Long story short: Friday the 13th, man. (Also, HBD to my mama, whose celebrity birthday twins include Kat Dennings, Rivers Cuomo, '90s bae Ethan Embry, and forever bae Chris Evans. Especially Chris Evans.)
You've probably seen Steff's Shopping My Stash post, so you know that our theme is basically ~shades of summers past~. I own more polishes from Summer 2008 than I thought I did, and kept texting Steff with my rando discoveries until she was like, "I say use Mini Shorts. Neoooooon."
Three coats with SV.
It's kind of funny to look back at the time when a nail polish was released. It's even funnier to look back at a time before I started collecting like a maniac! When the first Essie neons were released in the summer of 2008, I think I was in my comic book phase, which coincided with my "MUST SEE 'IRON MAN' EVERY TWO WEEKS" phase. My biggest beauty priority at the time was finding a good place to get my eyebrows done. Ha.
Anyway, this first Essie neon collection consisted of four polishes with shorts-themed names. Summer-tastic, yes? I didn't start acquiring them until maybe 2010. Shorty Shorts, the neon pink, was the last one to join my stash, courtesy of Janice, who sent me a well-loved bottle a couple of summers ago (a bottle that will be loved until the last drop, btw. THANK YOU!). Bermuda Shorts, the neon violet, is one of my favorite pedicure colors. Shorty Pants was the first yellow I've ever loved, and my first yellow pedicure. But for whatever reason, Mini Shorts, a punchy neon orange, has gone untried until now.
Mini Shorts is a deeper, more red-tinged shade of traffic cone orange than my first Essie neon orange, Bright Tights. Now that I think about it, Mini Shorts reminds me a lot of Zoya Paz. I'm not going to say they're dupes, although they are close enough that if you had one, you wouldn't need the other. If I'm being honest, I think Paz has the better formula, but that could be because my bottle of Paz isn't as old as my bottle of Mini Shorts; I've noticed neons tend to get a little gummy over time. The good news is that Mini Shorts wasn't too difficult to work with. Dry time was not as fast as newer neons are, so this isn't necessarily a polish I would slap on before bed. Buuuuuuut, this orange is so deliciously squishy and obnoxious that I don't mind keeping both Paz and Mini Shorts.
Sorry this post is so late, but like I said, Friday the 13th, man. I just wanted to get this up TODAY, partly because I feel like I bugged Steff out of her blogging hiatus, and partly because our first Shopping My Stash post also was on a Friday the 13th. Can you believe it? In three more months, we'll have been at this for a year! Whaaaaaaaaaat.
Thanks for reading, and I'll be back next week with some of my backlogged NOTDs, plus a Skinny Dipping post on Monday. Until then, don't forget to see Steff's summertime shade! If you have a great dad, at least give him a call this weekend if you're not together. ALSO. Anyone going to see "How to Train Your Dragon 2" or "22 Jump Street" this weekend? I can't go until next weekend ... but I cannot wait. I loved both of the original movies, and I've heard nothing but good things about the sequels! :D
P.S. Since this post was so late, I made you a terrible/amazing playlist of some of my favorite summertime songs. I don't understand the concept of a short playlist, so this one is 30+ songs long! ... good if you're doing some mindless chores, winding down, or whatever. You'll be able to tell which songs remind me of summers past, because they are SO ridiculous. ;) Enjoyyyyyy.