The Summer Nail

Summer is the season of easy breezy makeup and pops of colour. When the sun comes out and I start to tone down the heavy makeup, I quite like to shift the attention to my manicure, and there is nothing better than a bright pop of neon purple or a creamy blue to help bring you into the summer spirit. 

The transition from spring to summer can be a little bit murky because both seasons are the prime time to bring out the colours that we have hidden away all winter. However, I think most people associate spring with more muted, pastel shades and summer with bright, shocking neons. You can certainly wear a pastel in the middle of July – I’ve been known to do so! Or even a dark navy in April, it is all up to personal preference but mine is to amp up the intensity with the level of sunshine. 

Revlon Parfumerie in Apricot Nectar

Orange is a summer staple in my collection. It’s one of those colours that I always find myself drifting towards in the drugstore. It’s just so bright and cheery. I particularly like this shade, firstly because it smells like peaches – awesome – secondly, because it is a sort of muted neon. It is a bright punchy orange but it has a subtle quality to it that makes it more wearable. 

Essie Mod Square

I must admit that pink is my favourite colour and I will immediately fall in love with anything in that family. Mod Square is an in your face bright raspberry pink that I always go back to for summer. It is creamy and smooth and packs a punch. It would look amazing with a tan!

Essie Playground

So so gorgeous! Purple is one of those colours that falls in behind pink, in the sense that I am obsessed with anything that comes in that colour and this polish is no exception. Playground is a super bright barney purple with a little less blue. Yes, I’m talking about the big purple dinosaur. 

Essie Bikini So Teeny

This is my go – to summer pedicure shade. It is a beautiful cornflower blue with a subtle silver shimmer running through it. There is just something about it that is so fresh and brightening on the nails, it manages to look really classy while also being fun. 

Deborah Lippman Flowers in her Hair

Now I know this was released as part of a spring collection but as I said, personal preference. I actually think this is a beautiful summer shade, another muted neon hybrid. It is a bright minty green that has a bit of a punch to it. It is not completely pastel but not a full on neon. 

So those are my picks for summer nail polishes. What do you like to rock in the summertime?



  1. Stephanie B
    July 4, 2014 / 2:44 pm

    I just bougth Mavala Paris, which is pretty much similar to Essie E-Nuff is E-Nuff that i used to have and loved. It is a pinkish red, with a hint of coral đŸ™‚

    • Courtney Connolly
      July 10, 2014 / 7:30 pm

      Oooh sounds so pretty! I've not heard of that one!

  2. Jessie-Ann Lewis
    July 4, 2014 / 2:56 pm

    Those Essie shades are so pretty! Perfect for summer.

    • Courtney Connolly
      July 10, 2014 / 7:31 pm

      Definitely! Love bright colours in summer!

    • Courtney Connolly
      July 10, 2014 / 7:31 pm

      Love the mint! It goes with everything!

  3. Charlotte Hawrylak
    July 4, 2014 / 6:50 pm

    Those revlon perfume nail polish things sound so interesting! xxBeauty Soup || UK Beauty Blog

    • Courtney Connolly
      July 10, 2014 / 7:32 pm

      I love them! They smell once they've dried and they are a great formula!

  4. Belle B
    July 4, 2014 / 10:13 pm

    I love love love So Teeny. I am wearing Essie Truth or Flare at the moment and its so similar, but I love it!Belle ♥Mascara & Maltesers

    • Courtney Connolly
      July 10, 2014 / 7:33 pm

      Ooh I want Truth or Flare, I keep looking at it in the store!

  5. Angela Giakas
    July 5, 2014 / 2:36 am

    They're all soo pretty! I love all the essie shades :)The Sunday ChapterAngela xo

    • Courtney Connolly
      July 10, 2014 / 7:33 pm

      Essie always does amazing shades!

  6. Yige Z
    July 5, 2014 / 10:02 am

    I love wearing bright coloured nail polish during summer, and I can't believe I still haven't tried an orange nail polish yet! Definitely need that Revlon one!Yet Another Makeup Blog.

    • Courtney Connolly
      July 10, 2014 / 7:34 pm

      Oh I love orange, especially a peach! You should try one!

  7. Jen27
    July 6, 2014 / 1:19 pm

    Such pretty summery picks! Bikini So Teeny is one of my fave summer polishes and I really want to try the new Revlon Parfumerie line :)

  8. Megan Joy
    July 8, 2014 / 9:19 am

    Great picks. The Revlon Apricot Nectar polish is so pretty, it's one of my favs from that collection!

    • Courtney Connolly
      July 10, 2014 / 7:34 pm

      Thanks! I love it too!

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