The Spring Manicure

Spring is here and that means the pastels come back out for me. Since growing my nails longer I have preferred bare nails over a solid block of colour, but I decided to inject a little colour back into my life with a colour French manicure. 

Enter Essie Absolutely Shore, one of my most used nail polishes. This light sea foam green shade is such a nice spring-like colour and goes well with my typically monochromatic outfits. I applied two coats of this to the tips of my nails and cleaned up the edges with cotton buds in nail polish remover. For the rest of the nails, I went with two coats of the Nails Inc NailKale Illuminator for a healthy and polished look.

To top it all off, I used the Nails Inc Top Coat With Kensington Caviar to add shine and increase the wear time. Not only does it leave a nice finish, it also dries quickly allowing me to carry on with my work just minutes after I finish off my manicure session.

I'm sure this will become my go-to spring nail look but perhaps I will rotate between a couple of shades to see how they look.

What will you be wearing on your nails this spring?


Purple Tones That Work

I love neutrals but a pop of pink and purple completes the look. Recently I've been loving the purple tones and the easiest way to wear it is on the lips. The MAC Lipstick in Plumful was my first MAC lipstick and it is the most wearable plum lipstick I own. It's a good evening option for me but when it comes to its daytime counterpart, I reach for MAC Syrup instead. It is a gorgeous everyday cloudy pink shade that goes with just about everything. For something sheer, the Korres Lip Butter in Plum leaves a glossy sheer wash of plum and is moisturizing enough to be a great autumn/winter option.

To match my plum lips, I absolutely love NARS Sin on the cheeks. I haven't stopped wearing it all throughout the winter and while it's time I stash it away until September, I still sneak it in once in a while, particularly when I reach for the plum lips.

Out of my comfort zone is my new Burberry Complete Eye Palette in No. 06 Plum Pink. While it isn't particularly crazy, it definitely isn't my usual neutrals but the shades go together easy enough that I can just take this quad and make something work. 

What shades do you reach for other than neutrals?


Empties #8

I absolutely love this makeup setting spray. It only takes a couple of spritzes to keep my skin looking matte and my makeup staying in place. This is a repurchase and I'm certain it will be coming back again and again.

Plenty of hair products weigh my fine hair down when it comes to anything that claims to be nourishing. This one doesn't and it makes my hair shiny and easy to brush through. I absolutely love it and have already repurchased it. It is the best post-wash product to leave in before air drying or styling.

Sure a $3 nail polish remover can scrub off the last of my nail polish but this OPI offering does the same with the added bonus of leaving my nails feeling healthy. It may cost more but I use less product so in the end, it's not so bad. I've already repurchased it. 

It's no secret that I love the Clinique Take The Day Off Cleansing Balm but the makeup remover, I'm not sold on. It does the job but leaves behind a bit of a film that requires rinsing. I think I prefer my micellar waters.

This earthy-scented body lotion smells great and leaves the skin incredibly soft. It is light enough to sink in fast but still nourishing, even on dry patches. It isn't the most affordable but definitely a nice treat and one I will considering purchasing and using on more special days.

This brush tip pen eyeliner set standards the day I tried it and since then I have been comparing everything else I have to it. Between this and the Stila offering, I'm still not sure which I prefer but this pigmented, long-lasting, and easy to use liner is definitely a favourite I keep in my rotation of pen liners to repurchase.