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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˜˜

πŸ’… As always, thanks for stopping by!

In doing some research on a different article I’m writing,coming soon, I came across some interesting fats that I want to share with you. In 2012 the nail polish industry reported sales of $278,000,000 that’s 278 million dollars and this was a 32% increase from 2011.
I was trying to find the actual number of nail polish companies in this country only to be sidelined by ads and sent on wild goose chases. But I will find the number, it seems has if everyone and their dog have started their own line of nail polish. I know some of the bigger companies, like Cover Girl maybe a bit late to the party. According to WWD, there is a new launch of at least 1 new nail polish line a week. I totally believe this as I have over 70 brands just in my collection. If one does the math suggested by WWD since 2008 there have been 294 new brands launched. I know in 2008 there were 664 brands of nail polish so at the minimum using the information from WWD there are 958 nail polish companies. For some reason to me that number seems on the low side. I don’t know if there ever will be an accurate figure for the actual number of nail polish brands.

I have read several articles suggesting now is the time time for Revlon to take back the reigns as the Queen of all that is nail polish? I happen to agree. That is why once a week I will be showcasing one of my Revlon polishes. Maybe you have this color and have forgotten about it? Or maybe this is a color you’ve seen at the drug store but didn’t buy because you haven’t seen swatches of it. It seems like nail bloggers, myself included, focus more on the new, but I say “Lets Remeber the Revlon Beauties!

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370 Smoldering is this weeks Revlon Beauty. It is a pretty silver polish with a duo-chrome of pink and purple. It is one of the most interesting colors from Revlon I’ve tried.

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I must say when I first tried 370 Smoldering I would get a bit frustrated, but that was my fault. 370 Smoldering is one of those fussy types that need to go on thin layers. These pictures are with 2 coats and no topcoat. I think they look really pretty.

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370 Smoldering is in the regular line of Revlon and around my area the cost is $4.99 a bottle. The bottle is stable, the brush is small allowing you to paint your nails without getting polish all over your cuticles. The formula is classic Revlon formula: which is not too thick and not too thin.

As we watch nail polish companies come and go, Revlon is one brand you can certainly count on as sticking around since it has been around since before WWII.

πŸ’… As always, thanks for stopping by!

The big day is a week from today. Here are a few ideas I came up with for a wedding manicure.

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Snow Bunny from Revlon is a CHANEL dupe for “Attractiom”. It is a pretty white frosted snow flake shiny polish. It’s one of this polishes you either hate it or love it. I happen to love it.

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Bubble Bath from OPI this is 3 coats. All the other pics in this post are 2 coats, no top coats. I think for a pink nail polish this leans more on the beige side of pink.

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No Way Rose’ from Morgan Taylor is a gorgeous rosΓ© gold without being in your face gold. I did a blog post here when I first discovered the Morgan Taylor brand. I think it’s a beautiful color and I think it’s funny that this is the same color Jilly and Ashley picked for the bridesmaids to wear.

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Don’t Hate Me Cuz from L’Oreal is my favorite gold nail polish. It goes on great, very few stroke marks show and it wears like iron. Okay that last one I just through in there, we all know I don’t wear a polish long enough to know if it wears like iron. But I think this one would.

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I Will! From L’Oreal is the prettiest cream color and I think it would look gorgeous for any bride. When Jilly came to town to announce her engagement this is the polish she had on, so maybe she might want a new one to actually get married in.

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Like an accent of No Way Rose’. Brings the bridesmaids in with hers, different yet not.

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I like an all pink nail, Elizabeth Street from Nails Inc fits the bill. Full coverage with 2 coats, no top coat needed and its the perfect color pink for a wedding.

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It’s also very pretty with an accent finger of the rosΓ© gold.

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And for the bride that would make Karl Lagerfeld happy, along with her Mother either the top picture of Skyline from CHANEL or the bottom picture of Dragon from CHANEL. The first one Skyline is a very rare light blue with a shimmer, even though it is rare I would happily share with my daughter.
Dragon is for the bride that thinks outside the box and wants to wear what she wants to wear, whether its a dress, shoes or nail polish. I know my daughter to be all of these women wrapped into one glorious woman.

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From the day she was born I prayed for her husband as well as for her and her brother. I could not have picked a more perfect man for her to marry. I am so happy for them both, I know they have a life time of happiness ahead of them.

πŸ™ As always, thanks for stopping by!

Today is the beginning of Lent. What are you giving up for Lent? If anything?. As a Catholic the idea of giving up something for Lent is ingrained and for me it marks the start of spring. I do not whine, cry, pine, or bitch abut Spring until Lent. So now that Lent is here, let the bitching’ begin!. I’m pining after some Spring!
Okay enough about that. What am I giving up for Lent? Since I have been on a buying spree that doesn’t seem to show any signs of letting up, I am giving up buying nail polish. Same thing I gave up last year.

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I was going to do a green and blue crazy manicure. The first thing I did was gather up all my blue and green colors. I have enough blue. I have enough green. I like those colors separate and I like them together. But I did not come up with any combinations that I liked. This is what I came up with.

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Sally Hansen Kwik-Dri one in blue, one in green, and one in pink. I like these combined. What do you think?
🌟🌟🌟 I really like the SH Kwik-Dri but I am only giving them 3 stars. They do dry quick and the colors are pretty, but they are a bit streaky and way thick. My problem with thick nail polish is I start to pick at it and then pretty soon it’s all picked off and then I will start to chew my nails, I know, disgusting, that’s why I don’t like thick polish.. The more I think of it, the more I should take a star away, but I won’t.
πŸ’° πŸŽ‰ πŸ‘Don’t forget about my giveaway going in now. Even though I ask you to name the colors of my manicure this is a random drawing and one winner will be chosen by <a href="http://Rafflecopter “>Rafflecopter.

A little more than a year ago I started this blog. I am so thankful for all my followers and for all of you who leave comments and for the support you’ve shown me. I am also so thankful for my family and my friends who have also shown me more support of this little blog than I imagined. I get a kick out of my friend Jud mentioning something that I’d written on here. And I appreciate that he goes on Google to see who comes up first in nail polish searches and tells me what I should do..
I love that Jilly and Ashley read my blog, once in while because if not for them, I would not have started this. And it is because of them, I will never stop.

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Ashley is on the left and my beautiful daughter Jilly is on the right. For the record, one more time, Ashley is not my daughter. But she is my girl. I raised her along with her Dad and her step-mom.
I have 2 kids, Drew and Jilly. They are my life and the most interesting, funny, smart, accomplished people I know.

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And look how cute they are!

Again thank you for all the love and support you all show me!!
πŸ’…As always, thanks for stopping by.

I often get asked what is the best brand of nail polish. Because of that, I have been working all summer on comparing different brands of nail polish. I compared over 3⃣0⃣brands of nail polish, all available in the US. Meaning this comparison of brands does not include any Barry M or other brands only available in the UK. I scored the different brands using these 5 items of criteria: brush/bottle, formula, price, dry time, and wear. These are the items that are important to me in a nail polish. When I was finished there were 3 brands that had all 5/5 stars! 🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟
This is the complete list of polish I compared in this “study”. These are in alphabetical order

#9Butter London. 4/5. $35.00/oz
CND. 3/5. 31.40/ oz
CHANEL. 3/5. 65.00oz
China Glaze. 3.5/5. 16.00/oz
Ciate. 3/5. 19.86/oz
Color Club. 3/5. 11.66/oz
#10D Lippmann. 4/5. 36.00/oz
EstΓ©e Lauder. 3/5. 41.85/oz
Essence. 3/5. 7.40/oz
Essie. 3/5. 17.39/oz
Illamasqua. 3/5. 32.00/oz
Julep. 2/5. 51.85/oz
#5-L’Oreal. 4/5. 15.38/oz
MAC. 3/5. 36.00/oz
Maybelline. 3/5. 26.08/oz
Megan Miller. 3/5. 28.00/oz
Nails, Inc. 3/5. 21.53/oz
Nars. 3/5. 32.00/oz
Nubar. 3/5. 14.00/oz
#8-OPI. 4/5. 18.00/oz
Orly. 3/5. 16.00/oz
#4-Revlon. 4/5. 13.98/oz
#2SH CSM. 5/5. 14.98/oz
SH Extreme. 3/5. 7.50/oz
SH Lustre Shine. 3/5. 21.18/oz
SH Nail Prism. 3/5. 23.30/oz
SH Magnetic. 3/5. 30.00/oz
Sinful Colors. 2/5. 4.00/oz
The New Black. 3/5. 44.00/oz
#3- Venique 5/5. 14.00/oz
WnW Fast Dry. 2/5. 3.33/oz
WnW Mega Last .5/5. 6.66/oz
#7-WnW Wild Shine 3/5 2.32/oz
#6 Zoya. 4/5. 16.00/oz

πŸ’…3⃣4⃣TOTAL BRANDS TESTED over a 5 month period from May thru September.

πŸ’…US Brands NOT tested: Dior, Rimmell, NyC, Julie G, YSL, LE Mer Beaute, Elf, Pure Ice, Barielle, Nailtique, Sephora by OPI, Nicole by OPI , the Balm, Milani, Lancomme, Laura Mercier, Guerlain, Piggy Polish,

I often get asked what is the best brand of nail polish. Because of that, I have been working all summer on comparing different brands of nail polish. I compared over 28 brands of nail polish, all available in the US. Meaning this comparison of brands does not include any Barry M or other brands only available in the UK. I scored the different brands using these 5 items of criteria: brush/bottle, formula, price, dry time, and wear. These are the items that are important to me in a nail polish. When I was finished there were 3 brands that had all 5/5 stars! 🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟

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Number 4 on my top ten list of nail polishes by brand is Revlon. This is one of my favorite Revlon polish called Cherries in the Snow. CITS was released by Revlon right after WWII and to this day it is one of their top sellers. I loved this ad used for CITS

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And this more current ad:

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All these years later it is still a very current color and I believe it will always be a part of the Revlon line. Of course there is a lipstick that matches. I love wearing the lipstick to match my lips to my tips when I’m in a classic mode. It doesn’t get any better than that.

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Smoldering, is a silver gray duo-chrome that is kind of a fussy polish to wear. I had a hard time with this polish until I learned the secret to applying and now it goes on and wears like a dream. The. Trick is to apply this polish in thin coats. Sometimes it might take 3 coats, but when done you have a beautiful manicure. Every time I wear this polish people comment on it and want to know what it is.

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Revlon Golden Charms.

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Revlon Winter Mist, mini. I think this has been added to the permanent line with the name Chic.

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These are some of my Revlon pictures, the last one is called Ruby and is a mini. I found a set of 3 mini’s at K-Mart early this summer but have not seen them since. I have a mini Rock Star which is a purple, a mini Gold Coin and a mini CITS. The light blue one is called Dreamer and is a beautiful cream finish. I also love the dark cream finish from Revlon:

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This is After Party with Infamous as an accent nail from the Gucci Westman collection for Revlon which is a limited edition collection.

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This is Copper Penny from Revlon a gorgeous rose gold.

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Revlon Infamous also from the Gucci Westman collection. This one does not have a number along with the name which means it is not a part of their regular line and it is a limited edition. I love this color, go figure, it’s orange! I never thought I could wear orange nail polish but this one is different, not to mention gorgeous!

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Revlon Fashionista, one of my favorites!

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Plum Seduction by Revlon is very much like Zoya Audrina.

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Midnight Affair by Revlon is a stunning, classic color.

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Gray Suede from Revlon is a new favorite of mine. I just found this one late this summer and wore it a lot. It is very close to CHANEL Frenzy but it is one of those polishes that at first glance looks like a beige in color. But the more you look at it, and as the light changes you see there is so much dimension and interest in this polish. A boring beige polish, never. This is one of the most interesting polishes I own and I love it.
πŸ’…πŸ’…back to the “study” and Revlon coming in at #4 in the study. Revlon got 4/5 stars 🌟🌟🌟🌟
A half a star was deducted for formula. For the most part Revlon formulas are consistent and you always know what you’ll get with Revlon, except in some of the newer formulations with micro glitters, such as Carbonite, they can be a little gloppy. I took off half a star for this because it was not a problem with all those types of formulas. I also took off half a star because of the brush. I do not care for a thin brush. Some of the lines have thinner brushes than other lines. The Top Speed fast dry nail polish has what I would call a normal Revlon brush, but the gel formula polish has a thin brush. So, they lost a half a star. Which put Revlon at Number 4 on my list of Top Ten Nail Polish by Brand. πŸ’…
Revlon is a great American company and if you are looking for some interesting reading about the history of the company there are many articles about Charles Revson, the founder of Revlon. One of the interesting things I found was his desire to map out his cosmetic company using the same guidelines used by General Motors. At the time, it seemed crazy, but looking back it was nothing short of genius. Revson held each department accountable for their bottom line which was un-heard of in the cosmetic industry at the time. Also, at the same time Helena Rubenstein and Elizabeth Arden were having an out and out war both private and publicly. This also contributed to Revlon’s success.
One of my favorite genre of books to read are historical biographys and there are some great articles and books about the life of Charles Revson which makes for some interesting reading, if you enjoy those types of books.

As always, thanks so much for stopping by! The top 3 are next, these next 3 brands all got 5/5 stars, the only ones of the 28 plus brands I looked at.

For the past couple of months I have been testing and trying different brands of fast dry top coats. I have been using Seche-Vite (SV) non-stop since first buying it back in January, 2012. A couple of my friends, whose opinions I respect, told me about Poshe (P) and that it was superior to SV. A couple of the girls I watch on YouTube from the UK were telling about how great Nail’s Inc. Caviar (NIC) fast dry top coat is, so of course, I tried that one as well. Along with a Revlon Quick Dry Top Coat (RQDTC)

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I have been using all 4 of these top coats, sometimes I would use all four in one manicure to see how they fared. I can tell you right now that although a nice top coat, neither the NIC or the RQDTC, are in the same level as SV and P. These 2 are okay as top coats, and they do dry your nails a bit faster. They do nothing to smooth out any lines or bubbles. With each of these top coats I have had chips within a couple of days. I use these with my Mom. She doesn’t do a whole lot around the house anymore so these are perfect for her.

So, we came down to these 2 top coats, and the fast drying part goes without saying. Both SV and P are excellent at drying your nails in a timely fashion. I think they are even on the fast drying part.
I think the number 1 complaint about SV is how “goopy” it gets after the bottle has been used about 3/4ths down. Heck, SV knows this is a problem as they make and sell a thinner just for this product and just for the purpose of thinning it down. The complaints are founded as yes, SV does get goopy about 3/4ths down. I have never used the thinner but I hear it works fine. The goopy-ness has never really bothered me. I actually will take the remains of my bottle and add back some of the goopy part to a good bottle and that works for me. I have not thrown out a bottle partially full yet. The thing I don’t understand about P is it seems goopy to me from the get go. I haven’t heard anyone say anything about this but there will be big “goop” at the end of the brush?
Really hard to photograph, but I will try.

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I know it’s hard to see but there is a clump at the end of the brush, and as you can see, this is a pretty new bottle. I think they are even on the “goopy-ness” issue.
πŸ’…As a side note, NIC and RQDTC does not have the problem with goopy-ness.

20120816-211922.jpg πŸ’…This is one coat of Sally Hansen Pacific Blue. This polish is a thick polish and bubbled when dry, also on the pointer finger you can see a dent.

20120816-212230.jpgπŸ’…After one coat of SV. The bubbles have been smoothed out and the dent is gone. πŸ˜„πŸ‘

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20120816-212445.jpgπŸ’… These 2 pictures are the same polish, on my left hand, P was used as the top coat. No major bubbles or dents but some streaking on my little finger especially.
For the smoothing of bubbles, dents and streaks this one goes to SV..
After 3 days of wearing the Pacific Blue from Sally Hansen this is what my nails look like. I have SV on my left hand and P on my right.

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This is my left hand with the SV

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This is my right hand with P
I know it is hard to see from my pictures but SV hand shows very minor tip wear. The P hand has a chip on pointer finger, and minor tip wear.
The wear & durability test goes to SV.

Price: I checked on Amazon.com for pricing. These are virtually priced the same or within pennies of each other. I think they are even on the price issue..

Overall Results:
Fast drying = Even
Goopy-ness = Even
Smoothing bubbles & streaks = Seche-Vite
Wear & Durability = Seche-Vite
Price = Even

Seche-Vite = 5/5. Poshe = 3/5

This Fast Drying Top Coat SMACKDOWN goes to: Seche-ViteπŸŽ‰πŸ‘πŸ‘πŸŽ‰πŸ‘†πŸŒ»

What do you think of my SMACKDOWN? Agree or not? Let me know what your favorite top coat is. Thanks so much for stopping by and remember STAY CALM & PAINT YOUR NAILS 🌸


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