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Essie Summer 2015 Collection Swatches, Bottle Shots & Press Release

Essie Summer 2015 Collection In June, the Essie Summer 2015 Collection launches, and  it consists of six colours that can be paired together to create all sorts of fun manicures.

Here, I show you swatches and bottle shots of each shade, but I also share a few nail-art designs in case it helps spark some creativity!

Out of all the Essie Summer 2015 Collection colours, my favourites are Saltwater Happy and Pret-a-Surfer.

Which are your top picks?

After looking at the hues, it seems like you could easily break up the collection in pairs: Private Weekend with Chillato, Saltwater Happy with Pret-a-Surfer, and Peach Side Babe with Sunset Sneaks. Each duo could make a cool ombre effect. Can you picture it?

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Essie Groove is in the Heart Swatches & Review

Essie Groove is in the Heart Swatches & ReviewLast week, I wore Essie Groove is in the Heart, which is part of the upcoming Neon 2015 Collection that comes out at the end of May.

No, it’s not the brightest neon pink that I’ve ever worn, but it sure is cute!

When my co-worker saw my manicure, she mentioned how it reminded her of strawberry milk, which I think is a spot-on description.

Pink nail polish isn’t my favourite, but from time to time, I enjoy it because it’s different than my usual greens.

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Essie Vibrant Vibes Swatches & Review

Essie Vibrant Vibes Swatches & ReviewGreen nail polish? You don’t even have to ask. Yes, please! 

Hubba, hubba, Essie Vibrant Vibes! (This nailphile is drooling over the lime green from the Essie Neon 2015 Collection that comes out later in May.)

I gave a sneak peek on social media yesterday of my manicure, but today’s post includes an in-depth review with tons of swatches in various lighting conditions.

Compared to just a single photo, here you’ll be able to get a better idea of its personality because different lighting combined with different angles can show you a polish in a new way.

In all lighting conditions, Essie Vibrant Vibes is a winner for me. And if you also have a soft spot for greens, you should check this one out!

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Essie Make Some Noise Swatches & Review

Essie Make Some Noise Swatch ReviewEssie Make Some Noise is from the Neon 2015 Collection that comes out at the end of May, according to the official press release I posted earlier.

(In my Quick Look post, I also shared bottle shots and swatches of all the six shades on a nail wheel, in case you wanted to see an overview.)

Essie Make Some Noise is a lagoon blue, and I’m pretty bummed that, despite my best efforts, I wasn’t able to accurately capture the colour with my camera or even with my phone’s camera.

(Heck, even Essie’s own promotional images make it look like this colour, yet trust me, in person, Essie Make Some Noise is way prettier! Haha, so the noise you’ll make when you wear it will include squeals of delight, but when you try photographing it, you may make a sound like “ARGGH!” Hehehe! Then again, if you have a newer camera, maybe you’ll have better luck than me. Hope so!)

Please keep in mind that Essie Make Some Noise is more vibrant, more tropical, and brighter than it appears in my photos here. It is not like a primary blue or like Essie Mesmerize. It’s like an ocean blue.

Nevertheless, I still decided to post my photos in this review because, as usual, I go into detail about the formula, the finish, and the application. That information may still be of value to you.

(Oh, and I have been slacking off big time with using cuticle oil. Not that I ever used it regularly, but in the photos taken with artificial lighting, on that day I photographed my nails, haha, you can see the dry cuticles much better. Maybe I’ll apply some cuticle oil before I go to bed tonight, although today they don’t look at ragged as they did then. The weather is a lot more humid today, I guess.)

P.S. On the weekend, I published two blog posts that you may want to check out: the OPI Brights Collection Press Release and how Maybelline is celebrating their 100th anniversary (plus there’s a lot of makeup history at the bottom of that post).

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Essie Neon 2015 Collection Swatches, Bottle Shots & Press Release

Essie Neon 2015 CollectionGet a sun-kissed manicure with the Essie Neon 2015 Collection that will be hitting stores at the end of May!

Here’s a quick look at all the six fun colours in the Essie Neon 2015 Collection including swatches, bottle shots and the official press release.

Vibrant Vibes (lime green) and Groove is in the Heart (peachy pink) are the brightest hues in the bunch, so they scream summer to me the most.

However, the other shades, while not as neon, are still gorgeous colours in their own right.

I can see how you can mix and match so many of these colours. Need some inspiration for nail art? Scroll further down in this post, and you’ll see that I’ve included photos of some Essie designs ranging from a tribal nail look all the way to a simple ombre.

While greens are my favourite (and Vibrant Vibes is calling my name), I’m itching to wear Make Some Noise, the electric blue.

As usual, when I wear these as full manicures, I’ll share photos on my social media, and some may be featured on here for in-depth reviews that contain many swatches in different lighting conditions, bottle shots, and commentary on the formula, finish, etc.

If you have any requests for a shade from the Essie Neon 2015 Collection that you’d like to see first as a full in-depth review, let me know, and I’ll see what I can do. :)

I just had these Essie nail polishes for a couple of days, so I haven’t worn any yet, but this weekend, I plan to paint my nails with one.

Which are your picks from this collection?

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LAST DAY to Enter My Canadian Essie Resort 2015 Collection Giveaway & Quick Update

Hey everyone!

Today is the final day for Canadians to enter my Essie Resort 2015 Collection Giveaway!

If you haven’t already entered, there’s still time. It officially ends tonight at 11:59 pm EDT.

I’ll be randomly picking a winner and announcing it on here and some of my social media on either this Saturday or Sunday.

Also, if you’re a regular reader, you’ll have noticed this week, there have been fewer blog posts than the usual five. Don’t worry – everything’s great on my side of the pond, and a new post is coming soon. It’s just been an extra-busy week after work with lots of personal commitments and projects, but I’ll be carving out some time to plan new posts that will go live on here soon. TGIF! :)

Follow me on social media, especially Twitter, Instagram, and Facebook because I tend to be very active on there and share something daily, even when a blog post isn’t published.

Haha, those who followed me on Twitter, Facebook, and Google+ knew that not long ago, I like piña coladas, and getting caught in the rain! I’m not much into health food. I am into champagne! Hehe, yeah one of my best friends and I danced our hearts out to that song a few days ago. He and I always have the best time together! I’ve been blasting that song and looping it over and over…and “planning our escape”. 😉

Speaking about music, I found out a couple of days ago that Lana Del Rey has a new song called Life Is Beautiful, and while I didn’t see it listed on the official movie soundtrack for The Age of Adaline, it’s supposed to be part of that film.

I can’t wait to hear the whole song (couldn’t find it for sale on iTunes yet) because the snippet of it that I heard gave me goosebumps. (Click here to hear the song teaser.)

Lana Del Rey is my favourite musical artist because of her haunting-yet-soothing voice and romantic melancholic themes. Her songs speak to my soul. You may remember this blog post that I dedicated to her back in 2012.

I’m also planning to watch The Age of Adaline this weekend because while the premise of the movie isn’t new, I still think it has the potential to be really touching.

After surviving a car accident, a young woman magically stops aging. Of course, that poses problems when her daughter and romantic partners in her life go through the natural aging process. Adaline needs to always be on the move, and she can’t have long-lasting fulfilling relationships with potential lovers because of her unusual secret.

Based on The Age of Adaline trailer, I have a feeling that the movie will illustrate how love isn’t just something worth living for, but something that’s worth dying for. (I obviously haven’t been the movie yet, so there are no spoilers here, but I’m going to predict that Adaline will somehow grow old and die for the love of her life.)

I hope you all have a wonderful weekend ahead and have fun things planned! :)


Canadian Giveaway: Win the Essie Resort 2015 Collection!

Edit (Sunday April 26): Congratulations, Amber! You’ve won my giveaway! To claim your prize, please reply to my e-mail within 48 hours.

Thanks to everyone for participating. I’m going to have another fun nail-polish giveaway soon, and it’s going to be open worldwide!


Thanks for stopping by Swatch And Learn today! :)

I’m having a spontaneous little giveaway, thanks to NailPolishCanada. We teamed up again to make one lucky Canadian nailphile’s day. (It could be you this time!)

Until April 24th, enter my Essie Resort 2015 Collection Canadian Giveaway!

Essie Resort 2015 Collection Giveaway

There are four shades in the Essie Resort 2015 Collection: Suite Retreat, Stones N’ Roses, Time for Me Time, and Cocoa Karma. (The giveaway is for these full-sized nail polishes.)

It’s easy to participate. Simply fill out the Rafflecopter form and leave a comment on this blog post answering the question, “Where do you see yourself in 10 years?”

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