A Compromise? + Essie Summer 2009

I’m sure everyone is getting really sick of me going on and off hiatus, then apologizing, then disappearing again. Believe me, I know it’s annoying and I feel awful about it. Unfortunately, I’ve had very little free time since I started my new job and things don’t look like they are going to get better any time soon. So, I would like to propose a compromise? I’m still taking photographs of my nails when I do them… even though I haven’t been able to do them as often as I did before. Also, I still have a massive back log of photos that I’ve taken over the past few months. Until my schedule clears up – I’m going to post the photos without or with very little commentary. I know some of you may be thinking, “what’s the point?” Well, I think most people visit the site to see the photos anyway. I’ll try to be diligent about answering questions from the comments section that way I’m not just throwing the pictures out there in a vacuum. It’s temporary, I shouldn’t be insanely busy forever… right? (Oh man, I hope not.)

I really loved the light pinks from this collection, delicate and work appropriate. My favorite from this collection is Cubby Cheeks – it reminds me lobsters. : )

Essie - Funny Face

Essie - Luscious Lips

Essie - Chubby Cheeks

Essie - Not Just A Pretty Face

Essie - Cute As a Button

(WTH is that… ectoplasm?)

Essie - Lovie Dovie



Disclosure: This collection was sent to me for review by Essie.


94 Responses to “A Compromise? + Essie Summer 2009”

  1. Laura Says:

    I’m loving a couple of those pinks! When you have time make ur post hun =). I enjoy seeing all ur pic’s and it doesn’t bother me when u post them, as long as u have the time =).

  2. Colette Says:

    I think we all get busy sometimes – or all of the time LOL. Especially around the holidays & I can’t even imagine how busy you are with your new job.

    I kind of stopped apologizing when I do short posts, if I have time to go into detail on application or ramble about how the mani made me feel I will but if I don’t I know my readers still like seeing what’s on my nails & I’m sure yours do too – we’ll take whatever you want to give us =)

  3. Anna Says:

    Your photos are always great, so don’t feel badly about making time to post! You’ve inspired many a lemming.

  4. Kayla Says:

    I’m just glad you’re posting again! You’re my favorite nail blogger and you have the best nails so I think that many of us will be happy with the compromise as long as you promise not to go away forever! I check here periodically and I was thrilled to see a new post.

  5. Kajsa Says:

    Take your time, we’ll always be here! (At least I will ;))

  6. T Says:

    What a great thing that you are back! :) I will also be here waiting like Kajsa. I would love to see some pictures even without commentary.

  7. amber Says:

    hey girl! Sorry to hear things are hectic, but you are one of the lucky ones to be busy with a job. So no worries.
    As for the polishes, I like the Cute As a Button – its unusual.

  8. Denny Says:

    Oooh I like these pinks. I did manage to get Cute as a button. :-) I’m glad that you’ve had time to even come back to the land of blogging since you’ve started your new job. Anyhoo, I look forward to whatever you can spare (I do love your pics though). Thanks Stephanie!

  9. Jess Says:

    YAAYYYY! You’re back!!! .. Sort of :D

  10. Ariadne Elise Says:

    lol @ “ectoplasm” ~8D

  11. Aaren Says:

    Glad to see you back! Don’t worry about posting; you’re a brand new licensed attorney, and you will remain busy. I say this as a slightly older licensed attorney with trial on Monday that I am sick to death of dealing with. It doesn’t go away, you just better learn how to deal with it. As far as the collection, Chubby Cheeks is my ectoplasmic favorite. It was my 30th birthday polish!

  12. Mickelle Says:

    We’re glad to see you whenever you have time. Thanks for thinking of us :)

  13. Jen Says:

    Welcome back. If only briefly…Your pix are the complete BEST so if we can’t have commentary we’ll have to live with it. I was thrilled to see you had posted again because you are my all-time fave! Good luck with work.

  14. Solveig Says:

    Compromise is fine! I’d rather see pictures than nothing, anyway. ;)

    Loving those pinks, my favorite is Funny Face. :)

  15. SoPolished Says:

    Hey homie….Chubby Cheeks looks great on you, its one of my favs too. I think the Ectoplasm (lol) looks really good on you! You are so silly…. -Deborah

  16. reader.rita Says:

    Yay! Pix? We’ll take ‘em! Of course we’ll miss you with your witty banter and incisive commentary, but we understand that your life has changed just a tiny bit, (barely worth mentioning…) ;) , so don’t sweat it! Relax and do what you have to do! Especially now that it’s “Holiday Time”- you gotta relax or you’ll lose your marbles!
    But, that said, here is the magic of your posts- I have just not been feeling the pinks lately; but after your pix, I seriously want at least 3 of them! (Funny Face, Chubby Cheeks (although it reads as more of a coral on my monitor…), and Not Just A Pretty Face- which is really weird, because I don’t usually go for the more subdued neutral-y colors!)
    Anyway, relax, have a great season, and be happy!

  17. Jinnzor Says:

    Hey! Don’t feel bad. A blog is supposed to be fun, and even though your pics and posts are lovely, you should only post when you feel like it.

  18. Brooke at Babbling Brooke Says:

    Even if you can’t post often, we still love seeing your polishes!!
    I’ve been debating about getting Lovie Dovie for a while (since it looks so similar to Zoya Sweet), but your picture is just so gorgeous I can’t resist it any longer. Thanks for sharing all the gorgeous Essies :)

  19. Serena Says:

    I love your blog. If it wasn’t for your blog I wouldn’t have an insane obsession with nail polish. (Especially dark greens!)

  20. Danica Says:

    You make any color look gorgeous. I thought these were just boring pinks, but you make them look beautiful! How do you get your nails to have that gorgeous wet-looking glare? Also, I don’t care if you come and go and don’t really put a lot of words, I LOVE your blog, and it was one of the first I read before I started my own!

  21. Lackoholic Says:

    I’d love just to check out tour pics too, they’re beautiful! Hope you like your job and it doesn’t take ALL your time! =)

  22. Stef Says:

    Love the look of this collection, Not Just a Pretty Face is calling my name! Welcome back :)

  23. Helena Says:

    If you don’t have the time, I definitely don’t mind just seeing the picture. You have amazing pics.

  24. emma Says:

    Happy to have you back Steph, with or without words!

  25. Molly Says:

    I didn’t think about getting these when I saw them on other blogs, but these pinks look so gorgeous here! Glad to have you back – anything nail related is fine with me! :)

  26. Tina Says:

    So glad you’re back! I’d rather see just pictures posted than nothing at all. Please don’t stop posting all together. I think you have the nicest looking nails on the web. I always look forward to seeing what you have for us.

  27. Bliss Says:

    Hi Addict,

    I’m looking for something specific and I was wondering if you’ve ever come across the polish I’m looking for. I want a glitter polish that will glam-up pure white polish without dimming the bright white and without adding any other colors (no silver, no rainbow). I guess what I’m looking for is a colorless glitter or a bright white glitter. Any suggestions?

  28. Lucy Says:

    Wonderful that your back Step. I’ll take whatever way you can post. I enjoy your commentary. Love your writing. Your photos are what first attracted me to your blog. You make everything look tremendous. I didn’t even want any of this collection. Now they all look beautiful too me. Even though I love all of your writing I will settle for anything you want.

  29. Paillette Says:

    Thank you for posting!
    Please do not feel pressured to post anything but what you want to post!
    I love your blog, it’s one of the best that there is for nail polish!

  30. Emily Says:

    I’m happy with just pictures! I enjoy your blog very much, and still check it on a regular basis. Hope you’re enjoying your new job.

  31. thisizkim Says:

    yay you’re finally back!! =]

  32. Bartek Says:

    what does acrylic white content mean for clear nail polish ?

  33. Alexandra Says:

    Love Chubby Cheeks! :) Is the job super hard? I’m in law school right now and taking the bar test in a couple years. Scared to death. Anyway, could you do a comparison between OPI Eiffel for this Color, OPI We’ll Always Have Paris, and OPI Lincoln Park After Dark? If they’re similar in anyway….

  34. Reilly Says:

    Cute! If you have time, could you do something on OPI Here Today…. Aragon Tomorrow? Or suggestion on another emerald green?

  35. Lavendela Says:

    Wonderful to have you back! You’ve no idea how much we missed you! Wishing you all the best with your new job!

  36. Arrianne Says:

    Could it be? You’ve come back. I’ll miss your commentary, but at least I know you’re alive and still doing your nails. I’ll take photos…for now. ;)

  37. Aksaiyo Says:

    We can totally understand. compromise is good and accepted :D
    Just like seeing you posting again! Good luck at your job! I sure hope you don’t stay busy forever :D

  38. Kyosuke Says:

    Hey sweetheart, I hope you’re going great, missing you a lot. I wish you a merry christmas, joy, happiness & a lot of polish and time to enjoy them ofc :)

    Best regards,
    Your dear friend.

  39. wenting Says:

    hi. i love most of the colurs you have man . mind to share where can i buy it with low prices and low shipping fee ? as im staying in Singapore . please reply to me e mail . thanks alot ^^

  40. Ralphel Sadik Says:

    Ricky’s NYC has a lot of affordable name-brand makeup available in store and on their website (www.rickysnyc.com), including their exclusive makeup line called Mattese Elite. It’s definitely worth checking out if you’re interested.

  41. Kyosuke Says:

    Guess what ? It’s me again XD
    I want to wish you a happy new year, may this year 2010 be the best, especially now you’ve achieved what you wanted as your work, so may this work be as great as we can suppose since it takes such a big time :p

    I still hope you’ll propose us some new great posts & pictures, with some long cute nails in many many colors of course :) But work & family come first :)

    Big kisses, and take care!
    Your dear friend (again ^^).

  42. Sanna Says:

    Happy New Year!
    I’m looking forwars to see more from you, and again-I can wait. Take your time.
    If you want you can just post a picture of a notd, without have to whrite about it:) But take your time:)

  43. Losille Says:

    Saudade dos seus posts, bonita!

  44. lilynail Says:

    i want all the color :)

  45. Medusa Says:

    Hello! I’m a follower of your blog and am happy to see posts whenever you have time to post them! :) I have 2 blogs, plus MySpace, Facebook, and LiveJournal and have been spotty here and there at times myself, so I know how it is. I just love your nails and the swatches you do – no pressure!


    DJ Medusa.

  46. lm Says:

    What lovely swatches.

    Can barely say how disappointing it is they won’t go big-three free. Such beautiful colors.

  47. hey liv Says:

    I totally love reading your blog. I love the pictures. Your nails are so gorgeous! I am glad you’ve got a new job, even though it keeps you very busy. Best of luck!

  48. polishmynails Says:

    WOW! Your pictures and blogs are great! I invite you to check out my blog (polishmynails.blogspot.com) I offer one of the lowest prices in nail polishes (O.P.I., Essie, China Glaze) and has a growing inventory. :)

  49. Johanna Says:

    That pink one looks absolutely fabulous! Love it! :)


    Muito lindo seu blog amei

    dá uma passadinha no meu beijosssssssss

  51. Holly Says:

    i really miss your posts, but im not at uni yet so i cant understand the pressure! but please post soon *sadface* haha, o btw i LOVE all of these colours, typical essie though!

  52. Rashidah Ferguson Says:

    Your images look amazing. Does your Essie nail color ever chip? I just review the CHI nail color on my blog http://www.beyondblackbeauty.com and i was not impressed. the paint chipped after 5 days.

  53. Katrina Says:


    So I’ve been trying to find good polish sites and, to be honest, this is the best one.

    So it would be nice if you updated because you promised you would and you clearly haven’t.

    I think everyone would prefer goodbye than a broken promise.

  54. Susan Says:

    Are you ever coming back? I miss your swatches. You should at least let us know…

  55. ~Souci Says:

    Please come back!!!!!1

  56. kia Says:

    we miss you! hope all is well!

  57. Angelica Says:

    Have to ever tried True love by essie? I love it!

  58. Red Katie Says:

    Where ya been? Miss you :(

  59. Alison Says:

    Hi Polish Addict! My Mother was asking me which brand has the best nail polish formula…. Say, the one that has the best and easiest application etc. I thought I’d ask you, since you’ve tried many. Which do you think is best in this regard?

  60. Kajsa/Monticka Says:

    Almoast a year without you and your lovely nails! I miss you SO much!

  61. Hallie Says:

    where do you buy your essie nail polish? and as far as online shopping, which site(s) do you recommend as far as great deals, and less expensive than other sites?

  62. Serena Says:

    I just thought I would bring to your attention that several of your blog posts on being reposted by a girl named Kelly Brennan on a site called Luuux. I don’t know much about this site but she is getting ‘credits’ for every post and these credits can apply towards prizes. She has been reposting pictures from several other polish blogs as well. Here is a link:

    I suggest you contact the Luuux site owner to get your content removed!

  63. TESOL Certification Says:

    This nail polish collection is great! The colors are not that bold and striking!

  64. Jessica Says:

    I love your blog! I just started my own nail art blog today though I have little experience. You have been such an inspiration and I’m envious of your collection!! Keep on rockin’ your polish <3 -Jessica (Pretty Little Fingers)

  65. thebathoholic Says:

    Love all the colors. Hard to choose. Oh well, guess I’ll get them all.

  66. thebathoholic Says:

    Love all the colors. Hard to choose just one. Guess I’ll have to get them all.

  67. Saba Says:

    Oh please please please come back!!

  68. Rose Says:

    Bright nail polish never worked for me. I only use light ones.

  69. Littleme Says:

    It’s been TWO years! Where have you been??!

  70. Sammy Says:

    Omg these colours are so pretty! <3 I love cute as a button!

  71. Mia Says:

    Love the look of this collection

  72. SimplyStephy Says:

    Don’t feel bad if life every gets in the way, I recently took a mini break from blogging too. Nonetheless those polishes are gorgeousss!!

  73. Mimi Says:

    Oh the second baby pink is my favourite, just wonderful I have been looking for that color!

    Mimi from Eyeshadow Lipstick

  74. Kat Says:

    I just found your blog and see you haven’t posted in awhile. Keep writing more on nail polish, it’s helpful!
    Where To Buy OPI Polish

  75. Nail Art designs Says:

    These callours are fine, but could be good some black nail art there.

  76. Shirley Says:

    Hi =) I am totally new to your blog, but I often see your watermark on pictures I google =P
    I don’t know if you’ve answered this before or not, but i was wondering what camera you use to take pics of your nails? The quality of the photos are amazingg

  77. Girls Pamper Parties Says:

    I love the blog! The best for nail polish

  78. beachgal Says:

    Great shots. I have a few of these shades and they are favs of mine too. Don’t worry about the verbiage on future blogs – if you are busy – burnt out – whatever, we are just happy to hear from you. I happen to really like a newer blogger (Chromatic Misadventures – on WP). She gives us great shots, few words. She is working on getting every shade of Nails Inc out there – non USA as well. You put the photos up & you are right – we will come!

  79. Gina Says:

    I love your nails!! I feel you about the business – I hate when my nails have to suffer because of a packed schedule! Thank you for the new pictures, though, you’ve inspired me to go get more Essie in my life. :)

  80. Shirley Says:

    Lovely colors and swatches!

  81. Breanna Says:

    soo prettiiiifuuuuul !!!

    If you like my video,I would love for you to share it & check out my channel !!!

  82. AVON Representative Says:

    OOOOOOOO I am loving these colours :-)

  83. nailcare Says:

    All of those colors are so beautiful. really hard to choose one for myself.

  84. gel nail polish Says:

    Love the pictures of nail polish. Really awesome!

  85. Meredith Says:

    I love your site so much. It is one of the best nail sites out there and your pictures are beautiful. Oh and I love Essie!

  86. sarah Says:

    i want this color

  87. Maggie Says:

    Okay, I love regular polish but my favorite, favorite, favorite is using gel polish. Sometime I will use regular polish with the gel foundation and top coat. You should write an article on gel polish! I love it. I do it at home and it really didnt cost much to start it. I cant wait to see what you think of gel polish. I started writing a blog on it but never finished.

    You should check my blog out…. borntobeblonde.com

    Hope I see something on gel polish!!! Eeeeek!

  88. Samantha Says:

    I love pinks!!!!!


  89. Tracy Says:

    Ever since I found your blog, I am obsessedly hooked! Sometimes priorities have to take over… but just like you to know that I do read your commentry to each of the collection releases. I’m not an expert in nails, so reading what your thoughts are on each collection (uniqueness, opacity of coats, wearability etc) has been really helpful for me to purchase things online. Thanks alot for your dedication! and congrats on passing your bar exam. :-)

  90. Lala Says:

    You really should come back!

  91. Amanda May Says:

    Your posts are fabulous! Solo photos, or entire written blogs, either way, great work!

  92. pretty Says:

    these polishes have very soft colour. these are so cute :)

  93. pretty Says:

    and ı have a fun page at facebook about nail polish
    if you follow, ı will be happy :)

  94. agnesa Says:

    ils sont tous très beaux, j’adore

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