Sunday, 17 June 2012

Essie polishes, a mariner's trio.

A couple of weekends ago I was haunting the cosmetic stands of Boots, and ended up with a £50 bill, because that's what a new razor, new toothbrush heads, new tweezers and everything else that could either run out or go missing at the same time could cost. Oof.  I did, however, manage to earn some points, and allowed myself to spend a frankly insane amount of my store points on some Essie polishes.

L-R: Mesmerized, Lapiz of Luxury and Turquoise and Caicos.

It's like they're free, right?

Everyday for the past two months, I've been eating my morning breakfast overlooking the sea, which is (and not to sound smug) friggin' awesome.  Even if the English seas are not the most salubrious of waters, and look positively murky, not to mention the condom wrappers on the beach - there's still something romantic about living right on the beach, and the amazing walks along it I've been having (mostly accompanied by a little stop-off for a beer).

There's something a little oceanic about the three Essie polishes I picked and they sort of blend from one to the next like the prettiest of blue-tinged segues (let us not confuse segue, with Segway, the small motorised upward, um, thing, that George Bush famously fell off of).

I am not very good at photographing swatches, or my own hands in them. Sorry about my piggy fingers :)

Mesmerized is a beautiful royal blue, so pretty and bright, and not a colour I would ever pick in a million years.  Since we've started the (long) process of buying a house, however, I seem to be gravitating towards these kinds of classic primary colours for décor - red, blue and yellow - and I don't know why.  Kiwi picked this one out for me, and he did good.

Lapis of Luxury is a colour I've wanted forever.  Ever since I picked up Splash of Grenadine in New York a few years ago, I wished I'd gotten this one too.  It's the prettiest pale periwinkle, so sweet, and there's something sort of sailboaty about it, but I don't know why.

Turquoise and Caicos
spoke to me.  Kiwi hates turquoise and deems it in the midst of a terrifying existential crisis (Is it blue?! Is it green?! NO IT'S NEITHER, EXISTENTIAL CRISIS), so something about this (rebellion?) made me swoop on this.  Or it could have just been that summer feeling.  Whatever.  If you ever want an Essie polish to avoid, take my advice. This is the WORST Essie polish I have ever used.  This picture took 4 thick, streaky coats, and then I sat there afraid to move or do anything for fear of smudging the multi-layer paint job.  Such a shame, although I hear earlier versions of this were perfect, creamy 2-coat formulas, so I guess I got unlucky.

Oceanic blues are definitely suiting my mood over shouty corals and neon brights, there's something just lovely and sleepy about them which suits my mood, and the sea breeze blowing my skirt up at every opportunity. 

What's going to be on your fingers and toes this summer?

29 comments:

  1. Turquoise and caicos is a beautiful colour! Totally with you on that! :)

    Alice

    http://SecretsOfAWannabeCharlotte.blogspot.co.uk

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    1. very pretty! I'm currently eyeing up a Dior polish in Saint Tropez, which is another gorgeous turquoise :)

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  2. Lovely colours! I have been really into nail art lately and find solid nail polish really dull. Bought a Rio nail art kit from Argos and having been loving playing around with different effects and designs! It does take ages though but i find my once a week nail art session somehow fun and therapeutic.

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    1. Oh, that sounds fun! It's totally not me as I'm very boring but it's a great tip for any enthusiasts :)

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  3. I think turquoise is my favourite of the three :) xo

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    1. Prettiest on, shame about the application :( xx

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  4. Wow! All three are so pretty! I love that boots now stock Essie! Xx

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    1. Me too! Essie is my favourite brand of polish :) xx

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  5. I love all three on you, but Turquoise and Caicos is my personal favorite! I tried Dior Saint-Tropez on yesterday and loved it! I think I'll have to pick it up during the sales next week. I also swatched Chanel Delight and despite the fact that I'm not the biggest fan of their brush, I might have to cave in too (it's the gold I've been looking for! Not too yellow or anything). I wanted to check Essie Bikini So Teeny out too, but it was out of stock so I'll have to wait. Wow, that's a lot of nail polish blah blah blah!

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    1. DAMN I knew someone would mention it, that damn Saint Tropez! I might have to get it you know - even though I'm new to turquoise...

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  6. These are gorgeous, I have been going Essie mad lately and love the sea themed shades you went for.

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    1. Me too, I'm a fiend for their polishes!

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  7. All three of these are gorgeous and perfect! I'm not sure why I don't have any of these - they're totally my kind of colors. Very aquatic :)

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    1. It totally suits my mood right now :)

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  8. Aw boo, sad to hear T&C was a nightmare to apply! I've been eyeing it up ever since my friend wore it all last summer...le sigh. I love Mesmerized though x !

    x Linds

    http://justanothermuse.blogspot.com

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    1. Yes - truly awful! I hear other people have amazing T&Cs though so it could just be mine :( x

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  9. Turquoise and Caicos looks stunning, such a shame it's a pain to apply! Xoxo

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    1. Others might be better, I hear other people saying theirs is AMAZING! x

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  10. I've been looking for a turquoise color for the summer, too bad this one had to be so difficult! Do you recommend any other turquoise colors that don't cost an arm and a leg? Thanks! :)

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    1. You might like Dior Saint-Tropez, in that case :)

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  11. Just found your blog and Im your new follower! :)

    Raech
    ilvoeshopping.blogspot.com

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  12. love this!

    xo Violet Grey

    www.violetgrey.com

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  13. The turquoise color practically gives me an orgasm. Must. Have.

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    1. hahaha, there's another good turquoise out at the minute - Dior Saint Tropez. I think you might like it :)

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  14. Lovely shades!!

    Xx newest follower here :)

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    1. thanks so much, and thank you for following :) x

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  15. I am in love with the mint pastel green!! LOVE LOVE LOVE!
    definately loving pastel pinks, yellows and greens on the fingers and also neons
    for when I feel like an injection of colour to cheer me up in this awful weather!
    Love your blog!
    <3 Judith - judithallthingsbeauty.blogspot.com

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