Essie Gel Couture – the only polish for me

Essie Gel Couture – the only polish I will use from now on. You’re probably thinking that’s quite a bold statement to make. It is. But it’s true. Here’s why… It actually lasts on my nails!!! I want to scream that from the roof tops. No other polish lasts on my finger nails like Essie’s new Gel Couture range. I love wearing polish on my nails but I hardly ever do. Nothing lasts. If I decide to paint my nails for an event, I have to paint within hours of the event and still pop the polish in my bag in case it needs touch-ups. If I’m lucky, the polish will last till the next day. So why even bother? When I read reviews on the new Essie Gel Couture range when it launched a couple months ago, I got a little excited. I have tried other polishes that claim gel-like wear and they haven’t delivered. Not sure why I hoped it would be different this time, but Essie, you made my year. Essie Gel Couture lasts on my nails for 5 days. FIVE DAYS!! And that is by not really taking care of the mani by adding another  layer of topcoat every 2 days as recommended. Plus I wash dishes without wearing gloves, I give a keyboard a good beating every day, I play Lego and I use my nails as tools more often than I should. So I’ll say it again… 5 days!! And that is 5 days of wear before any cracks or chips. There are other things on this range worth mentioning like the beautiful...

Make a statement with essie neons 2015

‘if you want an encore, i suggest you make some noise! -Essie I think that tagline is quite fitting for the essie neons 2015 collection; bright, beautiful and in your face. The four shades I got to play with is All Access Pass (a boho violet indigo), Make Some Noise (a raucous electric blue), Vibrant Vibes (a vivid neon lime) and Groove is in the Heart (a peachy pink neon). My favourites are All Access Pass and Make Some Noise, mostly because I don’t do pink and green and Make Some Noise is about as bright as I’m willing to go. Which is already quite daring for someone who’s favourite essie shade is licorice. These happy and playful shades are perfect for summer and sure to make you stand out from the crowd. Keep an eye out for these at Clicks, Dis-Chem, Foschini and selected salons. essie retails for around R125 per bottle. xoxo Disclosure Ranking:...

essie Dress to Kilt – Fall Collection

Nail polish addicts please take note… the essie Fall 2014/Autumn 2015 Dress to Kilt Collection is now in store and it’s a goodie. This is an absolutely gorgeous collection and I really struggle to choose a definite favourite. I especially love the darker shades as I adore short, dark nails when the weather turns a little cooler. Here are close-ups of the shades from the essie Fall 2014/Autumn 2015 Dress To Kilt Collection. (Please excuse the blue reflection in these shots… I only noticed it once I downloaded the pics. I think Style Cartel was trying to steal the limelight here.)   Dress To Kilt is a beautiful and classic berry red. This is super shiny one-coater and a must have. I’m not really a fan of red for my fingers, but you can be sure that my toes will be sporting this shade for the next few months. This red can be worn all year round. The Perfect Cover Up was the first shade that I reached for. It is a dark teal and a perfect autum/winter shade. If you are into dark nail polishes, I can almost guarantee that you will fall for this one just as hard as I have. Style Cartel – I have never owned a blue polish quite as beautiful as this one. Style Cartel is something between cobalt and navy and both dark and bright at the same time. I can see my sister and I fighting over this one. It is a stunner. If you like bold, then Style Cartel is for you. Take It Outside is a cool greyish taupe. I...

L’Oréal Infallible Nail Lacquers and Color Riche L’Extraordinaire

L’Oréal says that their new Infallible Nail Lacquers is their first polish to challenge a UV manicure with spectacular gel shine and up to 12 day wear. The 2 step system works together to give you a long lasting, durable and super shiny manicure that won’t dry out or thin your nails. I received these two gorgeous colours to try out. I have received tons of compliments when wearing Gris Eternel 002. I am totally in love with that shade. There is no way that any polish (even UV cured) will last on my nails for 12 days, but I am impressed as Infallible lasts at least a day longer than most. And it doesn’t lose any of its shine. The way the colour and top coat is connected (held together) also makes it easy to store and travel-friendly. I am really impressed. These are exclusive to Dis-Chem and retail at R99.95. Color Riche L’Extraordinaire  – An elixir of color and light in an exquisite case I think that statement about sums it up.  This product aims to give more colour than a lipstick, more lustre than a gloss and more comfort than a balm. It contains an array of oils to care for your lips and magnify colour and shine. The product feels great on my lips and the colour payoff is wonderful. The colours I received are very pretty, but pink (in any form) does not belong on my lips. I do like these very much and plan on getting shade 500 Molto Mauve next time I hit the mall. Retail price: R169.95. xoxo   *Disclaimer: These...

essie Winter Shades

 Once again, essie does not disappoint. Have a look at these beautiful shades: I am currently trying out Sable Collar, Mind Your Mittens and Parka Perfect. I’ll let you know what I think as soon as I get a chance to play around. This collection is limited so you better hurry! They are exclusively available at salons and RRSP is R119. xoxo...
All about essie

All about essie

I like nail polish. But I think I am falling in love with essie. The story behind the brand, the innovation, the quality, the finish, the bottle. And I just adore the names of the polishes. And essie actually lasts on my fingers longer than half a day.  “I’m Essie and I live for color! Every day I wake up inspired by color… discovering, rediscovering. For me, color is about indulging, expressing, and obsessing. So go ahead, dream, desire, demand…your color wish is my command.” The fabulous Essie Weingarten – the creator of essie The Fall Collection The essie Fall Collection From left: Cashmere Bathrobe, The Lace Is On, For The Twill Of It, Twin Sweater Set, After School Boy Blazer, Vested Interest These colours are amazing. L’Oreal sent me four shades from this collection and I love them all. For The Twill Of It is my favourite. This shimmering ‘inspired by an oil slick’ shade intimidated me at first, but it’s truly stunning. Vested Interest is also a perfect winter shade – my sister quickly grabbed this gorgeous grey and decided it belongs to her… I’m having second thoughts and think I have to steal it back ;)   I also received these four iconic shades: From left: Marshmallow, Ballet Slippers, Really Red, Licorice These shades are beautiful and classic and will never go out of fashion. What more do you need??If you’ve never tried an essie polish, I highly recommend that you do. I am very impressed with this brand. The RRP for an essie polish is ZAR119.Newsflash: essie Gel is launching in July 2014! The essie...

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