I pulled out my collection of nail polishes on the weekend, and asked Sebastian to pick out a colour for me to wear. His response? “They’re all red!” Well, they’re not all red, but there the majority are. I lean towards reds and pinks when it comes to nail polish (with the occasional dusky purple shade thrown in for good measure), and there are still so many beautiful shades available within colour palette. Sebastian picked out Max Factor’s Glossfinity polish in the shade ‘Burgundy Crush’, and I was happy with the choice. So happy, in fact, that I decided to make it the colour of the season for me. It’s a beautiful burgundy red shade that leans dark or light depending on the lighting at the time. This is a really classic and elegant shade, and I can’t wait to get a whole lotta wear out of it this season.
Despite knowing that Sally Hansen is one of the leading nail brands on the market, I’ve onl just started using their products. I was an instant convert, as the nail polish (and the top coat I paired it with) are of an incredibly high quality and I have been very impressed with what I’ve seen from the brand so far. As a pale girl with pink-toned skin, it’s nearly impossible for me to find a nude nail polish that doesn’t make my hands look like they’ve been dead for years. Finding a wearable nude that is balanced somewhere between brown, pink, and grey is very difficult. I knew buying a shade called ‘café au lait’ was a gamble (just how brown would it be? who knows!), but it was one that paid off. Thankfully, the shade isn’t too brown – even on my pink toned skin. The formula of this nail polish is a DREAM. Normally I find that nude toned polishes take a bit of effort to get a non-streaky application but this went on nice and smooth, and two coats gave a perfectly opaque finish. On top of all that, it took an entire week for the first chip in my polish to show up. Winner. I will definitely be picking up more shades from the Sally Hansen range in the future, this one is a little gem. The Sally Hansen Complete Salon Manicure in ‘Café Au Lait’ retails for $14.95 AUD (currently on sale for $11.21), and is available for purchase from Priceline.
When I used to treat myself to manicures frequently (before I could no longer justify the cost) this was the colour I would always ask for. It’s a gorgeous deep shade of red with a very subtle hint of shimmer to it and I’d say it’s probably my all-time favourite red nail polish. You can pick up OPI’s I’m Not Really A Waitress for $19.95 from Adore Beauty.
The only time I wear glitter nail polish is around the Christmas and New Years holiday period,so when my mum brought me this OPI/Sephora nail polish back from the US I knew it had to be my New Years Eve shade for the year. It took around 3 coats to get an opaque coverage and the colour is a beautiful mix of champagne, rose gold and a soft pewter colour depending on the light.
The weather hasn’t exactly been typical for an Australian summer lately, but despite this I went ahead and pulled out my favourite summer nail polish shades in preparation for hot weather and sunshine. My top 5 favourite summer shades are: Essie Pink Parka, China Glaze Flip Flop Fantasy, Bloom Zooey (perfect for New Years Eve), OPI Big Apple Red (I’ve had this on my nails since the beginning of December and I can’t see myself changing it anytime soon – it’s the perfect Christmas red) and OPI Gettin’ Miss Piggy With It.