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Chanel Alchimie

Tuesday, 25 June, 2013
Chanel Alchimie

Chanel Alchimie was a color that when I first saw it, thought, “Oh…it’s a newer version of Peridot…bummer.” It is, yet it isn’t.

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49ers Super Bowl Mani

Sunday, 3 February, 2013
49ers Super Bowl Mani - Feb 3, 2013

Niners may have lost, but they still have five Super Bowl wins under their belt. It was a good game that they played hard core. The final score was so close – you can’t deny that.

I’d have loved to have seen six wins in my lifetime, but maybe for now five is good enough.

Anyway, this is the mani I sported today in support of my team.

49ers Super Bowl Mani - Feb 3, 2013

49ers Mani

Depend – Numbers 045 and 206

Thursday, 26 May, 2011

Ok, I can’t stop giggling every time I write about this Swedish nail polish brand called Depend. I’m childish. I’m immature. I’m juvenile. What can I say? I totally ‘fess up to my faults. I’m also a disorganized organized mess. My Helmers are disorganized right now. I need a third Helmer and I can see Mr Carinae rolling his eyes at me…

Anyway, immaturity and disorganization aside, I really do need to stop laughing when I swatch these colors.

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MAC – Concubine

Friday, 4 February, 2011

This is today’s Friday Red with massive reservations. I don’t know what the heck is going on with MAC and mercifully their Rodart line for this past fall was killed. However, sneaking in a polish name with a negative connotation such as this really shows (to me) how out of touch MAC seems to be getting with their ethnic fan base. Some can say I’m being sensitive, but when you’ve messed with your Rodarte line (c’mon, its inspiration is a Mexican town where violence against women is common and IGNORED!) and now you’ve got a color called Concubine (and it’s an Asian red, to boot!)…you’re messed up. Heads need to roll and a new person with taste and sensitivity need to be put in.

Anyway, this red is part of their Nail Trend F/W 2010. On to the Friday Red!

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Chanel – Brown Sugar

Thursday, 6 January, 2011
Chanel Brown Sugar

Is a polish from 1994-1995 considered old school? In my head it is, but it may not be so for others. Anyway, enough with the debate over semantics. Let’s look at my treasure.

I know I’ve gone on and on about Chanel’s Brown Sugar. I did a search for Brown Sugar in my blog and I found three instances of where it’s mentioned. I know I’d have mentioned it a lot more but editing saved you from having to read about it everyday. Now friends of mine, on the other hand. I’ve more than bent their ears on it. Frankly, I think I think I abused them. LOL.

I’ll dig up Violette and let you look at them to see. I will eventually do a side by side comparison, but for now here is my one true nail polish love.

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China Glaze – Riveter Rouge

Friday, 10 September, 2010

Hello and welcome to Red Nail Polish Friday.

Part of the China Glaze Vintage Vixen Fall 2010 collection, I found this frosty red very pretty. It was almost Christmas-y to me, but it was more towards a fall color of red, not that Merry red stuff. This has a slight blue undertone, but not enough to make it a true red. It’s a lovely rich color that I find will be on my toes quite often this fall.

Forumula was fast drying and opaque in record time.

China Glaze definitely nailed this one correctly.

Chanel – Violette

Sunday, 11 July, 2010
Chanel Violette

Happy Sunday!

Whilst going through a moving box that was innocuously labeled “Bathroom Junk” from three years ago (shhh….), I discovered this little gem – Chanel’s Violette. Released in early 2000, I’d actually venture to say about 2003 since that was when we were living in Scotland and I know that this is where I purchased this color, I had high hopes for this to be a dupe of my infamous lemming/lust/must have/WILL KUT YOU FOR of Chanel’s Brown Sugar nail polish. Released about six months after Rouge Noir – the original – in 1994, I went nuts for it. Loved it so much I scrimped my pennies to share it with friends because I’d buy them a bottle for their birthday.

Brown Sugar is a polish I can definitely wax lyrical on for…well, ever. Four years ago I saw a bottle of Brown Sugar on eBay. I stopped bidding at $40. It ended up selling for $60. To this day, that is one of my true nail polish regrets. I would, in all honesty, trade in all my bottles of nail polish just so I can have a good bottle of Brown Sugar. That is how much I loved that color.

While Violette hits the spot, it’s like eating a banana when you really want chocolate – you get the potassium you wanted, but it’s not the flavor or texture that would send you into your own happy place.  There are also some very subtle differences – Brown Sugar was bit more beige-y, slightly mushroom-y and a tinge more purple. Violette is…well, more violet colored and a lot lighter. I felt Brown Sugar was truly the best neutral nail polish out there. It flattered all my friends’ skin tones.

All right, enough. I’ll stop. Here are the pics.

Formula on this was terrible! But I think this was one of the first bottles of 3 Free, but I could be wrong so don’t quote me on it. These were two thin coats with no top coat put on. It bubbled and I was immediately reminded why I had thrown this color into a box and conveniently forgot about it. My Brown Sugar never bubbled, but it took forever and a millennia to dry.