Pairings that unexpectedly work…
Chocolate and chili powder
I had a chocolate and spicy chili gelato once and was surprised by how much I liked it — after the first few bites, which, yeah, were definitely weird.
Karen and Tabs
El Hub and I were actually dog people up until Tabs came along… Talk about unexpected detours down Crazy Cat Lady Lane!
Celebrities and shoes
Dude, I never thought I’d say this, but some of those celebrity shoes are really cute! I practically live in my Fergie boots. And if I had a nickel for every time a pair of Jessica Simpsons at Macy’s stopped me dead in my tracks…
The brights and pastels from the new Essie Navigate Her Spring 2012 Collection
Seriously, creamy avocado and shimmery hot pink? I know! But don’t these polishes look good together?
I’ve been neglecting my poor paws all winter long, but the six new shades in the Essie Navigate Collection ($8 each) promise to change that. Available in February, the playful pastels and bold brights in both cream and shimmer finishes offer an almost endless supply of unusual color pairings for fingers and toes.
Bottles from the left: Ole Caliente, Orange It’s Obvious and Tour de Finance
From the left: A Crewed Interest, Navigate Her and To Buy or Not to Buy
I never would have thought to pair some of these colors together, but standing side by side, I think they look pretty darned cute.
Swatches clockwise from my thumb: A Crewed Interest, Tour de Finance, Navigate Her, Ole Caliente and Orange It’s Obvious
Swatches clockwise from my pinky: Orange It’s Obvious, Ole Caliente, Navigate Her and To Buy or Not to Buy
That settles it. This weekend, first chance I get, I’m painting my fingers with avocado green Navigate Her and my toes with the shimmery hot pink Tour De Finance.
From top to bottom: Tour de Finance, Navigate Her, Ole Caliente and Orange It’s Obvious
And if El Hub decides to surprise me with last-minute tickets for a tropical getaway, I’ll just slip on a few layers of A Crewed Interest (a warm peachy pastel) and reddish coral Ole Caliente, a combo that I bet would look right at home against a backdrop of white sandy beaches and turquoise blue (hint-hint, babe!).
There are just so many possible combinations I can’t wait to try, like pale violet To Buy or Not to Buy on my toes (see the tiny teal, blue and purple micro glitter?) and juicy Orange It’s Obvious on my fingers.
Clockwise from my thumb: A Crewed Interest, Tour de Finance, Navigate Her, Ole Caliente and Orange It’s Obvious
Been dying to try a multi-colored nail look? This collection looks like a purr-fect place to start, and not just because the green in Navigate Her matches a certain husky tabby’s eyes.
Clockwise from my pinky: Orange It’s Obvious, Ole Caliente, Navigate Her and To Buy or Not to Buy
To keep the color-combining chaos under control, I like to wear the same colors on opposite fingers, and then switch up the shades on my thumb.
Some technical details…
- The green, reddish coral, hot pink and orange shades apply smooth and evenly, and I only need two coats for opaque coverage. All of them also dry within 15 minutes, although I’d still wait a full hour to avoid any dents or nicks.
- A Crewed Interest (creamy peach) and pale violet To Buy or Not to Buy need a little more TLC… I have to apply four coats of each to avoid streaks, and they take forever (okay, more like 2 hours) to fully dry.
- Notice how the names are all about business? Isn’t that strange? I’m not sure what the names have to do with these colors, but Essie says that she was inspired by the kind of bold women who chart their own paths and aren’t afraid to take risks! I don’t know, though. I can’t help but see these shades as more fiesta than finance.
Overall, I’m excited by this launch, but I wish the creamy peach and pale violet shades were a little easier to apply.
PRICE: $8 each
AVAILABILITY: Coming to beauty salons and stores next month
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And speaking of exciting developments…
Chanel’s coming out with a new shade in July called Sky Line!
It just walked down the runway at the 2012 Chanel Spring-Summer Haute Couture Show in Paris along with a couple of soon-to-be released items also set to launch on counters in July — Long Wear Luminous Eyeshadow in Apparition and Destination and Precision Eye Pencil in Bleu.
Pretty, yeah? I kindasorta want to wear that crazy bejeweled feather hair clip to Trader Joe’s, LOL!
Your friendly neighborhood beauty addict,