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My Essie Haul at IBS

Posted in Blue, Essie, franken, glitter, Gold, pink, Purple on March 27, 2010 by ainamakeup

Hi there Addicts!!!

I’m back after what seems like a marathon of non stop work.  I finally had some time to do some swatching so I can finally post some polishes I picked up at the International Beauty Show earlier this month.  If you’re in the beauty industry, this is the show for you.  All of the biggest brands of hair, makeup and nails are represented.  I was there on official business doing my job representing a cosmetics company, but I got a spare minute or two to hit up Essie and OPI as they had some great deals!  Essie offered 6 polishes for $20!  Here’s what I picked up!

Essie "Aruba Blue"

Very pretty ocean blue shimmer.  This is one of three blues I got at Essie.  This one caught my eye because I don’t have any blue like it.

Essie "Golden Nuggets"

I picked up this one because I didn’t have a gold glitter I could use on its own or to franken with.

Essie "Sexy Divide"

I bought a lot of purples during my polish buying free-for-all as well.  This one has a bright purple flash embedded in its shimmer that really makes it special.  I love it!

Essie "Midnight Cami"

Another blue.  This ones a dark vampy blue shimmer.  I passed over this color last winter but since I was in buying mode, I decided to pick it up.

Essie "After Sex"

Ok, so I mostly picked up this color because of the name.  I actually think this color is good for before sex.  It reminds me of a glossy candy apple.  It’s definitely a flirty shade – a pink based red with subtle shimmer.

Essie "Mesmerize"

I had already picked out my 6 polishes when I saw this dusty yet bright blue and decided it had to be mine as well.  What a pretty creme.  I’m looking  forward to the beautiful blue skies of spring and wearing this pretty blue polish!

Essie "It's Genius"

Well, I don’t know about genius, but this pinky purple with subtle gold shimmer sure is pretty!  I’m glad I added this one to my collection.

Stay tuned for swatches from my OPI haul coming soon!

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My First Franken

Posted in Blue, Essie, franken, glitter with tags on November 15, 2009 by ainamakeup

So, for a while there, I was out of the nail polish game and not really up on what was going on and I completely missed out on Essie Starry Starry Night.  So I decided to make my own.  I didn’t even decide to make it until I noticed a few polishes  in one of my local beauty supply stores in Bkln that I thought could do the trick.

This formula is half of Brucci’s Black & Blue with half of an old Essie color I found called Silver Bullions.  Those of you who are lucky enough to have SSN, PLEASE take a look and let me know if I’m close to the original!  This is 3 coats with a topcoat of Olan Quick & Slick.

My Starry Starry Franken

So how close am I?