February 12th, 2014

#Backstage at Wes Gordon, these hands were begging for attention. 

essie and lead manicurist Rita Remark created this edgy french manicure by using an interesting technique:

First a layer of essie’s metallic Penny Talk followed by a layer of dark Bordeaux (or this shade), topped with Matte About You and finished with a Wicked tip. 

The result - this opulent looking nail.
Or a vampy Valentines Day look? 

Images via kristindee_ with Cult of Pretty 

September 7th, 2013

                

Backstage at Rebecca Minkoff #NYFW 

Designer Inspiration: "Evoking the beauty of nomads exploring the Mexican desert with a dash of punk rebellion, a portrait of Frida Kahlo inspired Minkoff’s palette of warm Navajo neutrals…"

Make up Stila, nails Essie, hair TRESemme

Images Cult of Pretty 

February 9th, 2012

The Essie nails by Tatyana Molto backstage at Costello Tagiliapietra were created with layers - Carry On, Little Brown Dress, and Bordeaux - to create a one of a kind shade.

I have to be honest - I never thought of doing this!  I always thought you had to mix them, but the layering idea is simple and awesome!

Photos - Cult of Pretty

February 9th, 2012

Backstage at Costello Tagliapietra.

Hair - René Furterer Makeup - MAC Nails - Essie/Beauty.com

Photos - Cult of Pretty

October 14th, 2011

                   

Ok so important announcement: Essie Weingarten is obviously my real mom. I’m doing a GIVEAWAY of the entire Essie Winter Collection (6 polishes). 

CONTEST OVER THANKS FOR PLAYING!

I had the ridiculous, insane privilege of chatting with Essie at a breakfast she threw the other day at Ten Over Ten.  She is really one of my heros - if you don’t know the story of her cult classic empire, which is ~30 years young and was acquired in 2010 by L’Oreal (THE dream of most beauty brands), you should really read this article.

                   

left to right: Size Matters, Brooch the Subject - which is what I have on above, Bangle Jangle, School of Hard Rocks, Bobbing for Baubles, Cocktail Bling

She was so refreshing - she just says whatever and it’s so insightful and incisive. I asked her how the color trend forecasting/decision-making that is the pure heart of her brand has changed since the L’Oreal acquisition … because those companies have a kind of trend forecasting machine going on … and she said they quickly realized she had a “gift from God for picking color” can I get an Amen? and they basically give her free reign. 

I mean she just walked into a meeting full of guys and announced the color name “Size Matters” and they approved it.  True story. (She was talking about diamonds though … obvz). So, yeah, nothing has changed … except thankfully we can get Essie at the drugstore now.

Anyway, you can win the whole magnificent Winter Collection, plus a cute silver bag and an emery board.

TO ENTER YOU MUST COMPLETE BOTH OF THESE STEPS …

1. Do ONE of the following…. reblog this post OR follow Cult of Pretty on Bloglovin’ OR follow Cult of Pretty on tumblr OR subscribe via email.

2. Leave a DISQUS comment below and tell me WHICH COLOR WILL YOU TRY FIRST - YOU HAVE TO WRITE THE NAME (see above)!  Don’t comment in “Ask Me Anything.” 

Contest ends next Friday October 21, 2011 at 11.59pm Eastern.  If you subscribe or follow to enter, you must be subscribed or following at the time of the drawing.  XO
CONTEST OVER

September 26th, 2011
You know greige (grey + beige)?  We broke up.  I’ve moved on. I’m all about preige now (purple + … you guessed it).
I love this color because my skin has kind of pink/purple dawn of the dead undertones, so as far as darker colors go, it’s very flattering.  I just can’t do a brown or a dark red - it makes me look unwell.
                 
From top to bottom nail in the image above:
1. Sally Hansen Commander in Chic ($6.99) | 2. Rimmel Lasting Finish Pro Steel Grey ($3.78) | 3. Essie Glamour Purse ($8.00)
The Essie is a little browner than the others, which are extremely similar (possibly the exact same - it happens).
What’s your favorite new nail color for Fall?

You know greige (grey + beige)?  We broke up.  I’ve moved on. I’m all about preige now (purple + … you guessed it).

I love this color because my skin has kind of pink/purple dawn of the dead undertones, so as far as darker colors go, it’s very flattering.  I just can’t do a brown or a dark red - it makes me look unwell.

                

From top to bottom nail in the image above:

1. Sally Hansen Commander in Chic ($6.99) | 2. Rimmel Lasting Finish Pro Steel Grey ($3.78) | 3. Essie Glamour Purse ($8.00)

The Essie is a little browner than the others, which are extremely similar (possibly the exact same - it happens).

What’s your favorite new nail color for Fall?


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