Wednesday, 28 March 2012

Pastel-pop Polishes

Wednesday, 28 March 2012
Spring is well and truly underway now, and this luscious weather has inspired my latest manicure. This week I went for Born 2 Pansy from Jessica’s latest collection, Heavy Petal. The colour-pop shade of lilac is loaded with duochrome glass flecks of teal and gold, giving it that extra bit of zing. As quite a fair-skinned person, I normally wouldn’t go near a pastel polish with a barge pole, so the colour doesn’t just blend into my hand, to be frank. But this is a totally different kettle of fish. The glass flecks really give it some punch, and the lilac shade is more colour-pop than pale pastel. 

!Top Tip! Use three coats rather than two with this one, to avoid it looking a bit wishy-washy! You won’t do the colour justice otherwise. 

The Spring season obviously inspired the whole Heavy Petal collection, all in bright, floral shades of pink and purple, and all coolly named with florals in mind, including: Rolling Rose, Hotter than Hibiscus, Dazed Dahlia, Geranium Gypsy, Witchy Wisteria, and of course Born 2 Pansy. When asked about what influenced the new line of polishes, Jessica tweeted, ‘classic springtime floral shades with a rock chic edge [that were] inspired by catwalks of top designers at Fashion Weeks in NY, London and Paris’. 

Jessica's Heavy Petal Collection
Looks like once again the fashion scene has had a knock on effect in the world of nails. Floral patterns and sherbet hues were all over the shows of London Fashion week last month. Harper’s Bazaar reported on the Erdem Spring 2012 line, revealing that their floral-heavy collection from a few seasons ago has been revisited by the designer this season, in a feminine and gentile way. Mulberry designer Emma Hill also followed suit, with a collection that was ‘a confection of candy colours and sporty shapes’, tells Bazaar. She ‘served up ice cream for breakfast to her Sunday morning audience’, with a pastel palette of neapolitan hues.

Erdem Spring 2012
Mulberry Spring 2012
(both images courtesy of
The hight street’s awash at the moment with some sweet treats too, so you can pull off a more affordable ensemble good enough to eat. Topshop have just brought out a TO DIE pair of high waisted beaded shorts, in sweet minty apple, which would look great paired with a neutral top and a frosting of sherbet accessories to top it off. 

From left to right: High Waisted Beaded Shorts, Topshop £60, Enamel bangles, Pret A Portobello £15, Shopper, Zara £69.99

And as for your nails, gorgeous pastels and pretty pops of colour have featured in Essie and OPI’s Spring/Summer ranges, as well as Jessica’s. 

Set to last right through spring/summer, both for nails and fashion, the trend is a winner with me. What do you think?

All of my manicures/pedicures featured are courtesy of the amazing Julie-Anne Forde. Follow on twitter @Thebeautyboxhx

ChloƩ x

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