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Polish Comparison Swatches – The Best Kind of Post When You’re Sick

So yea.  I sneezed funny on Sunday and then the next day I was sick with a cold.  Has that ever happened to anyone else?  I’m being dead serious – it’s like the sneeze dislodged the sickness or something.  Ugh.  Anyway, I was off work today and pretty much was a slug all day; even looking at the computer screen hurts my eyes.  I am weird and don’t take medication when I’m sick (unless it’s that time of the month – then, JACK ME UP BABY) because I feel like it just masks the pain and makes me stay sick for longer.  Or I’m a martyr.  Either or.  At least I know when I get pregnant one day I’ll be totally used to not being able to take meds (but I will not hesitate to get an epidural – eff that).  So there’s that.

Anyway, I have photos of two polishes I had done comparison swatches for but never posted them, so here they are.  First up is Chanel’s Orange Fizz (which I happen to be wearing this week, and seriously – I LOVE IT SO MUCH you guys should all buy a bottle, it’s good times) which I swatched against all my other orangey-coral polishes (spoiler – there are no dupes that I own, so you should just go buy a bottle of the real stuff):

Chanel Orange Fizz comparisonsLeft to right: China Glaze Flirty Tankini, LA Colors Magnetic Force, Chanel Orange Fizz, China Glaze Surfin’ for Boys, Deborah Lippmann Daytripper

Chanel Orange Fizz comparisons (2) Chanel Orange Fizz comparisons (3)Chanel Orange Fizz comparisons (5)Thumb: China Glaze Flirty Tankini; Index: Chanel Orange Fizz; Middle: LA Colors Magnetic Force; Ring: China Glaze Surfin’ for Boys; Pinky: Deborah Lippmann Daytripper

You can see that aside from the LA Colors shade, the rest of the polishes are all in the same vein, but Flirty Tankini is less saturated and dries with a flat finish (though probably the closest match); Surfin’ for Boys is more pink and with a pearlesence about it; and Daytripper is more pink.  What I love about Orange Fizz is that it’s super-shiny on it’s own, has a squishy quality to it, and is somehow both soft enough for spring but bright enough that it will be awesome in summer too 🙂

The next polish I have to show you is one I recently picked up from American Apparel, called Downtown LA.  I was in the store a couple weeks ago buying Neon Violet for a gal at work, since she loved it so much on me, and decided to take advantage of the buy 3 for $18 deal (I also picked up their matte top coat for fun).  Downtown LA is a bold red that leans ever so slightly orange.  It is exceptionally close to butter London’s Come to Bed Red, though bL’s version really is more of a true red without the orange lean.  I can tell the difference between the two but if I didn’t tell you, I’m sure you wouldn’t guess:

American Apparel vs butter Londonbutter London Come to Bed Red; American Apparel Downtown LA

American Apparel Downtown LA (3) American Apparel Downtown LAIndex & ring: butter London Come to Bed Red; middle & pinky: American Apparel Downtown LA

I have a hard time wearing red polish as I find on my skintone it looks a bit garish; however, I wore Downtown LA last week and actually liked it quite a bit.  The warmer tone of the polish worked better on me than Come to Bed Red has in the past, and I made sure to cut my nails super-short which made the manicure less in-your-face.  I won’t be stocking up on red polishes any time soon but it’s still nice to have a few great ones in your arsenal!  I’ll likely pass along my butter London shade – I always hate to part with more high-end brands but I know I’ll never choose it over the AA color.  I have to say, I really like AA polishes – they are almost one-coaters and apply so well!

So, I hope this keeps you entertained until I get better!  I usually go into repair mode when I’m sick and rarely stay down for long, so I’ll be up and kickin’ by the weekend I’m sure 😀

What do you do with your nail polish dupes?  Do you find red a difficult color to wear?

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Quelling a Burning Desire with Deborah Lippmann’s Through the Fire

While I was away this fall, something terrible happened – I missed the Chanel fall collection entirely!  Thankfully, there wasn’t too much I wanted to try, but I DID desperately want Malice, the gorgeous ruby-hued polish and the only one released with the seasonal launch.  As it disappeared from shelves in a snap, I was left to scour the internet trying to find a dupe to the shade.  What I came up with that was close (though by no means an exact match, or even that close, unfortunately), was Deborah Lippmann’s Through the Fire.

Deborah Lippmann Through the Fire (4) Deborah Lippmann Through the Fire (5)Deborah Lippmann Through the Fire (3)

Through the Fire, a ‘radiant merlot hue’ was released as part of her 2012 Holiday collection (along with Cleopatra in New York).  While it doesn’t have the slight berry tinge that Malice appears to have, it still has that inner glow that captivates the eye.  Below, this is two coats with Poshe Fast Drying Top Coat.

Deborah Lippmann Through the Fire Swatches (2)Deborah Lippmann Through the Fire SwatchesDeborah Lippmann Through the Fire Swatches (3)

Apparently, one of the true closer dupes to Malice is OPI’s Royal Rajah Ruby, which if you remember I was iffy about at first, but then found love using it as a pedi shade.  Personally I think RRR is too brown-leaning, but it pleases me that I have one of the closest colors to Malice already in my stash.

As for TtF, I pulled RRR plus a couple other shades to see how they all compare – OPI’s Every Month is Oktoberfest, which has been noted by other bloggers as a potential Malice twin (it’s not), and Misa’s Red Pumps at the Nordstrom (which isn’t like Malice at all, nor TtF – but is red and also has that gorgeous radiance about it).

Deborah Lippmann Through the FireLeft to right (artificial light): OPI Every Month is Oktoberfest, OPI Royal Rajah Ruby, Deborah Lippmann Through the Fire, Misa Ruby Pumps at the Nordstrom

Deborah Lippmann Through the Fire (2)Left to right (flash): OPI Every Month is Oktoberfest, OPI Royal Rajah Ruby, Deborah Lippmann Through the Fire, Misa Ruby Pumps at the Nordstrom

Deborah Lippmann Through the Fire comparisonsTop to Bottom (artificial light): Misa Red Pumps at the Nordstrom, Deborah Lippmann Through the Fire, OPI Royal Rajah Ruby, OPI Every Month is Oktoberfest

Deborah Lippmann Through the Fire comparisons (2)Left to right (flash): OPI Every Month is Oktoberfest, OPI Royal Rajah Ruby, Deborah Lippmann Through the Fire, Misa Ruby Pumps at the Nordstrom

Deborah Lippmann Through the Fire comparisons (3)Left to right (flash): Misa Red Pumps at the Nordstrom, Deborah Lippmann Through the Fire, OPI Royal Rajah Ruby, OPI Every Month is Oktoberfest

While RRR is in the same vein as TtF, it’s not a dupe and I like TtF much better on my fingernails, as its more feminine with it’s red tones.  Though I tend to prefer cremes over other formulations of polish, I gotta say that these types of polishes with a less metallic shimmer and more of an inner fire, are totally up my alley.  I could stare at them all day!  All four of these polishes captivate my heart in one way or another, and while I don’t feel that my lemming for Malice is fully abated, I’m not totally broken-hearted over it 🙂

Did you pick up Malice, or did you miss it too?  Are you a fan of shimmer polishes, or other types? 

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Summer Favorites (I Couldn’t Pick Just One!)

G’day to everyone!!  I have been MIA for a while, longer than usual anyway – I have a backlog of photos of products to post, but I can’t seem to get inspired to write anything about them!  Not that they aren’t all great in their different ways, but I guess I’m starting to feel like I’m just pumping out product reviews and not enough substance, you know?  I need some time to do some more FOTD’s with underused products – now THAT was fun 🙂

I’m also doing an overhaul of my makeup stash and letting go of even more products that I just don’t use.  I’ve been obsessing over my wishlist far too much and it’s getting to the point where I’m almost turned off the whole thing (as in, the buy buy buy! cycle).  I updated my swap list on MUA and have been engaged in several different exchanges, trying to acquire things that I’ve been lemming but are core color products of a brand – I want to save most of my purchases for seasonal items or ‘big-ticket’ purchases that aren’t so easily swapped for.  I’m thinking about doing a blog sale as well, though I don’t know how exciting some of the products may be…thoughts!?

In the meantime, I thought I’d do a ‘Summer Favorites’ rundown, versus my favorite of the month, because there hasn’t been just one thing I’ve been loving in July, but there have been a handful of things I keep returning to over and over!

Even though I love brights in the summer – vivid tropical hues that I never wear the rest of the year – I rarely have opportunities to wear them (I sometimes get ~crazy~ at work but overall I try to keep it appropriate).  Often, my palette includes more natural, glowing hues that highlight my tanned skin and healthy glow, rather than being in-your-face.  It’s one of the few times of the year where wearing less usually works to your advantage, and I like to capitalize on that!

I managed to snag Urban Decay’s ‘Lucky’ 24/7 Eyeliner Pencil in a swap last year, and although I loved how it looked, I didn’t wear it too often.  However, this year in my effort to spread the love throughout my stash, I started playing with it more, and I think I’ve found my go-to makeup look: this, smudged over black eyeliner on both top and bottom lashes, enhances my eyes subtly but with a kind of bad-ass twist.  It’s been a staple in my summer routine many days now, and I absolutely LOVE it.  The metallic nature of this liner and the warm coppery hue, toned down a bit by the black, gives a depth to my makeup that is just perfect.

On days when I’m aiming to look even more natural, or to give a subtle glow to my look, I opt for MAC’s Melon Pigment, also another swap find (yay to being economical!), a peachy-gold metallic.  On fair-medium skin, I hear the peach tones help it look particularly striking, especially on blue-eyed gals.  On my skintone, it looks more golden than peach, and is fairly subtle – though it can be built up if need be, or applied wet.  With just this and a whole lot of black mascara, I can create a wide-open eye that catches the light just so.  I haven’t tried it yet, but I think I could even use this as a highlight on my cheekbones (though this probably only works for darker skinned gals).

The Milani Sunset Beach bronzer is one of the most inexpensive items in my stash, yet I wear this every day – the brownish tone is a slightly warm but overall neutral hue that works fabulously as a contour shade just under the cheekbone.  It’s not too orange or muddy, and it’s got a great pigmentation that’s not heavy but just right to work well in layers if needed.  If I’m in a hurry, buffing this on my temples, bridge of the nose, and just under the jawline as well gives me a great warmth and really makes me look polished with very little effort.

Obviously you’ve already heard all about my love of Chanel’s Inattendu polish – it’s just the perfect nude, especially for summer, when the warmer tones flatter skin so nicely.  And because I wear SO many brights this time of year, it acts as the perfect counter-point.  You really can’t go wrong!

MAC’s Lychee Luxe Lipglass is a glorious coral-pink shade with golden shimmer, and is so pretty on that I forgive it’s sticky texture.  I can wear this with a variety of looks, either bold eyes or more natural, with golds and brights and jewel-tones, and it works for each one of them.  On my somewhat pigmented lips and with my darker skin, it looks warm and juicy, giving my lips just enough color without ever being overwhelming or stealing the show.  While I have decided not to buy any more MAC Lipglasses because of the texture problem mentioned, I’ll be genuinely sad to see this one go – and it’s only got about 1/3 left!

While all of these shades work perfectly for day or night, I’ve generally been wearing only loose powder to lightly even out my skintone during the day.  When I’m headed to an event or out for the evening however, I like to look a bit more pulled together, and I’ve been using Make Up For Ever’s Face & Body foundation* in #18 ($40CAD) – a super lightweight foundation that covers imperfections without feeling heavy or like you’re wearing much of anything.  As it’s water-based, its quite thin and is perfect for the hot, makeup-melting days of summer.  It can also be built up to give extra coverage where needed – and can be used on the body as well (I love me some multi-purpose products!).  #18 (for medium skin with olive undertones) is a very good match for my summer-tanned skin, and is warm, not ashy, which is great.  I’m thinking about mixing a bit of this with my Hourglass Immaculate foundation when the cooler months arrive, as it leans a touch light and grey on me, and I think the two formulations will mix fairly well.

Here are some swatches of all the products above (left to right – MAC Lychee Luxe, MAC Melon, UD Lucky, Milani Sunset Beach, MUFE #18):

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Honourable mentions go to MAC’s Arena eyeshadow (I’m plugging that shade hard, aren’t I?) and some of my other fave polish shades – Essie’s Bikini So Teeny (can’t get enough), MAC’s Mischievous Mint (the bottle is half-empty – seriously!), China Glaze’s Pink Plumeria (look for an upcoming ‘combo’ post with this shade), and Deb Lippmann’s Daytripper (check it out below!).

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My mother keeps telling me I should be showcasing my polishes with color-contrasting objects, and I just happened to buy this especially pretty pale aqua throw pillows, sooo…

Pretty, huh?  Initially when picked this up, I was disappointed when I tried it on – it’s more of a jelly texture, which is great, but not what I was expecting.  And in artificial light, the shade fell a bit flat.  However, the next day, I totally turned the other cheek – I couldn’t get enough of how lovely it was!  It’s extremely shiny on it’s own, and so juicy – the jelly texture actually really makes it more than your regular coral polish, it just too this ol’ gal a little longer to see it ;P

What are some of your favorite summer items and looks??  Do share, I’d love to get some more ideas!

*Product provided by the PR company/brand for my unbiased consideration.

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Review: Deborah Lippmann’s Stripper To Go Remover Mitts

While I LOVE nail polish (as you all well know) and doing regular manicures, one problem I encounter more than I’d like is needing to either touch up a nail or remove my polish completely while on the go – whether it be at work, traveling, or just out and about (I have a habit of doing my nails in random places lol).  I can’t stand having chipped nails, and when that happens, I always wish desperately that I had a little remover to just wipe the slate clean – I’d rather have bare nails than chipping ones.

If you have been reading this blog for a while, you may recall that last year I had an opportunity to try out Laqa & Co.’s Polish Remover Pads, which are housed in a cute little container and are perfect for toting around if you need quick removal.  However, I found that they were a bit dry and I could see them getting drier as time wears on, if they’re not used.  This week, I was given a chance to try out a product that has a similar purpose, but with the kinks fully worked out – Deborah Lippmann’s Stripper to Go Lavender Nail Lacquer Remover Finger Mitts (OMG…that is a mouthful!).The word ‘mitt’ used in this description is a bit misleading.  Waiting for them to arrive, I was imagining a big hand mitt that would somehow have remover in the tips or something.  Silly me!  What they actually are, are little finger mitts, like a fabric thimble, that you can put on and then proceed to remove the polish from all of your nails – yes, ALL 10 FINGERS.  They’re fully saturated with remover, and as they’re housed in little sealed packets, there is no fear of these babies drying out until you open them.  Since they come individually packaged, there’s no waste and you can just grab one and go!  So handy.I tried these out tonight to see how they fared in removing my polish.  Stupidly, I forgot at first and removed one hand with my regular remover, so I can’t fully claim they will remove polish from all 10 fingernails.  However, after removing just one hand, I can see I have plenty of room on the mitt to continue on with the other hand – and I can attest that there is plenty of remover on the mitt to accommodate for both hands.Initially the ‘lavender’ aspect was kind of lost on me – on the mitt, I can’t really smell it, although the scent isn’t the typical strong, offending odor that removers often have.  I read up on it, and discovered that the lavender is supposed to leave ‘a gentle scent on the skin, while protecting the delicate cuticle with its natural anti-bacterial properties.’ Huh.  I checked, and I can smell the faintest hint of lavender left behind on my nails, and I did notice that due to the inclusion of aloe vera as well as the lavender, my cuticles and nails were not dry after removal in the least.

There are 6 mitts per box, which retails for $12CAD on Nail Polish Canada, which generously gave me this product to review.  While the mitts are terribly handy to tote on the go, I’m also impressed overall with the formula of Lippmann’s remover, and will be giving the full bottle of The Stripper a good look as well.  If you’re a regular polish wearer, or just fancy being able to remove your polish whenever and wherever you please, these should be right up your alley!


*Products were sent for my unbiased consideration from the PR company/brand.

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Technical Difficulties…

So, our wireless internet is frigged – but not on my bf’s computer, just mine!  Super annoying.  Currently I’m sitting on the floor near the modem with my computer actually plugged IN, as it’s the only way to get online.  But DAMN this hallway is chilly so I won’t be hanging out here for long!  In the interim, here’s some polish spam for you to keep to busy until I get this whole thing straightened out:China Glaze 2030.  I also swatched Hi-Tek at the same time, but stupidly forgot to take photos, so that’ll be for another time.  This one is actually up for swap – its flattering on me but I’m not really into this kind of look.  Plus it’s a little annoying to apply as it dries fast and can get patchy easily.  Pass!

Yuk.  This is an LA Girl polish that I got in a swag bag, but the name is missing (sorry).  Anyway, I hate colors like this – SUPER not my style.  Though, this polish had one kickass formula – perfectly thin, but opaque in two coats, and with an awesome glossy finish.  Too bad about the icky shade (though I’m sure it’d look great on someone!).

I should have titled this post: ‘Polishes I Hate’ because here’s another one that I’m not a fan of (maybe hate’s a strong word…but there is NO love lost).  This is Deb Lippmann’s Satin Doll, one created for Mariah Carey.  In theory, its quite pretty – its very complimentary to my skin tone, but I am not liking the old Granny shimmer at all.  It makes this look really dated, which it very well could be – when did this come out?  One of the awesome gals at Mills Brothers gave it to me because I spent an hour arranging the Lippmann polishes just so, one night while I was working at Clinique (hello, OCD!).  This’ll go up for swap too like the others I suspect…so sad.

Rescue Beauty’s Piu Mosso.  Bah!  I’ve had this swatches for ages but just COULD not get the pretty fire-red shimmer to come out and play.  And in all truthfulness, it really made this shade kinda disappointing to me.  I know ‘secret shimmers’ are all the rage, and I loved me some Chanel Paradoxal, but for some reason this one didn’t translate the same.  Maybe because its similar to Zoya’s Cynthia, which has my heart completely, that this seemed to be a dud in comparison.  Which is weird because of the awesome shimmer…that you can only see in perfect sunny light.  Meh.  I’ll likely hang on to it for a while, then move on.

That’s all for now, I’ve caught up on almost all my backlogged polish swatches now 🙂  I hope this gives you a lil something until I can get this ridiculous internet problem solved!  My computer must be faulty 😦  (*Guess it’s time for a new one* heehee)

I hope everyone is well, be back soon!!

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Deborah Lippmann: Nefertiti

Meh.  That’s all I have to say about this polish.  See for yourself:

Cuticles are ragged, I know.  I can conceal their sorry state some of the time, but I am so bored with this polish I couldn’t even be bothered.  I feel like I should put this one up for swap, but because it’s a Lippmann I’m hesitant to.  There isn’t anything wrong with it at all (aside from the snooze color) – it applies easily and beautifully in two thin coats, wears well, blah blah blah.  But ohhhhh so dull to me.  Gold just isn’t my thing I guess!  I thought this one was different because of the gold and silver flecks – which actually are captured in the photo, to my delight – but really, I still am not a fan.

What are your thoughts?  Am I being to hard on the shade??

Happy Hump Day!

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~Trumpets~ Presenting: Deborah Lippmann ‘Across the Universe’

Oh yeah, baby doll. FINALLY. The moment we’ve all been waiting for…LMAO! Sadly, this polish has been out for AGES and I am so behind the times, but you know what? I don’t even care, because it’s all mine now!!! And I’m pleased as punch about that. And since you’re here reading this, you’re gonna get to experience the joy like it was the first time all over again 😀

Now. This polish as you know is quite sheer. When I first bought it, I was so excited to try it on that I did so without a base color, which is absolutely necessary. Three coats with no base – really not so great. You just don’t get enough depth of color to really showcase it properly. I applied base coat, then one coat of Essence ‘My Boyfriend’s Jeans’ which is a deep royal blue bordering on teal. Quite pretty on its own actually. Then I applied three coats of ATU to make sure the shimmer/glitter sequins were dense enough to my liking. One coat of top coat was used in the photos but I’m considering adding another to make it really smooth.

I took these photos with my new camcorder which I got for free from work because of a project my team worked on (oh, the government). They’re somewhat grainy-ish but I wanted to try it out and while they’re not the best quality, the different colored glitter in the polish looks really apparent. The last pic I did with my regular camera which highlights the shimmer better.
I have to say, when I first put it on…I wasn’t as impressed as I’d hoped.  I felt it was hyped up too much, by myself as well as everyone else.  But in about 5 minutes, I was totally smitten.  It’s just such an interesting polish that really catches the eye with the sequins and the different shades and dimensions.  I can’t imagine this looking bad on anyone, its dark enough to suit every skintone but clearly not black.  Utterly fabulous, and entirely worthy of being my birthday mani.

So, what do you think?  For those who have it: did I do it justice?  And for those who don’t: what are you waiting for?  Get out there and buy this sucker before it really is too late!!

Thanks for reading!!

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Oh Yeah: Deborah Lippmann ‘I Know What Boys Like’

This post will be short and sweet.  I hate to tell you that you will have to wait until next week to see the unveiling of ‘Across the Universe’…I plan on wearing it for my birthday weekend so I’ll post pictures then.  In the meantime, feast your eyes – IKWBL is also a pretty blue number:

In real life this shade is slightly darker and more periwinkle than it looks in the photos.  It’s really a unique shade.  I think it would flatter cooler skin tones as well as warmer ones like mine.

This is two coats (though I think I will use three next time), with SH Age Correct Base Coat (which is what I always use) and S.Vite top coat.  Funny how I went from never wearing top coats to loving it – Seche will just to that to you I guess! Application was easy, though the consistency was a touch thicker than I would have liked.  Went on very smoothly though with no issues.

I’m sorely tempted to pick up the other shades in Deborah’s Summer collection, but I will refrain for now.  In the meantime, this will tide me over!

What other shades are you hoping to pick up for the Summer season? Give me some ideas! 😛

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Lemming: Fulfilled!

For the past couple months, I have been counting the days ’till my trip to Toronto…we’re headed up for what will likely be one of the most fabulous bachelorette parties I will ever be on.  However, I have to be honest – another strong contender for my excitement is the fact that I’ll have access to so many brands we just don’t have here in the good ol’ East Coast.  Chantecaille, Giorgio Armani…ohh man, it’s going to be another crazy shopping spree, with a whole lot more damage than was done in Maine.

One of my most eagerly anticipated purchases has also been one of my biggest lemmings for almost the past year.   I have tried securing this item from multiple sources on MUA, only to be rebuffed.  I have endured anxiety over the possibility of this item being long gone by the time I get my chance.  This has been probably the most frustrating, enduring lemming I’ve had since I gave in to my serious obsession with cosmetics.

Today, that lemming became a mere memory.

I happened to stop in to Mills Brothers for a quick visit and chat with the ladies there – I like to call them my ‘second family’ 😉  While chatting, I happened to mention to the Bobbi Brown SA extraordinaire, Sandra, that FRED. salon also carried Lippmann polishes.  To my complete surprise, she casually told me that there were *gasp* new shades in stock. *Note: The last time I spoke to someone at Mills regarding Lippmann polishes, they told me that they had little intention to re-stock them, and as such I’ve sort of forgotten they exist, as they shades available at that time were of no interest to me.  As I nearly ran for the display, trembling with anticipation, I was overwhelmed to find that almost ALL of the recent shades – such as Boom Boom Pow, Ruby Red Slippers, Waking Up in Vegas, as well as the entire Spring/Summer line – were on the shelves, sparkling beautifully.  And none more so than my ever-elusive ‘Across the Universe.’Oh yes, my friends.  I have FINALLY secured the one polish I have been yearning for without relief.  No more will I have to annoy you with my repetitive mentions of how ‘this polish will be mine.’  I don’t have to gaze enviously at the swatches and wish, and wish, and wish.  It’s MINE now.  My precious.

…Ok, enough with the crazy.  But seriously, yee-frickin’-ha that I finally got my greedy hands on this!!!  It’s about damn time.

As much as I’m so terribly excited to wear ATU, I am still very much loving my ‘Snog’ mani, so you’ll have to wait until tomorrow for the unveiling.  Also of note, I picked up ‘I Know What Boys Like’ for good measure – what can I say, I love my blue polishes 🙂  *FYI, at Mills, ATU retails for $22 and ‘Boys’ for $20*

So, after that mega-ramble, tell me: What lemmings are plaguing your mind?  What’s on your list that you’re just dying to get your hands on???  Do tell!!

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