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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!!!

Number 5 All Time CHANEL color list favorites:

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Azure by CHANEL was released as part of their Spring 2014 collection. Since my birthday and Mother’s Day are in the Springtime my wonderful son, Drew bought this bottle of Azure for me. This rates as a Number 5 All Time CHANEL color list favorites
not necessarily because I am so very fond of the color, but because my 28 year old son purchased this for me. It was a thoughtful gift from the heart, he thought about what I’d really like and he was right.

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(Had to get a picture of my handsome son in here! This is Drew)
thank you Drew for a very nice present I will treasure always

Number 4 All Time CHANEL color list favorites:

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Black Pearl from CHANEL will have a permanent Number 4 All Time CHANEL color list favorites for me because I adore this polish. The formula is not fussy, as we know some CHANEL formulas can be a bit fussy. But, Black Pearl is the same today as it was yesterday and as I imagine it will be tomorrow. I love the Black Pearl color that is some what a duo chrome that picks up black with green or black with blue, depending on the lighting and the surroundings.

Number 3 All Time CHANEL color list favorites:

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Infidel from CHANEL is one of those classic “dusty rosé” type colors. I love this color and for me it would be an every day wear color.

Number 2 All Time CHANEL color list favorites:

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Skyline from CHANEL is a soft baby blue shimmer, reminds me of the olden days. Again, with my coloring you would think any baby blue polish would work for me, but not so. Skyline is one of this perfect blues. The formula is different than most CHANEL polishes in that with the amount of shimmer in the color you can achieve perfect coverage with one coat but watch out for cuticle filling or spillage.

🎉🎉. DRUM ROLL PLEASE ……….
FOR THE number 1 Spot in my list of All Time Favorite CHANEL colors:

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May from CHANEL was released the Spring of 2011 along with April and June. May is another classic Barbie type pink that I adore. It has a touch of blue in it so it makes it perfect for me. Be warned: this polish will cause you to admire your nails at an inopportune times, such as conversation with boss, sun hits your nails while driving, etc… You will love this polish but it has another warning and that is about the formula. This is one of this fussy formulas. For best resulsts start with patience, then 3 thin coats. It is best to let the coats dry completely between. This is the where patience is crucial. But once applied properly it is so worth it! Your manicure will last about 10 days before needing a touch up.
All the CHANEL polishes mentioned can be found at www.nordstrom.com or on the www.chanel.com and cost $27-30.
I do have a page of dupes for Chanel’s for less expensive polish with the same look.

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May has a dupe from Wet n Wild Mega Last called Candy-Liscious. This is not an exact dupe but pretty, pretty, pretty close.

I hope you enjoyed my personal list of my favorite Top 5 CHANEL nail polish colors. What are yours? I’d love to know!

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(This bottle was sent to me by a PR firm for my review. I was not asked to specifically write about these. All opinions are my own)

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As always, the photos from my iPad do not do justice to these gorgeous, and I do mean gorgeous polishes. New for Fall 2014 from Deborah Lippmann these polishes all have a great new finish called luxe chrome. I have never seen anything like it and I’d bet a nickel neither have you. I love this finish and with a metallic polish yet!

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Take the A Train is a gray-ish silver with the luxe chrome finish. Usually with a metallic or silver, gold, or any other metallic color it can be like trying to paint chewing gum onto your nails. Needless to say, Deborah Lippmann has a winner with this formula.

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The polish goes on smooth with complete coverage in one coat. I was tempted to leave it at that because of other experiences with the metallic finish and the crappy results from doing a 2nd coat, but I did apply a 2nd coat with no problems. The polish dries fairly fast and looks beautiful. My nails are smooth as glass, I couldn’t be happier. This color is unique as it changes with the light, it’s mostly silver but can be lilac, or a gray-ish blue.

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I’ve already added Harlem Nocturne as an accent but I will do a full manicure, along with the Lull-a-Bye-Broadway (the prettiest rosé gold ever) and I’ll let you know what I think of those. I have a feeling I will love them just as much as Take the A Train.

Final Thoughts: on the Deborah Lippmann New York Marquee Fall 2014 Collection is a win, is a win, is a win! You guys know me well enough that I’m not just saying that. This formula is truly different from any other metallic formula I’ve tried. I’m sure you will like it and I hope you will give it a try.
Deborah Lippmann can be found at Deborah Lippmann’s website and at Nordstrom and Sephora along with the usual sites like Amazon. Retail price is $20 but look for sales at Nordstrom’s and Sephora. I know it’s a lot of money but this particular collection is well worth it.

(This bottle was sent to me by a PR firm for my review. I was not asked to specifically write about these. All opinions are my own)

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Now that summer is over and we are all looking forward to fall, I have been reflecting on my favorite Summer 2014 polishes. As you all know I decided blue would be my ‘signature’ color for the summer. For the most part, I wore a lot of blue.

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Azure from CHANEL is one of my favorites because my handsome son bought this for me as a Mother’s Day -slash-Birthday present. (All you Mothers with middle of the month May birthdays know what I’m talking about. May is a great month for birthdays but we get short changed with the whole Mother’s Day thing at the same time. Really I’m not complaining.).

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Resurrection from Sally Hansen Complete Salon Manicure (CSM) has been another favorite this summer.

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It became a staple used with Grey by Grey from Sally Hansen CSM in my half and half manicures you all know I like to wear. More times than not, I will have on a half and half manicure.

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Whether it’s Barry M Blue Moon, or CHANEL Sky Line, and all the blues between its impossible to pick a favorite.
Maybe because of my fair skin which is definetly pink toned and my blue eyes I cannot pass up a great blue nail polish from any shade or any brand.

With all that said I think this fall my ‘signature’ look will be

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Pink leaning toward red. That’s what mood I’m in for today anyway!
What color are you in the mood for?

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Kutki from Thakoon by Nars is a Limited Edition polish released in late 2011 or early 2012. This was part of a 5 part collection from the designer Thakoon. All the colors in this particular collection were stunning but Kutki is by far my favorite.
I don’t know if this is still available but it’s definetly worth checking out.
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The first picture is more accurate of the color of the polish although it does change with different lighting. Out of all the polish I own, and wear, Kutki is the only one that the men in my life will comment on and tell me they like my polish. Even my Dad. I have to agree with them as it is a stunning color.
This was sent to me by my friend Diana as it did not last very long on her. But for me, I’ve had no problems with wearing this polish for up to a week with no problems. Tip wear is apparent after about 4 days.
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You can see how much I wear this polish by how much is left. I think this will be one of the first full size bottles of polish I will finish.
Thank you so much Diana for sending this polish to me. It truly is in My all time Top 5 Favorite Nail Polishes!

What are your favorite polishes?

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Week 66 of the NPLC was brought to you by the number 66! As I stated in an earlier post I’m still working on getting my spreadsheet back to accurate so this week I used a polish I recently bought.
The Nail Polish Lottery Club has been going for 66 weeks now and it is a lot of fun, if you’re like me and you have a lot of nail polish, some of it un-tried. To participate, make a numbered list of your un-tried nail polish. Each Monday at 1pm PST, I pick a new number using 1-365 at Random.org. The numbers can be manipulated however needed so that you then try a polish you own but have never worn.
I know everyone has their own way of making their sheets, using the numbers and defining un-tried nail polish. My definition of an un-tried, is a polish I may have swatched and photographed but never worn as a day to day manicure. We use numbers 1-365 so sometimes the number chosen will be more than the number of polish you have in your collection, that is when the manipulation of the numbers works. For instance, this week was #66, you could use #12 (6+6=12) or #3 (1+2=3).
It’s all very simple and lots of fun. For more information or to join along visit our Facebook page here. This is where you will also find a complete list of guidelines, which explain things way better than I can.
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Candid Affair from Wet n Wild Mega Last. This is a new, Limited Edition from Wet n Wild Mega Last, which after months and months of the same color options at the drug store, it was so nice to see some new colors from this line.
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I bought the 2 nail polishes circled in the photo and the eyeshadow pallete called “Flirting at the After Party”.
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Wet n Wild is an incredibly nice eyeshadow, for a drug store brand. The colors are rich, stay true to the pan color and I find they stay on fairly well, again for a drug store brand.
These are all Limited Edition which can be a hard to find. You can tell the LE status from the white packaging.
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WnW Mega Last came out number 1 in my list of nail polish by brand comparison I did last summer. One of the reasons was the pricing. I used price as a factor which moved a lot of the drug store brands up the list, but even so I compared the drug store brands equally to higher end polish using formula, dry time, colors, bottle and brush design and WnW Mega Last held its own.
WnW Mega Last nail polish has a nice workable formula. Not to thick, self levels, dry time is pretty fast. Any time there is a sheen or shimmer in the bottle, it almost always translates to the nails. The brush is a wide flat brush. My favorite kind! I know some don’t like this brush but if you wipe the brush on all sides you can use it as a normal size brush.
Candid Affair is a soft lilac color with a bit of a sheen. The photos are 3 thin coats with a fast dry top coat. This was needed to cover VNL, but if you don’t mind a bit of visible nail line, 2 coats work great.
If you can find this collection, I suggest you picking it up. . For less than $10 you would be set for Spring. What is better on nails during Spring then a soft lilac? Or a soft silver/gray? Both work and both are right on trend for this Spring.

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