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This Week’s Nails – Nude, Black and Bling

Whilst sanding down a wall recently, I had the most girly disaster happen…I broke a nail! Not hugely dramatic in the grand scheme of things but pretty painful and it has put me off painting my nails or doing any new nail art until the offending nail has grown back and looks a bit better.

So today’s post is one from the archives, which really means I did this manicure a while ago and never got around to posting it!


I began with two layers of Lychee from the Gelly Hi-Shine range. I really rate these polishes and I can’t help but notice they have three beautiful new pastel shades for Spring recently released too!

nbb1 nbb2

I’m not sure that this is the perfect nude colour for my skin tone but I can’t fault the formula, finish or last of this nail varnish.


For the black tips I used Noir Ceramic by Chanel. This is one of my most expensive bottles of nail varnish but I feel you really pay for the name with Chanel as the formulas aren’t actually that great.


I added a little diamond on each cuticle and a thick layer of top coat and surprisingly these lasted for about 4 days until one fell off.

I really like the combination of nude and black, although I was careful to only add a very thin line of black.


I am willing my stubby little nail to grow back soon as I have some lovely new polishes and nail art plans to try out soon. I’m off to finish off dinner now – lamb chops, pesto broad beans and garlic new potatoes…can’t wait! x


About hannahhotcakes

My name is Hannah. I live near Bath in a lovely village in the Cotswolds with my husband Ian, the love of my life for the past 10 years, in our dream cottage. I have landed my dream job as a primary school teacher and I can’t think of anything else I would rather be doing. I am a self-confessed foodie and I love to cook, bake, and eat out as much as possible. Here are some things I love: My friends and family, travelling, fresh flowers, good books, having breakfast on my balcony, horror films, Christmas, tea, Las Vegas, lie-ins, red wine, Liverpool FC, music, sausage dogs, Spain, rare steak, fashion, cheese, American TV series and camping. And here are my pet hates: People dressed as animals, whistling, being rushed, being made to wait, girls who act stupid to impress a man, spiders, sunburn and rocket (it comes with EVERYTHING!)

7 responses »

  1. These look brilliant, my nails are a similar length to yours here so may be using this for a bit of inspiration! If you have time please check out my blog as I’ve just started out 🙂

  2. I have lychee too and I love it, although it’s maybe a little light in colour. I agree about Chanel too – there are much better formulas out there! X


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