INTENSAE SS14 Dreamy Blue

It’s a Wednesday afternoon I’m on my way to the sorting office to pick up a package. It’s arrived from Germany, filled with excitement I ferry it home on the passenger seat of my car…I think I know what it is!

As soon as I arrive home I tear open the package…ta dah! As suspected I’ve been spoilt rotten by the cool guys at INTENSAE I’m now the proud owner of their brand spanking new SS14 nail lacquer range.

20140226-104557.jpgFrom left to right: Emmeline, Ophelie, Mars, Matt top coat, Crystalline top coat.

20140226-105024.jpgI’m in the mood for a dreamy cool blue, so I opt for Emmeline.

20140226-105144.jpgThe lid is wider than I’m normally used to but actually feels very comfortable to hold and keep a steady hand. Two coats glide on with ease leaving a smooth glass like finish.

20140226-105413.jpgI’m no pro when it comes to painting my nails (it took me 5 minutes to paint two coats) INTENSAE lacquer made it so easy, my nails were touch dry in minutes – I’m so impressed with their performance this certainly is a luxurious brand, you will not be disappointed!

20140226-105807.jpgI finished with the Crystalline top coat to lock in the colour keeping it chip free for 10 days. I should add that the formulars are flexible once dry, so if your nail bends your polish won’t chip off as it will bend with your nail, genius! I can’t wait to try the other shades and the high performance Matt top coat. There are 24 shades (I think) in the full collection and counting!

The science bit:
Cruelty Free: No animal testing.
5 – Free which are: formaldehyde, toluene, dibutyl phthalate, parabens, formaldehyde resin.

Founded by cool cats James Samuel and Christian Roman:


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Berry go Round

Barielle’s Berry go Round is a perfect shade of coral for hazy summer days.

A quick file and shape to tidy up, I prefer my nail shape to be natural. Paint two coats and apply a top coat and cuticle oil for the perfect DIY mani.

20130810-133258.jpg Read my full review on Barielle polishes Here

Summer in a Bottle

20130629-174317.jpgBarielle’s story began 30 years ago when husband and wife duo devised a breakthrough formulation to condition the hooves of their million-dollar thoroughbred racehorses. A few weeks went by when they had realised that they had discovered that they had also created a million-dollar product for nails—one that would quickly become an integral element in the modern manicure and pedicure. The cream, which strengthened their horses’ hooves to resist splits and cracks, had the same effect on the nails of the jockeys that applied it. Reformulated for women and men, the miracle product “Nail Strengthener Cream” was born and Barielle was founded.

20130629-175036.jpgStaying true to their origins while remaining on the forefront of cutting-edge formulations and industry trends,
renowned for their nail, hand, foot and skin care BARIELLE released their nail shades range in 2005 with over 75 shades and over 20 cute nail sets with fashion forward hues added each season using cutting edge formula’s to keep up to speed with new trends.

20130629-175830.jpg I’m using “Ocean Breeze” from my Popsicle Summer Fun pack, the colours are so nice it’s hard to choose one. This set contains:
Ocean Breeze
Berry Go Round
Mint Ice Cream Cone
Peach Popsicle
Pink Flip-Flops

20130629-180611.jpg The bottle is the perfect size to handle, the brush is long, the lacquer glides on with even coverage with no streaks even with one coat! I’ve painted 2 Coates and applied seche vite top coat and CND solar oil to my cuticles.

20130629-180938.jpg What do you think of the results? I’m really in love with this colour, it looks great against my skin tone and looks good against my rose gold watch.

Have a look at BARIELLE here

Sunday DIY Nails

My Sunday Night DIY Mani

Shape with Soap & Glory File/buffer

Prep with Essie Fill the Gap base coat

Paint with 2 coats of Barry M Gelly polish in Blood Orange

Seal with Seche Vite Top Coat for a glossy shine

Treat with CND Solar Oil to condition and protect cuticles


Gel Nails

Armed with my 2 week manicure for my week off for shiny chip free nails in a classic deep red. Neringa gently tidied up my cuticles and shaped my nails to a natural shape that flatters.


Gel Nails Neon Coco Cabana Banana Yellow

Gelish 2 week manicure in Neon coco cabana banana yellow on Kirtsen by Timea at Hari’s Hairdresses 233 Kings Road London SW3. Kirsten is about to go on holiday, these nails will really come to life against her bronzed skin.


Classic Red

One of my favorites, a short ‘n neat shaped classic red nail. I’ve gone for a gel polish (gelish)

for a long-lasting (i keep mine on for 3 weeks) chip free and super shiny finish.  Mine

were neatly manicured and gel applied by Sharon at Hari’s, Kings Road, London, SW3

Union Jack Nails

These nails were painted last summer on Chanel by one of Sophy Robson’s girls at Hari’s Kings Road. The theme is Rollings Stones and the union jacks and the stones trademark lip logo are all hand painted. Better than any foil wrap I’ve ever seen!