Model for a day with Bonnie Hu Nails and Makeup

Sunday, May 14th 2017 Nails

wearing Lady Voluptuous Flamingo

My friend Bonnie recently opened a makeup and nails studio here in Auckland, and invited me to come along to try out her services. I also have a friend who is a starting out as a  photographer, and she wanted me to model for her. I combined the two, added a couple of new dresses I had bought for my birthday and celebrating my new job, respectively, and here we have this shoot!

Essie Naughty Nautical Nail Polish Review

Wednesday, February 8th 2017 Nails

Essie Naughty Nautical Nail Polish - Lena Talks Beauty

Essie makes some of my absolute favourite nail polishes, and today I’m excited to show you  Essie Naughty Nautical nail polish. If you’re following me on Instagram, you may have seen it featured there. I was given this by Essie back in December, and it seemed particularly appropriate since at the time my friend Sophia and I were obsessed with watching the reality TV show Below Deck. There are plenty of naughty nautical activities on their luxury super yachts, as I watched while I painted my nails.

“Sail the sexy seas and chart a course for adventure in this shimmering, brilliant blue-green nail polish. Naughty never looked so nice”

Where to get nails done in Auckland and other questions

Monday, May 16th 2016 Uncategorised

Artistic color gloss manicure

People quite often ask me for recommendations for various beauty services, such as hair and nails. So, today I’m rounding up a list of the places where I go for these services. This post will likely only be useful for those of you who live in Auckland, but maybe some of you will be visiting in the future, so it could come in handy. If you want to know the best place in Auckland to get your makeup done, or a wax – then this is the post for you!

Bourjois La Laque Nail Enamel

Friday, January 8th 2016 Nails

Bourjois La Laque orange outrant nail polish -Lena Talks Beauty

A few months ago, I attended an event hosted by Bourjois Paris and was able to view a number of their new release products. We received an amazing goodie bag, and today I’m going to show you some of the nail polishes from their new La Laque Nail Enamel range. I have 03 Orange Outrant and 05 Are you Reddy, both beautiful bright colours perfect for summer.

Bourjois La Laque collection - lena talks beauty

The full range of colours in the Bourjois La Laque Nail enamel collection

Ombré nail art tutorial

Wednesday, August 12th 2015 Nails

Collection nail polishes ombre

Ombré, or gradient, nails, have been popular for a while now. I’ve always thought that they looked really cool, and my Pinterest nail board is full of tutorials and inspiration.  I’m sure some of you will be asking ‘what on earth is ombré?!’ – ombré is when you have a gradient of colour, from light to dark. I first became aware of it when it was a popular trend for hair colour, dark at the roots and light at the bottom (I called my hair an unintentional ombré when I was too broke to go and get the regrowth done!). I’ve had a couple of unsuccessful attempts at ombré nails, but I knew I had to have another go at it. I watched a tutorial by Nailed it NZ, gathered the equipment necessary and sat down to do it!

This wasn’t the best nail art I’ve ever done, which is why I’m saying how (not) to do Ombré nails – so you can learn from the mistakes that I made. I was going to not post this at all but my friends said they thought it would be helpful, so I hope it is 🙂

How to do ombre nail art

Collection Cosmetics pastel polishes

Monday, May 25th 2015 Nails

Collection Cosmetics recently sent me a massive box of products from their range, and I was overwhelmed with how many great items they included. The first thing I ever tried from Collection was a nail polish when they launched last year, and I really liked it. So, I was stoked to see that they had sent me 5 polishes that are new to their Work The Colour collection. These are mostly pastel shades, which I looove because I love pastel nails. It might be winter but my nails are light and cheery! In this post I’ll be reviewing them, and showing how they look on my nails.

collection cosmetics pastel nail polish

Maybelline Bleached Neons nail polishes

Friday, January 16th 2015 Nails

I think bright nails are a summer essential. Maybelline New York must think this too, because they have just added to their Color Show range with four limited edition Bleached Neons nail polishes. Maybelline sent me two of the colours to try, and I have been wearing them over the last week and loving them.

Maybelline Color show bleached neons collection chic chartreuse and coral heat

Left, Chic Chartreuse and Right, Coral Heat

Manicure by Blush Baby

Tuesday, December 23rd 2014 Nails

My friend Nicola of Blush Baby is training as a nail technician, and she is so talented! I booked in over the weekend to get some fancy nails before going away on holiday (by the time you read this, I will be in Australia at my mum’s place for Christmas and New Years). Before my appointment, I spent some time pondering what I would like to have, and I searched all over Pinterest for the best ideas. When I got there, I told Nicola I wanted something pink and gold, with a geometric pattern. She whipped out some wheels with nail art on them, and I decided to get something similar to art she had done previously. Then we selected the best pinks from her range of Artistic Color Gloss gel polishes, and she even mixed two of the shades together to create a third pink colour.

Artistic color gloss manicure

Sally Hansen Miracle Gel Polish

Friday, September 19th 2014 Nails

I’m a big fan of gel manicures because they usually last 2 to 3 weeks on me, and they always look perfect. However, there are some downsides – you usually have to go to a salon to get them done which is an inconvenience and not cheap, usually around $60; or buy special lamps for home use; and it’s a hassle to remove, requiring the use of acetone, tinfoil, cotton buds and a lot of time. Now there is a new generation of gel-polish hybrids out – I had heard about them, but never tried one. So, when Sally Hansen NZ asked for people to trial their new Miracle Gel Polish I contacted them immediately and was really excited to be chosen. I’ve been trialling it over the last few weeks and I’m sharing the results now!

Sally Hansen Salon Effects real nail polish strips

Thursday, July 17th 2014 Uncategorised

salon effects package

My curious nature strikes again. I have seen these Sally Hansen Salon Effects nail polish strips around for a while now, and always wondered how well they would actually perform. I saw my cousin wearing them and she said that they were great, and then the following day I saw them on special – so of course I couldn’t resist. They’re normally $20 for a pack of 16, which is kind of expensive, but with 20% off I had to get them. Unlike some other brands that are stickers, these are actual nail polish. I have no idea how they make nail polish into these little strips, but I’m going by what the packaging says. I got number 43 – Laced Up, because I wanted ones that looked like nail art that I couldn’t do, not just plain old polish.

The package comes with 16 nail polish strips, a small nail file, a small orange stick, and of course, instructions on how to use them.

Sally Hanson salon effects equipment 

There are a range of sizes of the strips, and you choose the ones that best fit your nail. I found that most of them could be cut in half because they were so long – I don’t think I’ll quite get another set out of this kit, but I will have plenty to use as accent nails in the future.

I found applying these strips to be quite difficult, and time consuming. It took about 45 minutes, so it wasn’t a quick process at all. You start by shaping your nails which I already had done, and wiping them down with nail polish remover so that there are no oils on the surface of the nail. Then you choose the right size strip, which is straight forward. One of the most difficult parts of the process for me was peeling the clear plastic off the top without ruining the polish underneath. It didn’t come off easily, and resulted in a fair few swear words being uttered. The strip underneath the polish came off easily, but the plastic on top was a nightmare. Once the top and bottom coats are off then you stick it to your nail, and smooth it down with the orange stick. The instructions say to file the rest of the strip off, but I had at least half a strip left on all of them, so I cut it off and then filed the last bit off. The filing tore the strip a couple of times, and left me with slightly chipped looking nails, so I got into the habit of just cutting it to the right length and foregoing the file.

An example of a filing fail that I had

An example of a filing fail that I had

Eventually I got them all done, and this is how it looked


The big question: how long did they last? I’ve been wearing them for four days, and they’re starting to chip now, so I’ll probably remove them tomorrow. I don’t think that’s too bad, considering I’m fairly hard on my nails, but if you wanted it to last longer you could always try applying a base coat.

I’m glad that I bought these, because it was an interesting experiment, but I don’t think I’ll buy them again. They cost $20 here in NZ, and for that I could buy a couple of Peacock Pie polishes, and you get so much more for your money. It was cool having the nail art, even my male personal trainer noticed my nails, so maybe I’ll buy them on the odd occasion but I certainly won’t be making a habit of it.

Have you ever used nail stickers – did you find it as difficult as me? Let me know in the comments, I’d love to know what you think!

Lena x



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