Ulta Haul and new product line: Essence

So I was visiting my Mom this weekend and today we dropped by Ulta to browse for some goodies.  We ended up getting some good stuff.  I’ve posted a YT video about all of it as well, so I don’t want to be redundant w/ this post.  However, I did want to go into a little more detail about some of the products more than I did in the video.  Mainly, this new product line that Ulta has started to carry called Essence.  Funny thing is that I was catching up on reading blogs that I’m subscribed to and TravelsWithEuridice did a post of the line.  I’d never heard of it and it was super ironic that I came across a post giving some insight on it.  Apparently, the line is German and was supposed to debut in Ulta stores in April, but Ulta already has it out.  The products are very affordable, like seriously affordable and with the recession still being a factor for many, this line is a good alternative to other more expensive lines that carry like products.  They even have a Konad knock off, which of course I had to get.  Even funnier was that I’d be browsing around before I purchased my Konad to see if I could find it anywhere other than online and I came up with no luck, until of course I already have mines and wasn’t looking for it anymore and say the Essence one.  Anyhow, I’m pretty excited about this line and look forward to getting some more things from it.

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Don’t forget to watch my video and be on the lookout for swatches of the polishes!

 

 

xoxo,

 

~Tenns

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Nail Polish Swatches: Zoya Davincia

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This is such a pretty color, or rather it photographs much prettier than it actually is IMO.  I typically like deep wines as far as nail shades, and i think that’s why I get a little bored with them.  Davincia is a very safe, yet sexy color.  its perfect for an evening out, but I don’t think that it has that ‘melt you heart’ feel to it that say, Isla has.  It looks pretty much like another wine colored nail polish on the nail, reminds your of a glass of Cabernet or Merlot for sure.  The finish is glossy with some shimmer, not overload though.  I dries no faster or slower than any other polish, definitely doesn’t fall into the realm of “fast-drying” polishes though.

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I have two coats of Davincia on, any more than that and it would be too thick. I used Seche Vite as my top coat and so far overall, no chipping, well only one on my thumb. I’m pretty rough w/ my nails, so I don’t blame the polish or top coat for that.  I do see a little receding my pinky nail, which you can see in the picture.  For some reason this happens to me pretty often though, not sure why.  Maybe, the receding is due to the application of a top coat too soon after polishing?  Anyhow, all in all, I really like Davincia and would definitely repurchase it.  I’m a big fan of Zoya polishes and have plenty more to swatch, review, and purchase.

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Davincia – Available @ Zoya.com $6-$7

Seche Vite- Available @ Sally Beauty Supply

 

xoxo,

 

~Tenns

Konad….

So I finally ordered my Konad stamper, 3 plates, and one of those “special” polishes in white.  I’ve been pretty intrigued, so to say, with Konad since I first heard about it.  I did think it was a little gimmicky, especially when I saw a few people of Youtube who had received and were doing reviews on it.  However, since then I have seen some really awesome nails design and I love that fact that it d-i-y.  I’ve actually been scouting it out to see if I could purchase it in store somewhere, but to no avail, I ended up just ordering it from wowsocool.com.  I had 30% off discount code so that incentivized me that much more to buy it.  I’ll definitely be playing around with it as soon as I get it and will be reviewing as well as swatching many new nails designs!

xoxo,

~Tenns