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New Job!

Hello Luxe Lovers!

Things have been a bit chaotic lately, but thought I’d check in to share one small tidbit: I got a new job!

I’m living, working, loving, and laughing in San Francisco! Check out the view on my daily walk to work.

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Field Trip to CuriOdyssey with Ms. Morgan Taylor! (Part 1)

Morgan Taylor's Water Baby, Mint Chocolate Chip, & Deja Blue

Morgan Taylor’s Water Baby, Mint Chocolate Chip, & Deja Blue

I had the pleasure of hanging out with Ms. Morgan Taylor this past weekend at CuriOdyssey, an experimental science and wildlife center located in the Bay Area. As soon as I walked in, I felt like an elementary school kid on a class field trip! I spent a good amount of time gawking at all the adorable animals, but of course, I managed to squeeze in some time to photograph some of my favorite Morgan Taylor nail polishes.

For those of you who are unfamiliar with this line, Morgan Taylor is released from the same team that created Gelish. Their “Morgan Taylor” line boosts 100 beautiful colors. These polishes were a bit hard to find, but I was able to order them online at Nail Tech Supply. My best friend was also kind enough to ship them to me from her local nail supply store in Orange County (after much threatening/bribing).

While I was hoping the animals at CuriOdyssey would be more than flattered to be featured in my photoshoot, they were a bit too pre-occupied to bother. No worries! I was still able to find some great shots within the park. Here are some of my favorite shots:

Coming Up Roses & Berry Contrary

Coming Up Roses & Berry Contrary

(L-R) Morgan Taylor's Mint Chocolate Chip, Water Baby, Lost In Paradise

Morgan Taylor’s Mint Chocolate Chip, Water Baby, Lost In Paradise

Morgan Taylor's Scene Queen

Morgan Taylor’s Scene Queen

Morgan Taylor's Bright Side

Morgan Taylor’s Bright Side

Morgan Taylor’s No Way Rose & Chain Reaction
Morgan Taylor's Mint Chocolate Chip & Water Baby

Morgan Taylor’s Mint Chocolate Chip & Water Baby

Morgan Taylor's Gotta Have Hue

Morgan Taylor’s Gotta Have Hue

 Ending this post with a picture of these two cuties!

River Otters, CuriOdyssey

More fluff, fur, and polish coming in part two!

Love, Cindy

The Dupe Report: NCLA’s Sugar Fix & Deborah Lippmann’s Glitter in the Air Edition

Forever21's Multi-Glitter Dupes

Hi Friends! Today, we are excited to roll out our very first Dupe Report! The Dupe Report will feature our favorite finds and dupes of popular colors within the nail polish community. We’ll help you decide whether or not to stick to the real goods or go with the dupes.

In this edition, we will be looking at some glitter polishes  that I stumbled upon at Forever21. Simply named “Grey Multi-Glitter” and “Blue Multi-Glitter,” these beauties are dupes for NCLA’s Sugar Fix and Deborah Lippmann’s Glitter In The Air. I have been eyeing both polishes for quite some time, but couldn’t really justify paying full price for them. So you can imagine my excitement when I spotted these similar colors at Forever21, for less than 1/4 of the cost ($2.80 each)! Let’s weigh in…

Forever21's Blue Multi-Glitter-Grass

While I love Deborah Lippman’s formula, this Blue Multi-Glitter polish from Forever21 is a steal. Like Deborah Lippmann’s Glitter in the Air, this polish is a pastel blue with blue & pink glitter. The formula is milky and actually quite smooth upon application. I also own Revlon’s Whimsical, which many people say is an exact dupe of DL’s Glitter in the Air. However, I found that this polish is more opaque than both Revlon & DL. This makes it a winner in my book!

Forever21's Blue Multi-Glitter

Luxe or Not?

Verdict: LUXE. This polish is not only inexpensive, but the formula is also more opaque.

Forever21's Grey Multi-Glitter-Grass

NCLA’s Sugar Fix is a quite popular color among the nail blogging community. A grey jelly polish with blue & pink glitter, this Forever21 polish an exact replica of Sugar Fix. The formula for this polish was a bit more gunky than I had hope, but it’s nothing a top coat can’t cure. I have to admit, I’ve never tried a NCLA polish. However, at $2.80, this Forever21 polish is a great find and will hold me over until I do get my hands on the real deal.

Forever21's Grey Multi glitter

Luxe or Not?

Verdict: LUXE. This polish is a winner to me, particularly because there is no shortage in glitter chunks!

What do you think? Did we give some fair verdicts? Drop us a comment & let us know!

P.S. Can you spot me in these shots?

Love, Cindy

Back to back weddings!

I had the privilege of attending two back-to-back weddings. What’s a girl to do with her manicure to mix it up? Stamping!! I made sure to put on a top coat over my base color before stamping. After one wedding, removed the stamp and then applied another. So easy and got plenty of compliments! Thought I should share:

taupe stamping taupe stamping succulents taupe stamping gold

Got no more weddings in the near future – whew!

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A blog dedicated to nail polish and nail polish lovers in the San Francisco Bay Area.

We will be giving you inside glimpses of upcoming polish lines, providing tips & tricks, and featuring fellow polish lovers in the area.

We can’t wait to get started!

Love, Cindy & Jane

Love, Cindy & Jane