Yes, that’s my favorite Starbucks drink. And yes, sometimes I measure currency in Sbux beverages. But NO, this bottle isn’t worth this price!
O HAPPY DAY.
Not only is it Cyber Monday (I think you had to have lived in the early AOL days to find that name hilarious) but… CHANEL has released a new, limited-edition duo called “Nuit Magique.”
First up is the eponymous shade, MAGIQUE. It’s a nice, unexpected choice for a holiday party instead of the typical reds. I’m liking the blues we’ve seen lately! Like denim, they really do go with everything.
Ladies, ladies, ladies. This is not the same as the Ciel de Nuit of legend, but it’s pretty damn close. I can’t wait to see how close this is to Ciel de Nuit and, for that matter, the hallowed HTF, Essie Starry Starry Night. I know it won’t be an exact dupe, but it will be interesting to see how close this new shade gets.
I highly recommend you get thee to CHANEL.com if you even have a shred of interest in this color. If it arrives and you hate it, there’s always eBay. And we know how well CHANEL can perform there! It’s a win-win.
I just ordered mine and will swatch as soon as it’s here!
On the quest for Essie SSN? Here are some previous posts you may enjoy:
I’ve talked about my sun worshipping on this blog before. I know it’s terrible but there’s nothing like a little old fashioned sunshine to cheer me up. I tend to run on the cold side — basking in the sun’s rays makes me feel so cozy!
When I think about sunbathing, I recall a poster in the waiting room of my childhood doctor’s office that said something about how 5 great civilizations worshipped the sun, and 4 are extinct. Aight, doc, point taken but correlation does not imply causation. So no, I do NOT think that sunbathing was the downfall of the Egyptian empire. But I digress.
I recently wore China Glaze Sun Worshiper; not a color for the faint of heart. I mean, it barely matches anything and it glows in the dark, so if you’re looking for a color that whispers, “Take me seriously, I’m a professional,” I’d suggest looking elsewhere. But if you want a shade that shouts, drunkenly, “ZOMGYOUGUYS this is my favorite song!” you may have found her.
Sun Worshiper is a neon yellow-orange that packs a major punch. What’s funny is that the color itself isn’t necessarily flattering to many (or… any?) skin tones, but you’ll still get tons of compliments because it’s just fun to look at. And therefore fun to wear.
The coverage is pretty good for a neon. I skated by with three coats since it can be a little streaky. A good idea may be to do a white base first, if you have the time. Three coats will be opaque though, so it’s not a necessity. Keep in mind this is about as neon as you can get, so you’ll definitely want to top it all off with a nice glossy topcoat since it dries matte.
And now I’m off to sunny Palm Springs! Have a great weekend!
If you want to sport an attention-grabbing nail but don’t have the time (or skillz) to deal with complicated nail art, there are few better ways to get ooohs and aaahs than a holo.
There are a bunch of holographic shades on the market, but my favorite brand is Color Club. They’ve got a full range of linear holo colors, but I like to go for the tried-and-true silver holo. As I always say, why gild the lily? A classic silver that sparkles like a prism is just perfect.
If you’re going to have but one holo in your Stash, my professional recommendation is Color Club Harp On It. The coverage is INSANE, the formula’s smooth as silk and the rainbow effect is oh, so pretty.
But wait! Step it up a notch and do an accent nail inspired by the always clever NailedIt.
P.S. Color Club Beyond is a great dupe for all of y’all out there who are still on the hunt for an OPI My Private Jet dupe. Just sayin’.
OPI is pretty amazing. I can’t claim that this is an actual fact… but I’m pretty sure that they release more colors per year than any other nail polish brand. Imagine their color archives! It’s gotta be incredible. I picture an endless hallway of bottles placed on shining pillars protected by glass, like in a museum.
OPI recently released their Euro Centrale & OZ collections. I’ll cover off on those in depth later, but for now I wanted to show you a pairing I fell in love with. It’s perfect for spring!
You’re Such a Budapest* stole my heart the moment I saw it. I love a good lavender to begin with — and YSAB is a little richer and deeper than the usual pastel purples. It hovers between purple and lavender and leans on the blue side. It’s technically a creme, but has a hint of jelly to it. That element of translucency adds a delicate touch to this color.
I contemplated wearing YSAB solo… but then The Lights of Emerald City* were twinkling at me and I couldn’t resist. TLOEC is fantastic. Tiny pieces of square metallic glitter sparkle green, peach, pink and gold, suspended in a clear base. Mixed among them are larger squares of pearl white glitter.
I carefully applied TLOEC so that the white glitter pieces were concentrated toward the middle and tips of my nails, leaving the area near my cuticles clean. I was going for a slightly gradated look.
These nails felt very My Little Pony, Pretty Pretty Princess-y, in the very best way possible. These are two new bottles that I am thrilled to have in my collection.
*product provided for honest review
I cover new CHANEL colors for two reasons:
1. These pics are usually the closest I’ll come to them because they’re just too expensive for me to feel comfortable with. 27 dollars, whaddya think I am, Chanel, madea money? (Shout out to Kevin and Katie for feeding my addiction these past couple of birthdays, <3 you guys…)
2. This is the brand that gives birth to trends. We must maintain constant vigilance.
Here’s CHANEL’s latest colour: Taboo.
Check out this closeup; looks like we’ve got some beautiful sapphire & ruby microglitter, all suspended in a navy-copper-purplish base:
Oh, I just love that second shot. It’s like a fuchsia-hued galaxy. And may I point you to fellow nail blogger Weekend Ramblings for a set of gorgeous swatches. Check out her post, she was pretty impressed…
If I make it to Nordstrom anytime soon, I’ll paint a little Taboo on a crumpled old receipt or something classy like that — then I can judge this polish freely. Until that happens, I can only speculate based on these photos. But Taboo looks lovely. Spellbinding, even.
My one complaint: why is this coming out in Spring/Summer? Just when we’re wanting to wear brights and pastels… just seems like an odd choice. But that doesn’t mean I’m not drooling for Taboo…
Bonjour! Word of a new limited-edition collection from les artistes at CHANEL arrived in my inbox today. This time it’s très chinoiserie.
Chinoiserie, a French term, signifying “Chinese-esque,” refers to a recurring theme in European artistic styles since the seventeenth century, which reflect Chinese artistic influences.
It is characterized by the use of fanciful imagery of an imaginary China, by asymmetry in format and whimsical contrasts of scale, and by the attempts to imitate Chinese porcelain and the use of lacquer-like materials and decoration.
This is a toughie. The creamy white, Eastern Light, is pretty basic. Since these bottles are running for $30 each (quelle horror!) I don’t think you guys should feel tempted to drop that kind of cash on something so vanilla. Literally.
But Western Lights shows great promise. It’s easy to pass over first; the shot of the complete collection did little to pique my interest. But when I went to the product page to get a closer look at the bottle, I read the description and got a better look at the shade’s unique shimmer. I’d love to see this live! That said, a bit of an odd choice for springtime, eh? Could have been a great fall / winter release.
To check out swatches and a fantastic post on this new CHANEL duo, head over to fellow nail blogger Ommorphia Beauty Bar’s site. She’s got some great dupe suggestions and really beautiful shots.
P.S. Click here to read more about 2013, the Year of the Water Snake, aka Junior Dragon. My Chinese Zodiac sign is a Rat. ;_; Wish I’d been a Tiger or a Dragon. Any other Rats up in here?
An opportunist with an eye for a bargain, Rats tend to collect and hoard, but are unwilling to pay too much for anything.
Hahahahaha. Collecting? Hoarding? You don’t say.
Confetti Fun, Heavenly Angel, Hit the Lights, Inner Sparkle, Kissed at Midnight, Love Song, Mi Fantasía, Naturally, Nicole by OPI, Pretty in Plum, Scarlett, Selena, Selena Gomez, Spring Break, Stars at Night, Sweet Dreams
Baby cats! I’m sorry I’ve been away for so long.
I wish I could tell you that my life consists only of swatching polishes, hanging with my cats and eating bon bons all day, but sadly that is not the case. Although I do eat a lot of bon bons. I got swamped with my Real Job recently, but I’ve come up with some good ideas to make sure I don’t go dark for as long as I did, ever again!
There are nailz to paint. Collections to ewww and ahhh over. Let us begin!
So, Selena Gomez. You may have heard of her. Bless her heart, she was one of those poor Disney girls and is slowly blossoming into a quite a nice young lady. Her songs are fun, she carries herself well and hasn’t gone down La Lohan Lane, so she’s a-okay in my book.
In keeping with its younger demographic, Nicole by OPI teamed up with Selena to create 14 shades for her very own collection. Some celebrity nail polish partnerships make me scratch my head (note that I have never covered a Kardashian Kollection — and never will) but this one makes total sense. Selena experiments with nail color for events all the time.
Her collection is, holistically, one of the prettiest ones I’ve seen; we’ve got glitter, we’ve got brights, we’ve got pastels… shimmers, creams… well done, Gomez, well done.
Check back tomorrow to read my review of Stars at Night and Heavenly Angel!
So deep is my fear of dropping (read: destroying) my phone that I don’t even entertain the idea of getting a cute case. Sure, there were the days when I had Ye Old Nokia and I jazzed it up with a sparkling rhinestone keypad (for real) and a matte-neon pink case. My mom almost threw it away because she thought it was an old childhood toy I’d unearthed from storage. What I mean is, that’s how coooool it looked.
But these days? A phone accident is a critical issue. I can’t bring myself to take risks on a case that offers beautiful form without well-padded function. And yet…
HOW AM I SUPPOSED TO RESIST THESE?
These cases are just… It’s genius. Absolutely awesome. Please, one of you, one of my brave, devil-may-care readers who says to hell with safety, pleeeease get a Chanel Nail Lacquer Case. Be gutsy, be glam… and then tell me all about it! I’ll live vicariously through your new acquisition.
They’re on Etsy for $14.86 from a shop called Casetop. Now if only the shop offered a Chanel Ciel de Nuit case. Now we’re talkin’.
Do any of you guys find this as tempting as I do?
It started out innocent enough. I was on Sephora.com just doing a little casual browsing… when I saw them. New nail kits from Ciaté. At $19 each, they’re a bit of an investment, but I am going gaga for them. Check. It. Out.
I have never seen this product in real life, nor have I seen someone wearing it, so these kits remain shrouded in sweet, sweet mystery. Here are the details I read:
According to Sephora, these Very Colourfoil Manicure kits are online only. Limited edition. And exclusive to Sephora. I don’t know about you but to me, that sounds like a taunt. Or a threat. What’s a girl to do?!
Is nail polish tax-deductible??