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Spider Gel- falls biggest trend 0

Everyone is obsessing over the new stringy and stretchy spider gels that have recently hit the market.  These videos show the best examples of some fun designs to create with the innovative gel.

Personally I Love to rub chrome pigments into it once cured.  It creates a beautiful result.

SUNUV Portable Nail Tools Sterilizer review

SUNUV Portable Nail Tools Sterilizer review 0

I am so beyond excited to share this amazing innovative product with you all from the folks at SUNUV (Amazon's best selling nail lamp brand), their UV LED Sterilizer. 

The machine is a first of its kind, the world’s first portable UV nail tool sterilizer.

The sterilizer is small and compact, fits perfectly on a counter, charges with ease and provides quick and incredibly easy sterilization with the push of a button.  You press the button and essentially a 3 minute Sterilization session takes place, its honestly that simple.  (I personally wash my implements in warm soapy water to sanitize my tools prior to placing them in the sterilizer.)  

The machine destroys and kills bacteria and all sorts of germs; more specifically: Bacillus Coli, Influenza Virus, Bacillus Typhi, Bacillus Dysenteriae, Salmonella, Viralhepatitis, Micrococcus Gonococcus, and Much’s Bacillus. 

If you do nails, and see lots of different clients like I do, than this little gadget is an absolute must!

The machine retails for approximately $47, and is available online here: https://www.aliexpress.com/store/product/Sterilizer-Storage-Box-Personal-Care-Appliances-UV-Sterilizing-Ultraviolet-280nm-Wavelength-Killing-Germs/1921742_32856791378.html?spm=2114.12010611.0.0.43a94d1apo77Y8&smToken=8da8035c91a447cab86550f2ab5f1585&smSign=f%2BztfWBOoYUE6RcrQ7GfWA%3D%3D

New LeChat Spring 2018 Collections

New LeChat Spring 2018 Collections 0

I am excited to introduce to you all not one but two new collections for Spring 2018 from LeChat Nails.

“We cordially invite you to be our guest for tea time this Spring 2018 to celebrate the new Perfect Match English Rose collection.  These romantic and classic polishes are guaranteed to delight at the next high tea!

Perfect Match English Rose features muted pastel and nude shades including French Vanilla, a classic light beige cream; Royal Tea, a milky taupe cream; Chamomile, a light marigold cream; Tea Party, a pastel blush orange cream; Cucumber Mint, a soft sage mint cream and Violet Rose, a radiant orchid cream.”

The collection is comprised of the following shades-

Chamomile: a buttery yellow cream.

Tea Party: a salmon cream.

French Vanilla: a vanilla cream.

Royal Tea: a super soft greige cream.

Violet Rose: a soft lavender cream.

Cucumber Mint: a light green cream.

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

This collection is super wearable.  I can already tell clients will go gaga over French Vanilla. They are all well pigmented, and applied smoothly and easily.

LeChat’s Spring 2018 Perfect Match English Rose collection can be found online at lechatnails.com. The Dare to Wear Nail Lacquers are $3.25 each or can be purchased as a set with the Perfect Match Gel Polish for $16.67 each.”

And for the second new collection-

The holographic, fan-favorite Spectra is back in 12 brand new, sparkling polishes that emit tiny rainbow

solar flares at your fingertips!

The 12 new colors include:

Aurora—Berry holographic glitter

Mars—Deep coral holographic glitter

Asteroid—Gold holographic glitter

Gemini—Blue holographic glitter

Neptune—Green holographic glitter

Outer Space—Dark violet holographic glitter

Galactic Pink—Bubblegum pink holographic glitter

Nebula—Soft salmon holographic glitter

Shooting Star—Yellow holographic glitter

Nene—Lime holographic glitter

Jupiter—Teal holographic glitter

Gravity—Ultramarine blue holographic glitter

Now I don’t have swatches of the entire 12 piece collection, but I do have 7 of the shades I will share with you-

Gemini: a holo true blue.

Gravity: a holo dark blue.  It is much darker shade of blue than Gemini.

Aurora: a holo fuschia pink.

Gaqlactic Pink: a light holo pink.

Mars: a holo orange.

Neptune: a holo grass green.

Nebula: a holo mocha brown.

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

I personally really Love and adore this collection.  The colors really pop and come to life outside in the sun; though they still look beautiful indoors as well.  Like the other collection swatched and shared here, these painted on smoothly and easily and didn’t give me any issues whatsoever.

“The Perfect Match Spectra collection is available at lechatnails.com for $16.67 each or at an authorized

LeChat distributor near you. Please contact your sales representative for additional information.”

For more info on LeChat, check them out online- https://www.lechatnails.com/

ISSE 2018

ISSE 2018 0

I had a wonderful time and experience at this years ISSE (International Salon and Spa Expo) show in Long Beach.  While the convention was three full days, January 27-29, I was only able to attend one day.  Like last year, majority of nail exhibitors were designated to a specific area, making it a lot easier to peruse all of the various brands.

Some of the nail brands showing include: Bio Sculpture Gel, Bio Seaweed Gel, Christrio, Famous Names LLC, Joya Mia, Le Chat, Nail Labo, ella + mila, Kokoist, China Glaze, EZ Flow, ibd, O’nine, E Nail Couture, Gellico, Revel nail, Missu, Orly, Odyssey Nail Systems.

There were however a few brands that have shown in the past that were not in attendance this year.  They include: Entity Beauty, inm, Kupa, essie, CND, Young Nails, Gelish, Skyline Beauty Supply, Morgan Taylor, Artistic Nail Design, NCLA, Bluebird, Akzentz, Color Club, and Vetro.

Nonetheless, I still learned a lot from the various brands in attendance.  

Over at Le Chat, they have 12 new Spectra holographic shades in both gel and nail polish launching February 27. One of my favorite nail educators and world competition champion Anastasiia Morozova, taught me various tips and tricks.  For instance, if you are using a model or a friend to practice nails on and they don’t want them permanent and would like to remove them easily, paint 3 or 4 layers of nail polish top coat; this will allow the model to remove the gels easily.  Black gel polish should be cured for a full 60 seconds in an LED light, as opposed to 30 seconds, because it is so highly pigmented. 

There were a few brands showing for the first time that were creating quite a stir, like Gellio and Missu.  

            In general, I love a good trade show, and if you work or are interested in nails, ISSE is for sure worth checking out.

Russian Manicure 0

There is so much controversy concerning this technique that removes virtually all cuticle from the nail plate, allowing the nail tech to paint super close to the cuticle line, allowing for a smoother grow out.  After one week the clients nails will still look brand new.  After two weeks the clients nails will look like just one week’s growth.  Check out these videos to learn more about the technique