wearing Lady Voluptuous Flamingo

Model for a day with Bonnie Hu Nails and Makeup

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 - Lena Talks Beauty

Essie Naughty Nautical Nail Polish Review

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”

Artistic color gloss manicure

Where to get nails done in Auckland and other questions

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 orange outrant nail polish -Lena Talks Beauty

Bourjois La Laque Nail Enamel

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.

Collection nail polishes ombre

Ombré nail art tutorial

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 🙂

Collection Cosmetics pastel polishes

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.

Manicure by Blush Baby

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.

Sally Hansen Miracle Gel Polish

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

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.   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 […]