Category Archives: Nail Polish Reviews

Hot Polish: Paul & Joe no 16

Why is this my new favourite hue? I’ve had it for awhile and I pulled it out to use it yesterday, only to discover the most perfect scarlet polish ever. It’s just the right balance between blue and orange and makes me instantly think of Betty Draper in Mad Men. (And I think we all know how I like to think about her).

Since red is one of the hot colours for European Autumn/Winter I’ll be wearing this frequently, and coming over all 1950’s housewife – except for the stifling girdles, obsession with what the neighbours think, and cripping bouts of depression to be medicated by cocktails, cigarettes and Valium. You know, just the good bits.

January Jones Mad Men

Sophy’s Polish Pick of the Month – July

Tom Ford Eyewear - Sophy Robson NailsLondon mega-manicurist Sophy Robson has been at it again, this time nailing (excuse the pun) the provocative new Tom Ford Eyewear campaign (see image above). If that doesn’t make you look, I don’t know what does!

The campaign was actually shot by Mr Tom Ford himself who has added photographer to his already pretty impressive CV, and the model is the ever gorgeous Dane, Freja Beha.

The deep blackened purple on Freja’s nails is Sophy’s Polish Pick of the Month, and it is a new colour for autumn, Dior’s Black Plum. Set to be huge again this autumn/winter are variations on black, so Dior’s new nail polish is typically of the moment.

Sophy has another nail tutorial as well – this time a Chanel nail tutorial, which I’ve included below.

She’s been a very busy bee the last month, shooting campaigns for Jil Sander, Tom Ford Perfume, Loewe, Armani and Givenchy, and editorial that includes a cover of Marion Cotillard for Paris Vogue and M.I.A for Interview magazine as well as her usual slew of editorials in British and Japanese Vogue and Love magazine. Phew!

Sophy Robson’s Polish Pick of the Month

The mannequin nail is not going anywhere in London as it’s the perfect complement to bronzed skin and those hot summer nights. Sophy’s Polish Pick for June is what she used on super stylish Paris Vogue Editor-in-Chief, Carine Roitfeld – OPI in Barefoot in Barcelona.
Carine Roitfeld

Illamasqua Nail Competition

Illamasqua Nail Varnish CompetitionBy starting my blog, I have discovered a few strange things about myself that I didn’t know before: I don’t like writing in the afternoon, I’m obsessed (and probably always will be) with Shu Uemura eyelash curlers, I’ve never met a primer that I didn’t think was a load of old bollocks , and I have a secret, unexplored fetish for nail polish. Bizarre in that I have no desire to wear it myself (can’t be bothered), but I absolutely love all the colors it comes in. So when I found out about this new nail polish comp from Illamasqua, I just had to let you know.

They are launching a global competition to discover the ‘It’ colour of 2010 – right up there with the Chanel nail stars like Jade and Particuliere. Simply send in your entry describing in 50 words or less why your color should be the one. Include an image or photo of the idea (the grey of your cat’s tail, the inside of a crocus, your favourite cupcake frosting – whatever floats your boat), and the winning idea will be put into production and sold at Selfridges around the UK by October 2010. The judges are indeed a stellar line-up – the world’s most creative makeup artist Alex Box, manicurist to the stars Sophy Robson, and Pixiwoo, the YouTube makeup artists who leave Lauren Luke in the dust.

Get those thinking caps on fellas!

From the Front Lines: Matte Nail Polish from Marian Newman Nails.

Prepare to be dazzled by a revolutionary new polish coming out from Marian Newman Nails in the near future – it’s matte and it’s nude but the finish is completely different to others of this type that are currently on the market. The ones that I have seen so far tend to be chalky, but these babies give a flawless, satin texture that still dries perfectly, deliciously matte.

And we all know that’s we’re going to be wanting for the colder months!

Plus Marian knows nudes like no-one’s business, as she’s pointed me in the direction of some fabulous ones in the past. (If it wasn’t for her I’d still be standing in the nail polish section of Boots right now!)

She used the new polish which can be applied alone OR mixed in with other polishes, on a very big advertising campaign last week, and quite frankly the client went crazy for them. As did we.

Matte Daddy indeed!

Marian Newman Nails – the Inks

Marian Newman The InksMarian Newman is one of the world’s top manicurists – her work can be regularly seen in major campaigns like Dior and Lancome, and she is officially the manicurist with the most Vogue covers to her credit – 41 at last count! She has been working as an editorial manicurist since 1987, switching from her previous career as a forensic scientist (sorry, but how cool is that?) to tend to the digits of the most beautiful people of our era.

 She is the manicurist called on by Nick Knight, the photographer responsible for most of British Vogue’s magic cover moments of the last five years, and works regularly with other fashion greats such as Patrick Demarchalier and Mario Testino. Her celebrity client roster is no less illustrious, including Nicole Kidman, Gwen Stefani, Gwyneth Paltrow, Keira Knightley and Cate Blanchett, amongst many others.

 In short, Marion Newman is the business.

 But what makes Marion even more special is her brand new and completely innovative product line, called the Inks. Pure pigments, packaged as pens (so they are super-lightweight, a God-send when you have an already overloaded kit!) that are designed to be painted on nails and sealed with a special sealer. What this means is that you can whack the polish on, and even if it goes all around the nail as well as on it, it just washes off the skin because once that sealer is on, the nail color ain’t coming off! The other amazing thing about them is how fast they dry – 20 seconds to touch dry, 60 seconds to smudge proof, and 90 seconds to rock hard. Now I don’t know about you guys, but nails are not my forte (probably why I am a makeup artist and not a manicurist), so anything that makes my routine easier is a winner for me.

 The Inks come in 15 colors with a sealer and a cute little disposable removal towel, and are the first in a line of Marian Newman Nails products coming out.


PS The gold color is possibly the best gold I have ever seen, and Victoria Beckham has been rocking the gorgeous grey called Pewter recently. And Marian told me last week that the black is called Black Beth because Beth ditto of Gossip fame loves it so!

 Marian Newman Nails are available in the UK through Selfridges and select Charles Worthington salons and international orders through the website at