The Lacquer Lab Festive Trio Nail Polishes

At the Birchbox event I went to a few weeks ago I met a blogger called Emily and fangirled a bit when I found out that she was one of the creators of The Lacquer Lab. I am always on the look out for independent, UK based nail polish brands and this one had been on my radar for a while. I was lucky enough to be sent their new limited edition festive trio to review and I will apologise now for the photo heavy post: these polishes deserve a lot of pictures!

Introducing: The Lacquer Lab Festive Trio nail polishes

So here is the trio, L-R: Fred & Ginger, I Want A Pony, and Snow Globe. Don’t you just feel Christmassy looking at them?

The Lacquer Lab Festive Trio nail polishes

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OPI ‘Under The Mistletoe’ nail varnish

*Drum roll* Introducing OPI ‘Under The Mistletoe’. (possibly) One of the most Christmassy nail varnishes in the world. LOOK AT IT.

OPI Under The Mistletoe nail varnish

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Fortnum and Mason An Enchanted Evening

Fortnum and Mason An Enchanted Evening

Fortnum and Mason An Enchanted Evening

Last week I was kindly invited to Fortnum and Mason for an Enchanted Evening, a Christmas event with a chance to browse the second floor filled with beauty, jewellery and accessories. We met Susan Caplan (who was so lovely), spoke to a wonderful girl from Alex Monroe who were offering personalised charm necklaces at the event, and many more besides.

Even without the event, Fortnum & Mason is such an experience. For me it’s one of the places that just sums up London – luxurious and a bit quirky. If you’ve never been for a wander round, I’d highly recommend it. Drop Harrods from your list (Zzzz!) and go here instead!

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We also discovered the Fortnum’s Beauty Rooms, which you can see photos of above. They’re tucked away at the back of the 2nd floor and are stunning: all duck-egg blue and silver and feel very luxurious. We had facial mapping done (the picture above is Jenny having her face mapped – excuse some of the iphone photos!) which was scary but very illuminating (BOOMBOOM). Apparently my skin has very good tone and is well moisturised, apart from between my eyebrows apparently…!

Fortnum and Mason An Enchanted Evening Fortnum and Mason An Enchanted Evening Fortnum and Mason An Enchanted Evening

We drank champagne, ate tiny food and lusted over perfume, candles, skin care and handbags to our hearts’ content. It was such a lovely evening and then on top of that we got a gift bag filled with treats. As you can see above, there were samples of perfume, bath oil, foundation, skin care, hand cream and more from brands such as Aromatherapy Associates, Guerlain, HealGel and Sisley. I haven’t tried any of them out yet but will do some reviews when I do.

Fortnum and Mason An Enchanted Evening Fortnum and Mason An Enchanted Evening Fortnum and Mason An Enchanted Evening

If you haven’t been to Fortnum and Masons since they put up their decorations (or ever!) then you must go. It is beautiful and wandering round the floors is a lovely way to spend an evening.

Lex

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Nail challenge: Day 25 – ‘Inspired by fashion’

Good evening 🙂

Today’s theme was ‘Inspired by fashion’ and I immediately thought of the below top by Balmain. It is so beautiful I would consider selling my own mother to get it.

I did 2 coats of white polish (Rimmel) and applied fast-drying top coat (ORLY Sec ‘n’ Dry). I then used 17’s ‘Fury’ and some strategically-placed tape to achieve most of the straight lines. I used a tiny paintbrush to freehand the rest.

I applied another layer of top coat and then used my favourite glitter polish (Models Own ‘Judge Jools’) and a spotting tool to go over the gold.

The above pictures are artificial light as the glitter showed up better in that for some reason. I took the ones below in natural light.

For my right hand I did 2 coats of the white polish and then topped with one layer of the Models Own glitter. It looks so Christmassy!! I love it!!

(Again, first pic in artificial light, no flash, and second pic in natural light)

Lex 🙂

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