Thursday, December 20, 2012

Blogmas Day 20: Favorite Winter Polishes

Yay! It's Blogmas Day 20, 4 days until Christmas and it's meant to snow tonight! I can only hope it snows enough to stay til Monday.

For today's post I decided to show my favorite winter polishes. I know most people change their nails seasonally, but I tend to change mine by holiday. Pinks and purples for Valentines, Pastels for Easter, Blues and Red's for Patriotic Holidays, Murky dark colors for Halloween, Red and Green and Gold for Christmas, and Blues and Silvers for New Years.

This post is focusing on my favorite polishes that I wear from the Holiday Season until it's time for me to start wearing my Valentines Polishes. Which I admittedly make a bigger deal out of Valentines than I should but what can I say I love, love.

First Up are the Reds:
From Left to Right: China Glaze - Ruby Deer, OPI - An Affair In Red Square, OPI - Vodka and Caviar, OPI - Malaga Wine
These are my absolute favorite reds and all of them are blue toned, and work well with anything. They all sort of fall in the classic red's category.

Next are the Blues:
From Left to Right: OPI - Into The Night, China Glaze - Blue Years Eve, Sephora by OPI - Opening Night, Essie - Midnight Cami

These are all dark blues, and really similar in color. Blue Years Eve is the brightest though, and Midnight Cami can look Black on the nails in bad lighting.

The next pictures are all sort of mixed because I only had a few of each color.

So we have gold tones and purples:
 Left to Right: OPI - Golden Eye, OPI - Warm and Fozzie, China Glaze - Sugarplums, OPI - Lincoln Park After Dark

Warm and Fozzie which was in the Muppets collection is my favorite of this grouping, it's a solid fine glittery color that's a bit of a chameleon, not really a duochrome but definitely reflective. Sugerplums is my close second because it has holo glitter in it that just seems to twinkle in the light.

Then we have Green's and some Glitters:
Left to Right: China Glaze - Snow Globe, China Glaze - Tinsel Town, China Glaze - Mistletoe Kisses, China Glaze - Jolly Holly

Honestly these are my least worn of my winter colors, they do get some love but not as much as they should. I'll be coming back to these though.

My favorite Winter Glitters:
Left to Right: China Glaze - Party Hearty, Sephora by OPI - Only Gold For Me, Deborah Lippmann - Across The Universe, Deborah Lippmann - Happy Birthday

These are my absolute favorite glitters, and Happy Birthday may actually be my favorite Glitter ever. I am so glad I bought this it deserves all of the hype that it gets. The only one of these polishes I  wear on it's own is Across The Universe, though sometimes I just use one coat over the blues. The rest of them get layered with the other polishes in some sort of design.

Finally I have two polishes that are sort of one offs and I couldn't really fit them into any groups:
Left to Right: Essie - Turquoise and Caicos and Lancome Vernis In Love Noir Caviar.

I love the Essie polish because it's a Tiffany Blue and come winter time I always think of Tiffany's, who doesn't love those little blue boxes with the pretty bows on top. I don't wear it often during the holdiays but when I need a brighter color to perk me up, this is usually the polish I reach for. It still feels wintry to me, but it plenty bright to chase away my winter blues, and spring and summer. I think the only time I don't wear this polish is in the Fall.

The Lancome polish is just an absolute dream, I adore it. You can get away with just coat, and it's a smooth creamy dark grey with amazing staying power.

 I mentioned yesterday that I'd show you how I do a crescent of glitter at the bottom of my nails, and said I'd probably use red. I didn't, I decided to use Jolly Holly with Mistletoe Kisses and I really love the tonal look. This may be my new favorite way of wearing them.

What are your favorite winter polishes?