In the throes of winter, I concentrate far more time than is recommended on constantly applying hand cream and with this process more time than I recommended is also spent criticising my nails. Winter nails might just be my favourite: these are my top picks as we lead up to Christmas. (Which is when we all shoot red and glitter based stuff at our nails, right?)
A darkened black cherry red.
This is my go-to colour when I haven’t got the time or energy to fret about which outfits I may or may not be wearing. Nothing screams sophisticated and instills winter charm like a black cherry red and this Revlon version applies like a dream, only requiring two coats for opacity.
Essie ‘Bobbing For Baubles’
A slate-grey crossed with navy.
When I picked this shade up, it was only because I couldn’t find ‘After School Boy Blazer’. A grayish sort of navy, it is my usual work week shade, sometimes sprinkled with some glitter to keep it from being too prudish. I quite like this as a fresher and more polished take on black nails, which lets face it, is a bit 2005.
Essie ‘Not Just A Pretty Face’
A creamy sheer medium pink.
I bought ‘Not Just A Pretty Face’ as an impulse pick-me-up after work one evening and hated it upon first application. Super sheer, man. But lacquered on with about four layers, it gives that beautifully pinkish-nude, sophisticate look and looks seriously pretty paired with 'Set in Stones'.
butter LONDON 'Fiver'
An icy mint green.
The anomaly amongst this pack, I reached for ‘Fiver’ just the other day. If you’re anything like me, then your winter wardrobe probably consists of black, grey, white and navy, so a mint green with a little glitter can be just the ticket for an icy cool touch.
Essie ‘Set in Stones’
Varied silver glitter particles suspended in clear polish.
And now for the gem of the bunch! I haven’t come across a glitter like this before so was pleasantly surprised to find it in my Vogue FNO duo. Glimmering with small and larger glitter particles suspended in a clear polish, it creates a truly unique sparkle without being too regulated. I wear this on its own sometimes – one coat is really kitsch and cute in a ‘trying out Mum’s nail polishes’ way!