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Essie Mint Candy Apple Swatches & Review

Essie Mint Candy Apple Swatches & ReviewEssie Mint Candy Apple was one of the minty green nail polishes that I recently compared in another post.

Today, I’d like to show it in further detail. It’s quite a popular shade, especially in the spring and summer.

And, surprisingly, it doesn’t give me a bad case of Lobster Hands, so it’s a mint green I can actually wear! (Hurrrrraaaayyy!)

Shades like this are really fresh-looking and make your nails look so clean and crisp.

Have you ever eaten a candy apple before? I haven’t!

When I was little, my parents refused to buy me candy apples at carnivals because they said it was bad for my teeth with all that sugar. (No, they weren’t dentists…hehe! And oddly enough, they bought me cotton candy without blinking an eye. Sometimes trying to figure parents out can make your mind spin its wheels!) ;)

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Reader Request: Minty Green Nail-Polish Comparison Swatches & Photos

Mint Green Nail Polish Swatches & Comparison PhotosRecently when I reviewed Topshop Gone Fishing, one of my readers (Alex), asked if I could do a Minty Green Nail-Polish Comparison post with specific hues.

Since I was also curious about how different or similar the shades were (as well as a couple of others), I was happy to oblige. Hope that you’ll find this mint green nail-polish comparison helpful!

The nail polishes I compared were Topshop Gone Fishing, Duri Summer Rain, China Glaze Re-Fresh Mint, Essie Mint Candy Apple, OPI Gargantuan Green Grape, and China Glaze For Audrey. (I’ve reviewed some of those polishes in-depth in separate posts. Find links later in this post.)

If you would like me to do more comparison posts like this in the future, please let me know specifically which polishes you’re interested in seeing.

I can’t promise that I’ll fulfill all reader requests. It depends on if I already have the polishes and if I have time. (I work very hard on my blog after my full-time job and on the weekends, so time can be really tight, especially when I squeeze blogging inbetween my social life and freelance-work schedules.)

That being said, I will pick a few requests to do! I have a pack of blank nail wheels that I haven’t been using much. It’s time to put them to work! *Cracks whip* ;)

P.S. You may remember that I’ve said before how I don’t swatch nail polish on my nails. It’s not my style. I wear full manicures and then take photos while I’m wearing them. This is how I really enjoy polish. I only use the term ‘swatch’ because it’s the familiar lingo. Well, the only time I’m comfortable with actual swatching is on nail wheels for comparison posts like this or to show you layering experiments. I hope that you’ll understand my reasoning. I love polish, and if I ever start swatching on my own nails, it may kill my enthusiasm. I don’t want that to happen!)

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Essie Knockout Pout Swatches & Review

Essie Knockout Pout Swatches & ReviewEssie Knockout Pout is a K.O. of colour that’s sorely needed during the winter. POW! BAM! ZOWWIE! (Okay, I just made up that last one, but it seemed to tie in with the whole retro-Batman theme.)

With the days getting shorter, colour therapy in the form of nail polish can be a real boost!

I’ve always picked up the Essie Knockout Pout bottle in the store to admire, but put it back on the shelf. Finally, it came home with me.

This time, I wanted a pick-me-up, and this was just the colour I knew could work some magic. I was right! :)

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Essie She’s Picture Perfect Swatches & Review

Essie-She's-Picture-Perfect-Swatches-ReviewYou may remember that I was really excited to find Essie She’s Picture Perfect in my Loose Button April 2012 Luxe Box.

Good grief, Charlie Brown! It only took me until September to get around to wearing it! *Tsk tsk*

No joke – ever since I got it, I placed it carefully beside my computer so that I wouldn’t forget to wear it. And many times when I was composing blog posts, I would randomly pick it up to admire.

After so many months, it finally hit me – why haven’t I worn it even though I love it so much in the bottle?

Lots of activity fired away in the ole synapses, and my brain started working. Note: Started! Hehe, so today, albeit late, is my review of this pretty polish.

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Essie Tart Deco Swatches & Review

Essie-Tart-Deco-Swatches-ReviewEssie Tart Deco is a soft cantaloupe coral, but somehow I pulled out some pink during the photoshoot.

Random thought: Ever wonder what your nails would say if they could talk? I do…often! (I can picture them screaming, “Ohhh nooo!” whenever I wear a polish that has the potential to stain. And, no, Tart Deco isn’t a polish that stains.)

I think mine would roll their imaginary eyes at me whenever I pull out my camera. They’d say, “The paparazzi again? Why can’t they respect our privacy? Creepo!”

But really, deep down inside their cuticles, they know that they really love being in the limelight. When their 15 minutes of fame are up, they’ll be wishing that this ‘paparazzi’ busted out the camera again. ;) All press is good press…or is it?

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Essie Shine of the Times Swatches & Review (Layered over OPI If You Moust You Moust)

Essie-Shine-of-the-Times-Swatches-Review-PicturesYou’ll remember seeing OPI If You Moust You Moust on here not long ago.

After wearing it (and surprisingly loving it) for a little while, I decided to slap on a flakie top coat to give it some bling.

What you see is Essie Shine of the Times layered over the pink. As you’ll notice, it gives it sweet peachy flakies.

I was going for a softer look, but if you layer it over black or a vampy hue, it’ll be much more in-your-face.

(Check out my swatches over various other colours later on in this post to see what I mean.)

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Nail Art Tutorial: British Union Jack Nails

British Union Jack Nails Nail Art Tutorial & PicturesBritish Union Jack Nails are everywhere, I watched this cycle of America’s Next Top Model (“British Invasion”), and it’s the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee. What better time than this to challenge myself with a new freehand nail-art design? :)

Indeed, it has been far too long since my last nail-art tutorial. I’m feeling rusty, but I’ll try my best to stop making excuses and to bring you another fun tutorial.

Now, just want to put it out there – these British flag nails aren’t completely accurate. If you want to stay true to the flag, make your horizontal and vertical red lines thicker than the diagonal ones. Also, don’t connect the red diagonal lines to the center like I did.

Despite the inaccuracy, I was very happy with it because it’s very bold and eye-catching. ;) In fact, the first day I wore this design to work, everyone I spoke with noticed. Plus I didn’t have to explain that it was the British flag – they got it right away. (And it reminds me a bit of Captain America…haha!)

Even if you’re not a Brit (Hey, I’m not! Canadian here!), I urge you to give this a go. It’s fast to paint, you don’t need many colours, and the main design just consists of straight lines.

Come…let me show you how to do it. With written instructions and step-by-step photos, you’ll be recreating Union Jack nail art in no time! :)

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