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OPI: Teenage Dream over Essie: Need A Vacation

Need A Vacation with Teenage Dream

Hi everyone! I don’t know about you, but I am super excited that tomorrow is Friday, what a long week! I needed some cheering up, so yesterday I decided to use OPI Teenage Dream, because I hadn’t yet. After looking at the post Liz did about it, I decided I wanted something a little more pink so I decided to layer it.

My pink of choice was Essie’s Need A Vacation, which is probably one of my favorite pinks. I just realized I haven’t blogged that one so I’m going to have to fly it solo in the near future so you all can see! It’s a lot like it looks in the bottle: light, creamy (verging on jellyish) baby pink.

Need A Vacation goes on kind of streaky in the first coat, so I did one coat and it was on the thicker side. I followed it up with OPI Teenage Dream, which is big holo glitter with small silver glitter. It has a nice, sheer light pink of it’s own when done in 3 coats, so with a more opaque pink underneath it gives it an extra boost.

Yum, glitter

I really liked how this turned out, it was a nice layering job if I do say so myself. I was enjoying wearing it, but unfortunately these two polishes and my base and top coat apparently just did not get along at all. It took a long time to dry and I nicked it while I thought it had dried long ago. After that it started immediately peeling. I’m not sure what it was, could have been the nail product combo, my nails, Thursday, the weather, we may never know… It was fun while it lasted though, so pretty!

Have you all done any amazing layering jobs with big glitters or other polishes from the Katy Perry collection? Comment back!

Where to Buy (Both polishes): Ulta / Salons / JC Penney/ Online Retailers / $8ish




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Essie: Lapis Of Luxury

Lapis Of Luxury was part of Essie’s 2010 Resort Collection. I honestly don’t think I have ever worn this polish. Lauren had it on last week and kept telling me how nice it was, so I decided to finally give it a go. Plus, I can’t even remember the last time I wore a creme polish. I really needed one.

Speaking of Essie, I really wish they would come out and give someone a straight forward answer regarding their new animal testing policies since they are part of L’Oreal now. Since they aren’t, I figure the worst. And since Lauren contacted PETA and they also had no answers I’m going to take that as a “yes we do,” which is a bummer. I always loved their resort collections. Also, how is everyone feeling about Essie in drugstores, Target, etc?

Dusty periwinkle

It is DRAB outside so my photos ended up a little sub par for my liking. Lapis of Luxury is an interesting color. It’s a slightly dusty periwinkle blue. Not too sky blue, it’s almost more of a cornflowerish periwinkle. It’s not as bright as you would think. It has some grey in it so it’s actually quite flattering. I think it’s looking particularly nice on my skin, and I usually complain about that.  This color looks great. It’s a nice pastely color without being too pastel.

Slightly less blue in real life. More grey.

This photo is just a touch too blue, but was the closest I could get to the actual color. It’s a little more subdue. The finish on this polish, like the rest in this collection, is actually a little more of a half jellyish half creme. Not really thick like a creme. I used three coats and it went on perfectly. This manicure looks really great and I think it’s because of this polish’s great formula and application. I’m loving wearing this color.

Where to Buy: Online Retailers (Or you might be able to find it floating around some place like Ulta) / $ 8

I’d like to rant a little bit on my Zoya BOGO order. I ordered mine the night of the sale and still haven’t gotten my order. I live 7 hours from Cleveland, come on! Lauren in NOLA got hers THREE days ago. And my best friend in Miami got her’s two days go! Give me a break, Zoya. Totally annoyed.

– Liz


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OPI Shatter with Essie: Jackie Oh My

Shatter over creamy Jackie Oh My

My sister kindly presented me with a bottle of Shatter over the weekend. Since then, I have been thinking about what combo I was going to use for my first attempt.  And let’s say, my first couple attempts weren’t the best.

I know you guys have seen tons of these swatches and combos, and to be frank, I wasn’t in love with Shatter via blogs but wanted to give it a try myself to be fair and see how much I liked it.

OPI Shatter

At first, I tried Zoya’s Alegra with the shatter, which is really similar to the pinky red in the Katy Perry collection.  That combo turned out to be WAY too much for my taste. It didn’t look great at all. So, I went the opposite route. I used three coats of Jackie Oh My. The light, creamy, sheer polish has some secret shimmer. I think I prefer this sort of look with the shatter because it’s not too many things shouting at you all at once. This gives a neutral background that allows the shatter to do the talking. I didn’t like how goopy the shatter is. But I liked that it was pretty easy to control and getting smaller lines and cracks was simple with a thin coat.

I’m pleased that the shatter isn’t actually as bumpy  and gritty on the nail as it can look in photos. It’s actually pretty smooth to the touch, texture wise. It doesn’t bother me like heavy glitters can. I was concerned about that.


I also think that I don’t love shatter because I think it’s a little over the top and is almost meant to be paired with a screaming polish to make it even MORE intense. I mean, you guys know I like my bright, fun, not safe polish colors but something about this is a little much. I also try to give myself a flawless manicure every time, so this intentional imperfection is throwing me off slightly. I think the neutral base is allowing this look to grow on me. But for me, I think it’s something more appropriate for a special occasions or a fun holiday manicure.

Where to Buy: Ulta / Dillard’s / JCPenny / Trade Secret / Online Retailers / $ 8.50

Is anyone else feeling the same as I am with shatters and crackles? Or can you not get enough with the the new color crackles? Or are you kind of over it?

– Liz


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Essie: Scarlet O’Hara

Miss Scarlet!

I’ll preface this post by saying that I love Gone With The Wind so it goes without saying that I needed Essie’s Scarlet O’Hara. I got this polish sometime last year and chose to bring it back this weekend!

Scarlet O’Hara is a darkish red packed with lots of lovely shimmer. Surprisingly, this was kind of hard to photograph, it came out looking brighter and more cherry red than it actually is in person. I edited the photos slightly to reflect the true color better because I think the sunlight brightened it too much so I think the color of these photos is closer to the actual Scarlet.

You'll never go hungry again!

I used 2 coats, it goes on very nicely and I can’t imagine needing 3. Very opaque and very shimmery in its natural state. No issue with runny-ness, thickness, or sheerness. The pictures of it that I took made me think it almost looked like the shimmer, non-jelly version of Essie Jelly Apple, but like I said I do think it’s darker. I think this is a nice, traditional red if perhaps you’re not into reds and just need a basic in your arsenal or you have too many reds and need a classic go-to polish.

Up close

This last picture kind of shows how Scarlet O’Hara looks in shade and in direct sunlight, the 2 middle fingers are brighter and in the sunlight (ring finger especially) and the pointer and pinky are back in the shade. The wear on this was fine, I had a chip the next day that was small, but still annoying. This was the typical red nightmare to remove, but no worse than any other pigmented red polish. Its definitely a nice, classic red and was also nice and classic for Valentine’s Day!

Where to Buy: Essie / Ulta / / Salons / $8ish

In danger of running out for clearance candy…


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Essie: Chinchilly

Essie Chinchilly

So, I didn’t mean to get all anti-Valentines Day on everyone on purpose with this lacquer color. It was sort of on accident. I thought about doing some kind of pink / pink glitter accent manicure last night because I didn’t really have any polish calling out for me to wear, but ended up with this grey instead. Make sense since pink isn’t really my thing.

I ended up picking out Chinchilly because I haven’t yet blogged about it and haven’t worn it in quite a while, almost a year to be exact. Isn’t it strange how we can remember what polish we were wearing at a certain time? I mean, I know all of us that are obsessed can. We’re freaks. Fixated addicts. I actually have very clear memories of when I wore a lot of my polishes. This was a good memory.


Chinchilly is a grey jelly. The formula on this polish is super thin. On the first coat it looks sort of like you rubbed clay or mud on your nails. The pigmentation is bad, it looks brown and very streaky. Though, somehow when you apply a thicker second coat, you get this. A great, even, pigmented grey. I probably could have done another coat but I was feeling lazy and was distracted by watching X Files.

This polish is a warmer grey, it has sort of a taupe color mixed in so it’s not too cold. And it allows it to be more flattering on the skin. It’s also a darker grey. This polish has the tiniest bit of green in it, that I don’t think will work for everyone. For me, I don’t any green leaning on my skin tone so I have no problem. I think a lot of grey’s I see are mostly cremes and cool toned blues, so this is sort of something different…in the realm of greys. This polish has a clean, sophisticated look to it, like most neutral polishes do.

Where to Buy: / Ulta / Local Retailers / Online Retailers / $8 ish

– Liz


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OPI and Essie: Animal Testing & Email From PETA

How cute is this guy?

I know by now most polish addicts are aware of the recent sales of OPI to Coty and Essie to L’Oreal. This has created a lot of talk about what’s going to happen with the future of those 2 brands. We’ve already seen Essie start becoming widely available in places like Walmart. Some of the concerns regarding the sales involve the animal testing practices of both Coty and L’Oreal. As far as we know, both companies engage in animal testing with their products and many of us have been concerned that this would tarnish the image of OPI and Essie.

With Death By Polish, Liz and I do are trying to do our best not to support any companies that participate in animal testing, so needless to say we were invested in learning what this meant for OPI and Essie. After not hearing anything after about a month or two, we decided to seek out some better information as to what the new animal testing policies would be for OPI and Essie.

For the most part, I use the “Do” and “Don’t Test” lists of companies compiled by PETA because I feel they are well researched and as up to date as possible. It’s very easy to find competing information about who does and does not test on animals nowadays. I noticed that their lists had not changed the status of OPI or Essie so I e-mailed someone at PETA and wanted to share the results I got with everyone so you can have access to the same information and take from it what you will and make your own choices.

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Essie: Sag Harbor

Essie Sag Harbor

Things for me right now more than mundane. I feel a disconnect from life, and apparently it’s translating into my polish. This morning I figured I’d give one of the Milani One Coat Glitter’s a try because I was looking at some photos and they looked really good. I applied two coats and HATED everything about it immediately and had to remove it. So gross.

So, I went to a safe, beloved polish of mine for some TLC. Essie Sag Harbor is perfect. And I’ve been wanting to revisit this polish for a while and figured now would be a good time since a lot of bloggers have been mentioning it has a twin sister in China Glaze Sea Spray. Which was one of the first things I noticed about Sea Spray, and why I haven’t been dying to get it.

Essie Sag Harbor

Sag Harbor is like a cool, spring day on a dock, or a stormy sunset.  The light, greyed out blue of this polish is the perfect balance. It’s not too dark. Not too blue. Not too grey. Something about the color is also very warm, like in a soothing way. Even though on first description it could seem partially gloomy, but it’s gloomy is a cozy way.

Sag Harbor, like CG Sea Spray, has a glorious silver shimmer running through it. But the shimmer is so fine, that it somehow allows for this perfect, even metallic sheen throughout the finish of the polish. It’s noticeable, but not.

Metallic silver shimmer in Sag Harbor

As much as I love this polish, the formula isn’t great. It’s a little thin and streaky on the first coat. And the microscopic Essie brushes don’t make it any easier. But by the second you can apply a thicker coat and get things nice and even.

Sag Harbor / Concrete Jungle

I wanted to include this photo in case you haven’t seen Sag Harbor before. CJ is a pretty common polish, so you can kind of gauge Sag Harbor from it. As you can see, Sag Harbor is such a pretty color. It’s light and blue. Which could also be used to describe RBL Concrete Jungle, but the grey dominates it. Sag Harbor’s a light blue with a hint of grey that makes it a really great stormy, nautical polish.

Where to Buy: Online Retailers

Also, I have been seriously dying to own Essie Greenport, which is also from this collection. I have read about bloggers ordering it online, but I can never find it. Can anyone help me out with this?

– Liz


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