Original Sugar Nail Art Review*

Image of Original Sugar Nail Art Products

You may remember my post in September about my visit to Olympia Beauty, here I met a lovely lady called Rebecca, who is not only one of the UK’s leading nail artist, but also works for nail art brand Original Sugar. Rebecca was kind enough to let me sample a few of the Original Sugar hero products so I could tell you all about them.

Velveteen in ‘Black Jack’

The Velveteen Range consists of four different seasonal colour collections, which is great if you like to swap your nail colours to match the  season. I tried out Velveteen in ‘Black Jack’ and I was excited to try out this product as I had seen similar products in the shops but always thought that I would just make a mess of it! However this was so simple to apply and it is a really easy nail art look for every nail or even just statement nails if you want to mix up your textures.
To apply the Velveteen, I firstly used a base coat, then applied a black nail polish (I used Barry M in ‘Black’) to make sure there was a good depth of colour. While the polish was drying I poured some of the Velveteen into a small plastic bag ready for dipping! I then coated my nails in a layer of top coat and immediately dipped my nail into the bag. I gave it a little shake around to make sure all of my nail was coated. When I removed my finger from the bag it looked a little messy, but this was easily solved by wiping the skin around the nail with a damp piece of kitchen towel to remove the fluffy Velveteen that had settled there.
Image of Original Sugar Velveteen nail swatch
I think that the Velveteen is a really good way to add some texture into your nail art and would look great either on all nails of as a statement nail to contrast a high shine black polish. I think Velveteen works particularly well for this time of the year as it looks quite cosy and comforting, perfect for Autumn!
When I first saw the bottle of Foil I wasn’t very impressed as I imagined it to be like putting kitchen foil on your nails.. However when I actually took a piece of it out of the bottle I realised I was very much mistaken! This is not at all like kitchen foil, but instead more like silver leaf. It is very thin, soft and delicate. There is many different ways to incorporate the foil into your nail art, but I chose to tear some into tiny pieces to create a delicate pattern on top of black polish.
As with the Velveteen, I applied a base coat and two coats of black polish, then a layer of top coat to place the pieces of foil into. I used some tweezers to tear up the foil into tiny pieces and carefully apply them to the nail using very little pressure to add them to the top coat layer. When I was happy with the design I added another layer of topcoat to seal the foils in.
Image of Original Sugar's Silver Foil
I thought that this was going to be my least favourite of the four products, but actually this was my favourite in the end, and I will definitely be using this again in my nail art projects. I think that this looks like a silver leopard print pattern, or similar to rhinestones. It was really easy to apply so I think that this is a great product for a newcomer to nail art to try. I really recommend this lovely product, especially as it comes in ‘Gold’ and ‘Bronze’ too!
I have tried caviar nail art beads before and the think that used to really frustrate me is that they are not colour safe so you can’t apply a topcoat to keep them firmly in place and prevent them all falling off in less than 24 hours! The last time I used a product like this I ended up having to wash my hair wearing plastic gloves as my hair snagged painfully in between the beads (ouch!). I vowed never again…until I met Rebecca, and she told me that the Original Sugar Bullionaire beads are much better, and for two very simple reasons: they are smaller and so they look more delicate, and lastly, but most importantly they are made of glass which contains the colour on the inside thus you can put as much top coat as you please on them and they are completely colour-safe! Hallelujah! 
Image of Original Sugar's Bullionaire Beads
To apply Bullionaire, once again I used a base coat, followed by two layers of a nail polish in a similar colour, I used No 7 Stay Perfect Nail Colour in ‘Foxglove’. While the nail polish was still wet and with a plate underneath my hand ready to catch the mess, I gently poured the Bullionaire beads over the nail and then lightly pressed them down to secure them. Make sure your whole nail is covered and there are no beads hanging of the edges of your nails. You can then cover the beads with a layer of topcoat to make your mani last longer.
I loved the colour of these Bullionaire beads and I am so impressed that they are colour-safe so your mani will last a lot longer than other caviar bead products. There are ten gorgeous fruit inspired colours on offer so you are guaranteed to find one to match your outfit. Perfect!
Image of Original Sugar's Bullionaire Beads Nail Swatch
I am a big fan of anything glittery so I was very excited when I saw the bottle of Confetti! The colour ‘RSVP’ is a bright red which instantly made me think that this is the perfect nail art product for Christmas nails! The Confetti range is available in four other colours, ‘Big Day‘ a white glitter, ‘Celebration, a gold glitter, ‘Hangover‘ a blue glitter, and ‘25th‘ a silver glitter. All of which wold be the perfect accessory to add a touch of sparkle to your outfit for a special event.
Image of Original Sugar's Nail Confetti
Now I didn’t do a great job of applying the Confetti to my nails… in fact I made a bit of a mess with it! But next time I think it will be easier to apply. You apply it in the same way as the Bullionaire beads, but the glitter sometimes overlaps onto the skin as they are quite chunky pieces! As I was pressing the glitter into my nail polish I didnt notice these pieces until after it was firmly set in place.. woops! So next time I use Confetti I will be sure to check the glitter looks neatly position before pressing it into place.
The only this I didn’t like about Confetti is that unfortunately it isn’t color-safe and you can see in the image below that the red has come off some of the glitter flecks. However I would probably use Confetti for a night out where I was just wearing it for that night, so I wouldn’t really need to use a top coat on the product anyway!
Image of Original Sugar Velveteen, Foil, Bullionaire and Confetti Swatches
Overall I really liked these lovely nail art products from Original Sugar so I would recommend them to anyone who is a fan of nail art and wants to try using some textures on their nails to create an interesting look this season. I think they will be a fantastic compliment to any outfit with the upcoming Christmas Party season, and they would also make great stocking fillers. (I really need to stop thinking about Christmas now!)
If you want to try out these lovely Original Sugar products you can purchase them from their website, where Velveteen retails for £4.95-£5.95, Foil for £3.50, Bullionaire is £5.95 and Confetti is £3.95. Each bottle will arrive inside a lovely little Organza bag. You can also find plenty of information on the website to learn how to apply these products to your own nails and follow step-by-step guides to create some amazing nail art.
What do you think of the Original Sugar Nail Art products? Which is your favourite? How would you wear them?

*PR Sample

My Olympia Beauty Haul!

I am currently interning at a beauty PR agency based in London which has a lot of perks, most recently I was very lucky to receive some tickets to go to Olympia Beauty. For those of you that might not know about it, Olympia Beauty is a trade beauty event at Kensington Olympia in London. Loads of beauty companies have stands there and are offering their products at great discounts and there are even some free samples to try on the day. There is also a range of seminars given from beauty professionals on a wide range of topics over the two days.

So on Sunday myself and Amy from The Calendar Girl, headed to Olympia to catch some beauty bargains. As there was so many great discounts I just HAD to have a little bit of a splurge and treat myself to a few goodies, which I would like to share with you all now.
One of the first stands I visited was NYX, I had never tried out their products before so seeing as there were fantastic discounts on their makeup I just had to try out a few of the products! I bought myself a NYX LSS Round Lipstick in ‘Black Cherry, which is a gorgeous deep berry shade and perfectly on trend for A/W13. . The formula is mineral based and I found it really hydrating and intensely pigmented. Because of the creamy texture, I felt that it applied almost too easily and I had to blot my lips as I think I looked like a little girl who had been playing with mummy’s make up! I would apply using a lip brush next time to make sure I had an even coating. I found I had to reapply after eating though. I would highly recommend this lipstick as a cheap alternative to MAC as I think that the product was great quality for the price. At Olympia, I paid just £3 for this gem! However you can still get hold of yours at a great budget price of £4 from the NYX website where there are 124 shades on offer. I will definitely be investing in more….
I have been desperately looking for a good mascara that really does lengthen my lashes. I decided to pick up the Pin-Up Tease mascara, which is part of the Boudoir Collection, as it has the curved wand which I really get on with as I find it so much easier to apply because it separates and lengthens the lashes in the right direction. The wand is also a plastic comb rather than bristles. I find that plastic combs really work to separate and lengthen my lashes, where bristles just push against them and make them clump together. I tried this mascara out over the last two days and I am already in love. My lashes looked amazingly long I had to go and show my sister! I really recommend this and I will definitely be repurchasing. I bought the Pin-Up Tease Mascara for £5, but you can purchase it too from the NYX website for just a little bit more, at £6.50, which I think is a real bargain.
Image of Sleep-In Rollers
I have had my eye on these babies for ages now after a friend of mine got some and raved non-stop about how wonderful they are! They had a great show discount and were selling the original set for just £10, so I decided to splash out and give them a go myself. I have read a lot of mixed reviews from bloggers, some who think these rollers are the best thing since sliced bread and others who despise them, but I like to try things our myself before I have an opinion on the product. The set comes with 20 rollers, a small velvet bag of long bobby pins and an instruction/promotional DVD. I have to say I thought that the DVD was a load of rubbish, I find Hollie Wakeham really quite irritating! But it was fairly informative so I had a good idea how to put these rollers in. I decided to part blow dry my hair so it was still damp to achieve more of a curl/bounce. I have to admit I struggled putting the rollers in at first, as they seemed to be very loose and I didn’t think they would stay in all night. After a few attempts I managed to get the rollers in a little better and secured the hair to the roller with a bobby pin. 
Image of Laura from Must Have Girl wearing Sleep-In Rollers
Now, while these rollers are marketed as rollers you can sleep in, that does not mean they are comfortable… I have never tried plastic rollers but I can assume the Sleep-in Rollers are comfier, but don’t expect it to be amazing! They are quite squishy and made of foam so that helped with comfort, but it was the velcro that irritated me more than anything. It was really scratchy on the delicate skin around my ears, neck and scalp (basically everywhere then!) so I found that a little bit uncomfortable. I did sleep the whole night and only woke up a couple of times, so I am really surprised I didn’t pull them out in the night in a fit of anger! I would use them again to sleep in, as I have heard they get squishier with more use. However if you want to avoid discomfort I would suggest putting them in first thing in the morning after washing your hair and letting them set throughout the day.
Image of Laura from Must Have Girl after using Sleep-In Rollers
Oh dear!
So when it comes to taking the rollers out, it is much easier than putting them in. You simple have to pull out the bobby pins and gently unroll the roller leaving you with big bouncy hair. When I had removed all the rollers, I was a little frightened with the results! My hair was VERY big and slightly too voluminous for my liking and hair cut. I carefully used my GHDs to style my hair how I wanted it, and it was a big improvement. I really liked how it turned out in the end and I think it was worth the slight discomfort so I will definitely be reusing the Sleep-In Rollers. You can get your hands on the Sleep-In Rollers from their website where they retail for £24.95 a set.
Image of Laura from Must Have Girl after using Sleep-In Rollers
much better!
Image of Melody Claire Elegant Depilation Hair Removal System
While wondering around the show, I was beckoned over by a lady to sample an interesting hair removal product, the Melody Claire Elegant Depilation Hair Removal System. She asked me to hold out my arm and she buffed a small area with the tool for a few seconds in circular motions and then asked me to feel my skin. It was so smooth and completely hairless. So naturally she assured me that it could be used on ANY hair on the body. Of course I was very interested as shaving is annoying because regrowth is so fast and waxing and epilation is painful! They were running a special show deal where it was buy one kit get one free, so I split it with Amy, meaning we paid just £10 each for our kits. The system works as the pads contain micro-crystals that when rubbed against the skin in circular motions gently buffs away the hair. It does leave the skin quite dry, but not rough, so I would recommend using a body butter on the legs afterwards to re-hydrate the skin
I tried it out on my legs when I got home and it took a while for me to cover both legs, but it was lovely and smooth. However by the time I woke up, I could feel slight stubble coming through. I think that the kit is great for finer hairs such as on the arms where they tested it on us, but for coarser, fast growing hair, it might not be worth the money and effort. I was assured that a kit would last a year as it contains two size pads the larger for legs and underarms and the smaller for the face or smaller areas of hair, as well as 4 replacement pads for each size. I found the kit is great for fine slow growing hair but for leg hair it is no better than shaving. I don’t think that I would repurchase the kit, but I will definitely be giving it a go on fine hairs like the upper lip!! If you want to try the kit out for yourself you can get one from the Melody Claire website where they retail for £19.99 each.
Image of Laura from Must Have Girl at Olympia Beauty
I hope that you have enjoyed reading my post about Olympia Beauty! Did you go this year? Have you ever been to a beauty trade show? Have you tried any of these products before?

Laura