Tag Archive: Essie

Back when I was around 22-23, I was really into having long nails. I babied my nails like crazy, and kept them polished at all times. I would re-do my mani every other night, although I always used the same color.  At some point, I ended up breaking most of my nails and I just stopped growing them out. Every time I had decided to paint my nails since then, I had gone searching for this color. No luck! I had picked it up at Sally’s, but have never been able to find it again. It wold probably help if I knew the name of the color, or even the brand, but it’s been a long time, and I have no clue what it was.

Last week at Sally’s I was perusing their clearance bin. And there was a perfect match to my previous color! Could this be the gorgeous shimmery, almost duochrome blurple that I had been hunting for? I snatched it up and rushed home to try it out. And wow! If it wasnt the same exact polish, it sure as heck is a perfect dupe for it!

Without further ado, here is that color, China Glaze Tempest:

Artificial Light:

and with flash to show shimmery goodness:

Oh how I love this color! The formula was like butter, and although I have read posts where people said it took a good 3-4 coats to be opaque,  I only used 2 coats.  It does have some brush stroke streaks, but its worth it to have this color again. And look at those cuticles! This was taken before my gardening fiasco, but after I stabbed myself with my cuticle pusher 😦

I also wanted to share the product of my mother/daughter time this past Tuesday. My daughter is not into polish at all, but decided that she really liked how my stamps come out. She came to me and asked if I would do her nails for her! We sat down and she went through my stash, choosing Essie’s Aruba Blue as her base, and Pure Ice Pussycat for the stamping. She wanted to be different and have a different stamp on each nail, and she picked a few that I thought may not come out on her tiny nails, but they turned out pretty awesome! Here is the final product:

Forgive my messy polish table! She insisted on holding the bottles like mom does. So adorable! I had a blast doing her nails for her, and she is already clamoring for another mani!

Hope you all had a fabulous weekend!

Happy Polishing!




31 day challenge: Day 1

Wow! So sorry I’m late with this! I had internet issues over the past couple of days and could not manage to stay connected long enough to post! Looks like I have it fixed now, so let’s commence with the challenge!

Today’s mani is Red. When I was much younger, I used to LOOOOVE Red nail polish. It was rare that I wore anything but red on my nails! I have always adored Marilyn Monroe, so I always chose a “Marilyn Inspired” red, and wore it until the bottle was gone.  Now I very rarely wear red, and only own a handful. I tend to prefer Blues and Grays, and I always find it hard to find a red that goes well with my skin tone as well as stands out enough to catch my eye.

For this challenge I chose Essie’s “Size Matters”. FABULOUS name, right? 😉 Looks like Essie was feeling a bit cheeky that day! Size Matters is an absolutely gorg blue based red creme, with tons of shine and serious sex appeal.  I was already in love with the other colors in the collection, and wasn’t all that excited about another red creme, but when I pulled out this red I was pleasantly surprised.  I tend to prefer blue based reds, and this baby has a very blue base, and is loaded with pigment. Finally, a red that I will actually wear (as opposed to just using for nail art or stamping)!

Size Matters is pretty much opaque in 1 coat, but I always use 2 to ensure even color. I’m pretty sure with careful application you could certainly get away with just one medium/thick coat.  Formula is easy to work with as well, as are most of my Essie polishes.  I did have a few sparse patches while using thin coats, but as I mentioned before, go a bit heavier and that shouldn’t be an issue.  I wore this over 2 coats of Nail Tek II Intense Therapy and sealed with a coat of Seche Vite, but even without top coat, this polish packs some lovely shine. Overall, I’m pretty pleased with Size Matters and will be wearing this one again!

These pics are horrible, but I don’t have time to re-do my mani so that my nails arent worn and scratched up, plus I am so frustrated with my damned internet connection that I feel like I need to just post something or I may not be able to post at all!

Light Box:


And Daylight:

Please forgive how worn my mani looks in the light box and daylight pics! I took those after filing back the length of my nails last night and constructing the light box, so they were beaten to hell. Also, you can see where I was stabbed in the cuticles by those damned thorny weeds I pulled up without using gloves the other day. If ya think that’s bad, you should see my OTHER hand. Looks like I stuck it into a pile of needles. Ugh!

I’ll be posting challenge pics mostly in the mornings from now on. I’m a nocturnal polisher so my pics are usually taken around midnight, but in order to show the true color of the polish I would rather take some pics in the morning using natural light as well. The light box is decent, but it’s still nowhere near as awesome as daylight.

The next 2 days I could honestly pass on. Orange and Yellow, meh. Both colors that I don’t wear well and am not really into. I own precisely 2 of each, and those were bought just for a gradient mani that I will someday get around to.

Happy Polishing!


On Friday night I stayed up until almost 3 am so that i could have really cool nails in my dear friend’s wedding colors. It was a pain to get the red to show over the blue, and my bottle of Seche Vite was very low. Now this is my first bottle of Seche Vite, so I was not aware that it gets super thick and gloppy near the end of the bottle, and would ultimately shrink my polish and make my nails look horrible. After reading some other blogs lately, I’ve found I am not the only one with this problem. So until I can get my ass out to Sally’s or Target, I’m stuck using my old hard as nails topcoat. Meh!

So here is the original Mani for the wedding, done in Essie Mesmerize and maybelline Red Hots.



And here is Essie Mesmerize on it’s own:


I love that color! And the formula was amazing! Like butter! Unfortunately the Seche Vite damaged this Mani beyond repair. When I woke up the next morning my tips had shrunk back horribly and it had bubbled badly. Definitely need to avoid the bottom of the Seche Vite bottle!

This is what I went with: Sally Hansen pacific blue and Sally Hansen Cherry Smash crackle polish. The pacific blue formula was lovely went on smoothly and the color is awesome- i do LOVE blues! This is a horrid picture, please don’t hold it against me! It’s the only pic I had time to take of them!


See? Very bad pic! 🙂

Good news is my cuticles are finally healing up and becoming normal cuticles. Yay!! This makes me very happy!!

Happy Polishing!