When the goin’ gets tough, the tough paint their nails! Okay, so maybe that’s not exactly how the saying goes, but you know what I mean. And when a nail polish goes on with near perfect application, like the pretty polishes in the Sonia Kashuk Reach for the Stars Nail Trio ($10), well, ain’t nothin’ gonna break my stride.
The limited edition holiday set comes packed to the gills with glitter in three full-size bottles — a warm peachy gold (looks like a sunset!), a gunmetal gray and a magenta. Sonia filled all three with pounds of pigment and sparkle to spare.
Where’s the party at?! I ask because these festive shades hit all the right notes, but the formula’s what elevates these polishes from good to great. The smooth, thin texture goes on without any streaks (reminds me of OPI’s texture), and because they’re so pigmented, the color is easy to build up with layers. Last week I painted my toes with the gunmetal gray, and it was one of the fastest and easiest at-home pedicures I’ve given myself in ages. Just two coats produced a solid, opaque layer of color. Heck, I probably could have gotten away with one layer if I’d been in hurry.
So far after five days, my monkey paws (that’s what El Hub calls my feet, on account of how long my toes are) are still chip-free. Looking at least as good as most brands in terms of durability.
Did I mention the set’s a mere 10 bones? That’s a steal!
PRICE: $10 for three full-size 0.5-oz. bottles
AVAILABILITY: At Target stores and target.com
MAKEUP AND BEAUTY BLOG RATING: A+
The Chai Latte Chronicles, Part II
My quest to find the best chai latte in the Marin County continues. I’ve covered acres of rigorous Northern California terrain, through high winds, heavy rains and crazed crowds of Christmas shoppers. My “research” has so far led to the following conclusions:
- My Favorite — The Nordstrom Espresso Bar. Their chai was so good that it brought me to tears. Spicy, but not too spicy, it was the most richly flavorful one so far, like cinnamon, spice and everything nice. If you could melt down a slice of pumpkin pie, it’s almost like that, and, if the store wasn’t so far from home, I’d get one every day, no kidding. My second favorite goes to the chai latte at Panera Bread, a Boudin’s-style soup and sandwich cafe. Almost as tasty as the one from Nordstrom, but perhaps a tad too sweet for me. I
- Least Favorite — I almost couldn’t finish the one from Whole Foods, which came as a big surprise because of how much I like the store. Weak, watery and — sorry Whole Foods — a little like dirt.
- The Middle of the Pack — I like the Starbucks and Peet’s chais, but neither one stands out as being particularly memorable. They will certainly do in a pinch.
The quest continues!
Your friendly neighborhood beauty addict,