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Miss Merx’s manis

Oct
2012
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posted by on In Praise Of..., Nails, Nails of the Day, OPI

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I keep staring at my nails…would you just look at them? Isn’t this the finest manicure you’ve seen? This is the work of Mercedez Merx aka Miss Merx, fellow beauty blogger and a freelance nail technician who doesn’t cut corners in her job and is passionate about keeping nails healthy.

Mercedez has years of experience under her belt and is OPI trained, and she has worked with some big clients and counts some amazing ones in her loyal list of customers.

A few weeks ago I whinged I hadn’t enough time to sort myself with a manicure for my friend Lisa’s wedding in Edinburgh. I was one of four bridesmaids, you see. Mercedez came to my rescue with my first ever gel manicure (shocking admission for a beauty blogger) and I couldn’t have been happier with the results. Now let me tell you something, this girl is GOOD. No, wait – not good, AMAZING.

My session took a good hour and the result was such a neat and precise manicure. Mercedez prides herself on being ‘old school’ in her practising of manicures. She will come to your home or to your work place if you prefer and pamper your talons till they look like you could be a hand model. It’s sheer bliss to have someone visit you in the comfort and privacy of your own haven. You’re not rushing to park somewhere or endure public transport to get to your appointment on time. I think people forget the benefits of a mobile service.

I’ve had a fair number of manicures and this one didn’t pinch or hurt a bit especially on the cuticles. My long nails were uneven to start with due to breakages but Mercedez didn’t bat any eyelid and filed them down to a beautiful shape.

The dress code for the bridesmaids was red and black so Mercedez showed me a few red shades and I settled for OPI’s Malaga Wine. Now I’m pretty brutal with my (strong) nails – I dragged a heavy suitcase to Edinburgh, whacked my nails a few times and it didn’t chip. Two weeks on and the gel manicure is unscathed. A regular manicure would have endured a few cracks and chips within a few days but Mercedez did a fabulous job and I’m converted to gel manicures. They’re perfect for holidays and special occasions as they last longer and their endurance is incredible.

So I’ve got me a regular hair stylist, hair colourist, beautician and now I can add Miss Mercedez Merx to the list as my manicurist.

I urge you to give Mercedez a try. She covers greater London and surrounding areas like Hertfordshire, Kent and Essex…basically if she can get to you, she will get to you.

Visit www.missmerxmanis.com for more information on the manicures and pedicures Mercedez does and the prices.

Oh and here are some photos from the wedding of Lisa Simpson (yes, that is her real name) who is now Mrs Redpath. Congratulations to you and Gary, Lisa. xx

Products used: Mac’s Face & Body foundation, Daniel Sandler’s Waterblush in Spicey, Sephora’s cream lip stain in red and lash extensions by NX Lashes.

posted by on Beauty UK Cosmetics, Diamond Cosmetics, Illamasqua, Models Own, Nails, Nails Inc, OPI, Sephora by OPI

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I know I promised this a month or so back…but there hasn’t been a lot of time for swatching recently. As you know, I always paint my nails, wear the polish for a day or two, and tke the photos at some point during that time. One of the blogosphere’s little swatchers I am not!

Actually, I thought I had more of these types of shades than I actually do, so it wasn’t that daunting a task. Oh and just in case you’ve been living on Mars, “grurple” means a grey/purple polish. Very popular shades indeed.

L-R: Nails Inc Jermyn Street, OPI Parlez-Vous OPI, Illamasqua Velocity, Diamond Cosmetics Drift Away

L-R: Beauty UK Smokey Violet, Sephora by OPI Metro Chic, OPI Affair In Times Square, Sephora by OPI Call Your Mother

Two left nails are Nails Inc Jermyn Street, the two right are OPI Metro Chic

L-R: Models Own Purple Grey, OPI Parlez-Vous OPI, Sephora by OPI Metro Chic, OPI An Affair In Times Square

Phew. So there you have it. Are you into grurple? Are there any good ones that I don’t own that you can recommend? What’s your favourite?

Helen