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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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ALU’s 365 of Untrieds – Models Own Moody Grey and China Glaze Crushed Candy Crackle Glaze

models-own-moody-grey-china-glaze-crackle-crushed-candy-nail-polish-bottle 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.

Today’s manicure was inspired by turquoise rings I saw on Tumblr. I know I’m so late to the Tumblr party but I’m really enjoying it. Anywho, when I saw those rings I reblogged the pic stating that if crackle nail polish could create veining like what appears on those rings, I would be more into it.

Now I’ve made it pretty clear that I’m on the fence when it comes to crackle. I’ve seen people use it in ways that look good, like Kellie Gonzo’s manicure using OPI Silver Shatter, but for the most part I haven’t been its biggest fan.

Today while attempting to replicate a turquoise ring using Models Own Moody Grey and China Glaze Crackle Glaze in Crushed Candy I may have leaned a bit more in crackle’s favor. I wouldn’t go printing me a Team Crackle tee shirt just yet but I “could” get there.

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We’re Gonna Rock, We’re Gonna Roll, We’re Gonna Bop, We’re Gonna BOWL…

Let’s bowl, let’s bowl, let’s rock-’n-roll.
Hey, come on, let’s get this show on the road.
Let’s bowl, let’s bowl, let’s rock-’n-roll.
‘Cause the stakes are high, and the winner takes all!
- “Score Tonight” from Grease 2

If you’ve seen the documentary My Date With Drew you know that the director/subject of the film believes that people can be divided into two categories; those who love Grease 2 and everyone else.  Drew Barrymore, the director Brian Herzlinger and I all fall into the Grease 2 loving category.  One of the most infectious songs in the cheese-tastic flick is “Score Tonight” which involves a night at a bowling alley.

This past fall I officially became a bowling addict when the boyfriend and I joined a league with some friends.  Every Thursday night you can find me making a fool of myself on the lanes and a few weeks ago I made the committment to get my own ball.

Of course, no ordinary bowling ball would do.  It had to express my colorful style.  When I saw this lime & lavender Brunswick Slingshot it was all over.  Purple and green?? Are you kidding??  It’s like they made it for me and me alone!

Now what kind of nail girl would I be if I didn’t don a manicure inspired by my new ball? Check it out!

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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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The ALU Archives – Models Own Slate Green

alu-archives The ALU Archives focuses on older, beloved shades from the All Lacquered Up stash.It’s time for another installment of the ALU Archives.  I’ve been reorganizing my stash, what a labor intensive project, and I came across a polish I’ve been meaning to share with you.  I’ve been on a greyed blue & green kick ever since I got my hands on the spring RBLs and there’s a blue-green stunner from Models Own that I just adore.

Check out Slate Green from Models Own after the jump!

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