Nails of the Day – Essie Bordeaux

Well, not actually today (well maybe!) I am writing this post in advance as I am currently in Russia… where the weather is no doubt more than twice as cold as London. Brrrr.

This colour, I think, is the perfect compliment to this cold weather – the dark, rich, reddy tones feel warm and comforting. I love dark nails, but sometimes it feels wrong in the warmer months – particularly when that’s the time I want to go crazy with the brights and pastels. Bordeaux is a classic colour that would look great on any skin tone.

This is the first time I have tried Essie since the reformulation of their polishes and the new brushes for their at-home range which features 70 of their shades. Can we stop for a moment to appreciate the brush? This is seriously the absolutely most fantastic amazing brush I have ever used in my life. It’s so much wider than the standard Essie brush. On top of the width, it fans out perfectly, so all you need is one swipe along the nail and the whole thing is covered. I am IN LOVE.


The ‘old’ style brush, that I am used to – is in fact the professional range of polishes – the ‘new’ one I am floored by is for the consumer collection, although the way it applies means it looks really sleek and neat on the nails, and it’s easy to get a nice line close to the cuticle making it look professional, in your own home.

Still can’t get over that brush!

Essie at home polishes are available to buy at Boots and Superdrug for £7.99 each.


Nails of the Day – Essie Action

I have been leaning towards wearing dark hues on my nails at the moment, but fancying a bit of a change, I brought some sunshine into my life with Essie Action!

It’s part of the Poppy Razzi collection Essie released this summer – 4 shades names Lights, Camera, Action, and, errrr…. Bazooka (?!)

In the bottle it looks like a creamy, orange shade, once on the nails it looks much less creamy, more bright, and more jelly-like. I painted my nails with two coats (and Seche Vite topcoat) but I think three would have been best as there were some areas which were a little patchy.

It’s pretty on the nails – and as it was a gift and I hadn’t swatched it before, I got a massive surprise when I went outside and my nails caught my eyes… for this is a neon polish, and very neon at that! As anyone that’s tried to photograph neon before will know, it’s impossible to capture the colour on camera – so I’ve photographed it in natural light, indoors.

I really like Action, however I think due to the neon-ness it is more suited to summer – it will look amazing on tanned skin. I will definitely be digging it out in the 2013 sun!

As a side note, did you know that Liberty now sell Essie!? I spotted it in there while doing a spot of Christmas shopping and thought that would excite a few of my readers!

Nails of the Day – Essie Don’t Sweater It

I made a cheeky little eBay USA order the other day – the polishes seem to work out cheaper than in the UK, and while I’m paying for delivery, I figure I may as well get a few. One of my little bundle was Essie Don’t Sweater It, from their Fall 2012 collection ‘Stylenomics’ which I’m wearing today.

Essie describe it as “a warm, cozy and creamy mauve” which I think is half right – it definitely has slight mauve tones to it, but I’d say it was more taupe/brown with a hint of grey and mauve, rather than *being* mauve. It is creamy, and very opaque; you know how I always do two coats, even sometimes though I didn’t need to? The photo above is with one coat! I didn’t even feel the need to do my ‘one for luck’ – it just looked fab.

I really like it – it reminds me a lot of Essie’s Merino Cool which is one of my favourite ever polishes – it’s like a warmer, browner cousin. I can see me getting lots of wear out of this one! What do you think of it?

The seller I use (most of the time) for my eBay USA orders is is enchantedbeautyspot – this polish was only £4.52 and her OPIs are generally £4.96 – if you have a wishlist of nail polishes it might be worth checking out what savings you can make!

Spring 2011 Nail Polishes

I just stumbled upon the images for the colours of Essie’s Spring 2011 nail polish collection, ‘A French Affair’, which I must say looks rather delicious. I think I shall have to purchase all of them, although I’m not so keen on Kisses & Bisses as it looks rather see through and pearlescent which isn’t really me. Topless & Barefoot will be the first one I buy, it’s just gorgeous!

China Glaze’s collection is named Anchors Away. I have found some great swatch pics on AllYouDesire.  Pelican Gray, First Mate, Sea Spray and Below Deck are all going on my list!

For OPI’s Spring Collection they have gone with a Texan theme, following on from the French, Spanish and Russian collections. The Texas Collection has a whole range of colours sure to suit everyone, although I’m not too sure how ‘spring’y they are.

Essie seem to have gone with the pretty pastels, OPI with the bold and bright, and China Glaze have done a combo of the two. I do like the look of Y’all Come Back Ya Hear? and I’m sure I will find myself in ownership of at least one of the pink shades, but by looking at these pics, I think I am in favour of Essie’s Spring 2011 Collection.

Which do you prefer? Has anyone got any of these colours and can make a recommendation?

Don’t forget, if you are in the UK and thinking of buying any of these, its often cheaper to use eBay, click on international sellers then click on sort by lowest price +P&P. Happy shopping!

*Edited to add* OMG just seen the Orly collection on Scrangie’s blog I am in LOVE with that bright purple – wowwwwwwwwww <3

Nails of the Day – Essie Smokin’ Hot

When I was at the wholesalers the other day I picked up one of the new Winter collection Essie polishes – Smokin’ Hot which is a gorgeous dark grey colour with a tinge of lilac. It’s really pretty and from the minute I saw it I knew I just had to have it, it’s totally me! I can’t decide whether I prefer this or Merino Cool – Smokin’ Hot doesn’t seem to have that perfect formlation and staying power that Merino Cool does so maybe that just tips it for me.

The whole of the Winter Collection was actually rather special and I wish I’d have bought Luxedo too, that will be next on my list.

Hmm actually, Hot Coco is gorgeous too!

While I’m on the subject of hands…. please can anyone recommend me a miracle product for my hands, they are so dry and crispy they’re disgusting! I’ve been applying a thick coat of Flexitol Hand Balm at night with OPI Avoplex cuticle oil, and during the day using L’Occtaine and Kiehls hand creams but it doesn’t seem to be enough – please help!?

Nails of the Day – Essie Merino Cool

This is another of the Fall 2010 collection from Essie, one that I have been really impressed with. I have always liked Essie, but think that the brush could be thicker for easier application. The colour lasts well usually, but this shade lasts exceptionally well – polish for me lasts 3 days absolute max – last time I wore this I had it on for 5 days before I had to remove it! It glides on like a dream, fantastic coverage and gorgeous colour – a dusty lilac grey. Gorgeous.

Nails of the Day – Essie Sew Psyched

When I saw the press images for the Chanel Khaki Collection of polishes, I fell in love, but if I were to buy them all at £19 each, my purse would not be impressed. I saw that as part of the Fall 2010 Collection, Essie had a khaki colour similar to Chanel’s Khaki Vert for a fraction of the cost. I bought mine from an American seller on eBay and it arrived within a few days.

I am yet to see The Real Deal in real life so unsure as to how much of a dupe it is, but I’m really happy with this polish and it’s satisfied my craving. Of course now I need to find an alternative to the Khaki Rose – I’ve seen Models Own have released the Car Key Collection (how subtle!) so I may have to check that out. The Essie brush is annoyingly thin, but I can get over it for this – I love it.

Nails of the Day – Rrrrrrrrrrrrroaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaarrr!

I know I’m posting a nail post right after a nail post, but it’s been a busy weekend and not really had time for much else. Last night I was so shattered I put the TV on, laid in bed and painted my nails.

It might look quite complicated but it really wasn’t! First I painted my nails with my Nailtec basecoat, then with Barry M’s Mushroom. Once that was semi-dry I used a lighter colour (in this case, Essie’s Cute As A Button) to do random sized and placed dots over my nails, then painted one coat of Poshe topcoat.

I then used a fab new inexpensive tool I have which I got from ebay (see here) which has a tiny nib like a pen which you can use to do really precise lines with. I have a pair of pumps with leopard print insides, so using them as a guide, drew the black bits. Really it’s lots of ‘C’ shapes around the dots, and curving parallel lines as well as random dots and lines. One more coat of topcoat and it’s done!

The good thing is, if you get a chip you can just turn it into a dot, like I’ve done! This is the first time I’ve experimented with nail art and I probably will again now!

Nails of the Day – Barry M Marshmallow Pink

I’ve had this nail polish for a few years, I’m not even sure it’s still available but it might be knocking round in the back of someones cupboard, or on eBay. It still goes on perfectly, as if it were brand new, which goes to show what great formulation Barry M polish is.

When Essie’s Van D’Go came onto the scene earlier this year it was like nothing I’d ever seen before, I thought. I had to have it. I got it, and wasn’t that impressed. Gorgeous colour but the formulation wasn’t to my liking – it had far too much white in it, chipped easily, and the Essie brush is annoying. The other day, I was looking through my polish collection and rediscovered Marshmallow Pink. The colour is identical, it’s like everything the Essie should be. I will do a dupe pic soon, I’m sure I’m right, if not I apologise, but shade-wise I think they’re extremely similar.

The bottle doesn’t actually say the name of the polish on the bottom, as they usually do these days, just the number 278, which after a bit of Google investigation, I discovered was named Marshmallow Pink. I’m not sure I’d have named it that myself – it’s more peach than pink, a really pale pastel apricot shade.