My favourite 'Go-To' Nail Colours

Friday, 8 August 2014

I thought I would do a post on my favourite nail polishes for my favourite looks as I often get asked (or ask myself) ‘what is the best coral nail polish’, or ‘what is my best nude nail colour’. As you may know, I am having a break from Shellac on my nails. I have been getting this done for about 2 years with no break and I get my nails done religiously, every 2 weeks to-the-day. It may seem ridiculous to some, but well-manicured nails go a long way, in my mind. 

I am giving my nails a break as they are damaged and need it. I will do Shellac again, but for now I’m quite enjoying using my polishes at home (yes the above Essie stand is my own – ridiculous) and I find the actual painting of my nails rather therapeutic. Please let me know if you have some favourite colours that I am missing, as would love to add them to my collection. But, until then, these are my absolute favourites.

Easy to wear, goes with every-thing and works for all ages. This is timeless and chic and always a good option!
From Left: Sally Hansen (Griege) - R99, Nails Inc (Porchester Square) - R120, Essie (Chinchilly) - I also love Essie Merino Cool - R109
I generally opt for colours like this on my toes because, sadly, I'm rather boring when it comes to my hands. These colours looks great, especially on tanned feet!
From Left: Models Own (Beach Bag) - R90 from ASOS, Essie (Watermelon) I also LOVE Haute as Hello, very similar to Models Own Beach Bag - R109, MAC (Saint Germain) - R130
My skin-tone suits deeper reds and generally, I just prefer colours like that. Red is classy but needs to be done perfectly and well manicured, short nails as this colour draws a lot of attention to the hands.
From Left: OPI (Big Apple Red) - R130, Sally Hansen (Berry Important) - R99, Shellac OR Vinylux (Tinted Love) R200 application for Shellac or R120 for Vinylux.
I probably opt for this less often than I should. It always looks good, but sometimes a tad too unnoticeable. Perfect colour for a wedding or a long holiday as it is subtle and grows out well.
From Left: Morgan Taylor (Nautically Inclined) - had this on my nail the other night - R110, Revlon (Minted) - R99.95, Essie (Ballet Slipper) - the perfect baby pink - R109

You might disagree with me, but statement shades can still be super neutral like black. Below are my favourites and one's people always notice and compliment.
From Top Left: Bobbi Brown (Navy) - R170 - this is from their new collection, YSL (Noir) - R315, Deborah Lipmann (Happy Birthday). Bottom Left: Estee lauder (Caviar) - R255, Essie (Strut Your Stuff) - R109, Morgan Taylor (Under The Stars) - R110
Lastly, below are some new and exciting polishes from Michael Kors, they are R235 each and launching in Stuttafords stores in October. How pretty!?

Happy painting :)


  1. Many new shades I have yet to try in this post. I adore Essie Exotic Liras and Splash of grenadine. Love that stand! Did they send it to you or is it available to purchase in stores?

    xoxo One Stiletto At a Time

    1. Ohhh thanks will have a look for those shades. I purchased this stand overseas :)