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OPI Mariah Carey Holiday 2013 – Glitter and Gold Swatches & Review

By on December 4, 2013
in Brown, Glitter, Gold, Holiday 2013, Metallic, OPI with 29 Comments
OPI Mariah Carey Holiday 2013

OPI Mariah Carey Holiday

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Due to her hit song, “All I Want For Christmas Is You”, Mariah Carey is as much a staple of the Holiday Season as Bing Crosby. And thanks to my mom’s office, where holiday music plays non-stop from Thanksgiving until the new year, it is ingrained in my brain.

For that reason, it makes perfect sense that OPI would continue its collaboration with Mariah in their holiday collection, OPI Mariah Carey Holiday 2013. Only this year, not only do we get the usual twelve shades, six being red, we get six new Liquid Sand shades as well. Today, I’m focusing on the non-red portion of the twelve.
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OPI San Francisco for Fall 2013 Silver & Reds Nail Polish Swatches & Review

By on November 4, 2013
in Fall 2013, Metallic, OPI, Red, Silver with 7 Comments

As I’ve come to tell you, multiple times, over the years, red nail polish and I just aren’t friends. I guess we’re more like frenemies in that I’ll wear it but it’s not like my BFF who I want to hang out with all the time. However, the boyfriend LOVES red and hey, it’s not all about me (just mainly about me). And there are some red shades that suck me in.

OPI San Francisco for Fall 2013 nail polish collection

OPI San Francisco - Silver and Reds

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Case in point, the second half of the OPI San Francisco collection. While I was naturally drawn to the first half of the OPI San Francisco collection due to my love of blue, I found a few keepers  in the land of red.
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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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Estée Lauder “The Metallics” Fall 2013 Nail Polish Swatches and Review

By on October 28, 2013
in Blue, Brown, Estee Lauder, Green, Metallic, Pink, Purple with 6 Comments

If any brand has earned a “Best Formulation” award for Fall 2013, it’s Estée Lauder for their “The Metallics” nail polishes. Not that their Pure Color Nail Lacquers weren’t great before but, they have single-handedly redeemed metallic nail polish’s not-so-stellar reputation.

Estee Lauder Fall 2013 "The Metallics" Nail Color

Estee Lauder "The Metallics" for Fall 2013

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In general, true metallic nail polish gets a bad rap. Deservedly so, for the most part. It can be streaky, lumpy and tend to dry with major brush stroke-itis. It’s one reason why foil metallics have gained such popularity over chrome metallics. But, Estée Lauder truly hit it out of the park with this stunning limited edition collection of eight brushed metal shades.
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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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