CND – The Art Vandal Collection. 

It’s true what they say; once you’ve had CND shellac, you won’t go back. The brand pride themselves on creating high quality formulas which provide vibrant, long-lasting colour, without damaging nails. 

I’ve been a huge fan of the “Vinylux” (weekly polish) range from CND for ages now so when I was invited to attend the launch of their “Art Vandal” collection, I was delighted to oblige. On arrival at the event, we were treated to some bubbly, sweet treats and a manicure using any shade from the new range (either shellac or Vinylux) – absolute bliss! 
Opting for the the shellac formula, I picked the shade “Digi-Teal, an electric blue from the new collection. My manicurist, the fabulous Susan from Rinn Neimhe Beauty Salon, Co. Leitrim took wonderful care of me. She explained that my nails were weak and damaged, due to winter weather and stressed the importance of the regular use of hand cream and cuticle oil – something I had never bothered with before. 

After one week of wear, I have to say that I am in absolute awe of the CND polish. There’s not a single chip in sight and most surprisingly, my nails appear to be stronger than usual. I’m delighted with the colour of the polish, as well as the cute glittering and foil detailing which can be added to any CND formula. 

I can’t wait to try the rest of the shades from the “Art Vandal Collection” – who doesn’t love a splash of colour in spring? 


Stay tuned for reviews and pictures from the Vinylux version of the collection. In the meantime, tell me – have you ever tried CND shellac? Or, do you have a favourite brand of your own? 

Rouge X 

Essence ‘The Gel’ Nail Polish Review.

As I’ve told you millions of times at this stage, I recently abandoned my much loved acrylic nails in favour of a healthy, natural look. Therefore, I have taken to painting my nails at home and this has involved trying and testing a multitude of formulas and brands. One of my favourites so far has been Essence’s ‘The Gel’ nail polish. The budget friendly brand have released 46 new shades which promise the salon ‘gel effect’, without the need for UV light.

The colour range is really impressive and the formula is highly pigmented. Two coats and you’ll be laughing! I’ve tried a few of the shades which I will detail below and have gotten 3-4 days ‘chip-free’ wear from each colour without a base or top coat. This is great considering that I work with a computer keyboard all day long! Essence have developed a base and top coat for ‘The Gel’ nail polishes so I would imagine that by applying these, you can extend wear time.


‘Black is Back’.



‘Prince Charming’.

What do you think of the colours? Ooh, and I haven’t even mentioned the best part yet! Each bottle retails at just €1.79. BARGAIN!

Will you be purchasing?

Rouge x

Nailspiration of the Week 

Anyone who reads this blog on a regular basis will know that I’m a huge fan of Irish blogger Suzanne Jackson and subsequently, in love with her SOSU nail polish range. 

The formula of these ‘gel effect’ nail polishes is chip resistant and in my experience lasts at least 4 days without damage. This is great considering I work in an office, using a keyboard all day! 


This week, I purchased the polish in the shade “Boss Bitch” (this name is perfection) and used in during a girly night in. I simply applied an undercoat, two coats of colour and a top coat. Then, I applied the shade “All That Glitters” over the ring finger for a glitzy effect. 


I love these colours, really bright and summery.  Note that it takes approx ten minutes for this gel polish to dry and take the opportunity to chill out and relax – no smudging! 

SOSU by Suzanne Jackson retails at €7.99 and is available in Penneys and pharmacies nationwide.

What do you think? 

Rouge x

Nailspiration of the Week.

I’ve been getting some great feedback about my nail art posts recently so when I got my nails done today, I couldn’t wait to share my new look with you. I adore Essie nail polish – it’s affordable, long lasting, highly-pigmented and super chic. This week, I’ve chosen Essie’s beautiful coral nail polish ‘Silken Cord’. It’s a bright, fun summer colour which should help cheer me up as exams loom in the near future.


I have added to the tropical nail vibe by coating one nail in a generic glitter polish. I love a bit of sparkle and this is subtle enough for working hours too.

Rouge x

A Woman is Helpless Only While Her Nail Polish is Drying.

Earlier this week I picked up a few products at my local Boots and found an absolute gem. I’m a big fan of perfectly manicured nails and so purchased a few new nail polishes. My favourite of the bunch is Barry M’s ‘Gelly Hi-Shine’ polish in ‘Prickly Pear’ (€5.99).

I’m currently wearing acrylic nails but change the colour every few days. I’ve had this polish and a generic gold glitter polish on for 48 hrs with a Barry M topcoat and there isn’t a chip in sight.

It’s a beautiful colour for summer – the picture shows two coats on each nail. It was my first time trying Barry M but I’ll definitely be back for more! Available here (Buy 1 get the 2nd Free offer on publishing this review):

Rouge x

If You A Fly Girl Get Your Nails Done.

So yesterday myself and my little cousin had a girls’ day out in Dublin and what better way to spend it than by pampering ourselves?

Our first stop was ‘Tropical Popical’ on St William Street which is easily the coolest nailbar I’ve been to in the city. As soon as you walk in the door, you’re transported to a happy place – one of tropical beach themed interior alongside fruity beverages served in coconuts!

The best part is, it doesn’t matter if you forget the SPF and it’s much cheaper than hopping on a plane to Marbella! A file and polish only set us back €10. It must also be mentioned that the girls were lovely and really welcoming! Here’s how pretty my cousin’s nails turned out:

I hope to go back for a full set of gel nails soon so I’ll let you know how that goes too!

Rouge x