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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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Nail Polish Love: Myrtille by Sephora

Nail polish has always been an interest of mine.  I love pretty, polished nails.  Love ‘em!  Always have, always will.  If I had more spare time, I would change my nail polish every day.  Unfortunately though, I don’t have much free time, so I try to change my polish once a week.  Twice a week, if I’m lucky.

Obviously color is what initially catches my eye, but I do look for other qualities when selecting a polish that I could potentially purchase:

  • Color-Bright and vibrant is generally what I gravitate towards
  • Consistency-Nothing too runny, nothing too thick
  • Brush size-Extra-wide brushes are not for me-I find it hard to not get polish all over my skin
  • Quick dry-I don’t care for quick dry polish-generally speaking. I think it gets too gel-like and gummy

Onto the polish!  Currently one of my absolute favorite polishes: Myrtille by Sephora!

Myrtille by Sephora

 

This polish is simply outstanding!  It is a sort of cornflower blue, perwinkle-ish color.  Every time I use it, I get tons of compliments on it!  It is bright and fun, but it is appropriate for both summer and winter.  Honestly, it is a great color!  The only bad thing about this polish is the bottle size.  It is one of Sephora’s mini-polishes.  It comes in a 5 ml bottle (0.16 fl. oz.) and is really only good for a few manicures.  I always use two coats, and was able to get three, maybe 4, manicures out of it before the bottle became very thick and hard to use. 

Myrtille by Sephora

 

I highly recommend picking up a (mini)bottle of this cool polish!  I guarantee you will instantly fall in love with the color! 

*FYI*  I am currently on the hunt for a polish of this exact same color but in a larger bottle.  I love it so much, but I don’t want to have to buy like, ten bottles of it from Sephora.  This color is a staple in my manicure rotation, so it is absolutely necessary to find a larger bottle!  I think I may have found a color that is almost an exact match to this one in a new Sally Hansen line…not 100% sure yet…but I’ll keep ya posted! 

 

Hope everyone has a good day!  :)

 

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Zoe Saldana in Isabel Marant

Zoe Saldana smiled for the cameras at an event for Coach several weeks ago….

Zoe was looking adorable in a southwestern print dress by Isabel Marant carrying a snakeskin Coach clutch.  I love this dress on Zoe!  I think the layered, ruffled skirt is super cute and I like her red nail polish!  What I don’t like: her red lips and her shoes!  Obviously I am not fond of red lips on anyone, and I think her choice of shoe is kinda boring.  This dress is totally playful, and really deserves a shoes that is playful as well.  I think she went too safe with her black heels, but that is okay, because she still looks really nice! 

What do you think?  Do you like Zoe in this southwestern style Isabel Marant dress? 

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K. Cav is a hottie!

Reality star Kristin Cavallari is cute!  And she looks really cute in this strapless flower print dress!  Love!

Kristin looks casual and flirty, and ready for spring!   *On a quick side-note, I think Kristin has the best legs!  They are long, lean, toned and sexy!  Way to go, Kristin!

Summer is my absolute favorite time of year, because I love the sun and ocean and hanging out by the pool!  But, I like the spring, too!  Spring means it’s time to break out the flirty, warm-weather couture that has been hibernating in the back of the closet! 

Spring essentials that I love include:

  • wedges
  • sundresses
  • sandals
  • soft, flowy hair
  • fun jewelry
  • bright, bold nail polish
  • fitted blazers
  • Toms
  • maxi dresses
  • light, pretty makeup

Barbie pink nails are the best…….

***What is your favorite must-have item for spring?***

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