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Essie Turquoise & Caicos

Today's nails are brought to you by a little bit of sunshine and my iphone 5s... which I've only recently come to realize that I have not named. (Definitely need to work on that...) My camera wanted to turn this into a rather vile shade of aqua, sooooo...

Essie Turquoise & Caicos Accent Manicure
Sunlight

Essie Turquoise & Caicos Accent Manicure
Sunlight

Turquoise & Gold Accent Manicure
Sunlight

Essie Turquoise & Caicos Accent Manicure
a rare glimpse of my right hand... (in shade)

Polishes Used:

1 Coat Beauty Secrets Ridge Filler
5 Coats Essie Turquoise & Caicos
3 Coats SinfulColors Queen of Beauty
1 Coat Spoiled Champagne Siren
1 Coat SinfulColors Queen of Beauty
1 Coat Spoiled Champagne Siren
1 Coat SinfulColors Queen of Beauty
1 Coat Borghese Clear Coat (T&C only)
1 Coat Seche Vite

And the accent manis just keep on coming! You know it might surprise you that the first time I saw an accent manicure, it wasn't on another blog or site... It was actually while I was watching an episode of Pretty Little Liars!

c/o TV Recappers Anonymous

Hanna wore this manicure during "Know Your Frenemies," the 13th episode of the 1st season of PLL. It aired back in January 2011 and Hanna was totally trendy, rocking black nails with red accents. I did an ode to this look last year for V-Day, but didn't have all the details about the episode. Given my growing obsession with the show... I thought I should properly cite my inspiration!

And while I'm being all tangent-al and such... I've faithfully watched Pretty Little Liars since it aired back in 2010. It definitely helped fuel what would become a full-blown nail polish addiction. (I had a habit of painting my nails while watching the show, or immediately after, something I still tend to do!) The girls almost always have their nails painted, whether the colors are bright, punchy, soft, neutral, or totally trendy like Hanna's accent nails! Now that I think about it... PLL introduced me to Zoya polish... It's rumored that their shade "Ali" is the pink painted on the body's nails in the promo, but I'm not sure if that was definitely confirmed... so I tweeted I. Marlene King (PLL Executive Producer) to see if she knows. (Hey, it never hurts to ask!!!) ...


ANYWAY... Back to Turquoise & Caicos...

I practically lived in this shade during the summer of 2011. It was on my toenails more than my fingernails, but still. I used it enough that the bottle is just a little over half-full, which is rare, for me! Turquoise & Caicos has always been a little on the sheer side, but it builds nicely, like other Essie polishes. Five coats may seem excessive, but I still had slight bare patches around my cuticles with only 4, and I'm never one to shy away from the coats. For my accent nails, I wanted a finished look that was more silver than gold, so I layered Spoiled Champagne Siren and Sinful Colors Queen of Beauty. In my opinion, both of these glitter polishes are must-haves for your collection! They're incredibly versatile! And speaking of must-haves... that's another post that should be added to the to-do list... o.O

What do you think of this layering?

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