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I know that for a lot of people, when the easing of restrictions was announced, a nail appointment was the first thing they booked, but I've never had gel/acrylic/whatever other type there is, nails - I've always just painted them myself (apart from our wedding and just after we got engaged - but even then, it was just ordinary nail polish), so whilst I am reeeeeeally looking forward to getting my hair done, I'm happy with my home mani/pedis and today, I'm sharing my favourite polishes for Spring/Summer. I'm also sharing my go-to ip products, which are mainly balmy, as mask-wearing will be a thing (for me) for years to come, as I am extremely nervous when out in public. Those of you who are in countries that have opened up - were you anxious initially and do you still feel that way, or has the anxiety eased?
Tips: I have six nail polishes, all from Essie, which I just adore because I find that the formula is non-streaky and the wide brush makes application easy. I generally use two coats and always use a base and top coat. I will sometimes mix the shades that I wear, other times, I just use one colour - it really just depends on my mood (and the weather!). Here are my favourites:
Blanc When I'm (fake) tanned, I just love a fresh white, especially if my nails are on the short-side. Usually my nails are pretty long, but over the past year, I've noticed that they have become weaker, and therefore, I have been keeping them quite short, so that they look neat.
Fiji: A classic pinky-white, which I just adore. I honestly don't know how many bottles of this I have used. This is what I use when I don't know what clothes I'll be wearing that week, as a pale nail colour will go with everything and it works for me, as I'm not crazy about nude nails (on me), as I think they wash my skin out.
Lovie Dovie: I have used countless bottles of this and it is one of my favourite nail colours ever. I thought that it was being discontinued recently, so I bought seven bottles (I don't think that it is actually being discontinued now, but at least I know I won't have to buy it for a while!). It's not a Barbie pink, more of a mid-pink shade. I wear a lot of white, pink and purple clothes in Spring and Summer, so it works for me.
Splash of Grenadine: This is a pinky-purple hybrid, which is really beautiful as it suits my skin tone and brings out the warmth in it. I like to wear this with Lovie Dovie on alternate nails, as they work so well together.
Lilacism: Lilac Blossom is one of my favourite flowers and scents ever, so it stands to reason that I'm going to wear this classic Spring shade on my nails. For clothes, it has to be the right shade of lilac, to ensure that my skin isn't washed out, but I've added a few nice pieces to my wardrobe over the past few months, and this polish is the finishing touch.
Play Date: This is the truest purple shade that I have for this time of year. It's warm, without looking too suited to Autumn/Winter, and works best with white or black clothes, as a nice contrast. It also looks great, when alternated with the previous two shades, if I want to mix things up and know I'll be wearing a variety of clothes colours that week (or, in all honesty, pyjamas! No matter how ill I am, I will always have my nails done and wear perfume!).
Do you wear any of these lip products or nail polishes? What are your go-to Spring colours? I'd love to hear!
Thanks for reading!
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