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Wednesday, 18 April 2012

Spring Cleaning... Or (nail) Polishing.

These title puns are getting out of hand ;)

Hope you're all good gang. Today I'm going to be displaying my latest Spring nail polishes:
Left to right: (top) Seche Vite top coat, OPI Original Nail Envy.
(bottom) Pop Beauty Nail Glam in 'Lavender Love', Orly's 'Oh Cabana Boy' and Ciate's 'Strawberry Milkshake'.
(P.s. Sorry these pics were taken without a flash, I think my camera might be broken. Cry.)

If any of you have seen my nail polish collection post, you'll notice ALL of these are new. OOPS. But to be fair to me (or, to justify it to myself) I do change up my nail colour all the time. Plus, I had been looking for the perfect collection of nudes. Primarily for Spring and Summer, also because they can be worn all year round. By nudes I mean a selection of nudes and very pale pastels; I'm not best friends with beigey nudes, especially not on my nails. I do have a couple of Essie colours, which I love, but I like to try out new brands (All of these brands were new to me, bar OPI). And I'm glad I did:

Ciate's Strawberry Milkshake is a very decadent nail polish. I got it from beautybay.com for £8.50, which is expensive for a polish. However you're paying for quality. The packaging is beautiful. The colour is like that of a Frijj strawberry milkshake. It's a slightly brighter pale pink than is showing in the picture. I am in love with these pale pastel shades at the moment. I have some pastels from Models Own and I just find them a bit bright for everyday wear in Spring. So, in love with this colour, I was ready to bid farewell to polish shopping. But you know how it is, you're on Asos looking at the sale, you head to the beauty section and down the side the devil's advocate is flashing 'Products you may like' at you... Which leads me to:
Asos, £6.50

Pop Beauty's Lavender Love is what I imagine Essie's Lilacism to be like. A very pale lavendery lilac, verging on off white, it gives the most subtle colour to the nails without being over-powering. I am in the most pleasent depths of love with this! It is EXACTLY what I've been looking for. This and the Ciate polish are just perfection. Plus they look super cute together. It's the sort of colour a beauty addict would look at and appreciate, but your boss isn't going to ask you if you've been finger painting. Unlike with this polish:

Freshly painted to swatch, hence the Nail Envy all over my finger. Oops.

Orly's Oh Cabana Boy is a gorgeous neon, electric, hot Barbie pink. I bought it on a whim from Cheapsmells.com for £5.45. I was ordering more Macadamia hair oil and errr 'broused' a little too thoroughly. My bad. I'd heard Fleur from FleurDeForce discussing it and just pressed buy before I knew what had hit me. When I was waiting for it to come I was a bit wary of the obnoxiousness of the colour. I mean I love my brights but this is seriously 'plastic fantastic'. Low and behold, I am in love with it. It's the perfect toe colour. I haven't painted all my finger nails with it yet, I'm not sure it's hot enough at the moment, but it just makes my feet look all 'I'm-on-holiday-having-fun-relaxing-and-tanning'. Amazing.

A quick pat on the back must also go to my base and top coat of choice. I feel like these two products are seriously hyped up and pricey, but for good reason. I got the OPI Nail Envy with a voucher for my birthday. It retails for £18.65 in Boots, which makes me seriously sick in my mouth because I love it and can't face paying that much. It works as a base and nail strengthening treatment. I had a devastating moment last week when my thumb nail broke off by about an inch. It was beautiful. Sigh. But I'm sure this bad boy is stimulating growth, and for that I am ever thankful. Also the Seche Vite top coat. I was mega wary when I got it because it says 'This product is known to the State of California to cause birth defects or other reproductive harm'. However I read this blog post -http://lacquerglamour.wordpress.com/2011/09/21/seche-vite-and-toluene-harmless-or-harmful/
- and I felt reassured it was safe enough to use. It leaves a surprisingly glossy, high shine finish. Plus it speeds up the polish drying time (I'm excited to use it on Essie polishes because I swear they don't even dry overnight. ;)). My friend even asked the other day if I'd had my nails done. Serious swoon.

What's your favourite neutral, pastel polish for spring? Is there one I need to know about? Do you have/love any of my faves? Let me know :)

Livvy xo


  1. I just said to myself "I have to buy that pop lavender polish!" and then I realised I'm wearing almost the EXACT same colour on my nails right now hahaha. it's such a good colour for spring time I think :D xxxx

    1. Haha! I always do that. It definitely is amazing. x

  2. That POP one is gorgeous! Love the look of that Ciate one too xxx

    1. Aw ta babe :) Yeah they're actually beautiful. I'm glad I looked at different brands and found them :) x