One of my favorite things about Spring is bringing out my favorite bright, colorful nail polishes and giving myself manis and pedis!
I admit, I'm very hard on my nails-I use my hands a lot and it makes it difficult for a polish job to last a long time.
A while back, I posted about my at-home "gel manicure" that is super easy and is my trick to getting at least two weeks of good looking nails-so far, it's done pretty well for me!
To start out with my favorites for Spring, I have to let you know about the two must-haves for me any time I paint my nails.
I always start out painting my nails with the Gelous Nail Gel Coat, then I paint another layer of Gelous between every coat of polish that I use. It helps thicken the layers and gives you the look of gel, while insuring that your polish will be last longer (and that your nail base will be protected).
My Out the Door Top Coat is another favorite because it's truly what helps keep your nails from chipping, but also dries very quickly. It gives an excellent shine as well.
Essie's Quick-E drying drops aren't shown above, but if you're in a hurry, just one little drop of that oil on your nails and you are ready to go in seconds!
I divided my favorite polishes up into shade tones; the first of which are purples and blues.
I love this color range for Spring and Summer because it reminds me of mermaids and the beach, it's such a fun range! These would make great nail/toenail combos as well.
Essie's Trophy Wife is obviously a fave because of the name 💁but also because of the shimmery blue mermaid nail color
Essie's Butler Please is the perfect ocean blue shade!
Essie's In the Cabana reminds me of clear blue water and the perfect blue skies.
Essie's Full Steam Ahead is the color I currently have on my toes & I'm obsessed. It's the perfect Spring pastel lavender shade.
If you ever see me out and about, nine times out of ten I'll have on a red or orange polish during the Spring/Summer seasons because they are just so classic and really work well with my skin tone.
Essie's Tart Deco is a gorgeous tangerine/coral shade. It looks amazing with a tan as well.
Essie's Sunday Funday is very similar to Tart Deco ( a little darker) , but with the addition of slight bit of shimmer, which makes it especially pretty in the sun.
OPI's Cajun Shrimp is my all time favorite color. I literally wear this shade year-round, because it's just my favorite color.
It's a red-coral shade and wears so well, usually only taking one coat.
Essie's Geranium is the perfect red shade for summer, as it doesn't come off too "Christmasey" which I try to avoid during the warmer months ;)
It's a very pigmented shade that goes on really smoothly.
These are my three all-time favorite pink shades; and y'all...this was so hard to narrow down because pink is a color that I wear a ton during the Spring and Summer, probably more than orange and red.
Essie Peach Daiquiri This is a peachy shade that leans more pink than orange, so that makes it a favorite for me!
Essie's Bachelorette Bash This is a pretty bold statement, but I think this might be my other favorite shade-it's such a bold, punchy, bright shade of pink. I fell in love with it when I was planning my wedding (hence the name) and their whole wedding line has become my very favorite.
Maybelline Pink Shock I chose to include this in my picks strictly because of the color. I have two of these polishes and the formula on them is very weak and streaky, but the colors are to die for. So if you can take the time and handle being patient to get good coverage, I recommend trying this one out!
Ahhh, the nudes! These are also a great pick for year round because they match everything (although some are better on some skin tones than others).
These are especially favorites of mine when we're still in school because as I'm teaching I don't necessarily want my nails to be a focal-point. These allow me to have pretty polish, but it's more subdued.
Essie's Blanc This doesn't look as white in my pictures as it actually is, but it is a true white polish. The only problem I have with this is making it completely opaque (it takes multiple coats and tends to get gummy because I'm impatient). It's a pick because the color is unbeatable for playing up a tan (and also for doing nail art on top of, or making other polishes pop) but if you have recommendations for a killer white polish-leave it below!
Essie's Sand Tropez This is an awesome light brown shade, it's a perfect nude if there ever was one. Unlike Blanc, this one is pretty opaque for me.
Essie's Hi Maintenance Um hello, this name is all for me! Haha, just kidding-but this is a pinky-nude that I love to wear year round, in fact I almost picked this color before I settled on Precious for this week. It's a pretty soft pink that just looks natural and sweet.
OPI Passion Have you ever heard someone describe a lip product as "your lips, but better"? Well Passion by OPI is "your nails, but better". It's a soft, almost baby pink type color that goes on very sheer. I actually painted my nails this color over my Spring break and it has held up rather well (only the tips of two or three nails had chipped). I photo of me wearing it is below!
I hope y'all enjoyed this little roundup of my favorites! I included links for each product, as well as in the widget below!
Let me know below what your favorite polishes are and any must-have products for your nails that you use!
Until next time. . .