Monday Must-Have: Rimmel Matte Top Coat

Last week when I headed down to London for Fashion week I found myself in a quandry over how to wear my nails. (I know, hard life…) I wanted something autumnal, nodding towards the coming season, and I didn’t have time to work on my recent painterly nail effect. Then I happened upon an old unmarked nail polish bottle that I was sent by a PR a couple of years back, before it was even released on sale.

I have to say, when I tried it back then, I wasn’t enamoured and only wore it once so I’m not sure what made me try again. But you know what? I Loved it!

Perhaps it was the contrast with the super glossy ring finger I painted, maybe it was the fresh take on Chanel’s classic Rouge Noir, either way I can see this is going to be a staple in my winter beauty wardrobe. And for £4.59 you can update your entire nail polish collection!

Who’s with me?


*Interestingly, just like glossy nails lose their shine as the days go on, the matte top coat seems to buff up the longer it is worn. I’d recommend reapplying the top coat every couple of days for a perfect matte finish.

What to Wear: Carrie does Denim.

Those of you who are particular Whistles aficionados or perhaps dedicated followers of fashion, may remember this skirt, the Carrie skirt by Whistles. It was a sell-out and I was lucky enough to snag one, but then actually haven’t worn it very much since. For no good reason at all, I couldn’t quite decide what to pair it with and so it was to sit in my wardrobe waiting to be let out until I finally picked up one of my Summer lust-haves, the chambray shirt, in the Dorothy Perkins Sale.

Shirt, Dorothy Perkins Sale // Skirt, Whistles // Bag, Mulberry // Necklace, Zara, Tiffanys // Shoes (old), ALDO

For a trip into town on a breezy day, the somewhat flimsy skirt seemed a bit more anchored and appropriate for the possibility of showers.

Nails (top image): Rimmel (312) Ultra Violet and Ciate Caviar manicure in ‘Rainbow’

I paired them both with my go-to summer wedges… I really must look for another pair but they are insanely comfortable, and a touch of neon with my current favourite Zara necklace (also available in neon Coral) and not in the sale.

The skirt is so much fun to wear, particularly on a breezy day as it billowed and flipped up so prettily. It was the perfect partner to my trial Ciate nails Caviar manicure nail – ridiculously girly and full of fun.

My other quandary has been with my Bayswater, quite a blue-ish fuschia that I have so far chickened out of pairing with some of my other cooler toned pink wardrobe staples. I think it works quite well here though.

So have you been wearing any of last year’s key pieces again? I’d love to hear how…


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