Nailspiration: Emerald Green – Pantone Colour of the Year 2013

Pantone - Emerald - Color of the year 2013 - Nail Romance

Pantone has heralded Emerald as the Colour of the Year for 2013. While I contemplated wearing Pantone emerald green hair on Hair Romance, I think it’s much easier to wear emerald green on your nails.

At the moment I don’t have ANY emerald green nail polish in my collection. How could I be missing such a vital trend colour? I’m sure I won’t have any trouble fixing that issue and here’s some nailspiration to inspire you to try emerald green on your nails.

Are you a fan of the new Pantone Colour of the Year? What’s your favourite emerald green polish?

Image credits: Temptalia The Hungry Asian, Pshiiit, Vampy Varnish

Loving… Gel nails

How often do you paint your nails?

If you like to keep the same colour you’ll love gel nails. Similar to Shellac, Orly Gel FX is a gel nail system that is cured with LED lights.

I’m wearing Haute Red, a bright orange-red creme and I had my nails done at The Australasian College Broadway.

The pros and cons of gel nails


  • Once cured, they are dry straight away and you don’t need to worry about bumping or marking them
  • They last longer than regular polish. Orly claims it can last for more than two weeks but you should get 7-10 days without a chip
  • Uses LED light system which is safer and faster than UV light systems
  • Orly Gel FX formulas contain vitamins to help nourish your nails


  • Limited colour range, though they have chosen the bigest sellers from the normal polish range so your favourites are available
  • It takes longer to apply. There’s a primer, base coat, colour and top coat with 30 second curing time for each layer
  • It takes longer to remove. That could be a post in itself, but it’s an arduous process to remove.

If you love changing colours as often as you change clothes, gel nails are not for you. However if you like some time in the salon to relax and get your nails done, you’ll love gel nails. You can also buy the kit to do your nails at home.

Are you a fan of gel nails? And can you believe the Australasian College only charges $10 for a gel manicure?

Loving…Pink and Orange Neons

I’ve loved pink and orange as a colour combination ever since I was little. It’s not a conventional favourite, but it makes me happy. Especially when it’s neon bright!

Nails Inc Notting Hill Gate is a rosy pink neon, with medium shine that is opaque in two coats.

Hello Darling Teenage Dream a true highlighter pink creme that is opaque in one coat, though I’ve painted two coats here.

Hello Darling Love on Top is a vibrant hi-vis orange creme that is opaque in one coat, and super-bright in two.

Orly Holla is slightly darker than Love on Top, though still packs a neon punch. Almost opaque in one coat and fully in two. It had a slightly matte finish.

All polishes shown with two thin coats and finished with Hello Darling top coat.

Yes, I wore them all at once and I make no apologies for mismatching fluoro nails.

What’s your favourite unconventional colour combination?