I feel like I neglect my nails when it comes to this blog. When I was younger, my nails were never not painted in a wide array of colours, or impractically long. Every weekend I would ignore my parents demands to clean my room and do my homework and set about painting my nails that perfect shade of pink. I lost count of how many teachers told me to take it off, politely or otherwise, before coming into school the next day. I usually scorned that advice and rocked up with a new colour on. I used to scream when my dad made me cut them! But then I turned 18 and got my first full time job… waitressing. Maybe some of you have been a waitress, but rule number one of working in the food service industry – no nail polish! Nails must be kept short, neat, clean and polish free all year round.
As I got older, I realised that doing my nails every week took up so much time! And after 3 years (yes, I was a full time waitress for 3 years…) of not being able to wear nail polish, I kind of fell out of the habit. Now, I can’t cope with long nails and the polish I put on chips off until removing it takes very little effort. It takes a lot for me to buy a nail polish, and find myself disappointed more often than happy with the results. And with no money for salon treatments, what’s a girl to do?
I saw another blogger (who’s name I stupidly didn’t save, so if this is you I’m very sorry! Please tell me so I can credit/link you if you think it’s you!) rave about a brand called Sparklea. Checking them, I noticed it was a small brand, and Rachel loves a small brand. I was already sold though, because the collection being promoted was called “Mer-Maid You Laugh!”. So I bought one of each and excitedly waited for them to turn up!
It took about a week for these beauties to turn up, and another 2 weeks for me to actually get around to trying them!
The colours included in this collection are Sandy Beach (gold glitter polish), You’re a Turtle Mess (Irish green glitter polish). Ofishally Lost It (baby blue glitter polish) and Hold my Pursula (purple glitter polish). The glitter in all except for Sandy Beach is holographic and multi-coloured, whereas Sandy Beach is gold glitter.
I stupidly decided to get the gold in a smaller size, because I already have some gold glittery polish already. I wish I’d gotten the bigger bottle! These came in either 5ml or 10ml sizes, although checking the website, it looks as though there’s only a small selection left!
I’m very fussy when it comes to nail polish – even Essie doesn’t get a high mark in my books! It takes a lot for a nail polish brand to impress me. Sparklea really did! Everything from the hand written thank you note included in the postal package, the comment on my Instagram when I shared a picture of me wearing the polishes, to the nail polishes themselves is above and beyond what I was expecting! The polishes spread perfectly on the nails and last for so long; even when I cut my nails today, they didn’t chip. I’ve been wearing them, without a top coat, for a week now and the lovely colours, textures and glitters are still perfectly in place, bar the millimeter at the base of my nails where the growth has come in.
Overall, I can’t recommend these polishes enough! The colours are gorgeous and there’s always a new collection on the website (including a brand new Harry Potter one!). Check out Sparklea’s website here! And check her Instagram – she posts videos of her new products being made and they are honestly some of the most satisfying things to watch! They’re also all cruelty free and vegan, so really you can’t say no!
Have you tried Sparklea? Let me know in the comments!