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CHANEL Camelia is one of the new long lasting formulas from Chanel.  This is a gel like formula, much thicker than before and dries down to a gel like manicure.  This color Camelia is stunningly beautiful.  It seems to have a light, or a brightness all its own, that is hard to describe.

Cameli is one of my favorite shades, a blue based pink leaning more to red.  In some lights the pink is obvious and yet in other lights it can be almost orange, not my favorite.  In fact, the opposite of my favorite but somehow this has become a favorite nail polish worthy of my Top 5 List, just like that.  SNAP!

  

Tip wear appeared on day 3, so I am not sure about CHANEL’s claim of long lasting, but I forgive the wear, this color is worth it.  

Application was a bit goopy and will take some getting used to.  I used OPI NAIL Envy as a base coat.  (Since we have last met my nails have stopped growing.  My daughter did some research and, along with my ex-husband, came to the conclusion that the medicine I have to take will slow my nail growth, also my hair doesn’t grow as fast as before.  So I will always have OPI Nail Envy on as a base coat.)  I did not use a top coat.  I wanted to see how the polish behaved on its own, so to speak.  Next time I will probably use my favorite fast dry top coat Seche Vite.  The finish was very much like a gel manicure so you can imagine how surprised I was at the ease of the removal.  No big deal at all.  I used straight acetone, like always.  

Final Thoughts:  This new formula from CHANEL won’t be for everyone but it is worth trying.  So far they offer 14 colors.  Yes 14 colors, period.  The former LE vernis colors from CHANEL have disappeared, at least I haven’t seen them anywhere except the usual Ebay, or Amazon sites.  You can purchase Camelia here: Nordstrom’s

If you like the look of matching nails with your lipstick, the  CHANEL customer service rep told me that even though they have discontinued the Rouge Coco lipstick in Camelia, this should match closely:  Nordstrom’s Chanel lipstick in Dmitri, $37. 

Let me know what you think of CHANEL’s new formula.  

And remember Keep Calm and Paint Your Nails!

I know it’s been a while, since Dec 13th, 2013 to be exact. That is the day I had a grand Mal seizure which started my journey of learning about seizures, strokes, the difference between .. Etc….

I won’t bore you with the details but I am back to almost 100%. I have come to realize I will never be seizure free but I can live with this disorder so I count myself lucky. Please don’t feel sorry for me. I feel like I owe many of you an explanation as to why I was here one day and gone the next. I enjoy this little blog of mine and have every intention of continuing with it.

So, please bear with me, stay tuned. I have some awesome new polish to show you. Have you heard CHANEL has changed their formula for real and, at this time offer only 14 colors. That is one story I would like to find out more about and I hope you’ll be interested, as well.

A couple of years away and there new trends to review, the gel nail without a light (or gel for that matter), the 10X shine that seems to be making the rounds. And of course the new CHANEL formula.  The pictures are Camelia.  This is one of the new formulas and I love it!  Like most of you I’m disappointed in the color choices by I am going to give CHANEL the chance to bring our favorite colors into the mix.  May anyone?  As in the color May, my all time CHANEL favorite!

I will have a full review of the new formula coming soon.  Let me know if there are any others you would like reviewed.

Without being sappy I have missed my blog friends so, so much. I hope to hear from you all, and soon!

mwahhh!!!

Coming from a retail family (by marriage) I know all too well that the months of January and February are some of the slowest and the poorest months for most of us.
Businesses have all their annual taxes due such as business licensing, workmen’s compensation, un-employment taxes, insurance, interest payments are due, vendors are due their money, the list seems to never end. I feel for the business man during these long winter months. Their customers have spent their disposable income on the holidays, the days are short so their customers are going home early and entertaining with their families. The one thing they aren’t doing, across the board, is spending money.

But, as a nail polish junkie this should not keep us from what we do best, which is our nails! Right? Here are a few bargains I’ve found: I found these L’Oreal polishes in a package of 5 for $6.99 or $1.25 each, at a Ross Store. Not a bad buy.

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The other “go to brand” with limited funds is the Wet n Wild collections. The Mega Last collection retails for $2.99 but is often times on sale, BOGO: and can be found at most drug stores.

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Of course, we cannot leave out the Wet n Wild Wild Shines. These are the gem of any collection whether you are a teen ager just starting your collection or if you are like me and like to “collect” their limited edition pieces, including their eyeshadow sets. I found these half price at K Mart.

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One my all time favorite polish for longer nails (because polish does look different on short v. long nails) is this gorgeous Lavender Creme from Wet n Wild Wild Shines

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The Wild Shines retail for 99 cents when first out on the shelves but within a few days they are marked down to half price. Another great color from the Wild Shines is Dream Poppy. Dream Poppy looks good on all nails and is more coral than the Lavender Creme.

So, even in the dull drum days of winter when money seems in short supply, and you’re wishing for a new polish, check out the Wet n Wild supply at any drug store. They even have a full line of wet n Wild in my grocery store.

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The buzz at the end of 2014 has been the return of the gray, just a whisper of silver, metallic or flat, either way will work.

My most favorite example of this comes from Deborah Lippmann’s </ New York Marquee Collection.

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Take the A Train from this collection is a metallic silver with the best formula. I love a nice metallic manicure but so often I feel like I’m trying to paint chewing gum onto my nails, not so with this one. It’s gorgeous!

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Fossil Grey from Gosh is another favorite whisper of a gray color, no metallic but a pretty color. Gosh is not sold in the US but it is easy enough to find online at an affordable price.

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An oldie but a goodie from Revlon is Carbonite. Carbonite is a dupe for Chanel’s Graphite and looks best without a top coat. Not only is this one of my favorite silver/gray polishes, it is one of my favorite Revlon polishes.

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Another great Revlon with a whisper of silver/gray is Smoldering. This is a bit tricky to apply but with patience comes perfection.

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Chinchilly from Essie is a classic for most nail polish collectors. Chinchilly has just a hint of silver and gray. Very neutral and easy to wear.

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Black Pearl by CHANEL is the benchmark for a gray polish, whisper or maybe even a shout of gray, it is still my go to gray polish (unless I want metallic and then is DL Take the A Train). Black Pearl has been around as long as I can remember, it is most def a classic and one you would nor regret buying.
These are some ideas for going forward in 2015 with a whisper of gray as a trend color. But if you are like me, you stick with your favorites, regardless of the trends!

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___________ ** some items were provided for review**__________________

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If you remember last year the “buzz” word for nails was GEL. it was all about the GEL-look, the GEL-finish, and the GEL durability. In 2014 Sally Hansen has delivered on these GEL promises.
The product could not be easier to use, no special light required, and the results are gorgeous nails with a glass like finish.
By far my favorite 2014 Favorite.

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Sally Hansen Miracle Gel are sold in sets of 2, one bottle of color and one bottle of the Miracle Gel top coat. I have used the Miracle Gel Top coat on other brands of polish achieving the same great glass-like look. Sally Hansen NCAA be purchased in most drug stores and this set of 2 retails from $12.99 to $15.99. Keep your eye out for sales and don’t forget to ask the cosmetic counter clerk if she has any coupons for this items. More times than not, they do.

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Nails, Inc Also carries a line of Gel polish. This is accomplished with a one step system and seems to be effective. They claim they have a puffing effect for the nails. I did not notice this.
Nails, Inc would not be my go to brand for a gel finish. I have purchased Naisl, Inc from Sephora for around $14. Of course they have a wide array of colors.

Bottom Line My Favorite for 2014 is no surprise as it is the Sally Hansen Miracle Cure Gel System. I love it. I hope you will try it and you will love it too.

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I don’t exactly have a holiday posting put together but I thought you might like to see some of my favorites for 2014.
(Please note: Some if these May have been sent as a PR sample but not all. Either way, all opinions are my own.
My FAVORITE CHANEL

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CHANEL May will always be my first pick and of course Black Pearl runs a close second.

MY FAVORITE REVLON

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Raisin Rage has always been a favorite, this color may seem like a plain maroon but it has so much more going for it, an interesting color. It is an exact dupe to CHANEL June from their Spring line a couple of years ago.
Naughty is an old favorite for many years and for many of you. This was first released by Revlon as Perplexed but was re-promoted as Naughty. This is also an exact dupe for CHANEL Paradoxial.

MY FAVORITE DEBORAH LIPPMANN

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Take the A Train from Deborah Lippmann’s new Fall 2014 the New York Marquee collection has a luxe chrome finish that is brilliant. I love a metallic finish on nail polish but most metallic polishes are like trying to paint gum onto your nails, but not with this new new collection from Deborah Lippmann. The formula is easy to apply, dries fast and smooth leaving you with stunning nails. Deborah Lippmann calls this the “luxe chrome” finish. A perfect name for it.

MY FAVORITE BUTTER LONDON

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Artful Dodger is one of my favorite blue with a hint if green. So much fun to wear any time of year.

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Primrose Picnic is another from Butter LONDON that I adore. It is a pretty pink,very bright and cheerful.
ALL BUTTER LONDON PRODUCTS ARE CERTIFIED 100% CRUELTY FREE ALONG WITH THEIR SUPPLIERS.
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MY FAVORITE SALLY HANSEN COMPLETE SALON MANICURE (CSM)

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The Miracle Gel System. This works so easy, no light to mess with and the results are outstanding. My only complaint and this is just me, I live in such a small town I cannot get enough of these. I have around 400 bottles of polish and I would trade most of them to use only the Sally Hansen Miracle Gel System.. Please try this if you can find it. I feel very confident you would like this system.

MY FAVORITE ZOYA

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Drew of course is my favorite Zoya. As is Drew my favorite son:

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And also from Zoya, equally favorite is Ashley, my girl.

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(Don’t you just love that smile of Ashley’s ?). I do, and I miss it so very badly, every single day.

A personal note: I have not been posting much lately due to some personal issues. As most of you know my Mom passed away about 18 months ago and recently my Dad passed away. It is an adjustment that gets easier every day. I want to thank all of you who sent cards and emails, they mean a lot during these times that we all have to go through.
One of my “internet friends” (we play scrabble and Words with Friends) has been such a help with her words of wisdom and to pull me out of my funk by making me realize I’m not the only one to lose loved ones. Silly as it sounds those words have made me pick myself up and stop feeling sorry for myself and ready to move forward. So enough of that! I’m back. Thank you for your support and I look forward to an awesome 2015, how about you?

I couldn’t complete a “favorites posting” without including my still all time favorite:

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Of course this is Sally Hansen Complete Salon Manicure (CSM) in the color Commander in Chic. Yes, after all this time, I’m still in love with the Commander! 💋😘💋😘💋😘💋😘

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(The items featured in this post were sent to me for review. I was not asked to write about them, nor was I asked to send them a “preview” copy. All opinions are my own.)

Pacifica is a newer line of nail polish that interested me because not only is it 3 free, nor 4 free but it is 7 free, 100% Vegan AND CRUELTY FREE. The latter being the most important, for me anyway.

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Fantasea is this gorgeous blue that has a very subtle shimmer. It shows on the nail in the right light but to be fair it is also very subtle in the bottle. The formula was great, I liked the brush. Full coverage with 1 coat would have been easy-peasy, but you know me, I always do 2 coats. This picture has no top coat. Wear time was pretty normal, no chips and very little tip wear. I was impressed with that because I actually wore this one for almost a week. What!? Yes, you read right I wore a polish for almost a week! Ha! 😘

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This is Fantasea with a matte top coat from Pacifica. Again the top coat is 7 free and , 100% Vegan and CRUELTY FREE.
I liked the look of the matte top coat. I have been using quite a bit. Here are a couple more “matte” looks:

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As you can see this matte top coat from Pacifica gives just what is promised, a matte look. I like it on the darker polishes as well as the brighter ones.
Look for this brand when shopping, I don’t think you’ll be disappointed. In fact I bet you’d be pleased and I love the 7 free, vegan CRUELTY FREE aspect of any cosmetic company, not just this one.

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Fantasea, one more look! See, this is why I wore for almost a week, such a pretty color.

(The items featured in this post were sent to me for review. I was not asked to write about them, nor was I asked to send them a “preview” copy. All opinions are my own.)

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