I have already posted a few “nails of the day” recently, and here is a brand new one, featuring one of my favourite nail polish formula – Essie Gel Couture (now on offer at Boots for £6.66 only).
In fact, it’s a firm favourite of a lot of people, and rightly so. It’s a gel-at-home-kinda formula. It gives you a long lasting effect, without the pain of taking it off the gel polish style. Obviously, it won’t last for weeks like the “real” gel nail polish but way longer than most regular varnishes.
I have two shades: Rock the Runway which is a beautiful classic red and Spiked With Style a vampy beauty. To be honest,
One of my favourite things, beauty wise, is red nails. And staying at home doesn’t mean that I will stop wearing my beautiful red nail varnishes. In fact, I enjoy it even more now.
So today I want to share one of my favourites. A gorgeous red. I present you Nails Of The Day, the old school kind of post.
The nail varnish I am talking about is Ciate Gelology in Mistress.
It is an absolutely beautiful classic red, it instantly lifts my mood, and I just love looking at it. Being a
I am the biggest red manicure fan ever, and quite frankly red nail polish is one of my favourite makeup product, it feels very me. And while I have been a huge fan of Max Factor Cerise, and used up 3 bottles of it, I’ve decided to treat myself to some high end red nail polishes.
So please meet these beauties: YSL 6 Red Dada and 754 Dior Pandore.
I would say that Dior nail polishes are probably my favourite high end ones, I love the wide and thin brush, the formula and the application. Below I am wearing
I am ashamed to say that this interview is several years old…and it is from a year when nail polishes were the thing in beauty. And for that occasion, there is only one person I’ve wanted to interview, and it was Adina. She has an impeccable taste in pretty much everything, but I personally really appreciate her shoes (doc Martens especially), her incredible silver rings, gorgeous kitten Tristam, and, of course, the nail shades she comes up with. They are absolutely magical: the shades are unique and the stories behind them are fascinating.
Enjoy the interview!
1. Can you please tell us something about yourself?
I was born and raised in Milan Italy, with an inclination for creativity and everything beautiful. A career in fashion with a few experiences in costumes design for opera and ballet was the perfect way to fulfil my aspirations and potentials.
My starting and long time experience was as assistant for Gianni Versace for whom I designed almost everything, followed by a few years as a freelance.
The step that very early determined my fundamental next stage in life happened at 16 when I visited London for the first time during a study/holiday. A deep yearning for England and sense of belonging seemed suddenly revealed and became stronger in the following years.
In my 30s after years of conflict I finally decided to follow my heart and left my glamorous, though demanding career, my fine setting behind to come to London to the unknown. Why? There might be only an esoteric explanation as I can’t find a rational one but that was my personal Epiphany, to feel complete at last despite difficult and uneasy moments I had to overcome.
I kept working in fashion designing accessories and eventually for a haute couture house based in Dubai until I realised I had completed a perfect cycle of experiences and didn’t feel any more the drive to continue. I formed a painting and decorating company that gave me a break on the creative side, until the urge to do something all mine raised again. And this is the start of the present chapter…
2. How did you realize that you want to create nail polishes? Was it hard to start your own brand?
“A young girl painting her nails with watercolours” that’s the beginning… During all stages and changes in life painting my nails has been a constant way to express myself and even to connect with people. I believe the intention to start my own line had been growing for long time until I was ready to start and from that moment all came very naturally.
I spent almost one year in preparation building the concept and the colours. It was very intense and exciting. I had to find the best manufacturer in UK, create the
Max Factor Glossfinity nail polish in 85 Cerise was an impulse purchase but I love it so much that I recently bought a second bottle, as I’ve used up the first one. And that says a lot, considering how many nail polishes I have, and red ones in particular.
It is a gorgeous glossy warm toned red which looks opaque even with one coat. It is like the coolest accessory for your nails, it brightens up everything. As dramatic as it sounds – Cerise makes me feel incredible, and I never want to be without it.
I have mentioned it so many times but somehow never posted a proper swatch, so here it is. (I am also wearing it here)
As I’ve already said, it looks great even with one coat, this formula