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Deborah Lippmann Summer 2017 Collection Review

Deborah Lippmann Summer 2017 Collection Review 0

"Inspired by the modern jetsetter's wanderlust and the pulsating energy found at exotic locations around the globe, deborah lippmann's Cool For The Summer collection features five psychedelic and vivid new shades.  Available in the innovative dual-patented 7-free Gel Lab Pro formula, 10 active ingredients help to deliver health, wear and shine, providing the high gloss and cushiony plumped look similar to a traditional gel manicure, without nail damage.

  • Health: 7-free formula with evening primrose, keratin, biotin, green tea extract, aucoumea, rice protein
  • Wear: bamboo, nonychosine F
  • Shine: nylon, caranauba wax

Accompanied by a new advanced contour brush, its rounded tip follows the curve of the cuticles and 320 bristles spread polish evenly for an effortless, streak-free application.

Embody the exotic cultures of the globe with these lively new shades: Hot Child in the City, a full coverage bright orange creme, Shut up and Dance, a full coverage poppy pink creme, I'm too Sexy, a full coverage sandy nude creme, Stargasm, a full coverage gold shimmer, and Stupid Boy, a full coverage royal cobalt creme." according to the official press release.  Please be advised, Stupid Boy, not featured here, is a Sephora exclusive shade. 

The Summer collection is comprised of the following shades-

Stargasm: a shimmering rose gold. [full coverage rose gold]

Hot Child in the City: a bright almost neon coraly orange cream. [full coverage bright orange]

I'm too Sexy: a full coverage light nude cream. [full coverage sandy nude]

Shut up and Dance: a bright shimmering pink, that reflects light. [full coverage poppy pink]

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

I absolutely Love this collection.  I think its very fun, and completely wearable.  The nude, I'm too Sexy,  is so gorgeous and virtually perfect, will completement so many different skin tones well becuase it has just the right amount of rosey undertones.  The orange, Hot Child in the City,  is so vibrant and will look so gorgeous on toes, as will Shut up and Dance. Rose gold, Stargasm,  is a tricky color to produce and many brands don't get it quite right. I think Deborah has finally made a great one.  The formula is just right, and the color is spot on!

I found the formula on all of the shades awesome and super easy to work with.  The bottle's brush is my absolute favorite, it hugs the cuticles just right and makes for an easy paint job.

This collection is out and available now, retailing for $20 a bottle (.5 fl oz / 15 mL)

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

 

 

Deobrah Lippmann Fall 2016 Collection: After Midnight Review

Deobrah Lippmann Fall 2016 Collection: After Midnight Review 0

"What happens After Midnight? This fall, let deborah lippmann's evocative and sultry new collection seduce you into a frenzy, featuring brand NEW shades available in her innovative Gel Lap Pro Color formula. This latest dual- patented formula infused with 10 treatment 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, Rice Protein

WEAR: Bamboo, Nonychosine F

SHINE: Nylon, Carnauba Wax

Accompanied by a new advanced contour brush, its rounded tip follows the curve of the cuticles and 320 bristles (45% more than standard brushes) spread evenly for an effortless, streak-free application. 

Allow mystery to empower you through these dark and romantic shades: Smoke Gets In Your Eyes, a smoke blue creme, After Midnight, a dark indigo creme, Wild Thing, a deep peacock creme, Love Hangover, a plum mauve creme, All Night Long, a black base with bronze shimmer and Out of the Woods, a dark chocolate creme. Paint the town- we won't tell." according to the official press release. 

the Fall 2016 After Midnight Collection contains the following shades-

After Midnight: a blackened purple cream. Excellent full coverage in a single coat.

Love Hangover: an earthy purple creme. An amazing 1 Coat Wonder!

Smoke Gets In Your Eyes: a dusty navy blue cream. A 1 Coat Wonder!

Wild Thing: a midnight teal cream. A 1 Coat Wonder!


**All Night Long: a deep dark sparkly chocolate brown. A 1 Coat Wonder,  which I find to be quite rare in a shimmer/glitter shade. (exclusive to Sephora)

**Out Of The Woods: a chocolate brown cream. A 1 Coat Wonder! (exclusive to Sephora)

(all shades shown here are only 1 single coat, and are taken outdoors in natural sunlight).

Honestly this is probably my most favorite Deborah Lippmann collection yet! The formula alone is so beyond remarkable you have to get it.  I have never seen an entire collection before that was all 1 Coat Wonders, including the glittery shade All Night Long. The shades are all gorgeous for the fall, and are definitely colors clients will request.  Each painted on smoothly, evenly, and effortlessly.  I didn't experience any issues whatsoever.

I am really digging this new and improved formula from Deborah, and the brush couldn't make me happier; it makes my job so much easier.

I can't speak highly enough of this collection, nor can I choose favorites.  You need all of the shades. 

Each bottle retails for $20, .5 fl oz (15 mL), and are available online at http://www.deborahlippmann.com/, Barneys New York, Bloomingdale's, Neiman Marcus, Nordstrom and Sephora stores nationwide. 

 

Deborah Lippmann Pretty in Pink Review

Deborah Lippmann Pretty in Pink Review 0

"On the heels of deborah lippmann's widely successful Undressed (6 piece Shades of Nude set), comes this tender bouquet of pink hues to delight the senses.  From soft and subtle to bold and bright, this 6-piece collection has every shade of pink to match every occasion.  Each fashion- size lacquer within Pretty in Pink is opaque and rich in texture, set within a romantic rose design box.

Get like Molly Ringwald with these "Pretty in Pink" shades: Think Pink!, a full coverage ballet pink creme, Pink Cashmere, a full coverage dusty pink creme, Tickle me Pink, a full coverage posy pink creme, In the Pink, a full coverage orchid pink creme, Pink Cadillac, a full coverage carnation pink creme, and Kissin' Pink, a full coverage hot pink creme." according to the official press release. 

The Deborah Lippmann Pretty in Pink collection is comprised of the following cream shades-

Think Pink!: a light ballet slipper pink creme.

Pink Cashmere: a dusty rose light pink creme. 

Tickle me Pink: a strawberry milkshake pink creme.

In the Pink: a deep bubblegum pink creme.

Pink Cadillac: a bold medium slightly dusty pink creme.

Kissin' Pink: a bright magenta pink creme. Very highly pigmented, almost a One Coat Wonder!

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

Personally I am not a huge fan of pinks, however I absolutely Love and adore this kit.  I think these are all highly wearable and desirable colors that clients would request, and I also think this set makes the most perfect present for someone, whether its a birthday, anniversary, holiday, house warming, or just to take to someone's home who invited you for dinner. 

I didn't experience any issues with the formulas, no streaking or anything of the nature.  I received full and complete coverage within two coats of each shade.  I found the colors to all be really highly pigmented, which I love. 

Get this kit as a gift for someone, or for yourself, either way you can't go wrong.

My personal favorites are: Pink Cashmere and Kissin' Pink.

All of the bottles are .27 fl oz (8 mL)

Available May 2016 (SRP: $34) online at http://www.deborahlippmann.com/ and at Barneys New York, Bloomingdale's, Neiman Marcus, Nordstrom and Sephora stores nationwide. 

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.  

 

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 holiday 2015: Undressed shades of nude review

deborah lippmann holiday 2015: Undressed shades of nude review 0

"This fall, the perfect nude is right at your fingertips with deborah lippmann's new Undressed- Shades of Nude collection, a six-piece set featuring an array of nude shades in fashion-size nail lacquers.  A subtle twist on the classic nude, each creamy shade is as versatile as it is elegant, proving that au-natural is the new glam.  Taking it back to basics, Deborah was inspired by a no- makeup makeup approach for nails with a clean, chic finish.  Contrary to the nudes of the past, there is no one-shade fits all proposition; Deborah expertly developed each color to flatter any skin tone for a graceful, polished look.  

Unveil your sophisticated side with these new full coverage nudes: Flesh for Fantasy, an alabaster nude creme, Totally Nude, a fair pink nude creme, Born this Way, a peach nude creme, are it all, a mauve nude creme, Natural Woman, an almond nude creme, and Skin Deep, a sable nude creme previewed at the Donna Karan A/W 2015 runway show" according to the official press release.

The six shades that comprise the Undressed- Shades of Nude collection include:

Flesh For Fantasy: an ivory cream beige.

Totally Nude: a ballet slipper light pink creme.

Born This Way: a light carnation pink creme, has a slight peach undertone.

Bare It All: a mauve cream, with lavender undertones.

Natural Woman: a tan sun-kissed deep nude creme.

Skin Deep: a light mocha brown cream.

(all swatches shown here are two coats).

I think this is such a delightful kit Deborah has put together.  I too agree that not all nude shades are made for everyone, just like all foundations aren't made for everyone universally.  This kit also makes the perfect gift! 

If you don't find the shade perfect for you, you can always mix two shades by layering, and come up with something totally unique.  I would recommend first layering the darker of the two shades first, followed by applying the lighter color on top.

The collection is available now, and retails for $34.  The set comes with all 6 shades, and are 

.27 fl oz (8 mL).

For more information on Deborah Lippmann or to purchase online: http://www.deborahlippmann.com/

Deborah lippmann fall 2015 collection review

Deborah lippmann fall 2015 collection review 0

"This fall, Deborah Lippmann encourages you to stand up, to speak out, to ROAR. With four brand new nail lacquers, this collection evokes feminine strength and echoes the united voice of women everywhere.  Inspired by the rebirth of female empowerment (equal rights, equal opportunity and female solidarity) and iconic leaders like Grace Jones, Madonna, and Cher, Deborah specifically designed these show-stopping shades to represent that power with color.  From the discerning She Wolf and the boardroom dominating Miss Independent, to the brick red that demands Respect and glittery bronze that Can't Be Tamed, this collection is for the bold woman who has something to say and won't stop until she's heard.

Embrace your strong and expressive side with these new full coverage shades previewed at the Badgley Mischka A/W 2015 Runway show" according to the press release. 

The four shades that comprise the Deborah Lippmann Fall 2015 Roar Collection include:

Respect: a burnt crimson red creme  A 1 Coat Wonder! Incredibly pigmented. [brick red creme]

Miss Independent: an eggplant purple creme. [berry wine creme]

Can't Be Tamed: a yellow gold glitter in a sheer mocha brown base.  Also has hints of holographic glitter particles scattered throughout. [holographic honey gold]

She Wolf: a creamy taupe with slight lavender undertones.  Incredibly pigmented.  Had excellent coverage in even a single coat. [taupe creme]

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

I absolutely Love this collection.  Yet again Deborah hit the ball out of the park.  I think all 4 colors are winners and are shades customers would definitely request.  

The pigmentation and formula on all four colors was excellent.  I didn't experience any issues whatsoever with any of them.  If anything I was surprised at how incredibly well saturated in pigment they were.  Very smooth and creamy, and super easy to paint and work with.

My personal favorites include She Wolf and Can't Be Tamed

This collection is limited edition and is available now.  The suggested retail price is $18 each, with Can't Be Tamed retailing at $20. The bottles are .5 fl oz 15 mL.

They're available online at http://www.deborahlippmann.com/ , and at Barneys New York, Bloomingdale's, Neiman Marcus, Nordstrom, and Sephora stores nationwide. 

Deborah Lippmann Summer 2015 Collection: Painted Desert Review

Deborah Lippmann Summer 2015 Collection: Painted Desert Review 0

"Deborah Lippmann Summer 2015 Collection: Painted Desert. Wild. Blazing. Boundless. (Limited Edition) 

This summer, travel with deborah lippmann on an exotic journey deep into the Sahara where the sun blazes, the sky glows and the sand swelters.  This collection of four full coverage nail lacquers is your ticket to explore the vast, arid terrain.  Each shade reflects the desert's remarkable beauty and rich, earthy landscape.

Get lost in a desert paradise with these new full coverage neutral shades: Shifting Sands, a light khaki previewed at Eva Fehren, Terra Nova, a warm camel previewed at Narciso Rodriguez, Desert Moon, a pebble gray and Love In the Dunes, a purple mauve" according to the press release. 

The Painted Desert Summer 2015 Collection includes:

Shifting Sands: a creamy beige nude. Shifting Sands song by Caedmon's Call. [light khaki creme]

Love in the Dunes: a dusty medium purple mauve creme with gray undertones. a 1 Coat Wonder!! Smooth, easy, perfect application in a single coat!! Love in the Dunes song by Elliot Goldenthal. [purple mauve creme]

Terra Nova: a dusty cappuccino brown creme with slight mustard undertones. Terra Nova song by James Taylor & Carly Simon. [warm camel creme]

Desert Moon: a deep medium gray creme, with sage green undertones. Also a 1 Coat Wonder!! Desert Moon song by Dennis DeYoung. [pebble gray creme]

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

 I am so beyond obsessed and in love with this collection.  It is such a pleasant departure from typical bright neon color palettes you see for summer collections.  This color palette to me represents what Deborah does best- understated elegance.  The formulas were a dream come true to work with, going on very smoothly and evenly, with some of the shades were even One Coat Wonders!! Apparently this collection is Limited Edition, so I highly recommend you pick it up before its too late.

The Painted Desert collection will be available in May, retailing for $18 each online at http://www.deborahlippmann.com/, and at Barneys, Bloomingdale's, Neiman Marcus, Nordstrom, and Sephora stores nationwide.

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

Deborah Lippmann Whisper Collection- Spring 2015 review

Deborah Lippmann Whisper Collection- Spring 2015 review 0

"Shhh… this Spring, find serenity with Deborah Lippmann’s new Whisper collection, featuring sheer, light colors that are clean and understated, yet modern and refined. As easy to apply as they are to wear, all four shades float over the nails with a soft and effortless elegance. Always inspired by the fashion and beauty around her, it was backstage at Honor’s S/S 2014 show, where Deborah became captivated by the quiet, yet dramatic effects of the light cascading through the models chiffon fabrics as they exited backstage. A moment – calm and peaceful amongst the chaos. Like a soft whisper.

Explore your softer side with these tranquil shades: Like Dreamers Do, a sheer pale bisque previewed at the Badgley Mischka, Theory and Donna Karan S/S 2015 runway shows, A Fine Romance, a sheer pearly champagne, Misty Morning, a sheer blue-grey, and Chantilly Lace, a sheer iridescent pink" according to the press release. 

The Whisper collection includes:

A Fine Romance: a pale nude with a fine golden iridescent shimmer.

Misty Morning: a super pale powder baby blue with grey undertones. 

Chantilly Lace: a super pale powder pink with iridescent shimmer.

Like Dreamers Do: a light toasted almond with subtle gray undertones.

(all swatches shown here are two coats).

This collection to me serves as a nice respite from all the highly saturated and dark shades we've been wearing for fall/winter.  Keep in mind this entire four piece collection is SHEER, so if you are not a fan of sheer polishes with visible nail line showing, consider yourself warned, this collection might not be for you.

I typically am not a fan of sheer polishes, but I find these shades in particular to breathe a breath of fresh air.  The undertones or iridescent shimmer gives them dimension and subtle texture, something not present in other brand's sheer polishes.

Considering the fact that the shades are all sheer, I did not have any problems with application.  I found each shade painted on smoothly and evenly in two coats; being very well pigmented for sheer shades.  I have seen other bloggers using three coats, but I don't find it necessary.  This collection is intended to be very light, airy, and ethereal.  

My personal favorites in this collection are A Fine Romance & Chantilly Lace

Each shade retails for $18, and can be purchased online at www.deborahlippmann.com and at
Barneys New York, Bloomingdale’s, Neiman Marcus, Nordstrom and Sephora stores nationwide.

For more information on Deborah Lippmann, check them out here: http://www.deborahlippmann.com/

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/

 

Deborah Lippmann Holiday 2014 Swatches + Review

Deborah Lippmann Holiday 2014 Swatches + Review 0

Hey guys.  I hope you all had a wonderful weekend.

Today I've got Deborah Lippmann's Holiday 2014 collection "Fantastical" to share.  Six brand new shades, both glitters and shimmers, that will dazzle your fingertips well into the New Year.  

According to the press release, "Bewitching, Mystical, Mesmerizing- An exotic illusion of the nails.  Let your creativity run wild with unexpected colors that are beautifully whimsical.  The only limit is your imagination."

The Fantastical collection includes:

Dear Mr. Fantasy: a bright metallic shimmering magenta, with purple shimmering undertones.  Highly pigmented.  It covered well in one coat.

Marrakesh Express: a shimmering coppery gold duo chrome with large gold shard flecks of glitter.  Reminds me of "The Hunger Games" series; it's very fiery.  It removed easily as well.  A highly unique shade.  

Weird Science: a bold lime green with gold shimmer.  Highly pigmented.  Had excellent coverage in a single coat. A very rare color.

Dream Weaver: a blackened purple/ teal/ green hybrid duo chrome.  Very beautiful in person.  The color shifts with the light.  It is similar to Essie's "For the Twill of it" and OPI's "Peace, Love, and OPI", but it's more teal than sage green.  This was my personal favorite color in this collection!

Xanadu: an icey blue with purple/pink iridescence, and small blue glitter particles.  I wouldn't categorize this as a duo chrome exactly,y however, it definitely has light reflecting properties to it. 

Magic Carpet Ride: multi- shaped holographic glitter in a semi- sheer black base.  The glitter shapes include- circles, bars, diamonds, and hexagons.  This shade was tricky to work with.  I found it best applied in a dabbing motion as opposed to in smooth brush strokes.  Nonetheless, I found it very clumpy, messy, and not pretty overall.  I was highly disappointed because I was so looking forward to being obsessed with this shade.  🙁   

(all swatches shown here are two coats.)

Overall I am pretty happy with the Fantastical Holiday 2014 collection.  I think there excellent variety offered, and some vary rare shades that you don't normally come across.  I was however disappointed with Magic Carpet Ride and do not recommend it.  Other than that, the shades were all great, and painted easily and smoothly, and I couldn't recommend them higher.  

The Deborah Lippmann Fantastical collection retails for $18-$20 each, and is available for purchase now.

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

Q & A with Deborah Lippmann

Q & A with Deborah Lippmann 0

Hi Everyone.  I hope you all had a fantastic weekend.  I know I sure did.

I am still pinching myself.  This past Saturday I got the honor and privilege of sitting down with Deborah Lippmann to interview her for my blog.  I have idolized and admired Deborah for many years now, following her magical career's journey featuring endless collaborations with musicians (Lady Gaga, Cher, Kelly Clarkson), actresses (Renee Zellweger, Sarah Jessica Parker), super models (Lara Stone, Dree Hemingway), fashion houses (Narciso Rodriguez), photographers (Inez van Lamsweerde), Television shows (HBO's True Blood and Girls), and regular HSN appearances just to name a few.  

Celebrating her 15 years in business, and brand new Barney's exclusive 12 color collection (Gold Digger, Magic is the Moonlight, Love me Tender, When Doves Cry, Knock on Wood, Stephanie Says, She's a Rebel, Virtual Insanity, Let's Misbehave, Walking After Midnight, Bettina's Song, Night Fever); Barney's New York in Beverly Hills threw a fabulous daytime fete honoring Ms. Lippmann.  There was tray pass French Macaroons, sparkling rose champagne, and personalized nail assessments with Lippmann herself, where she would diagnose your nails and prescribe polish recommendations suitable for your skin tone and lifestyle.  

Now on to our interview.

Deborah and I had so much to discuss, we could have gone on forever discussing a topic we're both so passionate about- Nails.  Needless to say, here's a summation of our half hour together.

What Inspires You?

 I find inspiration Everywhere.  I have a room, here upstairs at Barney's, where I shop that has gray/taupe suede walls, and depending on how the light hits each of the walls, it reflects a different shade of this nude taupe, and I'm very inspired by that.  

A couple days ago we were having lunch and we had this stone table with all these beautiful shades of rust, dirty green, and I took pictures of it.

I find tons of inspiration working in fashion, working on the on the runway shows.  I just finished doing the Spring 2015 shows , and getting to sit with Donna Karen and actually hear her say what she feels is the important nail for her collection...

I find with this whole advent of Social media,  I think it's incredible because I can here my customer, she can talk to me.  On social, I can see if a bunch of people are asking for the same things.  And then I see if I can accommodate those requests.  I love that people are always emailing me song titles, or putting out on social song titles... it takes it to a whole other level for you if you do know the song.  

I might find inspiration in a rock that I kick on the street later tonight, it's everywhere, it's everywhere.     

Now that you're celebrating 15 years in business, what has been your proudest accomplishment to date with your brand?

There are a couple things. 

Making it through the recession, I think surviving the recession as a luxury niche brand without a big team is a really proud accomplishment for us.  

I would have to say my 15th Anniversary Music Box...  I wrote a song, my best friend Daryl Brown and I, best friends from high school, he's a super successful song- writing producer, he and I wrote a song, I'm speaking to my customers about dreaming outside the box.  It'a like an ode to Disney. All of the colors are things that we don't have in the brand,  and the names of the colors have to do with some part of our journey.  "1999" is the year we launched, a purple glitter for Prince.  "Hey Jude", who is my husband,  it's a super soft black base with silver sparkles to reflect his sparkling eyes.  "I will survive" to show that we survived.  This is one of my most favorite songs to sing "Land of make believe" and it's where my husband says I live most of the time.  This is a color I was inspired by sombodys boot once,  I have a picture of a boot, and so in the office we call it boot, but in the collection it's called "Come Fly with Me".  "The Climb", the Miley Cyrus song about climbing on your journey.  "Pure Imagination"  which is what I love about the brand.  "We are Family" because we are a family business.  There's a color named for my brother Mark, "Love will leave a Mark" because he is my partner also, he has done all the creative from the beginning.  "My Coloring Book" Barbra Streisand,  of course all of this is part of my private coloring book.  "Magic to do" which is looking to our future, we're not finished, we've got a lot more to do.  "I Dreamed a Dream", I auditioned for "Les Miserables" on Broadway, that's what took me to New York.  "A Hard Day's Night" it hasn't always been easy, so that has a little bit of black with a little bit of magical, it's been hard, but there's a bit of a twinkle in the stars, and a light that has always drawn us through our darkest times.

It's not easy, and its definitely not been an easy road, but it's exciting and thrilling.  I am sitting now in Barneys meeting with customers, I mean who would have ever thought?  It's Amazing.  The sky is the limit.                

What Comes first in your creative process, the song title or the polish shade?

 The colors come first.  I for sure have a very extensive list of song titles that I love, that I hope one day will connect with something,  but the color comes first, and then we find the story that names that color.  And when I name them song titles my thought was "I didn't want to say to you that this color is fuchsia, because some people think this is red and some people might say that this is coral, or orange."  We all see color so differently that I wanted to make sure I was just letting the color speak to you. I'm not telling you that it's red, or telling you that it's green.  Let it Sing to you.  Let it Sing to you!  

What do you see in store for the future of nails?

What I hope for the future of nails is that technology will continue,as it has,to get better and better so that we will have longer wearing products that don't require harsh removal.  I think we all want a product that's going to last a long time, the challenge is with those products that are available now, is that the removal process can be really damaging to the nails, and we damage them ourselves, and they get damaged in the salon.  We enjoy ripping them off with our teeth sometimes which we know it's not good for the nails... so I hope that we will find technologies where that polish will really stay on the nails longer if you want it.  But, I also hope that the consumer's vision will continue to go back to the place where nail polish is an accessory and we want to change it.  It's not a commitment to have a hair cut, it's not a commitment of a hair color, it's something that you should want to change and switch it up... I'm hoping that the technology also in application becomes simpler for the end user.   

What do you have up your sleeve for us? Perhaps some suggestions as to what we might expect in the coming months...

 Our customer's asking us for more treatment products.  Our customer is really hungry to have beautiful natural nails.  We are definitely working on formulas and products that are going to really help the natural health of the nail.  

I don't bring things to market until I really feel like they make a difference so there are things that I see in the line that I wish i had but if I cant make it better...  

We are working on some anti- aging products for the hands.  

We're working on some new base coats and tops coats that will make a difference, I can't tell you exactly what (wink wink)....

I have a really fun out of the box Holiday assortment that's really happy, and then in the Spring your going to see a big change.  

What I love is that it's easy for us to try and change and switch things up, and I like to spice it up.      

 

Deborah started her eponymous brand in 1999, and has been a manicurist since 1982. Her product line is fantastic and I highly recommend it.  I have been a huge fan ever since 2006 when I was first introduced to her line with the dark gleaming gunmetal shade "Hit me with your Best Shot" created with Pat Benatar.

For more information on Deborah Lippmann, or to purchase her products, check out: http://www.deborahlippmann.com/ and http://www.barneys.com/on/demandware.store/Sites-BNY-Site/default/Search-Show?cgid=womens-cosmetics-nails

Deborah Lippmann- New York Marquee Fall ’14 Swatches + Review

Deborah Lippmann- New York Marquee Fall ’14 Swatches + Review 0

I am very excited to introduce the latest collection from Deborah Lippmann for fall 2014- New York Marquee.  Six brand new foil chrome finish polishes that light up the sky!

According to Lippmann's site, "Lights, camera glamour! Nails take the center stage in rich, radiant color inspired by New York Art Deco."

The New York Marquee collection includes:

12th Street Rag: a magenta pink with a chrome foil finish.  

I'll Take Manhattan: an aqua green foil chrome with a sea blue undertone. Very Ariel from "The Little Mermaid."

Harlem Nocturne: a vivid indigo foil chrome with purple undertones.  

Autumn in New York: a gorgeous gilded yellow gold foil chrome. 

Lullaby of Broadway: a rose gold foil chrome with silver undertones.

Take the "A" Train: a true gunmetal foil chrome.

(all swatches shown here are two coats, applied over a ridge filling base coat.)

As a whole I really love this collection! Good foil chromes are very difficult to come by on the market, and these truly pack a punch.  They are all highly saturated in pigment, and covered the nail fully in a single coat.  I highly recommend using a ride filling base coat, for as you can see in some of my pictures, any and all imperfections will become visible.  That's just the nature of chrome finish polishes.  The polishes dried very quickly, which is always a major plus in my book.  I strongly suggest painting with the traditional 3-step method, down the sides, then a final stripe down the middle, to avoid brushstrokes.  It might seem like these polishes are difficult to work with, but they really aren't, and the end results are truly phenomenal and well worth it.  The ancient proverb still holds true- practice makes perfect.     

My personal favorites from the collection include: Lullaby of Broadway, Take the "A" Train, and Harlem Nocturne. 

Each of the colors in the New York Marquee collection retails for $20.

For more information on Deborah Lippmann, or to purchase: http://www.deborahlippmann.com/

 

 

Deborah Lippmann- The Cure: Ultra Nourishing Cuticle Repair Cream

Deborah Lippmann- The Cure: Ultra Nourishing Cuticle Repair Cream 0

the latest product in famed celebrity manicurist Deborah Lippmann's arsenal to having beautiful hands and nails is- The Cure: Ultra Nourishing Cuticle Repair Cream.  

According to Lippmann, "this creamy product returns softness and moisture to dry cuticles with a patented combination of soothing, luxurious raspberry stem cell extract, red algae, shea butter, sodium hyaluronate, and vitamins A, C, and E. This powerful treatment offers immediate relief from roughed-up cuticles and offers long-term protection from dryness with daily use. "

Unlike conventional cuticle oils available on the market, I found this product highly unique in its cream formulation. I found it non greasy, but highly effective.  Most importantly, I was able to continue working on my computer without making my keyboard all gross and yucky.  There is a faint smell to the cream, but it's rather pleasant and unnoticeable.  

I also love the chic small jar the product is packaged in; it's ideal for traveling. 

The Cure retails for $24, and is said to be available for a limited time.

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