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The talons of fantasy – Nfu-Oh

Enfu-Oh is a Korean nail artist on a mission. Her mission is to make the most remarkable, unusual, exceptional and downright weird nail art the world has ever seen. Or at least that’s what you might conclude after a visit to her site.

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Claws filed to pinprick points, exquisitely hand-painted and appliquéd in the most baroque detail. Forget opening a can with these nails – you could stop traffic just by lifting a finger.

There’s small but growing buzz around the web about Enfu’s brand, Nfu-Oh, in particular the multi-faceting sparkling polish she makes. It’s not directly available to us in the UK, though if you were near her Seoul-based salon it would certainly be worth a visit. The polish can be ordered from overseas at the moment, and sometimes filters through onto UK eBay.

nfu bottles

Nfu-Oh’s work is global and spans the whole discipline of nail art, but it’s those kaleidoscopic polishes in their cute corset-shaped bottles that I’ve got my eye on. Some shades are a translucent base colour with fine leaf foil and glitter, some are holographic metallics that mesmerise in bright light.

I’m planning to track a couple of shades down through eBay. You’ll hear more if I do. In the meantime, why not visit the blog of Nfu-Oh’s main distributor in Asia for a bit of inspiration?

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My latest adventures in Superdrug

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Field-notes from my latest prowl around the pink-bannered aisles.

  • Revlon are looking to revive the matte colour trend with a range of matte eyeshadows, lipsticks and blush. However, I’m reminded that Urban Decay’s matte shadow range is now doing the rounds on eBay for pennies, and MAC’s Matte2 collection didn’t really make waves either. It’s hard to work this look on eyes without perfect priming and a total lack of wrinkles. My money would be on the lipsticks, which come in several very wearable-looking shades. The four that I tested are still clinging happily to the back of my hand. The items cost between £5 and £10 each.
  • Barry M release new shades of nail polish including acid yellow, block orange and a gorgeous pastel mint green. The latter is the one on my shopping list – I haven’t found a good one since my dear old Agnes B “Mint Milk” dried up into a goopy ooze years ago. Nail paints are £2.95 each, and there are frequent multi-buy deals here and at Boots.
  • Bourjois finally get with the programme and bring us Coup de Theatre in a single-wand version. I.e. a fibre-enriched lengthening mascara that doesn’t take the sort of chicanery guaranteed to make you late for work if you attempt it in the mornings. The tube looks pretty good – an elegantly tapered vial with eye-catching stripes, and at £9-ish is at least £1 cheaper (RRP) than the original double-ended version. The brush has been upgraded to a rubber flexi-type one as used in Maxfactor’s Masterpiece. It’s not online at the moment, but it’s right there on the shelf I promise. I’ll be buying and bringing you a review of this once I finish my much-loved Liner Effect mascara, also by Bourjois.

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