The nights are starting to draw in, the weather’s getting colder and we’re already fantasising about gingerbread lattes and wearing
fluffy onesies cashmere loungewear in front of the fire. Enough of the daydreams though, from a beauty perspective it’s time to invest in some new shades and update your make-up wardrobe.
We all know that the easiest way to freshen up your look for the new season is with a lippie or nail polish. It won’t break the bank, and let’s be honest, we’re happy with any excuse for a new purchase.
We’ll look at lipsticks in a future edit, but for now it’s all about the nails! Preparation is key if you want a flawless finish from your polish, and it’s vital to keep on top of dry skin and dehydrated cuticles as the temperature drops.
Colourwise, we’re still loving short nude nails with a hint of soft colour. Nude hues offer up a timeless look, they go with every outfit and keep you bang on trend. There’s really no downside as far as we’re concerned and on reviewing the AW15 catwalks, many of the top designers agree. Berry and plum shades are also big news (has there ever been a winter season that we haven’t reached for deep red shades?) – they’re extremely wearable statement colours; with that added bit of sex appeal.
Nudes and berries are the biggies for us, but the range of colours and mini-trends is so diverse that we’ve added a few polishes that don’t fall into our main categories too – a couple of gorgeous greens, a dreamy blue and a bit of sparkle for good measure. You’re going to want them all, we’re sure of it.
Top Row – Prep & Finish (L to R)
Jessica Nourish Nail and Cuticle Treatment – £14.10 (BUY HERE)
Prep your nails with this hydrating formula pre-polish.
The perfect base coat. It’s super adhesive, includes a UV filter and contains specially formulated properties to prevent staining.
Nails Inc. Westminister Bridge Matte Top Coat – £12.00 (BUY HERE)
Seen at Victoria Beckham AW15. Used on natural nails instead of as a top coat, this polish gives nails a lovely matte nude finish.
Part of Barry M’s popular Gelly range, this easy-on-the-purse topcoat provides a high-shine finish with fantastic protection against chipping.
Second Row – Berry & Plum (L to R)
NARS Nail Polish in Endless Night – £13.50 (BUY HERE)
A gorgeous, deep, plummy shade that screams AW nails! As an added bonus it’s Toluene, formaldehyde and DBP free.
Nailberry L’Oxygéné in Strawberry Jam – £14.50 (BUY HERE)
Part of Nailberry’s 2015 collection, this polish is a lovely dark red with tones of pink. The range is wonderfully breathable and 5 Free of chemicals.
Smith & Cult in Lover’s Creep – £19.00 (BUY HERE)
An ‘opaque bordeaux’ shade that conjures up images of warm blankets, log fires and big glasses of red wine (Bordeaux of course). The high-shine formula is also 5 Free, which we love.
Nailed London with Rosie Fortescue in Berry Sexy – £6.99 (BUY HERE)
This new line of Gel Colour Polish has been developed to most closely match the look, feel, wear and gloss of a professional gel polish. Our pick of the range for the season ahead is this dark red.
Third Row – Nudes (L to R)
A beautiful, feminine pale pink nude polish. Topshop polishes can always be relied upon for great colours at even better prices and this is an essential buy.
Yves Saint Laurent La Laque Couture in Beige Gallery – £19.00 (BUY HERE)
The perfect modern neutral for a sophisticated nude nail.
Deborah Lippmann 5 Free Luxury Nail Lacquer in Naked – £16.00 (BUY HERE)
A sheer, clean, bare beige shade that gives a silky nude finish.
Essie Nail Polish in Tea & Crumpets – £7.99 (BUY HERE)
We love this nude! A change from the others on our Wish List, this Essie polish provides a subtle pearlised finish – with just the right amount of shimmer.
Bottom Row – Best of the Rest (L to R)
Burberry Beauty Nail Polish in Khaki – £15.00 (BUY HERE)
If you caught last week’s Wish List edit, you’ll know we’re on a bit of a khaki trip at the moment (missed it? find it here!
). One of the products created to match up with the fashion house’s AW15 Prorsum catwalk collection is this fabulous shade of high-gloss polish. We need to have it in our lives.
Chanel Le Vernis in Vert Obscur – £18.00 (BUY HERE)
A new shade from Chanel’s foliage-inspired Fall 2015 range, Vert Obscur is a wonderful deep, foresty green that verges perfectly on black.
Olivia Palermo x Ciate London in New England Fall – £17.00 (BUY HERE)
A deep dusky blue polish that’s bound to become a staple. It has just the right depth of colour to stop it from being a bit too ‘blue’, if you know what we mean? High quality and luxuriously packaged, just like the lady herself.
O.P.I Starlight Collection in Super Star Status – £12.50 (BUY HERE)
We can’t cover the Autumn / Winter season without adding a bit of sparkle, can we? It’s possibly illegal. This little number from O.P.I’s Christmas collection offers a blend of silver and gold glitter particles and we heart it big time.