Category Archives: Swatches

Pure Color Nail Lacquer French Nudes Collection

Earlier this year Estee Lauder’s Creative Makeup Director, Tom Pecheux, launched a range of new shades to their nail lacquers called the French Nudes Collection. Ranging from fair to dark and warm to cool, these flattering flesh tone shades provide nails with a subtly feminine, barely there look.


“This collection is like foundation for nails,” stated Tom Pecheux. “It’s all about enhancing nails, rather than making a big statement with colour.” The collection contains the following five new shades; Bittersweet (deep chocolaty brown with just a hint of red crème), Diabolique (creamy cocoa shade), So Vain (milky beige crème with very soft silver micro-shimmer), Nudité (true nude) and Ballerina Pink (soft pink semi-transparent polish).


 From left to right: Diabolique, Ballerina Pink and Nudité.



Sometimes I think you can’t go wrong with a simple nude nail. I quite like Nudité; this was 2 coats to get a beautiful opaque and glossy finish! Both Nudité and Pink Ballerina would be perfect for everyday wear, all year round and I think Diabolique will be lovely for fall/winter time! You can buy these shades now at your local Estee Lauder counter or online at (£14.50/9ml).

What do you think of this French Nudes Collection?

Essie Sugar Daddy NOTD

I think I have finally found the perfect ‘my nails but better’ nail polish! I got Essie Sugar Daddy nail polish as part of my April Glossybox and it was love at first try. Essie Sugar Daddy is a lovely soft nude pink which is great for french manicures or just for a natural polished look.

Essie Sugar Daddy

Sugar Daddy Essie

SONY DSCThe application is super smooth and only two coats (no topcoat) gives you a chic glossy finish. If you are looking for more of an opaque milky pink (as the bottle might suggest) then Sugar Daddy is not for you – because once applied to the nails the polish definitely is very sheer. The formula dries super fast so for me it’s the ideal nail polish to quickly put on before rushing out the door to fix my nails from ‘weh’ to ‘wow’!

Essie Sugar Daddy will definitely be a staple polish in my collection for years to come!
Do you have a favourite ‘my nails but better’ nail polish?

Tate by Nails Inc – NOTD

Here a quick nail of the day from the other weekend when I was at my brother’s wedding;  this is the polish Tate by Nails Inc. Applied two coats and no top coat – it has a lovely smooth formula and reasonably long lasting.


The shade complimented my, lovely, new red L.K. Bennett dress perfectly (link). Photos from the wedding and my outfit are still to follow. I ended up being so busy at the wedding, helping organise and ensuring the day ran smoothly, that I hardly had time to take any pictures myself. Luckily the official photographer should have plenty of fabulous shots!

Tate is a perfect glamorous red nail polish that will bring sophistication to any look. Nails Inc. polishes retail at £11 each or you can now also create your own unique colour  collection with their 3 for £22 Pick & Mix offer.

Are you a fan of like Nails Inc. polishes?

AERIN Beauty

These days the Estee Lauder company group is pretty much the Queen of beauty and lifestyle brands. Not only do they own Estee Lauder cosmetics, just name any other major beauty company (for example MAC, Clinique, Aveda, La Mer, Darphin, Tom Ford Beauty) and it’s bound to be one of their brands!

Back towards the end of 2012 the Estee Lauder Group launched another luxury brand to their empire, this time created by Estee Lauder’s granddaughter herself; Aerin Lauder! Aptly named AERIN, the brand is inspired by the Aerin’s signature and effortless style. “The brand’s goal is to enable women to feel confident and beautiful by creating high quality products, reflective of Aerin Lauder’s personal ease and sophistication, in the beauty, fashion accessories, and home décor categories.”

So let’s talk makeup shall we? I was sent some products to try from the AERIN Beauty Holiday 2012 Color Collection that launched in November 2012. The first AERIN Beauty Color Collection is all about the holidays  and “an evening in and an evening out” to effortlessly transform your look from the casual ease of the day, to the festive glow of the night!


The limited edition palette (not pictured – link) from the collection is just gorgeous and subtle and I think these lipsticks would complement any (festive or not) look beautifully.  The lipsticks shades range from nudes to a bright pink so there is something there for everyone to love.


The packaging of the AERIN lipsticks is très chic and also feature a unique design; a full-size product in a miniature design which means they are perfect for your evening handbag.


The mini lip gloss in NUDE is a classic, sophisticated high shine gloss that comes in a beautiful mini shiny gold case. An every day staple!

The lipsticks are creamy, long lasting and they all feature AERIN’s (subtle) signature rose scent which gives the line a unique edge. Here they are swatched to show off the lovely colours!


My personal favourites are LOVE and LOLABIRD. The lipsticks retail at £24 each (link) and the NUDE lip gloss at £22 (link)

This is my first experience with Aerin Beauty and I’m definitely liking what I have seen so far. The AERIN 2013 Spring collection has just launched and I definitely have my eye on the Spring Style Palette and the Floral Illuminating Powder looks super lush!

Have you seen or tried anything from the new AERIN Beauty collection yet?