Style & Then Some have been reporting on the growing trend for nail art a lot so far this year. And there’s a reason for this. Nails have become big, fat juicy business once again. And I’m not talking ‘Footballer’s Wives’ style (can anyone else remember Tanya’s claws?) but rather emerging innovative products such as minx, nail wraps and crackle paint have completely swept through Boots et al. You will be hard pressed to find a beauty brand who don’t have their own version of Barry M’s crackle varnish this season.
And although we are all familiar with our favorite designers tapping in to the beauty arena as soon as they join the Gucci Group or LVMH (naturally a way for them to reach a wider audience who may otherwise not be able to afford to buy in to their brand) it seems all our favourite high street chains want in on the action too. Take Superdry for example. They have recently launched a range of nail polish for SS12, and naturally the colours are bang on trend.
For example, I test drove the Pink Rose and Jade shades and for a quick fix to match your outfit on the cheap (or to colour coordinate with your Superdry hoodie!) this range is great. My only qualm was it didn’t go on as easy as other more well-known brands, and as it is quite thick, you can’t do two coats, but hey, for a first attempt these are a positive offering from the brand. At £6 quid a pot, it’s not braking the bank, and the Pink rose shade seems to complement a nice, albeit fake, tan rather well!
Last Wednesday me, Katie and our good friend Olivia (from tellusfashion.com) were lucky enough to attend a very plush affair hosted by Batiste Dry Shampoo. To celebrate the launch of ‘Lace’, the latest edition to the ever-growing dry shampoo range, we were treated to a variety of girly treatments; think grown-up slumber party style, with mandatory champagne!
Already being a dry shampoo fanatic (I carry an emergency can of Batiste’s ‘a hint of colour’ at all times darling) this was an event I wasn’t going to pass up on. With the venue being decked out with manicure stations, a photo shoot area, a make-up room AND a mini hair salon, it was every girl’s dream. Oh and did I mention the insane cakes on offer topped off with edible mini Batiste cans?! Katie made a bee line to get her hair ‘did’ (and no, she didn’t choose this look for herself!) while myself and Olivia received incredible manicures. And don’t you just love Olivia’s nail polish colour? An unusual mix between grey and purple…grurple perhaps?
We were even lucky enough to receive amazing goodie bags, obviously with a courtesy can of ‘Lace’! Being dubbed as the ‘grown-up’ of the range, ‘Lace’ takes inspiration from vintage embroidery and romantic elegance (two massive recurrent trends at the moment, for which we are still thanking Kate Middleton’s wedding dress a year on!). Oh and yes before you ask, it smells DIVINE. Lace, and the rest of the Batiste collection, is available from Superdrug and Boots stores nationwide for £2.99. With a price tag that appealing, no wonder they have been going strong for the last 30 years. So whether you need a refresh in-between washes, or do what I do and use it volume too, why not give ‘Lace’ a test run?