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spring 2012 nail art

I’ve been slowly rebuilding my nail polish collection. For a while, I never wore polish and simply kept my nails buffed and shiny. In the past few years, I’ve become more diligent about manicures and at least a little bit of pale polish.

Recently, though, I’ve been having way more fun with color — and with the way nails looked on the spring 2012 runways, it doesn’t look like I’m going to be any less inspired to get a little creative on my nails.

spring 2012 nail art

{Glitter tips aren't going anywhere anytime soon. Photo Courtesy Fashionista}

(Check out this great slideshow from Fashionista to see more nail art looks for spring 2012.)

If you want to get these looks (you can always try these styles now, no need to wait until spring), the first thing I suggest is investing in some great nail polishes. Essie is my favorite, and I always take my own bottles of polish to the nail salon so I can do some upkeep in case anything chips.

Right now is the best time to invest in new polishes; Beauty Brands is running a buy two, get one free promotion on all Essie polishes. Sadly, a sales associate told me this is because the company will no longer carry Essie, so stock up now while you find a new place to buy your favorite polish! Here’s what I scored on a recent trip to Beauty Brands:

essie nail polish beauty brands

{I think I can pull these colors off for fall, even though they aren't the official fall 2011 Essie colors.}

Clockwise from left:

Chinchilly: I love this gray! It almost has a mauve tint to it — such a great color for fall. Chinchilly is from Essie’s “Cuddle with Color” fall 2009 collection.

Very Cranberry: I haven’t tried this polish yet, but it’s a beautiful, creamy cranberry color with a hint of shimmer in it. It makes me think of Thanksgiving! Does anybody know what season/year this color debuted?

Delicacy: This is such a soft, shell-like pink. I have it on my nails now, and it catches light so beautifully. This is one of those polishes that is easy to apply yourself because its light blush tone is more forgiving on any mistakes you may make. It’s part of Essie’s main collection.

Chubby Cheeks: Another creamy color! Though Chubby Cheeks came out in summer 2009, I think it has enough warmth to it to pass for fall. Call it coral in summer and pumpkin in fall — done!

Yes, I got four polishes. Delicacy was on clearance (60 percent off!). I couldn’t help myself.

What are your favorite nail polish brands and colors?


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  • Great polish picks for fall! I’m an Essie fan myself, so I’ll be going on the Beauty Brands to stock up. I have an OPI color on at the moment similar to the Very Cranberry and just love it!

  • Hi Cara! I like OPI, too — great polish names :) What color do you have that’s similar to Very Cranberry?

  • i love essie polishes and these are great colors kim! as of right now i am sportin’ the bare buffed look, but i see a pretty wine color in my near future. did you ever get a chance to try the macarons at miette bakery {a la the ferry building in S.F.?} can’t remember if you said that you made it to the city or not…
    xx ~ ks

  • I love glitter tips! These are beautiful!

    x. jill
    those ghosts

  • @jill agree! thanks for stopping by my blog :)

  • Squee! Wish we had BB here. I want a nice emerald colour for the fall.

  • @caro come home and load up grrrrl! :)

  • Kassia

    Essie has some of my favorite colors! I love the mint candy apple and I’m obsessed with chinchilly as well! Chinchilly is the perfect taupe-gray and is great neutral that goes well with most outfits.

    • I have yet to try mint candy apple! Been seeing it all over the blogs and mags, though.