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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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Top Ten Tuesday: My Favorite Makeup Palettes

Some of my beauty blogging buddies started a group to share their Top Ten products on a regular basis and I decided to join in on the fun. The first topic is Top Ten Palettes which is so up my alley.

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As much as I love makeup, pairing eye shadows is not my forte. I have a ton of single shadows in my arsenal but, more often than not, I gravitate towards palettes for my eye looks. I like that someone took the guesswork out of it for me and over the years I’ve amassed quite a selection of palettes.

Check out my faves and a few I’m lusting after for the upcoming holiday season.
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Fall 2013 Nail Trends at Saks Fifth Avenue Beachwood

Last Saturday, I had the pleasure of hosting an event at Saks Fifth Avenue Beachwood. The focus was Fall 2013 Nail Trends and I had a blast. I loved meeting other Cleveland nail polish fanatics and talking fall nail color.  To the readers and fellow bloggers who came out from behind the screen to say hi, thank you for coming. It was wonderful putting a face with a name.

Fall 2013 Nails Trends at Saks Fifth Avenue Beachwood

Fall 2013 Nails Trends at Saks Fifth Avenue Beachwood

We enjoyed bubbles, ridiculously good nail polish-shaped cookies from Bon Bon, hand and arm massages from Jo Malone and nail polish changes from local manicurists.

On top of that, I put together a nail trend display featuring nail colors sold at Saks. You may not normally think Saks when shopping for nail polish but, they have all the familiar prestige and luxury brands plus some you don’t normally see, like Tom Ford, Armani and Le Metier de Beaute.
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Laura Mercier Fall 2013 Dark Spell Collection Nail Polish Swatches & Review

I don’t know if I just wasn’t paying attention, or what, but I never really noticed Laura Mercier nail polish before. It wasn’t until I was touring the beauty department at my local Saks (for the event I’m hosting this weekend) that I noticed a heart-stopping green from the brand.

Laura Mercier Fall 2013 Dark Spell nail polish - Forbidden & Bewitched

Laura Mercier Dark Spell for Fall 2013

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I’m always on the hunt for a new and exciting green and Bewitched, from the Laura Mercier Fall 2013 Dark Spell color collection, had me at “hello.” If you adore green nail polish as much as I do, be prepared to fall in love as well.
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