I’m a firm believer in wearing whatever shade of nail polish or lipstick that you want to, regardless of season. However, there are certain colors that I am more drawn to different times of the year.
Y’all know I share my Monthly Manis each month and nail polish is where my love of all things beauty started. My grandma got her nails done every 2 weeks and I went with her a lot. I remember going in the salon and seeing rows and rows of nail polish and LOVING it. I was exposed at a young age and clearly inherited the gene. When my grandma went into labor with my mom, she was sitting at the table painting her nails and she wouldn’t let my grandpa take her to the hospital until she was finished. Again, I got it honest.
Out of the 160ish (at last count) shades that I own, I managed to narrow it down to 36 shades across 5 color categories.
—Essie Merino Cool: Autumn mulberry
–Essie Hot Coco: Tawny sepia
—China Glaze Dope Taupe: Soft greige
—OPI How Great is Your Dane?: Cinnamon coffee
—Glisten & Glow Dukeberry: Purple tone brown
—KL Polish Point Zero: Cool toned grey brown
—Essie Turn N Pose: Dramatic, deep plum
—Essie Sexy Divide: Bold deep purple with hints of shimmer
—Essie No More Film: Creamy, seductive deep violet
—KL Polish Mozart: Dusty purple
—OPI Kerry Blossom: Plum
–OPI We’ll Always Have Paris: Vampy, darkened plum
—OPI What’s The Hatter With You?: Rich burgundy
–OPI Bastille My Heart: Deep burgundy with violet shimmer throughout
—OPI Black Cherry Chutney: Dark black-red
—Essie Touch Up: Softest mauve pink
—Essie Bubbles Only: Classic burgundy creme
—Essie Recessionista: Savvy brick red
—Essie Shearling Darling: Rich, plush ebony red
—Essie After School Boy Blazer: Academy blue-black
—Essie Bobbing for Baubles: Deepest darkest sapphire
—Essie Surrounded By Studs: Bejeweled blue
—China Glaze Jagged Little Teal: Deep teal blue
—OPI Alpaca My Bags: Blue-green
—OPI Less Is Norse: Dark ice blue
—KL Polish Gumption: Dark navy blue
—KL Polish Cozy In There?: Dusty blue with gray undertones
I thought about some others after I took these pics and I’m too lazy to go back and take pics and a few I don’t have in my collection any more. We’re going to call these honorable mentions
—OPI You Don’t Know Jacques
—OPI Russian Navy
—Essie Smokin Hot
—OPI Miami Beet
My friend Meghan just shared her fall favorites here. We have a lot of similar favorites, but she mentioned a few that I don’t have in my collection and that needs to change ASAP.
KL Polish Mami Martha
Why dip powder?
–No UV light
–Can do at home, no salon visits
–Non-toxic, no odor
–Crack & chip resistant
–2-4 min dry time
–Manicure doesn’t long
–Easy to remove
–Lasts longer, 3-4 weeks
–Can do on your natural nails whether they’re long or short, can also do with a tip
–Awesome reward system
–TONS of color options
–User friendly: good directions & tutorials
I purchased the Dip Powder Starter Kit for $49.99 which includes
–Step 1 Probase
–Step 2 Activator
–Step 3 Finish Gel
–2 oz dip powder jar, shade of your choice
Powder Options & Price
–280 colors: nude to black and everything in between
–Sun changing colors
–0.5 oz jar $7.99
–1.0 oz for $14.99
–2.0 oz for $24.99
The 0.5 oz jar is PLENTY unless you find a color you really love and will use a lot. I got a 2.0 oz jar and I’m pretty sure it will last a lifetime.
I got a soft, light pink so I can paint over it. I have horrible natural nails and the dip powder provides a nice base. If you do use regular nail polish over top, be sure to remove it with NON-ACETONE remover.
These products are so easy to use. I watched the video tutorials before getting started and that really helped. The first time I did it, it was too thick, but I’ve gotten better. You will need a buffer and nail file to smooth out the nail.
–Soak off with ACETONE
–Dip cotton ball/round in acetone, place on nail, wrap nail in tin foil, wait 10 minutes, and remove foil. Test one nail first to make sure the acetone has broken down the product and you can get it off easily. If not, let them soak a little longer.
–May need a cuticle tool to scrape off the excess product
Will this damage your nails?
Yes. Any sort of acrylic, gel, dip powder, etc. will damage your natural nail.
This post is not sponsored. I paid for all of the products myself. If you are interested in purchasing you can use my link and I will receive points, but no commission.
I tried to answer the most common questions, but if you have any others, leave them in the comments and I will get back to you!