I like to paint my nails all year round, but there’s something about summer that makes me more excited to do so. I love picking out summery shades and even attempting some nail art if I’m feeling brave. 😉 I’ve put together my favorite summer nail polishes – some bold, some more muted – but they’re all fun and summery.
Sinful Colors in Island Coral – I love this brand as it’s really affordable, but the polishes are pretty good quality and last a decent amount of time without chipping. I know some color trends might come and go, but I always think that coral is perfect for summer.
elf Cosmetics Nail Polish in Nude – As much as I like having fun nails, sometimes it’s nice to wear a muted color. This is a pinky brown nude, and although it’s not a true nude for me as I’m pretty pale, it’s a flattering color regardless.
Essie Mint Candy Apple – I can’t get enough of this color. I love mint, and this shade is perfect. Mint nails are my go-to no matter the time of year, and I think this particular polish is good for summer because the hint of blue just says “summer!” to me.
Revlon Parfumerie in Pink Pineapple – When I was younger, I was obsessed with scented nail polish. When I saw this in store, I was intrigued but skeptical, because I didn’t really think the scent would be so true to the name or I figured it wouldn’t be good quality. I’m glad I tried it, because it totally proved me wrong. The color is a really pretty pale pink, and the scent smells exactly what I’d imagine a pink pineapple to smell like. It makes me want to sip a fruity drink on the beach.
Maybelline Color Show in Shocking Seas – I think the name is fitting for this color, because the color does remind me of the sea. I’ve also been really impressed by this collection of nail polishes, because they’re really affordable and come in so many fun colors and glitters and other embellishments. I’ve had a lot of fun playing around with them and have to say they’re pretty decent quality, especially for the price.
What’s your go-to nail polish color for summer?
Yesterday I wrote about my 5 Summer Beauty Favorites, but I wanted to change it up and talk about books today. I have always loved reading, ever since I was really young. When I was a kid, I would always have my nose buried in a book. It’s a little harder to find time to read nowadays, but I always try to make some time for it because it’s really relaxing.
Here are my favorite summer books:
1. Is Everyone Hanging Out Without Me? by Mindy Kaling – I love Mindy. I think she’s hilarious and talented. This book is a really fun read about her life, which feels very much like a best friend talking to you. It’s a quick and entertaining read.
2. Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland and Through the Looking-Glass by Lewis Carroll – This book always makes me think of summer with the garden and flowers. It’s definitely an interesting read, and I’m sure many have already read it, but I’d say it’s worth a reread.
3. The Very Best of Charles de Lint by Charles de Lint – Charles de Lint has been one of my favorite authors since I was a young teenager. It’s so hard to narrow down my favorite book of his, so a “best of” book is a perfect introduction into his writing style and the characters I’ve grown to love. His books are urban fantasy and add a touch of magic to everyday life (a common thread in my favorite books).
4. Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone by J.K. Rowling – Honestly, you could sub in any Harry Potter book because they’re all amazing, in my opinion, but definitely start with the first if you somehow haven’t read the series yet! Though I think the Harry Potter series is perfect for any time of year, the books generally start in the summertime and will take you on an immersive experience the whole way through.
5. Lost Lake by Sarah Addison Allen – I can’t get enough of this author’s books. They combine whimsical magic into everyday life and always have a very eclectic group of characters that are lovable and entertaining. Lost Lake is the perfect summer read as it takes place at a lakeside cabin retreat and is filled with summer activities like cookouts, dancing, romance, and a bit of mystery. I highly recommend it.
Which books are you looking forward to reading this summer?