Monday, 29 December 2014

Vivien Kondor Nail Polish Swatches and Review

A few months ago (I know, I know, I'm terribly behind on my swatching!) I was asked to try out some polishes from a brand new brand called Vivien Kondor London, available on Amazon for just £3.99 each.  They currently have a huge range of 42 polishes, including neon and glitter collections.  I was keen to try out the neons, but at the time I was sent them they were looking more metallic - it looks like they might have fixed that issue now!  So I was sent four polishes to try out: Nude*, Red Black*, Orchid* and Cobalt Blue*.

Saturday, 27 December 2014

Fundamentally Flawless Advent Calendar: 19th - 24th December

Well, I made it all the way to the end of my Christmas nail art advent calendar over on Instagram!  I still can't quite believe I managed to do some sort of nail art on my nails every day for 24 days... not sure that will ever happen again! Anyway, here is the round up for the last six days of advent.  By the 24th my cuticles were really beginning to struggle so since then I've taken to polish-free nails and some decent cuticle attention.

Friday, 26 December 2014

Dr PawPaw Balm Review

Dr PawPaw balm review

Back in the summer (yes, it was that long ago, the last 3 months have just disappeared into the ether) I was sent some Dr Paw Paw balms* to try out.  I've long been a fan of other pawpaw products (namely Lucas' Papaw ointment) since I was introduced to them by a friend who had picked theirs up in Australia.  It really is wonder balm - dry lips? Check. Burns (of the light variety - I'm not talking 3rd degree - get yourself to a hospital!)? Check. Rashes? Check. Dry patches? Check. Mosquito bites? Check. I always have a tube on me so it was great to try out a different brand's pawpaw offering.

Wednesday, 24 December 2014

Christmas Candy Cane Nails with Models Own Diamond Luxe

In the December issue of Girl Talk Magazine I had a piece entitled 'The 12 Nails of Christmas' - and these candy cane nails were one of those twelve!  I couldn't resist doing a separate post on them here because they're so appropriately Christmassy when the big day is tomorrow!  I used Models Own White Light as a base, then Straight Nail Vinyls and Models Own Diamond Luxe Marquise Maroon*.

Christmas Candy Cane Nail Art

Christmas Candy Cane Nail Art

Christmas Candy Cane Nail Art

Have you ever tried candy cane nails?  What Christmas nails are you planning for the big day?  Let me know in the comments below!

*PR sample

Monday, 22 December 2014

Models Own Diamond Luxe Swatches and Review - Part 2

Models Own Diamond Luxe Collection Swatches and Review

In September Models Own released the Diamond Luxe Collection, a set of 10 polishes all containing real diamond dust which gives a super sparkly finish.  I reviewed five of the collection in my post Models Own Diamond Luxe Swatches Part 1 and today I've got swatches of the other five (admittedly I swatched them about two months ago and am only just getting around to writing them up).

Saturday, 20 December 2014

Candy Cane Watermarbling Nail Art

For today's Advent Nails over on my Instagram I decided to have a go at a tutorial I found by the incredibly talented Yagala - she did the usual water-marble technique and then let it dry on the water, before taking it out very carefully and placing it over a just-painted-so-still-slightly-sticky nail.  Watch the video, it's much easier to see what I mean!

The white is Models Own White Light and the red is Models Own Brunette Red* (prob my fave red ever at the moment).

Candy cane watermarble nail art

Candy cane watermarble nail art with Models Own Brunette Red

Have you tried watermarbling this way before? I found I was more successful this way than the normal way - and that the colours were much brighter than with a normal watermarble. I'll definitely be doing this again in future!

*PR sample

Friday, 19 December 2014

Fundamentally Flawless Advent Calendar: 10th - 18th December 2014

Somehow it's December 19th and I am still keeping up with my Christmas nail art advent calendar over on Instagram!  So here's a round up of the last 9 days - and it's only another 7 days until the big day... but maybe I will carry on through the rest of December.  We'll see.

Under each photo I'm linking to the post on Instagram which has all the details of the polishes and stamping plates etc I used for each design.  Let me know in the comments below which your favourite so far is!

Christmas Tree Nail Art

Santa Nail Art

Black and Gold MoYou Festive Collection

Green and Gold Glitter Zig Zag Nail Art

Fairy Lights Nail Art

Christmas Pudding Nail Art

Reindeer MoYou Festive Collection Nail Art

Gingerbread Nail Art

Snowman and Snowflake Nail Art

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Thursday, 11 December 2014

Indy Best: Top Nail Polishes for the Party Season

Today is a pretty exciting day for me - because my article '11 Polishes for the Party Season' is in the Indy Best section of the Independent.  If you've hopped over here from there, welcome to Fundamentally Flawless!  I wanted to swatch all the polishes* I've featured in the piece to give a better idea of colours and finishes... 

Barry M Silk Nail Paint Poppy

Poppy is a matte holo polish, one of Barry M's autumn releases and a lovely Christmas red, the matte finish giving it an understated festivity.  £3.99 from Boots and Superdrug.

Butter London West End Wonderland

West End Wonderland has long been a favourite polish of mine from way back when I started becoming properly addicted to nail polish a couple of years ago.  The photos above don't really do it justice, but in my eyes it is the ultimate glitter polish for the party season and I find it hard not to wear it all the time in December.  At £12 it's not the cheapest polish, but that depth of glitter and sparkle is totally worth all the extra pennies.  Here on Amazon.  (Check it out on Instagram in my 9th  December and 10th December Advent Nails).

Ciate Fade to Greige

Fade to Greige is not my usual colour choice - I'm more of a bright colours person, but this is a lovely colour for the more discerning polish wearer!  Greige is totally in this season and this one is a slightly mauvey one which makes it a little unusual.  Currently half price on, at £4.50 this is a steal.

Essie Summit of Style

Summit of Style is also not done justice by these photos.  It's a copper/bronze-toned mixed glitter topper.  Larger hex glitter and smaller dots in a clear base - this looks lovely over a white base but it also looked really sophisticated over a red base, too.  £7.99 in Superdrug.

Eve Snow Prima Donna

Prima Donna is another one of my absolute faves from my top 11 as I love a metallic polish, especially in winter.  This sits between silver and gold and has an almost chrome-like finish in the light.  Eve Snow isn't a brand I had come across before I started writing this piece, but it's become a firm favourite.  I also tried Racey and Wanderlust and have been drawn back to them more than once.  £14 from

Leighton Denny Click Click Flash Flash

Click Click Flash Flash is one of the Hollywood Collection, a collection of 6 delightfully party-appropriate polishes.  This one was my favourite from the bunch, because how could I not include a green in a Christmas piece?!  This one has a stunning depth of subtle glitter and looks really beautiful when light is shining on it.  £11 from

Revlon Queen of Hearts

Queen of Hearts sadly just didn't want to photograph in a colour-accurate way I'm afraid.  These colours show it much brighter than it actually is - it's really a lovely crimson colour.  I loved the Colorstay Gel Envy formula, which has basecoat in it and I found it lasted chip-free for a good three days (which for me is impressive, just call me Cinders).  I'll definitely be trying out more of the Colorstay range.  £6.99 from Boots.

Nails Inc Kensington Church Street Snowflake

Kensington Church Street Snowflake was the first polish I thought of when I started thinking about this piece.  It just screams winter and big fluffy cashmere jumpers and snow!  It's essentially a glitter topper - in that you really need to wear it over some sort of base coat - it has big and little white glitters in a clear base which has a very fine glitter shimmer in it.  Above I'm wearing it over Nails Inc Alexa Edit Winter Lilac, which I've swatched below too just because I love it so much too - it's a grey blue and a perfect accompaniment to Snowflake.  Snowflake is £16 from and Winter Lilac comes as part of the Alexa Chung hearts Nails inc Collection £45 also from

Models Own Oval Plum

Oval Plum is one of the autumn's Diamond Luxe collection, ten polishes all containing very fine diamond dust.  I swatched five from the collection here when they came out (I've done the others, I just haven't managed to post them yet!)  I've said it before and I'll say it again, Models Own polishes, in my opinion, are genuinely the best value and quality polishes on the market - and they are a total steal at just £4.99 each.  Actually, Models Own have currently got a 6 for £20 offer (until December 19th 2014) on so I suggest you hop on over there pronto and bag yourself an early Christmas present - you won't be disappointed.  Whilst you're there, I suggest you pick up Marquise Maroon from the Diamond Luxe collection, Roxy from the Disco Pants collection and Brunette Red from the Hypergels.

No 7 Stay Perfect Purple Cracker

Purple Cracker is a stunner - just look how much it shimmers.  A really regal purple, lovely for the party season.  No 7 also have two other limited edition releases for the party season which come in cute little boxes and make perfect stocking fillers.  £6.99 from Boots (in store only).

Topshop Exhibit

Exhibit is a really gorgeous sophisticated dark red, in the same vein as Chanel's Rouge Noir, which is one of my favourite ever polishes - but this is a slightly more interesting colour as it's visibly more red but has a brown tint to it.  Quite unusual, but really wearable.  £6 from Topshop.

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*All the polishes in this post were provided as samples for the piece

Wednesday, 10 December 2014

Fundamentally Flawless Advent Calendar: 1st - 9th December 2014

Wow.  Long time no post, forgive me - I've had the busiest autumn term I've ever had!  Without further ado on with today's post...

In a slightly uncharacteristic move, this year I have decided to undertake an Advent Nails challenge (just with myself) in which I'm trying to do an advent calendar of Christmas nail art leading up to the big day.  I'm doing it on my Instagram rather than here just because I'm limited on time at the moment - so if you don't already follow me there, hop over and say hello!  Under each photo I'm linking to the post on Instagram which has all the details of the polishes and stamping plates etc I used for each design.  Let me know in the comments below which your favourite so far is!

Blue Christmas jumper moyou festive collection nail art

Blue Glitter and Silver Snowflakes MoYou Festive Collection

Holly and Berries MoYou Festive Collection Nail Art

Holiday Peppermint Candy Swirl MoYou Festive Collection Nail Art

Snowflakes MoYou Festive Collection Nail Art

Christmas Murano Glass Nail Art

Christmas Tree MoYou Festive Collection Nail Art

Christmas Swirl No Water Marble Nail Art

Gold Glitter and Reindeer Nail Art

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