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My Top 5 Spring Nail Polishes

I’m really happy to be writing a post for Carousel Diary, and thought I would share my top 5 favourite Spring nail polishes with you. I always love it when Spring comes around, as it means a move away from the blacks and deep reds of Autumn/Winter nails (which I do adore at the time) and gives me the chance to try something brighter. I like to wear pastel shades in Spring the most, and try to save the real brights for the hotter Summer months. There is something really mood-uplifting about adding splashes of happy colours back into your beauty routine.

LAQA & CO NAIL POLISH IN SQUID INK, £7.95

I love the formula of this Brooklyn-based brand’s nail polishes, and it comes in the most gorgeous boxed packaging. They are very long-wearing, have a nice glossy finishes that stays and one coat is enough for it to be completely opaque. It’s not the easiest brand to get hold of (you can buy it online at Nail Polish Direct) but its worth the hunt for the amazing quality. This bluey-green shade is so pretty and reminds me of the sea.

BARRY MY GELLY HIGH-SHINE NAIL PAINT IN PAPAYA, £3.99

This formula, i’ve said before on my own blog, I don’t like. I don’t think it differs in shine factor from any other gloss nail polish, and I find that it doesn’t last longer than a day without chipping. However, this colour is so nice that i’m prepared to overlook that, and love wearing it for one off occasions. I just can’t find a pastel neon coral shade like this anywhere else.

RIMMEL 60 SECONDS NAIL POLISH IN MARY MARY QUITE CONTRARY, £1.99

The pastel purple shade of this is so pretty, and I love that it is so fast-drying. This polish is very thin however, and needs three coats before it goes opaque- this doesn’t bother me though, as it does touch-dry in literally 60 seconds, so you aren’t adding any more time onto your manicure by having to do an extra coat. You can’t really complain for such a bargain price anyway.

ROCOCO NAIL APPAREL NAIL POLISH IN MY CUPCAKE, £9

Rococo nail shades are free from Formaldehyde, Toluene and DBP, and are great quality polishes. They are a bit more expensive than your regular high-street nail varnishes; but they are definitely worth it. The formula is so creamy and a joy to work with. My Cupcake is a beautiful pastel baby pink, that looks good enough to eat. This shade isn’t in their current line, so is a bit harder to get hold of; but you can get it on Amazon for less that its normal retail price of £12.

NAILS INC NAIL POLISH IN KENSINGTON SQUARE, £Varies

Finally, this polish from Nails Inc is in such a cute pastel candy pink shade- the ultimate girly colour. You can’t go wrong with Nails Inc polishes, and they have never let me down. The quality is great and long-wearing. You do need two coats; but they have a great lasting shine. This shade is a limited edition from the 2014 Blossom Collection, but it does appear regularly on eBay and is on sale there at the moment.

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Laura Pearson-Smith, from Glasgow, writes the fashion, beauty and lifestyle blog A Life With Frills.

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