Essie Resort Collection

Essie Resort Collection

For summer, Essie created the Resort Collection, which features four cream-finish shades: Playa del Platinum (elegant and sheer sandy gray), Lapis of Luxury (dreamy ocean blue), Turquoise & Caicos (flirt and pretty tropical aqua), and Splash of Grenadine (playful magenta pink). The collection will launch in May, and each bottle retails for $8.

All four colors are absolutely lovely–very fun and summery without being bright or neon. They’re playful, and I think they’ll be particularly pretty on toes. My only problem with the collection came with the formula. While definitely workable and worth working with, it’s a little on the watery/runny side, which made it a little more difficult to apply than I’d like. Because of the runny consistency, the polish has a tendency to apply streaky, necessitating three coats in most instances.

It’s not impossible or even that difficult to get a smooth, even look, it’s just a definite issue from the formula. I found that laying down a thin, streaky-as-all-get-out coat, and then building up with a slightly thicker second and third coat, produced the best results. Oh! and don’t forget to let each coat dry a bit before layering the next on top, totally crucial step with these. I think for those who have more than fifty polishes to their name won’t find these all that troublesome to work with. The formula is okay but not great; you can get good results, but you have to be patient.

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Sephora 15% off Sale — Spring Makeup Madness!

Sephora 15% off Sale — Spring Makeup Madness!

According to readers, THE CODE IS WORKING EARLY!  USE CODE BI15– HAPPY HAULING!

V.I.B.s (Beauty Insiders who spend over $350 in a calendar year) can save 15% off their entire purchase from April 8th through the 19th with online code V48ML6. In order to save 15% in-store, you do need to have the coupon. I received mine via snail mail last weekend, and I don’t know if they’ll be sending one out via email as well.

Fine Print (for VIB): Select stores will have different event hours; check your local store for exact times. Online use promo code V48ML6. Valid April 8th through April 19th, 2010 at 11:59PM PST and may be used in Sephora stores and Sephora inside JCPenney stores during regular store hours and on sephora.com (excluding Canadian checkout on sephora.com). Offer limited to Sephora V.I.B.’s only. Voucher must be presented at time of redemption when used in store. No minimum purchase required. May not be combined with any other offers. Not valid on prior purchases. May not be sold or otherwise transferred. Return of discounted merchandise will be for the price actually paid. Not valid for cash or cash equivalent. Not responsible for lost or stolen vouchers. Sephora reserves the right to change or rescind this offer at any time. Not valid for Sephora employees. Learn more about the V.I.B. program at any Sephora store or online at sephora.com/go/VIB.

B.I.s (Beauty Insiders–anyone is free to sign-up, it doesn’t cost anything!) save 15% off their entire purchase from April 12th through the 19th with online code BI15. As you can see, the image I have is quite small, so I can’t make out much of the fine print. Hopefully, I will have those details for you soon…

Are you shopping the sale? What’s on your list?

Sunday Link Love, Volume #025


Koren dishes out tips for hooded/heavy lids

Is it Sunday already? BOO!  It’s a good thing the weather has been so cloudy and cold this weekend, or else I don’t know if I’d have gotten my schoolwork done (let me rephrase… gotten some of it done!).

The Summer Season: Elizabeth Arden Perfect Flamingo Lipstick

Elizabeth Arden Perfect Flamingo Lipstick ($21.50 for 0.12 oz.) is a brightened shade of blue-based pink. It’s a creamy, smooth shade with an almost semi-matte finish — it has just a bit of sheen but it’s very played down. It provides semi-opaque color coverage while de-emphasizing lip lines. One of my favorite things about this lipstick is how moisturizing it is — it really keeps lips feeling their poutiest throughout the day. The wear is fantastic as well, as I can get through a cup of coffee without leaving all my lipstick behind! It doesn’t make through the whole day, but it stays on well enough not to need a reapplication after drinking, otherwise it lasts a solid four hours on me.

P.S. — This is a new-for-summer shade, and it looks like it’s currently sold out… but hopefully it’ll be restocked soon!

The Summer Season is a series of posts featuring bright, vibrant shades of coral, orange, and pink lipsticks and lipglosses — all perfect for a summer of fun — that runs through July 2010.

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