I wasn't actually asked to do this TAG, but since I am an incorrigible polishaholic - there is just no end to my lust or should I say craving for nail polish, I couldn't think of a more appropriate TAG for me to do than this one. I first saw this TAG a very long time ago, back in 2013 and unfortunately I can't remember on which lovely blog it was for me to give credit to that blog, but whoever it was - Thank you for inspiring me! I saved it for a rainy day, and today it's time to take the umbrella and wellies out and to dive deep into a big puddle of all things nail polish. Hope you enjoy it!1. Favorite base coat? I like to use Orly's Bonder Rubberized Base Coat (£10.90) because once it dries is has a slightly sticky, tacky feel and the nail polish literally sticks to your nails, making the hold better and longer lasting.
2. Favorite top coat? I don't have a favorite top coat as such since I like to experiment with different top coats that create different effects e.g. matte, sparkly etc, but the top coat that I have been using most recently is Seche's Vite Dry Fast Top Coat (£9.95). The Seche Vite Top Coat is famous for making nail polishes dry quicker than you can say Seche Vite, but since I don't really mind if it takes a few minutes for a nail polish to dry properly, it's a great excuse to have a latte and relax a little while - this isn't the main selling point for me. Instead I really like that Seche Vite helps the finish last a day longer than with other top coats, which is always a welcome thing.
3. Top 3 favorite nail polish brands? I guess this depends on what you're looking for - is it an amazing range of colors, long lasting wear, quick drying formula, wide brush or maybe even all of the above (yep, that would be little ol' demanding me)? Nevertheless, I immediately think of Zoya, Sally Hansen and Ciaté. There are a lot of good brands available on the high street, although they may not necessarily be the most popular or most mentioned brands in Blogiverse, but for me Zoya, Sally Hansen and Ciaté are playing in a different nail league altogether. They may not be the most affordable brands, but they are very moderately priced considering the excellent product quality you get.
5. Favorite neutral nail polish? I'm a bit of a peacock when it comes to nail polish and I love to use different colors regardless of whether they're light or dark, but neutral colors rarely excite me. I do have quite a few neutral shades, but I only wear them very rarely and the only one that I really love to wear and go back to somewhat regularly (a few times a year perhaps) is the YSL's 38 Gris Underground (£22) - a chic, stylish and understated cool grey that is about as neutral as it gets with me.
6. Pink or red nail polishes? Easy - red! Pink looks amazing on others, but personally I've never been very comfortable wearing pink nails and I much prefer any shade of red from vibrant intense fire engine red to dark, vampy and sophisticated blood red.
7. Favorite finish (matte, glitter, etc.)? This is a very tricky one for me since nail effects is one of my beauty passions, but I would have to say that my absolute favourite is the Pixi dust, or sugared effect. I can't get enough of that matte, shimmery and unusual concrete glam look and I guess my more than 10 different bottles of this beautiful finish is evidence of that.
8. Your go-to nail polish at the moment? As a polishaholic I can't honestly say that I have a go-to polish brand or even color. I chop and change colors and effects so often and I have very few specific shades that I call my favorites, but one of them is the incredible Blu from Zoya, which was one of the first nail polishes I ever reviewed on my blog in the post My new BNFF (Best Nail Friend Forever).
9. What's on your nails now? Believe it or not - NOTHING! I'm currently going through two weeks of nail detox, which I suffer through a couple of times a year to give my nails a well deserved break filled with TLC, showering them with attention using my go to nail care products; Lush Lemony Flutter Cuticle Butter (£6.50) which is fantastic for turning cuticles from frayed and dried into supple and nourished, and Sally Hansen's Miracle Nail Growth (£9.99), which actually DOES work.
10. If you had nail polish line how would you name it? What a fantastic question! Since I'm a bit of a crazy cat lady I would call it Felin' Fine. I have it all worked out - the bottle would be in the shape of a cat, with little whiskers and a tail, and the top would be the cat's face with little pointy cat ears and two little gems as eyes and the color of the gems would differ between polish shades so that the eyes either matched or contrasted the polish color. I've put far too much thought into this.... scary...
This was so much fun to do and I'm more than a little tempted to give my Felin' Fine nail brand a go! I'm sure you'll be relieved to know that since I wasn't tagged to do this, I've decided that I won't nominate anyone in particular to join in either, but I really hope that it's inspired some of you enough to pick this cute TAG up - and if you do, please share the link since I would love to read your version of it! Have a wonderful relaxing Sunday and I'm back again tomorrow for more nail polish - after all it wouldn't be Monday if it wasn't Manic.