introducing Brillbird

introducing Brillbird 0

Hey everyone, i am so excited to introduce you all to Brillbird, one of Hungary's top nail product lines.  I was first introduced to Brillbird at the ISSE trade show in Long Beach.

Brillbird offers a rather extensive product line, including many different builder gels, art gels, acrylic, polish, gels, brushes, etc.

Some of the products I have featured here to share with you all include-

Brush & Go Color Gel: This is a hard gel that is ideal for doing nail art.  I have it shown here in #25 (a light blue periwinkle) and #19 (an antique bronze gold). The Brush & Go line contains over 43 colors, and doesn't bleed or spread.  It is incredibly well pigmented, one coat is all you need, no need for a second coat or to go over your design again.  There is very low odor, and a little goes a long way.  This line is excellent for detailed nail art.  Also worth mentioning the fine glitter in #19 didn't smear or travel when top coated.  

Designer 3D Gel: shown here in Silver.  Allows you to create amazing raised and slightly textured nail art designs.  Comes in 5 shades.  Doesn't move, stays where you paint it.  Also doesn't need to be cleansed after curing.

ICY Gel: a clear super dense builder gel that doesn't cause heat spikes typically related with builder hard gels.  There is no yellowing, the product is easy to file, doesn't flow, is pinchable, and incredibly durable.  If you enjoy a strong builder gel that doesn't move this is the gel for you.

Cover Tan Gel: a gorgeous rosey pink builder gel that is perfect to elongate the natural nail bed.  It is very easy to work with, and is less controlled than the stiffer Icy Gel mentioned above.  

Chrome Flakes: in Purple.  I am beyond obsessed with this product.  It takes the chrome trend to a whole new level.  These are larger particles of chrome pigment, that depending on how hard you rub them into cured gel layer, can have different results.  The color is absolutely gorgeous and shifts between a purple and indigo blue, and then under other light, reflects hints of green/gold.

I highly recommend you give some of Brillbird's products a try.  You won't regret it.  

For more info on Brillbird, check them out online here: https://www.brillbirdusa.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/

Manicurist Mondays x Marisol Alvarado

Manicurist Mondays x Marisol Alvarado 0

Name: Marisol Alvarado

Salon: The Beauty Parlor, Stockton, CA 

Instagram: SinplyCreativeNails



What inspires you and your designs?

Everything outside the nail room- cars, wires, metal, the hardware store.

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

 Human hair and wire.

Describe a favorite manicure you've performed?

Encapsulation with 3-D art, wire, broken watch pieces.  It was a very feminine Steampunk look.  

What's a favorite trick you've learned?

How to gel crystals properly to secure them onto the nail while maintaining their shine and brilliance.  Also, how to encapsulate point back crystals.

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

Dicks, balls, and vaginas for a bachelorette party.

check out some of Marisol's work below.

Celebrate Halloween with Zoya

Celebrate Halloween with Zoya 0

Get 3 Spooky Glam ZOYA NAIL POLISH shades for FREE.

· Storm (Black Metallic Glam Sparkle Nail Polish)

· Mimi (Purple Metallic Glam Sparkle Nail Polish)

· Amy (Orange Metallic Glam Sparkle Nail Polish)

With any purchase of $25 or more, exclusively on zoya.com!

Now thru Halloween (10/31/15)


Deborah Lippmann 15th Anniversary Sets

Deborah Lippmann 15th Anniversary Sets 0

In honor of her 15 years in business, celebrity manicurist Deborah Lippmann along with her eponymous line have released some limited edition sets to celebrate the occasion.  Each set is filled with adorable half size (.27 fl oz) bottles of gorgeous shades made exclusively to commemorate her 15 years in business.

The first set I have to share is called "I've Gotta Be Me".  This set includes 6 new exclusive shades.  According to the box, "Celebrating 15 years in of Deborah Lippmann, this limited-edition anniversary set features six one-of-a-kind, treatment- enhanced nail lacquers created especially for you.  As always, I selected song titles as the names of my lacquers.  The shades in this set are titled to mark the most meaningful moments in my 15-year journey.  It's been a wild and wonderful ride, and I wouldn't be here without your support.  For that, I thank you! xoxo Deborah"

The I've Gotta Be Me set includes:

You've got a Friend: a dusty mauve rose pink.

 Running on Faith: a sparkling platinum chrome

Fashionably Late: a vivid violet

Ya Got Trouble: a shimmering medium brown

This One's On Me: a shimmering deep burgundy

Stand By Your Man: a classic dark red with blue undertones.

(all swatches shown here are two coats).

This set retails for $49, but I believe HSN.com has it at a special price of $34.95: http://www.hsn.com/products/deborah-lippmann-ive-gotta-be-me-6pc-nail-lacquer-set/7544276 

Also available is a smaller 3 piece Celebration set also comprised of new exclusive colors.

The Celebration trio includes:

Big Spender: a shimmering golden yellow.  It's not quite a gold shade, falls more on the yellow side of the color spectrum.

It's My Party:  multi-colored and sized glitter particles in a clear base.  Features red and baby blue squares, salmon and cobalt blue hexagons, small white hexagons, and other various tiny glitter particles.   

New York State of Mind: a shimmering ruby red.  Great for the holiday season. 

(all swatches shown here are two coats.) 

The Celebration trio set retails for $29.

I really love these anniversary sets.  If you are already a big Deborah Lippmann fan, much like myself, or have been wanting to try out her polishes for a while, here is an excellent opportunity.  I also feel these would make Excellent gifts, especially with the Holidays right around the corner.  You could even buy the sets and split them up and gift the polishes accordingly.  Totally up to you.  Nonetheless, I highly recommend them.

For more information on Deborah Lippmann, you can check her out online here: http://www.deborahlippmann.com/


CND Nails @ The Blonds S/S 2015 fashion show 0

CND, the global leader in professional nail care, unveiled 20 unique nail designs tonight at The Blonds Spring/Summer 2015 Fashion Show at MILK Studios in New York City. The Blond girl this season was a “Gangsta Genie” who always gets what she wishes for. With a modern twist on a variety of cultural references, the clothing and nails pushed the boundaries of artistry and resulted in a theatrical experience of exaggerated glamour.
“We are so excited to continue this long-standing fashion partnership with yet another spectacular show this season,” said CND Co-founder and Style Director Jan Arnold. “The Blonds’ aesthetic for this collection correlated perfectly with CND’s Summer 2015 trend story, which is all about sculpted and dramatic silhouettes and intense seductive hues for a mysterious contrast of color and texture. CND and The Blonds just get each other – we’re like family at this point!”
CND took nail design to a whole new level for The Blonds, fully accessorizing each look that walked down the runway with a distinct over-the-top nail style on every model. The elite team of artists handcrafted the nails and their dramatic embellishments with CND® Liquid & Powder and BRISA® Gel. Then, layers of high-shine color were applied using CND®SHELLAC® brand 14+ day nail color and VINYLUX® Weekly Polish in saturated tones with accents of gold throughout. CND blinged out the innovative 3D looks with unconventional materials, including filigrees, oversized gold chains, medallions, tassels, lace, porcelain and over ten thousand stones, gems and jewels. The lavish designs, which took over 500 hours to create in the CND Design Lab, truly represented CND’s unique partnership with The Blonds and showcased their unrivaled artistry at New York Fashion Week.
“CND’s nail designs blow our minds more and more every season,” said The Blonds designer David Blond. “Jan and team continue to look well beyond the nails themselves and find ways to accessorize our designs to complete the full story on the runway. They continue to amaze us with their creativity and ability to tap into our overall vision!”
 “We have worked with The Blonds since 2008 because we love their fun, high energy vibe and their willingness to let us into their magical world as true artistic partners,” said Arnold. “Working with them is such an inspiring process, and this gang of genies really personified the essence of our collaboration!”
For visuals, how-tos and behind-the-scenes coverage of CND’s Fashion Week S/S 2015 designer collaborations and nail designs, please visit the CND Fashion Week Digital Headquarters at http://cnd.com/fwdigitalhq/design-lab.php.

VBQ 90 Day Challenge

VBQ 90 Day Challenge 0

Naja Rickette (celebrity manicurist to the stars /Guinness World Record holder) & David Anthony (serial entrepreneur/President of Valentino Beauty Pure) have teamed up to create VBP International- The best gift they can offer to the beauty industry. You want to  make consistent money as a beauty professional? Now is your time !!!   These two are taking time out of their busy schedule and offering a ONE TIME ONLY 90 day challenge. They are taking on 28 lucky people  and giving them weekly one on one individual coaching, personalized attention to totally transform their business, brining it to the next level. Breaking thru their old thinking while
>  holding their hand every step of the way.
To take the 90 day challenge  and see how you can be part of #teamvbp check out



Weedicures 0

Marijuana Manicures is apparently a new trend. 

Yes, you are not reading or seeing things.  The latest trend in nails is to physically embed crushed up marijuana into powder acrylic or gel, and incorporate it into a new trendy way to don nails.

I first came across this trend when I read an article on Forbes website  http://www.forbes.com/sites/susannahbreslin/2013/11/27/weed-nails/

HighTimes Magazine, the ultimate purveyor of all things cannabis related, also wrote an article on the trend. http://www.hightimes.com/read/high-fashion-pot-weedicures#?1#?1#WebrootPlugIn#?1#?1#PhreshPhish#?1#?1#agtpwd

This eyebrow raising trend also posts serious questions regarding the legality of the novel trend.  To stay completely safe, this is probably a manicure you might want to leave for the "high"ly adventurous, risque, or entertainer crowd.

How much will a "Weedicure" set you back?  Apparently only a mere $45.