Hi all - Sailor Sophie here with this weeks dose of beauty goings-on! It seems like every new seasons brings a new fashion trend, and with beauty and fashion being more interlinked than ever before, beauty trends of the season are hot business too. Nails trends in particular, remember all the up-roar when crackle top-coats came out? Everyone went crazy, and suddenly, it seemed like every month, there was something new. Magnetic effects, sequin effects, croc effects, even fur effects - it never fails to amaze me the things they come up with! This season however, it's something a little more sophisticated and lady-like which I'm loving - I just can't get enough of matte nail polishes and matte-effect top coats!
Back in the good old days, the glossy super-shiny look was the 'in' thing, but now with brands such as OPI, Barry M and Models Own launching matte collections and Rimmel London, Essie and Revlon introducing matte top coats, the flatter the colour the better! I'm a closet goth and lover of all things black, so I've loving updating my old-faithful Essie 'Licorice' with a matte finish. Even my adorable American Aparrel pastel shades that I picked up at ScotCampus Freshers Fest with Hey Sailor, look super chic mattified too!
My absolute favourite way to jazz up even the most simple of base colours though, is to create nail art using matte/glossy contracts - paint your favourite glossy colour, paint spots in a matte top coat - guaranteed the easiest nail art you'll ever come across!