In a previous tale of mine, I spoke about my ardent love and respect for Audrey Hepburn; she who not only inspired my eyebrow shape but also lead to my first foray into the world of winged eyeliner.
This got me thinking about a certain dreamy Sunday afternoon in London and a particular beauty product. More specifically my weekend with Audrey’s Breakfast at Tiffany’s and Opi’s ‘I Believe in Manicures’.
A precious light blue which is the perfect spring colour, instantly lifting my mood with its elegant brightness and smooth easy to apply texture. I reach for it anytime I need a pick me up and I must say it works, making me beam whenever I catch a flash of the robin egg blue on my nails.
You see London living is extraordinarily exciting but sometimes my weekends spent dashing around from bottomless brunch to the latest event on design my night all before spending the evening with friends in some little cocktail bar takes its toll. Every Sunday I dedicate an evening to giving myself a seriously good manicure whilst watching something on Netflicks. This is a sacred time where I get to collect my thoughts, recuperate and collect myself together for the upcoming week. I have been doing this since I was 13, you could say I also believe in Manicures!
This particular Sunday came after a flat-out week, where the days were hectic at work and every evening was packed with a different collection of friends by Sunday I was shattered. However, inspiration hit when I saw my local cinema was screening Breakfast at Tiffany’s as part of their Vintage Sundays, it was the perfect escape. Even better though was that on my walk home I discovered a new little nail salon who were selling OPI Audrey nail polishes. You see whilst the colour is from their 2016 holiday collection there are still quite a few about and often on sale, so if you can snap one up.
Two months later and it remains my little lift, cheering me up and getting me through whatever the week throws at me with its elegant, modern and very clean colour. It is equally fun and chic which is a difficult balance to strike but it does it effortlessly. It has a smooth finish which is designed to be more creamy than shiny, which adds to its ability to be both bold but unobtrusive. It does come in a high shine variant though I find the flatter creamy colour to be a little more elegant, though that is just me.
Also, I must say it wears really well and is easy to apply almost melting on to the nails. It is thick and opaque within two coats (the high shine version takes me about 3). I really do believe this is the perfect alternative to the standard cherry red or bright coral as it is just that little bit more unique for this season.
Whilst I think this is the perfect spring shade there are some alternative blues from other brands which are very similar, often likened to that iconic Tiffany colour and may be easier to get your hands on if this one proves too challenging:
- China glaze- For Audrey (slightly darker)
- Nars- Thasos (one shade lighter but very flattering)
- Essie- Where’s My Chauffer (almost a perfect match)
- OPI- New Fiji collection – Susie without a paddle (slightly lighter but still beautiful)
Oh and in case you were wondering the print behind is a photo of all the props associated with the film, I found it on Etsy and absolutely love it in our living room!
All in all, I’m in love, believing in the little things to lift the mood, believing in Opi for manicures and ultimately believing just like Audrey that the happiest girls are the prettiest girls!
April 2017// A Beauty Tale from Livs //no.6