Essie Truth or Flare*

Essie Truth or Flare

I’m a big fan of Essie polishes, they always have the best colour selections, and the formulas are hard to beat. Now that you can pick them up in Boots or Superdrug, my collection has grown to far larger than I would like to admit! For Spring and Summer, Essie have released a new range for Spring and Summer which is the most perfect mix of soft pastels, a nude and a punchy pink-red (stay tuned …)

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The polish I’ve been wearing this week has been Truth or Flare, which is described as a vintage blue denim, and it’s the most beautiful cornflower blue with a slightly grey undertone. It’s such a great alternative to my regular ballerina pinks and nudes, and I’ve been wearing it with jeans and oversize grey cashmere sweaters, and so many people have been asking me what colour I’m wearing. To get the shade fully opaque, I used three thin coats, but it dried quickly and evenly with no bubbling. A topcoat of my beloved Dior Gel Topcoat has sealed the colour, and I’ve had it on for three days without a chip in sight!

The polish costs £7.99 and is available from Superdrug and Boots

Essie After School Boy Blazer

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The moment that there is a chill in the air, and nights get longer, I always seem to reach for dark polishes. There’s just something about dark, shiny, short nails which is just so chic and is so easy to wear. Whether it’s with an oversize cashmere sweater, or a sparkly party dress dark nails just work. View Post

10 Over 10 Salon – Tribeca

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I can’t believe it’s taken me this long to post my review of 10 Over 10 salon which I visited when I was most recently in New York.

I had been aching to head down to Tribeca and try the salon for ever! It’s a perennial favourite of the who’s who of the fashion industry, and I had heard only good things about the place. Located between Duane and Reade Street, you have to look out for a cute little neon sign, and then head up the stairs. Even though I didn’t have an appointment, I was accommodated for a mani pedi, and I got to work choosing my colours, whilst sipping on green tea.

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The sheer choice of colours available was beyond impressive. As well as having every Essie shade I could think of, as well as many, many more, I could choose from Chanel, Nars and 10 Over 10 own brand polishes – I was in heaven. I’m so picky when it comes to polish, and I really appreciated not having to tote my own along with me. I went for Chanel Fracas for hands and toes, and looked forward to the treatment.

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When it was time for my pedi, I got shown to a comfy little chair and invited to relax whilst my technician got to work. The view is incredible – as warm light shone in I had the perfect people-watching spot for the entire duration. It was bliss. My feet were silky smooth afterwards, and I was super impressed with techniques used. This might sound a little odd, but the shape which my nails were filed into were perfect.

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Following my pedi, I was shown to the manicure bar, where my fingers were suitably pampered – the service was blissful, and the technician didn’t blink an eye when I asked for an extra dose of acetone before polishing since my nails chip ridiculously easy. Unlike regular nail salons, there is no UV light which dries the polish, instead 10 Over 10 has developed their own special oil which dries polish quickly without bubbling or any other negative consequences. The mani lasted for around 4 days on me (a marathon by all accounts) and the pedi a week, and the whole experience was blissful. The salon is such a perfect little hideaway if city life is getting too much!

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