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You Can’t Help But Notice This Beautiful, Bold Stranger: The New $35 NARS Beautiful Stranger Nail Polish Set

Published in: Kits and Sets, Nails, NARS

NARS Beautiful Stranger Nail Polish Set

The NARS Beautiful Stranger Nail Polish Set (with the lips from NARS Fling Lip Kit)

The new $35 NARS Beautiful Stranger holiday nail polish set, the only nail set in the Guy Bourdin collection, comes with four nail polish minis packed with pigment.

Shameless Red, my favorite of the bunch, could have been called Shameless Coral, and I would have liked that because I have no quarrels with corals. I love coral, and this one feels very tropical to me. It reminds me of hibiscuses.

The purplish shade, Dance Dance Dance, despite its awesome name, is probably my least favorite one. I had to apply three coats because I saw some streakiness after two.

Oh, I’m not wearing a base or top coat with these…only because I didn’t want to take the time. I would for normal wear to eek out as much longevity as possible.

NARS Shameless Red Nail Polish, a bright pink

Shameless Red Nail Polish, a bright pink (two coats)

NARS Lost Red Nail Polish, a bright red

Lost Red Nail Polish, a bright red (two coats)

NARS Dance Dance Dance Nail Polish, a bright purple

Dance Dance Dance Nail Polish, a bright purple (three coats)

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What Are You Wearing on Your Nails?

Published in: Just For Fun, Nails

Bohemian Republik Mystic Ruin

Mystic Ruin, by Bohemian Republik ($12)

I’ve got two coats of Bohemian Republik’s $12 Mystic Ruin on my paws.

It’s a navy blue with tiny flecks of gold micro-glitter and larger bits of pink foil.

Pretty, yeah? And different. It reminds me of a Flintstones dinosaur…

I don’t think I have anything else like it in my stash.

Now it’s your turn. What are you wearing on your nails?

Your friendly neighborhood beauty addict,

Karen

P.S.

Zombie Enthusiasts and Nail Nerds Unite! The Bohemian Republik Zombie Collection Nail Polishes Are About To Trigger a Pigment Feeding Frenzy!

Published in: Collections, Nails, Product Reviews

The Zombie Collection by Bohemian Republik

The Zombie Collection…by Bohemian Republik

Between the The Walking Dead — which my Sundays revolve around, no joke! — and the post-apocalyptic entertainment currently killing it in movie theaters and bookstores, I think it’s safe to say that zombies, like rose gold and kale, are having a moment. zombie

And everyone’s getting in on the undead action, including the beauty world. Feast your eyes on Bohemian Republik’s new five piece Zombie Collection…

Boulder, Colorado-based indie nail polish line Bohemian Republik wants to be known for…

  • Their formula — which is free of formaldehyde, dibutyl phthalate, toluene and camphor
  • Being cruelty-free, vegan and not tested on animals (paws up from Tabs)
  • Being made in the USA

If you hunger for glitter and pigment like a zombie craves brains, you’ll want to get to know this five-piece collection, which reminds me of a Frankenstein-ian combination of products from Essie, Deborah Lippann and China Glaze.

Bohemian Republik Zombie Collection Gangrene

Gangrene

Gangrene, a creamy kiwi, is my favorite one here. Bright and vibrant, it’s also easy to apply, super smooth and not too thick nor thin.

It’s just right…

I’m wearing two coats in the swatch to keep all the pics in this post consistent, but I’m sure I could have gotten away with one.

The brush attached to these polishes is on the narrow side, which actually makes the polishes easy to apply. None of the brush fibers splay out, either, or do other funky things, and that’s great; however, I do wish it was a little easier to get nice, crisp edges with it at the base of my nails. By no means is it difficult, but it’s not quite as easy as OPI, if you know what I mean.

Bohemian Republik Zombie Collection Decay

Decay

I don’t think these pics do justice to glittery Decay. In real life, and particularly in full sun, Decay comes to life! The semi-transparent bronzed gray base pulsates with gold and teal shimmer.

There’s something so MAC Club Eyeshadow about it…the way it flickers from bronzed gray to gold to teal…

Very, very cool. I’m wearing two coats in this swatch, by the way.

Bohemian Republik Zombie Collection Feeding Frenzy

Feeding Frenzy

Feeding Frenzy — I love this creamy blood red’s clever name. Like Gangrene, the formula is extremely smooth and easy to wield. I’m wearing two coats here, but one would have worked fine.

As far as the color itself, I like it, but it’s not altogether original, I guess in terms of blood red shades, but I think it would look really cool as part of a half-moon mani with this next shade…

Bohemian Republik Zombie Collection Gray Matter

Gray Matter

Gray Matter! — also known as the color of wet cement. Or brains…

I have to say, Bohemian Rebulik’s creams are shockingly consistent. Like the others, this one’s streak-free, comes loaded with pigment, and lays down lots of color in every coat. I’m wearing two in this swatch.

Gray Matter also gives back. For every bottle of Gray Matter purchased, Bohemian Republik donates $1 to the Musella Foundation for Brain Tumor Research & Information.

Bohemian Republik Zombie Collection Pandemic

Pandemic

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There’s Lots of One-Coat Color To Love in the New China Glaze Happy HoliGlaze Collection, Part 2

Published in: China Glaze, Collections, Nails

China Glaze Happy HoliGlaze collection

The new China Glaze Happy HoliGlaze Collection, Part 2

The new China Glaze Happy HoliGlaze collection is so good…

(How good is it?)

It’s so good that you just might lose yourself while painting your paws and forget to remove your hot rollers.

K wearing hot curlers

LOL!

Please forgive the above picture. It started as a two-minute makeup look (brows, concealer, gloss), but I didn’t make it through the rest of the process before being distracted by all the one-coaters (ONE COAT!) in the second half of this new 12-piece holiday collection (if you missed it, here’s part one).

It’s the chrome finishes, man!

Glitters and textured polishes usually steal the spotlight, and yes, there’s gobs of glitter and show-stopping textures among the six shades here, but if you’re the kind of gal/guy who loves mad pigment from a single layer, you have lots to look forward to in this limited edition release, which lands on shelves next month.

For pics of the first half of this collection, check out May Your Days Be Merry and Bright With the China Glaze Happy HoliGlaze Collection, Part 1

China Glaze Happy HoliGlaze Collection: Elfin Around

Elfin’ Around, a red rust with a shiny chrome-like finish

Elfin’ Around, a bright red polish with a hint of copper, only needs a single layer. It should look lovely on paws/claws attached to lacquer lovers with warm skin.

China Glaze Happy HoliGlaze Collection: Just Be-Claws

Just Be-Claws, a red, also with a shiny aluminum-like/chrome finish

I really dig the fine flecks of glitter in Just Be-Claws, another one-coater from the collection. It’s subtle in the way that Chanel is. Save it for toes and your most festive strappy sandals.

China Glaze Happy HoliGlaze Collection: Santa Red My List

Santa Red My List, a pinkish red with the same aluminum-like finish

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Something Wicked This Way Comes: Deborah Lippmann’s Bewitching Nail Trio Is Wicked Cute

Published in: Deborah Lippmann, Nails

Deborah Lippmann Wicked Collection

The new Deborah Lippmann Wicked Collection ($29)

Wicked, the musical inspired by The Wizard of Oz, holds a special place in my heart, and not just because of the cool beats (“Popular! You’re gonna be pop-u-lar!”) or the killer stage makeup (hello, green skin) or ’cause I was lucky enough to see it 10 years ago at SF’s Curran Theater before it headed east to Broadway.

Nope, Wicked will forever be engraved in my mind as the show I was watching when I accidentally fell down the stairs in the theater, exposing my naughty bits to a whole mess of strangers.

It all started with my decision to wear 4-inch heels…

One flowing skirt and a misguided step later, and before I knew it, I was tumbling down a flight of bizarrely steep stairs, my skirt raising and lifting in unfortunate directions.

Yeah…let me put it this way: that night the mezzanine got a special kind of show. :) Thankfully, I was wearing non-ratty underwear.

If you also have fun, fond memories of the show, are just a fan of all things Oz, or love pink and green polishes and/or witches, you might find Deborah Lippmann’s new three-piece Wicked Collection ($29) bewitching.

Deborah, herself a fan of the show, made the set of three minis in honor of Wicked’s 10th anniversary this month, and like a perfect three-part harmony, the colors play off one another beautifully.

Deborah Lippmann Wicked Collection: Popular

Popular, a shimmery pink

Shimmery pink Popular was inspired by Glinda, one of the star witches in the show. Its color matches the dress Glinda wears while she sings the song of the same name.

I love Popular’s brightness and late ’80s vibe (I think I wore something just like it to the eighth grade dance, haha!), but I wish I didn’t need three coats for full opacity.

More pigment, please.

Deborah Lippmann Wicked Collection, Defying Gravity

Defying Gravity, a creamy green

Elphaba’s green epidermis sparked Defying Gravity, which I find super pretty. Plus, I only need two coats!

With creamy greens, you often run the risk of nails that end up looking like baby poo, but not in this case. Something about it reminds me of jade jewelry…

Deborah Lippmann Wicked Collection: One Short Day

One Short Day, a glittery emerald

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