A Moment with Medley: Esmio Australia

At Medley we love getting to know other Aussie brands doing amazing things – and our latest obsession is Esmio.  

Founded and run by four women, Esmio is revolutionising the mani game with at home gel polishes and kits that give salon-worthy results. Their first-of-its kind one-step gel makes a home mani super effortless (big news for those of us who love to swap our nail colours as often as our ring stacks). Their formulas are also vegan, cruelty-free, and 10 free.  

Even better for those of us with about five minutes per week to spare for our nails, Gojelle by Esmio is a range of chic, high end, and - wait for it -reusable press on nails.  

Esmio, like Medley, is also dedicated to giving back, with $1 from every purchase being donated to support important causes via i=change.  

Fresh from putting the final polish on runway looks for Australian Fashion Week, we spoke to the four founders of Esmio Australia: Saryne Lagudi, Rochele Hanna Politis, Jazmin Hanna Oluklu, and Nicolle Khattar-Elrassy, to learn more about their brand, their nail colours of the moment, and their Medley must-haves.  

Medley: We would love to get to know your story a little more, can you tell us about you and your career journey?  

Rochele: Each of us has had different jobs in the past, we also had a few of our own businesses before Esmio so we each have a lot of different strengths in business. Naturally we have always gravitated towards working for ourselves as most of our relatives have done that, so when we were able to do it, it was really a no brainer!

Medley: Can you share the story behind how Esmio was created and what inspired you to delve into the industry? 

Saryne:The concept of Esmio was created mid-2019 and after over a year of product testing, we finally launched Esmio in December of 2020- it was our COVID baby. Before creating the concept we had always loved doing our nails together after Nicolle influenced us to stop going to the nail salon and start doing them at home. The main reason for creating Esmio was because we could never find all the items we needed for our nail kits. One day we had the lightbulb moment that we needed to create a brand that brought together all the items that we needed! And Esmio was born!

Medley: As you know, running a small business requires a lot of dedication, what drives you to stay motivated and continue growing your brand?   

Jazmin:Our customers! We have created such an amazing community, we love our daily chats with everyone on our TikTok live. They really make it easier to get out of bed in the morning! 

Medley: What is your favourite way to reset your energy after a particularly busy or challenging day? 

Rochele: Cooking with my husband always helps me relax. 

Saryne: I love watching Real Housewives 

Jazmin: Reading a good book. 

Nicolle: Unwinding by watching Friends.  

Medley: What is your go-to gel polish shade right now?  

Saryne: Steph Skin 

Jazmin: Bowie Burgundy 

Nicolle: Pip Pink 

Rochele: Roch Red  

Medley: How do you like to style jewellery back with your Esmio gel polishes? 

Nicolle:I always like to say, your accessories and nails make your look! If you are going for an understated look with nude or light pink on the nails, the minimal vibe is the way to go. However if you are going full glam with a bright red or orange on the nails, I suggest going all out with the stacking!

Medley: Lastly, what Medley pieces are on your wish list?   

Nicolle: I love these fine diamond huggies as they can be worn as everyday earrings that you never have to take off. 

Rochele: I am obsessed with this stunning helix stud! I find helix piercings so beautiful with simple lobe stacks. 

Jazmin: I love an earring and cuff combo! It is so perfect as it is of such high quality and won’t tarnish. 

Saryne: This triple wave ring is gorgeous, the perfect statement ring for any outfit. 

Pairing Your Jewellery with Your Nails 

Inspired by the Esmio founders’ favourite polishes of the moment and mani-jewellery pairing advice, here are a few of our favourite hand styling ideas. 

Neutral Nails + Fine Lines 

Pair a polished, minimalist mani with delicate rings crafted in timeless 10k gold and diamonds for a chic, everyday look. Try Esmio’sNaomi Nude, Steph Skin, or Billie Brown with our Fine Diamond Half Eternity Ring, Fine Wave Stacker Ring in 10k gold, or Micro Diamond Round Solitaire Ring.

Medley Ring Fine Diamond Half Eternity Ring in 10k Gold
Medley Ring Laboratory-Grown Diamond Kite Band Ring in 10k Gold

Long Almond Nails + Geometric Shapes 

Emphasise the elegance of your almond-shaped nails with straight lines and geometric shapes in your jewellery. Our Square Edge Ring in Gold, Laboratory-Grown Diamond Kite Band Ring, and White Topaz Baguette Textured Ring, are the perfect pieces for your stack.

Rounded Nails + Curves 

Prefer an oval or squoval nail? Compliment your curves with chunky domes and rounded stone cuts, such as our Wave Dome Ring in Silver, Laboratory-Grown Diamond 1 Carat Oval Ring, or Micro Emerald Toi et Moi Ring.

Medley Ring Laboratory Grown Diamond 2.00ct Oval Ring in 10k Gold

Bold Nails + Mixed Metals 

Wearing a daring shade on your tips like Esmio’s Oriana Orange, Roch Red, or Marissa Mermaid? Pair a bold, solid nail colour with a mixed metal ring stack to have all eyes on your fresh mani. Mix textures and colours such as with our Curve Pinky Ring in Gold, Engravable Rectangle Signet Ring in Silver, and Ribbed Tapered Barrel Ring in Gold.

Nail Art + Artful Rings  

Pair your patterned or appliqued nails with unique ring textures and stones to create an overall artistic and intriguing aesthetic (Esmio offers nail foils, a Blooming Gel, and stickers to perfect your mani). Try our Triple Wave Ring in Gold, Diamond Fine Wave Stacker Ring, or Blue Topaz Baguette Curve Pinky Ring. 

Medley Ring Triple Wave Ring in Gold
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