Favourite nail polish colours

When it comes to nails, each of us has a brand they prefer, usually linked to the number of days the nail polish stays on... For me, it has got to be Essie every time, with a few exceptions when I find a special colour I like elsewhere (like Models Own grey purple which I picked up a few weeks ago).

I love Essie not only because it lasts forever on my overworked nails, but also because the colour choice is better than anywhere else.

Admit it girls, where else do you have over 20 different shades of pale pink/beige to choose from for a natural look? They have something for every mood: from the shocking pinks for girlie girl days to dark black-red for the sophisticates, including va-va-voom bright reds and more adventurous blues. Remember that Chanel green that was all the rage last season? Well Essie has one which is almost the same, for a fraction of the cost! And still available!! Similarly Minky Muffs is a so cool taupe for early spring.

I have a small collection at home for my self-administered nail treatments in front of the TV, and when I want to treat myself I head to the Nail Gallery on Fulham Road, where if I'm really lucky the adorable Lorna will have booked me in for the special Karma chair (more of that in a later blog, I promise). This is the only place in London where I have been able to get the same type of treatment I could get in one of the nail parlours in the Upper East Side in NY. I totally recommend it:
The Nail Gallery
300 Fulham Road SW10
0 207 795 1688

My top list of Essie nail colours never stops growing, as the label keeps on issuing new colours, with seasonal and limited collections... Here are mine, what are yours?

Spring colours - Island Hopping (so 2010 it should have gotten its own fashion show) and Minimalistic (the softest lilac)

Summer colours - Clam Bake (my absolute favourite, looks amazing on tanned feet) and Watermelon (the only bright pink I really love)

Fall colours - Alligator Purse (burned pumpkin) and Downtown Brown (yummy chocolatey)

Winter colours - Wicked (of course!), Berry Hard (for a softer plum look), Licorice (to indulge my inner rock chick bien sur)

All-year round colours - All the beiges, with or without Marshmallow on the tips..

Pictures courtesy of http://www.essie.com/, from left to right:
Marshmallow / Potato Fields / Allure / Minimalistic / Island Hopping / Watermelon / Clam Bake / Alligator Purse / Downtown Brown / Berry Hard / Wicked / Licorice

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