Section: Nails

The Hunt for the Frida Kahlo Nail Polishes and Lipsticks Was a Success!

Published in: Drugstore Beauty Finds, Makeup, Nails

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Found em!

I love the smell of two coats of Frida Kahlo Nail Polish in the morning (not really tho). It smells like…victory!!

Yeah, I found ’em. ๐Ÿ™‚ Last night. They were in these random bins on the outer edge of the beauty section near the registers, of all places, at the Novato CVS!

It wasn’t a big display. It was actually semi-hidden among tiny bottles of hand sanitizer and travel-sized tins of Bag Balm (which is udder-ly fantastic, bah-dumdum!).

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The tiniest tins of Bag Balm that I ever did see…

Thank you, girls, for helping me track these down. Your suggestion to check the availability feature on the CVS website worked like a charm. ๐Ÿ˜‰ That’s definitely a tip to file away for future reference.

The store didn’t have all the colors — only four of the nail polishes and five of the lippies — and they were $8.49 each instead of $7.99 like it says on the website, but I grabbed the blue, the hot pink and the coral nail polishes and a few of the lipsticks. And because I have #noselfcontrol as it pertains to these things, I painted my fingers with two coats of the blue shade as quickly as humanly possible (although I did make it home first).

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The Frida Kahlo Lipsticks!

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They were practically hidden in this bin

I blazed through my mani with these in my living room last night, and the room was kinda dark, so I couldn’t really see what I was doing. I also only gave my nails about 15 minutes to dry before I started doing things, so I expected my polish to look significantly worse for wear when I got up this morning, but noooo! It still looked smoother than a tabby’s tum and opaque — like a pro did them at a salon, instead of me, in my dark living room. Sweet!

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Strewn about like makeup detritus… They deserve better than this!

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Tuesday Temptations: Trying to Track Down the Republic Nail Frida Kahlo Collection

Published in: Lips, Makeup, Nails

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Need these in my life ASAP

This is how badly I need — yes, needthese Republic Nail Frida Kahlo products in my life.

I’ve currently embarked upon a systematic search of every CVS store in the Marin County area to find these products!

My online sleuthing seems to indicate that they’re only available at actual physical CVS stores.

WHY?! Why aren’t they also available online??

I found out about this collection from my friend Lily on Instagram (hey, girl!). She posted a pic she found of some of the items, and the moment I saw it I was like, OK, yeah, I can’t live without them.

Well, I mean…I could live without them, but it would be really, REALLY nice if I could try that mint green nail polish on my nails. ๐Ÿ™‚

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The polishes are $7.99, as are the lipsticks.

Oh, and apparently there are also sets out there, somewhere, that have both the nail polishes and lipsticks in them. I saw them on the Republic Nail website (not for sale, though — just the info), but I haven’t spotted them for sale anywhere at CVS.

I think they may have been available on the CVS website at some point in time because they have the reviews, which are really good, but now the website just says that they’re available in stores only.

If you happen to see these in a store anywhere around here in the Bay Area, please let me know. I’d hop in my Mazda and get there SO FAST.

Your friendly neighborhood beauty addict,


Crushing Hard on Chanel Pink Rubber Velvet Nail Colour

Published in: Chanel, Nails

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Chanel Pink Rubber

The name of this Chanel nail polish is Pink Rubber

Dirty! I feel like a perv every time I say it. ๐Ÿ™‚ Pink Rubber, Pink Rubber, Pink Rubber.

Pink Rubber (say it one more time) is from the Chanel winter collection, and it’s $28, limited edition and really friggin’ cool. I think it’s one of the coolest things Chanel has done in a long time.

So…why is it called Pink Rubber? Well, I think it’s because of the finish. From afar, it looks like a pretty typical matte, but if get up really closely, it looks like I dipped my nails in a vat of melted latex.

Not to take anything away from matte nail polishes, because I like wearing them sometimes, but some of them seem, I dunno…like they’re too basic. Like indoor house paint. Pink Rubber, though, has a slight sheen to it, so it isn’t completely flat.

And just in case you’re wondering, no, it does not feel rubbery.

Um…why did that also sound hella dirty? LOL! Get your mind out of the gutter, Karen. ๐Ÿ™‚

I think the color looks like a baby pink in the bottle, but it looks more like a light pastel pinkish coral on my nails (I’m wearing three coats in these pics).

It kinda sorta reminds me of flamingo feathers, and you know how I am about anything related to flamingos. I love them.

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Two coats of Chanel Pink Rubber

As for wear time, I think it’s OK but not great. I applied Pink Rubber before doing my pre-Thanksgiving Cinderella chores and actually noticed a few chips the following day, so I removed it and re-applied the fresh mani I’m wearing in these pics. So far, so good after more than 48 hours this time, and I’m not using a base or top coat.

To its credit, the color doesn’t really show chips as readily as darker colors do, though, so that’s good.

Based on how it looks in its bottle, Pink Rubber (dirty!) seems like it would be basic, but the finish makes it much cooler. I’m not even usually into pale pink polishes because most of them bore me to tears (I wear lots of greens and blues), but I love Pink Rubber…

Haha, sorry, that name never gets old.

Your friendly neighborhood beauty addict,



Essie Gel Couture Labels Only: You Can’t Go Wrong With Secret Shimmer

Published in: Essie, Nails

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Essie Gel Couture Nail Polish in Labels Only ($11.50), my current nail crush

This periwinkle makes me think of this one time when Jen and I were college students, and we were killing some time at a bookstore because we were both singers in her dad’s Saturday rock band.

You know, one of those bands that only played once a week at random functions. I think it was somebody’s sixteenth birthday party.

We were sitting there looking through a magazine… We must have been in our early 20s at the time, and I can’t remember why, but the magazine we were looking through was a wedding magazine.

I remember saying to her, “One day we’re gonna be doing this for real,” and she was like, “Oh, my gawd!” Previous to that, we’d never talked about planing our weddings before. It just never came up.

About my distant future wedding, I distinctly remember saying in that conversation, “I’m gonna have you in a periwinkle dress!”

But things didn’t go down that way. Both she and my BFF Cindy ended up wearing very tasteful dark brown J. Crew dresses to go with our other color, which was Tiffany Blue.

So…periwinkle wasn’t involved in any form or fashion, but I did have periwinkle wedding dreams once upon a time (so random!).

Maybe that’s why I like Essie Labels Only from their Gel Couture line.

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Essie Labels Only

The Gel Coutures are GREAAAT. They dry quickly and last a long time, and even among the Gel Couture line, Labels Only lasts longer than some of the other shades do for me. I get a full week’s worth of wear using two layers and the Essie Gel Couture Top Coat (you don’t have to use a base coat with these).

It isn’t just a straight-up periwinkle, either. It has secret pink shimmer, which you can kind of see in the top pic.

You can’t go wrong with secret shimmer, ya know? ๐Ÿ™‚

It’s available now for $11.50 at Ulta.

What are you wearing on your nails today?

Your friendly neighborhood beauty addict,


The Essie Winter 2016 Collection: Getting Groovy With a Very Special Branch

Published in: Essie, Nails

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Essie Winter 2016 and my favorite Misa Jewelry Branch necklace

If I lost this necklace, I would cry a river of sparkly tears.

It was a very special present from El Hub last Valentine’s Day shortly before Connor was born, and the reason it’s so special to me is…

Well, first of all, I like the shape. It’s a branch by Misa Jewelry. I think I’ve talked about them before.

The owner, Misa Hamamoto, is based out of LA, and she’s got this sort of, almost Hawaii-like aesthetic — very beachy, organic and natural, but also elegant.

When I run my fingers over the branch, the surface doesn’t feel perfectly smooth. There are subtle imperfections in it, little bumps and ridges, like in a piece of driftwood. It really speaks to me.

It also reminds me of the last few weeks right before the baby came, that sort of end-of-the-road time when I was over being pregnant but also excited about the coming changes and a little afraid at the same time. I mean, it had just been me, El Hub and Tabs for a long time; we were adding a new branch to our family.

This is one of very few pieces of fine jewelry I own. I don’t own a lot of fancy jewelry because 1) I tend to lose it, and 2) because costume jewelry is so much fun! You can wear crazy gems and pearls the size of your fist — you know, things I would never be able to afford if they were real. Plus, if I lose costume jewelry, I’m not as completely devastated.

Maybe because the branch isn’t perfectly smooth, it looks extra sparkly and beautiful sometimes when the light hits it right. That’s why it reminded me of this golden bottle of Essie Getting Groovy from the six-piece Essie Winter 2016 Collection, which is available now ($9 each).

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Getting Groovy Polish from Essie Winter 2016, along with a very special necklace

Getting Groovy has teeny, tiny golden glitter bits, and I’m wearing two layers of it in these pics. But you could probably get away with one. It’s very opaque.

I like that the flecks of glitter in it aren’t huge like they are in some glittery gold nail polishes. They’re more refined.

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Swatches of the other five Essie Winter 2016 shades from the left: Go With the Flowy, Party on a Platform, Ready to Boa, Satin Sister and Oh Behave

There are also five other shades in the collection, and other than the gold, my faves are grayish white Go With the Flow, which has its own fine micro-glitter flecks, except that its flecks are green, purple and pink.

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Getting Groovy

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