Category Archives: Nail Polish Swatches

Marsala: Pantone’s Colour of the Year

Maybelline Essie MarsalaPantone’s Colour of the Year is Marsala, and no matter how many times people write about it, I always misread Marsala as Masala. (Perhaps it’s because I’m absolutely in love with Indian food.) ;)

Marsala is described as an earthy reddish brown that’s flattering on a variety of skin tones.

While dramatic, it’s also grounding because of its warmth and sophistication. This is why Marsala is a shade that’s so appealing to many people.

(I have been watching 90210 episodes, and I’m loving it! To clarify, I’m talking about the original 90210 episodes that I grew up with when I was in elementary school, not the new version. So while watching 90210, I’m more into the 1990s vibe than ever before.)

As I get older, I’m learning to appreciate classic hues that withstand the test of time. Marsala is definitely a shade that can be sported any time and anywhere.

Yes, I’m a green fiend, so I loved it when the colour of year was emerald, but surprisingly, I’m more into the Marsala trend. Why? More people can comfortably sport it, and there’s a wide arena of colour interpretation.

Marsala can be dark or neutral, which means that if you’re going for a vampy or natural look, it fits the bill.

In this post, I highlight a few makeup items that fall within the Marsala colour scheme.

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Essie New York Fashion Week Recap: Day 5

Essie New York Fashion Week Carolina HerreraToday’s Essie New York Fashion Week Recap: Day 5 post features the fashion and complementary manicures from runway shows by the following designers: Veronica Beard, Brock, Heimstone, and Carolina Herrera!

The sophisticated off-the-shoulder dress by Carolina Herrera has my heart because I adore the asymmetrical detailing at the waist and bust.  The stormy-sky-like print takes the overall look to the next level. Plus the overall silhouette is strong and feminine – a statement dress.

Heimstone’s green dress comes in at a close second for me. It looks cozy and body-conscious with a playful edge. Plus you know how I feel about the colour green! ;) Adore it!

As for the nail looks, the vampy Essie Shearling Darling pairs well with the Fall/Winter 2015 clothing collection by Veronica Beard. It’s my favourite manicure out of the bunch.

(Psst! I’ll be announcing a HUGE nail-polish giveaway in a few days. It’ll be open to Canada and US residents. You won’t want to miss it! More details to come.)

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Essie New York Fashion Week Recap: Day 4

New York Fashion Week 2015 Essie Diane von FurstenbergSince some of you liked my recap post of Essie New York Fashion Week 2015 Days 1, 2, and 3, I’m bringing you another one: Essie New York Fashion Week Recap: Day 4!

In this post, you’ll see the fashion and manicures at the runway shows for DKNY, Dion Lee, Yigal Azrouel, and Diane von Furstenberg.

My favourite outfit is the one by Diane von Furstenberg (DVF) because of the texture, vivid colours, and high-impact drama!

Which outfit is your favourite? Do you like any of the simple manicures?

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Essie New York Fashion Week Recaps: Days 1, 2 & 3

Essie New York Fashion Week 2015 Rebecca MinkoffNail polish alone is enough to make my pulse race, but what really oils up my engine is when I see it in action on the runway.

Fashion is a creative force that I love to follow. No, I don’t jump on every trend, but I like to know what’s going on in the industry because it sometimes echoes the status quo, while other times, it challenges it defiantly!

Beauty and fashion go hand-in-hand, and I’m inspired by the creativity that goes into each look. Although commercial beauty is pleasing to the eye, it’s the editorial, quirky, and offbeat designs that I find myself drawn to the most. Fashion is art.

So when I checked my e-mail this week and found a bunch of Essie New York Fashion Week Recaps, I had to share them with you, my fellow nailphiles.

You get to see Essie nail polish in action on the runway – it doesn’t get more exciting than that! (Well, the only thing I could see trumping that would be if I ever meet Essie Weingarten!) ;)

In this post, I share with you information and photos from Days 1, 2, and 3 of Essie nail polish at New York Fashion Week 2015!

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OPI Do You Take Lei Away? Swatches & Review

OPI Do You Take Lei Away Swatches & Review OPI Do You Take Lei Away? is from the Hawaii Collection that came out earlier this month.

This nail polish took me by surprise. Colours like this are hit or miss for me because I still haven’t figured out how to choose the most flattering ones. (Many times, these kind of shades look like Band-Aids on me.)

OPI Do You Take Lei Away? is very different – I found it complementary on my skin tone! It doesn’t make my fingers look washed out like a corpse bride. And the lovely shine keeps it from looking flat and blah.

If you usually shy away from neutrals like this and your skin tone is around the same as mine, I urge you to give this one a shot. It might just pleasantly surprise you, too!

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Quick Look: Zoya Delight Collection Swatches & Bottle Shots

Zoya Delight Collection PIcturesWith temperatures dipping to minus 30 degrees Celcius, anything that reminds me of the spring and warmer weather that doesn’t make me feel like Frosty the Snowman’s relative is a good thing in my book!

The Zoya Delight Collection certainly fits the bill. There are lots of cheerful colours that make me think of Easter.

To refresh your memory of the shades, be sure to check out my post on the Zoya Delight Collection press release that I published back in January.

I wore the pink (Eden) for Valentine’s Day, and it has such a smooth formula! (I’m not even crazy about pinks, but that’s a pretty one.)

Check out the rest of this blog post to see bottles shots and swatches of all the colours in the Zoya Delight Collection, and stay tuned when I bring you in-depth reviews on each.

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OPI This Color’s Making Waves Swatches & Review

OPI This Color's Making Waves Swatches & ReviewOPI This Color’s Making Waves hails from the Hawaii Collection.

If there was such a thing as a mermaid robot, I feel like OPI This Color’s Making Waves would be Ariel VT4000!

It has a cool, futuristic feel with the teal that reminds me of a mermaid’s tail.

As if you couldn’t tell, this nail polish has a high shine with tons of shimmer. I feel like it could catch the light, even without a baseball glove and with its eyes blindfolded!

Like an enchanted pool, OPI This Color’s Making Waves beckoned me closer. Somehow, it ended up on my nails and it stayed there for a few days! ;)

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