Nails

What Are You Wearing On Your Nails?

Published in: Dolce & Gabbana, Just For Fun, Nails

Dolce & Gabbana Nail Lacquer in Fiamma

Dolce & Gabbana Nail Lacquer in Fiamma ($25)

I’m wearing deep, creamy red Dolce & Gabbana Nail Lacquer in Fiamma. It’s an LE lacquer in D&G’s new fall collection.

These pics are circa two days ago, with two layers of Fiamma sandwiched between Guerlain base and top coats. I see a little bit of slight, barely noticeable chipping and fletching at the tips now, but it’s held up well so far!

Deep reds like this usually show every bit of wear and tear, but Faimma has already held up to probably 10 solid hours of typing and half a dozen dish washing sessions (not to mention the opening of at least 10 cans of gravy). :)

It’s $25 and available now with the rest of the fall collection from Dolce & Gabbana.

Dolce & Gabbana Nail Lacquer in Fiamma

Oh, and public service announcement based on personal experience: if you buy one of those cute pie pumpkins from Trader Joe’s with the intention of baking an actual pie with it, you might not want to name it.

Dolce & Gabbana Nail Lacquer in Fiamma

Because I did. I named it Hal, and then when I got ready to make the pie, I couldn’t bring myself to do it.

I looked at the knife…then at Hal…then at the knife…then at Hal.

Couldn’t do it. So no pie for me.

Dolce & Gabbana Nail Lacquer in Fiamma

Especially not with Marguerite watching. She’s Hal’s small, spunky friend. :)

What are you wearing on your nails?

Your friendly neighborhood beauty addict,

Karen

Nails Are Barred From Being Boring With Dior Fall 2014 Vernis Nail Lacquer in Bar

Published in: Dior, Nails, Product Reviews

I wish there was a nail polish equivalent for Spanx.

I mean, I wouldn’t want it for making my nails look less muffin-toppy, because yeah, that would be kind of dumb. :) More for smoothing everything out, so colors like Dior’s new Vernis Nail Lacquer in Bar ($25) wouldn’t have so many lumps and bumps.

While totally fierce, Bar, a jet-black with hints of blue and secret shimmer, emphasizes every imperfection on my nails, be they ridges, chipped tips or application mistakes. It’s just so, so dark.

Not dark as in a depressing Cure song, but dark in an elegant way, like something a modern Holly Golightly might wear while drinking Starbucks and gnawing on a chocolate croissant in front of the Tiffany’s windows one day.

Dior Nail Vernis in Bar

Two coats of Bar

I bet that Holly G. would dig Bar. Maybe she’d even want to stop by the Dior counter to check it out, along with the rest of the 5 Couleurs Fall 2014 collection.

Dior Nail Vernis in Bar

You can see the secret shimmer at the tip…

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Better Together: MAC Nail Lacquers in Quick Million and Erogenous

Published in: MAC Makeup, Nails

MAC Nail Lacquers in Quick Million, Erogenous, Underlacquer and Overlacquer

MAC Nail Lacquers in Quick Million and Erogenous, next to MAC Underlacquer and Overlacquer base and top coat ($12 each)

Yeah, I made my first quick million by being erogenous.

Haha. No, not really. :)

But what if I could? I don’t know. I would not…say no to that. Perhaps. Maybe?

Anywho, I wanted to paint my nails last weekend with something summery but not all-out bright, and these two shiny, almost gel-like polishes from the recently relaunched MAC nail polish line ($12 each) fit the bill.

I’ve been inspired by pale rose and peachy golden tones lately, and they seemed like they’d go well together.

Creamy peach Erogenous just said “summer” to me, but I felt like it needed a dance partner…

Enter glittery yellowish gold Quick Million, with its little yellowish golden flecks of glitter and larger flecks of hexagonal peachy rose.

Great by itself, which is how I’m wearing it here (two coats), Quick Million can also work as a top coat.

You know, in case you’re interested.

I like these two together even more than I like them apart. The peach in Erogenous goes well with the hexagonal flecks in Quick Million.

Both are available now, along with the rest of the Studio Nail Lacquer line, for $12 each.

Incidentally, I’m also wearing them with MAC’s Underlacquer and Overlacquer base and top coats (also $12 each), and I have to say that despite it being only two days since I put these polishes on my paws, I’ve typed a lot and cleaned my office during that time, so my nails have already taken a beating, but the polishes have handled it with aplomb.

Because of how hard I am on my nails (especially the nails on my right hand, for some reason), I always — always — see chips within one or two days, but I barely see any signs of chipping now at all.

Good sign.

MAC Erogenous (peach shade) and Quick Million (glitter)

MAC Erogenous (peach shade) and Quick Million (glitter)

MAC Quick Million and Erogenous Nail Lacquers

Accent nail, yo!

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The Primary Colors Are of Primary Importance in My Look Today With NARS Torre del Oro Nail Polish

Published in: Nails, NARS, Product Reviews

NARS Torre del Oro

Primary colors!

Wow, when did that happen…?

When did we teleport back to eighth-grade art class?

I’m wearing red, yellow and blue today and feeling like I’m sketching an apple and using those grids to get the proportions correct (you know the ones I mean).

My eighth-grade art teacher would always go off on tangents about the primary colors, and then, while he was rambling, he’d suddenly get this glassy, faraway look in his eyes, like he was dreaming about the seminal summer he spent on the coast of Italy painting and eating pasta.

Actually, now that I think about it, that glassy look could’ve been due to something else, as I’m pretty sure he was a total stoner, but I digress…

Anywho! Besides learning how hard it is to draw bowls and vases (those curves are seriously freaking difficult), I also learned that you really can’t go wrong with pairing red with yellow and blue. It’s a classic color combo.

This morning, I put on this bright highlighter yellow top, and then slipped on some layering necklaces with red, yellow, blue and white.

And a blue and gold bracelet.

NARS Torre del Oro

NARS Torre del Oro

Then, to play off the red accents in the necklaces, I chose a cherry red nail polish by NARS called Torre del Oro ($20), an opaque blue-based red with killer pigment (you could easily get away with a single layer, no problem).

NARS Torre del Oro swatch

Cherry red, she said…

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If You Aren’t Ready To Say So Long to Rose Gold, There’s New Pastorale Nail Polish by NARS

Published in: Nails, NARS, Product Reviews

NARS Pastorale Nail Polish Swatch

Wearing the new NARS Nail Polish in Pastorale ($20) on my paws

Um…rose gold?

Yes, rose gold. Still. In all its rosy golden glory.

OK, now, I realize that rose gold is sooo 2013, and depending on where you stand on the subject, it may or may not have peaked, makeup-wise, with last year’s Naked3 palette from Urban Decay or the Rose Gold Shimmering Skin Perfector from BECCA.

You know what, though?

I kind of don’t care. :)

I’m going to continue clinging to rose gold with my polished claws and paws because, dagnabbit, I love it, particularly when paired with warmer skin tones.

NARS Pastorale Nail Polish

NARS Pastorale Nail Polish, $20

Today, to keep the Carlos Santana Tone Wedge Sandals I’m wearing company, I painted my nails with Pastorale, a new rose gold nail polish from NARS.

NARS Pastorale Nail Polish

Because nails are an accessory!

It’s from the recent relaunch of the brand’s nail polish line and arrives with the other shades July 15 at NARS boutiques and narscosmetics.com, and August 1 at Sephora stores and department store NARS counters.

NARS Pastorale Swatch

Rose gold radness

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