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Off the Rack: The Latest Temptations from Sally Hansen

I seriously can't keep up with all the new products coming out from Sally Hansen lately. During my last trip to Walgreens, I spotted new Salon Effects styles for Valentine's Day and spring, as well as their Gem Crush polishes and new Smooth and Perfect pastels. These have been out for a few months now so hopefully somebody can weigh in on the Smooth and Perfect, which claims to "hide ridges with a breathable, porcelain-smooth finish." In colors like dune, sorbet, sea, linen and fog, and chic square-shape bottles, these polishes certainly sound amazing. Have you tried them yet? Are they worth it?

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Allen B. for JCPenney Spring 2012 Lookbook

Next up from JCPenney, here's the Allen B. by Allen Schwartz spring 2012 lookbook. This line is typically a bit flashier, trendier, more celebrity-influenced and filled with exuberant colors and prints. From off-shoulder tops to chiffon maxi dresses, flared jeans and floppy hats, the line captures a jet-set resortwear vibe. With the exception of the outfit above, I can't say this particular lookbook appeals to my personal style but it's always good to have options when you're shopping the racks at JCPenney. Look for these pieces to be released now through April online and/or at Note that the shoes in this lookbook are by Decree and n by Nicole Miller (other JCP brands) not Allen B. What's your take?