Essie Full Steam Ahead

I've had Essie Full Steam Ahead for almost a year and kept forgetting to try it out. It's from Essie's summer 2013 collection. Here's two coats topped with Julep Freedom top coat, indoor incandescent light: Full Steam Ahead is a fairly neutral, medium lavender with a subtle iridescent shimmer. Essie describes it as "pearlescent," but... Continue Reading →


Sally Hansen Sugar Shimmer Sugar Cloud

I've had Sally Hansen Sugar Cloud sitting around for a while and finally felt like trying it out. Sugar Cloud is from the Sugar Shimmer series, which is full of candy-colored, textured, sparkly jellies and seems similar, if not identical, to the Sugar Coat polishes they seem to have replaced. (In fact, I accidentally called it a Sugar... Continue Reading →

Julep Laree & Saaya, plus Plie Wand review

Over this past weekend - at a childhood friend's bachelorette party, no less - I had a chance to try out my Julep May 2014 Bombshell box nail polish colors, Laree (“[g]olden pink taffeta shimmer”) and Saaya ("[g]olden apricot shimmer"). This is two coats of each (Laree on the index and pinky, Saaya on the middle and... Continue Reading →

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