NOTD: Leopard nails (Gold & Mushroom)

Wednesday 20 April 2011




I had a go about playing with my new Models Own/Wah pen today and am pleased with the results! I used Chanel's protective base coat (I bought this on a whim after I'd ran out of my usual Barry M one - I would say it's no better than the BM one so save your pennies) first, then applied two coats of Barry M's Gold (289). Once that had dried, I used Barry M's Mushroom (310) to do the spots and when that was dry, I outlined them with the nail pen. The application of the pen is good, but I had some trouble taking the lid off. To finish, I applied Barry M's 3in1 clear varnish as a topcoat and once that had set, I used Avon's Liquid Freeze Quick Dry Spray to make sure that it wouldn't smudge.

The Liquid freeze spray is good (I have the old style packaging) but it's not the 30 second setting miracle it claims to be. I would say give it at least two minutes to properly set everything and then it's usually 95% smudge proof. I say 95 because if your nail varnish has been applied a little thickly or you have on a few coats, then it might still smudge but nowhere near as horrifically as it might do without it. I had a go about spraying it on after each coat, but it's very messy, oily and laboursome to do so and didn't make much of a difference. Use it as a final setting spray instead.

It's on offer on their website at the mo for £3 (half price) so I might stock up, well worth it at this price.

NOTD: Barry M's Mushroom

Sunday 17 April 2011


Oh Mushroom; you are probably lying unloved at the back of everyone else's nail varnish collections right now, but I still love you.

Is it time to campaign for 'fairtrade' human hair extensions?

Thursday 14 April 2011

Do you know where your human hair extensions come from?

The issue of where human hair extensions come from and what prices are given to those who sell it, has been raised many times before. But is it something that consumers forget about when they go into their favourite salon? Another, out of sight, out of mind habit?

In the news today, the multi million pound business of human hair extensions comes to light yet again. In the past, the media have focused primarily on young Indian and Chinese women who live in poverty and sell their highly desired virgin hair to the West in order to feed themselves. This time, the issue comes closer to home with young Russian women at the center.

In the short article, the example of one woman called Katya is given. She sells her hair for £40. Her hair goes into a pile with two other women's hair and is bought by a UK dealer for £300. The UK dealer will then sell the hair in a London salon for £800. Big, big profits but do we see this as exploitation or simply a case of supply and demand?

Coming back to the fairtrade query, the main questions to ask consumers are these. Do consumers care enough about where their human hair extensions come from and do they care about what prices the women who sell them are paid? If so, would they only/prefer to purchase ones that are in some way certified 'fairtrade' by an independent reputable organisation? Would they be prepared to pay a premium for doing so and would they then boycott non-fairtrade extensions? If your favourite salon did not stock ethically sourced extensions, would you go without?

Short article here.
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