NOTD | Essie Strawberry Shortcake

Summer’s pretty much over in Melbourne, sad times I know, but hey, that also means the end of hay fever season yay!

During the warmer days, I threw on this blindingly neon combo in an attempt to make my skin look tanner, which kind of failed I gotta say. On the bright side (hehe), Essie Strawberry Shortcake had an excellent formula, an easy two coats was all I needed, and I slapped on some white glitter polish I bought in China for a dollar, and BAM, we have a winner! Although it looks like a pink-ish red, in real life, this polish is definitely a neon hot pink, with some shimmer through out, you know how cameras freak out with neons though.

Where to buy:
Priceline carries Essie nail polishes, I’m pretty sure this is one of the permanent colours.

NOTD | China Glaze Son of a Peach and Highlight of My Summer

Left: Highlight of My Summer
Right: Son of a Peach

After spending a month in the cold winter weather back in China, the first thing I wanted to do when I was back in Melbourne was to paint my nails a nice and bright colour for summer. Sometimes it’s just too hard to pick out a single colour, so yeh, two colours it is πŸ˜€

Highlight of My Summer and Son of a Peach are both from the 2013 Summer collection from China Glaze from my memory, and I may or may not have bought both of these just for the name LOL. Neons are known for its horrendous formula, and these two were no exception.

Highlight of My Summer – direct sunlight

Highlight of My Summer isn’t exactly a neon, it’s just a really bright mint green. I love the colour, and it’s especially great in the warmer weather, because it makes your hand look tanner. But the formula, oh dear Lord, the formula is so bad. I used 4 coats, along with my regular topcoat, to get a reasonably even coverage. Layering it over white may have helped, but I never do that for any neons.

Son of a Peach – Direct Sunlight

Son of a Peach’s formula was slightly better, I used 3 coats I think. As we all know, neons are extremely hard to photograph, you’ll just have to take my word for this, it is definitely a neon peach! This is quite similar to Flip Flop Fantasy by China Glaze, but slightly more peachy than orange – yes that’s different enough for me to own them both. Again, great colour for Summer, but horrible formula 😦

Do you paint your nails different colours depending on the weather? I don’t usually but this was a special case haha! Let me know in the comments below! πŸ™‚