Essie Social-Lights nail polish

Essie Social-Lights nail polish

Last year I wrote that I had started to love Essie nail polish. And even though I haven’t been wearing much nail polish for months, when I spotted Essie’s Social-Lights on Stash Matters, I knew I had to have it. I was lucky to find the last one tucked away in a corner at my local drugstore and I snatched it up.

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Essie nail polish Social-Lights

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Why I have started loving Essie nail polish

Why I have started loving Essie nail polish

It’s no secret that OPI is my favorite nail polish brand. However, this past year I’ve been falling in love with Essie. Ever since the brand became more widely available here, I have been trying more colors. I was a tad unlucky at first: with sheerer more jelly like polishes that weren’t my cup of tea. I also wasn’t a fan of the lasting power. But that has all changed. So today I thought I’d tell you all about why I love Essie.

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Some of my Essie nail polishes

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Instanails #5

Instanails #5

Happy September! And to kick off this month in which classes will start back up again, I thought I could give you an overview of some of the different nail polishes I’ve been wearing. I’ve been on a roll when it comes to doing my nails these past few weeks. I am truly enjoying doing my nails again and so I have plenty to show you. Here we go!

Essie Viva Antigua!

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5x summer polish faves

5x summer polish faves

Summer is a great time for wearing nail polish. It’s a perfect time to do away with glittery top coats (although I like wearing those year round), and go with bright or pastel creamy colors. For summer, I like to go for extremes: the boldest blues, the brightest reds, but also some muted colors that remind me of summer. From the foam heads on crashing waves, to fruity watermelon and the prettiest flowers: these are my summer nail polish favorites for 2014.

1.) Barry M Gelly Hi-Shine Nail Paint in Blue Grape

WAM! BOOM! KAPOW! This nail polish couldn’t be more blue. And that’s exactly what I like about it. In any case, the Barry M Gelly Hi-Shine polishes are some of my favorites when it comes to colors, texture and finish. It has a long lasting power and goes on like a dream. And this bright blue will go nicely on your hands or feet for that extra pop of color with today’s monochrome summer fashion trend.

2.) Essie Cute as a Button

You can’t go wrong with a pinky coral shade such as this one. It reminds me of fresh, ripe watermelon: one of my favorite and most refreshing foods for summer. It looks cute on the nails and is bright without being too much in your face. This Essie polish is fully opaque with two layers and has okay lasting power.

3.) OPI Mermaid’s Tears (Pirates of the Caribbean LE)

This muted muted green/ grey color doesn’t look like much in the bottle or the swatch, but on the nails this one is one of my favorite colors to wear. It has a very neutral undertone, yet still adds a bit of color to your nails. It looks especially nice against my pale skin tone (which doesn’t tan). The contrast makes for a very fresh look. And what else can I say about this polish? It is OPI, so you know I’m going to love it no matter what.

4.) L’Oreal Color Riche Nouvelle Vague

A pretty lilac shade always makes for a good summer shade. The L’Oreal Color Riche polishes are a bit thick and gloopy and go on opaque in almost one coat. Which, for a color this light, is actually a very good performance. For those days where you want something cute and colorful, but nothing too bright and crazy. Oh and did I mention I love the name? It’s the same as a French cover band’s whose music I love to play in summer.

5.) Max Factor Glossfininity Cerise

I don’t wear a lot of reds on my finger nails, but when I do it’s usually this bright orangy red and it’s always during summer. This polish has great lasting power, the color is amazing and it applies smoothly. The reason why I love wearing this in summer is because it goes with my favorite red summer lipstick (Topshop Rio Rio) and one of my favorite red summer dresses.

What is your favorite nail polish for summer?

NOTW: I’m feeling blue

NOTW: I’m feeling blue

Since the past few days have proven to be lovely Indian summer days, I thought it was time to wear a pretty summery color on my nails again. Just one last time, before the days become actual dark and gloomy and I take to wearing dark greens, blacks, browns and glitters again. My favorite summer color has to be Essie’s Coat Azure. It’s so pretty and perfect for summer:

It’s a very pretty pale blue color, which reminds me of pictures of those towns in Spain. You know: white houses, blue sea in the background? That sort of thing. It’s a great color and I have nothing like it in my collection. Since it’s so pretty I didn’t dare pair it with any other color, so I went with just this one. This is two coats.

It’s especially pretty when the sun hits it. At first glance this is a creamy polish, but it has the tiniest of silvery blue shine to it which makes it perfect for sunny days.

I’m enjoying these final days of sunshine. Are you?

NOTW: Sweet like candy

NOTW: Sweet like candy

Another new nail look. This really reminded me of bubblegum, cotton candy and Dutch marsh mellows (spekkies), hence the name. It’s very simply, but I liked the pink a lot on its own, so I didn’t want to ruin it by adding too many distracting factors. I hope you like it.

– base coat: Etos nail harderner extra strong

– Essie French Affair from the 2011 Spring collection (2 coats)

– I added one coat of Orly’s Pink Lemonade to my pinkies.

– top coat: Seche Vite fast drying top coat

I just love that bright pink color. It’s so cute!

BTW: excuse the look of the cuticles but I did the dishes right before painting my nails and that always screws them up.