Before I became a teacher I used to paint my nails all the time. In university, black, plum or pewter were my colours of choice. Becoming a teacher (and constantly washing paint pots up) spoilt that for me, and then becoming a mother made it doubly impossible. However I miss doing my nails as I feel infinitely more feminine with a nice lacquer on my fingernails.
However, I recently was sent some new nail varnishes to try out. Eye Candy launched nationwide in Sainsbury's stores in April and have a range of colours in a variety of effects. Now I'm not one for nail art, I truly dislike the patterns and detailing that is very fashionable nowadays. Personally, I prefer blocks of colour, normally metallic sheens to them as well.
Eye Candy have six different effects out at the moment:
- Colour Flip (a metallic colour flip 'technology' gives a dual hue finish: Green with Envy, Regally Yours, Liquid Gold and Sexy and You Know It, i.e. blue!)
- Magnetic Wave (contains tiny metallic micro minerals and iron particles. Paint your nails and move the magnetic lid over the nail to create a wave effect: Arctic, Bourdeaux and Espresso)
- Cracklin' (paint over the top of your normal nail varnish and it cracks: Rose or Star)
- Nail Lacquers (normal varnish: a range of colours from blue through to yellow via neon pink and deep purple)
- Graphite (Limited Edition Silvery Grey)
- London Lights (Holographic top coat)
These are in addition to the base coat and top coat that they sell (£6 each).
This photo shows (top row): top coat, Colour Flip in Green with Envy, and Limited Edition Graphite; (bottom row) base coat, Magnetic Wave in Arctic, Espresso and Bourdeaux.
While I was trying out the Magnetic Wave Bourdeaux, I remembered my sister first teaching me to paint my nails twenty years ago. Which made me feel old. However, some tips:
- buff your nails first to get rid of the lines and indentations;
- use a base coat to protect your nails (especially from discolouration);
- one swipe down the centre, one either side and one back over the middle per nail. Stay away from the sides and cuticles by 1-2mm to allow the nail to grow up and not drag the cuticles with it;
- apply a top coat once dry to help protect the varnish;
- use a cotton bud and nail varnish remover afterwards to remove any droplets of smudges on the skin.
I didn't remember any of this until after I'd put the base coat on so couldn't be bothered to go back and buff my nails. However, I still think that they turned out quite well and I like the effect of the magnetic wave in the block of colour. With a base coat and top coat, and a three year old son to deal with, the nail varnish lasted three days before I needed to touch up the chips.
If you'd like to win one of five Eye Candy Magnetic Wave nail lacquers (in the colour of your choice)worth £10, then fill in the Rafflecopter form below.