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

Sunday, July 28, 2013


I was blessed and cursed with two little sisters.  If you are in my position you know the benefits and horrors of having little sisters.  We are five years apart so that was a burden but they used to do anything I told them to do and believed any stupid story I told them.  The funniest that my sister and I laugh about is our church behavior.  There is a point in a Catholic worship where you offer the sign of peace by shaking hands I would always turn to her and squeeze hand.  She would cry and I would get scolded.  One day it was that time to shake hands and I promised I would not squeeze it  and in all honesty I was not going to squeeze but once that clammy skinny hand was in mine I just could not help myself I squeezed and then she is the one that got in trouble.  I think that was the turning point for me and I started to become very protective of her.

When I saw this new polish I knew I had to have it.  It is called Lil Sister from Whimsical Ideas by Pam.  So, I used pink from the Deborah Lippmann's Girls Marnie.  I used Deborah Lippmann's Let's Hear It For the Boy as an accent nail.  This polish went on very well straight from the brush I did not have to do much manipulating of the glitters which is really great.  Another great hit from Pam.

A little sister will always be there when you need her.  Mine is and for that I am very thankful to have a Lil Sister.
Ciao Bella's,

The Overexposed Dress from Macy's

If you live anywhere a Macy's you have seen this dress. Well guess who has it.  Yes me.  I would have never expected to buy a dress that was going to gain such over exposure.  I kind of always prided myself in being a bit of a trendsetter.  In high school, I never shopped in the stores that other girls did and was voted best dressed.  So, every time I see my dress in another flyer or commercial I want can't help but laugh at myself.

So, this summer is the summer of the artsy matchy manicure for me.  When I wore this dress I did this manicure.

It is not a watercolor but a technique I saw in YouTube by the beautiful Ms. Jen Fabulous.  I painted my nails with all Essie polish,  I used Cabana Boy as a base color then dotted Boom Boom Room, Madison Ave., Saturday Disco Night and OPI's Need Sunglasses.  Ok, the main thing is that you ensure that the base color is dry.  I always go ahead and put a coat of Seche Vite on.  Seche Vite is good in different stages of it's age.  When it new it is thin and watery and that is the best time to use it when you need to ensure your polish is dry like for stamping, gradients, putting glitter polish on etc.  So, now that my nails are dry, I randomly plopped some colors on my nails.  Then got some Saran Wrap and pressed the polish down to cover the nail and then gently removed the Saran Wrap.  Once the polish was dry I applied top coat.  It does take a little work but the results are really nice.



Ciao Bella's,

Wednesday, July 17, 2013

It Matches

On Monday I went to a DBSA meeting and wore this shirt I decided to do a manicure that would match exactly to the shirt.  I used Essie Bikini So Teeny, using DRK-A plate and American Apparel 7th and Alameda to stamp the leopard pattern then stamped a flower on my ring and thumb as accents.  I really got a lot of compliments on it.  I think this summer I am going to challenge myself to wear patterns that match my clothes.  I have my spring wardrobe and I am now actively looking for bargains for fall.  I will tell you the one wardrobe item I just am addicted to is the HUE denim leggings.  I think I bought about seven pair all on sale of course but they are just so comfy.  I love them.  I think Nordstrom might have some on sale for like $12.00 you might want to try a pair or perhaps you have if you have maybe you can let the rest of us know what you think about them.  So, have fun with your manis this summer the colors are so pretty.  I am hearing through the grapevine that the color for fall is going to be hunter green.  I can’t wait to continue my shopping for fall.
So, it came out pretty cute.   I hope to do more of these.  Let me know if you like these kinds of posts.  I know I have some pretty exciting one coming up soon. 
Ciao bellas,

Wednesday, May 22, 2013

White: A Summer Trend My Faves for Summer

White is going to be big this Spring and Summer.  So, it got me to thinking which were my favorite whites.  Of course, I love OPI's My Boyfriend Scales Walls but there were some others that I've always liked.
The first one is Essie's Cabana Boy.  It is one of their older polishes but available on Amazon and eBay for below $8.00.  I really love the shimmer on this one plus a slight ting of grayish-lilac.





Covergirl also has a really nice white called Silver Lining 195.  The formula is great on these new covergirl polishes.  This white has more of a silver tint to it.   I kind of really like wearing white because it make my hands look really clean.


This is Pretty Serious Forbidden Fruit that has a mint green tint to it.  It is a great formula.  It is really thick.  I did put a few drops of thinner and two coats was all I needed.  This also has a sparkly feature to it which just makes it that much prettier.
There are three other great polishes you might have or maybe wanted to buy but did not know whether to buy them.  One is China Glaze Dandy Lyin' Around.  This one sparkles with gold sparkles.  The other one is Polish Polish called White Wedding.  And if you are a glitter girl the classic Stairway to Heaven is just perfect.  I do have swatches of white wedding and stairway to heaven on this blog if you want to see them.  I posted these three because these are the ones I reach for the most.
Ciao for now,


Friday, April 12, 2013

Essie Maximillian Strasse her

This is a new one from one of Essie's new line.  It is a sage green and really pretty.  It is from the Spring Collection.  They also have a resort collection so it is hard not to get the two mixed up.  But this is definitely from the Spring collection.  It is a sage with hints of gray two coats and a top coat and you are good to go.  I like polishes like that.  It is kind of hard to be so excited about this polish after my last post but it is really pretty.  I think it is the best color of the collection but I still did get two other colors which are equally as nice.  Essie just has a way of making great pastels.  Like Zoya makes those great neutrals.  So, this polish won't disappoint.  If you buy it on eBay it is only around $6.00.  I know I don't show enough drug store brands but when I can get Essie and China Glaze for 5 or 6 dollars the same as something from the drug store I opt for the Essie and China Glaze.  Covergirl's new line is great and I will be reviewing it tomorrow and fill you in on a secret about this polish.  I am happy with this color.  It wasn't a waste of money because I have three niece's to share it with and I just got the greatest news.  My daughter is spending the whole summer in Houston. One of my favorite blogs is  Lozloza they are a mother daughter team who have a passion for  nail polish.  I guess I am secretly a little jealous because I don't have that with my daughter living in different cities but with her here all summer we are going to have some fun and I really look forward to that and I hope you all can too.  I will have her do her own posts so we have some good stuff coming this summer. 
Ciao bellas,


What do you think about the color need it or pass?

Saturday, September 22, 2012

Essie Penny Talk

I don't know how this happened but these are some other pictures I found.  This one is Essie's Penny Talk from their metallics collection.  I know it came out a while back but sometimes it is good to go back and see a collection and say, I should have bought that but if you don't see it again you could miss out on a really good polish.  This one went on so smooth with no streaks.  I loved it and it looks so pretty.  Since I messed up the braided nail I was going to post on Friday.  I am going to use this for a braided nail sometime during the week.  It has just the right amount of pink to tone down the brassiness of a gold.  I believe this was the best selling polish of the line and in a minute you will see why.



Did you buy Penny Talk when it came out.  You can still buy it at Ulta or on ebay or Amazon.  eBay and Amazon will be much cheaper than any retail store if you still want it.