spring nails 2016
I haven’t spoken about nail polish in a little while on ALO but since it’s Manicure Monday and the first day of Drugstore week I thought I would share my spring picks.

A quick note on Manicure Monday, I have stopped doing it as I have become a little bit of a shellac addict but do let me know if you miss them and I might be tempted to ditch the gel.

I get particularly excited about nails in spring and summer, I love pastels and slightly more daring colours, often teamed with more natural bronzy makeup. I think the nails is a really easy place to play with colour and I don’t believe there is any reason to pay lots of ££ for nail polish when drugstore ones are so good- in fact none of these are over £7!

Rimmel Super Gel in Bare Hug– it might be spring but you always need a nude in your nail polish wardrobe, this one is a really beautiful greige, which is surprisingly flattering and easy to wear.

Bourjois 1 Seconde in Jamais Saumon Vernis – I love how quick and easy the Bourjois 1 Seconde Polishes are to apply as they have beautiful fanned out brush with a great long lid which makes it really comfortable to hold. This colour is a fun but subtle peachy shade that would look particularly beautiful paired with a tan.

Avon Gel Shine in Mint to Be- I’ve been avoiding mint polishes all winter but I have heard great things about these Avon Gel Shine polishes and although I am yet to try it I couldn’t help but include it, so pretty!

Topshop Nails in Leigh- I am in love with the new denim inspired Topshop and Leigh is my favourite, I love pale blue polishes, they’re so fun and spring-y.

Barry M Speedy in Freestyle- These Barry M Speedy Quick Dry Polishes are my go-to when I’m in a rush as they really do dry quickly, I’m loving this pale pink which I would happily wear for months on end.

Barry M Coconut Infusion in Flamingo- The newest range from Barry M, this is the ultimate tan colour and I cant wait to pain my toes with this colour!

press on elegant touch nails

I’m pretty fortunate when it comes to my nails, they are pretty strong and usually quite long but a couple of weeks back a few broke and I was considering acrylic nails.

Now I have never had acrylic nails and I wouldn’t recommend them, they weaken your natural nails a lot but I just really wanted a nice length and shape for the festive season. After sharing my lust for acrylic nails with a few people (naturally they all gasped in disbelief) they all started to recommend Elegant Touch Totally Bare Press on nails. I feel like this is a secret everyone knew but me!

Straight away visions of me with 14 year old girls nails, covered in nail art popped into my head but I thought I’d give it a go especially with so many people recommending them.

I went for the Oval 002 Elegant Touch Totally Bare ones which were very easy to find in Superdrugs and I also bought a glue to go with it, it all came to under £8, such a bargain in comparison to acrylics, especially as a box is enough for two uses! My first go wasn’t overly successful but you learn through trial and error, right? I wanted to keep the length of my nails underneath but this meant the fake nail didn’t sit as well so I had to cut them soon after but other than they were pretty easy to apply. My big worry was them just popping off, this does happen but not as often as I thought, maybe once every two days but typically when I’m at home opening something and it’s really easy to just glue back down in half a minute.

I did have to paint them myself but actually doing so is better, as you can pick the exact colour you want, it makes them look more natural and the polish dies really fast on the plastic nail (and never chips!) I’ve also tried the Stiletto variation which is what I have on currently, they’re nice but not as wearable or as long lasting as the ovals as they’re really quite long and a little curved meaning they get knocked a fair bit. It takes a little while to get use to them depending on what you’re natural nail is like, if you have very short nails it might be worth starting with the square and seeing how you get on with them.

If you’re going to give them a go then I do have a few tips…
Buy brush on glue and be generous when applying it, I’m not suggesting you apply too much but just enough to coat the whole nails.
Cut your own nails nice and short underneath as this will make them last longer.
Before you start applying the fake nails get rid of the huge ones which will never fit your nails as it makes it less confusing when choosing the correct size.
Keep the glue in your bag for emergency application should one come off.
Go for one that’s slightly smaller than your natural nails rather than slightly bigger.

Overall I’m in love with them, they lasts much longer than normal nail polish with minimal up keep. They deliver the exact look I love and super affordable too! I’ve had so many compliments from people who think they’re real and I feel that my nails are always ready for an Instagram photo.

I must admit I still have no idea the proper way to remove them, I simply sit in the bath for a while and then probe around the edges and pull it off. Also interested in trying other brands so would love to hear about your experience with press on nails in the comments

PS. My laptop has gone into repairs but Peexo (amazing fashion blog here) has kindly lent me hers, this does mean that I lost all my photos for this blog post so please excuse the phone photos.


I mentioned recently that I am currently loving autumn polishes but have been typically been going for traditional burgundies, plums and the occasional nude. My most recent discovery is a little different but my absolute favourite, it’s a new shade addition to the Barry M Sunset Daylight Curing Range in the shade Dark Side of the Shroom.

It’s part of their Autumn range which also has the usual dark purple and win red shade as well as a pink and this beautiful mushroom shade. I’ve previously written a blog post about the Barry M Sunlight curing polishes, as the name suggests they cure using sunlight (or now it’s autumn artificial light) but can be removed with normal nail polish remover.

Although a lot of mushroom shades can be quite grey this one is much more mauve, applied beautifully with two thin coats and dried very fast. I also used the Sunset Topcoat over the top which adds a beautiful gel like gloss and which I find helps keep my nails nice and strong. I typically get close to a week wear out of these polishes but I’ll update on that at a later day.

In absolute love with this shade and polish plus it’s a complete steal at only £4.99 

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 love a good summer bright nail polish and the Electric Nights collection from China Glaze really delivered! 
I hadn’t used a China Glaze polishes in a while but have always found the quality to be excellent and these were no different. I have the shades Red-y to Rave and Glow with the Flow; Red-y to Rave is a real neon reddish-orange and Glow with the Flow is neon true pink. The application was great and I quite like the brushes to, I didn’t end up wearing the colour for very long as I got a manicure soon after but I did get lots of compliments on it whilst I was wearing it. 
What is your favourite neon polish?