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Spring Staples: Nail Polish



Around this time last year I released a blog post on my top 5 nail polishes for summer, which I’m pretty sure has been my most popular post to date. I must say I was being a little premature last time around considering summer doesn’t actually begin until the end of June… So this year I decided to actually get my seasons straight and give you guys some spring polishes first (I mean I know I’m a little late sorry about that). So here you have it ladies, some of my fav springy nail polishes.


This is either the ugliest or the cutest colour ever. It’s true to the name “American Denim”, a true blue jeans blue. Also this guy is on sale at American Apparel for 50% so I mean you need it right (I can’t find it online but my store has like a bajillion so you can probs track on down in store still)?


It wouldn’t be a spring nail post without a little lavender am I right ladies? This one is pale without making my super pale sense look even more washed out and I love the Formula X formula (actually cringed while writing that I’m sorry you had to read it). Side note: Sephora describes this colour as “lavender mist” and I don’t even know what that means but it’s pretty so whateva.


I don’t even need to talk about this one. It’s salmon and adorable and Essie’s formula is on point and isn’t streaky and this colour gets me a million compliments every time I wear it to work. Van D’Go is flawless, okay bye.


This guy has all the swatches because I wanted to try and show how one layer compared to two (tops is one, bottom is two). I think it’s super cute by itself but it looks great on top of another colour as well, Van D’Go here. This may not be everyone’s cup of tea but sometime I just want to feel like a pretty princess and this does it for me. Sorry… Can’t find this one online either but it was also 50% off in store if you can track it down!

NailSwatch5.1First things first, sorry this is the messiest swatch ever but my nails were struggling. This one is probably my most worn polish from the past few months. I think white nail polish look so chic and effortless and as you can see I love American Apparel’s formula (fun fact they’re made in the same place as OPI but are $3 less expensive). I’ve heard raves about Blanc from Essie but I’m gonna stick to this bad boy for the time being.

So there you have it folks, just a little handful of both my old and some new favourites. My favourite two are T-Shirt and Van D’Go but clearly I like the rest of them enough to put them in a post so they’re all pretty fab. So if you don’t have any of these go get yourself some (or at least try to find some similar colours)!




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Summer Staples: Nail Polish

If you’ve been here for a while you’d know that I’m a nail polish junkie, so I thought it’s only fair that I give you guys a few suggestions for fabulous summer polishes. Whether you’re a pastel, neon, and dramatic nail polish girl I’ll try to supply you with a little bit of everything with these favourites.FlipFlopFantasySwatch

I’m going to start it off with everyone’s favourite neon, “Flip Flop Fantasy” by China Glaze. This polish is a neon coral and dries to a matte-ish finish, so a top coat is necessary for a nice finish, that is opaque in 2 coats. If you’re looking for a summer colour that’ll give you the illusion of a tan this will become your go to. (Photographed with “Teenage Dream” by OPI’s Katy Perry collection on top.

FijiSwatchIf you’re looking for something a little more subtle pink a perfect substitute is “Fiji” by Essie. I find Fiji to be the perfect pastel pink polish. I used to be a sucker for Ballet Slipper but ever since Fiji walked into my life I find it way too sheer. Opaque in 2 coats, possibly 1 if you’re risky like that, it gives you that tan look without the shock of a neon.

MintCandyAppleSwatchWhile we’re on the topic of Essie cult favourites it’s only fair that I bring up “Mint Candy Apple”. Although it is a bit more of a spring than a typical summer shade, it’s still a polish that I find myself reaching for when I don’t know what else to wear (besides Fiji, I always pick Fiji first). It’s once again an opaque pastel polish with a beautiful cream finish. I have mint greens from several different brands and I have to say this one is miles ahead of any other dupes.

NaughtyNauticalSwatchI’ve realized that not every girl is a into pretty pastels so this polish is a deeper more mermaid inspired colour, “Naughty Nautical” by Essie. Originally it was featured in a summer collection last year but to my knowledge it’s now permanent polish (but you can still find discounted last year bottles at Winners so check for it there!). This shimmery blue-green beach day out on the boat. Like all the previous Essie colours it’s fantastic quality and a perfect match for your bikini and beach tote. (The photo makes it look a lot greener than it comes off in persona which is more of a teal)


*All photo have Julep Freedom as a top coat and with flash