OPI I’m gown for anything vs Essie Go Ginza

Today I’m gonna show you a comparison between I’m gown for anything from OPI and Go Ginza from Essie.

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Comparing the two bottles next to each other they pretty much look like dupes. But are they?

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On my nails you see two coats of each polish. Formula wise Go Ginza is a bit thinner than I’m gown for anything. You could get away with just one coat of I’m gown for anything, but with Go Ginza you’ll need two coats.

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I’m gown for anything is a bit more lilac and¬†Go Ginza is a bit more pink. In my opinion they are not dupes, but they are very very similar. So you probably won’t need both. ūüėČ

Essie Retro revival mini set

Earlier this year Essie released their Retro revival collection to celebrate turning 35 years! I bought the mini set when I was in London a few weeks ago, mostly just to get my hands on Starry starry night. And than I found Starry starry night in a regular sized bottle, so had to get that one too!

Tidigare i år så släppte Essie sin Retro revival kollektion för att fira 35 år! Jag köpte mini setet när jag var i London för några veckor sedan, mestadels bara för att få tag på Starry starry night. Sedan hittade jag Starry starry night i vanlig storlek, och var tvungen att köpa den med!

Essie Retro revival – Starry starry night

The original Starry starry night was released in 1985. I’ve heard that many are disappointed with this version of the polish, because it doesn’t look like the original. However, I think it’s a beautiful polish and¬†I’m glad to have in my collection! The formula is a bit thick, but it’s still pretty easy to apply. I used two coats in these pictures.

Starry starry night släpptes första gången 1985. Jag har hört att många är besvikna på den nya versionen av lacket, för att det skiljer sig från originalet. Jag tycker i vilket fall att det är ett vackert lack som jag är glad att ha i min samling! Formulan är lite tjock, men det är ändå ganska lätt att applicera. Jag har målat två lager på bilderna.

Essie Retro revival – Life of the party

Life of the party was first released in 2002. It’s a metallic red polish with shimmer, if that makes sense. And you can never go wrong with red nails, right? It’s easy to apply, I used two coats.

Life of the party släpptes första gången 2002. Det är ett metalliskt rött lack med skimmer, och röda naglar kan aldrig vara fel, eller hur? Det är lättapplicerat och här har jag två lager.

Essie Retro revival – Bikini with a martini

Bikini with a martini is the youngest polish in this revival collection, it was originally released in 2006. It’s very easy to apply, and it’s very sheer. Here you’re looking at three coats and still VNL (visible nail line).

Bikini with a martini är det yngsta lacket i denna kollektion, det släpptes första gången 2006. Lacket är väldigt lätt att applicera, och det är väldigt skirt. Här ser du tre lager och man kan då fortfarande se nagellinjen. 

Essie Retro revival – Birthday suit

Birthday suit was one of the polishes from Essie’s¬†original 12 shades! That makes this shade the oldest, 35 years old in fact! The formula is a bit thick and sheer, but still easy to apply. Here I used tree coats, if you want it completely opaque you will probably need four coats.

Birthday suit √§r ett av lacken¬†fr√•n Essie’s f√∂rsta 12 nyanser! Vilket g√∂r detta lack till det √§ldsta i kollektionen, hela 35 √•r! Formulan √§r ganska tjock och skir, men det √§r √§nd√• l√§tt att applicera. H√§r har jag m√•lat tre lager, och vill man att det ska bli¬†helt√§ckande f√•r man nog m√•la fyra lager.

My favorite from the collection is no surprise, it’s Starry starry night!

Min favorit från kollektionen är ingen överraskning, det är Starry starry night!

Essie spa manicure

When I was in London in January I found a¬†hand scrub¬†and a hand lotion¬†from Essie spa. I haven’t seen them in Sweden before so I had to buy them.

Essie spa – starter scrub / many many mani

I’ve now used them for some time¬†so I though I’d let you know what I think of them.

This is my first hand scrub (I don’t know why I haven’t bought one earlier) so I don’t have anything to compare it to. I really like this scrub from Essie, it gently exfoliates the skin and leaves your hands soft and smooth. It has a lovely but subtle fresh smell. I will definitely¬†buy a new one when this one is empty (even if I have to go abroad to do so).

The hand lotion has the same lovely but subtle smell as the scrub. I think that this lotion is perfect for those of you who are sensitive to fragrance. It is moisturizing and makes your hands feel silky smooth. This hand lotion absorbs quickly to the skin, so no greasy hands! I.e. perfect to use during the day and at work.

I bought these for £6.99 each and they both contain 75ml.

Essie Mint candy apple

Like with OPI’s Gargantuan¬†green grape there is two different versions of Essie’s Mint candy apple too!


 Essie РMint candy apple (green version)

The formula of this polish is a bit thin but it’s still easy to apply. In the pictures I’m wearing three coats and no top coat.


 Essie РMint candy apple (blue version)

The blue version of this polish is pretty thin and runny and a bit tricky to apply. In the pictures¬†I’m wearing three coats and no top coat.

It’s hard to choose a favorite of the two, because I really like light blue polishes, but on the other hand I like mint green too. In the end I think that the green version is the one I like the most, and it’s also the one that matches the name the best!

Which version of the polish do you like the most?

London shopping part 2

This weekend I was in London (again) with my boyfriend. It’s like the third time in six months… oops. We went to see The Last Shadow Puppets, but of course we had time for some shopping too. I actually found a lot of things (mostly polish), much more than I was planning on. I’m guessing you want to see what I bought!?

Of course we went to Lush to buy some more bath bombs and bubble bars! I love taking baths, so they will be used up pretty quick I think. I even got my boyfriend to pick out some stuff! The hotel room smelled like a mini Lush after our shopping there.

I found some really cheap China Glaze polishes, six full size bottles for £15 and six minis bottles for £5.

I think I went in to every Boots we passed to look for Starry starry night from Essie, but it was sold out everywhere. So when I found a mini pack with four of the polishes from the Retro revival collection (including Starry starry night) I knew I had to have it! I also found a mini pack with four of the Virgin snow winter collection polishes that I bought. They were both ¬£10 each. I bought a duo pack with Bikini so teeny and the Gel setter top coat for ¬£10 too. I have been wanting to try this top coat for a while, so I thought I’d give it a try now when I found it at¬†such a good price. At the airport, right before we were going to our gate we walked by a Boots, so I went in one last time too look for Starry starry night. And I found it! Just this one bottle! They had ‘buy one, get one half price’ so I bought Haute tub from the winter collection as well. Total for these two polishes were ¬£12, pretty ok.

I bought five OPI polishes for my mom. Polka.com, Baroque… but still shopping!, OPI with a nice Finn-ish, Primarily yellow ¬†and Glitter off base coat. They were all ¬£3 each.

I found most of the polishes at TK Maxx (OPI, China Glaze and Essie) and a few at Boots (Essie).

I almost forgot, but I went to Kiko where bought three polishes. 533, 261 and 271. And they were only £2,5 each.

I did not just buy polish, I found a Ciaté x Olivia Palermo Smoked out eyeliner for only £5. And I bought 2XU compression tights at Runners need. They were expensive though, but still cheaper than if I would have bought them in Sweden.

Then¬†I got¬†something for a friend, but she hasn’t got it yet. And I think she reads my blog so I’m not going to tell you what it is to ruin the surprise!

Ps. I also bought something that I’m planning on doing a giveaway with! I’m not gonna tell you what it is yet, but keep your eyes open on my Instagram page for a chance to win this amazing giveaway!

London shopping

This weekend my boyfriend and I went to London to see Hozier, and when you’re in London you have to go shopping! I was looking for beauty stuff and my boyfriend was looking for vinyl. This is what I came home with.

At Lush I bought Lemony flutter cuticle butter and bath bombs. Finally I have some pretty bath bombs that smell lovely! The bath bombs I have used before have been useless (they were not from Lush) so I look forward take baths with these.

From Boots I bought some things from Essie. Essie spa hand scrub and hand creme and leave no trace glitter nail polish remover. I got a sample of the glitter remover from Kicks and I really liked it, it makes it so much easier to take of glitter polishes! I haven’t found the hand creme and scrub in Sweden before so I’m looking forward to try them. Of course I had to try them at the hotel, and so far I can say that they smell really nice!

At The Body shop I bought five body butters for¬†only ¬£25, so now I’m set¬†for a while.

A friend¬†on insagram let me know I could find cheap OPI’s at TK Maxx.¬†If I hadn’t know what I could find in the store I don’t think I would have gone in, because it didn’t look promising from the outside. It was a very messy store, but I managed to find a few goodies. A duo pack with the latest Coca Cola polishes from OPI, a mini pack with mini nail envy, rapid dry top coat and avoplex cuticle oil. And then two OPI polishes for my mum that I know (think?) she doesn’t already have. From China Glaze I got a mini 6-pack and Orange cuticle oil. The polishes were¬†¬£3,99 and the sets¬†were ¬£9,99.