Archive for the ‘essie’ Category

Essie Chubby Cheeks

August 8, 2012

This is my favorite summer color this year, Essie Chubby Cheeks:

Full sun

It’s a creamy jelly or a jelly-ish cream. You can see plenty of VNL at two coats here, but I still love it. Different lighting will shift the color toward pink, but it always looks yummy.  <3


Essie Rock the Croc

November 28, 2011

I’ve been lemming this Essie ever since kittytokaren’s hunt for the perfect red. On to the photo:




My photo is nothing compared to hers, please go click that link. This is a brown-toned jelly red that glows. Can something glow darkly? I think this does. It’s extremely glossy and a pain to apply, but so so worth it. I like this one so much that I’m having a hard time putting on anything else.


On the other hand, jellies seem to have to shortest wear time on me. Wear time is like this: Good glitters>Cremes>chippy glitters>jellies. Anyone else?


Essie Lapis of Luxury

November 15, 2011

Need a break from glitter? Step into the serene embrace of Essie’s Lapis of Luxury:

lamp light

I had to take these in the dark so they are funky. Blue/purple is hard to photograph true to color anyway. This one is my perfect periwinkle. It’s soft and dusty, but I can’t decide whether it’s purple or blue. Perfect.

white balance!

Here’s another view with a different white balance. On my screen, this shot makes it look totally blue, but it’s definitely periwinkle. This is a 3-coater, but the coats dry glossy and smooth. This is one of those Essies that has a translucent finish, not see-through, but deep-looking? It has to be seen to be believed, and it’s my favorite thing about Essie.

I thought I’d try something new for me… a funky french!




This is my very first attempt at freehanding tips. It came out okay… perhaps it’s worth trying again! By the way, this color is part of Essie’s retail line, so you should be able to find it at CVS, Walgreens, Rite Aid, Walmart, Target, etc. I love it when they are easy to get. :D



Essie School of Hard Rocks

November 7, 2011

I really do love the Essie winter collection, but School of Hard Rocks is my favorite.

full sun

Ahh. So soothing. This is a way greyed-out teal that looks green in some lights and goes on in two buttery coats. My guy picked it out of the bunch as *his* favorite, too. If you like cremes Essie has some gorgeous colors this season. They look fall and winter-y to me but are a soothing break from the vampy colors.


Essie Mini How High

November 2, 2011

I don’t know about you, but I haven’t smelled a non-3Free polish in a long time. When I cracked open my new Essie Mini How High, a familiar odor seared my sinuses. I was inspired by kittytokaren’s awesome post comparing the color to donut frosting…

full sun

I spent a lot of time trying to decide if I like this color on me. We won’t talk about how many coats this is. I lost count. Thankfully it dried down beautifully despite looking thick as I piled on the coats. It wore like iron for the time I could stand wearing it. I think what I don’t like about it is the yellowed-pink color of my free edge. I have kind of resigned myself that my nails are always going to be a little stained but c’mon…

So I did a layering experiment. Here I have at least four coats over Essie Sand Tropez (index and ring) and Sinful Colors Snow Me White (middle and pinkie.)

indoor light

I left Mini How High alone on my thumb so you can compare. I don’t like the Sand Tropez result, although I *would* wear that color. I just don’t want to layer to get it. (And I apologize for the topcoat smear on the index.)

Over white I can’t decide. I think it loses something. I can’t chop off all the white part of my nail without having stubby round fingertips protruding past my nail. Maybe I’ll just admire kittytokaren’s beautiful results. Any thoughts?

Sephora by OPI Caught with my Khakis Down

October 7, 2011

I recently saw SOPI Caught with my Khakis Down on one of my fabulously stylish friends. I begged to know what she was wearing and even though she told me what it was and promised to pick up a bottle for me, I couldn’t wait. I went right out and bought Essie Sew Psyched.


What’s wrong with that?


We met up again finally and she handed over my precious. Let’s see it:




This baby is a lovely sage green or khaki creme. Two coats went on extremely smoothly, though I would recommend throwing topcoat on there to hide my nail ridges. Also, you should always use topcoat if you aren’t going to change your polish for a couple of days.


SOPI CWMKD and Essie Sew Psyched are incredibly similar. Check out the bottles:

reaaaally similar


Pretty much the same color and they both have a tendency to separate unattractively. Don’t let that deter you from picking either of them up though, because:




Look how awesome they both are! I honestly don’t regret having both. The Essie has a very subtle shimmer that does not show up on camera, but it does turn the green ever so slightly more grey. Plus shimmer is fun when you’re in the mood for shimmer, and creme is great when you’re not!


These are a couple of colors I would call “on-trend” and “totally” work-appropriate. Go wild. :P


Essie Sew Psyched

October 6, 2011

Turns out having a full time job makes it tough to blog!  Whodathunk.

Okay, I’ve wanted to show you Essie Sew Psyched for a while now, but the first two times I put it on, I *had* to take it off immediately. It was so lumpy, so streaky… UGH. I was getting a sneaking suspicion that my Seche Base was to blame since nearly every polish has a terrible first coat on it. And I tried it with the old Sally Hansen Insta-Grip and voila:


natural light


Two coats of lovely application. I am not sad at all that I’ve been wearing this pretty much all week. I’m pretty sure it will go well with lots of skin tones, so if you’re into the “military” green color trend, go for it! Here it is with flash to try to show off the secret silver shimmer:


indoors with flash


I don’t know why the flash made it seem rubbery rather than shiny, and believe me, this polish gets a medal for only having tipwear after the extreme paperwork situations it’s been through. This one is going to be a favorite of mine for quite a while, I can tell!


Essie Over the Edge

September 25, 2011

I love this dark, shimmery color.

artificial light


Essie Over the Edge, 3 coats. I feel like if you like hematite, you will love this polish. I think it also looks like black pearls. You know how they can have a pink or green cast to them? Indoor light seems to bring this out.




I don’t know if it shows up in this photo or not, but I tried! I do love these dark colors with a bit of shimmer to go on short nails. By the way, this one was called Over the Top before the retail release. It appears to be the exact same color, though.


Shorties – Essie Clambake

September 23, 2011

My nails were still peeling a bit so I decided to go shorter. I guess I went a little too far this time! What looks good on short nails?

I like vampy colors, of course, but also jellies when I don’t have a lot of free edge to show contrast through the polish.




I know I’ve shown Essie Clambake before, but it’s the first thing I reached for to cover my nubs. What do you like to wear on short nails?

Essie Clambake and Whales

September 5, 2011

Remember how I promised to update you on an animal-themed piece of clothing sort of similar to the ones Stephanie at Short ‘n Chic likes?

I found it on sale for $8:

Photo from Urban Outfitters

But they only had medium. And, to understate it, the top didn’t fit. With a little bit of amateur hour at the sewing machine, voila!

the dog likes cameras

To do something similar for yourself, fold, pin, iron, cut, then sew.  It won’t be even but mostly only you will know.

I decided I needed Essie Clambake, a gorgeous orangey-red jelly:

oo jelly

It has great formula, but like most jellies, you’re going to have VNL unless you put a creme underneath. This is one rather thick coat of Sand Tropez (allowed to dry for a long time) and three coats of Clambake. I love this color! It also goes pretty perfectly with Sephora’s lipstick in It Girl. Sephora’s Rouge Cream lipsticks are okay, especially for $12, but they have a weird shape and a pretty strong smell. Here’s my It Girl smirk:

heehee, matching

Try not to laugh. Now to celebrate with a frosty soft drink that happens to match:


It was a good day.