Reader Request: OPI That’s Hula-rious! Comparison Swatches

OPI That's Hula-rious Comparison SwatchesSince I posted my in-depth review with swatches of OPI That’s Hula-rious! from the Hawaii Collection, some of you have asked me how it compares with other specific greens. I’ve included all the ones you asked about.

In this post, I show you some OPI That’s Hula-rious! Comparison Swatches!

As you can see, none of them are dupes, and while this is coming from a green fiend, I have to say that you can totally justify buying all of these because they’re different enough. ;)

The greens I chose to compare were the following:

You can click on any of the above links to see the individual in-depth reviews I’ve done on those.

But, to better see how they all compare under the same lighting conditions, check out the rest of this post.

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Quick Look: Essie Weingarten

Usually my Quick Look posts are of bottle shots and nail polishes, but I wanted to share this photo, and it was the most appropriate category.

I’m always interested in learning more about the people behind brands because as much as nail polishes make my pulse race, it’s the creative geniuses behind a company who make all the magic happen. They inspire me, and it makes me love a brand even more when there’s a human element.

This evening, I’d like to take a moment to put Essie Weingarten in the spotlight on Swatch And Learn!

Essie Weingarten is the Founder and Global Creative Director of Essie! So if you love any Essie nail polishes, you have her and her amazing team to thank.

Here’s a photo of Essie Weingarten. Doesn’t she look totally glam?

I believe strongly that beauty is ageless, and Essie Weingarten is proof of that!

Essie Weingarten

In the future, I’m thinking about using Quick Look posts to also focus on snapshots of people and other things instead of only swatches and bottle shots. Let me know if this is something you’d be interested in. :)

Essie Resort 2015 Collection Press Release

Essie Resort 2015 CollectionReady to gear up for warmer weather? I sure am, and if you are, too, then come join me on a colourful adventure!

Today’s post explores the Essie Resort 2015 Collection from the official press release that was sent to me by PR.

The Essie Resort 2015 Collection launches in US salons on February 1st and will hit Canadian salons and mass market retailers on April 7th.

There are four shades in the Essie Resort 2015 Collection: Suite Retreat (blue orchid), Time for Me Time (iridescent sheer pink), Stones ‘n’ Roses (pink coral), and Cocoa Karma (milk chocolate).

Which one(s) would you like to see reviewed in-depth with lots of swatches? 

P.S. If you’ve been following me on social media, you may have seen me post a couple of black-and-white teaser photos about the Essie Spring 2015 Collection here and here. Those are not of the Essie Resort Collection for 2015. It’s a separate collection. :) (Yes, even more great nail polish from Essie to look forward to! I’ll reveal the spring colours in February.)

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Essie Wrap Me Up Swatches & Review

Essie Wrap Me Up Swatches & ReviewA great palate cleanser, Essie Wrap Me Up from the Cashmere Matte Collection is a very different look for me.

I’m used to wearing bold shades, even to the point of being tacky. But that doesn’t mean I don’t like to venture out of my comfort zone and try something different.

Essie Wrap Me Up is certainly a far departure than what I’d normally reach for, but I appreciated the demure light beige with just a hint of pink and awesome texture.

This one features the Cashmere Matte finish, which feels smooth and satiny like luxurious sea glass!

Oh boy – winter has taken a toll on my cuticles a while back when I wore this nail polish! (I don’t slap on lotion or cuticle oil before taking my photos. I just snap photos of myself as-is.)

However, recently I purchased a new and fun cuticle oil that’s supposed to smell like cupcakes. Hehe, that was a major selling point for me.

I’m going to try to be more conscious about using cuticle oil at night before I go to bed. But you won’t see any difference for a while because I still have a few photos of manicures I’ve worn already that I’ll be showing on here.

(Expect to see a review of the cupcake cuticle oil on here after I’ve used it for at least a month. I think that’s a decent amount of time to see any differences in my cuticles.)

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Today’s the LAST DAY to Enter My Worldwide Giveaway!

Hey everyone!

HAPPY FRIDAY! :) I hope that it’s a great one for you.

This is a little reminder to enter my worldwide giveaway, if you haven’t already.

Today’s the last day to enter for your chance to win the cute China Glaze Road Trip Travel Sized mini set, which features six polishes! (Ends tonight at 11:59 pm EST.)

Good luck!

Edit (Saturday January 24, 2015 at 7:00 pm EST): Congratulations, Sandra! You’ve won my giveaway! Please check your e-mail. To claim your prize, reply to my e-mail within 48 hours. Thanks to everyone for participating. I have more giveaways scheduled soon, so stay tuned for more fun.)

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OPI Go with the Lava Flow Swatches & Review

OPI Go with the Lava Flow Swatches & ReviewPick-up line to snag a nailphile: “Is it hot in here, or are you wearing OPI Go with the Lava Flow?”

Okay, so maybe not. (Then again, I’ve never heard any pick-up lines that hooked me. Have you?)

What does impress me is OPI Go with the Lava Flow, which is from the Hawaii Collection that officially drops on February 4th!

Striking while the iron’s hot, this nail polish breathes so much life, it’s like a dragon throwing flames in an enchanted forest!

P.S. Did you ever have a lava lamp? When I was in elementary school, I really wanted one, but money was always tight in my family, so it wasn’t exactly a priority purchase. Hehe! Now that I’m an adult, I still haven’t bought one. I rarely see them, but when I do, I stare at them for longer than is probably socially acceptable. ;)

P.P.S. I haven’t forgotten about those of you who requested that I do comparison swatches for a few shades in this collection! (I need to set aside some time this coming weekend for it.)

P.P.P.S. This is just a friendly reminder that my worldwide giveaway for the China Glaze Road Trip Travel Sized mini set with 6 polishes ends tomorrow (Friday January 23 at 11:59 pm EST)! Hurry to get your entry in while you still can!

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Essie Spun in Luxe Swatches & Review

Essie Spun in Luxe Swatches & ReviewEssie Spun in Luxe from the Cashmere Matte Collection that just came out this month is so dark, it could almost pass as squid ink. However, there are blue nuances that keep it from looking jet black.

To the naked eye, on my nails it looked pretty close to black and the only way I was able to tell that it wasn’t black was when I put my hands next to something that was.

Also, there’s subtle, fine blue shimmer throughout. That combined with the satin-like, semi-matte finish made this polish unique in my collection.

Although you could wear a ridge-filling base coat to keep the look smooth, I wore this without any base coat because I wanted to see how noticeable nail ridges would poke through.

(In case you didn’t know, I have some ridges, and while I could obviously buff them out, I choose to leave them alone because, unless I’m wearing a high-shine chrome that accentuates them by leaps and bounds, ridges don’t normally bother me anymore. There was a time when I felt insecure about them, but I’m glad I’ve gotten over it. I’m not on a mission to create the ultimate ‘perfect’ manicures. I’m on a mission to create manicures that make me happy. Mission: Accomplished!)

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