Magic Nail Polish Remover Hands & Feet | £5.99* | Link
When it comes to painting my nails, it's fair to say I'm pretty high maintenance. My talons have really grown just recently and because of this, my strive for perfection has somewhat intensified. I paint my nails up to 3 times a week - maybe I'm a little bit of an obsessive perfectionist (or maybe I just have far too much time on my hands) but at sign of first chip, I'll take it all off and start again. One thing I hate, however, is removing the stuff. I'm the type of girl who will prefer to sit there and meticulously pick it all off bit by bit through an entire episode of TOWIE (not good for your nails - i might add!) rather than grab a bottle of remover and a cotton pad and simply scrub it off - to me, that's just added effort. This, my friends, is why Bourjois' Magic Hands and Feet Polish remover has become one of my new must-haves - it's the lazy girl's solution for all of your polish removing needs. I must admit, I never bought into their original one and I always bypassed the blogger hype, but after using this the past few weeks, I can honestly say it deserves the praise it gets. The new version is even better though - as well as the sponge within the tub for your fingernails, this one has a foam applicator concealed in the lid so that it can be used for the toes too - perfect for the upcoming warmer weather (don't tell porkies - I'm betting a fair few of you attempted to dip your toes in the original version, no?) As far as the 1 second claim goes, it's more of a 5-10 second thing - but even so, much snappier than faffing around with cotton pads and bottles of remover. I've used this for weeks now and the sponges haven't dried up at all - I'll definitely be taking it on holiday with me as it will be perfect for touch-ups and re-applying polish mid-way through. It's really lightweight so it's great for travel, and it also doesn't smell ridiculously offensive like some of the nail polish remover pads you can buy (i hate the smell of those...yuck). It's non-greasy, quick, easy and fool-proof and never again shall you spill half a bottle of remover on your bathroom floor... (surely this can't just be me?) Oo - it's also worth mentioning that it's acetone free and the formula is enriched with almond oil and pro-vitamin B5 - much kinder for your talons!
Instant Dry Nail Drops | £5.99* | Link
Whenever I paint my nails I can't be without a fast-drying top coat (Seche Vite and Sally Hansen are 2 of my faves). I paint them so much that simply wafting them around for a good half an hour isn't an option and I could honestly never go back to using a standard top coat. This is why Bourjois' Instant Nail Dry Drops intrigued me - sometimes, I've been known to paint a nail and rush out of the door 20 seconds later - I'm all for reducing drying time! I've never used drops before, but I used to go for pedicures a couple of years back and the girls always used to use these to dry the polish quickly between coats. I have to say these work very well - just one drop on each nail and you're pretty much good to go in a swish of a puppy dog's tail. I've found that I still use a topcoat for extra gloss afterwards but if you aren't too fussed about an extra glossy finish then there's no real need to use one. One thing I will say is that I expected it to feel cooling on the nails (if you use Sally Hansen or Seche Vite you'll know exactly what I mean here) but it doesn't feel at all like that - you can't really feel it working, which made me a little nervous about doing the 'tap' test at first but you soon get used to it. I also find i have to wash off the excess afterwards as the formula can linger a little. Nevertheless, it's a really good bottle to have in your stash if you're a speedy nail painter like myself! It's also enriched with cuticle nourishing ingredients - so if you're growing your nails or like to be mindful of what products you're using on them, this is a great option.
So Laque Glossy Nudes Polish in 'Peace & Mauve' | £5.99* | Link
This little beauty has fast become one of my favourite nail polish shades to wear and I've had so many compliments on it recently. 'Peace and Mauve' from Bourjois' Glossy Nudes collection is a gorgeous pale lilac colour with a slight grey-ish/white tone. It's really quite unlike anything else in my stash and it's a little more subdued and classy than other lilacs I've tried in the past. I find i have to apply 3 coats to get an opaque finish but the finish is really smooth and glossy (I still use a topcoat afterwards to really seal it in). I've also found it resists chipping quite well - I got through 3 days at uni without any chips or peeling (which is really good for me as i usually chip my polish the day after! Clumsy elf!) One thing I will say is that brushes tend to make or break a polish for me - this one really impressed me as it's the perfect size for coating the nail with ease and it's really neat and tidy - no awkward flyaway bits! The nail wheel above really doesn't do this justice and I wish so much that I'd managed to snap a photograph of it on my nails - with a bit of a tan, trust me, it looks amazing! This is the first Bourjois polish I've ever used (*gasp*) and I will definitely be buying more in the future - they're a little more pricey than other high-street brands but for the quality - you certainly cannot grumble.
Have you tried any of these nail treats? Did any of them float your boat?!