Usually I avoid red polish in the summer because I don’t think it emphasizes my tan as well as colors that compliment my olive skin. See: pale pastels. When we received a batch of Essie colors in the mail to Test Drive, I couldn’t fight my attraction to this watermelon red called “Style Hunter.” Why? Because, it’s actually a pink in disguise. Keep reading »
I’m not someone who gets excited about specific nail polish colors. I know there are some women who are very specific about how they want one coat of Essie Ballet Slippers and one coat of Essie Mademoiselle. I’ve always just picked whatever color randomly struck my fancy at the moment. But when Priti NYC sent me a handful of shades to test out, I couldn’t stop thinking about a gorgeous coral/peach pink. It managed to be feminine without being too sweet or saccharine. Only increasing my anticipation was the fact that I had a sedate beige manicure for my brother’s wedding, so I couldn’t wait for something more colorful! Once I tried Priti NYC in Park Princess Dahlia (above), I think I have my on-my-toes-always polish of the summer. Keep reading »
You have to be living under a rock to have never seen an Essie nail polish: they’re a staple of modern woman-dom, a nail paint that you can find in nearly every pharmacy and even J.Crew!. But did you know that there’s a real Essie behind the global brand?
Essie Weingarten is the founder and president of Essie Cosmetics, which she started back in 1981 while she worked at the famous department store, Henri Bendel. Weingarten debuted just 12 polishes in Las Vegas and they became an instant hit. Throughout the ’80s, ’90s and ’00s, she grew her brand up to 900 polishes, even gaining the Queen of England as a fan. (In fact, Kate Middleton wore Essie polish on her wedding day!) In 2010, she sold the company to L’Oreal and still reigns supreme as global creative director.
Weingarten’s newest project is joining AOL as a beauty expert where she’ll dole out advice on polish and nail care. Fans can submit any and all questionse via Twitter starting in May using the hashtag #AskEssie and tweet @AOL + @essie. I had the chance to call up Essie Weingarten and ask her some questions of my own (and was very glad to be on the other side of the phone where she couldn’t see my nails were bare and bitten — oops). Keep reading »
When it comes to spring nail color, I’m feeling a bit torn between my favorite poppy red and the pretty pastel shades that are big for the season. Unlike Jessica’s creamy coloring, my olive skin tone often clashes with rich pastels. On a routine trip to Sephora — what? — I spotted these Formula X colors and decided to give them a shot. Keep reading »
Like most women, I have 312 bottles of nail polish knocking around my apartment at any given moment. When a package of spring beauty products from Laura Mercier arrived at the office, I had mixed emotions when Sophie handed me a bright lavender nail polish called Reckless: Yay, pretty, expensive nail polish!!!!! and also Oh, I already have that color.
Yes, I have pretty much the exact same shade from Forever 21 called Grape Shake. I guess purple is a big color this season? But I’m sure you won’t be surprised one bit to learn that the $2.80 nail polish from Forever 21 and the $18 nail polish from Laura Mercier are miles apart in quality. Keep reading »
As I get older, the ridges on my nails become more and more noticeable. Although vertical nail ridges are totally harmless, they can make at home manicures frustrating. Filing them down can weaken nails and painting over them can lead to a streaky manicure. After a long search, I have finally found a solution I can commit to. Keep reading »