VINYLUX – saving the world one nail polish at a time

Okay, so, this is my second attempt at reviewing VINYLUX for you all. I wrote out a beaaaaautiful post yesterday, pictures sorted, links sorted, THE LOT. And what happens?! OH YEAH, wordpress deleted the whole thing. Cheers then! This is the thing with all this fancy technology. Its fabulous when its working, but the second it doesn’t – yes, I admit it – I throw my toys out the metaphorical pram and have a good old paddy. Hence why its taken my 24 hours to flush away the frustration and actually type the whole thing again.

So…here we go!

Last Thursday I purchased VINYLUX nail polish. For those who haven’t heard about it yet, its basically like Shellac, but without the lamp, as it hardens itself when exposed to natural daylight. You can also remove it with normal nail polish remover, without having to take a tedious trip back to the salon to have your nail beds hacked at with various scraping tools.

You buy the top coat, and then you can use that with any of the colours. Each bottle is priced at around £10, generally, and they’re all 15ml. I picked up a pinky colour called Gotcha #116, and I found it really lovely.

APPLICATION

You apply two coats of the colour (no base coat required), and then one coat of the top coat, and leave to dry. I found it dried pretty quickly, and didn’t smudge or gloop about at all.

DURABILITY

I have taken a picture of my nails on each day after I applied the polish, so you can see how well it held up under pressure. It endured a drive to London and back (95 miles from the South Coast), two pretty hard nights out (and the accompanying ‘getting ready’ process), countless tube and bus rides, a trek around Westfield, and the packing and unpacking of my suitcase. So, all in all, a pretty busy few days for a home mani to endure.

I was dubious about the product as I was wondering whether it was too good to be true, but I have to say I actually couldn’t be more impressed. Despite claiming to last 7 days, I only wore it for four, because my job doesn’t allow me to wear nail colour, so it had to come off, but it was still in such good shape by the end of day four I have no doubt that it would live up to its 7 day claim. If not more!

You will see a little chipping on my right index finger by day 3, but to be honest, my nail had broken a bit itself, so I’m giving the polish the benefit of the doubt.

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REMOVAL

I was a bit worried because I had to remove the polish 10 minutes before my shift started, and I realized I hadn’t actually checked that normal remover would take it off! My beautician had told me it did, but the leaflet that came with it said it is best removed with CND’s own remover, so I started to panic! Luckily, my trusty beautician, Becky, was absolutely right. It came off really easily and didn’t stain my nails (even though no base coat is used!).

Overall, I was really really happy with this product. I would definitely recommend it to all fellow nail addicts (Emily, if you’re reading…I mean you!). It has revolutionized nail painting for me! If I was made of money I would replace all my colours I have already with VINYLUX ones, but sadly, with a collection of 100+ bottles, I can’t do that!

Check out all the colours available here. My next purchases, I think, will be Tropix and Azure Wish.

If you have any thoughts on VINYLUX, let me know about it!

I hope everyone made it through Monday!

All my love

Coco xxx

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June’s Birch Box!

So for those who didn’t see my recent post, I recently subscribed to Birch Box, and have just torn open my first delivery. Well well well. Impressed does not even begin to cover it. I am over the moon with what they’ve sent! As promised, here are my thoughts….

Firstly, the packaging is just to die for. A cute little box, with a Birch Box branded drawstring bag inside. I am so excited to be getting this every month! Perfect for my inner beauty product obsession!

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PRODUCT ONE

The first thing I clapped eyes on in this month’s box was the Laura Gellar Inkwell Waterproof Gel Liner, with a little brush built into the lid. I’ve needed a new gel liner for a while but I don’t wear it all the time, so haven’t got round to selecting one. This is the perfect size to carry around, and I wore it today and found it really durable and long lasting.

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PRODUCT TWO

This was the Noble Isle Shower Gel, and this cute little bottle smells absolutely gorgeous. Just one sniff and you feel as though you’re transported off to the most luxurious spa in the world. Its really lovely on the skin, too. I would definitely purchase the full bottle, but its quite pricey, so only as a treat!

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PRODUCT THREE

The nail colour I am wearing in that photo is also from this month’s box. Its the Color Club polish in Reign in Spain, which is the fluorescent coral colour shown in the picture below. This colour was developed exclusively for Birch Box, and while I first thought it was a bit too bright, I actually have fallen in love with it! It looks great against black and white outfits, and is really striking. I have had lots of compliments already. You can purchase this colour exclusively on the Birch Box site here.

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PRODUCT FOUR

The next product I grabbed from the box was this tiny little bottle of COOLA Cucumber SPF Face Protect. I haven’t yet had a chance to try it as the sun has not graced us yet, but this weekend is set to be a scorcher on the South coast, so it will definitely get tested! It smells like holiday in a bottle, though! It’l be great to carry around in my handbag for when I feel my nose catching the sun a bit too much!

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PRODUCT FIVE

Yes thats right. This month I got five goodies in my box. Its usually four or five, and this time around I was lucky with the latter. Its the Beauty Protector Detangling Leave In Conditioner. I am yet to test this one yet as I haven’t washed my hair since it arrived, but as soon as I do I will post a review.

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You can go onto your Birch Box account and review all the products you receive in your box, and you earn points to spend on the site for doing so, so its great to let others know what you think of your things.

Salivating at the thought? Subscribe here NOW!

Have a great weekend. Tomorrow I am getting my final results of my degree, and its safe to say I am completely bricking it. Wish me luck!

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Butters Vibe

For those of you who watch Made in Chelsea, you’ll recognise that the title of this post is one of Stevie’s infamous phrases. If not, well, you should watch it!

Anyway, today I am lusting after Butter London nail polishes. If you haven’t seen them, look out for them. They come in the most delicious of colours, and I can actually pick out loads of colours that I don’t think I already have (which is hard for me in most brands now, with my 90 something strong collection). Generally, nail polish shopping these days results in me scouring the shelves, maybe finding a couple of colours I like, before concluding that really, I probably already have it, if not one very very similar. I really need to do a proper clear out of them really. Maybe then I can justify making room for a Butter London shade! 

They retail at £12, so they are pretty pricey. I have heard mixed reviews, and particularly the lack of uniformity in the consistency of the colours (but in my opinion this is a given in almost every brand. One colour will glide on perfectly, while another will gloop about like caramel), but I am still desperate to try them!

Here are the colours that are making me drool:

Sprog, Fiver, Tea and Toast, Cake Hole.

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Pale blue is my colour of the moment, thats why I LOVE the Sprog shade, and the Tea and Toast seems really unique and I don’t think I’ve seen a colour like this recently.

Any thoughts or reviews on Butter London very welcome! Let me know what you think!

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Leighton Denny Nails. Confessions of a Polish-aholic

Today I was lucky enough to receive a belated birthday present in the mail (don’t you just love it when that happens!). It was the Leighton Denny Travel Collection, and contains three full sized polishes, a dual ended manicure set, hand cream, accetone free nail polish remover, a glass nail file and a slick tips pen, for nourishing nails on the go.

I have to say I am extremely impressed with the products, and would definitely purchase others in the range. I find that nail polish is a cosmetics item that really warrants premium brand purchases, as the quality is just so dramatically better. These polishes are quick drying and the colours are great. The three included are I Love Juicy, Spring Fling, and Keep it Light. I was at first a little dubious as two of the three had shimmer in, which I am usually opposed to as it can look tacky, but these look really cute and subtle.

The hand cream is really nourishing and improves the appearance of your hands too, as well as making them soft and smooth – absolutely essential for my poor waitress hands!! As is the quick tips nourishing stick, packed with vitamins to nourish your nails. Again, perfect for my waitress hands and tired nails! The manicure stick is ideal as we’re not supposed to wear polish, but being a complete obsessive, I sometimes try and get away with a really light colour, if I can!

The set is available to buy online from QVC here for just £32.98, or Look Fantastic sell their products too. This is a new nail brand to my 96 strong polish collection, and think it might be up there as a fave with Essie!!

Here is a quick snap of the I Love Juicy shade I’ve just slicked on. You can even get away with just one coat if you’re in a rush. This shown was one coat plus my trusty No.7 top coat. I am never without it!

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Snap some up asap!!! Highly recommended!!!

Night all

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