Nail Polish

Estee Lauder, summer 2012, Bronze Goddess, Capri, swatches, Bronze Sands, Cyber Metallic, eyeshadow quint, Pure Color Intense Kajal Eye Crayon Duo, Molten Lava, White Sands, nail polish, KarlaSugar, Karla Sugar

If seasonal promo photos are any indication, brunettes are having a major moment right now. I feel like    >>

NCLA, Pick Me Up at Melrose Place, swatches, nail swatches, KarlaSugar, Karla Sugar

I picked my latest NCLA manicure at random, but the more I see this color on my nails,    >>

Seche Rebuild

I think I've shared with you the vicious cycle that, until ~3 years ago, kept me from having    >>

NCLA, Santa Monica Shore Thing, swatches, KarlaSugar, Karla Sugar

Of NCLA's impressive nail polish lineup, the color that first (and most loudly) demanded my attention was Santa    >>

NCLA, nail polish, swatches, Hello I Love You!, I'm With the Band, Downtown Dollface, Venice Beach Vixen, Malibu Beach Babe, Rodeo Drive Royalty, Rush Hour, KarlaSugar, Karla Sugar

I'd like to introduce the coolest new polish brand on the block: NCLA. (Which, I just learned, stands    >>

Essie, spring 2012, swatches, Ole Caliente, Orange It's Obvious, Navigate Her, To Buy or Not to Buy, Tour de Finance, A Crewed Interest, KarlaSugar, Karla Sugar

Bravo, Essie. Your spring collection rather brilliantly sums up "what's hot right now," in six efficient moves. If    >>

Sally Hansen, Wild Child, OPI, La Paz-itively Hot

I spotted another fab manicure "out in the wild" recently, so I asked the wearer if I could    >>

Laura Mercier, Tres Chic, swatches, Gel Lip Color, Gel Lipstick, Clementine, Poppy, Dollface, Rosette, Orchid, KarlaSugar, Karla Sugar

Laura Mercier has a little lips-and-nails collection out on counters right now — one of those smaller releases    >>

Sally Hansen, Xtreme Wear, swatches, Green with Envy

The fashion world (Neiman Marcus, specifically), has me primed and on the lookout for hot, saturated color. I'm    >>

Dior, spring 2012, swatches, eyeshadow quints, 441 Garden Pastels, 841 Garden Roses, KarlaSugar, Karla Sugar

Dior's idea of spring 2012 is a garden party (what a delightful idea). The color palette makes me    >>

Chanel Fire

Special thanks to Carine for her fabulous guest swatches of Chanel 159 Fire — it looks like the    >>

Le Metier de Beaute, LMdB, Yield to Yellow, nail swatches

Beauty disaster, readers: I recently walked, index-fingernail-first into a door. I hate having just one short nail; they    >>

Butter London, Rosie Lee, swatches

Another magnificent guest swatch from AlexandraRC of Sparkly Vernis (and another magnificent glitter polish from Butter London). I    >>

Nubar, Boyfriend Jeans, KarlaSugar, Karla Sugar

Last September, Chanel released a trio of blue nail polishes for Fashion's Night Out. They were $29 apiece,    >>

NARS, spring 2012, swatches, Douce France, Paramaribo, Lhasa, Dark Rite, Abbey Road, KarlaSugar, Karla Sugar

NARS' spring collection officially launches on counters on February 1 (and it's already available online). Based on the    >>