Living in Los Angeles, I don’t normally get to see the drastic change from a cold winter to a warm spring. This particular winter has been a bizarre one though (hello, climate change!) with lots and lots of rain in LA resulting in much colder (and wetter) weather than you’d imagine for our usually year-round sunny city. I have noticed a return to warmer – and dryer – weather recently and hopefully it stays that way. LA people are just not cut out for the cold/rain – luckily I grew up in Florida so it doesn’t bother me.
The change in season brought more than just warmer weather and more sun, it also means a change in in our makeup and wardrobe. It’s time to put away those big winter coats and boots and time to start breaking out floral prints and pastels!
Keep reading for my Top 10 Spring Essentials in beauty and fashion!
I love spring nails colors! Pretty pastels, it’s such a change from the dark and/or muted winter colors. Here are my top five favorite spring colors and the nail polishes that will be making an appearance on my nails this season.
1. GREEN: China Glaze’s Refresh-Mint | 2. PURPLE: Essie’s Lilacism | 3. PEACH: Butter London’s Trout Pout | 4. YELLOW: Sally Hansen’s Yellow Kitty | 5. PINK: Zoya’s Dot
What are your favorite nail colors for spring?
Today I’m reviewing one of my favorite nail polishes – China Glaze’s Stone Cold originally from their Hunger Games collection. I wore it for Christmas and plan on wearing it for New Year’s Eve as well. Even though it’s one of my all-time favorite nail polish colors, this review won’t be all positives as it certainly has its cons.
Stone Cold is a truly beautiful and unique dark gunmetal grey color with slight shimmer that dries with a matte texture. It’s the first matte polish I ever bought and unlike anything else I have. I absolutely love that it actually looks like graphite. It has a very cool neutral look that I find very versatile as it looks both edgy and sophisticated. It’s definitely a go-to for special occasions and events.
Unfortunately, it’s formula leaves much to be desired. It applies well enough and goes on pretty opaque after one coat, but I still recommend using two as I’ve never come across a more chippable nail polish. An hour (sometimes less) after applying two thick coats AND a base and top coat, it’s already chipping if I’m not careful with my hands. The next day, half of the polish on every finger on both hands is pretty much gone. On the upside, like many matte polishes, it dries super fast so re-doing/touching up your nails isn’t so bad.
All in all, this stunning nail polish isn’t without it’s flaws. I wouldn’t recommend it to someone who’s wanting a long-lasting, no-chip polish, but it’s color is just so different and pretty that I still think it’s great for something specific like a party or a night out – just find yourself a reallyyyy good top coat!
It retails for $7.50. I’m not sure what luck you’ll have finding it in stores as it’s from an older collection, but Amazon
(not an affiliate link) has it for $6.95 plus free shipping!
What’s your favorite matte polish?
Happy New Year!! I hope everyone had a fun and safe New Year’s Eve last night!
I haven’t done much with my nails since I’ve been home. As you can see from my Christmas outfit post,
I’ve just been keeping them bare. However, for the new year, I thought I ought to do something a little festive. I’m not a big fan of glitter nail polish, but seeing as it was New Year’s Eve, I decided to make an exception.
For my base, I used Sally Hansen’s Double Duty Strengthening Base and Top Coat. Once dry, I painted on two coats of Zoya’s – Neve, a gorgeous shimmery sapphire blue color. Then I carefully applied one coat of Cirque’s XX, an amazing clear-base glitter polish that is a mix of over 20 types of holographic glitters, to create a “confetti” look. While I might not be a glitter fan, if you are, I *highly* recommend this polish. The formula is fantastic and it looks beautiful. To top it all off, I used Sally Hansen’s Insta-Dri Anti-Chip Top Coat.
I love how it turned out!
How was your New Year’s Eve?
I love Thanksgiving not only for the time with loved ones and delicious foods but because it also marks the beginning of Christmas time! So for my Thanksgiving day nails, I decided to go with a polish that would transition perfectly from fall into the holiday winter season. I think butter LONDON’s “Shag” was just right for the job. It’s not a new polish from this year but instead from last year’s Autumn/Winter collection.
Shag is a beautiful metallic burgundy brown shade. The color reminds me of autumn leaves and the shimmer adds a touch of Christmas. It’s very pretty, and I can see it being flattering on all skin tones. The formula is very nice and applies well. I used 2-3 coats to achieve full opacity, then topped with Sally Hansen’s Insta-Dri Anti-Chip Top Coat. Definitely one of my favorites!
What nail polish did you wear on Thanksgiving?