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LUXIO by Akzentz Soak Off Gel Swatches

LUXIO by Akzentz Soak Off Gel Swatches 0

I recently tried out some great gel polishes from LUXIO by Akzentz. As I mentioned in a previous post, I found the formula on all of the gel colors to be quite thick and great, thicker than most gel polishes on the market. The thick consistency of the gel provided for a more smooth and controlled product application!

 Moody: a denim blue.

Galaxy: a multi shimmer dark gunmetal grey.

Spirit: a true royal blue.

Intrigue: a bold deep raisin purple.

Intuitive: a forest pine emerald green.

Precious: light lilac lavender.

Potion: a burgundy with red micro shimmer.

Myth: a great green with blue undertones. My personal favorite in this collection.

Each of the swatches shown are 2 coats of gel color, cured each for 30 seconds in an LED light.

To find out more about LUXIO gels or to purchase, please check them out at: http://www.akzentz.com/index.php

Color Effects Gel Top Coats from LUXIO by Akzentz Swatches

Color Effects Gel Top Coats from LUXIO by Akzentz Swatches 0

I recently had the privilege of trying 2 of the awesome “Effects Top Coat Gels” from LUXIO by Akzentz.

These top coats can be used as the final step in your manicure to give a whole new look to your base gel color. For the swatches shown here, I used both Effects Top Coat shades over a Black base (Noir– from Luxio) and a White base (Polar from Luxio).

Purple Effects: micro fine irridescent purple shimmer suspended in a clear base. Takes me back to my youth! Over Noir (a black base), it creates a spectacular dark sparkly fine glitter purple.  Over Polar (a white base), it casts a sparkly pinkish purple glow.

Copper Effects: micro fine light copper shimmer suspended in a clear base. Over Noir (a black base), it creates a sort of “galactic space” effect.  Over Polar (a white base), it casts a soft golden coppery glow.

To find out more about LUXIO or where to buy, please check them out at: http://www.akzentz.com/index.php

Nude Shades from LUXIO by Akzentz Soak Off Gel Swatches

Nude Shades from LUXIO by Akzentz Soak Off Gel Swatches 0

I recently had the privilege of trying out some lovely nude shades of gel polish from LUXIO by Akzentz. I found the formula on all of the gel colors to be quite thick and great, thicker than most gel polishes on the market, and this provided for a more smooth and controlled product application.

Delicate: a soft baby pink.

Neutral: a rich dusty rose.

Whisper: an opaque creamy nude skin tone shade.

Cremelle: a sheer creamy nude.

Each of the swatches shown are 2 coats of gel color, cured each for 30 seconds in an LED light.

To find out more about LUXIO or where to buy, please check them out at: http://www.akzentz.com/index.php

CUCCIO Colour Veneer LED/UV Nail Colour Fall 2013 Pt. 2

CUCCIO Colour Veneer LED/UV Nail Colour Fall 2013 Pt. 2 0

I recently finished trying the last of the Fall 2013 collection of Cuccio Colour Veneer gel polishes. I was very pleased with the formula on all of the colors, with a few shades in particular I like to call “1 coat Wonders.

See it all in Montreal: ballet slipper soft natural baby pink.

Turkish Delight: flamingo rose pink.

Rio Carnival: sparkling fiery orange bronze.

St. Barts in a Bottle: true perfect aqua/ cerulean blue.  reminds me instantly of the ocean and the beach; vacation in a bottle- truly.A “1 coat Wonder”– only required a single coat & the color was perfectly rich and opaque. This can in effect save half the time of a manicure!

Argentinian Aubergine: bright plum. A “1 coat Wonder!” only requires a single coat and is fully opaque.

On the Nile Blue: scintillating midnight blue. A “1 coat Wonder!” only requires a single coat and is fully opaque.

Beijing Night Glow: vampyshimmery burgundy.

Oh my Prague: metallic gunmetal. A“1 coat Wonder!” only requires a single coat and is fully opaque.

All swatches shown  here have 2 coats of gel, cured each for 30 seconds in an LED lamp.  I find all Cuccio Colour Veneer gel polishes to have an excellent smooth self-leveling formula that doesn’t run or drip.

For further information on Cuccio, check them out at: http://cuccio.com/

That’s It? Instant Nail Art Crystal Clear Nail Glitter/Shimmer Swatches

That’s It? Instant Nail Art Crystal Clear Nail Glitter/Shimmer Swatches 0

I am obsessing over these That’s It? opalescent nail glitters and shimmers. They take me back to my youth when everything seemed fairy like, fanciful, and purely magic.  These could each make an excellent shimmer top coat gel for any base color, especially a dark color; or the 3 could be mixed together to create a beautiful crystal opalescent iridescent color.

For the swatches shown here, I mixed equal parts nail glitter with clear gel. Each was 3 thin coats.

Shimmer Large #92241– has a lot of micro fine blue shimmer.

Opal Hex Large #92226– micro iridescent fine glitter particles, with a fine green glow tint to them.

Iridescent Hex Small #92219– small iridescent round glitter pieces. 

For more information on these awesome That’s It? Instant Nail Art shimmers/ glitters, check out: http://instantnailart.com/

CND Shellac Fall 2013 Forbidden Collection Review/Swatches

CND Shellac Fall 2013 Forbidden Collection Review/Swatches 0

For the Fall 2013 season, CND has come out with 6 new shades that will have your fingers Falling into the winter season wit ease.

Steel Gaze: a multi-color, multi-faceted metallic pewter.  Falls more in the silver than gold side of the color spectrum.

Tinted Love: a rich opaque dark raspberry red

Dark Dahlia: an opaque blackened plum. Almost looks black, but is a very dark and deep purple.  Reminds me of OPI’s famed Lincoln Park After Dark.

Burnt Romance: a rich rusted brown tinged ruby red.

Night Glimmer: also a multi faceted metallic deep chocolate brown/ grey shimmer.

Blue Rapture: a dusty and muted Dodger blue.

All swatches are 2 coats, cured in a UV light for 1 minute.

To find out where to purchase these fabulous Fall shades or for further information, contact CND at: http://www.cnd.com/

ENP Gella Gel Polish- Fall 2013 Glitters

ENP Gella Gel Polish- Fall 2013 Glitters 0

The fastest curing gel polish on the market! Base coat, and each color coat cures in a record breaking 10 seconds in LED lamp! UNBELIEVEABLE!!!! Now onto these Holiday apropos shades.

Zoey: a micro silver glitter.

Aaryn: a micro gold glitter.

Amanda: a micro purple glitter.

Noelle: a micro red shade of glitter. (also my personal favorite in this collection)

Each shade required 3 coats to become completely opaque, but was well worth it, and barely took any time at all, for each coat cured completely in an AMAZING 10 seconds!!

To find out more info on ENP Nail Design’s Gella, or other products, check them out at: http://www.eznails.net/

Sally Beauty Supply launches ASP At- Home Gel Manicure Kit!!

Sally Beauty Supply launches ASP At- Home Gel Manicure Kit!! 0

Sally Beauty Supply launches ASP At- Home Gel Manicure Kit!!

The perfect do it yourself, at home kit than includes everything one needs to perform a salon quality gel manicure at home ($33); that’s less than a single gel manicure in a salon.

The kit does not come with the LED curing lamp, however, I do highly recommend one invest in one for a few reasons.  There is zero exposure to damaging UV rays with an LED Lamp. LED Lamps also reduce curing time from 2 mins to 30 secs.  This particular lamp works great, and comfortably fits all 5 fingers, and costs around $59.

My personal favorite aspect of this kit was the informative 12 minute long step-by-step instuctional DVD.  It shows you exactly how to use all of the kits contents, and even how to remove the gels safely without harming your nails.

I have tried other at home gel polish kits in the past and always found them to perform sub par.  The gel wouldn’t cure, the color started to chip and peel after a few days, or it took half an hour of soaking off to remove.

To purchase this kit online, visit Sally Beeauty’s website: http://www.sallybeauty.com/gel-manicure-kit/SBS-156760,default,pd.html?cm_vc=SEARCH

Cuccio Colour Veneer- Fall 2013 Gel Color Swatches

Cuccio Colour Veneer- Fall 2013 Gel Color Swatches 0

Nantucket Navy: a deep navy blue with shimmer.

Jamaica me Crazy: an opaque periwinkle. Falls more on the purple than blue side of the color spectrum.

Never can say Mumbai: a light metallic copper.

Cheeky in Helsinki: an opaque perfect purple.

One night in Bangkok: a metallic medium purple shade.

Call in the Calgary: a metallic fuchsia.

All gel colors required 2 coats for full opacity.  Cured each coat entirely in an LED light for 30 seconds, or can cure for 120 seconds in UV light

To find out more, or to purchase, check Cuccio out at: http://cuccio.com/index.php

Cuccio Colour Veneer Gel Holiday 2013 Sparkles

Cuccio Colour Veneer Gel Holiday 2013 Sparkles 0

Russian Oppulence: a metallic warm shiny gold. 2 coats

Hong Kong Harbor: a metallic shiny silver. 2 coats

Manhattan Mayhem: a fine glitter red. Required 3 coats for full opacity. My personal favorite of this collection!

To purchase, you can find this Holiday sparklers at: http://cuccio.com/index.php

CHANEL Couture Fall 2013 Nail Rings!!! 0

O- M- G!! What will they think of next!??

Some Awesome Nail Art

Some Awesome Nail Art 0

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Gareth Pugh Chains

My ultimate Merricures!!

My ultimate Merricures!! 0