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I have been using the different brands of gel finish polishes that have become a trend in the last couple of years.  My nails, as you can see from my photos (sorry) are in bad shape but I’m working on improving them and I think I’ll get them back to usual.  

I really like Deborah Lippmann Gel Lab system for an honest gel like finish.  Before I go into more details I will reveal that even though I used this system as directed I did have a healthy coat of Nail Envy by OPI applied to my bare naked nails the night before I used this system.  That’s what is giving me hope of my nails returning to their former “glory”!

   
 
As directed I applied the gel lab base coat and let dry for 1-2 minutes, then I applied my favorite Deborah Lippmann nail polish color and let dry for 1-2 minutes and then applied the gel lab top coat.   I believe you could use any nail polish with the Gel Lab, and still have good results, but I’ve drunk the DL kool aid and I love this brand. For all kinds of reasons not just the great colors.  

I started with Deborah Lippmann Modern Love, which is a nice mix between a nude beige and a nude pink.  Again, I apologize for the shape of my nails, you can see in these photos how bad they are.  Bad nails and all though this Deborah Lippmann Gel Lab system is a winner.  The finish is truly gel like and has some staying power.

   
 
About a week later I used, as directed the Deborah Lippmann Gel Lab system with the color I Feel Pretty.  I’m not sure, but this might be a Nordstrom exclusive.  This is a great color for me with my skin tone and I feel is an excellent choice for an “everyday” polish.  Again, the gel finish is awesome and has lasted 6 days with the tiniest bit of tip wear showing.  It’s so small no one would even notice.  The past couple of days I have been in the house because it’s been raining so I am  caught up with house cleaning, which usually means a polish change but this is still a beautiful color, has not faded or chipped and I am going to leave on a few more days.

As usual with all Deborah Lippmann nail polish application is a breeze, I used 2 coats but I know I needed only 1, some habits are just hard to break, like always using 2 coats to maximize the color of a polish.  I did have to use 2 coats with Modern Love to smooth out some streaking but I think that has more to do with the bad shape my nails are in right now.

 

FINAL THOUGHTS:   From the 5-7 ‘gel finish’ brands I’ve tried over the past few weeks the Deborah Lippmann Gel Lab is by far the best.  The gel finish is definitely there, and the staying power is ah-mazing!

The Deborah Lippmann Gel Lab mini kit with the base and top coat, is available as a limited edition at Nordstrom for $24.  Deborah Lippmann also has out a Gel Lab Pro kit for $40, full size.  I have not tried the Pro kit.  When I have used up my current supply of the DLGL system I will definetly try the Pro Lab kit.  

💅 (This system was sent to me for review by a PR firm, which in no way affects my thoughts of a product.  I will always give an honest review, and I will always disclose when items have been sent to me for review.)

   
 
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 have been trying the gel trend that seems to be popular in nail polishes lately.  When I first wasn’t able to keep up with my blog only a few gel finish brands were available.  Now it seems they are everywhere.  I bought this Wet n Wild 1 Step Wonder Gel  at K-Mart for $5.99.  I’m glad its wasn’t much more than that as I wasn’t thrilled with this purchase.  I think mainly because of the color.  Although I love the nude colors they tend to be more streaky and rather touchy to apply.  

  
If you look closely at the photos (something I hardly ever say!) you can see on my ring finger there is a dent.  This did not go away even though I tried to fix it.  This color, Condensed Milk, dried very streaky and after several hours I used my good ol Seche Vite Fast Dry Topcoat which usually removes streaks and nicks, just not for this one.  

  
I’m not going to say this is an awful polish, I, going to say this is an awful color for this polish. I will try Wet n Wild 1 Step Wonder Gel nail polish again some day, and I think I might actually like it.  It definetly held up to its name with a gel like finish and lasted 3+ days before I removed it.  

Final thoughts:  Don’t pass by, but just pass on this color or any other light colors that tend to go on streaky.  Of course I’ll keep you posted when I do try a new color.  Wet n Wild  is one of my all time favorite cosmetic brands, not just for nail polish but their $2.99 eye shadow palettes are great, their 99. Cent eye shadow singles, especially in creme brûlée  are amazing and this brand can be found anywhere, even the grocery store.  Don’t pass on it because it’s so cheap, you’ll be happy with it.  At least most of you will.  

I hope you are all doing well and I’m looking forward to catching up with you.  Betty says woof”.


Remember:  Keep Calm & 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!!!

2014has been a year of reflection for me as I haven’t been able to drive or to haunt shop my favorite beauty places to see first hand all the new items. To continue with my blog I had to rely on PR firms and friends to bring me the newest and greatest out there.
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This brings me to Deborah Lippmann Nail Polish. As you all know I do not care for glitter nail polish. My favorite finishes are cream, duo-chrome, metallic and matte. In that order. I do however own Deborah Lippmann glitter polishes, which I believe are compulsory for any nail polish collector, such as Mermaid’s Dream and Sweet Dreams, but I’ve never used them.
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This summer I was sent the entire 80’s Rewind collection from a PR firm for Deborah Lippmann and what an eye opener this was for me. This entire collection is made up of bright summer colors that popped on your nails. You know how when a polish dries it dulls a bit? Not these from Deborah Lippmann, the colors were nothing short of amazing. They were just as bright, true to their color a week after application. Gorgeous colors too! Perfect for summer. ☀️

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The formula, the brush, the bottle and dry time all were given 5/5 stars. I loved this collection. I tried not to gush too much about it as it was sent to me from a PR company for review. I did not want my readers to think I was kissing up to them (the PR people) but from the response I got I know my write up was a success for both myself and the collection.
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The next 3 bottles I received were from the New York Marquee collection, again from a PR company.

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As you can see, these are all metallic finishes. I love the way metallic polish looks but application is such a pain in the you know what I feel like I’m trying to apply chewing gum to my nails. But not so with this Deborah Lippmann collection.
The formula is awesome giving flawless results:

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These gorgeous results are from a formula with great one coat coverage. Dries super fast and looks amazing. “Take the A Train” is my favorite which is why I have use half a bottle in a few months. It’s a great color as it can be neutral or not. “Harlem Nocturne” looks more gray in the bottle but it is more navy/purple when applied. Again a great look and finish for a metallic.
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These are a few of the reasons I’ve fallen under the spell of Deborah Lippmann this year. It’s nice to know she isn’t all glitter (not that there is anything wring with glitter), just not my cup of tea. I was pleasantly surprised at the formula, the detail to the brush and bottle and the overall wearability of these polishes. If you haven tried Deborah Lippmann nail,polish, for what ever reason, I highly recommend this brand and I think you will be very happy. Deborah Lippmann brand can be found at most high end department stores like www.nordstrom.com and I have heard the brand is featured on HSN (the home shopping channel). Retail price is around $18 per bottle but there are often times sales offered. Deborah Lippmann also carries a complete and full line of nail and cuticle care products for any problem you may have with your nails.
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I have wondered lately if I hadn’t been house bound this past year if I would have given Deborah Lippman brand a chance? I guess I’ll never know, but I’m sure glad I did. Let me know what you think of this brand, I’d love to know your opinions.
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Oh, and on my nails today? Hannah from the Girls collection by Deborah Lippmann

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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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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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