Monday, 15 July 2013

Essie Week: Mint Candy Apple and Fiji Half Moon Manicure

I've decided this week will be Essie week! I bought a few new Essie polishes last week so I'll be swatching them, but I've also got a bit of nail art planned with my Essie polishes too.

I was going to start off with swatching Fiji, a beautiful almost-white baby pink creme, but the light wasn't good enough when I got around to photographing it and then I got some tip wear. So rather than starting again, I thought I'd begin the week with my first half moon mani - by using ring reinforcers to block off the half moon at the base of the nail.  It's a great way to make a mani last longer by covering up any tip wear you might have - it's also really easy! The half moon is Essie Fiji and the rest of the nail is Essie Mint Candy Apple, a very summery light appley (no surprise there!) green creme.  I'll say more about the individual colours when I swatch them in posts to come.

(Apologies for the quality of the photos - I'm trialling different locations in my new flat to get the best light - I took these outside on my roof terrace in the morning sunshine today).

Essie Mint Candy Apple Half Moon Mani

Essie Fiji and Mint Candy Apple Half Moon Mani

Essie Fiji and Mint Candy Apple Half Moon Mani

Essie Fiji Half Moon Mani

Have you ever done a half moon mani? What colours would you choose?


  1. Fiji and Mint candy apple look so good together!

  2. Gorgeous colours! love pastels x

  3. Can't go wrong with Mint Candy Apple ;)

  4. These are beautiful! Please check out my first nail art tutorial on my blog :)

    Thank you!