Tropical Popical

Tropical Popical logo

*Spoiler alert* – I love tropical popical. From the David Gandy bathroom, to the flamingo wallpaper, gold lame cushions, and lilt in coconut cups……….the list could go on.

So I know they set out to bring Ireland’s manicure scene in line with the states – where it doesn’t cost the earth, take forever and you need to book an appointment a week in advance and they have succeeded (though sometimes it can be tricky to get an appointment but hey we forgive them!).

But they have done so much more than that, they have created a cool brand, funky décor, amazing nail art and a great price list! I kind of want to work there even I hate doing my own nails let alone anyone else’s.

Safe to say I’m a regular there but for those who aren’t see an overview of what you can expect, and a review of my recent visit for a mini mani:

In and out – very quick though I didn’t feel that they were skipping anything or rushing us. Afterwards my friend and I sat in reception for ages waiting for our nails to try but mainly just catching up – and they happily let us hang out.

Staff and service – I find the staff really nice and friendly, and all have very funky nails.

I was offered a lilt – which I didn’t take (avoiding sugar lest it spark of a major sugar binge) but love that they serve it in amazing cute little coconut cups with straws and umbrellas. (I’m a sucker for any kind of gimmick and this one is charming)

Tropical Popical interior

Polish choice – A good selection of colours – lots of my faves OPI, essie and china glaze but also some other random brands.

Nail Art – I follow their facebook page and I love their nail art looks but was a little worried that maybe there is only one amazing nail art person and all the others are just rubbish. I feel like I have had so many bad French Manicures over the years with people that can barely draw a straight line so my expectations were low, the girl was amazing.

Overall verdict:

A few days in and a few small chips, but to the casual observer they still look good. (I’m a bit of a perfectionist) I can’t decide whether this is because my hands went through a lot after – cooking, washing dishes and typing – or whether it’s the polish – I choose white and it wasn’t a brand I recognised.

Overall the experience, service, finish, price and too cute nail art were absolutely worth it.

With a polish change from €7 you really can’t go wrong, I had gotten a Mini Mani – €15 with two Nail Arts – €3 per nail – €21 in total.

The full price list is on their website and I highly recommend it

Nail TP 2

Mini mani in white with an accent nail art of red hearts!

San Tropez In-Shower Gradual Tan

Ok so for the past few years I have heard of this mythical product but it wasn’t something available from a brand or shop I knew. Thinking it was too good to be true anyway I resisted the urge to go online and buy it.

When I saw that San Tropez had brought out the product I was pleased because when it comes to tan they know what they are doing and while in recent years I have definitely become a sporadic tanner for a time I was all about San Tropez and had a vast array of products from their family.

So the process:

  • Shower
  • After washing turn off the water and apply the product to wet skin
  • Leave it on for three minutes (three minutes can seem a long time but a good opportunity to leave in your conditioner also)
  • Wash off – just with water (no shower gel), dry and dress

Sounds easy – but what’s the verdict.

Firstly it smelt really nice and I thought it might be tricky to apply on wet skin but the product is thick and it goes and stays on well. I waited the three minutes while the ends of my hair luxuriated in some Aussie 3 Minute Miracle Conditioner and rinsed off and got dressed.

It was easy.

The result is extremely subtle – a slight glow but a definite colour difference. I would think most people would need more colour but in fairness it is a gradual tan and you need to build it.

I repeated the next night – application number two left me with a very subtle natural colour, again very natural but I’m pleased with how easy it is to use and I will definitely be adding this to my regulars!

I bought it on It was €19.99 per bottle and there was a 3 for 2 deal on so it wasn’t too bad.ST TROPEZ

EOS Lip Balm

I always need lip balm and at any given moment you could find me rummaging through my bag for a lip balm buried somewhere. I have loads and yet I can never seem to find one when I want it – typical.

Recently I decided to splash out and treat myself to a slightly more expensive lip balm – but still not too pricey at around €5 each.

The EOS lip balms are so pretty, little round spheres of fruity moisturisation – so if you like packaging this one is a winner. They come in different colours and flavours, contain SPF and I think would make the perfect gift.

I bought a few on ebay for spares and to have as pressies so I might have got a bit of a deal but I highly recommend them and if they’re good enough for Kim Kardashian (Kanye bought her some for Easter!) who are we to argue.

I got mine on ebay, but they are also available from select retailers and online at and all flavours