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SS 2016 Cuccio Colour Cruise Collection Review

SS 2016 Cuccio Colour Cruise Collection Review 0

"All hands on deck as we set sail on the maiden voyage of the SS Cuccio Colour Cruise Collection. A nautical inspired collection of modern Spring shades guaranteed to help you navigate the changing tides of current styles and fashion in 2016. Ride this wave of glowing, illuminating shades on what we like to call the Love Boat of Colour!" according to the official ad. 

The SS Cuccio Colour Cruise Collection consists of the following shades:

Pier Pressure: a soft pale pink nude creme.

Shore Thing: light icy blue frost with gold shimmer running through it.

On Sail: a carnation pink creme.

Got the Navy Blues: a deep royal blue creme. Had great coverage with even one coat.

I Want Moor: a soft peachy champagne pearl.  Had amazing coverage, especially for a polish with this type of finish.

Message in a Bottle: a pale lilac with pink shimmer running through it.

All Decked Out: a coral pink creme.

All Tied Up: a cornflower blue creme.  Incredibly pigmented. 

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

This is a wonderful collection for the spring time, there is something offered here for everyone.  I really appreciate the funny and quirky names.  In the past, Cuccio's names never really struck a major chord with me, but perhaps they have hired someone new in their naming division ;).

I was really impressed with the formulas on these polishes.  Many of the colors were very highly saturated with pigment, meaning you get great coverage with even one coat.  I didn't experience any issues with streaking or brushstrokes.

My personal favorites in this collection include: All Tied Up, Shore Thing, and Message in a Bottle.  

For more information on Cuccio, check them out online here: http://cuccio.com/

KFC’s new finger lickin Polish! 0

The fried chicken company, along with marketing giant Ogilvy & Mather, has produced edible nail polish for customers in Hong Kong.

 The nail polish comes in two flavors and colors: Original (kind of a beige) and Hot & Spicy (red). To use it, customers can paint the polish on their nails, let it dry, “and then lick — again and again and again.”

KFC says the nail polish is “sourced from natural ingredients,” perhaps in an effort to make customers feel safer about licking nail polish.

“The recipe for our edible nail polish is unique and was specifically designed to hold the flavor, but to also dry with a glossy coat similar to normal nail polish,” said John Koay, creative director for Ogilvy & Mather. “This campaign is designed to be intriguing and fun to increase excitement around the KFC brand in Hong Kong.”

kfc nail polish bottles

The KFC nail polish is packaged in a “designer bottle and box” (not a bucket). The chicken chain has promoted the nail polish on Facebook and social media over the past two weeks, even releasing a music video on YouTube.

The music video features a beat-boxing woman playing keyboard on a pillar, licking her fingers, while a robot-dancing guy shows off his Hot & Spicy KFC nail polish.

KFC says that it has asked customers to pick their favorite flavor to go into mass production.

Edible nail polish isn’t a new thing, though most of them are vegetable-based and marketed towards children.” CNNMoney

Morgan Taylor: A Very Nauti-cal Girl Summer 2016 Collection Review

Morgan Taylor: A Very Nauti-cal Girl Summer 2016 Collection Review 0

"Ahoy! Set sail with the A Very Nauti-cal Girl collection from Morgan Taylor Lacquer for May through July 2016.  Inspired by summer sailing, this four-piece collection navigates its way through the sun-filled season with a blazing red, deep sea blue, sunset magenta and sailor white.  This collection's cool shades boast a classic twist to keep your nails maritime ready until fall!

"This collection was developed for the beach babe who is the captain of her own style and enjoys expressing her personality through her nails," says brand namesakes Morgan Haile and Taylor Daniel.  "Each shade will help her cruise through the warmer serasons!" according to the official press release.

A Very Nauti-cal Girl collection is comprised of the following shades:

Girls Love Buoys: a bold and bright magenta cream.  A One Coat Wonder! Incredibly well pigmented. Sort of has a neon quality to it regarding the fact that it sort of drys to a matte finish. [magenta creme]

Catch My Drift: a royal blue cream with violet undertones. [cobalt creme]

My Yacht, My Rules!: an off white taupe with a shimmer running through it. [white frost]

Wish Upon A Starboard: a bright fire engine true red cream. [cherry creme]

(all swatches shown here are two coats, without a top coat, and are taken outdoors in natural light).

I have to be totally honest and candid with you all, initially I wasn't super impressed with the collection.  I found it sort of basic and unnecessary.  However, once I played around with it I started to change my mind.  

I found most of the shades to be well pigmented, Girls Love Buoys in particular- which covered completely in a single coat which always makes me supremely happy. The rest of the colors built up nicely with two coats. There was no issues with streaking or pooling.  

My two personal favorites and recommendations from this collection are: Girls Love Buoys and My Yacht, My Rules!

A Very Nauti-cal Girl 2016 summer drop-in collection from Morgan Taylor will be available for a limited time beginning May 2016 at fine salons nationwide and at MorganTaylorLacquer.com. The suggested retail price is $9 each (15 mL 0.5 fl oz) and $14.95 for the 4-piece mini pack (not shown here)

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

Essie Resort 2016 Collection Review

Essie Resort 2016 Collection Review 0

"Opulent silk. Saturated hues. Dazzling sights. essie's new resort 2016 collection is influenced by the magnificent fashion, culture, and sheer beauty of India.  From the Gem Palace of Jaipur to vibrant saris, India's incredible mix of colors and tradition is the ultimate inspiration for this mesmerizing collection.

The four new resort shades feature an exhilarating palette of colors seen throughout India's landscape. From the vibrant market stalls and golden desert sands, to the azure waters, the country's unique contrast of tradition and modernism treasures offer splendid inspiration.  Sparkling like a mirrored jewel, essie's resort 2016 collection is sure to be the trip of a lifetime!" according to the official press release. 

The essie resort 2016 collection includes the following shades:

Delhi Dance: a bright and bold bubble gum pink creme. [bright sari pink]

Nama-stay the night: a bold medium blue creme. [divine goa blue]

Going guru: a light mint green creme. [meditative mint lime]

Taj-ma-haul: an apricot orange creme. [spicy marigold apricot]

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

I have a personal soft spot for essie's resort collections.  Every year I get so excited for it to come out.  I like this collection, but I am not head over heels in love; the colors just don't do it for me personally.  They don't remind me of India, but then again, I have never been.  But upon first glance, India is not at all what comes to mind. Had I not read the press release I would of had zero idea there was an Indian influence. 

As far as the polishes are concerned, the formula was excellent and they were all very pigmented. I didn't experience any issues when painting, there was zero brushstrokes in sight. 

I have to admit though the names are very fun.  Essie doesn't always have the funniest or most clever names that some other brands have, but I feel they're definitely trying to improve that.

My personal favorites are Nama-stay the night and Going guru

The essie resort 2016 collection will be available in May, and retails for $8.50 per 0.46 fl oz (13.5 mL) bottle. 

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

Deborah Lippmann Summer 2016 Collection Review

Deborah Lippmann Summer 2016 Collection Review 0

"Happy Days are here to stay with NEW shades from deborah lippmann that will never go out of style.  These pigmented colors transport you back to retro Fifties era so you can look hip to the jive whether you're cruising in a hot rod or chilling at the drive-in. The dual-patented Gel Lab Pro formula infused with 10 exclusive ingredients helps to deliver HEALTH, WEAR and SHINE, providing the high gloss and cushiony plumped look similar to a gel, without nail damage. Swel!

HEALTH: Evening Primrose, Keratin, Biotin, Gren Tea Extrqact, Aucoumea, Rice Protein

WEAR: Bamboo, Nonychosine F

SHINE: Nylon, Carnauba Wax

Accompanied by a new advanced contour brush, its rounded tip follows the nail shape and 320 bristles spread evenly for an effortless, smooth finish.

As a seasoned nail pro and trendsetter, Deborah works side by side with fashion's elite and was inspired to create these show stopping shades to complement summer's cheerful and bright style aesthetic." according to the official press release.

The Deborah Lippmann Summer 2016 Happy Days Collection includes the following-

Beauty School Dropout: a bubblegum pink cream. 

My Boyfriend's Back: a periwinkle blue cream. A 1 Coat Wonder!

Happy Days: a bold orangy coral with a very fine subtle shimmer.

Splish Splash: a turquoise blue cream, with green undertones. A 1 Coat Wonder!

**Great Balls of Fire: Sephora exclusive. Strawberry red creme.  Not shown here.

(all swatches shown here a two coats, taken outdoors in natural sunlight)

I am so pleased and delighted with this collection.  I think it's totally on point for Summer, and the colors are all great.  Not only that but I am absolutely obsessed with the new Gel Lab Pro formula and the brush! The brush! I can't stress enough how pleasurable it is to paint with, perfection! This new formula just paints on so smoothly, easily, and evenly, it's literally fool proof.  It can make anyone a fabulous manicurist. 

I was also really impressed with how highly pigmented the colors were, two of which could get away with a single coat.   

If I had to pick my favorites to recommend they'd have to go to the one coat wonders- My Boyfriend's Back and Splish Splash

Do make sure to check out the brief video below featuring Deborah herself describing the inspiration behind each shade. 

The Summer 2016 Collection will be available May 2016 SRP: $20 each (.50 fl oz 15 mL) on http://deborahlippmann.com/ and at Barneys New York, Bloomingdale's, Neiman Marcus, Nordstrom and Sephora stores nationwide.  


Street Beat Summer 2016 Collection Review

Street Beat Summer 2016 Collection Review 0

"Turn up your boom box this summer, it's time to start feelin' the beat on the street! Introducing Gelish and Morgan Taylor's bold and eye-catching array of bright colors for the summer 2016- the Street Beat collection.  The collection includes six new shades: from a striking coral, to a powerful pink pearl, and a fierce teal, to a wild style yellow-orange creme.

"We were inspired by the artistic expression of street art and hip hop for this collection," says CEO and founder of Gelish and Morgan Taylor, Danny Haile. "Each bright shade resonates with inspiration and expressiveness. From energetic, upbeat pinks to a must-have pastel lilac, every shade is trendy from the runway to the streets." according to the official press release.

The Street Beats Summer 2016 collection includes:

B-girl Style: a neon bubble gum pink creme. [neon pink pearl]

Street Cred-ible: a bright nacho cheese orange creme. Took 3 coats for full opacity. [orange/yellow creme]

Cou-tour the Streets: a light pink creme with slight lilac undertones. [lilac creme]

Tag, You're It: a bold neon magenta shimmer. [fuchsia pink pearl]

Give me a Break-dance: a more green leaning teal with slight shimmer running through it. Took 3 coats for full opacity. [teal pearl]

Hip Hot Coral: a bright coral/pink hybrid shimmer. Took 3 coats for full opacity. [hot coral pearl]

(all swatches shown here are 2 coats of the Gelish Minis, unless stated otherwise, cured for 30 seconds each in an LED lamp, and are taken outdoors in natural light).

What I love and enjoyed most about this collection is how fun, bold, and bright the colors all are.  What I didn't love about this collection is the lack of pigmentation.  As gorgeous as the colors are, half of them required 3 coats in order to become fully opaque.  The main downside to three coats is the time required for application.  If your clients aren't in a hurry, or if you don't have clients booked up back-to-back than it shouldn't be an issue.

My personal favorites include: Give me a Breal-dance, Tag, You're it, and Street Cred-ible.

The Street Beat Collection from Gelish MINI and Morgan Taylor will be available for a limited time in May 2016.  Gelish MINI is available at Sally Beauty Supply stores and http://sallybeautysupply.com/ for $13.99 per bottle and Morgan Taylor is available at https://www.morgantaylorlacquer.com/ for $9 per bottle. 


NailPro Pasadena 2016 with Merricures

NailPro Pasadena 2016 with Merricures 0

I left Coachella and the scorching Desert heat behind me to attend this years NailPro Pasadena, or Nailchella, as it was appropriately nicknamed.  

I've been to many beauty trade shows in the past, but what sets NailPro apart from all the rest is the primary focus on the nail industry.  Thank goodness I wasn't getting bombarded with hair and makeup brands offering me samples and asking if I'm interested in receiving a demo blowout or mohawk.   

There was so much to take in: a competition with award ceremony, multiple raffles were announced over the loud speaker throughout the day, free education classes offered in multiple languages, and all around awesome deals on great products from many brands.

Some of the brands that were there include: Young Nails, Color Club, INM, Light Elegance, Bio Seaweed Gel, Bio Sculpture Gel, Minx, Apres Nail, VETRO, Essie, The Painted Nail, Akzentz, Atwood Industries, KUPA, Belava, Dazzle Dry, Crystal Nails, LeChat, US Naily Nail Printer, ibd, EZ Flow, Skyline Beauty Supply, Christrio, Footlogix, Famous Names, Jessica, Nailebrity, China Glaze, Gelibility, & Indiegirl.   

There were however a bunch of brands whose absence was felt and greatly missed, including: Gelish, Morgan Taylor, OPI, Nail Labo, Orly, CND, Gel II, Artistic Nail Design, nsi, N.O.Q, Kiara Sky, & nubar.  Perhaps they'll be there next year. 

As far as classes are concerned, I attended an INM acrylic class(beacause in my opinion they make the Best acrylic on the market) featuring educator and nail diva CustomTnails1, Temeka Jackson.  She did a great job answering questions from nail technicians of all experience levels, ranging from students to senior veteran professionals.  Temeka demonstrated her popular acrylic application on different mediums including on a tip, a form, and most impressively without using a form at all! The class lasted 45 minutes and became quite popular with more and more onlookers joining in. 

I personally did not stay to witness the award ceremony for the morning's competitions.  I had too much talking to do with all of the brands represented there.

Some of the stand out innovations include Minx, who has both a new formula (very easy to work with, and doesn't require as much heat) along with more large sizes on each sheet (think pedicures or male thumbs), Akzetnz, who introduced new mini pots of its popular gel shades, Essie, who revealed for the first time their upcoming gel-like polish line, which features a patented aerodynamic bottle shape and twisted brush wand.

It's sad but inevitably true that not all brands are equally popular.  Some booths were significantly more packed and crowded than others.  A few of the bigger stand outs include: Skyline Beauty Supply, which had a check out line literally almost half a block long, customers were shopping while they patiently stood to check out, which reminded me a lot of the nail trade shows in Japan.  Akzentz drew a big draw, on account of their new mini pots, matte top coat, and always popular Bling On. The INM booth featured some brand new beautiful displays, where a majority of their gel polishes (Gelavish) were completely sold out.  And as per usual, Young Nails grew quite the crowd both for customers shopping and watching demos.

I for one am very proud of myself and the fact that I only spent $30 at the show-  $20 on a safety bit from Young Nails, and $10 on foil art stickers from Skyline Beauty Supply (but only once the line died down).

I had an awesome time and can't wait for next years show.  


Zoya Spring 2016 Petals Collection Review

Zoya Spring 2016 Petals Collection Review 0

"A flourish of beautiful blooming nail color!

Introducing Petals, the latest color collection from Zoya Nail Polish just in time for Spring 2016. Inspired by the gardens of spring, this fresh and vibrant collection invites you to revel in the beauty of the season!

  • Leia: a sheer top coat with pearlized pink and green shimmer, in a clear base. Even with three coats you will still see visible nail line. [Sheer opalescent white with flecks of fuchsia, green and gold.
    Just as beautiful alone as it layered over your favorite spring shades!]
  • Aster: a blurple (blue/purple) shimmer.  [Fresh periwinkle with flecks of fuchsia to create a dewy finish,
    mimicking the look of spring flowers in the morning.] 
  • Azalea: a bright magenta pink shimmer. [Classic spring pink with a captivating white and fuchsia flash.]
  • Zahara: an orange sherbet with a fine pink shimmer to it. [Brilliant shimmering coral made modern with an opalescent effect.]
  • Tulip: a flamingo pink cream. [Pure pastel salmon cream with the slightest hint of sheen to mimic
    a petal soft finish.]
  • Laurel: a medium pink creme shimmer. [Warm pastel pink with the slightest hint of sheen to mimic a petal
    soft finish.]" according to the official press release. 

What I enjoyed most about the Spring Petals 2016 Collection was the pearlized reflective shimmer in many of the colors.  

At first glance of the collection, in the bottle Leia was my favorite.  Once I painted it on however I wasn't a big fan,  I don't love sheer polishes in general. However, when layered atop the other colors in the collection, as mentioned in the press release, you get a gorgeous effect.  

As far as the formula is concerned I didn't experience any issues whatsoever.  They were all very easy to work with, and painted on smoothly and evenly in two coats, with Leia being the sole exception. 

My personal favorites in the collection include: Leia, Zahara, and Aster.

They retail for $10 each, per .5 fl oz (15 mL) bottle. 

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

Dermelect Cosmeceuticals ME Spring 2016 Outburst Collection Review

Dermelect Cosmeceuticals ME Spring 2016 Outburst Collection Review 0

"Evoking a sense of renewal by energizing the season's most exuberant colors, Dermelect Cosmeceuticals' new 'ME' Spring 2016 Outburst Collection features an exciting palette, ranging from soft hues to bright statements. 

"We want to provide our clients with an avenue to express their individuality and personal style," explained Jodi Lavian, Dermelect Co-Founder.

Featuring four unmistakably unique shades, the collection is fresh, on-trend and vibrant.  Dermelect's new lacquers create a covetable, long-lasting manicure, as all four colors boast richly pigmented formulas with Dermelect's signature keratin protein peptide that works to strengthen nails and extend the life of the manicure.

Celebrity Nail Tech Elle personally mixed the formula to incorporate vivid tones married with shimmer and metallic accents to provide an abstract, unexpected quality.

"We're inspired by Outburst- these shades command attention! Through these stunning colors, Outburst lets you stand out and be heard, to express yourself and your personality...Dermelect's twist on traditional, more muted colors of spring brought out four bold, new hues that are on trend, elegant and in charge," according to the official press release.  

The Spring 2016 Outburst Collection consists of the following shades-

Impromptu: a shimmering dusty rose pink with lavender undertones.

Explosive: a bright coral cream. 

Unscripted: a lilac cream. A 1 Coat Wonder!! 

Frenzy: a metallic aqua blue.

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

Talk about a fun, bold, bright collection for Spring; this is what I'm talking about people 😉  I have come across a few Spring collections as of recent that didn't really make sense to me. This however makes total sense. 

I found the formulation to be great.  I didn't experience any issues with the colors, including the metallic Frenzy.  Typically metallic shades of this nature can be very streaky, but not this one. 

I also found most of the colors to be very well pigmented.  

It's hard for me to pick a favorite, but if I had to, I would have to say Frenzy and Impromptu.

Dermelect's 'ME' Spring 2016 Outbrust Collection retails for $14 each and as a set for $29. The bottles are 0.4 fl oz (11 mL).

For more info or to purchase online, check out: http://dermelect.com/


Loose Stones NO More- Hello Apres Nail !

Loose Stones NO More- Hello Apres Nail ! 0

If your anything like me, you cringe and absolutely hate it when stones and embellishments fall off nails you've spent hours creating.  Nothing is worse than receiving a call from a client claiming her crystals are popping off. :/

I have searched and searched, high and low, and have physically tried virtually every product on the market, and nothing has worked for me.  Finally at long last I found a solution, and my nail art game is definitely stronger than ever and on point! Introducing Apres Nail.  A relatively small company that makes 3 products, all designed to keep your stones, embellishments, and nail art work perfectly intact. 

I was first introduced to Apres Nail back in the beginning of February at the ISSE show. 

I am absolutely in love with this line, and hopefully you will jump on board as well.

The three products Apres Nail offers are-

Diamond Gel: "replace your acrylic glue with our Apres Diamond Gel- the strongest gel adhesive on the market.  Rhinestones, crystals, jewels, studs, etc- you name it.  Our Diamond Gel is strong enough to support any and all shape and sizes of nail charm for an incredibly superior hold.  No more fear of your nail charms falling off prematurely.  Formulated to provide a long-lasting bond for polish and nail charms.  Diamond Gel can be used with any gel polish and charms to complete a beautiful nail art design." according to their website.

It's all absolutely true.  Believe the hype.  I have tried Gorilla Glue, which dries with an ugly white residue. I've used Akzentz Bling On and Resin Gel from Nail Labo, both with less than stellar results.  This stuff however truly works.  Its literally like liquid gold to me.  Its very easy to work with also.  It's not nearly as thick as other bling adhesive gels on the market, and yet it works so much better than they do. If you don't believe me, just take a look at my photos. Literally one month, 4 full weeks, and I use my hands a ton each and every day, and work on clients and with tons of chemicals, and not a single stone or embellishment came off.     

Diamond Gel retails for $16.95  0.5 fl oz (15 mL) pot.

Structure Gel: "thick viscosity clear gel fortifies/repairs weak and damaged nails. For multifunctional use, seal and smooth nail charm designs with Apres Structure Gel for a reinforced surface to ensure long-lasting wear.  Structure Gel can be used with any base gel polish to strengthen the nail for optimal color gel application."

I absolutely love this easy to use gel to secure my 3-D embellishments, nail studs, glitters, and mylar pieces.  Client's use their hands a lot in their daily lives, and nothing is worse than getting a nail charm caught on a knitted sweater, or in your hair.  The Structure Gel absolutely helps avoid that problem.  I paint a layer on top of my embellishments, cure, and I am good to go. 

Structure Gel retails for $14.95 0.5 fl oz (15 mL) pot.

Top GelCoat: "our revolutuonary Apres Top Gelcoat is guaranteed to outlast and outshine any other brand on the market.  Specifically formulated and heavily tested...your answer to long-lasting finish that is compatible with any brand of color gel polish. Easy and smooth application with no bubbling... without the need of wiping down any tacky residue! Prevents peeling, chipping, or discoloration.. for a result that can last over 4 weeks!" 

I have tried so many different gel top coats out there and I have always had different problems.  Some are too thin and run into the cuticles, some are way too thick, others go bad quickly and need to be thrown out, and almost all gel top coats inevitable turn white shades to a rather yellow tinge within a week or so.  Not with this stuff.  A great consistency, not runny at all, immense shine that literally lasted for a complete month, which is when I finally decided to change up my nails, and absolutely no discoloration. I am so pleased to say that I have finally found the perfect top coat I use as the finishing touch to all of my gel manicures.

Apres Top Gelcoat retails for $12 0.5 fl oz (15 mL) bottle.

As will all of my posts, I am absolutely not paid to promote or endorse a product.  I truly believe in this stuff because I know first hand how well it works.  I have personally been testing it, on both myself and my clients, and we're all happy campers.

If you can only start off with one product for now, I'd suggest the Diamond Gel.  Client's love their Swaorovski Crystals, but definitely hate it when they fall off.  Say goodbye to those days forever 🙂 !!

For more info on Apres Nail or to purchase online, check them out here: http://www.apresnail.com/ 


Essie Spring 2016 Review

Essie Spring 2016 Review 0

"This season, the runways in New York, London, Milan and Paris are filled with jets.  That's right, from Heathrow to JFK, fashionistas and discerning travelers are packing up and taking off to the same place: Florida! With so many luxurious destinations to choose from, the sunshine state offers every shade of fun in paradise.  Like the sun, fashion burns hotter in Florida and essie's new spring 2016 collection is no exception.

Reflecting the spirit of spring in chic retreats like Palm Beach, essie's newest collection strikes the perfect balance between fashion forward and retro glamour.  These six new compelling shades are bold, bright and each a slice of life from paradise.  So when spring arrives, don't resist the call of the beach: head to the Sunshine State or if you can't get away, try to cultivate a sunshine state of mind" according to the official press release. 

The new Essie Spring 2016 Collection consists of the following shades:

Sunshine State of Mind: a bright and bold tangerine creme. [blazing coral tangelo]

Poolside Service: a deep blue/gray/teal cream.  I know that doesn't seem to help explain much, but this is a very beautiful and highly unique shade. [crisp cerulean blue]  

High Class Affair: a creamy nude with slight peach undertones.  [amorous blush nude]

Shades On: a lovely lilac cream. [mysterious cool violet]

Lounge Lover: a creamy flamingo pink. [pretty pink peach]

Off Tropic: a rich forest green cream. [lush grove green]

(all swatches shown here are 2 coats, and are taken outdoors in natural light).

To be entirely frank and honest, upon first glance at this collection I thought to myself, "well this doesn't look very Spring!" but after spending some more time swatching the shades and reading what the inspiration was behind the collection it all started to make sense.  Much like the Metropolitan musings of Miami and other Florida destinations, there's rich intense colors abound, such as Off Tropic and Poolside Service that can do very well in warm spring months; particularly for toes.  Other shades in the collection are straight up reminiscent of Florida, and I find totally on point, like Lounge Lover and Sunshine State of Mind.

As far as the formula is concerned, I found all the shades in this collection to be very well pigmented.  I achieved full coverage in two nice coats.  I didn't experience any issues with any of the colors.  There's no visible brush strokes, streaking, or anything of the nature to report on. 

My personal favorites from this collection include High Class Affair and Poolside Service.

Also worth mentioning, this collection comes in matching gel polish form.

Essie's Spring 2016 Collection retails for $8.50 per 0.46 fl oz (13.5 mL) bottle, and is available now.

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

Introducing 3-D Gel by N.O.Q

Introducing 3-D Gel by N.O.Q 0

If you guys think the only way of achieving 3 dimensional designs is to use acrylic think again! Thanks to the folks at N.O.Q they offer two different types of 3-D gels that are very fun and relatively easy to work with.

N.O.Q Tube 3-D Gel


The Tube 3-D Gel comes in 20 different shades, 3 of which are featured here.  

1: a creamy white

11: a robin's egg baby blue.

15: a light gray.

The Tube 3-D Gels are very easy to work with.  Literally all you have to do is squeeze and the rest of the design/pattern is up to you and your creativity. 

The only difficulty I experienced with these was taking them out of the package and screwing on the nozzle correctly.  I didn't find any instructions in English on the packaging, so it took me a few minutes to figure out how to assemble the nozzle and cap properly. A client of mine coincidentally came over and showed me how to unscrew the cap with ease; silly me, she figured it out in literally 2 seconds.  Once I got over that baby hurdle, they were very fun and easy to work with.  As with anything, it might take a couple of trys to get used to them and get the swing of things, but as the saying goes "practice makes perfect." 

The Tube 3-D Gels are 7 grams and retail for $14.90.

N.O.Q Volume 3-D Gel


The Volume 3-D Gel is available in 10 shades, and comes in 4g pots. They retail for $14.90 each.

I wouldn't necessarily say that the Volume Gels were difficult to work with, but they do however  require some practice, skill, and patience.  The product is very thick and sort of stays where you put it, which is great and makes shaping it into designs and patterns way easier. When I made the flower petals I flash cured in an LED lamp for a few seconds after shaping each petal. 

A little goes a long way, so although the pots look and seem like they are small, you only use a very little amount of product. 

Shown in this post are colors-

No.1: a creamy white

No.7: a purple grape.

If you are relatively new to nails and nail art in general I highly recommend the Tube Gels.  If you are a seasoned pro nail artist, then I would recommend in addition to the Tube Gels trying the Volume Gels

For more information on N.O.Q or to purchase online, check them out here: http://noqusa.com/


Deborah Lippmann Sweets for my Sweet Review

Deborah Lippmann Sweets for my Sweet Review 0

"Like arm candy for your nails, indulge in Deborah Lippmann's 6-piece collection of confectionery-inspired pastels.  From orange creamsicle to bubblegum pink, each fashion-size lacquer within Sweets for my Sweet is opaque and rich in texture, set within a delectable cotton candy design box.

Delight your sweet tooth with these irresistible new shades: Sugar, Sugar, a full coverage pastel orange creme, Lemon Drop, a full coverage pastel yellow creme, Sweet Pea, a full coverage pastel green creme, My Boy Lollipop, a full coverage pastel blue creme, All Day Sucker, a full coverage pastel lavender creme, and Candy Girl, a full coverage pastel pink creme" according to the official press release.

The limited edition 6 piece Sweets for my Sweet set includes the following exclusive shades-

Sugar, Sugar: a pastel orange/peach cream. 

Lemon Drop: a pastel lemonade yellow cream.

Sweet Pea: a pastel sage green cream.

My Boy Lollipop: a pastel robin's egg blue cream. 

All Day Sucker: a pastel lilac cream.

Candy Girl: a pastel bubblegum pink cream.  

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

I absolutely adore this set of pastel polishes.  This is literally the most perfect Easter gift!  You can either give the set as a whole, or break it up and put a polish or two in various Easter baskets. Either way it's a win win.

The colors are gorgeous and very wearable, and are perfect for this time of year. Spring has finally sprung after all.  🙂

They were all very well pigmented, which is quite pleasing.  Pastel colors can sometimes be tricky, streaky, or difficult to work with, but not these. Each shade painted on smoothly, easily, and evenly.  

Please note that the polishes in this set are not of the new Gel Lab Formula I previously spoke of.  Nonetheless, it's still an awesome set I highly recommend you pick up.

The set is a great value, all 6 shades for only $34. Not bad at all, and like I said it makes the perfect present!  The bottles are .27 fl oz (8mL).

For more info on Deborah Lippmann, or to purchase online, check out: http://www.deborahlippmann.com/

Deborah Lippmann Spring 2016 Collection: Afternoon Delight Review

Deborah Lippmann Spring 2016 Collection: Afternoon Delight Review 0

"Evoking a Spring’s afternoon in the grass, deborah lippmann’s mellow and dreamy Afternoon Delight collection, featuring brand NEW shades, now available for the first time in her innovative Gel Lab PRO formula. This latest dual-patented formula infused with 10 active 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, Nonychosine F

WEAR: Platinum Powder, Epoxy Resin

SHINE: Silk Fibers, Plexi Glass

Accompanied by a new advanced contour brush, its rounded tip follows the curve of the cuticles and 320 bristles spread evenly

for an effortless, streak-free application.

As a seasoned nail pro and trendsetter, Deborah works side by side with fashion’s elite and was inspired to create these playful shades to complement Spring’s style aesthetic, featuring flashes of dusty pastels and feminine silhouettes.

Feel flirty and fabulous with these romantic new shades: Dirty Little Secret, a sheer holographic greige shimmer previewed at Narciso Rodriguez S/S 2016, Peaches & Cream, a full coverage orange creamsicle crème, The Pleasure Principle, a full coverage lilac crème, and Get Lucky, a full coverage sage blue crème." according to the official press release. 

The four shades that comprise the Spring 2016 Afternoon Delight collection include-

Dirty Little Secret: a nude beige with fine holographic glitter particles in it.  This is a very unique color.  I have never come across a shade quite like this. 

Peaches & Cream: a flamingo pink creme, with subtle peach undertones. 

The Pleasure Principle: a bright lilac cream.

Get Lucky: a blue/grey hybrid cream.  It reminds me of the color of a shark. 

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

I am beyond obsessed with this brand new formula. It is very well pigmented, and most of the colors provided tremendous coverage with even a single coat.  It painted on smoothly, evenly, and effortlessly.  

I am also loving the newly redesigned brush.  It is so easy to work with, a dream come true. 

As far as the colors are concerned, I think Deborah always does a great job of selecting key on-trend shades for the season.  Although I find Get Lucky to be slightly dark for the season, it is nonetheless a gorgeous shade, and could be quite perfect for pedicures. 

My personal favorite shade in the collection would have to be Dirty Little Secret, probably because it is so pretty and very unique.  I don't know of any other brand who makes a shade similar. 

I highly recommend you give this new Gel Lab Pro formula a try.  I swear you won't regret it.

The new Gel Lab Pro formulas colors retail for $20 each and are available now.

To purchase online, or for more information on Deborah Lippmann, check out her site: http://www.deborahlippmann.com/ 

N.O.Q Brion Pens

N.O.Q Brion Pens 0

It's pretty simple and straight forward as to what these pens are, but I'm sharing them with you all because honestly I am obsessed and they have forever changed the way I do nail art.

No longer are the days of struggling with tiny beads, spilling them everywhere, unable to pick them up properly, let alone place them where I want them. 

These simple, portable pens couldn't be easier to use, yet have single-handedly made my life so much easier when doing beautiful nail designs. 

Each pen comes with over 2600 beads.  They are not refillable, but I do not foresee running out anytime in the near future. 

Did I mention the portability with these.  Previously it was very difficult for me to travel with loose beads to my clients homes, regardless of the container I stored them in, somehow they always managed to get loose and make a huge mess.  Not anymore.  All of the beads are completely and safely contained They are in the pen.

The pens retail for $12.90 each, they come in both Silver and Gold, as shown here, and can be purchased online directly via N.O.Q's website.

For more info on N.O.Q or to purchase online, check them out here: http://noqusa.com/