2 Days to Xmas: Nail Polishes

We talked about about makeup and skincare, so lets focus on the nails. There are manicure and pedicure sets. There are a mix sets of everything. There are nail polish sets at different prices. I so want the Sephora X. When it comes to nails, it’s pretty much random and anything goes. Last year, I received at least a nail polish from everyone. They know how much I love to play with my nails.

As a nail art lover, I own a lot of nail polishes. Not as much as others, but plenty comparing to regular people. I took a poll of my friends, and on average they own 8 polishes. That’s because less than half of them only own 3 each. Nonetheless, compare to them, I own “hundreds”, 204 to be exact. In my defense, some of them are mini bottles.

So I can roughly imagine what will be great to give for someone “starting out” so to speak. For me it will be a DIY basket. Make your own basket to give them. Inside will include mani pedi stuff, cuticle oil, base and top coats, some colors in different finishes, etc. I will put different brands, so the receiver will be able to see what kind of formula and brushes that she likes.

Below are some ideas. You don’t even need to make a basket. It can be a gift on its own or an add-on. I don’t think Singapore do stocking stuffers.
Thefaceshop Face It Check Check nail kit is a cute full size trio for anyone. It is also the only one I have in its box, cause the box is cute. Anyway the polishes is quite sheer, but the idea of this polishes is to create checkered pattern on the nails. It can be done pretty easily, but your nails may be to small for it to work.

I also received this BK Fashion Color 24 mini (7ml) nail polishes set. It is nice to have many different colors to choose from. The colors are primarily basic. It’s simple and not interesting. Only the metallic silver caught my eyes. There are a few finishes; jelly, shimmer, glitter, cream. I find that I don’t really use it on my own nails. Cause it’s not that eye catching. Then again it’s the mini bottle that doesn’t grab my attention. I tend to neglect all my mini polishes. But I am glad to have them, cause they are really helpful for nail art.

As a single nail polish, I think it will be nice to receive something from Butter London, Illamasqua, Chanel, etc. I have Deborah Lippmann Marquee Moon which a cool silver metallic with hex glitter. I like the bottle, I like the brand. It’s quite pricey, so it’s a really good gift, or even better as an add-on.

OPI matte top coat is the best matte top coat I’ve ever used. I know OPI sell the top coat sets which contain their 3 types of top coat. So that could be a good gift. Or just get this, as matte top coat is unique. At least it’s different from the regular. A base coat could be added.

Dotting tools is really a simple tool that can make a difference in your plain nails. You can a,ways make it yourself, but having the actual too, just makes you feel more professional. It’s not expensive and it’s great. It comes in a set of 5 with 10 different sizes of dots.
Nail art stickers are great too. Or anything nail art related, like beads or rhinestone. It’s easy to apply, that’s what matter. I know, Ciate sets will be awesome.

Seche Vite dry fast top coat is probably one of the best top coat. I do like it a lot, but I feel there must be something better out there. But for now, this is one of the best for me. If you are planning to give this to someone, don’t forget to include the Seche Restore. The nail polish thinner really helps to prolong the life of the top coat.

Lastly my favorite. Nail art polishes. These are from Daiso and every time I go there, I will search for them. The brush is real tiny, so it’s great for nail art. It’s the cheapest I found in Singapore. I think I prefer nail art pens, but it’s either too expensive for my liking or not found in Singapore. I never tried them, but they will probably be easier to use. So nail strippers are the next best thing. They say you can use nail art brushes to make the stripes but I find cleaning up really hard. I’ve destroyed enough brushes already. So go to Daiso and find these. I don’t recommend orange and yellow as they are very sheer. But stock up on black and white as they are awesome.