Pretty Polish March 2013

March is here, which means spring is on its way. With that in mind, here’s a look at some of the best polishes to help carry us through the last days of winter and welcome the new season in style!

Revlon Colorstay Longwear Nail Enamel in Passionate Pink: This cheerful medium pink goes on glossy and looks fantastic against fair skin.

The prettiest pink polish.

The prettiest pink polish.

I’ve turned to it time and time again to help ward of the winter blues, but it’s also a perfect shade for early spring; it reminds me of some of the first flowers to bloom in my tulip garden.

Nailtini Lacquer in Frappe: A sheer, subtle shade, this peachy nude looks fresh and is just right for a professional manicure. Might I suggest wearing it to a job interview?

This peachy nude polish is always a perfect professional choice.

This peachy nude polish is always a perfect professional choice.

I did, and I’m happy to report that I landed the job! This polish adds a warm, healthy shine to nails, leaving them looking clean and well-maintained. A five-star polish any time of year.

Color Club Professional Nail Lacquer in Wild Cactus and Put a Pin in it: I discovered these polishes thanks to Birchbox, and I love them both for this time of year. Wild Cactus is a highly pigmented emerald shade.

Better together: try your hand at some at-home nail art and create a fun, regal pedicure.

Better together: try your hand at some at-home nail art and create a fun, regal pedicure.

Put a Pin in it is a gorgeous shimmery gold. Both polishes have a very regal feel. I like both of them on my toes, and I really love the two shades together. Why not try your hand at some nail art? Green with a cluster of gold polka dots? Gold with a slim green stripe? Have fun with it! A word of advice: the dark green polish stains nails almost instantly. Definitely don’t skip the basecoat when using this one!

What colors are you sporting this season?

Holiday Pretty

Happy Holidays! How quickly the year has flown by! Tomorrow is Christmas Day, and before we know it we’ll be ringing in the New Year with midnight kisses and champagne. We’ll have lots of reasons to celebrate — and get dolled up — over the next seven days. After all, as one of my closest, chicest friends likes to say, the best part of the holidays is having an excuse to wear a dress and high heels!

I don’t know about you, but I’m hoping my stocking is stuffed with tinted lip balms (you can’t go wrong with Burt’s Bees), cool nail polishes (anything in the gray family will do) and designer fragrances (I’m looking at you, Dior Addict). But regardless of what I get tomorrow morning, tonight I’ll be turning to some classics to get me looking lovely and feeling festive while I kick off the holiday at not one, but two Christmas Eve parties! I still haven’t made a wardrobe decision; I could keep it cozy in jeans, boots, and a cranberry colored sweater, or perhaps I’ll throw on my new black wrap dress and perfect red scarf for a slightly more glamorous look. Either way, I know I’ll be sporting the following fun holiday makeup looks:

1. Glittery Gold Manicure: I believe that, for the most part, a girl shouldn’t wear glittery nail polish if she’s old enough to legally buy booze. Not only does glitter tend to read really, really young, it can often come across as ditzy, which is never a look that I’m going for.

This Nailtini polish can be layered for a very pretty, sparkly holiday manicure.

This Nailtini polish can be layered for a very pretty, sparkly holiday manicure.

However, we are currently enjoying a season that almost mandates a certain amount of glitter in daily life. I’ll be taking advantage of this with a pretty, glittery gold manicure. I prefer polishes that have smaller pieces of glitter that, when layered, almost look like solid pigment rather than little chunks of confetti suspended in topcoat. I’ll be rockin’ this Nailtini polish. Essie also makes some decent glittery polishes, in both gold and silver. Go forth and sparkle, my friends!

2. Red Lips: I don’t care how you do it. Gloss, balm, lipstick, liner, whatever your preferred method of lip color application, nothing is more timeless, glamorous and holiday-appropriate than a red lip. Being a definite gloss girl, I’ll be sporting my new favorite, this thick Bare Minerals gloss that smells like holiday spices and turns my mouth the most flattering shade of red. The color is a little darker in person than it looks in the photo (please excuse the obnoxious kissy-face) and it really takes any look up a notch, adding a kiss of ladylike sophistication.

This Bare Minerals gloss is a little darker in person and smells like holiday spices - the perfect holiday gloss!

This Bare Minerals gloss is a little darker in person and smells like holiday spices – the perfect holiday gloss!

3. Liquid Liner: I generally wear a little eyeliner during the day. A quick swipe of pencil along my upper lashes and I’m good to go. When I’m dressing up, on the other hand, I want to give my eyes a little more oomph, and nothing does that better than a sleek swoop of liquid liner, which makes a statement that is both sexy and classy, all while making your eyes pop. This year I’ve fallen for a new favorite: Eyeko Skinny Liquid Eyeliner in purple. The liner itself is unbelievably easy to apply; like my former favorite liquid liners, it comes in a pen-tip style applicator, rather than the skinny brush that I don’t think I will ever master. The color comes out smoothly and evenly, and dries quickly without smudging. I’ve always been a fan of purple eye pencils, and this purple liquid version is just too good not to use. I’ll be sporting a slight cat-eye tonight.

So, will you be rocking any of these looks tonight? What’s your go-to holiday makeup look? Let me know in the comments below.

Have a beautiful Christmas!