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Match Your Nails To Your Summer Cocktails: Mimosa

Sponsored by Nails Inc

Painting your nails in the evening with a cup of cocoa is practically a crime in summer. Wouldn’t you rather sip on a cocktail in the garden while waiting for your mani to dry? Yeah, us too. Even more so, what if they MATCHED?! Just think of the Instagrammable possibilities.

We’ve teamed up with Nails Inc this month who, loved by the likes of Alexa Chung, bring us the crème de la crème of professional, but affordable, nail products. Their gel effect nail polish – one of which you’ll find in August’s Pink Parcel – is durable, conditioning and hella shiny. Better still, you won’t even need a UV lamp!

Bling your brunch photos

Hosting a brunch at home? Of course, the food is v.important, but these days, the booze is a pretty big deal, too. Bloody Marys can be hit or miss with guests, and shots are a straight up no-no, so whip up a mimosa instead.

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What you’ll need:

  • Orange juice
  • Champagne (or prosecco, if payday is yet to come)
  • A teaspoon of orange liqueur

Method:

1. Grab a Champagne flute and fill two thirds of the way with orange juice.

2. Top up the remainder of the glass with champers.

3. Mix in a teaspoon of orange liqueur and cheers to a great Saturday!

Obviously, your impeccable hosting skills and organisation mean that your will brunch go down in the history books, so get your nails photo-ready for the social media close-ups.

What you’ll need:

  • Base coat
  • Nails Inc Gel Effect nail polish in Seven Dials
  • White nail polish
  • Dotting tool
  • Top coat

Method:

1. Apply a base coat, followed by a coat of Seven Dials.

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2. Once dried, apply another coat of Seven Dials and let it completely dry. Then, using the white polish, apply a thin, straight strip at the top of the nail. Think thin, French manicure tip.

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3. Grab your dotting tool and apply some white polish to the bobble, using the brush. Spot on your yellow nails, following a pattern (for example, a row of three, followed by a row of four, followed by a row of three again).

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4. Once dried, apply a top coat and get yo’ brunch on.

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Nails Inc Gel Effect nail polish is available in August’s Pink Parcel, online and in most beauty retailers.

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