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Paul & Joe Nail Polish in Bitter Lime: This Bitter Got Better

Published in: Daily Beauty, Nails, Paul & Joe

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OK, yeah…I admit it. It took me a little while to get on board with Paul & Joe Nail Polish in Bitter Lime ($16).

I don’t know why, but it reminds me of funky ’70s kitchen decor. I vaguely recall our fridge and countertops at home being this color back in the day.

My gut said, “Ew…” when I applied Bitter Lime for the first time, but I kept it on for the sake of experimentation. Within a few hours, my opinion if it started to change for the better. I like how it looks in different light, like in the natural light through the window in my office, it’s like a highlighter yellow, but under the “warm white” bulbs in the bathroom, it’s more of a lime green.

I might be too easily amused (not might — am).

And I love the shiny finish. (*makes grabby hands*) In these pics I’m wearing two coats without a base or top coat.

The formula’s also incredibly sturdy, like OPI-caliber sturdy. When I applied it last week with just two coats and nothing else to help it along, it lasted me three or four days before I saw any chipping at all, and I’m full-time typist tough on my nails. If I were to wear it with a base and top coat, I’m sure it would lasts me six or seven days at least, which would be pretty darned good for me.

Bitter Lime is a limited edition $16 lacquer in the new Paul & Joe Summer Collection, and it’s available now online and at Paul & Joe counters.

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paul joe bitter lime

paul joe bitter lime


Also wearing…

Clutch — LOFT Art Floral Pouch
Dress — LOFT Striped Strappy Flare Dress
Necklace — an oldie from Kate Spade (but here’s something similar)
Nails — Paul & Joe Nail Polish in Bitter Lime

P.S. How’s it going today, my friend? On a scale of 1-10, how’s your Thursday been so far? I’d say mine’s been about a 7.5, which rounds up to 8. :)

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Nails of the Day: Good Vibes and Great Karma With Salon Perfect Purple Pop

Published in: Nails

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Salon Perfect Neon Pop Nail Lacquer in Purple Pop (available now at Walmart stores and online for $4)

A purple mani by Salon Perfect Purple Pop to go with the purple shades on my new favorite workout shirt.

The only thing that would make me love this shirt more is if there was another line underneath “Good Vibes Make Great Karma” that said #truth.

Not to get too hippy-dippy…but I do think that’s true. Kind of. When you put out positive energy, a lot of the time that’s what you get back. So right now I’m sending you megawatts of extra super good vibes! :)

The tank, by the way, is from Old Navy. It’s $16 on the Old Navy website, but I got it on sale at the store by my house for $10 a few weeks back. Sometimes the stores have better deals, and sometimes the website, so you just have to check.

Oh! — and if you do end up grabbing one, treat it gently, and by gently I mean wash it on delicate and hang it to dry, because when I run my Old Navy shirts through the regular wash cycle and dryer afterwards, if I do that too much, they always end up with holes.

As for my nails…Purple Pop! Isn’t she a beauty? It’s from Salon Perfect’s Neon Pop collection, available now at Walmart stores and online for $4.

Pros include amazing price, potent pigment, smooth application, relatively quick drying time (seriously, like less than 5 minutes).

Cons include — and it’s a doozy — chips within one or two days (!).

At least they aren’t a huge investment, but still. What’s up with that?

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Salon Perfect Neon Pop Nail Lacquer in Purple Pop ($4)

salon perfect purple pop

Salon Perfect Neon Pop Nail Lacquer in Purple Pop

Meow time at the salon…

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I’m on my way to the salon this morning so my friend Alis can work her magic with my hurr. I’ve been neglecting it lately, and it needs some TLC.

I’m also craving a change… I’m kind of over having super dark hair (at least for now), and lately I’ve been on a ’90s supermodel kick (Linda! Christy! Kate!).

I’m inspired by Helena Christensen’s hair. We have a similar wavy texture, so I think that one of her cuts in the above pic might work…

I hope you have a wonderful Tuesday, whatever you’re up to, and may your hair be on point. :)

Your friendly neighborhood beauty addict,

Karen

Nails of the Day: Essie Brides No Grooms

Published in: Essie, Nails

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Essie Brides No Grooms ($8.50)

To say that I’m obsessed with this Bkr Water Bottle I got last month would be a bit of an understatement.

I carry this thing with me everywhere. It may as well be surgically attached to my right arm! I bring it (oh, it’s already been brought-en!) to the mall, to Trader Joe’s, to the movies… Basically, I am never without my Bkr.

What can I say? Homegirl drinks a sh*t ton of water. :)

I’m loving on it so hard that I’ve undertaken a mission to find a matching nail polish, and I thought that this shade I’m wearing here, Essie Brides No Grooms, might be it, but it’s not. Close, but no cigar.

It’s warmer and more yellow… Still super pretty, though, but I think I need something closer to a creamy pink flamingo coral.

Here I’m wearing two coats.

Brides No Grooms is from the Essie Bridal 2015 collection, and you can say “I do” to it now, because it’s available now for $8.50 online, and at salons, Ulta and Nordstrom.

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Essie Brides No Grooms ($8.50)

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Essie Brides No Grooms ($8.50)

Your friendly neighborhood beauty addict,

Karen

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Chanel Summer 2015: Le Vernis Nail Colour in Lavanda

Published in: Chanel, Nails

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Chanel Summer 2015 Le Vernis Nail Colour in Lavanda

Why hasn’t my love for Chanel’s summery vivid violet Lavanda nail lacquer translated into love in my closet?

One of life’s great mysteries, I suppose…

I rutted around in there this morning to find something to wear with Lavanda (I’m wearing two coats in these pics, by the way), and the only thing I could find was this romper.

Actually, I know why I don’t own many purple pieces of clothing (and other bright colors). It’s the cat hair. My wardrobe has progressively grown more gray over the past few years to match the tabby fur that I’m almost constantly covered in from head to toe.

I’ve been trying to re-colorize lately, but there’s still a ways to go. Today is a good step, though.

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Chanel Summer 2015 Le Vernis Nail Colour in Lavanda

chanel summer 2015

Chanel Summer 2015 Le Vernis Nail Colour in Lavanda

chanel summer 2015

Chanel Summer 2015 Le Vernis Nail Colour in Lavanda

Top — romper by Leifsdottir (here’s something similar)
Necklace — Loft (something kinda similar)
Nails — Chanel Le Vernis Nail Colour in Lavanda

Your friendly neighborhood beauty addict,

Karen

P.S. What are you wearing on your nails today?

P.P.S. Guess who’s going to see the New Kids on the Block, Nelly and TLC tonight!? YES! My friend Marisol got us tickets. I may even wear a Band-Aid on my cheek like Nelly did back in the day!

Just kidding. I’m very excited though. :)

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Nails of the Day: Essie Flowerista (With a Guest Appearance by MAC Heroine Lipstick)

Published in: Essie, Nails

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So purple that Prince would be majorly jelly!

There are many reasons to love Essie’s Flowerista Nail Polish ($8.50), but the main one is that it could totally hang with my favorite Tom Ford nail polish shade of all time, African Violet.

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This dark, creamy purple isn’t an exact dupe, mind you. African Violet is a touch deeper, but if ya want the Tom Ford look without the steep price ($32 for African Violet), Essie’s Flowerista is an excellent alternative.

It’s also a stunner with bright purple lipsticks like MAC Matte Lipstick in Heroine. Purple lips + purple tips = purple power!

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Flowerista is part of the new Essie Flowerista Spring Collection, available now at salons, Ulta, Target, Nordstrom stores and everywhere else Essie is sold.

P.S. Happy Tuesday to you! :) I hope you’re having a good day so far.

With my employer’s help, for what his 20 pounds of tabby “muscle” is good for, I’ll be moving things around in my office in anticipation of those pink shelves arriving. Things have been slow going on the organizational front, but I’m finally making real progress, and it feels good.

Pretty soon I’ll even have some new paintings and pictures on my walls (I’ll take some pics and show you when they’re up). I’m really looking forward to that. I want to get some of those photo ledges, like these from Crate & Barrel, so that I can swap things out easily and keep the place looking new and fresh.

I can’t decide between the black or the white shelves…

P.P.S. What are you wearing on your nails? Inquiring, lacquer-obsessed minds want to know.

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