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OPI Fall 2014 – Nordic Collection Swatches & Review (Part 1)

By on August 15, 2014
in Fall 2014, Glitter, Green, OPI, Pink, Purple, Silver with 34 Comments
OPI Nordic Fall 2014 swatches and review via @AllLacqueredUp

OPI Nordic – Fall 2014

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As we move into Fall, prepare to be whisked away to an icy wonderland thanks to the OPI Fall 2014 Nordic collection.

When creating colors for a new seasonal collection, I always draw inspiration from the food,
music, art, landscape and street style of a particular destination,” remarks Suzi Weiss-Fischmann, OPI Co-Founder & Executive VP. “While conceptualizing the shades of the Nordic Collection, I ate cinnamon buns and drank glogg, snapped photographs of brightly painted houses, and gazed in wonder at the region’s topography – from the northern lights and midnight sun to lava flats and deep fjords. All of these diverse elements came together to inspire an equally varied array of colors that capture the aesthetic of the Nordic region.
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Are You Done With Nail Art? #WeAreDone

By on August 14, 2014
in Nail Art with 25 Comments
Are You Done With Nail Art? #WeAreDone via @AllLacqueredUp

Busy Philipps is Done With Nail Art #WeAreDone

Have you heard The Madden Brothers tune, “We Are Done?” The song with the 60s vibe has spawned an internet sensation of people posting signs of what they are done with, using #WeAreDone Some of them have been really inspirational, especially from young girls saying things like, “Done with being underestimated” or “Done with being afraid.”

On that note, I was watching #Undone with Amanda de Cadenet, you may remember her from Brokedown Palace or her previous Lifetime series The Conversation, and she had Joel Madden and Busy Philipps as guests. When the topic of #WeAreDone came up, she asked Busy what she is done with and you can see her response above.

Now I follow Busy on Twitter and Instagram, I have adored her since Freaks & Geeks and am an avid Cougar Town fan, so I know she has forayed into the world of nail art. In fact, she uses the same nail artist as Kelly Osbourne. So her answer surprised me but her reasoning made sense. She simply stated that it takes too much time. And as a mom of two kids, one an infant, I’m sure her time is precious.

But it begs the question, are you done with nail art? I know it’s been riding high the past few years but how long can it continue? I’ve also noticed other celeb nail art fanatics toning it down of late. Is the massive nail art trend dying out? I know there will always be fans but is it declining, in general?

Gel Nails – Gel Polish? Gel Hybrid? Gel Effect? Let’s Break It Down!

Gel Polish and Hybrids Breakdown via @AllLacqueredUp

Gel Polish and Hybrids Breakdown

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With every brand and their mother putting out a product with “GEL” in the name, nail world is becoming a very confusing place. The introduction of CND Shellac started a gel nails craze that has prompted more traditional polish brands to jack its style, producing products that promise gel-like results.

But here’s the problem. Gel Polish, Gel Hybrid, Gel Effect, Soak-Off Gel, UV Gel. What do they all mean? All this terminology makes it hard to decipher how a product applies and performs so I’m here to break down the differences for you.
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Top 10 Drugstore Beauty Products – My Latest Obsessions

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Top 10 Tuesday

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At my core, I’m a drugstore diva. I love my Sunday ritual of hopping from Rite Aid to ULTA to CVS to Walgreens and finally the beauty section of Bed, Bath and Beyond, searching out the latest and greatest in the world of mass beauty. I partially blame Nouveau Cheap for posting deals and the latest collections. Knowing there’s a sale gets my blood moving.

So, when the Top 10 Tuesday gang decided to tackle Drugstore Beauty, I was all in! Keep reading to see my latest finds.
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CND Modern Folklore for Fall 2014 – Swatches & Review

By on August 11, 2014
in Blue, CND, Fall 2014, Gold, Metallic, Orange, Purple, Red with 8 Comments
CND Modern Folklore for Fall 2014 via @AllLacqueredUp

CND Modern Folklore for Fall 2014

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As a driving force behind the melding nails and fashion, CND‘s color palette is always inspired by the runways. CND Co-Founder and Style Director Jan Arnold is a fashion icon in her own right and for this fall, they’re delivering the CND Modern Folklore collection based on the rich tapestries and intricate patterns that dominated the catwalk.
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