5 of the best nail varnishes for Christmas!



I like to think that nail varnish is one of the few things we can legitimately treat ourselves to during December, a month in which buying for oneself is unoffically prohibited. Within my family anyway, we try to hold off buying ourselves the things we want most during the weeks leading up to Christmas, so as not to spoil any surprises that might be coming our way on the 25th. Not that we always manage to stick to that rule…but we try! And that rule is especially important since both my sister and I are December babies, so we’re double trouble to buy for!

Nail varnishes are just tiny enough to slip under the radar though, if you ask me. You can totally  sneak them into the house tucked away in the depths of your handbag after a Christmas gift-buying expedition, and your fiancé will never, ever realise that there’s another little bottle been added to your already somewhat silly collection. So I’ve heard, anyway…

I went through a funny phase of not wearing nail varnish for months and months (laziness got the better of me) but just recently I’ve been back on a major nail polish kick. Today, I’m sharing five of my absolute favourite nail varnish shades for wearing throughout winter, as well as the Christmas season. Oh! And whilst we’re talking of laziness- that Bourgeois 1-second nail varnish remover is witchcraft, I tell you! Honestly and truly, it removed two/three coats of even the darkest colours photographed here in a single swipe, without even a jot of staining! Well worth picking up.

Now, let’s talk colour… 


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Essie ‘Buy me a Cameo’ - £7.99

I love this polish for two reasons- 1. Because it’s easily the most wearable, elegant shade I’ve ever tried on. It finishes off just about any outfit imaginable (and I like to think makes you look like the sort of woman who only ever wears matching underwear, and never forgets to brush her hair), and 2. It dries quicker than a flash. On countless occasions I’ve thrown on a coat or two of this just before running out of the door in a mad panic, and found it’s dried even before I’ve reached my car. Truly the best thing to have on hand (Ha. On hand. D’ya get it?) for those ‘I can’t go to this wedding/meeting/fancy meal out with bare, unmanicured nails’ emergencies.

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Tanya Burr cosmetics ‘Riding Hood’ – £4.99

It’s taken me a long time to feel comfortable wearing red polish. I’d always felt that you could only pull off red if you had beautfifully long, almond shaped nails, and since I have just about the squarest nails you’ll ever come across and an extreme aversion to long nails, I thought it just wasn’t for me! But slowly slowly, as it’s become de rigueur to have shorter nails, I decided that maybe it was time to dip my toe into the scarlet-hued waters. This shade is a beauty. It applies smoothly, and is the most festive shade of red imaginable. Maybe the perfect Christmas day nail colour?

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Essie ‘Master Plan’ – £7.99

Even though Christmas and winter are traditionally a time for bright, jewel-toned shades, I just can’t help but go muted and minimal every now and again too. A grey-toned nail varnish is go-with-everything staple, and truly, you just can’t go wrong with Essie. This one dries quickly and applies smoothly, and is the beautiful elephant-grey shade I love so much. Wear with black skinnies, a Breton and a red lip, and do your best impression of a super-chic Parisian.

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Max Factor Colour Effects ‘Cloudy Blue’ – £3.99

This one might just be my favourite from the whole selection. Navy nail varnish is always a winner in my book, and so one shot through with the most incredible iridescent, sky-at-night shimmer was bound to be a good’un. It sort of reminds me of those galaxy nails that were popular a couple of years ago, but without all the effort of having to mix colours! ;) Oh, and since it’s important to know these things, even though I didn’t use a top coat after applying this (I just bought a new one, and found it was smashed when I open up the packaging, sob!) it still lasted a good couple of days without chipping. With a decent top coat, I reckon it’d be a solid five day-er!

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Essie ‘Bahama Mama’ – £7.99

Bahama Mama has been my favourite autumn/winter nail varnish since time immemorial. I mean, just look at it! It’s just dark enough to be classed as ‘vampy’ (but not so dark you feel like you’ve journeyed back to your pre-teen goth phase- yep, I had one…) and makes a statement that says ‘I take the winter months seriously, don’t you know’. It’s my favourite shade to wear with a simple nude trench coat and a wide-brimmed hat, for days spent wandering through Christmas markets and  drinking mulled wine that matches the colour of your nails.


What I wore :: Pyjamas by Yawn.

Which colour’s your favourite? Do you go bright and sparkly over the Christmas season, or stick to elegant, muted shades? :)

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  • http://www.miel-cafe.com Giada

    Can you believe I’ve never caved and bought Bahama Mama? It’s such a me shade! Definitely going to pick it up this year.

  • http://www.louisasnotebook.blogspot.co.uk Louisa

    Rosie, everything about this post is so great! I’ve been reading your blog for a while and I’ve noticed over the last few months especially that your content and photography are getting better and better with every post. Just so you know your hard work doesn’t go unappreciated!

    PS. I’ve had my nails manicured with Bahama Mama before and loved it – I think oyu’ve given me the final push actually to go and buy it!

    Blushing Pilgrims

  • http://www.rhymeandribbons.com Amanda @ Rhyme & Ribbons

    The muted grey and the iridescent blue are my favourites! x

  • http://mirandasnotebook.com/ Miranda | Miranda’s Notebook

    Great to know a good nail polish remover, thank you! I always have to scrub away at mine for forever! I love gold nail polish too, and that Essie one is so pretty! I’ll have to look out for it. I think your nails look great with red polish! xx

  • http://ancaslifestyle.co.uk/ Anca

    Lovely colours. I usually wear red, pink or coral, but I think I’m going to try the gray and gold ones, they look so cute.

    Anca @ ancaslifestyle | UK

  • http://blog.pollyrowan.com/ Polly

    I love the plum shade! I usually go for an oxblood colour during Winter which is quite similar, and I love it.

  • http://www.thisparticular.blogspot.co.uk Ala

    I don’t ever really talk about my love of nail varnish on my blog but 99% of the time, my nails are painted and my collection is out-of-hand. I love essie nail colours and that gold is literally perfect for this time of year – but I love even more the Max Factor bottles (despite their size and price) I love the formula and their range of metallic colours is amazing!

    And you’re totally right, a nail polish purchase slips nicely under the radar! x

  • http://hellomissjordan.blogspot.co.uk Jordan

    Bahama Mama is my favourite of them all! I absolutely love the colour!

    hellomissjordan.blogspot.co.uk xx

  • http://brunchataudreys.blogspot.com Audrey | Brunch at Audrey’s

    I love the elegant gold! It’s festive, fun, yet elegant :) -Audrey | Brunch at Audrey’s

  • Abbie

    Love how you’ve styled and photographed all five of these nail polishes! My favourite shade has to be the ‘Perfect Plum’ as it’s the perfect Winter shade from your traditional Ruby red x

  • http://todaysthedayi.com Lydia

    Love this post – gorgeous photos. Each time you introduced a new color, I was thinking: ‘Ahh that’s my favorite!’… but then I scrolled down and liked the one beneath it even more ;)

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