Hello lovelies, 

Today I have a very special post for you! You might have caught me posting on my social media about the Scratch Stars Awards that took place this past Sunday. What can I tell you - I had such a blast! But let me start from the beginning...

Since I've been announced as one of this year's Best UK Nail Blogger finalists again, I've been talking to Sammy aka The Nailasaurus who has also been nominated again (Sammy won the award last year). We've booked a hotel room together which was conveniently just around the corner from the venue (yay!). 

I met up with Sammy at the Victoria train station and we took an Uber ride straight to the hotel. It was too early for us to check in so we stored our luggage and headed to Covent Garden for a bit of a nose around the shops. It was a busy Sunday with heaps of people out and about and various buskers entertaining the crowds. 

Covent Garden

Covent Garden

Sammy wanted to visit kikki.K, this cool store that looks straight out of Instagram feed, so many cute things!

Sammy wanted to visit kikki.K, this cool store that looks straight out of Instagram feed, so many cute things!

Yummy temptations at Paul's bakery

Yummy temptations at Paul's bakery

The rest of our afternoon was about getting ready for the awards. I've opted for a white dress with rose gold studs, rose gold earrings and blue-grey shoes with BLACK HOLO HEELS!

I bought those shoes just earlier that day in Covent Garden and I had to wear them for the Awards, the holo heels were perfect! 

And of course you get a peak at the nails I wore to the awards - an abstract dry brush & gold inspired by Maria at So Nailicious! I'll be doing a proper close up pictures in the next post ;)

My outfit...

My outfit...

ma holo heelz

ma holo heelz

The Tropicana Beach Club was very cool, everything was themed - palms and flower garlands hanging from the ceiling, colourful parrot feathers painted on the walls, the whole venue was like a huge tropical club party! 

The stage was set in the centre of the club and ladies were swooning over this year's handsome presenter - Duncan James. If the name doesn't ring a bell, Duncan was part of a boy band called Blue and he currently has a role on British soap opera Hollyoaks. 

We also got a chance to watch a guest performer Amelia Lily sing several songs and get the ladies dancing! Amelia Lily is super talented and I loved her voice so I hope she'll get more visibility and I'll get to see more of her :) 

Scratch Stars Awards stage

Scratch Stars Awards stage

Scratch Stars Awards 2017 At Tropicana Beach Club London!
Scratch Stars Awards 2017 At Tropicana Beach Club London!
Scratch Stars Awards 2017 At Tropicana Beach Club London!
Scratch Stars Awards 2017 At Tropicana Beach Club London!
Scratch Stars Awards 2017 At Tropicana Beach Club London!
Scratch Stars Awards 2017 At Tropicana Beach Club London!
Guest performance by Amelia Lily

Guest performance by Amelia Lily

Duncan James and I

Duncan James and I

The Best UK Nail Blogger category was announced in the second half of the evening so the anticipation certainly built up. Sammy The Nailasaurus ruled the category again this year, congratulations, well done Sammy! 

The other finalists in the Best UK Nail Blogger apart from myself were:

Samantha Tremlin - The Nailasaurus - WINNER ;)

Natasha Lee - Natasha has had an amazing year and her YouTube channel took off, she even had a Fidget Spinner nails viral video. If you don't follow Natasha yet, check out her YouTube channel!

Ave Joesar - Nail Lacquer UK - Ave is a pro swatcher with a great eye for nail art, congrats on the nomination, Ave!

Anona Grice - Nona Philippa - I haven't had a pleasure of meeting Anona yet but congratulations on the nomination!

 

Ultimately, it was a great party and it was nice to see the other nail bloggers again, spend time with Sammy and to see other familiar faces like the talented nail tech and business woman Metta Francis aka Nails by Mets. Metta won in her Mobile Nailist of The Year category, congrats Metta!

Myself, Metta Francis, Sammy Tremlin

Myself, Metta Francis, Sammy Tremlin

Scratch Stars Awards 2017 At Tropicana Beach Club London!
Scratch Stars Awards 2017 At Tropicana Beach Club London!
Obligatory blogger nails pic. Myself (left), The Nailasaurus (top) and Natasha Lee (right)

Obligatory blogger nails pic. Myself (left), The Nailasaurus (top) and Natasha Lee (right)

 

Here's a short compilation video of what I posted to my Instagram story and Sammy getting the award...

I hope you've enjoyed the post, thanks for stopping by and stay tuned for the nail post next!

Have a lovely day

Lucie x

Hello lovelies, 

It has been quite a while since I shared with you the products I use to keep my nails in shape and healthy so here's a new update with some new products you might not have seen before. 

I take my nail care very seriously because it has proven it has a real impact on my nails. When I stop caring for my nails, don't apply nail oil several times a day and don't use hand creams, my nails feel dry, brittle and they break easily. It really pays off for me to spend few minutes a day caring for my nails - what about you?

From Lucy's Stash: Nail & Hand Care Products I Currently Use In My Everyday Routine

 

Let's have a look at the products that I currently use on regular basis:

1. Yardley London English Freesia Hand Cream* - This is the hand cream I currently use most of the time and it's part of the new Yardley Spring release. It has a fresh freesia flower scent with hints of citrus. It soaks into the skin fast which I really appreciate. I don't like to use greasy or sticky hand creams during the day and that's why I love this hand cream. It leaves my hands lovely smooth and nourished. It contains "freesia extract combined with shea butter, peach kernel oil, antioxidant vitamin E and chia seed oil" - all that and 100ml of cream for under £4.50.  Also, it's a British brand so let's support British businesses, right?

 

2. All That Jazz Cuticle Oil - I've been using various All That Jazz manicure range products for the past years and I've always been very happy with all of them. They are marketed for both consumers and salon professionals which tells me that if they are good enough for professional use, then they're definitely good enough for regular consumers at home. Their cuticle oil in the Captivate scent (musk and coconut oil blend) is one of their products I use the most. I still have the original vintage-style packaging. They've recently changed into more modern black packaging just so you know. Just a bit of the oil goes a long way and it leaves my nails nourished and flexible again. It contains "fractionate coconut oil, vitamins A, C and D and carotenoids".

 

3. Mont Bleu Crystal Nail File - These Czech crystal files have been my staple for years and I'm not giving them up anytime soon! If you're still using cheap disposable nail files/emery boards, STOP! Stop and try a good quality crystal nail file and you'll see the difference. My natural nails love crystal nail files! It keeps the edge smooth and sealed and it helps in preventing splitting and breaking. 

 

4. SpaRitual Cuti-Clean Cuticle Remover - I keep coming back to SpaRitual Cuti-Clean as my favourite cuticle remover because it just works so well and fast! It has a little glass dropper that helps with putting the product exactly where I need it. As soon as I finish putting it on my last nail, I can start working on the first one. It makes the cuticle removing process very fast and easy. Sometimes my nails start to get a yellow staining after painting my nails with dark colours so I really appreciate the stain removing properties. What's your favourite cuticle remover?

 

5. Sally Hansen Moisture Rehab* - This is a surprise product because I never thought I would like it as I'm a big fan of nail oils. Moisture Rehab is and overnight serum but truth to be told, I use it at any time of the day. It has gel-like consistency that soaks into skin and nails fast when massaged in. For especially effective overnight treatment I massage the Moisture Rehab into my nails and then apply cuticle oil over it. My nails and cuticles are in top form in the morning! It contains a "blend of natural actives including black orchid, acai and algae to deliver deep moisture and nutrient rich actives". Sounds good to me!

 

6. The Little Book of Nail Art by So Nailicious* - This little book is not a nail or hand care product as you've probably guessed but it is my go-to product for sketching and planning nail designs. This pink design has template for round nails but almond and square nail templates are also available. I often get nail art ideas just before I fall asleep so I keep one of these on my night stand. We all know that those ideas are gone and forgotten in the morning unless we write them down! And lastly, this book is an idea and product from a fellow blogger Maria aka So Nailicious so even if you don't plan on buying yourself this Little Book of Nail Art, at least check out Maria's blog, she's an amazing nail artist!

 

I hope I gave you little insight into my favourites and also inspired you to try something new. What are your current fave products?

 

Have a lovely day! Lucie x

 

*Post contains products previously sent for consideration, my honest opinion was given regardless.