March 28th, 2011
When it comes to polishing our pinkies we usually tend to gravitate towards the brighter shades and now that Spring has well and truly sprung we thought it high time we added a touch of colour to our talons.
Given that pinks, greens, blues and even yellows are set to dominate during the coming months we thought we just might have time for one last hurrah on the darker shades which brings us nicely onto the above swatch.
Having been flown all the way from the UK, a friend of L’Onglex picked up this little gem while she enjoyed some R&R in the Champanys Spa and we instantly fell in love with the classic charcoal grey. Having spent so long playing with colour we couldn’t quite believe how flattering the shade actually is.
The only gripe we did have ( and as it was a gift it would be rude to have too many! ) was that the formula was a little light on pigment so two to three coats are a must.
On the upside the coats dry quick enough and if the UK seems a little far to fly to get a polish fix, we are reliably informed you can grab a bottle in boots.
January 28th, 2011
If you managed to catch any of the red carpet pics at the recent Emmy Awards you’ll no doubt be aware one of the big trends we can look out for this SS11 is nude nails.
As it just so happens we didn’t catch anything until someone burst through our door with a copy of Glamour suggesting that as a Nail Polish Remover we might want to start packing our bags in the event that this really takes off.
Being the sort of folks who panic easily all at L’Onglex were concerned and decided to do a little research of our own. Yes, it would appear that nude nails are here thanks in the main to a certain fashion guru by the name of David Barton. No, this does not mean that we have ditched the polish and L’Onglex is unemployed – as evidenced above by the paws of Heidi Klum !
As if to prove for certain that ‘going natural’ doesn’t make our beauty routines any easier, it seems that after all that panic this seasons must have nails involve nude polishes rather than no polish and, as luck would have it ( just when we were breathing a big sigh of relief ) what should land through our door other than five shades from Maybeline.
Ivory Rose, Taupe Couture and Nude Rose are in pharmacies now and Rosey Sand & Rose Poudre will launch in March. As the price is only a fiver we at L’Onglex may be stocking up – watch this space for some swatches !
Image sourced from Glamour Magazine
December 21st, 2010
Just three days to go and all at L’Onglex are getting ready for the imminent arrival of the big man in red and his stocking full of goodies.
Aside from a bag mostly brimming with chocolate we are also hoping for another set of the above party falsies from none other than Julien MacDonald.
Thinking that our chances of getting these anywhere near our nails after three Christmas cocktails were slim to none we must admit that we weren’t too keen when we first saw them.
Having now discovered they stick on in a jiffy we’ve been flashing these around and we have to say we’re quite impressed with the overall effect.
In the unlikely event Santa doesn’t bring you a set you can get them in Debenhams for €8 – available in Plain & Gold, Gold & Black, black Zig-Zag and Grey Stud. Perfect for the party season ?
December 16th, 2010
While the icy winds may still be blowing we at L’Onglex are not without the odd reminder that spring will be with us at sooner or later.
Of course, being the shallow sort we undoubtedly are we don’t actually mean to say the weather will get warm and sunny and we’ll be off for picnics and the like …. more the fact that the spring make-up collections will soon be with us.
Enter Chanel’s newest polish collection which hits shops in January and has apparently been inspired by Coco Chanel’s love of pearls. The brilliantly sparkly collection includes a pearly white by the name of Pearl Drop, a perfect peach by the name of Peche Nacree and a rather fetching green by the name of Black Pearl.
As with all Chanel polishes L’Onglex is under no illusions that come January the new shades will actually be any easier to get our hands on than the real thing – no doubt we’ll be trying to bag a bottle or two anyway !
December 2nd, 2010
Regular readers of the L’Onglex blog will know doubt be aware that some time last week we ran a recipe for a home made cuticle repair remedy.
Now, as good ( and cheap ) as said remedy worked we have been on the lookout for more convenient alternatives than what is essentially a bowl of lemon and curdled milk.
It’s not that we happen to be squeemish or any such nonsense but to be fair there are only so many places one can take a bowl of curdled milk and not be stared at by the general public.
Now, as good as the homemade solution was we figured it was time to test something a little less eccentric and a touch more convenient. So, please stand up and take a congratulatory L’Onglex Blog bow if you just happen to be reading this and you just happen to be in any way connected to Rituals.
Packed with vitamins A, E and jojoba oil the Rituals Cuticle Pen formula has been working a treat at keeping our cuticles smooth, soft and in tip-top condition and whilst you wouldn’t exactly wear the stuff as perfume it does smell far better than lemon and milk.
As the pen applicator means we can top up whenever we need to ( which at the moment is often ) we’re delighted with our find.
November 24th, 2010
With the winter weather set to send thermometers dropping this week we at L’Onglex HQ have been on the hunt for something that might give a pick-me up to our by now fragile hands.
Being as were currently keeping our greedy peepers off the piggy bank because of the whole Christmas thing we’ve been on the lookout for something we could make ourselves that doesn’t cost much. As with all these things you never really get what you look for and finding a homemade hand cream for winter is proving difficult.
What we did find during the course of our trawl through the weird beauty world that is the web is a rather nice rinse for dry and inflamed cuticles which uses only milk and lemon juice.
Now, when we first looked at this the thought of rubbing lemon juice around our sensitive nails didn’t really appeal but once we’d worked out that the milk will neutralise the lemon and the remedy doesn’t sting we thought it might be worth a go – so here’s how it’s done …
Add 5 tablespoons of milk to 5 tablespoons of lemon juice, mix well and allow to curdle. Once the mix has curdled apply the mixture to your cuticles and leave for 15 minutes before rinsing thoroughly with warm water.
Cheap, cheerful, natural and effective …. whoever said being tight wasn’t fun. More Mary Make and Do’s coming soon !
November 11th, 2010
Armed with nothing more than a selection of fabulous OPI polishes, a toothpick and a nicely improvised use for some Scotch Tape we are proud to bring you a rather snazzy nail tutorial from OPI on the subject of Marbling.
Having seen this done out and about we were under the impression it’s all a bit fancy and fiddly and that you needed the expert attentions of a trained nail art technician but as it turns out anyone with a bowl of water ,lot’s of patience and half an hour can get the fabulous effect.
Having watched the video and decided even L’Onglex’s shaky hands just might be able to manage it we’d also like to say a big thanks to Rachel Lawlor who very kindly gave us the heads up on this via twitter.
Click here to watch the video
November 10th, 2010
If there is one thing that L’Onglex loves more than nail polish it’s nail polish with a gimmick attached. Any gimmick will do really and thinking about the subject we’re not exactly fussy when it comes to which gimmicks we’ll spend our hard earned cents on.
That said, the latest nail polish collection from Revlon is something we’ve gotten quite excited about as not only do the above shades come in no less than eight glorious colours but they also have one particularly unique feature …. they’re all scented with their own unique flavour !
Currently going down a storm in the States the new Revlon summer shades have sold by the bucket load and whilst we haven’t managed to get ourselves a whiff just yet we are assured that Peach Smoothie, Bubble Gum and Ocean Breeze smell divine.
As these haven’t yet launched in Ireland we were thinking what shades we might like for when they do land on these shores and having given the matter some considerable thought L’Onglex is very much hoping they bring out a chocolate cake version just for us.
Quite what effect of such a treat will have on our diets is anyones guess but knowing our luck they’ll skip that flavour and bring out a headline grabbing Guinness version just for us – Roll on March 2011 !
October 28th, 2010
It’s no secret that we at L’Onglex love to shop but with the budget looming we’ve been looking into inexpensive ways to update our wardrobe. Not really being able to unearth those designer bargains on a budget of say €6 we were a little down in the dumps until we discovered some designer dupes.
The above colours are from the latest collection of the veritable house of fashion NAILS INC and are in fact a great way of bringing outfits on trend for the Autumn/Winter Catwalks.
Our favorite so far is Lanesborough Place. Inspired by the golden hues of the last Alexander McQueen and Balmain collections the super glossy gold polish has a light, liquid effect on nails and with is a perfect shade to bring the right amount of glamour for day or night. So far we are quite sold.
If you’re looking for a shade with a little more pzzaz the silvery delights of Montpelier Square could be for you. Taking inspiration from the the beautiful embellished dresses that graced the catwalk at Matthew Williamson the shade would be perfect teamed with your bestest LBD for the party season and at about €18 who could argue.
Last but not in any way least come the camel inspired tones of Cadogan Square. A soft shade bang on trend for this season and a must have colour for 2011 if the 1000 or so people who bought the shade within it’s first 24 hours are to be believed.
Our sources have informed the L’Onglex Beauty Desk that this has been Nails Incs fastest ever selling colour and I for one can see why. Cadogan Square is in store now, Lanesborough Place and Montpelier Square will be arriving at hit counters on November 1st.
October 20th, 2010
If you visit these pages on a regular basis you’ll know how pleased we were with our Minx nails that we had done in September. Obviously being the sort of people we are it goes without saying we we are still rather impressed at how good the groovy prints made our nails look and if we had the money we’d probably be in there every week laminating our talons with whatever design takes our particular fancy.
As good as the speedy application and groovy print was the €35 price tag is a bit hefty and whilst we don’t want to be sticks in the mud there is a point at which even our beauty budget folds …. or so we thought !
This morning the nail gods answered our prayers when we were sent a pack of nail stickers from none other than budget beauty gurus Essence. Available in all the colours of the rainbow these are the DIY version of our beloved minx’s and at a purse friendly €2.49 per set we don’t think they’ll be on the stands for too long!
As we only have a photo to go from at the moment we at L”onglex can only guess at their greatness but rest assured dear readers we will be sticking them on as soon as we get the time and will of course dot the i’s and cross the t’s when it comes to pictures.
In the meantime, if anyone has tried these we’d love to hear your thoughts !