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ALU’s 365 of Untrieds – Dashing Diva Tibi Couture

dashing diva tibi couture nail polish 365 untrieds 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.

One of my favorite things about Fashion Week is when the nail brands and designers come together to create custom mixes.  Whether it’s to match a swatch of fabric or an inspirational image, I am always inspired to come home and franken up a new color or two.

Every so often, one of those backstage blends makes it into production which saves my mixing bottles for other creations.  That was the case with Dashing Diva Tibi Couture.  At last year’s Fall 2010 runway show, Tibi’s Amy Smilovic requested a greyed mushroom hue for her model’s nails and Dashing Diva’s Pattie Yankee came up with the perfect mix.

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ALU’s 365 of Untrieds – Rimmel London Steel Gray

By on April 9, 2011
in 365 of Untrieds, Rimmel, Taupe with 34 Comments
rimmel london steel grey nail polish bottle 365 untrieds 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.Back when Chanel Particulière was making nail polish headlines, there was talk of a potential dupe in Rimmel London Steel Grey.  Of course, at the time, whenever I would remember to look for it at my local drugstore it was sold out.  Then a few months back I picked up a bottle and I”m just now getting around to trying it out.

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China Glaze Anchors Away Spring 2011 Collection – Sand & Sea Swatches & Review

By on February 9, 2011
in Blue, China Glaze, Gray, Nude, Spring 2011, Tan, Taupe, White with 56 Comments
china-glaze-anchors-away-spring-2011-nail-polish-collection I can’t begin to tell you how apropos it is that China Glaze created the nautical themed Anchors Away collection for Spring 2011. You see I grew up sailing. As a child I spent every weekend of my summers on my parents’ sailboat cruising the shores of Lake Erie. It was such a huge part of my life that even though I’m not exactly a fan of sailing (it can be boring), being on the water is an essential piece of who I am.

It’s always been part of my life plan to have a boat of my own to enjoy everything Lake Erie has to offer. The Lake Erie islands, the Sandusky Bay area, it’s all so beautiful and fun. This spring my dream of summering on a boat just may come true. The boyfriend and I are signing up for a safe boating course and starting to shop for our own floating home away from home which has me on an all things nautical high.

I’ve been shopping for new deck shoes, conjuring up boat names, contemplating the boat themed manicures I’ll wear, etc. And after seeing a mani/pedi combo using the navy and orange cremes from this collection, I already know what is going on my nails first.  But before we get into the bold Knotty Nauticals let’s take a look at the softer side of the Anchors Away collection, the Sand & Sea six piece set.

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MAC Nail Trend F/W 10 Comparisons

By on August 26, 2010
in Blue, Fall 2010, Green, MAC, Orange, Purple, Taupe with 58 Comments
mac-nail-trend-fw-2010-collection-jin-soon-fall MAC Nail Trend F/W 10 officially launches today at MAC counters nationwide.  The polishes went up on the MAC website Tuesday and surprisingly they have not sold out.  Perhaps due to the craze over Fabulous Felines.

Speaking of Fabulous Felines, if you’re like me and totally intimidated by liquid liner I highly suggest you try the Superslick Liquid Eye Liners in this collection.  I swear on my Helmers that they’re so easy to apply, I just may give up my pots of Fluidline and I’ve been using them for YEARS.

On to the reason you’re all here.  I wanted to give you some color comparisons before the Nail Trend colors sold out so thank you to everyone who submitted swatch suggestions.

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Chanel Jade & Paradoxal Dupe Smackdown

By on August 24, 2010
in Chanel, Green, Milani, Models Own, Taupe with 81 Comments
chanel-jade-paradoxal-dupe-swatch-comparisons With every new Chanel nail polish launch the inevitable question is, are there any affordable alternatives?  More often than not the answer is no.  Chanel seems to find a way to add a little something special to their nail colors that make dead-on dupes an impossibility.  Of course there are plenty of nail polishes that come close but Chanel twins are usually hard to come by.

After the Chanel Jade craze last fall a number of brands came out with their own less expensive version of the pale green shimmer, most notably Charlotte Russe Jade and Claire’s Dream Catcher.  And now Milani has entered the ring with their interpretation, Dress Maker. Back when I reviewed Chanel Paradoxal I was hard pressed to find any decent comparisons and then a reader email led me to Models Own Purple Grey.

Read on to see how these budget conscious versions stand up to two of Chanel’s most buzzed about nail creations.  Let the smackdown begin!

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