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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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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 !

πŸ’… As always, thanks for stopping by.

These are the polishes I picked up from the Zoya Earth Day Promotion. Now, the premise of the promotion is that for each bottle of Zoya polish you buy, you send Zoya back another polish (A non Zoya brand, btw) and they will dispose of this polish is an earth friendly manner. The promotion is: if you buy 6 bottles, at least of Zoya you will get them for half price. When all is said and done with shipping and handling charges I paid a little over $5 per bottle. Still, better than $8 per bottle, but not exactly half price either .
It’s more like 41% off, yes, I did the math. Also, as a side note Zoya made it perfectly clear this sale was not contingent upon you sending them back any bottles.
So here is what I purchased:

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Micky, my favorite. Mickey is my Dad so this one will go in my little family o’ polish stash . Micky is a cream finish pink leaning a lot towards coral. I like this one the best because I like pink polish on me and I like how it will look more pink in some light and more coral in others. It does not pull orange whatsoever, which is “a deal for me”, so that makes me happy. 😊

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Bobbi, a close second to being a favorite. Bobbi is a gorgeous bright pink with a silver ribbon frost running through out. The shimmer and frost transfers beautifully to the nail and it is a sparkler. Love it.

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Carly, an oldy but a goodie. Like Bobbi, but with a purple base with a golden ribbon running throughout. So, so pretty.

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Charla is another older polish. . I’ve had this before but gave it to someone and I really like it. I like the color and it sparkles in the sun like crazy. You know me, I’m not so much a glitter girl as a sparkle girl, and Charla is going to be perfect for this summer.

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Jana, looks like she might be a cousin of my beloved CinC. This was 1 coat, went on very smooth as all Zoya polish does and the brush picks up just the right amount for a near perfect application. I’m happy to add Jana to my collection. I almost had a fit though, when I went to put these away, there was a bottle very close to Jana in color and I thought I’d doubled up, but it was Pasha. Whew! Crisis adverted. Maybe I might have a bit too much polish if I’m worried about doubling up? Hmmm… I may have to think on this!

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Last, but not least Diana. You all know and love Diana from Dianasmakeupworld . I bought this polish in the hopes I could send it to her. I know Zoya is not available in the UK and a girl needs a polish named for her? Right? If there was a Judi, I’d want it. But as I’ve told you before the Royal Mail is really cracking down on the mailing of polish to and from the UK. So I’m not sure how, but someday I hope my friend gets this polish named for her. It is not just another red. It is a special red, a blue based with a hint of pink to it. I haven’t worn it but when I swatched it, honestly it took my breath away. It is a beautiful polish. If you are needing a red, Diana would not let you down, just like the person, Diana would not let you down and she is a very special “color” all her own. Now I’m getting sappy, it’s getting late. Betty is asleep at my feet, usually by this time she has given up on me and gone to bed, without me.

That’s it for my Zoya Earth Day haul -age. What did you guys get, if anything? I’d love to hear in the comments below what you ordered, and do you send them polish back to be destroyed? I’m curious if anyone ever does?

πŸ’… As always, thanks for stopping by!

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Zoya Evvie (green) and Natty (blue) this is my half and half manicure I just did after cutting my nails short. I like them short but these may be a bit too short.
At least I know they’ll grow.πŸ‘
Zoya polish is one of my favorites, I like their formulas, Natty was a bit on the thick side while Evvie was a bit on the thinner side. But still workable, could easily be one coat coverage, but you know me, I always do 2 coats. ❀ Evvie and Natty are both part of the Designer Series from NYFW 2012.
Zoya often has promotions and they are worth following on Facebook and/or Twitter. They just had a 3 free promotion where for the price of $10 shipping you got 3 free nail polishes. πŸ‘€
You can find Evvie here.
And you can findNatty here. These are Share the Love links. If you do not have an account with Zoya, click on one of the above links to start your account with them. You will get points for a free bottle of polish right away. I also get points 😍 not for a free bottle :(. I’m sharing these links with you, not for me to get points, even though I do appreciate that, but for you to get a free bottle plus it’s good to have your account set up for when they have their great promos. Things sell out fast!

Don’t forget about my giveaway happening right now. It is a random drawing even though I ask you to guess the color of polishes I’m wearing. You can find the giveaway <a href="http://Rafflecopter “>here

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(<;emPlease note: All pictures on this post were taken front the Zoya website. The link to their site will be included below, with the buy it here section)

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Zoya has a new collection coming out calledPixie Dust. This is a matte sparkle-y finish polish in some amazing colors. I love that Zoya took an edgy item but gave us some pretty colors.

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You can click on any picture to enlarge it. I really like this formula, or at least I think I will. It has a Febraury release date but they are taking pre-orders for this polish now
This polish is different in that they ask you use with no base coat, paint your nails with 3 thin coats, wait for them to dry thoroughly between coats. Once dry you will have a sparkle fest like no other on your nails. They also suggest no top coat.

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This collection is also part of their ‘Share the Love’ program. . If you have not signed up for an account at Zoya, then from this link you will be directed to the sign in page to create your account. The only thing they require for the account is your name email address and you set your password to access the site. If you use the above link for the ‘Share the Love’
Program you will receive 100 points in your account instantly, and I also receive some points, not instantly but at some point I will get points for your kindness,
/strong>; for using my link. If you just go to the website without using a “Share the Love” link you won’t have any points added to your account
Often times the first points that goes into your account are good for 1free bottle of polish. It is a great program and I highly recommend it. Once you have your account then you can create your own ‘Share the Love’ links for your friends and family.

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As per usual with Zoya, you can buy the entire collection for $54 for 7 bottles of this new formula. And yes, once again a major retailer for nail polish has raised their price by one dollar. Like I said before, in this economy I do not hold it against them. I am not going to talk politics but someone has to pay for the slippery slope financial mess we are all in, and unfortunately it’s the business people who are getting hit the hardest right now. On this same subject I have a question for you. In the past year is there any item you regularly use that has not gone up in price?.

I think this is an interesting collection, I just wish it was sold close to me, I would like to see this one. I think it will be hard one to order the correct color online. But unfortunately that is probably what I will have to do in order to get 3or 4 so that I can review them for you here.

Take advantage of the pre-order. It would be so hard to wait for February only to find out your favorite color is sold out. Here are the links again: for the Share the Love
Again, the Share the Love link is for those of you who have never signed up for a Zoya account

For the Zoya website (owner and creator of these photos I used) you can go here.

Are you planning on picking up any Pixie Dust from Zoya?. Please let me know if you do and what color you liked.
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Starting January 7th, Zoya is offering 3 bottles of polish FREE. Use promo code ZOYA2013Just pay a $10 shipping and handling fee.
But, if you add to your order an item that Zoya offers FREE SHIPPING then your entire order will have FREE SHIPPING/strong>
Right now they are offering their Dream Box with free shipping. It is a nice velvet like lined box with 3 bottles of polish inside. You can order an empty box and chooses your own colors.
If you use their Share the Love link, you will have points added to your account. I believe it’s enough points for a free bottle of polish, or you can use it for shipping, remover, and other things. If you have not set up an account click on this Share the Love for those points.

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I know I’ll be taking advantage of this offer. My Wish List with Zoya is getting longer and longer!

Let me know if you get anything from this sale.

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Merry Christmas!
πŸŽ„ I hope you all are having a good holiday, I know not everyone celebrates Christmas, but I just hope everyone gets to spend time with those they love. For me, that is my kids and my family. I got to see my sister tonight. This is their holiday card.

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Her husband owns an aircraft company, that’s why they are with his new plane he just bought and loves.
πŸ‘« I’m sure many of you guessed my news from Jilly is, she is engaged!! It’s official! I’m so happy for her and Bryan. He is a very special boy man. The best thing about him? He worships and adores my daughter. I believe he loves her as much as I do.

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I wasn’t allowed to tell until she could get the news out, but funny thing while I was at Costco the other day, everyone I saw congratulated me on her engagement! So, I guess she has announced to who she wanted and now I can tell everyone!

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Zoya Blaze is my #5 Holiday Manicure pick. I had on CHANEL Skyline which I love, but I’m wearing black and white tomorrow so I thought this red would be pretty. I really do love Zoya polish. I always forget how much I like it, until I use it.

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β›„ What plans do you have for tomorrow, if any? And what’s on your nails?

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