I’ve Got the Blues: L.A. Girl Color Addict in Idol and Essence Denim Wanted in My Boyfriend’s Jeans

Something is very wrong with me lately – I have next to no interest in buying any new nail polish!  Even most of the Spring shades that are cropping up here and there hold no real allure for me.  So unlike me!  My dedication to wearing polish hasn’t waned, but buying it sure has.  I think it might be due to the fact that within the next 10 months, I have plans to travel to Jamaica (just booked – we’re going to the Sandals Whitehouse!!), possibly Vancouver, possibly Montreal, possibly Alaska/Yukon, Newfoundland, and New Zealand (for five weeks!!!!).  So….yeah.  Looks like my priority this year is travel, with cosmetics taking a (slight) backburner – though don’t fret, it just means my purchases will be more thoughtful, and by extension, totally awesome 😀ANYWAY (I apologize for my tendency to ramble lol).  I have unworn/unswatched shades to show you, that will tide you (and me) over until that day comes when I once again feel the call of the polish (wow, I’m dramatic tonight, aren’t I?!).  Let’s see what I got!

The first polish I’m going to show you is Essence My Boyfriend’s Jeans, from the Denim Wanted collection last year, which had I think three shades.  I first mentioned this polish when I finally got my hands on Lippmann’s Across the Universe.  Essence is a very reasonably priced nail polish company that’s made in Scotland (though I think it is a German brand) – you can buy it at Shoppers Drug Mart for between $1.99-4.99.  My Boyfriend’s Jeans is a medium blue creme with a slight teal leaning.  Almost fully opaque in one coat, it has an easy flowing formula, with good consistency that’s not too thick or thin.  It’s fairly shiny on it’s own, as you can see below (no top coat was used).  Two coats and you’re good to go!

L.A. Girls Color Addict in Idol was a shade I picked up way back, when I was desperately on the hunt for a shade similar to Dior’s Bond Street, a beautiful dark slate-blue.  This doesn’t really compare, but is still pretty nonetheless.  It’s a dusky, muted, grayed-out deep blue with golden shimmer.  It’s also quite opaque, with a slightly thick formula that isn’t really problematic.  If you were in a rush you could get away with one coat (I’ve got just one on the pinky nail for reference), but I don’t recommend that kind of application as it can chip much faster.  It’s also pretty glossy without any top coat (as shown below).I appreciate that the shimmer in this polish is readily apparent, and you don’t have to get it at certain angles, or in sunlight, to make it show up.  It’s a rather unique shade and I like that the golden shimmer in a cool-toned base make it wearable for warmer and cooler skintones. L.A. Girls polishes retail at Lawtons for around $4-5CAD, so it’s a pretty good deal too.

I quite like both of these polishes, maybe more so the L.A. Girls due to it’s uniqueness, and they’ll be sticking around in my stash for a while.  Yay to polishes I like! 🙂  Blue is definitely one of my favorite shades, I just find it works with just about everything and anyone.

Is anyone else on a polish hiatus?  What do you think causes this phenomenon?  Any suggestions on how I can get out of it??

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  1. #1 by Eugenia on January 7, 2012 - 12:17 pm

    Oh wow…you may be coming to Montreal? YAY! If that happens, we HAVE to get together! Congrats on the planned vay-cay….I’m so happy for you! I’m a travel freak; I love nothing better than packing a suitcase (yes…I’m crazy, as my husband & daughter often tell me, lol!). You may have lost temporary interest in polish right now, but trust me, travelling & coming across new brands or stuff you can’t find readily at home, and your heart will quicken again! There’s nothing wrong with feeling like you do right now, Toya; it’s called over-saturation…a by-product of being a beauty blogger, I suppose. After all, it’s getting harder & harder for brands to come up with new stuff that doesn’t have some kind of gimmick attached…how many times can one re-invent the wheel, right? Why not look at what you’ve got lying around and concentrate on that…sort of like giving your brain a rest from trying to keep up with the latest & greatest (products, that is)…and something tells me you’ll be ready to look at beauty items with a fresh perspective after that. For now, do what feels right….that always works!

    • #2 by Latoya on January 9, 2012 - 4:14 pm

      Eugenia, you know without a doubt that if I’m in your neighbourhood, I’m going to be knocking on your door!!! It’ll be around the middle of February, I’ll keep you posted 🙂 As for Jamaica, I’m so excited, it’s going to be a fantastic trip! I haven’t been down South in a couple years so it’s due time!

      I know we’ve talked about over-saturation in the polish world, and I know that it will pass, its just a strange feeling! And without a doubt, traveling always brings out the beauty hound in me because you’re right, new and yet-undiscovered (by me) brands are out there, and I’ll be hunting them down wherever I go! I have found it easier lately to appreciate what I own now – I’ve been experimenting here and there, and it’s filling the need to buy anything new at the moment (how long that’ll last, is anyone’s guess! :P).

  2. #3 by Liz (Beauty Reductionista) on January 7, 2012 - 4:18 pm

    I’ve been cutting back on nail polish, too. I think we’ve finally hit that stage where only the most special and unique shades catch our attention!

    And we don’t have Essence in our Shoppers!!!! I love that colour!

    And if you go to New Zealand, I will be SO jealous. It’s on the top of my list of future destinations. But the trips are well-deserved and I have no doubt that you’ll be picking the cream of the cosmetics crop this year! 🙂

    • #4 by Latoya on January 9, 2012 - 4:15 pm

      Weird that you don’t have Essence…it’s only in a few Shoppers around so it’s not prevalent, maybe you just have to do a little hunting 🙂

      New Zealand has been a goal trip of mine for the past two years – I’ve been talking and talking about it, but it never happened for one reason or another. That is definitely changing this year – and I absolutely cannot WAIT! Especially after reading about your travels, the bug is hitting me hard. I gotta explore!

  3. #5 by NailCraze on February 29, 2012 - 5:17 pm

    OMG!! Its in Shoppers?? Ive literally been to 3 in Toronto and I can’t find them:( Where did you find them?? Im honestly so jealous that you found them and of your trip-_-

    • #6 by Latoya on February 29, 2012 - 10:59 pm

      You know, it’s few and far between the stores that I’ve seen Essence at, unfortunately 😦 If I see them around anywhere I’ll be sure to send out a heads up! And I’m pretty pumped for my trip too 😀

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