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This is one of those nail polishes I’ve wanted since its release for Fashion’s Night Out, around 2012?  This was released as a set of 3, Coco Blue, Rebel Blue and Blue Boy.  CHANEL shows these on their website on a manicure using all 3 colors.  I did ask permission to use their photo but of course they said no way.  The use of all 3 colors is more attractive than just this color by itself,  as you can see it’s not a very pretty color. 

    
 
This was a difficult color to apply, lots of streaks.  I notice tip wear within the first day.  It was a day of shopping and having lunch with a friend, so no reason for any wear to show.  I was disappointed in this polish but I am happy to have it in my collection.  

FINAL THOUGHTS:  Not a pretty color, at least in my opinion, a difficult formula to work with, really crappy wear time and removal was tedious.  But yet I am happy to have, maybe because it is one of those hard to find and had a truly limited release.  

  
πŸ’…I did this 3 color blue manicure a long time ago and this is how I prefer wearing blue polish these days.  I have a lot of blue in my collection and I have fun mixing the colors.  

As most of you know my beautiful Mom passed away in July of 2013. Some days it seems like a lifetime ago and then days Ike today it seems like last week.
One of my favorite times with her was giving her manicures. I did this once a week as she had the fastest growing fingernails of anyone I ever saw. She always had the most beautiful nails. After her seizures she just wanted them cut back with a no muss, no fuss approach so that is what I did. I would brings several bottles of nail polish for her to pick out and she always liked the brightest colors. I think it was because she had glaucoma and. macular-degeneration, so the bright colors were easiest for her to see .
Here are are her favorites:

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Barry M Bright Pink was one of her favorites. She often remarked on how well it lasted. Her most favorite color was purple.

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She especially liked the Catrice brand out of Germany, which is a great polish and if you have a chance to pick so up I hope you do. Mom’s favorite was “Heavy Metallilac” and “Even More Heavy Metalilac”, which are both a gorgeouse purple duo-chrome. Thank you to my friend Carla for sending these to me. I also love Heavy Metalilac but can’t quite bring myself to wear it just yet. Soon…

Since the nut doesn’t far too far away from the tree, she also loved her some CHANEL polish…

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The other thing my Mom loved was her kids and Grandkids. She wore this one for her great-granddaughter Audrey. She would often times ask me to bring this one for her. More for the name than the color. As you probably know this is called “For Audrey” from China Glaze. This was made to be the exact color of a Tiffany’s box.

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Although Mom wasn’t there for Jilly’s wedding, she was in spirit. She helped Jilly decide which polish to wear. Not only did Jilly wear this polish but she had all her bridal wear it as well. I think it was a great choice.

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Happy Birthday Mom. You will never be forgotten.

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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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As I was adding another blanket on my bed last night I realized My Summer of Blues 2014 is over. As we look back one more time I always like to think of the things to come. I would rather look ahead then back but sometimes looking at blue nail polish somehow makes me happy!

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I hope you have all had a great summer. Summer is never long enough for me but I do like the fall and the crisp morning air. Betty and I have great walks in the mornings.

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May from CHANEL is definetly one of my Top 5 Favorites of all time.
This was a Limited Edition collection released for Spring/Summer of 2012. Along with May, CHANEL also released April and June as part of the S/S line for that year.
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May has been an all time favorite for me since it’s release and I don’t see that changing anytime soon. I think it is the perfect pink, for me.
I don’t have a dead on dupe for May, but I do have a very close one:
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Candy-Licious from Wet n Wild Mega Last is very close to May. I can tell the slightest of difference so I don’t call it a dead on dupe but nevertheless it is very close to being a dupe for May.
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If I had to give up all my polish but one, I honestly believe May is the one polish I would keep. I love it that much.

Have you tried May? If so, please let me know what you think.

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This is something a bit different for my blog. But I had to share with you, I received the cutest little package in the mail, from CHANEL. I had not ordered anything, and with my birthday fast approaching I just knew CHANEL had remembered my birthday and was sending me a gift.

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Which in a way, is a great birthday gift. CHANEL sent these 3 new items of skin care, they are not available for pre-order until May 15th, and they sent these to me with a note that I had been selected to try these out for them and let them know what I think! Really?. CHANEL has sent very generous sizes of a morning, night, and a morning “reactivate” which is amazing. Actually, so far all 3 of these products are amazing, and my skin feels so soft and supple.
This is my initial reaction to these 3 new skin care items from CHANEL, and I will do a full review of each item when I’m finished with them. I just wanted to give you a heads up, if you are looking for something to re-vitalize your skin and make it soft and supple these are definetly worth checking out at CHANEL.

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On a personal note, to Jason, who I’ve called Justin since he was about 12, a sad but hopeful and loving Good Bye. Jason, and his girlfriend Dannielle are moving across the country to Florida for a great job opportunity and they both will be missed. In the picture is from the left, Grandpa Reed, Ashley, Jason and Jud. You guys all know Ashley is my girl I feel like I raised and Jason is her 1st cousin. So I guess that makes him my nephew? Actually he is my friend, Jason is the kind of guy if you need help he is there. If you are moving he shows up, if you have a project no one else wants to do, Jason shows up for it. He is a great guy, I’m very happy for his new life in Florida although a lot of people in Idaho will miss him something terrible, me for one. Godspeed Jason and Dannielle!
(Not once did I call him Justin in this good bye message! Yay!)

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Another picture from the bar-b-que, this Ashley and her boyfriend Bill. Cute picture, I think anyway. But all pics of Ashley are cute!

πŸ’… As always, thanks for stopping by!

This week for me has been about finding a J-O-B. that got me thinking about appropriate nail polish choices for jobs.

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A job interview for me would be an ultra professional setting, and for those types of interviews I would go with one of my old stand bys: butter LONDON Yummy Mummy. This a great nude on me and gives the mannequin hand look. It also makes my nails look to be well groomed.

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Another great choice for a professional setting would be Jana from Zoya. I think Jana is very close to SH CinC and is one of those gray/beige colors that certainly would not be offensive or even distracting during an interview.

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Depending on what you were wearing CHANEL Skyline could be a great nude. I think the focus of an interview for a professional job would be the fact that you are put together from your wardrobe, make up and nail color choices.

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Now, I’m going on a limb here, but I can see an exquisite black, fitted suit, great toned down make up, and with just a pop of color on your nails tells the interviewers that you have confidence. If you are just starting out in the business world I would not suggest this red but if you are an established professional I think this CHANEL Dragon conveys the message of confidence like nothing else can. Of course, I would never wear this in an initial interview. I would break out Dragon on the 2nd or 3rd interview. And happily so!

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Again, depending on what you are wearing and the position you are interviewing for, I likeZoya Drew as a conservative, rosy colored polish with a bit of shimmer but not enough to take away from your entire look.

A few of the things I take into consideration before choosing my polish for an interview is: What I will be wearing.. A dark suit can be perfect with the nude Yummy Mummy and that would my first choice. Especially if this a first interview.
#2 to consider is the type of work you are applying for. For me that is an accounting position, usually with larger companies. Again, the dark, fitted perfectly suit with Yummy Mummy is perfect but then when called for the 2nd interview, which is very common for my “job types” I would probably wear a linen suit, again fitted perfectly and with this linen suit I might choose CHANEL Skyline, Zoya Drew, or even Jana from Zoya.. This 2nd interview might also be the time to break out the CHANEL Dragon red. It just depends.
#3 item to consider on all interviews is to know your audience. I applied for a job as an office manager for our county fair board. I was interviewed by the county fair board of 12 people, mostly farmers and people in the agriculture community. I was entirely over-dressed for that interview. The girl who went in behind me was dressed in jeans, she got the job.
#4 don’t be afraid to be yourself. I would never go to a job interview with no nail polish. I’m going to wear my nail polish so I don’t want them to have expectations that I wouldn’t. Does that make sense?
#5 I always cut my nails down to ‘nubs’ before a serious interview. A serious interview, and for a job I really want.

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Naked from Deborahh Lippmann is another great choice for a nude “interview type polish”. Naked and Yummy Mummy are my go to interview polishes.

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There are lots of choices for nude nail polish but for me ultimately it is butter LONDON Yummy Mummy.

Wish me luck in my hunt for a job. It is going to take some time and be full of rejections. I realize at my age and experience level I have “priced myself out of the market” but I think I have a plan to overcome those issues. I will, of course, keep you posted in my hunt and how it ends up. With a great J-O-B!! I hope I have helped someone in their choice of polish for a job interview, and I hope anyone out there looking for a job nothing but great success !

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