Sunday, July 31, 2011

Wet N Wild Dream Weaver's Limited Collection Color Icon Eyeshadow Trios

With the dedicated help of my pal Tracy and a little wandering thru Fred Meyer myself, I have this collection of beauties from Wet N Wild. The six palettes compose the Dream Weaver's Collection which is limited Edition for Summer 2011.

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This is a photo preview. I have swatches, but will probably save them for exposure when I show what the palettes look like on the eyes. Unless there's lots of begging. :)

A review, swatches and pictures for the Earth Looks Small From Down Here Eyeshadow Trio can be viewed by clicking on the link.

Reviews, photos and swatches of We're Blasting Off Dream Weavers Collection eyeshadow trio can be found by clicking on the link.

Reviews, photos and swatches of Dancing In The Clouds Dream Weavers Collection Color Icon Trio Eyeshadow can be found by clicking the preceeding link.

Review, swatches and photos for Bright Idea Color Icon Dream Weavers Collection Eyeshadow Trio can be found by clicking this link.

And, of course....more to come!

Saturday, July 30, 2011

China Glaze Concrete Crackle...Epic Fail or Epic WIN!!

My most recent full manicure was Deborah Lippmann's Between The Sheets.   I did something so dumb on about day five. I opened some boxes to retrieve some treasures from the Nordstrom Anniversary Sale and in my haste to see the pretties, I used my thumb and forefingers rather than just get a pair of scissors. Stupid, stupid, stupid. That meant it was time to do something...either to change my polish or crackle/shatter it.

So the other day I was in my crackle/shatter drawer and saw the China Glaze Crackles. I've never used them. I've seen many in stores which were seperated and since they're new, that seemed really fast. I kinda figured they probably weren't much good, and forgot I even had them. I threw them on my swatch wheel and was impressed with the colors.

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Trying to decide what color to crackle/shatter/blast over my fuchsia Lippmann polish was a quandry, but I just loved how the China Glaze Concrete, (grey), Crackle looked on my nail wheel. So I grabbed it and crackled. Somehow it seems like I always do my nails in the middle of the night because nobody, (*cough*, you know who you are), complains that the house smells like polish. Thus with my little nightlight aglow, I declared it a fail. I didn't even bother with topcoat or cleanup since I figured it wasn't staying but until the next evening.

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The next day at lunch, I showed my husband and he declared it an EPIC fail and said I needed to blog it. But he was right. Whether your experiment goes right or wrong, to be true to your blog and your readers, you need to show it. But a funny thing happened on the way to run errands.

I realized my manicure matched my clothes and makeup.

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Suddenly, it was growing on me. I put on top coat, did a little cleanup and found myself really liking it. The next day, I was wearing a purple with fuchsia top and while at Nordstrom, I got a lot of compliments on my nails and how they matched what I was wearing yesterday too! One worker said it was the coolest crackle she'd ever seen and wanted to know what it was, (ain't that right, Tracy?).

So I do believe that my fail turned into a win with the help of top coat. It really makes a difference. Makes the colors all bright and shiney. If you have a crackle/shatter/blast experiment that you don't think turned out, just try top coat and then wear it like you OWN IT, Baby!!!

Friday, July 29, 2011

Guerlain Rouge Automatique Hydrating Lipstick #166 Shalimar Swatches and Review

It's no secret that I really like lipstick. I really do. I've only been wearing it about as long as my son has been alive but a wonderful Mac Makeup Artist, (shout out to Paige!!), helped me to jump the gap from lipglass and find a love for lipstick hidden deep within. My mom used to be an Avon Lady back in the day and she had these mini little sample lipsticks. Barbie looked fabulous in all the discontinued colors that she'd give us. I loved miniatures anyway, so I was fascinated by these little perfectly shaped mini lipsticks. I suppose I tried on one or two gawd-awful grandma corals here and there, but I mostly used them for Barbie.

Fast forward to 15 years ago and my dear friend Paige showing me what happens when you find a color that expresses your attitude of the day. You take the grownup sized tube and like an artist with a fine brush, lightly draw it as a paint across your lips. The silkiness of a good lipstick transforms a look both outwardly and an attitude inside.

This is why I love lipstick. I love everything about a good lipstick. I like the bliss of a successful application; I love the reflection of my feeling of the day in the choice of color and finish. And I love it as a base for a gloss enhancing the length of wear of both.

Guerlain makes the best of the best. I'm convinced. I have tried at least one of each of their formulations and they are the silkiest of applications, the shiniest of wear, the deepest of true color, and a total reflection of my soul. Today I really want to talk about a new favorite, recently acquired, Rouge Automatique #166 Shalimar, but first, I thought it would be hilarious to show you what I look like without makeup. It could be the end of my blog, but for some reason, I just find it hilarious. Note the deep need for the personality of a lipcolor.

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Uh oh, where did my personality go? I have non-existant lips...although they make a great blank canvas for applying lipcolor. And, never fear, I really am wearing a shirt in that picture. Let me show you the lovely Shalimar I chose for application of the day.

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Shalimar is a new design from Guerlain that can be used one handed as you just push up the lever and the lipstick appears. There is a bit of a learning curve if you're like me and do it upside down all the time. Just remember, gold on top, black on bottom. Let's take a closer look at this fabulous hot pink.

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This lipstick is shiny. It is moisturizing, it is long wearing, it doesn't feather. If it were legal, I'd marry it. It's perfect. Honestly, these are the best wearing lipsticks I've tried and my lips do get around the cosmetic counters. I can't hardly believe that something can be so lightweight yet so long wearing. I'm going to bore you with many lip pictures because I love, love, love this lipstick.

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This was also my first time wearing Mac Blogger's Obsessions Hocus Pocus eyeshadow. Wow, THE perfect grey. It has multiple personalities but it's awesome. I just wore it lightly. It's a must have. And for blush, I wore Dior's Glowing Color Powder Blush 889 Pink In Love, featured in the Blue Tie Fall 2011 Collection.

I took a digi pic before I left the house:
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In a cell phone picture, it all goes together something like this:
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One last look at Shalimar:

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Guerlain lipsticks can be purchased at Dillard's and Nordstrom, that's where I get mine anyway. The new Rouge Automatique retails for $35 USD which, to me, is a bargain for perfection. I've never worn such silky feeling lipsticks, especially having such great wear.

Wednesday, July 27, 2011

An Intimate Memory of My First Love - An Ode To Joy

I remember it so well...every feeling, every sight, every moment of my first love. There was nothing else like it. I never got over it...I still get weak in the knees thinking about it. I've had other loves but they say you never forget your first. If you know me, you know who I'm talking about. If you don't know me, it's not too hard to guess.

I guess I was around 10 or 12 the first time we met. My mom was with me and took me and made the introductions. I guess I'd have to say I owe her for that memory that has been with me all these years and has always made me smile with nostalgia. It happened in Anchorage...I renew those mental images by passing that place with alarming frequency. You know how it is...you go back, revisit the memory and get those same butterflies. Every time.

By now you know who I mean.

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It's true love. I remember so vividly my mom taking me the first day the store opened in Anchorage, store 12, *sigh*. I can still see us embarking up the escalator for the first time. It's the same escalator that is there today, after so long. I don't remember what we saw or if she purchased anything, but when I return to the scene of the memory, I smile thinking how many times I've ridden up that same escalator, hand sweaty with anticipation on the rubber grippy thing...or when I'm feeling quite daring, I let my hand free and steady my feet and just enjoy the ride.

And when I got my first Nordstrom card...it was actually my first credit card ever, which I guess is appropriate. I think it was the brown one. At any rate, this has been a long love affair. I return quite often and relish many memories and many relationships I've made via Nordstrom, lasting friendships, and all that I've learned from the folks that work there. Truly a joy in my life is a simple trip to Nordstrom as we are connected forever. (Especially after this last sale, lol).

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Tuesday, July 26, 2011

LA Girls Nail Polish Has New Cracked Top Coat...and More...

So on a wander thru my local Fred Meyer....ummm, I went to buy bread, yeah, that's it...I spotted quite the extra display from LA Girls Nail Polish. Two of the Fred Meyer's in my area are really becoming the drugstore cosmetic meccas. They are definitely bringing what the people want and quickly!! Kudos, Freddies.

Anyway, back to the LA Girls. First I spotted these sets of six polishes. Notice the sheer glitter!

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This set is very remniscent to me of the set I just got at Ross on last Friday in the previous post. Then, the second set in the display is called High Impact Nail Color.

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As I rounded the aisle, I found these on the end cap:

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The above are all cell phone pictures, so in case it's not clear on your screen, the Cracked colors are White, Silver, Turquoise, Pink, Red, Blue, Purple and Black. I purchased the Turquoise because I wanted to compare it to OPI Turquoise, the pink as I have no other pink crackle this color, (waiting for the  OPI Pink Shatter for Breast Cancer Awareness), and the purple to see how it compares to Sally Hansen Vintage Violet Crackle Overcoat.  Looks like fun.  So let's take a little quick view of them, shall we?

Swatched on a nail wheel, this is how they look. They shatter in more of a random pattern than the OPI Shatter colors. The OPIs shatter in a more linear pattern and these Cracked colors somewhat giraffey/somewhat linear.

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All three colors I purchased have a light shimmer to them, giving a little hint of a metallic type of finish. The turquoise is named Rupture. It is more aqua than the OPI Turquoise. It is lighter and less blue as well.

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I have a picture of both the OPI and LA Girls on a nail wheel, swatched over white. The colors from left to right are OPI White Shatter, OPI Blue Shatter, OPI Turquoise Shatter, OPI Navy Shatter, Sally Hanson Distressed Denim Crackle Topcoat, La Rosa Green Crackle Shatter, LA Girls Rupture, LA Girls Fracture and LA Girls Frag.

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You can also compare the colors to the Sally Hansen Crackle Overcoats.

The pink color is called Frag and is a yellower softer pink than the Sally Hansen Fuchsia Shock.

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The purple is called Fracture.

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I photographed the backs of the last two bottles because the black script seemed to take away from viewing the actual color. So what do you think? Are you on crackle/shatter overload yet? Or do you find room for one more?

Monday, July 25, 2011

There's A Little Nail Polish Surprise From Color Club!!!

Often frustrated that no one in my hometown sold Color Club Nail Polish, I was pleasantly surprised about six weeks ago to find a display in my local Fred Meyer. Color Club, what?!?! In Alaska?!? I quickly bought a couple colors, which I haven't reviewed yet, but will soon, PROMISE, and then I went on vacation. To a big metropolis. Which has no Color Club anywhere I could find. What again!?!?! I contacted the company and they told me to check Ross stores.

Ha! That's an easy assignment for me because I have every Ross store in the area mapped. Dude, no joke. So I went around for nearly five weeks checking the Ross stores for Color Club polish. Most had none. The ones that did had eight packs of the same colors that I had just purchased in Alaska.

Have you ever shopped a Ross store for Color Club? Oh my gosh, people can be such pigs! Most sets I saw didn't have all the colors, some had other things in place of bottles...literally, people would put anything in there, another polish, a hair scrunchy, whatever. It was so disheartening that people would steal a polish or two out of a set, which was mostly what I found. I can only imagine the company loses 98% of what they send to Ross stores to theft.

So imgaine my surprise and delight when, on the last night I was there, I found some mini sets! I found them at TJ Maxx and at Ross! Such a surprise. And they were unmolested!! And colors I didn't have!! I found two sets I didn't purchase that were the summer colors that I already had. And then, there were these:

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They're not full sized bottles. I thought they were maybe half size but I placed Deborah Lippmann Between The Sheets next to a set to show size, and I'm thinking these are pretty danged big for mini sets. And, it's four polishes for $3.99!!!

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Before I show you another neat surprise, I'll show you the two I left behind:

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So after I jumped up and down at my finds, I looked behing them and found a lovely six pack of glitter top coats for, hello!, $4.99. I couldn't resist.

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I didn't have time to swatch anything before I left for home and I think I left the glitters behind till next time. What was I thinking? But, seriously, I brought home about 30 pounds of polish. What the heck? How do I purchase so much polish when I'm out of town? I only have ten fingers and ten toes but I'm thinking of taking fertilizer so I can grow more. Does anybody else have this vacation discovery problem that I do?

Saturday, July 23, 2011

Deborah Lippmann Between The Sheets Nail Polish Swatches and Manicure Review

Say "Hi" to my little friend. Her name is Between The Sheets, a nail lacquer manufactored by Deborah Lippmann.

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Ah, she is a lady of many moods. Is she fuchsia? Is she pink? Is she purple? I have some pictures in different lightings so that you can try to decide. But I must tell you, application with this polish was a dream. What you see in the mani pictures is two coats.

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This nail polish from Deborah Lippmann is another win for me. I purchased it for $16 USD at the Nordstrom Anniversary Sale. The wear on these polishes is incredible. I can get a good week or so with no chipping and very little tip wear. It's like my fingers have been kissed by Angels.

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Friday, July 22, 2011

Sneak Peak of Makeover by Dior Plus Mac Blogger's Obssession Lipglass Evolution Revolution

During the Nordstrom Anniversary Sale, I had the opportunity to do a makeover with the Dior counter. The feature artist was Rita Brown, with whom I had an earlier makeover and you can read about it, written in two parts featuring face and lips  and all about the eyes.  Rita is a fabulous artist.  Truly one of the greats and a delight to talk with.

I can't show you the products in real life pictures because the counter was out of everything so I had what I purchased shipped to my house, but I can tell you. I'll show you the goodies when I receive them. Here's the overall view:

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The foundation was Capture Total 040. This is a $76 foundation. :0 But it looked pretty good and wore even better. I was out in 110 degree F heat and it did not even melt off! They had wanted to use the spray foundation, ($60), but I have tried that before and have some little allergy to an ingredient in it. My husband gave the two thumbs up to the foundation...the whole look actually. The blush was a two part thing that is featured in a display with the anniversary Blue Tie Palette. It had a pink and light peach together for a real natural look that would suit anyone. The blush is #889 Pink In Love Glowing Color Powder Blush featured at this clickable link.

So let's talk about the eyes. I started with a makeup artist named Shelley who did the skincare and foundation. I told her my husband had requested a green eye look so she chose the Iridescent eyeshadow quint #409. She used the light grassy green all over the lid and put the taupe in the crease. She lined with the waterproof liner in black, doing an inner line on the upper lid as well as on the upper lid itself.

I told Shelley I was hoping for a little more dramatic liner and could we try the liquid liner. I don't normally use it myself because it seems like I'm always in a hurry. She chose the Diorliner in black, ($33), and told me that it was an easy idiot-proof liner. I ordered that just to test the theory, and she finished with some black mascara.

Next Rita came to bat. She examined the look and we decided to boost it with some more oomph. She grabbed the 5 Coulouers Designer Eyeshadow palette in Green Design #408, ($58), and put some of the deep green cream combined with the darker green shadow in the crease and here and there. She asked me how I felt about a little glimmer. I said sparkle me in glitter from head to toe and I'd die happy, so she used the other cream and the lightest green in the quint and put it on the inner lid and above, lightly, for a very wearable look.

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She told me about the limited edition Plum Extase Mascara, ($28), and wanted to try it over the black on the lashes, even though she knew they were sold out at that counter. You can't really tell in pictures but it just makes my eyes look a little greener by contrast. Extase is a wonderful mascara to wear over whatever you usually wear. It plumps up the lashes and has this wickedly cool looking brush, but it really does make them more noticible.

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My lips were finished with a nude liner and gloss, which I have no pictures of because I drank a water, tea and a diet coke on the way home and then ate lunch. Afterward, for dinnertime, I put on the Mac Blogger's Obsession lipglass in Evolution Revolution, which looks good with anything.

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So until I have products to swatch, there you have my latest Dior Makeover with Rita Brown.

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Thursday, July 21, 2011

Guerlain Rouge G 41 Gipsy Jewel Lipstick Compact Swatches and Review

When I go on vacation, I am fortunate to be able to visit a Guerlain counter. I have been introduced to their skincare and fell madly in love as it transformed my face. Skincare as good as it's claims. And then I met the lipsticks. When I wear a Guerlain lipstick, I feel that I am wearing absolute perfection. They are so comfortable and yet long wearing at the same time. The lipstick I'm going to tell you about today is one of the Rouge G formula.

Number 41 Gipsy Rouge G Guerlain Jewel lipstick compact could be called my perfect lipstick. The color is the perfect orange coral color. But first, let's talk about the compact. It is a relatively new design, closing by a magnatized closure. It is silver and shiney. Let's oooo and ahhhh for just a moment.

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It looks pretty cool. The men in my house are fascinated by the workings of the device. Men have to figure out all the mechanical things, even if it's a lipstick. So while it looks cool on the outside, it's even better when you slide the tube out of the cover. The cover opens into two mirrors! Sheer perfection!!

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I wear all colors of lipstick but this particular coral color is perfect for me. I think it's the type of color that any skintone and any age could wear. It has a very faint hint of shimmer that isn't a frost but just provides a juicy wet look when worn. I have a hand swatch of it next to Mac Blogger's Obsession Lipglass Caqui to show the layering potential of these two fabulous items.

Guerlain Rouge Gipsy and Mac Caqui Lipglass Caqui

But back to Gipsy, how about some lip swatches?

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Yeah, it was a case of love at first sight. I purchased this at Nordstrom, but I know you can also purchase at some Dillard's stores, as well as Neiman Marcus. With quality and such an awesome case comes a bit of a price. These retail for $47 in the United States, but if you're asking me, they are worth every penny. Nothing wears quite like a Guerlain lipstick.

On my next trip, if I can get past the lipsticks, I'll have to investigate the eye products. I'm open to suggestions. :)

Tuesday, July 19, 2011

OPI Pink Shatter for Breast Cancer Awareness Announcement And Preview

I have so much appreciation for any company that contributes to the fight against Breast Cancer. If you're a woman or know a woman, odds are about 98% that you have or will be affected by breast cancer in your lifetime. I've lost three members of my friends and family to this disease and desire so much for there to be a cure. It is with gratitude that I thank OPI for issuing Pink Shatter Nail Lacquer in conjunction with the Susan G. Komen foundation to work toward a cure.

The official press release was just issued today and I'm so excited to see this deep pink Shatter color!! It's going to be pretty. It's said to hit salons beginning in September and be available thru October. Please, please, please take a moment to read the press release and consider purchasing this item as a donation to breast cancer research.


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Let’s Shatter Breast Cancer!


OPI Announces New Pink Shatter: Pink of Hearts Nail Lacquer to Support
Susan G. Komen for the Cure®

OPI launches the limited edition Pink Shatter: Pink of Hearts Nail Lacquer to support Susan G. Komen for the Cure® in its promise to save lives and end breast cancer forever. The 2011 Pink of Hearts edition will follow in the footsteps of its namesake 2007, 2008, 2009 and 2010 Nail Lacquers in raising awareness of breast cancer for the fifth year in a row, during the months of September and October (National Breast Cancer Awareness Month). Unlike previous shade incarnations, this year’s Pink of Hearts Nail Lacquer marks the debut of fan-favorite Shatter coat in OPI’s first pink shade.

“We are continuing to support Susan G. Komen for the Cure in the hopes of increasing breast cancer awareness, while inspiring and empowering women. The organization’s dedication to this cause is unwavering,” remarks Suzi Weiss-Fischmann, OPI Executive VP & Artistic Director. “OPI is proud to join with Susan G. Komen for the fifth consecutive year to offer Pink Shatter: Pink of Hearts. By launching our first-ever Pink Shatter coat, we hope this exciting new textured hue will generate lots of awareness for this cause.”

Each bottle of Pink Shatter: Pink of Hearts has a special pink-ribbon tag and pink cap wrap to call attention to breast cancer awareness. OPI will also be making its annual donation of $25,000 to Komen for the Cure. Pink Shatter coat contains no DBP, Toluene, or Formaldehyde, and it also features OPI’s exclusive ProWide™ Brush for the ultimate in application.

The limited edition Pink Shatter: Pink of Hearts will be available throughout the months of September and October 2011 at Professional Salons, including Beauty Brands, Beauty First, Chatters, Dillard’s, JCPenney, Pure Beauty, Regis, Trade Secret, and ULTA, for $8.50 ($10.95 CAN) suggested retail for each Nail Lacquer.

For more information, please call 800-341-9999 or visit www.opi.com. Follow OPI on Twitter @OPI_PRODUCTS and become a Facebook fan!

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About Susan G. Komen for the Cure®

Nancy G. Brinker promised her dying sister, Susan G. Komen, she would do everything in her power to end breast cancer forever. In 1982, that promise became Susan G. Komen for the Cure, which is now the world’s largest breast cancer organization and the largest source of nonprofit funds dedicated to the fight against breast cancer with more than $1.9 billion invested to date. For more information about Susan G. Komen for the Cure, breast health or breast cancer, visit www.komen.org or call 1-877 GO KOMEN.

Monday, July 18, 2011

Deborah Lippmann Brick House Fall 2011 Nail Polish Swatches and Review

Four nail polishes were recently released by Deborah Lippmann for her Fall 2011 collection. Today I have some pictures of Brick House. This polish is a brick orange color with lots of shine. I had a difficult time photographing it because you have the shine in the middle where the light hits the nail and then the darkenss on the outside where the light doesn't. I love, love, love this color. My husband loves this color.

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I regret cutting my nails shorter this week. I was having trouble typing on my iphone and ipad so I cut down my nails. *sob* Eh, they'll grow back in time, but I can only imagine how much more fabulous this polish will look on my hands with a little longer nails.

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You've got to try this color. Sure it'll be great for Autumn, but I love it for now. It's lika a sunburnt orange. Love, love, love.

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What you see in these photos is just two layers of polish and a quick dry top coat.

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So far, I've had this on for three days with no chipping. A couple nails had a little bit of shrinkage from the quick dry top coat, but that can easily be remedied. Did I mention I adore this color?

Not to scare anyone, but here comes the creature of the black lagoon, crawling out to be noticed. Oh lookie!! The creature is wearing the same polish I am!!!

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