The Essie Summer 2012 Bikini So Teeny Collection and Life Lesson No. 389

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Life lesson No. 389, or “When not to wear a teeny bikini”

Dear Self,


Please note that wearing a teeny bikini is perfectly fine when you’re posting up in a beach chair or chilling on a towel on the sand, and for such occasions, Tabs also offers the following advice: 1) suck in your tum when the paparazzi stop by, and 2) always apply sunscreen liberally to your bum.

essie bikini so teeny

Also, it should be noted that teeny bikinis aren’t great apparel choices if you plan to go surfing.

Should your tiny triangle top get knocked off as you try to catch that six-foot wave you/I foolishly thought you could handle (FYI: you are so NOT ready for that jelly), hilarity will almost definitely ensue. πŸ™‚

It takes great skill to keep a long board from floating away while simultaneously searching for a missing bikini top in the surf, without flashing everyone on the beach.

You may consider yourself a fairly coordinated person, but few among us are coordinated enough for this.

Perhaps this summer, if/when you get the urge to go surfing in a teeny bikini, reach for Essie’s Bikini So Teeny Summer 2012 nail polishes instead ($8 each; available now at select salons and beauty supply stores).

essie bikini so teeny

That way, while you’re bobbing on your board in your sporty two-piece, waiting for the next set of waves to come in, you’ll be able to admire sky blue Bikini So Teeny, shimmery carnation pink Cascade Cool, molten bronze All Tied Up, creamy hot pink Off the Shoulder, creamy orange Fear or Desire, or creamy Mojito Madness on your fingers and toes, basking in the knowledge that no one will accidentally see your boobies today.

Two coats of these juicy, sumptuous colors should do ya just fine…

essie off the shoulder
Off the Shoulder

essie mojito madness
Mojito Madness

essie fear or desire
Fear or Desire

essie cascade cool
Cascade Cool


essie bikini so teeny
Bikini So Teeny

essie all tied up
All Tied Up

PRICE: $8 each
AVAILABILITY: Available now at salons and select beauty stores

Your friendly neighborhood beauty addict,



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  1. What a fun post! I love allll the pictures! I really want Bikini So Teeny. I think it’ll be the first blue polish that I love!

  2. LOLbeauty says:

    I must have mojito! It’s gorgeous and definitely unique!

  3. Jessica says:

    I got Bikini So Teeny and I’m loving it! The rest I’m not too crazy about.
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  4. I’ve been looking for Bikini So Teeny all over the place, but no luck yet. Hopefully I can get my hands on one! Also, I am strangely entranced by Mojito Madness… *o*

    • Sophie says:

      I’ve spotted it @CVS and also Target. Possibly Walgreens, too. Where do you live?

    • Karen says:

      Hi Dani,

      You can find them at Target and Walgreens too!

    • Linnea says:

      Dani! I got it on, they had it up there like a month ago (which surprised me and spurred me to buy almost the whole collection).. free shipping anywhere in Canada over $29, and they have some good brands that are hard to find in Canada.. Plus it seems like they sell Essie polishes cheaper than my local Shoppers.

      Mojito madness is amazing too! Such a great green!!

  5. Chelsea says:

    All Tied Up is gorgeous!

    • Karen says:

      Hi Chelsea,

      I love that color too! What nail polishes shades are you loving these days?

      • Chelsea says:

        My favorite right now is a Limited Edition Revlon polish from last summer called Watermelon Fizz – a beautiful coral red with subtle sparkle. I don’t know what I’ll do when I run out!

        I’ve also been using a hot pink someone gave me from China Glaze called Rose Among Thorns – she owns the same color, but it looks completely different on both of us.

  6. Appu says:

    Bikini So Teeny is such a gorgeous shade and what a cute name! πŸ˜€
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  7. Kim says:

    What a great group of colors for summer! Of course, I play better with sheers than creams, so All Tied Up is probably my best bet. Unless, the texture is the same for all of them and I’m just mesmerized by the glitter. πŸ™‚

    • Karen says:

      Hi Kim!

      You will love that color even more in person. When it’s in the sunlight the secret golden shimmer pops out… so pretty!

      What colors have you been wearing/loving lately for your fingers and toes? I’m going through a NARS Thankoon phase, but I think I’ve officially popped out of it now that I’ve met this Essie collection.

      • Kim says:

        You’ll probably GAH when you hear this, but not only did I have the very sheer L’Oreal I Pink I’m in Love (I know, it’s hard to believe I own other polish since this is the only one I use) on my fingers, but I also put it on my toes last week. In my defense, my OPI I’m with Brad is MIA and that’s my total go-to toenail color. By the time I finished hunting for it, I had no time for my back up navy blue (name is not coming to me) since the darker shades are less forgiving with messy application. πŸ™‚

  8. Karo says:

    I love essie so so so much and this collection is so amazing!
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  9. All Tied up is gorgeous! A refreshing change from the summer brights that we’ve been seeing this season!
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  10. musical says:

    All Tied up looks unusual and pretty! Off the shoulder is also lovely!

  11. Agata says:

    I love this collection. I have Mojito Madness and I’m wearing Bikini so teeny right now, it is a perfect blue!

    • Karen says:

      Hi Agata,

      Mojito Madness is my fave, I think. It’s going on the toes next. πŸ™‚

      How’s work going this week? Good, I hope.

      • Agata says:

        Mojito Madness is a really unique color, I love it too!

        Work has been good. yesterday was my day off, went to Ulta so that was a good time πŸ™‚

  12. Nina says:

    I love love love Cascade Cool and All Tied Up. I regularly paint my toenails during warm weather so im totally buying those 2!!!

    • Karen says:

      Hi Nina,

      Cascade Cool would look so cute with a pair of nude wedges. Hmm… maybe that will be my next pedi.

      How are your porch kitties doing? Are they OK in the heat?

      • Nina says:

        Ooohhh … nude wedges are awesome! Theyre fine — and have become pretty regular in showing up for mealtimes (which I am happy for!) … πŸ™‚

        Im ready for the weekend, I cannot even begin to tell you how much!

  13. Lana says:

    IM SOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO GETTING THE FIRST 5 COLORS! I cant wait to purchase and swatch them

  14. Jenn Staz says:

    Ooh, I did NOT think I’d like the last one, but I really do! It’s like a modern sophisticated version of mauve.

  15. Vonvon says:

    I just saw a new Essie display in one of the Boots store in town. Will check some of them out soon.

    I actually like All Tied Up the most of all the colors! This could be my first Essie polish if I can find it here. πŸ™‚
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  16. Nicole says:

    Jury’s still out for All Tied Up; I think I need to see it in person.

  17. Kelly says:

    Hi Karen, I know you’ve been looking for a nude shoe. I just bought a pair of nude wedges by Seychelles they are called “Midas Touch”. They are super cute and comfy. Check they out, they are on sale at πŸ™‚ these polishes would look great with them.

  18. Britney says:

    I totally love these colors. So have to get some. Seem so summery and fun, you always show such beautiful things in your blog. Makes me always want to run out and get new stuff. A girl can never have too much… LOL

  19. Amanda says:

    I think I’m the only one not excited about this collection. Saw them in person at Rite Aid and didn’t get any. I wanted to love Mojito Madness but it’s darker than I expected.
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  20. Tiffany says:

    Bikini so teeny looks so cute and original! WANT! I actually just ordered my first one piece swimsuit πŸ™ I felt old and lame but I learned that a toddler and a bikini don’t mix. There were way too many areas for her to yank lol

  21. must must must have that All Tied Up – its very unique

  22. oh my goodness, I need to have every. single. one of these IMMEDIATELY! So fun and pretty–it makes me all happy and sunny just looking at it! I might skip on the orange one (as I have enough orange polishes to last me a lifetime) but the other shades are pure summer perfection.
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  23. Loving these! I need to all Off the Shoulder, Mojito Madness, and Bikini So Teeny to my collection! Oh! And All Tied Up as well… looks like liquid rose gold… I’m OBSESSED with rose gold!!! xx

  24. Nadege says:

    I got Bikini So Teeny this week! G.O.R.G.E.O.U.S.

  25. Dharti says:

    I’m surprised that I’m loving Cascade, Mojito and Fear. I’m not usually a brights person.

    Very pretty shades. I like All tied up too but I think I have overloaded on the pinky browns and mauves for a while now.

  26. Phyrra says:

    OMG the picture of you with the sunglasses on and the bottles of polish around you might be the cutest picture ever! You look so happy! Love that picture!
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