Hello lovelies,

 

Today I want to share with you review and swatches of SpaRitual Last Tango from the new GOLD Flexible Color™ System. GOLD range promises double the wear of regular manicure if used as a 2-step system (GOLD polish and Gold Flexible topcoat), to be dry in under 8 minutes and self-levelling and correcting formula. GOLD range offers 24 shades and improved mindful brush with over 600 bristles.

 

About:

"SpaRitual GOLD 2 Step Flexible Color™ System delivers technology that fuses Flexible Color with our Flexible Topcoat creating a long-wearing, smudge resistant, high-shine finish that doubles the wear of your manicure. No lamp drying needed. No intense removal needed -
just relaxing GOLD manicures. Re-apply GOLD Flexible Topcoat after 3 days for extended wear."

 

SpaRitual GOLD Flexible Color™ System in Last Tango - Review & Swatches
SpaRitual GOLD Flexible Color™ System in Last Tango - Review & Swatches
SpaRitual GOLD Flexible Color™ System in Last Tango - Review & Swatches
SpaRitual GOLD Flexible Color™ System in Last Tango - Review & Swatches
SpaRitual GOLD Flexible Color™ System in Last Tango - Review & Swatches
SpaRitual GOLD Flexible Color™ System in Last Tango - Review & Swatches
SpaRitual GOLD Flexible Color™ System in Last Tango - Review & Swatches

 

Last Tango is a bright red creme with strong orange undertones. I applied two coats which were enough for full coverage but I would recommend applying thicker second coat to avoid patching and bold spots. The polish was nicely pigmented and dried fast (hence the risk of patching).

 

I have used Last Tango together with the GOLD Flexible Topcoat. The topcoat applied nicely and it seems to have the promised self-levelling and correcting properties. I purposely 'dinged' the nail a bit with another nail and the polish bounced back and levelled again. I don't think it would work with major dents but it does work with minor ones. One thing I didn't like about the topcoat was the smell. I think it was supposed to be perfumed but it’s like a mix of smelly flowers and something chemical – weird!

 

The GOLD range promises double the wear of regular nail polish so I had to test it myself. Here's how my nails looked after 4 days:

 

SpaRitual GOLD Flexible Color™ System in Last Tango - Review & Swatches
SpaRitual GOLD Flexible Color™ System in Last Tango - Review & Swatches

 

 

As you can see, this system didn't work for me at all. I was expecting at least 5-6 days of wear without chipping and I was quite disappointed. I prepped my nails properly and wiped them with alcohol as per directions but it didn't seem to make a difference. Plus I didn't do any gardening, big housework etc. Not to be completely negative nelly, the polish itself was nice and with good formula but it just didn't last on me as it should have and topcoat smelled weird.

 

I have been thinking for a long time whether to post this review because I don't like to show products that I didn't like or didn't work for me. I usually rather not post them but I also hate wasting nice pictures and lot of work. And it still might be beneficial to those searching for reviews and whether the product is good or bad. I didn't hate this product but it didn't exactly work for me. I have read some reviews where ladies got really long wear out of them. I guess I'll just write this down to the individual body chemistry.

 

SpaRitual GOLD 2 Step Flexible Color™ System is available at SpaRitual US website and in selected salons for $18 per bottle. According to my information this range won't be available in the UK at this point but is available for example in Czech Republic and other countries.

 

Have you tried SpaRitual GOLD system? How well did it work for you? Lucie x

 

*Products sent for review

Hello lovelies,

 

So I'm finally back with nail post and review! I did these nails back in July when I received then brand new nail art book Nail It! by Sophie Harris-Greenslade aka The Illustrated Nail (featured in past monthly favourites). I picked a design from the book called Ditsy and I recreated it following the step by step tutorial in the book to show you that they are totally achievable!

 

A Nail Art Book NOT To Be Missed! Nail It! by The Illustrated Nail + DITSY Nail Art Design + Review
A Nail Art Book NOT To Be Missed! Nail It! by The Illustrated Nail + DITSY Nail Art Design + Review
A Nail Art Book NOT To Be Missed! Nail It! by The Illustrated Nail + DITSY Nail Art Design + Review
A Nail Art Book NOT To Be Missed! Nail It! by The Illustrated Nail + DITSY Nail Art Design + Review

 

This Ditsy design is pretty simple and easy to do yet it looks like a complicated pattern. I've painted it using Nails Supreme nail art pens (available here) and dotting tools over five new(ish) Models Own polishes. These pretty brights are the new additions to their Polish for Tans collection (which was bit more relevant in July I guess ;). I've used Beach Hut, Turquoise Sea, Sarong Wrap, Cocktail Hour and Malibu Pink shades. Some of theme have a neon element to them and they beautifuly glow under UV light.


And... as the title of this post suggests, I also want to take a closer look at the Nail It! book. Firstly, here are few pictures to give you a taste of what's inside:

 

A Nail Art Book NOT To Be Missed! Nail It! by The Illustrated Nail + DITSY Nail Art Design + Review
A Nail Art Book NOT To Be Missed! Nail It! by The Illustrated Nail + DITSY Nail Art Design + Review
A Nail Art Book NOT To Be Missed! Nail It! by The Illustrated Nail + DITSY Nail Art Design + Review
Some of the book chapters (click to enlarge)Some of the book chapters (click to enlarge)Some of the book chapters (click to enlarge)
Some of the book chapters (click to enlarge)Some of the book chapters (click to enlarge)Some of the book chapters (click to enlarge)

Some of the book chapters (click to enlarge)

 


This book contains 100 nail art tutorials and nail care and nail art advice sorted into topical sections.There are simple and intricate designs included and each has picture and worded step-by-step instructions so everyone can find something for them. I like how everything is clearly explained and to me even just the picture steps are enough to understand how to re-create the design. I've seen some of the designs before for example in the Scratch Magazine where Sophie is a regular columnist but I suspect this won't be the case with most people. Besides, here are all the pretty designs in one place, in one book. It might also be worth mentioning that Nail It! is a sturdy hard-back book and it's a nice quality.
 

The nail art themes covered are Picure It, Spots & Dots, French Tips & Half-Moons, Geometrics, Embellished Designs, Creative Effects, Holidays & Travel, Florals, Classic Prints and Catwalk Looks. What a range! You can find anything from Christmas and Halloween designs to flowers and abstract patterns. And most are in that wonderfuly 'illustration' style so distinctive for Sophie's work. Some might find it too cartoony but I just love it and appreciate the art and work that went into it. 

 

I'm a huge fan of Sophie's work and I honestly think that so far this is the best nail art book I've had the pleasure of reading and it is totally worth the money! Nail It! is currently available on Amazon UK for £13.48 and newly on Amazon US.

 

I always love to hear your thoughts and feedback so leave a comment ;) Lucie x

 

*Post contains PR samples