All posts tagged: Essie

Sunday Manicure (Vol.21)

Essie Products used: ‘First Base’ Base Coat 15.00€ No. 859, ‘Under the Twilight’ 12.50€ ‘Good to Go’ Top Coat 15.00€ Part of the 2014 Resort collection, ‘Under the Twilight’ which is being marketed as a “provocative smoky plum” is a dark, aubergine- like purple creme (sincere apologies for it looking blue in the photo, the shade is real tough to picture). The formula is FANTASTIC: extra smooth and extremely pigmented (looking at the rich, fully opaque color I was tempted to screw the lid back on after the 1st coat). All in all a very chic, albeit not extremely original and very none- resort like, shade which I would still recommend to anyone who likes dark, goth- looking colors. Buy now, enjoy in the Fall – I say… Advertisements

Sunday Manicure (Vol. 20)

Products used: Essie ‘First Base’ Base Coat 15.00€ Essie no. 864, ‘Style Hunter’ 12.50€ Essie ‘Good to Go’ Top Coat 15.00€ After a quiet few weeks, I’m back with a shade from the Essie Spring 2014 collection. ‘Style Hunter’, which is being marketed as a “laser sharp crimson”, is a creme & a cross between raspberry pink & red. I think it looks amazing in a mani & would make a gorgeous pedi shade, too. Essie does not disappoint, this time: formula- wise this is extra smooth and highly pigmented, making it a breeze & joy to apply (two, thin, coats were used here). I’m looking to try a couple more shades from the collection (namely ‘Hide & Go Seek’ & ‘Fashion Playground’), so you’ll probably get to read more about it, soon. For now, I leave you with this: if you haven’t tried ‘Style Hunter’ (but like creme reds & pinks) just go for it! I promise you won’t regret it…

Sunday Manicure (Vol.17)

Products used: Essie ‘First Base’ Base Coat 15.00€ Essie no. 860, ‘Resort Fling’ 12.50€ Essie ‘Good to Go’ Top Coat 15.00€ After a quiet couple of weeks I’m back with the namesake of the Essie Resort collection, ‘Resort Fling’. The shade is being marketed as a “coral peach” – a quite spot-on description. Being in a spring-y mood I figured it would make a girly, feel- good choice. Alas, I was bitterly disappointed. Applying this (very un-Essie like, ridiculously thin formula) was a nightmare… The 1st coat was all over the place – streaky & uneven- and even though the 2nd coat did improve things, it just didn’t improve then enough. I did not bother with a 3rd coat (since my nails would take forever to dry) & was left with many uneven patches – especially around the nail-bed areas. Conclusion? I wanted to give this a chance (despite the rather negative reviews) but I’m afraid I can’t in good conscience recommended it to anyone…

Fancy a Resort Fling?

I know I do! Essie’s 2014 Resort Collection is out and with a total of four gorgeous shades -there’s something there to intrigue everyone: The collection includes 3 pastels and one dark shade: – Cocktails & Coconuts (described as a ‘subtle, shimmering warm sand’) – Find me an Oasis (described as a ‘refreshing ice blue’) – Resort Fling (described as an ‘alluring coral peach’) – Under the twilight (described as a ‘provacative smokey plum’)I am personally beyond obsessed with the last two which, unless I somehow manage to snatch the 4 piece Resort Mini Cube online, I am going to try and get in-store tomorrow. All purchases will, of course, be featured on ‘Sunday Manicure’ ASAP,  so stay tuned…

Sunday Manicure (Vol.12)

On Saturday morning @ 10.30 I had an appointment at the hair salon -to give my short do a refresh cut & color. As I was sitting there, in between procedures, I thought about how it had been absolute ages since I’d had my nails done professionally and how I would love a sneaky Sunday Manicure week -where I’d get to show you a new color, without actually doing any of the work… My salon stocks Essie and had the Winter 2013 colors in, so that was a bit of a no- brainer. I picked out a shade and just leaned back… Products used: Essie ‘First Base’ Base Coat 15.00€ Essie no. 853, ‘Mind Your Mittens’ 12.50€ Essie ‘Good to Go’ Top Coat 15.00€ First Impressions: Since my approach to this wasn’t really “hands on’, I can’t say too much. The color did apply real well (as Essie’s usually do, so no surprises there…). The end result you see required two coats, plus topcoat. I found the color a bit hard to picture here. When …