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10 Chocolate Nail Colors to Try This Season

November 4, 2022

Best Chocolate Nail Polish Colors

Sharing a roundup of some chocolate nail colors I’ve been loving this season! I’ve never received so many “what color is that?” questions about some of the shades I’ve been wearing recently. The ones that have been getting the most compliments are OPI Bonfire Serenade and Olive and June JJ.

I’ve been in a pale pink and neutral nude nail kick most of this year but love these different shades of brown for fall to winter. Here are 10 nail chocolate colors to try this fall.

Best Chocolate Nail Polish Colors

OPI Bonfire Serenade is a creamy cool-toned chocolate brown. Opaque with two coats.

OPI Bonfire Serenade Nail Polish

OPI You Don’t Know Jacques is a shade I always thought was brown, but I just bought a fresh bottle and it’s almost taupe blue on my skin tone. I added it to the mix for comparison.

OPI You Don't Know Jacques

OPI Espresso Your Inner Self is a true medium chocolate brown shade. Also creamy, opaque, two coats.

OPI Espresso Your Inner Self Nail Polish

Olive and June JJ is the prettiest warm chocolate milk shade, neutral-warm on me. This is with two coats.

Olive and June JJ

Essie All Checked Out is a darker cool toned brown. Has full coverage with one coat, but I applied it with two.

Essie All Checked Out

Chanel Le Vernis Inspiration and Impulsion are both nearly identical to me. A lot of you wanted a photographed swatch side by side next to Infinite. I would say Inspiration is a medium neutral warm chocolate brown, Impulsion is slightly deeper and cooler in undertone, Infinite is nearly black on my fingers with two coats.

Chanel Le Vernis Inspiration

Chanel Le Vernis 957 Impulsion

Chanel Le Vernis browns Infinite, Impulsion, Inspiration

Dior Nude Line is another great chocolate color. It’s a one coat wonder.

Dior Nude Line Nail Polish

Hermes Brun Bistre is an ultra dark chocolate color, almost black on my nails, even in sunlight. It’s a deep brown. Applied with two coats.

Hermes Brun Bistre

Best Chocolate Nail Polish Colors OPI, Essie, Olive and June, Chanel, Dior and Hermes

For those who wanted to know what I’ve been wearing lately I hope you found this roundup helpful! What nail colors are you wearing this season? I’ve also linked some of my favorite DIY hand and nail care products. A lot of them are also featured in this Hand and Nail Care Favorites roundup here.

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Would love to hear about your favorites!

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New Chanel Fall 2022 Le Vernis Nail Colors

August 17, 2022

Chanel Fall 2022 Le Vernis Longwear Nail Colors

The Chanel Fall 2022 Makeup Collection with new shades of Le Vernis Nail Color and Rouge Allure is here! They launched a beautiful color palette of neutrals and everything is stunning. I’ve split my review into two parts: I have my picks of the Le Vernis today and Rouge Allure Lipsticks swatches will be coming in a separate post. The new lipsticks are phenomenal.

There are 12 new shades of Le Vernis in neutral nude shades. I have 11 of them swatched for you today. All the colors applied smoothly with a full coverage finish except one of the shades (Denude is semi-sheer). I like that they have nudes with different undertones. Some are more beige/yellow/brown and others have a more pink undertone.

Chanel Fall 2022 Le Vernis Longwear Nail Colors

 

New colors I have are below (I’m missing 957 which I’m undecided about purchasing). I received 5 in PR and the others I ordered online. All shades are swatched with 2 coats.

  • 937 Harmonie
  • 939 Singularite
  • 941 Spontane
  • 943 Enigme
  • 945 Emotion
  • 947 Desir
  • 949 Denude
  • 951 Originel
  • 953 Essentiel
  • 955 Inspiration
  • 959 Infinite

Chanel Fall 2022 Le Vernis Longwear Nail Colors

937 Harmonie is my perfect creamy nude, a bit lighter than my skin tone for contrast

Chanel Le Vernis 937 Harmonie swatch

939 Singularite is a pretty pink nude, almost matches my skin tone if it were pink (this is deeper than Organdi)

Chanel Le Vernis 939 Singularite swatch

941 Spontane mid-tone warm pink

Chanel Le Vernis 941 Spontane swatch

943 Enigme is a warm pink, almost looks like a warm pink brown brick color

Chanel Le Vernis 943 Enigme swatch

945 Emotion is a rose berry neutral

Chanel Le Vernis 945 Emotion swatch

947 Desir is a blue-based deep blackened eggplant color

Chanel Le Vernis 947 Desir swatch

949 Denude is a semi-sheer beige

Chanel Le Vernis 949 Denude swatch

951 Originel is a cool-toned light-medium camel brown

Chanel Le Vernis 951 Originel swatch

953 Essentiel is also brown, a bit warmer and deeper than Originel

Chanel Le Vernis 953 Essentiel swatch

955 Inspiration is a gorgeous chestnut brown cream

Chanel Le Vernis 955 Inspiration swatch

959 Infinite is a perfect deep chocolate

Chanel Le Vernis 959 Infinite swatch

Chanel Fall 2022 Le Vernis Longwear Nail Colors

All the colors performed well and I think they are all gorgeous. From a distance Desir and Infinite look almost identical, Desir is deeper and darker, Infinite has a bit more warmth. Based on how much I like Inspiration I think there is a very high chance I’ll also order the 957 color. If I do I’ll add the swatch to this post.

For those who want to know my current hand/nail care routine, it’s pretty much the same as what I have in my Hand and Nail Care Routine Favorites. I’ve also since added the Chanel L’Huile Camelia and Hermes Nail Oil to my routine.

Will you be checking out the new neutrals? What shades catch your eye?

New shades available now online at Chanel.com.

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Chanel Le Vernis Summer Nails 2022

June 3, 2022

Chanel Summer Nails 2022

Chanel has launched the new Summer Nails Collection with six new shades of Le Vernis ($30), a new La Base Camelia ($30) and L’Huile Camelia Hydrating and Fortifying Oil ($32). Every single color is absolutely beautiful for summer. The Chanel team sent over the shades for review and to me they’re so perfect, I ordered backups (they’re THAT good!). The colors are available online at Chanel.com.

New Summer Nail Colors

Chanel Summer Nails 2022

There are 6 new Le Vernis Nail Colors inspired by the Sky, Sun and Sea. Chanel did an incredible job with everything from the shade undertone, opacity and smooth finish. Two coats is needed for all the shades. Only one of them applied a little streaky with the first coat but it smoothed out 100% without any issues with the second coat.

  • Rose Coquillage 925 is a perfect coral peach pink
  • Blanc Ecume 927 is a pure stark white, but still manages to have a bit of warmth so it doesn’t look like white out on the nails (your mileage may vary)
  • Pastel Sand 929 is a soft peach with that secret shimmer some Chanel nail polishes used to have, it has subtle gold sheen, but on the nails it’s more of a cream
  • Moon Shell 931 is the perfect lilac shade for summer, it has the perfect undertone to be flattering and not too pastel/white
  • Cap Corail 933 is a gorgeous bright orange coral
  • Sea Sea Green 935 is a really fun pale green

I really wanted to do a nail wheel swatch comparison to other Chanel & Hermes shades because I know so many of you will ask. I cannot find any extra wheels in my beauty closet but will try to get some and update this post in the next week. For now here are swatches of all six shades. Skintone I’m a Chanel B40/B50. I have been in the sun with a couple boat, beach + kayaking days so I’m starting to get my tan back.

Chanel Le Vernis in Rose Coquillage 925

Chanel Le Vernis in Blanc Ecume 927

Chanel Le Vernis in Pastel Sand 929

Chanel Le Vernis in Moon Shell 931

Chanel Le Vernis in Cap Corail 933

Chanel Le Vernis in Sea Sea Green 935

All six side by side:

Chanel Summer Nails 2022

New Nail Care

Chanel La Base Camelia andL’Huile Camelia Hydrating and Fortifying Oil

Chanel La Base Camelia andL’Huile Camelia Hydrating and Fortifying Oil

I’ve been a huge fan of the Chanel Le Gel Coat and Le Top Coat. Their previous base coat was nice but not great (in my opinion). The new La Base Camelia is a really beautiful one that hydrates, protects and smooths. I think it’s a really nice formula but I still like the OPI Natural Base Coat for a more affordable option. At this time it seems like they’ve discontinued the original base coat as the new La Base Camelia is the only one listed on Chanel.com now.

The new L’Huile Camelia Hydrating and Fortifying Oil is a camelia oil that comes in a squeeze tip applicator. The tip looks like it could be a sponge but it’s not. It has holes to dispense product. A little goes a long way so you don’t need a lot to cover and hydrate. I’ve only used it a couple times so far so I haven’t tested it long enough to speak to the long-term effects. I like it though. It makes the nails look and feel hydrated. Mine get super dry with the sand, sun, salt etc. I think it will be one I’ll use up entirely.

That wraps up my Chanel Summer Nail roundup! I really think every single shade is perfect. Sunglasses in the post are the Butterfly Sunglasses I hauled a few months ago. I’ll link my reel below if you want to see them in action on the face. You can order Chanel sunglasses online at Chanel.com but I’ve also spotted them in store at places like Neimans, Nordstrom and Saks.

The Terry Beach Bag is another splurge I did while in Miami a few months ago. I bought it at the Chanel boutique and it comes with a pouch and beach towel. They also had it in Black and Navy. I think by now there are other variations in stores too. I’ll link my unboxing/reel below on this one. So many of you asked for a link, unfortunately Chanel does not sell their handbags online. If you have a Chanel sales associate you have worked with they may be able to locate it for you.

Chanel Summer Nails 2022

What do you think about the Chanel Le Vernis nail colors? I’m not sure if they’ll be available at other retailers or of they’re a Chanel.com exclusive. At this time each shade has the “exclusive” label on the website. If you have your eye on any colors I’d recommend ordering soon. The nail colors usually sell out quickly!

Available at Chanel.com.

Nail colors and small drawstring pink pouch gifted by Chanel.

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Five Neutral Nude Pinks I’m Loving Right Now

May 24, 2022

Nude Pink Nail Polishes

opening image: round marble tray, coffee table book, sunglasses

You girls know I love a good neutral nude nail, there are so many good shades out there! Wanted to round up 5 I’ve been wearing lately I think are worth checking out. Essie, Olive and June and Gucci shades are applied with 2 coats, the Chanel and Dior have 3 coats.

Essie Topless and Barefoot

Essie Topless and Barefoot

Essie Topless and Barefoot is probably one of the most-complimented nail colors I wear. It’s a great perfect pale nude pink. If you’re looking for a quick-dry version I highly recommend checking out Expressie Crop Top and Roll. It’s not exactly the same but it’s really close.

Chanel Onirique

Chanel Le Vernis Onirique

Chanel Le Vernis in Onirique 923 is a really pretty soft pink nude with a hint of peach. It’s on the sheer side but has smooth coverage. If you want a more transparent finish 2 coats is sufficient. I applied 3 for a bit more color. It’s part of the Reve de Chanel collection which I hauled but didn’t review. I think all 3 nail colors are really pretty (if you don’t mind semi-sheer colors). So far I’ve only seen the collection available online at Chanel.com. (P.S. I still love Organdi, but I wore it so much I’m trying to switch it up a bit!)

Olive and June

Olive and June CHM

Olive and June has quite a few good neutrals. It’s hard to pick one favorite, I love CDJ, MM, GH, EC, HZ, the list goes on and on. You can check out all their NEUTRAL colors here. I am really loving CHM which is a beige neutral.

Gucci Beauty

Gucci Beauty Annabel Rose

I wish Gucci Beauty would launch more colors because I love the ones I’ve tried so far! Anytime I wear Annabel Rose I always get questions “what nail color are you wearing?” It’s a nice everyday neutral with a tiny bit of shimmer to give it some dimension.

Dior Vernis

Dior Vernis in Nude Look 100

I know a lot of you used to be die hard Dior Vernis collectors. I used to be too. They seemed to have slowed down on new color launches but I recommend checking Dior.com for the latest. They don’t always launch new colors at other retailers but you can usually find them online at Dior (I love the three new ones for summer!). I hauled Nude Look 100 since I love the lipsticks in this color. Nude Look 100 Nail Polish is a nude pink. It’s a tiny bit transparent with a bit of a jelly finish. Two coats covers my nail maybe 85% of the way. It’s smooth and non-streaky and just a tiny bit of my nail shows through. I love it. I think it’s a great rose nude pink.

I have a lot of other nail polish features on the blog. You can click on the NAIL POLISH category to pull up all the other roundups I’ve done. If you want more nude/neutral swatches you can check out these posts:

For those new to the blog and my Hand/Nail Care Essentials rounded up here. My current go-to base coat is the OPI Natural Base Coat. For top coats I love the OPI Top Coat, Essie Speed Setter and Gel Setter.

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What are your favorite neutrals?

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Holiday Nail Colors I’m Loving Right Now

December 15, 2021

OPI Snow Day in LA Swatch

It’s been a while since I’ve done a nail polish roundup so I thought I’d share 10 Holiday Nail Colors that can take you from Christmas into the New Year. I love following all the nail trends and save a lot of tutorials for inspiration! However I still haven’t mastered the hand painting swirl designs myself. I bought a few tools to try at home in the new year, so maybe I’ll be able to do it one day! For now I love bright or bolds. I still wear my everyday neutrals often but love these holiday shades.

All swatches below are with two coats!

OPI Snow Day in LA

OPI Snow Day in LA Swatch

OPI Snow Day in LA* (infinite shine formula, also available in the regular formula) is a soft smooth white with a hint of pearl. Applies smoothly without streaks with 2 coats. Love that it’s a bright white without being too stark.

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OPI Intentions are Rosegold

OPI Intentions are Rosegold is a pretty metallic coppery rose gold with a foiled finish. Applies without visible brush strokes and ultra rich pigment!

OPI Intentions are Rose Gold

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OPI Paint the Tinseltown Red

OPI Paint the Tinseltown Red* (infinite shine formula, also available in the regular version) is a pretty red with a holographic shimmer finish.

OPI Paint the Tinseltown Red

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OPI Big Bow Energy

OPI Big Bow Energy is a bright cool-toned fuchsia pink cream, I have it in the Infinite Shine Formula, also available in the Regular version.

OPI Big Bow Energy Swatch

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Hermes Rose Incarnat

Hermes Rose Incarnat is a bright fun pink cream, similar to Chanel Turban (the Chanel pulls more warm/peachy). I keep getting so many questions about the Hermes nail polishes and I’m working my way through testing them. I still don’t think they’re worth $45 as I don’t think any polish should be that much. But I am really happy with the formula so far. Has good lasting power, no chips within 1 week, opaque coverage, beautiful colors. I think you can definitely find dupes though!

Hermes Rose Incarnat Nail Polish

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Hermes Rose Magenta

Hermes Rose Magenta is a gorgeous mauve magenta pink cream.

Hermes Rose Magenta Nail Polish Swatch

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Hermes Orange Poppy

Hermes Orange Poppy is a vibrant orange cream. I love how bright and vibrant it is!

Hermes Orange Poppy Nail Polish swatch

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Hermes Rose Tamise

Hermes Rose Tamise is one I love in the bottle, dries to a slightly darker finish on my nails. I’d describe it as a muted dusty mauve plum. This one is a bit hard to find, but I’d recommend checking back online to see if they restock at Hermes.

Hermes Rose Tamise Nail Polish swatches

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Essie Topless & Barefoot

Essie Topless & Barefoot is the one classic pale nude pink shade that always gets me compliments. Doesn’t last as long as other formulas but it’s a great neutral!

Essie Topless and Barefoot

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Chanel Le Vernis in Interdit

Chanel Le Vernis in Interdit is another classic bold vampy shade. Opaque, smooth, dramatic! Another one that always get compliments more than any other vampy dark shade I own.

Chanel Le Vernis Interdit

What’s on your nails right now this holiday season? Do you do them yourself or go to the salon? Mine are all DIY. I have only been the salon once in the past 3 years for a pedicure. All the others are done on my own at home! For those new to the blog you can check out my Hand + Nail Care Favorites here including hand creams, tools, base + top coat favorites and more.

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Favorite Light Pink Nail Polishes

July 26, 2021

Best Pale Pink Nail Polishes

I’ve been on a baby pink nail polish kick lately and have a few favorites I love I wanted to share! So many of my favorite light pinks have been discontinued from Chanel and Dior. Rescue Beauty Lounge also used to make some of the best pale pinks (so sad they’re no longer around!). Here are my favorites right now!

Olive and June Pink Sands ($8, available at Olive and June) – This one is super creamy pale and opaque white-based pink, apply 2 thin coats for full coverage. (If you want something with a little less white base try Olive and June SE.)

Olive and June Pink Sands Nail Polish swatch

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OPI Bubble Bath ($10-$10.50, Target and Ulta) – This is one I rediscovered early summer, I remember not liking it before thinking it was sooo sheer it was difficult to get the color to show up. I tried it again and if I apply 2-3 coats I find I get the perfect pale pink manicure.

OPI Bubble Bath Nail Polish swatch

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Gucci Beauty Ellen Blush ($30, Nordstrom, Sephora, Gucci) – I just ordered a few of the newly repackaged nail polishes from Gucci. This one has full opaque coverage with one stroke but I still prefer to apply 2. Ellen Blush is the perfect medium light pink to me.

Gucci Beauty Nail Polish Ellen Blush

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Essie Fiji ($8.99 at Target) – This will be hit or miss depending on your skin tone or undertone, it’s a cool-toned blue based pale pink with full coverage. It has the tiny skinny brush which I wish they would update. I do think it’s a classic pale pink on me though.

Essie Fiji Nail Polish swatch

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Essie Muchi Muchi ($8.99 Target) – Muchi Muchi is a medium pale pink on me. It’s not quite as pale as most lighter pinks which makes it more fun for me.

Essie Muchi Muchi swatch

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Essie Gel Couture Polished and Poised ($11.50, Ulta) – A newer to me discovery, love that this is a really pretty light medium neutral warm pink that has full coverage but doesn’t have too much white in it.

Essie Gel Couture Polished and Poised

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For those who want a closer look at the brush applicators:

Nail Polish Brush applicators

A few other posts you might find helpful!

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What are your favorite light or pale pink colors to wear?

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Fun Nail Polish Colors to Try This Summer

June 6, 2021

Summer Nail Colors OPI: 3 Coats of OPI Bubble Bath, then (thumb to pinkie) Don’t Tell a Sol, That’s Hula-Rious, It’s a Girl, Gelato On My Mind, Got Myself Into a Jam-balaya

I’ve been getting back into colorful nail polishes, especially the colorful French tips with a neutral base for fun! I have so many colors that I’ve been playing with and thought I’d do a roundup of some favorites right now. Last week I posted a fun manicure combination with picks from Target on Instagram. I love these colors by themselves too so I thought I’d share full swatches on the blog along with a few others.

Rainbow Manicure

3 Coats of OPI Bubble Bath (base), then (thumb to pinkie) Don’t Tell a Sol (yellow), That’s Hula-rious (mint), It’s a Girl (pink), Gelato On My Mind (aqua), Got Myself Into a Jam-balaya (coral) – all available at Target

Rainbow French Tips OPI 3 Coats of OPI Bubble Bath, then (thumb to pinkie) Don’t Tell a Sol, That’s Hula-Rious, It’s a Girl, Gelato On My Mind, Got Myself Into a Jam-balaya

Yellows

OPI Bee-Hind the Scenes – softer almost pastel yellow, opaque, shown with 2 coats (from Ulta, but sold out, still available in Infinite Shine formula)

OPI Bee-Hind the Scenes swatch

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OPI Don’t Tell a Sol – vibrant yellow, opaque, 2 coats on tips, Passion as the base

OPI Don’t Tell a Sol on tips, Passion as base

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Essie You Know the Espadrille – warmer sunflower/mustard like yellow, 2 coats

Essie You Know the Espadrille

Peach and Coral

OPI Got Myself Into a Jam-balaya – perfect fun bright coral peach, opaque, 2 coats

OPI Got Myself Into a Jambalaya

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OPI PCH Love Song* – electric coral orange with gold shimmer, smooth, opaque, 2 coats

OPI PCH Love Song swatch

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OPI We Seafood and Eat It – pretty coral pink-red cream, 2 coats (also available in Infinite Shine)

OPI We Seafood and Eat It Nail Polish swatch

Pinks

OPI Mod About You* – white based pale pink, opaque, 2 coats

OPI Mod About You swatch

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OPI It’s a Girl – soft pale pink, sheerer finish and not as white/pastel as Mod About You, wearing It’s a Girl with 3 coats

OPI It’s a Girl swatch

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Olive and June Grateful and Kind* – pretty medium rose pink, opaque, cream, 2 coats (available at Olive and June and Target, ombre pink and yellow tumbler from Target)

Olive and June Grateful and Kind nail polish swatch, pink

Nail polish comparisons side by side:

Yellow, Coral, Pink Nail Polish Wheel swatches

Mint

OPI Mexico City Move-Mint – pale mint blue cream, opaque, wearing 3 coats

OPI Mexico City Move-Mint swatch

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OPI Gelato On My Mind* – fun aqua color, opaque, 2 coats

OPI Gelato On My Mind

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More mint polishes on the hands: OPI Mexico City Move-Mint, Essie Mint Candy Apple, OPI That’s Hula-rious, OPI Gelato on my Mind

Mint Nail Polishes OPI Mexico City Move-Mint, Essie Mint Candy Apple, OPI That’s Hula-rious, OPI Gelato on my Mind

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Louboutin Batignolles – long time readers will recognize this swatch from many many years ago! One of the prettiest aqua colors to date

Louboutin Batignolles Nail Polish swatch

 

More mint swatches:

Mint Nail Polish swatches, Essie, OPI, Chanel

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For those curious, my go-to base and top coats are the OPI Natural Base Coat and Top Coat. More on my current Hand and Nail Care Routine in this post here.

What are you wearing on your nails for this summer? Any fun ones you’ve pulled out recently? I’m already working on part two with some baby blue shade, lilacs and corals. Let me know what you want me to swatch next! Peach? Lavender? Purples? Neutrals? Shimmers? Any other brands you want me to swatch?

I usually buy my OPI and Essie nail polishes from Target or Ulta. Olive and June has sent a number of bottles for press samples but I also buy from their website Olive and June and Target.

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