CHANEL Limited-Edition Pair — Nuit Magique


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Not only is it Cyber Monday (I think you had to have lived in the early AOL days to find that name hilarious) but… CHANEL has released a new, limited-edition duo called “Nuit Magique.”

Screen Shot 2013-12-02 at 12.32.55 PMFirst up is the eponymous shade, MAGIQUE. It’s a nice, unexpected choice for a holiday party instead of the typical reds. I’m liking the blues we’ve seen lately! Like denim, they really do go with everything.

Screen Shot 2013-12-02 at 12.35.59 PMBut for the real showstopper in the collection, check out COSMIC.

Screen Shot 2013-12-02 at 12.33.19 PMLadies, ladies, ladies. This is not the same as the Ciel de Nuit of legend, but it’s pretty damn close. I can’t wait to see how close this is to Ciel de Nuit and, for that matter, the hallowed HTF, Essie Starry Starry Night. I know it won’t be an exact dupe, but it will be interesting to see how close this new shade gets.

I highly recommend you get thee to if you even have a shred of interest in this color. If it arrives and you hate it, there’s always eBay. And we know how well CHANEL can perform there! It’s a win-win.

I just ordered mine and will swatch as soon as it’s here!

xx, Francesca

On the quest for Essie SSN? Here are some previous posts you may enjoy:

Nail Polish Lemmings — An Exposé

Naturistics Crystal Blue Pearl (Essie SSN dupe)

“HTF that HTF,” or “How to Find That Hard to Find”


China Glaze — Sun Worshiper


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I’ve talked about my sun worshipping on this blog before. I know it’s terrible but there’s nothing like a little old fashioned sunshine to cheer me up. I tend to run on the cold side — basking in the sun’s rays makes me feel so cozy!

When I think about sunbathing, I recall a poster in the waiting room of my childhood doctor’s office that said something about how 5 great civilizations worshipped the sun, and 4 are extinct. Aight, doc, point taken but correlation does not imply causation. So no, I do NOT think that sunbathing was the downfall of the Egyptian empire. But I digress.

I recently wore China Glaze Sun Worshiper; not a color for the faint of heart. I mean, it barely matches anything and it glows in the dark, so if you’re looking for a color that whispers, “Take me seriously, I’m a professional,” I’d suggest looking elsewhere. But if you want a shade that shouts, drunkenly, “ZOMGYOUGUYS this is my favorite song!” you may have found her.

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China Glaze Sun Worshiper, from the 2012 Poolside Collection. Oldie but goodie.

Sun Worshiper is a neon yellow-orange that packs a major punch. What’s funny is that the color itself isn’t necessarily flattering to many (or… any?) skin tones, but you’ll still get tons of compliments because it’s just fun to look at. And therefore fun to wear. :)

Here's Sun Worshiper in direct sunlight.

Here’s Sun Worshiper in direct sunlight.

Look at the way the thumb still glows in the shade.

Look at the way the thumb still glows in the shade.

The coverage is pretty good for a neon. I skated by with three coats since it can be a little streaky. A good idea may be to do a white base first, if you have the time. Three coats will be opaque though, so it’s not a necessity. Keep in mind this is about as neon as you can get, so you’ll definitely want to top it all off with a nice glossy topcoat since it dries matte.

Ohmygawd, I'm glowing!

Ohmygawd, I’m glowing!

And now I’m off to sunny Palm Springs! Have a great weekend!

sunsuncomeondown, Francesca

Color Club — Harp On It


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If you want to sport an attention-grabbing nail but don’t have the time (or skillz) to deal with complicated nail art, there are few better ways to get ooohs and aaahs than a holo.

There are a bunch of holographic shades on the market, but my favorite brand is Color Club. They’ve got a full range of linear holo colors, but I like to go for the tried-and-true silver holo. As I always say, why gild the lily? A classic silver that sparkles like a prism is just perfect.

Here's the full lineup of Color Club holos, 2013.

Here’s the full lineup of Color Club holos, 2013.

Scrangie's got THE best swatches of the entire collection. Click the pic to check out her post.

Scrangie’s got THE best swatches of the entire collection. Click the pic to check out her post.

If you’re going to have but one holo in your Stash, my professional recommendation is Color Club Harp On It. The coverage is INSANE, the formula’s smooth as silk and the rainbow effect is oh, so pretty.

Think about it. This is *indoor* lighting and it gleams like this.

Think about it. This is *indoor* lighting and it gleams like this.

Holo nails make you feel like your nails are from The Future. A streamlined, metallic future where everyone dresses only in American Apparel lamé outfits.

Holo nails make you feel like your nails are from The Future. A streamlined future where we only wear American Apparel lamé outfits.

But wait! Step it up a notch and do an accent nail inspired by the always clever NailedIt.

Nailed It created a beautiful holo 2D diamond; looks great with that powder blue. Click the pic to get the tutorial.

Nailed It created a beautiful holo 2D diamond; looks great with that powder blue. Click the pic to get the tutorial.

shineon, Francesca

P.S. Color Club Beyond is a great dupe for all of y’all out there who are still on the hunt for an OPI My Private Jet dupe. Just sayin’. :)

Revlon Nail Art — Moon Candy (Cosmic 3D Effects)


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Let’s chat drugstore brands.

I strongly prefer L’Oreal; the packaging’s better and the colors are little higher-end. CoverGirl’s longtime partnership with ANTM leaves me feeling a special fondness, but the brand still reminds me of high school. Maybelline’s got Great(Lash) mascara but that’s about it.

And then there’s Revlon. Not the most exciting of the drugstore brands to me. And yet… check this out. I spied these in my fave CVS recently.

[Warning: Longest product name in the history of the planet. Revlon Nail Art Moon Candy Cosmic 3D Effects.]

A nice slate gray paired with a with peachy flakie.

A classic slate gray paired with a golden, peachy flakie.

Mahogany with peachy. golden flakie.

Rich mahogany with a pale tangerine flakie.

Basic black with a pretty classic, iridescent flakie.

Basic black with a classic, iridescent flakie. Very Nubar 2010 / Sally Hansen Hidden Treasure.

Ooh! A lavender flakie! A bit of a rare bird, eh?

Ooh! A lavender flakie! Bit of a rare bird, eh? This was paired with a deep plum creme. Some criminal swatched it on the middle part, just there in the lower right corner.

I have a bunch of flakies in my Stash, and Revlon’s color pairings gave me some new ideas for layering. To that point, if I hadn’t already invested in a slew of flakies, I probably would have bought one or two of these magic wands.

Here's the whole collection.

Here’s the whole collection.

Have any of you guys tried these out? I’m intrigued…

rev-lontimenosee, Chess

P.S. I’m wearing OPI’s Mermaid Tears here. I never swatched it, so get a good look! :)

I’m Baaaaaa-ack!


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Ladies, ladies, ladies. Please forgive me. I’ve disappeared before, but I really did it this time! This was not a planned hiatus.

Forgive me. Please?

Forgive me. Please?

Since I last wrote in early May, some major Life Events, capital L capital E, have happened. Let me fill you in…

I got a new job!

Although I sometimes wish beauty blogging were my full-time gig, the truth is that I am gainfully employed in a different field. I had been at my previous company for 2.5 years and it was so hard to leave! I count many of my coworkers amongst my closest friends. My requisite two weeks were bittersweet and filled with lots of bon voyage cocktails. And karaoke. And tears. ;_; (Don’t those things always kind of go together?)

The new job has me firing on all eight cylinders. I forgot how exhausting being the NKotB can be! In addition to learning to the ropes, there are new faces, new names and new processes to memorize. It can be a little overwhelming to say the least.


Still have a 20 minute commute, though. But that’s cool because I finally got my sword on Waze! The happiness I felt matched the joy of being awarded my star back in Jezebel’s glory days. /sigh

I spent 10 glorious days in Italy!

Now THIS was awesome. My friend’s dad had a destination wedding. (!) At the Four Seasons. In Florence. Italy. It was MAGICAL. My 10 days in Italy were some of the best days of my entire life, no kidding.

I had always dreamt of going to Italy, so much so that I took two years of Italian in high school for the sole purpose of being able to order food and ask where the restroom was like a pro when I got to Italy, somehow, someday. You could say it was destiny.

My ensemble. It was a black silk floor-length dress with cobalt accents. I wore this ridiculous sequined, raven-like cape.

My ensemble: a black silk floor-length dress (with a slit, meow) with cobalt accents. To top it off, I wore a sequined, raven-like capelet. It was the obvious choice.

This is the gorgeous room where the reception was held. The room was lit only by candlelight. The good tasted as good as the room looked, if you can believe it.

This is the gorgeous room where the reception was held. Everyone looks better in candlelight, don’t you think?

Bonus points to anyone who recognizes my pal here.

My friend Christie introduced me to one of her friends when we were in Rome…  Catrinel, the charming actress known mostly for her kick-ass Fiat Abarth TV spot. Who could forget that tie-pulling, cappuccino-loving vixen? Cat took us to a bar where you drink outside whilst lounging about Roman ruins. (!)

Purrsonal Life Drama!

I will spare you the details — unless you buy me a drink, in which case you’ll get more of an earful than you bargained for. But there’s been lots of action and it’s kept me busy. Not so busy that I haven’t been painting my nails… just busy enough that I haven’t had much time to write.

In Summary:

I miss you. I really have missed Polishment so. much.

I’m finally back in control and ready to focus on entertaining you once again with swatches captured while driving, the occasional tabby cat photobomb, unsolicited 80s music videos — and more. Much more.

My Goals:

I want to start giving more color advice around here. Whenever my family, friends and coworkers have questions about what kind of color they should get for their next mani-pedi OR, what color I’d suggest they wear to a special event (job interview, wedding, court appearance, etc.)… they come to me. And I want to extend my expertise to you.

Anytime you want an “expert” opinion, drop me a line in the Ask & Answer question, or email me at Send me the details of the event & a link to your outfit or a snapshot, and it will be my pleasure to recommend the perfect shade. :)

I will continue to post reviews of new colors & collections I come across, plus the occasional tutorial.

And if there’s ever any nail polish craziness (velvet manis! chalkboard manis! gold leaf! hex glitter!) you want me to try out on your behalf, I am happy to do it.

TL;DR: Love you, miss you, stay tuned for action because I am back. <3

xxo, Chess

Omgggg, so are you guys, like, loving that new JT album or whutttt. Let’s go back to where it all began, shall we? My serenade to you: