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Spring 2010

ALU’s 365 of Untrieds – Barielle A Bouquet For Ava

barielle a bouquet for ava nail polish from the wildflower collection 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.

Ah, where to begin. I’m not really one to overshare the details of my life that include other people but I’ve been kind of a mess the past of couple days. I came home Thursday from Put-In-Bay to find out that my dad went to the emergency room, thinking he had a heart attack.

As an only child with very little extended family, my parents are my whole world and my father is my rock. He may tease me like he’s the older brother I never had and he may be more stubborn than me (which is a feat) but he’s funny, smart, caring and, most importantly, always there when I need him.

So needless to say, I’ve pretty much been a crying mess ever since. Even now as I wait to see if he will be released, I’m crying just typing this. While I have every belief that he will be okay, if you could send a positive thought his way, it would mean the world to me.

As you can imagine, talking about polish is about the last thing I care about right now so I’m not even going to apologize for effing up my 365. Some things are just more important than polish.

Needing a little cheering up, I put on Barielle A Bouquet For Ava which came out with the Barielle Wildflower Collection last year and was created to benefit the Ovarian Cancer Research Fund. There’s even a group that raises awareness for the disease through nail polish called Teal Toes.

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OPI Serena Williams Glam Slam France Swatches & Review

OPI is hitting us hard this May with THREE new launches; Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides, Blue Shatters and Serena Glam Slam! France. While I was expecting to want to tear right into the Pirates polishes I was taken completely aback by the two Glam Slam! Duos.


If you’ve read my previous shatter/crackle reviews you know I’m not all in on this look but the base colors in this collection really drew me in.  Unlike the Katy Perry collection that left me pretty indifferent, the polishes in this collection are Game.Set.Match. wins!

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Dior Silver Pearl Nail Polish Swatch & Review

By on April 7, 2010
in Dior, Silver, Spring 2010 with 21 Comments
dior silver pearl dior gris perle bottle After getting all swooning for Dior’s Silver Purple last fall I was excited to see what Spring would bring.  Here we have a variation last season’s smokey purple toned silver with the aptly named Silver Pearl or Gris Perle depending on the country.I must admit when I first saw promo pics of Silver Pearl I wondered if we had a Chanel Kaleidoscope dupe on our hands.  Don’t we all wish for that?  Then I saw it in person and was all, “I’ve seen this before.”  I wasn’t even all that jazzed to test it.  *insert foot in mouth*  I’m totally eating my words now that I’ve gotten around to trying it.  Check out this bolt of silver lightening after the jump!

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Sally Hansen Midnight in NY and Hidden Treasure

sally hansen complete salon manicure midnight ny hidden treasure bottle Last September during NYFW, Sally Hansen unveiled their new Complete Salon Manicure line and the Tracy Reese for Sally Hansen Spring 2010 Runway Collection.  Two of the shades, Midnight in NY and Hidden Treasure were layered to create the nail look for the show.

I’ve already beyond raved over the Complete Salon Manicure formula when I wore it during my NYFW NOTD Challenge so I’ll spare you my gushing but wonky brush or not, this polish wears like iron.  And the combination of Midnight in NY and Hidden Treasure is not only gorgeous, it resembles a certain hard-to-find polish that many of you hunted for last fall.  See what I’m talking about after the jump!

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Chanel Noir Et Or Paris-Shanghai Collection Preview

chanel-noir-et-paris-shanghai-collection-1 For the “Metiers D’Art” fashion show in Shanghai, Peter Philips, Global Creative Director of Chanel Makeup, created an exclusive collection, Noir Et Or. The collection is a glamorous fantasy of Shanghai in the 30’s and 40’s as Coco Chanel herself may have imagined it. The black and gold eyes and nails complimented the gilded and jet black accents shown on the runway.

Like the Paris-Moscou Collection, the Noir Et Or Paris-Shanghai Collection is a limited edition set of colors taken straight from the runway.  I have to admit I’m a bit surprised to see Chanel coming out with a matte polish at this point in the game.  They’ve always been trendsetters not followers so I’m curious to see how Black Velvet is received.

chanel noir et paris shanghai collection black velvet gold lame illusion dor

Le Vernis Nail Colour in Black VelvetMatte black nail color in a frosted bottle ($25.00)

Le Vernis Nail Colour in Gold LaméSatiny gold nail color ($25.00)

Le Vernis Nail Colour in Illusion d‘orTransparent sparkling gold nail color ($25.00)

Ligne et Ombre de Chanel in Jet-Gold - Matte black eyeliner and sparkling gold eyeshadow ($45.00)

The Noir Et Or Paris-Shanghai Collection launches in April 2010.  It will be carried exclusively at, Chanel Boutiques and Chanel Makeup Studios.

What do you think Fanatics? Do any of these LE shades have you excited? How do you feel about Chanel releasing a matte polish?

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