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2013 Oscars: Naomi Watts in Armani Privé

I know, I know.  This post is extremely late.  Buuuut, better late than never, right?  Right!

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Celeb:  Naomi Watts

Designer:  Armani Privé

Event:  2013 Oscars, Los Angeles

Verdict:  GORGEOUS!  Naomi was easily my best dressed of the entire evening, as she was the only person on the red carpet that made me say “Wow!  What a stunning dress!”  Literally.  As soon as I laid eyes on Naomi in this silvery-grey sparkly Armani gown, I immediately loved it!  She looks like a movie star!  This dress is sexy and beautiful and so, so tasteful.  Naomi is such a lovely woman, I like almost anything she wears, but this dress definitely puts her at the top of my best-dressed list.  Gorgeous jewels, pale pink lips and a messy up-do complete this feminine, yet edgy look.  I love it!  A+!

What do you think?  Do you like Naomi in this Armani Privé gown?  Love it or loathe it?  Yay or nay?

 

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Nail Polish Review: Essie No More Film

Today’s manicure is brought to you by Essie! ‘No More Film’ is the color!

Essie’s No More Film

This polish is amazing!  The color, I mean.  This is a deep purple-blue kind of color.  When I first bought this polish, I thought it was a midnight-blue color, but on my nails it is much more purple….a very dark purple.  When you see it on you don’t immediately think ’purple’….it just looks sort of dark.  But when you really look at it you see how the color shifts from dark blue to purple.  Really quite lovely.  Now, for the downside.  I thought the formula was very poor.  I felt like the first coat was very clumpy….like the polish was very thick.  I had a hard time getting an even coat, without big, thick glue-like spots on my nails.  I let the first coat dry completely before applying the second coat.  With the application of the second coat, the thickness of the polish didn’t seem quite as bad.  The color is very rich, but because the application was difficult, it was hard to have a nice, opaque application with the first coat….which is why I went for a second coat.  After the second coat was all done, the color looked perfect.  Nice and even.  And this polish is crazy-shiny!  You could get away without a top-coat.  I applied my Essie All in One Base coat, two coats of No More Film and Seche Vite on top.  The first day I wore this manicure I got multiple compliments!  Actually, I was shopping in the nail polish section of Neiman Marcus and I asked a salesperson about a Deborah Lippmann polish and she just went crazy over my Essie manicure!  She liked it so much that she had a co-worker come over to see my nails!  So, there you have it.  No More Film is an outstanding color…but the formula is lacking, IMO.  Even still, I will definitely wear this manicure again!

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Nail Polish Review: Butter London Sprog

Nail polish seems to be all the rage right now.  I mean, like, nail polish has literally taken over the makeup/beauty world.  It’s everywhere.  And for me personally, this is great because I have been a long-time fan of nail polish.  And when I say long-time, I am not exaggerating.   My personal polish collection probably totals somewhere around two-hundred bottles.  Yeah.  Two-hundred.  And it’s still growing.  What can I say?  I’m a polish-addicted, glitter-loving, manicure ADDICT.  There.  I said it.  I’m addicted to nail polish….and I know I’m not alone.

Because I own so much polish, I try to do my nails at least 3 times a week.  Sometimes more, sometimes less.  Many times I will go an entire week with the same manicure, simply because I just do not have the time to do my nails.  And there are some weeks when I re-do my manicure every single night.  So, I decided I am gonna share some of my nail madness with you guys.  If you follow me on Instagram ( lindsaykaep  is my username) then you already have some insight into my nail polish filled world.  I like to take pictures of my polished, pretty nails and share ‘em!

So, I am going to try and incorporate a sort of ‘manicure-of-the-day’ section to CandyBarbie.  It won’t be daily…so think more along the lines of ‘manicure-of-the-week’  :)

And it starts….N-O-W!

 

Nail Polish Review:  Butter London ‘Sprog’

 

‘Sprog’ was only my second time wearing a Butter London polish.  A couple of weekends ago I went to Ulta and picked up 3 polishes: Sprog, Hen Party and No More Waity, Katie.  All by Butter London.  I wore Hen Party first….and I will save that for a later review.  So, as I said, Sprog was only my second experience with Butter London.  I absolutely love the color of this polish!  The photo isn’t really accurate, though, I do have to admit.  In real life, this polish is not nearly as vibrant as it is in the photo.  But, I don’t mean that in a bad way.  IRL, it is actually more of a pale-ish periwinkle blue.  Not bright blue like the photo suggests.  It is still a really lovely color, though!  At $14 per bottle, I was a bit weary.  That is pricey for polish, especially as I had never worn the brand before.  But I am glad I bought it!  I really like it….this will most certainly be a repeat manicure.  The formula was okay.  Not the best, but definitely not the worst.  It was mildly sheer with just one coat, but became perfectly opaque with two coats.  I used Essie All in One Base as my base coat and finished off this mani with a coat of Seche Vite.  Overall, a very nice manicure.  I actually got several compliments on this color….but removed it after only two days to try something else!  As I said, though, I will use it again.  The best part about this polish, IMO, is the fact that it is a fun, playful color, but still really chic and classy.  I mean, when you think of blue nails, you don’t think that is a polish color that would be appropriate for, say, a wedding.  But it totally would be!  It’s a great shade/pop of color without being too loud or obnoxious.  I would recommend this polish anytime, anywhere.  ;)

 

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‘Savages’ Premiere: Blake Lively in Zuhair Murad Couture

Blake is one sexy little savage….

 

 

Celeb:  Blake Lively

Designer:   Zuhair Murad Couture

Event:  ‘Savages’ Premiere, Los Angeles

Verdict:  I love this strapless nude Zuhair Murad Couture gown with black beaded embellishment detail!  I think it looks fantastic on Blake!  This gown is gorgeous, not to mention ultra-flattering to her tiny figure!  She really looks stunning!  A glamorous, side-swept ‘do and red lips complete this fabulous look!  I can’t wait to see what she wears on the red carpet next!  I definitely give this look an A+!

What do you think?  Do you like this Zuhair Murad Couture gown on Blake?  Love it or loathe it?  Yay or nay?

 

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‘The Amazing Spider Man’ Premiere: Emma Stone in Gucci

WOW.  WOW.  WOW……

Celeb:  Emma Stone

Designer:  Gucci

Event:  ’The Amazing Spider Man’ Premiere, Paris

Verdict:  Emma looks absolutely breathtaking in this Gucci gown!  I mean, come on.  Look at her.  She looks perfect.  I LOVE everything about this!  The floral detail is exquisite and the slit with the sheer overlay is beyond sexy.  Dark red lips and a side-swept retro ‘do complete this already perfect look.  This is probably one of my most favorite things I have seen Emma wear, like ever.  She really looks beautiful!

What do you think?  Do you like Emma in this sexy black Gucci gown?  Love it or loathe it?  Yay or nay?

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