11 November 2013

My Top 5 Autumn/Winter Nail Picks






Autumn calls for revisiting the vampy nail colours that haven't seen the light of day for a good few months and leaving the pastels and neons to gather dust until the sun shows it's face again! I'm finding it harder than most to ditch the brights but now I've had a rummage in my collection and have rediscovered these beauties it's getting that little bit easier to move on!

Topshop Stolen Sapphires
This was my first ever Topshop nail varnish and it may (meaning definitely has) have sparked a bit of a love affair with these polka dot capped lovelies. This is a really unique colour, it's a striking deep blue with a hint of purple thrown in, it takes a couple of coats to make it opaque but other than that goes on smoothly.

Another first for me is this YSL nail varnish in Jade Imperial and I now realise why these are so pricey - the formula is pure perfection. One coat is all you need, it goes on smoothly, the colour isn't washed out or streaky and you'll be using your hands again in no time because the drying time is amazing! I really didn't want to fall in love with this like I have because the price tag makes my purse cry.

I overlooked this colour when I got it in my Mini Mani Month calendar last year and it wasn't until I dug it out and got so many compliments on the colour that I realised how pretty it was. Fade to Greige is confusing, is it mauve? is it grey? is it taupe? I don't have a clue but it looks gorgeous on so I'll live with the confusion! I've only ever owned these tiny little Ciate Paint Pots so I don't know if it's specific to them but I find the wear time is not so good, even with a base coat and top coat after just a day or two of wear they start looking messy.

Barry M has had a bit of an overhaul of late and this is a few years old now so I'm guessing the formula has been improved. Barry M have all the shades under the sun but sometimes the formula can let it down and be a bit too thick, but for the price who am I to complain?! I really like a grey nail, it's a more subtle variation of black and compliments paler winter skin.

You can't let the cold months go by without an obligatory blood red nail! I have the same issues with the wear time of this as I do with Fade to Greige but in its unchipped days it is really nice. This went on a little streaky so it took an extra coat to get it looking even.

What have you been wearing on your nails now that Autumn is officially here?

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12 comments:

  1. I love `Fade to Greige!` x

    http://theressomethingaboutalice.blogspot.co.uk/

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    1. Why thank you, it always gets so many comments! xx

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  2. the two Ciate nail polishes are beautiful, ive actually never tried any from that brand though!

    Lauren| thatgirlcalledlauren.blogspot.co.uk

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    1. They have so many lovely shades :) xx

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  3. I love the ciaté polishes :) I'm on the hunt for an oxblood-esque colour for autumn :)
    Cute post!
    Keep in touch :)
    Andrea
    www.lanouvellenoire.com xxx

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    1. I love that colour nails at this time of year :) xx

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  4. There is a Essie nail polish that is very similar to the YSL one. I really wanted to get a greyish nail polish, I never knew Barry M did that colour!
    Kookii || The Beauty Diary♥

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    1. Is there?! I need to go on the hunt so I don't have to spend too much next time! xx

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  5. I just love the Ciate nail polish bottles. They are so cute!

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    1. How is it that a tiny bow can make anything look adorable?! xx

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  6. ooh that topshop polish looks awesome!:)x

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