Nail Polish

Nails Inc Gel Effect in Mayfair Lane


It’s not often that I find a polish fit for it’s own rant and rave blog post. But I’ve recently fallen in love with the Nails Inc Gel Effect polish in the shade Mayfair Lane and I can’t help but share it with you.

I actually found this polish in the depths of my Mom’s nail polish collection and of course I had to give it a go. I’ve really been loving softer tones and neutrals on my nails lately and this really light and feminine pink was exactly that. Although the polish paints on and dries perfectly, the light colour remains quite translucent, so it required a good 3-4 coats to get it perfect. And it truly has the same effect as all of those other gel polish formula’s, creating a shellac-type manicure at home. Yet this doesn’t require the use of any top coats to last me two full weeks.

I’ve gone out and picked up a bottle of my own and although Nails Inc is quite pricey for nail polishes, I can see myself picking up a few more of these in the future.

Which are your favourite Nails Inc shades?


Sally Hansen Insta-Dri Nail Polishes


A new nail polish has taken hold of my life. I’ve set aside my Essie’s and O.P.I’s and made some room for the amazing Sally Hansen Insta-Dri Nail Polishes. Amazing quality polishes for only half the price – seriously! no exaggeration here. They’re literally only half the price of the most popular nail polishes but are just as good in every single way.

So, why do I love these polishes? The brush is short and square, and I can paint each nail with only one stroke! As much as many people prefer the skinnier, longer brushes for precision purposes, this brush can be turned on its side so some skinnier detail work. The best of both worlds! And the colour payoff is unreal! It’s the only polish I’ve ever used were I don’t feel the need for a second coat. And no, I’m not being paid to say these wonderful things. This is actually how much I’m excited about and love these polishes!

My only complaint about the Sally Hansen Insta-Dri collection would be the lack of colour options. They still have an amazing range of 40 shades, but when compared to Essie’s 343 shades it’s lacking significantly. I currently have 5 shades – Show Steeler (a light bluish grey), Cinna-Snap (my ultimate favourite maroon/burgundy), Jade Jump (a light minty green), Set Sail (the perfect light blue – almost cornflower), and Orange Zest (a quirky orange flare).

Have you ever tried  the Sally Hansen Insta-Dri? If not I highly recommend it.


Easter Weekend Colours


I do love a good themed nail colour for the holidays. This weekend being Easter, it was time to pull out the pastel easter egg colours and give myself a good manicure. The nails are almost back to normal!! It wasn’t until I pulled open my nail polish drawer that I realized just how many Easter nail polish colours I had! Here are a few good ones to try out this weekend.

The first is Essie’s Mint Candy Apple, a great pastel green/blue colour thats not too crazy on the nails. Even after a few coats it finishes as a cool, pale shade and is one of Essie’s more popular colours. The next has been a recent favourite of mine, Essie’s Blanc. A pure white, clean shade for the cooler weather and sunnier skies. Essie’s The More the Merrier may seem like a crazy shrek-green-esque colour, but for easter and budding spring time this green is perfect to go along with the pop of colour starting to poke it way through the dull dead grass (I also love it for tennis season in the summer). And last but not least is Essie’s Nice is Nice, which I believe was one of my first even Essie purchases. The dusty pale purple is absolutely the perfect Easter colour. Want to really go all out? Do a nail of each and make your fingers look like those fun Easter Eggs you’ll be dying this weekend!!

Get ready for the Easter Bunny and for digging into that chocolate by giving yourself a good Easter Manicure! What are your favourite Easter Colours?