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nubar falling in love collection- fall 2014 swatches & review

nubar falling in love collection- fall 2014 swatches & review 0

I am very excited to introduce the FALLing in Love 2014 collection from NUBAR- eight colors that rule the runway.

According to the press release, "Forget Fall Pressures this season, NUBAR has love on the mind.  Eight colors rich in glistening Mica that demand attention whether at work, the plan, parties or play"

As always, "All NUBAR lacquers feature an ergonomically designed cap and high-quality bristles for comfort and performance.  Free of the Big 5: phthalate, toluene,  formaldehyde, resin, and camphor.  All polishes are 100% free of parabens.  NUBAR has the backing of P.E.T.A., guaranteeing no animals are used to test products." 

The NUBAR FALLing in Love 2014 collection consists of:

Love American Style: an all true bright cherry red creme. (Introducing a mod version of a classic red, NUBAR's cherry lacquer.)

Sweet Hue: a hot pink with a very subtle, supremely fine micro shimmer running through it. (The minute this pink polish is perfected, images of young love and lite days take way.  This giddy-yet-glam color makes a more modern, brighter appearance on romantics' hands on on the runway this season.)

First Date: a shimmering mustard yellow. (Polishing with our oh-so-now electric yellow might remind you of your first date.  Sunny fall days, picking the perfect polish, rushing to the phone, fancy fingers dialing your beau.)

Don't Russet: a deep rust. (Enjoy the richness of life and love and adorn this rich, ruby hue.) 

Passion's Pain: a rich deep burgundy with brown undertones. (But love isn't always roses, reflected in a rich, moody burgundy hue that gives hands their own sophistication while on the move with someone special, or solo. Passion's pain can persist but like the seasons, the colors of our lives change.) 

Queen: a deep metallic violet. (You're his queen, he treats you like royalty, reflected in a sexy, deep purple hue that sparkles just like your charisma this fashion- forward fall.)

Lush: a dark peacock teal. (Be the envy of fashionistas with this Pantone-inspired green rich in color, and best shown off wrapped around him!)

Affair: a shimmering peacock teal. (Your affair evokes images of the sea: Jeweled, confident colors full of body, life.)

 (all swatches shown here are 2 coats, and a top coat).

Over all I am very pleased with this latest collection from NUBAR.  The lacquers are all highly pigmented, and covered beautifully in two coats;  there was no streaking, or brushstrokes, or any issues to raise.  

As far as the color palette is concerned, I would've preferred to not have the brighter shades like Sweet Hue and First Date.  Instead, I would have had some more moody darker colors.  Nonetheless, I would still recommend this collection to my readers.  There is much depth and richness overall in this collection, which will be perfect as the warm weather starts to cool off. My three personal favorites are: Don't Russet, Passion's Pain, & Affair.

NUBAR nail lacquers retail for $8.40 each, or $56 for the complete eight piece kit.  

For more information on NUBAR, or to purchase, check them out online: http://bynubar.com/





FACE Stockholm Nail Polish Swatches + Review

FACE Stockholm Nail Polish Swatches + Review 0

I am very excited to introduce to my readers FACE Stockholm's Nail Polish Line.  These lovely lacquers come in a gorgeous variety of over 130+ shades and finishes, ranging from cremes, glitters, crackle top coats, to holographic.

According to the FACE Stockholm website: "Our exclusive three-free formula contains no DBP, Toluene or Formaldehyde and is available in a variety of long lasting hues. A full spectrum of sheer iridescence, deep color and glitter to take you from classic to cutting edge with just a few brush strokes."  They retail for $12 each.

And regarding their holographic lacquers: "A new dimension in nail color, this special effect polish offers high impact holographic shimmer.  Each shade captures the light to reveal a full spectrum of radiant, iridescent color combinations.  Formaldehyde, Toluene and DBP-free." They retail for $16 each.

The shades I have swatched here include:

#33: a gorgeous deep jungle green.  

#72: a beautiful bright peacock blue.

#15: a multi-colored medium sized hexagonal glitter in a clear base.  

Aura: a lavender pink tinged holographic shade.

Athena: a silver holographic shade.  My personal favorite of the shades shown here!! 

(each color shown here is 2 coats, with a top coat.)

Overall I am very impressed with FACE Stockholm's line of nail polish.  The formula was great, and applied very smoothly, and provided full coverage in two coats, even with the glitter (#15).

I am personally swept away with the Holographic polishes in their line! Typically holographic polishes can be a major pain to work with, and require specific nail bed preparation, or a special base coat to make the holographic effect truly pop, but not these!  I have been searching for years now for the perfect holographic polishes, and at long last I have finally discovered the perfect ones.

I highly recommend my readers pick up some FACE Stockholm polish for themselves and give it a try, you wont regret it.

For more information on FACE Stockholm, or to purchase, check them out online at: http://www.facestockholm.com/


Zoya Naturel Deux (2) Transitional Neutrals Fall 2014 Swatches + Review

Zoya Naturel Deux (2) Transitional Neutrals Fall 2014 Swatches + Review 0

Introducing the latest collection from Zoya- Naturel Deux (2) Transitional Neutrals Fall 2014; six new creme shades from the brown and plum families, that are the perfect complement to the original six piece Naturel Collection.

The colors in the collection include:

Spencer: a deep dark taupe, or Fallow. This is the lightest of the three brown shades in this collection.

Emilia: a deep dark espresso brown, or Bistre. This is the darkest of the three brown shades in this collection.

Chanelle: a creamy light brown. This shade falls in the middle of the three browns in this collection.

Madeline: a dusty deep rose shade.  This is the lightest of the three plum family shades.

Marney: a rich plum purple.  This is the darkest of the three plum shades.

Aubrey: a dark mauve color. This falls in the middle of the three plum shades.

(each swatch shown here is 2 coats, with a top coat).

Overall I found the coverage to be quite excellent with all of the shades featured in this collection.  They all covered beautifully in 2 coats, and there was zero streaking or problems.  I think this is honestly the perfect transitional collection as the weather starts to cool off, but one's not quite ready to embrace deep dark shades of winter, or glittery glam of holiday.  Each shade retails for $9, and is available now.


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

Floss Gloss LTD. pro nail lacquer

Floss Gloss LTD. pro nail lacquer 0

I'm very stoked to introduce to my readers fun fresh brand Floss Gloss LTD. Pro Nail Lacquer.  Started by 2 girlfriends, Janine Lee & Aretha Sack in 2011, this San Francisco based 3-free professional lacquer line sure knows how to have fun while staying fly! 

The packaging is super fun, featuring a gold domed lid, and a fun image of a blank nail on the side of the bottle, as if to show a swatch of the color.  The polish is made here in good 'ol US of A, and is 0.18 fl oz (5.5 ml). I honestly prefer this smaller size for I NEVER finish an entire bottle of polish, and this way the product won't ever get old or crusty.  Each bottle retails for $8

The Floss Gloss shades I swatched here include (the numbers correspond with the polishes in the pictures):

1. Perf: a creamy strawberry ice cream pink.

2. Neon Nacho: a bright orange, that literally looks like movie theater nacho cheese :)

3. Bikini Coral: an electrifying bright coral with orange undertones. 

4. Glowstar: a pale and pretty mint green.

5. Con Limon: a 90's slime green.  Reminds me of toxic ooze from cartoons when I was a kid.  I absolutely Love it!!

6. Moon Baby: a light dove gray with pale blue undertones.

7. Wet: an aqua blue that will make you wish you were swimming!

8. Lean: a playful purple.

9. Dimepiece: a holographic silver glitter.  I am amazed at how truly dense this polish is packed with glitter.  Covers completely in 2 coats.  One of my favorite shades I swatched!

10. Stun: a holographic gold glitter.  Also incredibly densley packed with glitter, and covered beautifully in just 2 coats. 

11. Honey: a copper/red holographic glitter.  Much like the 2 glitter shades mentioned prior, this too is awesomely packed with glitter and covered in 2 coats. 

12. Biscuits: a creamy milky beige.

13. Dinge: a ballet slipper pale pink.

14. Tanlines: a pantyhose toasted beige. 

15. Gangsta Boo: a classic cherry red.

16. Picnic: a brown/red that resembles dried blood.  Think Uma Thurman in "Pulp Fiction". Very vamp!

17. Blood, Suede, & Tears: a hot chocolate brown.

18. Party Bruise: a blackened midnight blue. 

19. Faded: a deep dark slate gray.

20. Black Holy: a highly pigmented black licorice.  What I like to call a 1 coat wonder.  No need for 2 coats with this bad boy, saving you both time & money.  

(all swatches shown here are 2 coats, unless stated otherwise). 

I really enjoyed playing around with Floss Gloss polishes.  Usually I have issues with smaller nail bottles, but I had zero problems with these! The polishes are all highly pigmented, and painted on smoothly and beautifully.  I had no issues of streaking, or odd formulas.  I am still amazed as to how densley packed their glitter polishes are! Most companies you have to paint on 4 coats in order to get the nails as glittery as the polish looks in the bottle.  Not Floss Gloss! 2 coats of their glitter and you have complete coverage.

As a whole, most of the colors Floss Gloss makes are pretty unique and not what you conventionally find on store shelves.  I am really into color & things that are different so this highly resonates with me.   I am also obsessed with the names of all their colors.  These girls know how to have fun. I highly recommend you pick up some Floss Gloss yourself and give it a whirl.

For more information on Floss Gloss, or to purchase, check them out: http://flossgloss.com/

Introducing Kur + Lakur by Londontown

Introducing Kur + Lakur by Londontown 0

I am very excited to introduce my readers to Kur + Lakur by Londontown, a healthy natural nail oriented company.  I always love trying out new brands to see what they offer differently from their competitors.  

According to the company-  "Londontown is a luxurious and healthy nail treatment and color line that was created by Natasha Dillon after she noticed the negative effects the chemicals in UV gels had on her nails.  Natasha created kur, an innovative treatment system that strengthens and hydrates damaged nails and lakur, an enhanced formula nail colour line. Both kur and lakur are free of harsh chemicals and mysterious synthetics and both are infused with Londontown's innovative remedy of natural extracts and oils, including rapeseed flower oil, evening primrose and biotin. 

 In addition to being "5-free", lakur has been stripped of all other harmful toxic chemicals that deplete the nails of their natural nutrients causing them to weaken and dry and has been infused Londontown's uniquely formulated family remedy that adds nourishment and hydration to nails while wearing polish.  We have also done away with wheat and animal protein but preserved strength by enhancing lakur with vegetable protein, keeping Londontown vegan, gluten free and cruelty free."

The colours swatched here include:

Teatime: a creamy beige nude.

Foglifter: a dusty army green with brown undertones. I would say this definitely falls into the "greige" color  category.

Water in my Wellies: a grayed out teal with green undertones. 

Beau of the City: a royal blue jelly.  My personal favorite shade in this lineup.

To the Queen with Love: a dark smokey plum purple.

Pence by the Pound: a rich deep chocolate brown. 

(all swatches shown here are 2 coats) 

I found both of the Kur products (Nail Hardener & Protective Top Coat) complement the Lakur colour polish well.  According to Londontown you are supposed to use all of the products in conjunction with one another, to ensure a healthful manicure.  I wore Beau of the City on my nails for a week, along with the Nail Hardener as a base, and the Protective Top Coat, and I received countless complements.  

As a whole I really enjoyed trying out the products from Londontown.  I found the polishes painted on very smoothly, without encountering any problems.  I can't yet say whether or not my nails feel any stronger per say, however, there was zero visible damage done to my natural nails upon removing the product.  I would definitely advise you pick up some Londontown for yourselves and give it a try.

For more information on Londontown, or to purchase, check them out on their website here: http://www.londontownusa.com/home.php


Aya Miyako of Marie Nails

Aya Miyako of Marie Nails 0

Name: Aya Miyako

Salon: Marie Nails, Koreatown, CA

Instagram: aya84ichigo

What inspires your designs?

Simplicity, and pictures from Instagram, or magazines.   

What's the most "out there." non-traditional material you've incorporated into a manicure?

feathers, lace (but I found it very difficult to work with). 

Describe a favorite manicure you've performed?

I'm a traditionalist- French sculpture.  A true set of pink and whites. 

What's a favorite trick you've learned?

Patience, practice, not giving up, and continued education, for there's always room for improvement.  

What's the most unique request you've received from a client?

a ding ling and a gigantic bow.  

Turn any Nail Polish into Gel with- Gelibility

Turn any Nail Polish into Gel with- Gelibility 0

I am so honored and excited to introduce this revolutionary product to all my readers.  You are not seeing things.  You absolutely read the title correctly.  Introducing GELibility, a 2 part system them enables you to turn any conventional nail polish you presently have in your stash, and transform it into a gel polish that will last over two weeks, saving you tons of money!

 When I first heard about GELibility I was highly skeptical.  The components in nail polish and gel polish are entirely different and aren't usually compatible.  The solvents in nail polish need to air dry, and gel polish requires curing in either UV or LED light in order to properly harden.  Needless to say, I couldn't wait to get my hands on some GELibility and put it to the test.

In order to really prove that GELibility works, I purposefully chose a difficult color of nail polish, CHANEL"s Peridot, a green-gold dual chrome, to see how well GELibility truly works.  I was amazed and shocked by the final outcome.  Not only was I able to turn my favorite nail polish color into a long lasting gel, the dual color properties of the original nail polish carried over to the gel!

The GELibility process was really easy and user friendly as well.  

1) Apply GELibility "Stick It" to clean dry nails as a bonder/base. Cure for 30 seconds.

2) Remove the tacky layer with alcohol.

3) Mix equal parts of GELibility "Fix It" with any nail polish lacquer, in a small dish or mixing palette.

4) Using a gel brush, apply 3 thin layers of the mixture to the nails, curing for 1 minute each time.

5) Apply a thin coat of GELibility "Fix It" as a top coat.

6) Wipe away the sticky layer with alcohol, and voila.  

I found the entire GELibility process very easy, and it's a fantastic way to interact and customize and manicure for your clients.  I can not recommend this product more! Every single salon should have GELibility!! 

For more information on GELibility, or to purchase, check them out here: http://gelibility.com/


AZATURE Polish Summer Collection 2014 Swatches

AZATURE Polish Summer Collection 2014 Swatches 0

The latest collection of black diamond infused nail lacquers from AZATURE for Summer 2014 has finally arrived.  This five piece collection hits the nail on the head (pun intended) regarding on-trend Great colors.  As customary with AZATURE polishes, these shades also have delightful poems printed on the back, and feature a real black diamond in every bottle!

The AZATURE Summer 2014 Collection includes:

Lapis Diamond: a bold cobalt blue. (This shade is inspired by the lapis diamond. Lapis' intense pigment has been prized by artists- and beauty mavens- for centuries).

Coral Diamond:  a bright beautiful coral. (This shade is inspired by the coral diamond.  This color exudes the warmth and depth of the ocean reefs).

Lavender Diamond: a berry purple hue.  (This shade is inspired by the lavender diamond.  This pale violet shade brings to mind lavender's theraputic scent and decadent color)

Jade Diamond: a girly mint green.  (This shade is inspired by the jade diamond.  Jade became a rare, valued gem in ancient China and remains a symbol of good luck today). 

Rose Diamond: a bright magenta pink.  (This shade is inspired by the rose diamond.  Pink roses symbolize love and femininity, and this color reflects that romantic, youthful spirit). 

(all swatches shown here are 2 coats and a top coat).

 All in all I really enjoyed this latest collection from AZATURE.  They are taking a chance and getting more bold and vivid with regards to their color offerings, and I think it will definitely pay off.  I found the formula as usual to be quite great and easy to work with.  My personal pics in this collection are: Coral & Lapis Diamonds. 

For more information on AZATURE, or to purchase, check out their beautifully re-designed website here: http://shop.azature.com/