cuticle oil i apply my nails are always very dry looking ( however my cuticles are very happy indeed 🙂 ) so i’m hoping this will add moisture and strengthen them considerably. If you’re considering buying this bear in mind it’s quite expensive…the cheapest i found this was at £11 and some salons charge up to £18. Tonight when i face removing my entirely glitter based nail polish ( filled with dread and anxiety…and armed with a roll of tin foil) i think i will start the treatment. Which will involve no nail polish ( other than the nail envy of course) for two weeks! I may have withdrawals and eventually crack under the pressure of it all. I can barely stand to go a few hours without nail polish and rarely leave the house without any on. It is to me, the same as make up is for a lot of girls…( although i try not to go out without make up anymore either). In about two weeks time i will post a review and describe how it went with any changes to my nails! Really hoping this works…

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You can also get Nail Envy in: Matte, Original, Soft and Thin, Sensitive and Peeling and Maintenance.

I found all of these items on ebay and if you look around you can get them at pretty good prices. A lot of high end beauty stores online stock these, however you’re unlikely to find them in Boots or Superdrug.

I scream, you scream we all scream for ice cream  nail mail !

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Current Indie Favourites #1 Digital Nails

I thought i would show you guys in Installments my favourite indie brands. Starting with Digital Nails!

Digital Nails is described by owner Raphaelle Yax as ‘Geek chic boutique Nail Lacquer hand made in Austin, TX’ and i couldn’t agree more! All of these polishes are based on some sort of pop culture or science/math, with Raphaelle saying in her shop announced that ‘I draw inspiration from all things geeky – science fiction tv shows, comic books, cartoons, video games, etc.’. This eclectic inspiration makes for super fun and cheerful lacquers with witty names. Unlike a like of brands, Digital Nails provides unique colour and glitter mixes you will not find anywhere else. Here are some polishes by Digital Nails:

Pandorica inspired by Doctor Who

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Pandorica from The Ladies of Who and Rory Too! Collection.

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Swatch by Digital Nails

Product Description by Digital Nails:

Pandorica is a black jelly polish with more spectraflair linear holographic pigment than you can shake a stick at. It doesn’t even need sunshine to scream OMG RAINBOWS, and those bad boys will pop out even in dim indoor lighting.Pandorica is inspired by the boy who waited, Rory Williams. The thing I love most about Rory is is unfaltering loyalty, and this polish was inspired by the episode(s)where he sat in front of the Pandorica, gaurding it for 2000 years while Amy was trapped inside. That’s some serious love, you guys.
Whether you’re a Whovian, like myself or just a fan of the crazypants glitters, this polish is positively perfect for any occasion, particularly if a handsome young man with two hearts and a penchant for saving the universe happens to ask you to come along and step into his bigger-on-the-inside blue police box. Hello, Sweetie!

You can find a ton of other Doctor Who inspired polishes in the Digital Nails etsy store including: Run, You Clever Boy, Ultimate Ginger, Bad Wolf, Timey Wimey, Oh,Fionna( i recommend), So Disco,Super Temp,Hello Sweetie,Petrichor and Wibbly Wobbly. Yep that is one Doctor Who fan girl! There are also a few more Doctor Who inspired polishes which are out of stock including Expelliarmus!( which could also count as a HP inspired polish).

DeGrasses’ Greener-Neil DeGrasse Tyson inspiredPolish

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Product Description by Digital Nails:

Hello fellow space geeks!I have for you the most holo-glitter-tastic green polish that ever existed in the history of ever. All hyperbole aside, this is one GREEN SPARKLY POLISH. And, even better, it is a terrible pun based on one of my favorite people.deGrasse’s greener is a terrible play on words, and also an homage to one of my very favorite humans ever, Neil deGrasse Tyson. NdGT is an American astrophysicist and also a very effective Science Communicator. What the crap is a Science Communicator, you ask? A Science Communicator is a person who actively engages the general public on the topic of science. NdGT does this in many ways, hosting space themed television shows, touring and lecturing, writing books, and generally keeping us all informed and entertained at the same time via his Twitter account.

As far as i know this is Digital Nails’ only Science inspired polish. From what i’ve seen of her store she generally focuses on nerdy TV and Film including but limited to Star Wars, Adventure Time, Game of Thrones,My Little Pony,Arrested Development and The Fifth Element.

Dark Labyrinth a Math inspired polish

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Swatch by Digital Nails

Product Description by Digital Nails:

Hello science & math enthusiasts and polish lovers! I am pleased to introduce Dark Labyrinth. This polish was inspired by an awesome quote about the importance of the language of mathematics by Italian physicist, mathematician, astronomer, and philosopher Galileo Galilei.The Dark Labyrinth is represented here in a black jelly base loaded with black stars, black hex glitters, and 3mm black circle glitters. It also features tons of silky teal glitters, plus neon pink hexes in two sizes, and neon green hexes and stars. The concept is that the blackness of the jelly base upon layering, will obscure the shapes of the bright colors underneath, representing all that human kind knows about our universe. Some things are very clear, some are partially clear, and lots are obscured by this Dark Labyrinth of which he spoke. This also conceptually stresses the importance of math and the sciences, and is my way of spreading my love of them.

Raphaelle also has several other Math inspired polishes in her etsy store inluding: Fibonnaci Sequins and The Golden Mean.

I myself can be a little geeky at times! I would consider myself a fan girl of Harry Potter, Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Tim Burton and 80’s Horror Movies. For someone incredibly girly these seem like strange interests! I would be super excited if Raphaelle brought out some BtVS inspired polishes but i have no idea if she is even into the show! ( which finsished production 10 years ago.)

In case you’re Wondering what Polishes i own by Digital Nails here they are ( so far…ominous elipsis):

Harry <3’s Ginny ( couldn’t resist a HP polish!)

Hipster in a Blender

Oh,Fionna ( not a whovian but this is gorgeous)

( check my wishlist for all the Digital Nails polishes i’m currently stalking)

Raphaelle at Digital Nails is a brilliant and responsive seller, so you should feel no worry or stress when it comes to ordering from her! She is very friendly and beautifully packages all items and even includes cute little freebies!

Facebook Page: https://www.facebook.com/DigitalNails?fref=ts

Etsy: http://www.etsy.com/uk/shop/DigitalNails

Happy Shopping and thanks to Raphaelle Yax for producing some of my favourite ever polishes!

Digital Nails

It’s finally friday! So today i want to share with you an awesome indie nail brand called Digital Nails.These polishes draw their inspiration from anything sci-fi or geeky so are perfect for the nerd in you! There are even Harry Potter and Doctor Who inspired polishes! Known for their quirky colors, super holos and unique glitter mixes this is a brand you have to check out. Here is what i’m loving at the moment:

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Oh,Fionna

 

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Hipster In A Blender

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Bonnibel

You check out Digital Nails at their etsy store here:

http://www.etsy.com/uk/shop/DigitalNails