June Nailbox Subscription Review


Nailbox is a monthly subscription service similar to existing beauty boxes e.g. Glossybox but instead it focuses solely on new nail products which is perfect for people like me as I tend to change up my nail colour more than I have hot dinners!


I was sent the June nailbox to review (after regularly having my nails ‘shellaced’ for around the last six months) so I was looking forward to trying some new polishes on the market. When the box arrived I was also surprised to see, along with 4 polishes, I had been sent an Elegant Touch professional cuticle clipper as I was only expecting the box to contain polishes but every month you can also receive nail accessories which I didn’t realise at first.


The cuticle clipper is very useful to me, I will continue to use it as I tend to my nails at home with professional products (e.g. CND) and only go to the nail salon to have colour reapplied. Perhaps I should consider investing in a UV machine to set my own polish but I also like visiting the nail salon as it feels like a treat and I can have a coffee, chat and just relax!


However, I digress! So, I will use the cuticle clipper – it’s sharp, accurate and comes with a five year guarantee. As for the polishes, I was so excited to see both bright summer colours and a nude. I like bright colours but on a daily basis I like to wear quite neutral tones on my nails and was looking forward to first trying the Nails Inc polish in ‘Colville Mews’ – a gel effect polish that cures in natural daylight and the first polish I had tried of it’s kind.


I was so disappointed! The colour is much flatter on my nails than it looks in the bottle and the opacity was very poor. I had to do three very thin coats and I found it fairly hard to apply. It felt very flaky and didn’t even last two days before most of the polish had peeled off which was such a shame as I had such high hopes for this beautiful looking varnish!


Next up I tried the Essie nail lacquer in ‘Roarrrange’ – a jewel toned bright orange and it was beautiful to apply, the brush was slightly on the large side but the formula was so very easy to apply and gave a clear even coat in just one application. It lasted very well for just under a week and was easy to remove (a huge plus point for brighter colours), but did leave some residue on my fingers rather then the nail themselves. Either way this gets a huge thumbs up from me!


Also included in this month’s box was a classic red nail polish by Tanya Burr called ‘Mischief Managed’. I’d heard very good reviews about this polish including a recommendation from my nail technician herself so I was a little disappointed by the texture of the polish as it felt a bit of a budget polish, like a supermarket’s own brand. The colour was bright and fairly easy to apply as it had a smallish brush and overall I was happy with the colour but it did take three coats to get the even coverage I desired.


My box also contained a bottle of Seche Vite Dry Fast Top Coat which was very fast drying but wasn’t as hard wearing as I anticipated and flaked off within a few days. However as it’s just a clear polish I will continue to use it as I will still get a lot of use out if it.

Nailbox seems like a good idea – you get a mixture of products from premium nail brands and the subscription cost is between £13.50 and £15 a month – a bargain as the products contained within are valued at much much higher. Also I think it’s a great way to try new colours and stay on trend across the seasons. Unfortunately not all the nail polishes were for me (I don’t think I’ll be wearing the nails inc again unless I only want it to last a few hours!) but I’ll definitely be using all the other colours and the cuticle clippers.

You can also get a 15% discount at nailpolish.co.uk by entering “NAILBOX” at the checkout, if you want to order a colour that’s arrived within your box or the same nail polish but in another shade. Each Nailbox is set to be delivered on or around the 21st of each month.

For more information visit nailbox.co.uk.

Thanks for Reading,

Beauty Haul – Make-up, Haircare and Nails!

Beauty Haul Drugstore Haul MUA Toni and Guy haircare Collection 2000

I haven’t bought beauty products for a long time! My new years resolution was to not buy any products at all this year so aside from ‘consumables’ like cotton wool, deodorant toothpaste etc I have tried not to buy anything. This was so much harder than I anticipated so I have made a few allowances being the January sales – so back at the beginning of the year I bought some Rodial products (at 30% off – I just couldn’t pass that up), in the past few weeks I’ve bought some new products (because I had birthday money and it was a treat) and I will also have one shopping spree in the run up to Christmas as well to purchase some new seasonal colours. So if you want to see some new beauty items I bought recently just click the link below!


MUA Nail Polishes Reviewed

MUA nail polish selection review

I recently discovered these £1 nail polishes from MUA (Make Up Academy) in Superdrug. They’re great if you’re after seasonal nail varnish on a budget and come in a wide variety of colours. But I did wonder whether a £1 polish would pass the test as longevity, tip wear, ease of application and brush size are some of the issues I had previously heard about. I chose six colours from the range (because they were all so nice I couldn’t pick and for £1 each, I thought why not?!) and here are my thoughts on the shades I bought…
Shade 4 (all the polishes have numbers not names, a little bit confusing!) is a coral/orangey colour and one of my favourites for application. It has a cream finish and you could get away with only one coat of this for an all over opaque nail colour. I love this pretty colour and is one that I like best from the selection and is definitely worth it’s £1 price tag!
MUA Nail polish shade 4 coral orange
Next is shade 16, a bright pop of pink – almost Barbie pink but more of a grown up version! Again this is another cream colour and was easy to apply and quick to create an opaque colour on the nails.
MUA nail polish shade 16 barbie pink
Third up is a gorgeous bronze gold nail polish with a metallic finish in shade 10. This was the easiest one to apply and I liked the overall colour and this was my favourite from all six. I’ll definitely be wearing this one a lot!
MUA nail polish shade 10 bronze gold
I picked up shade 9, a creamy medium blue because I liked the idea of using this colour in nail art or for designs as I don’t usually like blue nail polish (just my personal preference as I don’t think it suits me) but I actually really like this! It was slightly less opaque than the other cream colours but again was easy to apply and the end result was nice. It might just have converted me into wearing a blue polish more often!
MUA nail polish shade 9 blue
I’ve been wanting to get a mint nail polish for some time (and to match my bargainous stripy summer dress for £3.60 which you can see in my summer fashion hual) and thought this looked quite promising. But I was very disappointed with this polish (shade 5) because it was streaky, not very pigmented and just seemed harder to apply than the other colours from the range. The colour shown in the photo is from three layers (and I don’t like having to apply more than one or two coats as it can take so long to dry!) but I think this might still need another coat to get an even coverage. It’s a shame as I really like the colour but I wasn’t impressed with this one, and looking at the bottle it doesn’t appear any different from the other colours so it was surprising how bad it was.
MUA nail polish shade 5 mint
Lastly I bought shade 15 which is a raspberry pink colour and another one I know I will wear often. Like the other cream colours it applied well and after a week of having this on my nails (two coats, no topcoat) I have no tip wear, chipping or flaking so I’m suitably impressed with the longevity of this one too.
MUA nail polish shade 15 raspberry pink
I would definitely recommend MUA nail colours as for £1 each it’s an easy to way to update your nail collection and the colours seem good quality and long wearing. Unfortunately it’s a bit trial and error on which colours work the best but I would definitely repurchase the metallic colour and will be looking at the others from the range.
What are your thoughts on the MUA range? What nail colours (MUA or not) will you be purchasing next?