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Summer 2013

Zoya Stunning Summer 2013 Nail Polish Swatches & Review

If the whole texture trend is giving you hives, Zoya has the cure with its summer nail polish collection of six cremes, Zoya Stunning. A rainbow of rich, creamy hues that can be worn together or on their own.

Zoya Stunning nail polish collection for Summer 2013

Zoya Stunning

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This type of candy-colored collection always brings back memories of the first Skittles manicure I showed you, using the Zoya Candy collection, or how we debated whether multi-colored manicures were trendy or tacky. Now, that wouldn’t even be a question. Oh how times have changed since I launched this site, over six years ago.
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Choose Your Own Style Adventure with the Revlon + ELLE Personal Style Experience

By on June 7, 2013
in Revlon, Summer 2013 with 10 Comments

Were you a fan of Choose Your Own Adventure books as a child? Last winter, I went on a scavenger hunt in my parents’ basement and dug up my beloved Sweet Valley High books and some of my fave CYOA books. One was an off brand version about an aspiring model who, at one point, had to choose between a job in Europe and staying with her boyfriend. What’s a girl to do?

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If you were the kind of CYOA reader I was, you re-read the book until you discovered every possible option so you could create your perfect story. Well, Revlon and ELLE have teamed up to create a grown-up fashion and beauty version of CYOA with The Personal Style Experience.

The Personal Style Experience on Revlon’s Facebook page is an interactive video that asks you to make beauty, fashion and lifestyle choices to help select your “Style Personality.” I’m not gonna lie, my overly obsessive self has played this A LOT to see all the different results (though I can’t seem to get Daring). Which is great because I don’t feel like my style falls into one specific category. I consider myself a chameleon and this type of game plays right into that.

For us nail girls, it includes options like “a party nail” or “matching lips & tips” and in the end you get fashion and product recommendations based on your style, like the new Revlon® Brilliant Strength™ Nail Enamel in Mesmerize. It’s no secret that I’m all about bold blues at the moment and this vibrant cyan creme feeds that frenzy. Better yet, the Brilliant Strength formula has base & top coat built in so it dries to a high gloss shine.


Revlon Brilliant Strength Mesmerize

Now head on over to The Personal Style Experience for a fun little break in your day and tell me what your current “Style Personality” is. If anyone gets Daring, you NEED to tell me what products were recommended. It’s going to drive me nuts not to know!

Disclosure: This post is sponsored by ELLE, Revlon and Style Coalition. For more info, view my Disclosure Policy.

OPI Couture de Minnie Nail Polish Swatches & Review

For the second year in a row, OPI has teamed up with Disney to create a capsule collection in honor of the First Lady Mouse of Animation, Minnie Mouse. While the OPI Vintage Minnie Mouse collection paid homage to her classic, retro style, OPI Couture de Minnie melds fashion forward trends with the iconic character.

OPI Couture de Minnie nail polish collection

OPI Couture de Minnie

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Texture continues its 2013 dominance as we are introduced to a new Liquid Sand shade in addition a sequin glitter top coat and three full coverage nail polishes in hues of pink, fuchsia and red. Check them out!
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Getting Nauti with Maybelline Color Show Summer 2013 Nail Polish

This weekend I’m celebrating my birthday in usual fashion, with my family, on their sailboat at my favorite place in Ohio, Put-In-Bay. It’s a tradition that started in my early 20s and, weather be damned, we have gone every year since. Yes, I realize it’s kind of juvenile to make such a big deal about my birthday in my mid (late) 30s but, being an only child, my parents make a big deal of it so, who am I to say no?


Maybelline Color Show Summer 2013

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In keeping with the nautical theme of the weekend, I created a nauti nail art manicure using the appropriately water-themed summer nail polish collection from Maybelline Color Show with a punch of red from Essie.
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Chanel Summer 2013 – Azuré, Bel-Argus & Lilis Le Vernis Swatches & Review

Inspired by butterflies (Papillon in French), Chanel Makeup Artist Peter Philips created a summer makeup collection of gold, pink, aqua, blue and coral that has a touch of whimsy and fantasy. As part of L’Eté Papillon de Chanel, he has included three new shades of Le Vernis to tempt our wallets.

Chanel Summer 2013 L'Eté Papillon de Chanel Le Vernis

Chanel Summer 2013

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Maybe, like me, you’re thinking, one of these things is not like the other. Pairing a creamy summer staple, coral, with two bold metallics in non-traditional hues seems unconventional for Chanel. Their nail color collections tend to be similar in finish and tonal range. Let’s see how they work together.
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