Anyone who knows me knows that nude nails are my absolute favourite, and I’m sure I’m not the only one. Finding the perfect shade of nude for brown-chocolate skin can be tricky because as we know, not every popping nude looks the same on everyone. So to stop you spending ages swatching and wiping off nail colours,  I’ve tried and tested 6 nude lacquers that look fabulous on dark skin. Whether your nails are long, short, natural or extensions you’ll love these!

A tip for choosing the right nude lacquer is to find a shade similar to the tones you can see in your skin, or to match it as close to the colour of your nail bed colour as possible. (because what shade of nude is better than your own?… none!). I also find that some nude polishes don’t bring out the warm undertones in dark skin the way they should, which can leave hands looking cold and dry. These nudes are all great because they DO bring out the warm undertones in dark skin, and give your hands a soft, elegant glow.

OPI shades (left to right): Bubble Bath, Passion, Tickle My France-y

Essie shades (left to right): Limo-scene, Vanity fairest, Not just a pretty face.

SWATCHES: 

(Vanity Fairest has a slightly shimmery glittery finish)

(Passion dries as a more sheer pinky-nude, especially on acrylic nails see photo below)

Love,

I’ve ranted and raved about the wonders of Coconut Oil but today I’ll share 4 great uses for Castor Oil. Growing up in a Jamaican family, I was always told that Castor Oil thickens up natural hair and promotes growth in areas with finer or “less” hair but Castor Oil is not only great for hair, it can be used as the main ingredient in many natural remedies. You may be wondering why I’m having a smell of the Castor Oil in the first photo but those who have used it know it doesn’t have the most appealing scent. (It’s not awful, just slightly strong!) Fortunately the version I’m using is infused with lemon grass and has a lovely citrusy scent.

SMOOTHING SPLIT ENDS & FULLER EDGES: First things first, nothing can remove split ends like a good old trim but applying Castor oil to those ends can help to temporarily repair the hair cuticle, as well as providing the hair with the nutrients it needs for growth. Gently massaging Castor oil into your edges (or any areas that may suffer from breakage or a thin appearance) can provide huge results if done every other night for about 3-6 weeks.

CONSTIPATION: This may sound completely random but Castor Oil is great for relieving constipation, ask your gp! Women who are pregnant should try alternative methods (as castor oil is said to cause the uterus to contract which could induce labour) but for a dose strong enough to have you feeling better, adults should take 15ml, mixing it into a fruit juice of your choice. (always consult with your gp first)

BOLD BROWS & LONG LASHES: Anyone who has had their eyebrows over threaded has probably been told to use Castor oil by their eyebrow lady but did you know you can grow your lashes with it too? I am someone whose eyelashes are more or less non-existent but my religious daily application of Castor oil to my brows and lashes has made a noticeable difference in both their length and overall thickness. I can finally see them without mascara!

STRONG NATURAL NAILS: If you find your nails are constantly being damaged by work, art, or acrylics, applying Castor oil to your cuticles and nails at least twice a week is a great way to bring your nails back to life. I can testify that after a few regretful trips to the nail shop I managed to grow out my natural nails strong, smooth and healthy in a short period of time by massaging Castor oil (and sometimes Coconut oil) into my cuticles and nails.

Now it’s your turn to try!