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Haulage! Clinique GWP at Hudson’s Bay (Spring 2016)

Clinique Bonus Time is awesome, in my opinion, especially when they’re offering it with an adorable makeup bag! This month, Hudson’s Bay is running a Clinique GWP with a makeup bag designed in conjunction with German/English graphic studio Kapitza. No, I never heard of them before, either—but their strong, colorful, graphic prints are right down my alley!

Check out the bag’s double-sided prints:

Clinique & Kapitza GWP at Hudson's Bay, Spring 2016

Now, I’m usually good at resisting the siren call of the GWP, but this time they were offering a deluxe-sized (read: smaller) Pop Lip Colour + Primer in one of two shades (Melon Pop and Love Pop), and I’ve been wanting to try that lipstick for months! So, this GWP was to be mine!

The GWP can be had with any CA$31 Clinique purchase, and what luck! The Beyond Perfecting Foundation + Concealer, which I’ve also been eyeing ever since it was released last year, is CA$34. I picked up 7 Cream Chamois (VF-G), which I’d swatched in store and decided was a decent match for me—generally NC25-30 depending on the season, though I haven’t been colormatched at MAC in forever! (I remember being matched anywhere from NC20-NC35, so…who knows? I guess each product is different, too.)

Clinique, Beyond Perfecting Foundation + Concealer in 7 Cream Chamois (VF-G)

Isn’t it weird, though, that this shade, 7 Cream Chamois, is coded as “VF-G”, which I assume means “Very Fair – Golden”? How on earth is that a very fair shade?! I think this was the lightest “golden” shade they had, too. And it’s not that light! Clinique are such weirdos. I’ve worn all kinds of strange foundation shade names from them, like “Ivory” and “Vanilla” and “Neutral”. WTH? On what planet is my skintone “Ivory”?! Anyway, I hope this works well for me. I haven’t had the best of luck with my skin lately, so I want a little extra coverage these days.

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New Release: Nails Inc. — Sweet Almonds Powered by Matcha

Collection: Nails Inc. 2016 Spring, Sweet Almond Powered by Matcha (Launch)

Nails Inc. have announced their new product innovation, Sweet Almonds Powered by Matcha. Previously, Nails Inc. has come out with various nail polishes and products infused with “superfoods” like kale, acai berries, spirulina, and green tea—I guess it’s only natural that almonds are the newest addition. I’m waiting for my pomegranate-and-goji-berry-and-banana-infused polishes, Nails Inc.! (I kid!)

From Nails Inc.:

New nude nail shades powered by Matcha

This new range of Sweet Almond nail polishes provides a fresh take on the classic nude palette. Choose from muted yet rich shades in porcelain grey, linen blue grey, warmed pink and a luxurious, subtle rose gold. Each shade is formulated with a sweet almond oil base and enriched with Matcha powder – a powerful and potent antioxidant. The result is an intense moisture booster for optimum nail health and protection.

Nails Inc. Sweet Almond Powered by Matcha
They must be marketing to the Na’vi, as well, if that blue is meant to be a nude shade.
Image: nailsinc.com

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Essie Nail Polish in Life of the Party, swatch

Essie — Nail Polish — Life of the Party

Collection: Essie 2003, Party

Earlier this year, Essie released a Retro Revival collection, consisting of six older Essie shades. I already own three of them, so there remained just three for me to pick up: Bikini With a Martini, Birthday Suit, and the infamous Starry Starry Night. I’ve already reviewed these three newer polishes, so now it just remains for me to review the three older ones that I already own.

Here’s a shot of the three Retro Revival polishes I bought, plus the originals of the other three in this collection:

Essie Nail Polish Retro Revival collection, mix of original and new

Life of the Party (437) is from a 2003 Party collection, which consisted of seven shades of red, one of which was the classic A-List, which remains in Essie’s core collection. It’s a rich, garnet shimmer that has a whisper of frost in the finish. The color has a warm depth that you don’t always get in deep red shimmers—sometimes they just go a little blah—there’s a touch of berry in the red that gives Life of the Party a more unusual look. Swatching this makes me want to go back to some of Essie’s other older red shimmers: they did some amazing ones back in the day. (And, some are even still available!)

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Essie Nail Polish in Cabana Boy, swatch

Throwback Thursday! Essie — Nail Polish — Cabana Boy

Collection: Essie 2005 Summer, Summer In the City

Earlier this year, Essie released a Retro Revival collection, consisting of six older Essie shades. I already own three of them, so there remained just three for me to pick up: Bikini With a Martini, Birthday Suit, and the infamous Starry Starry Night. I’ve already reviewed these three newer polishes, so now it just remains for me to review the three older ones that I already own.

Here’s a shot of the three Retro Revival polishes I bought, plus the originals of the other three in this collection:

Essie Nail Polish Retro Revival collection, mix of original and new

Cabana Boy (507) is from a 2005 summer collection, and it’s a cool, pearly oyster white in a semi-sheer formula.

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Essie Nail Polish in Starry Starry Night (Retro Revival), swatch

Essie — Retro Revival Nail Polish — Starry Starry Night

Collection: Essie 2016 Spring, Retro Revival

Earlier this year, Essie released a Retro Revival collection, consisting of six older Essie shades. I already own three of them, so there remained just three for me to pick up: Bikini With a Martini, Birthday Suit, and the infamous Starry Starry Night.

You can check out my first review from this collection (Birthday Suit) for further details.

Here’s a shot of the three Retro Revival polishes I bought, plus the originals of the other three in this collection:

  • Bikini With a Martini [2006, frosted iridescent pink]
  • Birthday Suit [1981 Original Launch, cheeky delicate nude]
  • Cabana Boy [2005, ultra-cool pearly white]
  • Life of the Party [2002, pinot noir pearl]
  • Sequin Sash [2005, sheer glittery bronze with silver flecks]
  • Starry Starry Night [1997, twinkling midnight blue]

Essie Nail Polish Retro Revival collection, mix of original and new

Starry Starry Night (958) [originally 295 from a 1997 collection] is a deep, just-about-vampy blue jelly with slightly sparse silver microglitter. The effect is, indeed, that of a starry, starry night!

The Starry Night (1889), Vincent van Gogh
The Starry Night (1889), Vincent van Gogh. Image: Google Art Project

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Essie Nail Polish in Bikini With a Martini (Retro Revival), swatch

Essie — Retro Revival Nail Polish — Bikini With a Martini

Collection: Essie 2016 Spring, Retro Revival

Earlier this year, Essie released a Retro Revival collection, consisting of six older Essie shades. I already own three of them, so there remained just three for me to pick up: Bikini With a Martini, Birthday Suit, and the infamous Starry Starry Night.

You can check out my first review from this collection (Birthday Suit) for further details.

Here’s a shot of the three Retro Revival polishes I bought, plus the originals of the other three in this collection:

  • Bikini With a Martini [2006, frosted iridescent pink]
  • Birthday Suit [1981 Original Launch, cheeky delicate nude]
  • Cabana Boy [2005, ultra-cool pearly white]
  • Life of the Party [2002, pinot noir pearl]
  • Sequin Sash [2005, sheer glittery bronze with silver flecks]
  • Starry Starry Night [1997, twinkling midnight blue]

Essie Nail Polish Retro Revival collection, mix of original and new

Bikini With a Martini (960) [originally 555 from 2006’s Summer collection] has the most adorable name! Unfortunately, I found it a bit disappointing, as I suspected I would. This was the only shade of the three that I almost didn’t pick up, as it looked way too sheer and frosty. And so it is. It’s pink with a heavy dose of coral, the type of color I’d normally be all over, but it’s also terribly sheer and frosty.

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Essie Nail Polish in Birthday Suit (Retro Revival), swatch

Essie — Retro Revival Nail Polish — Birthday Suit

Collection: Essie 2016 Spring, Retro Revival

Happy February! Earlier this year, Essie released a Retro Revival collection, consisting of six older Essie shades. I already own three of them, so there remained just three for me to pick up: Bikini With a Martini, Birthday Suit, and the infamous Starry Starry Night.

From Essie:

for essie’s fabulous anniversary, we’re celebrating vegas style in honor of the ultimate party town where it all began. in honor of this iconic birthday, the legendary essie color archive has been opened with a thrilling glimpse into the brand’s dazzling history. the result is a limited edition collection of six iconic shades that all promise a sparkling night of thrills.

I purchased these last week from Nail Polish Canada for CA$7.95 each, though I have just noticed that NPC’s Essie prices have climbed to $8.25. Fair enough—our dollar has been down to $0.70 to the USD lately! I guess it’s not bad since Essie’s US retail price is $8.50.

Here’s a shot of the three Retro Revival polishes I bought, plus the originals of the other three in this collection:

Essie Nail Polish Retro Revival collection, mix of original and new

I’m not entirely sure how Essie decided on these six shades. Personally my own retro revival would have included just two of the above (Life of the Party, which I adore, and Starry Starry Night, due to its popularity), and some of my old fave shades like Funships (hot pink coral with gold shimmer), Moda Scoota (plum with antique gold shimmer), Urban Express (plummy bronze shimmer), Vintage Wine (deep wine shimmer), and Viva La Vespa (intense purple shimmer).

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