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Two things I will always buy - lipstick and nail polish. Two things I bought recently that I can't stop using - lipsticks and nail polishes!! Sometimes I like buying things I know I don't have to try on - I never run the risk of a lipstick being too small or a nail polish just not fitting right - some things just always make me feel better! Don't you feel the same way??
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Maybelline "Blushing Pout"

I certainly didn't need another pink lipstick to add to my collection, but I couldn't pass up this absolutely perfect pink! I have nothing but rave reviews for this color and the finish is matte, but again not like regular matte's because there is a creamy finish to it, which makes sense since it's part of the "creamy mattes" collection. This might be a bit odd, but I also really love the smell!

MAC "Kinda Sexy" 

Before I talk about this gorgeous color, if you are a fan of MAC products please tell me you're part of their "recycle" program. I can't stress how awesome this program is - you return ANY 6 MAC products in their original containers and you get to pick a lip stick or eye shadow of your choice - it's free and basically how I get all my MAC lipsticks. I was in the mood for a nude color, that had a little more kick to it and this color was the prefect fit. There's a little orange tint to it which I like. It's part of their matte collection, but it has a nice finish and doesn't flake on your lips. 
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Essie Gel Setter Top Coat

Before I get into the colors I'm loving for Summer I have to share my thoughts on Gel Setter by Essie. I picked this up after seeing a commercial - I'm a really good consumer!! I have to say it's a double whammy in terms of a top coat because you get the shiny effects of it being a gel top coat without the threat of LED lights, but it also dries incredibly fast! Not in seconds, but after about 4 minutes my nails were completely dry - that I can live with! I won't say it's exactly the same as having a gel manicure because I feel that my nails are harder when I get them done at the salon, but I really do like it and I've used it with OPI colors as well as Essie like they recommend. 

Go-to Summer Colors

Essie's Marshmallow: The perfect shade of white without looking like white out.
Feelin Hot-Hot-Hot: This is the hotter pink of the two I have and it's been on repeat as my pedicure color for the last 2 months. It makes me look tan and I need all the help I can get. 
Koala Bear-y: Looks more like a deep raspberry pink - very pretty on the nails. 
Red Lights Ahead - Where?: It's the perfect summer red. It also has a nice hint of orange to it as well. 
What are your go-to summer shades?

73 comments

  1. I love the colors of this season! I recently switched my pedi from a bright pink/red like you have here to a purple and I miss the pink/red. Thanks for the info about the gel top coat!

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  2. Yes, yes yes to lipstick and nail polish! You can never have enough! Love both of those lipstick colors and I totally have on Marshmallow right now! Definitely my favorite summer go-to! Love the Red Lights Ahead...Where? too!

    <3, Pamela
    Sequins & Sea Breezes

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  3. I"ll have to snap up that gel top coat, it sounds perfect for manicures! Love all the bright pink!

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  4. I love lipsticks and lipgloss. I am always buying new ones. Thanks for reviewing that Essie topcoat. I was thinking of purchasing it. Glad to know it works well, will need to pick some up.

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  5. My friends keep raving about the top coat and how long it makes their polish last. It's on my list of things to buy on my next Target trip!

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  6. Girl, you hit the nail on the head with these! I need to try the gel setter! Lipstick and nail polish are my weaknesses when it comes to beauty products. Marshmallow is my favorite white! I have also been loving OPI's Dutch Tulips this summer. xoxo

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  7. I love these!!! And I have the same weaknesses - nail polish the most though! I actually just bought a white that I love - funny bunny (OPI), but I need to check out Marshmallow too!!

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  8. I love Marshmallow! Such a great white! I have to pick up that top coat to try asap! I'm so excited about the Mac recycling program! You just bring back the empty containers? So awesome!!

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  9. Essie Marshmallow is my summer polish of choice too! I love that MAC does that recycling program. So smart!

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  10. I really need to get more into lipsticks and nail polishes! I'm going to check into the Marshmallow for sure!!! :)

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  11. I've been looking for both a great top coat and a summery white that isn't white out! I have to try this color! :) Thank you for sharing!! :)

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  12. Ok, you've convinced me to try the Gel Setter Top Coat. I have been wondering if it works because I have a serious issues waiting for my nails to dry haha! Can you take it off with regular nail polish remover too? I just bought the Essie "Marshmallow" color the other week. I haven't used it yet because I'm afraid I am too pale! I might just have to give it a try now!

    xo, Rachel
    www.ablondesmoment.com

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  13. I NEVER wear lipstick! I don't know why! It's so pretty! I love that 2nd one!

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  14. I have trying to get my hands on the Gel Setter by Essie and it seems to be sold out everywhere! I can't wait to get some and try it out.
    xo, Whitney and Blaire
    Peaches In A Pod

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  15. I tend to wear glosses over lipstick but the blushing pout color is really pretty. If the Gel Setter can make manicures last longer all the better!

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  16. A new nail color always makes me feel better... I need to branch out a bit more in the lipstick department. That "kinda sexy" color is gorgeous.

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  17. Essie Marshmallow is one of my go-to summer colors, too! I have it on right now ;) And definitely want to check out the Gel Setter, I'm a sucker for top coats!

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  18. ooh the koala bear-y is super cute! i am not big on nail polish and lipstick because i'm always worried it won't suit me (less so with nail polish, but that chips so easily that i never buy it) lol. but you're right, they can never be too small!

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  19. love love! i mean lipstick and nail polish are such necessities in life. i'm finally rocking a lipstick almost daily now and i feel all grown up. ha. love me some marshmallow. it was so hard to find here a few years ago! need to try that gel stuff!

    xo cheshirekatblog.com

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  20. Love MACs recycle program, that kinda sexy lipstick looks like one I'm going to have to check out!

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  21. That MAC lipstick is so pretty. I have never tried any of their products, maybe I'll check that lipstick sometime though. :-) Love OPI Feeling Hot Hot too!! :-) Thanks for sharing lady and I hope that you have a great day!!

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  22. That MAC lipstick looks very pretty! Also loving the marshmellow color. I tend to stack up on nail polishes too. I think I prefer to do my own nails, since I've been disappointed paying for it laterly.

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  23. Ooh I delight in new shades!!! The lip Kinda Sexy and OPI Feeling Hot-Hot-Hot are my favs from your showcase! Bet that looks awesome on your tootsies!!! Happy Wednesday!!

    livingoncloudandreanine.blogspot.com

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  24. I love lipstick too! Although my purse is still full of all the samples I've gotten from Ipsy and Birchbox and Clinque bonus days... I don't think I've bought a shade in YEARS! And I get my nails professionally done so I haven't bought nail polish since I was a teenager. Yup. A teen. Goodness, I don't even want to know what I've spent on nails over the years, lol!

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  25. I love all of this! Love both of those lip colors and I need Koala Berry on nails ASAP!
    xo Southern Style

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  26. Oooh I need that perfect Marshmallow white! My hands are finally a little tan which I know is bad but looks so pretty with the lighter polishes!

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  27. Loving those lip colors! I definitely want to try that gel top coat too! Sounds awesome!

    <3 Shannon
    Upbeat Soles

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  28. Amazing colours! Thanks for sharing (:
    Would you like to follow each other on GFC, Google+, Bloglovin & Instagram? I am @modellabellablog (:
    Maybe we could affiliate? <3

    Isabelle.
    modellabella blog NEW POST

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  29. Always lipsticks and nail polishes - you can really never have too many because even though shades look so similar they always end up being different! I love all the colors that go along with this season!

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  30. I'm loving all the new gel top coats that give lasting color! & one that dries fast? yep - I'm on that!

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  31. I can't live without my glominerals lip pencils! Love the Koala Bear-y polish you picked!

    xx Leah / Eat Pray Wear Love

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  32. No way!! I'm obsessed with gel manicures but I haven't been getting them done since moving to AZ (haven't found anyone, plus I don't make the time) so I MUST get that top coat! How have I never heard of it before?! Mia and I paint our toes all the time but I avoid the fingernails because I can't STAND when they chip the same day I painted them, ha ha! So excited to try that top coat!

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  33. Love all of these colors for summer! A fast shiny top coat, we're on it! xo
    Winks and Eyerolls

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  34. I didn't know about the MAC recycle program - what a great idea!

    Alyssa
    www.feathersandstripes.com

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  35. Love those summer colors! I will have to keep an eye out for the Essie gel top coat. Anything that will make nails dry faster is a good thing in my book!

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  36. LOVE those polish colors! The pinks are so pretty! I can't get enough pretty lip color, I have waaay too many but I love the variety! :)

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  37. I like Marshmallow too. I never get why people walk around with white out looking nails.

    I love the MAC recycle program!

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  38. I've heard a LOT about Kinda Sexy. That's totally my kind of color, too.

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  39. Great picks, lady! That Maybelline lipstick is right up my alley - I'll definitely pick that one up next time I'm at Target. And, yes to the MAC recycling program, it's the best!

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  40. I didn't know MAC had a recycle program...LUSH cosmetics has one too, that's great! I love your picks. I'm a fan of the NARS lip crayons and have been rocking Yu..it's such a fun vibrant pink!

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  41. Ooooh loving the Koala Bear-y such a gorgeous color! And I will totally co-sign that lipstick and nail polish are two buys that are fun and easy and I can't get enough of :)

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  42. I am a sucker for nail polish and I've been meaning to grab the Essie Gel Setter! How have your nails held up with it? I'm not expecting that it will last 2 weeks like a salon gel mani would, but a week would be nice :)
    xoxo Danielle
    For the Love of Leopard

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  43. I always, always buy new nail polishes...even though I definitely don't NEED any more colors. Love the idea of the gel top coat. I definitely need to look into that!

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  44. Every time I see marshmallow on someone's nails it looks so pretty- I need to get it sometime soon! Also love those lipstick colors!

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  45. I 100% feel the same way! I am a lipstick addict and a new lipstick always makes me feel a little joyous inside! I am loving that Maybelline blushing pout lipstick, you are absolutely feeding my addiction. Haha. Loved this post, hope your week has been great! XO -Kim
    www.thethirtysomethinglife.com

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  46. Wow I need to try that Essie top coat setter! I love the look of gel manicures but I hate how bad they are for your nails. Thanks for the recommendation!

    xx,
    Susie

    www.SequinsandStrawberries.com

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  47. You can always justify another lip product especially a perfect Summertime pink! I just swiped on that Too Faced one from the Rachel Zoe box, it seriously is the most perfect flush/pink.

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  48. Oohhh I've never seen that Essie Gel top coat, I'm intrigued!

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  49. That kinda' sexy lipstick is GORGEOUS!! I might need to get one. I think I currently own 1 tube of lipstick- no lie lol!

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  50. Hehe, I plan on getting a mani/pedi with white nail polish today. I have blanc by Essie which is ok but definitely looks like white out. Marshmallow is definitely better. Lipstick is something I recently started buying, instead of lipgloss, and I also can't stop buying perfume. I have so much!

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  51. You don't even want to see my lipstick/nail polish collection -- I am too good of a consumer, lol! Nudes, pinks, reds, wines -- and this is both in polish and lipstick1

    Audrey
    www.lululinden.com

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  52. I need some new lipsticks & these colors are so pretty!
    ~~Megan~~
    http://www.poshprime.com

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  53. Love those lipstick colors! I need to try out that essie gel topcoat! I've never seen it before!

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  54. haha, a lipstick can never make you feel fat! just like shoes. :)

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  55. I've just recently started using MAC products so I had no clue about this recycle program- so you just bring in 6 empty containers for a free lipstick???

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  56. Great color choices!!! I totally agree... makeup will never make you feel like you need to loose a few pounds before you can fit into it. When in doubt... buy the lipstick! :)
    Kisses,
    Sarah
    http://everydaystarlet.com/

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  57. Love all those nail colors! And I'm going to have to remember about that recycle program!

    xo Kylie
    www.dressinsparkles.com

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  58. The other day I was in Bobbi Brown trying on lipsticks and I was like "you know what, my patients don't give a crap what shade lip stick I'm wearing so I'm not gonna spend $20ish dollars on a tube". Bad mindset, but I need to find brand that are a little cheaper I guess. However, I have a serious obsession with nail polish! I used to be 100% team OPI but lately I have been loving Essie's colors!

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  59. I love that first pic. Is that from your home? Great decoration. And Ohho some nice new shades from OPI. =)

    Happy Hump Day B!

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  60. I understand that feeling. I buy so many of Wal-Mart's dresses because their "medium" always fits me.

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  61. I'm going to look for that koala bear-y color next time I got to the nail salon. Super pretty color and perfect for summer! Might also have to check out the Maybelline lipstick. I'm liking that tone of pink.

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  62. Keep me posted on if your nails seemed to chip less/not as quickly using the essie gel top coat! Love all the bright pretty colors for summer!

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  63. Those polishes are absolutely amazing!!! Like I think I need all of them!!! And that blushing pout is totally something I could see myself grabbing for. I love the Beauty and the Beast Tea with Mrs Potts pink color I grabbed from Orly at Walgreens a few weeks ago. It has been my go to for summer :)

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  64. That Mac lipstick looks amazing! I need to get that OPI Feelin Hot-Hot-Hot-I desperately need some help in the tan department!

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  65. Every once in a while I buy tons of nail polishes but lipsticks are my number 1 weakness!!

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  66. I have been wanting to try the Essie Gel Setter. I feel bad buying it because I just got a new top coat right before they released this. But so many people love it! Must be good!

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  67. Such amazing additions to your beauty stash- love it all! I honestly didn't know about MAC's recycling program! Thank you for letting me know! :)

    lovejoanna.com

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  68. I'm all about Mac's Snob color lipstick :) it is just perfection!

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  69. Love that MAC color! I still need to try out their lipsticks! And the one MAC product I had - the concealer - I broke the entire bottle and had to get a new one. Boo.

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  70. Ooooh I love that MAC lipstick! And I had no idea Essie had that new line - I can't wait to try it!

    xo,
    Jessica
    www.fortheloveofbubbly.com

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  71. Love those colors so much! I just saw white nails over on Pamela's blog, too, so now that's the mani color I want next! I've also never heard of that essie top coat, but definitely giving it a try! xo

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