Top 5 Nail Polishes for Winter

One of my favourite things about Winter is that I tend to have more time for nail designs and overall upkeep! Keep your nails looking gorgeous all throughout Winter with these top 5 polishes!

Max Factor Glossfinity in Candy Rose (50)

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I must admit, this first colour is an all year round colour. However, it’s beautiful to have on your nails as it gives you that smart look during this festive season, and ties your look together. This rose colour applies smoothly and looks so soft and warm on your nails. If you want to add an edge to it, adding a bit of sprinkles on top, which will put more emphasis on your nails 😉

Max Factor Glossfinity in Red Passion (110)

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It’s safe to say to that everyone needs a red nail polish in their collection! And let me just tell you, this is the perfect shade! Perfect for the Christmas season, this pure red gives leaves your nails looking feminine and elegant for any event! Needless to say, Christmas is around the corner, so it can always be a little present from you to you 😛

Max Factor Glossfinity in Midnight Bronze (60)

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Another festive must! You might recognise this colour from last week’s YouTube video. This stunning gold definitely makes the outfit looks even more special. Just like any of the Glossfinity range, this nail polish glides on smoothly and lasts for about a week (depending on how much you take care of your nails!). However, I do suggest going with two to three coats with this one as it is quite sheer at first.

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This gorgeous number might not be everyone’s first choice. However, this plum shade looks really smart on the nails and suits most skin tones. In itself, the colour is quite opaque so two coats are more than enough (I got away with one 😉 ).

 

Gel Shine Lacquer in Gleaming Teal (45)

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Definitely a personal favourite! Also, featured in last week’s video, this colour is so luxurious and wintery yet original, since it is definitely not the everyday green you see and a perfect addition to your nail polish collection. Just like the plum colour, this beautiful shade barely needs two coats, and you’re good to go!

What are your favourite shades for Winter? Feel free to share your thoughts and comments below! 🙂

Until next time,

Elaine xo

Nail Polish Tutorial: A Hint of Mint

As you may know, I’m rubbish at nail polish application, but a few weeks ago I wanted to try something different. Therefore, I decided to share with you how I achieved this nail design!

You can use any nail polish colours you wish – I’m currently in love with mint so I decided to use bluish-green tones. As you can see from the picture below, any brand of polish will do. I decided to go for a gradient effect, but you can choose to go with whatever you prefer.

You will also need any type of sponge for the design. I used one of my makeup blending sponges as they’re just the right size of nail designs.

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After applying my base coat, I applied Essie’s Mint Candy Apple to all off my nails except my ring finger. Since I had never done it before, I tried the design only as an accent nail, but I’m pretty sure it would look even better on all of your nails!

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While your nails are drying, apply the nail polishes you decided on using on to the sponge. Since you’re aiming for a gradient effect, make sure you’re applying the colours from darkest to lightest. When applying the nail polish on to the sponge, make sure to slightly overlap the previous colour so that your gradient will be blended nicely.

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Once you’re done with applying the nail polish to the sponge, gently press the sponge onto your finger. You can do this until you’ve achieved your desired gradient. After taking photo below, I actually went back in with the sponge and added a bit more of teal and mint to make my design a bit lighter.

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When I was happy with how the design looked, I grabbed a cotton bud, dipped it into some nail polish remover, and carefully wiped off the excess nailpolish on the edges of my finger. After giving my new design some time to dry, I applied a clear top coat to all of my nails.

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And voila!

If you decide to try out this nail polish design, send me a photo on Instagram and Twitter @elainemuscat94 or on Facebook, as I would love to see them!

Did you like this tutorial? Like the post! Feel free to share your thoughts and comments below 🙂

Until next time,

Elaine xo