2016

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.  

 

Essie Retro Revival 2016 Collection Review

Essie Retro Revival 2016 Collection Review 0

"For essie's fabulous 35th anniversary, we're celebrating Vegas-style, in honor of the ultimate party town where it all began.  When the brand first debuted, there was no better place to create a splash than in Las Vegas where showgirls and chic card dealers fell instantly in love with the game-changing assortment of shades.  For them, a beautiful manicure was a winning hand.

In celebration of this iconic birthday, the legendary essie color archive has been opened with a thrilling glimpse into the brand's dazzling history.  The result is a limited edition collection of six iconic shades.  With pearl, sheer, frosted and iridescent shades, each promises a sparkling night of thrills.  And, yes... the rumors are true: we're bringing back starry starry night! It wouldn't be a party without this coveted item, until now fetching hundreds of dollars on eBay.

Isn't it fun getting into a retro mood? As a nod to the iconic vintage sign of the Stardust Casino that lit up the Strip, this one-of-a- kind collection features gold starbursts embellished on essie's signature white cap.  It's a time to head to Vegas to party like its 1981!" according to the official press release.

Essie's Retro Revival 2016 Collection includes the following shades:

Life of the Party: a deep cranberry shimmer. Very highly pigmented.  Provided excellent coverage with even one coat.  From 2002. [pinot noir pearl]

Cabana Boy: a pearly very light gray with a faint lavender undertone. From 2005. [ultra-cool pearly white]

Sequin Sash: a semi-sheer shimmering nude with beige/pink undertones. From 2005. [sheer glittery bronze]

Bikini with a Martini: a semi-sheer frosted pink with an iridescence running through it. From 2006. [frosted iridescent pink]

Birthday Suit: a light beige creme. From 1981, part of the original 12 essie colors. [cheeky delicate nude]

Starry Starry Night: a jelly dark navy blue with small silver glitter specks in it. From 1985. The original formula is said to have contained diamond dust.  Unfortunately this newer version doesn't, but it's still gorgeous, and to the untrained eye, you would never in a million years be able to tell.  [twinkling midnight blue]

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

I don't think I have ever been more obsessed with a polish collection! I absolutely LOVE the idea of bringing back old classic coveted shades.  The notion is absolutely brilliant, and I sure hope this isn't the only time essie does it.  I also love the gold starbursts on the bottle, attention to detail is everything!

As far as the formula is concerned, they all painted on smoothly, evenly, and easily.  I didn't experience any issues like brush strokes, or pooling.  

It's so hard for me to pick favorites, but if I absolutely have to, I would say: Starry Starry Night, Sequin Sash, and Cabana Boy are my top 3 must haves. 

Keep in mind this collection is limited edition, so make sure to not wait and grab these colors before they're gone for good.

Essie's limited-edition Retro Revival 2016 Collection retails at $8.50 per bottle and will be available in January 2016 at http://www.essie.com/, fine salons, and beauty destinations nationwide.