One of the worst parts about preparing for my impending move to New York – other than waving goodbye to my family and friends – is working out how to pack my entire life into just one single suitcase. We’re talking everything here ladies and gentlemen; clothes, shoes, handbags, make up and skincare. All of it. Into one bag. *Panic breathes*
So in order to avoid a full on breakdown – I’m pretty close, I won’t lie - I’m currently focusing on filling one big bag, which I’ll bring over on my flight, and then a load of other boxes and bags that I can ship over to arrive a month or so after I get there.
When it comes to packing that first bag, I’m working around a capsule collection mentality, putting together the essentials that will tide me over until all of that magical shipping goodness arrives. Surprisingly, when it came to clothes, eliminating items really wasn’t that easy. And actually, neither was my make up selection – which is odd because I thought that would be one of the hardest categories to try and cram in. Skincare on the other hand…? I think we’ll leave that for another post entirely and in the meantime cover another tricky category – nails.
As I’ve mentioned previously, my nail polish collection is huge. Enormous if you will. So trimming it down to just a few key bottles has proved harder than I ever thought possible. But somehow I’ve managed to get it down to just five polishes. Five. Tiny. Polishes.
First up is a firm favourite and one which I know will work well on my nails no matter what the season – or the country – Deborah Lippmann Flowers in Her Hair (£16). This apple-y mint green shade is one of my all-time favourite colours ever and has adorned my nails on more occasions than I’m able to count. Similarly, Essie Take It Outside (£7.99) serves as one of those ideal day-to-day shades that can be worn at any time which makes it the perfect capsule collection addition.
Moving on to something a bit more bold – Revlon Parfumerie Bordeaux (£6.49), which is just the most beautiful burgundy red colour that is perfect for autumn. And I’m hoping that it might also work in a more festive setting when paired with the Nails Inc Kensington Church Street Snowflake Polish (£16), which is not only the most Christmassy nail polish ever but will also hopefully remind me a bit of home thanks to the cute name.
Last up are another two more festive-themed additions – which I think also work really well for a glitzy night out on the town. OPI Bondettes Goldeneye and The Spy Who Loved Me, an ever-so-slightly glamorous pairing of shimmery bright red and glitzy gold – yet another favourite choice for that Christmassy time of year.
What do you guys think of my capsule nail collection? Am I missing any key colours!? There might still be time to squeeze in an extra bottle…