Nail polish and Majorelle blue

I’ve really been getting into wearing nail varnish lately. There’s something comfortingly childish about it, maybe because the last time I had a big collection I was about 15. I particularly remember a gothic purple one with a oily sheen, bought on a school trip abroad. I had a matching lipstick too, which didn’t suit me at all, but I thought it was pretty cool anyway.

There are some amazing nail blogs out there. Man, those girls are talented. It’s easy to laugh at the old ‘invisible hockey puck’ pose but you have to give respect to these ladies. It’s really hard to take a photo of your own hand without it looking like a gnarled old claw, or a gigantic man paw (personal experience talking).

It does seem like elaborate DIY nails have really taken off lately. Can we blame Pinterest?

I’d love to be able to do something like this:

Amazing china nails from

Or this one:

Galaxy nails by

I also have a secret love of beauty blogs, although I find them mostly incomprehensible. They’re all geared towards readers who have a LOT of make-up and beauty products. This makes them super-specialist, like listening to chefs discuss the fine details of Lobster Thermidor, when all you want to know is how long to boil an egg. (I found a good new blog here though which is more on my level)

The only thing I really can’t stand is a French manicure. It’s like weird fake nudity for your nails.The worst is when you see people with french-manicured toenails, with those horrible little white tips at the top. Urggh.

What I really want is this Yves St Laurent Blue Majorelle nail varnish, although it’s 17 quid, which equals about 10 Barry M polishes. It’s the exact colour of the Jardin Majorelle at Yves St Laurent’s house in Marrakech. My boyfriend went with my camera a few years ago (moment of silence for my poor, departed camera), and I just think it’s the best blue I’ve ever seen. Would probably look better with a tan and some sunlight, rather than under the current tupperware skies of the UK.

I was at the Brighton Bloggers Bash last weekend (really fun) and someone was wearing Models Own polish in Ibiza, a rainbow glitter, and now all I want is some glitter polish. I am definitely regressing back to my teenage years.

Do you have any favourite nail varnish shades?


7 thoughts on “Nail polish and Majorelle blue

  1. Laura Davis June 18, 2012 / 12:10 PM

    I am wearing painted fingernails for the first time in about 10 years, so it must be back! I’ve gone for a ‘Pretty in Pink’ shade of dusty pink. It’s probably not on trend but reminds me of Molly Ringwald in that movie, who i wish I was as cool as (minus the horrid triangular prom dress).

    • yesilikethat June 18, 2012 / 9:15 PM

      I wish I was as cool as Molly too! x

  2. Roobeedoo June 15, 2012 / 12:45 PM

    That is a gorgeous shade of blue! I have a nail binge every few months or so, but something always happens to get one broken and then it is a sudden decline and they pop one by one, so I end up with no nails at all and spend the next three months growing them back. I mgiht be ready for another binge after seeing that colour!

  3. Rachel-Lou June 14, 2012 / 5:23 PM

    Boots No7 do a nail varnish which is that exact same blue and its only £7. It looks awesome on toes (I aint no classy lady)

  4. Miriana June 14, 2012 / 4:51 PM

    Tupperware skies – what a great description.

  5. shivani June 14, 2012 / 10:47 AM

    that blue is all kinds of wonderful. my finger nails usually go naked, or for special occasions, I use an oyster-y type of colour (Essie’s Imported Champagne or Potato Fields). Toes are always either a classic red or coral (Essie’s Boat house), because at an impressionable young age I read that a classy lady should only wear those colours on her toes. It’s ridiculous, but it’s really stuck and any other colour on my toes makes me feel weird!

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