August 19th, 2010
Without wishing to sound too terribly girly about the whole thing we at L’Onglex are currently trying to grow our nails. As nothing really bothers us more than a ping to the pinkies you might think we would be more careful. Alas no because L’Onglex’s nails are in a terrible state.
Obviously the miniature of our nail related dilemmas probably isn’t of interest to you the reader but after another breakage only yesterday this now gives us only three nails to work with and nothing to be done.
I know this is a bit sketchy and there was a moral to this story but frankly we forgot it and so all that is left to do is mention that had we bothered a bit more with the Sally Hanson Diamond Strength nail formula and it’s active ingredients of titanium and micro diamonds we would by now be busy posting our paws in peculiar shades and saying how terribly well we look – L’Onglex is sad.
July 27th, 2010
When it comes to topping up our manicure we’re quite a lazy bunch so anything that might be able to keep it looking shiny, new and picture perfect for longer than usual is pretty much guaranteed to be elevated to ‘cult-status-must-have’ quicker than we can say ‘file and paint’.
The above product is Sally Hansen Nail Shine Miracle and when we read the claims that nails shine for up to ten days by virtue of an exclusive marine complex formula which continually releases shine boosters we were a bit sceptical – but that was then !
Since L’Onglex is now on day nine and the application is still looking good we think we’ll forget our misgivings and focus on the fact it does what it says it will do – we tip our hats to the folks at Sally H.
July 17th, 2010
Being that nails and nail news are quite high on the list of things that we at L’Onglex find quite exciting we have been wondering lately whether our single minded devotion to all things nail related is indeed good for our health. I mean, just how dedicated does one have to be to write a blog principally involving nails and interspersed with idle chit chat and the general adoration of other pretty things ?
It was just as we were having this moment of dubious self realisation that we received a small package from the folks at Sally Hansen containing none other than Miracle Nail Thickener ! As we in these parts hadn’t seen this before we did of course forget our navel gazing in an instant and released a chorus of ahhhs, oooohhhs, general appreciations and promises that we would take it home and try it.
So, with it’s daily applications and general nail strengthening properties not only is this proving to be something of a cure for the cracking and splitting of soft nails but it also turns out that it’s a very good distraction for the symptoms of thinking too much. Now our nails are thicker and so are we. This is of course exactly how we like it.
Sally Hansen, we thank you !
June 8th, 2010
Another day another beauty trend and our current infatuation comes to us courtesy of the Californian Sunshine.
American Nomad is hot hot hot for SS10 but maybe not in the way it suggests. Inspired by lookbooks for Mac and the natural summer looks of 70’s and 80’s natural make-up it’s much more healthy-glow than sunbed-queen – think surf chic meets Farah Fawcett. Blending, contouring and highlighting are the orders of the day here and the idea is to look light, golden and natural.
As the key to this look is to get barely there you’ll need to build colour and tone gently. Avoid shimmers and stick to more natural matt shades and blend, blend blend. As this look is all about light soft colour go easy on the foundation. As a base. a little tinted mosturser should be all that’s required as it’s really about getting a natural finish.
When your choosing a bronzer stick to taupes, dusty sand, coffee and warm earth tones as opposed to full on bronze. MAC’s Bronzing powder in Matt Bronze works a treat at giving a light natural glow.
If building up bronzers doesn’t work for your skin tone try liquid bronzers like Sisleys Golden Dry Oil or MAC’s Lustre Drops. They’re also a little easier to blend and give a soft natural glow. As a final flourish use a highlighter to add glow to the points where you would naturally get more of the sun. Touch in the cheekbones, eyes and forehead.
If your skin is paler try cream based bronzer products which are super easy to blend and work well for lighter skin. Sally Hansen’s Natural Beauty Sheerest Cream Bronzer and Lancomes Star Bronzer Cream are both perfect.
When it comes to the eyes add emphasis with light golds and coffees. MAC’s eye pencil in Coffee is perfect for adding definition and a sweep of brown mascarra like Rimmels Lash Maxx in brown should give your eyes a dusky, sultry look.
Complete the look with this summers ultimate on trend accessory. A blonde, tall, toned and tanned surfer dude which you can pick up at your local beach.
May 19th, 2010
Cuticle treatments aren’t usually top of our list when we’re shopping for nail related goodies. Normally we like the stuff with a bit of the wow factor and cuticle repair isn’t a nail topic with a massive amount of glam factor attached. However, after a heavy weekend on the polish and my cuticles being a bit untidy we decided it might be a good time to invest in something nourishing for our pinkies.
When it comes to nail repairs we at L’Onglex take our purchases very seriously and having hovered at the beauty counter for what seemed like an age before deciding on Sally Hanson’s Maximum Growth cuticle and nail treatment we did begin to question the lengths of our devotion to all things nail related !
Having had it for a week or so all fears have been assuaged and we can say with hand on heart we’re glad we made the choice. Designed to nourish dry cuticles and nails instantly the solution is dispensed from a rather clever and rather cute pink pen which contains a raft of goodies like vitamin E for soothing repair, pro vitamin B5 for moisturising and Aloe Vera for nail strength. The treatment works wonders for dry cuticle rescue and after a week or so it’s left my rather painful paws soft and supple.
We love it when we find something we can recommend !
April 22nd, 2010
As some of you will have no doubt realised by now we at L’Onglex are quite keen on all things nail related. We see it as a solemn duty to bring you not only the best nail polish remover, but also a bit of help from time to time if your paws need patching up a bit.
So in the event you need a bit of repair on the cuticle front we’ve been taking a peek at the Sally Hanson Diamond cuticle repair cream.
Designed to stop cuticles drying and cracking it’s full of cuticle conditioning goodies and being devotees of all things nail related we could blind you with talk of proteins and vitamins until the cows come home but there really is no point.
Like everything Sally Hanson it works a charm. Sinks in quickly, soothes and nourishes, not too oily and it puts a quick stop to those sharp cuticle pains you often get when you know its time for a bit of TLC.
However, before you go running off to Boots to fill up the beauty box there is a slight downside and we also feel it is also our solemn duty to warn you in advance – it smells delicious. In fact, it smells too delicious. Think of the most scrummy vanilla and coconut ice cream you ever tasted and frankly you won’t even be close, and now all I want to do is buy ice cream, lots and lots of ice cream.
If like me, you have certain willpower issues when it comes to passing by the Ben and Jerry’s in Tesco, or are the sort of person who can hear the faint jingle jangle of an ice cream van from forty miles away, the Sally Hanson cuticle creme will break your resolve. If you have the willpower, fine, if your tempted by a bit of Phish Food, stay well clear.
February 24th, 2010
We’ve been going gaga for pastels here at Longlex HQ so I was only delighted to get my hands on a couple of polishes from the Nails Inc Spring/Summer collection. There are four shades in the collection, Birdcadge walk- a cloudy pink, Devonshire Row – a light purple, Spring mews – a creamy jade green and Chalkfarm – a cornflour blue.
This morning given the rain, wind and general lack of sunshine I decided to road test Spring Mews and I’m pleased to say that the creamy jade polish lifted my outfit as well as my mood.
I’m always a little sceptical of pastel polishes in terms of depth of colour but one coat of spring mews over a base coat of Sally Hansen’s Miracle cure followed by a top coat of Sally Hanson’s Insta Dry left me with a rich creamy colour that collected it’s fair share of compliments.
Teemed with my usual black pencil skirt and white shirt combo the polish really stood out and made me feel (dare I say it) devilishly in season!
Check out the swatches above.