Today I wanted to talk about a few of the nail polishes that I’ve been reaching for lately. In winter, I definitely gravitate towards darker, moody colors. Every once in a while, I’ll break up my dark streak with a lighter color and during the festivities last month I was all about that sparkle.
Essie Barefoot in Blue (similar)- This is a nail polish that I won (I think?). It was created in a collaboration between Essie and TOMS. It’s a dusty cornflower blue and I think it’s a color that looks great in spring or winter.
Julep Quinn- When I find a color that’s different from everything else in my collection, I get pretty excited. This is a muted purple-grey nail polish with a satin finish. I don’t think I’ve ever really seen a color like this, so I think this nail polish is very interesting.
Joe Fresh Navy (similar)- When I first discovered Joe Fresh a couple of years ago, I was surprised to find out that they also carry some beauty products. Their nail polishes were 3/$10, so of course I had to buy a few and try them out. I think the quality of these is good and I love a good navy blue.
Sally Hansen Complete Salon Manicure Wedding Glitters- During the month of December, I pretty much only wore glitter polishes on my nails. For two weeks I used Formula X Wham!, but when I traveled home for Christmas I didn’t take any nail polish with me. I was browsing Walgreens for a hair dryer and I spotted this pretty gold shimmer (Typical. I basically can’t go into the drugstore without buying a nail polish.). It’s eye-catching and also great because it’s contains fine glitter, instead of chunky glitter that’s a pain to remove.
You guys already know that I’m a nail polish addict, so I thought I’d show you a few colors that I’ve tried out recently. I paint my nails one or two times a week and I usually document it all on instagram. As we’ve moved from spring to summer, I’ve transitioned from the pastels to brighter, bolder colors. I used to be all about the nail art, but in the past year or so, I’ve found myself preferring a manicure in one single solid color.
Tell me: What’s your go-to color for summer?
(starting top left, 1. Priti NYC September Charm, 2. Rimmel London Salon Pro Britpop, 3. Rimmel London Salon Pro Hip Hop, 4. N.Y.C. In a Minute Robin’s Egg Blue, 5. Rimmel London Salon Pro Purple Rain, 6. Revlon Parfumerie Apricot Nectar, 7. Essie Truth or Flare, 8. E.L.F. Nail Polish Teal Blue, 9. Nails Inc. Haymarket)
Thank you guys so much for your positive feedback on my first video. It was really fun to try something different and learn a few new skills. Also, that first one was quite a long one, so an extra-big thanks for taking the time to watch it!
As promised, my second video is a lot shorter and in it I’m sharing my manicure routine. Those of you who’ve been reading my blog for a while will know that I’m a self-professed nail polish addict. I’ve always loved painting my nails, even as a kid. Here’s the story- my sister and I weren’t actually allowed to wear nail polish until we were 16. I found this rule very hard to obey, so we would sneakily ‘borrow’ our mom’s nail polish and paint our nails in our room. Once my mom spotted the color on our nails, she made us take it off, but then a couple days later we’d be back to our nail-painting antics. I’m guessing that part of the reason I fell hard for nail polish was the fact that it was sort of forbidden!
Over the years, I think I’ve gotten relatively good at painting my nails, so I thought it would be fun to make a video showing you my routine and the products I currently use. I hope you enjoy this and I’d love to hear about your go-to products for painting your nails in the comments below. Also, a while back I wrote about how I planned to organize my growing nail polish collection, so maybe I could do another little video on that if you’re interested?
Today’s beauty fave is a fairly recent discovery, although I don’t think the product itself is new. A few weeks ago, I noticed a small display of Rimmel’s Salon Pro nail polish at my local CVS. Previously, I owned one other Rimmel nail polish which I loved because of the brush and smooth formula. In discovering this line, my love for Rimmel polishes has only grown. The brush is nice and wide, which means you can easily cover each nail with a few swipes. The formula is great as well- not too watery and not too thick.
Best of all, the colors are downright awesome. There isn’t a huge color range, but looking at the ones available in my store, it’s one of the rare occasions where I want to buy every single color in the collection. I don’t have the complete set yet, but I started off with one, then bought two more colors, then another two, and I’m sure that’s not the end of the line. With my current nail polish routine (stay tuned for a new video on that tomorrow!), I’ve found that this polish lasts a good five to seven days on my nails with no chips or only minimal tip wear. And before I forget, these ring up at $3.19, which is pretty decent in my book!
Tell me: Have you tried any of the Rimmel Salon Pro nail polishes before?
(Rimmel Salon Pro: Chic Chick, Britpop, Purple Rain, Hip Hop, Red Award)
P.S. Today I’m also over on Kim’s blog, I Have a Degree In This, talking about my summer beauty faves. Find out which three products I’m loving at the moment!
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