Winter Picks | 2016

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We have officially arrived into the land of winter. I say that loosely. Over here where I live, we have been facing jumping back and forth from cool 70-degree weather to extreme winter chills of 20 and below. It’s been a crazy year, with plenty to shake your head about, that all aside, let’s hope that you forget all your woes when your nails hit the light and your polish dazzles.

Maybe to some, that’s a little dramatic, but us nail lovers know that’s just how therapeutic polish makes us feel. So let’s dig into my top ten for winter. These get me excited for the cold weather, even if I’m freezing my butt off!

Whenever I do these types of posts, I scour my shelves for polishes that I feel fit the season. As I was grabbing, I seemed to have also organized them into categories, I made sure to hit all the big ones, so I think I have a great variety here to suit every need!

Winter is the season for metallics, so it’s no surprise I have a few of these here!

Essie Aruba Blue is in my eyes, a holiday party polish. It’s so luxe and everything I could hope for in a blue metallic. There are a number of similar polishes, but out of them all, this is my favorite. I noticed that this is the richest blue and it’s metallic without the insane brushstrokes like some.

Aruba Blue- 2 coats, no top coat w/flash

A gold for this time of year is a necessity. My number one gold is OPI Love. Angel. Music. Baby. This isn’t your standard gold, it’s a brighter champagne gold with a satin finish and fine sand texture. I absolutely recommend this to anyone looking for something different when it comes to gold. It’s been my favorite for years!

I am aware that this may be hard to find since it was released for holiday 2015, so instead, I suggest jazzing up your favorite gold polish by putting a matte top coat over it. For gold, try Sally Hansen Insta-Dry Go for Gold or China Glaze Mingle with Kringle. For matte top coats, try Essie Matte About You or New York Color Matte Me Crazy. A great trick to bring new life to an old polish is to try mattifying it!

Love.Angel.Music.Baby.- 2 coats, no top coat

A holiday red. Can’t go without one of those. This is Amal, part of Zoya’s Matte Velvet collection. Can you tell I’m really feeling the matte finishes right now? With the whole velvet trend that’s happening now in fashion, of course we have to don our nails with it too! I’m not a big fan of red, but I am a big fan of this red—and that’s saying a lot!

Amal- 2 coats, no top coat

This year Zoya spoiled us with additions to their metallic holo range and I fell in love with them! I knew I needed to put this beautiful gracefully sparkly evergreen. This is Merida and I am completely taken with this. Just look at the dimension! LOOK at it!

Merida- 2 coats, no top coat

I couldn’t help myself but grab Merida‘s sister polish, Dream. This has been around for some time now and I think it will forever hold a permanent spot in my collection. It looks like the night sky illuminated by thousands of stars. Beautiful.

Sure, there are some ‘dupes’ like OPI Give Me Space, but they don’t hold a light to the original. If you’re curious to see how they compare, check out my post here.

Dream- 2 coats, no top coat

I enjoy a good pastel in the winter because I adds a delicate, girly touch to any outfit. A crisp almost-white is always a chic choice.

When I find myself wishing for snowfall, I always pull out a baby blue like Essie Borrowed & Blue. Soft and pretty.

Borrowed & Blue- 2 coats, no top coat

I tend to gravitate towards gray knits and I love lilac paired with gray. Essie Virgin Snow is my go-to lilac. With a name like Virgin Snow, it’d be a crime not to include it!

Virgin Snow- 2 coats, no top coat

When you’re tired of all the excitement of the holidays, it’s always great to wind down with a great neutral.

OPI Tickle My France-y is, I admit, a boring color. However, that’s just what the doctor ordered. Sometimes you need a palette cleanser and you just want to look polished without going over the top. Tickle My France-y has been around for what feels like an eternity, there’s a reason why this is still in demand!

I wanted to address the bottom of the bottle  being discolored, this is likely due to the pigment separating but this did not alter the actual color of the polish. For these types of colors, it’s not out of the ordinary for this to happen.

Tickle My France-y- 2 coats, no top coat

Another palette cleanser, but this time on the other side of the spectrum.

Nails Inc Grosvenor Crescent is a bold blackberry. I just prefer the formula of this one better. Just because fall has passed doesn’t mean you can’t sport vampy polish! When you wanna be edgy and bold, what else would you go for?

This very similar to OPI Lincoln Park After Dark. These both are nearly identical so there’s no need to go out to get Grosvenor Crescent if you already own Lincoln Park After Dark (chances are, you probably do).

Grosvenor Crescent- 2 coats, no top coat

It’s glitter for winter. What else needs to be said?

For the most magical time of the year, glitter needs to be showcased. I chose this one because I can’t help but think of twinkling Christmas lights when I look at this polish. This is China Glaze Dancing & Prancing. It’s a multicolor hex glitter that you can use over any polish. If you want to crank up the glitz, try sponging it on for the full NYE effect!

You can use this technique with any glitter, try it! Deborah Lippmann makes some of the best glitters in the business but if you can’t afford Deborah Lippmann, this is a great way to fake it ’til you make it!

Dancing & Prancing- sponge technique

Writing this post instantly put me into the holiday spirit. I know winter isn’t only about the holidays but that is what many of us, including myself, associate with this season. I don’t think any of these polishes are limited to being worn just during the festive season. I tried to give a variety to satisfy every need and I’m happy with the selection I’ve made!

Enjoy the holidays and stay warm!


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