Now that Spring is finally here, I’ve got all my cotton vintage dresses down from the loft ready to wear out when the sun comes out. I’ve updated my accessories to match the pretty floral dresses, and now it’s time to take a look at my spring make-up. With sandal season fast approaching and gorgeous frocks to wear I’ve been taking a look at my nail polish collection and choosing my favourite shades.
I like to have a variety of colours, from pretty pastels to subtle nudes to vibrant corals. These are a some of my absolute essentials. I usually stick to one or two brands that I love and pick up all their shades. My personal favourites are Barry M and Models own. I also have loads of Ciate ones having picked up the Mini Mani Month in the January sales. I’ve also recently bought a few Tanya Burr polishes which were launched earlier this year.
My first choice is this beautiful mint shade from Tanya Burr. Little Duck is just one of those colours that I always go to. I have quite a few similar shades but this is my favourite. The packaging is simple and I like that the lid is quite large as I find it easier to apply. The brush is really nice and thick, making this really easy to apply and it looks perfect in just 2 coats. I’ve also found it lasts really well and takes a few days before it shows and chips.
My Second choice is a pale blue from Models Own. Blueberry Muffin is the perfect pastel blue, it’s lovely and pale and looks so pretty on. It also has a slight blueberry scent, although I never really pick up the scent in scented nail polishes but it’s a nice touch. My only complaint with Models Own polishes is the size of the brush, which is quite narrow. I’ve never really got on with narrow brushes. To get a really opaque finish I’d recommend applying 3 coats so allow a little longer for this one to dry.
My third choice is another really pretty pastel shade, this time from Ciate. Sugar Plum is the perfect girlie lilac shade and I love wearing this with my fifties summer dresses as it so feminine. This is really easy to apply although I find it a little transparent so again I use three coats to achieve the colour I like. I’ll definitely be buying a full size version of this when my mini one runs out.
Number four is another Barry M polish. It’s come out a little bit brighter in my photos than the actual shade. Blueberry is such a pretty bright colour, perfect for summer cocktails and vibrant dresses. This only takes two coats for the perfect finish and I absolutely love it.
My fifth choice is another favourite from Ciate. This is a beautiful pale nude shade, which would look amazing with a white dress or on a bride. Amazing Gracie is a really classy elegant colour and would be perfect for wearing to work when you want something a little more subtle. This does takes a few coats for an opaque finish, but the results are worth the wait. This one is going to get a lot of use this spring.
And lastly this beautiful orangey coral from Barry M, is so bright and fun. Papaya would be perfect for the beach and I’d love to wear it with a beautiful vintage swimsuit. It’s come up a little orange in my pictures, whereas it has a slightly more coral finish. I love wearing this one on my toes as an alternative to the usual pink or red. This takes a couple of coats for a perfect finish but does take a little while to fully dry.
I hope you like my choices, what are your favourite nail polish colours and makes?