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A Valentine’s Mani Monday: butter LONDON Come to Bed Red and Essie Sugar Daddy

A tale of two Product Girls on Valentine’s Day, via our mani choices. One single and the other approaching five years of marriage. Both polish lovers. Can’t get enough of cheeky product names, especially when they help tell a story. With that, here’s a very special edition of Mani Monday!

Butter LONDON’s Come to Bed Red is a cherry red that reminds me of cinnamon red hots. It’s a little spicy, and definitely a sexy shade. But what I love about it is that the name reminds me of one of my favorite songs ever, John Mayer’s Come Back to Bed. In my 365/24/7 fantasy, John Mayer is singing this to me. But fantasties? Are just that. I’ll be spending my Valentine’s Day with my adorable husband and Boston Terrier. He happens to be very aware and understanding of above obsession.  

xoxo, Laurie


I’m coming off a long weekend in Florida with my girls and as soon as I touch down in Chicago I am heading to a hair appointment. I can’t think of any better way to spend the day! Girl time, hair appointment, wine – now that’s what I call love. As a single lady on this romantic holiday, I’ve chosen to wear Essie’s Sugar Daddy – a sheer, understated pink that doesn’t scream “I’M IN LOVE!”  And let’s be honest, what girl doesn’t secretly wish she had a sugar daddy every now and then? Sugar Daddy is a nice change-up from the bold reds and bright pinks I’m known to wear, I feel very grown-up and polished.

With love, Emily

What are you guys up to this Valentine’s Day? And what are you doing with your nails? Sexy red or demure pink?

A Golden Globes Mani Monday: Essie Size Matters + Best Dressed

Searching for that perfect red polish? Even if you think you’ve already found “the one,” Essie Size Matters deserves a place in your nail polish arsenal. This polish is hot. Even my Boston Terrier was intrigued (that’s Betty in the background!) We were getting in the mood for watching the Golden Globes red carpet. From Essie’s winter collection, a.k.a. the collection I can’t get enough of, Size Matters is one of those perfect reds. It’s a ruby hue, that’s a little on the pink side. The kind of red that makes you feel sexy.

I was expecting to see a lot of Tangerine Tango, Pantone’s color of 2012, on the red carpet, but nude and blush hues took over. I think we’re so used to seeing a lot of color, that it was a little bit anticlimatic. BUT, that doesn’t mean there weren’t some gorgeous gowns. The Product Girl top three includes: Rooney Mara, wearing Nina Ricci; Charlize Theron, in an awesome sparkly headband and Christian Dior Couture; and Kate Beckinsale in a sparkling Roberto Cavalli. If Kate Beckinsale is not an inspiration to hit the gym hard, I don’t know what is.

What were your favorite Globes red carpet looks? Or, the ones you thought were a miss?

Just Another Mani Monday: Essie A Cut Above

When I was with family over the holidays, my cousin’s six-year old daughter was wearing a pair of pajamas with the phrase “glitter is my favorite color.” Had she not been six, I would totally have snatched those pjs and worn them myself. Instead, I’ve adopted the phrase as my motto this week. How could it not be with this cray-mazing nail polish, Essie A Cut Above. If you’ve yet to check out Essie’s Luxeffect Glitter Topcoat collection, DO IT before you miss out on this. I am so captivated by this polish. I feel like such a girl, but with an edge.

The glitter flecks are different sizes, so layering it on created a cool effect. I started with a base coat (Zoya), followed by one coat of Deborah Lippmann Naked (optional) and three coats of A Cut Above. I didn’t drag the brush over the nail, rather just patted it on to ensure the glitter didn’t get swept away. The glitter in A Cut Above is housed in a clear base, so to get this effect you have to be a little strategic with placement. I followed it with a coat of Seche Vite, and now I’m in love. While removing glitter polish is not on my list of favorite things to-do, this is so worth it.

Cheers to the New Year with Essie Cocktail Bling

Have you given any thought to what nail polish you’ll ring in the New Year with? I think I’ll be wearing my very best Cocktail Bling, ala Essie. It’s the namesake of her winter collection that has been a major home run (see here, here and here!)  This icy lavender gray goes well with baubles, don’t you think? Cocktail Bling is a refreshing twist on all of the greige and gray shades out there. Don’t miss this one! It is one of those shades that just works all year.

Let us know your New Year’s Eve mani plans!

Emily's Stocking Stuffers

Growing up, the one thing I looked forward to most on Christmas morning was opening my stocking. At the crack of dawn my sister and I would rush downstairs to the fireplace where our stockings hung to find out what treasures and trinkets awaited us.  Now that I’m all grown up (or so I like to say), I love shopping for creative stocking stuffers for my friends and family – pocket-sized goodies that are a bit quirky and unexpected, but still practical.  Below are some of the items on my list this year…what’s on your holiday shopping list?

 1. For my sister – L’Occitane Hand Indulgences Trio. This limited-edition set comes with three shea butter hand creams inspired by Africa; Desert Rose (Morocco), Hibiscus Flower (Egypt) and Cocoa Flower (Ivory Coast).

2. For mom – Kate Spade pouch.  A glitzy way to help mom dress up her cosmetics without being too over the top.

3. For my colleagues – Rad and Bad Sticky Flags. An edgy take on the boring office item, these sticky notes let you flag things ‘Hot or Not,’ ‘Dope or Nope,’ ‘Mack or Wack.’

4. For the jet-setter – Coach Travels Key Ring. Remind your on-the-go friend of places she’s been…or wants to go!

5. For the glamour girl – Essie Cocktail Bling. The name says it all – a cool and stylish color for the winter months.

6. For roommates – Marc by Marc Jacobs Heart Earbuds. A sneaky (and chic!) way for her to make the switch from those blaring iPod speakers to more apartment-friendly headphones.

7. For me! – honeydew intimates.  Sexy and comfy at the same time!

Just Another Mani Monday: Essie Luxeffect Shine of the Times

Sparkle and Essie. Kind of like The Odd Couple, in a way. While Essie doesn’t usually bring us bling-tastic, glittery shades, her holiday Luxeffects Collection is well-timed and well done. Essie calls them glitter topcoats, and they’re meant to add a little something to your manicure. And do they ever! I took Essie’s Lady Like, a demure, pinky mauve from the Fall Collection, and topped it with a single coat of Luxeffects Shine of the Times. The opalescent flecks of glitter in Shine of the Times completely transformed Lady Like. I’m thinking of all of the possibilities now! What I love most about this polish, as opposed to other glitters, is the depth. All it took was just one coat.

The full collection includes:

  • As Gold As it Gets – Gilded lame sparkles
  • Shine of the Times – Scintillating opalescent aura
  • A Cut Above – Shattered pink diamond glitz
  • Set in Stones – Disco mirror ball chaos (I NEED this one!)
  • Pure Pearlification – Decadent baroque iridescence

What do you guys think of the Luxeffects? And, what’s your mani of the week?

Just Another Mani Monday: Essie School of Hard Rocks

My sparkly Thanksgiving mani endured quite the workout over the holiday weekend — between all of the cooking and clean-up, and Black Friday shopping, it lost some of its luster. I like to start the week with a fresh manicure, so I opted for School of Hard Rocks from Essie’s Cocktail Bling collection. It’s a creamy, muted green-grey (official description is midnight malachite). It’s a pretty unique shade, and comes across a little brighter when outside — which I love. I think this color will be complimentary to a fresh covering of snow. We had a few flurries in Chicago this morning, but nothing really stuck. I’m still hoping for a good snow, soon. I always look forward to the first one!

What’s everyone wearing on their nails this week?  And, has winter arrived by you yet?

Happy Thanksgiving + Holiday Nails

Happy Thanksgiving from the Product Girl team. We’re so very thankful for all of our readers, who humor us every day! Hope everyone stateside is enjoying today with family, friends and good food. A virtual cheers to everyone! In honor of one of my favorite holidays, I thought I’d add some sparkle to my manicure. In fact, my new motto through the end of the year is “just add sparkle.” I started with two coats of Essie Brooch the Subject from the Winter Collection. It’s a lovely creamy nude cashmere color that is very flattering to my skin tone. Then I added a single coat of Deborah Lippmann Boom Boom Pow, concentrating larger chunks of glitter towards the very top of my fingertips. A coat of Seche Vite to smooth everything out, and you’re all set. Such a fun manicure, and very festive. Anyone else going to “just add sparkle” this holiday season?

Featured Mani: Essie Bobbing for Baubles

Hey all, Happy Tuesday! Over the weekend, I  picked up new Essie winter colors from the Cocktail Bling Collection. Another Essie collection where I love every single shade. Amaze.  Today I’m wearing my top pick from the collection, Bobbing for Baubles. It’s a stormy sapphire blue that I just adore. Sometimes deeper shades tend to all look a similar shade of black when you build them up to two coats, but not this one. What you see in the bottle is exactly what you get!

Anyone else try this shade yet? I highly recommend!

Just Another Mani Monday: Essie Very Structured

Fall is such an inspiring season for me. I love watching the leaves change colors, and even though winter is right around the corner, I find comfort in the shifting of seasons. Remind me of this in January, but for now, I’m going with the feeling. To go with my positive fall mood, I’ve found the most amazing  accessory:  Essie Very Structured, from the Fall “Carry On” polish collection. It is fall in a bottle — a rusty, burnt sienna that makes me think of crunchy, fresh-fallen leaves and pumpkin spice lattes. It’s the most inspiring fall nail color I’ve encountered this season, and I can’t get enough.  What is your “fall in a bottle?”