Another wedding season approaches, bringing with it a bevy of bachelorette parties, bridal showers, bridesmaid dresses — which they always say you can wear again (yeah, right!) — and, of course, rampaging bridezillas!
Honestly, I can’t blame brides for going cuckoo for Coco Puffs when there are so many details involed in getting hitched (especially when you’re doing the planning yourself). It’s hard to imagine just how frustrating a seating chart can be, how something so supposedly simple can make a gal simultaneously cry and foam at the mouth like a rabid chihuahua.
But some details don’t have to be hard. Why not make two of them, like what polish to wear on your fingers and toes, a little easier with Essie’s The Wedding Collection Nail Polish cube ($17)?
The limited edition set comes with four Essie nail polish minis in matrimonial shades. There’s Made to Honor (a warm, sheer pinkish beige), Better Together (a sheer candy pink), First Dance (a classic creamy red) and Borrowed & Blue (a creamy sky blue).
From left to right: Better Together, Made to Honor, First Dance and Borrowed & Blue
At first I thought Borrowed & Blue would run away with this bride, but then First Dance intervened. It’s funny — with all of the crazy nail colors out there now, red polishes can seem almost tame. First Dance, however, deserves extra affection. It’s neither too orange nor blue. Rather, it’s more like a neutral, and I bet it would look lovely on an array of skin tones. And while the rest of the collection requires two coats for full coverage, First Dance only needs one.
Borrowed & Blue still looks like a blast, though, and might be the better choice for edgier brides.
The two sheer pinks embody classic Essie style. Both apply smooth, without any streaks, and should look great in wedding pictures, too.
Peep the following swatches, and let me know if anything here makes you want to say “I do.”
Borrowed & Blue (left) and First Dance (right)
Made to Honor (left) and Better Together (right)
Compared to the quick-drying Becca polishes I tried last week, these Essie colors take forever to set (a good 30 minutes, versus Becca’s 10). Just something to think about if you’re always pressed for time.
AVAILABILITY: At beauty salons, stores and also online
MAKEUP AND BEAUTY BLOG RATING: A- (they take a while to dry)
I’m a heartbroken Law & Order: SVU fan…
It’s the end of an era. 🙁 After more than a decade on the show, Christopher Meloni, aka Detective Stabler on Law and Order: SVU, is leaving the show after the current season. Insert a river of tears [HERE].
I’ve been a huge SVU fan for years, and I can’t even imagine it without un-Stabler. Half the fun of watching the show was always waiting for him to go apesh*t on a perp. And it didn’t hurt that he’s hot.
I’m reading rumors that Jennifer Love Hewitt might take his spot (WHAT?). I guess we’ll know soon enough.
Are you a fan of the show? If you are, can I borrow a shoulder to cry on?
Your friendly neighborhood beauty addict,
P.S. FYI, bargain hunters! The Nordstrom Half-Yearly Sale for Women & Kids starts today. I looked around a little while this morning. Spotted a few things for 50% off…