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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.  

  
💅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.  

I have been using the different brands of gel finish polishes that have become a trend in the last couple of years.  My nails, as you can see from my photos (sorry) are in bad shape but I’m working on improving them and I think I’ll get them back to usual.  

I really like Deborah Lippmann Gel Lab system for an honest gel like finish.  Before I go into more details I will reveal that even though I used this system as directed I did have a healthy coat of Nail Envy by OPI applied to my bare naked nails the night before I used this system.  That’s what is giving me hope of my nails returning to their former “glory”!

   
 
As directed I applied the gel lab base coat and let dry for 1-2 minutes, then I applied my favorite Deborah Lippmann nail polish color and let dry for 1-2 minutes and then applied the gel lab top coat.   I believe you could use any nail polish with the Gel Lab, and still have good results, but I’ve drunk the DL kool aid and I love this brand. For all kinds of reasons not just the great colors.  

I started with Deborah Lippmann Modern Love, which is a nice mix between a nude beige and a nude pink.  Again, I apologize for the shape of my nails, you can see in these photos how bad they are.  Bad nails and all though this Deborah Lippmann Gel Lab system is a winner.  The finish is truly gel like and has some staying power.

   
 
About a week later I used, as directed the Deborah Lippmann Gel Lab system with the color I Feel Pretty.  I’m not sure, but this might be a Nordstrom exclusive.  This is a great color for me with my skin tone and I feel is an excellent choice for an “everyday” polish.  Again, the gel finish is awesome and has lasted 6 days with the tiniest bit of tip wear showing.  It’s so small no one would even notice.  The past couple of days I have been in the house because it’s been raining so I am  caught up with house cleaning, which usually means a polish change but this is still a beautiful color, has not faded or chipped and I am going to leave on a few more days.

As usual with all Deborah Lippmann nail polish application is a breeze, I used 2 coats but I know I needed only 1, some habits are just hard to break, like always using 2 coats to maximize the color of a polish.  I did have to use 2 coats with Modern Love to smooth out some streaking but I think that has more to do with the bad shape my nails are in right now.

 

FINAL THOUGHTS:   From the 5-7 ‘gel finish’ brands I’ve tried over the past few weeks the Deborah Lippmann Gel Lab is by far the best.  The gel finish is definitely there, and the staying power is ah-mazing!

The Deborah Lippmann Gel Lab mini kit with the base and top coat, is available as a limited edition at Nordstrom for $24.  Deborah Lippmann also has out a Gel Lab Pro kit for $40, full size.  I have not tried the Pro kit.  When I have used up my current supply of the DLGL system I will definetly try the Pro Lab kit.  

💅 (This system was sent to me for review by a PR firm, which in no way affects my thoughts of a product.  I will always give an honest review, and I will always disclose when items have been sent to me for review.)

   
 
CHANEL Camelia is one of the new long lasting formulas from Chanel.  This is a gel like formula, much thicker than before and dries down to a gel like manicure.  This color Camelia is stunningly beautiful.  It seems to have a light, or a brightness all its own, that is hard to describe.

Cameli is one of my favorite shades, a blue based pink leaning more to red.  In some lights the pink is obvious and yet in other lights it can be almost orange, not my favorite.  In fact, the opposite of my favorite but somehow this has become a favorite nail polish worthy of my Top 5 List, just like that.  SNAP!

  

Tip wear appeared on day 3, so I am not sure about CHANEL’s claim of long lasting, but I forgive the wear, this color is worth it.  

Application was a bit goopy and will take some getting used to.  I used OPI NAIL Envy as a base coat.  (Since we have last met my nails have stopped growing.  My daughter did some research and, along with my ex-husband, came to the conclusion that the medicine I have to take will slow my nail growth, also my hair doesn’t grow as fast as before.  So I will always have OPI Nail Envy on as a base coat.)  I did not use a top coat.  I wanted to see how the polish behaved on its own, so to speak.  Next time I will probably use my favorite fast dry top coat Seche Vite.  The finish was very much like a gel manicure so you can imagine how surprised I was at the ease of the removal.  No big deal at all.  I used straight acetone, like always.  

Final Thoughts:  This new formula from CHANEL won’t be for everyone but it is worth trying.  So far they offer 14 colors.  Yes 14 colors, period.  The former LE vernis colors from CHANEL have disappeared, at least I haven’t seen them anywhere except the usual Ebay, or Amazon sites.  You can purchase Camelia here: Nordstrom’s

If you like the look of matching nails with your lipstick, the  CHANEL customer service rep told me that even though they have discontinued the Rouge Coco lipstick in Camelia, this should match closely:  Nordstrom’s Chanel lipstick in Dmitri, $37. 

Let me know what you think of CHANEL’s new formula.  

And remember Keep Calm and Paint Your Nails!

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Posted on: April 3, 2016

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I am having an honest to goodness Love Hate relationship with Julep right now. I’m leaning toward the hate side of things, and that is just not me.
I’m not sure how good an idea this “Julep January” was.
Although I do like this polish Alfre, it is a pretty gray with a bit of a lavender undertone. It is a beautiful color, went on great, but I forgot to put the bottle in my carved out elk horn and the bottle tipped on me twice. That’s where the hate part comes in, God I hate that bottle. I swear one of these days each and every one of my Julep stupid ass bottles are going in the trash.
See, what I mean? Love/Hate, a very fine line. What do you think of the bottle Julep seems so happy about? Let me know in the comments below, I’d really like to know your thoughts.

💅As always, thanks for stopping by!

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This has a bit of a frost to it. The formula is different. I’ve said before, no one does a cream polish like Julep does.
This frost finish was a bit different to work with, I had problems with pooling, and inconsistency from one nail to the next. It was by no means any big deal, just different from their cream polishes I love so much.
The jury is out on this one. I’ll let you know in a day or 2 what I think of Jodie!
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