So it’s been awhile since I last posted as I’ve had a crazy few weekends. First up moving! Yes we have finally moved into our little haven, we couldn’t be happier. The boy is even more delighted as we now have a huge TV (just in time for the World Cup I keep being told!).
Last weekend we attended one of my good friends wedding and flew away to Spain. I’m delighted to be typing this in super sunny climes and wish all my posts could be from somewhere as glorious.
As we have been in such a whirlwind of late my nails had taken the toll. Unpacking boxes does not help manicured hands at all. So yesterday with vino flowing I set out to do a manicure on the terrace.

The result? Well the colour was fabulous, Essie – Don’t Sweater It , and the application went on really easily if a little gloppy in the heat. However the issue came when I was waiting for them to dry. The intense heat meant they simply did not want to dry. They bubbled instead. So bubbly it almost looks intensional and almost like a new type of nail art that is intended.
I will be re painting when I find a cooler spot. So learn from me that painting on holiday can cause disasters.
#SundayNails – Sunday 25 May 2014
Base coat – Sally Hansen Double Duty
Colour – Essie Don’t Sweater It
Top Coat – Sally Hansen Double Duty



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About Tori&TheBear

Outside of my avatar as the Secret Beauty Insider I am a professional Beauty Marketeer and work closely with celebrity make-up artists, beauty journalists and international beauty & fragrance brands and glossy magazines. I have worked in the industry for over 11 years and pride myself on my Highly professional attitude. Throughout my career, I have collaborated with many of the world's top beauty houses on their advertising campaigns and launch strategies including Chanel, Dior, Estee Lauder, MAC, Clinique, Clarins, Creme de la Mer, Urban Decay, Benefit, Givenchy, Guerlain, Lancome, Bobbi Brown etc... My approach to beauty and my signature look is best described as a classic with a girly understated twist. I am addicted to nail varnish and can't leave the house without my key beauty staples (Carmex, Chanel Lip gloss, Nars duo concealer, Urban Decay 24/7 pencil in perversion and Chanel Allure) My blogs are filled with hints, tips and product reviews. You can also discover my nail blog at




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