The Apothecary Room

Friday Favourites - Nails

Though we love the look of perfectly polished tips, sometimes it’s hard to find a moment to paint our nails, drying time alone being a drain on our precious minutes. To make the pampering process less of a hassle, we here at The Amazing Blog have gathered a few of our favourite varnishes, wraps and treatments. For us, the best polish choices are based on more than just colour, but quality, texture and drying time too. So we've picked out the best of the bunch, all of which meet our rather high standards. With this range of pretty polishes, we’re sure that you’ll persevere and find the time for a quick paint job.Nail and Cuticle Oil_5302Before painting on a slick of your favourite summer polish, it’s important that your cuticles are primped to perfection to ensure a show stopping end result. To keep nail beds supple, we’ve discovered a Lemon Nail & Cuticle Oil from The Apothecary Room. An effective blend of sweet almond oil, lavender to heal and protect cuticles, and lemon to brighten the nail, the oil is completely natural and smells good enough to eat. It comes with a really handy pipette applicator, so that you can control the amount you’re using, as the smallest drop is more than enough. I used the oil on my hands as well as my nails, massaging it into my fingers to make them feel soft and moisturised. It’s the perfect pre-paint treat, and is available here for £9.75.NARS Summer 2014 Color Collection Libertango Nail Polish - jpegNow that your nails are well and truly prepped, it's time to find the perfect polish. If bright, opaque nails are what you seek, then NARS’ Opaque Nail Polish range is just the thing for you. Consisting of 20 beautiful hues, spanning from purples to oranges, we were lucky enough to try limited edition Libertango, a wonderful fiery tomato red. The lacquer lived up to its name, delivering opaque coverage in just one coat, so much so that I didn’t trouble myself with applying a second. The formula glides on smoothly, and dries to a gorgeous glossy finish. Free from toluene, formaldehyde and DBP, and housed in the NARS signature matte packaging, it looks as vibrant in the bottle as it does on your nails. And with built in UV protection, the vibrancy of these iconic shades won’t fade. The NARS Opaque Nail Polish collection is available to purchase here from £14, with Libertango priced at £14.50.ofatIf you’re looking for a little luxury, try Only Fingers and Toes. They were kind enough to send us a beautifully boxed trilogy of polishes, and we thought that they made the perfect summer trio. Comprised of Spanky, a baby pink, Reef, a light orange, and Sunshine, a vibrant yellow, all three shades made us pine for sunnier days to come. Determined to put the polishes through their paces, we tried Sunshine, as, in our experience, yellow polishes are notorious for their streaky coverage. I must say, we were highly impressed by how bright and fresh the colour looked on the nails. The thick brush helped the varnish to glide onto our nails easily, providing even coverage in just a couple of strokes. The trilogy is available to buy online at Harvey Nichols, here, for £42. Alternatively, the polishes are sold separately for £16 each.Sweet Peach LR1Another great choice of varnish is Organic Glam. Famed for its natural approach to beauty, The Organic Pharmacy's cosmetic range includes a selection of nail polishes in an array of flattering colours. With their gold motif and demure packaging, we were intrigued by the prospect of a varnish with only three ingredients, and so we gave Sherbet Lemon a try. A peachy shimmer, one coat gives you a sheer, subtle wash, for a beautiful, understated look. If sheer isn’t what you’re after, don’t worry, the varnish builds up really easily for a brighter pop of colour, without ever looking too messy. With its very fast drying formula, this non-toxic range offers the ultimate in ‘glam’ nails. The polishes are available to buy here for £10 each.

h-nai80179lacquer_01If you're looking for a polish that's equally as pretty, but a little more affordable, then Crabtree and Evelyn is the perfect option. We were offered the chance to test their Peony Lacquer. After freshening up our nails, we painted on a quick layer of the polish, and it dried in next to no time. On top of its impressive fast drying formula, we were surprised by how opaque the light polish was, although we applied a second coat out of habit, giving a much bolder effect. After a few days of wear without chipping, we fell even more in love with the polish. You too can fall in love with Crabtree and Evelyn nail polishes, with a variety of colours available here for £6.00.TN-004-h-res1For those more lax in the nail painting department, Lazy Nails' Custom Nail Wraps make a great alternative to the more high maintenance varnish route. Combining the genius of a nail wrap with creative prints, Lazy Nails Custom Nail Wraps make nail care fun, trendy and easy! The line includes striking patterns divided into categories like Around the World, Lace, Nature amongst others. They also offer you the option to Design Your Own nail wraps, which you can do here. A pack of Lazy Nails contains 16 uniquely printed nail wraps as well as a nail wipe, file and manicure stick. With step-by-step instructions for trimming and placement of the perfect manicure, it's the perfect product for the lazy girl. Most Lazy Nails Custom Nail Wraps are only £6.99 and can be found here.

Now, with a few of our favourite nail options to choose from, your nails will be polished to perfection in a matter of minutes.

The Apothecary Room – Lavender Room Spray

rachels wednesdayDuring busy seasons here at The Amazing Blog, we crave uplifting refreshment for our bodies and spirits, and The Apothecary Room Lavender Room Spray offers just that!  In a single spritz, the Lavender Room Spray engulfs our office, filling the room with health and beauty benefits.

Specialising in hand blended products for both the home and body, The Apothecary Room specifically uses essential oils from sustainable and organic sources to revive the body, mind and spirit from the stresses of modern life.  The Lavender Room Spray is free from preservatives (like all other Apothecary Room products) and includes impressive ingredients like Lavender, Bergamot, Patchouli and Juniper Essential Oils.  This combination of natural and paraben free oils has left our office with a fresh, clean, floral yet woody scent in the air.  We really appreciate that The Apothecary Room applies their passion for nature and the environment to every aspect of their products, even the creation of the bottle.  All Apothecary Room containers are made of PET plastic which is 100% recyclable. Other home and lifestyle products by The Apothecary Room include diffusers and linen sprays.  The Apothecary Room Lavender Spray can be found here for £12.

The Apothecary Room also specialises in products directly for the body including facial oils, cleansers, toners, body oils, bath salts, hand and nail oils.  These additional products can be found here.