I’ve been known to joke that a nail polish collection is a poor girl’s fetish. We’re too broke for frequent trips to the salon and there’s no way we could afford a collection of designer shoes or handbags. So instead we treat ourselves to varnish. Well, according to a Time Magazine article published earlier this year that philosophy goes even further with the journalist suggesting that nail polish sales (along with cheap booze) go up during recession and times of economic crises. It got me thinking about nail polish and which cruelty-free brands are giving us the best bang for our buck.
I’ve been combing the streets of Sydney looking for Little Treasures. While chemists and Priceline seem to be out, they’re still going strong for $5.95 in David Jones and Myer – or you can go online of course.
This time last year my baby was only five months old so I didn’t feel qualified for Mother’s Day presents. I don’t really feel qualified now either – my 17-month-old can’t drink out of a cup, let alone go shopping for gifts. So I’ve written a hypothetical Mother’s Day list and I figure I might as well share it with my dear readers. Who knows? It might even inspire you for gift ideas for your mum.
1) Inika Certified-Organic Liquid Foundation
I’ve heard such good things about this award-winning mineral makeup. For $65 a pop I probably should wait until I’ve used up my Face of Australia stuff. But if someone were to buy for it for me, like my partner, I’d feel like this.
Recently in Priceline I noticed they were out of Natio’s Little Treasures nail polish. I’ve spoken before about my love for this range. I first discovered it last Christmas when I was given six bottles from my mother-in-law – score! I instantly fell in love. They are like the Alexa Chung of nail polish being both cute and stylish at the same time.
Mode Cosmetics nail polish
Well helloooooo Autumn. We’re midway into the season. The nights are starting sooner and the air is becoming crisper . It’s perfect weather to rug up indoors and treat yourself to a DIY manicure.
You might be thinking of pulling out black, burgundy or burnt orange nail colours, but what about trying a mint or pastel green to go with the warm-toned fashion?
On December 5th Pantone selected emerald as 2013’s colour of the year. I’ve banned myself from buying anymore nail polish – at least until I’ve reviewed all the ones I own – but one shade I’ve been desperate to try is emerald. Emerald is HUGE right now. It’s so huge it has to duck through doorways and take the exit seats when flying. Well it was huge. It’s been around for over three months now, aged a bit and without realising developed a slight stoop. But it’s still pretty bloody big.
Pantone Colour of the Year
It’s maniday. Every Monday we like to share what we’re wearing on our nails and why.
Colour: Lemon from their Little Treasures range. This colour is so much fun. It’s bright, unusual without being OTT and surprisingly complements more outfits than one would expect. In fact, the colour is its saving grace and while I wouldn’t buy this again, I’ll definitely use up the bottle.