Nail Polish Addicts Anonymous NPAA Surry Hills

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What started as a monthly club for polish lovers has now become Sydney’s coolest new nail salon.

Welcome to N.P.A.A. That’s short for Nail Polish Addicts Anonymous. Run by the stylish and charming Nella van Veenendaal, N.P.A.A. is located above The Collector Store on Crown Street in Surry Hills.

Nella nail art is fabulous and her work has appeared in Oyster, V Magazine and Dish-Pig.

I love that she’s opened up so close to my home and can’t wait to get in to see her soon and my nails done!

Make an appointment with Nella now. Here are the deets:

N.P.A.A.

Level 2, 473 Crown Street
Surry Hills

http://www.nailpolishaddictsanonymous.com

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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.

Loving…3D Glitter Nails

Nail Romance - blue 3d glitter dip nails 2

Can’t get enough of textured nail art? Try these simple glitter dipped nails.

Nail Romance - blue 3d glitter dip nails 4

How to: 3D Glitter Nails

BYS Glitter dust - Nail Romance

I was sent these BYS Glitter Dust nail packs and inside are all you need to create 3D glitter nails:

– Base colour
– Loose glitter
– Brush

Nail Romance - BYS blue 3d glitter dip nails

Step-by-step

It’s really a simple three step process to create these glitter textured nails. Just

  1. Paint
  2. Dip
  3. Brush

Style tips

  • Glitter can be messy so do your nails over a piece of paper so you can clean up easily. Even better, do your nails outside!
  • Seal the glitter with a topcoat, though I found it wore ok without it. You’ll have less glitter fall if you use a topcoat.

Nail Romance - blue 3d glitter dip nails

Are you a fan of 3D nails?

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…Kit x Gorman

Kit x Gorman collaboration - nail polish and stickers

My cheat secret to easy nail art are nail stickers and I’m loving the new collaboration between Kit and Gorman.

Gorman is an Australian fashion label known for their unique and fun prints and they translate perfectly to nail art. Combined with a select range of nail polishes, this pint sized collection is perfectly formed.

The stickers come in a pack of 20 strips for $9.95 and have a more elastic texture than other strips I’ve used. Take care placing them on your nails as they can stretch out of shape. To remove them you just peel them off. Top coat will make them last longer.

Kit x Gorman collaboration - nail stickers

Kit x Gorman beauty collaboration

Available from Gorman and Kit.

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?

Loving… The Blues

Nail Romance - Manicure Monday blues

Nail Romance - Hello Darling L'ete

Nail Romance - Manicure Monday blues

Nail Romance - Hello Darling and BYS blue polish

Feeling the blues so this manicure is just the cure.

I’ve used BYS Magnetic Cobalt on my ring finger as a feature nail. While I love the colour and the polish is great, opaque in one coat, I wasn’t really seeing the magnetic effect.

The other blue is Hello Darling L’ete from their new summer collection. This colour goes on a dream and is the perfect azure blue. Hurry as I think this colour is selling fast. You may have spotted some Art Class decals in the background. More nail art fun coming soon.

I love just featuring one nail in a manicure. Just one nail is quick and easy to do and still have fun with your nails. Maybe that’s why it’s Nail Romance instead of Nails Romance?

Do you love a feature nail? Have you tried magnetic polish?

Loving…Sparkles and hologram polishes

Make Up Store Greta hologram polish_Nail Romance

Hologram nail polishes, or holos, are so much better in real life. I can’t tell you how long I tried to get an accurate photo of this polish.

I’m wearing Greta, a linear hologram polish from The MakeUp Store. I have to confess I didn’t even know The Make Up Store did nail polishes but they have a surprisingly large range. I was looking at their new candy colours but couldn’t go past this silver hologram. I also purchased Aqua Fix, their recommend base coat for holographic polishes.

To see the true holographic effect, you need a smooth nail base. Aqua Fix is a very good base coat, but any ridge filler will have a similar effect so there’s no need to purchase this if you already have one in your collection. I also like Revitanail Ridge Filler or Butter London Nail Foundation for base coats.

Make Up Store Greta hologram polish - Nail Romance

Mak Up Store Nail Polish - Aqua Fix and Greta hologram

What’s your favourite holographic polish?

Loving… Gel nails

How often do you paint your nails?

If you like to keep the same colour you’ll love gel nails. Similar to Shellac, Orly Gel FX is a gel nail system that is cured with LED lights.

I’m wearing Haute Red, a bright orange-red creme and I had my nails done at The Australasian College Broadway.

The pros and cons of gel nails

Pros

  • Once cured, they are dry straight away and you don’t need to worry about bumping or marking them
  • They last longer than regular polish. Orly claims it can last for more than two weeks but you should get 7-10 days without a chip
  • Uses LED light system which is safer and faster than UV light systems
  • Orly Gel FX formulas contain vitamins to help nourish your nails

Cons

  • Limited colour range, though they have chosen the bigest sellers from the normal polish range so your favourites are available
  • It takes longer to apply. There’s a primer, base coat, colour and top coat with 30 second curing time for each layer
  • It takes longer to remove. That could be a post in itself, but it’s an arduous process to remove.

If you love changing colours as often as you change clothes, gel nails are not for you. However if you like some time in the salon to relax and get your nails done, you’ll love gel nails. You can also buy the kit to do your nails at home.

Are you a fan of gel nails? And can you believe the Australasian College only charges $10 for a gel manicure?