Every year I wait patiently for summer to roll around so that I can start wearing bright nails, but weirdly this year I’ve been more excited about the autumn nail shades and I am so happy to finally be wearing dark plum and navy on my nails.

I love the Soigne packaging, colours and the quality of their polishes. I don’t always love more traditional reds and pinks but this is just dark enough that I love it! Soigne in Seduisant is a really classic shade, which looks good with everything and has proved a real staple in my collection over the last weeks.

Although I’m not typically a huge glitter wearer all year round I start to get very attracted to them around this time of the year with bomb fire night, party season, Christmas and New Year all around the corner. I think I’ll do another post with my favourite glitters but at the moment I’ve been most drawn to Ciate in Putting On the Ritz which is a rose gold and gold glitter with uneven pieces of glitter, unlike any other glitter polish I have seen.

A great alternative to black is Topshop Wardrobe which is a slightly grey dark blue shade, Topshop polishes are really affordable and always have lovely colours. I love a good navy in autumn but this one is a little more unusual than most.

My favourite of all has been Nails Inc Midnight Merlot which is a dark, rich aubergine shade that I find looks very classic and also quite sexy. I’ve been wearing this almost non-stop as it applies really easily, dries quickly and more importantly wears really well. This is my absolute must have autumn/winter shade, it’s perfect!

Potentially not to every ones taste but I have been loving khaki nails recently, I think it’s fun but wearable. Essie Sew Psyched is a dusty green which applies as beautifully as all Essie polishes and is a great alternative to wine shades for autumn.

What are your favourite autumn nail polishes?

Before coming away on holiday I noticed that there was a lot of drugstore creeping into my daily routine. 

The most exciting one for me was L’Oreal Elvive Oil-in-cream, which is a new product and leave in oil cream. I like to use oils in my hair but find that as my hair is quite fine it can easily look greasy but I find this really leaves my hair looking hydrated without it looking greasy or weighing it down. L’Oreal Elvive is one of my all time favourite ranges from the drugstore and this is such a great addition to that. I use it in my hair both wet and dry, I can see this quickly becoming a stable in my routine. 

A product that has become a summer stable is the Garnier Oil Beauty Nourishing Lotion; it smells great, has a great pump and leaves skin feeling beautifully hydrated too, perfect for use on holiday or whilst at home to keep skin in good condition. 

After hearing everyone talk about Essie Ballet Slippers Nail polish for years I have finally got my hands on it and I can actually see why it’s so hyped up! Its the perfect almost white pale pink. I love the finish, it applied beautifully and is a really great summer colour! 

A rediscovery is the Avon Super Shock Liners which I forgot about for a while but I always fall in love with just how creamy it is. As it’s quite soft I find it to be really pigmented but I find that it does set quite nicely too. 

The amount of nude lipglosses I have is a little deciduous but I really do love them! My most recent love is the Rimmel Oh My Gloss in the shade Purr… Glossy Cat, it’s perfect. It does have a little shimmer which I usually don’t love but it’s a really easy to wear shade that helps lips look plumper and goes with almost every makeup look. 

Since we’ve got just a few more weeks worth of summer I thought I would share my favourite nail polishes, I’ll be taking them through to brighten up my autumn days but will be alternating with some more vampy autumnal shades. The stand out winner has to be Models Own Beach Bag, nothing else compares and I’m already in need of a new one. 

L’Oreal Color Riche in Pistagio Drage (post) / Model’s Own in Beach Bag (post) /
Maybelline Super Stay in Uptown Blue (post) / Butter London in Cotton Buds
Essie in French Affair (post)

Whats been your stand out summer nail polish shade?
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Theres few brands that do summer nail polishes as well as Essie, they just get it right. Even the bottle seems summery and I have fallen head over heels every year for an Essie Polish.

This year is the turn of Essie French Affair (£6.79), it’s a beautiful milky pink with a lavender undertone (think OPI Mod About You) . It’s quite toned down and classic but still summery and fun. I needed two coats for an opaque application, although I must admit the current heat meant it bubbled ever so slightly the last time I used it. I can’t wait to use this throughout the next month, it’s a summer favourite for sure!

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Since over the last week I have shaded some of my favourite cult products I thought today I would share the products I have never tried but are loved by the beauty world. You’ll notice that a lot of them are highend products which is probably why I haven’t picked them up but some are simply products that I haven’t got round to trying. 

Lorac Pro Eyeshadow Palette (Available here)
This palette is actually not available in the UK which is probably why I still don’t have it but it looks amazing! I’ve heard there is a very similar SmashBox Palette but theres something about it that makes me want this one more!

Tweezerman Tweezers (Available here)
I feel like these Tweezers and the Shu Uemura Eyelash curlers are two beauty must haves but this one I don’t have. Although they’re a little pricey for a pair of Tweezers I guess it would be a one-off purchase and I’ve even heard that you can get them sharpened, I think I’m just waiting for a good offer to come along.

Essie Fiji Nail Polish (Available here)
With the more affordable range of Essie Polishes about this is actually not an expensive product but it’s a product that I always seem to forget to buy but as it’s love by so many and seem to be a perfect summer colour I will be picking it up soon!

Nars Laguna Bronzer (Available here)
For years I hadn’t tried Nars Laguna Bronzer or Orgasm blush but I was gifted the blush last year so it’s only Laguna I need to try now. It’s probably the most famous/loved bronzer ever, how I haven’t tried it I don’t know!

Laura Mercier Secret Camouflage (Available here)
I haven’t really tried much at all from Laura Mercier but since so many people to this products, this has gone to the top of my wishlist.

Alpha H Liquid Gold (Available here)
I actually thought this was far more expensive than it actually it is but so many people swear by it, now that I know that it’s only £31.50 (not that expensive as far as skincare goes) I will be picking up a bottle soon.

Kevyn Aucoin Sculpting Powder (Available here)
I’ve held this in my hands many a time but never actually bought it and I am not sure why. Yes, it isn’t cheap but there are few things that I think make a bigger difference to my face than a contour. That said is it actually better than other contours, I’m pretty happy with my Illamasqua Sculpting duo.

Tom Ford Lipstick (Available here)
Ultimate luxury lipstick, haven’t felt able to justify the price but I will!

Beauty Blender (Available here)
I’ve tried all the imitations going and really fallen for the Real Techniques one but it does leave me wondering if this is even better.

Mac Fix+ (Available here)
This has just always slipped past me but I have a suspicion I would love it!

Bobbi Brown Skin Foundation (Available here)
You may want to take a seat for this one. I have never ever tried Bobbi Brown. Yes, I am probably the only women and definitely the only Beauty Blogger to not have tried this well loved brand. Nothing has ever really caught my eye but I know the Skin Foundation is a favourite so it’ll probably be what I pick up.

Mason and Pearson Brush
I’ve wanted one of these ever since I can remember but they are so expensive and I’m just not sure that they’re worth the money, would love to know if you have one in the comments.

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What beauty industry favourites are you still yet to try?
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