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Chanel Spring-Summer 2020 Nail Color Favorites

chanel mirage nail polish

 

Hello darlings! I am back after my two-week hiatus. Well, I am still not completely back on track, but I will be, soon. As you all know, I recently moved and the whole process felt really stressful, but I’m happy to report that I survived this difficult move amidst all this pandemic scare. Now, I am surrounded by what seems like endless numbers of unopened boxes and a ton of stuff to arrange. The whole idea of self-care to me nowadays has been thrown out of the window, lol. Oh, how I miss my sheet mask, hair mask, lip mask, hand mask, foot mask, eye mask, and all kinds of masks, hahaha! Yes, nowadays, there’s a mask for everything! I even miss you all my Masking Monday, Pink Wednesday, and Tower Thursday friends! On top of that, I really miss my old home. I feel like I’ve left a part of me in every home I’ve lived in, and moving feels like having a void I can never fill. Only time can mollify the whole thing. On the bright side, I am really enjoying where I am. Even though we’re in the middle of this pandemic, I’ve managed to visit a couple of furniture stores and I’ve hit two antique shops! So, expect to see some exciting photos here in the blog soon, or as soon as I get my stuff in order, hmmp!

 

Anyway, I will try not to make this post too long. Before my move, I’ve collected a few Chanel nail colors released last Spring and this Summer and I’m showing you their swatches in this post. I’ve also included a beautiful red shade, also from Chanel, but it’s an old release, because as you all know, I love a good red nail polish, but this season’s red has not appealed to me much, so I’m sharing with you my favorite red this season.

 

See the swatches below. All nail colors applied twice on each of my nails while using an OPI base coat and a Chanel Le Gel Top Coat.

 

 

Spring 2020

Mirage – pastel purple

Daydream – rosy flesh neutral

 

chanel fleur de pecher nail polishchanel emblematique nail color

 

chanel melody nail polish

 

Summer 2020

Pétale – petal pink

Fleur de Pêcher – shimmery light coral

Vibration – rich and vibrant magenta-pink

Melody – gorgeous tropical turquoise

 

Chanel Emblématique – released last Spring 2017, this is my favorite red shade of the moment. I love the richness of the red tone in this nail color. Though easily dupable, there is something gorgeous and elegant about this kind of red in a Chanel nail color bottle.

 

For a tutorial on how to do your manicure at home and what products I like to use for nail care, please click HERE. To sum it up, all these gorgeous new nail color releases from Chanel are totally stunning. I’m a big fan of Daydream which at first I thought would not fit for my skintone, but it blew me away. I also love the uniqueness of the Mirage shade and who doesn’t love the rich turquoise tone of Melody?

 

chanel spring summer 2020 nail polish

 

That’s it for now darlings, I will be back soon for more reviews and photos. What are the nail polishes you’ve been loving lately?

 

Ciao!

 

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Home Nail Care Routine

 

chanel le vernis daydream

 

The world might be reopening right now, yet a lot of us are still in quarantine mode and are practicing social distancing because we aren’t totally out of the woods yet. You know what they say, an ounce of prevention is better than a pound of cure, right? From where I’m at, a lot of stores and services are still close. Getting a haircut or a mani-pedi is still quite a challenge. Speaking of nail care, I haven’t been worried about it because I have been doing my nails for a very long time. I find the joy of applying nail colors to be somewhat of a time to disconnect and reflect, even though I’m not much of a fan of the scent of these products.

 

In this post, I will be sharing with you how I do my manicure at home, and if you have tips on how to do home nail care, please do so in the comment section below.

 

Nail Cleaning/Prep

 

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First things first, I wipe off old nail polish using a textured cotton square. I like the ones from CVS. For the nail polish remover, I’m a big fan of the Zoya Remove Plus because I can pretty much tolerate its scent. It also removes nail polish very easily, it doesn’t dry the nails, and I really like its easy to dispense pump packaging.

nail care at home

home nail care how to

 I tend to cut my nails in a squoval shape. That is, a hybrid between square and oval. To do this, I cut my nails using a toenail clipper/cutter. I like this particular cutter because it is wide and makes for a square cut on the nails. Then, I apply a cuticle remover using the one from Sally Hansen. I love this product a lot because it softens the cuticles within seconds, which makes it easy for the cuticle pusher and nipper to do their job. After that, I file my nails, especially the edges, to achieve that sort of oval trim.

 

home nail care process

 

For the next part, I brush my nails lightly with a wooden nail brush to dust off any loose cuticles and to have a smoother nail surface. I then apply the OPI Nail Envy Nail Strengthener in Original Formula and let it set for 3 minutes. Without this amazing base coat, my nails would go brittle and would chip easily after a few days of manicure. There are other types of Nail Envy Strengthener that OPI released nowadays, but the one in the Original Formula is my most fave.

 

Nail Coloring

 

how to apply nail polish

 

After letting the base coat set for a few minutes, I then proceed to apply the nail color. Tip: In order to achieve a smooth nail color application, make sure that the nail color brush is parallel to the nail bed. In this post, and lately, I have been obsessed with the new Spring-released Chanel Le Vernis in Daydream. This color is a surprise love for me, and a great neutral nude nail color option for those can’t pull off the shade “Particulière”.

 

home manicure

 

I let the nail color set for about 5 minutes, and then I apply a top coat. Depending on the type of nail color I use (gel vs regular), it’s always a good practice to use an appropriate top coat that matches each type. Since the new Chanel Le Vernis in Daydream is a gel formula, I use a matching gel top coat from Seche Vite (the one in blue bottle). I also usually use the Chanel Le Gel Coat, but I ran out of it. The Seche Vite one isn’t the most perfect, because it tends to peel after a week or so, but it really dries fast and it sets your nail polish in seconds, which is amazing.

 

To clean up mistakes or excess nail colors that had spread and stained the skin, I just use a cotton tip dipped in nail polish remover. After that, I let my nails set for another 5 minutes and I try not to touch or do anything.

 

And there you go! My nails are set for two weeks. The whole process can take about 20 minutes, more or less, depending on how elaborate you want your nails to be prepped, or how fast you can apply your nail polish.

 

To maintain the health of my nails and cuticles, I’ve been using the OPI Avoplex Nail & Cuticle Replenishing Oil, which is now called OPI Pro Spa Nail & Cuticle Oil To Go.

 

Lastly, don’t forget to take a #Nailfie 🙂

 

Take care my darlings! What’s on your nails today?

 

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Favorite Essie Nail Colors

essie nail polish favorites

Essie is one of my favorite go-to nail polish brands of all time. Apart from loving their range of gorgeous eye-popping nail colors, I also like the fact that their products are pretty much easy to find. Whenever I’m at my local drugstore or grocery store, I always make it a point to drop by at the nail polish aisle and look for what’s new in Essie nail colors. I must have collected a ton of Essie nail polishes already, but I do have some colors that I tend to reach more often and I’ll be showing their swatches in this review.

 

best essie nail colors

 

As you can see, I’m a fan of reds and pinks when it comes to nail colors, that’s because these shades tend to always look great on me, and I guess it also applies to most of us, but I still have some favorites in blues, nudes, and even a green. Lately, with the introduction of the newest Essie Gel-Couture nail polishes, I kinda stopped collecting the original Enamel shades as I find the Gel ones to be a lot more long lasting and less prone to chipping, although the Enamel ones have really good longevity as well. I’m still at my early stage of collecting the Gel-Couture shades, as of now, I only have some reds and mostly nudes, but I plan to expand my collection to some shades of blues, violets, and some other colors hopefully soon, and I’ll do a separate post for my favorite shades of the Essie Gel-Coutures only.

 

Here are my favorite Essie Nail Colors

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Enamel ($9) – Original, lots of beautiful shades to choose from. Lasts about two weeks on me with some chipping. The brush applicator is a miss for me because it’s so thin and it takes a careful maneuvering to apply the shades.

essie wicked, aruba blue, big spender, splash of grenadine, a list, angora cardi, stylenomics, mrs. always right, dress to kilt, hide & go chic, scarlett o'hara swatches

 

Hide & Go Chic – teal

Big Spender – plum

Wicked – vamp

Mrs. Always-Right – terracotta rose

A List – classic red

Aruba Blue – metallic sapphire

Dress To Kilt – deep red

Splash of Grenadine – pink magenta

Angora Cardi – deep dusty rose

Scarlett O’Hara – shimmery ruby red

Stylenomics – rich dark green

 

essie nail polish brush

essie gel couture nail polish

 

Gel-Couture ($11.50) – Very long wearing, lasts about three weeks on me with very minimal chipping and I love the brush applicator since it’s wider than the enamel and kinda tapered/rounded towards the tip. However, the color range has not been completely expanded yet and there are some inconsistencies with the shades, like the Pinned Up color having two different intensities; one being lighter and the other being darker. On the other hand, these nail colors are great to use with the Essie Gel Top Coat to set immediately and for a brilliant shine.

essie gel couture nail polish in sew me, all dressed up, spiked with style, bubbles only, pinned up swatches

 

Sew Me – cream caramel

Bubbles Only – creamy burgundy

Pinned Up – nude pink rose, there’s an inconsistency with this color. One bottle may be lighter than the other. Lighter shade looks very close to Sew Me, while the darker one is closer to All Dressed Up. Love both tones though.

Spiked With Style – wine red

All Dressed Up – medium rose pink

 

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Bottom line, it’s hard to tell the Enamel nail colors when compared to the Gel ones, especially at eye value. They both pretty much smell the same, feel the same, and look the same. The only difference between them is the lasting power, which the Gels obviously are ahead at with barely any chipping. The nice thing about Essie is that they tend to have beautiful bold colors that are easy to find, not that crazy expensive, and reliable. Perfect for all your nail polish needs.

 

Are you an Essie fan? What are your favorite Essie Nail Polish shades?

 

The Essie Nail Colors can be found at most local grocery stores and drugstores everywhere, as well as at Ulta, Target, Dermstore, Kohl’s, Walgreens, and Macy’s

 

 

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