Essie Spring 2017 Collection

Morning loves, today I wanted to quickly share with you a little nail collection that recently landed on my doorstep. If you’ve been following me for the past few years, you might know that Essie nail polishes are actually one of my favourite formulas, from when I first discovered Mint Candy Apple way back when. Today I’ve got some polishes from the Essie Spring 2017 collection to share with you today, so let us get on to this beauty of a collection.

The collection consists of 6 pretty bottles, and today I have 4 of those to share with you. I will quickly talk through the shades that are in the collection, before I share with you the one that I like best. We have from left to right:

  • On the Roadie – a vibrant kelly green with avocado undertones.
  • Excuse Me, Sur – a gorgeous light pastel,  described as a sun kissed coral mango. This took me 3 coats to get opaque.
  • Backseat Besties – described as a delicate pink plumeria. I find this to be a gorgeous bubblegum pink with blue undertones. You have to be patient, this took me three coats to perfect.
  • B’aha Moment – an enlightening pink pomegranate. Looks like a bright pink with blue undertones.
  • Designated DJ – a plum sangria crème, for me it is a deep berry purple.
  • All The Wave a sapphired indigo


So I have gotten hold of: On the Roadie, Excuse Me, Sur, Backseat Bestie and Designated DJ. I adore pinks so initially it was Backseat Bestie that jumped right out to me. However I’ve been wearing pinks quite a bit (Essie Chastity from the Retro Revival collection [review here]) so I decided to try Designated DJ first and just fell in love with it.




The shade itself is perfect for spring, just the right dash of colour to help you get away from the winter blues. I don’t have many purple shades, so this shade slotted into my collection perfectly. I would describe Designated DJ as a dark, deep berry shade, a true burgundy plum tone. It has a creme finish which I really like, and becomes opaque easily with two thin coats. I like how it dries down with a high shine, I didn’t use a top coat so you could sort of see for yourself. I would say Essie formulas are usually pretty good, you have some that are a little bit of a miss when it comes you opacity/lasting power but this is definitely not one of them.


I’m not really one for bright colours on my nails (other than pink) so the green seems a little scary to me. However 2017 should be the year for being brave and getting out of my comfort zone a bit, so don’t be surprised if you see green nails over on my Instagram [email protected] I actually really am digging the blue shade too (All The Wave), I wish I had gotten this in my package as it seems to Spring appropriate. I think it is definitely going to be one to pick up as I haven’t got anything like that in my collection either.

These retail for £7.99 and you can pick them up [here]. Currently, there is a buy one, get one half price deal on.

So that is it for the peek at the Essie Spring 2017 collection, let me know if there were any shades in particular that have caught your attention. Speak soon, Tanzina. Oh don’t forget to like my post on Bloglovin’ if you enjoyed it (:

Essie Retro Revival Collection 2017

I remember last year, when I got my hands on the first Essie Retro Revival Collection and consequently fell in love with the colours (you can read that here). The collection consisted of 6 shades which have been discontinued over the past 35 years, but due to demand, Essie decided to bring them back for a limited time. The concept went down really well, so well in fact that they have just launched the Essie Retro Revival Collection 2017, again for a limited time only. I was so excited to see what they bought back to life this time round, as last I found one of my favourite shades last time.  

 

The collection again contains 6 gorgeous colours, in the following shades:

bold beauty: deep red dahlia
prima bella: a hypnotic pink
chastity: a beautiful milky barbie pink
flawess: a cherry blossom pink
sweet tart: a my nail but better nude
pure chiffon: a peach toned nude

The shades I fell in love with are Bold Beauty and Chastity. They feel like polar opposites to each other, one a deep red which alludes to mystery and a sense of maturity and the other a vivid pink, hinting at an inner princess who is yet to grow up. I love them both, together and separately.

Essie Retro Revival Collection 2017
Essie Retro Revival Collection 2017


Chastity

This is a beautiful blue toned milky pink, which is vivid and cotton candy like. It has definite bubblegum and barbie vibes which I am absolutely loving. The formula is amazing, it goes on smoothly without any streaks and 2 coats are enough for complete opacity. The formula also dries really quickly which is ideal. With tanned hands, pinks especially lighter pinks are a little hard to get away with but this looks amazing on tanned skin. I suspect this will suit a variety of skin tones. You can pick it up here for £7.99.


Bold Beauty

Bold Beauty is a deep red shade, from the bottle I thought it may apply a little brown but actually it is a true burgundy shade, which red coming through quite strongly. It reminds me a lot of my birth stone, garnet. It feels classy on the nails, and a definite go to when you want to go for the classic chic look. Again it suits my tanned complexion really well, and I am sure it will also suit fairer skin tones just as well. The formula again goes on smoothly, and is opaque after two coats. One thing I will say is that the colour appears darker in the bottle than on the nails. So you may need extra coats to achieve the bottle colour. You can pick it up here for £7.99.

Note: Boots are currently running a deal here you buy one nail polish and get one half price. Find the deal here.

The Essie Retro Revival Collection 2017 is only available for a limited time, two weeks to be exact! It stops being available to buy on March 14th, so if there are any shades that catch your attention, then be quick! I would highly highly recommend Chastity, I think it is such a beautiful Spring/Summer shade and I definitely will be getting lots of use out of it. I hope you liked this quick overview of the Essie Retro Revival collection, let me know if you’re a fan of any of the shades.

Essie Gel Couture Review

I’ve been wearing a particular Essie polish for what feels like the longest time, and I realised I am yet to do a review on it. It’s shade that I have gotten a lot of compliments on, and did I mention I was wearing it for absolutely ages? So recently, Essie launched their Gel Couture collection, it’s a 2 step nail polish system that has up to 14 days wear and hi shine finish. The best thing about it is that you don’t have to cure it with a UV lamp either! I thought it was only fitting that I did an Essie Gel Couture review for you all and show off the shade I’ve been wearing a lot.Essie Gel Couture Review

Essie Gel Couture Review

Essie Gel Couture Review

So the shade that I picked out was a beautiful neutral peach shade called Sew Me. I just fell into such a deep infatuation with it as I knew it would very easily become my ‘every day’ colour, which was exactly the kind of shade I was after if I was going to have the same colour on my nails for a long time! It’s a gorgeous pastel peachy colour that really looks well against my tan skin tone. The problem with nudes and tanned skin tones like mine, is that sometimes they can look too pale and a little unflattering however this has just the right tone of peach in it to combat that and make it look uber-flattering.

Essie Gel Couture Review Sew Me

Essie Gel Couture ReviewEssie Gel Couture Review Sew Me

Essie Gel Couture Review Sew Me

So the way it works is that you apply the colour coat and use the special formula top coat on top. Straight away I noticed the hi shine, but I will be honest with you guys, I was a little sceptical with the long lasting promise. I’ve used gel nail polishes that you cure with the UV lamp and I just didn’t understand how this could last any longer than the normal nail polishes. Clearly there is some magic in this formula that my brain couldn’t comprehend, as it truly did last two weeks for me! I probably could’ve made it last longer but I like change so decided to take it off. There was very minimal wear and tear around the edges, but overall it had really lasted well. Shall I tell you my favourite part? You don’t need to soak your nails in polish remover for years to get this off, it comes off as easily as normal polish!

Essie Gel Couture Review

Essie Gel Couture Review

I am so impressed with this formula, as you can tell this Essie Gel Couture review is turning into a glowing one, purely due to the fact that this newbie passed all my expectations. I need to pick up more colours, I’m thinking like a hot pink or something bright to brighten up my day. These retails for £9.99 each, although currently there is an offer at Boots for any two Essie products for £15!

You can pick up Sew Me here – link.
You can pick up Top Coat here- link.

I hope you liked my Essie Gel Couture review, there isn’t much to add other than the fact that i think this is a genius formula from Essie and I need more shades! I also like the price point, it isn’t ridiculously expensive and when on offer each bottle works out to be around £7.50 – which is what I’d pay for for a normal bottle of polish! Let me know if you’ve got your eye on any particular shades! Speak soon, Tanzina x

Essie Spring Collection 2016 & A Special Competition

Today I have two special things I really wanted to share with you, both from one of my favourite nail brands, essie. Firstly, I have managed to get hold of the new essie Spring collection, which is right up my street. It has creamy, bright, unique shades which just scream spring to me and I was so excited to paint my nails with the collection. Secondly, essie are collaborating with the renowned photographer Rankin to celebrate beautifully painted nails and essie’s collection to create a ‘Colour Portrait Studio’. I’ll tell you all about it, but first I need to share the new Spring collection because it is just stunning.

Essie Spring Collection 2016

The collection compromises of six nail polishes, and the colours just work so well together, so they were a treat to take pictures of. As you can see I got a little snap happy!

Essie Spring Collection 2016

Essie Spring Collection 2016

Essie Spring Collection 2016

Here are the shades in the collection:

  • High Class Affair; an amorous blush nude shade
  • Lounge Lover; a pretty pink peach shade
  • Sunshine State Of Mind; a blazing coral tangelo (which is great with a tan)
  • Off Tropic; a lush grove green shade
  • Pool Side Service; a refreshing blue shade with undercurrents of green running through it
  • Shades on; a creamy violet shade

Essie Spring Collection 2016

Essie Spring Collection 2016

Essie Spring Collection 2016

The shade that caught my attention straight away was High Class Affair, as I am all about the nudes at the moment. I’m liking the nude toned nails to create the ‘polished’ look and this shade is perfect for that, it also has an apricot/peach element to it which really makes it stand out against my tanned skin . It is so creamy and it applied like a dream, two coats and fully opaque.

I also automatically gravitated towards Lounge Lover, it is such a spring/summer shade and again it applied like a dream. I needed two coats for full opacity. I love a good pinky coral on my skin tone and I think this one might be my new favourite.

Orly Poolside Service

Orly Poolside Service

I swatched Pool Side Service straight away when I got hold of the collection, it is quite a unique shade and unlike any other colour I’ve worn. I can’t even describe this shade properly, it’s a blue with a greenish tinge to it. I know, not the most glamorous description, but the words are evading me today. The formula for this too is just amazing, I only used one coat and it came out so opaque and perfect. Why can’t every polish be like this!

Overall I think this essie spring collection 2016 is my most favourite collection of the year so far, the formula of every single polish is just perfect, and the shade selection is really well thought out as there seems to be a colour for whatever mood you are in. This collection is now out in stores and each bottle retails for £7.99. You can pick it up here – link.

Orly Rankin

Orly Rankin

Okay, now let me tell you about this amazing competition essie are hosting.

essie and the renowned photographer Rankin are partnering to celebrate beautifully painted nails, with their long-awaited ‘Colour Portrait Studio’. Opening for one day only on Tuesday 17th May at a secret Central London location, hundreds of colours will be brought to life on the day. Attendees at this event will be treated like VIPs from start to finish, having their nails polished by essie manicurists, and their hair and make-up professionally done ahead of their very own once-in-a-lifetime photo shoot with Rankin. essie is offering everyone the chance to secure a place and be polished and snapped like a star.  This opportunity will be open until the 28th April.  Attendees will leave with their very own colour portrait by Rankin, starring their own beautiful essie nails! To enter the competition, simply follow essie on Facebook, Twitter or Instagram and upload your best nail selfie using #essiexrankin and @essieuk.

I think I will definitely have to take part in this competition, can you imagine how amazing it would be to have your picture taken by Rankin! I would love to know if you too are tempted by this competition. Oh also, let me know what your favourite shade from the collection. Speak soon, Tanzina x

The Next Nail Colour Collection

I’ve never really ventured into the Next beauty collection, and although I have heard good things about it and seen it in store, I’m ashamed to admit I’ve never really looked into the collection further. Bad beauty blogger. However after attending a Next beauty press event, I was really intrigued to find out more about their beauty offerings. I’ve recently been wearing a shade from the Next Nail Colour Collection that I had to share with you all as I’ve fallen rather in love with it.

Next Nail Colour Collection

Next Nail Colour Collection

Next Nail Colour Collection

I’m not really one to opt for grey, brown, black shades on my nails as I though they would look dull when worn and not really attractive. However the pearlescent finish on Molten Platinum caught my attention and I was intrigued to find out what the formula was like as well as I’m always on the search for long lasting formulas.

Next Nail Colour Collection

Next Nail Colour Collection

Next Nail Colour Collection

Molten Platinum applied like a dream, I used 2 coats and I got a really opaque finish. I’ve been wearing this shade all week and I’ve actually had quite a few people comment on it. It’s like a gunmetal grey shade, with tiny shimmers running through it that adds another dimension the polish. It is quite an unique shade as well. What has impressed me most about this polish is the formula, it applied really smoothly and no lie, I’ve worn this over a week now with very very minimal wear and tear. I topped with my favourite top coat, Seche Vite, and the result was a really shiny glossy grey nails that I can’t stop admiring.

These nail polishes are really affordable at £4 each, and you can pick up 3 polishes for £8 which to me sounds like a pretty sweet deal.

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Next beauty have a lot more nail polish shades in their Next Nail Colour Collection, I was gifted a baby blue polish with silver glitter running through polish called Frozen (quite fittingly) which I think will make for a very pretty summer shade so I will definitely be dipping into that in the coming months. I’ve also been having a look at their makeup collection, and some pieces such as the Smoky Eye Shadow Quad in the picture above have really caught my attention, so I’m quite excited to try more products from the range. Initial swatches show the palette to be really pigmented, so I am waiting to try it out in a look before I can report back and let you know if it is really as good as it looks.

I hope you liked this quick overview of my first Next nail colour, I would love to know if you have ever tried anything from the Next beauty range and if you have any recommendations for me. Speak soon, Tanzina x