So, I go in phases of really liking doing my nails and then hating them. Not too long ago I had some gel polish done (french) which was great – up until you could see they were growing out…then I hated them with a passion.
The relief I felt when I had soaked them off was UNREAL. Seriously lol. This has since reinspired my love of nail polish – from years of biting my nails when I was younger (I stopped halfway through my uni exams – did not make any sense but I am glad it happened!) I am now glad to have long, healthy nails.
Most recently, especially in the run up to Christmas, I love using glitter polishes. The only thing I hate is taking them off! Here I’ve used a No7 Nail Effect Gold Glitter polish – sorry I don’t think they do this anymore!
I’ve done quite a simple nail look with Essie’s Lilacism which is a beautiful cool toned lilac, with a heavy gold glitter accent nail.
I love this look as it’s perfect for christmas – yes it uses pastel colours but I think the lilac goes really well with the gold glitter, it looks very luxe and has a touch of sparkle!
I shouldn’t really buy any nail polishes ever again, look at how many I have *hides behind eyes*
The gorgeous weather has hit again and we are definitely moving towards summer territory now. High streets are filled with pale pinks, yellows and lilacs, all in time for the sunshine! I’ve never really been a massive fan of pastels, preferring the moody maroons and mauves of winter.
I used to dislike it even more on nails, but I’ve had a bit of a U-turn (makes me think of Usher) and there are now more pastels that are more subtle rather than in your face light. Barry M brought out a great range of ‘Quick Dry’ polishes that have lovely pastels in them (I reviewed one of them here) and they have a wide selection of shades in their complete range.
Today I have a pastel lilac nail look for you, with a strawberry pastel pink accent nail. I loved this look as soon as I slicked the last swipe of Seche Vite over the top, which surprised me as I thought even these might be too light for me in the bottle.
I’ve used Barry M’s ‘Strawberry Ice Cream’ and Essie’s ‘Lilacism’, both of which are from the drugstore and in my opinion perform just as well if not better than some higher end nail polishes like Nails Inc and Ciaté. At just £2.99 for the Barry M and £7.99 for the Essie polish, they are pretty reasonably priced…(by the way the polishes are much brighter in colour than in the pictures on the links).
What I love in particular about this look is how GLASSY the polishes look. I have always thought that Essie polishes have has a gorgeous sheen to them, but this Barry M ‘Strawberry Ice Cream’ nail paint is just as good when it comes to the finish. I really like the combination of the two colours. To me, this is perfect for girls who are like me and don’t want to end up with a sickly sweet manicure.
What do you guys think of this look? What are your favourite pastel polishes?
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Ciaté have done it again! As you lot know, I have a lot of new mini’s to try out and this week I gave ‘Mineral Clarity’ a go as it looked really cool in the bottle.
The formula is REALLY thick and there are no gaps between the glitter as you apply it first coat. This means it would be a great polish to use when you want to look like you’ve made a lot of effort when you have very little time.
This looks completely different in the bottle to how it looks on. When applied, it actually takes on a cool toned lilac/blue colour, which is really unique and very on trend. (The lilac doesn’t show at all in the photos but it does in real life). The glitter is quite coarse, but when it catches the light it is really pretty.
I can imagine that I will end up using this polish up really quick, as 1. I LOVE IT and 2. it is really thick so the brush gets pretty loaded up with polish.
In the bottle it looks like the sheen you get when you see a puddle that has drops of petrol in it (some people somewhere will know what I mean and not think I’m a psycho). But like I said on the nail it is a really pale lilaccy blue, it has quite a frosty look about it.
Have you guys got a favourite Ciaté polish?
I’d never really tried them before until I got my advent calendar, but I have to say I’m now a massive fan 🙂