Essie’s releasing two new collections this winter: the regular Winter 2017 collection and a set of four leather effect polishes in the Leather Collection by Rebecca Minkoff, Essie’s global color ambassador.
I’m a big RM fan (just picked up an iridescent Je t’aime crossbody!) and could not resist picking up the new Leather set from Shoppers Drug Mart (CA$18.99 for four 5 mL minis). This is such an adorable gift for any Rebecca Minkoff fan, as well—even the box is shaped like her iconic MAC bag with dogleash clasp.
The four glossy-matte, subtly shimmery shades are:
Cross-Body Heat, rosy mauve accented with subtle lavender shine
Tote-ally in Love, deep oxblood red with a flash of light crimson
In Hot Purse-uit, a rich indigo blue trimmed with a glowing violet
Back in the Saddle, a polished dark blue-green green cast in silver
From Rebecca Minkoff:
This leather effect nail polish collection is very special to me because it was inspired by my most die-hard fans. I took four of my most iconic leathers and made them into my favorite Essie polishes.
As for the Winter 2017 collection:
Inspired by the incomparable party atmosphere of New Year’s Eve. The magic midnight moment, sealed with a wish and a kiss, manifest in irresistible Essie colour designed for major impact.
Today I have another Essie Gel Couture color sent by one of my favorite online nail polish stores, Nail Polish Canada.
Twill Seeker (80) is from the original Spring 2016 launch, in particular the Atelier collection. It’s one of the shades that definitely caught me eye, as it’s a little different from most of the other Gel Couture shades, which tend to come in cream finishes. This one is a vampy greyed purple with veins of fine green shimmer.
Purple and green combinations are not too unusual these days, but this is a really gorgeously executed version, with an inky purple and subtle glints of green.
I’ve been sitting on several shades of Essie’s Gel Couture nail polish for a while, now—they were launched last spring!—but somehow I never got around to trying them out. When one of my favorite online nail polish stores, Nail Polish Canada, contacted me about reviewing a couple of the Gel Couture colors, I was happy to oblige, and now I feel quite silly for having waited so long to try these.
I was sent the Gel Couture Top Coat (which I had actually already owned, haha!) and I chose two shades: Sage You Love Me, from Spring 2017’s Monique Lhuillier Bridal collection, and Twill Seeker, from the original Spring 2016 launch.
Today, I am reviewing Sage You Love Me (1044), which I wore all last week with the corresponding top coat. It’s a really lovely, soft and dusty sage green cream—I usually don’t go for sage greens, but this one is nicely balanced and neither too cool nor too warm. I like it a lot on my warm-toned skin, and I think it would work well on a good range of skintones.
We had quite a bit of overcast weather last week, so this muted color turned out to be a perfect choice! I also think Essie often do subtle colors amazingly well—so many of their shades seem less than unique in the bottle, but on the nail you can see that they are nuanced and well-balanced.
I doubt anyone will recall, but I’ve mentioned on my blog that since I moved over five years ago, I misplaced what I thought was a few eyeshadow palettes, including my old, custom MAC eyeshadow palette with Club, Cranberry, Trax, and Vex. I also knew a few other palettes from Stila (my less-used ones), mark. by Avon, and some cheapies were missing, but the MAC palette was the one I wanted most.
As time went by, I lost hope of finding them, and thought that perhaps they went missing during the move. I even gave up and finally repurchased those four MAC eyeshadows last year (helps that MAC dropped the price of refill pans, so that it was cheaper to buy them now than when I did around ten years ago!).
Weeeeell. Over the weekend, I threw myself into a frenzy cleaning out the kids’ bedroom. Now, we actually use this bedroom as a guest/storage room, since we still have both kids sleeping with us (in separate cribs) in our master bedroom. We all love it this way for now!
Anyway, guests are coming soon for the winter, so I need to get that guest bedroom organized. I decided to do a top-to-bottom overhaul instead of the half-assery I usually do, and ended up donating about half of my old shoes to charity, etc. (After having two kids, most of my old shoes no longer fit my ever-so-slightly wider feet, not to mention I have more weight to lose and I think my feet are currently fatter than they used to be. My right foot has always been larger than my left, and while my left still fits into many of these pairs, the right simply cannot.) So long, my Elizabeth & James heels, comfy Converse, and leopard print flats! Sniff. I am saving some of the niftier pairs for Olive, though. Heh. She’ll have awesome/horrible vintage shoes by the time she’s twelve.
On the positive side, a few pairs fit me a little better now, since they were a tad roomy before!
Essie has released their Cafe Chic Society collection, which consists of six new shades of “soft floral and tart, bright fruits for summer”. The collection was created by their Global Color Designer, Rebecca Minkoff.
I’m loving these pretty shades, particularly Fondant of You and Éclair My Love!
(It’s a bit odd that they remembered the accents on soufflé and éclair, but not on café.)
Bonded (492) is long discontinued, but still one of the prettier reds I’ve ever come across. It’s a clean, clear candy apple red shot through with fine red and silver microglitter. The glitter is just dense enough to look sprinkled on, but not so sparse that it looks haphazard.