The new essie Bridal 2017 collection is here and they’ve released it in the beautiful Gel Couture formulation. These are high-shine, long-lasting nail varnishes that don’t require a lamp to cure them. I’ve swatched the whole collection below, let’s take a look!

Essie Bridal 2017 Collection

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When I’m shopping for nail varnish, I am always drawn to glitter and bright obnoxious shades and these tend to be the ones I get really excited by. But in my (*extensive*) nail varnish collection, if I think about my most worn shades it will always be nudes in the greige kind of area. There are shades to suit every skin tone, they go with everything, and they make you look instantly put together even if you’ve just thrown on some jeans and a tee. So the new Jessica Silhouette Collection definitely piqued my interest…

Jessica Silhouette Collection: 'Bare It All', 'Exposed', 'Tease', and Brilliance Top Coat

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For the last three days of our break in the South of France, it has been absolutely glorious sunshine and it’s amazing what it can do for your mood. I feel happier, brighter, lighter, plus it’s so much easier to wake up on a morning when you can see the light streaming through the window from outside. My summery mood must have affected my beauty shopping, as on one of my inevitable trips to Sephora last week, I picked up Sephora ‘Bikini Party’ and I knew instantly that it would be love.

Sephora 'Bikini Party' swatches

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The muted nail trend is one of my absolute favourites – I’m a huge fan of anything grey-toned and am always looking for nail varnish that puts a different spin on the typically season-appropriate colours. Spring is usually when people unpack their pastels, maybe a few brights, perhaps some nudes. So I’ve picked some beautiful Morgan Taylor polishes that are unusual takes on the more traditional colours.

Morgan Taylor polishes perfect for the muted nail trend.

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I have been obsessed with nail varnish for such a long time and I still get a little flurry of excitement when I discover a new brand or formula. But when I first stumbled across Floss Gloss I knew it was going to be a company to watch. Their Instagram account is bright, bold, and a little bit filthy – what more do you need?

Floss Gloss nail varnishes - perfect manicure colours for spring!

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You will all know by now that Essie are my favourite nail varnish brand. I love everything about them: the formula, the longevity, the colours. On top of this, I’m a sucker for anything limited edition. So the Essie Retro Revival 2017 collection was bound to catch my eye…

Essie Retro Revival 2017 Collection - Inspired by Las Vegas!

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Party season is truly over: I never want to look at another Quality Street ever again, I can’t face the thought of any more alcohol, and it’s really flipping cold. After the OTT glamour of the festive season – all gaudy golds, rich luxurious reds and cosy greens –  I feel like I need a bit of a colour palette cleanser before I get into the pretty bright pastels of spring/summer. If you’re the same then you will be as enamoured with the Essie Gel Couture Ballet Nudes collection as I am.

P.S. There’s a chance to win two of the shades at the bottom of this blog post…!

Essie Gel Couture Ballet Nudes

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You should all know by now that I’m a total Essie addict. They’re my favourite nail polishes by far: great colours, long-lasting and quick drying….what more could you need? I’ve been playing around with the new Essie Winter 2016 collection* and it’s pretty flipping Christmassy.

Essie Winter 2016 Collection

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