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Indie Find: Urban Nectar Nail Polish

While manicures started off as a way for Ellie Hock to bond during her mother’s brain cancer treatments, little did she realize these pampering moments would lead to creating her own nail polish line.

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Urban Nectar Nail Polish

Dubbed Urban Nectar, the line consists of nail polishes focusing around honeybee type collections: Worker Bee, Forager Bee, Country Bee, City Bee and Bee Hopeful, and all the colors that surround. What do bees have to do with polish, you ask? Ellie was moved by her family crest that features a honeybee with the meaning “Sweeter after difficulties.” After her mother’s death, she was moved to try her hand at beekeeping and experienced success. The nail polishes, symbols of the time they spent at the salons together, were the final bridge to honoring her mother’s memory. Read more

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Dove Blue Fig Giveaway!

Dove Blue Fig Collection

Dove Blue Fig Collection

Dove sent a collection of the new Blue Fig scent my way, and – WOW! I love this refreshing citrus, especially during the heat wave we are having. I love it so much I want help everyone experience it! With Dove’s help, I am able to get the new soap, body wash and deodorant into three pairs of hands anyway. It’s pretty simple:

1) Go to my Instagram : Solessence and LIKE the Dove giveaway photo: http://instagram.com/p/b75DhTyO17/
2) You can option to follow my feed there, as well as Dove for extra counts.

That’s it. I’ll select three names at random next week to enjoy this bevy of summertime beauty. Head on over now!

US only, no product or cash substitutes.

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Need for Speed: New Quick Drying Nail Polishes

Today’s modern polishes promise to dry faster than a speeding bullet, but which ones actually save the day?

Tom-Cruise

Top manicurists have known about pro top coats for years – those specially formulated clear coats that left lacquer intact for an extended wear manicure. Compatible with nearly every brand, topcoats like INM and Seche Vite give shiny, rock hard results.  Now, there are number of launches for those that like to do their nails at home and mimic a faster drying salon service. Each has a different strength. Let’s check a few of them out, shall we?  Read more

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Urban Decay Naked Nail Polish Kit Swatches & Video



Urban Decay’s foray into nail polish starts with Naked, and features a mix of six shades (Naked, Sidecar, Toasted, Smog, Hustle, Creep) in a cream, shimmers and glitters. How do they match up to the palettes?

Video:

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China Glaze – Bold and Beautiful Avant Garden for Spring 2013

Hey beauties – I’ve been on a little hiatus, so apologies for these late reviews. Keep watch out for some of the hottest looks for spring right here at A Girl’s Gotta Spa!

This month China Glaze released a gorgeous 12 set of 6 creams and 6 shimmers. The colors are phenomenal and all work together great for nail art. Let me introduce you:

Dandy Lyin’ Around
Shimmer
We’re starting off with one of my favorite shades of the collection. This white is mixed with a pearl shimmer and gives a cool sheen under the milkiness of it all.

Dandy Lyin around china glaze

Mimosas Before Manis
Cream
Not a true neon, but it is muted while it manages to be bright. Really interesting.  Read more

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Instagram Your Nail Art to Win Lancome Vernis In Love

There’s still time to get your entry in for Lancome’s contest to win a set of Vernis In Love. This beautiful collection of lacquers includes Rose Macaron and Peach Melodie that I’ve swatched. Sorry, the lighting gods weren’t with me on this round. I absolutely love these shades, and they are making me long for spring.

Work out your best nail art by the 14th and Instagram your entry with the hashtag #LancomeLovesNails for a chance to win Vernis In Love! Official Rules here

Rose Macaron
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Shape-Shifters: Exploring Nail Shape Trend Possibilities



Usually when you head to the salon you know one thing for sure – you’re going to get into great shape. Nail shape, that is.

STILETTOS

There is something about a professional taking you by the hands and providing great care and cleanup without the need to be ambidextrous. Also, a fresh pair of eyes on your hands might lead you to see you could use a little refresher in areas like shape, color or product.  Read more

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Love is Blind: Valentine’s Day Braille Nail Tutorial

Spring colors, glitter and a secret crystal love note – what more could a girl want?

Valentine’s Day is less than a month away, and it’s time to start making reservations, ordering flowers for delivery and getting that perfect outfit. What the what? Your paramour failed to do any of this for you last year? You know what they say – Love is blind. Or at least it needs to be. If you want a discreet reminder to keep your cool during any disappointments this holiday, try my Braille Nail. The tactile texture reads “I Love You” when felt up.

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