I follow one of my favorite bloggers, Emily Schuman of Cupcakes and Cashmere, on Twitter. Like her blog, her Tweets are fun and fresh and I often find myself inspired by the little tidbits she shares. Yesterday, she posted a photo of her nails after she had used Sally Hansen’s Salon Effects Nail Strips. I wasn’t familiar with the product, but was immediately intrigued to check out the collection. All you need to do is apply the strips and then file them to fit your nail shape. In reading the reviews, it seems that they last a good week, which is always a bonus! Now I’m dying to try Kitty, Kitty (a leopard print) and Bling It On (pink & glittery goodness) but I have to find the right occasion to rock such killer nails! (It also looks like I’ll be donating to the “How did I spend so much money at Target” fund…once again…)
And then, after yesterday’s discovery, I was delighted this morning when I awoke to find a wondrous email from Chanel in my Inbox: their Summer Nail Collection has arrived! Triple yay!!!
Okay, so I’m a nail polish snob and I’ll admit it! I can’t help it. I find that Essie and Chanel work best on my nails and OPI tends to chip the most on me. I also adore the NARS line of polish, but it has been hit or miss with them, as I love my Tokaido Express, but had to return the Orgasm I bought because it was not a good texture and the color was off compared to the hue you see in the bottle.
There is nothing like the rush of wearing a brand new color launched by Chanel (that I’m usually positive no one else is wearing yet). When I worked as an editorial assistant for a magazine right out of college, I would always ask the Essie and Chanel reps for news on their latest releases, hoping to get it before the masses 😉 And while I know it’s a hefty investment — Chanel polish plus shipping is around $30 — you have to order it online because the stores often don’t carry the brand new colors right away. I prefer to own the color I am going to get for a mani/pedi in case I mess up a nail, which I am oh-so-prone to do. Every single time I try out a color at the salon that I don’t own, I ALWAYS end up having to go back for a touch up.
**Bonus fun fact for readers: Chanel is offering free shipping until April 29 with any Chanel.com purchase!! So order away!**
I also like to think of my nail polish bottles as beautiful little accessories. In fact, I’m trying to think of a fun way to display my colors in my new apartment, for a bit of homemade artwork! (I’m considering these shelves in white from Urban Outfitters…)
Here are some of my favorites from the past couple of years:
As I am always looking for new inspiration, I’d love to know what your favorite nail polish lines and colors are, so please share!!