On the last stop of my mini nail care series, I thought I’d just share with you some of my favorite polish colors and brands that you see on my regularly on my blog and Instagram, as well as colors that have made it into photos this week.
Some of my favorite gel polish colors
It’s no secret I love a great, classic red polish, and that’s what I wear at least 70% of the time. But I also love to switch it up to the unexpected. Certainly not a modern fashion statement only–there’s plenty of vintage advertisements that show funky colors! And we have even more options now, so why not have a bit of fun with it?
In terms of brands, so far I’ve enjoyed and used Sephora by OPI, Gelish, IDB, and Couture Gel Polish. I’ll happily turn back to any of those brands for new colors or repeats. And I also have a color from NailLuv I’ve yet to try. I’m always on the lookout for something new!
Left to right (above): Sephora by OPI Gelshine in High Maintenance (isn’t currently available but this was my main red for over a year) / Gelish in Hot Rod Red with accent nail in Gelish Meet the King (the gold), with Hot Rod Red and IDB in Black Lava / Sephora by OPI Gelshine in I’m Wired (coral pink)
Left to right (above): Gelish in He Loves Me, He Loves Me Not / Gelish in The Great Googly Moogly over Gelish in Amazon Flirt (glitter lime green over neon green) / Gelish in He Loves Me, He Loves me not again with accent polka dots in Gelish in Sheek White
Because I’m on vacation I haven’t had the opportunity to reply to comments on my posts! But I know a few of you have asked me about what to do if you have tons of regular nail polish, and how I ‘sandwiched’ normal polish between a gel base and top coat. It’s not something I’ve done a lot, but you can apply a base coat (or two), cure the coats, then use regular nail polish as normal, and then use a gel top coat (or two) and cure that.
Of course, you can’t cure the coats of regular polish… so you have to wait around like normal and it has to be absolutely dry before you apply a gel top coat and cure it. I’m spoiled by gel’s no-dry time so I don’t find that fun to do particularly. I don’t find the polish lasts quite as long but it’s pretty good. So I just wanted to mention it again as it is an option if you want to use stickers to do any nail art (or half moons), or use colors you can’t otherwise get in gel polish!
Well everyone, this was one action-packed week of nail love here at By Gum, By Golly! From using gel polish to tips on how to keep your nails looking good, we’ve covered quite a lot. (And part of it while I’m off in Dublin!) So I just thought it might be helpful to round-up all the other posts in one place for future reference:
- Sunday: Introducing a week of nail love from a vintage gal
- Monday: Why I love gel polish
- Tuesday: How I apply and remove gel polish
- Wednesday: My 6 steps for happy nails
- Thursday: Couture Gel Nail Polish kit review
- Friday (today’s post): My favorite polishes and the week’s round-up
All posts in this mini series have been tagged for easy access, too! You can find them all here:
Now you finally have all the ins and outs of how I paint my nails and keep them looking good without too much fuss on a regular basis. I hope you’ve enjoyed it. Happy nail painting, and have a wonderful weekend!