Wow, it's been awhile. Junior year of high school has been just as hectic as everyone says! Unfortunately, school & extracurriculars always have to come first so my nails haven't been a priority.
I do try to keep them painted, though! Here's a quick swatch of Nails Inc. St James, which I picked up for half price at my local Sephora (I know, I was so excited!!). It's a classic bright red shade, on my laptop screen it looks a little more orange than it really is.
This polish is one of the "gel effects" polishes. It applied really smoothly, and unlike most reds it didn't stain my cuticles at all! It was also super glossy once dry. These photos are with top coat, but it looked the same without it.
And, like real gel polish, it's stood up pretty well. I'm writing this a week and a few days later, and although there's a bit of tip wear it's minimal enough that it's not really noticeable. All these photos were actually taken 2 days after I did my nails, to give you a bit of an idea of how it wears (really well).
This polish is a little on the expensive side -- I think it's $16 usually, and I probably wouldn't have sprung for it at full price. However, a classic red is always in style, so depending on your budget this might be a good choice for you!
I hope the beginning of spring is going well for all of you guys :)
Thanks for reading!!