Filler Post Alert! Essie’s Bikini So Teeny, Take One

I am not too bright on Friday’s it seems!  I had this fantastic post (well…ok, I had A post) written that I was going to put up today, but I left my USB at work so I’m totally out of luck until Monday.  Stupid dummy! (That’s what I said to myself when I realized my mistake)  Anyway, I’ve been slower posting lately with all the moving business etc., and I don’t like it, so I’m going to give you SOMETHING to look at this evening if it kills me.  Maybe even two things, if you’re lucky :)

My alternative post, which I planned on putting up at some point soon anyway, was my first ‘Summer Polish Combo’ of the season, but goodness gracious – I could NOT for the life of me capture the vivid neon of China Glaze Beach Cruise-R, AGAIN, like I wasn’t able to capture most of the bright shades from the Summer Neons collection last month.  I even have it layered over white polish, to make it pop, and of course my fab shiny new camera takes infinitely better pictures, but it’s near impossible.  I’m sure a better photographer than me can do it no sweat – I just don’t have the patience/skill (yet).  So you’re gonna get a runner-up to the runner-up post!  How do you like them apples?

…Yea, that’s pretty shabby of me, I know.  But what do you do?  So, I’m going to show you Essie’s Bikini So Teeny – shots that unfortunately aren’t my favorite just because one of my fingers has a small nick in the cuticle and it’s generally not my best mani – it was taken a few days after application and I had some tip wear – but the color is fairly accurate and I absolutely LOVE this polish, so I won’t mind re-posting better shots down the road.  Hope that’s OK with you!!

So, here it is:

With flash

Indoor lighting

Fab, Fab, Fab.  I adore this color so much!!  What’s really hilarious is that it is super-close to Essie’s Lapiz of Luxury from a few years ago (it looks to be a bit darker than ‘Bikini’), which I bought, tried, HATED on my skin tone, and promptly swapped it on MUA.  Those were still the early days of funky nail polish colors, and it was probably one of the first I tried that wasn’t your standard pink/red/purple/neutral shade.  Now several years later, I am LOVING these colors, and this one in particular I think stands out in a good way on my skin.

It’s very similar in tone to Lippmann’s I Know What Boys Want – just lighter

I’d almost given up on this polish, as I hadn’t seen it around in stores anyway, and I’d made a pact with myself not to buy it online – but it popped up in Shoppers last week AND it was on sale, so I snatched it up – and I’m so glad I did!  I have China Glaze’s Sea Spray from Spring 2011 which I though was like, THE standard pale blue, but it’s so greyed out and doesn’t really look all that nice on me, so I rarely wear it.  This is pale but at the same time bright, and not a true sky blue but more of a periwinkle, in my opinion.  It’s just really lovely, and the formula is pretty good for an *almost pastel* creme.  Two coats to opacity if you apply them with a steady hand; I had a couple nails I had to do a third coat on as they were showing just a hint of patchiness.

In short: BUY THIS POLISH.  I can’t imagine it not looking wonderful on everyone and anyone – but then again, I’m biased.  Be sure to keep an eye out for me posting this again in the future; it really deserves better than the photos I’ve taken above!

Here’s the failed Summer Polish Combo attempt – so frustrating!  The pedi shade – Zoya Wednesday – came out accurately, why can’t Beach Cruise-R!?!?!

Since I’m crapping out on you on pretty much all fronts, I’ll just throw out the general question of: Thoughts??

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  1. #1 by Eugenia on June 22, 2012 - 8:25 pm

    Toya, you really kill me! Love your ramblings, by the way! Love the mani/pedi combo (when have I not loved your combos?!) and you’re so right about ‘Bikini so Teeny’ – it’s a not-to-be-missed Essie shade! Love it!

    • #2 by Latoya on June 27, 2012 - 8:53 pm

      I think you were the one to first sell me on the shade Eugenia, so I have you to thank for that! :) It’s freakin’ gorgeous!! As for the pedi combos – I’m so glad you like them my dear, I figure if a polish connoisseur like yourself approves, I’m golden! :)

      Sent from my iPhone

  2. #3 by dani@callitbeauty on June 22, 2012 - 8:43 pm

    Ugggh, I want this colour so bad and I still haven’t found it! Also, despite you “failing” in capturing the vividness of Beach Cruise-R (though it’s probably more your camera’s fault :p), it still looks hot!

    • #4 by Latoya on July 2, 2012 - 9:12 am

      LOL Thanks Dani!!! :) It is a lovely shade. And ‘Bikini’ is even more amazing – if you still haven’t found it, let me know and I’ll grab one for you, because honestly it’s a must-have!! It would look rockin’ on your fingers/toes!!

  3. #5 by Liz (@Reductionista) on June 22, 2012 - 10:51 pm

    I love all three colours! And I never know what you’re talking about when you say certain shades don’t look good on you. Lately I’ve been thinking that everything looks good on everyone so long as the application is flawless, which you have down pat. But I do admire the way you relentlessly hold out for THE ONE each season. :)

    • #6 by Latoya on July 2, 2012 - 9:14 am

      Hahaha I know, I’m so lame!! But I think I’d rather keep being lame in that area because I’d hate to wind up with a bunch of so-so polishes (it would cause me too much anxiety knowing I’d have to weed them out later). I do think you’re on to something regarding the application making everything look better – something to think more about the next time I say something looks bad on me :P

  4. #7 by Larie on June 22, 2012 - 11:53 pm

    LOL. You are my favorite. I love this shade, but I think Zoya Kristen is close enough that I can probably skip for now. I got Mojito Madness as a Klout perk but I haven’t tried it yet, because truthfully, besides mint green, I don’t typically wear green polish. It looks a bit odd on me.

    • #8 by Larie on June 23, 2012 - 12:51 pm

      Oops, never mind! Kristen is much more gray. Looks like I need this after all ;)

    • #9 by Latoya on July 2, 2012 - 9:09 am

      LOL Thanks Larie!! ~blushes~ I also have no interest in green polishes (and also with the exception of mint green, which is AWESOME) – it looks strange on me too. I hope you DO pick up this shade though, it is fabulous and I find myself wanting to wear it every time I do my nails!

  5. #10 by Tati D. on June 23, 2012 - 12:50 am

    Bikini So Teeny looks like a gorgeous color, I’ve been hemming and hawing over picking it up. Glad to hear it flatters your skin tone, it’s always nice to find a gorgeous color that looks good as well!

    • #11 by Latoya on July 2, 2012 - 9:10 am

      Ah, thanks so much!! :) Honestly, I did the same as you Tati – I wasn’t sure, wasn’t sure, and then I finally saw it in person and went for it (also because it was on sale :P). I am SO glad I did, I love love LOVE it and its probably in my top five polishes right now!! Go get it!! :D

  6. #12 by Sweet Make Up Temptations on June 23, 2012 - 4:20 am

    oh waw I love it ! how beautiful it looks on you !
    They started distributing Essie only a few months ago in Switzerland but each polish costs around 26 usd here…
    This one is so gorgeous, I will check it out at the shop today :)

    • #13 by Latoya on June 23, 2012 - 7:30 am

      Holy smokes, $26US??? That’s crazy! You could probably order it online somewhere for cheaper, Sonia :) It is a fantastic shade, I hope you’re able to get it!

  7. #14 by Abbie on June 23, 2012 - 4:41 am

    So pretty! Your nails look so cute :) I can see a lot of neon from that last picture, it’s looking good :D

    • #15 by Sweet Make Up Temptations on June 24, 2012 - 9:31 am

      Oh I was wrong… I went to the shop and it is actually 21usd… well… I had a voucher and since I loved it so much, I took it ! :D

    • #16 by Latoya on July 2, 2012 - 9:08 am

      Aww, thanks Abbie! Its even more stunning in person, really! So fun and bright :)

  8. #17 by Denise on June 23, 2012 - 7:40 pm

    I seriously love all the shades here, and I can definitely see the neon (which looks AMAZING against your skintone), so don’t fret about it. :) Bikini So Teeny is by far my favourite shade from Essie’s Summer collection — I got so many compliments on it when I was wearing it a couple weeks ago! And Zoya’s Wednesday is also my favourite from their Summer collection, lol. What can I say, I’m a sucker for blues… Or maybe just nail polish in general… :P

    • #18 by Latoya on July 2, 2012 - 9:16 am

      Seems we have similar taste Denise :) Both Wednesday and Bikini So Teeny are at the top of my faves list right now!! I want to wear Bikini all the time! I bet they both look stellar on you. Thanks for the boost of confidence with the neon shots, and the kind words – now I don’t feel so inadequate! LOL

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