Thursday, 26 July 2018

Green with NV (nail varnish)

A few weeks back I bought some sandals because my feet swell up abominably in the heat. Then, because no-one's immune from peer pressure/the influence of the internet, I thought I'd better paint my toenails because everyone seems to think sandals with unpainted toenails are icky. Since then, they've mostly been pale blue with a blue metallic topcoat. The sandals are... need I say it, the colour that goes with everything I wear, because everything I wear is that colour... and the pale blue pairs up nicely.

But I fancied a change. I haven't worn nearly enough green this summer. For some reason Superdrug in Bath was out of pretty much every interesting colour of nailie, but I had some points on my Boots card from when I used to shop there (I switched to Superdrug because Boots moved their HQ out of the UK to pay less tax here), so I decided to finish off those points and treat myself. Turns out there aren't that many cool green shades available, in any range. Boots No.7 seemed to have the best colour selection, and they were on buy one, get one free, so I got a mint green and a darker jade green (because I couldn't choose between them), a pretty icy glitter topcoat simply because it looked so nice, and a gingery-red shade that I know I'll use loads in the autumn. Red-brown looks better on me than pure red, and I already have a few lipsticks in similar colours.

The mint and jade weren't exactly what I wanted, but they were as close as I thought I'd get. Neither were in-your-face GREEN enough. I reckon the mint will suit me best, but I want to believe the jade will look nice on me so I got it too. Trying to decide between the thing you really want and the thing you know will look best is hard... And then I popped into a little indie chemist for painkillers yesterday – finally booked a doc's appointment to get my shoulders sorted, because they hurt – and next to the till was a basket with bottles of the perfect apple-green colour in. WIN.

Nails aren't the only thing in my life that get painted green - the fences behind the flowerbeds do too, to make my narrow garden look wider. Here are the urchins eavesdropping on a cat fight a few houses down...

What's your go-to colour for nail varnish?

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  1. Kittens!!! Love that photo of the urchins.
    What a fabulous haul of nail polish. Is that green one by Mavala? My Mum (a nail polish obsessive) used to swear by Mavala.
    I'm blue or green all the way - almost always Barry M but they annoyingly keep discontinuing my favourite colours. I'm about to paint my nails ready for Indietracks, not sure whether to go for Blueberry or Guava! xxx

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    1. It is Mavala! It's a very small bottle, but I like that - I doubt I'll use the big bottles up before they go bad. I shy away from conventionally 'pretty' colours, I'm not someone who can do pretty. I'm more 'loud and odd'.

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  2. I would love green or blue varnish on my toenails but I have such purple/blue toes from poor circulation that it is NOT a good look on me-so I do bright red. Walgreens bought Boots I think, and now our stores are overrun with Boots products and they stopped stocking the only foundation that didn't make me look like Baby Jane. Strange to think of the US as a tax haven, but there you go.

    I was having a "Very Bad Morning" but the urchins cheered me right up. Tell 'em thanks for me ;)

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    1. Aha! No, the previous owners moved Boots' HQ to Switzerland; I hadn't realised they'd sold it on again. I guess that makes Boots acceptable again now.

      Pippin has been tarting round my neighbour. Still, she comes in to sleep on my feet at night, she's not abandoning me.

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  3. Great title! Even though I have a drawer full of nail varnish, in all imaginable colours, it's not unknown for me to wear sandals with unpainted toenails. I'm so rubbish at painting my toenails that I try to avoid it at all costs. So far, my nails have been a minty green, painted while on holiday and touched up whenever there was a chip, and a sugary pink. It actually needs touching up again, but I can't be bothered as it is much to hot! xxx

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    1. I splurge varnish all over my toenails and hope the excess rubs off fast! They do spend a day or so looking horribly blobby.

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  4. I don't wear nail varnish because it makes my nails feel heavy (weird I know!!) but thanks for the Boots tip off - outrageous... And they have discontinued 17 make up - how rude! Superdrug seems to be the way to go, from what I can make out their own brand stuff is vegan friendly, I'm not a vegan, but I think it's a good thing

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    1. Yes, loads of their stuff is vegan, and it's all cruelty-free.

      No more 17?! I lived in their 'Bon Bon' lipstick and nail varnish (a light, frosted sandy beige) in the 90s. End of an era...

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