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.

Essie Rosa bandet 2016

En av tre drabbas av cancer och en av nio drabbas av bröstcancer, men alla påverkas.

Att oktober är en rosa månad kan väl knappast något ha missat vid det här laget. Många företag skänker under oktober en del av vinsten på sålda produkter till Cancerfondens rosa bandet-kampanj och Essie är ett av dem.

Essie har i år tagit fram en rosa kollektion som består av sex av deras bästsäljande rosa lack, där 10 kr från varje sålt lack under oktober månad går till Cancerfonden. Årets rosa kollektion består av Allure, Romper room, Sugar daddy, Pink diamond, Status symbol och Bachelorette bash. En nyhet för i år är Gel setter 3D pop tint som släpps i limiterad upplaga. Det är precis som namnet antyder en färgad variant av topplacket Gel setter.

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“Gör en rosa handling för alla kvinnor” – Essie

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This year’s pink collection from Essie consists of six of their bestselling pink polishes, AllureRomper roomSugar daddyPink diamondStatus symbol and Bachelorette bash together with the new limited edition Gel setter 3D pop tint.

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img_8872Essie – Allure

Allure is a sheer white polish with pink tones, here I’m wearing three coats. This shade was released in 2002 and it is a very popular wedding shade. For instance Kate Middleton is rumored to have worn this shade on her wedding day.

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img_8876Essie -Romper room

Romper room is a light pink creme polish that covers in three coats. This shade was released in 2014.

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img_8880Essie -Sugar daddy

Sugar daddy is a very, very sheer light pink polish, here I’m wearing three coats. Personally it’s way too sheer for my taste, but I think it could work as the base for a french manicure. This shade was released in 2004.

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img_8884Essie -Pink diamond

Pink diamond is a light pink frosty polish that covers in three coats. I not a big fan of this color and formula together, it gives me “grandma” vibes. This shade was released in 2004.

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Status symbol is a bright pink creme polish that covers in two coats. This shade was released in 2009.

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img_8892Essie -Bachelorette bash

Bachelorette bash is a bright fuchsia creme polish that covers in two coats. This shade was released in 2006.

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I was actually surprised of how much I liked Allure! My least favorites from this collection are Sugar daddy and Pink diamond, are they really two of Essie’s bestselling pink polishes?

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I made some nail art with a few of the polishes from this collection and my inspiration was this year’s pink ribbon, designed by the Swedish actress Alicia Vikander. I used Romper room, Pink diamond and Status symbol.

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Essie Kimono-over

This fall Rebecca Minkoff is taking us to Japan with Essie’s new collection called Kimono-over. The collection consists of three typical fall shades and three lighter shades.

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“If you want to get lucky, I say kimono-over” – Essie

img_7768Essie Kimono-over – Playing koi

Playing koi is a rusty orange creme polish that covers in two coats. It’s a perfect fall shade!

img_7770Essie Kimono-over – Maki me happy

Maki me happy is a berry toned red creme polish that covers in two coats.

img_7772Essie Kimono-over – Kimono-over

Kimono over is a dark plum creme polish that is almost a one coater, but I used two coats. I love shades like this one for fall.

img_7766Essie Kimono-over – Now and zen

Now and zen is a light grey creme polish with hints of green in it, and it covers in two coats.

img_7761Essie Kimono-over – Go go geisha

Go go geisha is a dusty light pink creme polish that covers in two coats.

img_7764Essie Kimono-over – Udon know me

Udon know me is a dusty light blue creme polish that covers in two coats.

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I think it’s a really good collection, both formula and color wise and my favorite shades are Playing koi and Kimono-over.

Which shade is your favorite from the collection?

 

Essie Leggy legend

Leggy legend is one of my favorite polishes from last fall! It is a gourgeous gold/copper metallic polish that covers in two coats.

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I wanted to make an autumnal manicure with Leggy legend as the base, and this is how it turned out. I used stamping plate BP-19 from Born Pretty Store together with Licorice from Essie to create the leaves.

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My guinea pig August and my nails. I like how my nails match his fur, and I think he likes them too.

Essie Starry Starry Night vs Depend O2 428

Earlier this year Essie re-released Starry Starry Night and a lot of people were not too happy with the new version of the polish. I think that I may have found a dupe for the original version of the polish, O2 428 from Depend! Though I only have the new version of Starry Starry Night, so that’s the only one I can compare it too.

img_3412Essie Starry Starry Night & Depend O2 428

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Here you see two coats of both polishes over one coat of base coat. The formula of the two polishes are pretty similar and they are a little bit thick. On the first coat they look pretty awful and like they will new a few more coats to be opaque, but the second coat covers really well!

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The only difference between these two polishes are the size of the glitters, so which one you’ll like the most depends on what you prefer. But don’t you agree with me, O2 428 from Depend looks like a good substitute for the original Starry Starry Night.

Empties #1

A few of my products just happened to runt out at the same time, so I thought I’d share with you what I think about them. And if I will I purchase them again…

L’Occitane – Shea butter hand cream

I really liked this hand creme! It has a nice subtle smell and it moisturizes your hands without leaving them feeling greasy. This size (30 ml) is perfect for the handbag, or just to try the product like I did. I’m pretty sure I will purchase this hand cream again and I probably would’ve already done it, if I didn’t have so many new hand creams at home already. 🙈

OPI – Nail Envy

I always use one coat of Nail Envy before I use a base coat, and I think that works good for me. It keeps my nails strong and since I practically have two coats of base coat, that protects my nails from staining pretty well too. I had already purchased a new bottle before I ran out of this one.

OPI – Avoplex cuticle oil to go

This one I keep in my handbag and it’s the perfect size and design to use ‘on the go’ as the name applies. Avoplex is my favorite cuticle oil, I don’t know how many bottles I’ve used up by now, so of course I had already purchased a replacement for this one.

Essie – many many mani

This is a (quite) new favorite for me. I love the smell and how easily it sinks in to the skin, you can read more about it here. I even had to cut the tube in two to be able to get it all out! I haven’t found this hand creme anywhere in Sweden yet, so I’ll make sure to buy it next time I’m abroad (which will be in three weeks).

Have you tried any of these products?

 

Essie Gel setter top coat

So, I’ve had this top coat for a few months now but I haven’t really tried it until a few weeks ago. What a shame, because I really like it!

Essie Gel setter top coat

Essie’s Gel setter is a top coat that has a gel-like finish. It dries fast and super shiny. Even though it feels a bit thicker than a regular top coat it is still easy to apply. Many fast drying top coats shrink the polish when they dry, but not this one.
There is only one thing that I don’t like with this top coat, and that is that it sometimes gives a lot of bubbles when it dries. I still haven’t figured out why it does that, so I’m still working on it.

Anyway, I wore a mani topped with this polish for three days and they were still super shiny, like if they were just polished, and they had no signs of chipping. I think that’s pretty impressing! If I hadn’t gotten tired of the mani I would’ve worn it longer.