Freebie alert! Glamour with Kate Spade for Nails Inc

I don’t know about you but my magazine purchases are heeeeavily influenced by the freebies that come with them. Yes yes, I know they’re a marketing ploy designed for me to fall for them but hey, I fall and I fall gladly.

I normally gravitate towards Look, Grazia, Company, Glamour, Marie Claire or Cosmopolitan but on the regular occasion that I should ONLY buy one (due to various bank balance, handbag size, you-haven’t-even-finished-reading-the-last-one restrictions), it’s normally the freebie that swings it for me.

And this month’s Glamour magazine had a limited edition Kate Spade for Nails Inc sample and that little portion of my brain which loves a freeebie went into overdrive. Kate Spade! Nails Inc! Free!! 

glamour mag free nail polish kate spade nails inc

The shade I got was New York Noir, a lovely glossy midnight black. I picked it because it’s not a colour I’ve got in my vast collection! 

But how does it look on my nails? Black can be unforgiving..

To be honest, I wasn’t sure at first – it’s essentially black varnish. The last time I wore black varnish I was at a ska-rock gig in a place called The Pitz! However, very surprisingly, New York Noir doesn’t look too emo-goth when applied. It’s glossy enough to actually look more chic and less Slipknot..

I think black nails add a toughen up a girly dress and they look make you look polished even when wearing a big cosy knit.

And if you’re not keen on solid black, it makes a great base for polka dots, glitter and partcularly any of those special effects top coats. I’m going to brush a confetti top coat like this Barry M Confetti top coat which I bought.

Just make sure you take extra care when painting as any smudges will show up BIG TIME.

Did you grab any of the Kate Spade nail polishes with Glamour? What a bargain, only £2!

What do you think of this shade? Is there any occasion for black polish other than Halloween?

And what magazines do you go for? Are you swayed by the freebie at all?


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Zoe Bayliss Wong
Zoe Bayliss Wong

Zoe is a Forbes ’30 under 30′ finance pro, style writer, presenter and panellist, working for a fashion startup and trying to live that best life in the most IRL way possible.

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  1. Becky Bedbug
    November 18, 2013 / 9:05 pm

    Nowt wrong with looking a bit emo-goth!Beckyxx

    • Zoe Dubs
      November 19, 2013 / 8:56 am

      Hahah Becky, you know I only reserve that part of me for when i'm drunk with you and leonaa! x

  2. Hannah
    November 18, 2013 / 10:17 pm

    I love this colour, picked it up and the gold!Hannah Heartss xxx

    • Zoe Dubs
      November 19, 2013 / 8:57 am

      AND the gold! That one's lush. I should have done that – but I was being very very restrained. (aka boring) x

  3. Cashmere Lace
    November 19, 2013 / 4:30 am

    I'm always so jealous of you folks in the UK with your freebies. I subscribe to loads of magazines here in the US and never get a freebie! And Kate Spade? Posh! Love it :)

    • Zoe Dubs
      November 19, 2013 / 8:57 am

      Haha, thanks Kelly – but I'm way more jealous of you in the US – you have a SEPHORA. x

  4. Becky Smith
    November 21, 2013 / 12:26 am

    I used to buy magazines every month but as funds got tighter in recent years I stopped buying them regularly and now only pick them up when they have amazing free gifts that I'm interested in (and yes I may grab four separate mags to get the different options available!). I got the silver shade, I haven't really tried it yet but it does look good xx Becky @ The Little Blog of Beauty

    • Zoe Dubs
      November 30, 2013 / 2:31 pm

      I'm trying to cut down too, but all the free gifts make them hard to resist! x