Wednesday, 30 September 2015

September nails

Nail polish is my biggest beauty weakness and was my 'gateway' into makeup  - years before I was wearing mascara or lipstick, I had amassed a decent stash of nail colour. I don't much change my makeup look throughout the year, so I like to reflect the seasons and celebrations through my nails. It's my way of "teaming with the theme", as Kath Day-Knight so astutely put it.

As it's spring now, I can't resist finally using brighter colours and pastels after a winter of grey and wine-coloured varnishes. Here is a snapshot of my nails of the past month.

Essie in In the Cab-Ana

A dear friend of mine bought this back for me from LA to supplement my blue nail polish collection (my obsession for blue nail polish is documented here). It's a beautiful, deep turquoise and as with all Essie polishes, the formula is brilliant.

Revlon Colourstay Gel Envy in Cardshark

This is perhaps a bit more baby pink than I'd usually go for, but that's sometimes what you want. It applied a bit patchily, but I'm putting that down to using a new topcoat, as ordinarily it looks even and streak-free. 

Barry M in Lychee

We sadly can't get Barry M in Australia which is a shame because their polishes are brilliant - I also have their gorgeous Blueberry that a friend bought back from the UK for me. The closest colour in my collection to Lychee is Nail's Inc Porchester Square, which is also a mushroomy nude, but that one runs a bit pinker. It's hard to find nude polishes that are flattering, but Lychee works suprisingly well with my colouring.

Essie Ballet Slippers

Please excuse the burn on my thumb (a hair tong incident). I bought Ballet Slippers thinking it would be more akin to Essie Fiji - an opaque, pale pink. It was initially a disappointing purchase for me, but I have come to like the sheer colour that is almost imperceptible but gives a perfected look to bare nails.

Essie Mint Candy Apple

I adore milky pastels and so I use this colour frequently in the warmer months. I'm tempted to buy Nails Inc's Swan Street, which, although very similar, is a lot whiter and milkier.

Chanel Holiday

I'd never usually purchase such an expensive nail polish - I'd actually bought it as a present for someone but then learnt I couldn't send nail polish in the mail to where she lives (I realise this is common knowledge, but do bear with me). So, woe is me, I decided to use it myself. While I'm not convinced that high-end varnish is superior to drugstore, I certainly feel more sophisticated sporting Chanel on my fingertips. And that tomato-red colour is gorgeous. (P.S. If you were wondering, I plan to repurchase this polish for the original intended recipient - just to put your mind at ease!)

So that's September! I am excited about making this a monthly post, and I hope you like it, too. It gives me an excuse to be even more of a nail polish obsessive than I ordinarily am.

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