Essie Fifth Avenue // Models Own Hypergel Naked Glow // Barry M Gelly Passion Fruit // Nails Inc Elizabeth Street // OPI O'Hare and Nails Look Great

Regardless of whether you're in a relationship or not, Valentines day is the perfect excuse to paint your nails in the colours of love. I thought for today's post I would share with you my favourite red/pink/nude polishes which would be ideal for date night, or even just for the fun of it, First up the reds - if you're like me and can't be bothered with using a base and top coat, look no further than Barry M's Gelly Nail Paint in Passion Fruit - one coat for fully opaque nails with the ultimate shine. Out of the red polishes I'm going to mention, this is the one I normally reach for the most. I've done an in depth review here.

If you're looking for the ultimate vampy red to go with an all black outfit I would personally recommend OPI's Hare and Nails Look Great - I think instead of a polish being right in your face, this is more of a sophisticated red, which I'll wear on the very rare occasion I want to act my age. As with the darker OPI shades I would recommend using a base coat, as this does have the tendency to stain my nails. Regardless its a winner in my books, although don't use it on your toes as it doesn't do the colour justice. If you're looking for a typical pillar box/blood red nails look no further than Essie Fifth Avenue - the perfect in between red polish from the two I've already mentioned. I've done a more in depth review of this here, however if you want to pick it up, try your local TK Maxx as you can normally finally this shade in the packs of three Essie polishes.

Onto one of my all time favourite pinks - I was going to include OPI Passion, however I have seemed to reach for Nails Inc Elizabeth Street more often, so it was a no brainer to include this. However this polish does need to come with a word of warning, it is quite opaque and you will need to build the coats up. However this is one of those day to night polishes which will never go out of fashion. Review here. Finally if pinks and reds aren't for you - Models Own Hypergel Naked Glow, is the lazy girls nude. Personally I'd prefer to read for Models Own Nude Beige over this, however if you're in a rush - one coat and a speedy drying time and you're good to go. Let me know what you're favourite valentines nails are, however I will leave you with some wise words from RuPaul...

"If you can't love yourself, how the hell you gonna love somebody else"