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Essie – Sand Tropez

Essie - Sand TropezDear Sand Tropez,

Hey. I think I owe you an apology. We had a thing four years ago…and I said some pretty nasty things. You didn’t deserve it. I’m sorry.



So, this polish. We have a history. Sand Tropez was originally released as part of the Essie 2011 Spring Collection that also included Coat Azure, Topless & Barefoot, Nice is Nice, French Affair, and Kisses & Bisses.

My review from 2011 was pretty brutal. I actually vowed to never open the bottle again. Who does that? I’m so dramatic sometimes. You can read the old post here, but only if you promise to try and ignore my scary cuticles. Seriously. ST has been sitting in my melmer since then, neglected and ignored. But… I needed a base for a new glitter and it kept coming to mind. So…

I actually really like this polish. Maybe it’s because it’s much more flattering in late summer than late winter or because my tastes have changed a bit, but it’s a handy dandy little polish. Sand Tropez a sandy beige that leans a little grey in the shade. It’s simple, classic, and chic. I used three coats. I love how nude/neutral polishes make your hands look so elegant. I’ve been walking around like a fool the past few days just sort of gazing at my hands.

This polish is still available! It retails for 8.50. I think I originally found mine at Walgreens, but it’s available at Ulta and all the usual essie retailers. It’s also prime eligible on amazon which is always nice.

What amazing weekend plans do you have?

Stay weird,

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Birthday Mani 2015

Perfect Pair essie Flowerista and Orly Bubbly Bombshell As of Sunday I am a year older. Woohoo! I had a lovely weekend with friends and family though the main even was earlier in the week when the boy and I went to see Matt Nathanson, The Fray and Train on the Picasso at the Wheel tour. We had the best time. Anyhow. Orly Bubbly […] Continue reading →

Nail Art: essie Private Weekend Polka Dots

Blue and White polka dot manicure Growing up in North Carolina the combination of light blue (or Carolina blue as we call it…) and white is everywhere. Even now I tend to gravitate to that color combination. I thought Salt Water Happy and Private Weekend from essie’s Summer 2015 Peachside Babe collection would lend well to a blue and white manicure. […] Continue reading →

Nail Art: Scattered Polka Dot Manicure

Scattered Polka Dot Nail Art I love this manicure SO MUCH! essie Chillato was the definite stand out to me from the essie Peach Side Babe collection. That being said I wanted to wear Chillato but I also wanted to use my (not so new anymore…) dotting tools. essie Jiggle Hi Jiggle Low is the perfect complement to Chillato. The […] Continue reading →

Memorial Day Manicure 2015

Memorial Day Manicure 2015 Happy Memorial Day! Hopefully everyone is enjoying their long weekend. Memorial Day weekend is a very busy weekend in Charlotte because of the Coca Cola 600. I’m not a NASCAR fan (I know very little about the sport) but I do make a point to get up to Speed Street which is a three day […] Continue reading →

essie Salt Water Happy

essie Salt Water Happy The Daily Varnish I believe this is the last polish from essie’s summer 2015 Peach Side Babe collection I have to review. That means there was only one disappoint from the 6 piece collection; Private Weekend. Because Salt Water Happy is perfection. essie describes Salt Water Happy as a sugar-sweet Atlantic blue. Well, I don’t know if y’all […] Continue reading →

essie Private Weekend

essie Private Weekend The Daily Varnish Y’all. I am so sad about this polish. SO SAD! I thought I was going to love Private Weekend. The description essie came up with is so lovely: pristine and pretty. sparkling and crisp. infused with subtle shimmer, this radiant white is a lovely luxe getaway from the everyday. Sounds gorgeous. Makes all my nail […] Continue reading →

essie Pret-A-Surfer

essie Pret-A-Surfer The Daily Varnish Ok, y’all, I freaking LOVE this polish! Pret-A-Surfer is from the essie 2015 Peach Side Babe collection. It took a backseat to Sunset Sneaks and Chillato because those two polishes are right up my alley. So this one is a bit of a surprise favorite. essie describes Pret-A-Surfer as a marine blue but depending on […] Continue reading →