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lady in red: face of australia (FOA) colour pro triple action nail enamel

Hey! πŸ™‚ How’s everyone’s week been so far?

I’ll be putting up a few posts today and tonight as I won’t have time to write over the weekend. On Saturday I’m going to TED x Adelaide – which is a free event organised by fans of the TED concept (which I think originated in the USA – basically it showcases a variety of speakers on a whole heap of interesting topics – some are health related, some science related, some politics related, and muchΒ  more). I am not sure if there are any more tickets available but you can find out and read more about it at πŸ™‚ You can also watch recordings of various TED speakers at or on their YouTube channel.

If people would like to know how TED x went let me know and I’ll do a post on it. πŸ™‚


I have a loooooooot of nail polish. I confess, I’m not usually fussy about the brand I use but once I find a polish I really like I am loyal to the particular brand for that particular colour. However, I am yet to find a nice rich red polish that I like.

This led me to try FOA’s Colour Pro polish. When I saw this product I thought great no need to spend extra time doing a top coat, as it is reportedly meant to be a 3-in-1. As described on the bottle: “intense, durable colour with professionally formulated three-in-one base, colour and top coat.” It is also toulene, formaldehyde and dibutyle phthalate free (not sure what the last one is but it doesn’t sound nice does it?!). I love the name of the shade too: lady in red.

swatch of nail polish "lady in red"

Price range: I picked up my bottle for around $7.00 AUD

Where can I buy it? most chemists and stores like Big W and Kmart.

The colour of this polish is absolutely beautiful. It was just what I was wanting; not too dark and not pinky! It went on well and had a super glossy finish.

I was very tempted to apply a seperate top coat out of habit but I didn’t as of course I wanted to test its staying power! After a day of working in an office environment, and cooking dinner from scratch, there was some slight wear on the tips of the index fingernails. By day two, chipping on the index fingernails was noticeable and needed a touch up and by day three my middle fingernails were the same (on my hands I find that my ring and pinkie fingernails as well as my thumb nails tend to chip last)! That wasn’t *too* bad however I have other polishes which seem to last better and are cheaper, believe it or not!

When I next use this I will be applying a seperate top coat despite FOA’s claim that it has built in top coat properties. πŸ˜›

Beautiful rating: quality 4/5 (it could be more chip resistant seeing it’s meant to have a built in top coat), value 5/5 (it’s reasonably priced and is also free of several nasty chemicals!).


June 2023




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