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?

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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

November Beauty Faves

It’s the end of November, and I have some new beauty faves to share with you all! I haven’t been wearing a full face of makeup everyday, but I do like to use a couple of things so I can look put together.

Here they are!

For nails, I’ve been using Essie Sheer Fantasy on repeat! I did a whole post on this a few weeks ago, and I love that it is so natural but chic looking! It is the perfect sheer neutral!

Next up is the NARS Kalahari Eyeshadow Duo. This comes with two colors, a pewter gold shimmer, and then a sort of chocolate brown color with a hint of sheen.

This is the perfect natural, every day duo. These colors are gorgeous and pigmented, and apply so smoothly. Here’s a swatch:

For lips, I’ve been doing a sort of tinted lip balm. This one by Clinique in Whole Lotta Honey is the best my-lips-but-better rosy brown color! It is shiny and moisturizing and just feels so good. Love the twist up crayon shape, too. Here’s a swatch:

This Clean & Clear Exfoliating Scrub is really nice. It is a gel that has little beads and scrubbers that aren’t too harsh. It leaves a cooling tingle on my skin and makes my face feel really clean. I like to use this in the shower, and you only need a teeny bit.

Lastly for hair, is this Verb Ghost Hair Oil. Hair oils are a must for me and my dry ends. This oil really nourishes my hair and makes it feel so soft. I apply two pumps to it from my ears down and comb it through. It really smooths and adds shine. It also has a really light scent and doesn’t weigh down my hair. Love it!

That’s it for the faves!

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Pretty Holiday Nails

It is officially the holiday season, and I am all about the holiday sparkly nails. I have picked out a silver, gold, red, and of course, a winter white!

Here they are!

Look at this sparkly red! This is new from Essie Winter 2020. The color is In A Gingersnap, and it is the most metallic cherry red with gold pearl . It is stunning!

I LOVE silver nails, and this color is the sparkliest silver I own. The color is Julep Missy and I have purchased this so many times! So pretty for the holidays.

If we have silver we have to have a gold! This is is a metallic gold, Essie’s Daring Damsel. This is such a pretty color while still being pretty neutral. It will go with anything!

Lastly, a white, but not any white! This color is Essie Sweet Soufflé, a creamy white with a gold-orange shift. This color is so fun snd so pretty and chic for the holidays!

I hope you liked my holiday nail picks! What colors do you like to wear on your nails for the holidays?

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The Sheer Pink Nail

Pink is my favorite color to wear on my nails, so I had really been wanting to try the pink sheer nails that I’ve been seeing online lately. Sheer nails are by no means something new, but if done right, they can be really chic and pretty!

They’re kind of like the no-makeup-makeup look, but for your nails! No-polish-polish?

This is theeee best color for it.

Essie Gel Couture in Sheer Fantasy. A very light cream baby pink.

I used three coats of this, and I think it is so gorgeous. You get the look of a naked nail, but just a better version of it.

The best part is, if it chips, you can hardly notice! I’ve had this manicure on for 5 days now, and not a single chip. This Essie Gel Couture polish is so good.

It kind of reminds me of a French manicure, which I think is very on trend at the moment!

Do you like sheer nails?

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Thanks for reading!

xx