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Pastel manicures

January 26, 2010

We’re not sure what our bombshells would make of the latest pastel trend in nail polish. Marilyn Monroe was a fan of either perfectly clean, French manicured nails, or matching red nails on her hands and feet.

British bombshell Diana Dors – read more about her this weekend – was a fan of long, pointed, clean, nails.

Chanel’s ‘greige’

However, the trend gurus have decided this Spring it’s all about pastels – pale mint greens, powder blues, lemon yellows and lilacs are the nail colours of choice. Oh, and Chanel have a ‘greige’ on offer – a sort of cross between a beige and a grey – called Particuliere (£16, Whether it will be as popular as last year’s musthave Jade shade remains to be seen. We’re not sure if Jane Russell, another big red talon fan, would have approved…

Marks and Spencer’s Essential Collection offers up a really pretty mint and a lovely lilac, and at just £2.50 each (, you may as well buy them both. Revlon have also got a ‘Minted’ and a ‘Lilac Pastelle’ on offer later this Spring.

M&S mint

Illamasqua are launching four pastel shades in February – with fabulous bombshell-esque names. Nudge, Blow, Caress and Wink, are mint, lemon, powder blue and lilac.  They retail at £12.50, (,

Illamasqua Pastels

American Apparel  will soon launch their first nail polish collection – Made in the USA –  (£5, and each of the 18 shades is inspired by an  important part of American Apparel. One is the color of raw cotton, while another – an on-trend minty green color called Office – was taken from the color of an accounting notepad found on the seventh floor of American Apparel’s headquarters. Factory Grey is the actual shade used to paint all floors of the company’s manufacturing operations. We think Marilyn would have approved of their red, Downtown LA.

2 Comments leave one →
  1. February 12, 2010 4:23 pm

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  2. Mary-Lynn Monroe permalink
    January 3, 2011 9:00 am

    Maan i love nails and nails polish and this is a mint as blog

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