Fave summer nail polishes

For summer I love wearing bright nail polish! Even though I haven’t been wearing much nail polish lately, just looking at these makes me want to start polishing my nails again. I hit a spell where I wore nail polish again for a few weeks earlier this year, but I have just been too busy…

Spring nail polishes

For spring I love some muted, pastel colors. And as you can see, I like a very particular type of muted pastels. If it’s a muted sea foam green, dove grey or pastel blue, I’m pretty much game. For this blog post I have selected 6 nail polishes: 3 high end, 3 drugstore that I…

Best glitter nail polish

In terms of nail polish I love a good glitter. Yes it’s a pain to remove, but a good glitter polish just takes your nail look from boring too playful and fun. Glitter is a great way to play around with nail polish. Often they are not full on glitter and thus are great for…

Winter nail polishes

Now that I am back in my nail polish game, I am enjoying going through my nail polish collection looking for my favorite shades. Now that it truly is winter, I like going for darker, deeper shades. And I figured it would be fun to share my favorite winter nail polish shades with you.  …

Essie Social-Lights nail polish

Last year I wrote that I had started to love Essie nail polish. And even though I haven’t been wearing much nail polish for months, when I spotted Essie’s Social-Lights on Stash Matters, I knew I had to have it. I was lucky to find the last one tucked away in a corner at my…

Instanails #11

I haven’t worn nail polish in months, which is why I have decided to whip out a blog post that has been pending for a while. Usually, I gather 6 pictures of recent manicures and then put them together in a post. Since it’s been a while since I last wore polish and I haven’t…

Updated nailcare routine

Confession time: I haven’t really done my nails in a while. I just haven’t been able to take the time and give them a good pamper. Besides, my nails have been coping well on their own accord for the past couple of months too. Which is strange, because my nails were the weakest, most fragile…

Favorite fall nail polish shades

Not only my makeup changes with the seasons, but also my preferred nail polish shades. As trends change and as my tastes changes, so do my favorite nail polish shades. Since I last did a fall nail polish favorites 3 years ago, things have definitely changed. Not a single of the polishes that made the…

Catrice Chrome Infusion nail polish

Catrice is one of my favorite drugstore brands for nail polish. And even though I haven’t been into doing my nails these past few months, when they launched some new polishes, I knew I had to try them. I already reviewed the new Brown Collection and today we will delve deeper into their new Chrome…

Catrice The Brown Collection

The new Catrice range doesn’t just feature new makeup, but they have also come out with some new nail polishes. They already updated their entire nail polish range just recently and replaced their older formula with the new Icon Nails. But within this formula, they have now launched two different sub collection, one of which…

Catrice Pulse of Purism nail polish

Dove grey. There is something about that color that attracts me. I’ve been eyeing up two different shades by Essie, but a) they are too similar and b) I already own this one. This polish was part of a recent limited edition collection by Catrice and I fell in love instantly. This is Catrice Pulse…

Best yellow nail polish

The most difficult color nail polish to get right? Yellow. There is just something about this color that makes a polish go on streaky 9 times out of 10. And if they’re neon, it is even harder to get right. I thought I’d show you some of my favorite yellow nail polishes today. Here are…

Best coral nail polish

Finding the right coral colored nail polish can be a feat. It is such a difficult color to get right. I find that corals are often too red, too pink or too orange for my taste and skin tone. As coral is a great color for the summer time, I am sharing with 5 of…

Best bright nail polish

For summer time, I am always into seriously neon bright nail polish. Especially on my toes, but sometimes I will be brave and also slap on a bright polish onto my finger nails. I picked out a few of my favorite shades to show you. Best bright nail polish

Catrice Icon Nails

Catrice has completely revamped their nail polish line. I already spotted them on Instagram, but now I also spotted them in store. I decided to pick up three shades to try out and see how they work. I have yet to wear them on my nails, but I was so enthusiastic at first swatch, that…

Best metallic nail polish

Metallic EVERYTHING is still the rage, but I can imagine that wearing a full metallic skirt or a pair of shoes may be a bridge to far for most people. If you like a trend, but don’t feel brave enough to go all out, I always find that the best way to incorporate it into…

OPI I Can Never Hut Up

The days where I would be tempted to buy a full range of a limited edition OPI nail polish collection are long gone. However, that doesn’t mean that I don’t still love the brand. I simply own a lot of nail polish (in fact, it is in a desperate need of a declutter) which means…

Instanails #10

Time for some #nailspiration! Spring is finally here, which means I busted out those pastel shades and bright, crazy colors. I used some affordable polishes by Barry M and Rimmel, but also a couple of OPIs made it through this round of nail lacquering. Here’s what I’ve been wearing on my nails. Rimmel Rita Rouge

Favorite Catrice nail polishes

If there is one brand that I love for nail polishes it is Catrice. There are a few others of course, but when it comes to affordable brands that are readily available to me, then Catrice would be my pick. It is hands down the brand I have the most polishes from and that is…

Instanails #9

Today I am bringing you another overview of some of the different nail looks I wore in the past 2 months or so. I have been really enjoying doing my nails lately, which has led to quite a few nail polish posts on instagram, because that’s where these manicures go first. I wore an array…

Catrice Soft Blossom floral scented nail polish

Scented nail polish? Yup it’s back, at least if it is up to Catrice that is. A few years ago scented polishes were a thing, but they seemed to have gone out of style as quickly as they came onto the scene. I still have a Revlon polish that smells like spices and the only…

5x Dark nails

A good vampy dark lip is one of my staples in my winter make up, but I also love the nail equivalent of that. Especially during winter time, a good burgundy nail can look great. With a glitter top coat it makes for one of the most festive nail looks around, but by itself it…

Why I have started loving Essie nail polish

It’s no secret that OPI is my favorite nail polish brand. However, this past year I’ve been falling in love with Essie. Ever since the brand became more widely available here, I have been trying more colors. I was a tad unlucky at first: with sheerer more jelly like polishes that weren’t my cup of…

Instanails #8

Time to show you some of my nail looks again. After a few weeks of painting my nails, I like doing these overviews to catalogue them and do mini reviews of some nail polishes. I haven’t been really into too many new colors as I feel my nail polish collection is pretty solid where it…

Instanails #7

With the Holidays fast approaching I’ve been enjoying doing my nails for then ever. I only have time to do them once I week, but when I do it, I make sure to take the time. I work out, have dinner, shower and then do my nails while watching some Youtube videos. I like to…

Top 5 OPI nail polish

You all know by now that OPI is my favorite high end nail polish brand. I love the formula, I love the longevity and I love the shade selection. I felt it had been a while since I showed you my favorite OPI shades. What I usually do is buy the limited edition colors, but…

Instanails #6

Ah nails! When it comes to beauty, nail polish was my first love and lately that love has been back in full swing. There is just something about fall that makes me want to paint my nails. Just like fall is my favorite season for all things fashion, it is also my favorite season for…

Barry M Gelly Hi-Shine nail polish

As you might have seen in my recent nail polish collection video, there are quite a few brands that I love. And when I love a nail polish brand, I tend to buy multiple shades. From OPI and Catrice, to Essie and Essence: I go from high end to low end and everything in between….

Catrice Moon Rock Nail Polish

The launch I was most excited about from Catrice’s new fall/ winter range? Not some of their make up. Oh no, my heart literally skipped a beat when I spotted a new range of nail polish. As you might have seen in Sunday’s video, I love myself some Catrice nail polish. So it should come…

Sally Hansen Gel Nails

A not so recent hype in nail polish land are gel nails. I thought it interesting, but quite expensive to invest in since I already own so many regular polishes. That is why I am super late to jump on the band wagon. After being gifted one shade and the top coat, I felt it…

Instanails #4

Where I used to do quick little posts every week on whatever I wore on my nails, I now use Instagram to show my nails of the day. It had been slow going on the nail polish front lately. My nails were dry and brittle and whatever I seemed to be doing, nail polish would…

China Glaze – Pool Party

Doing my nails has been on the back burner a bit, but that doesn’t mean that I do not still appreciate a good polish. And with summer just around the corner, a seriously neon bright nail polish is a good one to have in your collection. China Glaze’s Pool Party is quite possibly one of…

OPI Soft Shades & New Orleans spring collections

When it comes to nail polish, you all know I love myself some OPI. It is by far my favorite nail polish brand and whenever they release new collections, which is often, I always check them out. So when I found out that this year OPI is releasing a 6 polish pastel collection as well…

5x blue nails

I don’t know about you, but now that spring has hit up once again, I’m craving a color palette that fits the brighter weather that is to come. One element you can easily change up is your nail look. I don’t know what it is about spring, but every time spring comes around, I want…

New budget proof nail polish by Essence & Catrice

I always get a little overexcited when Essence and Catrice update their make up lines. And apart from finding new things, I almost always find older products that I hadn’t yet tried. I already showed you the newer launches I am swatching for you in this post today, but I also purchased 6 other polishes…

Instanails #3

Nail polish was my first beauty love, but lately it’s been put on the back burner a bit. After I was sick during fall I didn’t feel I had the time to be painting my nails and so I kind of neglected them for a bit. The result? Hideous looking nails. It took quite some…

Essence Christmas advent calendar: contents & swatches

If you follow me on Instagram, you may already have seen a few of these polishes, but I thought it would be good to show you these in a proper article with better pictures and swatches. Because it isn’t every day that I get my hands on 20 (!) different nail polishes in one go….

A Christmas-y nail polish haul

Honestly, I hadn’t planned on buying any polish. When seeing these collections being released online, I did not experience my usual: OOOH I NEED THAT IN MY LIFE! moment. Instead, I felt a little lackluster and mwah about it all. And then I saw them in stores. With my own eyes. And then I thought:…

Essence 2015 Christmas Advent Calendar

For today’s second post, I thought I’d give you a head’s up to something (I think) exciting I am working on on my Instagram account: @indiequeen84. It’s the Essence 2015 Christmas Advent Calendar featuring nothing but limited edition nail polish related items! Essence 2015 Christmas Advent Calendar

Next Glitz & Blitz glitter top coat

With the festive season upon us, a good glitter nail is a must have to round out your festive wardrobe. That is my opinion at least. I like wearing glitter polishes anyway, but there is just something about the month of December that makes it more apt. It comes in so many shapes and forms…

5x dark nail polish colors for fall

When falls comes around, I instantly grab for my deeper, darker lipstick shades. I swear by berry colors, not only on my lips, but also on my nails. And the longer I’ve worn them, the more I’m veering towards darker shades. The darker the better! These are my 5 favorite dark nail polishes.

NOTD: Barry M Gelly Hi-Shine Nail Paint Sugar Apple

If there is one nail polish line of which I know I will some day own every single shade available it is the Barry M Gelly Hi-Shine nail paints. I own quite a few of them already (10 to be exact) and there is a reason why I love this formula so much: they go…

Best red nail polishes

A classic nail polish shade is a good red. With red being my favorite color, you’d think that it would also be one of my favorite nail polish shades. It is not, however. I actually find a good red difficult to find. Most of the times, when I like the color, the formula is too…

NOTD: German drugstore polishes

Today I am bringing you two fun, summery nail of the days from the German drugstore. I was in Germany last year and that’s when I picked them up, so I am not sure whether they are still available. But I thought these two polishes were too much fun not to share, so that is…

Top nail polish picks

By now I have tried so many different nail polishes and there are a few that have always stood out. Whether it is the only nail polish I ever used up, to one of my favorite blues, these polishes have always worked for me. They may not be my most coveted nail polishes, but they…

5x favorite nude nail polishes

I am not sure how to put this, but I seem to have a thing for nude nail polish. Nude nail polish is very versatile. A good nude nail polish complements your skin tone, they can serve as a base under slightly sheer polishes or you can use them under glitter. I personally love a…

Orly Color Blast Tangerine Neon

Neon nail polish is a great way to incorporate some summer into your outfit without going overboard. However, the highlighter type shades don’t always make the easiest nail polish textures to use. Many neon polishes are thin, need nearly 25 layers to go on opaque and then they’re still streaky. So when I spotted this…

NOTD: Model’s Own Beach Bag

When the sun comes out, I usually decide to switch up my nail colors for brighter shades. Where I have been stoked on pastels all throughout spring, with summer happening in full force, I opted for something a lot brighter. Meet Model’s Own Beach Bag. Models Own Sticky Nail Polish For Tans Beach Bag Model’s…

Instanails #2

I try to post a new picture on Instagram every day and sometimes those pictures involve my nail looks. I try to take pictures of my nail art/ nail polish for the blog. However, sometimes the pictures don’t come out well or I don’t feel the color or nail art are worth an entire blog…

Nails Inc The New White White Horse Street

When I am in the UK I always pick up a few nail polishes, but I had yet to try polishes by Nails Inc. They are not the cheapest polishes and so I was a little reluctant to be just trying a random polish on a whim. And then they released their The New White…