Showing posts with label Essie. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Essie. Show all posts

July 6, 2013

Quick Glitter Gradient

Glitter gradients always look lovely & take very little time to accomplish. Definitely my go to look when I want a little bit of bling in a hurry. This version started with Essie Limited Addiction, then I topped it off with OMG Gorgeous from The Painted Nail By Nubar.
 
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April

June 24, 2013

Essie Limited Addiction

Essie Limited Addiction is the perfect blood red creme. Gorgeous in two easily applied coats. Limited Addiction is from their Fall 2010 collection but it's still available for purchase from the Essie website.
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April

September 22, 2011

Essie Brazilliant

This is 3 coats of Essie Brazilliant from their summer 2011 collection. Super bright, but not neon orange with a barely visible pink micro-shimmer. I kind of hate Essie's tiny brush, but that is a personal preference. The formula was a little thick but still manageable.
in the shade
Not a color I'll be reaching for often but it's staying in my stash since I don't have very many orange polishes.

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April

September 21, 2011

Big Ruby Nail Tattoo Review & How-To

I won the whole collection of Big Ruby Nail Tattoos from Vampy Varnish & I love them!!! I've already done a manicure with them before which can be seen in this post.

I'd painted my nails the day before with Essie Absolutely Shore. You definitely want your polish to be fully dry before applying one of the tattoos. 
Each set comes with instructions.
It's so hard to choose from all of Big Ruby's cool designs, but I finally decided on a few tattoos form the Sea collection. Simply cut out the tattoos you want to use.
 Then peel off the protective film.
Place the design face down on your nail. I marked the location of the design on the back to help me with placement.
Then just press a wet rag on the tattoo for 10-15 seconds.
 Peel of the paper and you're already almost finished!
Big Ruby formulated a top coat to work particularly well with their nail tattoos. It's a great glossy topcoat that dries fast.
I did discover that the yellow shell didn't show up well over the another pastel. I was pretty sure that it wouldn't but I wanted to try for this how-to post. I tried another yellow shell over a darker color and it showed up perfectly.
Gorgeous except for my mistake with the low contrast between the yellow shell & the pale green!
 
I think these are so much fun and pretty much fool proof!

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April

September 20, 2011

Essie Absolutely Shore

This is 3 coats of the lovely Essie Absolutely Shore from their Summer 2011 collection. It's a very pale sea foam green creme. Not stark or chalky like some pastels, but very soft.
Pastel cremes are almost always a bit tricky. This one was better than most but still bit difficult compared to your average polish. It's streaky for the first two coats, but evened out by the third. I'm a big fan of large brushes since my nails are so wide, so the Essie brush always seems tiny to me. That is definitely just a personal preference though. I know lots of you hate wide brushes!
Overall a pretty polish that is definitely staying in my stash.
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April






January 13, 2011

Essie Merino Cool


This is 3 coats of Essie Merino Cool, a medium toned, purplish taupe. I like it much better in my photos than I did in real life. Does that ever happen to you?

I finally started a Concrete and Nail Polish facebook page for those of you who like to keep up with blogs through facebook. I've also posted galleries of my favorite colors & my favorite manicures that I've done since starting my blog.

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April

December 6, 2010

Essie Sew Psyched & An Accent Nail


This is 2 coats of Essie Sew Psyched. The formula was a little thick & it dries much darker than the bottle. It's a dusty, grayish green with subtle shimmer that you can only see in full sunshine. Most of the time it just looks like a creme. It's a fairly unique color and one I definitely like, but I didn't fall head over heels for it like I thought I would.

The next night I used one of my smARTnails sticker stencils for an pretty accent nail. The combination of Essie Sew Psyched and Sinful Vacation Time feels very Art Deco to me.

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April

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November 22, 2010

Essie Little Brown Dress


This is 2 coats of Essie Little Brown Dress. really nice formula and lovely color! This is much darker than most of the colors I love, but I find this super dark brown creme very appealing, especially around Thanksgiving.

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April

November 19, 2010

Essie In Stitches & smART Nails


This is 3 coats of Essie In Stitches. Nice formula and lovely color! It's a dark & dusty rose creme & I like it so much that I've already worn it twice.

The next day I used some my smART Nails sticker stencils and Zoya Kym. Not my favorite combination, but just fine.


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April

June 16, 2010

Essie Chinchilly


This is 2 coats of Essie Chinchilly. It's a gorgeous grey creme, but still doesn't beat Recycle. Chinchilly seems to have some yellow undertones. What's your favorite grey creme? Or are you opposed to grey polish in general?

I have major World Cup Fever! Ashley and I went to Germany for the last World Cup 4 years ago. We get up early for every game and occasionally even scream at the television. It's the biggest thing that happens on the planet and I get totally caught up in the magic! And the men! That's how I first got hooked on the World Cup way back in 1994. I was flipping channels when suddenly my tv screen was filled with beautiful men from around the world!

So now I present to you April's World Cup Hottie of the Day! Today's pick is Diego Lugano playing for Uruguay! I don't know all of the ins & outs of posting photos that you find on the internet, so unless one of you can help explain the rules to me, I'll just link to a photo. (That's allowed right?)

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April

June 10, 2010

Latest Water Marble


I love water marbling! It's pretty easy and the results are cool. This is a base of Essie Adore-a-ball, marbled with Essie Mint Candy Apple, American Apparel Hassid & Essence Go Wild. All of these three polishes worked great for marbling!

There are lots of great tutorials around for doing a water marble, so I'll just tell you what I do differently.

I start by grabbing whatever chapstick I have around and putting that around my nails to make cleaning up my skin much easier. I've tried tape, but i thought it was annoying. Vaseline put on with a brush works great too, but the chapstick is the easiest thing I've tried so far.

I use a dish that is large enough for there to be some water surface without any polish. I then dip my finger straight down into the water without polish and bring it face-up under my favorite part of the design. I think most people put their nail face-down into the design, but I find this awkward. It works great for most people, but if you're feeling frustrated with that method, try it this way and see how it goes.

The part I would really like to improve is making designs in the polish after dropping them into the water. Does anyone have favorite links to tutorials?

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April

P.S. I can't wait for the World Cup!!!!!! Who's the sexiest player this year?

June 8, 2010

Essie Adore-a-ball


I won Essie Adore-a-ball from the Lacquer Lady's giveaway. This is 4 streaky coats. It looks great from a distance but streaky up close. Sheer, soft, just barely pink. The picture below was taken in strong sunlight.

I love this color and even the visible nail line though! So pretty!

Can anyone recommend a similar, just barely pink polish that isn't streaky?

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April

May 28, 2010

Essie Downtown Brown & A Konad


Essie Downtown Brown looks like cherry cola! I really thought I would like this one more. Maybe it didn't do anything for me since it's not fall or winter right now. This is 3 coats.

I used American Apparel Poppy and Konad plate S6. Not a very successful color combination but I sure do love this design!

Just a few more days to enter my Zoya giveaway!

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April

April 15, 2010

Essie Mint Candy Apple


Essie Mint Candy apple is what I was wearing in my last post about our current giveaway. Ashley bought this one for me a few weeks ago and I think it's gorgeous. This is only the second mint color that I've tried. The first was a Tic Tac that ended up being too yellow and I hated it. I think it's amazing how two polishes that are relatively similar can end up on opposite ends of the love/hate spectrum.
I broke my first nail today! It was shockingly upsetting. My nails were the longest they've ever been by far until I trimmed them down a bit a few days ago. The break didn't end up being as bad as I first feared. Once I got home and applied some polish to the broken part and evened it out, it looked much better. I don't post my pictures in any kind of order by the way. Just kind of whatever order I end up going through and fixing my pictures. Do most of you post in order? I think the answer is yes. Also I can't decide if I should label this one a green or a blue. I'm going with blue for now.