Every time I see an Essence display in my local drugstore beauty isle, something takes over me and I am possessed with this need to buy everything in sight. Essence may be one of the most underrated drugstore brands out there and I think that needs to come to an end…now! Yesterday I exhibited some self-restraint and only walked away with a few nail polishes and some nail art tools, this Essence Colour & Go nail polish in Grey-t to be Here being one of them. At just $1.99 a bottle, I couldn’t pass them up.
Grey-t to be Here is a blue-ish grey with copper micro glitter that peeks out in the sunlight. The formula is thin and very easy to work with, this is thanks in part to the wide brush that helps spread the well pigmented shade easily. Two thin coats gave me bottle color and dried pretty quickly without surface texture. It looks as though it has a bit of texture and gives a moderate amount of shine, but using your favorite top coat helps with that.
I love this shade and am already planning a little nail art to play off of the copper in this shade, maybe a little OPI Casino Royale chevron action on the tips. A little FYI, Essence has great nail art tools if you’re just starting to play with nail art like I am. Stripping brush? Check. Peel off base coat? Check!
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Butter London’s fall collection is a total color clash and I love it. It pushes away those dark, muted shades we normally see in the fall and gives us eye-popping brightness that includes a few shades you just have to get your hands on.
In my book, Giddy Kipper is the one shade I just couldn’t live without. It is a little deceptive, depending on the light you’re in it will lean into a gorgeous indigo blue (as Butter London describes it) and in others it is a rich violet with a gorgeous micro shimmer. While I was at dinner last night, we couldn’t quite agree what shade it really was, I was in the violet camp while everyone else was in the indigo camp. Either way, it is just a gorgeous shade… one that’s graced my nails several times since I’ve picked up this bottle.
Doesn’t Giddy Kipper just look stunning in the sun? It’s quite clearly violet, is it not? 🙂
So what’s on your nails this week? What fall shades are on your radar this fall? Lets hash this out in the comments.
My friend and personal authority on everything nails, Michelle Mismas from All Lacquered Up, just launched her A Pair Affair by All Lacquered Up Finger Paints collection with Sally Beauty and I just had to run out and get it. Michelle has taken us behind the scenes of this collection and showed swatches of each of the six shades. The collection just launched yesterday in stores and online, each bottle retails for $5.29.
Normally, I’m not one for attempting my own nail art. I prefer to admire from afar and wish I could make my nails look that good…I’m still working on perfecting my at-home mani! After reading about these two shades; You Yacht to Know Better and Sarong So Right, I decided to give it a try. I got serious! I bought all kinds of scissors to cut tape into patterns, hole punchers, brushes and dotting tools. I haven’t used them yet but I am inspired. 🙂
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I’m still enjoying what is left of summer; colorful nails, bronzed skin and easy braided hair, but I can’t help but want dive head first into fall’s new beauty. This week my nails are an example of that, I’m rocking Essie’s Cashmere Bathrobe from the Fall 2013 collection.
Most of the collection is a pass for me but Cashmere Bathrobe caught my eye simply because I didn’t already have a shade like this in my nail vault. I have plenty of greys but I don’t have one light this. This is a dark grey creme with a light shimmer that doesn’t immediately detract away from the dark richness of the grey. The formula is good, a nice consistency that levels out and plenty of coverage in just one coat…even though I have two on.
So what’s on your nails this week? Still loving those summer shades or are you transitioning into fall?
I love gel manicures oh so, so, so much but I have to admit that they are not the best thing for my nails. I love the coat of armor they give my nails, and of course the zero-dry time. Being an impatient gal, not having to sit around and wait for my nails to try is a huge plus. Not to mention the 2-weeks and then some wear time. It is a bit of a vicious cycle because I remove my mani, my nails are left a little thin and weak but then I want to run out and get another gel mani just to make up for it. Am I alone here?
When I first started reading about the new CND Vinylux line, I was instantly on board. It is their new line of longer wearing nail color that gives you a week of wear and durability without UV/LED lamps. CND actually says the top coat actually toughens over time with increased exposure to light. Added bonus? Practically all your favorite Shellac shades are now available in this formula. There is really nothing to like here, right?
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The Zoya Stunning Summer 2013 Collection has been in regular nail rotation around Product Girl headquarters lately. While I was away, it sat quietly on my desk just waiting for someone to play with it for the first few weeks. First I noticed a shade missing from the bunch, then another one went missing and before I knew it, the whole collection had disappeared… and with good reason, it is gorgeous. You gals know I love a good creme polish and this whole collection is the embodiment of creme summer hotness in six bottles.
I really love Zoya’s approach to releasing new collections. They usually release 2-part collections, one with cremes and another with metallic or shimmers, whatever is on trend for the coming season. Normally I’m “meh” about metallic shades so I have come to count on Zoya for my creme fix and they delivered once again with Stunning. This collection is a favorite of mine for this season because all six shades are perfect for summer but I can see myself wearing most of these shades throughout the year in one way or another.
As I was trying on this collection, I became inspired to do something I never, ever, ever do… attempt to create some nail art (keep reading to see the look I created). These shades lend themselves so well to this. Darcy, the yellow in this collection, is not a shade I would typically wear on its own but I can see it becoming a staple in my new-found effort to be a nail artiste. 😉
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Even though I’m not Irish, I got into the St. Patrick’s Day spirit this weekend and painted my nails in green. I went with Sheswai Dig It. After seeing Kelly show off this gorgeous green, I had to have it. I am not a big fan of green in general but this one is so deep and rich that I had to add it to the nail vault.
This was my first Sheswai purchase but it will not be my last, I was really impressed with this formula. The color flowed on to the nail nicely and had the perfect consistency to it. The color leveled out nicely, even when my pursuit of the perfect manicure required that I tend to some nicks here and there. And you can see it is still not perfect, but it is getting better. Most importantly, the coverage I had in a single coat was even, practically full and didn’t streak whatsoever. This is what is convincing me to try more Sheswai shades.
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From the moment I first saw glimpses of Jin Soon’s Blue Iris, I knew I had to have it. I ordered it from Space NK (where the a La Mode collection is exclusive) and shortly after receiving it, I ordered the rest of the collection. I was completely smitten…and I don’t even like blues that much! From that moment on, I was in a panic to get my hands on as much Jin Soon goodness as I could.
Blue Iris is stunning in the bottle where are all of its cobalt goodness is concentrated. When I started applying it, I worried that it was too good to be true as it seemed a little streaky. By the time I applied my second coat and followed it up with my new Jin Soon top coat, my fears went away. The formula is reminiscent of a jelly without the sheer coverage. This shade is simply stunning in person; vivid and jewel-like. This blue has made me re-think my whole blue philosophy.
The whole a La Mode collection is beautiful and when paired together, forget about it…it’s game over. Like I said, I went in for Blue Iris and came away with the whole collection. This was my first Jin Soon purchase but definitely not the last.
So, what’s on your nails this week?
I’ve been making an effort lately, a full face of make up every day and changing up my nails every couple of days. You would think this would be easy for a beauty blogger but sometimes, you just want to go au natural. Since I’ve worn 4 different shades of nail polish during the last week, it is safe to say that this is not one of those times. 🙂
This week my pick was Essie’s Madison Ave-hue, from their new spring collection. I’ll admit that Essie has bored me to tears with their recent collections but they are taking a new direction now and it started with the long overdue addition of magnetic shades and nail strips. While I scooped up both releases, actual shades from a seasonal collection left me wanting more until now. I couldn’t resist this bright pink with micro glitter!
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This week I’m wearing OPI’s Anti-Bleak, a shade from the Mariah Carey collection. This collection features eight shades, including one glitter and four new “Liquid Sand” shades, but this is the shade I gravitated towards immediately…being a sucker for cremes and all. I’ll have more on the rest of the collection soon but for now, I’m having an Anti-Bleak moment. This rich, deep, creamy purple is just so gorgeous. I didn’t have any issues with the formula, it was great and easy to work with, no dragging and totally opaque in two coats. Next phase of this Anti-Bleak moment is layering it with some various glitters but for now, I’m enjoying this shade in its simplicity.
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