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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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14 Nail Polish Gift Sets for the Last Minute Holiday Shopper


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I don’t know about you all but, I’m the worst shopper when it comes to the holidays. I’m always that fool, wandering around on Christmas Eve, hoping to discover the perfect gift for my friends or family. Shopping lists and a plan? NEVER! As much as I’d love to be that person who has everything done before Thanksgiving, it’s just not going to happen.

So, if you’re a major procrastinator, like me, I’ve compiled a list of the best nail polish gift sets that are still available and will arrive by Christmas. Some are even ON SALE! Happy shopping!
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Top Ten Tuesday – The Best Glittery, Sparkly Nail Polishes of 2013

Top Glittery, Sparkly Nail Polishes of 2013

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As 2013 winds down, this is a great time to reflect on all the great nail colors we’ve seen. In this week’s Top Ten Tuesday, we’re focusing on glittery, sparkly beauty and I’m looking back at the best blinged-out nail polish colors of the year. Keep reading to see which ones made my list!
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JINsoon Tibi Nail Polish Collection for Fall 2013 – Swatches & Review

By on August 23, 2013
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The JINsoon Tibi nail polish collection for Fall 2013 is, in a word, SPARK-TACULAR! Known for her high fashion, glossy cremes, Jin Soon Choi, took a different route with her eponymous line when she teamed up with tibi designer, Amy Smilovic.

JINsoon Tibi Fall 2013 nail polish collection

JINsoon + Tibi Fall 2013

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Sticking to her simple, sophisticated roots, Jin created five sparkling shades that are refined and elegant. Yet, adding a layer of the new Matte Maker top coat brings out the urban, utilitarian feel of Tibi’s fall line. Named after minerals and rocks, these shades hit on the jewel tone and vampy nail trends that are shaping up to be the theme of Fall 2013.
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JINsoon Botanical Flowers Spring 2013 Nail Polish Review & Swatches

With the launch of her eponymous nail polish line, JINsoon, Jin Soon Choi has become one of the leading ladies of lacquer. Known as a sought-after Editorial Manicurist, Jin has an eye for fashion and color that is reflected in her work in both print and runway.


I met Jin through a mutual friend and I’ve come to find that she is one of the hardest-working, humblest people in the beauty biz. In the midst of the craziness that is backstage at New York Fashion Week, she always greets me warmly with smiles and hugs. Plus, she, and our friend Heather Park, introduced me to the deliciousness of Korean BBQ. It was on one of those outings that she mentioned wanting to start her own nail polish line and I couldn’t be happier that she made her dream come to fruition.

Launched last fall, the JINsoon line consists of six permanent Quintessential shades in classic colors of red, pink and nude but it’s the seasonal trend hues in the A La Mode collection that speak to my non-traditional, color-loving heart. For Spring 2013, the shades are inspired by Botanical Flowers.

“Botanical flowers is a reflection of my love for the arts and background in high fashion,” says Jin Soon Choi. “The vivid pigments that I discovered during a visit to Monet’s Garden exhibit at the New York Botanical Gardens influenced my new colors.”
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