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?

I must admit I have been going between nude nail polishes for the last few months, I think they look modern, polished, effortlessly chic and easy to wear. I wasn’t overly wowed initially by Burberry Nude Rose, £15 in the bottle but once applied to the nail my view quickly changed.

The Burberry packaging is beautiful and luxurious, the brush is really easy use, applies the polish evenly and quickly. I was surprised to find that this colour actually only required two modest coats for a even, opaque colour. The colour is a nude/pink, pink enough that your hands look polished rather than washed out.

For a base and top coat I went for Ciate Underwear Base Coat, £12 & Speed Coat, £12 I am in love with these and would highly recommend them if you are looking for a base and top coat. The top coat is the best one I have tried, my nails dry almost instantly and it leaves a high gloss finish which almost looks like gel- I can’t see myself using anything else!

Can I wear this nail combo for the rest of the year please?

My nails is probably the one thing I get the most compliments on but if I’m honest I was just born with strong nails but there are a few products which I find really help the condition of my nails and also help the longevity polish.

I’m really not too fussy about nail files and will use anything that is around as long as it isn’t a metal one (do they still sell those?), I’m currently using the Lottie London one but usually just pick up whichever is the cutest. Once again for nail clippers I’m not too choosey as long as they are good, I’m currently using the Tweezerman ones which are excellent!

A product I have been loyal to for a while and which I love is the Butter London Melt Away Cuticle Remover, it’s the best product I have tried for removing cuticles effortlessly.

Onto base and top coat, I have been using Butter London’s Nail Foundation for a while now, it’s great particularly if you have discoloured nails as it applies a very natural, matte colour to the nail bed, neutralising it. I’ve also been using the Ciate Underwear Base Coat teamed with the Ciate Speed Coat which has effectively become my nails dream team, my nail polish last a whole week with no chips and minimal tip wear with these two products.

For removal I either use Sally Hansen Strengthening nail polish or I still to good ‘ld pots, I’ve been using the Lottie London one which is great although the Bourjois one will always be my go to. To travel with I find the Ciate Nail Polish remover which smells like Mint Chocolate to be the ideal size.

I’m typically not great at applying cuticle oil so I think the Bourjois Magic Nail Care is great, I initially thought it was a nail polish remover and couldn’t work out why it wasn’t working but it is actually an oil in a sponge which applied a light layer of oil to the cuticle, far less messy and quicker to apply than traditional cuticle oil. I probably still don’t use this as much as I should but I do try.

Beauty Baubles make not only great Christmas decorations but also make great presents and stocking fillers. I thought I would share the ones I am lucky enough to have this year as well as some of the others Beauty Baubles I don’t have but love.

Origins £12 | Mavala £5 | Soap & Glory £6 | This Works Sleep Balm Bauble £10 | The Body Shop £5 | Molton Brown £10 | Liz Earle £7.50 | Caudalie £11.50 | Bleach London £10

Topshop £5 | Aromatherapy Associates £10 | Jo Malone £22 | Ciate Tree Trinket £8 | Eve Lom Kiss Mix Star £16 | Champagnes Opulence Bauble £4

What beauty bauble is your favourite?

With under a month until we can open the first door in our advent calendars I thought I would share what the beauty world has to offer and some of my favourites…

The Body Shop Calendar- £50. I had this one last year, it comes filled with miniature bath products, body lotions, lip balms and more. It’s perfect if you travel a lot and want to save the smaller sizes for when you go away or if you simply want a mini treat everyday of advent.

Boot No7 Calendar- £35. This is probably one of the more affordable beauty advent calendars as most retail for £50+, it has a range of miniature products from skincare or makeup.

Topshop Jewellery Calendar, £25. This one is probably the most tempting in my opinion, £25 for 24 days of Topshop- seems like a good deal. It has a mixture of gold and silver, although 12 of the doors hide studs which I don’t tend to wear too much.

Yankee Candle Calendar, £24.99. Another very tempting option for candle lovers like me is this relatively affordable offering which houses 25 scent candles to leave your house smelling amazing all December.

Ciate Mini Manicure Manor Calendar, £49. If you love nail polishes then this is the calendar for you, they have a range of colours and finishes to help create any nail look you desire this Christmas.

Jo Malone Calendar, £250. The creme de la creme of beauty calendars has to be the Jo Malone one which also carries a very premium price tag. It has a range of miniature body creams and their famous colognes as well as a larger treat hiding behind door number 24. It will be available 10th November nationwide but is currently Harrods exclusive.

If you want to keep it traditional and stick to chocolate, try the Lindt or Thornton Calendars for an affordable option.

Sadly I was too late in telling you about The Selfridges Beauty Advent Calendar and the Benefit Calendar as they have already sold out. Keep an eye for them next year though as the content is amazing if you have a few extra pounds to spend.

What advent calendar do you have your eye on?