Tuesday, April 5, 2016

Spring Nail Polishes

I know right. How many more Spring inspired blog posts can you do Caroline. You've done Essentials, Lips, Food and now Nails? Promise after this I'm done. Actually wait, no promises... I have now stepped away from my dark Autumnal polishes and I bring you...colour! I know shocking. I am one of those people who wears black. A lot of black. Therefore I feel as if I compensate a lot with my incredible bright and light polishes once I hit Spring/Summer time!



Although a polish that needs to be replace (why does it smell of like...onion? Definitely a tad old..) it is still a colour I adore. A dusky pale blue polish that to me, looks elegant without being too garish of a bright colour. I love the Speedy Quick Dry formula of Barry M as I am one of those impatient people who dries their nails and then thinks its perfectly acceptable to strip the bed 2 seconds later. You'll notice that a lot of my nail polishes are drugstore, mainly because even still, nail polish can be expensive and could never justify spending £20 on a polish!


Barry M 'Eat My Dust' (Wearing ElegantTouch Don't Be Sheepish)

A bit brighter than Eat My Dust is the Blueberry Hi-Shine polish. One of my mum's least favourite polishes (as she likes to remind me everytime I wear it) it's a bright and colourful shade perfect for the Spring and Summer months. I adore this colour as I tend to really branch into pinks a lot more but think this shade looks nice on both short and long nails.
Left to Right: Barry M 'East My Dust & Barry M 'Blueberry' 

Barry M Speedy Quick Dry - In A Heart Beat

Ah being perfectly honest here, In a Heart Beat and Hoopla are very similiar to each other....infact I would basically call it a dupe for Hoopla with only being the tinsy tiniest bit more pastel toned(and at a much more reasonable cost). I actually prefer this one to Hoopla a little more as it is very pigmented can nail varnish be pigmented? Is that the right word? and only requires max two coats. 

Ciaté - Hoopla

I actually didn't buy this polish and would probably never have as I know they are quite pricey polishes (at £9 usually...) but actually picked this up alongside the In Style Magazine last month. Don't get me wrong, the bottle is stunning, I mean #PackagingGoals or what? I have to say I love this colour when In A Heart Beat seems a bit too youthful not the right word but didn't want to put "childish" and looking for a more sophisticated peach toned colour.

Left to Right: Ciate Hoopla, Barry M 'In a Heart Beat'
Essie - Roarrrange

Talk about bright polishes. I don't think I've ever owned an orange nailpolish...ever.... What I love about this polish is the fact that it isn't one that just screams out "Halloween" which is why I tend to stay clear from then. As a much more brighter and more coral-toned shade, it makes for the perfect polish. I love wearing this when I have a bit of a tan otherwise it can wash me out and with a plain white outfit for a pop of colour.

Essie - Ruffles and Feathers

Another bright polish is this gorgeous 'Peacock Tail' inspired shade. Although I do think this can be worn in the winter time, To me I don't really see it as that bright of a blue/green polish when applied, but more of just a plain green shade, which is fine but in the bottle it seems a little deceptive!

Left to Right: Essie 'Roarrange' & Essie 'Ruffles and Feathers'
Essie - Haut in the Heat

Haut in the Heat and Watermelon are another two shades that may seem identical when in the bottle and even more so when you apply them. But if you apply them side by side you can see that Haut in the Heat is this deep fuchsia pink with more of a red undertone. This is my usual go-to nail colour along with Watermelon on my toes as I like a darker colour on them!

Essie - Watermelon

Watermelon, although may not seem like it, is a bit lighter and more of a coral-based pink. It's a shade that, as you can see from the bottle, is very much loved on both my nails and toes. I adore my pinks in the summer months and thing this colour will be one that I will continue on purchasing rather than Haut in the Heat!
Right to Left: Essie 'Watermelon' & Essie ' Haut in the Heat' 
What are some of your Spring Nail Polish favourites? Let me know in the comments below!
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  1. I personally really like light blues or mints for the spring time like mint candy apple by Essie :) x

    Sara / AboutLittleThiings

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    1. Just googled the shade and that is so stunning! Am in need of a lighter mint coloured nail polish so this has been added to my list! Thank you for reading! xx

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  2. Barry M Eat My Dust is one of my favourite shades, it's stunning! I also love the Revlon Gel range, I'm wearing "Full House" (a bright turquoise) right now and four days on it's still chip free!
    xxx Claire
    http://www.claireellis.co.uk/

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    1. Isn;t it just! That blue for Full House is so stunning! It's so eye catching and amazing that the formula is so great! I find it so hard to find a nail polish that doesn't chip after one day! xx

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  3. Beautiful shades, girl! Currently sporting a gel polish in a periwinkle shade - gotta love those pastel and power blue shades.

    Jasmine | The Sixth Disney Princess

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    1. Loving the pastels this year! I am in desperate need of a new purple polish and periwinkle sounds like a gorgeous purple/blue colour!xx

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  4. the barry m polish is so pretty!! Watermelon i s probably my favourite essie nail polish, i wear gel nails tho so mine are all going to waste. Great post.xx www.jesskadenise.com

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    1. I know what you mean! I went through a phase of only having shellac nails, but unfortunately after realising I couldn't afford them, I had to go back! Can always use them on the toes! Unless of course those are gel too! xx

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  5. I am so wary about wearing spring shades on my nails! I think it's because I am pale but with a slight olive tinge to my skintone so I find that so many brighter shades just don't look right on me! Forever sticking to my autumn plums and steel grey nail shades!! xx

    megsbeautycorner.blogspot.co.uk

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    1. I know what you mean, it takes me a little time to start loving the bright polishes again and they definitely do look a tad better with a tan but I'm refusing to be in Autumn time anymore haha! xx

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  6. Your nails are stunning.
    Yes to spring and summer nails. I'm very for bold and colourful nails at long last!

    Jenn | Jennifer Jayne

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    1. Thank you! I'm so ready for Spring as well! xx

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  7. Aw.. your nail polishes colour are so cool! I love it especially the Ruffles and Feathers one! :) The nail polish pattern you currently wear is so cute too! :)

    www.lifewithalk.blogspot.com

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    1. Thank you! Isn't it gorgeous, definitely a shade I need to wear more often! xx

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  8. Essie Watermelon and Haute in the Heat look gorgeous, I think I'm going to have to buy them when I pop into Boots on my lunch break now! To be honest they're all gorgeous shades though. xx

    Charlotte | Just Charlotte

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    1. Thank you! I hope you did pick them up and also love them! Let me know! xx

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  9. I really need to get my hands on some more Barry M Speed Dries, the colours are stunning! xo

    emsirose.blogspot.com

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    1. They are so great and actually do what they say, I'm so impatient that speedy dry are perfect for me! xx

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  10. all of these shades look perfect for the spring:) i have both of those barry m nail polishes and will be wearing them during this season:)xx

    emjbarker.blogspot.co.uk

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    1. Thank you! and thank you for reading, glad someone shares my love for Barry M blue polishes! xx

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  11. Oooh these are so cute I love them all. I'm really loving the Ciate & Barry M baby pink shades, they're adorable!

    corrie | corriearnold.co.uk

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    1. Thank you! Definitely love a baby pink in the Spring! xx

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  12. I'm obsessed with every single nail polish featured in this post, gimme alll the pastels haha!
    My go to Spring shade is Essie's 'Mint Candy Apple', speaking of which I must dig it out.
    Essie's 'Watermelon' looks like the perfect toenail colour as you mentioned above! x

    Kathryn | Chapters of Kat

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    1. I totally know what you mean, I just need a few more pastel purples and mint greens and I'm set (which reminds me I want Mint Candy Apple so badly! xx

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  13. I have read tons of amazing reviews on Barry M but it's almost impossible to find it here in Canada. I love your nail stickers! Are they long lasting or do they fall off after a day or so?

    Shireen | Reflection of Sanity

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    1. Thank you for reading! They are actually quite long lasting, usually for about 1 week to 15 days! They are ElegantTouch ones xx

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  14. Ahhh I just did a post like this as well! I'm for sure bored of all the neutral greys and brown polishes and can't wait to add a little colour back into my nails! And I love that Essie Watermelon one, it looks so beautiful <3 xxx

    http://lifeaccordingtolili.blogspot.co.uk

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    1. I'm so bored of them too, and definitely of the grey weather that matches them! I'll definitely have to check out your post for more inspo! xx

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  15. Barry M for life girl, the ranges are incredible and urm their so cheap! Seriously loving the look of 'In a Heartbeat'! P.s, I've tagged you in my latest tag post, hope that's okay ♥

    tipscapsule.blogspot.com

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    1. Aren't they! I need to pick up some of their recent Spring collection! Thank you so much for the beauty tag! Definitely want to do another one of these posts! xx

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  16. The Ciate shade looks so pretty, definitely my ideal shade!

    Lauren Ashleigh xx

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    1. It's gorgeous and will definitely be wearing it more as I don't want the bottle to dry up! not for £9 anyways! xx

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  17. Blueberry and Ruffles and feathers look so pretty - looks like I'm leaning towards blues and greens next time I paint my nails :P Is it bad that I am so partial to spring-y colours all year around? I just love pops of bright colours! :)

    Raashi
    raashiagarwal.blogspot.com.au

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