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Three of my favorite nail polish shades for the season are Color Club's Disco Nap (from left), Chanel Le Vernis' Malice and Sally Hansen's Insta-Dri Rapid Red.  SPECIAL
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Three of my favorite nail polish shades for the season are Color Club's Disco Nap (from left), Chanel Le Vernis' Malice and Sally Hansen's Insta-Dri Rapid Red.

I’ve been seeing some fantastic shades of nail polish this winter, and the right one can really add a finishing punch to your holiday party looks.

Classic red is always great, and my go-to is Sally Hansen’s Rapid Red. It’s in their insta-dri line and does dry quickly, with a one-coat shiny finish that’s very old Hollywood. Best part? A bottle only sets you back about $5.

Gold makes an easy transition from Christmas to New Year’s, and I have a small bottle of Color Club’s Disco Nap that is tough to beat. It came in my Birchbox one month, and is sold on their Web site for $8 for a half ounce. It’s a great warm gold and would look even slicker with a clear topcoat. And it’s free of parabens and formaldehyde!

Lastly, if you want to treat yourself, Chanel’s Le Vernis line has released Malice, a metallic berry that would look just fantastic with about everything year round. It’s deep enough to be dramatic, but has enough color. That sells for $26 per bottle.

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There are Christmas concerts a-plenty all over town, and Sky City is leading the way this year with its seven-part Festivus of Bands series. With more than 30 bands over seven nights, it’s a fair sampling of any and every local act you might see around town the rest of the year.

There have been two nights so far, and the next are Dec. 18, 19, 20, 21 and 22. The final night will feature M Tank, Eat Lightning, Night People, Ryan Gray Moore of Brothers, Shaun Piazza and The Favors.

Admission is $5 or free with a gift for the James Brown Toy Giveaway. Music starts at 9:30 p.m. You can see the entire schedule at skycityaugusta.com.

WHAT’S NEW

Well, it was inevitable. Ads are coming to Instagram, according to Facebook vice president of global marketing solutions Carolyn Everson. She called it “monetization,” and this is after rumors surfaced in the Wall Street Journal in October. Everson would not comment on how far off in the future the day of a cluttered Instagram is, but she said it’s only a matter of time.

It’s tough not to be annoyed with online ads, but I try to remind myself that it’s the way we make money now. From the banner ads on our own Augusta Chronicle Web site to those “promoted by” tweets in your feed, leveraging online audience to benefit customers for a price is the new frontier of the information sector.


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