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Miss Merx’s manis


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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 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.

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


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?


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Ahhhh Sephora. Probably the most-visited tourist destination for Brits visiting Paris or New York. OK, perhaps not, but I have lost count of the number of times I read on a UK blog about how much Sephora is missed here. I have a confession to make. I don’t even remember it being in London so I must have been walking round with my eyes closed.

Anyway. Subsequent to the massive nail varnish swap that Kelly of Vampy Varnish and I did last year, we did a mini-swap back in the Spring. I was at a bit of a loss as to what I fancied being sent in return so Kelly suggested some SOPI polishes. I already have Metro Chic from a swap I did with Mary of Body and Soul, so actually, adding to my collection made perfect sense.

I started looking up Sephora by OPI swatches and quickly realised that Under My Trenchcoat had kind of been on my subliminal radar, as in I recall seeing it, liking it, and writing it off as one that I wouldn’t really be able to get my mitts on. So, this was the first one on swap wish list!

This is such a “me” polish. Love it. It is a taupey shade of greyish beige with the most beautiful gold shimmer running through it. Totally unique and like nothing else I own. It required three coats before it was properly opaque, and I wore this for four days solidly as I really fell in love with it, and didn’t want to take it off.

Isn’t it nice when something you covet actually turns out to be as you’d hoped it would? I’ve lost count of the OPI polishes I have that look awesome in the bottle and are nothing but a big, sheer disappointment on the nail. Thankfully, Under My Trenchcoat is every bit as exquisite as the photos I’ve seen had led me to believe.

The name makes me laugh. It conjours up so many images and is kind of an oddname for a nail varnish but hey – it’s better than beigey-grey or whatever I just described it as! Ha!

So, thank you to Kelly for allowing me to realise yet another lemming. And I am now off to kick myself for not making the most of Sephora when apparently I could.

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