They Say the Neon Lights Are Bright On…

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Downtown Nashville, TN, Broadway Street in the Rain

…Broadway! (on Broadway!)

It rained last night in Nashville, and it was quite a beautiful sight.

Here are just a few quick snapshots I took from the back of a cab. These are of downtown Nashville’s famous Broadway Street, which is lined with lots of restaurants and entertainment.

I’m back in the Bay again now, and no rain here at all. Air travel is so weird, isn’t it? One minute you’re in the rain, and the next you’re not.

Someday I hope to make it back to Nashville for a longer visit, ideally on a sunny day when I have more time to explore. From the short time I was there, it seemed like a very cool town.

I overheard a couple of people call it “Nash Vegas,” and it does kind of have that feel. I would’ve walked around downtown more, despite the rain, if I’d had a little more time and, um, didn’t have to worry about my blowout… But I’d just gotten my hair done earlier in the day by Neutrogena celebrity hair stylist Sam Leonardi (who is a very charming man, BTW), and I was not about to leave its fate to the rain, LOL!

Priorities, ya know? :)

Downtown Nashville, TN, Broadway Street in the Rain

Downtown Nashville, TN, Broadway Street in the Rain

Downtown Nashville, TN, Broadway Street in the Rain

Downtown Nashville, TN, Broadway Street in the Rain

30 Days of NARS: Angelika Lip Gloss, Day 6

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NARS Angelika Lip Gloss

Sheer, cool-toned pink Angelika Lip Gloss is one of the 23 shades NARS carried over from their previous Lip Gloss line into the brand new formulation arriving on counters this week.

I wore the previous version from time to time and always liked the color, but it was never a staple of mine. Maybe if I hadn’t been so obsessed with Sweet Revenge (which is even better now in the new non-plasticky smelling formulation), I would have worn it more.

A little on the cooler side, it’s a perfectly acceptable pink, but not altogether unique.

Pretty, though… You can’t really go wrong with a basic sheer pink.

It kind of look like it would be glittery based on the tube, but it’s less so on the lips. Just a tad, but it’s not a super glitter-fest.

NARS Angelika Lip Gloss

Angelika ($26) and its 29 siblings in the newly reformulated NARS Lip Gloss line are available now at NARS Boutiques and, and coming to NARS counters and Sephora stores May 1.

NARS Angelika Lip Gloss

NARS Angelika Lip Gloss

NARS Angelika Lip Gloss

The 30 Days of NARS series features a different NARS Lip Gloss every day

Things Are Sweeter in Tennesee

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Bang Candy Company Caramels from Nashville, TN

There were a lot more caramels in this shot before I started eating them.

Oh, my gosh!

So, I found this. There’s a local candy company out in Nashville called the Bang Candy Company. They make these bomb-@ss boozy caramels with Whisper Creek Tennessee Sipping Cream (and, um, bourbon), and girl! — let me tell you, I’ve had many, many caramels in my day, but these are probably the best caramels I’ve ever had.

I am seriously, like… There were about 20 caramels here before I picked up the camera, but then one thing led to another as I was composing.

But anyway! :) These caramels are super sweet, so incredibly soft and just effing lovely. They have enough, like, chewiness to them, but they’re not so sticky that they get stuck in your teeth for days.

They’re just the best freaking caramels I’ve ever eaten, and who knew I’d find them in Tennessee??

If that got your sweet tooth’s attention, you can find them online at (Although, brace yourself, the website says they’re currently sold out. I don’t know, though. I’d check anyway.)

I’m actually thinking about getting a few more (with “few” being polite for “many”) of these, hopefully for myself, but maybe also for others, LOL! Great for Christmas or birthdays or whatever, but I have a feeling that if I do get some as gifts, I’ll probably just end up eating them.

Bang Candy Company Caramels from Nashville, TN

Bang Candy Company Caramels from Nashville, TN

Bang Candy Company Caramels from Nashville, TN

Bang Candy Company Caramels from Nashville, TN

Double Duty Drugstore Beauty! Multi-Talented Makeup From Neutrogena

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Multitasking makeup products from Neutrogena

Wearing a few double-duty products from Neutrogena! — Crease Proof Shadow in Improper Copper as a highlighter on my upper cheekbones and down the bridge of my nose, Healthy Skin Blends Bronzer in Sunkissed as an eyeshadow on my lower lash lines, MoistureSmooth Color Stick in Healthy Peach as a blush on my cheeks, and Nourishing Long Wear Liquid Makeup Broad Spectrum SPF 20 in Warm Beige as a concealer under my eyes

It’s true.

You really do learn something new every day — like yesterday I learned that a ton of Neutrogena makeup products actually double as…well, they double. They’re multitasking, which is super cool, for one, because a) they’re drugstore, so they’re totally affordable, and b) if you’re traveling somewhere or just want to lighten your makeup load, it’s always nice to have a product that can do a bunch of things.

Celebrity Makeup Artist Amy Oresman broke it down for me in Nashville yesterday as I sat (OMG!) in her makeup chair. She just broke it down, man. She had some great product recommendations from the Neutrogena line, like the brand’s Crease Proof Eye Shadows…

1. Crease Proof Eye Shadows in Stay Golden and Improper Copper ($8.49 each)

Amy Oresman

Improper Copper in my crease…

There are two she really loves — Stay Golden and Improper Copper. Stay Golden she compared to, basically, Nylon or Shroom Eye Shadow from MAC, but in cream form.

Cream shadows with a built-in primer, these were designed for lids, but they work on other parts of the face, too — especially as a highlighter. Amy will take either one, Stay Golden or Improper Copper, and apply it directly to the skin. Then she buffs it down with a foundation brush.

On me, because I have a deeper skin tone, she used Improper Copper, which is kind of like a coppery gold with subtle shimmer.

Amy Oresman has worked her makeup magic on a multitude of makeup-loving mavens, including Madonna, Heidi Klum, Victoria Beckham, Hayden Panettiere, Vanessa Hudgens, Emma Roberts and Kate Bosworth. “When it comes down to it,” she says, “we all want the same thing — to look and feel beautiful.”

She applied it directly from the stick, too, right into the crease of my eyes, and then brought it out to my upper cheekbones, still just using the stick. Then she blended it all in with a foundation brush for a super soft, really glowing highlight.

And you can use it on other parts of the face — wherever you would apply a traditional highlight, like down the bridge of the nose, Cupid’s bow, that kind of thing.

Stay Golden works great for all skin tones, but it rocks the Casbah on fair skin; Amy recommended Improper Copper for medium and darker skin tones.

Yay, so that’s one thing.

But there’s more… :)

Sometimes Amy also likes to rub the stick shadows in her palm to get some product in there, and then she’ll mix that with a foundation. Yesterday she did that with Neutrogena Nourishing Long Wear Makeup Foundation, a liquid foundation, mixed those together in her palm, and just applied on me where she wanted more of a shimmery, dewy finish.

So, yeah, that’s one majorly multitasking product in the Neutrogena makeup line.

Amy also recommends the MoistureSmooth Color Sticks, which are first and foremost sheer lip balms, and I love these.

2. Neutrogena MoistureSmooth Color Sticks ($8.49 each)

Amy Oresman

Amy applying Healthy Peach MoistureSmooth Color Stick Gloss on my cheeks as a blush

I use Fresh Papaya. Love it, wear it all the time, but what I didn’t know until yesterday was that these also double as cream blushes. You can put them on top of foundation, powder, bare skin.

Amy will apply the Color Sticks directly on the cheeks, on the apples of the cheeks, and then just blend that in with a foundation brush to give a nice, sort of light, sheen to the cheeks with a pop of color, and then, if you don’t want to deal with finding a coordinating lip color, you just take that same Color Stick and apply it on your lips.

Next up, Healthy Skin Blends Bronzer in Sunkissed. One of three Healthy Skin Blends Bronzers from Neutrogena — these are the ones with the little squares inside the palettes. Amy calls Sunkissed a great eyeshadow palette that nobody knows about.

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When in Nashville…

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You gotta wear cowboy boots. :)

Say howdy to the Frye Billy Short Boot in Dark Brown Calf Shine. I wore them last night to country line dancing! — my very first time ever — at the Wildhorse Saloon.


Hey, if you’re going to take up country line dancing, there’s no better place to do it than Nashville.

I actually surprised myself by not being completely terrible at it. I thought I picked up the steps pretty quickly. At one point I think I was even teaching a mini class on the dance floor, LOL! One of the dancers around me said, “It’s like you were our spirit animal, and you brought the moves out of us.”

Yup, that’s me. :) Karen, the Country Line Dancing Spirit Animal.

So, about the boots…I didn’t even have to break ‘em in! I wore them with insoles (helloooo, no arches) and a pair of thick Thorlo socks, and my feet were actually comfortable.



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