Essie Spring 2016 Collection Swatches

Essie Spring 2016 Collection Swatches

Officially launching on February 16, 2016, the Essie Spring 2016 Collection is full of beautiful colours that may take your mind off Old Man Winter!

In today’s post, you’ll find my quick-and-dirty swatches (i.e. no base or top coat) of all six colours and snapshots of the bottles.

I used two coats of each colour, and I was impressed with the pigmentation on every single one of these. Yes, even the palest shade was fully opaque!

The formula on all of these is smooth and easy to glide onto your nails. It’s one of Essie’s better creme formulas.

Stay tuned because I plan to wear some of the colours in the Essie Spring 2016 Collection as full manicures. After I do, you can expect to see my usual in-depth reviews with multiple swatch photos of each colour in different lighting conditions.

(Those are my favourite types of posts to prepare because I enjoy showing you all the nuances of a polish, how it wears, if it stains, etc. But I realize that many of you enjoy seeing the full collection in a snapshot, so this post is especially for those who have requested it.)

Now it’s time to whet your nail-polish appetite! 😉

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INGLOT O2M Breathable 688 Swatches & Review

INGLOT O2M Breathable Swatches Review

Refreshing like an after-dinner mint for nails is INGLOT O2M Breathable 688, which is a perky green creme.

Clean without being stark, it’s a soft shade that fits into this transitional period where we’re getting tired of the winter and longing for the warmth of spring.

As you know, wearing green nail polish feels like second nature to me, and INGLOT O2M Breathable 688 is no exception. It’s a total ‘Comfort Colour’ for me.

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Loris Azzaro Couture Spring/Summer 2016 Collection & Maybelline New York in Paris

Azzaro Couture Spring Summer 2016 Fashion Show Maybelline New York

The Loris Azzaro Couture Spring/Summer 2016 Collection was unveiled at the Paris Couture Fashion Show a few days ago.

Bridging the sensitive with the strong, Loris Azzaro’s collection incorporated a flow of soft, deconstructed floral prints and bold geometric designs for a kaleidoscopic effect.

To complement the fashion-forward designs, Gato, Maybelline New York‘s makeup artist based in Spain created looks on the models that captured soft, feminine charm with a futuristic edge via silver eyeliner.

Loris Azzaro Couture SS16 Paris Couture Fashion Week Maybelline 4

Get the look with these Maybelline makeup products that Gato used on the models:

  • Dream Velvet Foundation – make the complexion look its best
  • Dream Lumi Touch Highlighting Concealer – brighten eyes, reduce shadows & conceal blemishes
  • Master Contour – sculpt the facial contours
  • Master Blush in Pink Amber (available in Europe only) – create a flush below the apples of the cheeks
  • The Blushed Nudes Palette – Pinkish-bronze shade (bottom left in the palette) on the eyes
  • Eye Studio Color Tattoo 24Hr Cream Gel Shadow in Silver Strike – thickly line eyes
  • Lash Sensational Luscious Mascara – two coats on lashes
  • Dream Lumi Touch Highlighting Concealer – polish brows lightly
  • Baby Lips in Quenched – prime lips
  • Color Sensational in Born With It – create soft flush on lips

Check out the rest of this post for photos of the inspirational Loris Azzaro designs on the runway, as well as some beauty shots to give you a taste of spring!

All images used in this blog post were provided to me by PR. Credit for images: Maybelline New York for all photos. (I put together the collage image at the top of the post.)

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OPI Super Cute in Pink Swatches & Review

OPI Super Cute in Pink Swatches Review

Move aside, Molly Ringwald! Why be Pretty in Pink when you can be OPI Super Cute in Pink?

A peppy pink from the OPI Hello Kitty Collection sends your nails a love letter that’s signed, sealed, and delivered! With Valentine’s Day right around the corner, it’s great timing.

It’s been an OPI Week, as you’ll notice that I’ve been doing back-to-back reviews of OPI Hello Kitty Collection nail polishes. I hope that you’ve been enjoying the posts so far! It has been a blast for me because pink is a colour that I don’t wear as often on my nails as other hues. This week has allowed me to explore more colour territory.

For those who aren’t crazy about pink, you’ll be happy to know that other colours (as well as other brands) will be reviewed soon. Hehe, I was just on a pink roll lately.

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OPI Starry-Eyed for Dear Daniel Swatches & Review

OPI Starry-Eyed for Dear Daniel Swatches Review

There’s no ignoring OPI Starry-Eyed for Dear Daniel – in my beauty book, it’s one of the stars in the Hello Kitty Collection that will make you look twice!

In the bottle, it looks pretty, but it wasn’t until I wore it on my nails that I unleashed the Pink Panther dancing to disco. What a sight! (I nearly had my eyes poked out.)

If you want the ultimate princess manicure, this is it! It twinkles like a jewel-encrusted tiara, and it’s pink like a traditional ball gown.

I’m not even the biggest fan of pink, but this one got my manicure motor humming.

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OPI Let’s Be Friends Swatches & Review

OPI Let's Be Friends Swatches Review

OPI Let’s Be Friends from the Hello Kitty Collection is a heavy white-based pale pink. It resembles a strawberry that just saw a ghost…if that has ever happened.

This is great for nail-polish enthusiasts like me who rarely wear a solid white lacquer. OPI Let’s Be Friends has just enough pink to give it colour, yet it still has that fresh appeal like a white polish.

Darker and vivid hues are more my speed, but when I need a break from them or when I’m looking for something light for the winter, this is the type of shade that I like to wear for a breather. It’s easy, clean, and simple.

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OPI Charmmy & Sugar Swatches & Review (Layered Over OPI Look at My Bow!)

OPI Charmmy & Sugar Swatches Swatch

Are you ‘kitten’ me?

The cute nail-polish train keeps on chugging along on the blog with OPI Charmmy & Sugar layered over OPI Look at My Bow!, both of which are from the oh-so-adorable Hello Kitty Collection!

OPI Charmmy & Sugar is what would result from combining Barbie and the Snow Queen…with a little glitter fight in the arts and crafts room.

Sure, you could wear it solo and use multiple coats for better coverage, but I preferred to use one coat over OPI Look at My Bow!, which is the medium pink that I shared in yesterday’s in-depth review.

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