We’re finally at the end of our holiday nail polish collections and while CND Vinylux’s Aurora collection might be more reminiscent of winter than holiday, it’s a gorgeous collection. If you’ve never used CND Vinylux, it’s the at home, no light needed version of Shellac. You apply the polish on bare, clean nails, add the top coat and wait a couple minutes for it to dry.
Glacial Mist is one of the two glitter shades. With a combination of blue and silver glitter, this shade is stunning. The swatch is two coats and was still pretty sheer, so if you don’t love visible nail line, you might want to use this one over a coat of silver.
A light pink creme, Winter Glow had a fantastic formula for this type of shade. It wasn’t patchy and leveled out perfectly and it does have a little glow in the right light.
Tundra doesn’t really sound like as pretty a name as this mauve shimmer shade deserves. It’s really pretty but unfortunately the brush strokes never really evened out.
Nordic Lights is my favourite of the collection. A wine shade with pink, purple and blue glitter, this shade is seriously gorgeous and perfect for any holiday party.
I’m finally getting to close to the end of my holiday nail polish posts and this time we have Quo By Orly’s Celebrity collection. Celebrity is only available at Shopper’s Drug Mart in Canada but the collection is basically identical to Orly’s Infamous collection, so if you don’t live in Canada but love the collection, you have options. There are also a few Quo By Orly gift sets available that are perfect for any polish lover.
Pass The Champagne
I’m starting with my least favourite of the polishes. Pass The Champagne is basically exactly what you’d expect from the name, a light champagne. The formula just didn’t work for me. It was streaky, showed brushstrokes and just didn’t level well. Luckily this was the exception, not the rule.
Diva is a seriously gorgeous dark teal creme and two coats was perfect. It didn’t stain too badly coming off. Definitely my favourite of the collection.
Wild Child is a deep cherry red creme, perfect for the holiday season. This one was really flattering with my skin tone and I’ve already used it again. I’m not a huge red fan, but I really like this one.
If you need a little glitter in your life, Outrageous is a gold glitter in a clear base that has red shimmer in it. One coat was perfect over Wild Child.
I feel like every Quo By Orly collection keeps getting better with both formula and brush lengths and it’s getting easier to work with. With the exception of Pass The Champagne, this is one of my favourite holiday collections.
Misslyn is a German beauty company that’s recently made it’s way into Canada. I hadn’t had the chance to try their nail polish until now and I have to say I’m really impressed with all the shades I got to try. There are tons of options with shades, finishes and top coats and these are my holiday picks. You can find more information about Misslyn on their Facebook page and they do a lot of contests as well.
Velvet Diamond 48 Heart-Stopping
Velvet Diamond is an interesting effect polish, the base colour dries matte and the glitter remains sparkly. I added a top coat to this one because I wanted to see how it would look and honestly this pinkish red looks great either way. It also dries a lot smoother than I expected.
229 Party On
Party On is part of Misslyn’s regular polish line and it’s bright shimmery plum is gorgeous for the holidays. The formulation is pretty fantastic and was a breeze to work with.
Effect Top Coat 756 Mirror Ball
I added Mirror Ball on top of Party On and the silver and metallic glitter really popped. I don’t know if I would use this on all my nails at once, it might be overkill, but as an accent nail it looks fantastic.
There are so many options for holiday nail polish looks and it’s rare that one collection has options for nearly all of them. Ceramic Glaze’s fall/holiday line has a little something for everyone. Want a glossy creme? Got it. Sparkle? Got it. Fancy top coats to change up your look? That too. There are six new, limited edition shades and two previously released shades (Hong Kong Diva and Vintage Glam). We have the new shades to show you.
Applause is a deep plum with a little shimmer and it’s gorgeous. If you want something that falls into the holiday category but is a little different, this is a great choice.
This deep, bold blue is a one-coater and it goes on extremely smoothly. This is my favourite shade of the collection.
Wonderland is an iridescent shade that’s hard to nail down. There’s gold, silver, green and purple in here and it changes depending on the lighting.
Sorcery is a dark teal creme and it’s quite different than most shades in it’s category. This one stains though.
Snow Queen + Diamond Dust
Snow Queen has white hexagon glitter in a clear base and Diamond Dust has holographic microglitter. I’m wearing them over Sorcery in the swatch. The’re both really nice top coats but I prefer Diamond Dust. It’s so, so pretty.
I love doing my nails and I’ve gotten really good at painting them. What I haven’t mastered however is nail art. But when we got asked to try the essence gel nail challenge, I figured that was as good a time as any to see what I could actually do. essence sent over a bunch of their The Gel nail polish including the base and top coats. I chose Turn The Lights Off as my base colour, which is part of the essence Soft Metal category and is a gorgeous silvery blue. The other two shades I picked was Rock My World (medium gray) and Let’s Get Lost (teal). My first attempt at this nail art challenge was so bad that I decided to wait a few days before trying again.
I wore Turn The Lights Off the whole time in between and I have to say how incredibly impressed I was with The Gel nail polish system. I wore the same shade for five days with zero tip wear or chips and probably could’ve gone another week.
I ended up with a semi-successful attempt at nail art. I’ve never even attempted ombre nails before, which is why I’m calling it successful but it’s not the prettiest my nails have ever looked.
All I really learned from this challenge was that I really like essence’s The Gel nail polish and that I’m really terrible at nail art.
I get asked all the time how I keep my nails looking great and to be honest it’s mostly luck and good genes. But there are a few products I use almost religiously. These are my Most Wanted Mani Essentials.
Essie First Base Base Coat
I’ve used quite a few base coats in my time and I always go back to Essie’s. I’ve been using First Base for a few months now and I love how smooth it makes my nails and how strong it keeps them. It also helps your nail polish stick, which makes for a longer lasting manicure.
CND Solar Oil
I’m not a huge fan of greasy cuticle oils but Solar Oil absorbs almost instantly, smells delicious and keeps my cuticles looking good.
L’Occitane Shea Butter Dry Skin Hand Cream
Pretty nails don’t look as great if your hands look really dry and a good hand cream can help with that. L’Occitane’s line of hand creams include shea butter which make my hands feel extremely soft and hydrated and I love that it doesn’t wash off when you wash your hands.
Seche Vite Dry Fast Top Coat
This is probably my favourite nail product of all time. People seem to have a love or hate relationship with Seche Vite but I’m definitely in the love camp. It dries my nails in under a minute and leaves them glossy for days. I take this with me when I’m going to a nail place for a manicure and if they ever decided to discontinue it, I’d probably stockpile enough for the rest of my life.
Formula X For Sephora Delete Nail Polish Remover
I change my nail polish pretty much every day so it’s important I have a good nail polish remover that doesn’t kill my nails. Delete by Formula X gets everything off (even glitter) without scrubbing or tugging. I love the pump formula because you end up using less and it locks so it’s hard to spill.
What are your favourite nail products?
I’ve already mentioned that fall is my favourite nail polish season and CND Vinylux have pretty consistently been some of my favourite fall shades. Vinylux is Shellac’s at home weekly wear system. You apply two coats, add the top coat and it dries in minutes without a lamp and lasts for at least a week. The best part, you can use regular nail polish remover. These are my most wanted shades for fall.
Faux Fur is a great deep brown that’s perfect for fall. I feel like there really haven’t been a ton of brown shades released lately and it’s too bad because they’re great for someone who wants a dark shade without being edgy.
There are very few purple shades that catch my eye but this dark plum is one of my favourites.
This medium green has a ton of grey in it which makes it more of a fall colour than spring or summer. If you don’t want to go completely dark with your nail polish, this is a great option.
I have a really hard time explaining Fedora. There’s red, brown and purple in it and it’s the best alternative to black. It’s really a gorgeous shade.
I find it’s pretty difficult to find a good black that’s glossy and has a great formula. Black Pool might be the best black I’ve found and I wore it on Halloween with little skull decals but I would wear this any day of the year.
Do you have a favourite fall nail polish?
Fall is usually my favourite time of year for nail polish collections, I love the darker, warmer shades. Usually though, I love a couple shades from a collection, not the entire thing. Essie’s rock’n’roll royalty inspired collection is everything I want in a fall collection. The formula for this collection is a tiny bit thicker than their usual thin formula which made it really easy for almost all of these shades to be one-coaters.
Color Binge isn’t a classic red, it has too much orange in it, but it’s a great fall shade that would be a great base for halloween nail art.
With The Band
Essie calls With The Band a ‘toasted spice burgundy’ and while I’m not a huge fan of red polish, I fell in love with this one with the first brush stroke. This could’ve been one coat but I went with two to even it out a bit.
In The Lobby
In The Lobby really makes me think of the 90’s. An ‘exotic cinnamon plum,’ this shade is competely on trend and a fantastic shade for fall.
I don’t know if I would’ve ever picked up this molten bronze shade on my own but it’s really pretty in the sunlight and had full coverage with one coat.
Frock ‘N Roll
Frock ‘N Roll is described as a ‘shimmering rich espresso’ but it leans toward the black side. There’s a lot going on with the shimmer as well, I saw reds and golds and probably missed other shades. This one was also one coat.
To the surprise of no one, I knew Bell-Bottom Blues would be my favourite shade just by looking at the bottle. But I was completely unprepared for how gorgeous this indigo shade is. One coat looked great but two is spectacular.
It’s been a really long time since I’ve loved an entire collection so much to the point where I didn’t want to take any of these polishes off. I really liked the thicker formula and might have to stock up on a couple of these in case I run out.
I’ve tried a lot of Sally Hansen polishes in the past but somehow missed their Complete Salon Manicure line completely. Complete Salon Manicure claims to have seven benefits in one bottle and lets you skip the base coat, top coat and salon. I skipped the base coat but found that I was too impatient to let these polishes dry on their own so I added my usual quick dry top coat. Again, the Sally Hansen brush was massive and I needed to do quite a bit of cleanup with each shade. All the photos are two coats and a top coat.
Talk Is Chic
Talk Is Chic is supposed to be a grayish purple and in the bottle it looks like it is, but on my nails I didn’t get purple at all. I really liked the shade of gray though, so I was fine with it.
Jewels Of The Trade
Jewels Of The Trade is almost a duochrome without the chrome. It shifts between magenta and fuchsia and is really pretty in the sunlight.
Bow To The Queen
I love this slate blue that’s really more on the gray side. It’s a great, moody shade for fall.
Stellar Style is a pale pink that isn’t too nude. It had a great formula for this type of shade and had great coverage. I would actually wear this again and I’m not a huge fan of pink.
Sky’s The Limit
I’m obsessed with this light, sky blue. It’s just gorgeous. It’s also the only one that stained on me, which made cleanup difficult. I’ve actually never seen this kind of shade stain before, so I was surprised. I’ve worn it again since then because it’s so pretty.
Tropic Thunder is my favourite of the shades I tried. A deep navy gray, this is the perfect alternative to black.
It’s been almost a year since we first tried Revlon’s Colorstay Gel Envy nail polish and they’ve just added eight new shades. The formula is the same and so is the application. Skip a base coat, apply two coats of Gel Envy and then a coat of the Gel Envy Diamond Top Coat. I don’t know if they reformulated the top coat or the last one I had was a bad bottle but this time my top coat played much better with the polishes. I stuck with the two coat rule but a couple shades definitely needed more.
I wore this cappuccino shade for four days before taking a photo and there wasn’t any chipping or tip wear. Perfect Pair was definitely the best performing of the new shades I tried.
Whenever I try to photograph a Revlon nail polish with glitter in it, I can never get it to look as amazing as they do in person. I’m not a fan of glitter but this dark pink shade is gorgeous and wasn’t too hard to take off.
Up In Charms
Up In Charms has the unfortunate issue of being a typical pale pink. Which means the formula was a pain to deal with and there was a lot of pooling. There’s really not a lot that I do like about this shade.
Get Lucky made up for Up In Charms. This red tinged orange applied beautifully and lasted almost as long as Perfect Pair in tip wear.
I don’t know when I became such a fan of pink nail polish but Vegas, Baby is by far my favourite shade. There’s a shimmer to it that you can really only see in sunlight. Unfortunately, this one chipped on day one but it’s so pretty I’ll definitely use it again.
Overall Revlon’s done a pretty good job delivering on the long wear promise of Gel Envy. I’m liking the top coat a lot more and I love the gambling theme to the names. I would love to see seasonal collections though, very few of these shades resemble a good fall colour but since they’re building up the core collection, that’s ok.