Essie Talk to the Sand | Mani Monday

Hello! I have a new nail color that I have been sporting lately – it is a gorgeous peachy-nude color called Talk to the Sand by Essie.

This color came out last spring as part of their Sunny Business Collection. The colors that come out in the spring collections are always my favorite because they’re always pastel and light colors, and that’s typically what I like to wear.

This color is a little bit different from the colors I have already because it’s a bit peachier than I normally go for. I put it next to one of my all time favorite colors, Matter of Fiction. These two looked extremely similar to in the bottle, but as you can see here once it’s on the nails, it is quite a bit different.

I used three coats of this polish, and it is fully opaque and creamy. The color is sort of a beige, but still nude, and looks really chic on the nails. I think it would look really good on the toes too. it’s a really great alternative to your basic white.

Overall, I love this polish and I am happy to have it as part of my collection! It is the kind of color that goes with everything and always looks good!

What nail colors have you been loving lately?

Thanks for reading xx

Sparkly Barbie Pink Nails

Ever since I was little, I have loved the color pink, especially on my nails. I have done this particular pink manicure three times in a row, so I thought I would share it today!

First, I used Essie Gel Couture color in Model Citizen, a creamy blue based hot pink. I applied two coats, and let that dry.

I then took the Essie color Bonbon Nuit from their recent Winter Collection and layered one thin coat overtop. This is a cool pale pink glitter topper with a gold pearl sheen.

I think the finished product is so so pretty!

Essie really does have the best colors.

Thanks for reading! xx

BEAUTY Haul

Well even though it was just Christmas, I bought a few makeup and beauty things for myself lately and wanted to share! You know how it is when you shop online, it’s so easy to ADD TO CART. Sometimes you just gotta treat yourself, right?

Here’s what I picked up.

First up, some lip products, cause ya girl can never have enough!

The Dior Lip Maximizer is my favorite gloss of all time, so you can imagine that I HAD to pick up this NEW limited edition shimmery hot pink color! The color is called Ultra Pink.

This gloss is a smoothing, slightly plumping formula with a sheer hot pink shimmer. Gorgeous, non-sticky, and LASTS.

Next, another one of my faves that I have repurchased, this Marc Jacobs Lip Liner in Slow Burn. I love this color; it is the perfect my-lips-but-better shade, has great lasting power, and doesn’t dry out my lips.

Last for the ol lips, a SCRUBBER. I’m going to use this with a lip scrub and hopefully the results will be magical for my dry chapped winter lips. It’s double sided, too!

I picked up this Ilia Soft Focus Finishing Powder because I have been lusting after it for ages. It is very pricey, but I decided to pull the trigger. It’s a translucent setting powder that is supposed to be amazing for its blurring capabilities. Anything with “soft focus” just calls to me.

ANOTHER nail polish because you know, I needed one. Haha. This one is so cool and different from any of the nail colors I own. It is the Nails Inc polish in Cosmic Blur. This looks so so pretty. It is a sheer pearly white with a holographic shimmer/glitter! I can’t wait to try it.

I have never tried any Dermalogica products before, but I saw this exfoliating powder that you mix up with water, and I was intrigued. I purchased the smaller size of this to try it out, but it has a ton of powder inside and I think you only need a little bit. I love exfoliating, so hopefully this one’s good!

Lastly, a hair product. I haven’t tried any products from IGK before, and I heard good things about this Good Behavior Spirulina Protein Smoothing Spray. This is a heat protectant blow dry spray that is supposed to smooth the hair and tame frizz. I love to test out hair products, and I’m excited to try more from this brand.

That’s it for my haul! Let me know if you want an in depth review of anything shown here!

Thanks for reading xx

Essie Winter Collection 2020

For my first post of 2021, I am sharing my picks from the Essie Winter Collection! Essie is my favorite brand because of their COLORS. They always have the most gorgeous colors and finishes.

They released this collection a few months back and I narrowed it down to three that HAD to be purchased.

Photo credit to Essie

LOOK at these COLORS!!! They also had a white, a green, and a darker purple, but these three were my fave. They all have a gold frost to them. PERFECT for the holidays and winter.

First off, I mentioned the red one, In A Gingersnap, in my Holiday Nails Blog! This one is a candy apple red with a glittery golden pearl finish. Just stunning. I only needed two coats with this one and it was perfectly opaque.

Next, is a pale pinky purple with a glittery gold pearl sheen, called Bon Bon Nuit. This one was a bit on the sheer side, so I did three coats.

So pretty and sparkly! This collection is all about the sparkles.

Lastly is Love At Frost Sight, a periwinkle baby blue/purple with a glittery golden pearl. This one was also sheer, so I did three coats. The color of this actually reminds me a lot of a lighter Essie Bikini So Teeny, but with shimmer.

Which one is your fave?

Thanks for reading xx

Best of Beauty | 2020

Yay!!! Time for my favorite post of the year! The 2020 Best of Beauty. I will be showing you all of my top picks for this year; these are my most used products and all-time faves.

Let’s start with nail colors.

Essie Gel Couture is where it’s AT. Love the thick brush; it makes it super easy to apply! The colors I chose are both pink because it’s what I like.

First is Matter of Fiction. A very light, pale pink cream.

Next is a darker pink cream color with a hint of purple. PR Stunt.

Next, some lippies!

2020 was a gloss year for me! These are my two favorites; I love them both!

Marc Jacobs Sugar High, a rosy pink with a subtle shimmer, and NYX Butter Gloss in Vanilla Cream Pie, a bright cream pink! Both glosses are non-sticky, last on the lips, and feel nice and moisturizing. Here are swatches:

From l to r: Sugar High and Vanilla Cream Pie

There was one stand out hair product this year that I cannot live without!

This is the Ouai Leave In Conditioner. I spray this in after I wash and condition my hair. It smells AMAZING and leaves my hair so soft. It helps to protect from heat too.

Ok, now for some face makeup.

Of course Bare Minerals Original Foundation is my favorite foundation! It’s just the best, I’ve used it the whole year and there’s still a ton left. It gives the perfect light coverage and doesn’t feel heavy at all.

For concealer, I still love the Shape Tape, but Maybelline Fit Me concealer is my new fave. It’s less thick, not drying, and gives perfect skinlike coverage.

A new blush I started using this year is Bare Minerals Blush in Call My Blush. This is just a matte, natural, rosy colored blush that I love. The staying power on this blush is so good. Here’s a swatch:

Now, some eye makeup.

My most used palette this year was the Too Faced Natural Eye palette. This has the best neutral colors and I like the mix of shimmers and mattes. Here’s a close up.

The colors are pigmented and stay put. I feel like this palette is perfect!

For eyeliner, the Maybelline Tattoo Studio Gel Eyeliner Pencil in Bold Brown. This pencil has the best staying power in any pencil I’ve ever used! Even with makeup remover it doesn’t hardly budge! Love how dark brown it is and how it glides on smoothly.

Lastly, my favorite mascara, the L’Oréal Lash Paradise. This mascara is super black, keeps my lashes curled, and adds a ton of volume!

That’s it for my BEST OF BEAUTY!

What products did you love this year?

Check out all of my BEST OF BEAUTY posts!

BEST OF BEAUTY 2019

BEST OF BEAUTY 2018

BEST OF BEAUTY 2017

BEST OF BEAUTY 2016

BEST OF BEAUTY 2015

BEST OF BEAUTY 2014

BEST OF BEAUTY 2013

Whew! I’ve been doing these a long time!

Thanks for reading xx