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Welcome back! If you haven’t seen Part 1 of this tag, I encourage you to read it here – it briefly explains my appreciation for nail polish as well as how and why I stopped biting my nails.
I thought it would be fun to do this tag to share some FAQs that I saw on MissHollyBerries YouTube. She is basically a SWATCH QUEEN, definitely check out her channel if you like following new nail polish collection releases from mainstream and indie brands.
1. What colour are you wearing right now?
Well at the time I originally wrote this tag I was wearing *Rimmel London Lasting Finish Pro – 230 Hot Cocoa and *Essie – Pinking About You for the accent nail. I love Hot Cocoa because it has a great formula and dries quickly, even without the aid of a top coat. Another bonus is that it is opaque in just 2 coats and has a good consistency that is easy to apply without leaving streaks. And it’s only £2.44 on Amazon.
But today, the day this tag is posted, I am wearing *Sally Hansen – Buffalo Nickel, which is the sort of polish I go for when I need to paint my nails but I don’t have much time to wait for it to dry. So obviously it doesn’t take long to dry but I love it because it is simple, shiny and silver. Easy!
2. What nail product can’t you live without?
Seche Vite Fast Dry Top Coat! Hands down. It is the best top coat I have ever tried (and believe me, I’ve tried so many from affordable to high end and nothing compares). It dries so quickly but what I love most is the glossy salon-like finish that it gives. After I apply it, it looks like I just got a gel mani for £5 at home! Save and slay, my friends. Save and slay.
They sell ONE 14ml bottle for £9.99 in Boots and Superdrug but don’t let them rob you abeg! I get mine for *£5.37 for 1 bottle or *£10.37 for a pack of 3 on Amazon. Don’t say I didn’t bring you in on the goods.
3. What is your favourite nail polish brand?
Such a boring and typical answer but I honestly just love OPI. They have a very wide shade range with some really weird/unique colours and the formula is unmatched. But realistically, OPI is expensive and I’m trying to live more within my means. It’s difficult to justify spending £10-12 on one bottle of nail polish. So a more affordable favourite brand of mine is Rimmel London – great formula, good shade range and widely available in UK stores.
Also, as much as I love OPI, I really hate the fact that they rarely ever post swatches on their Instagram of new polish releases on darker skin tones. It would be nice to compare shades swatched on someone’s hands that look remotely like my own before I commit to spending so much on a coloured liquid in a bottle you know… It would be nice!! I appreciate that some brands are now trying to diversify their feeds and swatch on non-white skin tones but it really isn’t enough. One day my hand will be on their feed #nailgoals.
4. What shape nail do you wear?
Currently I’ve been enjoying wearing my nails in a rounded square shape. It’s good for nail art and I find that my nails break less easily when I round off the edges a little.
5. What’s your go to Red, Pink & Neutral Nail Polish?
I prefer a deeper more wine-shade red on my nails so I tend to use *Essie – Dress to Kilt. I have nothing but positive things to say about this one – the formula is brilliant, it dries quickly and it is opaque in 2 coats. This polish also looks really nice when it catches the light.
On the rare occasions where I want a brighter red I’ll put on *Rimmel London Salon Pro – 703 Rock ‘n’ Roll which is a true red. I do find that this particular Rimmel polish chips faster than the norm so reapplying is a bit of a pain. This is a pretty, statement-making, classic red that I enjoy and recommend nonetheless.
My go to pinks are *OPI – Dulce de Leche
(I believe KDLK is a discontinued polish but you can still get it from the particular seller linked on Ebay). As you can probably tell by now, I’m always drawn to anything in the dusty rose pink/mauve family of nail polish shades.
Both formulas are excellent and I highly recommend them especially if you like wearing nail polish but you want your nails to look “professional” and feminine. These are my Grown Boss Woman polishes ;). Appropriate for formal settings and interviews too.
And my go to neutral is either *Sally Hansen – Totem-ly Yours
They’re similar but Totem-ly Yours is a few drops more pink whereas Going My Way or Norway looks more brown therefore, “nude”, against my skin. I use Totem-ly Yours with my Seche Vite top coat, instead of the Sally Hansen Miracle Gel Top Coat – I honestly don’t think it makes a difference to the finish or longevity of the manicure, I reckon they just want to sell more products. (Seche Vite or go home!!)
6. Short or Long Nails?
Somewhere in between is best for me – Shortlong?
7. What nail polish colours are on your nail wishlist?
I’m trying to step out of my Nude Comfort Zone and wear more bright polishes. I have so many on my wishlist but my top 3 at the moment are:
- *Essie – Watermelon, which is a pink with hints of red in it. In my head it would look so cute on my nails and it is summer appropriate for sure.
- *Barry M Gelly Hi Shine – Blood Orange, is it red? is it orange? Who knows. I just think it looks nice.
- *OPI – This Cost Me A Mint, which is a cool mint green shade and I don’t have anything like it in my collection.
8. When do you paint your nails, morning, afternoon or evening?
Usually in the evening but not too long ago I painted my nails on the train to Clutch Chicken so, any time is good!
9. What’s your top nail tip?
Health over length.
If my nail has chipped or the tips are starting to feel weak, as tempting as it is to just ignore it and pretend it never happened (or worse – revert back to that awful biting habit), I will cut and file them down immediately. Yes, I’m the type of girl that rolls with a nail file and probably a polish or two in her bag. It’s a must for me.
I find that my nails grow sooo much faster this way. Whereas if I keep the damaged weak tips for the sake of having long nails, the growth overall is stagnant.
10. What nail polish do you regret buying?
It really upsets me to admit this one because the colour is actually one of my favourites and I was so excited to finally own it. I regret buying OPI – Where Did Suzi’s Man-Go. It’s a lovely muted orange/mango shade and I couldn’t stop staring at my nails when I first put it on. Just look at how radiant this colour looks against my melanin please. Trust me it was about to be my summer go to manicure!
But it was a big mistake.
I wore the polish for 5 days straight and as always I wore a base coat (*Sally Hansen Nail Hardener – which literally SAVED my nails from the damage I did through getting acrylics/SNS nails done monthly), the polish colour and my Seche Vite top coat. The usual 3 coat combo.
I was disgusted when I tried to take the polish off and it stained my nails a dirty ORANGE. I tried all of the common remedies: lemon juice, baking soda, toothpaste, NOT painting my nails for some time etc. It was such a strenuous process whitening my nails and getting rid of the stains so for this reason, I regret buying Where Did Suzi’s Man-Go. If I ever dare to wear it again, this time I know that it will be a one night only affair, specifically for stunting at a future function. A nail polish just to do image basically. Because I refuse to deal with the messy orange aftermath again.
If anyone has any pearls of wisdom to prevent nail polish stains (aside from using a base coat, or maybe you can recommend a more effective one actually) please let me know in the comments below, thanks!
11. Neon or Pastel?
Pastel. Neon nails make me feel dizzy fam.
12. What’s your favourite colour right now, that you wear all the time?
*Rimmel London Lasting Finish Pro – 230 Hot Cocoa, see Question 1.
And those are all the questions. I tag anyone to do this who appreciates the magic that is nail polish too.
I know this one was lengthy so if you made it this far – I appreciate you!
I’m always on the hunt for more colours to add to my collection. Would love to know what are your favourite nail polishes and recommended brands? And what are your thoughts on mainstream brands not swatching on darker skin tones – does this compel you to buy more or less? Let me know in the comments below 🙂
God bless you!