festive nails

It’s time for the seasonal nail edit, where I pick out perfect polishes for the upcoming trends and make you want to buy them all.

My polish game is so weak right now, hence this being more of a shopping list with the ones I’m currently sporting up in the top left hand corner. Similarly to Autumn, there’s a few of the deeper shades which we all associate with the colder months, but Christmas welcomes glitter with open arms, and if it was up to me I’d roll my fingers in the stuff while it’s sort of acceptable.

It’s absolutely no secret that I love an Essie polish, and this Christmas they’ve come out with a selection box of really great colours. You get five full size polishes for £25ish which is a bargain considering their individual price tag, and this range would have you sorted for the whole season. If you prefer to hand pick your colours, I’m into Sole Mate (a classic berry), Trophy Wife (deep green with shimmer) and Wicked (one of those is it red is it black shades).

Fashion brand Reiss have teamed up with Boots this year to create a range of luxurious beauty gifts, including this gorgeous nail edit. It contains a couple of the classic shades, a chic nude and a metallic silver which would be a beautiful accent nail.

From my own collection I’ve been opting for a festive red in the form of Nails Inc X Victoria Beckham Judo Red with a glitter tip by either Essie Summit Of Style or Nails Inc Snowflake.

Do you love glitter polish?

So I might be 10 days too late with this one, but it’s better late than never ey?! Today I’m sharing with you the best bits from June’s beauty bouquet. It’s short and sweet this time around with the start of the month seeing more no makeup days than usual and a particularly boring spending ban, meaning that while I havent got too much to write home about, the products that made the cut are ones which not even my pyjama wearing, crap TV watching, carb eating self could avoid. Here’s the run down…

The first product on my cosmetics conveyor belt is a complete lie, I didn’t even buy it in June and realistically it should have been saved for this months collection. That said, in the week or so which & Other Stories Fig Fiction Body Mist has been mine I’ve been spritzing it like nobody’s business. A fresh scent which when thrown in your handbag makes a life saver of a product. It’s subtle and light but at the same time does linger. I should have bought the bigger one.

With a recent trip to London and a lot of time on trains and tubes I was washing my hands significantly more which led to them getting dry. For dry hands SOS I turned to The Body Shop’s Wild Rose hand cream. A feminine scent, great packaging and does a good job at nourishing hands quickly and effectively. No slippy mitts here.

To save my skin I have absolutely adored the Vitamin C Serum* from InstaNatural. This promises to hydrate, boost youth and give skin a radiant glow and my face can’t get enough of the stuff. This rids dehydrated skin of that awful tight feeling and makes a great base for any following layers of product. It’s orange coloured and has a fresh orange scent making it a great choice for mornings due to it’s awakening properties.

My only makeup pick this month comes in the form of MAC’s Cream Colour Base in Pearl. This has been giving me that much needed glow following a few early mornings and doesn’t look sweaty or greasy even in the current heatwave.

When I have worn makeup, I’ve been taking off any eye makeup with the Amphora Aromatics Soothing Aloe Eye Gel*. This product takes makeup off my tired, sore eyes leaving no residue and ridding the need to scrub the sensitive eye area. I’ve already popped up a review.

Finally my choice of mani this month is from Essie and is the shade Bikini So Teeny. Like the name, LOVE the colour. This is a blue toned lilac (lilac toned blue?) with bits of glitter and it really floats my boat. I’m not sure it’s MSH teritorry just yet but it’s definitely well on it’s way.

*This product was sent to me for free in exchange for my honest, unbiased feedback.

   I know I know, I’ve made a statement right there but sometimes you’ve got to be bold, brutal and honest. You and I know that I’ve had the same blue/grey/green (still can’t decide) Essie polish on for weeks now and it probably wasn’t long until my nails stained that colour. But on a recent browse down the aisles of Superdrug I spotted a pretty row of pastel polishes, in packaging I hadn’t seen before – cue a new obsession: Barry M’s Speedy Quick Dry nail paint.

I picked up the shades Pit Stop (on nails) and Eat My Dust which were in a “cant leave them on the shelves at that price” deal. I do love a bargain. The shades are probably the most similar pairing in the range (obv) but they were the two I wanted the most, what’s too many bottles of grey between friends eh? The formula of them both is exactly the same; two coats opaque and they do dry in record time as the name suggests. (Quick shout out to the finish line flag lid as well, that floats my boat.)

If you’re not a pale nails gal, Barry M do have some brighter shades in the range and for £3.99 they’re easily worth a try. You can buy Barry M products in the UK from Boots and Superdrug. Maximillian who?

 Welcome to my all new category, creatively named ‘five things’. Here’s the deal… I pick five things, and I tell you why I looove them. Got it? Ok… So we’ll begin.

Spring has sprung and there’s blossom on the trees, baby lambs bouncing around and daffodils everywhere. Spring is by far my favourite month because British weather means you can still wear your favourite winter outfits – just without the coat. So people actually see your outfit, c’est fantastique.

With a new season comes a new colour palette for eyes, lips, cheeks and nails and today i’m showing you what i’ll be dotting on my digits in the coming weeks.

First and foremost, I will never ever shut up about Maximillian Strasse Her from Essie. I love this shade. Blue? Grey? Green? I still don’t know but I’m struggling to back away from this beauty and can see it in my april favourites already. Quelle surprise!

Next comes another Essie offering in the form of Mint Candy Apple; the bloggers fave, the cult classic. This shade has never ending popularity. And I love it.

Third along in my beauty buffet is Orchid Mauve by Mavala. I don’t read a lot about this brand but the formula is great and the dinky little bottles are so cute as well as being functional because who’s ever finished a nail polish? I picked this one up in Paris but you can get Mavala in John Lewis and some Boots stores. This shade is a creamy lilac with a hint of greige, perfect for something a little smarter or more ladylike.

My final two picks come from Topshop. Topshop do seasonal trends so well not only in fashion but beauty too. Last year I wore ‘Profound’ (Bright Lilac) to it’s death and this year I see ‘Abraison’ (Pale Blue with Shimmer) being a treat for my talons.

So there’s my picks, I’m slightly delirious today because I’ve spent the entire day writing features for my deadline tomorrow. Apologies to those who already had an email for this post. I am so tired.

What are your polish picks for spring?


While its having its five seconds in the blogging industry now, I picked up this pretty polish from Essie while Boots were having an offer. I couldn’t wait to layer it on and to see what all of the fuss is about. In short, I love it.

Maximillian Strasse Her is not only a fabulous name but a stunning shade of laquer. The polish is a grey/green/blue hybrid shade which I can’t quite figure out but it’s certainly not one to get bored of and is lovely for the current season and every other. 

Essie polishes all have a fantastic hard wearing formula. I’ve had this on now for four days sans top coat and it hasn’t chipped -That’s good going for hands on ladies like moi. They glide on easily using the brush from the diffusion line and require only two coats for full opacity and lovely salon quality. I will definitely be throwing a few more into my shopping basket.

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The Essie Colour Icons Collection is a teeny-tiny gift set featuring three 5ml bottles of the brands cult classic shades. The set comprises of Mademoiselle, Mint Candy Apple and Fifth Avenue all of which are made up of Essie’s traditional high quality formula and the diffusion line application brush.

Mademoiselle is a sheer pale pink, ideal for the natural nail look, as a french manicure pink or for something like a wedding. The polish glides on beautifully however this shade is not opaque, so two coats is more than enough for the desired impact. Tipped as the shade for grown up girly girls, its no surprise this shade made it into the trio as a cult classic, iconic shade.

Mint Candy Apple is a bloggers must have, everyone and their mother has this shade in their collection and I understand why. Mint Candy Apple is the perfect pastel mint sorbet shade, perfect for spring and summer and one that looks nice on both the hands and the feet.

Fifth Avenue is an orangey take on the classic red nail which we all know and love. This shade looks especially good in the summer with sun-kissed skin and looks good on both long and short nails. Probably my favourite of the trio, Fifth Avenue is a must have in every nail-polish wearers collection.

What do you think of this collection?