My Top 6 Nail Polishes for Fall

Fall Nail Polishes

While I’m definitely a Summer-weather kind of girl, there are many things I love about Fall: pumpkin pie, Bath and Body Works scented candles, and a richer, darker colour pallet when it comes to fashion.  This includes nail polish, which I try to switch up on a weekly basis.  Below are my top picks for the perfect Fall nail polish; which one will you be wearing while sipping your Pumpkin Spice Latte?

1. Julep “Jet”

I never seem to get tired of black nail polish.  This one by Julep is described as a “Jet black crème”, and is like a little black dress: it’s great for anytime, anywhere, and goes with anything.  Enough said.

2. O.P.I “Ice-Bergers and Fries”

This creamy, brown tone is from O.P.I’s new Nordic Collection.  Truthfully, this wouldn’t be a colour I would normally pick, however after discovering it was Cosmopolitan’s recent award winner for “The Best Nude”, I decided to give it a try (you can check out my Instagram post about this here).  It applies beautifully, keeping it’s rich colour and creamy texture.  It’s also long lasting, and removes easily.  Definitely give this polish a try!

3. Essie “Wicked”

Spotlighted on the Essie website for the month of October, this polish is described as a, “strident, striking and bold, blood red lacquer”.  The description alone makes it the perfect nail polish for the month of Halloween, but aside from that, it is also a gorgeous, deep, oxblood red colour that will take you all the way through to Spring.

4. Julep “Karmen”

The colour red is a given when it comes to the Fall and Winter months.  But what I love about this one in particular, is that it’s unique.  Julep describes it on their website as a “Golden crimson microglitter” polish.  The result?  A cross between Fall leaves and Dorothy’s red slippers.  Gorgeous!

5. Sally Hansen Complete Salon Manicure “Jungle Gem”

I once read that this polish is a universal tone, in that it matches nearly every skin tone.  I decided to put it to the test, and it’s definitely become a top pick of mine.  It’s a rich, creamy, dark teal colour, that is long lasting and can work as either a blue or a green when pairing with outfits or accessories (though if I’m being honest, I barely ever worry about matching my nails to my outfit).  Try it out and let me know if it worked for you too!

6. Essie “Style Cartel”

Just like black nail polish, I also love a gorgeous rich blue, and this polish is definitely has that box checked off.  Described on the Essie website as an, “inky, cobalt blue”, it is blue enough to be a for-sure navy, but also dark enough that it can be a “neutral” and pair well with nearly anything.  It’s also a nice Fall switch-up from another one of my favourite Essie blues: “Butler Please“.



Beauty Deals for $3.00 or Less: Dollarama Haul!

Dollarama BeautyGone are the days you only visited a dollar store when you needed bristol board for a school project (admit it, it was the night before it was due!), or wrapping paper for a friend’s birthday gift.  Yes, you still can find both of those things, but now, you can also score some serious brand-name beauty deals too!   On a recent trip to Dollarama, I purchased some great beauty products (and took pictures of others) that I wanted to share with you.  Keep in mind that product options and availability may vary store-to-store, but that just makes the hunt more fun!  Everything was $3.00 or less, making it not only affordable, but also a great opportunity to try out products I might never have thought of purchasing before.

  1. L’Oreal Colour Riche Le Gloss in “Cinnamon Spiced”- $3.00

IMG_1605It’s hard to tell in the picture, but this lip gloss is a beautiful bronzey-gold colour with subtle shimmer.  One great thing about only paying a few dollars for a product, is that it is fairly low-risk.  If you don’t like it, you have the satisfaction of knowing you didn’t spend an arm and a leg on it!  I had trouble finding this specific colour online, as I’m pretty sure it was discontinued (hence why it is so low/well priced), but the newer collection of these glosses retails for up to $11.00 online!

2. Sally Hansen Nail Art Pen AND Color Quick Fast Dry Nail Color Pen- $3.00

IMG_1590These extremely well-priced nail polish pens are fantastic.  I painted my nails using one of the Color Quick Pens, in the colour “Smoke” (a deep grey), and it lasted 5 days before I needed to touch it up.  And, when touch up time comes, the pen style applicator makes it super easy to fix any chips or smudges.  I’d never tried any of these pens before, (as they normally retail for upwards of $8.00 each!), but the $3.00 price tag convinced me to give it a go.  After trying them, I`d say they are even worth the more expensive price (though I`m definitely not complaining that you can get them for less!).  Whenever I apply nail polish with a normal bottle/brush applicator, I usually end up with it all over my hands (or at least one of them: clearly, I`m  not ambidextrous), however I found that the pen applied cleanly and easily.  Don`t forget to add some fancy-shmancy designs using the Nail Art Pen, too!

3. Almay Intense I-Color Satin-I Kit- $3.00


After finding this at Dollarama, I then saw it in the Wal Mart flyer a few days later priced at over $7.00!  Though this kit is marketed as a product for hazel-coloured eyes, I personally would wear all of the colours as well (and I have brown eyes).  A great thing about Almay products is that they are hypoallergenic, so you won`t have to worry about any adverse reactions or breakouts.  It also comes with an applicator, though I only recommend using it if your travelling or in a pinch.  Instead, use the Elf brushes I found at the dollar store, up next!

4. Assorted e.l.f. Makeup Brushes- $1.50


e.l.f. (Eyes, Lips, Face) brushes have always been well priced, but the hard part for the longest time was finding them here in Canada.  I purchased my set of e.l.f. brushes a few years ago from Winners, and they are still going strong today (usually the glue in lower-priced brushes weakens and it causes them to shed and disintegrate fairly quickly).  e.l.f. is known for making good quality beauty products at affordable prices (and price ranges).  For example, there are currently 2 main tiers of brushes made by e.l.f.: Studio and Essentials.  Studio brushes are typically all black, come in black packaging, and are a higher quality, somewhat higher-priced line that is for the more serious makeup fanatic.  Their Essentials line is less expensive, and provides the basics for everyday makeup wearers, or those who are just starting out with their collection.  Both of the brushes shown above are from the essentials collection, and are a great deal!  These are also perfect for your travel makeup bag because you don`t need to worry if they get damaged or lost en route.

5.  Revlon Nail Art FrenchMix Nail Enamel AND Nicole by OPI Nail Polish- $3.00 


Chances are, if you`re a fan of OPI nail polishes, you`re also a fan of their lower-priced Nicole by OPI line.  Typically, these polishes sell for about $6.00-$7.00, but you can find a wide array of colours and finishes for just $3.00 at Dollarama (they even have the textured finish line)!  Another cool nail product you can find is the dual-ended polish wand by Revlon, which includes 2 colours that can be worn alone or together to create designs or French manicures (hence the name, FrenchMix).  The one I purchased, above, is called Over the Moon, and if you Google it you`ll see a variety of designs that people have created using these 2 colours (and other combinations).

So, what are you waiting for?! Find that loose change under those couch cushions or beneath your car floor mats.  A cup of coffee or new makeup? I know which one I`d choose!…