Just before I left to travel overseas I had my nails done by my nail technician here in Australia. When I finished my trip around Europe and arrived in Spain my plans were to find a place to get my nails done again. Well that plan went downhill pretty quickly.
When I got to Spain I needed my nails done quick smart. From handling my luggage here, there and everywhere, up and down stairs in hotels, you could say that my nails had a rough time. I literally walked up and down trying to find a decent nail salon in various places and found one that when they told me the price I had to sit down for a bit because I started to feel a little light headed. It was so much more expensive than what I was paying here for my nails plus I was noticing that my funds due to travel were not ready for a hit like that one. I then walked past a beauty academy that charged a cheaper price (as they are students) and they offered things such as waxing, hairdressing, nails etc. So I decided to just give it a go and asked for the teacher to do my nails. She was more than happy to do them for me. Although they are cheaper due to being a beauty school I still found it to be pricey. I got my hands and toes done and if I remember correctly I think I paid about 55 euro which when converted is about $79.25. Not cheap for a school! Especially with the job she did being the teacher!!
Oh and they started to fall off in the span of one week! I don’t even want to go back there… bad memories… 😦
After this experience I decided that during my time in Spain I was going to have to maintain my nails myself because I could not afford to keep getting them done, especially if I was going to get the same ridiculous claws. So I went to my favourite store in the shopping centre near where I lived called Arenal which is pretty much a Priceline however they sell drugstore as well as high end products. It’s pretty much my relaxation haven whenever I am in Spain and a financial DANGER ZONE!
A friend had told me about nail polishes that she uses all the time and that she absolutely loves. The cosmetic brand is called Catrice Cosmetics. Catrice Cosmetics is a European brand with stores located in Europe, South America, Africa and Asia. I would say that this brand is a European version of Australis cosmetics here in Australia. Their products are very affordable and the few products I have tried have been pretty good quality.
Their nail polishes are GREAT! The colour intensity is amazing, not sheer at all. You only need a couple of coats along with your top and base coat and you’re good to go. They do not take too long to dry either which is a plus! I’m honestly extremely impatient so I cannot stand waiting around for nail polish to dry, so it makes me happy that I don’t have to wait too long for this one to do it’s thang. Also, the scent is not too strong either which is great because, I don’t know about you but strong nail polish scents tend to give me a headache. When reading the description online about these nail polishes the company claims that “the formulas are enriched with natural extracts that offer pampering care” which is really cool. I do feel that with the base and top coat the nail polish is long-lasting. I have tried it without both of these which is naughty of me but in my defense I was in a rush, and it does start to chip pretty quickly, so I definitely recommend using the Catrice top and base coats together with the nail polishes. I would say that these are very similar to the Revlon ColourStay Gel Nail Polishes. I feel like they have the same consistency, the same colour pay off and they same long-lasting effect 🙂
Here is my small collection of the Catrice Cosmetics nail polishes:
This Noir Bleu colour applies a lot darker than what I expected. I thought it was going to be more of a navy blue but it comes out on your nail more towards a black than anything. However, it is still a very nice colour and I really like it for the Winter.
‘For Nuts Sake’ is a gorgeous mauvey/maroon colour. I absolutely love it for the Autumn and Winter time.
‘Caught On The Red Carpet’ is a fierce red which I honestly love for any season. I’m the type of person that sees the colour red as an all year round kind of colour and this nail polish is perfect for this use.
‘Karl Says Tres Chic’ (Not sure what this name is supposed to mean haha) is such a cute baby pink colour. It’s such a pretty colour for the Spring and Summer.
These ones are the top and base coats that help with the gel and the long-lasting effect of all the nail polishes within the Catrice Cosmetics Nail Polish range.
One of the things I absolutely love about these nail polishes is that (apart from the blue one that I purchased thinking that it was going to come out a little more blue than it does), whatever colour you see in the bottle is the colour intensity you will achieve when you apply the polish onto your nails. I feel like with some nail polishes you do not get the same colour effect on your nail as what you see in the bottle but with these Catrice nail polishes you definitely do and that is one of the reasons I love this product so much!
If you ever find yourself near a Catrice Cosmetics stand definitely purchase one of their nail polishes (along with the top and base coat) to try out. They are cheap and great quality!
Thanks for reading! Until next time 🙂
“Nails take an old outfit
and make it new!”