Bonjour From New Orleans

Published in: Just For Fun


Just a quick hello from New Orleans! I made it here in one piece and 1) it’s hot and 2) very humid. I’m not even gonna try to fight my wavy hair because I know who’s going to win that battle. LOL!


My flight out of Oakland was delayed a few hours so I spent a little time wandering around the Oakland Airport. 

Um, I might have freaked out a little when I saw this Essie kiosk!

It’s a vending machine with Essie nail polishes. 

The polishes are $8.50 each, and if you buy three you get the fourth one free. 

Because you never know when you’ll need an emergency top coat or an extra bottle of Flowerista…

(If you’re interested, it’s located at the top of the escalators in Terminal One right after you get through security.)

There’s also a Benefit kiosk, and of course I had to take a pic of their Big Easy tinted moisturizer.

I’m happy to be here and can’t wait to explore the city. 

I’ll talk to you soon. I hope you had a marvelous Monday!

This is what I started reading on the plane. So far it’s pretty good



Time for sleeps now because I want to get an early start tomorrow. Sleep well, gorgeous. 🙂

Your friendly neighborhood beauty addict,



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  1. Lulle says:

    I’ve seen the Benefit kiosk at Oakland airport, but not the Essie vending machine. It must be a recent addition! I think I couldn’t resist getting at least one bottle of polish just to try the machine, lol.
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  2. Divya says:

    Have fun Karen!!
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  3. MelodyJ says:

    yeah I also would have wanted to try out the Essie vending machine. Have a good time on your trip.

  4. Kirsten says:

    Oooh, makeup vending machines! That rivals our cupcake vending machines for coolness!

  5. Jill says:

    Hi Karen! I hope you and El Hub have a fabulous time in New Orleans! Just wanted to say that I read The Secret Life of Violet Grant a little while ago and loved it. I hope you do, too! Hugs from NYC. 🙂

  6. Ericca says:

    Have a great time and enjoy Nola’s cuisine. Eat a beignet for me.

  7. Rachel says:

    I think I need the Essie vending machine in my house! Sleep well and I’m sure you will have an awesome breakfast in the AM! Enjoy your trip!

  8. Bonjour ma belle! Wishing you and the hubby a wonderful time there!
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  9. Jessica says:

    Wow, Essie and Benefit vending machines… i don’t think we have those here…, you see something new every day! 🙂

    have an amazing time!!
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  10. Leslie says:

    Welcome to Louisiana…yep it’s hot and ALWAYS humid! I was blessed with thick curly hair and it is a daily battle living in this environment lol. Oh well…it gives me plenty of opportunity to try all of the frizz products out there. Enjoy your stay!

  11. Tatiana says:

    Have a great time in New Orleans!
    Bush International Airport in Houston has both the Essie and Benefit vending machines. I was never tempted to buy anything from them.

  12. Lauren says:

    Karen, Happy Birthday!!! I hope your day is as special as you are! Enjoy every moment…this is YOUR day!! Appy, happy, happy Birthday!!!

    The Essie kiosk started your birthday week off perfectly!

  13. Vanessa says:

    Ahhhhh you’ve arrived! ! Enjoy!

  14. Angela says:

    I love the Benefit vending machines! I ran into on in Cleveland and it was so cute!

  15. Trisha says:

    I saw one of those Essie kiosks at a recent trip to the Mall of America and just had to take pictures of my own. Nail polish vending machine? Yay! Technology!
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  16. Claudia Davis says:

    Best meal of my life was at Atchafalaya in NOLA. You MUST MUST MUST go.

  17. Kelly B. says:

    I love beauty kiosks, they’re too cute! And that Essie vending machine is dangerous, I’d just want to buy all the colors 😀
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  18. Lulubelle says:

    Welcome to my neck of the humid woods! Make sure to do some of the guided tours if you can. Last time I was on one I saw a wedding processional among the crypts in a cemetery – it was other worldly. Gotta love New Orleans!

  19. Rachel R. says:

    Glad to see you’re already having fun! The little makeup kiosks are so cute. I haven’t flown since 2008. I’ll bet there’s all kinds of fun stuff in the airports there wasn’t back then.

  20. Lisa says:

    an essie vending machine! had no idea that even existed. hope you bought yourself some for your birthday! 🙂 have a great day!

  21. Mary W says:

    OMG! I am addicted to nail polish. I want to play with the essie vending machine. Why can’t we have those everywhere?

  22. Valerie C. says:

    Very cool vending machines! Have fun and enjoy the great food too.

  23. Allison C says:

    You’re reminding me that I saw the essie vending machine and the Benefit kiosk in an airport, maybe Atlanta, last summer. It really is a clever idea! I remember that humidity in NO, and you’re right, you can’t beat it so go with it. Have a great time!
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  24. Lipjunkie says:

    Oh my god! New Orleans sounds like so much fun :). If I’ll ever visit the states, New Orleans is one city I definitely want to see. Have fun there and hope to read more about it :)!!

  25. Denise says:

    enjoy your trip!

  26. Kim says:

    Happy, happy Birthday!!! I hope you have a fabulous day (and trip). Enjoy your beignets with a keen eye on the sky. 😉

  27. Ella says:

    Hey Karen,
    what is the crossbody bag you have?

  28. Knittychica says:

    If I’m not mistaken, there’s a Benefit car in the Las Vegas airport too. I would love to see these pop up in more places, I travel a lot & mishaps occur. Benefit isn’t always my first choice, but I know I can make it work with just about any of their products in a pinch.

    Hope the trip is safe & enjoyable.

  29. Natalye says:

    the Essie vending machine looks really cool!
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  30. Alison M says:

    Wishing you a very happy birthday, sweet Karen! Enjoy your trip! <3
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  31. Ginger says:

    Well, I’d be in trouble if I saw one. 🙂 That’s so cool!!

  32. Lisa says:

    I hope you have a great birthday trip!

  33. Kristi C. (@lov2read68) says:

    Get out!!!! I’ve never seen vending machines for nail polish or cosmetics before! Wishing you a very Happy Birthday!!

  34. Jennifer says:

    Gah! Makeup kiosks are the coolest invention ever! Okay, maybe second coolest after the iPhone. I’ve only seen a Clinique though, never an Essie. I would totally miss my flight with an Essie.
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  35. Susan C. says:

    Happy Birthday, Miss Karen! Enjoy your humid getaway. N’awlins is quite beautiful, especially the architectural detail (all that wrought iron). I second the restaurant recommendation for Muriel’s, even just for dessert — the interior is gorgeous. Also there are fantastic antique stores on Royal, if you enjoy that kind of thing.

    Lastly, I would be ALL OVER that Benefit kiosk. Seriously, I’d probably miss my flight.

  36. Lena says:

    Wow, buy 3 get one free?! That’s a pretty good deal, Essie!
    Thanks for the read recs Karen, I’ve been looking for light stuff to read and I remember your last recommendations were spot on.
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