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Beauty Review: Wet n Wild Fast Dry Spring 2011 Nail Polish

Shortly after I posted product images of the Wet n Wild Fast Dry Spring 2011 collection, Wet n Wild sent me three complimentary bottles of the polish to put to the test. I didn't get to pick the colors, so I'll say upfront that these are not colors I will be wearing everyday, but they are definitely fun additions to my collection.

See swatches and more deets after the jump!

Win Cool Stuff: Power Spending, The Book

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Banana Republic Spring 2011 Campaign

Banana Republic recently unveiled their Spring 2011 campaign dubbed "Journey in Style." Inspired by the brand's "heritage of discovery," the spring campaign features a film trailer starring models Angela Lindvall and Jamie Dornan shot against the backdrop of the Vasquez Rocks in Southern California.

I think the clothes are fine (love the olive green shirtdress) but the cliche roadtrip of gorgeous models from diverse ethnic backgrounds seems a little phony to me, and slanted a bit young for BR shoppers. I'd expect to see something like this from a brand like American Eagle, but that's just me. Click through for more photos and to watch the trailer. If you're a loyal Banana Republic shopper, does this campaign influence you one way or the other?

Target GO International Designer Collective Look Book (Part 2)

Target is celebrating the 5th anniversary of its GO International Designer series will a re-release of 34 "greatest hits," so to speak, namely 34 dresses by 17 past designers such as Thakoon, Zac Posen, Tucker by Gaby Basora and many more. Priced from $24.99 to $44.99, the limited-edition collective will be available beginning March 13 at Target stores and online at

See if you can recognize all the dresses from past collections. I'll admit, some of them don't look familiar at all! Maybe I'll add one (or two) of these new-to-me styles to my existing, already ginormous collection of GO International apparel. LOL.

Since there are 34 looks, I've split the lookbook into two posts: Click here to see Part 1 (which I posted earlier), then click through to see the rest of the collection.