Urban Graphite Nail Art Tutorial & Essie Nail Colour Review

A lazy Sunday afternoon calls for the perfect opening in my schedule for Marco and a mani. And no, Marco is not my man but in reference to the Netflix series Marco Polo, inspired by the life of the early explorer which I’ve been obsessively watching (I always loved history – even if the show might not be entirely accurate)!

So picking up my recently purchased Essie colours, Bobbing For Baubles and Over The Edge, from my massive beauty haul featured on Instagram (please follow me, as I’ve just started putting up my most recent beauty buys and outfits here!), I drew inspiration from the real urban vibe that the dark denim blue and gun metal grey shades gave off.

What you’ll need:

  • Dark Blue nail polish
  • Metallic grey nail polish
  • Top coat
  • Nail tape

So on clean nails, start laying the tape in a random directions. Once you’re happy with the layout you’ve created, press the tape down firmly to ensure it adheres well to the nail to prevent any polish seeping under the tape.Now paint two even coats over the entire nail. I chose to paint my thumb and ring fingers in Over The Edge (grey) and the rest in Bobbing For Baubles (blue).Once the polish is semi-dry, carefully pull off the tape. The best way to describe when it’s ready is when the top layer has somewhat hardened but the bottom is still soft. Remove the tape when it’s too wet and it will smudge, remove the tape when it’s too dry and it might pull the polish off as well!

Once the polish has completely dried, finish off with the usual top coat and you’re done!

Review
Overall, I’m mightily impressed by the Essie products. A crime in itself, this was my first time using Essie Nail Colours – better late than never! The polish went on smoothly and evenly with great colour pay off! What I was most intrigued with was the extra wide brush which allows you to cover more surface, more evenly than a regular sized brush. The dry time was also pretty quick considering I had painted on relatively thick layers of polish. So a big thumbs up for Essie, I couldn’t ask for a better product!!

  • Essie Nail Colours in Bobbing For Baubles and Over The Edge: 10/10

Hope you all enjoyed this tutorial!! What are your favourite Essie shades?

Cassie xx

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My All-Time Favourite Beauty Products

Having battled hyper sensitive, break-out prone, combination skin for years, I’ve become increasingly careful about the products I use. While my skin has really settled now that I’m in my twenties, one could call it paranoia, has meant that it’s not often that I welcome a new product to my daily staples. On the rare occasion that I find a product I truly fall in love with, I tend to jump in wholeheartedly, religiously drenching myself in it. So these are my top beauty must-haves (at least for now)!

Avene Eau Thermale Trixera Emollient Cream
I’m convinced that this luxurious, hypoallergenic cream can cure a whole host of skin ailments! An amazing face and body moisturiser, infused with water from the Sainte-Odile springs in France, its anti-irritant properties has calmed my skin from redness, allergy related sensitivity, dryness in the winter and sunburn in summer. I use this daily, particularly on my face under my BB cream. The large tube last for ages and being fragrance free, it won’t interfere with the scent of your perfume like other body lotions!Napoleon Perdis Camera Finish Compact Powder
My favourite compact by far as you may be able to tell from the numerous scratches and fingerprints! This powder creates the softest, sheerest veil. Everything from the sleek gold compact to the dewy light to medium coverage is just perfect! Due to my neurotic obsession with everything and anything anti-aging, of course I had to find a make up that added something positive to my skincare routine. Containing a Matrix Rebuilding Complex (no idea what this is but sounds good to me!), skin-brightening photonic green crystals as well as Vitamins C and E, this age defying formula fights wrinkles and provides anti-oxidant power!Napoleon Perdis Divine Goddess Lipstick in Calypso
Though I love that little bit of extra chic a classic crimson pout adds to any outfit, the all day maintenance can be a real hassle, not to mention the unsightly thought of unevenly faded lips! I wore this colour in a previous outfit post, Romance Was Born, being a pink kinda girl this is my go-to shade – my pocket size tube of confidence! While I adore this playful colour, it is its rich, creamy formula and bold pigments that creates a long lasting, fade proof pout, even through eating (though perhaps not fried chicken) is what keeps me back coming for more.Skin79 Hot Pink Super Plus Beblesh Balm SPF 25
I’m a huge advocate of this product. I’ve used this BB cream for years and still can’t get enough! An anti-aging treatment, skin brightener & toner, UV protector, make up primer, mattifier by controlling sebum production and light coverage tinted moisturiser all in one. It’s because of this product that I haven’t used liquid foundation in forever! This BB cream creates a smooth base and extends the longevity of my Napoleon Perdis compact powder. A built-in sunscreen means it prevents aging as much as it treats it. Even if you don’t spend much time outdoors, you’d be surprised how much sun damage can happen just during day-day driving in the car!L’Oreal Elvive Extraordinary Oil
I had to spice things up by throwing in a hair product! This is the only saving grace for my regularly chemically hair. Initially devoted to the coveted Moroccan Argan oil, I grew partial its lighter texture and fragrance scent (as an added bonus, it’s much cheaper too!). A unique blend of six oils, (lotus, chamomile, rose, tiare flower, matricaria and flax). It leaves locks soft and healthy when infused into wet hair, can be used as a deep nourishing mask to treat damaged strands and roughly scrunch into dry hair as a leave-in condition for added shine!

So that’s it from me and don’t forget to share the products that you can’t live without.

Cassie xx

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