With 6, sweet new shades for the Essie Summer 2017 Collection that is inspired by sweet pastel and sugar confections. It's hard to not want to wear a new shade every week for the summer holidays. What I love personally about this collection is that each shade, I can see myself wearing until the bottles are empty.
sweet soufflé - creamy white with a golden glow. For a full coverage, I will apply 3 costs. It's a different tone of white for me, it is not a solid white but it does have some metallic tones running through it, in bright light I can see almost a blue in the bottle, on the nails it has a orange pearl streak.

baguette me not - sweet lilac with hints of pink undertones. Beautiful lilac tone, which I think will be my next nail colour. It makes me want to eat a sweet confectionary treat.

blue-la-la - dreamy sky blue. A pure pastel blue shade that works well with 2 coats on me. I quite like blue nail polish when I think about it. I don't have many pure blue shades, It's a good addition.
s'il vous play - fun, eye-catching metallic pink with a slight purple underneath. Love love love. When I was first playing with these polishes I wore this one an accent nail alongside sweet soufflé. Paired perfectly, even alone it's a must have. 2 coats for an even application and it wasn't a b-tch to remove like some glittery shades can be. It's not chunky glitter, It's an interesting formula.

fondant of you - vibrantly sweet golden orange.  Another like sweet soufflé, caught in lighting, there's a flash of colour running, this one has the golden shimmer. Takes 3 for a an even coat. Stunning shade.

éclair my love - bright berry toned red. It's a perfect red for the summer I feel, it is vibrant and a slight muted red. Coral comes to mind when I stare at the shade.

What shades catch your eyes during the Summer?


Essie Summer 2017 Collection

I've not heard of the Sand + Sky brand before. Maybe cos I don't watch most of what's going on, on social media. But when I saw the email regarding the brand, I felt it was a must for me to try.

Their pink clay mask seems to be heading towards cult status. It's a 4 - in - 1 treatment, there already eliminating multiple other mask needs. It comes with its own Sand & Sky brush to apply with as it's more hygienic and you can cover areas faster and give yourself an even coverage. There's s few ingredients that immediately stood out to me but when u saw liquorice, I knew it was one as I love liquorice for dark spot treatments.

Pink Australian Clay: Draws out impurities, toxins and pollutants from the skin. Refines the pores and deep cleanses the skin.

Organic Liquorice + Old Man's Weed: Draws out impurities, toxins and pollutants from the skin. Refines the pores and deep cleanses the skin.

Organic Aloe Vera + Pomegranate: Shrinks pores & soothes after Detoxify + Brighten. Stimulates collagen production.

Kakadu Plum & Kelp + Organic Mangosteen: Helps prevent free radical damage. Creates defence shield to leave skin clear and glowing.

Before I opened this I had a feeling this may of been a loose powder mask that needed water to activate but was so glad that it was already a ready made mixture, after I cleansed my face I began to apply with the brush, the mask, wet appears pink, goes on smoothly & not much needs to be used - first time use, I applied it from the lid lol. That's how little is needed. As it dries it becomes white but it doesn't tighten the skin so much that it's uncomfortable & it can't be moved. After it turned white, I left it for about 10 minutes, 15 minutes total.

I got a warm face cloth and began to wipe it off, I was amazed at the ease of removing this mask from my skin. My skin looked brighter and felt more smooth. What I noticed especially the blackheads on my nose, cleared and shrunk - and a few days later, still no sign of them. I would, highly recommend this mask, at £39.90, it can be looked at as expensive but if you are a fan of face mask, looking for one to help protect, detox and brighten, it's one for the wishlist.


Sand & Sky - Detoxify + Brighten.

Being all for exfoliation, I'm always open to try various exfoliation aids to keep my skin, smooth, hopefully even toned and dry skin free.

I was sent two scrubbers from Afterspa Round Dual Texture Scrubber (for deep cleansing and exfoliation for the whole body) & Facial Micro Scrubber  (for healthy and smooth skin for the face and neck).
The scrubbers are meant to be a lot more effective cleaning than using just our hands alone. It comes within a waterproof wallet and a suction cap so once it's used it can be hung up on the tiles of your shower/ bath and dry. I quite like that feature of the packaging.

Round Dual Texture Scrubber.
This one us for the entire body and it has an elastic strap at the back for a more easy grip and exfoliating process. It has two sides, the soft side is to massage the sensitive areas and the other side for a deeper exfoliation. I use this daily, with no issue. It's handy to use in the shower with my body wash and I feel it keeps on top of my exfoliating inbetween my major weekly body scrub. You know the one where I really see that dead skin roll off.

Facial Micro Scrubber.
This has a soft sponge pad within a pouch that has dual sides one softer and the other an exfoliator that is easy to clean & exfoliate the face. It's easy to use just wet the scrubber & apply your soap, I'm using black soap and I will just rub the soap on the scrubber and using circular motions, I use the exfoliator side first as I like to get rid of the dead skin before cleansing. I like how non abrasive the scrubber is, the face feels smooth and clean without looking red and irritated. It's advised to be replaced every 60 days.

With the micro scrubber £6.00 & the dual scrubber £6.50 it's very budget friendly to try out. Overall they're gentle on the skin and worth trying out. You can find these in Boots within the UK.

Have you ever used any products from Afterspa?

(currently working with no laptop so, not bad for a camera phone and memo pad write up if I do say so myself 😏)


Afterspa - Exfoliating Scrubbers.

March, I wrote about the launch of essie’s Treat Love & Colour collection which is a treatment that:
TREAT: Restore dry, brittle nails to a healthy look in just 1 week
LOVE: Pamper your nails with a formula that locks in moisture and perfects
COLOUR: Enhance nails instantly with visually brightening pigments for a healthy glow
I was sent three shades before and now they've expanded the collection to included 4 more shades (3 seen in order above - applied 3x)...
Good as nude: glimmering, warm and sandy beige.
See the light: beautiful and reflective ivory beige.
Tonal taupe: hints of gold in this beige taupe.
Treat me bright: bright in white with a sheer, powder hue. (not pictured)
These shades remind me a lot of Summer, rich tones of golds & bronzes to accentuate the sun kissed skin that can come with Summer whether real or faux. I was wearing Tonal Taupe for a while and really loved the way it looked and See The Light on my toes. Good As Nude is a surprising one because when I think nude tones, what it gives, isn't what I'd imagine. But I like that as it's different. I like that it has the same wide brush applicator as the gel polishes, it makes it easier to apply and to get more of a neat finish. Even with a wash of colour that these give. I normally do two coats for myself and because it dries fast, it's a quick treatment to do when your nails really need the TLC or when you're in a rush. I can't wait to see what other shades they look to release with this range. I think also a clear version would be nice if you wanted to treat your nails while wearing your favourite Essie polish but these do give a nice alternative to have a hint of colour while treating your nails.

What do you think?


More Essie Treat Love & Colour.