Nailed It: January Edition

I had so much fun sharing my nails with you last month, that I thought I would make it a monthly feature! Nail polish is my favourite accessory :) I tend to paint my nails every 4-5 days, but if they still look good, I'll leave it on for a extra few days. This tends to happen more with glitters than with cremes - glitters tend to have more staying power (which if you've ever tried to remove one, you'll know! haha)

All manicures were done with Essie All In One basecoat & Sally Hansen Insta-Dri topcoat. The glitters have a layer or two of Gelous (you can get it at Sally Beauty Stores) over the polish to keep them nice & shiny!

When I first saw swatches of this polish, I thought it was nice but not for me. But I am SO glad I finally decided to pick it up! This is Deborah Lippmann Mermaid's Dream, and it is such a gorgeous polish! It needs 2-3 coats to be opaque and definitely several coats of Gelous (a glitter polish's best friend). I love all the different kinds of glitter; there's the soft turquoise foil-y bits, with the larger blue glitter and then there's tiny golden flecks - so pretty!! And even though it looks a little bumpy, it wasn't at all.

Have you ever seen gold Minx nails? Well I think OPI's Goldeneye is the closest nail polish will ever get to replicating that effect. It was seriously gold & seriously reflective. I'm usually not a huge fan of gold tones as they don't suit my skintone, but this was just SO fun! It definitely changed depending on the lighting, so I tried to capture the different 'tones' it gave off in the photos above. This polish is probably not for the shy haha

I love this colour, but I will admit I bought it for the name, Hello Gorgeous! (No really, that's its name!) It's by China Glaze and was released as part of their United in Purpose Collection for Breast Cancer Awareness. Love the cause, love the colour, LOVE the name. It's a dusty rose gold pink glitter with TONS of holographic glitter thrown in. I tried to capture some of the awesome glitter in the second photo - so sparkly!

The only creme of the bunch! This is an oldy-but goody :) It's Lapis of Luxury by Essie and it originally came out several summers ago for a short time, but they've released it as part of their drugstore collection, which is where I picked it up. I love a good glitter, but sometimes it's so nice to just have plain glossy creme nails :) This is 4 coats of polish, which I know is a pain, but it gives it this glassy/squishy effect that opaque-er polishes just don't have. And please excuse my super dry cuticles in this photo (and my wonky pointer finger nail - it has a split right where the nail grows above the skin, so I've been using tea bags to 'wrap' it until it grows out), the joys of winter!

What's on your nails lately??