Hot Summer Polish : Essie “Bikini So Teeny”

It’s no secret I own almost as many nail polishes as I do lip glosses.  I’m obsessed with changing my nail color at least twice a week.  My hands get used a lot as a makeup artist and a mom, so I always want them to look fun and colorful while I’m holding my children’s hand or a makeup brush.

I felt compelled to share with everyone the latest addition to my collection because it is just 
SO stinkin’ cute!!  

Essie’s “Bikini So Teeny,” $8.50, has gotten a lot of love around the blogosphere and Instagram so of course I gave into the hype and picked up a bottle. It’s just as beautiful in person.  I get compliments on this color everywhere I go now- even the lady behind the grocery store register was “ooing and ahhing” all over it yesterday!  It’s the perfect lavender based periwinkle I have ever come across. Not too blue, not too purple, just right.  And even though it is pastel in color, it feels very summery fresh and crisp.  Just like my latest hydrangea bloom below!!

I also have found the perfect base + top coat combination that makes all of my mani’s last longer with minimal chipping :

1. Prep your nail bed with Formula X Base Coat, $10.50,
2. then apply 2 thin coats of the Bikini So Teeny,
3. finish off with one coat of Essie’s “Good To Go” topcoat, $10, which rapidly dries your polish and gives it a beautiful shiny finish! (I happened upon this at the same time as my Essie at Ulta Beauty and got this gem of a product for FREE for 2 Essie shade purchases! Score!! Love it.  It dries super fast! I would definitely purchase another one.)

Of course I tried to find a knockoff cheaper version somewhere, but couldn’t because it’s SO UNIQUE!!  This gets top honors as my hot summer polish…for now…

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