Middle Aged Beauty Queen

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. β˜€οΈ

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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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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 rosΓ©” 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.

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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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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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This is Diana from Zoya. Zoya is not my favorite nail polish company but when they come out with the name of one of my favorite people on the planet, I had to buy it. This was the case with Diana (Dee-Anna).

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My friend, who I met on the internet, is a smart, gorgeous young woman. I have a lot of respect for her, and I enjoy so very much our “conversations” by email. I have learned a lot from her and without getting too mushy I just think the world of Diana , the person, not the polish.

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I bought Diana for Diana so she could have it in her collection. I think I forgot to mention she lives in LONDON. At about this time is when the Royal Mail sent her a package back to her. This package contained some nail polish I’d asked her to send. They also gave her a strict scolding about mailing banned items. You can imagine how badly I felt.

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I have been hanging onto Diana thinking there may come a time when things will ease up but recently I, myself received a scolding letter, with no package, and no promise of the package being returned. But I receive a very scary letter about mailing banned items.
I have never been a huge fan of red nail polish and I don’t own a lot of it. I was surprised at well I like this color on me. This may be my new favorite red. I promise, if somehow I can get some to my friend, I will, but in the mean time I will enjoy this bottle of Diana .

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Of course I had to show this pic of my beautiful friend Diana. She is just as smart as she is gorgeous. A rare woman indeed and one I’m proud to say is my friend.

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She Drives Me Crazy by Deborah Lippmann came out this past summer as part of her summer 80’s Rewind Collection. The thing I loved about that particular collection was the colors were bright without being neon. if that makes sense to you then we should be BFF’s!
It is super cloudy here today so my picture isn’t very good but here is one from last summer, I wore this same manicure so often, hopefully you can see why.

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More of the 80’s Rewind Collection, and a cameo of Betty the worlds smartest dog!

I would love to see what you have on your nails today. Please tweet me @JudiT4029 with a pic. I think it will be fun for everyone, not just me. And Deborah Lippmann if you are out there show us what’s on your nails today!

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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! πŸ’‹πŸ˜˜πŸ’‹πŸ˜˜πŸ’‹πŸ˜˜πŸ’‹πŸ˜˜

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