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In my earlier post of upcoming nail trends, I left out Dior. (gasp!) I don’t know how I forgot to include but I did. I found these pictures a couple weeks ago and have been saving them while I did more research. These are my favorites of the bunch. This new collection is named Croisette.
These are called “Bikini”, the coral one and “St. Tropez”, the turquoise one. I think they are gorgeous and I cannot wait to have them, both. At the Dior website, they said the international release date is April 20th. One month. I can wait. I think they are beautiful, as is the whole Dior color collection for summer.

The Eyeshadow Quad in “Swimming Pool” is so pretty. This palette is limited edition.

These are the EyeGloss in “Seashell”, “Sunset”, “Azur” and “Tan”. These are a gel eyeshadow and are touted as having a long lasting effect.

Saying this collection is cohesive would be an understatement. As you can see everything works together. The collection also includes some beautiful bronzes, lip balms, another eye quad called “Aurora” and 3new Dior Addict lip balm colors.

The nail polishes are both limited editions.. I’m thinking I need both polishes. I’ve never owned a Dior eyeshadow quad but I think the “Swimming Pool” will be my first. Is there anything from this collection you will have? I’d love to hear which is your favorite.

Today marks the half way point for Lent. For a few days prior to lent, I was thinking about what to give up. I was taught that you give up something, something special, during the period between Ash Wednesday and Easter. This is the time that Jesus was on the cross. In the old days Catholics would give up meat but with the onset of modern times that has been changed to eating fish on Fridays during lent. And to tell you the truth I don’t think too many Catholics follow the no meat on Friday tradition much anymore. At least I don’t and very few of my friends do.

Back to the nail polish….I normally give up chocolate for lent but this year I wanted to go back, old school and give up something that is special to me. As I’ve said before this obsession I have with fingernail polish is new. At Thanksgiving last year I owned 3 bottles of polish

20120313-165423.jpgon Ash Wednesday I owned over 50 bottles. That is a little excessive. Especially beings I don’t have a job or an income! Because of this, I decided to give up purchasing any more bottles of fingernail polish during lent. At times this has been hard. I watch a lot of You Tube videos and I would see a pretty polish on someone and want to buy it. I still watch the videos but now instead of buying a new bottle, I keep a list. I have an earlier post about my list. It is growing more every day. I have been forced to take stock of what I have. I have painted my polish on little nail wheels, you can buy them at the beauty supply store.
One thing I have learned from this exercise is 1). I have a ton of brown-ish polish, 2) I have a ton of blue-ish polish 3) I have a ton of brownish blue gray-ish polish and 4) I keep buying the same color
Can you see that? Why is that?
This Lenten challenge hasn't been an easy one for me, but I think about my You Tube friend Teresa (screen name TeresaNC1) who gave up shopping, of all kinds, for lent. During the whole time of Lent Teresa gave up shopping. She initially gave up even grocery shopping but then realized her husband was better suited doing other chores and she resumed the grocery shopping duties. Even though I have given up purchasing nail polish, I still shop for it, and look at it. I wouldn't be honest if I didn't tell you I've even made it to the checkout with a bottle or two, only to give back to the clerk. I only have to think of my YT friend Teresa though and I know if she can accomplish her challenge then I can certainly attain my little goal. Only 20 more days!
Reminder:Julep Maven program can be started for only one cent. Go to their website here:Julep Maven Program
Use the code MARCHINTRO or COLOR2012. I had an email from them yesterday saying the MARCHINTRO code is still good.
thanks so much for reading, please leave me a comment, and if you gave up anything for lent, please let me know.


If there is a cosmetics company out there that does nail polish colors better than CHANEL, I haven’t found them, yet. CHANEL always gets the color of the season just right. Maybe that is because CHANEL is the one setting the trends. If you looked at the recent fashion shows held in New York, London and Paris you will see that trending for the summer and fall is a lot of blue, gray, and blue-grays. CHANEL showed their latest haute couture collection set in an airplane. The runway was the center aisle of the plane. When asked after the show, why all the clothes were blue, Karl Lagerfeld responded with no reason, but added “I don’t have the blues”.

This the end of the show when all the models come out. Gorgeous!
Dior also showed a lot of bluish-gray. Probably more on the gray side than the blue side. His polish of choice looked to be an eggplant purpley color. CHANEL’s clear choice for polish is a pretty frosty blue. Right now on the CHANEL website, there is a limited edition color “Coco Blue” which is a light frosty blue. The other limited edition colors are Gold Fingers, part of the Las Vegas de CHANEL collection. This is a sheer gold, and the only review I saw on it was not a positive one. The reviewer said it pulled too much yellow, making her hand look sallow. From the Spring 2012 Collection June is the only color of the 3 released for this collection to be a limited edition.

These are the 3 colors released for the spring collection. From left to right, April, May and June. I bought May for myself as my birthday is in May (16th) and I love pink :), I bought April for a friend of mine who has a birthday in April, and I bought June as a prize in an upcoming giveaway on my You Tube channel.
These polishes ultimately give a great payoff in color and wear. If you haven’t used them before, they can be frustrating. Pretty much across the board, CHANEL polishes must go on in thin, thin layers. You need to let the first coat dry before applying the second coat, and don’t be surprised if you need a third. I have 3 coats of May in the picture, with a topcoat. The other thing about these polishes is the uniqueness (is that a word?) 🙂 of the colors. I know May is a spring/summer pink and you think it would be easy to duplicate, but not so. This is a warm pink, as opposed to a cool pink which is part of why it is so different. Even with CHANEL’s Black Pearl, which is a gray shimmer with blue undertones, you think it would be easy to duplicate but not really. You can come close. Revlon’s Black with Envy comes ‘close’ to Black Pearl but I think it is too dark to be a dupe. Black Pearl is part of CHANEL’s permanent line, and has been a top seller for many years. Revlon’s Naughty, which used to be called Perplexed is touted as being a dupe for CHANEL’s Paradoxical. I have heard from a reliable source that this is an exact dupe. I must say Naughty is also in my top 5 polish list.
CHANEL has raised the price of their polish. I paid $25 for Black Pearl and May. June was $28 and April was $26. McKenzie at Nordstrom told me June was higher because it is LE. Are they worth the price? For me and the 2 polishes I own, yes. I love both Black Pearl and May, they are in my top 5 colors of all time. Will I add to my collection of CHANEL polish? Probably not. For me the $8 polish that is ‘close’ to a CHANEL color is just fine. I will save the difference and buy more lipstick!

This is another picture that makes me happy, so I just had to add it.
My You Tube channel
Click on the link above for my You Tube channel. I will be announcing a giveaway in the next week, one of the prizes will be CHANEL’s nail polish in the Limited Edition June!. This color has been described as the perfect apricot color! And I agree, it is so pretty and bright. This spring/summer it is all about this apricot, peachy, tangerine-ee color. It is every where. Which of the 3 spring shades is your favorite?


20120304-223751.jpgThis is Black Pearl


This is Essie Play Date with two coats of Julep Portia on top. Can you say sparklefest? This box arrived at my house yesterday. This is my daughter’s subscription, but of course I opened it, I mention only because this does not count towards my Lenten challenge of not buying any nail polish during Lent. With that said, Julep always packages their boxes so nice.

Everything was in the pretty purple sack, then tied with a ribbon and a nail file attached. The nail file is just a nice little extra thrown in. Last month they had chocolate bars shaped like Oscars. The BoHo Glam Maven box this month included the Portia polish, shown above and Alicia, which is an orangey, sherbety color. Every month they include a beauty product, this month is a jar of Elixir Organic Moroccan Argan oil, 1fl oz. This color wheel shows all the Julep polishes I have.

Starting on the left, Portia, Blake, Meryl, Alicia, Carrie, Maria, Heather, Anne, Taylor, Megan, Marisa, and Elizabeth. These are all two coats but I can say that Blake, Alicia, and Marisa only needed one coat. The formula is smooth, the brush is ample, and the colors are spot on trend for spring/summer. This is a monthly subscription plan which is $19.99 per month. You can skip a month, send to a friend, or cancel. They send an email monthly showing what will be in your box. If you don’t care for that box you can pick whichever box you want, and you can even go back a month. They are really nice people to work with, and no surprise here, I love this company. The best part is they have great deals with different discounts. Right now they have a discount code: COLOR2012, which charges you ONE PENNY for your first box! ONE RED CENT gets you all I’ve shown here. Go to Julep Maven Program
I don’t know how long the one penny promotion will last so go sooner, rather than later. Also, just so you know, if you go on the link above I do get a credit towards my monthly boxes. 😉
Update 03.08.12: Just saw a new ONE CENT code: MARCHINTRO



This is the town I live in. This is the town I grew up in. This is the town where I married, had kids, raised them kids up, kids moved away, I worked and this is the town I will die in. Ok, that’s getting a little morbid. My point is, I’ve spent a good part of my &$$/ plus years in this town. I’ve never really travelled. I’ve been to the Bahamas on my honeymoon and I’ve been to Mexico via the border town by Yuma, Arizona. That’s pretty much it. How does a girl like me come to love (and I mean love) everything haute couture?

This dress is from Valentino. When the model walks the material moves with her. I can’t explain it, but it is pure beauty. My favorite movie is

Valentino, The Last Emperor

, that’s where this picture is from. Did you know Valentino does not own a sewing machine? Everything from his haute couture line is made by hand. I would not know where to begin to make a dress that beautiful. By hand.


The red dress is Valentino, his signature red. The other dress is from Dior. They make my heart happy. Like I said I don’t know where it comes from, this love of mine, but it does make me happy. If the truth was told, I would never, in a million years spend what those dresses cost to buy one. Even if I won the lottery, I just would not be able to, but I do like to look at them. What makes you happy? Aside from your kids and pets……
Here is one more of my favorite pictures, it makes me happy.


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