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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 – 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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MAC Holiday 2013 Nail Polish Including MAC RiRi Woo

MAC Holiday 2013 Nail Polish from Divine Night and RiRi Woo

MAC Holiday 2013

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As I shared with you after my Fall & Holiday Nail Trend presentation at Nordstrom’s Pretty Party, one of the big trends for holiday is metallics along with classic creamy reds. MAC has certainly embraced this trend with their Holiday 2013 nail polish offerings.

The MAC Divine Night collection includes two metallics (one being matte) and the RiRi Hearts MAC Holiday collection has one rich red in Rhianna’s signature color, RiRi Woo. I included one of the MAC Indulge shades as well since it’s still available and works so well for holiday.
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Makeup Wars – The 5 Minute Face Challenge

By on November 11, 2013
in COVERGIRL, MAC, Makeup, Makeup Wars, Maybelline with 23 Comments

My first year in college, I joined a sorority (Alpha Delta Pi). Living on an engineering floor comprised of 44 guys and 5 girls didn’t offer much in terms of socializing so going Greek made sense for me. One of the rules my sisters imparted on me upon receiving my first “letters” to wear… don’t wear them in public without AT LEAST mascara and lip gloss on your face.

Makeup Wars - 5 Minute Face

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It sounds silly but it’s something that has stuck with me throughout the years. Like the the mnemonic device, “Don’t leave home without your M.I.L.K. (money, ID, lipstick and keys),” it’s just good sense!

So when it comes to my 5 Minute Face, the focus is always lips and eyes. And considering that I’m usually running late and don’t have time for a full face of makeup, this is pretty much my everyday look.
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Talking Fall and Holiday Nail Trends at Nordstrom’s Pretty Party

On a brisk Saturday morning, 200 beauty-loving women gathered at Nordstrom in Beachwood Place to Wake Up Pretty with me. A slew of beauty gurus spoke about trends in makeup, skin and nails for Fall and Holiday 2013 and I was thrilled to be one of them.

Fall & Holiday 2013 Nail Trends at Nordstrom

Fall & Holiday 2013 Nail Trends at Nordstrom

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I could write a novel on all my favorite nail polish colors and trends for the season but with only a few minutes to speak, I had to narrow my choices down to the top trends and best shades Nordstrom has to offer. See which ones made the cut below.
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