* clockwise from top left: essie peak of chic, essie toggle to the top, opi goldeneye, nails inc kensington church street snowflake effect polish *
That’s right ladies and gents, that wonderful time is upon us once again… Christmas is a-comin’!
I have to admit, the thought of being so far away from most of my friends and family for the festive season – it’s the first time in my life that I won’t see my mum on Christmas Day – is slightly scary and, as someone who usually loves every minute of the holidays, I’m quite worried that this year is going to fall flat on its face.
But, ever-determined to embrace the Christmas spirit with as much enthusiasm as possible, I’ve kicked things off even earlier than usual this year. I think the one single positive to being separated from G by a whacking great Ocean is that he isn’t here to temper my Crimbo craziness.
And believe me, these festive preparations started a long ole time ago… Even while picking what nail polishes would make the journey across the pond with me, I was thinking about the need for festivity in my beauty regime, and as a result remembered to pack some of my favourite festive nail effects.
While I’m not opposed to a touch of shimmer or glitter throughout the year, I feel like I only ever truly embrace the more bright, bold and detailed ones at this time of year. Something about the festive season always makes me feel like getting a bit more jazzy with my make-up and my nails are no exception.
So, my favourites…
When it comes to a proper festive glitter, I love nothing more than a good snowy shade layered on top of a deep burgundy red. So much so that I actually have two of them, the Nails Inc Kensington Church Street Snowflake Effect Polish (£16), which literally looks like a blizzard has covered your nails, and the Essie Peak of Chic ($8.50), which has more glittery/holographic bits in it and offers a slightly more shimmery finish.
When it comes to festive glitz and glamour, I feel like nothing does it better than OPI Goldeneye (£7.99), which is a beautiful, rich gold, full to the brim of shimmer and sparkle; it is the ideal colour for Christmas Day, particularly when paired with a bright and bold festive red.
Last, but by no means least, is Essie Toggle To The Top (£7.99), a dark burgundy red with subtle flecks of glitter running through it. Thick enough to wear on it’s own, or layered over another colour, it’s just the perfect combination of autumnal, wintry colours and festive fun.