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.

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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
Keychain
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 (eleven.se) it it said that I would get Gel setter, but that was not in my calendar…

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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.

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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.

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Necessities at work

I’ve mentioned before that I easily get very dry hands, even more so during fall/winter. Therefore it’s important for me to moisturize my hands after every time I’ve washed them, and at work is no exception. These are all the products that I keep in my workspace.

Since I try a lot of different hand care products all the time, the products vary every now and then. But right now this is what it looks like. Plus at work is a really good place to try new stuff.

Right now I have three hand cremes, but I usually have two. It’s always good to have options. And besides two of them are small sizes, so they’ll get used up pretty quick.

I have one cuticle oil, one mini bottle of Seche vite for emergencies, a nail scissors, two mini crystal files (the one from Essie is a bit rougher than the one from OPI) as I said options are always good. And lastly I have two different lip balms depending on what scent I want, pink grapefruit or mint.

What products do you keep at your desk?

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!

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

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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.

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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.

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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!

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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

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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.

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

United in pink

October is breast cancer awareness month and as you may have seen on my instagram I joined Lacky corner‘s United in pink week to raise awareness to breast cancer. I hope you like my pink manis and please don’t forget to check your boobs!

Here’s a recap of my week of pink nails:

Day 1: Pink ribbon inspired mani using polishes from this year’s pink collection from Essie.

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Day 2: A pink dotticure using a bunch of OPI polishes.

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Day 3: Pink holo with Red Taboo from Layla.

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Day 4: Leopard heart gradient using OPI polishes.

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Day 5: Kiss me on my tulips from OPI, one of my favorite pink polishes!

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Day 6: DS Reflection from OPI.

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Day 7: Simple pink ribbon nail art using bardot and rose from piCture pOlish.