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Colour me renewed

This year saw Radiant Orchid arrive on the scene as the colour of the year, although it really wasn’t embraced by fashion designers, manufacturers, or anyone. Radiant orchid

There was rampant agreement that Radiant Orchid is not an easy colour to wear or incorporate into your wardrobe. It made an ok nailpolish colour, but other than that, most people were lukewarm to it.

Marsala, 2015 Colour of the Year

Pantone Marsala editWhat will be a far easier colour, in my opinion, is the 2015 colour of the year, Marsala. Reminiscent of Oxblood of a few years ago, Marsala is a warm, rich tone that will work well as either a main colour or accent. It also makes a great lipstick and nailpolish shade!

This red-brown tone also works in multiple seasons. It pairs nicely with light turquoise as a spring accent. Marsala works dreamily with pink and red florals for summer. In the fall, Marsala would be great in corduroy or denim in jackets and sweaters. Fall looks will roll nicely into winter’s cozy layers and accessories.

So, designers and brands, over to you. We look forward to enjoying the 2015 colour of the year all year long!

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Essie summer collection really shines

Recently, I had the opportunity to ‘test drive’ two new polish colours from Essie; part of their summer collection.

Resort Fling (left, above) is a cheery tangerine colour that epitomizes the carefree essence of summer. Bold and sophisticated, this is a look-at-me polish that is very fun. I personally wear a lot of oranges and so I can get a lot of wear out of this colour.

Cocktails and Coconuts (right, above) is a delicious metallic taupe shade that wears well with any summer outfit. I love the depth that the metallic treatment brings to the look. I find that taupe can typically be very flat and boring if it’s a matte colour, but this dances with shine and life.

One of the things I love best about Essie is the range of colours in the collection. Subtle shade differences help ensure you are able to pick exactly the right colour.

Some DIY polish tips to help you with your look:

  • Always use a base coat to fill in any ridges and bumps and prepare the nail for colour.
  • Always use two coats – although some pale pigments actually require three for complete coverage.
  • Finish with a clear top coat to protect the colour. Reapply top coat every few days to prolong the results.

DISCLAIMER: thanks to Obsessed Look for providing me with free samples of Essie polishes to try.