MOTD- Essie “Bonded”

Hi everyone!

So today I have a really fun, but really old, polish to show you. I’m currently over babysitting with one of my best friends, and the family we’re babysitting for has a HUGE nail polish collection. I swear, I’m in heaven. So I’m going to have plenty of fun swatches to share with you over the next few days. Let me tell you, I’m obsessed!

Today I have for you a shade from Essie’s 2004 Frozen Assets collection. The polish is called “Bonded”, and it’s a red crelly with glass flecks running throughout. It’s a pretty pure red, it maybe leans slightly orange, but it’s a fairly true red. It does leave a little bit of VNL (visible nail line) since it does have a somewhat jelly-ish consistency, but it’s perfectly opaque in 2 coats. The glass flecks really translate from the bottle to the nail. I’m truly in love with this polish! Below are pictures (they aren’t the usual quality, since I’m not using my usual camera), with no topcoat, and OPI’s Nail Envy for a base coat.

Natural outdoor light

Natural outdoor light

Indoor lighting

Indoor lighting

Natural outdoor lighting

Natural outdoor lighting

Sorry none of the pictures really pick up on the gorgeous glass flecks of this polish, you really have to see this one!

So what do you think? Are you a big red fan? Will you be hunting this old Essie gem down for your polish stash? Essie nail polishes generally run between $7-$9 (unless it’s a specialty color) and can be bought at most beauty supply stores, some drug stores, like Walgreens, and off their website, here

~Beth~

 

 

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MOTD- Hot n’ Cold Mani With Essie “Tart Deco” and dELIA’s “Blue-Mint”

Hi everyone! Today I have an awesome mani that I did to show you. When you have so many colors, sometimes it’s hard to pick just one to use on my nails at a time! So, being as indecisive as I am, I couldn’t pick between colors! So I picked two of my favorites- a hot coral and a cool mint, and paired them together to get the best of both worlds- hot and cold! I used the blue, dELIA’s “Blue-Mint”, as an accent nail on my pointer finger and pinky, and used Essie “Tart Deco” on the rest.

dELIA’s “Blue-Mint” is a bit sheer, and requires 3-4 coats to be fully opaque. But the end result is so beautiful, I’m willing to put in the extra effort to apply it. It’s pretty quick drying, so that’s a plus. dELIA’s polishes can range anywhere from about $3.50-$6, depending on the kind of polish, and what kind of sales the store is having, and can only be found at dELIA’s stores. Essie “Tart Deco” was a little thick, but not unworkable, and was opaque in two coats. It ranges from about $7-$9 retail, although this bottle was given to me as payment for babysitting! Pictures below are indoors, with Sally Hansen Diamond Strength in “Flawless” as a base and top coat. 3 coats of “Blue-Mint” and 2 coats of “Tart Deco”

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What do you think of this frosty hot manicure? Will you be trying out accent nails too?

~Beth~