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fourth of july manicure

Happy 4th of July Beauties! This year I went all out with a stars and stripes manicure featuring a firework accent nail.

Here are the polishes used for this patriotic manicure:

Manicure done by Jessica at M3H Nail Salon.

the beauty edge fourth of july manicure

american flag manicure

Essie-Naughty-Nautical summer collection

This year’s summer collection from essie is a mix of creamy and shimmery shades. It’s nautical inspiration transcends through the color choices and adorable polish names. I’m loving almost all of these shades – the green shade; however, it a miss for me! Sorry essie!

essie full steam ahead

Full Steam Ahead is a pearlescent punch lilac and it’s my absolute favorite shade from this collection. I typically go for pinks over purples, but this shade takes the crown. It is so lush, but yet so muted. You can totally get away with is shade at the office, but it’s still fun and not boring.

essie sunday funday

Sunday Funday – the name says it all! It’s a tangerine coral crush with a slight shimmer. Perfect for summer fun filled weekends.

essie the more the merrier

The More the Merrier – my least favorite color in the collection. It’s a juicy lime green creamy shade. It would look pretty as an accent color when paired with Sunday Funday or Naughty Nautical; but solo, I think it looks to harsh. I’m not a huge fan of the name either. It makes me think of Christmas and winter, the total opposite of summer.

essie the girls are out

The Girls Are Out is a fun fuchsia peony sparkle polish. It’s a strong magenta color that kind of reminds me of Super Bossa Nova, just a bit less glossy.

essie rock the boat

Rock the Boat is a shimmering french blue. I neither love it nor hate it. It look like last year’s Bikini so Teeny with a powdery finish.

essie summer 2013 collection $8 ea.

(photo courtesy of essie)

MAC Temperature Rising Collection

The new MAC Summer 2013 Collection is sexy and sultry. Temperature Rising features tons of glitter and gilded tones. My favorite has to be the blush and bronzer, the colors look so good!

MAC Blush and Bronzer

MAC Powder Blush $23.00 & MAC Pro Longwear Bronzer $30.00 (Limited Edition)

MAC Ripe for Love MAC Bronzer Sun Dipped

  • MAC Powder Blush in Ripe for Love – Mid-tone peach (Satin)
  • MAC Pro Longwear Bronzer in Sun Dipped – Dirty red tone

MAC Temperature Rising Lipstick

MAC Lipstick $16.50 (Limited Edition)

Altered Beige – Creamy yellow beige (Lustre)

MAC Altered Beige

Sheer Seduction – Super dazzle bronze (Dazzle)

MAC Sheer Seduction

MAC Temperature Rising Lipglass

MAC Lipglass $16.50 (Limited Edition)

Soft Serenade – Mid-tone neutral pink with pearl

MAC Soft Serenade

Rhythm – Vivid magenta violet with pearl

MAC Rhthym

Under-dressed – Bronze plum with multidimensional pearls

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MAC Tropical Nail Polish

MAC Nail Lacquer $18.00 (Limited Edition)

Tropical – Super glitter bronze (Frost)

MAC Tropical Nail Polish

MAC Summer 2013 Collection

*Photos courtesy of MAC Cosmetics

Essie 2013 Neon Collection

Get ready to party with essie’s 2013 Neon Collection! These bold & ultra bright polishes will help you light up the night this party season. The collection is a total burst of electrifying color – with hues of blue, purple, pink and green. My favs include – boom boom room (ultra bright party pink), “bouncer it’s me” (vivid blue velvet), and dj play that song (jam-iest neon plum).

essie boom boom room swatch

essie.com $8

(Photo courtesy of essie)

Deborah Lippmann, Essie, Nicole

I know I’ve been posting a lot of nail polish reviews lately, but I just couldn’t end the week with out sharing my Easter nail art manicure

Deborah Lippmann’s Staccato polish in Rockin’ Robin is a must for Easter this year. The black glitter within the mint nail polish makes your nails look just like robin eggs – I’m really loving this effect!

I had to add a little bling to my ring fingers so I chose Essie Bond Over Whomever, from their Spring 2013 collection, as the base color.  This Essie lacquer is a lovely pastel but yet vibrant lilac color.

Then my manicurist (I’m gonna start calling her my nail artist!) used pink, teal, and yellow nail art polish to make the lines and zigzags. She then sealed it with a layer of Nicole by OPI Inner Sparkle. The result – a gorgeous little glitter egg!

My list of favorite manicures just keeps getting bigger! Happy Easter!!

Easter Robin Egg Manicure

Essie Glitter Easter Egg Nail Art Manicure

Essie Avenue Maintain

Here’s another swatch from the new Essie Spring 2013 collection. Essie Avenue Maintain is a bold high-shine blue. It’s inspired by Avenue Montaigne in Paris – which is also where Chanel’s latest boutique is located and the inspiration behind their limited edition eyeshadow palette. 

This shade is slightly darker than Essie Bikini So Teeny – see that swatch here. I also think it would be the perfect something blue pedicure for all those brides walking down the aisle this year!

Essie Avenue Maintain Swatch

Essie Madison Ave-Hue

Inspired by her travels from around the world, Essie’s spring 2013 collection features a combination of soft pastels and lively colors. Madison Ave-Hue s a beautiful bold pink with the slightest shimmer that only you will notice. It reminds me of pink tulips blossoming in the spring.

The other colors in this collection are also lovely. I can’t wait to swatch Hip-Anema and  Go-Ginza!

Essie Madison Ave-Hue Swatch

Kiss Nail Dress Chanel Le Vernis

I fell in love with the new Marabou nail dress design from Kiss. The colorful gemstones look so refreshing over the leopard print. Unfortunately, I didn’t love the way the strips covered my nails. These strips are kind of thick and the stones don’t help the situation either! The strips on my index finger and middle finger looked ridiculous, so I removed them and decided to use Chanel Le Vernis in Vertigo. I thought the dark color would compliment my outfit and the leopard print. Mini crisis adverted! Have you tried these yet, what do you think?

Black on black manicure

I went out last weekend and I wanted a sexy manicure to match my LBD. I had recently seen a pic posted by Kim K. on Instagram of a black on black manicure. I liked the idea of back on black matte – but I wasn’t so thrilled about the french tip design.

I picked out China Glaze Black Diamond – a gunmetal black and paired it with a matte effect top coat. My manicurist created designs using black and silver nail art polish. I am in LOVE – I have not stopped looking at my nails. My nails look soo fierce – like a manicure Beyoncé would choose!

Black on Black nail design

Essie Repstyle

Repstyle is Essie’s first magnetic nail polish collection. I like the snakeskin twist Essie went with for this collection. The included magnet leaves a snakeskin pattern on your nails.  I am not particularly a fan of magnetic nail polish – it leaves an awesome effect, but it’s difficult to work with. Here are the shades I tried:

Essie Repstyle Swatch

Repstyle – a hypnotic dessert bronze. It’s a beautiful color even without the magnetic effect.

 Essie Snake Rattle Roll and Essie Snake it Up

Snake Rattle & Roll – a venomous oxidized silver. It’s that perfect gunmetal hue very biker chic.

Snake it Up – a pewter pavé python. A nice blue shade that compliments the collection.

Side note: I loved the colabo Essie did with BaubleBar so much that I came up with my own bracelet/polish pairing! Essie Repstyle matches perfectly with Lia Sophia’s Captured stretch bracelet. FYI BaubleBar is having a year-end sale and all the items from the BableBar + Essie collection is on sale!

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(Photo courtesy of Essie)

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