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Summer 2011

Deborah Lippmann “Get This Party Started” Preview for the Nordstrom Anniversary Sale

More like, let’s get this GLITTER party started! As part of Nordstrom’s annual Anniversary Sale, Deborah Lippmann has yet again put together a glitzed out set of glitter polishes called Get This Party Started.

deborah lippmann get this party started nordstrom anniversary set 2011

Nothing says ‘Party’ like the magnetic sparkle of glitter. So for the biggest party season of the year, I’ve created shades that truly dazzle. Get This Party Started, a set of three glitters, was inspired by the overwhelming demand for my best selling Happy Birthday, a glittery party in a bottle. The set includes Happy Birthday, along with two new variations of the sparkling shade: Forget You and Candy Shop. They’re both packed with the same unique hexagon-shaped glitter that gives Happy Birthday its magnificent glint, only Forget You has a sheer black base and Candy Shop a bubblegum pink.

I love how festive all three look and feel, whether wrapped a round a champagne glass or peeping out of a glamorous pump. But what I truly love the most: how a few coats of any shade instantly transform you into the life of the party.

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ALU’s 365 of Untrieds – OPI Grape…Set…Match & Servin’ Up Silver from the OPI Glam Slam! England Collection

opi grape set match and servin up sparkle nail polish from the opi serena glam slam england 2011 collection 365 of Untrieds is my personal challenge to weed through the polishes in the ALU stash that I’ve been wanting to try but just haven’t gotten around to.

The other day when I shared The Painted Nail’s Legendary Lavender I received a few questions asking how it compares to the latest OPI Glam Slam! England release, OPI Grape…Set…Match. At the time I had played with the color a bit but hadn’t taken it for a full test drive so I figured today was a great day for that.

Released to coincide with Serena Williams’ next big Grand Slam tournament, Wimbledon, the newest OPI Glam Slam! releases take us to England and add a new top coat element to the party. Rather than a new Shatter, the Glam Slam! England duos come with Servin’ Up Sparkle, a holographic glitter top coat.

According to OPI Executive VP & Artistic Director Suzi Weiss-Fischmann, “England’s premier tennis tournament warrants colors with extra glitz and glamour. The next big trend in nails is making lacquer look 3-dimensional by adding different micas and glitters, turning fingertips into jewelry. With two bold metallics and a sparkling glitter, these colors are fit for royalty.”

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ALU’s 365 of Untrieds – Orly Bubbly Bombshell & Here Comes Trouble from the Orly Pin-Up Collection

orly here comes trouble and orly bubbly bombshell nail polish from the orly pin-up collection for summer 2011 365 of Untrieds is my personal challenge to weed through the polishes in the ALU stash that I’ve been wanting to try but just haven’t gotten around to.

Dear Glitter Polishes,

Why can’t I quit you? You’re such a pain to remove that the dread sets in before the first stroke of polish hits the nail. Yet, like a magpie, every time I see a bottle I want to snatch it up and take it home to my stash. You’re clearly my crack because when the high wears off, I’m just left with thoughts of the removal process looming overhead. In spite of all that, I love you. And if loving you is wrong, I don’t want to be right.

XOXO, ALU

The glitter craving struck again when I spotted the display for the Orly Pin-up collection at my local CVS. The four piece collection includes two cremes that I barely noticed. My eyes darted straight to Here Comes Trouble (l) and Bubbly Bombshell (r). For today’s untrieds manicure I decided to combine them into one summery sparkle spectacular.

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ALU’s 365 of Untrieds – China Glaze Cha Cha Cha from the Island Escape Collection

china glaze cha cha cha nail polish island escape summer 2011 365 of Untrieds is my personal challenge to weed through the polishes in the ALU stash that I’ve been wanting to try but just haven’t gotten around to.

By the time you read this I will be off to celebrate my birthday with my family at one of my favorite places in Ohio, Put-In-Bay on South Bass Island. I’ve mentioned the Lake Erie destination in previous posts and if you’re ever in the vicinity I HIGHLY suggest you visit. It’s the Key West of the North.

Even though I’m away, the Untrieds won’t be on hiatus. Not to worry. Today I revisited the China Glaze Island Escape collection with the other color that really drew me in, Cha Cha Cha. The green nail polish lover in me will never be fully satiated so I never EVER get tired of seeing new greens. Especially when they resemble a certain fan fave that deserves way more Os than China Glaze bestowed upon it,  Mooooooooooooonpooooooooool. Nail board girls, you know what I’m talking about.

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China Glaze Crackle Metals Collection Preview

china glaze crackle metals crackle nail polish THE HOTTEST METALS GET CRACKLED

China Glaze Introduces Six New Crackle Glaze Polishes in Sparkling Metallics for Summer 2011

There are even more crackles on the horizon. Crackle nail polish fans can rejoice over the China Glaze Crackle Metals collection. I’ve recently been playing with some metallic crackles from Sally Hansen and OPI and as much as I haven’t given in to the trend, I must admit the metallic versions are pretty cool looking. A whole collection of metallics definitely has me intrigued. My only question is, where is the GREEN crackle love?

Keep reading for an up close look at the Crackle Metals bottles and shade descriptions.

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