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

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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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Peanuts by OPI for Halloween 2014 – Coming Soon

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Peanuts by OPI for Halloween 2014

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Like a lot of kids of the 80s, I grew up watching It’s The Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown every year. I’ve always had an affinity for Peanuts, especially Lucy, Shroeder and Snoopy. And if you’re also an Arrested Development fan, you fangirled out when George Michael took his sullen, “Charlie Brown” head-down walks.

Though, truth be told, Halloween is actually my least favorite holiday. For some reason, it has always creeped me out. Which is why I don’t normally post about Halloween collections but I’m making a huge exception because, PEANUTS!! The Peanuts by OPI collection is actually making me excited for Halloween. This set of four nail polish shades pays homage to the classic comic and its most iconic characters.
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Deborah Lippmann Fall 2014 New York Marquee Collection

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Deborah Lippmann Fall 2014

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Hearkening back to a time when women were called “dames,” when Victory Rolls and Veronica Lake waves were all the rage in hair, the Deborah Lippmann Fall 2014 “New York Marquee” collection takes inspiration from the luxe fabrics of the 1940s. Think of the chrometastic Chrysler Building, the glitz of Broadway and silk charmeuse gowns.
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