Radiant Orchid: Paint Yourself Purple with Pantone's Color of the Year
Radiant Orchid: Paint Yourself Purple with Pantone’s Color of the Year by bloominbeauty featuring a benefit blush

Count me totally stoked at the announcement of 2014’s color of the year: Radiant Orchid. I have been obsessing over lavender-hued lips and cheeks since earlier this summer and perhaps it’s no coincidence knowing that this was the planned upcoming color.

Above I’ve selected various shades of appropriately orchid proportion. I’ve just ordered Benefit’s latest lip and cheek tint, Lollitint and I’m very excited to give that a whirl. I picked up the Buxom lip cream in Lavender Cosmo earlier this year and I’ve loved it. I also bought the Bite lip pencil in Violet and it’s so super saturated- it’s amazing. I picked up Hervana in store this past weekend thinking that it was about time that I got around to trying it and I’m hoping it’s going to pair well with Lollitint.

Laura Mercier has a beautiful caviar stick in Orchid that is still on my wishlist. Too Faced is coming out with new shades of a favorite lipstick of mine (La Creme) called Lollipop and it looks promising. I just swatched Givenchy It-Girl Purple blush in Sephora this weekend and it took everything in me not to grab it that very second. I imagine this will be mine in the near future.

For nails Zoya Charisma and Essie Play Date stood out as gentle, creamy ways to wear the trend if you aren’t into the bolder lipstick or blush variety.

What do you say? Is Radiant Orchid up your alley or all wrong for your coloring? I personally like it better than Emerald and Tangerine Tango from the past two years. I think it’s just girly and fun and oh so sweet.

20. 11. 2011

You may or may not have heard about Essie’s newest collection of polishes being released (already available online) in stores soon. It’s called Luxeffects and features polishes meant for layering, or giving a certain effect. My first choice from this collection was Shine of the Times, for obvious reasons.

Essie Shine of the Times

It’s a flakie, and the reason why so many nail junkies are going ga-ga for this color. It’s nice to see Essie stepping up it’s game like this. The dimension here is out of this world. The formula itself is pretty thick. It’s easy to use, but it requires a little more patience. It’s worth the slightly extra effort for the effect that you get.

In order to show what this polish can do, I decided to test it over several different shades, textures and formulas.

Zoya Danielle, OPI Honk if You Love OPI, NARS Zulu

The first ones I chose were Zoya’s Danielle (for a muted opalescent effect) and two darker shades, one that is a cream and one that is a jelly.

Essie Shine of the Times


Essie Shine of the Times over Zoya Danielle


Essie Shine of the Times over NARS Zulu


Essie Shine of the Times over OPI Honk if You Love OPI

Shine of the Times looks pretty on it’s own, and sparkly. Zulu brings out the the gold and Honk if you Love OPI brings out the coppery-pink tones. Zoya Danielle is almost the same as wearing it alone, except that it covers your nail a bit.

Essie Midnight Cami, ELF Black, Chanel Graphite, Deborah Lippmann Believe

Of course I wanted to try it over other darker shades, a cream black (ELF Black), a dark sparkly blue like Essie Midnight Cami, over a metallic shade like Chanel Graphite and over something lighter and only slightly metallic, Deborah Lippmann Believe.

Essie Shine of the Times over Essie Midnight Cami


Essie Shine of the Times over ELF Black


Essie Shine of the Times over Chanel Graphite


Essie Shine of the Times over Deborah Lippmann Believe

I really liked this over Believe. Super pretty! I don’t really wear black nail polish so I doubt I will ever be wearing the ELF combo, but for those who do like black, it makes a really unique effect over it. I didn’t care for it over Midnight Cami personally, but I could see ladies sporting this. Chanel Graphite surprised me as it added a whole other dimension to it. I stopped at a Chanel counter with this combo on and the sales woman remarked at how gold Chanel Graphite looked on me. I let her in on my secret and she loved it!

Overall, Shine of the Times is a unique polish to my collection that makes just about every polish look…cooler. Are you into flakie polishes? Do any of the Luxeffect polishes appeal to you? Dish!

01. 11. 2011

Essie Cocktail Bling Collection

Essie’s winter collection, Cocktail Bling, is a newer and more modern take on winter nails. All named and inspired by, as the names imply, bling. A touch of grey in all of the colors makes them feel oh so new and different this time around. All of them were smooth and easy to apply. I tend to have more difficulty with lighter shades, but Essie really nailed this formula (ha ha) and even Bangle Jangle and Cocktail Bling went on like buttah!

Essie Size Matters

Not quite a classic red, but definitely a favorite among reds I have tried. Usually reds on my nails are scary to me. I feel like they draw a lot of attention and honestly I prefer more coral and pink shades. But, this is enough to convert to wearing reds.

Essie Bangle Jangle

Like a mix between dove grey and lavender, this shade is pretty unique to my collection. As I said earlier it applied smoothly and without a fuss. It’s a feminine shade without being too spring-like. It will be easy to wear this winter.

Essie School of Hard Rocks

Ahhh!!! This shade was one of the two that I was looking forward to the most. Like a muted grey mixed with blue spruce tree, this is tied for being a star of the collection. I can see myself wearing this all winter long with no problems. It’s not a light shade nor is it too dark which is one of the reasons I like it so much.

Essie Cocktail Bling

I hope the pictures are allowing you to tell the difference between Cocktail Bling and Bangle Jangle. Cocktail Bling is light blue in undertone vs being lavender. This was a shade that I didn’t care for when seeing swatches initially. But as I saw it more and more it began to grow on me. There is something utterly chic about it and I can’t help but be drawn to it.

Essie Bobbing for Baubles

This is the other polish that was tied for the top spot in this collection. Essie describes this as “deepest darkest sapphire” and while I love the shade I have to respectfully disagree with that description. It is a highly greyed/slate infused blue that looks nothing like any sapphire I have ever seen. But it’s a gem in it’s own right. I love it.

The only shade of this collection I did not purchase was a camel/nude toned polish called Brooch the Subject. I didn’t have any craving for another nude polish so I skipped it. If I happen across a swatch that makes me think I want it I may indulge. For now, I am liking the more colorful options in the collection.

Have you checked out Essie’s new winter collection yet? What are your thoughts??

When I first spied Essie’s Autumn nail collection, the pale mauve-y light pink shade did not appeal to me. It looked like it would impossibly unflattering and just not a shade I would reach for. However, I have seen several YouTube videos and blog posts where it didn’t look like death hands (technical term) and so I figured I would give it a shot.

L-R: Angora Cardi, Merino Cool, Chinchilly, Lady Like

When I paired it with other charming and muted Essie shades it created a very ‘Lady Like’ palette indeed. The formula on all four of these is as you would expect for Essie, smooth and easy to apply….Lady Like being the most finicky of the group which I have sort of come to expect with lighter shades that aren’t sheer. They tend to require a bit more patience. But Lady Like doesn’t frustrate me like some other light offenders (OPI Mod About You, for example).

*All swatches below are 2 coats of each polish, no top or base coats)

L-R: Lady Like, Chinchilly, Merino Cool, Angora Cardi

All of these shades are formal office appropriate in my opinion. They allow you to sneak in some Autumn shades without having to go super vampy, super dark or super sparkly. These are easy to wear colors and can probably be paired with just about anything in your closet.

Lady Like is surprisingly wearable and offers a nice option to nude nails. I actually quite like it on me. I have a feeling this is a shade you have to try to know if you will like it because how looks is very dependent on skin tone.

L-R: Angora Cardi, Merino Cool, Chinchilly, Lady Like

Lady Like is the only shade here that’s new for fall. I believe Merino Cool was released last fall (along with another favorite of mine, Sew Psyched) and Angora Cardi and Chinchilly were released in fall 2009 (along with 2 other stellar polishes Mink Muffs and Midnight Cami).

Do you have a favorite Essie shade? Would you wear these shades to work and feel comfortable? I sported Angora Cardi this week and loved it!

Hiya, just wanted to pop up a quickie Friday post for you. Ever since I read about the new Essie fall 2011 collection I have wanted to know ONE thing that I have not been able to find on any other of the wonderful nail polish and beauty blogs….that ONE thing is… How does Essie’s new Very Structured polish compare to OPI’s past holiday release, Ginger Bells? Well, having exhausted the search engine several times (seriously, I even needed to give it an oil change), I decided to go ahead and purchase it and see for myself.

OPI Ginger Bells, Essie Very Structured

Bottle-to-bottle you can already tell that Very Structured is deeper, and not quite as much orange as it is…terracotta? But the real test is how they look on the nail…

OPI Ginger Bells vs Essie Very Structured

Definitely different! Although it would be cool to wear some sort of fall ombré mani and use both of these colors in it! Can’t complain about the formula of either of them. This is one coat of each (albeit, a thicker one) with no top coat. Also, disregard the piece of sparkle on my ring finger =P

In case you are wondering what’s on my index finger, that’s Butter London’s Fash Pack…which you will see in a post soon.

It doesn’t hurt owning both, because honestly these kinds of colors aren’t ones I see very often and are so much fun to wear from now until Thanksgiving. Very Structured is probably more wearable. These shades are both those “love it or hate it” types and usually for me that means I will love it. Last year when I wore Ginger Bells on my fingers a guy I work with actually wrinkled his nose at it. True story, lovelies. As far as my boy is concerned, he doesn’t usually pay that much attention to my nails, but he really likes all of these shades together. …

Autumn is here!!!

But. He said if he *had* to choose favorites, it would be Ginger Bells. Personally, I think he’s biased and likes it because it reminds him of his all-time favorite Starbucks drink, the Pumpkin Spice Latte.

Happy Weekend ladies and gents! 😉