First off, for those of you who celebrate it, wishing you a very happy and blessed Easter, one of my favorite holidays, with its message of forgiveness, rebirth and hope. And I know we are all delighted to have (mostly) put this whopper of a winter behind us (and a hot summer for those of you in the Southern Hemisphere). Now on to the not-so-fragrant portion of our program.
I hope no one minds too much, but I’m a little fragrance-challenged right now, so I’ll visit nail polish territory, if that’s OK, especially now that it’s starting to get warm enough for many of us to bare our tootsies.
First, a confession: I’ve haven’t worn much nail polish over the past few years. Actually, hardly any at all since we adopted our son, as it just wasn’t on my radar, fashion-wise or time-wise. I would, however, do a soft pedicure hue for spring and then a more vibrant one for summer each year (last summer’s was the pinkish coral-red of OPI’s Are We There Yet?, shown just below), but that was about it.
But lately, I’ve been paying more attention to my hands and nails, and polish has piqued my interest once again. Now I will never have long, glamorous talons awash in a gorgeous ruby-red hue, much as I would love them; my short, stubby little fingers and oddly shaped fingernails just aren’t cut out for that. My fingernail shades have got to be somewhat neutral and easy wear (read: not so obvious when they wear or chip a little).
So far this year, OPI’s Lucky Lucky Lavender (above right) turned out to be a fun pedicure hue for me over spring break, more pink than lavender, but still lovely. It might make its way onto my fingers, too, later on. And I’m also finding some flattering nail polish shades from Essie and Nicole by OPI. I stumbled upon one Nicole I really liked at Walgreen’s but haven’t seen it anywhere else, and couldn’t find a phot of it online. It’s called The New Neutral and it’s a pinky, mauve-y, slightly lavender kind of shade that’s nice on me. And looks to be a good transitional look for spring. It seems similar to Essie’s Ladylike, but was just a touch lighter and brighter and looked better with my skintone.
And I’ve also pulled out Nicole by OPI’s Enchantress from a year or two ago (but I still see it on a few shelves this year). A blue/pink sort of duochrome, its pretty and sheer on its own (I like two coats), but is such a fun overcoat to jazz up other colors. I had a old Estee Lauder, flat-ish putty pink nail polish that I rarely wore and the Enchantress brought it to life beautifully.
Now come summer, if the polish bug still is still biting me, I might go for some brighter shades. And depending on how the fingernails are holding up, maybe even daring to tiptoe into warm-weather red territory. (Which reminds me, one day I will share my pedicure horror story from a few years back.)
Do you remember when Musette posted a while back about the scented nail polish line from Revlon? I saw them in-store and looked them over. They’re oh-so-cool, but none of the va-va-voom colors was really my style and I was in too much of a hurry to sniff any of them. But I bet they would look great on some of you.
Anyhoo, what are your hands and feet wearing as spring rolls in? Do you tend to wear the same favorites every year or are you all about trying the newest crop of colors, experimenting and changing it up frequently?