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Can we even talk about nails for a second? I type all day long and my manicures last for exactly 3 seconds before I chip something… this leaves me constantly looking for BETTER! Can I get an AMEN?!
I found a new line that is available at select Target stores called Essence. Here in the US, Essence cosmetics is an up and coming brand- but I dug deeper and learned the Germans have known about these goodies since 2001! Known for high quality, on-trend products with super affordable prices, Essence was just what I was looking for. Their nail line offers a wide range of beautiful colors, with base and top coats, giving you the gel manicure you love without harsh lights or a trip to the salon.
Then there’s style, flirt, and glamor. I want a bit more of that in my life! It’s always a struggle to not fall into my mom ways… after all, before I’m wife, mom, blogger: I’m me. I’m an athletic, on-the-go woman, and I deserve a bit of style and glam in my manicures! So, I went out on a limb and grabbed up some opposites to create my own take on the color block manicure- then took it to my toes for yet another color block revision in a pedicure. And, not to be punny, I nailed it!
Starting off with my chosen colors shaken and ready to use, I cleaned my bare nails with rubbing alcohol- this assures the perfect adhesion of your nail color. I then applied a basecoat:
With my lighter shade, I painted my ring finger nail on my right hand and all but my ring finger on the left. To recreate this idea on my toes, I painted my big toe in the lighter shade on my right foot and all toes except my big toe on the left.
Using my darker shade, I painted the remainder of my nails and toes.
I then sealed my nails with the gel topcoat and let them dry for about 10 minutes. (Yes, just one coat was perfect!)
I love the look, and it’s such a subtle difference between hands and feet that you kind of have to look hard to see it… and admire it! I can’t wait to try this out with some super bright colors in the summer!
Being able to give myself a fun manicure and pedicure at my leisure is my favorite- experimenting with color and trends makes makeup that much more accessible to everyone- show that personality, right?! So, I opted to try out a few different color blocks, and I’ve gotten quite a few compliments, my favorite being “Girl, that is the perfect everyday any day look.” (Thanks, Starbucks barista for making my day.)
And it’s true… Essence helps me create my everyday look, easily- with a wide range of eye color palettes and lip shades, as well as their super fun blush, which actually has a multitude of colors built in- from sunrise oranges to a deep pink. My favorite new product: Make Me Brow eyebrow gel. It’s perfect for taming, and the color gives my brows a highlight without looking painted on- the look is fresh and clean. I love it! Essence gives me all the freedom to be fun, feel beautiful and explore new looks.
Please check out my color block video on IG and my day and nighttime looks- created with most of the same products- on YouTube.
At its core, Essence is about individual beauty of all shapes and sizes, and it shows! All the colors available allow me to express my personality, daily, and create fun, confident looks… even on my hardest days, like the cowl-neck sweatshirt (which is a maternity shirt) days.