Essie Say it ain’t Soho

Hey everyone! Today I’m going to show you another fall collection – Say it ain’t Soho from Essie. The collection is inspired by New York City, which you can tell from the names of the polishes. I haven’t been to New York City, but I really want to go. Until I visit at least my nails can get a taste of the big apple with this collection.

This is one of the best fall collections that I’ve seen from Essie. I love the darker muted shades and I think that they’re perfect for this time of year!


It takes a west village is a dusty pink creme polish that covers completely in one coat. In the picture I’m wearing two coats.


Stop, drop & shop is a mulberry red creme polish that covers completely in one coat. In the picture I’m wearing two coats.


Booties on Broadway is a navy blue creme polish that covers completely in one coat. In the picture I’m wearing two coats.


Fall for NYC is a mustard yellow creme polish that covers completely in one coat. In the picture I’m wearing two coats.


Say it ain’t Soho is a copper metallic polish with gold shimmer that that covers completely in one coat. In the picture I’m wearing two coats plus top coat.


Empire shade of mind is a grey metallic polish that covers completely in one coat. In the picture I’m wearing two coats plus top coat.

Check out the video below for live swatches!

I have to say that I’m really impressed with this collection! All six shades are pretty much one coaters. Sometimes we’re lucky to get one or two one coaters in a collection, but not a whole collection like this one – good job Essie!

My favorites from this collection are Fall for NYC and Say it ain’t Soho, both polishes are perfect for fall, and pretty unusual shades for Essie.


What do you think of this collection? Will you be getting any of the shades?

Essie Midsummer

Today we celebrate Midsummer’s eve in Sweden so sharing swatches of Essie’s Midsummer collection is perfect for today. I haven’t bought any Essie polishes in a long time (mostly because they’re pretty expense in Sweden) but since this collection is dedicated to Midsummer (which is a Swedish tradition) plus I found them for a really good price, I had to get them!


If you’re not familiar with midsummer it’s a Swedish/Nordic tradition where we celebrate the longest day of the year. In Sweden we dance around a Maypole, eat early potatoes and pickled herring (which I don’t like) and drink schnapps (not a big fan of that either) and of course the dessert is strawberries with cream or ice-cream.
According to the tradition girls should pick seven flowers and put under their pillow, and during the night they’ll dream about their future husband…


June in bloom is a pink polish with silver shimmer. Here I’m wearing two coats plus top coat.


SKÅL! is a green creme polish that covers on two coats. (Skål is Swedish for cheers)


Midnight sun is a blue creme polish that covers in two coats.


All night long is a purple polish with blue shimmer that covers in two coats.


Dressed to the maxi is a raspberry pink polish with pink shimmer that covers in two coats.


Dusk till dawn is a wine red creme polish with purple undertones that covers in two coats.


My favorites from this collection are SKÅL!, Midnight sun and All night long. Nail art wise SKÅL! will be perfect for floral manis, and I think it’ll come to great use this summer.

Sadly, I think this collection is only available in the Nordic countries and Germany.

What’s your favorite shade from this collection?

Essie Retro Revival 2017

Hi guys! Today I will be showing you swatches from this year’s Retro Revival collection from Essie.



Pure chiffon is a light peachy polish with fine shimmer that covers in two coats. I put three coats of the polish on my middle finger, but I actually prefer it with only two coats. This polish was originally released in 2001.



Flawless is a light pink creme polish that covers in two coats. This polish was originally released in 2009.



Chastity is a pink creme polish that covers in two coats. This polish was originally released in 2007.



Prima bella is a pink polish with silver shimmer that covers in two coats. I can’t actually find when this was originally released, if you know please let me know.



Sweet tart is a taupe polish with pink and silver shimmer that covers in three coats. This polish was originally released in 2004.



Bold beauty is a dark and vampy red crelly that dries super shiny (not top coat) and covers in three coats. I can’t find when this was originally released either, so if you know please let me know.

What do you think of this collection? I think that none of the shades are super unique, but I really do like both Chastity and Bold beauty.

Essie Gel Couture

Hi guys! Do you remember my post about the Essie advent calendar? Since I got doublets of a few polishes and one empty door Essie was going to send me some new polishes. What I got was three full size bottles and two Gel Couture polishes. Unfortunately I already have the shades that I got, which were Bachelorette bash, Allure and Russian roulette. However I haven’t tried the Gel Couture polishes so that was a nice surprise!


The Gel Couture polishes are supposed to last on the nails for up to 12 days if you use them with the Gel Couture top coat. Both the bottle and the brush are twisted, and even though the bottles are pretty and unique I don’t really like them, just because they are so much harder to pose with for swatch photos. The polishes have the same wide rounded brush that Essie’s have in Europe, which makes the application really easy.



img_4607Essie – Stitch by stitch

Stitch by stitch is a pink creme polish that covers in two coats. The formula is really good and it’s super easy to apply.



img_4813Essie – Model clicks

Model clicks is a dark burgundy creme polish that covers in two coats. The formula is a bit runnier than Stitch by stitch but it’s still pretty easy to apply.

I can’t say wether or not these polishes last longer than regular polish, because I don’t wear polish that long. The longest I go without changing polish is about four to five days, and that is really long for me since I usually change polish every or every other day.

Have you tried any of Essie’s Gel Couture polishes?

Getting Groovy nail art

Hi there! Today I thought I’d share some manis that I’ve made with polishes from the new Getting Groovy holiday collection from Essie.

As I’ve mentioned before whenever I get a new collection I (often) get inspired to make different manis with the polishes. I always put my newest polish collections on top of my polish drawers, so I can easily find them, for decoration and hopefully for some inspiration. Anyone else who does this?

So far I’ve only made three designs with polishes from the Getting Groovy collection, but I think they all turned out really good. Enough talking, let’s look at the manis!

Ready to boa + Cabana boy

img_1473 Go with the flowy + Aruba blue + Classical cliché + We trippy (Cirque colors) + MoYou London Festive 03

img_2616Satin sister + Getting groovy + MoYou London Enchanted 16

I hope you like these designs! My favorite is the one with snowflakes over Go with the flowy, it’s possibly even a favorite from this year.

Essie Happy holidays

If you follow me on Instagram (@hanninator) you may have seen that I’ve posted what I got in my Essie advent calendar on my Instagram stories everyday. Unfortunately I’ve had some bad luck with this calendar, in nine days I got three doublets and one empty door. After four days of disappointment I decided to open it up and see what was really in it.


This is what I got in my calendar:

Resort fling (mini) x 2
Satin sister (mini) x 2
Mademoiselle (mini) x 2
Tassel shaker (mini)
Many many mani (sample)
Between the seats
Fringe factor
Steal his name
Mrs Always-right
Shades on
Color corrector for nails
Ridge filler
Sleek stick 09
Sleek stick 04
Essie cookie cutter
Heart shaped cookie cutter
Nail buffer
Makeup bag
Toe separators

After the first doublet (on day three) I emailed Essie (or rather L’Oréal since they own Essie) and they replied that I should take a photo of everything after I’ve opened all the doors and send it to them (I’ve emailed them now). They said that they would send me the polishes that I’m missing, but I’m still pretty disappointed with this calendar. It cost me 600 kr (60 €) and after seeing what was in it I can say that it’s so not worth it. The first two days was fun but after that it has just been a disappointment.

Had I known what was inside I wouldn’t have bought it. I mean have they ever heard of quality control!?

Also where I bought ( it it said that I would get Gel setter, but that was not in my calendar…

December 9 | Golden snowflakes

I know this is a little late, but I was out last night with some friends so I didn’t have time to post this yesterday.

For day nine of 24 days of Christmas by Hanninator I made some fancy golden snowflakes.


For this mani I used Satin Sister and Getting Groovy, from Essie’s holiday collection called Getting Groovy. The snowflakes are made with stamping plate Enchanted 16 from MoYou London.



Essie Getting Groovy

I got this year’s holiday collection from Essie just in time for when the first snow arrived, so I’m actually getting some Christmas vibes now!
This collection is inspired by the swinging 60’s in London. It was way before my time, so I can’t really say if the inspiration is right or not… But I do like London, polish and Essie, so I guess this collection is just my cup of tea!



“I’m into love, peace, and getting groovy” – Essie


img_0565Essie Getting Groovy – Go with the flowy

Go with the flowy is a pale grey polish with silver shimmer that covers in two coats. I think it’s a very pretty shade and it feels just right for the holidays. I bet it would be perfect for some snowflake nail art.


img_0569Essie Getting Groovy – Satin sister

Satin sister is a dark teal creme polish that covers in two coats. It dries super shiny and I love this dark shade against my pale skin.


img_0561Essie Getting Groovy – Getting groovy

Getting groovy is a gold metallic polish that covers in two coats. This polish is the star of the collection and I can totally see why. It looks like my nails are dipped in gold, I love it!


img_0573Essie Getting Groovy – Oh behave!

Oh behave! is a peach frost polish with gold shimmer that covers in two coats. I actually like this shade more than I thought I would, since I’m not that into frosty polishes.


img_0554Essie Getting Groovy – Party on a platform

Party on a platform is a red creme polish that covers in two coats. It’s a perfect santa red for the holidays.


img_0577Essie Getting Groovy – Ready to boa

Ready to boa is a mahogany polish with bronze shimmer. This polish is a OCW, however I’m wearing two coats here just to get a better finish.


I like that we get a holiday collection with not just a bunch of different shades of red and that is has a mix of cremes and metallics/shimmers. I also like that this collection consists of a few not so common shades such as Ready to boa, Go with the flowy and Oh behave! All polishes have good formulas and were easy to apply. My favorites from this collection are Satin sister and Getting groovy.


My favorite hand creams

I have tried a lot of hand creams, and I like to try new ones when the old ones are empty. But I have a few that I always end up buying again and again. Avoplex from OPI and Many many mani from Essie are two of them.


Both hand cremes smell lovely and they sink into the skin really fast while still keeping the hands moisturized. They are my favorite hand cremes to use during the day, since they don’t leave your hands greasy. The only downside is that I can’t find Many many mani anywhere in Sweden, so I always have to stock up when I’m abroad.

Which hand creme is your favorite?

Essie Haute tub vs Depend O2 501

About a month ago I showed you swatches from Depend’s O2 Rewind collection. I thought that one of the polishes from the Rewind collection was really similar to Haute tub from last year’s holiday collection from Essie. So today I’m gonna show you a comparison of the two polishes.

img_9560Essie Haute tub & Depend O2 501


Here I’m wearing two coats of each polish over one coat of base coat. And as you can see they are very similar. The only difference is that O2 501 has more puple glitter than Haute tub.


Out of the two polishes I prefer O2 501, just because the purple glitter is more visible.