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Spring 2013

China Glaze Texture Nail Polish Swatches & Review

When I first heard that textured nail polish was going to be the big thing for 2013, I wasn’t quite sure what to expect. Given that so many DIYers had been experimenting with flocking powder, beads, sugar, embossing powder and just about anything you can find in a craft store, brands could have gone down a number of different roads.

China Glaze Texture nail polish collection for Spring 2013

China Glaze Texture - Spring 2013

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I’m happy to see that rather than jump on the exact same bandwagon (e.g. crackle), the brands are differentiating themselves somewhat, offering varying takes on texture. The China Glaze Texture collection is one such example.

Of the textured polishes I’ve shown thus far, the majority have gone down the sparkly, glistening sand route. China Glaze’s take has the look of stucco with tiny irregularly shaped particles that remind me of NERDS candy.
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MAC “Fashion Sets” Nail Lacquer Swatches & Review

By on April 30, 2013
in MAC, Pink, Purple, Red, Spring 2013 with 4 Comments

Like Hansel, matching your lips and tips is “so hot right now.” For the past couple seasons, we’ve seen matchy-matchy lip and nail combinations rock the runways and red carpet and, if anything, the trend is growing even stronger. Zac Posen, Donna Karen, Badgley Mischka and Narciso Rodriguez are just a few of the designers who showed paired pout-digit looks for fall.

MAC Fashion Sets Spring 2013

MAC Fashion Sets Spring 2013

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Of course, MAC was hot on this trend when they introduced the Fashion Sets concept last summer. Well, they’re at it again with four statement making sets of matching lip, nail and eye colors. For years, I’ve spouted off on my dislike for identical tips & toes but, lips & tips, this I can get behind.
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FingerPaints “Wild About Spring” Nail Polish Swatches & Review

This Spring, FingerPaints is getting buggy with it, introducing Wild About Spring, a set of six polishes with an insect and critter theme.

FingerPaints Wild About Spring nail polish collection

FingerPaints Wild About Spring

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Normally this would give an “indoor kid” like me the heebie jeebies but I can’t get mad at the adorable bejeweled rings that come with each bottle. It’s the only way a bee or beetle would EVER come in contact with my skin on purpose.
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Win It! – Essie x Bergdorf Goodman Spring 2013 Giveaway

By on April 22, 2013
in Essie, Giveaway, Spring 2013 with 591 Comments

Essie and Bergdorf Goodman have teamed up to offer an exclusive packaged set of the Essie Spring 2013 nail polish collection. The mirrored box contains full sized bottles of the six shades from the Madison Ave-hue collection and I have a set just for you!

Win it! - Essie x Bergdorf Goodman Spring 2013 nail polish collection

The set, which retails for $48, is available at Bergdorf Goodman stores and but you can win a set just by filling out the form below. You have from now through Sunday, April 28th, at midnight EST to enter. If you can’t see the form, click the “Enter ALU Rafflecopter giveaway” link. Good luck!

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OPI Euro Centrale Spring 2013 Nail Polish Collection Swatches & Review – Part 2

Last week we looked at the blues and purples in the OPI Euro Centrale collection so now it’s time to talk about the rest of the shades. A mix of red, pink, cream and metallic, these shades are a darker take on spring than we’ve been seeing from other brands.

OPI Euro Centrale Spring 2013 nail polish collection

OPI Euro Centrale for Spring 2013

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According to Suzi Weiss-Fischmann, OPI Executive VP Artistic Director, “Czech Republic, Hungary, Poland and Romania make up an exciting new fashion hotspot. When visiting these countries, you’ll view Gothic churches alongside vibrant graffiti murals, blending two very different aesthetics.

This fusion of old and new was also seen in runway looks during New York Fashion Week, where classic styles were reinvented with modern silhouettes and patterns.

Whether you’re looking to spice up a black and white print, or add neutrality to a vivid brocade, these lacquers are designed to accessorize spring’s hottest looks.”
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