Anyways, if you want to know what my nail polish favourites have been then keep reading...
Firstly, I want to apologise for the terrible photos. I'm not quite sure why but my photos have been quite grainy and yellow toned lately, even though they look perfectly fine when looking at them on the camera itself. Whenever I upload the photos onto my MacBook it instantly becomes grainy, so I'm extremely sorry if the photos are rubbish!
Secondly, I wanted to make a little plug for ORLY who have a new limited edition collection releasing soon called Blush. The new collection features 6 shades that reflect the tones of flushed cheeks and nude lipsticks. Blush will be available in Australia on the 1st February 2014, retailing for $18.95 for the 18ml bottles, $7.95 for the 5.4ml and $23.95 for the mini kit. The collection compliments any outfit whether its soft florals in the Summer/Spring or neutrals in the Autumn.
ORLY Classic Contours*
This mauve creme polish is perfect for the office (especially in autumn/winter) as it adds a pop of colour to the nails but it isn't too flashy and in your face. I find that mauve nail polishes are such delicate, sophisticated and feminine colours and compliments any outfit, whether it be business attire or weekend clothes. I used two coats to achieve full opacity and surprising this nail polish (with the help of seche vite) lasted a full working week!
ORLY First Blush*
First Blush is described as hot pink creme polish and it is definitely a much more noticeable nail polish. Although it does stand out, I find that it is a little more subdued than regular hot pink/barbie pink nail polishes and looks great when you're busting out the coloured shirts since it's now Summer in Australia. I also love that I can transition this colour from the workplace to the weekend - I wore this shade over last weekend at Stereosonic (Australian music festival) and I received so many compliments! First Blush only needed two coats to reach full opacity and last for a whole week before chipping began!
ORLY Pink Nude
Keeping with the ORLY theme, another nail polish I love is Pink Nude. Unlike what the name suggests, I do not see how this is a 'pink nude' shade. In my opinion I find this looks more of an off-white colour, but nevertheless a lovely colour to wear in the office. I think the colour would look great with olive/tanned skin tones but maybe not as much with pale skin/deep skin tones. As with a lot of lighter nudes, Pink Nude needed 3 coats to reach full opacity.
ORLY Lift The Veil
This is my favourite ORLY nail polish from the bunch. Lift The Veil is a light baby pink colour and looks beautiful on any skin tone. It gives off such an innocent vibe and is just an easy everyday colour to wear. I've worn this colour so many times since purchasing it at the Sydney Beauty and Spa Expo and I'm so devastated that I've already used up more than half of the 5.4ml bottle. I really need to find the full size bottle of this and stock up.
Essie A Crewed Interest
This peachy creme polish is a stunning shade. Unfortunately though, I find that this is one of the worst Essie polishes I own as it's quite streaky. But in saying that, after taking the time to make it work, the end result is beautiful. Due to the formula A Crewed Interest takes 3 coats to reach full opacity and lasts on my nail for about 4 days before chipping.
Essie Strawberry Sorbet
This is by far the loudest nail polish of the bunch - Strawberry Sorbet is a pinky-red, almost like a mixture between a watermelon and raspberry shade. Although this is such a eye-catching colour I find that you can get away with wearing it in the office IF there are no chips. There's nothing worse than having a bright nail polish with chipping all over. Strawberry Sorbet only needs two coats to reach opacity and lasts 5 days without chipping.
OPI I Theodora You
My favourite OPI polish at the moment has got to I Theodora You. Although I wasn't very fond of the colour at the start (because it took 3, sometimes 4 coats to apply), since wearing it starting to really grow on me. I Theodora You is another baby pink shade that is slightly more subdued than ORLY's Lift The Veil. It's not streaky or hard to apply at all.
OPI Sweet Heart
To the naked eye this looks like another baby pink shade (just like almost all other nude shades), but comparing to the other baby pink shades in my collection I think this is more of a muted milky pink. Sweet Heart is definitely lighter than both Lift The Veil and I Theodora You. Although it takes 3 coats to apply the end result is beautiful.
So those are the nail polishes I've been loving at the moment - I've definitely been steering clear of the glitter polishes/blues since working.
Let me know if you have any office appropriate nail polishes that you think I should have in my collection!