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As most of you know, my stunningly beautiful daughter was married this past November. They had a gorgeous wedding that was put together by her and Ashley. I am so proud of both girls.

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The color scheme was cream, pink and rose gold. Ashley and I went to the distributor to pick out a nail polish for the girls. Ashley picked Morgan Taylor No Way Rose’. This is the perfect rose gold polish.

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I have a complete review of this polish here if you want to know more. 💅
Originally Jilly had planned to wear a cream colored polish from Estée Lauder, but decided on the rose gold as did all the attendants. It was the perfect choice for her perfect day.

What polish did I wear?

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CHANEL Dragon. This is a great blue based red that goes well with my skin tone. Red is one of those colors that can either be great or fall flat on me. As Mother of the Bride I wore a black dress with an embellished jacket, black stockings and black heels. I thought red was a good choice.
I have one more picture from the wedding to share with you and I think that will be all from the wedding!

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Drew actually put this together for me. On the left is a picture I took of Drew and his Grandpa Dick about 25 years ago. Drew was just learning to walk. Grandpa owned some acreage in Northern Idaho, close to the Canadian border, and took Drew for a walk. By coincidence the wedding photographer snapped the picture on the right of Drew and Grandpa at the wedding. I love both pictures. Drew and his Grandpa Dick are very close, always have been and always will be. Grandpa was 94 in September. He had the time of his life at the wedding, as did all of us. As I said I am very proud of both my girls, especially Jilly. She has grown into a very smart, confident, accomplished woman who picked a very special man to share her life with. Way to go Picky!

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Jo’mina from Illamasqua was the choice for me for Week 55 of the Nail Polish Lottery Club. I haven’t participated for about a month in the club, and I have missed everyone so much. This week I wanted to participate and I did paint my nails a couple of days ago. I think this polish is holding up good, even after a couple of days it still looks fresh. I love this color and the formula was great. I really don’t know why I haven’t tried this one before now because this falls right in my category for a favorite polish.

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For more information about the club and for the guidelines go to our Facebook page for all the details. Of course I’d be happy to answer any questions you may have, as well.

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My son Drew and his girlfriend Shawna. These 2 have helped me so much in the past month. They took me shopping this week end. I appreciate their help so much. They are both so busy with work and school. Drew is working nights so he doesn’t get a lot of rest. He still finds the time to help me though.

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I have more bottles of Revlon nail polish in my collection than any other brand. As most of you know I have used a lot of Revlon nail polish when looking for a CHANEL dupe, or any other brand dupe. Revlon has been around for generations and I am sure it will be around for many more.
Once a week I will be showcasing one of my Revlon polishes. Maybe you have this color and have forgotten about it? Or maybe this is a color you’ve seen at the drug store but didn’t buy because you haven’t seen swatches of it. It seems like nail bloggers, myself included, focus more on the new, but I say “Lets Remeber the Revlon Beauties!

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Bubble #220 from Revlon Top Speed line. The Top Speed line from Revlon has not been a favorite of mine, I have no idea why because all the Top Speed polishes I have used for these articles have been great! I’ve had this Bubble, a medium bright pink color, for over a year. This was sent to me by my friend Jamie. Jamie had over 20 bottles of Revlon polish that she received for free from Walgreen’s (she’s an awesome coupon-er). Thanks again Jamie for all the ones you sent to me.
It was love at first sight for me and Bubble. I adore this color and if I were to ever have a “signature color“, Bubble would be a top consideration. (Drink your juice Shelby). Some of you will get his reference, especially my friend Lu and my girls.

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This picture is not the best as it is a dark cloudy day. Even with a gloomy day my nails look bright and happy! The formula for Bubble was great, no goopy-ness, applied like a dream. I did use 2 coats with a quick dry top coat. Bubble. Is from the Top Speed line which is supposed to dry quickly, however I have yet to notice a quick dry effect from any of the Top Speed colors I’ve used. It also dried a bit un-even but the Seche-Vite took care of that problem. Bubble was a perfect choice for such a dreary time of year.

I look forward to showcasing my other Revlon polishes and will be back next week with another. Let me know if there is a certain color you would like to see swatched. If I have it, I will gladly oblige.

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The year 2013 brought 3 distinct trends for nail polish, at least in my opinion. We saw a lot of textured polish, Gel-like finishes without the gel and collections by everyone from Joan Rivers to Marc Jacobs. 2013 saw nail polish sales evening out a bit with drops in sales from the major companies. But to keep this in perspective you need to remember that 2012 was a record breaking year in sales, and in the number of new releases. So when ABC Nail Polish Company reports a 1.4% decrease in sales, that is a small decrease from a previous year that had over 700% increase. I know for me personally I bought less nail polish in 2013 but that is because I have a rather large collection and unless a polish was special I passed.

These were my Top 5 Favorite Polishes that were released in 2013. They may not be on my Top 5 All Time Favorite list. I had quite a few and was having a hard time picking 5. I lined them all up in a row to look at them and realized these are the ones I actually used the most. That made it easier to pick. So, in no particular order:

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Mystic from Ruby Wing is a color changing polish that actually does change colors. This pic is outdoors and this is the darkest of the 2 colors. Indoors it is slightly lighter. I really like this color pinkish mauve and have worn this polish quite a bit. Also, my girlfriends like this one and it seems to be one that gets used a lot. I ordered this online from their website. I asked them where they sell their polish and they told me at Sally’s and a few Bed Bath and Beyond. I haven’t checked but I’m sure you could find this brand on AmazonRuby Wing is part of the Color Club polish family, they are completely CRUELTY FREE and are approved by the Leaping Bunny organization. This means that not only is Ruby Wing a CF company but so are all their suppliers. They are owned by the Forsythe Cosmetic Group.

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Commander in Chic (CiC) from Sally Hansen CSM line. Of course this is my favorite polish and I still love it. This spring SH closed out their CSM line and re-launched with a new formula that has a gel like quality without the gel. The formula is an improvement from the old one and I do like it better. Sally Hansen polish can be found in most drug stores. The CSM line retails for $7.49.

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Black Plum from Estée Lauder is a gorgeous, deep, rich plum color. It doesn’t look black, the plum color holds true. The same is true for EL Blackened Sapphire which is a dark, rich sapphire color. This polish is a pure joy to use, I love the bottles, they look like little ice cubes full of polish. I think the Estée Lauder line has been over looked in the blog-o-sphere of nail polish. I hardly ever hear anything about it, yet it is a great product. It’s not that expensive for a high end item. EL nail polish retails for $20 and is available at most high end department stores such as Macy’s, Nordstrom, Bloomindales, etc….
If you want to treat yourself, I would encourage you to try the Estée Lauder polish. They have a full range of colors and I think you will like it as much as I do.

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Two Fingered Salute from butter LONDON is one of my most favorites from 2013. This was a Nordstrom exclusive but now it is available at Nordstrom and on the BL website. This color was a surprise to me, usually I’m not that keen on green polish. This green however is a blue based green and has a generous copper shimmer running through and this copper does transfer to the nail! Bonus! It’s kind of a funky polish but yet so wearable. I don’t believe I’d wear to a job interview (at least not for my line of work) but I would wear any where, any time. This has been another polish that is a joy to wear. I’m going to need another bottle soon as I’ve used more than half the bottle.

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Azure from CHANEL. in 2013 I added Azure, Rouge Noir, Skyline and Infidele to my CHANEL collection. Again I had a hard time picking just 1 because I love them all. I ultimately picked Azure because my son bought this for me, which means so much to me. And I have worn quite a bit this summer. It’s a great summer polish but I think it’s a year round color. It’s one of those colors that make me smile. I believe this was $26, but CHANEL polishes go from $24 to $30 (Skyline) and are available at all the finer department stores. I also use CHANEL’s website. I will share a secret about their website with you. If you want a CHANEL product that is sold out, like Skyline was and the contouring powder they launched earlier this year. Go to the website, place your order and they will say “Sold Out” but they give you the option to continue with the purchase. Continue with the purchase and the next day you will more than likely receive a shipping notice. I’ve done this a few times and I always get the shipping notice the next day. My niece works for CHANEL and she told me to try this. And it works!

2013 IN REVIEW
Polish I Was MOST DIAPPOINTED by: Illamsqua Raindrops. I reviewed this polish here. I know Raindrops was not released in 2013 but I just bought it this summer, so it was new to me.

Polish I Was MOST SURPRISED by: Marc Jacobs line. I thought, here we go, another designer hopping on the bandwagon. But, this polish is so, so nice to apply. The brush is great and for me this was such a joy to use. The bottle design is not the best, clearly not designed by a woman, but everything else about this brand is awesome. Marc Jacobs is available at Sephora and sells for $18 a bottle, but I’ve noticed it’s been on sale already. This is another polish that I hope you can try. I’m sure you will like it.

Award for MOST RE-PROMOTED COLORS (aka ” Makes my ass twitch award”): Revlon. Seems like in 2013 every time I turned around Revlon had a new display of not so new colors, just new names. I have 13 duplicate bottles of Revlon with different names but the exact same polish. Don’t get me wrong, I appreciate a good ad campaign, and as a former retail store owner I totally get the marketing behind it. I just wish they could put a little note that says Revlon Naughty -formerly called Perplexed. Would that be so hard to do? OPI was a close second in this category, but I’ve learned that if a store has an “exclusive line of colors from OPI, they aren’t really exclusive colors, they are re-promotes so that is easy to tell.

Best nail polish App: this goes to China Glaze. You can download their app onto your phone or iPad. The app is chock full of uses. If you want to “try on” a color the app allows you to match your skin tone, nail shape etc…. So you will get a better idea of what the polish will like on you. It also has a feature to match anything. If you want a polish that matches your shoes perfectly you use the app to take a photo and then it gives you a list of polishes that will match. If you have a print top it will list several matching polishes.
A close second in this category: is the Leaping Bunny app. This app tells you if a company is CRUELTY FREE or not. Also, it will let you know if its a CF company but not Leaping Bunny eligible. Remember to be Leaping Bunny eligible all the companies suppliers must also be CF. The Leaping bunny app also includes all types of products, not just nail polish.

What were your favorite nail polishes released in 2013? I’d love to hear your list!

I for one am glad 2013 is over, even though it ended not quite so good for me, it was a year with memories to treasure, especially my daughters wedding!

Hello! And Happy New Year to everyone. No, I haven’t fallen off the face of the earth although this past month I have felt like I’d done just that. I want to thank all of you for your cards and emails. They have meant so much and I’m sorry I didn’t get back to you sooner. So, just what happened?

About the first of December I started work for my friend, doing his personal books. He owns an insurance company but he needed help with his own books. I’m happy to help him and was thankful for the job. On the 19th of December I had plans of going into work for a few hours but I just wasn’t feeling all that great. I drove to his office but I called from the parking lot to tell him I was going back home. He asked me to come in to look up his property tax due in another county (property taxes are due the 20th of December in Idaho). I’m telling you all this for a reason, bear with me. I told him I could do that and went into the office. I turned on my computer and put in the password and hit enter. That is the last thing I remember. I woke up as I was being loaded into an ambulance.

At the hospital they told me I’d either had a seizure or a stroke. Most of you know my Mom had a massive stroke a few years back so I was sure that’s what happened. As it turns out I had a seizure. I spent the next 10-14 days going back and forth to the hospital for cat scans, MRI’s, EEGs, and x-rays. I am so thankful to my son Drew, my Dad and my ex-husband. They were very generous in their time and providing me with rides, whether it was at noon or 3 AM I could count on “my boys”.

All the tests have come out fine, no sign of any blockages or aneurysm. I am taking an anti-convulsants medication which does not allow me to drive. I have been stuck at home, still relying on my boys, friends and family for rides to the store and Dr. appointments. It won’t be until the end of March that I can see the neurologist and she is the only one who can take me off the medicine and release me to drive.

The first 10 days after the seizure my muscles were all very sore. I felt muscles I didn’t know I had. I guess when you have an episode like this all your muscles, tendons and ligaments are stretched to the max. It felt like I’d gone to the gym and did too many sit ups, but from the top of head to the tip of my toes. Gradually this pain subsided except for my right arm. It has gotten worse each day and still hurts something awful.


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