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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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This really isn’t a SMACKDOWN but more of a comparison of Revlon’s Mischievous and Sally Hansen’s CSM Commander in Chic.

Holding 2 bottles is hard especially when I want you to see the nails, not the bottles. So I though this would be easier.

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I manicured my hands with both polishes using my half and half method that I still say I invented, but as you can see there is virtually no difference between the 2.

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Revlon Mischievous has been around a long time. Mischievous was released in 2007. It may be the original Commander in Chic Color released by Revlon. I could not find a release date for CiC but the earliest review I found was 2011 so I’m assuming it was released in either late 2010 or early. 2011.

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Sally Hansen’s Commamder in Chic and Revlon’s Mischievous has been one of those colors that I think every brand of polish has made. Lets see if I can remember some of them off the top of my head:
1. Essie Merino Cool
2. WnW Wet Cement
3. Rimmell Steel Grey
4. SOPI Metro Chic
5. American Apparel Mouse
6. Barry M Cappuccino
7. L’Oreal Greyt expectations
I’m sure there are more out there but these are the ones I own and know to be dupes for Michievous and Commander in Chic.
Revlon’s Mischievous is probably in the top 5 requests I get for swatches. It is in the regular line of Revlon and I do not believe it will discontinued any time soon. It is numbered 360. It may have been re-promoted with a different name and no number which Revlon is wont to do with their more popular colors. The formula was fine as were the brush and the bottle. Dry time was manageable,
Commander in Chic has the wide flat brush that I like so well because it fits my nail bed perfectly. I know some of you aren’t fans of the wide brush but if you dip the brush in the bottle then wipe on 4 sides you will get a regular size brush that works the same as the Revlon brush. I do like the wide flat brush, it makes polishing my nails go faster and again dry time was great with the CiC.
I’m trying not to use quick dry top coats and I did not use a quick dry top coat on this one, either brand.
I don’t know if its just me but it seems like when I use a top coat the nail polish will wrinkle. If I don’t use a top coat I don’t have that problem. Any one else having that issue? Let me know, if for no other reason then to let me know I’m not alone in that.

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These were the first pictures I took of these 2 polishes so now you can see why I took them out. But they do show that the pointer and middle finger are wearing the Revlon Mischievous and the ring finger and pinky are wearing Sally Hansen’s CiC. Hopefully that makes sense to you.
I’ve had my nails painted this way for a couple of days now and not one person has made a comment about 2 different colored nails, which usually always happens when I use more contrasting colors.
There is no winner here and there is no loserhere. These are both great nail polishes. The only difference is the price Revlon sells around here for $4.99 and the CiC sells for $7.49. But you can always find coupons for both brands. (As a side note: Revlon in the regular line sells for $4.99, the Top Speed line is between $5-6.99 and the Revlon Colorstay are $8.99. )

As you all know Commander in Chic is my favorite polish of them all and thanks to my friend Coco I now have a life time supply of CiC. Thanks again Coco, you little nut!

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Eclipse from Ruby Wing is color changing polish, the theory is the polish is one color outdoors and another color indoors. To tell the truth, I saw no difference either way. But it is still a pretty color so I’m not disappointed about the color change.

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On the tag you can see the different colors you should be able to achieve with this polish. Both are pretty colors and I’d say mine has been on the lighter side all along, indoors or outdoors.
I did have a hard time trying to order from the Ruby Wing website. They had sent me an email with promises of all the new fall colors. So I clicked because you all know I cannot pass up that kind of an offer, but the website just kept going to this one item. Not this one Eclipse but another set of 4, I actually put the set of 4 in my shopping cart thinking maybe then I could see their other items but no such luck. Ruby Wing is affiliated with Color Club and I’ve had similar issues with their website as well. I asked which stores their items are sold and I was told Ricky’s; select Bed, Bath & Beyond, and Sally’s . I’ve never heard of Ricky’s (if you have please let me know) and the only store on their list in my town was Sally’s but when I went there they didn’t have any. The clerk had never heard of them but he was about 12 with blue hair. (Slight exaggeration there).

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I did buy this polish and a Color Club from Nail Polish Canada and even though the shipping was way too much, I am happy with my purchase. They are a great web site to keep in mind when having website problems from companies.
The formula for Ruby Wing Eclipse was perfect as was the brush and the bottle. The brush picked up just the right amount of polish, I mention that because so often times you get either too much polish and then pools in your cuticles or not enough polish and you are constantly going back in for more. I think when a brush picks up just the right amount, a lot of thought went into what seems something so silly as a nail polish brush. And to me that shows the company cares about its product, just not being able to make sales on their website! Go to Nail Polish Canada for great polish on all kinds of brands and shipping is free if you spend $25. I wish I would have known that I would have bought a few more things because I spent more than $25 with the high shipping cost. But next time I’ll know better.
So, this is a post about Ruby Wing Eclipse but its kind of turned into a post about how great Nail Polish Canada is, and they are. Without them I would not have had the Ruby Wing to talk about. So I’ll stop now before I get in any deeper!

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My neighbors gorgeous dogwood tree, when the sun is shining it is simply stunning. I love looking at it while I drink my morning coffee and read emails. Next month I will be cussing those red leaves in my yard. No pleasing me!

For some reason, to me anyway, it seems Sally Hansen polishes don’t get much love in the You Tube community or in the blog world. I don’t know why that is because they are a great line of polishes. The colors are great, in fact some of the colors are exact dupes for more expensive brands, the brushes are the best brushes I’ve used. The brush is wider and flatter than most. I happen to like that. I did hear one person say they didn’t like the brush, and I thought “hhnhhuh”?

I own 4 Sally Hansen Salon Manicure polishes

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They are from left to right; Gray by Gray, Greige Gardens, Plum’s the Word and Commander in Chic.

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The only picture I don’t have is Plum’s the Word, because I haven’t worn that one yet. To tell the truth I forgot I had it and recently found it in my medicine cabinet. Usually I put polishes I don’t like in my medicine cabinet, so I don’t know how that one got there, because I do like it. I will probably wear it next.
Here is a picture of swatches: they are from left to right; Plum’s the Word, Gray by Gray, Greige Gardens and Commander in Chic.

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Commander in Chic is an exact dupe for Sephora by OPI Metro Chic and Essie Merino Cool. These are each swatched here, can you tell the difference?

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Be sure to check out my You Tube channel as I have done a NOTD on most of these colors, and will do one on Plum’s the Word when I wear it.my You Tube Channel
Let me know if you know of any other dupes Sally Hansen has. I think it is a great polish at an affordable price. What do you think?

Today is Ash Wednesday. It is a day for reflection and suffering. It is a day to free oneself of humanly bonds so that our soul can live in peaceful eternity. For me Ash Wednesday is a day to test my will power. And this year my will power will be tested. You see, I have a problem….I’m an addict. Yes, an addict. I’m addicted to nail polish.

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This the whole of my nail polish collection. Maybe. I might have a few more in my medicine cabinet, but if they are in my medicine cabinet, I don’t care for them.

Less than 3 months ago, this was the extent of my polish collection.

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Then, at Christmas time, every time I logged onto Sephora dot com, I saw this amazing set of miniature nail polish. A set of 18 OPI colors. For only $49.99.

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So of course I bought this set. I remember exactly the day it arrived, I spent most of the day painting, and re-painting my nails. That was the beginning.

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This is the end. At least for the next forty days. Yes, I am giving up buying nail polish for lent. I must say though, I can polish my nails daily and not repeat a color. For more than forty days!
So by my counting, I will have to make do until April 2nd. I think I can do it. I will be honest and let you know if I break my Lenten promise.

What did you give up for lent? Anything? I had a friend who gave up coffee every year. She drank decaf coffee, but she gave it up every year.

I have been looking for a green fingernail polish for quite some time. As I’m sure with you, I would buy a polish because it looked great at the store, but the second I got home with it, I knew it was not for me. Especially the green colors.

I found this one from Revlon called “Varnished”

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As you can see this color suits my coloring.

I like this polish because the formula is smooth and goes on without any fuss. I had been using quite a few Essie polishes before this one. And we all know Essie can be quite fussy to work with. This Revlon went on great. In fact I had been used to doing such thin coats with the Essie that this one would probably go on with one normal coat. The picture is with 2 coats and no top coat.

I think it looks beautiful and it wears nice. What do you think?

There is a nail polish company from the northwest called Julep. I am liking this program more and more. What it is, is a monthly subscription service for nail polish! Remember Book of the Month, or Columbia House records? Like that only nail polish. Go to http://www.julep.com/?r=18436663. If you go to this site from this link I do get a referral point. With 2 referrals I will get a free month. 🙂
So go two times! Not really, just kidding!

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At the website you will fill out a style quiz, from that they determine which kind of ‘maven’ you are. You can be an American Beauty (me), BoHo Glam, Bombshell (Jilly), Classic with a Twist (mom), or It Girl (Ashley). Then based upon that you get a box with 2 polishes, a hand cream and a couple of samples. All for $5, use the code INTRO. If you continue in the program it is $19.99 per month.
These polishes are what they call “4Free” meaning they are free of 4 of the worst chemicals used in polishes. I don’t know what they are, but some polishes say they are “3Free” ( Butter London, Gosh, Barry M, and Debra Lippmann). This company also donates $1 from each maven box to a charity based in helping women’s causes. So they are a good company and they are from Seattle! Love that!

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Each month they will send you an email showing you what colors you will be getting. You can change to another box with different colors, skip a month, send to someone else or cancel. They are very easy to work with. If you do nothing then you will get a box with your maven type for that month. The It Girl maven is always just polish and you get 3 bottles of polish. Each month there is another item besides the 2 polishes. The first box has a hand cream, the 2nd box I got had a cuticle oil. Some boxes got a hair finish spray. They have body scrubs, this month they are giving a bottle of Argan oil.
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I have received 2 colors I did not like, one was pale yellow and the other a rusty red, but I think they will be great on my toes! If you are interested check the web for codes because they have offered it recently for one penny. I just google coupon codes, there are several sites that you can get the code for. Let me know what you think! Thanks so much.


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