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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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Press samples indicated with a *.

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Hand and Nail Care Routine Favorites

March 10, 2021

Sabrina's Hand and Nail Care Essentials

By popular request I have an updated hand and nail care routine roundup! My last one was a few years ago (time flies!) and while many of the things have stayed the same, I have stopped using a few things. I’ve been doing my own nails on my own for several years now – pretty much since we moved to Florida. I still haven’t tried gel nails, dip powders, acrylics or press ons. I usually keep things simple and use regular nail polish formulas.

Cuticle Care

Cuticle Care Essentials Sally Hansen, Tweezerman and OPI

I feel like a lot of the Deborah Lippmann formulas changed! I bought several replacements of the Cuticle Remover and Nail Polish Remover and they didn’t work the same. Recent reviews still seem positive but the bottles I bought had chunks of white product floating in the bottle. I decided to look for an alternative. My tools remain the same tried and true go-to’s! I did replace the cuticle trimmer recently, over time the tools become dull with a lot of use and just need to be replaced.

(I also love the Dior Huile Abricot Daily Nutritive Serum and CND SolarOil.)

Best Cuticle Treatments OPI, Dior, CND, Olive and June

Nail Polish Remover + Tools

Olive and June Nail Tools and Zoya Remover Plus

For nail polish removers and tools, my all around favorites are from Olive and June. You can buy their items from their website and they have also expanded their line at Target! I love the nail files, nail buffer, clean up brush and their nail polish remover! I recommend shopping their website for the best selection and customizable Manicure Systems and box sets. (I use their boxes to store a lot of my essentials to keep them all in one place!)

My next favorite polish remover is Zoya. It’s one that doesn’t make my nails peel or fingers dry out. It’s effective on regular polish and doesn’t feel harsh on the skin.

My favorite clippers and on-the-go tools are also from Tweezerman. I love this Mini Nail Rescue Kit for everyday use and love that it also travel friendly.

Hand Creams

Best Hand Creams Chanel, La Mer, LOccitane, Molton Brown

Best Hand Balm Guerlain Abeille Royale Repairing Hand Balm

above, clear stackable box in the last photo from amazon

I’m the biggest hand cream fanatic and always love trying new formulas. My current top 5 include:

  • Chanel La Crème Main Texture Riche – best packaging design and lightweight formula
  • La Mer The Hand Treatment – one of the most luxurious hand creams for ultra dry skin, I also love the La Mer Rejuvenating Hand Serum but ran out of it and will be replacing it soon!
  • L’Occitane Solidarity Hand Cream – is one of their new limited-edition formulas, it has a soft hibiscus sent which is really pleasant! I bought 2 but am going to order a few more backups since it’s limited-edition and I really like the scent and cause it supports. Every year they make a product where 100% of the profits help fund projects for women in Burkina Faso for education and professional development
  • Molton Brown Flora Luminare Hand Cream – I love a lot of the Molton Brown hand creams but this one smells like sunshine to me, it has a bright happy kind of sent with orange blossom, mandarin, ylang-ylang, frangipani, jasmin, rose, vanilla, cedarwood and musk. The formula is nice and not too heavy, I also adore this scent in the Shower Gel and Glowing Body Oil.
  • Guerlain Repairing and Youth Hand Balm is one of the best new discoveries I’ve had, the balm is pretty spendy, especially for the size, but I’ve found it to be the best for ultra dry skin, it has a balm-feel with honey concentrate and really does work to smooth and hydrate super dry hands, it’s lightly scented (not overpowering).

Base and Top Coat

Best Base and Top Coats OPI, Chanel, Smith and Cult

For base and top coat, I stopped using Essie’s Quick Dry Speed Setter. It worked so well to dry the nails fast and create a long lasting manicure but the formula was harsh on my nails and hands. If any product came in contact with my skin (even if I removed it with remover) it caused cracking and hardening wherever it touched.

Best Hand and Nail Care Essentials DIY Manicure The Beauty Lookbook

above expandable tray from Amazon

That wraps up my hand and nail care routine favorites! I hope you found this helpful! A number of you have also asked for my favorites for feet care. I still haven’t found my favorites to replicate a salon pedicure, although I really like the Spongables Pedi-Scrub and Tweezerman Sole Smoother Stone.

Let me know your favorites in the comments!

 

 

Press samples include: OPI Cuticle Oil, Guerlain Hand Balm, Olive and June tools.

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Pink + Red Nail Polishes To Try for Valentine’s Day

February 9, 2021

OPI Pink and Red Nail Polishes for Valentine's Day

I’ve swatched and rounded up some pink and red nail polishes to try for Valentine’s Day! OPI is one of my favorite brands for nail polish and they just launched their new Hollywood Collection. I received a few press samples to try but the ones that stood out to me were the lighter shades so I ordered them from Ulta (also available at Amazon). I decided to swatch of the new ones alongside a few of their classics. Colors I have swatched are all with two coats. I found they applied smoothly – I tend to prefer the opaque colors anyways!

For those interested in my DIY hand and nail care routine, you can see my Hand + Nail Care Routine and Tips post.

  • Movie Buff (Hollywood Collection) – pale creamy pink mauve
  • Hollywood and Vibe (Hollywood Collection) – pale cool-toned pink
  • I’m An Extra (Hollywood Collection) – medium pink peach
  • Suzi Calls the Paparazzi (Hollywood Collection) – neutral creamy pink rose
  • Princesses Rule – sheer sparkling light pink with microsparkles
  • 15 Minutes of Flame (Hollywood Collection) – metallic fuchsia pink
  • OPI Red – classic red with a tiny hint of pearl
  • Emmy Have You Seen Oscar? (Hollywood Collection)- perfect bright bold red
  • I’m Really an Actress (Hollywood Collection) – sparkling plum gold shimmer
  • I’m Not Really a Waitress – deep metallic wine

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Movie Buff (Hollywood Collection)

OPI Movie Buff Nail Polish Swatch | The Beauty Look Book

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Hollywood and Vibe (Hollywood Collection)

OPI Hollywood and Vibe Nail Polish Swatch

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I’m An Extra (Hollywood Collection)

OPI I'm an Extra Nail Polish Swatch

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Suzi Calls the Paparazzi (Hollywood Collection)

OPI Suzi Calls the Paparazzi Nail Polish Swatch

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Princesses Rule

OPI Princesses Rule Nail Polish Swatch

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15 Minutes of Flame (Hollywood Collection)

OPI 15 Minutes of Flame Nail Polish Swatch

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OPI Red

OPI Red Nail Polish Swatch

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Emmy Have You Seen Oscar? (Hollywood Collection)

OPI Emmy Have You Seen Oscar Nail Polish Swatch

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I’m Really an Actress (Hollywood Collection)

OPI I'm Really an Actress Nail Polish Swatch

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I’m Not Really a Waitress

OPI I'm Not Really A Waitress swatch

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It has been ages since I did a nail polish wheel swatch! I thought it might be helpful to do a side by side with a few other shades mixed in for reference:

Pink and Red Nail Polishes for Valentine's Day The Beauty Lookbook

You can find the new Hollywood shades available at Ulta Beauty and Amazon. Other classic colors are more widely available. Do you like pinks or reds for nails? What are your favorites? (I’ve linked a few of my favorite base and top coats below as well.)

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Press samples include OPI Princesses Rule, I’m Really an Actress, 15 Minutes of Flame. All others purchased by me.

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Holiday Nail Polish Swatches OPI, Smith & Cult + Dior

December 27, 2020

Holiday Nail Polish Swatches OPI, Smith & Cult, Dior

I hope you all had a wonderful Christmas Holiday! Andrew and I had a nice Christmas eve with close family. We made Christmas dinner at our house this year and tried making gingerbread houses too which was fun but super messy! I have a nail polish swatch roundup of a few colors I’ve been loving this season. I have been sticking with my usual neutrals for the most part this year but thought it was time to switch things up and play with some sparkle and shine.

OPI Naughty or Ice? is a pretty semi-sheer pearlescent white. It’s similar to OPI Happy Birthday but the holiday Naughty or Ice pulls a little more champagne/warm.

OPI Naughty or Ice?

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OPI Snow Falling For You is a metallic light pink. It has minimal visible brush strokes so it applies pretty smooth. I love this pretty pink!

OPI Snow Falling For You

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OPI Tinsel Tinsel Star* is a light blue-grey shimmer. It pulls on the sheer side with 2 coats (shown below). You can get more opaque coverage with 3.

OPI Tinsel Tinsel Star

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OPI To All A Good Night* is a beautiful complex metallic gunmetal shade. It flashes different sparkles of silver, blue, grey. I love it for a deeper but fun color.

OPI To All A Good Night swatch

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OPI Merry In Cranberry is a pretty pearly cranberry shade. It has full smooth coverage with 2 coats.

OPI Merry In Cranberry Nail Polish swatch

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Dior Golden Snow* is a top coat. It has larger chunks of iridescent glitter. I applied it alone but it’s fun over another color too!

Dior Golden Snow Nail Polish swatch

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Smith and Cult Ceremony of Secrets* is a beautiful metallic pink. It has smooth full coverage with two coats.

Smith and Cult Ceremony of Secrets swatch

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Smith and Cult A Little Lovely is one of the prettiest pink gold glitters I’ve ever tried. It has a beautiful pink gold base and tons of glitter mixed in.

Smith and Cult A Little Lovely Nail Polish swatch

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What have you been wearing on your nails this holiday?

 

 

Press samples have a * next to them. All others purchased by me.

Fashion Nail Polish Roundup

Favorite Summer Sandals + Polish Combinations

July 7, 2020

Best Summer Sandals + Nail Polish Colors to Try

With summer in full swing I thought I’d put together a summer sandal roundup with my favorite nail polish pairings. I’m all about flat sandals for comfort and love how easy they are to wear for a casual summer look. When it comes to shoes I tend to find a couple styles I like and buy them in multiple colors. The basic white, neutral, tan and black colors are the most versatile for me as they’ll go with pretty much any color for outfits.

I’ll make a note on sizing for each style I’ve tried below. I’m usually a 6.5 or 36.5 in most brands for sandals like Tory Burch, Splendid, Joie, Hermes, UGG, Cole Haan. For sneakers depending on brand I usually size up to a 7 in Nike, APL and Saucony. For all of these I either try to shop directly from the brand if I know my size or somewhere like Nordstrom that has an easy return/exchange policy in case the shoes do not fit.

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White Wide Strap Sandals + Bright Red Orange Polish

Sam Edelman Gala Sandal White

Sandals: Sam Edelman Gala Two Strap Slide ($59.95 at Nordstrom and Sam Edelman)

Sizing & Fit: Runs true to size (I wear a 6.5). These are comfortable with a slight cushion in the sole. I’ve worn these out for several hours at a time and love them. No break in period. Strap is comfortable and soft with an elastic cutout in the back strap so it can move with your foot. Also worn in my Miami Travel Diary (last year). They’ve held up really well over time!

Polish: Smith and Cult Poppy Papi* ($18 at Smith and Cult, Beautylish) – Smooth opaque coverage with two coats. It has a slight translucent feel as it is more like a jelly. Love how fast it dries and sets. Reminds me of a slightly more red version of Chanel Espadrilles (discontinued).

Other Details: ClareV Petite Sandy Tote and Rayban Phantos Sunglasses.

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White Lace Up Tie Sandals + Baby Blue Polish

Marc Fisher Marina Lace-Up Sandal White

Sandals: Marc Fisher Marina Lace-Up Sandals ($65.48 on sale at Nordstrom)

Sizing and Fit: True to size with a squared off toe, thin leather lace up style with a cushioned footbed. I normally don’t like square toe sandals but found these super cute! I’ve only had these for about a month now but I love how they feel. Super comfortable and chic! Also available in a few other similar styles Marg (two straps at the front, one buckled ankle strap) and Monty (no ankle straps).

Polish: Chanel Le Vernis in Bleu Pastel* ($28 at Chanel.com, left foot) is one of my favorite light blue polishes. It’s like a soft washed baby blue with a warm undertone. Reviewed and swatched on the hands in this post here.

Olive and June Honest and True* ($8 at Olive and June, right foot) is pretty close in color to the Chanel option, the Olive and June one is a bit deeper and more blue in undertone. Full coverage with two thin coats.

Other Details: Towel by Dusen Dusen (old style), Mita Visor is from Helen Kaminski, Black Sunglasses Celine

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White + Gold Splurge Sandals + Orange Polish

Gucci Leather T-Strap Sandal White

Sandals: Gucci GG T-Strap Sandals in White Leather ($520 at Nordstrom and Gucci)

Sizing and Fit: True to size, I wear a 6.5. These were quite the splurge and I had them on my wishlist for so long. I splurged on these for my birthday and love them. They have a couple grips on the sole so it prevents you from sliding around on slippery floors or tiles. I think they’re really well made and they aren’t painful on the feet. However there’s no cushion or padding so your mileage may vary on wear.

Polish: Chanel Le Vernis in Cruise ($28 at Chanel.com) is part of the Les Beiges 2020 Collection. So many of you loved how bright and summery this orange was. I think it goes best with white or tan sandals. It has full smooth coverage with two coats. It’s the closest match to the color of a real orange – super glossy and shiny in the finish too!

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Tory Burch Millers in Bleach + Classic Coral

Tory Burch Miller Sandals in White

Sandals: Tory Burch Miller Leather Sandal ($149 to $198 at Nordstrom and Tory Burch)

Sizing and Fit: The Millers fit true to size on me as well, but I can wear either a 6.5 or 7 – both are really close in fit. My right foot is a little bigger than my left foot and sometimes I will opt for a slightly larger sandal if the fit is really close. The Tory Burch Millers are my favorite sandals that I wear almost all the time. The large medallion helps it stay on the foot better than a traditional flip flop and the leather material makes it a little more dressy.

The Bleach color may be a bit hard to find in your size as it’s been marked down on a number of sites so it sold out really fast. The good news is there are multiple colors available (many also marked down) so if you’ve been eyeing these there’s a good chance you can find it on sale! I saw it restock a couple times – so you may want to check back on sites like Nordstrom or Tory Burch.

Some of you have asked whether the regular leather or patent is better. I’ve found the patent lasts longer and is more resistant to wear, however if you get caught in a rain storm (which happens frequently in Florida) they can get pretty slippery on the foot.

Polish: Dior Vernis in Diorcharm 675 on the toes ($28 at Dior) is a pretty bright red coral with a hint of shimmer. I used to be the biggest fan of Dior nail polishes and still think the formula is phenomenal. The new colors seem harder to find these days, most of the fun colors only launch at Dior.com (at least in the US). The formula is a one-coat wonder and I love the brush.

OPI We Seafood and Eat It* ($5.25 at Ulta) is a fun cream coral red color. I think OPI makes some of the best more budget-friendly colors and the formula lasts a long time on me.

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Light Beige Lace Up Sandals + Neutral Cream Sand

Marc Fisher Marina Sandals Nude

Sandals: Marc Fisher Marina Lace-Up in Light Leather Latte ($65.98 at Nordstrom)

Sizing and Fit: True to size, I wear a 6.5 in these! Details above listed under the white sandals – I had to buy in multiple colors.

Polish: OPI Samoan Sand ($5.25 at Ulta) – one of my most worn light beige nude cream polishes. Goes with everything! Swatched on the hands with my other favorite neutrals in my Top 5 Best Nude Nail Polishes post.

Other Details: Bag is the Tory Burch Perry Bombe Bag (color is Perfect Sand which was limited-edition, also have it in Black reviewed here showing what fits inside), Lip Gloss is Pat McGrath LUST Gloss in Faux Real* (swatches here), Visor is Helen Kaminski

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Tan Platform Slide Sandals + Bold Reds

Ugg Kari Sandals Tan Chloe Mini Marcie

Sandals: UGG Kari Sandals in Natural ($109.95 at Nordstrom)

Sizing and Fit: Runs True to Size, I wear a 6.5. These are in my Top 2 most comfortable sandals I have. I love them so much I bought a backup pair just in case they become discontinued. I’ve had these for over a year and have worn them almost to death but they’ve held up really well. They have a platform about 1 inch so it’s not too chunky or hard to walk in. The sole molds to the foot giving you support and making it easy to wear. Also shown in a few outfits in my Miami Travel Diary (from last year).

Polish: Smith and Cult Kundalini Hustle* on the toes ($18 at Smith and Cult) is a pure poppy red with a slight blue undertone. I love that it’s a bright red that doesn’t darken too much when it dries.

Chanel Le Vernis in Gitane* on the tips ($28 at Chanel.com) is a bold bright red. It’s a true neutral red so it’s not too warm and not too cool. When it comes to red polishes I think Chanel does it best!

Other Details: Chloe Mini Marcie (reviewed here also worn here) and Rayban Phantos Sunglasses

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Tan Medallion Sandals + Coral Pinks

Tory Burch Miller Sandals Tan Brown

Sandals: Tory Burch Miller in Vintage Vachetta ($198 at Tory Burch, Nordstrom and Bloomingdale’s)

Sizing and Fit: True to size, I usually wear a 6.5 in these. This color and style is the one I’ve worn the most. The quality is exceptional and I love how it goes with everything. I’ve worn these so much I have gone through several pairs already – with most people I do think they will last a lot longer. I’ve shortened the life span by wearing these pretty much everywhere – on trips, while moving, in the rain etc. I try to take better care of my other shoes to make them last longer.

Polish: Chanel Le Vernis in Coralium 562 on the toes ($28 at Chanel.com) is my most-worn coral nail polish. Anytime you see a peachy coral on my toes, it’s most likely this one. It has a hint of pink to so it’s not a pure peach/orange. (Also reviewed here.)

Chanel Le Vernis in Turban 524 on the tips is similar but has more pink. I think both of these are my perfect go-to’s for summer. (Turban also reviewed here.)

Other Details: Sunnies are Celine, Hat is Helen Kaminski, Beach towel is Tory Burch and Mini Bag is also Tory Burch

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Black Lace Up Sandals + Lilac/Lavender

Marc Fisher Strappy Marina Lace Up Sandals

Sandals: Marc Fisher Marina Lace-Up Sandals ($65.48 on sale at Nordstrom)

Sizing and Fit: True to size.

Polish: Essie U’V got me faded on the toes ($9 at Ulta) is part of the summer Sunny Business collection. It’s a pale lilac color with a white base so it’s pastel. On my fingers it looks paler than on my toes for some reason. If you want a deeper lilac with shimmer the Essie Spring in Your Step is slightly darker.

Olive and June Fierce and Loving* on the fingers ($8 at Olive and June) is a lavender color with a more pinkish tinge. Two coats covers the nail entirely. I love how fresh and pretty this one is!

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Black Miller Sandals + Hot Pinks

 

Tory Burch Black Leather Miller Sandals

Sandals: Tory Burch Miller in Black Leather (also available in patent black)

Sizing and Fit: True to size!

Polish: Chanel Le Vernis in Camelia* ($28 at Chanel.com) is my most-worn deep pink. It’s a classic go with everything color! I know a lot of you like brighter pinks versus deeper pinks. I think OPI Strawberry Margarita* is a few shades lighter and brighter for the perfect bright summer pink.

Other Details: Cult Gaia Mini Ark in Natural and Celine sunglasses (on the face here and here)

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Rockstud Black Sandals + Off-White Cream

Valentino Rockstud Slide Sandals Black

Sandals: Valentino Rockstud Slide Sandal ($675 at Nordstrom)

Sizing and Fit: Varies depending on style. I took these in a Size 6/36 because the straps fit better on my foot for this color combination and it fits my foot as well. These are the fanciest sandals I own and I was debating whether to buy the leather or patent jelly version (cheaper but slightly different style). I’ve only worn these out one time – I have been waiting for a more special occasion to wear these but we have been staying at home more so I haven’t really taken them out. Can’t wait to wear these more! I find they stay on the foot pretty well.

Polish: Essie Talk to the Sand ($9 at Ulta) is a pale cream with a slight peach/pink tinge. I looked up swatches online and I think it’s so interesting how this looks different on everyone depending on your skin tone and undertone. On me it looks more peach on the fingers, on the toes is almost looks like a pink-white, on some others it looks more peach or beige. It has a lot of contrast with my tan skin tone so if you’re fair it will most likely look less white against your fingers/toes.

Other Details: Purse is the Gucci Supermini.

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Comfortable Everyday Wear-Around-The-House Slides

APL Techloom Slides

Sandals: APL Techloom Slides ($100 at APL)

Sizing and Fit: These are the most comfortable sandals I’ve ever worn – but they’re more of a casual sport slide rather than an everyday sandal. I have these in multiple colors (like I do with all my shoes) and wear these in a Size 6. They only have these in whole sizes and since I have fairly narrow feet the next size up was too wide for me. In their sneakers I wear a 7 for APL and Nike because I like extra room for movement, socks and swelling with activity. I also bought these for Andrew and he wears a 12 in APL sneakers and the slides – so for him they were True to Size (he’s usually a 12 or 12.5 in most brands).

I’d recommend reading the sizing reviews on their website if you’re a half size. They’re so comfortable I’ve been able to walk long distances in them without any issues. To clean them you can put them in the washing machine or hand scrub the sole if they get super dirty. Just make sure you air dry (don’t put in the dryer).

Polish: Olive and June Honest and True on the left, Chanel Resplendissant on the right

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Favorite Summer Sandals + Polishes to Try

I hope you enjoyed this sandal review and polish swatch roundup! A lot of you have asked for DIY pedicure tips – unfortunately I haven’t found anything that I’ve loved. All my mani/pedis these days are DIY. While I have my hand care routine down, I don’t have a good pedicure routine. I’ll link my tools, top and base coat below. But for scrubs and pumice stones I haven’t found any really good ones yet.

What is your favorite polish color to wear for summer? I think I need to try more purples and perhaps a yellow.

Shoes and Accessories:

 

Polish Colors:

 

Press samples have a * next to them. Other shades purchased by me.

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Spring Polish Colors to Brighten the Mood

April 9, 2020

Best Spring Nail Polishes

acrylic display stand from Muji

Doing something as simple as painting my nails these days has some kind of calming effect on me. I’ve been painting my own nails for several years now and since we’re all stuck at home this might a good time to try and improve your own technique! I’m rounding up my favorite spring polish colors to brighten the mood. I’m kinda into softer shades and pastels at the moment. If you have any ones you love let me know in the comments!

First, if you want tips and info on a DIY mani, you can check out my hand and nail care routine roundup.

Chanel

Color-wise, my favorite colors right now are the Chanel Fleur do Pecher and Petale from the La Fleur Et L’Eau Collection. However many of you asked me for more budget-friendly recommendations so I’m sharing some colors I’ve hauled recently from Essie, OPI, Olive and June below.

Chanel Le Vernis Fleur de Pecher and Petale swatch_______________

Essie

Essie is a favorite among many of you. Color-wise I think there are some really nice shades. Formula-wise it’s not my favorite simply because I find other brands last longer/better on my fingers. They recently launched a new quick-dry formula called Expressie and it really does dry faster! I picked up 3 colors to give a whirl and love all of them. I can get full opaque coverage with 2 thin coats.

Buns Up is a neutral beige cream, similar to OPI Samoan Sand, but the Essie is not as yellow and also has more opaque coverage.

Essie Expressie Buns Up

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Crop Top and Roll is a nice everyday neutral pink beige cream, I can get full smooth coverage with 2 coats as well.

Essie Crop Top and Roll

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In the Time Zone is a blue-based cream pink, but isn’t too blue on my golden skin tone.

Essie Expressie In the Time Zone

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For the spring color launch I think all the colors are really fun and fresh. I limited myself to 2 of them including Kissed by Mist, a light blue-based pink with tiny violet sparkles.

Essie Nail Polish Kissed by Mist

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Spring in Your Step is one of the prettiest smooth pearl lavender colors I’ve seen. It flashes a very subtle hint of pink in the shimmer.

Essie Spring In Your Step

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OPI

OPI is my favorite affordable nail polish brand. I think they have the best color selection and lasting power. I’ve used a number of their base and top coats in the past and love them to extend wear. My most-worn neutrals are Samoan Sand, Machu Peach-u and Tiramisu for Two. In case you missed the swatches, check out my Top 5 Best Nude Nail Polishes post. They recently launched a Neo-Pearl Collection and since everything is online only these days I relied on YouTube swatches to pick a couple colors. I normally prefer the regular formula, but it appears the Infinite Shine 2 options for this launch are better and less streaky. I ordered these from Ulta but it looks like they are sold out right now. You might have to do a bit of searching to find these.

I’m a Natural is the perfect pale pink polish color. It’s a soft pink that flashes a slight hint of blue. I think it’s perfect! This one is best with at least 2 coats. In online swatches and photos I’ve seen it flash more purple/blue. I guess it depends on the angle and lighting!

OPI Infinite Shine 2 I'm a Natural

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You’re Full of Abalone is a pale ivory white that has a flashes a tiny bit of blue/violet. It’s sheer so I like it best with 3 coats. It’s a nice clean white that isn’t too stark or sharp on my skin.

OPI Infinite Shine 2 You're Full of Abalone

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Olive and June

The Olive and June nail salon in LA is one of the cutest places I’ve ever been to. I’ve only been there once and it was the most expensive nail treatment I splurged on with a friend. We both still remember it! They launched their own line of polish and nail care products and I think they’re super cute. You can see a previous review of their Tool Box here. A few of their polishes are now available at Target, but the vast majority of their products are online at their website Olive and June.

GH is a pale pink that’s almost white on my skin. The formula is buildable so don’t be shocked if the first coat looks streaky. Just apply 1 thin coat, let it dry completely. The 2nd coat will smooth out to smooth coverage.

Olive and June Nail Polish GH

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TT is a pale lilac, also almost off -white on my skin, but looks clean and fresh!

Olive and June TT

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SE is a baby blue-based pink, best with 2 thin coats. You may need a third on this color.

Olive and June SE

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BI is a perfect peach cream. The formula on this one was difficult for me to work with, but if you have patience to apply slowly and let each coat dry completely, I think the end result is pretty!

Olive and June BI

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Favorite hand cream of the moment is Chanel La Creme Main in Le Lift or the La Mer Rejuvinating Hand Serum. Favorite cuticle moisturizer is Olive and June’s Cuticle Serum and Dior’s Huile Abricot. More recommendations here.

Colors shown in bottom photo:

Acrylic Mini Bottle Stand from Muji (measures 6.9″ wide x 2.6 ” deep x 9.1 inches tall)

Top Row: Essie Buns Up, Crop Top and Roll, In The Time Zone, Kissed By Mist, Spring In Your Step

Middle Row: ChanelPetale, Fleur de Pecher, OPI I’m a Natural, You’re Full of Abalone

Bottom Row: OPI Natural Base Coat, Olive and June GH, TT, SE and BI

Spring Nail Polish Favorites

Swatch comparisons for you!

Nail Polish Swatches Neutrals

What are some of your favorite nail polishes for spring? Have you been trying any DIY at home manicures recently or are you already a pro/expert?

Chanel Petale, Fleur de Pecher, Olive and June SE and BI provided for review. Others purchased by me.

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