I just started a new job (I’m not sure if I’m allowed to post about it here, so for now, I’ll keep it underwraps) in addition to my regular part time job, IN ADDITION to me being a full-time student.  So right now I really like anything that helps me de-stress.  This post is either going to turn into ladies’ spa day or nonsensical ranting.  I’m going to take the initiative and go for door number one.  Dudes, feel free to exit.

Who likes nail polish?  Sarah likes nail polish.  I do, I do, I do-ooh.  What are my picks for this season?  They’re not in a single damn way different from my picks for other seasons because in my opinion, there are two routes to take with polish: conservative pale pink and shit that really seriously grabs attention and makes people wonder about you.

I didn’t realize that I had ten favorite nail polishes until I picked them and counted them for this post about five seconds ago.  They’re split half and half between pinks/neutrals and almost questionable decisions.

Pinks and Neutrals:

1. Essie in Ballet Slippers (~$8)  – This is iconic.  This is Audrey Hepburn in Roman Holiday when she’s a princess and not when she’s pretending not to be.  You will look professional and respectable but it’s very likely that no one will notice your nail color, and sometimes, that’s okay.

2. Rimmel Lasting Finish Pro in Sunset Orange (~$4)  – This goes on amazingly smooth, comes with a great brush, and really lasts.  The color is a very flattering warm-toned coral and would look great with most skin tones.

3. Essie in Forget Me Nots (~$8)  – It’s a classic Barbie pink.  I don’t think I need to say any more.

4. Sally Hanson Insta-Dri in Petal Pusher (~$5)  – This color is nearly identical to Ballet Slippers but it dries in about five minutes flat.  It doesn’t have great wear, but if you’re headed out the door and have a few minutes to spare, it will definitely do the job.  About half of my bottle is gone after finding myself in that situation so many times.

5. Rimmel Lasting Finish Pro in Burgundy Flirt (~$4) – It’s the same formulation as Sunset Orange, above, but it’s a beautiful dark wine color.  If anything has to be “my pick for Fall”, this would be it.  But wines are always in in the fall.  And if you’re a girl in college, wine is always in, in so many ways.  Cheers!

Holy Shit, Look at That!

Essie in Mint Candy Apple (~$8)  – If you ever want a boy to comment on your nails, buy this polish.  Men actually go out of their way to tell me that they like it, because it’s such an unexpected pop of color.  (Well, they just say they like it.  I assume it’s because it’s an unexpected pop of color.  I don’t receive compliments from Tim Gunn, so I have to draw my own fashion and beauty conclusions.)  Anyway, it’s a pastel mint green and it’s baller.

Orly in Prince Charming (no idea)  – This is a polarizing color; some people love it, and some people hate it.  It goes on smoothly, takes about 3 coats, and comes out a nice brownish taupe.  It’s almost matte but not quite.

OPI in Russian Navy (~$10)  – If you could bottle both beauty and punk rock, and shake ’em up til they’re evenly mixed, this would be the result.  It’s a deep, rich navy blue with shimmer that gives it great dimension.  Worth all 1,000 cents.  It makes a great color for a pedicure if you’re not ready to commit to putting it on your hands.

China Glaze in Lemon Fizz (no idea)  – At first, I was afraid I would look like I had some kind of nasty nail fungus, but that’s not at all the case.  It’s actually quite pretty.  The formula goes on nicely, gives you a few solid days of not chipping, and comes off easily.

China Glaze in For Audrey (no idea)  – I had to buy it.  It’s For Audrey, for Pete’s sake.  As you might have guessed, it’s almost exactly Tiffany blue.

What are some of your favorite nail polish colors and brands?