On My Nails: A Grape (And Also Very Great) Affair – The Body Shop Color Crush™ Nails

Wow, just… wow!

I didn’t expect to feel this strongly and be this attracted to a polish from The Body Shop’s Color Crush series. No offense really, but remember my awry first impression? Which was subsequently salvaged… but still!

I cannot stop singing about how beautiful this purple is, in my books at least.


You see, where nail colors are concerned, purples are one of my absolute favorites. Be it a pastel purple, a dark moody one or even the loud and pink-toned magentas that wear well for a couple days before you get sick of how vibrant it is.

Of course I’m open to all sorts of other colors too as long as it isn’t orange but yes, purple would grab my attention first.

I assumed that I had seen (most of) it all when it came to this color that I always gravitate towards but this purple right here, is so familiar yet so new to me at the same time.

It’s vibrant, but pale, bright but pastel, so perfect!


It’s a creamy purple that is part bright, somewhat midtone yet a little pastel all at the same time. I really can’t get enough of it and I’ve had this on for quite a good period of time partly because it lasted really well, through almost 3 weeks of wear, and also because I really liked the shade and couldn’t bear to remove it.

It was only when the growth / new nail portion finally got to me that I figured enough is enough and moved on to other colors.

It’s beautiful, really.


Unlike the peachy shade earlier, I did bother to throw on a topcoat over this because it seemed like it needed a bit of that for a glossier shine.


It’s fine without and if you’re only wearing it for a couple of days at most it could probably live the wear but, why would you only wear a gorgeous shade like this for only a couple of days, right?



Oh yes, I believe in my excitement I may have forgotten to mention that this shade is called A Grape Affair (french name: Lilas Mauve). I feel that in the case of this polish, I prefer the French version of its name because A Grape Affair sounds very… OPI to me, somehow.


I’m pretty sure they have a purple by that name actually (inner voice: Yes they do).


Grey Divider

A couple of days into the wear of above-mentioned manicure, I received a press kit from MAC and it contained a lovely pale pink shimmery number (from their Holiday collection) and much as shimmers are pretty to wear, I know well enough the pain it ensues upon removal so I decided to layer it over A Grape Affair, on one nail to serve as an accent nail.

I think it’s quite pretty and lovely how the colors work together.



The MAC Nailpolish (Just Jewels) turned out more opaque than I had expected – I was thinking sparse glitter / shimmer in a largely transparent base – and I did think it was a beautiful color to wear. I was mildly tempted to do a full manicure with it but… as I had said, it was a bit of a pain to remove even on one nail so I’m glad I spared myself the pain.


Alrightey, I think I’ve rambled enough about my love for this beautiful purple and the incidentally lovely combination that I chanced upon thanks to a very timely press kit.

To turn things back to The Body Shop, I think their colored offerings are actually quite pretty both in tone and textures so should you be looking for a cream colored polish (say this purple, or teal, or perhaps a seafoam green), do check The Body Shop’s Color Crush Nail Polishes out!

To give MAC some mention, this polish is also now out at their counters and is Limited Edition so if a sweet and shimmery candy jewelled nail polish ‘topcoat’ is what you’re after, you had best head down!


Thanks for reading!

The Body Shop’s Color Crush Nail Polish retails at S$12.90 each.

Sponsorship disclosure

Support Earth Hour with The Body Shop

Did you know that it is Earth Hour this coming Saturday (29th March)?

Earth Hour is becoming quite a thing these days with brands picking up the concept and showing their own little brand of awareness towards this global cause. I typically frown upon these gimmicks but I guess I wouldn’t mind a good cause getting some mainstream attention.

After all, the issue we face with the over-consumption of electricity all the way down to wasting our precious resources to fuel our desires of staying up all night (till the wee hours) and keeping the lights on the whole time, is a very real situation.

So as I was saying…

The Body Shop has been a regular supporter of this movement for all of its 5 years and this year is no exception.

If you’re wondering, how do you get on board with this support and, at the same time, get a little extra somethin’ somethin’ for yourself, well here’s how.

Pledge to Go Green

Partnering with the Earth Hour Digital Card, The Body Shop will be rewarding people who have pledged to go green. From now till 2nd May, for every download of the Earth Hour Digital Card (details below), the card owner will get to purchase TBS’s eco-friendly Rainforest Shampoo or Conditioner (250ml) at a mere price of S$10!

What’s more if a card owner can convince 5 more friends to pledge their support (I’m assuming there’s a referral factor to this), the card owner will get to enjoy a S$10 shopping voucher too! The more the merrier, y’all!

What’s (even) more, sign up to be The Body Shop’s Love Your Body™ Club member now and receive 10 additional points when you shop with them!

It’s really easy to ‘sign up’ for a Earth Digital Card, simply follow the instructions on the image below (standard messaging rates apply, no additional cost).

And here’s me getting it done, just to show you how simple it is!

And voila~

Lights Out!

All that perks aside, of course, The Body Shop will be dimming their stores by shutting off their non-essential lights so don’t be alarmed if you’re shopping mid-way and the lights go out!

So with all that said, head on down to The Body Shop to get in the mood with the Earth Hour happenings and don’t forget too, to do your part and put out the lights for an hour on 29th March (Saturday) from 8.30pm to 9.30pm.

While that is for all formalities of the Earth Hour event, lets also remember to put out the lights if we don’t need them and do our part to conserve electricity on a regular basis, Earth Hour or not.

Thanks for reading!