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Daily Charme Pigments REVIEW

Daily Charme Pigments REVIEW 0

I am so excited to share with you some new pigments I've been playing around with from Daily Charme, the online nail art Mecca shop.  

I know there are soooooo many chrome pigments on the market, at all various price points, but the old adage- "you get what you pay for," definitely holds true.  I have tried so many different "chromes" that were not mirror AT ALL.  Some looked like a fuzzy gray- Horrible!

These pigments however from Daily Charme are truly magical.

First up I have the Star Dusts to share with you.  These provide a magical iridescence.  They can be applied over white (as shown here), black for a completely different effect, or over any color to add a candy-like coating and iridescence.

Here I have Star Dusts (2g) in-

Sapphire: a green and pink iridescence

Amethyst: a purple iridescence.

Emerald: a green iridescence.

Topaz: a golden iridescence. 

I also played around with some of Daily Charmes incredible chromes.

Mirror Chrome no.3: the most shiny mirror-like silver I have ever seen.  I put mine over a silver gel polish base for the most mirror effect. (2.5g)

Mirror Gold: a light yellow gold mirror chrome. I put mine over a gold gel polish base to intensify the effect. (1g)

Holographic Unicorn: an ultra fine silver hologram, that can be applied over any color to achieve different results. (1g) 

For all of the swatches shown here I used the Gossip gel, cured for 1 full minute in an LED light, and used the silicone tool to rub the pigments in.  

The Gossip Gel is a non-wipe soak off top coat that is needed to achieve the chrome effect (12 ml 0.42 oz).  I really enjoyed the consistency of formula, and the bottle had a nice weight and feel to it as well.  I used to only cure it for 30 seconds in an LED light, however I have found that my chrome results are much better when the gel is cured for a full 1 minute.  Also I find the silicone tool the best for rubbing in the pigments because it uses very little product and rubs it in truly and fully.  I have seen many other technicians online using eye shadow sponges, which will get the job done, however I find they absorb and waste a lot of product.   

I highly recommend you give these pigments a try, they are absolutely incredible and hands down the best I have tried.  I know they are a bit pricey, but a tiny amount goes a very long way, and the results are unparalleled, which clients will love and come back to you again and again.

And for those of you who are interested in chrome, but aren't sure of the steps, make sure to watch the video linked below. 

For more info or to purchase any of the products mentioned in this post, check out https://dailycharme.com/

CND New Wave Collection S/S 2017 Review

CND New Wave Collection S/S 2017 Review 0

"High octane color give iconic style a fresh, bold energy with the SPRING 2017 New Wave collection from CND. Modern design channels the early digital age for a retro futurist spirit.

Featuring high- tech architectural shapes and a rebellious use of color, nail designs are both nostalgic and contemporary.  It's all about reimagining the classics using cutting-edge techniques and innovative technology." according to the press release.  

"This is the season to go for bright, vibrant extremes! Think 1980s style combined with the intricacy of 3D printing and laser light technology.  Long gone is the simple "accent nail"- the new trend for Spring is the 'split-style mani' featuring a unique and contrasting look on each hand as seen on the Libertine runway at NYFW" says Jan Arnold, CND Co-founder and style director. 

The New Wave Collection consists of the following colors-

Video Violet: a bold purple cream.

Pink Leggings: a semi-sheer magenta pink.

Banana Clips: a bright taxi-cab yellow cream.

Jelly Bracelet: a semi-sheer tangerine shimmer.

Blue Eyeshadow: a bold cobalt blue cream. My personal favorite in the collection.

Ecstasy: an iridescent hot magenta pink. 

(all swatches are taken outdoors in natural lighting, and feature two coats of color).

The shades are the same in both the Vinylux and Shellac formulas.

I really love that this season CND played with bright bold daring color.  They weren't afraid to go there.  Also I feel this is one of the first times CND has 2 sheer semi shades in their lineup. 

I didn't experience any issues with the formula.

Also worth mentioning is their brand new top coat Duraforce.

"CND, the visionaries behind SHELLAC® Brand 14+ Day Nail Color, reveal the latest extension of this revolutionary 8-patent system with the NEW SHELLAC® BrandDURAFORCE™ Top Coat. Offering 25% more protection, DURAFORCE™ Top Coat delivers a stronger barrier to strengthen weak nails and deliver 14+ days of high performance color.

SHELLAC® Brand DURAFORCE™ Top Coat is our strongest top coat yet!” says CND Co-founder and Style Director Jan Arnold. “As the leaders in technology innovation, we at CND are always looking for solutions for the everyday challenges of Nail Professionals and consumers alike. This product was designed specifically for the client with weak nails to add extra strength and protect against breakage so your customers get the most out of their manicures every time!”

KEY BENEFITS:

·         25% more protection to strengthen weak nails

·         14+ days of high performance wear

·         Mirror shine

·         No nail damage

·         Removes in just 15 minutes with OFFLY FAST® Moisturizing Remover

·         CND’s most advanced top coat to strengthen and protect weak nails against breakage

AVAILABILITY:

·         Available nationwide January 2017

PRICE:

·         Suggested salon price is $15.95 per .25 fl oz (7.3 mL) bottle,  $24.95 per .5 fl oz (15 mL) bottle"

I haven't played around with this new top coat enough, but I do like it so far from what I have experienced.  It is substantially thicker, which is nice because it not only provides strength, but it's also not runny like some other top coats can be.

For more info on CND, check them out online: https://cnd.com/

ISSE Long Beach 2017

ISSE Long Beach 2017 0

I had the best time this year at ISSE 2017.  The annual hair, beauty, makeup, nail, and spa show that takes place at the Long Beach Convention Center was held this year on January 28-30.  

This year was very different from years passed.  Primarily, almost all of the nail brands were situated near each other, making my life and job a whole lot easier.  In years passed, nail companies were mixed throughout the show so you kind of had to search high and low to find them.

Some of the nail brands in attendance included: Akzentz, Belava, Bio Sculpture Gel, China Glaze, Christrio, Color Club, Skyline Beauty Supply, ibd, Jessica Cosmetics, LeChat, Nail Labo, Orly, E Nail Couture, Sha-Nail Pro, Vetro, Young Nails, Gelish, Morgan Taylor, Entity Beauty, Artistic Nail Design, Famous Names, Bio Seaweed Gel, etc.  

Some nail brands that showed there for the first time included: Aora Nails, Kokoist, Joya Mia, Brillbird USA, and NCLA. 

Some of the nail brands not there this year: essie, CND, Light Elegance, INM, Crystal Nails, ENP, OPI, & Apres Nails. 

I loved meeting up with the various companies and catching up and seeing whats new.

I also enjoyed meeting with the newer brands showing for the first time at the convention.  Brillbird USA, for instance, is an awesome highly extensive product line from Hungary.  They offered so many cool things including one stroke art paint, 3-D sculpting gels, and flakey chrome pigments, which is soon to become all the rage.

Aora Nails, this was their first year at the show and they made quite a splash with their huge and highly impressive booth showcasing their chrome pigments and magnetic gel polishes. 

Kokoist, a fantastic brand from Japan, was there for the first time, showing their gorgeous highly pigmented potted gels and highly popular fine brushes.

NCLA was there to promote their new line of gel polishes, Gelous?, which I recently got to try and must say, I really Love the formula. They're all 7-free, highly pigmented, and last up to three weeks. 

As a whole, I would say this year was year of Chrome. Almost every brand was offering some sort of iteration of the trendy pigment powder, and performing many demos showing what can be achieved with it.  Some of the brands offering chrome included- Skyline Beauty Supply, Nail Labo, Aora Nails, Bio Seaweed Gel, Bio Structure Gel, LeChat Nails, and E Nail Couture. The most impressive and informational of all the brands I felt was LeChat.  They have a rather extensive offering of chromes, 12 colors, and one of their top educators, Anastasiia Morozova, showed me a few of her award winning design techniques. 

Some of the brands did things differently this year and combined booths creating an almost mega booth.  Hand and Nail Harmony, for instance,  partnered up with Skyline Beauty Supply and had one large booth representing many of their brands, including: Morgan Taylor, Gelish, Artistic Nail Design, and Entity Beauty. 

Skyline Beauty Supply probably had the biggest of all the companies booths, having 5 different segments all showcasing different things.  There was Whale Spa on one end,  Vetro in the middle,  Sha-Nail Pro on the other side of that wall, Chrome Pigments and matte top coats were in their own section, and then Hand and Nail Harmony section as mentioned previously.  So they definitely took up the most floor space at the show this year and had the largest booth.  

Nonetheless, I would have to say Nail Labo was yet again the busiest booth of the show.  Whether it's demos with famed celebrity nail artists, like Britney Tokyo or Miho Nails, looki-loos, or just shoppers stocking up on their favorite brand at a discount.  

I can't fail to mention I met one of my favorite YouTubers, Suzie Manko, from Suzie's Nail Career Education.  She was so sweet and lovely in person I adore her all the more. https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCTldDNXS4GeChcmwm55mXYQ

Like every year, I had each of my nails done by a different nail artist from around the world.  My absolute favorite this year goes to my left thumb which features a hand drawn portrait of my malti-poo BooBoz, by the highly talented Vu Nguyen.  It took him around ten minutes to do, and literally used just white and black gel polish in various mixed ratios.  The result is absolutely stunning and so life like.   

If you weren't able to make it to this years show, I highly suggest checking it out next year, there is already information up on the website.  Also, if you don't want to commit to a three day pass, you can always go for one day and still have an amazing experience.

For more info on ISSE, check out their website here: https://probeauty.org/isselb/ 

 

 

A New Ouai to pamper Cuticles

A New Ouai to pamper Cuticles 0

Hey Guys,

Cats out of the bag, I've got a huge secret to share with you all. Sometimes you discover the Best things on accident, and this is certainly one of those times.  

I recently came across this incredible Hair Oil from Ouai, a new hair care line from celebrity hair stylist Jen Atkin, that already has a cult following.  One day, after applying the oil to my hair,  instead of washing my hands I rubbed the residual oil into my cuticles and the delicate skin around the nail plate, and than as a message oil.  I LOVED the way the oil soaked into my skin, and it felt so heavenly at the same time, but wasn't sticky or greasy. 

And don't get me started on the smell- Obsessed.  Reminds me of my favorite fragrance Kai, which is a gardenia based white floral.  

I then started using it on clients towards the end of a gel manicure as a replacement of traditional cuticle oil.  A couple of pumps of this oil, I rub my hands together, and message it into my clients cuticles and hands.  They too love the way it smells and the way it feels.

And if you think I'm crazy for rubbing hair oil on my nails give it a try yourself.  Even fellow celeb manicurist Tom Bachik is known for putting facial serum on his client's cuticles. 

Now for those of you wondering about the traditional hair benefits of this product...

"What It Is- A multitasking oil that smoothes frizz and seals split ends for high-gloss, super-smooth finish.  Packed with African Galanga, Ama and Asian Borage oils keeps color from fading and protect hair from heat damage.  

Ama Oil: penetrates and repairs damaged hair fibers while shielding the hair from humidity

Borage Oil: a nutrient rich oil that smoothes and repairs frizz

Baobab Seed Oil: this quickly absorbing oil hydrates and smoothes dry hair

African Galanga Root Extract: protects the hair fibers from color fading and color degradation due to UV exposure

Fragrance-  beautiful floral fragrance contains notes of Violet, Gardenia, Ylang Ylang, and White Musk. 

How to Use- work 1-3 drops through wet hair and air dry, or smooth through dry stands after a blowout to calm, frizz... Also doubles as a hydrating overnight hair mask. Work it in, catch some Z's and rinse in the morning." according to the official press release. 

The Ouai Hair Oil retails for $28 for a 1.5 fl oz (45 ml) bottle, and is available now at theouai.com or sephora.com

I highly recommend giving it a try! You won't regret it.

Introducing Aora GEP Gel!

Introducing Aora GEP Gel! 0

Hi guys. I hope everyone has had a very Happy Holidays.

I am so excited to share this latest innovation with you all from the folks over at Aora.

It takes a lot to get me exited about something new in the nail industry, but I have found it. Introducing GEP gel from Aora! Forget the conventional and generic cat-eye magnetic nails people are doing, GEP gel color is said to look like “Northern Lights in Alaska, some say space nebulas and starbursts.”

Aora GEP is incredible, so cool and unique, and super easy to use.

Everything you need to get started comes in the kit. Begin with the Grip Base.  Two coats of Black gel, which is incredibly well pigmented, and from what I believe is pure gel in a bottle, not a gel polish.  I would use this gel on its own, its an excellent black gel. Then comes the magic- paint on a thin layer of the numbered color gel, shown here I have GEP #’s 5 and 6, do not cure, hold the magnet over the uncured gel for a few seconds, once the desired design is achieved cure.  Finish it all off with Titanium Top Coat, an excellent non-wipe super shiny top coat.

Pictures and videos do not do this product justice.  If I had a dollar for every complement I’ve gotten on my nails I would be Rich $$$!

I highly recommend you pick up a GEP kit for yourselves or your salon.  Your clients are going to absolutely fall in love.

The GEP Kit, retails for $59.95, and then each color of GEP can be purchased individually for $29.95.

For more info on Aora, or to order online: http://aoraorders.com/product-category/gep/ 

 

 

Essie Winter 2016 Collection Review

Essie Winter 2016 Collection Review 0

"Break out the shag rug and pop some vinyl on the hi-fi, we're taking it back to London's grooviest era, the swinging sixties.  Total freedom, shabby chic fashion and soirees only the hippest of hip could attend, there was nothing quite like London in the 1960's.  So hop on the next double-decker bus, turn up the groovy tunes and get ready for some good times, introducing the essie winter 2016 collection, inspired by the London mod era.

Anything goes when you work your mojo in these six scintillating shades! A totally fab clique of color, essie winter 2016 collection nails the spirit of the times. From fascinating, multifaceted frosts to rich cremes and thrilling shimmers, this collection draws its colorful inspiration from nights out in the land of mod and epicenter of chic: London. 

catch a double-decker bus to swinging sixties london. slip on your tallest heels because the party on a platform is ready to boa. relax and go with the flowy as you and your satin sister make the scene at the coolest clubs. what do you think about getting groovy, baby? oh behave!" according to the official press release.

the essie winter 2016 collection is comprised of the following shades-

Ready to boa: a rich shimmering burgundy with subtle brown undertones. [glistening bronzed mahogany]

Party of a platform: a deep garnet red cream. [london garnet red]

Oh behave!: a flamingo pink with slight shimmer. [minx peach frost]

Getting groovy: a warm shimmering yellow gold. [metallic gold palladium]

Satin Sister: a midnight teal peacock cream. [sleek ebony peacock blue]

Go with the flowy: an elephant gray with light shimmer in it. [cloudlike dove gray]

(all swatches shown here are of the gel formula, 2 coats, cured each for 30 seconds in an LED, and are taken outdoors in natural light).

This is an excellent collection.  Very beautiful an highly wearable colors that are sure to  be in demand this holiday season, but without the cheesy super glittery effect.  I found the formula to be quite awesome and very easy to work with.  There is no difference in the colors between the two formulas, the gel and polish, the colors are a perfect match.   

My personal favorites are: Ready to boa and Go with the flowy.

essie nail polish retails for $9 (13.5 ml 0.46 fl oz) and the gel for around $17.50 (12.5 ml 0.42 fl oz).  

For more info on essie, check them out here: http://www.essie.com/

 

 

Zoya Enchanted Winter/Holiday 2016 Review

Zoya Enchanted Winter/Holiday 2016 Review 0

"INTRODUCING ENCHANTED BY ZOYA

Combining the magic of the holidays and the wonders of winter, Zoya’s new Enchanted collection creates an ethereal beauty spotlight for nails this season. Consisting of four glittering PixieDust Mattes and two velvety color-flip metallics, this unique nail polish collection is absolutely stunning.

ZOYA ENCHANTED - WINTER/HOLIDAY 2016

  • ELPHIE (ZP871) green pixie: A bewitching emerald green with a sugary green sparkle in the exclusive Zoya PixieDust Matte Sparkle formula.

  • OLIVERA (ZP872) green flip: A spellbinding color-flip metallic with an indigo base and a green and purple shift.

  • LORNA (ZP853) plum pixie: A luscious berry with a sugary sparkle in the exclusive Zoya PixieDust Matte Sparkle formula.

  • WAVERLY (ZP876) sapphire pixie: A brilliantly deep sapphire blue with blue sparkles in the exclusive Zoya PixieDust Matte Sparkle formula.

  • ALICE (ZP874) periwinkle pixie: A captivating periwinkle with magenta and blue sparkles in the exclusive Zoya PixieDust Matte Sparkle formula.

  • SAINT (ZP875) periwinkle flip: A whimsical color-flip metallic with a periwinkle base and magenta shift.

AVAILABLE FOR PURCHASE ON October 15, 2016.
ZOYA.COM $10ea.(US)

*10 FREE FORMULA: FORMULATED WITHOUT FORMALDEHYDE, FORMALDEHYDE RESIN, DIBUTYL PHTHALATE, TOLUENE, CAMPHOR, TPHP, PARABENS, XYLENE, ETHYL TOSYLAMIDE and LEAD." according to the official press release.

the Zoya Enchanted Holiday 2016 Collection contains the following shades-

Saint: a periwinkle blue with iridescent pink/purple shimmer.

Olivera: a duo-chrome of emerald green and midnight navy shimmer.

Waverly: a medium blue fine glitter.

Lorna: a fine fuchsia glitter.

Alice: a lilac fine glitter with pink and blue glitter shimmers as well, creating immense depth. 

Elphie: an emerald green fine glitter. 

(all swatches are two coats, and taken outdoors in natural light). 

I Love this collection overall.  I think it's very magical, fun, and festive. The glitter pixies are always fun to me, the matte texture against the sparkly glitter makes an incredible eye pleasing delight. The other two shades, Saint and Olivera, are also gorgeous and highly unique.

I found the formula to be great and very easy to work with.

My top favs include: Olivera, Saint, and Alice.

For more info, or to purchase online check out Zoya here: http://www.zoya.com/ 

CND Holiday 2016 Starstruck Collection Review

CND Holiday 2016 Starstruck Collection Review 0

"Celebrate the elegance of Hollywood with the new Holiday 2016 Starstruck collection from CND. Comprised of dazzling jewel tones that embody the glamour of the red carpet, the palette is precious and faceted.

“There was an element of danger in the Old Hollywood equation,” says CND Co-founder and Style Director Jan Arnold.  “This tension of grace, power and risk inspires the jeweled, short nail of the season, which pairs best with a little black dress or pristine winter-white cashmere. An ensemble this mesmerizing is sure to leave all of your fans starstruck.” according to the official press release.

The CND Starstruck Holiday 2016 Collection consists of the following glitter shades-

Blushing Topaz: a light pink glitter.

Garnet Glamour: a deep crimson red glitter.

Dark Diamonds: a black infused with silver glitter.

Emerald Lights: an emerald green glitter.

Alluring Amethyst: a lilac glitter.

Starry Sapphire: a mix of indigo blue and purple glitters.

(all swatches shown here are two coats, taken in outdoor natural sunlight).

I absolutely Love this collection.  CND does not make a lot of glitter shades in general, and around this time of year, with all of the holiday festivities, glitter is always a good thing to offer clients.  The colors are all totally wearable and gorgeous.  

I didn't experience any issues with the application or the formulas.  I felt each shade was densely packed with glitter and provided a very even coverage.

My personal favorites are: Starry Sapphire, Blushing Topaz, and Dark Diamonds

Suggested salon price is $15.95 per .25 fl oz (7.3 mL) bottle

For more information on CND, check them out online: https://cnd.com/

 

 

Essie Fall 2016 Collection Review

Essie Fall 2016 Collection Review 0

"There is a reason why the fashion-savvy flock to the number one street style destination in the world: Tokyo. Japan's electric capital boasts taste, flair and an uncanny aptitude for mixing fashion metaphors. If you're lucky enough to be there in the fall, you get the added picturesque pleasure of watching the autumn leaves change color against the magnificent gray backdrop of Mount Fuji in the distance. Get caught in a whirlwind of spectacular fall color fit for a Geisha, introducing essie fall 2016 collection.

From Ginza to Harajuku, it's impossible not to find yourself entranced in the mix of Tokyo's colorful surroundings! Inspired by essie Glorbal Color Designer, Rebecca Minkoff's, time in Tokyo, the essie fall 2016 collection captures the city's wild street style, electric cuisine and riot of autumnal colors.

The six shade palette of mesmerizing hues channels the changing fall foliage along with the modern and traditional sides of Tokyo's bustling city. Ranging from intense deeps to serene pastels, the essie fall 2016 collection bottles up the perfect balance of trendsetting color and classic looks.

now and zen all you need is a night on the town to maki me happy, tell the girls to kimono on over and go go geisha tonight. Tokyo is the city to forget playing koi- udon know me yet, but after a night of karaoke you'll never forget me." according to the official press release. 

The essie fall 2016 collection is comprised of the following creamy colors-

Kimono Over: a deep purple grape cream. [inviting damson plum]

Playing Koi: a spiced pumpkin cream. A mix of burnt orange and brown. [flirtatious orange rust]

Go go Geisha: a dusty light pink rose cream. [antique blossom pink]

Now & Zen: an elephant gray cream. [timeless sage gray]

Maki me Happy: a deep raspberry cream.  Requires three coats for full opacity. [crimson-wrapped berry]

Udon Know Me: a washed light blue cream, with slight gray undertones. [mysterious stony blue] 

(all swatches are 2 coats, unless stated otherwise, and are taken outdoors in natural light).

This is a very beautiful collection.  And I think some of the most creative, clever, and quirky names Essie has yet to come out with. Only one of the colors I am not a huge fan of, Playing Koi, but that doesn't mean others won't like it. 

My personal favorites are: Kimono Over, Now and Zen, and Udon Know Me

essie's fall 2016 collection retails at $9 per 0.46 fl oz (13.5 mL) and is available now.

For more info on essie, check them out online here: http://www.essie.com/

 

Morgan Taylor Wrapped in Glamour Holiday 2016 Review

Morgan Taylor Wrapped in Glamour Holiday 2016 Review 0

"Get festive with the Morgan Taylor Wrapped in Glamour Holiday 2016 Collection. Introducing six luxe shades: a bronze and silver glitter, an array of red pearls, and a navy that is sure to have you slaying any holiday party you attend this season. Each color serves to inspire feelings of joy that dazzle into the New Year.

"During the holidays, we're surrounded by beautiful decor so it was only fitting to create a collection that matched this special time," says Danny Haile, CEO and Founder of Gelish Soak-Off Gel Polish. "This collection is filled with metallic glitters and rich colors that can dress-up any look and get you in the mood to celebrate." according to the official press release. 

The Morgan Taylor 2016 Holiday Collection is comprised of the following shades-

Who Nose Rudolph?: a bright cherry red cream. [hot crimson creme]

Girl Meets Joy: a blue/purple/magenta glitter shimmer in a deep navy base. [navy pearl]

Just Naughty Enough: a fine rose gold glitter/shimmer with micro holo glitter flecks as well. [rosy bronze glitter]

You're So Elf-Centered!: a deep magenta shimmer. [maroon pearl]

Let's Get Frosty: a glitter/shimmer silver. [silver glitter]

Rocking My Stocking: a shimmering fuchsia. Highly pigmented, essentially a 1 Coat Wonder. [cranberry pearl] 

(*all swatches shown here are two coats, and are taken outdoors in natural light). 

This is a great collection overall.  I think all of the colors are very wearable, particularly around this festive time of year. I love how fun and cheeky some of the names are as well.

As far as formula is concerned and application, I didn't experience any issues whatsoever.  All of the shades painted on smoothly, evenly, and easily.

My personal favorites are: Girl Meets Joy, Just Naughty Enough, and You're So Elf-Centered!

Each shade is 0.5 fl oz (15 mL) retails for $9, and will be available for a limited time beginning November.

For more info on Morgan Taylor, check them out online: https://www.morgantaylorlacquer.com/

 

 

Dermelect Cosmeceuticals ‘Me’ Unearthed Collection review

Dermelect Cosmeceuticals ‘Me’ Unearthed Collection review 0

"Bringing to life a palette of modern earth tones that evoke the rich, diverse hues found in nature, Dermelect Cosmeceuticals' brand new 'ME' 2016 Unearthed Collection features six vibrant shades that marry the beauty of Mother Nature with the opulence of high fashion runway trends.

"The Unearthed Collection was inspired by the colors of the season, which are drawn from various elements of nature, including lava, copper, soil and bright foliage," said Elle, Celebrity Nail Tech and Dermelect Color Curator. "Our palette is meant to awaken a new appreciation for nature's unparalleled beauty by delivering modern earth tones that are equally varied in color and texture yet come together to create unexpected synergy."

Beyond importing gorgeous, long-lasting color on nails and toes, Dermelect's Unearthed Collection gives back to the earth it draws inspiration from by partnering with the non-profit Trees for the Future (trees.org). The brand has committed to plant one, new tree for every polish sold from the collection through April 2017 with a minimum donation of 10,000 trees planted.  Trees for the Future improves the livelihoods of impoverished farmers by revitalizing degraded lands and planting over 128 million trees over the world to help people break out of poverty and address the global environment.

"Trees for the Future is thrilled to partner with Dermelect," said John Leary, Executive Director of Trees for the Future. "We applaud Dermelect for their commitment to making this planet a more beautiful place." according to the official press release.

The Unearthed Collection is comprised of the following shades-

Diggin' You: a brown cream, with slight mauve/purple undertones. [creme burnt umber]

To the Core: a chrome orangey/copper. [russet copper]

Verdure: a dark mysterious jungle green cream. [lush hunter green]

What A Gem: a light pearlized pink. [shimmery pale quartz] 

Nobody's Fool: a shiny yellow gold with very yellow undertones. [chrome marigold]

Magmatized: a deep cranberry crimson red cream. [fiery red]

(all swatches shown here are two coats, and are taken outdoors in natural light).

After reading the story behind the collection I was not only quite moved, but I had a new found respect for the colors.  Everything suddenly made complete sense and told a story.  At first glance I felt the shades were highly autumnal and told a story, but after reading about the inspiration behind the collection and the charity aspect I was pleasantly pleased and surprised.

The colors are very gorgeous and take on a life of their own.  Some of the shades I think perhaps are more desirable than others, but needles to say, that doesn't mean someone out there might have a huge love and penchant for copper polish. 

I found all the colors painted on smoothly and evenly, including Nobody's Fool, which I anticipated to be quite streaky; the nature of the beast.

My personal favorites include: Diggin' You and What A Gem.

The Polishes retail for $14 each [11 ml or .4 fl oz], or $29 as a set, and are available now on http://dermelect.com/

 

Zoya Urban Grunge Fall 2016 Review

Zoya Urban Grunge Fall 2016 Review 0

"Introducing URBAN GRUNGE* by ZOYA!

The NEW ZOYA Urban Grunge collection of creams, metallics & holos reinterprets Grunge with a modern twist for Fall 2016! Featuring six sleek, one coat, color saturated creams plus six coordinating linear, scattered holos and metal foil metallics to amp up the voltage of the season. All densely pigmented with a smooth application.

CREAMS

  • AUGUST (ZP854): A full coverage gray like a fine, expensive leather with a mid-ranged, balanced tone.
  • MALLORY (ZP853): A full bodied, vibrant Prussian blue with a deeply saturated color.
  • TARA (ZP857): A purple plum with a balanced tone between red and purple.
  • COURTNEY (ZP856): A deep red beet root shade.
  • WYATT (ZP855): A true racing green with a deep pigment
  • NOAH (ZP858): A mid-range taupe evenly balanced between yellow and grey

METALLICS & HOLOS

  • ALICIA (ZP859): A linear holo with a touch of gold.
  • TROY (ZP864): Liquid pewter with a foil finish and an edgy touch of black and gold.
  • MERIDA (ZP861): A brilliant lush evergreen scattered holo.
  • FINLEY (ZP860): A deep royal purple scattered holo.
  • BRITTA (ZP862): A berry metallic with a red and purple, fuchsia flash.
  • ASH (ZP863): A vibrant cherry with a red and gold metallic shimmer.

AVAILABLE FOR PURCHASE AUGUST 15, 2016 ON ZOYA.COM
$10 ea.(US)"
according to the official press release. 

This latest collection includes the following shades-

Troy: dark shimmering gunmetal.

Ash: bold cranberry red with magenta pink shimmer.

Merida: emerald green with multi color shimmer.

Finley: purple grape with multi color shimmer.

Alicia: light silver with multi color shimmer.

Britta: shimmering fuchsia.

Tara: deep eggplant cream.

Courtney: oxblood cream.

August: cement gray cream.

Mallory: oceanic marine blue cream.

Noah: creamy nude beige.

Wyatt: deep emerald green cream. 

(all swatches shown here are two coats, and are taken outdoors in natural light). 

I am obsessed with these one coat creams Zoya keeps releasing.  By all means please keep them coming!!! The formula is amazing and honestly a dream come true to work with.  If you haven't tried them yet I highly highly recommend them.  As for the holos, they were also very fun, although not quite as pigmented as the creams.  They did however provide complete coverage in two coats. 

My personal favorites include: Alicia, Troy, Courtney and Wyatt

For more info or to purchase online, check out Zoya here: http://www.zoya.com/

Morgan Taylor The Great Ice-Scape Winter 2016 Collection Review

Morgan Taylor The Great Ice-Scape Winter 2016 Collection Review 0

"Grabbing winter by the laces, Morgan Taylor introduces The Great Ice-Scape Winter 2016 Collection. Offering six charming shades of soft pinks, milky blues, and a copper shimmer; all inspired by the graceful art of figure skating.

"Figure skating, much like the Morgan Taylor woman, is elegant yet playful," says namesake Morgan Haile. Namesake Taylor Daniels continues' "It was essential for the colors included in this collection to have the same joyful spirit of the sport while evoking the icy-essence of the winter season." according to the official press release. 

The Great Ice-Scape Winter 2016 Collection consists of the following shades -

Flirt In A Skating Skirt: grayed out cornflower blue cream. Well pigmented. Full coverage in a single coat. [steel blue cream]

Ice Queen Anyone?: a shimmering coppery leaning rose gold. [copper shimmer]

Lace 'Em Up: a dark purple cream with gray undertones. [midnight blue cream]

Hey, Twirl-friend!: a creamy beige leaning nude. [warm nude cream]

N-ice Girls Rule: a sparkly light carnation pink. [pale pink shimmer]

Figure 8's & Heartbreaks: a deep dusty mauve cream. a 1 Coat Wonder! Full coverage in a single coat. [dusty mauve cream]

(all swatches shown here are two coats, and are taken outdoors in natural light).

I absolutely Love this collection.  I think its super cute, and I adore the tongue-&-cheekness that went into all of the names.  I think Morgan Taylor is having a fun time in the creativity department selecting the names, and its definitely paying off.

The formulas were Amazing, some of the colors even providing complete coverage in only one coat. I didn't experience any issues to report of.  

My personal favorites are- Lace 'Em Up and Flirt In A Skating Skirt.

"The Great Ice-scape Winter 2016 collection from Morgan Taylor will be available for a limited time beginning November 2016 at http://www.morgantaylorlacquer.com/. The suggested retail price is $9 each."

 

Deobrah Lippmann Fall 2016 Collection: After Midnight Review

Deobrah Lippmann Fall 2016 Collection: After Midnight Review 0

"What happens After Midnight? This fall, let deborah lippmann's evocative and sultry new collection seduce you into a frenzy, featuring brand NEW shades available in her innovative Gel Lap Pro Color formula. This latest dual- patented formula infused with 10 treatment ingredients helps to deliver health, wear and shine, providing the high gloss and cushiony plumped look similar to a gel, without nail damage. 

HEALTH: Evening Primrose, Keratin, Biotin, Green Tea Extract, Aucoumea, Rice Protein

WEAR: Bamboo, Nonychosine F

SHINE: Nylon, Carnauba Wax

Accompanied by a new advanced contour brush, its rounded tip follows the curve of the cuticles and 320 bristles (45% more than standard brushes) spread evenly for an effortless, streak-free application. 

Allow mystery to empower you through these dark and romantic shades: Smoke Gets In Your Eyes, a smoke blue creme, After Midnight, a dark indigo creme, Wild Thing, a deep peacock creme, Love Hangover, a plum mauve creme, All Night Long, a black base with bronze shimmer and Out of the Woods, a dark chocolate creme. Paint the town- we won't tell." according to the official press release. 

the Fall 2016 After Midnight Collection contains the following shades-

After Midnight: a blackened purple cream. Excellent full coverage in a single coat.

Love Hangover: an earthy purple creme. An amazing 1 Coat Wonder!

Smoke Gets In Your Eyes: a dusty navy blue cream. A 1 Coat Wonder!

Wild Thing: a midnight teal cream. A 1 Coat Wonder!


**All Night Long: a deep dark sparkly chocolate brown. A 1 Coat Wonder,  which I find to be quite rare in a shimmer/glitter shade. (exclusive to Sephora)

**Out Of The Woods: a chocolate brown cream. A 1 Coat Wonder! (exclusive to Sephora)

(all shades shown here are only 1 single coat, and are taken outdoors in natural sunlight).

Honestly this is probably my most favorite Deborah Lippmann collection yet! The formula alone is so beyond remarkable you have to get it.  I have never seen an entire collection before that was all 1 Coat Wonders, including the glittery shade All Night Long. The shades are all gorgeous for the fall, and are definitely colors clients will request.  Each painted on smoothly, evenly, and effortlessly.  I didn't experience any issues whatsoever.

I am really digging this new and improved formula from Deborah, and the brush couldn't make me happier; it makes my job so much easier.

I can't speak highly enough of this collection, nor can I choose favorites.  You need all of the shades. 

Each bottle retails for $20, .5 fl oz (15 mL), and are available online at http://www.deborahlippmann.com/, Barneys New York, Bloomingdale's, Neiman Marcus, Nordstrom and Sephora stores nationwide.