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sew psyched

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I’m really digging olive-hued nails for fall.

Last night, I slapped on a couple coats of Essie’s Sew Psyched – a “soft cashmere sage pewter-grey” – while I watched The Big Bang Theory reruns in bed. I sealed it with a swipe of Good to Go quick-drying topcoat, and dozed off for a luxuriously interrupted 8 hours.

I woke up this morning to a perfect mani; not a smudge, bubble, or sheet mark. Have you tried Essie’s Good to Go yet? Doooo it.

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manicure monday: my fall favorites

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I love funky nail art as much as the next girl, but I usually don’t have the time or patience to do it myself. These days I’m all about an easy at-home manicure, and with fall officially upon us I’m on the hunt for new colors and textures to add to my nail kit. It’s time to trade in the hot pinks and corals of summer, and transition to inky blacks, jewel tones, neutral mattes, and richer nudes.

What’s your favorite polish this time of year?

manic{ure} monday: 9 cute summer mani ideas to start your week

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I could spend hours browsing through nail art on Pinterest. In fact, this afternoon, I did. {Don’t tell my boss.} This summer, I’m loving bright nails with clean designs; like a natural base with a bold tip, geometric pastels, nudes paired with neon, and simple all-white manis.

My kit is stocked, and my nails are in desperate need of some TLC. Now the only question is, which one should I try first?

manicure monday: sleek sticks

Essie sleek stick
{ Art Deco Beaded Clutch c/o BHLDN}

Essie is one of my favorite beauty brands. Even before their pretty polishes started showing up on my drugstore’s shelves, I searched the sale bins for marked down bottles at specialty stores. I love their highly pigmented colors, and I can make an all-Essie manicure last at least a week.

So when I spotted a glossy ad for Essie Sleek Sticks in a magazine a few months ago, my heart pitter-pattered. I didn’t know where to find them, so I filed it away in my mental wish list and went about my business.

Essie Sleek Sticks
{seriously, how’s a girl supposed to choose?!}

Late last week, while cruising Walgreens for toothpaste and deodorant for the mister, I breezed down the beauty aisle and there they were!! I wanted. them. all. I stood, mouth agape, for a good five minutes trying to decide which pattern to buy. As if it was a permanent and unalterable choice. Weirdo.

One agonizing decision and about $11 later, I was on my way. Like other polish strips, application was easy breezy and took about five minutes start-to-finish {and no dry time, FTW!}.

Essie sleek stick 2
{ Essie Sleek Sticks in “Glam it On” }