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WIN the Nailberry Spring and Summer Collections worth £162!
Thursday, August 7th, 2014

We’ve teamed up with Nailberry to celebrate the Hip & Healthy Summer Glow Box in style! Nailberry are giving one lucky person the chance win their entire spring and summer collections which includes 12 beautiful shades. Nailberry create boutique, salon quality nail varnishes that are free of formaldehyde, synthetic camphor, toluene and DBP. You can count of these varnishes to make your nails pop without damaging them beneath! To find out more about Nailberry visit


The Prize

– The Nailberry Spring Collection (6 polishes)

– The Nailberry Summer Collection (6 polishes)

Total worth – £162


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Creating watercolour summer nails with Nailberry
Monday, August 4th, 2014

If you haven’t heard of Nailberry already, keep on reading because this brand is new, and exciting!

Nailberry launched just last year by French beauty addict and salon owner Sonia
 Hully. It has already become a favourite amongst celebs, nail techs and beauty know-alls whilst also winning Best Nail Polish Brand at the Beauty Shortlist 2014. Not bad for a newcomer!

With 30 plus fashion forward colours all free from Formaldehyde, Toluene, Dibutyl and synthetic camphor it’s a must have for beauty geeks who care about what goes into to the products they use. Making sure they tick ALL the right beauty boxes, they are also cruelty free too!

When I first saw Nailberry, I thought it would be yet another small “luxury” brand that looks pretty in the bottle but does nothing on the nails. So many of them lack colour pay-off, are streaky and just don’t last, but Nailberry came up trumps. The colours are beautiful, highly pigmented and streak free. They last a good few days without a top-coat and are lovely and shiny. My favourite collection has to be ‘The Must’ collection, made up of deep, dark, berry reds. I can’t wait to use these come the Autumn.

All polish colours are available to buy at £13.50 from Nailberry or you can discover one of three pink shades within The Hip & Healthy Summer Glow Box, including Pink me upPink Berry and Groseille.



I decided to knock up a quick tutorial using two of these beautiful pink shades, Pink me up and Pink Berry, as well as the shade Bubblegum. If you have half an hour to spare, give it a whirl. It’s fun, and um, a pretty mess!


You will need:

– 3 Nailberry polishes
– Basecoat
– Topcoat
– Q-tips
– Nail Polish Remover
– Bowl of cold water
– Dotting tool or toothpick


Step 1:  Prep your nails and apply a clear base coat

Step 2:  Taking your first polish, drop a small amount off the brush into the cold water.

Step 3:  Moving fairly quickly, do the same with the remaining colours.

Step 4:  Use a dotting tool or toothpick to move the polish around.


Step 5:  Place your finger or thumb into the bowl underneath the polish and lift up.

Step 6:  Using a Q-tip soaked in polish remover, wipe away excess polish.

Step 7:  Apply topcoat.


C’est fini!

For the nail art extras, accessories and tools I use in my tutorials I recommend – the range they have is incredible and very affordable so you can stock up on all your nail art bits and pieces.


5 Minutes With… Sonia Hully, founder of Nailberry
Wednesday, July 16th, 2014


The Nailberry salon is where it all started for you. What prompted you to branch out and start providing your clients with your own nail polish?

I always knew I wanted create a line of nail polishes before I even started the salon, but I wanted to get close to the clients and find out what was important to them; what I could bring with a new brand? I realised very quickly more and more people care about the health of their nails. They wanted products without any nasty chemicals, and so there was a demand for healthier nail polish. We use a lot of the semi permanent nail polish these days and they are great but they do weaken your nails. That’s why in between it is good to wear the least toxic nail lacquer you can.

We love the ‘Paris meets London’ statement your polishes make. What are some of the biggest fashion influences behind Nailberry?

Like most, I think Chanel has had a very strong impact on me; the simplicity, elegance and the rock and roll of that era in fashion all speak to me. I have classic colours but I also love bright colours and I do follow the trends, so there’s a shade for everybody.

All Nailberry polishes are 4-free. Can you explain a little bit about what that means and why you chose to keep certain ingredients out of your formulas?

It’s simple! It means they don’t contain formaldehyde, toluene, DPB or synthetic camphor. These chemicals are toxic and some have even been classified as human carcinogen (cancer causing) so it is better to keep away from them. We are working on a 5 free nail polish at the moment which would also let breathe the nails and consequently do not dry them as much as any other nail polish.

We all know that well looked after skin is the best base for makeup, and so healthy nails should be the best base for a great mani! What routine do you follow to keep your nails healthy and looking their best?

Definitely hydrate your nails and cuticles. There’s some cuticle oil’s out there. My favourite is a product called Healthy Hoof that we sell in the salon. I use it all the time myself as I have very dry cuticles.

What would your top tips be for making a manicure last as long as possible?

I can give you a couple. We usually don’t divulge our signature moves at the Nailberry salon but we’ll let you in on the secret! Apply 2 base coats. With the second one, make sure you apply your nail polish very thinly. The thinner it is the longer it will last. Of course you need a good top coat to make the shine last as well. We came out with our plump and gloss top coat which we love.

My personal favourite from Hip & Healthy summer box has to be Pink Berry! What do you think is the must have nail colour for this summer?

My personal favourite is Groseille, a lovely coral colour which suits all skin tones. It’s especially great for summer!

Summer trends come and go, but some things are here to stay. What are the key pieces every woman should have from your Nailberry collections?

Rouge is of course a classic and so is Noirberry for the winter (a nearly black red). For a nice natural nail that gives you a clean and fresh look, go for Candy Floss or Almond.

Try Nailberry inside the Hip & Healthy Summer Glow box HERE.


Love your hands with Crabtree & Evelyn’s nail lacquers
Friday, July 4th, 2014

Crabtree & Evelyn love hands, so it’s no wonder they have added nail lacquers to their repertoire of beautifully rich and perfectly fragranced hand and nail care products.

Get set for 21 beautiful shades from the palest of pink to the richest red. Using shades ‘Petal Pink’ and ‘Apple’, I have created a simple mani for you all that will take you under 10 minutes to recreate at home.


You will need: 

Striper tape

Square of foil

Dotting tool

Crabtree & Evelyn polish in Apple

Crabtree & Evelyn polish in Petal Pink

Top Coat


1. Prep your nails so that the nail plate is clean and free of oils or pre-existing polish.

2. Apply Crabtree & Evelyn polish in ‘Petal Pink’. As it is so sheer, this will suffice as our base coat and the less amount of layers the quicker this mani will dry.

3. Take small strips of the striping tape and apply two lines to the centre of each nail, leaving a small gap between.



4. Paint the gap with Crabtree & Evelyn polish in Apple. If you happen to go over the lines, don’t worry just dab a Q-tip with remover and clean it up.

5. Apply a second coat to the gap. When it is totally dry, remove the striper tape.

6. Take your small foil square and dab some Apple polish onto it. Using your dotting tool carefully add dots to your nail plate. This doesn’t have to be symmetrical, sometimes random dots look just a cute.

7. Apply a top coat and you’re good to go!



I would also like to recommend the Gardeners Intensive Cuticle Therapy cream. It isn’t very often that you come across products dedicated to Gardeners and boy do a lot of my clients have green fingers here in Suffolk. It’s so rich and creamy, it’s the perfect product to soothe those chapped fingers and brittle nails.



Get artsy with a Chanel inspired oil paint mani!
Monday, June 23rd, 2014

Update your mani in time for the next heat wave with this easy Chanel inspired oil paint look!

All you need are a few of the same coloured polishes that vary in shade. I chose pink because it’s what I had to hand but mix it up if you want to! There are no rules when nail art is concerned!

Step 1 – Prep the nails and paint on a decent base coat. This will help to hide the ridges that white may show.

Step 2 – To keep this looking as authentic to Chanel’s collection, paint your first coat white.

Step 3 – Using a dotting tool (OPI) dab a tiny amount of the lightest shade onto the nail and gently drag to create a thick line.Do this again until you have used all of your polish colours, making sure that each colour to follow the previous line is a shade darker.

Step 4 – Apply your top coat and leave to dry.
Get your sandals on and marvel at your nail skills in the gorgeous sunshine!


Products used:

Jessica – Reward Base Coat
Orly – White Tips
Berry M – Raspberry
No.17 – Pink Lemonade
MAC – Girl About Town
Jessica – Sweet Breath
Paul and Joe – Bermuda
Sech Vite – Fast Dry Top Coat


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