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Ah Spring. Longer days, warm weather…and an excuse to stock up on a slew of new nail colors. This season is all about nude and taupe nails. While we’re definitely on team nude and agree they’re great for a more natural look — you’ve gotta mix it up with bolder, brighter hues. Right? Thank goodness oranges, purples and even metallics are hot this season too.

Spoil your nails with this season’s must-have shades:

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1. Butter London, Jelly, $14 ButterLondon.com 2. Deborah Lippmann, I’m Not Innocent, $16 DeborahLippmannCollection.com 3. RGB, Toast $14 RGBCosmetics.com  4. OPI Hot & Spicy, $7.65 Beauty-Mart.com  5. Rescue Beauty, Look Rich, Be Cheap, $18 RescueBeauty.com 6. Essie Lilacism, $8 EssieShop.com

spring6pc.jpgEssie’s Spring 2010 color palette just infiltrated our dark and moody fall nail polish collection, and we’re loving it! It’s just what the doctor ordered to pick us up out of this dreary cold-weather funk.  We’re already imagining warm summer days and a closet full of chic spring ensembles. Their mix of pretty lilacs, flirty roses and muted corals, along with fun art movement inspired names like ‘Lilacism’ and ‘Neo Whimsical’ proves, once again, that Essie  knows their nail polish. EssieShop.com 
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This season during New York Fashion Week, Butter London teamed up with designer duo Vena Cava to create a custom color (now named ‘Marrow’) which the designers debuted with their fall 2010 collection. Butter London’s Creative Director Nonie Creme refers to this new color as a “murky purple” and we’re loving it! Not too vampy, but just enough edge to add a little character. Yes, it’s nearly spring and everyone is stocking up on their toned-down taupes but we’re craving this darker shade. If you’re like us and too anxious to wait for fall, get the look with these similar purples:

 
Opi Brights
Purple with a Purpose
$6, Amazon

 Lippmann
Call me Irresponsible

$16, LippmannCollection.com
Nars
Purple Rain
$16, Sephora
 Essie
Sole Mate
$8, Beauty.com



butterlondon.jpgNonie Creme suggests replicating a similar look by applying one of Butter London’s new Jelly shades like Stroppy to a darker color like black or purple.

Alice-In-Wonderland-Poster2.jpgThe highly anticipated Alice in Wonderland movie is being released next month, and in celebration of the event, two of our favorite brands have launched goodies we think you’ll be excited about.

 

 

OPI_Alice_In_Wonderland.jpgOPI Alice in Wonderland Collection is a small, eclectic collection of shades, but we think it’s the opposite of nonsensical. These magical glitters and cremes create a fantastic mix of eccentricity sure to delight any nail polish fanatic. Colors include Absolutely Alice (dreamy blue glitter), Mad as a Hatter (multi-coloured glitter), Thanks So Muchness! (shimmery red) and Off with Her Red (sizzling hot red). Limited Edition. Mini set, $10 at amazon.com

 

 

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Urban Decay Disney Alice In Wonderland Palette features a top that opens to reveal a pop-up scene of Alice in the mushroom forest and just behind her, a makeup lover’s dreamland: a fierce collection of 16 eyeshadows, 2 liners and a primer. Though we dream of seeing Johnny Depp as the Mad Hatter, we admit we’re loving this palette just a hare more. Limited Edition. $52, sephora.com

Whether you resolve to get in shape, quit smoking, get back into a beloved hobby or learn something new, creating goals is never a bad way to start the year. We, of course, must add our “2 cents” and encourage creating beauty-ful goals for 2010. Here are 4 ideas that you can incorporate into your life beginning this week.

 

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