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The Best Base Coats for Every Nail Need

Best Base Coats for Nails

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When I put together my list of current Favorite Top Coats, many of you requested to hear about the Best Base Coats in my arsenal. I actually have more top coats than base coats and that’s because I tend to stick with my tried and true faves. I test new things, of course, but, for the most part, these have become my staples.

To make sure I have all your bases covered (pun totally intended), I am sharing my favorites for long-lasting wear, ridge filling, treatment and specialty polishes.
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CND VINYLUX Paradise for Summer 2014 Swatches & Review

By on April 19, 2014
in Berry, Blue, CND, Green, Orange, Pink, Summer 2014, Yellow with 4 Comments

CND Paradise VINYLUX for Summer 2014

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This summer, CND is taking us on a tropical adventure with the CND VINYLUX Paradise collection for Summer 2014. Pairing four new VINYLUX shades with two existing colors, Bicycle Yellow and Electric Orange, the bright cremes and sexy shimmers make me want to grab my beach bag and head to the Caribbean.
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CND VINYLUX Spring 2014 “Open Road” Collection Swatches

By on March 6, 2014
in Beige, CND, Coral, Green, Spring 2014, Tan, Yellow with 7 Comments

CND VINYLUX Spring 2014 Open Road swatches

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Route 66. A classic Corvette convertible. Windblown hair (the kind you see in the movies that doesn’t require an hour of de-tangling). The dusty, weathered shades of CND’s VINYLUX Open Road collection for Spring 2014 conjures images that make the snowy Cleveland weather a little less dreary.

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Best of 2013 – Top 30 Nail Polishes of the Year

Best Nail Polishes of 2013

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It’s been a pretty stellar year for nail polish. In 2013, we’ve seen new technologies, new finishes and tons of new colors. So you can imagine what a task it’s been trying to narrow down my favorites.

The new textured polishes really helped invigorate my passion for polish. Unlike other fad-type finishes of the past few years (crackle, matte, magnetic, etc), I’m so not tired of texture and I don’t see my love waning anytime soon.

After an unexpectedly long break from ALU, I came back this year with a vengeance and I’ve been loving every second of it. A huge part of that is you. Your comments, emails, tweets, etc. mean so much and encourage me to share my love of nail color. So without further ado, I give you my Top 30 Nail Polish Colors of 2013.
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By on December 18, 2013
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If my search results tell me anything, it’s that there are lots of CND VINYLUX Weekly Polish fans out there. Whether you read about it online or were introduced to it by your salon, VINYLUX is gaining in popularity for regular salon goers.

CND Vinylux Weekly Nail Polish

During a recent pedicure appointment, I talked VINYLUX with my fave nail techs and they said it’s becoming a big seller. And I know lots of people have been emailing me to find out where to purchase bottles for home use so I wanted to point you in the right direction.

Shop Local

CND VINYLUX is retailed in salons so look for one in your area using the CND Locate tool. You can specify VINYLUX to find salons that carry the line.

Shop Online

There aren’t a ton of online sellers as VINYLUX is a professional product but that doesn’t mean they don’t exist. is the most convenient and reliable online seller. It’s where I purchase VINYLUX.

Another online seller, that quite a few bloggers I know buy from, is

Finally, and both have VINYLUX though I haven’t purchased through either one so I can’t vouch for them.

Thanks to reader Julie-Anne for letting me know that Canadian VINYLUX fans can order through

CND VINYLUX Weekly Polish and Weekly Top Coat retail for $9.90/ea for a .5oz bottle.

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