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The Best Base Coats for Every Nail Need

Best Base Coats for Nails

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When I put together my list of current Favorite Top Coats, many of you requested to hear about the Best Base Coats in my arsenal. I actually have more top coats than base coats and that’s because I tend to stick with my tried and true faves. I test new things, of course, but, for the most part, these have become my staples.

To make sure I have all your bases covered (pun totally intended), I am sharing my favorites for long-lasting wear, ridge filling, treatment and specialty polishes.
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Nubar Jeans vs Chanel Les Jeans Video Comparison

By on October 13, 2011
in Blue, Chanel, Fall 2011, Nubar with 35 Comments

The Nubar Jeans collection is finally on sale and I’m sure, like me, you are curious about how this collection compares to the now sold out Chanel Les Jeans de Chanel collection so I put together a quick video for you while I work on proper comparison swatches. Enjoy!

The Nubar Jeans collection is available now online at The set of three nail polishes retail for $19.99.

What are your initial thoughts on the two collections? If you splurged on the Chanel Les Jeans polishes do you feel they are worth it? If you held out, do you plan to pick up the Nubar set?

Disclosure: Product samples were provided by Nubar and Chanel. For more info view my Disclosure Policy.

Nubar Jeans Collection Preview

By on September 23, 2011
in Blue, Fall 2011, Nubar with 75 Comments

We all knew it would happen. That shortly after the Chanel Les Jeans de Chanel collection launched, other brands would follow suit with their own inspired send-ups. Nubar is one of the first out of the gate with their upcoming Nubar Jeans collection.


Keep reading to take a closer look at the polishes.
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ALU’s 365 of Untrieds – Nubar Indigo Ocean Mini-sized

By on August 8, 2011
in 365 of Untrieds, Blue, Nubar with 42 Comments
nubar indigo ocean nail polish blue shimmer 365 of Untrieds is my personal challenge to weed through the polishes in the ALU stash that I’ve been wanting to try but just haven’t gotten around to.

Untried Day #116 – Before we start talking polish, I have a Weight Watchers update for you. If you recall, I joined the program in July after my father’s health scare. Well it’s been 30 days and I have lost 10 pounds! I’m so excited. I’m really loving WW since they have an app for Android and I’m pretty much addicted to my phone. It makes it so much easier to calculate and keep track of my points.

Okay so back on track. As you know I went to Cosmoprof last week and I promise to start posting about everything I saw tomorrow. In the meantime, let’s talk about the fact that Nubar is launching mini bottles of their best selling shades. The minis are currently available outside the US but releasing here very soon.  They also have some gorgeous colors coming out in the fall collection but I can’t reveal pics for another couple weeks. Let’s just say they are unexpected fall shades.

I had a great time chatting with Nubar founder Noubar Abrahamian and he was kind enough to send me home with some minis before they launch on the site. Oh and keep an eye out for a completely redesigned, easier to navigate

Since one of the minis is a shade I have in full size but have never worn, I decided to use it for today’s Untrieds. Let’s take a closer look at Nubar Indigo Ocean.

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ALU’s 365 of Untrieds – The Painted Nail by Nubar Citrus Sparkle

painted nail by nubar citrus sparkle nail polish from the reality show nail files 365 of Untrieds is my personal challenge to weed through the polishes in the ALU stash that I’ve been wanting to try but just haven’t gotten around to.As I mentioned in a recent post, I’m in Vegas for Cosmoprof which is an annual trade show where beauty brands, typically professional salon & spa lines, sell their products to distributors & buyers all over the world. It’s pretty amazing and after three years of attending it doesn’t get any less overwhelming or tiring.

Today I met with some great brands including China Glaze, CND, Dashing Diva, Orly and Zoya and I finished out the day with a stop by the Nubar booth to meet Nail Files star Katie Cazorla, owner of The Painted Nail salon. I already adored Katie after speaking with her over the phone and, in person, she’s even more adorable. Affable, hilarious, larger than life and yet totally down-to-earth. No matter what you think of her show or reality TV in general, you can’t help but love Katie. She’s a star and all you have to do is meet her and you can see why TV Guide Network would want to give her a show.

Now you know that I went all fangirl over Katie’s gorgeous purple, Legendary Lavender. I’m actually rocking my second pedicure in a row with that color. This is no fling my friends. My love affair is strong. That left me curious to see how some of the other summer collection shades would fare so I decided to try The Painted Nail Citrus Sparkle next.

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