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Sunday, July 17, 2016

Essie Gel Couture Review and Swatches (Model Citizen, and Dress Call)


Hello lovelies!  I am here today with a review of the new Essie Gel Couture range which has just been released here in Canada.  This range offers a wide range of shades that are meant to last at least two weeks on the nails, if you use the Essie Gel Couture Topcoat.  The first shade I purchased was Model Citizen, which is a lovely carnation pink.  I only grabbed one of these at first, as they are a bit pricey, retailing for about $12.99 at my local Walmart.  I wanted to test one of these badboys out before I bought multiple shades.  I went back and bought a second after about a week of wearing Model Citizen because I was so impressed!

These apply pretty nicely, and Model Citizen was opaque after three coats.  The second shade I purchased, Dress Call, was opaque after two coats.  With the topcoat, they dry fairly quickly, I would say comparable to my holy grail favourite, Essie Good-to-Go.  Now, I should preface this review with the fact that I have pretty peel-y nails.  Polish tends to last only a few days on me before it starts to chip at the top, due to the nature of my nails.  I was honestly blown away by how long this polish lasted on me.  You can see in the picture below that at 10 days, my nails were still, for the most part, intact.  Ignore the pointer finger, as I picked at that one.  If you have normal, non-peely nails, these will likely last the full 14 days on you.  Something funny I noticed, however, was that by day 11, the polish on one of my nails had started to peel up at the bottom, and I pulled the whole shebang right off my nail.  Has anyone else had this experience?


Essie Gel Couture - Model Citizen (Day 1)

Essie Gel Couture - Model Citizen (Day 1)

Model Citizen - After 10 days!

Essie Gel Couture - Dress Call

I am definitely going to need more of these shades, the two I am coveting right now are Make the Cut, which is a pearlized beige shade, and Off-Duty Style which is a creamy teal.  Such a gorgeous range of shades, even those of us with impressively large collections will find a few unique shades we will just have to have.




Monday, May 2, 2016

Spring NOTD - Julie G in Romeo ❤



Hey all!  It's been awhile since I posted, because I have horrible time management skills.  I have been super inspired lately by all of the bright, awesome colours that come around this time of year.  Here is a NOTD featuring the only Julie G polish I have in my collection.  This one I received in my Lip Monthly bag in September 2014.  I have to say, I was kind of disappointed with this polish.  It took about three coats to get this level of opacity, which is pretty meh.  The colour is gorgeous though!  I did an accent nail using Maybelline Color Show in the shade Gilded Rose.

If you wondering what that mark is on my finger... I cut myself trying to open a cupcake box. Worth it.



What are some of your fave Spring shades?