Thursday, December 29, 2016

Throwback Thursday: My 2016 in Nails

Throwback Thursday, #tbt, manicure, nails, nail polish, nail lacquer, nail varnish, butter LONDON Tart With A Heart, OPI Hello Kitty Collection, KBShimmer Don't Play Koi, Smith & Cult, Deborah Lippmann Glitter And Be Gay, Rescue Beauty Lounge Manicurator, Nailing Hollywood, Chanel Gold Fiction, RGB Cosmetics Oxblood
Another year is coming to a close. And, as I referenced in my Throwback Thursday post last week, many people are pretty happy to say goodbye to 2016. I've absolutely loved this year, though -- and my manicures are just one reason why. This year, I incorporated old standbys and new favorites into my nail polish rotation. I discovered (and fell in love with) some new brands and also revisited some of the colors I've loved for years. You may notice that some of the months are a bit more sparse or even missing in my roundup this year -- I must admit that I had some moments of bare nails! Looking back at my favorite manicures has become a pastime here on The Beauty of Life (for proof, check out My 2013 in Nails, My 2014 in Nails, and, yes, My 2015 in Nails). Revisit my favorites of 2016 with me this week!

JANUARY
Throwback Thursday, #tbt, manicure, nails, nail polish, nail lacquer, nail varnish, Rescue Beauty Lounge Morning Light
Rescue Beauty Lounge Morning Light: Faded gold microshimmer meets bluish grey in a shade so gorgeous, I couldn't help but start the year wearing it.

Throwback Thursday, #tbt, manicure, nails, nail polish, nail lacquer, nail varnish, Deborah Lippmann I'm Not Edible
Deborah Lippmann I'm Not Edible: The Deborah Lippmann Staccato Collection will always be one of my favorites. I love the bright hues and the buildable glitter. I'm Not Edible is one I go back to time and again, and I think it's pretty easy to see why.

FEBRUARY
Throwback Thursday, #tbt, manicure, nails, nail polish, nail lacquer, nail varnish, OPI Hello Kitty Collection, OPI Super Cute In Pink, OPI Charmmy & Sugar, Lavande Nail Spa
OPI Super Cute in Pink and Charmmy & Sugar: Pink perfection. During a trip to San Francisco, I visited the fabulous Lavande Nail Spa for a manicure. And these adorable Hello Kitty colors just made me so happy the whole time they were on my nails.

Throwback Thursday, #tbt, manicure, nails, nail polish, nail lacquer, nail varnish, Rescue Beauty Lounge Recycle
Rescue Beauty Lounge Recycle: One of my favorite colors. One of my favorite brands. Basically, Recycle is a match made in hunter green heaven. I WILL LOVE THIS COLOR FOREVER AND EVER.

Throwback Thursday, #tbt, manicure, nails, nail polish, nail lacquer, nail varnish, nail art, polka dots, Rescue Beauty Lounge Ah Oui, Zoya Magical PixieDust Cosmo
Rescue Beauty Lounge Ah, Oui with Zoya Cosmo: This manicure will always be a little bittersweet to me, since I had to wear it for WEEKS after breaking my ankle. Honestly, I'm not sure I'll be rushing to use either of these colors again, as beautiful as they both are. But at least I really loved the way my nails looked while I was stuck in the hospital!

MARCH
Throwback Thursday, #tbt, manicure, nails, nail polish, nail lacquer, nail varnish, Essie Pool Side Service
Essie Pool Side Service: This was my first manicure post ankle break and hospital release. A friend of mine from LA sent it to my mom's house in Cleveland just so I'd have a color to look forward to! I can't even express how incredible it felt to finally change my nails and feel like myself at least a little bit.

Throwback Thursday, #tbt, manicure, nails, nail polish, nail lacquer, nail varnish, Nails Inc. Paint Can Spray On Nail Polish Mayfair Lane
Nails Inc. Paint Can Spray On Nail Polish in Mayfair Lane: I'd read about this revolutionary nail polish for months, so when I finally had the chance to try it, I had extremely high hopes. And while it may not have lived up to my expectations, I still am really glad I got the chance to check it out. A few kinks worked out and I think this beauty invention could probably turn itself around!

APRIL
Throwback Thursday, #tbt, manicure, nails, nail polish, nail lacquer, nail varnish, nail art, Nailing Hollywood Shade, Nailing Hollywood Unicorn, Jenna Hipp
Nailing Hollywood Shade and Unicorn Manicure: Celebrity manicurist Jenna Hipp can basically do no wrong, so when I got the chance to try out these two gorgeous polishes, I jumped. Okay, I didn't really jump, since my ankle was broken, but you get the picture. I absolutely LOVED this combo.

Throwback Thursday, #tbt, manicure, nails, nail polish, nail lacquer, nail varnish, Essie Lounge Lover
Essie Lounge Lover: When the going gets tough, the tough reach for fun and bright nail polishes! This vibrant, spring-appropriate coral definitely had my heart racing.

Throwback Thursday, #tbt, manicure, nails, nail polish, nail lacquer, nail varnish, OPI Show Us Your Tips!, OPI New Orleans Collection
OPI Show Us Your Tips!: April was an OPI-heavy mani month, since I was in Cleveland with my broken ankle and didn't have many polishes to choose from. Thankfully, this pretty shimmery lavender/periwinkle hybrid did not disappoint.

Throwback Thursday, #tbt, manicure, nails, nail polish, nail lacquer, nail varnish, Deborah Lippmann Gel Lab Pro Collection, Deborah Lippmann Dirty Little Secret
Deborah Lippmann Dirty Little Secret: You know those colors that just make you swoon? Well, that's what this color from Deborah Lippmann's Gel Lab Pro collection did for me. LOOK. AT. THAT. SPARKLE. Seriously, I canNOT get enough.

Throwback Thursday, #tbt, manicure, nails, nail polish, nail lacquer, nail varnish, OPI I Manicure For Beads, OPI New Orleans Collection
OPI I Manicure For Beads: This medium violet creme from OPI's New Orleans collection was definitely a standout of 2016 for me. I'm always a fan of purple polish, and this one immediately made its way into my must haves.

Throwback Thursday, #tbt, manicure, nails, nail polish, nail lacquer, nail varnish, Dior Sunwashed
Dior Sunwashed: While I don't typically reach for yellow polishes, this one just expressed everything I was feeling upon my return to LA. My friend Kerry gave it to me the day I got back, and the sunny hue just begged to accompany my sunny, happy personality!

MAY
Throwback Thursday, #tbt, manicure, nails, nail polish, nail lacquer, nail varnish, Dior Cruise
Dior Cruise: Gold glitter and pastel pink? Match made in heaven. Especially when it's Dior.

Throwback Thursday, #tbt, manicure, nails, nail polish, nail lacquer, nail varnish, butter LONDON Tart With A Heart
butter LONDON Tart With A Heart: Shimmery, sparkly, gold, gorgeous. Yeah, pretty much anything a girl needs to feel fabulous.

Throwback Thursday, #tbt, manicure, nails, nail polish, nail lacquer, nail varnish, Smith & Cult Bitter Buddhist
Smith & Cult Bitter Buddhist: Oh. My. GOD. Smith & Cult is a brand I'd been curious about for a LONG time, and thank goodness I finally tried it. This dusty, dusky greyish green is everything. EVERYTHING.

Throwback Thursday, #tbt, manicure, nails, nail polish, nail lacquer, nail varnish, Rescue Beauty Lounge Manicurator
Rescue Beauty Lounge Manicurator: The rich teal really made this polish stand out for me. It was really just a bonus that the formula included gorgeous shimmery blue flecks.

JUNE
Throwback Thursday, #tbt, manicure, nails, nail polish, nail lacquer, nail varnish, Deborah Lippmann Whip It
Deborah Lippmann Whip It: Sometimes I find nail polishes in my stash that I didn't even know were there. This gorgeous bright pink was one such color. How could I NOT fall immediately in love?

Throwback Thursday, #tbt, manicure, nails, nail polish, nail lacquer, nail varnish, Chanel Gold Fiction, RGB Cosmetics Oxblood, Cleveland Cavaliers, NBA national championship, French manicure, nail art
A Wine and Gold Manicure for the Cleveland Cavaliers: You may not guess it to look at me, but I am a HUGE basketball fan. I went to a Big 10 school (Indiana Hoosiers, baby!) and I watched every single game this year as the Cavs defeated the Warriors. (Alone on my couch, since I live in California, but still.) I cried when the Cavs won. And I simply had to show my support for the wine and gold with a French manicure in Chanel Gold Fiction and RGB Oxblood.

AUGUST
Throwback Thursday, #tbt, manicure, nails, nail polish, nail lacquer, nail varnish, KBShimmer Don't Play Koi
KBShimmer Don't Play Koi: So I'd heard the hype about KBShimmer. I'd considered buying some of the polishes over the years. I just never actually committed. Well, when I finally did? I wondered why I hadn't fallen down the rabbit hole a heck of a lot sooner. I absolutely love this neon-speckled white polish, and have found myself reaching for it more than once in the months since.

Throwback Thursday, #tbt, manicure, nails, nail polish, nail lacquer, nail varnish, OPI No Doubt About It, OPI Summer 2016 Neons Collection
OPI No Doubt About It: I'm a sucker for neon nails, so this vibrant pinkish orange definitely had my heart racing.

SEPTEMBER
Throwback Thursday, #tbt, manicure, nails, nail polish, nail lacquer, nail varnish, nail art, Smith & Cult Fauntleroy, Deborah Lippmann Glitter And Be Gay
Smith & Cult Fauntleroy and Deborah Lippmann Glitter And Be Gay: Opaque muted lavender with a glittery gold and navy glitter accent nail. After a shocking two weeks with unpainted nails, this was definitely a fabulous way to get back into the polish game.

Throwback Thursday, #tbt, manicure, nails, nail polish, nail lacquer, nail varnish, KBShimmer Prints Charming
KBShimmer Prints Charming: Another KBShimmer polish, another immediate love. This white crelly, flecked liberally with multicolored glitter, just begged to be noticed.

OCTOBER
Throwback Thursday, #tbt, manicure, nails, nail polish, nail lacquer, nail varnish, OPI Super Cute In Pink, OPI Hello Kitty Collection
OPI Super Cute In Pink: Yes, I used this polish twice this year -- but in totally different ways both times! I just had to kick off October with this super bright pink.

NOVEMBER
Throwback Thursday, #tbt, manicure, nails, nail polish, nail lacquer, nail varnish, Deborah Lippmann Xanadu
Deborah Lippmann Xanadu: One of my favorite movies. One of my favorite Broadway shows. And now one of my favorite nail polishes. After a whopping two years trying to open this bottle (be sure to read the post for the full details), I'm SO glad I finally used it.

Throwback Thursday, #tbt, manicure, nails, nail polish, nail lacquer, nail varnish, Deborah Lippmann Raspberry Jam, Deborah Lippmann Very Berry Collection
Deborah Lippmann Raspberry Jam: Although I don't normally gravitate toward reds and berries, sometimes they just call to me. This rich berry hue, from Deborah Lippmann's Very Berry nail polish set, most DEFINITELY called my name.

DECEMBER
Throwback Thursday, #tbt, manicure, nails, nail polish, nail lacquer, nail varnish, Zoya Tomoko
Zoya Tomoko: Because sometimes, you just really, REALLY need to paint your nails with a sparkly gold stunner.

Throwback Thursday, #tbt, manicure, nails, nail polish, nail lacquer, nail varnish, Jenna Hipp for Thrive Market Collection
Jenna Hipp for Thrive Market Red Carpet Ready Collection Ombre Manicure: What better way to head into the holidays than with this gorgeous ombre red mani? I love everything by Jenna Hipp and these colors certainly did not disappoint!

20 comments:

  1. I'm loving Deborah Lippmann's Dirty Little Secret! How have I not seen that one before?!

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  2. Yikes, so many pretties. Wish I had the butterLONDON Tart with a Heart!

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  3. KBShimmer polishes are fabulous, and Don't Be Koi is a great choice! Hopefully 2017 brings you more of Christy's beauties!

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  4. These are all so pretty that Smith & Cult mani is my favorite! I need it for the beach!!

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  5. I'm so crazy about polish that I love seeing these. I need to buy some Smith & Cult. That's one brand that I haven't indulged in yet so it's great to see what their polishes look like.

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    1. YES YOU DO!! I bought mine on Birchbox.

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  6. Dior Cruise is so pretty! I'm missing RBL!

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    1. So am I! I'm still so sad they closed.

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  7. There are a few of my favorite brands of polishes in this round up. I love all of these and I think the pinks are so fun indeed. :)

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  8. wow................... so many beauties are here. stunning polishes.

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