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Chanel Le Vernis nail polish blog sale March 7, 2017

Filed under: general — Deborah @ 4:34 pm
I’m purging my extensive collection of AUTHENTIC Chanel Le Vernis nail polish – ALL COME WITH BOXES unless specifically noted in the description, and several are very rare/collectible, discontinued limited editions.
How to Buy:
  • I accept PayPal only for payment
  • Please email me at debbahs44(at) with BLOG SALE in the subject line.
  • I will then respond to you with an invoice and my PayPal details and hold the polishes you request for 24 hours. First come first served!
  • If you don’t send payment within 24 hours of my confirmation email, they will be released.

FREE SHIPPING in the continental US if you buy 3 or more polishes. Otherwise shipping & handling is $6 for 1 or 2 polishes. I will ship within 1 business day of payment receipt.

BN = brand new never used
M1 = 1 manicure
M2 = 2 manicures
Please review photos carefully for accurate polish level – not all Chanels are fully topped off when new. None of these have been used more than 2x by me but again see the photos for accurate view of level.
With some of these I’ve noted the recent value these have sold for (not listed, but actually sold) on eBay as a reference point and have adjusted the prices accordingly based on usage and the fact I want to sell these! All prices are below current market value as I both want to move these to new homes and I’m saving eBay fees by selling direct.
Everything listed is sold as is and shown. ALL SALES ARE FINAL.


SOLD! Beige Pur 659 (M1) | Summer 2015 Les Beiges de Chanel collection – $15

SOLD! Fracas 571 (M1) | Spring 2013 Printemps Precieux de Chanel collection LIMITED EDITION -$10

Nouvelle Vague 527 (M2) (Value $100) | Summer 2010 Les Pop Up de Chanel collection LIMITED EDITION – $75

SOLD! Vibrato 665 (M1) (Value $45) | Summer 2015 Blue Notes de Chanel collection – $38

Sweet Star (M1) (Value $75) | Fall 2014 Chanel Delights FASHION’S NIGHT OUT (FNO) SPECIAL LIMITED EDITION – $50


SOLD! Ecorce Sanguine 671 (M1) | Fall 2015 Collection Les Automnales LIMITED EDITION – $15

SOLD! Vamp 18 (M2) | 2003 re-release core collection – $20 (no box)

SOLD! Suspicious 561 (M2) | Fall 2012 Les Essentiels collection -$15

SOLD! Tapage 605 (M2) | Spring 2015 Notes de Printemps collection – $15

SOLD! Intermezzo 501 (M2) | Fall 2009 Venice collection – $15 (no box)


SOLD! Ballerina 167 (M2) | Spring 2005 collection – $15

SOLD! Rose Cache 521 (M2) | Fall 2011 Rouge Allure Velvet collection LIMITED EDITION – $20

SOLD! Pirate 08 (M2) | Fall 2011 Rouge Allure Velvet collection – $15

SOLD! Tenderly 641 (BN) | Spring 2014 Collection Reverie Parisienne LIMITED EDITION – $20

Western Light (M1) |2013 Hong Kong Collection SPECIAL EDITION limited distribution -$30

SOLD! Singulere 673 (BN) | Fall 2015 Rouge Allure Collection -$15


SOLD! Rouge Rubis 677 (M2) (Value $30)| Holiday 2013 Nuit Infine collection LIMITED EDITION – $10 (note level in photo is just below the top of LE VERNIS)

SOLD! Organdi 504 (M2) | 2016 new Longwear Formula -$15

SOLD! Troublante 675 (BN) (Value $50) | Fall 2015 Rouge Allure collection LIMITED EDITION – $40

SOLD! Lacque Rouge 71 (M2) | 2014 Les Rouges Cultes de Chanel collection LIMITED EDITION – $15

SOLD! Desiro 643 (M1) | Spring 2015 Collection Reverie Parisienne LIMITED EDITION – $15


Coup de Coeur 609 (M1) | Spring 2014 Variation les Vernis collection LIMITED EDITION – $15

Frisson 543 (M2) | Spring 2012 Roses des Ultimes collection -$10 (note level in photo)

Mysterious 601 (M1) | Fall 2013 Superstition collection – $20

SOLD! Mirabella 623 (M2) | Summer 2014 Reflets d’Ete de Chanel collection LIMITED EDITION -$10 (note level in photo)

Phenix 687 (M1) | Holiday 2014 Plumes Precieuses de Chanel collection LIMITED EDITION -$15

SOLD! Emprise 569 (M2) | Spring 2013 Printemps Precieux de Chanel collection LIMITED EDITION -$10


SOLD! Fraischeur 767 (BN) | Spring 2015 collection – $35

SOLD! Lotus Rouge 455 (M1) | Fall 2007 Lush and Lovely collection – $30

SOLD! Graphite 529 (Value $45) (M1) | Fall 2011 Illusions de Ombres collection LIMITED EDITION -$30

SOLD! Pearl Drop 511 (M1) | Spring 2011 Les Perles de Chanel collection LIMITED EDITION -$25

SOLD! Orage 631 (M2) | Fall 2014 Collection Etats Poetique -$10


SOLD! Precious Beige 661

SOLD! Rouge Carat 587 (M2) | Holiday 2011 Les Scintellances de Chanel collection -$20

SOLD! Rose Fusion 757 (Value $40) (BN) | Holiday 2015 Collection Vamp Attitude -$35

Rouge Noir 18 (M2) | 1994 Runway (core color) -$25

Sunrise Trip NAIL GLOSS 683 (BN) (Value $50) | 2016 Spring Collection LA Sunrise LIMITED EDITION -$45


SOLD! Terrana 697 (BN) | Summer 2015 Collection Mediterranee LIMITED EDITION – $25

Cinema 581 (M2) | Summer 2013 Avant Premiere de Chanel collection  – $15

SOLD! Black Pearl 513 (M2) | Spring 2011 Les Perles de Chanel collection LIMITED EDITION – $20 (no box)

SOLD! Beige 565 (M2) | 2012 EXCLUSIVE only on and at Chanel Boutiques – $10 (note level in photo)

Atmosphere 629 (M1) (Value $50) | Fall 2014 Collection Etats Poetique LIMITED EDITION – $40


SOLD! April 533 (M1) | Spring 2012 Harmonie de Printemps collection -$25

SOLD! Coromandel 473 (M2) | 2009 Rouge Allure Lacque collection LIMITED EDITION -$15

SOLD! Distraction 549 (M2) | Spring 2012 Roses Ultimes de Chanel collection -$10

SOLD! Coquelicot 717 (M1) | Summer 2015 Collection Mediterranee -$15

SOLD! Mediterranee 707 (M1) | Summer 2015 Collection Mediterranee -$15

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Apple Pay is the killer app for Apple Watch September 4, 2015

Filed under: general,organization & productivity — Deborah @ 9:19 am
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apple watch apple payI’m now 6 weeks into my Apple Watch love affair and our relationship just keeps deepening. Perhaps most surprising to me, however, as the initial glow wears off and we start to develop a more entwined and symbiotic relationship, is how Apple Pay has really become the Apple Watch’s killer app.

As I mentioned previously, I’m usually one to try new things – not early adopter per se but right on the tail end of that mindset. When Apple launched Apple Pay on iPhone, I was all excited to get my cards loaded in and start using it. Unfortunately, the fact that it takes the same effort to root through my purse to find my phone as my wallet (actually my wallet is bigger so it’s easier to find!), and I never quite figured out how to make it work seamlessly by touching my phone to the credit card terminal, I rarely, if ever, ended up using it in real life.

disney magic bandWith Watch though, it’s AMAZING! If you’ve been to a Disney park since they launched Magic Bands you’ll know exactly what I mean. You wear the Magic Band on your wrist and it serves as your room key, park ticket, and digital wallet – you just wave the band at the terminal anywhere on property to buy food, gifts, services, everything. With Apple Pay on Apple Watch, its like having a Magic Band for your real (i.e. non- Disney) life.

Now, as I’m heading to the checkout line, I don’t need to root through my purse to find ANYTHING. I just quickly double tap the side button on the Watch  (the longish button below the digital crown) to open Passbook, and hold my wrist up to the terminal. Payment is seamless, instant and secure. I’ve seen a few cashiers’ mouths drop open when I do this, which always makes for an interesting quick conversation.

apple pay on watchFor security, you do have to load your credit cards on the Watch app separately from the cards on your iPhone (although your other Passbook cards, like frequent buyer cards and coupons will sync to Watch if you have Mirror My iPhone selected in the Passbook app under Watch). You can select your default card on the Passbook app as well (and it can be different than the one on your iPhone). You also should have your Watch set with a passcode if it’s off your wrist if you are planning on loading cards to your Watch. But once that’s done, you are good to go! You too can impress your local cashiers.

What do you think? Is Apple Pay the killer app is for Apple Watch? Let me know in the comments!


A real-person’s view of the Apple Watch August 5, 2015

apple watchFULL DISCLOSURE – My lovely hubby and daughter got me an Apple Watch for my birthday a few weeks ago, and I LOVE it. I’m not a fashionista, and I’m not a tech guru, just a busy working mom with a slight tilt toward early adoption (not the type of bleeding edge where I will wait in line for hours to be the first to get the latest gadget, but I’m open and willing to try new things). This is not an in-depth review of the Watch, but instead my thoughts about it after using it in the real world for a few weeks.

Activity Tracking

My initial impetus for wanting an Apple Watch in the first place was for the fitness tracking – I have to admit I just hate the look of the typical FitBit wristband that just screams “I’m trying to get in shape” to everyone who sees the black plastic lump on your wrist. I had actually resigned myself to the FitBit One, which I at least could hide somewhere under my clothes, because I just couldn’t justify spending US $600+ on an Apple Watch. Lucky for me, hubby justified it in the name of my birthday!

And as far as the fitness and activity tracking goes, I’ve been thrilled with it! The built-in Activity and Workout apps (they get “turned on” on your iPhone when you first pair your watch to it) offer all a desk-bound mom with no time to work out needs to get off her behind and start moving. They track your general activity (i.e. steps), how much you stand during the day, and your exercise (moving at a quicker pace/heartbeat then normal walking). And darn it, I WANT to get those little achievement awards! I’ve already lost 2 pounds in 2 weeks, just through the Watch prodding me to move a bit more.

Customization and Style

One of the other things I am really enjoying about the Watch is the customization. apple watch simpleThe Watch comes with 9 standard watch faces, but with most of those you have an infinite number of additional customizations you can make, and what’s great is you can save them as well.

For example, for the Simple face, which, as its name implies, is pretty simple, I have several iterations saved that I can call up depending on what color outfit I’m wearing. I frequently wear Mickey Mouse on the weekends, and while we were recently experiencing a blue moon I was wearing the Astronomy face to track the moon’s phases.

As a *girl,* I love being able to customize my watch to match what I’m wearing. Both in terms of the watch face but also in terms of the band, which is so simple and easy to remove and replace (just one small button on each end of the underside of the watch). My Watch is the Stainless Steel with the Milanese Loop band. I’m so glad hubs chose that instead of the Sport watch, and let me tell you why. I’ve found great aftermarket Sport-type rubber bands for Watch that you would never know are not the real thing, but the third-party aftermarket Milanese loop or other stainless steel bands leave something to be desired. Apple has made much about the materials they’ve used with Watch, and they’re right. The quality of the leather and stainless Apple bands I’ve seen is really nice, but when I can get a Sport-like flurolastimer band for $4 that looks like the real thing (vs. $49 at Apple), I’m in. I’ve already purchased 2 colors of the MoKo band, and I may just get each one at that price!

Apple Pay

I’ve tried a few times to use Apple Pay on my iPhone and in all honesty, it’s just as clunky to pull out my phone from my purse and fiddle with Passbook as it is for me to pull out my wallet and fiddle with my debit card. Other than the security aspect, I haven’t found using Apple Pay on iPhone to be worth the trouble most of the time. On Watch, however, it’s a much more elegant, seamless and enjoyable experience.

The credit cards on your iPhone passbook don’t sync with your Watch, so you do have to set them up separately. Once they are set up, though, using Apple Pay is as simple as tapping the button on the side of the Watch (the one below the digital crown), and gently holding your wrist above the card reader. That’s it. I’m actively LOOKING for places to use it now because it’s just so much simpler and easier that digging in the black hole that’s my purse for my phone OR wallet.

Connecting by Disconnecting

One of the most surprising aspects in using the Watch, however, is how it’s actually allowing me to put my phone DOWN for a change. I’ve set up my Notifications so that I’m only getting the gentle wrist tap and *ping* for VIP emails and certain text messages, and as a result, I find I don’t need to constantly look at my phone anymore. I can leave it in my purse or on my desk, and know that if it’s important, Watch will tell me.

Another unintended benefit is that I almost never can hear my phone ring when it’s in my purse, but Watch taps me to let me know when a call is coming in, and with a quick glance at my wrist (rather than fishing through my ever-expanding bag) I can see if it’s something I need to answer right away or can let go to voicemail.

As a result, I can relax more, knowing that Watch will let me know when I need to pay attention to my phone, rather than feeling like I have to constantly check and recheck it just to make sure I didn’t miss anything. In the end, adding this subtle, wearable tech has allowed me to let go of more intrusive tech.

And this is really the most important benefit of Apple Watch, but it’s also one that is hard to explain. It is really transformative once you experience it. One of the most thoughtful reviews on this that I’ve seen is Ben Bajarin’s My First Week with the Apple Watch on Techpinions. He really nails the experience with Notifications that I’ve had as well, just in a much more eloquent and tech-savvy way.

Thinking about the Watch, or not? Let me know in the comments below!


Welcome Summer! Chanel Le Vernis June 539 June 12, 2013

Filed under: general — Deborah @ 9:09 am

Chanel Le Vernis June 539Ever look at a nail polish color, and at first go, “ugh,” and then at second go, “hmm” and finally go, “oh wow!”? That’s the way I’ve felt about Chanel Le Vernis June 539, introduced last year as part of the Harmonie de Printemps Spring collection.

June was actually the only one of the three polishes (the others being April 533, a beautiful berry creme, and May 535, a cheerful light pink creme) that I wasn’t going to get because I actually thought it looked sort of ugly. Seriously.

But of course, you all know the worst kind of regret is Chanel regret, so I ended up picking up June anyway as it was a limited edition and because the collector in me has said that “thou shalt have all the polishes in a collection, the end.

I’ve ended up really liking this color. It’s a beautiful melon shade, that actually works almost as a summer neutral. The formula is the classic Chanel creme, two coats are all you need, with no pulling or streaking.

Chanel Le Vernis June 539 is a Limited Edition, and is no longer available on but may still be found at counters and boutiques.


God bless the amazing sales associate… August 2, 2012

Filed under: general — Deborah @ 5:45 pm
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Chanel No 18

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.. and curse the ridiculous Chanel corporate policy!

A bit of background. I have been lusting after some of the Les Exclusifs de Chanel fragrances for about a month now, ever since I first heard about them on the web site.

Normally, I would get myself over to my local Chanel counter and get some samples first, because I like to wear a fragrance for awhile before I decide if I like it or not. Problem with Les Exclusifs is that they are “les exclusif” and only available at SELECT Chanel boutiques. My nearest Chanel boutique that carries them is about 150 miles away.

No problem, I thought, I’ll just do what I always do in these situations. Place a quick phone call, get the samples shipped up to me, then decide and order the fragrance I want. I was foiled, however, by a ridiculous Chanel corporate policy.

Apparently, the Chanel boutique cannot mail ANYTHING (not even samples of products) if you have not first purchased physically at a Chanel boutique. “But, but …” I replied, “I have purchased on, and I am planning on purchasing one of these fragrances, and the nearest boutique is 150 miles away from me.” No matter, the SEVERAL different Chanel boutiques I called said (including Chicago and 2 in New York), corporate policy is we can’t mail you anything if you aren’t in our “system.” But you can’t get into the system until you actually TRAVEL across country to a Chanel boutique, walk in, and buy something.

Never in my life has a company made it so hard for me to give them my hard-earned cash.

It’s ludicrous, really, and leaves out, oh, I don’t know, 90% of the US population, or at least the population of the upper Midwest.  It’s 2012 people! I would love to have been a fly on the wall for those meetings at Chanel headquarters. What were they thinking? “We don’t actually have to sell anything. Oh no, that’s far too bourgeoisie. No, let’s make it so exclusive, that no one can actually buy the products we are purporting to sell.”

To be fair, Chanel offers the various Les Exclusifs eau de toilette on their web site for sale. But who is going to order a fragrance they’ve never even smelled? I don’t know about you, but about 90% of all fragrances I smell I think are very unappealing for one reason or another. The odds were not in my favor.

Undaunted, however, I gave one more Chanel boutique a try, the one in Las Vegas. Believe it or not, my thought process was that the economy is down, especially in Vegas, and they may actually appreciate a real live customer who actually wants to spend money with them, so they may find a way to help me out here. And boy was I lucky I got Michelle on the other line. At first she told me the same information I heard from all the other sales associates at all the other boutiques. But she took my number anyway, and said she would talk to her management to see if there isn’t anything she could do. I really didn’t ever expect to hear from her again. But much to my GREAT surprise, she called me about 15 minutes later and found out she had a solution – a way for me to provide them the information they needed to get me into the system and still send me the samples I needed.

And you can believe that each and every Chanel product I purchase in the future I will be ordering directly from Michelle at the Chanel boutique in Las Vegas. And that my friends, is customer service!


Cuticle care July 24, 2012

Filed under: beauty,general — Deborah @ 1:54 pm
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Lush Lemony Flutter Cuticle Butter

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I am obsessive about moisturizing my hands. Wait, let me take that back. I’m obsessive about washing my hands, and therefore obsessive about moisturizing them after I’ve washed them 8000 times.

All this washing, and then the cold weather we get in these parts, and then the blistering hot weather we get in these parts, and then of course the cooking, the cleaning, and the DISHES (even WITH gloves, it’s still DISHES). Well, let’s just say that without my obsession with moisturizing, my hands could compete with an elephant’s foot for most wrinkles.

I’ve always been a fan of cuticle oil, or at least a fan ever since I had a manicure once in San Francisco and the tech kept admonishing me that I wasn’t moisturizing my cuticles enough and I needed oil, oil, oil. So, even before my recent mani obsession I always had a couple of bottles of cuticle oil laying around the house and office.

But with all the oiling and the moisturizing I was doing,  I felt like my cuticles should look better. Like they should be non-existent. Like they should like as they do on so many of the photos of amazing nail bloggers I see all over. But they don’t.  I have big, honkin’, tough-azz cuticles. And still dry patches of skin around my very-short thumbnails. And that didn’t seem right.

So internet research later, and I found out that a lot of cuticle oil (read: the cheapy stuff you can pick up at Walgreens or Target which is the stuff I was using) often has petroleum-based oil in it, and petroleum-based oil can actually DRY OUT your skin (!) not moisturize it. The solution, of course, is using plant-based oils, which include argan oil, almond oil, coconut oil and olive oil, to name a few.

These plant-based oil cuticle oils, however, are EXPENSIVE. And believe it or not, notwithstanding my obsession with Chanel polish, I’m kindof a cheapskate. Meaning I don’t like to waste money or spend it unnecessarily (note, Chanel polish is NOT unnecessary, in fact, it is QUITE necessary to my happiness!). So rather than shell out megabucks for fancy cuticle oils, I did the Midwest cheapskate thing and started filling up my empty and near-empty bottles of store-bought cuticle oil with extra virgin olive oil. From my kitchen. That I cook with. And do you know what? That stuff is AMAZING! I’ve noticed a huge difference in just the few weeks I’ve made the switch, and now find I only have to do massive cuticle removal once per week instead of with every mani.

Sometimes though you need more than oil, so in those instances (or to “seal in” my oil) I turn to LUSH’s Lemony Flutter Cuticle Butter. This is pricey (US $14.95 for a 1.5oz tub), but a small amount seems to go very far and boy is it buttery. It moisturizes like nobody’s business, smells fresh (duh, lemony), and really seems to take my moisture odyssey to the next level.

Extra virgin olive oil can be purchased at your local grocery store (prices vary). LUSH Lemony Flutter Cuticle Butter is US $14.95 and available at LUSH counters and And my $0.02, well that’s absolutely free!


Curls, curly, curl, curly girl curls September 30, 2011

Filed under: general — Deborah @ 7:46 pm

I am about 18 months into growing out my pixie cut. This is the 4th attempt to grow my hair out in the last 10 years – ever try it? It is NOT easy, and I am a pro at chopping off my hair then immediately growing it back out again. But pixie cuts, fugghedaboudit! A true nightmare.

I stayed strong though, and am now at the point where my hair looks SOMEWHAT intentional. That’s a good thing. Yeah, that and the CURLS! WTF? Where did these come from?

Prior to the pixie cut I had my hair in a pretty much no-style (meaning, it had NO style) chin-length bob. All one length. And I had waves. I have had piles and piles of thick poofy hair and waves all my life (which is usually why short hair is my friend). But as these pixie layers are getting longer and longer, my hair is CURLING not waving. I mean actual spirals that wrap around into CURLS!

At first I was a bit dismayed. And then I would get the shocked and surprised comments from people who hadn’t seen me in a few months startled by how different my hair looked.

Then, of course, the autodidact in me kicked in and I started doing research. There are now whole communities of curlies on the internet! And salons and products especially for people with hair like me!! Where on earth were all these people 30 years ago when I was a miserable teenager trying to deal with massively huge poof-head? I have hated, and I mean HATED my hair for the majority of my life. Some of my earliest memories are of my mother taking me to the neighborhood salon (yea, literally, the place in the suburban strip mall) and the stylist going on and on about how I had more hair than she had ever seen in her life as she proceeded to chop it all off of my 4-year-old head, which in turn allowed me to get mistaken for a boy for the next 2 years. Lets just say that 10 years of a pixie cut was really just my way of barely avoiding completely shaving my head bald because I was unable to deal with my hair.

So now, in 2011, at 43 years old, I have discovered (1) that I actually have curly hair (or some would call it wavy/curly, WHATEVER!), (2) there are actual haircuts and stylists and products and salons that KNOW how to deal with hair like MINE and DEAL with hair like MINE on an everyday basis, (3) everything I have been doing to my hair for the last 43 years are exactly all the WRONG things to do to hair like mine and finally (4) I can actually have hair I like and am proud and excited of.

Isn’t the internet the best?!

For all you fellow curlies out there, if you haven’t already, run, do not walk, to your nearest library or bookstore or internet bookseller and pick up a copy of Curly Girl by Lorraine Massey. Bible. Best. Info. Out. There.

And stay tuned – curls will take over the world!