Wednesday, 30 December 2015

Smith & Cult Manicure at Hooker & Young, Ponteland

Smith & Cult Manicure at Hooker & Young, Ponteland

Ladies, I'm in love.

With a nail polish.

Behold the beauty that is Smith & Cult.

Smith & Cult Manicure at Hooker & Young, Ponteland

Smith & Cult are a brand new nail polish that launched in the UK earlier this year.  They're owned by the same company as Oribe and I first heard about them when they launched in store at Space NK.  However at £19 a nail polish, they're certainly not the cheapest on the market and I always like to try something out before I commit to buying it but with a nail polish, thats pretty hard to do.

Then I discovered that they're now being stocked at the fabulous Hooker and Young salon in Ponteland and you can have them applied as part of their great range of nail services.  I was sold and off I went to the salon to have my nails done.

Smith & Cult Manicure at Hooker & Young, Ponteland

Choosing a polish wasn't easy.  There's so many available, the shade range is not only massive for a new brand but its also absolutely beautiful.  I wanted a seasonally appropriate shade yet there were so many that were catching my eye that would be perfect for the summertime.

I can already tell you now that I'll definitely be back before my summer holiday as that coral shade is calling my name!

Smith & Cult Manicure at Hooker & Young, Ponteland

The great thing about Smith & Cult polishes is that they're all formulated without the chemical nasties that you still find in many nail polish brands.

Their 5-Free formula ensures that their nail polishes are free from Dibutyl, Phthalate, Toluene, Formaldehyde, Formaldehyde Resin and Camphor.  So not only do they have a great shade selection but a fantastic formula too.  Plus the packaging of the bottles is so beautiful.  All of the lids are hammered by hand so they all have a slightly different look to them.

Smith & Cult Manicure at Hooker & Young, Ponteland

Smith & Cult Manicure at Hooker & Young, Ponteland

The beautician explained that the Smith & Cult manicure is often thought of as day to night nails as they have lots of creamy polishes and lots of glitters too so many people like to layer them to take their look from day to night.  That's exactly what I decided to do as I was having my nails done just before my trip to Poland and I wanted them to suit both my evening and day time outfits.

After I had picked out the colours that I wanted, the beautician got to work on my nails by filing them and removing the excess cuticles.  I like to keep my nails super short with typing a lot but since I have large nail beds, I don't feel as though it is at a detriment to the appearance of my nails.

The Smith & Cult Basis of Everything base coat was applied to my nails followed by two expertly precise coats of the first polish that I had chosen which was the stunning Stockholm Syndrome.  This colour is described as an elephant grey.  It looks grey but has a slight purple tone to it as well in my opinion, and it is incredibly highly pigmented and creamy.  While it could have been left at one coat if you were painting your nails at home in a rush, two were applied for a completely opaque finish and I was super impressed with how smooth and even the result was.

Smith & Cult Manicure at Hooker & Young, Ponteland

Next, it was time to add the statement glitter polish, Vegas Post Apocalyptic, to my thumbs and ring finger.  This is a sparkly polish packed full of ultra fine holographic lavender glitter in a clear base which would look great on its own but looks even better when layered over a complimentry shade such as Stockholm Syndrome.

My nails were topped off with their clear top coat, Above It All, and I was able to sit for a few minutes to allow them to properly dry before gathering my things to leave the salon.

The result is stunning.  My nails looked so neat, perfected and pretty.  I was over the moon with my manicure and the service at Hooker & Young.

Smith & Cult Manicure at Hooker & Young, Ponteland

I'm not sure if it was the base coat, nail polish itself, top coat or the application method but I was genuinely shocked at how long my nails lasted.  Usually polish lasts about three to four days on me before I need to remove it and reapply yet the Smith & Cult polish lasted a full 8 days on my nails with very minimal signs of wear.  In fact, I only removed it because it was Christmas Day and I wanted to paint my nails with a festive red polish.

Here you can see my nails on day 8 of having this manicure:

Smith & Cult Manicure at Hooker & Young, Ponteland

Smith & Cult Manicure at Hooker & Young, Ponteland

The results speak for themselves don't they!  Especially as I was so busy exploring Poland and less than careful with my nails during the time that I had my manicure.

I'm so impressed with this polish brand and particularly the great service that I received at Hooker & Young.

Smith & Cult Manicure at Hooker & Young, Ponteland

Smith & Cult Manicure at Hooker & Young, Ponteland

I absolutely LOVE the Smith & Cult manicure that I had at Hooker & Young in Ponteland.  I'd definitely head back for manicures in the future, especially if I'm going to a special event or away on holiday.  I love that I can have my nails done there and purchase the bottle of nail polish to take away with me for further applications.

If you're not in the area, the Smith & Cult polishes are available to buy direct from Space NK and Selfridges but it would be such a shame to miss out on the fabulous manicure at Hooker & Young so if you are in the area, do head there to try out their services.  I assure you you'll not be disappointed.

Hooker and Young Ponteland can be found at 13 Bell Villas, Ponteland, Newcastle Upon Tyne, NE20 9BD and you can book an appointment on 01661 821004.

What are your favourite Smith & Cult nail polish colours?

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12 comments

  1. That's a lovely manicure I love the colour of it. I haven't had my nails done in ages.

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  2. Happy New year hun have a good one! Love the range of nail polishes especially the dove one.

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  3. The Smith and Cult packaging is so so gorgeous, and the colour selection! Wow! Sooooo pretty.

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  4. That's a lovely manicure, what a beautiful colour x

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  5. Love the look of those bottles and what a fantastic finish too! Camilla

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  6. Ha ha we are actually nail twins right now. Although I don't have the pretty accented nail.

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  7. Wow what a beautiful shade of grey that polish is and I love the added sparkle x

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  8. Wow £19 a pot is not cheap but your nails look stunning so I totally think it's worth it - love the shade you went for

    Laura x

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  9. Right now I got ONE rich maroon shade via Birchbox (see my previous 900 points Birchbox post) and also a pink lip gloss called "The Lovers". I love your grey manicure esp with the one grey glitter finger! Happy New Year to you!

    Ursula

    www.blueridgebeautyblogger.com

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  10. I love the colour, I always wear similar shades, currently trying out my new ted baker ones. I can't really see myself paying £19 for nail varnish though I am impressed with your results and how long they lasted and still look x good

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  11. Ooooh! My regular manicurist told me about this line - I'm hoping she'll bring them in - that colour is gorgeous on you!

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