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Summer 2011

ALU’s 365 of Untrieds – Essie Da Bush from the Resort 2011 Collection

essie da bush nail polish from the essie resort 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.

Essie Da Bush was released in late spring/early summer as part of the Essie Resort 2011 collection. Shortly after its launch I kept hearing raves for the color that left me staring at my bottle, thinking, “What the eff??” What’s with all the hype over this bland looking, neutral grey/green/cream concoction.

I’m all for odd colors but in the bottle, Da Bush, did nothing fore me. Even the name turned me off. So all this time it’s sat in one of my untrieds bin, taunting me. I could almost hear it saying, “Just give in. You know you’re going to love me.” Well, we’ll just see about that!

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ALU’s 365 of Untrieds – Essie Smooth Sailing from the Braziliant Summer 2011 Collection

essie smooth sailing nail polish from the essie summer 2011 collection braziliant 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.

This past weekend I have been at my favorite Ohio destination, Put-In-Bay on South Bass Island in Lake Erie. Every year my friends from my Cedar Point days rent a house for a long weekend to reminisce about the good old days (wow do I sound old) and create new memories. This is our tenth year taking this trip and it just keeps getting better.

Choosing a nail polish to wear for a whole weekend is a challenge as I’m not used to committing to a color for an extended period of time. However, I’ve been tempted by Essie Smooth Sailing from the summer Braziliant collection ever since it arrived. After fawning over Coat Azure, I was curious to see if this new blue hue could live up to the same standard.

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ALU’s 365 of Untrieds – Zoya Touch Collection Swatches and Review

By on June 23, 2011
in Beige, Spring 2011, Summer 2011, Zoya with 51 Comments
zoya touch collection nail polishes, zoya pandora, zoya minka & zoya shay 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.

I’ve been on this odd beige neutrals kick lately. It all started with CND Perfectly Bare and Deborah Lippmann’s Naked and now Zoya comes out with the Touch collection, a specialty set of three undertone-matching beige polishes with a subtle shimmer.

Zoya Nail Polish presents 3 new, full coverage nude creams – softly kissed with a bit of metallic to make them ultra wearable.

It’s so not my color personality but there’s just something about wearing a full coverage neutral that feels so fresh and clean in this sticky summer heat. I honestly don’t know what’s become of me but I don’t see this trend of mine dying off anytime soon.

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ALU’s 365 of Untrieds – China Glaze Oxidized Aqua Crackle Glaze Metal

china glaze oxidized aqua nail polish from the china glaze crackle glaze metals 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.

By now you probably are aware that I’m not the biggest fan of the crackle nail polish trend. I’m not hating on it per se, I’m just not fully on board. Something about the first sets of crackles didn’t thrill me. They were chunky looking and felt dated. However, I find myself crying “UNCLE!” ever since the metallic crackles started to pop up. They are definitely a fun twist on an old look and, well, I usually give in to anything sparkly.

Case in point, the China Glaze Crackle Glaze Metals. Foil metallic crackle polish that comes in six colors? Okay, okay I give. It does look pretty cool. See for yourself.

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ALU’s 365 of Untrieds – OPI Your Royal Shine-ness & Servin Up Silver from the OPI Glam Slam! England Collection

opi your royal shine-ness and opi servin up silver nail polish from the opi glam slam! england 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.

After I posted about the OPI Glam Slam! England duo with Grape…Set…Match quite a few of you requested that I also share my thoughts on Your Royal Shine-ness. To be honest, I wasn’t even planning to talk about this polish because it looked like just another silver foil in the bottle and I have more than my share of those.

Turns out I have to thank you all for prodding me into giving it a whirl because it ended up being one of those “Don’t judge a book by its cover” kind of moments. And isn’t that the whole point of this series and my blog in general? Keep reading to see what I mean.

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