New Essie shades

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How gorgeous are these new Essie shades?

From left to right there’s:

  • go ginza – soft cherry blossom pink
  • bond with whomever – the perfect lilac
  • madison ave-hue – a chic New York pink
  • maximillian strasse-her – a cool grey-green
  • avenue maintain – a cornflour blue

I love that Essie is now available in Australia. You can find it at Priceline or adorebeauty.

What’s your favourite essie shade?

Hello Darling Party Polishes – Fiesta, Fisso and Fête

Nail Romance - Hello Darling party collection

Nail Romance - Hello Darling collection

Nail Romance - Hello Darling Fete

Nail Romance - Hello Darling Fisso

Nail Romance - Hello Darling Fiesta

I adore these party polishes from Hello Darling.

These three limited edition shades are inspired by Hello Darling founder, Heather, as she’s celebrating her 30th birthday this year. They are part of the Hello Darling subscription and only a few bottles were released for separate sale.

Delivery Darling is a fantastic service where you receive 3 new polishes every month for only $39.95. Each of these party polishes is $35.95 to purchase separately so that is an amazing saving. Plus how much fun is it to get new polish in the the post every month! It’s a great gift idea for Christmas.

Fiesta is my favourite of the three party polishes. It’s a vibrant red with a rasberry glitter. All of these shades are extremely long wearing and opaque in one coat.

Fisso is a stunning sea green – turquoise glitter and is the perfect colour on it’s own or looks amazing layered over navy polish.

Fête is a magenta glitter and it divine on. It’s perfect as a feature nail or on your toes.

Head to Hello Darling to order your polishes and I’d be dropping some hints for a Delivery Darling subscription for Christmas.

What’s your favourite party polish?

Illamasqua UV Glow Nail Polishes

Make a statement with these Illamasqua polishes that glow neon under ultra violet light.

Illamasqua neon ultra violet nail polishes

Available in three shades: Seance – a purple shimmer, Omen – an acid green and Ouija – a pearl pink (not shown). You can also make any polish react under UV lights with Geist, a clear coat that glows under black lights.

Illamasqua ultra violet nail polishes

You really need to see these polishes in action and I just love this manicure by Lucy’s Stash featuring Ouija, a pretty pink that turns neon under black lights.

Illamasqua UV polish - Lucys Stash

Illamasqua UV polish under black light - Lucys Stash

Think of the nail art designs you can create using Geist! You can purchase these colours separately or in a box set that’s currently on special online.

Illamasqua is available at Myer stores and at Illamasqua.com.

Bio Sculpture Rock and Crystal Collection

Nail Romance - Bio Sculpture metallic nails

Loving these sleek metallic tones from the Rock and Crystal Collection from Bio Sculpture.

These polishes are available as gels in salon, or as regular polishes. The polishes are hard-wearing and I wore them for over 5 days without a chip.

I’m wearing Smothered with Minerals on my nails and Melting Mercury as a feature nail on my ring finger.

Bio Sculpture Rock and Crystal Collection

Rock Crystal Bio Sculpture

These five new metallic shades can be combined in nail art designs or look chic on their own.

  • Smothered with Minerals (No 136) – A versatile bronze that changes with the light, filled with glitter sediments for a high shine shimmer.
  • Embellished Onyx (No 137) – Combining the shine of rich black onyx with a gritty embellishment. It’s dark gothic glamour at its finest.
  • Melting Mercury (No 138) – This solid silver, mirror-like tone makes a strong statement, with a high shine reflection.
  • Amethyst Moonstone (No 139) – This finish is almost black at first look but surprises with an ultra deep purple undertone.
  • Totally Topaz (No 140) – A chic golden tone, the rich pigment takes an intense yellow topaz inspired colour.

Nail Romance - Bio Sculpture metallics

Find your nearest Bio Sculpture salon here.

Which is your favourite colour?

Dazzle Dry Polish – Vive Le Violet

Nail Romance - Dazzle Dry polish in Vive le Violet

Dazzle Dry is a vegan, fast-drying polish that dries hard in five minutes. It’s free from formaldehyde, DBP, toluene and camphor and is non yellowing.

After reading about this brand online I’m pleased that Dazzle Dry polish is now available in Australia.

I was sent Vive le Violet to try along with their three piece nail system kit. After preparing my nails with the Nail Prep and Base Coat, I wasn’t that thrilled with the first coat of Vive Le Violet. Application was a little streaky but the second coat was completely opaque. Then came the Top Coat. This really sealed the deal and gave my nails a super shine finish that looked like a gel polish.

This colour drew a lot of attention on my nails and lasted several days without a chip. I can’t wait to try more colours from the range.

Nail Romance - Dazzle Dry polish - Vive le Violet

Shop the Australian Dazzle Dry store and you can find the US site for Dazzle Dry here.

Loving…Red Pink Ombre Manicures and Essie in Australia

Nail Romance - Essie ombre pink red manicure

Nail Romance - Essie ombre pink to red manicure

Nail Romance - Essie ombre pink red nails

Nail Romance - Essie ombre red pink manicure

A total first world problem is choosing what colour to paint your nails.

I can never decide so I love a gradient manicure.

Creating an ombre effect across your nails is the easiest way to get the look. I tried it with a mix of blues and purple polishes but this tonal pink-red ombre is a new fave.

I’m wearing a range of essie shades: Sugar Daddy, Cute as a button, e nuf is e nuf, Lollipop & Really Red.

It’s possible for me to create this manicure as essie are now more widely available in Australia! 100 essie shades have been released in Australia and are available from select pharmacies and department stores and online from adorebeauty.com.au.

Essie is also available from Target, Nordstrom and Beauty.com.

Do you love ombre manicures?

The best red nail polishes for Valentine’s Day

Lancome Rouge in Love Vernis - Nail Romance
Lancome Vernis – Rouge in Love

Want to keep it simple with your nails for Valentine’s Day? You can’t go past a classic red nail and here are the best red nail polishes for Valentine’s Day.

The best red nail polishes for Valentine’s Day

The best red nail polishes for Valentines Day

Top (L-R):
Lancome Rouge in Love – I’m in love with this pinky-red creme. Available from Lancome, Myer, Nordstrom
OPI Big Apple Red – Take a big bite of this bold red creme. Available from Myer, Drugstore.com
Essie Fifth Avenue – NYC is also the inspiration for this classic orange-red creme. Available from Nordstrom, Target and selected pharmacies.

Middle (L-R)
Maybelline Color Show Paint The Town – Go out all day and night with this fiery bright red. Available from beauty.com, Target.
Illamasqua Throb – Set hearts racing with this deep red. Available from Myer, Sephora.

Bottom (L-R)
Butter London Come to Bed Red – A seriously sexy red polish. Available from Nordstrom, Zappos.
Nails Inc St James – The perfect pillar box red. Available from Sephora.
Tom Ford Carnal Red – The ultimate Valentine’s Day red. Available from Bergdorf Goodman.

What’s your fave red nail polish?

Ombre manicure: Blues and purples

You know for those days when you can’t decide what colour to wear? Why not wear them all!

Blue Purple gradient nail polish

Miss Frou Frou Surrender

Hello Darling  Dreamboat

Maybelline Color Show Sapphire Siren

Miss Frou Frou Skye

Bloom Emily Green Navy

Nail Romance - blue purple ombre manicure

Bloom Navy nail polish - Nail Romance

I love all these polishes and I’ll show you some fun nail art with this manicure next week. If I had to pick a standout, the Bloom polish, part of the Emily Green collaboration, has incredible depth of color and is a beautiful formula to use. It’s opaque in one coat, though I’m wearing two thin coats of all the colors for this multicolor manicure.

Have you tried any of these shades? Which is your favorite?

Loving…Pink and Orange Neons

I’ve loved pink and orange as a colour combination ever since I was little. It’s not a conventional favourite, but it makes me happy. Especially when it’s neon bright!

Nails Inc Notting Hill Gate is a rosy pink neon, with medium shine that is opaque in two coats.

Hello Darling Teenage Dream a true highlighter pink creme that is opaque in one coat, though I’ve painted two coats here.

Hello Darling Love on Top is a vibrant hi-vis orange creme that is opaque in one coat, and super-bright in two.

Orly Holla is slightly darker than Love on Top, though still packs a neon punch. Almost opaque in one coat and fully in two. It had a slightly matte finish.

All polishes shown with two thin coats and finished with Hello Darling top coat.

Yes, I wore them all at once and I make no apologies for mismatching fluoro nails.

What’s your favourite unconventional colour combination?