If there is one thing that makes or breaks your look (aside from eyebrows), it is most certainly nails. Dirty or chipped nails look incredibly sloppy and are a huge pet peeve of mine! Although, I am completely okay with not brushing my hair for a week - we all have our issues. Fall nail hues are my absolute favorite. I am also extremely biased toward only using OPI colors.
I used gel nail polish exclusively for 4 years straight and OPI lasted the longest by far. Truthfully, I won't even use anything else aside from the occasional Essie polish, which lasts almost as long! I rounded up all my favorite OPI shades that I love especially during the fall and winter.
From left to right, top to bottom:
1. You Don't Know Jacques!
2. Amore at the Grand Canal
3. Alpine Snow
4. Bubble Bath (this is a year-round favorite!)
5. Black Onyx
6. Lincoln Park After Dark
7. Midnight in Moscow
8. Stay Off the Lawn
9. Light My Sapphire
A very important rule of thumb is to use a base coat (always) but especially when you're using dark colors. I finally broke my addiction of going to get bi-weekly gel manicures. This Gelous base coat has really helped my at home manicure last 7-10 days! I layer that first and once dry, apply two coats of my favorite OPI polish above. I finish it off with an OPI Top Coat and viola! From time to time I also use this at home Gel Light and the polish that goes with it. It lasts at least a week as well but takes a bit longer to use.