I mentioned recently that I am currently loving autumn polishes but have been typically been going for traditional burgundies, plums and the occasional nude. My most recent discovery is a little different but my absolute favourite, it’s a new shade addition to the Barry M Sunset Daylight Curing Range in the shade Dark Side of the Shroom.

It’s part of their Autumn range which also has the usual dark purple and win red shade as well as a pink and this beautiful mushroom shade. I’ve previously written a blog post about the Barry M Sunlight curing polishes, as the name suggests they cure using sunlight (or now it’s autumn artificial light) but can be removed with normal nail polish remover.

Although a lot of mushroom shades can be quite grey this one is much more mauve, applied beautifully with two thin coats and dried very fast. I also used the Sunset Topcoat over the top which adds a beautiful gel like gloss and which I find helps keep my nails nice and strong. I typically get close to a week wear out of these polishes but I’ll update on that at a later day.

In absolute love with this shade and polish plus it’s a complete steal at only £4.99 

Before I get carried away with red and gold glitter nails for the Christmas period I thought I would share what I currently have on my nails. It’s always great to see bloggers releasing products so I was very excited to see Estee Lalonde’s (previously Essie Button) collaboration with The Body Shop.

They are releasing the Estee Lalonde Nail Art Kit, which comes with three nail colours and a nail art pen. The three nail shades included are Got The Blues, Deeply in Love and Gorgeous Grey- all perfectly picked as they are great all year round colours. The most autumnal shade is probably the Deeply in Love shade which is the one I went for. It has a great brush, dried quickly and applied evenly with two coats. Although I’m not a huge nail art fan I couldn’t resist using the dotting tool, I decided to dot a single Got the Blues dot at the base of my nail and I really like the clash of colour.

Really lovely nail art kit with especially beautiful nail shades and it’s out today for just £15. Stock is limited and they will only be available in certain stores so I’d recommend you start looking soon if you’re looking to pick one up.

I love discovering new brands and my most recent discovery is Palette London, a british brand of nail polish which not only sells nail polishes but also make bespoke shades and allows you to create your own.

Like any normal nail polish brand Palette London has a core collection of nail polishes, each retailing between £12 and £13.50, the range has some really beautiful shades and even some great glitters. What makes the brand stand out however, is the bespoke service it offers and which I haven’t seen elsewhere. Just like in the DIY paint shops you can take a swatch of a colour and they will make you that exact shade. The swatch can be a piece of fabric, your favourite dress, a beautiful flower or even a fruit.

This is a great service it comes with a very premium price tag, for £50 you get one single nail polish or for £75 you get the bespoke polish, base coat and top coat. I’m potentially not their target market but I just can’t see myself ever paying £50 for any nail polish, especially as I believe that if I looked hard enough I could find any exact colour I wanted. You also get only 8ml of product which is almost half an OPI bottle. For that price I would want really luxe packaging, something that rivals Christian Louboutians packaging (which costs a ridiculous £36 but is still £14 cheaper than this one) but instead I find this packaging to be very similar to that of a very inexpensive brands.

A cheaper alternative for those anyone creative and wanting to make their own nail polishes at home is their ‘create your own’ collection, which comes with five colours which you mix together. Once again at £50 I think this is an expensive set and I think that anyone that can afford it simply would want to spend the time making it. If they brought the price down to £20 then I think it would work well for teens that are interested in making their own polish but I don’t think it currently justifies the £50 price tag.

Although this might be a slightly more negative review than usual I really wanted to share it as I think it’s a great idea and I’m hoping to see the brand grow. The packaging lets the brand down especially as it’s such a premium priced product but changing this would easily make the brand feel more expensive and premium.

Looking forward to following the growth of Palette London and would love to hear your thoughts below.

Every year I wait patiently for summer to roll around so that I can start wearing bright nails, but weirdly this year I’ve been more excited about the autumn nail shades and I am so happy to finally be wearing dark plum and navy on my nails.

I love the Soigne packaging, colours and the quality of their polishes. I don’t always love more traditional reds and pinks but this is just dark enough that I love it! Soigne in Seduisant is a really classic shade, which looks good with everything and has proved a real staple in my collection over the last weeks.

Although I’m not typically a huge glitter wearer all year round I start to get very attracted to them around this time of the year with bomb fire night, party season, Christmas and New Year all around the corner. I think I’ll do another post with my favourite glitters but at the moment I’ve been most drawn to Ciate in Putting On the Ritz which is a rose gold and gold glitter with uneven pieces of glitter, unlike any other glitter polish I have seen.

A great alternative to black is Topshop Wardrobe which is a slightly grey dark blue shade, Topshop polishes are really affordable and always have lovely colours. I love a good navy in autumn but this one is a little more unusual than most.

My favourite of all has been Nails Inc Midnight Merlot which is a dark, rich aubergine shade that I find looks very classic and also quite sexy. I’ve been wearing this almost non-stop as it applies really easily, dries quickly and more importantly wears really well. This is my absolute must have autumn/winter shade, it’s perfect!

Potentially not to every ones taste but I have been loving khaki nails recently, I think it’s fun but wearable. Essie Sew Psyched is a dusty green which applies as beautifully as all Essie polishes and is a great alternative to wine shades for autumn.

What are your favourite autumn nail polishes?

I’ve been struggling a little with blog post ideas this week so I thought that I would share with you some of the products I have been loving over the last couple of days. I love these sort of posts as they’re a nice way to talk about a range of products that I’ve really been loving.

Last week I met with two of the Murad girls, I think sometimes I need to feel someones love and passion for a brand before I too can get into it, especially with a brand that’s more science than luxury. I’ve used items from Murad before but their AHA/BHA Cleanser scared me a little as it sounds quite intense but after hearing the girls talk about it I literally got home removed all my makeup and used this. It’s a little different to most other cleansers I love, it’s an exfoliating cleanser with Jojoba beads, Salicylic Acid, Lactic Acid and Glycolic Acid so it’s definitely not one to be used to remove eye makeup and instead more of a second cleanse. Since my first use I have been using this every 2/3 days and really fallen it love, it really helps get rid of that dull look my skin gets every so often and leaves it smoother and healthier looking. I’ve also tried using this as a quick face mask and left it on for a couple of minutes, it’s not really what it’s recommended for but works beautifully at waking up the skin. I would say that it may not work for people with sensitive skin but I’ve fallen in love with it quite quickly.

I had a beautiful pale pink gel polish applied about ten days ago but last night I really had the urge to paint them a darker more autumnal colour. I’ve never painted over gels but it worked surprisingly well! I didn’t want the normal burgundy wine autumn shade and therefore was automatically drawn to this Soigne shade in Mysterieuse. I love khaki nails as an alternative to more traditional autumn shades and this one in particular is just perfect as it has a hint of grey.

The Sisley So Intense Eyeliner is one of the most expensive eyeliners I own and I know that it isn’t for anyone but it’s by far the best liner I have tried in years. This is one of the first time Sisley has made liners but they’ve done it so well! It’s a super intense black felt tip, with a sturdy nip and packaging too. Although I think there isn’t often a huge difference between liners there are some awful ones and some great ones with this being the best of the best. It’s easy to apply and lasts all day without any movement which is exactly what I want. If you’re a Tom Ford Eyeliner lover I would highly recommend swapping over to this one as it really outshines the Tom Ford Eye Defining Pen.

Another recent discover is black toothpaste, Curaprox makes Black is White toothpaste designed to whiten the teeth which is black in colour. Admittedly it is very strange to brush your teeth with a black paste and almost looks like coal but I’ve actually been really enjoying it. It came with a great toothbrush which has it’s own little lid which I love and I’ve actually found my teeth to be a little whiter, not anything drastic but I haven’t been using it for very long but I will update in a few weeks time.

My current favourite fragrance which was also in my September favourites  is the Jimmy Choo Illicit Fragrance, I’m awful at describing scents but I think it’s a floral/sweet scent which I find really comforting for Autumn/Winter. If you’re looking for a new fragrance than I would recommend checking this one out, I’ve hardly been wearing anything else!