Octobers Nailbox Contents - possibly the best colours yet

October Nailbox

Octobers Nailbox Contents - possibly the best colours yet

Octobers Nailbox Contents – possibly the best colours yet

It’s that time already for another months Nailbox and this months theme was Autumn. I was really looking forward to this box when they announced that and I wasn’t disappointed. Well I was mildly but we’ll get on to that and it certainly wasn’t Nailbox’s fault!

Elegant Touch nail scissors

Elegant Touch nail scissors

First up with the tools we have some nail scissors from Elegant Touch. I tend to use clippers rather than scissors when I need to trim my nails down (and usually file rather than cut anyway) but it’s always good to have some high quality scissors. They’ll come in useful for decals too. These look to be the ones on the Boots website for £12.50 so a pretty good bargain to find them in my box.

Nicole by OPI drying drops

Nicole by OPI drying drops

The second “tool” is some Drying Drops from OPI. I’ve got some from Bourjois and though I rarely use them they can be an absolute godsend when you just don’t have the time to dedicate to drying your nails. My friend at work tried them out and they seem just as effective as the Bourjois ones though I’ll probably do a review/comparison of the two at some point. Price-wise I can find these on Amazon for around £20 (although I think I saw them the other day for nearer £10) so again, one heck of a bargain.

Nails Inc - Kensington High Street

Nails Inc – Kensington High Street

Now for the polishes which is where I was both overjoyed and disappointed. This one is the very reason for my mixed feelings. I love this colour. So much so that I have 4 that are pretty much identical in shade and I can’t bring myself to get rid of any of them. And I very nearly had 5 thanks to this bottle until I realised that one of the existing 4 is in fact this exact shade by Nails Inc, just not gel effect. Since my top coat makes everything look gel anyway a very lucky friend actually got to take this bottle away. This sells on the Nails Inc website for £15.00. That’s more than I paid for this months box in total.

It definitely lives up to the gel effect name, look at the shine on this.

It definitely lives up to the gel effect name, look at the shine on this.

2 coats with no top coat

2 coats with no top coat

Essie - Summit of Style

Essie – Summit of Style

Essie “Summit of Style” wasn’t one I was very thrilled to receive. I love glitters in the bottle but am usually not a fan of actually wearing them. However I swatched this and all I can say is wow. I am going to buy the other one if I can find it anywhere (think it’s called something like Rock my World?) The coverage is amazing, the mix of large and small glitter looks beautiful and best of all without any top coat it dried almost smooth. This usually retails for around £8.00. I’m going to be using this one a lot.

Perfect pairing with Kensington High Street

Perfect pairing with Kensington High Street

Coverage is great on this. Little finger has 1 coat, ring has 2, middle has 3 and index has 4. Haven't tried sponging yet but am sure it will look incredible.

Coverage is great on this. Little finger has 1 coat, ring has 2, middle has 3 and index has 4. Haven’t tried sponging yet but am sure it will look incredible.

Rimmel - "Caramel Cupcake"

Rimmel – Caramel Cupcake

Rimmel “Caramel Cupcake” was my main disappointment in this box. Not for any good reason whatsover. Rimmel was my go to brand when I first got into nail art 18+ years ago as they are a great formula and fairly long lasting plus affordable. These days though I am a bigger fan of Barry M and don’t tend to bother much with Rimmel. I am also usually a huge fan of nude colours but unfortunately I have one very similar to this. Rimmel is usually around £4.00.

This took 3 coats but mainly because the peel off base I use has glitter in it; over a normal clear base I think 2 coats would work fine.

This took 3 coats but mainly because the peel off base I use has glitter in it; over a normal clear base I think 2 coats would work fine.

Perfect nude shade and affordable

Perfect nude shade and affordable

So there you go, once again we had a huge bargain from the Nailbox; approximately £40 – £50 of goodies for less than £15. I’ve seen some stunning designs from other people who have received these too. Please feel free to share your comments and designs below or on my Facebook/Twitter pages.

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