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Essie Gel Couture Ballet Nudes and Bridal Collection Review

Essie Gel Couture Ballet Nudes and Bridal Collection Review 0

"Fashion loves the ballet.  The beauty, the wonder and of course, the style.  Tutus, tights and ballet looks have long inspired designers, fashionistas and creatives to envision some of their most iconic creations.  At last, the ballet's romantic femininity and uncompromising detail graces audiences with the debut of essie gel couture ballet nudes.  Replicating the ballet's unparalleled excellence, these six new shades work flawlessly with the gel couture top coat to provide the highest standard in performance. 

Take center stage with ballerina finesse in these six magnificently neutral, longwear shades. From misty rose pink to soft shimmer gray, gel couture ballet nudes deliver lust-worthy color, high quality performance and impeccable gel-like shine.  Essie gel couture ballet nudes embody the effortless strength of a graceful ballerina.  Her choreographed twirls mimic the beautiful bottle design, while the patent-pending brush allows for precise application." according to the official press release.

The ballet nudes collection include-

Satin Slipper: a semi sheer nude beige cream. [silky champagne ivory]

Lace Me Up: a very light pink based nude cream. [misty rose pink]

Hold the Position: a rose pink cream. [coral peach pink]

At the Barre: a light brown cream. [soft cinnamon nude]

Perfect Posture: a soft periwinkle cream with soft gray undertones. [periwinkle powder blue]

Closing Night: a slightly shimmering medium gray. [soft shimmer gray]

Also featured here is the new Bridal Collection.

"Save the date- essie and acclaimed bridal designer Monique Lhuillier are set to wed in the dreamiest of collaborations, introducing the limited edition essie gel couture bridal collection by Monique Lhuillier.  Every proper bride-to-be knows that first comes the engagement ring, then comes the manicure; hands become the centerpiece of countless photos, conversations and special moments. The picture-perfect fit for your fingertips- essie gel couture bridal collection by Monique Lhuillier gives women a wedding day manicure like never before.

A vision of romantic femininity, the limited-edition essie gel couture bridal collection by Monique Lhuillier marries the designer's famed and luxurious attention to detail with essie's renowned color authority.  "I was so happy to partner with essie for the gel couture bridal collection," says Monique Lhuillier.  "I created shades fit for every bride, a perfect complement to unique bridal couture and natural beauty." according to the official press release. 

The bridal collection consists of the following shades-

Lace to the altar: a pearly shimmering white. [elegant ivory accented with iridescent pearls]

Dress is more: a semi sheer white cream. [creamy sheer white dusted with pink]

Blush-worthy: a pale rose pink with shimmering flecks in it. [feminine peony pink speckled with gold shimmer]

Sage you Love me: a dove gray cream with green sage undertones. [soft dusty gray with a kiss of green undertones creme]

To have & to gold: a pretty rose gold. [chic vintage rose gold metallic]

Berry in Love: a raspberry burgundy cream. [deep, dazzling plum red]

(all swatches shown in this post are 2 coats, and are taken outdoors in natural sunlight.)

I am so happy and pleased with these two collections.  This is what I have been waiting for.  As we already know I am obsessed with the gel couture line.  The brush is incredible and so easy to work with.  My clients are always intrigued and impressed with the bottle's shape.  And now that the line is offering these gorgeous new shades I couldn't be happier.

I didn't experience any issues whatsoever with the formulas.  I found they all painted on smoothly, easily, and evenly.  

Both collections are out and available now, and retail for $11.50 per shade. 

Give them a try, you won't regret it!

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

 

Nail Pro Pasadena 2017

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I had an Awesome time at this years Nail Pro Pasadena show the other weekend.  There were some new brands being featured, including Lauren Wireman’s Wildflower Nails, Kokoist from Japan, among many others.  Check out the photo gallery below for a look at some of the show’s highlights.

LeChat Chrome Pigments Review

LeChat Chrome Pigments Review 0

"This is eternal bliss at your fingertips.  Presenting the Mirano Multi-Effx Metallic Pigment that shifts with the light and showcases a unique, mirror-like, chrome effect on your nails.

This edgy nail art pigment is available in 12 shades that transcend beyond this world with shades like Immortal, a shiny, oil spill effect; Imperial, a true metallic gold and Chroma, a futuristic, reflective silver.

There are two kinds of Mirano kits with six different color pigments in each. Both kits include a Mirano Silicone brush, Mirano Gel Top sealer and Black Onyx gel color." according to the official press release. 

Kit 1 includes the following pigments-

Dreamstate: a medium blue shade that shifts purple.

Euphoria: a soft gunmetal shade that shifts purple.

Magnetic: a medium green shade that shifts purple.

Imperial: a rich regal yellow gold that shifts green.

Destiny: a regal purple that shifts magenta.

Immortal: a magenta pink that shifts green.

Kit 2 includes these pigments-

Chroma: a metallic mirror like silver.

Ecstasy: an emerald green that shifts purple.

Nirvana: a coppery bronze that shifts yellow gold.

Mirage: a deep royal blue that shifts purple.

Galactic: a medium purple that shifts pink.

Atomic: a purple gunmetal.

(all pigments shown here were applied over one coat of Black Onyx as base, and are taken outdoors in natural sunlight.)

I am so beyond obsessed with these metallic pigments you have no idea.  I have tried so many different ones on the market from various brands but none of them hold up to these beauties. The color shifting is truly magical.  

And don't get me started on the endless nail art possibilities that can be achieved.  Back in the beginning of the year, I had the opportunity to learn from one of Le Chat's lead educators, Anastasiia Morozova, who gave me lots of tips and tricks with regards to chrome pigments.

Some of those tricks include:

  • the non-wipe top coat that you rub the pigments into, cure for 1 full minute in an LED light.  
  • If you just want solid chrome, without nail art, applying just one base layer of black gel polish is enough.
  • To keep chrome lasting long on Natural Nails, like a couple of weeks or longer, you need to add strength to the natural nail somehow.  I prefer using the Le Chat powder gelee system to add strength.  You could also use a builder gel, or do a hard gel overlay.  Either way, the natural nail needs strength, because the non-wipe top coats used are very stiff and non-flexible.  As time goes on, the natural nail is very flexible and will bend and flex, and as it does that, the nail plate will separate from the non-wipe top coat, causing the chrome to chip.

I highly recommend you pick up at least one of those pigment kits.  Your clients will be obsessed.

Each kit includes:

  • 6 (2gm) Mirano Color Pigments
  • 1 (.5 oz) Mirano Black Onyx Gel Polish
  • 1 (.5 oz) Mirano Gel top sealer gloss
  • 1 Application Brush

Be sure to check out the pics below of some of the art designs I did, as well as the You Tube videos demonstrating how to achieve these looks.

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

Essie Spring 2017 Review

Essie Spring 2017 Review 0

"Don't think. Just get in the car and drive.  Go with your most colorful instincts and take a spur of the moment trip down the coast.  Inspired by sun-filled beach days and spectacular sunsets of Baja, California, the essie spring 2017 collection features warm inviting hues that create the perfect mood for a springtime filled with fashionable adventures.

With Baja in mind, essie Global Color Designer Rebecca Minkoff helped inspire the landscape of colors of the spring 2017 collection- the sapphire waves, the sandy shores and the brilliant, creamy pink sunsets over the cactus-filled desert.  These stunning, vivid colors provide the perfect palette for spring and are the idyllic backdrop for a road trip with your best friends.  So grab your girls and hit your favorite route- this colorful essie road trip is calling your name. 

Sparked by a fuchsia b'aha moment and fueled by the perfect plum playlist a la the designated dj, the ride of your life just won't stop- except maybe for a cutie in the car next to you, excuse me, sur.  The vibrant green avocado of on the roadie drives 'em wild, every time.  Backseat besties can't help but laugh out loud when they get punchy in guava pink.  Azure sapphire is all the wave, making a splash in an oceanic hue of blue that's the perfect way to  express yourself in signature essie chic." according to the official press release. 

The Essie Spring 2017 collection includes the following shades-

Designated DJ: a deep purple plum creme.

Escuse me, Sur: a fun flamingo pink creme.

On the Roadie: a grass green creme.

Backseat Besties: a carnation pink creme.

All the Wave: a rich deep blue cream. A 1 coat wonder!

B'aha Moment: a raspberry pink cream. A 1 coat wonder!

(all shades shown here are two coats, and are taken outdoors in natural sunlight).

This collection is comprised of 6 fun creme shades.  I found them to be highly pigmented, slightly more so than usual, with a couple of them being one coat wonders.  I think the shades are very fun and wearable, with some of the bolder colors people might reserve for their pedicures.

I didn't experience any issues what so ever with the formula.  They all painted on smoothly and beautifully with ease.

  The collection is out now and retails for $9 each.

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

New from Kokoist 2017!

New from Kokoist 2017! 0

Hi All.

I had a chance to meet with Kokoist (one of the top gel brands from Japan) at this years ISSE Trade Show in Long Beach, California, and they filled me in on some of their latest products, of which I am going to share with you all here.

The 3 latest products from Kokoist include:

E-148 Blackest Black: this is a potted gel, of jet black.  If you are looking for one coat coverage look no further, you have found the Holy Grail! I however absolutely Love this product for nail art.  It doesn't smear, smudge, or bleed.  It is incredibly well pigmented, and I don't even have to stir it prior to using it.  There is no need to go over anything you've painted.  Also worth mentioning this product is great to use with transfer foil on the cured tacky layer. It retails for $16.80. 

Thin Liner Brush: a super fine brush for doing highly detailed and intricate nail art.  The brush is very light weight and feels great in my hand.  There is a nice finish to the brush, which provides for a great grip.  I also Love and appreciate that the brush comes with a cap.  I hate brushes that don't come with caps. It retails for $17.80.    

MD-P Mermaid Dust: a sparkly iridescent fine glitter that has a beautiful magical effect.  Depending on the base color you apply this glitter to, the outcome will be totally different.  Here I show you the Mermaid Dust over both a black base, which creates a gorgeous color shifting effect of red/copped/green/gold that alters with the light's reflection, or for a more subtle shimmery effect, you can see the Mermaid Dust used over a light blue base.  Either way the pot is very generous and only a tiny amount of glitter is required, so this jar will last a long time.  All I did was brushed a small amount of it onto the cured base color, and did two coats of top coat to seal it in.  It retails for $12  

I highly recommend you give these and other products from Kokoist a try.  The quality is truly exceptional.  There is a reason why this is hailed as one of the best brands from Japan.

For more info on Kokoist, or to purchase online, check them out here: http://www.kokoistusa.com/

Le Chat Gelee Powder Gel Nail System Review

Le Chat Gelee Powder Gel Nail System Review 0

Hi guys.  I am really excited to share the Le Chat Gelle powder gel system with you.  I first learned about it at the ISSE trade show from one of the top Le Chat educators.  The system is meant to add strength to the natural nail in a very easy way and I am personally obsessed with it.

I saw videos on Instagram from Europe of technicians sprinkling a fine powder on to wet nails and I had no idea what it was or why they were doing it.  Now I know, the secret is out of the bag. 

The Gelee Professional Kit comes with everything you need to get started.  Included in the kit is primer (.5 oz), base coat (.5 oz), top coat (.5 oz), cleanser (.5 oz), remover (.5 oz), and clear gel powder (2oz). 

"The newly designed Gelée Powder Gel® Nail System now reformulated with soak-off & LED/UV curable technology.

Effortlessly create beautiful nails that last for weeks, are strong, durable, and natural looking. With added benefits of quick & easy removal and faster curing times, what’s not to love about the NEW Gelée Powder Gel® Nail System.

• Easy Brush On Application
• LED/UV Cured Soak Off System
• Maximum Glossy Finish
• Odorless
• Strength and Durability
• Natural Elegant Look" according to the website. 

The system is remarkably easy to use and is my new favorite trick to add strength to my clients nails.  Forget the hassle of doing a hard gel overlay or even an acrylic overlay.  This takes all the grunt work out of having to do that. 

I have been testing out and wearing the system on my own nails now for over a month, and my nails are stronger and better than ever.  If I am a busy nail technician handling tons of chemicals on a daily basis, and my nails are amazing from using this system, imagine how incredible clients nails will be.   

Please be sure to check out the video below for step-by-step instructions and to see how truly easy the system is to use.

I highly recommend you give it a try. Your clients will be thanking you.

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

 

Morgan Taylor Beauty & the Beast Collection Spring 2017 Review

Morgan Taylor Beauty & the Beast Collection Spring 2017 Review 0

"This spring is the season your dreams come true; Gelish MINI and Morgan Taylor introduce the Beauty and The Beast 2017 collection.  In correlation with Walt Disney Pictures' release of the live-action film, Beauty and the Beast, the collection is filled with dreamy shades in red pearls and pink and baby blue cremes.  This whimsical collection will make the wearer feel like the Belle at any ball!

"It's extremely wonderful to collaborate with Disney again and create this collection for the Beauty and the Beast live-action movie," says Danny Haile. "We wanted to be honorable guests of this beloved and classic story by developing colors that reflect the beauty that comes from within." according to the official press release.   

The collection consists of the following colors-

Gaston and On and On: a baby blue creme.

Plumette with Excitement: a pale dusty pink creme.

Potts of Tea: a milky off white with blue undertones and shimmer running through it. My personal favorite in the collection. [alabaster]

The Last Petal: a shimmering raspberry. [red pearl]

Be Our Guest: a bold magenta pink creme. [pink creme]

Days in the Sun: a light buttery yellow with iridescence running through it. [yellow]

Enchanted Patina: an antique bronze.  Relatively sheer on its own, best to be used on top of another color. [specialty Patina overlay coat. *Morgan Taylor only] (not available in Gelish)

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

I think this collection beautifully represents the film.  The colors are fun, fanciful, but also practical and highly wearable.  Potts of Tea is my personal favorite, its just so unique and different from all other shades on the market.

I am a big fan of the Enchanted Patina.  I think its a very cool concept and easily allows you to transform virtually any color you already own.  With regards to this collection, however, I say it looks best over Gaston and On and On, and Plumette with Excitement.

Also worth mentioning is the new and improved brush.  I am obsessed with this new wider and cuticle hugging brush.  There are significantly more bristles, and the end of the bristles have a slight curve to them, so they really fit in perfectly up to the cuticle line, allowing for perfect and easy painting application. 

The movie comes out nationwide March 17, 2017. Make sure to check out the trailer below.

The Beauty and the Beast collection from Morgan Taylor and Gelish will be available for a limited time beginning February 2017, and will retail for $9 each.

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

 

introducing Brillbird

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Hey everyone, i am so excited to introduce you all to Brillbird, one of Hungary's top nail product lines.  I was first introduced to Brillbird at the ISSE trade show in Long Beach.

Brillbird offers a rather extensive product line, including many different builder gels, art gels, acrylic, polish, gels, brushes, etc.

Some of the products I have featured here to share with you all include-

Brush & Go Color Gel: This is a hard gel that is ideal for doing nail art.  I have it shown here in #25 (a light blue periwinkle) and #19 (an antique bronze gold). The Brush & Go line contains over 43 colors, and doesn't bleed or spread.  It is incredibly well pigmented, one coat is all you need, no need for a second coat or to go over your design again.  There is very low odor, and a little goes a long way.  This line is excellent for detailed nail art.  Also worth mentioning the fine glitter in #19 didn't smear or travel when top coated.  

Designer 3D Gel: shown here in Silver.  Allows you to create amazing raised and slightly textured nail art designs.  Comes in 5 shades.  Doesn't move, stays where you paint it.  Also doesn't need to be cleansed after curing.

ICY Gel: a clear super dense builder gel that doesn't cause heat spikes typically related with builder hard gels.  There is no yellowing, the product is easy to file, doesn't flow, is pinchable, and incredibly durable.  If you enjoy a strong builder gel that doesn't move this is the gel for you.

Cover Tan Gel: a gorgeous rosey pink builder gel that is perfect to elongate the natural nail bed.  It is very easy to work with, and is less controlled than the stiffer Icy Gel mentioned above.  

Chrome Flakes: in Purple.  I am beyond obsessed with this product.  It takes the chrome trend to a whole new level.  These are larger particles of chrome pigment, that depending on how hard you rub them into cured gel layer, can have different results.  The color is absolutely gorgeous and shifts between a purple and indigo blue, and then under other light, reflects hints of green/gold.

I highly recommend you give some of Brillbird's products a try.  You won't regret it.  

For more info on Brillbird, check them out online here: https://www.brillbirdusa.com/

 

Daily Charme Pigments REVIEW

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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

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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/