Something With Orange and the New Black…

As the air gets warmer and the sun shines brighter I’ve noticed I’ve been gravitating towards lighter colors both in my wardrobe, as well as in my make-up stash.

Here’s three of my current faves all in a suspiciously similar shade of pale tangerine. You’ve seen the Sephora blush in Orange Pop, as well as the Clarins Instant Light Lip Perfector in 02 about a million times on here, so no surprises there. What’s new though is Essie’s Resort Fling that a cute little easter bunny (hi mami) snuck into my egg basket.

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What’s your favourite color of the moment, and any more spring-y nail polish shades I should add to my collection?

Better than Black

IMG_9494You heard me, I said it. I don’t know what’s currently going on with me but I am really (like really) feeling blue. I’m kind of cheating on black, and we all know that hasn’t happened for years! (Fun fact: I bought my first pair of blue jeans this year since… I think 2007? Black trousers just give me life)
After obsessing over blue eyeliner and navy cashmere sweaters I have finally found another outlet to feed my thirst for blue anything. Enter: Essie’s Midnight Cami. I’ve featured Chanel’s Blue Satin on my wish-list but it seems to have been discontinued or limited edition, either way: it’s impossible to track down. And then I saw this in the duty-free section on my way to Helsinki so I just had to pick it up. It’s a really dark navy blue with the tiniest bit of shimmer but far from glitter. It looks super shiny with a topcoat and lasted on me for a full week without chipping too badly. As it looks almost black from afar it still goes with my mostly black wardrobe, but from up close it really gives it more dimension.

Really happy with this purchase and I am currently painting this on for another round of dark blue nails. Who knows, maybe I’ll break out my blue denim as well. ALL BLUE ERRTHING!

I’m curious, what’s your favorite nail color at the moment?

Mani Manual

IMG_8794I’ve mentioned before I like to treat myself to a nice manicure on sundays when I have the time to sit still and let each coat dry without having to do too many things at the same time that mess up what I’ve just painted with absolute precision. Today I thought I’d share with you my little manual on how to get perfectly even and shiny nails.

First off you will have to remove any nail polish you’re sporting at the moment. I just use box standard cotton pads and the cheapest acetone free nail polish remover I could find in the drugstore, this one is from Ebelin, bought at DM. It has a slight almond smell to it which I quite like. In between this and the next step I like to wash my hands with soap to get the smell and nail polish remover off of my hands.

Then I paint on the base coat: I use Essie’s Help Me Grow and so far have no negative points to be remarked. It prevents my nails from staining and I don’t get any ridges on the actual nail. I’m not sure if it actually supports nail growth but it does a good job at preventing the nail from chipping.

Then I like to paint two coats of any nail polish, in this case I’ve decided on Essie’s Licorice, a deep black shade which lasts for.freaking.ever.! No jokes, I’ve had this one for 10 days straight and while it didn’t look perfect in the end it still didn’t look horrible either. Mega impressed with the formula of this one. It goes on smoothly and is completely opaque in two coats. Like I said I’m quite the perfectionist when it comes to painting my nails and really take my time in outlining and filling in the nail. Therefore I usually never have any blobs of polish around the edges, but if that ever does happen I will use a Q-tip soaked in nail polish remover to clean up any messy lines.

When all is set and dry I finish off with a top coat: currently using Essie’s No Chips Ahead. I swear I’m not sponsored by Essie but I just really like their polishes. This one though is just OK in my opinion. I think once I have used this up I will purchase the Seche Vite topcoat that everybody raves about but for now this one will do. It is fairly quick drying and makes the nail varnish underneath shine nicely.

As a finishing touch I like to massage a bit of my favorite hand cream by L’Occitane into my cuticles and hands to provide moisture and make everything look a bit more cared for and accurate.

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What is your favorite nail polish brand? Or any shade recommendations by Essie? I’m trying to slowly build a collection and am open for recommendations.

Monday’s Mani

IMG_3221I like to begin the new week with a fresh coat of lacquer on my nails. It’s a nice sunday ritual and makes me feel put together and ready for a new week. For this week’s mani I’ve opted for Essie’s Marshmallow, a nice light white that definitely needs some layering – here I’ve applied three coats. Usually any polish will chip within a couple of days so for the rest of the week I like to allow my nails to breathe. However, I’ve recently discovered Essie’s No Chips Allowed  and thought I’d give this a go to see whether it would hold its promise. I can’t say anything about it yet as I’m still testing it out but I’ll give you a quick update towards the end of the week.

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