Thursday, March 1, 2012

Top 5 Spring 2012 Nail Polish Trends and NYC Events

It could be the mild winter we've been having, but now that we've made it to March spring is positively noticeably in the air. The days are getting longer - I've finally started to see daylight after work!

With warmer weather on the horizon, we pack away the extra blankets and move those heavy sweaters to the bottom of our drawers. In our nail polish drawers, the darker, dusty colors work their way to the back as we rediscover our pastels and bright polishes.

For each trend I'll share a polish in my collection and a link for you to see some other options!

#5 Shimmery Periwinkle

This icy cool purpley-blue hue made it into almost every spring collection this year. Maybe it's because periwinkle is soothing to look at but I think it was the brilliant touch of shimmer that convinced us we need every version out there!

Savina Frostbite

Color Club Hydrangea Kiss (Chloe's Nails)
Finger Paints Grape Gumball (Polish You Pretty)
OPI I Have a Herring Problem (NailZilla)
Zoya Skylar (Polish and Patience)

#4 Bubble Gum Pink

This year, several cool pink creme shades busted into the nail polish scene proclaiming "And you thought you've seen it all!" Best described as bubble gum pink, this polish is a fun and girly accessory that is sure to spring-ify any outfit you wear.

China Glaze Dance Baby

Color Club Blushing Rose (Lacquered Lover)
MAC Pinkly Fresh (Temptalia)
OPI Pink Friday (My Nail Polish Online)

#3 Extreme Flakies

Flaky nail polish is a nail polish lover's delight. Crazy extreme flaky nail polish is a dream come true! This spring, flakies of all colors, shapes, and sizes are flying off shelves and on to nails faster than high-end polishes are being duped (oh snap...)!

Finger Paints Twisted

American Apparel Meteor Shower (Goose's Glitter)
China Glaze Luxe and Lush (Rachel Marie's Nails)
Color Club Diamond Drops (Enamel Girl)
Cult Nails Unicorn Puke/Clairvoyant (Dizzy Nails)
Finger Paints Special Effects Polishes (Let Them Have Polish)

#2 Avocado-y Spring Green

Let's face it - there's a new green in town this year and it isn't quite last year's mint green! This fresh green is the color of new flowers poking through the ground and wearing it on your nails says you are SO ready for spring.

Essie Navigate Her

China Glaze Gaga for Green (Gotham Polish)
Dior Waterlily (Ommorphia Beauty Bar)
Nubar Kiwi (The Hungry Asian)
Sinful Colors Olympia (Frazzle and Aniploish)
Yves Saint Laurent Duo Manicure Couture Nail Polish Set in Edition 7 (Fashion Polish)

#1 Indie Polish

The best nail polish shades this spring aren't actually found in the stores. They're found online! Whether it's a polish you stumbled across on Etsy or something special you ordered from overseas, wearing a lacquer that isn't massed produced is the hottest trend this spring in nail polish.

Cult Nails:
Elixir Lacquers:
Girly Bits:
The Hungry Asian:
Nerd Lacquer:
Nostalgic Lacquer:

And now in order by date, here are my top 5 spring event picks in New York City:

Cherry Blossom Season at the Brooklyn Botanical Garden
April 1 - 29, Brooklyn Botanical Garden
Once a year, cherry trees bloom delicate pink pom poms. At the Brooklyn Botanical Garden, there is a Cherry Esplanade and Cherry Walk where you can be surrounded by beautiful pink blossoms in April. It looks simply dreamy!

Easter Parade and Easter Bonnet Festival
April 8th 10AM - 4PM, 5th Ave from 49th St to 57th St
The NYC Easter Parade is quite unique. It's highly disorganized but highly enjoyable - people dress in their Easter best or dress up like a bunny on a Segway.

NY Baseball Opening Day
Mets vs Braves: April 5th, 1:10PM
Yankees vs Angels: April 13th, 1:05PM
Spring is baseball season and New York City is a baseball town! Catch a game at Shea Citi Field or Yankee Stadium and don't forget to wear sunblock :)

Tribeca Film Festival
April 18 - 29
Check out a new film! "The Festival’s mission is to help filmmakers reach the broadest possible audience, enable the international film community and general public to experience the power of cinema and promote New York City as a major filmmaking center. Tribeca Film Festival is well known for being a diverse international film festival that supports emerging and established directors."

Fleet Week
surrounding Memorial Day Weekend
"Since 1984, New York City has held Fleet Week to honor the U.S. Navy and Marine Corps. The week features extensive military demonstrations, as well as the opportunity for the public to tour some of the visiting ships. The Memorial Day commemoration is a highlight of the week's festivities, featuring the singing of Taps and a military aircraft fly over in honor of those who lost their lives in service to the United States."

Product(s) in this post were provided for review. Read my disclosure policy here.


  1. I love that indie polish is your #1 trend, I so agree. I've been looking into playing around with making my own...daunting but exciting. Have you tried it?

    1. No, I haven't tried it but I've imagined in my head what I would make :) I hope you try it, let me know if you do!

  2. wooww amazing picture of twisted...definitely agree on #1!!

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    1. Thanks, girl! Would love to know your fav look :)

  4. I love when you do lists like these :)

    And great picks for what to do in NYC in spring. Sometimes being a native, you forget how much there actually is to do here. Thanks for the reminders!

    1. I totally hear you - there's so much to see and do, I feel like I'm missing most of it sometime!!!

  5. Love all your picks! And I can't wait for Mets season to start up!!!!

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    1. Thanks, Rochelle! I put many, many hours in to this but love posting about seasonal trends :)

  7. LOVE the blue!! And the A-England, of course. I wish I lived in a bigger city - more access to great polish. But, that's probably a good thing I don't. LOL Great post!!

    1. Hi Megan, so glad you like these picks :) It is tempting to see polishes, sometimes you have to work for it here though lol

  8. you left out two indie polishes though that I think are wonderful! Pretty and Polished (Etsy) and Dollish POlish (etsy)! and yes Lets Go Mets!

    1. Awesome, I'll have to check those out!

  9. TYou're totally right about the spring trends, especially the shimmery periwinkle and the indie brands hunting ;D

  10. All great calls. I said late last Dec that we would see way less glitter this year from the higher end lines and it would be a turn toward effects and toppers. I am major loving the shimmery periwinkles - and the change Essie gave us in the new green is refreshing. Finally not a olive or a sage or a mint that is got too much white in it!

    1. Good call! I think glitter has passed it's peak too... I love the effect concept and think there's lots left to explore there. And yes, Essie totally took green to the next level with 'Navigate Her'!