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And the Cherry On Top? Nicole by OPI Oil to Go Cuticle and Nail Moisturizer Takes Out Dry Cuticles

Published in: Nails, Nicole By OPI, Product Reviews

Nicole by OPI Oil to Go

The new Nicole by OPI Oil to Go, $7.99

Smells like cherry cough drops…

Weird, but cool.

Really, if you think about it, who says cuticle oil can’t smell like cherry cough drops (intentionally or not)? Is there a law that limits cuticle moisturizing fragrances to a list of pre-approved scents (lavender: approved; orange: approved; cherry cough drops: UNAPPROVED!)?

I don’t think so — which is great, because at least cherry cough drops are interesting.

Nicole by OPI Oil to Go cuticle and nail moisturizer ($7.99) has interesting packaging, too. Designed for on-the-go gals, it looks almost like a lipgloss in its tube.

Nicole by OPI Oil to Go

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The Two New Chanel Nuit Magique Le Vernis Nail Colours Will Cast Their Cosmic Magic Online Soon

Published in: Chanel, Nails

Chanel Cosmic Le Vernis Nail Colour

Chanel’s Cosmic Le Vernis Nail Colour ($27), one of two new online exclusive shades in the Nuit Magique collection

My last magical night was the final night of my trip to Kauai with El Hub last August. After dinner, we walked down to the beach by our hotel on Kalapaki Bay and took a long, leisurely stroll on the sand under the moonlight.

The moon was so full and round that night. I felt like it was just above my head, like I could reach right out grab it. We walked and talked from one end of the beach to the other while listening to a band playing somewhere in the distance. The music mixed with the sound of the waves gently lapping at our feet.

We talked about all kinds of things as we walked and watched the moonlight reflect on the water — the fun things we did on our trip, the other places we still hoped to travel, and where we saw our little family in the next few years.

It was a magical night, and I wished it would never end. I remember looking down at my feet at one point and watching the water wash over my toes…

Chanel Magic Le Vernis Nail Colour

Incidentally, I was wearing Chanel Taboo! :)

I love Taboo… It’s one of my all-time Chanel faves (right up there with Jade), but if I’m ever lucky enough to have a another magical night like that one, I hope I’m wearing one of the two Chanel nail polishes in the Nuit Magique collection (magical night, en Français) — ya know, to go with the whole magical theme of the night.

Chanel Magic and Cosmic

The two-piece limited edition collection of dark and moody colors goes on sale December 2, exclusive to chanel.com.

Both of them seem like perfect colors for a big night out. Or a big day (if you’re into deeper shades like I am).

Chanel Magic Swatch

Two coats of Magic

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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

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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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