Tuesday, March 22, 2011

Nail Candy

As you might have guessed from my last Vice Report, I really like nail polish.  It's a great, (usually) inexpensive way to accessorize any outfit.  Ain't nothing better than a good manicure, either.  But since I have yet to find a place in Evanston when I can get a good manicure (not to mention lacking the funds to get one as often as I'd like), I've gotten pretty damn good at doing my own nails.  Oh sure, I get a little extra polish here and there, but considering my fine motor skills are so bad that  handwriting looks like a fifth grader on crack's would, I consider it a major triumph that I can hold a pen, let alone paint my nails with my non-dominant hand.

I use pinks and reds most of the time because they agree with a wide range of clothing choices and still make your nails look all fancy.  I almost exclusively use Essie and OPI because they wear so well.  It is an investment at about $8 a bottle, but if you think of the cost of a manicure and you paint your nails all the time like I do, it more than pays for itself.

Got the Blues for Red

Peach Daiquiri

Fruit Sangria

Got the Blues for Red was at the end of my first journey to find the perfect red and it really is spectacular.  The blue undertones make it a rich dark color that makes me think of old school glamour (which we know I like), and it's great for fall and winter.  Peach Daiquiri is a color I picked up at J. Crew last spring that's cheery and very spring appropriate (I'm sure they didn't plan that at all).  I would describe the color as a coral leaning towards pink instead of orange.  Thumbs up.  Last but not least, Fruit Sangria was my color of choice last summer and it will definitely be making a comeback this summer.  The color is very true to the picture above, a hot pink with a tinge of magenta, and it plays well with many of the bright colors I'm sure we'll be seeing in the coming months.

So those are my favorites.  What are yours?  I'd love to know, I'm always in the market for a new favorite.  I would recommend top coat and base coat, but I don't like mine, so if you have any suggestions for those, let me in on the secret!


Unknown said...

love the last color! great pink!

<3 steffy
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Mary Lane said...

I'll have to try those! Essie is great... I like their "Lifeguard" and "Wedding Bells."

Kori said...

That first red is gorgeous! Kori xoxo


Tereza {Drastic Plastic} said...

I'm a really big O.P.I. fan.
And I'm red kinda girl :D.

Rachael said...

Love nail polish and the names they give them. So fun!