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OPI Euro Centrale Spring 2013 Nail Polish Collection Swatches & Review – Part 2

Last week we looked at the blues and purples in the OPI Euro Centrale collection so now it’s time to talk about the rest of the shades. A mix of red, pink, cream and metallic, these shades are a darker take on spring than we’ve been seeing from other brands.

OPI Euro Centrale Spring 2013 nail polish collection

OPI Euro Centrale for Spring 2013

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According to Suzi Weiss-Fischmann, OPI Executive VP Artistic Director, “Czech Republic, Hungary, Poland and Romania make up an exciting new fashion hotspot. When visiting these countries, you’ll view Gothic churches alongside vibrant graffiti murals, blending two very different aesthetics.

This fusion of old and new was also seen in runway looks during New York Fashion Week, where classic styles were reinvented with modern silhouettes and patterns.

Whether you’re looking to spice up a black and white print, or add neutrality to a vivid brocade, these lacquers are designed to accessorize spring’s hottest looks.”
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Zoya PixieDust Summer 2013 Nail Polish Swatches, Review & GIVEAWAY

By on April 15, 2013
in Blue, Coral, Gold, Orange, Pink, Sand/Texture, Zoya with 59 Comments

The Zoya Fairies are at it again. They’ve worked their magic to bring us six new bright, summery shades of PixieDust to sprinkle on our nails.

Zoya PixieDust Summer 2013 textured nail polish collection

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This time they’ve included new metallic versions of the sweet, sugary texture including an exclusive gold pigment that you can only get in PixieDust. As if that isn’t enough, my friends at Zoya are offering a fabulous giveaway just for ALU readers. Let’s take a look…
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Mani Monday – My St. Patrick’s Day Manicure aka What Happens When I Can’t Make A Decision

By on March 18, 2013
in Gold, Green with 7 Comments

How many of you joined me in playing, “Irish for a Day” yesterday? Here in Cleveland, thousands of us faux-Irishmen braved the chilling temps to watch the St. Patrick’s Day parade, bar hop and don more green than Lady Gaga’s Kermit the Frog dress. While lots of people worked up elaborate ensembles, I relied on my Lucky Charms tee & pool felt-colored pea coat and focused on my nails.

Being the green nail polish fanatic that I am left me with Helmer drawers filled with decisions. I pulled over 15 colors and tried multiple nail art ideas on practice wheels, to the point that I ended up wasting too much time to actually execute them. Typical me!

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At the end of the day, I spent all that time working on something only I would notice. I mean we are talking about being surrounded by drunks who could care less about nails. So, I just slapped on the colors I was drawn to most. A different color on each nail, adding a layer of glitter here and there with a simple glitter gradient on one. Nothing mind blowing but still fun and totally me.

What I used: China Glaze Mistletoe Kissses (thumb & glitter gradient on ring), Illamasqua Kink (middle), Julep Emilie (ring), LCN Halo of Angels (top layer of index), Orly Here Comes Trouble (top layer of pinkie), Orly Luxe (base of index and pinkie).

How do you celebrate St. Paddy’s Day? Did you wear a special mani for the day? What is your ultimate St. Patrick’s Day emerald green nail polish? China Glaze Emerald Sparkle is definitely mine and it took all my willpower to not give into the hold it has on me. 

Disclosure: Product samples were provided by reps for the brands. For more info view my Disclosure Policy.

China Glaze Let It Snow Holiday 2011 – Greens & Golds Swatches & Review

By on November 17, 2011
in China Glaze, Gold, Green, Holiday 2011 with 52 Comments

Oh the weather outside is frightful, But the fire is so delightful,
And since we’ve no place to go, Let It Snow! Let It Snow! Let It Snow!

We’ve already had our first snowfall of the season here in the CLE and the last thing I want to do is encourage it to come trickling down. However, that didn’t stop China Glaze, who is based in sunny California, from putting that earworm in my head.

For Holiday 2011, China Glaze introduces Let It Snow, a collection of twelve festive shades based on the season of giving.

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When I previewed Let It Snow during my trip to Cosmoprof, I noticed that the collection’s display broke down the colors into three harmonious groups of four; Greens & Golds, Blue & Silvers and Reds. I decided to follow their lead and am starting with the Greens and Golds; Holly-Day, Glittering Garland, Twinkle Lights and Champagne Bubbles.
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ALU’s 365 of Untrieds – Chanel Peridot from the Fall 2011 Collection

chanel peridot nail polish duochrome fall 2011 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.

Even though Chanel Graphite is the Fall Chanel color that caused me to swoon, it’s Chanel Peridot that is getting all the buzz. I even saw Bobbie Thomas mention it on her Today Show “Minute Buzz” segment along with LCN Magnetic Polish (yay!).

Now you know I’m all about the greens but I haven’t exactly been champing at the bit to wear Peridot. Yellow greens are just not my thing. They remind me of cat’s eyes which, as much as I love my furballs, are a creepy color.

I did a nail wheel swatch of Peridot when it arrived and felt pretty “meh” but I’m finally taking the plunge since so many of you have asked about it.

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