Category: nails


Nail maestro Sophy Robson instagrammed behind the scenes images of the beauty shoot of the new issue of V magazine. Make up by Peter Philips. Photography by Richard Burbridge. Bling it on!







Eco-friendly nail polish, nail wraps and lip tar



NCLA nail polish



Ten over ten nailpolish


Kure nail polish


RGB nail polish


Kure nail polish


Priti nailpolish

Nail polish is great fun but can ruin your nails and is not recommended if you are pregnant. Why? Because they contain toxic ingredients like formaldehyde, formaldehyde resin, dibutyl phthalate (DBP), toluene and camphor. Luckily there are now brands whose formula don’t contain the above mentioned ingredients. Enter Priti, Obsessive Compulsive Cosmetics, Ten over Ten, Kure, RGB and NCLA. NCLA also do really cool nail wraps and Obsessive Compulsive Cosmetics has the infamous Lip Tar which is pure pigmented liquid colour fun.

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NCLA nail wraps

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the infamous Lip Tar by Obsessive Compulsive Cosmetics

Qui Nails

Discovered this japanese nail salon and had to share – Qui Eyelash & Nail Salon – love their subtle use of pastels/nudes/neons/rhinestones.


The Art of the Illustrated Nail

Need some nail inspiration? Check out:

1-  This London based nail art walhalla do loads of shoots and upload their faves on their tumblr and instagram.

2 – Wahnails – Another nail art inspiration staple is of course the reknowned Dalston based nail art salon. They also have a shop in the basement of Topshop and seem to be flying all over the world displaying their nail art talents in various pop up stores. Check them on instagram too.

3 – Sophy Robson – Luxury nail artist as her title currently reads. Sophy has worked with all the big titles Vogue (UK, French, Russian and Japanese), Vanity Fair, Glamour, Grazia, Elle etc. Her nails are always impressive and push boundaries.

Especially loving these nail art themes: holographic – studs – tie die – ombre – dots – tribal – monochrome – galaxy.

All images from theillustratednail.tumblr,, instragram, and pinterest.


Nudy & Soft Nails Colours


Chalkboard Nails

chalkboard manicure

Ciate is releasing chalkboard nails on April 23 in the U.K. The set will retail for £18 ($27) and contain the chalkboard polish, a topcoat, and four liquid chalk pens in white, pink, blue, and green. Exciting!


Japanese Blossom & Lady Gaga Nail Art

Would spring finally be in the air? I saw some shots on instagram of Japanese cherry blossom and immediately got inspired to do soft pink nails. I think the whiter the better – to get that super soft chalky pink look. Topshop Milkshake & Essie Petal Pink are my favourite, together with a Repossi ring would be nice if I ever win the lottery…

In Tokyo they love their nail art and spend huge amounts and time decorating these little treasures. Salons offer the most complicated designs you can think of and even office workers have bejewelled talons. Last year I visited an amazing nail shop in where Lady Gaga has her nails made in Daikayama The designs were very detailed, super stiletto shapes with chains and lots of embellisment for example. Prices matched the intricate designs and were sky high. But in Japan not only pop stars but even office workers have nail art done. Check out ‘every day’ salon