What Are You Wearing on Your Nails?

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Chanel Nail Colour in Tenderly and Deborah Lippmann Polish in Dream Weaver

I’m wearing Chanel Nail Colour in Tenderly with Deborah Lippmann Polish in Dream Weaver as an accent nail… I’m also holding one of my favorite scents du jour, Aerin Beauty Iris Meadow Eau de Parfum (available now at Neiman Marcus stores and online).

Ya all about that accent nail life, babe? You know I am. πŸ™‚ Right now I can’t even fathom the idea of wearing the same color on all 10 claws. It would just seem…wrong.

There are too many cute colors to choose from!


So my mani mantra these days has been, “So many polishes, so little time.”

Today’s mani mixes two different finishes and plays with lovely lavender.

The main star of the show is Chanel Tenderly ($27), from the spring 2015 collection. It’s a creamy limited edition lavender with an undercurrent of tenacious tough girl grayish taupe and a faint whisper of traditional springy pastel.

Yeah, like something a tough-but-tender biker gal might wear on Easter Sunday.

FYI, if you’re going to take on Tenderly, treat her with kid gloves/paws. I sandwiched two coats between my standard issue base and top coats by Givenchy, thinking that altogether they’d last at least five days, but bah! — two significant chips appeared the very next day.

Don’t even think about doing a full sink of dishes without wearing a pair of gloves.

Heck, just leave the gloves in there, and then maybe your husband will take care of them. πŸ™‚ (hint-hint) Or, perhaps that magical housecleaning fairy that you’ve been wishing for and dreaming about for the past 30 years will materialize… You never know.

Chanel Nail Colour in Tenderly and Deborah Lippmann Polish in Dream Weaver

To tango with the violet tones in Tenderly, I used Deborah Lippmann’s Dream Weaver ($18) as an accent nail. It’s a moody, iridescent peacock polish that leaves me weak in the knees. The fine, complex shimmer complements Tenderly’s creamy sweetness nicely, methinks.

Ooh! I love this shade… The first time I saw it flash from forest green to deep teal to dark purple, my heart fluttered, and even though it’s “officially” (air quotes) a winter color from the Deborah’s holiday 2014 collection, it has killer summertime pedi polish painted all over it. πŸ™‚

Next time I wear this mani, I’m going to use Dream Weaver as the main shade. I also seem to have better luck with Lippmann polishes lasting longer. With a base and top coat, this shade should stay chip-free at least six or seven days.

So, friend, tell me about your mani situation right meow. What are you wearing on your claws?

Your friendly neighborhood beauty addict,


P.S. Happy hump day.


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  1. Ugh! I am in LOVE with that lavender shade!!

  2. Martie says:

    Mine are nekkid, but I just got the new OPI 50 shades of grey mini collection! Can’t wait to try! πŸ™‚

  3. Kelsey says:

    I love that Chanel color! Right now I’m wearing OPI Don’t Bossa Nova Me Around (that name really bugs me for some reason). BUT…. my birthday is tomorrow so I’ve been trying to decide what color to paint them tonight!

  4. Amy says:

    I am currently head over heels for Rage by Orly. It’s described as a rose gold shimmer and it is just so pretty! Also seems to be long wearing as I am not kind to my nails and had not chips for 4.5 days.

  5. MonicaP says:

    I like the accent nail on your index finger! It’s a nice change from the ring finger – quite frankly – looks unique!

    I’m wearing Revlon Color Stay in Cafe Rose.

    MonicaP recently posted … Sunday, rain, and soup

  6. Dee says:

    Nice mani Karen:) I have Essie’s Jazz on mine now and I can;t go without an accent nail ( or two ) either lol . If its not a different colour etc at least has to have a sticker on it!! just feels wrong otherwise.Tenderly looks gorgeous on your nails btw!
    Dee recently posted … Top DEElights of 2014!

  7. Kelly B. says:

    Right now I’m wearing “It’s Raining Men” by Deborah Lippman! Mainly because I liked the shade name πŸ˜›
    Kelly B. recently posted … New Revlon HD Lip Gloss, Review & Swatches!

  8. Simply Linh says:

    That purple is beautiful! My nails are on a resting day, but I plan to paint them OPI’s I Saw.. You Saw.. We Saw .. Warsaw tonight!
    Simply Linh recently posted … Maybelline Creamy Mattes ‘Touch of Spice’ and ‘Divine Wine’ Review/Swatches

  9. txabela says:

    I am wearing another oldie neutral by OPI : Barefoot in Barcelona and ChinaGlaze’s Dancing and Prancing glittery one on accent nail.

  10. M says:

    Oh, dang! I’m seriously loving both of those polishes on you, Karen. I need to follow your lead and get on this accent nail business!

    I’m currently wearing OPI Sorry I’m Fizzy today from last summer’s Coca-Cola collection. It’s a bright, warm- toned pink. I’m planning on wearing a shimmery dark green from the same collection after that. So many OPI minis, so little time…

  11. Tulipthecat says:

    I’m wearing a color that is similar to the Chanel one you are wearing. It’s a Zoya polish but I don’t know the name of it. I found it while standing in line at Ulta. I’ve had it on since Sunday and no chips yet. I have to try that Deborah Lippmann color.

  12. I just removed my nail polish, as it was badly chipped, and put some apricot oil on for some extra care.
    I have to admit I rarely do accent nails.
    LindaLibraLoca recently posted … Inspired by Guerlain Les Tendres Collection Spring 2015

  13. Erin says:

    I’m still polish free because I’m trying to review this new UV gel formula that cures in sunlight. Being it’s the PNW there really isn’t any right now!
    Erin recently posted … Green Fin 2013 Merlot

  14. Kim says:

    Oh, Chanel. Such a disappointment on the wear time. πŸ™ I thought the same thing about Dream Weaver and its summer pedi potential!

    Happy Wednesday – I hope all is well. πŸ™‚

  15. Shanie b says:

    RBL Pretty Gritty, I keep staring at my nails – which is only partially because I have a very boring job!

  16. I’m wearing Revlon Matte Suede in Emerald City topped with Ciate glitter polish from the Candy Cane set. I have mini Christmas trees on my fingers. lol.

  17. Jenny says:

    My claws are slathered in some deep purple polish. I used the Revlon Gel Envy polish, and it usually lasts me a full 7 days without chipping. I love it!
    Jenny recently posted … The Little Black Dress

  18. Allison C says:

    Certainly is a beautiful lavender shade! It looks similar to one of my Zoya Naturels shade from the spring collection, I think. And I definitely get almost a week from those polishes.
    Allison C recently posted … MEG 21 Bright & Firm Eye Treatment

  19. Joan B. in S. C. says:

    Just went to Sally’s today for cuticle oil, orangewood sticks, lint free polish remover wipes and other fun nail stuff. Last week, I had a nice haul from Ulta when their nail polish was BOGO free. I’m ready to go wild with a different color polish every week and finally start with accent nails.

  20. astou says:

    So pretty !!!
    I don’t wear any right now πŸ™

  21. Samantha says:

    I have on OPI Strawberry Margarita right now. Such a happy, fun pink. I was going to paint on OPI Embarca-dare-ya last night, but changed my mind last minute. Loving my glossy pink nails!

    And yeah… not so much of an accent nail lover. Not really my thing…

  22. Betsy says:

    Your nails look beautiful, Karen! I’m wearing my absolute favorite shade, China Glaze Red Pearl. If I were tech-savvy enough to post a photo, I would. But let me describe it this way. You know those red cellophane-wrapped heart-shaped boxes of candies that appear around Valentine’s Day? Red Pearl is like that red. Beautiful, deep, romantic, timeless – and surprisingly neutral. If I could have only one polish, this would be it!

  23. Kalli says:

    I’m all about that accent nail! In my case, I have two accent nails on each hand. A friend sent me some Jamberry wraps to review, so I have sparkly gold with metallic gold leopard on the accents. I like the colors/patterns, but they’re kind of a pain to put on and maintain. I don’t know how to get a smooth edge like when I use the Sally Hansen strips. Anyway, it could totally be user-error on my part! But it’s fun having gold glitter leopard nails!

  24. Estefania says:

    I’m wearing a Zoya polish that I canNOT, for the life of me, remember the name of. It’s a deep burgundy with gold and red shimmer.

  25. Agata says:

    That Chanel shade is so pretty! I absolutely love it but it’s too bad it chipped so quickly.

    Since I have started using Sephora Formula X Top Coat I have no problem with chipping and I can wear any nail polish up to 7 days. And I usually change my nail polish because my nails grow and I get bored, not because I have any chips.

    I am currently wearing a Ciate dark blue nail polish called Power Dressing that came in the Advent Calendar I think a year ago.
    Agata recently posted … My Beauty Tag

  26. Oooh, what a cute color, Karen!

    I’m wearing Zoya Normani right now, with a matte top coat. You can see it on the blog if you like πŸ™‚
    Kiss & Make-up recently posted … NOTD | Zoya Normani + Zoya Velvet Matte Top Coat

  27. Rachel R. says:

    Cuccio in One Night In Bangkok (pearly dusty plum).

  28. Rachel says:

    I am wearing Rescue Beauty Lounge Grunge currently, but I am thinking about going to get a Shellac mani after work. I am flying to Arizona tomorrow to visit my Grandma, and I want my nails to be chip free the whole time because that is something I am totally OCD about!

  29. Debra says:

    Some gorgeous Chanel shades perform as duds! I bought Paradisio and t is not paradise to apply. But the color is divine!

    Nothing on my nails today but tomorrow I plan on Chanel Rose Moire.

    Love the Emergency Kittens! Big spoon little spoon!

    • Debra says:

      Hey, it’s nice to get the name right! It’s Rouge Moire. Just took the bottle out and put it on the kitchen counter so I don’t forget!

      “Rose” was close though.

  30. Natasha says:

    This color is absolutely beautiful. I just ordered some Zoya polish last night and I wish I had chosen a similar color to this now!
    Natasha recently posted … New Year: New Changes, New Discoveries, New Plans

  31. Chelsea says:

    So pretty. You know me though, bare nails for life. Especially with all my circus training!

  32. Tenderly is beautiful! It reminds me of one of my favorite polishes, Zoya Normani. Right now I’m wearing OPI Ate Berries in the Canaries, a happy magenta shade for a gloomy winter day. πŸ™‚

  33. kim says:

    Nada!! I’ve been so lazy since the holidays are over. Im planning on Essie Cocktail Bling for my next mani.

  34. Ashleigh says:

    Super late to the trend party, but Essie’s Chinchilly. πŸ™‚ I’ve been into more muted nail colors lately and I had nothing like it in my collection, so I picked it up the other day. I’m not sure that it’s my favorite, but it’s definitely nice for something different.

  35. Eve says:

    Love the accent nail, especially when I’m not up to pull out the nail art brushes and paint. Last night I dug into the back of my nail polish drawers and pulled out some oldies, sephora by opi break a leg warmer and a mini sephora by opi silver holographic polish as the accent nail.

  36. txabela says:

    I cannot believe I haven’t worn Chinchilly for the whole year ( 2014 I mean). I am glad though that it has become the favorite of my “bestest” friend as she uses the one I gifted to her all the time.

  37. Emme says:

    I’m wearing L’oreal Members Only…a cool-toned, hot pink creme. It screams summer! Sooo off-season, but this nasty NJ winter has me jonesin’ for warm weather. πŸ™

  38. Stephanie Smith says:

    I’m wearing China Glaze “Tuned Up Tuuquoise” on my nails, the Gelaze gel polish which I do myself. Then on my left hand ring finger, I have a Jamberry nail wrap called “Birds of a feather” which is a peacock feather on a white background for my accent nail, I too, can not do ten nails the same color, unless it’s an outrageous color, then I’ll do it.

  39. Cyndi says:

    Currently sporting Essie’s Mind Your Mittens… a lovely dark teal creme cuz i’m feeling pretty wintery over here with all this snow we have.

  40. Stephanie says:

    All right, now I have to do an accent nail when I redo my nails (probably tonight). Currently wearing Sephora by OPI in “Skinny Jeans”, a shimmery blue, with “Indi-go With the Flow” blue glitter over it. Every time I use my last few Sephora by OPI bottles I am upset that they discontinued it because it goes on so smoothly and lasts so well. (I’m at the end of day 3 and it looks as fresh as if I’d just put it on.) I’m thinking of trying just OPI next, see if it’s a similar formula.

    That Chanel, though, I would be SO upset if I’d spent so much money on a bottle of nail polish, only to have it chip so easily! Yikes!

  41. Aida says:

    I just painted them with the new Dior Glory, from the spring collection. I’m so in love with it, it’s so, so pretty πŸ™‚

  42. Ashley says:

    Karen I love your blog so much! I just wanted to say that I have noticed you haven’t been blogging as much as you usually do and I hope you are doing alright πŸ™‚ I have bought so many things from your recommendations and your passion for all things makeup/fashion/cats is amazing! xoxo

    • Karen says:

      Hi Ashley,

      Thank you for the kind words. Yeah, this week has been a bit of a challenge. I’ve been working on a project that, uh, hasn’t turned out the way I expected. I tried to do a video thinking it wouldn’t take too long, which of course made it turn into a hot mess. I’ll be back soon!

      Your nephew says “mrow,” btw.

  43. Tatiana says:

    Love those two colors together. I really want the Chanel shade, but Chanel polish usually chips on my nails by the next day. Wish Dior or Deborah Lippmann had a greyed out lavender dupe.

  44. Beverly Johnson says:

    OPI Telepathic Topaz….

  45. HollieH says:

    I am currently wearing ILNP’s Supernova. It’s witchcraft in a bottle. It’s a spectacular multi chrome flakie.

  46. Eesha says:

    Hey that’s lovely colodr combo πŸ™‚
    I am head over heels for Chanel’s Sweet Star
    Eesha recently posted … A little MAC Haul

  47. Carina says:

    So love this color, but I’m gutted that it chipped the very next day, even with the price tag AND extra precaution. Such a stunner, though.

  48. Nicole says:

    Right now my nails are sporting Butter London’s Fiver (think Essie’s mint candy apple, but with a little less blue). My nails are getting janky from dishwashing, too. I can’t handle the chippy situation!
    Nicole recently posted … A glimpse at the lips: MAC’s lipstick in Lady Bug

  49. I currently have Chanel Rose Insolent with Laneige Golden Bubble on my nails. Shimmery spring! πŸ™‚

    Love Tenderly on you! It’s such a nice color, I can’t wait to try it myself.
    Alyssa Melanie recently posted … Inglot Freedom System Palette Review

  50. Majick says:

    I’m still sporting my NYE mani. I ended up with a horrible toothache that rolled into an extraction so nails haven’t been in the forefront. HOWEVER…they still look great (except for near the cuticle, you can tell that the nails have grown.) I’m wearing a greenish grey by OPI topped with a faily thick gold glitter. It looks really nice and I’m with the low techy people or I would post a pic. LOL
    I am going tonight for mani/pedi and I can’t wait. i’m going to use OPI ROad HOuse Blues on the toes and tips. I’ll either accent nail with a glitter or do all ten tips depending on how it looks.
    I like accent nails but don’t always do them – I get moody. LOL
    I love the combo you used here. That lavendar really is pretty, too bad it doesn’t last all that long.
    I have been having tremendous results with OPI polish. I have natural nails (I keep them short) and my manis last an entire week or more.

  51. fancie says:

    I love a good accent nail! It keeps your mani fun and not too boring. Currently, I’m rocking CiatΓ¨ Ivory Queen polish. It’s a light beige with subtle gold shimmer that’s very soft and pretty
    fancie recently posted … L.A. Girl Tease Glazed Lip Paint Review

  52. You have lovely claws ;-).. And that accent nail looks so pretty!!

    I hate to admit but right now I have chipped nail polish on them.. But will be painting them in a shimmery silver today πŸ™‚
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  53. Marisa says:

    I’m All about that Soft Glam look.
    So I am rocking a pearlescent soft pink under Dior’s Golden Shock effect coat.
    But I am dying for a couple of Chanel’s spring pieces especially that nail color Karen!

  54. Kim says:

    Oh my to have nails that gorg I would deal with the disappojnting results I have gotten from Chanel polishes. But I would love a dupe for ur color as someone mentioned previously. I’m all high end cosmetics nearly all the time except my nails where I find I love mostly $20 and under polishes work best even $10 and under are honestly my favs. I’m wearing a color from my Julep maven box that has actually lasted nearly five days which is good for Julep lately. I picked up a duo mini if the pink gel coat from sephora in December standing in check out – that check out area with the minis is the greatest distraction ever- so finally my nails aren’t so pathetic Your accent cokor? Just landed in my to order list for today so again Thx!

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