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Nailed It: Essie Lilly For Target Borrowed and Blue

Essie Polish for Lilly For Target

Essie Polish for Lilly For Target

Mani Monday just got a little preppier!  If you’ve been living under a rock Lilly Pulitzer’s capsule collection for Target not only sold out in minutes, was extremely cute for even the non-Lilly, and included a special release from Essie in 9 perfectly preppy shades!  These are all existing Essie shades but picked to coordinate with the Lilly For Target prints and styles.  Lilly is known for her preppy following and happy prints and I think Essie NAILED IT with their collection release.  The full collection pictured above from left to right:  Baby’s Breath, Gold Nuggets, Forget Me Knots, Capri, First Timer, Pansy, Mesmerized, Borrowed & Blue, and Where’s My Chauffeur.

Lilly For Target Beauty

Lilly For Target Beauty

I didn’t participate in the Pink Sunday Hunger Games, but I did show up the next day on my way to work and was pretty pleased in what they still had left in beauty.  After seeing this pale blue shade, Borrowed & Blue, in the sneak peeks it was THE item I was hunting for.  When I found it and the coordinating headband, bobby pins and nail file in the “My Fans” print I got pretty excited.

Essie Borrowed and Blue from Lilly For Target Collection

Ready For A Summer in Lilly with Essie Borrowed & Blue

Essie Borrowed & Blue is the perfect pale blue pastel.  It has just the right amount of white to not make it look too gawdy on (you know me and blue/green nails).  Application was also a dream!  It wasn’t too thick and it self leveled perfectly.

Essie Borrowed and Blue Swatch from Lilly for Target

Essie Borrowed and Blue Swatch from Lilly for Target

A little note, I totally rushed this mani (I was so excited!) and put on way too much quick dry top coat and my cuticles are bad, like really bad.  Don’t let that sway you, this color is perfect!  And even with the slight chipping from the massive amount of top coat it still lasted a week!

“Palm Beach Is A State of Mind”

Mani Monday in Essie Borrowed and Blue

Mani Monday in Essie Borrowed and Blue

Another note, these pictures were taken as the storm was rolling in, so super grey and cloudy day.  I tried to boost the exposure to see them a little better but it was so hard to capture the true color.  Just believe me when I say this is a true robin egg blue!  Here’s a little out of focused shot to see the great shine this polish has.

And shiny too!

And shiny too!

If you weren’t able to get your manicured mitts on any of the Essie polish, don’t worry because these are past shades from Essie, so they’ll pop up.  Maybe not with the tag (but who cares you throw that away anyways), but don’t pay the outrageous price on ebay, just be patient.  I know this shade is going to be in heavy rotation on my fingers this summer in Lilly!

Essie Borrowed & Blue for Lilly Pulitzer for Target

Essie Borrowed & Blue for Lilly Pulitzer for Target

St. Patrick’s Day Nails

Well, pre-St. Patrick’s Day nails…  All week I’ve been sporting Essie’s Absolutely Shore with an accent nail of Essie Turquoise & Caicos.  I told you its one of my ALL TIME favorite shades!

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Mani with my mark. ring too! (of course)

Let’s just pretend that’s an Irish coffee in there, when really it’s a chai.  I’ve really been obsessing over mint green so the pastel hue of Absolutely Shore has been perfect this week for my mood.  And since it’s been raining all week its instant happiness!

I have grand plans of changing this mani to Essie’s Pretty Edgy, a super bright kelly green, with some gold konad stamping but we’ll see how busy I get between now and tomorrow!  I’ll keep ya posted 😉

ps.  sorry for the crappy image quality… mobile pics.

Weekend Nails – Pink and Grey

Lately I’ve been loving pastels and all things Spring, but technically its still Winter.  Which is why the weather one day will be wonderful and the next crappy.  So that means my nails will follow a similar pattern, pastel pink for spring grey for winter.

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Overall pink and grey is one of my absolute favorite color combos, and this coming from someone who generally hates pink!  There’s just something about the contrast that makes  my eyes happy.  I was originally inspired by this pic found on Pinterest.  (which I’ll probably still do sometime)  I’ve been loving my mark. Nailed It mini trend lacquer duo so I jumped at the chance to use my favorite pink, Tickled Pink.  For the grey I also used another mark. Nailed It mini trend lacquer in Industrial.  (From the duo set from fall 2011, if interested in it message me, its been in and out of last chance at my eBoutique.)  Of course I had to do a gradient glitter on my accent nail, Essie A Cut Above.  I’ve been obsessed with this glitter since I got it.

I loved how they turned out and made a great weekend mani for weekend fun activities!  You can purchase the mark. Nailed It mini trend lacquer duo in Voilet Femme now available at my eBoutique.  http://ahessinger.mymarkstore.com