I have been so converted to doing gel nails at home that I had sort of forgotten the annoyance of painting my nails more than every two weeks. However when I got sent a few new nail goodies to try I decided today to put away the gel kit and have a bit of a play!
First up we have the Stylfile, which was created by The Apprentice winner Tom Pellereau and he has added two new products to the best-selling line. These are the Stylfile Infuse £12.99 and the Mani Pro £8.99.
The Stylfile is a curved nail file but this time it has been combined with almond cuticle oil located at the top of the handle. In theory this file should be fantastic and it is, but then also sadly it’s not. I really liked the curved file, which is just in genius in itself and the biggest help when doing your nails and I do like the cuticle oil and how handy it is with the nail file.
However I found when using it that the oil seemed to always spill out a little and result in it all over my fingers, it also wouldn’t be one I would want to chuck in my handbag for fear of this happening. I did make sure the cap was on properly but for me it just kept happening. The plus side though is it does come with two extra heads.
The Mani Pro however I really loved. Again it has the S shape, but instead of a file it has the four main buffering parts, all numbered and really easy to use. Tucked away inside the Mani pro, is a cuticle pusher and cuticle neatener, which I just thought was so handy and great to carry around on a day-to-day basis and for travelling too. I found the curved buffer worked really well with the nail and made them lovely and shiny and a smooth surface for applying nail polish.
I have also been trying out the new Spring/Summer collection from Mavala entitled the Garden Party collection. There are six shades in the new collection and they are all beautiful pastel and bright colours. These shades I would say are very ‘me’, I tried out Hortensia, a bright light pink, Jasmin, a beautiful light pastel and subtle pink and also Iris a light pastel purple.
Inspired by florals, the colours are just perfect for summer and go on lovely and smooth with a high shine finish.I really love the dinky brush as it’s just so much easier for applying.
I really enjoyed using these shades that I might have to give up the gel for a little while anyway. Mavala Garden party nail polishes are priced at £4.75 each from Boots.