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Gel Nails – Gel Polish? Gel Hybrid? Gel Effect? Let’s Break It Down!

Gel Polish and Hybrids Breakdown via @AllLacqueredUp

Gel Polish and Hybrids Breakdown

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With every brand and their mother putting out a product with “GEL” in the name, nail world is becoming a very confusing place. The introduction of CND Shellac started a gel nails craze that has prompted more traditional polish brands to jack its style, producing products that promise gel-like results.

But here’s the problem. Gel Polish, Gel Hybrid, Gel Effect, Soak-Off Gel, UV Gel. What do they all mean? All this terminology makes it hard to decipher how a product applies and performs so I’m here to break down the differences for you.
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Top 10 Drugstore Beauty Products – My Latest Obsessions

Top 10 Drugstore Beauty Product Obsessions via @AllLacqueredUp

Top 10 Tuesday

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At my core, I’m a drugstore diva. I love my Sunday ritual of hopping from Rite Aid to ULTA to CVS to Walgreens and finally the beauty section of Bed, Bath and Beyond, searching out the latest and greatest in the world of mass beauty. I partially blame Nouveau Cheap for posting deals and the latest collections. Knowing there’s a sale gets my blood moving.

So, when the Top 10 Tuesday gang decided to tackle Drugstore Beauty, I was all in! Keep reading to see my latest finds.
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Nail The Trend – Mint Green Nail Polish for Spring

Mint Spring Green Nail Polish

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As the spring, and now summer, collections continue to roll out, my green-loving heart has been palpitating over all the mint-y goodness I keep seeing. From Dermelect Au Courant to Sally Hansen Pique Side, I can’t get enough. So, here are eight more mint green nail polishes to satisfy your spring green needs.
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Makeup Wars – My Favorite DIY Nail Art Tutorials

By on February 17, 2014
in Makeup Wars, Nail Art, Revlon, Sally Hansen with 10 Comments

DIY Nail Art Tutorials

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Confession: I’m not a DIY sort of gal. For instance, we specifically bought our house because we didn’t have to change a thing, besides a few paint colors. And any improvements we’ve made have been done by pros. I see friends reupholstering chairs in funky fabrics, stenciling their walls or jazzing up thrift store pieces with rivets, buttons, sequins, etc and I don’t have the slightest desire to do that.

For those reasons and more, when I heard this week’s Makeup Wars theme, DIY Beauty, I was hesitant. Yes, I dabble in nail art but it’s not my forte. I just don’t have the crafter gene. However, there are a couple nail art techniques I simply adore so I’m sharing them with you in hopes that if my non-Martha Stewart self can attempt them, so can you!

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Have You Been To A Bed, Bath & Beyond with a HBC? They’re Worth Seeking Out

A few weeks ago, G. from Nouveau Cheap posted that the Revlon Perfumerie nail polishes, which weren’t supposed to launch until November, were spotted at Bed Bath & Beyond. Now, you might not think of BB&B when it comes to nail polish shopping but if you have one nearby with a Health & Beauty Care (or HBC) department, it’s worth checking out.

L'oreal Gold Dust Revlon Nail Art Matte Shiny and Revlon Perfumerie

L'oreal Gold Dust, Revlon Nail Art Matte & Shiny and Sun Candy, Revlon Perfumerie

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I finally made it to my BB&B with a HBC yesterday and discovered some new-to-me collections on display.

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