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We tried it: Essie Resort 2014 collection

- April 3rd, 2014

The calendar says Spring, but we’re still wrapped in parkas. For a little warm weather inspiration (and pick me up) we try out Essie’s resort collection for 2014.

With four vibrant colours made for a beach vacation, we gave our nails the vacation treatment – even if we’re sadly stuck in the cold.


Essie Resort Collection available at mass retailers. $9.99 per polish

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Toronto fashion week: Get a runway-ready manicure at home

- March 18th, 2014

The first day of World MasterCard Fashion Week in Toronto was a mix of toughness and softness: Biker jackets and tight midi skirts in pretty pastel colours at Mikhael Kale and LINE Knitwear, leather textured with a rose pattern at Beaufille, and long gowns slashed with cutouts at VAWK.


Runway-ready: Natalia’s manicure by the Essie team at World MasterCard Fashion Week in Toronto.

Those details were echoed right down to the manicures: Tough-girl cutout shapes at Mikhael Kale and a dark-to-light ombre looks at LINE, created by the team at Essie Canada.

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We tried it: Essie winter 2013 nail polish collection

- December 12th, 2013

Nothing makes the ladies in the office happier than a new nail polish collection to try out.*

*Except for sweets.


Essie winter 2013 collection. (Essie)

We took a group test drive with Essie’s winter 2013 collection just in time for holiday parties. Each polish is $9.99 and available in salons and retailers now. Find out what our editors thought of the lacquers – and whether they’re gift-worthy.

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We tried it: Essie Sleek Stick Nail Appliqué (stick-on polish)

- April 10th, 2013
Essie 'a to zebra'

Essie Sleek Stick Nail Appliqué in “a to zebra” is $14.99 at retailers across Canada.

Gone are the days of mono-shade manicures. Nail art has been the must-have fashion accessory for the past two years.

Brands like Essie have responded with amazing colours, textures and appliqués like the sleek stick black ones I recently tried out. Read more…

The prettiest polishes for spring and summer

- May 3rd, 2012

We’re in the little bubble of spring where it’s still too chilly for summery separates, but everyone’s itching to wear something plucky. (The exception here is your crazy neighbour who’s already in shorts.) Thankfully, you can brighten up the final remains of your winter wardrobe with cheerful colours on your nails.

Lacquers are bright again this spring and summer, but slightly toned down from the full-on neon hues that were popular the last couple of years. My favourites are rose, lavender, peach and teal palletes – the last of which will look great against Pantone’s colour of the year “Tangerine Tango,” and most coral and blush pieces.

Retro tones – think Cadillac car paint from the ’50s  – are ladylike and sort of cinematic, Essie even dedicated their gorgeous resort collection to Audrey Hepburn, Grace Kelly and Elizabeth Taylor. Here are my favourite polishes for the warmer months, with a nod to my favourite filmmaker.

Broadway Danny Rose

Quo by Orly Just Married, GOSH Blissful, and Bourjois Paris So Lacque Rose Lounge. (Supplied)

Quo by Orly polish in Just Married, GOSH polish in Blissful, and Bourjois Paris So Lacque in Rose Lounge. (Supplied)

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