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Best of 2013 – Top 30 Nail Polishes of the Year

Best Nail Polishes of 2013

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It’s been a pretty stellar year for nail polish. In 2013, we’ve seen new technologies, new finishes and tons of new colors. So you can imagine what a task it’s been trying to narrow down my favorites.

The new textured polishes really helped invigorate my passion for polish. Unlike other fad-type finishes of the past few years (crackle, matte, magnetic, etc), I’m so not tired of texture and I don’t see my love waning anytime soon.

After an unexpectedly long break from ALU, I came back this year with a vengeance and I’ve been loving every second of it. A huge part of that is you. Your comments, emails, tweets, etc. mean so much and encourage me to share my love of nail color. So without further ado, I give you my Top 30 Nail Polish Colors of 2013.
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By on December 18, 2013
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If my search results tell me anything, it’s that there are lots of CND VINYLUX Weekly Polish fans out there. Whether you read about it online or were introduced to it by your salon, VINYLUX is gaining in popularity for regular salon goers.

CND Vinylux Weekly Nail Polish

During a recent pedicure appointment, I talked VINYLUX with my fave nail techs and they said it’s becoming a big seller. And I know lots of people have been emailing me to find out where to purchase bottles for home use so I wanted to point you in the right direction.

Shop Local

CND VINYLUX is retailed in salons so look for one in your area using the CND Locate tool. You can specify VINYLUX to find salons that carry the line.

Shop Online

There aren’t a ton of online sellers as VINYLUX is a professional product but that doesn’t mean they don’t exist. is the most convenient and reliable online seller. It’s where I purchase VINYLUX.

Another online seller, that quite a few bloggers I know buy from, is

Finally, and both have VINYLUX though I haven’t purchased through either one so I can’t vouch for them.

Thanks to reader Julie-Anne for letting me know that Canadian VINYLUX fans can order through

CND VINYLUX Weekly Polish and Weekly Top Coat retail for $9.90/ea for a .5oz bottle.

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CND VINYLUX Weekly Nail Polish Review & Swatches

By on July 23, 2013
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As nail polish fanatics we are on a never-ending quest for that holy grail combination of base coat, polish and top coat that will give us extended wear and high gloss shine with a quick dry time and no staining (Smurf fingers begone). Nail industry innovator, CND, is attempting to solve that riddle with the introduction of CND VINYLUX Weekly Polish.

CND VINYLUX Weekly Nail Polish

CND VINYLUX Weekly Nail Polish

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A new take on the traditional nail polish process, the CND VINYLUX system consists solely of nail polish and top coat, no base coat required. It also claims to deliver a stain-free product that dries in 8 & 1/2 minutes flat, with a full week of wear thanks to a top coat that gets stronger when exposed to natural UV light, no lamps required. Sounds too good to be true, doesn’t it?
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CND VINYLUX – Is This A Nail Polish Game Changer?

By on April 17, 2013
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CND revolutionized the nail salon industry when they brought Shellac into the world and they’re poised to do it again with a new product called VINYLUX.

I’ve long been a fan of the CND Colour & Effects nail polish line for its quality formula but it was overshadowed by the popularity of Shellac. When I inquired about the state of Colour & Effects last fall I was told to get ready for an amazing new technology come spring and it’s finally here.

CND Vinylux Weekly Nail Polish

VINYLUX is a Weekly Nail Polish that uses no base coat and a top coat that gets more durable with natural light exposure. Are you getting what I’m putting down? That’s right, this is technology that gives long lasting, high gloss wear with no UV/LED exposure and it removes like regular nail polish!

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Fall 2011 Nail Polish Trend – Bold Beautiful Blues

Are we stuck in some kind of 2007 nail polish flashback? Did Chanel Blue Satin just launch? First we talked about grey nail polish, now we’re moving onto blue. Those of you who have been reading ALU since way back in its infancy will remember that blue and grey were big nail trends for Fall 2007 and as I approach my fifth year of blogging, it’s like it’s all coming full circle.


The past couple years there has been a greater focus on greyed slate blues and teal but this time around we’re looking at a more true blue range that varies from denim to sapphire to indigo. And as brands have continued to evolve their mixing techniques we are being treated to more unique finishes and sparkle combinations than we’ve seen in the past.
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