Plot a Course for Adventure, Your Lips and Tips on a New Romance With the New NARS 413 BLKR Lipstick and Nail Polish

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Wearing the new NARS 413 BLKR Lipstick and Nail Polish

Wearing the new NARS 413 BLKR Lipstick and Nail Polish

Where are we heading today, babe? I’ll drive if you navigate. (Please excuse my messy Mazda! I really need to clean it…)

I know you need to swing by Petco to get your cat her gravy, and we both want to visit DSW to look at shoes…but can we also stop by 413 BLKR to see what’s happening at NARS?


Silly goose! Of course I’m not suggesting that we drive from San Francisco to the company’s flagship boutique in New York, although I give you mad makeup props for remembering the address of the store (it’s on 413 Bleecker Street). I’m referring to the NARS 413 BLKR collection.

Early this month, NARS added two new pieces to the fam — 413 Lipstick ($26), a stunning rosy brown, and moody blue BLKR Nail Polish ($19).

Check it…

NARS 413 BLKR Nail Polish Lipstick

The new NARS 413 BLKR Nail Polish on the left and 413 BLKR Lipstick on the right

NARS 413 BLKR Lipstick

NARS 413 BLKR Lipstick is a deep rosy brown with a semi-matte finish ($26)

NARS 413 BLKR Nail Polish Swatch

Three layers of 413 BLKR Nail Polish, a midnight blue ($19)

NARS 413 BLKR Lipstick Swatch

413 BLKR Lipstick…

The lipstick, in particular, seems like a throwback to the mid-’90s to me. It reminds me of a shinier MAC Paramount (and of dancing in da cloob with handsy boys to Lil’ Kim’s Crush on You).

I’mma throw shade if I can’t get paid!

As for the polish, I think it’s a’ight. I like the color — looks like calligraphy ink — but I don’t know how often I’ll have the patience for three layers, you know?

You can find both pieces now at NARS boutiques and online at

What the!?

Uh…what the heck happened to this week? I feel like I just sat down at my desk on Monday morning, and all of a sudden it’s Thursday.

I’m so glad to see the sun out. It’s been a little overcast these past few days.

Weird Bay Area weather… One week it’s in the 90s, next week it’s 65.


I’m getting a little tired of wearing sweaters and long pants, though. It’s much too early in the year for that.

BTW, your nephew is not a fan of chilly weather either. If he had his druthers, it would be sunny and hot year round. You know, better for naps.

Your friendly neighborhood beauty addict,



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  1. Trisha says:

    I like the shade of that blue polish. It’s so dark! But, I agree with you about the three coats. Ain’t nobody got time for that!
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  2. Ooooh I love how dark that blue is! Too bad about the need to layer it.
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    • Karen says:

      I know! You could probably do two layers, but it might still be a little streaky. I think it’s still really pretty, though, especially on short nails. πŸ™‚

  3. Ruchita says:

    You know, I thought of the 90s too when I saw that lipstick. I can’t believe that was 20 years ago!

    Mingy is an all-weather cat, except for the rain. Although I think he would look pretty cute in a little, yellow rain coat and hat. πŸ™‚

    • Karen says:

      OMG, tell me about it. My 20th high school reunion is this year. When did I become Romy & Michelle?

      I watched a cat video of a kitty walking through the snow the other day and thought of Mingy. πŸ™‚ How is my nephew (and his siblings, of course) doing?

      • Ruchita says:

        Mingy & Co are doing well! They are a bit confused about all the boxes and furniture being moved around. Ella loves boxes and has already claimed one for her own. In a couple of weeks, we’ll be moving to apartment for about 6 months while our new house is being built. I’m hoping the transition isn’t too stressful forcthem. It’ll be nice when we’re finally settled!

        • Karen says:

          Honestly, I don’t know why I bother buying cat toys sometimes. All Tabs needs is a box and he’s GOOD. He’s always trying to sleep in boxes that, um, fail to contain his girth. πŸ™‚

          How exciting that your house is being built. Do you guys ever go over there to just look and take pictures? I would totally do that.

          I’m sure the kitties will appreciate the new space…

          • Ruchita says:

            Cats and boxes are a great combination. So cute!

            Unfortunately, they haven’t started on the new build yet. There’s still paperwork, etc. Our existing house is in contract and the new owners want to move in by the end of the month.

            We’ve been in our current house 10 years. It’s exciting to move to a bigger house, but also weird to think that we don’t be living here any more!

          • Karen says:

            Ten years is a long time! It will be bittersweet to leave, I’m sure, but exciting to move and make new memories in your new place. I hope you have a makeup room. πŸ™‚

          • Ruchita says:

            There is a little sitting room off the master bedroom. Funny, just yesterday I was thinking it would be nice to set up a vanity table where I could sit and do my makeup. πŸ™‚

          • Karen says:

            Nice! Maybe reserve a spot for a cat tower or a cat bed? That way the kitties can hang out with you too. Tabs is always so interested in brushes…

  4. Agata says:

    Not impressed by the lipstick or the nail polish. Your top is very cute though!

    • Karen says:

      Thanks! I got it at Anthropologie on sale. I like it because it’s stretchy, LOL!

      What are ya up to today?

      • Agata says:

        You know I like my polka dots! I am working but only another 30 minutes left. Today’s work has been really annoying, people are so rude that I cannot stand it. First they ask for an interpreter and then when I try to help and interpret, they won’t let me finish interpreting even one full sentence before they start talking over me! Grrr. I think I will burst into tears the moment I get off work!

        • Karen says:

          Oh no! I’m sorry to hear you’re having a rough day. At least it will all be over soon and you can have some downtime to look forward to. I hope your afternoon/evening gets better.

          • Agata says:

            Thanks Karen! I had to work longer too, ugh! And back to work tomorrow at 4:30 am :-/ I will try to get rid of my bad energy by some kick as work out! Lol.

          • Karen says:

            Have a good workout, Agata! I ran this morning and felt soooo much better when I finished. Love those endorphins!

  5. Danielle says:

    I LOVE this lipstick shade!! Great autumn color!
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  6. gio says:

    That nail polish is gorgeous! But I don’t have the patience to apply 3 layers, especially when the colour isn’t unique.
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  7. Natalye says:

    I love the nail polish. I wish NARS wasn’t so expensive πŸ™

    • Karen says:

      Hi Natalye,

      It’s pricey, I know, but some things last forever! Okay, maybe not forever, but at least a really long time, like the blushes. πŸ™‚

  8. Olivia says:

    What a gorgeous combo!
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  9. liz says:

    Karen will you be reviewing the new Becca line of products? Their matt lipsticks look really promising and their lip and lid primer do too.

    • Karen says:

      Hi Liz,

      I have a few of their new powder highlighters in my testing rotation list right now. I’ll put the lipsticks and primers on my list! Don’t you just love Becca?

  10. Charisma says:

    I don’t think I can pull off this color Karen. I would look like the Wicked Witch of the West! Ha!
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  11. Sandy says:

    I love Tab’s sweet sunface! My kitties do that, too, and I always think they look extra squeezable when they do. πŸ™‚

    • Karen says:

      He looks sweet and docile when he’s napping…then he wakes up and turns into the Tabby Monster, LOL! He’s been extra bratty lately for some reason. I think he knows I’m leaving again next week.

      How many kitties do you have?

  12. Chelsea says:

    I was definitely thinking 90’s too, although for me partying like it’s 99 means sleepovers at my BFF Heather’s house.

    OMG, I miss Lil Kim!

  13. Kim says:

    I agree about this week. It’s been a blur! And, I honestly think I must be stuck in the 90s because I always seem to love lipstick shades like this.

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