Earlier in the year I shared my thoughts on the new Speedy Quick Dry Polishes, I loved all the colours and the quality of the polish is also great, which is rare in a quick dry. I was very excited to see that they have now launched six new colours as part of their Summer 2015 collection. 

The original collection is made up of beautiful spring pastels but I’m happy to see that this release has a few brighter colours and even some shimmers if that’s something you like. The formula and drying time is very similar to that of the original with the shimmers taking a minute or so longer to dry. 

That said I am personally not a huge fan of shimmer polishes and three of the six have shimmer in them. If you are a fan of shimmer than these are great as they apply beautifully but the creme colours attract me more; Get Set Go which is a hot pink is really beautiful but since I’m loving Yellow nails at the moment I would probably say On Your Marks is my favourite.

Really beautiful colours if you’re looking to update your nails for summer. 

Barry M is the one nail brand that always excited me with every release but this one I would say I am some what on the fence.

I love the idea of this nail polish, that you can cure your nail polish without a UV light and after trying it today I must admit I was very pleasantly surprised. I applied the base colour, top coat and then waited 10 minutes, the nail polish was completely dry meaning I could get on with my life like normal. I was expecting it to be more like a fast dry top coat but even with some real prodding it didn’t move and seemed to have really cured.

The part where I am let down a little is that there isn’t a single colour I really love, they are all just okay but hopefully this is something they work on.

Overall though it’s a great launch and I can’t wait to see if it work over my other nail polishes but I’ll report back soon!

The sun has finally started shinning here in London so I was very excited when I received a set of the most beautiful spring nail polishes, lipsticks, cake and Pimms- what more could I have asked for in the sunshine?

These six polishes make up Mavala’s Spring Garden Party collection, which I instantly fell in love with. I think Mavala polishes are great quality but I also love that they’re inexpensive and although the bottles are quite small, I never finish a nail polish so it is more than enough- it also means I can have more of them as they take up less space!

I also wore Freesia for the most part last week and it’s a really great summer colour, even quite tan enhancing. It applied beautifully to the nails, dried quickly and wore really well, with no chips or even tip wear for over four days.

I haven’t had a chance to try the lipsticks yet but the colours are beautiful, shame the packaging isn’t quite as ascetically pleasing.

Mavala is available from John Lewis, Look Fantastic and Feel Unique.

I’m really loving Nail Inc Polishes at the moment, the new colours they have released for Spring/Summer are really beautiful (I have more to share soon) and I think the new bottles make the brand feel very premium.

The first colour I reached for was Swan Street which is part of their ‘The New White’ Collection and is a very pale, almost white, mint shade. Its great if you like the idea of white nails but find it to be too severe, it also applied surprisingly well with just two coats needed (please excuse my cuticles they’re a little dehydrated). When I first applied this I thought this would be my favourite but then moved onto Marylebone High Street expecting it to be just another coral but quickly fell in love!

Marylebone High Street is part of the Nails Inc Nail Kale range which appears much more orange and almost neon on the nail. It really remind me of a more subtle but equally as beautiful version of Models Own Beach Bag which was my favourite nail polish of the whole of last year. I wore this on my toes and fingers, and it looked great on both really enhancing my skin colour. It also lasted really well and only started to chip 5 days in.

I can’t wait to share the other Nails Inc beauties which I have but we’ll save that for another manicure Monday.

With Easter this week I thought I would share a fun nail look which anyone can achieve but is also a great way to share five beautiful pastel shades with you. This isn’t really a work appropriate nail but it’s great for anyone that is on half term from school/uni or someone that wants something a little more fun for the four-day weekend.

Three of the shades were from the new S/S15 Gosh range, which is a high-shine and fast drying line made up of seven colours. I used Pretty Ballerina, French Dream and Sunkissed which all applied well with two/three coats which is pretty standard from a pastel polish but dried very quickly too (I also used Snow White for the dots). At only £3.99 they are a great option if you are looking for affordable polishes.

Also affordable is the Collection 7 Day Wear polish which I used in Ice admittedly this is a little bit streakier but look great after three thin coats and is a really beautiful pastel robin egg blue,

Quality wise I really love the Nails Inc Gel Effect polishes (Nails Inc have some truly beautiful new shades which I will hopefully share soon!) and although they are more expensive they are worth the extra ££, especially if it is a shade you will get lots of wear from. The pigmentation is excellent requiring only two thin coats but the high-shine is really comparable to that of a gel manicure. I used the shade Seven Dials which although isn’t to everyones taste I find really brightens up the other colours.