Wednesday, 16 July 2014


When you try a lot of different beauty products many go unused and forgotten, but there are some which immediately become indispensable in your routine. I call these game changers. I have been religiously using two Bourjois nail products for the last few months which attained this status right from the first use. They both provided something I didn't know I was missing until I had it.

Let me introduce the first one in a story. For my graduation ball, I spent far too long working on my eye make-up that I left next to no time to do my nails #firstworldproblems, eh? Pictures were being snapped, and I umm-ed and ahh-ed over even possibly leaving my nails bare, but I remembered that I had picked up the highly recommended Bourjois Instant Dry Nail Drops earlier so thought I would put them to the ultimate test. I messily applied a couple coats of my thankfully nude nail polish completely skipping the top coat step, quickly squeezed a couple drops (possibly excessive in hindsight) and ran out the door.

The polish set almost immediately. I wouldn't recommend leaving it so last minute, as I was left with a few small marks and smudges but only when looked at closely. The polish held up, and dried so super quickly that every nail painting session is now consistently concluded with a small drop squeezed from the easy-to-use (and kind of fun) Bourjois pippet. From further use, I've realised that one drop per nail should suffice.

After the grad ball success, I've been using this every time I paint my nails after my top coat. The formula dries the polish so quickly, that the days of blowing my nails for half an hour and running them under cold water (I'm still not sure that actually helps) are gone. This really is a life-changing product. I'm sure there are others like this out there which I haven't tried, but this one is simple to use, and so effective that I'm sold. Oh, and it's only £5.99.

This is a must-have product for any nail painter; enthusiast or part-timer.

The second product comes in for under a fiver and is one that I used, most recently, just last night. The Bourjois Magic Nail Polish Remover is probably the reason I have been so much more consistent in painting my nails over the last 4 or 5 months. I have become so accustomed to its use that while watching TV last night, I absent-mindedly removed my nail polish to prep for a fresh coat. The pot of practically nail gold removes the polish in seconds. You dip your finger into the sponge, give it a little wiggle and it dissolves all polish on the nail. There's no messy bottle of remover you might tip over (at least if you knock this over you have a bit of extra time before it starts spilling) and no dreaded cotton wool. Unfortunately, the nail polish remover smell is not lost, but once the lid is shut your nails are left with a sweet red fruit and vanilla scent. It also has benefits for your nails - bonus.

There's a new addition to the line which includes an extra handy pull-out sponge for your feet which I've yet to try but it's next on the list. You can get it on ASOS for £5.99.

This dynamic duo from Bourjois is exactly what this post said at the start - a game changer. Both are so affordable and long-lasting (neither of mine have run out yet!). There's really no reason that you don't own them already. Get down to your local drugstore... now! I promise you won't regret it.

Bourjois Instant Dry Nail Drops here, £5.99
Bourjois Magic Nail Polish Remover here, £4.99
Bourjois Magic Nail Polish Remover - Hands & Feet here, £5.99