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"Skin is in this season, so strip down and take the plunge with essie's new wild nudes collection. Untamed, fierce and sexy, these disarming shades will totally charm the pants off one and all. It's time to disrobe and show the world your true colors.
Nude can be nice. From a light tan with a wash of white to a shadowy blue, these shades are meant to be exposed. Strip down and bare it all in the wildest of nudes.
Take a walk on the wild side and embrace your inner nudist as we dance in the moonlight and become one with nature. Beyond this point, it's clothing optional, so let's get cozy without a stitch and play a game of truth or bare. Choose bare and get ready to be exposed because it might be time to skinny dip and go on a cheeky winning streak with all nine wild nude shades." according to the official press release.
The essie wild nudes collection includes:
Skinny Dip: a semi sheer pink nude cream. [light peach pink with a slight hint of black]
Bare with me: a vintage dusty rose pink cream. [apricot tone with gray cast]
Wild Nude: a creamy taupe. [light tan with a wash of white]
Without a Stitch: an elephant gray cream with lavender undertones. [clean light gray]
Mooning: a moody blue gray cream. Very unique and gorgeous shade. [light shadowy blue with an undertone of black]
Exposed: a dark army green cream with dark grey undertones. [mossy green with a slight white overcast]
Truth or Bare: a mocha chocolate brown cream. [light cinnamon brown with a hint of red]
Clothing Optional: a cinnamon brown cream. [natural sienna brown]
Winning Streak: a dark raisin purple cream with charcoal undertones. [dark purple with a grayish tone]
(all swatches shown here are 2 coats, and are taken outdoors in natural light).
I honestly must say that this is probably my most favorite essie collection ever! The colors are beyond gorgeous and so wearable, including on all skin tones, there is something for everyone. They're all creamy and gorgeous, and could realistically be worn year round on both fingers and toes.
I was very impressed with the formula; each color painted on smoothly, evenly, and easily.
I couldn't recommend this collection more.
The essie wild nudes collection is out and available now and retails for $9 per 0.46 fl oz/13.5 ml bottle.
For more info on essie, check them out online: http://www.essie.com/
I am so excited to introduce to you all the latest collection of Perfect Match from LeChat- Metallux, a color shift effect. 6 gorgeous and highly unique jewel toned metallic shades that change and shift color depending on how the light hits them- duo chromes.
The Metallux Collection consists of the following shades-
Mystique: blue to purple shift.
Mesmerize: cranberry to green/gold shift. Reminds me of a beetle. So gorgeous.
Infinity: Gold to green shift. Reminds me of my most favorite discontinued Chanel shade Peridot. Excellent shade to do the cut-away nail art designs with.
Paradox: a royal purple to gold shift.
Hypnotic: a green to purple shift.
Eternal: a bronze to gold shift.
(all swatches shown here are two coats, and are taken outdoors in natural light).
I absolutely Love this collection. It is very unique and different from what is out on the market. I have never seen duo chromes in gel polish before.
The quality was great. Very easy to work with, and all painted on smoothly, evenly, and very easily.
And I love that with the Perfect Match kits, you have both gel polish and nail lacquer, so clients can match their hands to their toes, or if they prefer one system over another they have options.
The possibilities of what you can do nail art wise with these shades is endless. Do be sure to check out some of the designs I and LeChat educator Anastasiia Morozova (instagram @anastasiia_nails_lechat) created using the Metallux Collection.
I definitely recommend you pick up some of the Metallux Collection out now.
For more info on LeChat, check them out online here: http://www.lechatnails.com/
I am excited to present to you all the Perfect Match Retro Remix Collection for Summer 2017 from LeChat Nails. These 6 gorgeous bright and bold cream shades that come in both gel polish and regular nail lacquer.
The colors comprising the Retro Remix Collection include-
Peach Blast: a bright peach cream.
High-Voltage: a shocking purple cream.
Flashback: a bold grass green cream. Almost a one coat wonder.
Heartthrob: a deep rich magenta cream.
Blazin' Sun: it's like a yellow nacho-cheese cream. I know that sounds bizarre, but it's really cool.
Dive In: a rich aqua blue cream. Almost a one coat wonder.
(all photos shown here are 2 coats and are taken outdoors in natural sunlight).
I really like this collection. I think the colors are fun, bright and bold, yet remain very tasteful and wearable. I was pleasantly surprised to discover you don't need a white base coat in order to make these colors pop; they are beautiful all on their own! This is a major plus and huge time saver for the tech and the client.
Previously I have never worked with LeChat's polishes or gels, I mainly have experience with their powders and chrome pigments. I must admit I was very impressed, the quality was fantastic. The colors were very richly saturated and highly pigmented. Smooth ez painting, and the gel polish self- leveled nicely. What I like about the Dare to Wear lacquers is the squared off bristles on the application brush, and the bottle's lid- the grooves added both comfort and good grip.
I also greatly appreciate that both the Dare to Ware Lacquer and Perfect Match Gel Polish are bundled together. Some client don't necessarily want to commit to gel, and to have options on hand is always a great thing. No muss no fuss. And some brands make these even more difficult and confusing by naming the gel polishes differently from the nail lacquers. Here there is no guessing to do.
I highly recommend you give some of these Perfect Match sets a try.
For more info on LeChat, check them out online here: www.LeChatNails.com
"Now there's another reason to smile big in those summer selfies; Gelish MINI and Morgan Taylor introduce Selfie Summer 2017 Collection. Snapping and sharing those summer moments just got more vibrant. This collection is filled with neon corals, pinks and purples; you'll need sunglasses to stare!
"Summer is all about fun in the sun and capturing every moment with your phone," says Danny Haile, CEO and founder of Gelish. "We'll help you nail that manicure so you can nail the ultimate shot!"
Grab your friends, a selfie stick and pick up the collection for a summer to remember! Colors so hot you won't be able to resist taking photos." according to the official press release.
The Selfie Summer Collection is comprised of the following colors-
Me, Myself-ie and I: a neon coral pink with fine gold shimmer running in it. [coral neon shimmer]
Best Face Forward: a deep purple with fine blue shimmer running in it. [purple neon]
Woke up this way: a deep magenta cream. [electric fuchsia neon]
All about the pout: a fun beige peach cream with light pink undertones. [light coral creme]
No Filter needed: a bold aqua blue cream. [blue neon]
Pretty as a Pink-ture: a hot pink cream. [pink neon]
(all swatches are two coats of color, and are taken outdoors in natural sunlight).
This collection is young and fun and definitely reminds me of summer. I think the colors are gorgeous saturated hues, very well pigmented, and would look particularly beautiful on toes poolside or in the summer sand of the beach.
My personal favs are: Me, Myself-ie and I, Best Face Forward, and No Filter needed.
The Selfie 2017 Collection from Gelish MINI and Morgan Taylor will be available for a limited time beginning June 2017. Gelish MINI will be available for $12.99 at www.SallyBeauty.com and Morgan Taylor will be available for $9 at www.MorganTaylorLacquer.com For more information, please visit www.gelish.com or www.morgantaylorlacquer.com
"Turn heads when the lights go out with nails that are as eye-catching in the dark as they are in the light! Introducing the versatile Gelee 3in1 Glow Color Powder that radiates and glows in the dark.
This unique color powder is available in 12 light-activated, cream shades that remain brilliantly vibrant even in pitch darkness.
Use the Gelee 3in1 Glow Color Powder with powder gel, dipping or acrylic systems for strong, durable and flawless nails. The Gelee Powder Gel Nail System is the product that started it all for LeChat and has since expanded to include almost 100 3in1 color powders, a basic starter kits, a cleanser, remover and more," according to the official press release.
The Gelee 3in1 Glow Powder comes in the following shades shown here-
Banger: a baby blue, that glows green.
Raver Girl: an electric pink, that glows and orangy red.
Glowstix: a neon yellow, that glows a green/yellow.
Electra: a bold purple, that glows a teal/blue.
Ignite: a neon orange, that glows orange.
Laser Beam: a neon green, that glows green.
I am so beyond impressed with this product. I have been wearing it on my own nails for the last few weeks and have already received countless complements.
There a few things that set this product apart from other "glow in the dark" products on the market. First off, this is a 3in1 product, meaning you can use it as acrylic mixed with monomer liquid, as a dipping system (which is very popular at the moment), or as a pigment sprinkled over wet gel (like I did here). Most other glow-in-the-dark products on the market are only one thing: an acrylic, a pure pigment, or a gel polish; none of them are all three in one, None.
What also makes this product unique and completely different from all others is they're very pretty to look at during the day in the sunlight, or indoors, which is where you spend most of your time anyways. Other than going to sleep at night, most of us don't spend a ton of time sitting in the dark (unless we're at the movies). Most glow products from other companies look terrible in the light, usually an off-yellow, grainy green colored pigment. These colors from LeChat however, are beautiful any way you look at them. When people see my nails during the day all they see is gorgeous bright and bold beautiful ombre, people can't believe when I tell them "they also glow in the dark ;)".
A nice tip worth mentioning, I painted a white gel base to truly make the colors bold, bright, and pop even more.
This product is light activated, meaning ANY form of light will make the nails glow in the dark, not just a UV/LED lamp; outside light, indoor light, even the flashlight from your cell phone will make the colors glow in the dark. Just hold your nails to the light for a couple of seconds to charge them and you are good to go, or shall I say "good to glow".
A fun artistic thing to do with the powders is ombre designs, like I did on my own nails shown here. I achieved the look by simply using the spoon end of a cuticle pusher to sprinkle the powders onto wet gel. I sprinkled a few different colors on each nail and they seamlessly blended together beautifully and easily all on their own.
Also worth mentioning is these powder will give natural nails tremendous strength and durability.
I highly recommend you give these glow powders a try. You won't regret it.
For more info on LeChat, check them out online here: http://www.lechatnails.com/
"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/
"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/
"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/
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/