Mochacino Melts my Heart

What is it about the neutral nail trend that we all love so much? No matter how happy pink makes you, how sexy your guy thinks red is, or how wonderfully dramatic it might feel to wear black polish, the past several seasons have been replete with browns, tans, and taupes. Don’t get me wrong; I truly do love this trend. But I’ve reached a point where I need a little naughty in my neutral. Enter the new favorite hue from Essie.

I arrived at Job #2 this evening about 30 minutes early. (Okay, backtrack. If writing is Job #1 and Tiffany’s is Job #2, then I arrived at Job #3 tonight 30 minutes early). Across the street from Job #3 is one of those amazing Duane Reades that actually cares about bringing its customers the best in beauty. Instead of the standard assortment of 20 or so Essie throwbacks, they offer a huge seasonal selection, plenty of classic faves, and a few randoms for fun. In the mood to paint my nails and dying for something totally different from what I’ve been sporting lately, I settled on a creamy, pale gray-chocolate infused with silver opalescence. Dead.

Called Mochacino, this funky hue is the perfect solution to your conundrum about how to play it safe but have just enough fun. And, as always, at $8 a pop, you can hardly beat a bottle of Essie. Happy weekend, my loves!

Underground Glam

Ever been on the subway (or bus, train, etc) and noticed another fashionista like yourself, scrambling to get ready and put her face on? I’m guilty of the last minute get-ready routine myself, and have been known to wait not-so-patiently for a seat to open up so I can spread out my wares and put my damn face on. But this morning I reached an all-time beauty low (high?) and found myself … shamelessly… painting my nails on the subway.

Sigh. It’s true, dolls, that we are often running so late we should just shelve the plan entirely and go for a more natural look. But when your nails are completely bare and you’re headed out into the world, doesn’t the sad little sight of them make you want to cringe? Luckily, I was armed with the following products, and I suggest you hurriers head straight to Duane Reade pronto and pick some up yourself! While my nails don’t look amazing by any means, they are passably cute. And they were certainly dry before I clocked in. Hurrah for underground beauty!

Sally Hansen Insta-Dri fast drying nail polish in Slick Slate,, $4


Julep fast dry top coat,, $14