Category Archives: Essie

Favorite Nail Colors of 2013

Here’s just a quick recap of my favorite nail polishes/nail posts of 2013:

Nails of 2013

French-Mint Mani

I know that it’s fall and I should be breaking out my darker nail colors…but I don’t want to! Well, at least not every single day. My nails are very short right now, and one way to make your nails looks a bit longer is to give yourself a french manicure.

But people are switching things up nowadays. Traditional white tips are out…I’ve seen a multitude of french manicures with colored tips on various blogs/magazines. For example, tuxedo french manicures (black base with white tips/white base with black tips/glossy black base with matte black tips) seem to be really popular at the moment. But I thought I would try a more subtle look because some of those tuxedo manicures are a little over the top.

In these swatches I decided to use Essie’s Mint Candy Apple nail polish, which has been sitting on my desk for months now:

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This is a cool way to add a bright color to your nails without going overboard. It’s fun but still looks conservative. What do you guys think? Would you give this a try?

I hope you all have a blessed week! xx

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In The Cab-ana

I don’t think I have ever worn a nail color as much as I have worn Essie’s In The Cab-ana this month. I have the tendency to be obsessed with a nail color when its fresh and new and then I move on to the next one once the obsession had subsided (which doesn’t take long). However, I have been wearing this color so much, I was actually contemplating whether or not I should purchase a back-up when I was in Target the other night. Lol…

I won’t bore you with the details. Take a look at the swatches of this color and you will know why I am obsessed with it:

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In The Cab-ana is kind of a robin’s egg blue with a hint of mint. It’s very opaque in one coat, but I used two in these pictures. Like First Timer, the color isn’t too bright and overpowering, but is still very eye catching. The formula was great, but since I have been using it so much I have noticed that it’s getting a little thick. Other than that I think it’s amaze balls!

What colors are you guys into right now? Have any of you tried the new neon collection from Essie? I haven’t only because I don’t like to feel like I am being forced to put white nail polish underneath another nail color to make it pop. I feel like they should be opaque enough on their own so I am on the fence about that collection.

I hope you all enjoyed this post…Talk to you soon! xx

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Go Green: Essie’s First Timer

I must apologize to you all for my lack of nail polish swatches lately. I haven’t done a nail post in a while because a few of my nails on my left hand (my swatch hand) had broken and I had to cut all of them down. I like my nails short, but not quite this short. Lol…I’ve also been slacking on my Biotin vitamins so my nails aren’t growing as fast as they normally do.

Anywhoo…Greens aren’t always on my wish list for nail polish, but Essie’s First Timer caught my eye recently and I had to try it out. What I love about this green is that it’s bright without being too loud. It’s an eye catching color but isn’t neon. Loves it!

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The formula was amazing as well. I am wearing two coats in these pictures (no top coat), but I easily could have gotten away with one coat.  There was a tiny bit of streakiness with the first coat but it was barely noticeable due to the opacity of the color. If you like green polishes, you will love this one as well. What do you all think of this color? Is it, or any of the other colors from Essie’s 2013 Resort Collection, on your wish list?

I didn’t buy all the colors from this collection, but I am smitten with In The Cab-ana as well, which will be my next nail polish swatch. Do any of you have that one? Are there any other nail polish collections you all are obsessed with? You know I am always on the prowl for something new!

I hope you all enjoyed this post! xx

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Spring/Summer Nail Polish Picks

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Here are swatches of some nail polishes that I think you all will enjoy this season. I pulled some of my favorite polishes at the moment, many of which are a part of Spring 2013 collections.

  • OPI – My Paprika Is Hotter Than Yours
  • Essie – First Timer
  • Essie – In The Cab-ana
  • Zoya – Sweet
  • Essie – Mint Candy Apple
  • Zoya – Pippa
  • Color Club – Poptastic
  • China Glaze – Keep Calm, Paint On
  • Julep – Avery
  • Revlon – Blue Lagoon

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As you can see, blues and pinks are my weakness! And who doesn’t love pastels?! Remember that nail polish is just another accessory to add some color to your wardrobe so have fun with it! Don’t get so bogged down with trends. Do you! xx

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Quick Post: Tribal Nails Anyone?

I was playing around with my Sally Hansen’s nail art pen in black (which I have never used BTW) and I decided to try my hand at creating a tribal print on my nails. It came out okay for a first try (I think) but I ran into a serious problem when I tried to do my right hand. My right hand was an epic FAIL! I have gotten really good at painting my right hand, which took a lot of practice, but now I see that nail art is a whole other animal! Lol…

But tell me what you think about my left hand:

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In case you are wondering, I used Essie’s Lights as the base color. Then I put one coat of the Out the Door base coat (gotta love that shine!)…

Hope you enjoyed this quick post! Talk to you all soon! xxx

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Glitter in the Air

I’ve been slowly, but surely collecting some of the accessories off of my lust list that I published a few months ago here. Glitter in the Air by Deborah Lippmann had been sold out for months. When I tried to find it in the fall I was told that it was a Spring nail polish that was sold out and wasn’t going to be restocked. FALSE! I was in Columbia Mall (Maryland), actually trying to get to the Mac counter in Nordstrom, but since it was so crowded I decided to take a look at the polishes while I waited. And there it was!! There were only two left, and I snatched one of those bottles up with the quickness!

While I was excited about finally getting my hands on this polish, I was a little disappointed that it isn’t very opaque. You will have to apply about three to four coats in order to achieve the look you see in the bottle. However, there is a simple solution to that problem…just use this as a top coat and use a similar color for the base.

I absolutely love this color!! It makes me want to eat cupcakes! Here are some swatches:

3 coats of DL Glitter in the Air and no base color

2 coats of Essie's Turquoise & Caicos/ 1 coat of DL Glitter in the Air on top

This nail polish retails for $18 so if you want to save some money, and you have the patience to search for it, there is a dupe! Revlon’s Whimsical looks pretty identical (which you can purchase here) and I would have purchased that one if I had known about it prior to purchasing this one! Either way, I am satisfied…Loves it!!

As always, happy shopping! XOXO

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Follow Me on Glitter

Today’s Confession: I have an entire list of nail polishes that I want to try saved on my iPhone…There, I said it!

Usually when I see a polish on a nail blog or even on a person, I write down the name and brand so that I can search for it later. Here are some polishes that I’ve been wanting to try, all of which have been on my list (with the exception of Follow Me on Glitter, which one of my girlfriends gave me):

From Left to Right: Orly - Oh Cabana Boy, Nicole by OPI - Follow Me on Glitter, Essie - Trophy Wife, Revlon - Facets of Fuchsia, Essie - Geranium, Nails Inc. - Whitehall, Essie - A Cut Above, Essie - Shine of the Times, Shine of the Times on top of Bailamos, Orly - Bailamos

I’ve mentioned a few of these colors in recent posts, but I wanted to make sure I provided swatches for them all.

There are still a few brands that I really want to try like Models Own, Kleancolor, Nfu Oh, Zoya, Deborah Lippman, Illamasqua, Chanel and Butter London…Anywhoo, enjoy! XOXO

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October/November Favorites

Here are a few of my favorite things from October/November:

  • Make-Up Forever Lipgloss in S26 (Sephora) – This is my second time purchasing this lipgloss and once again I’ve almost used it all up!! It is very pigmented but very light. You do have to reapply it quite frequently, but I really love the color!
  • Revlon Colorburst Lip Butter in Candy Apple (035) and Lollipop (075) (Target) – Loves these lip butters!! The color pay off is really nice and they are not drying like lipsticks. Its almost as if they are a lipstick and lipgloss all in one.
  • China Glaze’s Pink Voltage Nail Polish (Sally’s Beauty Supply) – Hands down this is the best barbie pink on there…this is my second bottle!
  • Sephora by OPI’s Traffic Stopper Copper (Sephora) – I know that my followers on twitter and instagram are sick of me talking about this nail polish! Lol…I love it so much! And it goes perfectly with nude colors! It’s eye-catching without being too over the top.
  • Essie’s A Cut Above (Ebay) – This polish is from Essie’s latest Luxeffects collection, and it is very similar to Traffic Stopper Copper…and I am loving it! Again, I like to wear this one with nude pinks and very light beiges.
  • Revlon Quick Dry Top Coat (Target) – I’ve been using Seche Vite as my top coat for a year now, but my polish never lasts. However, I decided to try Revlon’s top coat, and it is just as good, if not better than Seche Vite. My polish lasts at least a day or two longer than it did with the Seche Vite, but it does not dry as fast so be sure to check it and make sure that it’s dry before you begin another task!
  • One Minute Manicure (Random Beauty Supply Store) – I purchased this exfoliant scrub from a beauty supply store that was going out of business. It was literally only $1.50 so I figured that I would try it out, and it is the bomb.com! When I do my at home manicures I use this to get any excess skin that I may have missed. It makes my hands feel incredibly soft.
  • Sephora Lipgloss in Candy Necklace (Sephora) – Like Make Up Forever lipgloss, this one is very light, but the color is so beautiful. Again, you will have to reapply it often as it is not thick at all.

I hope this is somewhat helpful to you all…these are things I have been using lately and plan to continue using in the near future. If you should have any questions or want to see any swatches of the lip and nail products, feel free to let me know.

I hope everyone has a blessed week! XOXO

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Another Nail Polish Haul

Hey Ladies!

I decided to try something different with this nail polish haul. I made a video instead of making you read all of my rambling…I hope you all enjoy it…It took me forever just to record and upload and I didn’t even do any editing…Whew!

Here are some pictures as well as the names of the polishes I mentioned:

Colors Names (From Left to Right):

  1. Traffic-Stopper Copper (Sephora by OPI)
  2. Atlantis (China Glaze)
  3. Beyond the Mistletoe (Color Club)
  4. Wish Upon a Rock-Star (Color Club)
  5. Beyond Infinity (Misa)
  6. School of Hard Rocks (Essie)
  7. Masquerading (Color Club)
  8. Quirky Smile (Misa)
  9. New Bohemian (Color Club)
  10. Wild About Shimmer (Sephora by OPI)

All of these polishes are available at Head2ToeBeauty (except for the Sephora polishes, of course).