Spotted! Asda polishes 

I’ve not been in my local Asda for a while, so I took the opportunity to swing by their make up section and see what was new. Quite a few things actually….

First up, new inserts in the stands.  Highlighting new make up products as well as a new nail care range.
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Here you can see the three nail care products, called Dr Corrector.  From the left we have Ridge Filler, in the middle Smudge Corrector and on the right, Blush.  I can guess what the first two products are and I can only assume that the last one is a tinted coat for nails.  £2 each.

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Then I saw these as well, not sure if I’ve seen these before, so just in case.  Here are the Star Struck One Coat Glitters.

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And than, beneath that, I spotted some matte shades and a matte top coat.

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And that was that!  As I say, a few new things for your viewing pleasure.  Anything catch your eye?

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Nail Files: Bare All Tag

I was recently tagged by GirlInTheGlasses about doing a Nail Files:Bare All Tag.  Never having done a tag before I thought why not…. so below you can now see my nails as nature intended.  No glam, no gloss, no glitter.

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Actually, they don’t look too bad do they?  I’m actually quite pleased with them.  After a horrible winter where they split and peeled and make me cry, I’ve finally got them in a place I am happy with.  There are two things I credit with this, firstly for 3 months I used Nailtiques Formula 2 under everything.  I used it as a base coat and even under a base coat.  It was amazing.  I used the whole 0.5Oz  bottle.  Then I tried Nailtiques Formula 1 – didn’t like it.  Made my nails dull.  So then I got a bottle of Essie Billionnails in the sale at Boots.  Loved this.  Then in a different sale, but still in Boots, I snagged a bottle of Seche Retain.  And I love this.

The second thing is Julep Nail Growth Revitalising Serum.  I got this in a mystery box that was sent to me from a friend in the US in exchange for an equivalent amount of Models Own polish.  I struck out and got the Super Mystery Box, with lots in and a credit of $120.  The Nail Growth Serum was in here.  Now I don’t use it everyday anymore, but I do use it daily.  I also have an Island Girl Cuticle Oil (thanks ZedleyQ) which I love and heartily recommend.

And actually, now I think about it, there is a third.  And that is probably my mum.  She has beautiful hands and nails.  Both my sister and I have identical hands, just like mums.  We are blessed with long nail beds, so even super short, my nails have a good length on them. Thanks Mum, plus being a habitual nail biter until I was about 15, she was super supportive of me stopping biting and now indulges me in my nail polish seeking habits.  We have many a happy hour or so catching up with new additions to my stash and she even gets to take some home with her.

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Nail Files: Bare All Tag:

  • Include a photo of your clean, product free, natural nails: see above!
  • Preferred length:  Short to Mid
  • Preferred shape:  Squoval
  • Favorite base coat:  Seche Retain and CND Stickey
  • Favorite top coat:  Hong Kong Girl UV Top Coat
  • Favorite cuticle cream/oil:  Island Girl Cuticle Oil, but I liek burt Bees Lemon Cuticle Cream too
  • Favorite hand cream:  Atrixo Regenerating Treatment or Elizabeth Arden 8 Hour Hand Cream
  • Favorite nail clippers:  None, I file
  • Favorite nail file:  I have some lovely Sally Hansen ones.  I do like to buff my nails as I find it helps to prevent peeling.  I try to do it once a month.  I like the Revlon Crazy Shine Buffer Pad but really want a Tropical Shine one after a super positive experiences at a nail salon.
  • Favorite remover:  Sally Hansen removers, they very depending on the quality of my nail or Andrea Fullerton remover (smells minty!)
  • Self or professional manicure:  I do my own, although I do like having a professional polish now and then
  • How often do you polish:  Everyday if I have time, or every other day.  I usually add something to my manicure on Day 2 to prevent boredom
  • Most wanted nail product:  Chanel Skyline
  • Be sure to include the nail files bare all tag in your post or video response

So, I think its now *your* turn for Nail Files:Bare All Tag.  Leave me a link below if you do!

Bourjois 1 Second Magic Nail Polish Remover

As I may have mentioned, I picked up a couple of Bourjois 1 Second Magic Nail Polish Remover whilst they were on a buy one get one free deal in my local Boots.  I go through remover quickly as I tend to change my nails every couple of days or as soon as I see a chip. Anything that is quick, easy to use and effective will get my vote.

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What you actually get is quite a small bottle, 75ml of product in a grey sponge insert.  There is a hole where you place you finger and then twist it.  Then you are supposed to remove it from the bottle, and Voila!  No more nail polish.  From the image above you can see how that actually worked out.  I was removing my Revlon Rainforest (from the new ColorStay collection – swatches coming) and perhaps I was a bit sneaky.  Rainforest has a flakie/glitter embedded within it.  I would say it removed 90% of the polish within the dip and twist I did.  It probably took me 3 seconds as I was trying to take pictures with my other hand.

A second quick dip removed the polish, every trace.  I was able to remove polish from all 10 fingers within 3 minutes.  I timed it.  Its that good.  Seriously.  Its THAT good.

It has a “Red Fruit and Vanilla Fragrance”.  When I opened it, firstly there was no security seal and secondly it smelt like polish remover.  On using it, and you can see this in the image of my naked nails, is the sheen of the almond oil.  My cuticles were soft, moveable and my nails silky smooth to the touch.  Maybe a bit too silky as I struggled to get the lid back on without it shooting out of my hands and across the garden.  Anyway, back to the scent. as soon as the solvent evapourates, you can smell the scent.  Yes, its red fruits and vanilla, like one of those herbal teas (but not the stinky kind).  Its nice.  Seriously nice.  I’ve washed my hands twice now, just in the course of doing house stuff, and I can still smell it lingering.  But not in a bad way.

So, is it worth the £4.99 price tag.  I would say as its my first try with it, YES, its worth it. I’m simply impressed.

It will be interesting to see how many uses I actually get out of a bottle.  Now I can hear you North Americans sniggering in the back, I know you have had nail polish removers like this for like forever.  I even bought some 15 years ago to bring home with me as this simple concept had yet to grace our shores.  You can buy other dip and twists in the stores, not many, but you can.  But in terms of actual speed and delivery of claims, it delivers.  And you can’t say fairer than that!

What do you think?  Would you buy it?  What other removers are worth their weight in gold?