Friday, 5 July 2013

50 (Nail) Shades of Summer

Summer is ready - but are your nails?

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While most people are perfecting their summer attire, I am sat here sorting out my nail polish collection.

Hi I'm Kate, and I am a Nail Polish-aholic

One shade of red is not enough, and do not get me started on blues and greens. If you are like me, then you will appreciate how a little drop of colour on your finger nails can make you smile, aside from the fact it can help make (or break) an outfit. From nail art to bold brights and neutrals, painted nails are the best accessory for this summer (and the rest of the year, in my opinion) - and one that most designers and celebrities are fully embracing. Check out some of the best here:

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Chanel, D&G, Marc Jacobs and Stella McCartney are amongst those who are using a lot of neutral nail shades for this summer; while designers like Vera Wang and Marchesa are going to the dark side, using bolder and deeper tones. It is hard to forget that nail art has become a huge fashion statement on and off the catwalk, the 'two-tone mani' also features on models for the likes of Vivienne Westwood, Phillip Lim and Tracy Reese - using both bold and pale shades to create a statement nail.

I decided to raid my nail paints and pick out shades and nail trends that are perfect for Summer 2013:

The Nude and Pastels:

(From left to right: Topshop 'Threadbare', No7 'So Simple', Nails Inc 'Elizabeth Street', Revlon 'Frostiest Pink', Models Own 'Nude Beige', Essie 'Fiji', Rimmel 60 Seconds 'How Do You Lilac It?', Barry M 'Blue Moon', Revlon 'Minted' and Essie 'Mint Candy Apple' - all with one coat of polish)

The Brights: 

(From left to right: Barry M Gelly 'Blood Orange', Nails Inc 'St James', Rimmel 60 Seconds 'Coralicious', Natural Collection 'Hibiscus', OPI 'Elephantastic Pink', Marks & Spencer Limited Collection 'Pale Peach', Seventeen 'Lemon Tart', Barry M Gelly 'Greenberry', Barry M Gelly 'Guava', Barry M Gelly 'Blue Grape' - all with one coat of polish)

The Dark and the Bolds:

(From left to right: Nails Inc 'Tate', Nails Inc 'Savile Row', Essie 'Bahama Mama', 17 in purple, Marks and Spencer 'Tea Rose', Barry M 'Mushroom', Topshop 'Utilitarian', Barry M '292', Nails Inc 'Motcomb Street', Rimmel 60 Seconds 'Black Out' - all with one coat of polish)

The Metallics:

(From left to right: 17 in a pink shimmer, Rimmel 60 Seconds 'Euphoria', No7 'Passion Pink', Accessorize 'Pink Spice', Avon Mirror Shine in purple, Marks and Spencer Limited Collection 'Emerald', Barry M 'Aqua glitter', Barry M 'Amethyst glitter', Barry M 'Magnetic Blue', 17 in a gold shimmer - all with one coat of polish)

The Two-Tone Mani:

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I am definatly going to try out a two-tone mani again soon, I really had fun creating mine (sorry about the bad quality photos!) 
So many shades, so little time - I hope this has inspired you in some way to go out and do something fun with your nails! 

Which is your favourite trend for this summer? 
Post your comments and photos of your own nail shades down below :)

Have a great weekend everyone!

 Kate xo

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