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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!


(Photo courtesy of Essie)

Sparkly Winter Manicure

As you can already tell by now – I just love holiday themed manicures! A blue snowy Christmas eve night is the inspiration behind this glittery manicure. YSL Bleu Cobalt was used from the dark blue base coat. Two different glitter nail polishes were used in this manicure – Essie Luxeffects Set in Stone and Nicole by OPI Sweet Dreams. Set in Stone is a silver glitter polish and it was only used on my ring finger. These rest of my nails are covered with Sweet Dreams, a silver and teal glitter nail polish. My manicurist free-styled the snowflakes using white and silver nail art polish.

YSL, Essie, Nicole by OPI

Essie’s latest collection is all about living the good life! With shades of blue, red, and sparkly glitter – it’s royalty at its best. It’s for the woman who enjoys the finer things in life because of her achievements and success, not because she married rich! Look posh this winter with Essie polishes.

Essie She’s Pampered is an indulgent red. Very deep and extremely creamy. A nice bright red to warm up those cold winter nights.

Essie Where’s My Chauffer is a crisp turquoise. It’s an unexpected color in the collection, it’s the wild card that will transition your nails into spring.

Essie Leading Lady is a glittery red. It reminds me of Dorothy’s red slippers. It’s also similar to OPI The Spy Who Loved Me, but with more glitter and a deeper shade of red.

Essie Beyond Cozy is a decadent silvery gold glitter. This kind of polish has been popping up everywhere. It looks a lot like MAC Rich Rich Rich and a little like OPI Goldeneye. It took three coats to get it to this level of sparkle.

Essie Butler Please is a blue-blooded cobalt. This is one of my favorite shades from the collection. It’s a super vibrant royal blue. It’s just so pretty!

Butler Please looks great paired with Beyond Cozy. A little bling on my ring finger – don’t mind if I do!

Essie Snap Happy is a bright orange-red. It’s nice to see that the Tangerine Tango trend has been warmed up a bit to fit in with a winter collection. This will also be a nice color to transition with once the weather starts to warm up. $8 ea

Halloween is a great time to go wild and crazy with your nail designs! This gorgeous vamp nail design was created by my nail tech Blanca at M3H Nail Salon. She used Essie Licorice ($8, as the base color. It’s a creamy black polish and was the perfect background color for this mani. Next she used red glitter polish. You can make your own with red chunky glitter and clear nail polish. She then used red, black, and white nail art polish to draw the super cute vamp lips! I vote this my best manicure of the year! So in love with my nails, I can’t look away!

Side note – I used my friend’s Seche Vite Dry Fast Top Coat ($9.99, and I am officially hooked! I love this stuff! I nails dried sooo fast, I was able to reach into my wallet without smudging my nails. I definitely must get a bottle for my self, I’m too busy to sit around waiting for my nails to dry!

Halloween Nail Designs From the Past

Gypsy Corset Nail Design

First a clear top coat was applied, then China Glaze Twenty-Four K ($7, was applied in a v-shape tip. Black nail art polish was then used to create the laces. They also look like ballerina shoes, right?

Swashbuckler Mani

Essie A List ($8, was used as the base color and then black nail art polish was used to create the slashes at the bottom.

Essie knows we are all on a budget! The new Fall collection is inspired by our current economy. In this new economy, fashionistas everywhere are coping with the challenge of maintaining a trendy wardrobe. How do we ever do it, it’s almost near impossible!

Essie Miss Fancy Pants is a fabulous griege color. It’s similar to Essie Yogaga and it’s a great color for the fall/summer transition.  You know when dark colors kind of feel too dark because days still hit 80 degrees – but bright colors feel too bright. Creamy gray, beige, and tan nail polishes help fill in that gap of color uncertainty.

Essie Recessionista is a beautiful deep raspberry red. I think this color is so pretty, it’s rich and juicy at the same time. I love the name too!

Essie Recessionista mani with OPI Crown Me Already and Essie No Place Like Chrome

Essie Head Mistress is a bold dark red. It’s a simple basic red nail polish. No big deal here!

Essie Skirting the Issue is a burgundy red. I had trouble getting this polish to go on evenly. The manicure looks blotchy and uneven. Not a fan of this formula!

Essie Stylenomics is a rich like money – a deep dark green. This color is so unexpected and I love it! It’s a bold statement for your nails. As you can see, this polish is super glossy and shiny. Definitely a great shade for fall.

Essie Don’t Sweater it - read the review here!

(Photo courtesy of essie)

Essie Don’t Sweater It is one of the newest shades from Essie’s Fall 2012 Collection. Don’t Sweater It’s described as a warm, cozy and creamy mauve. It definitely falls in the greige category with a touch of purple to warm it up. I think the name is really cute and appropriate, it reminds me of a cozy sweater. This polish also makes for a great dupe for plenty of shades including, the Yogaga limited edition shade Gym Dandy and the very popular OPI You Don’t Know Jacques. It’s a thick creamy formula that goes on smoothly and evenly. I love colors like these for fall!

Essie Bobbing for Baubles is an older shades – it launched back in winter of 2011, but it still continues to be one of my favorites especially since blue is so in right now. It’s described as a deepest darkest sapphire. I don’t think this color is cool enough to be described as a sapphire. It feels more like a muddy deep blue. It’s a great creamy color and I think it looks great as a ring finger accent color.

Essie $8/ea

Essie Yogaga Limited Edition Collection is a yoga inspired collection with super cute gym names.

Gym Dandy is a greige brown. It is a glossy cream nail polish that’s perfect for fall. It’s a nice deep shade similar to last year’s popular color – OPI You Don’t Know Jacques and Avon’s Nocturnal.

Essie Spinning Again is a deep brick-red. It’s also a high gloss creamy polish and it looks great paired with a matte top coat or with flecks of gold or glitter! This is another one of my favorites from this collection.

Essie Pilates Hottie is a beautiful light shade of lilac. Also a glossy cream polish, but unlike the others the first coat was a bit streaky.

Essie Yogaga Limited Edition Collection $8/ea

Both Essie and Avon have juicy watermelon polishes. These polishes are so similar in color, perfect dupes!

Essie Watermelon is described as a “creamy refreshing red.” It’s a mix of red and pink with a super glossy formula.

Avon Nailwear Pro Watermelon is a new shade in the collection and just launched this summer. I’m a big fan of Nailwear Pro, the formula is great and manicures stay chip-free for up to 10 days. This shade is also a juicy mix of red and pink. This polish glides on smoothly and evenly, and it also very glossy.

The only slight difference is that Essie is a bit brighter than Avon.

Essie Watermelon $8

Avon Nailwear Pro $6

Essie Marathin is creamy warm rosy pink. It goes on thick with just one coat and offers a good amount of shine. It’s a pretty fall appropriate color. It ties in well with the rest of the Yogaga collection, even though it’s pink, it still has a warmness and earthiness feel to it. It’s a classic dusty pink that helps complete the range of colors in the collection.

Essie Marathin $8

Essie Boxer Shorts is the pop of color in this limited edition collection. It’s a gorgeous deep lavender blue color. The formula is creamy and glossy. You get a solid first coat that’s streak-free. This color is so pretty and really  looked bright with the contrast of my summer tan. But at the same time, it still has an earthy richness to it, that richness is what makes it work with the fall season. With its athletic theme, it seems like this collection was launched just in time for the Olympics. I just love the manicures on the Olympic swimmers, have you been watching?

Essie Boxer Shorts $8

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