fall 2014

New Fall & Winter 2014 from Akzentz

New Fall & Winter 2014 from Akzentz 0

Hi guys! I hope you all had a great weekend.  Mine was wonderful and relaxing.

I am excited to introduce some brand new products from Akzentz for Fall & Winter 2014.  

Akzentz gel products are all formulated in house in Canada, and I find their formulations far superior to many other brands.  I was taught by a good friend of mine, Mami Griffin, a nail stylist superstar herself, who instilled I always smell a product to see how strong the chemicals used in it are.  When compared to other brands I test Akzentz always wins the smell/chemical test by a landslide. Not only that, but I find Akzentz products to be of top- notch quality.      

For their Luxio UV/LED Soak Off Gel Polish line, they have introduced 6 new colors for the Fall/Winter season: Seduction, Magic, Wisp, Silver, Rose Gold, and Gold.  I have a couple of them to share with you here.

I tried Rose Gold: a fine rose gold glitter.  A great rose gold is very difficult to come by, and I Love this one, its perfect! I highly suggest you pick it up. I applied three coats here for full opacity.  

Seduction: a shimmering blackened ruby red.  I applied two coats.  

They have introduced 10 new shades to their UV/LED Options Gel Line, a potted gel for traditional paint on application with a gel brush; very Japanese style- super Kawaii 😉  .  The 10 new shades include: Cobalt Blue, Berry Truffle, Sweet Maple, Blue Moon, Floral White, Purple Dusk, Purple Smoke, Fire, Merlot, and Mulberry.  This is an additional 10 shades to their over 140 colors and counting.  I also have a couple of these to share with you all.

I tried Merlot: a glistening dark Merlot  purple, with a very fine glitter shimmer to it up close. 

Blue Moon: a deep dark navy blue creme.

This was my first time trying out the Options products from Akzentz, and I am really impressed.  I found them to be highly pigmented, providing complete coverage in two coats, as shown here.  The formula was self leveling and easy to work with.  There was zero brush strokes or any issues.  If you are interested in trying a good potted gel that can cure in both UV and LED look no further.  I highly suggest you try the Options line from Akzentz.  

Akzentz is also introducing their brand new Matte-On, a brush on matte effect top coat.  It "can be applied over any cured gel as a final top coat to add a velvety matte look and feel," according to the press release.  I used Matte-On here over three shades from the Luxio Gel Polish line: Spirit (dark blue), Myth (teal), & Breathless (powder blue). It is incredible easy to use and the results are stunning..  You can transform literally any gel color you already own into a new, very on trend, matte look. Customers will be very pleased and highly interested, I can assure you.  

For more information on Akzentz or to find a distributor in your area, please check them out online: http://akzentz.com/


Lauren B Beauty Fall/Winter 2014 Collection Swatches

Lauren B Beauty Fall/Winter 2014 Collection Swatches 0

Hi guys.  I am very excited today to introduce Lauren B Beauty.  A relatively new luxury nail lacquer line that is treatment based.  

Lauren B herself is California born, and was raised in the high end beauty industry; her uncle is the creator of fine hair care line Philip B, (so we know beauty is in her roots 😉 )

According to the company, "Our nail couture's are not only good for you; they are where beauty meets trend setting fashion, creativity, and luxury. After all nails are your best accessories!"  I couldn't agree more !

The Lauren B Beauty Nail Couture, or polishes as they're traditionally called, are 5 free (no formaldehyde, DBP, toluene, resin or camphor), are made in the USA, are cruelty free and vegan friendly.  The brush bristles are of high quality and are double packed, ensuring a smooth application.  The over cap on the lid is removable, so you can choose whether to paint with a square or cylindrical cap.  The polishes retail for $18-$20 per .50 fl oz bottle.  They are available for purchase at: www.LaurenBbeauty.com, net-a-porter.com, Bergdorf Goodman, Planet Beauty, etc.

I have a few colors from their latest Fall/Winter 2014 collection to share with you all.  "Filtered through Lauren's own youthful L.A. sensibility, her 16 hew fall/winter polish colors represent historical Hollywood influences in ways that look totally fresh now.  From a Chateau Marmont- inspired Cabernet to an Elizabeth Taylor- worthy silver glitter, each hue is designed to flatter hands and feet better than most shades, and with just the right amount of attitude" according to the press release. 

The Fall/Winter 2014 Collection includes:

Sunset Tower: a creamy pinky peach. ["The perfect marriage of peach and pink, this is so much more interesting than either one: the color glows. "]

Hollywood Royalty: a deep dark plum purple with shimmer. ["A hint of gray lends this inky purple tone a little toughness.  The result: a luminous, velvety shade that take our breath away."]

Greystone Grey: a cool grey with slight subtle shimmer. ["Muted but with a wild side: This glossy dark slate hue makes the prettiest neutral, while staying unexpectedly moody and dark."]

33 Carats: a holographic silver glitter in a clear base.  I used three coats for the images shown.  I found this shade applied best in a dabbing motion; I placed a nice large bead in the center of the nail, wiped off my brush, and then I would play around moving and spreading the glitter particles with the dry brush.  This is my personal favorite in this collection! It is so stunning and incredibly shiny. ["Sounds like a rock that Elizabeth Taylor might wear, and that's what inspired this polish.  Packed with flecks of silver glitter... it's diamond sparkly and festive without being gaudy."]

House of Blues: a shimmering navy blue. ["Almost black and just as edgy.  One swipe of our dark midnight blue leaves nails looking drop-dead gorgeous in a subversive yet sophisticated way."]

Angeleno: a metallic pewter with a faint lavender/rose undertone. ["A shimmery rose gold with silver undertones and chameleon properties.  Up close it looks more golden; at arm's length, it has more of a purple-y effect.  Either way, it's hauntingly beautiful."]

One Night in WEHO: a multi-colored glitter extravaganza in a clear base.  The dominant glitter color is fuchsia.  Also featured in: blue, silver, green, and holographic glitter particles.  Like 33 Carats, is best applied in a dabbing motion.  I used three coats for the swatches shown here.  ["If we want to look Rock-and-roll one swipe of this glinty polish does the trick.  Apply it to nude or painted nails: the mix of sheer, kaleidoscope glitter- with particles of purple, blue, green, silver, gold, turquoise, and hot pink- creates a dazzling metallic gleam."]

* #ImSoLA: a bright hot magenta cream.  Very highly pigmented; it covered completely in a single coat!! ** please note this is not part of the Fall collection.  This is part of the spring/summer collection.**

Calabasas Cash: a shimmering deep emerald green. ["The look of the season is metallic- and there's nothing more thrilling than this dark, glossy emerald.  Laced with glints of shimmer, it looks cool and provocative, and lifts a minimalist outfit into a whole new league."]

Gel Like Top Coat: a clear top coat that plumps up the look of polish and provides immense amazing shine.  Applied smoothly and dried relatively quickly.  I wore it over 33 Carats and my nails look like gels.  There is such shine to them in person, they truly look stunning!! ["offers the long-lasting gleam of a salon gel manicure, without any dangerous exposure to UV light.  It comes off with gentle non-acetone nail polish remover."]

(please note, also from the Fall/Winter 14 collection, but missing from this review are: Polo Lounge Punch (deep burgundy), The Chateau (cabernet), Runyon Canyon (deep caramel), Coachella Valley Sun (yellow), #ImJuicing (kiwi green), Sky Bar (pale blue), Private Cabana (pale mint green), Hollywoodland (pure white).

(all swatches shown here are 2 coats, unless stated otherwise.)

Overall I really enjoyed the Lauren B Beauty polishes.  I found them well pigmented, easy to work with, and they all had a smooth application.  I found the body of the brush to be quite long, which helped apply the polish evenly and smoothly, but be sure to wipe off any excess product on the neck of the bottle to prevent dripping.  I like the removable lid, and the fact it provided options I though was really great and different.    

I think this collection as a whole is fun and reflective of the fall and winter seasons.  There is something here for everyone. I recommend you all pick up a couple bottles for yourselves and give it a try.

My personal pics include: Calabasas Cash, 33 Carats, Angeleno, and One Night in WEHO and the remarkable Gel Like Top Coat.   

For more information on Lauren B Beauty check them out online here: http://www.laurenbbeauty.com/index.php

Zoya Matte Velvet Fall 2014 swatches + review

Zoya Matte Velvet Fall 2014 swatches + review 0

Hi everyone.  I hope all is well and that you are all having a great week! It's almost the weekend, so hold on just a little longer.

Today I've got the latest collection from Zoya to share with you all, "Matte Velvet Fall 2014".  This collection is comprised of 6 matte shades that are both bold and mysterious. Zoya says, "All of the color, none of the shine!" 

Like most matte finishes, these polishes are to be used on their own, skipping both base and top coats.  This is a Huge time saver, that I absolutely LOVE.  As stated in the initial release, "*MATTEVELVET nail color by Zoya is not intended to be worn with a base coat, top coat or speed dryer of any kind. Due to the unique matte formulation, color is not as long-wearing as traditional nail color. A completely clean, dry nail surface yields the best results for matte nail color wear. If you do elect to use a base coat, make sure that it is 100% dry prior to color application to avoid color separation, cracking or shrinking."

The Matte Velvet collection includes:

Harlow: a matte magenta.  It has some plum purple undertones to it.

Posh: a matte ruby red.  It falls on the darker side of the red spectrum, it's certainly not a bright cherry red, and it has some berry/ blue undertones to it as well.

Dovima: a matte coal black.  It is not a super inky jet black Black, just a smidgen lighter.  It is much darker than a graphite gunmetal gray however.

Savita: a matte vibrant majestic royal purple.

Veruschka: a matte pine green.

Loredana: a dark matte gunmetal gray.  

(all swatches shown here are two coats, with NO top coat, taken outdoors in natural sunlight for accurate color rendering.)

I really enjoyed playing around with this collection.  I think it is a great release for the fall, and allows people to try a fun, fresh take on nails.

I found the formula was great, and I didn't experience any issues.  The product painted on very smoothly and easily, and didn't show any brush strokes or streaks.  The formula also dried very quickly, which is always a major plus in my book.  I also found it removed easily too.

The only suggestion I would make, is I wish they included a cobalt blue and burnished gold in this collection.  Those would have been spectacular in this formulation.  Perhaps in the next release. 😉

My personal favorites are: Dovima, Loredana, and Savita.  

The Matte Velvet polishes retail for $9, or $54 for a sampler set including all six of the shades.

For more information on Zoya, or to purchase, check them out online here: http://www.zoya.com/ 



Color Club Seven Deadly Sins- Fall 2014 Swatches

Color Club Seven Deadly Sins- Fall 2014 Swatches 0

Good afternoon all.  I hope everyone had a great start to their week!

Today I've got the Fall 2014 collection from Color Club to share with you all, "Seven Deadly Sins."  According to the press release, "7 matte, textured glitters. Each of the deep, sexy hues was created to bring out the bad girl in all of us. Being sinful never felt so glamorous"

The Seven Deadly Sins collection includes:

Friends with Benefits: a light lavender with silver undertones.

Fierce: a scintillating medium toned purple with brown cafe undertones.

Obsessed: a midnight peacock teal.

Under Your Spell: a purple glitter with flashes of green and gold shimmer depending on the light's reflection.

Indulge Me: a coppery bronze.

Dirty Money: a light blonde yellow gold.

You're So Vain: a multi-faceted deep dark purple.

(each swatch shown here was two coats for full opacity, with NO base or top coat.)

Overall I was very impressed with the collection.  What I love Most about matte textured glitter polishes is that they do not require a base or top coat.  Not only does that save product being used, but more importantly it saves a tremendous amount of time.  I found each of the polishes removed very easily, which is usually a major struggle removing glitter.  The polishes all dried incredibly fast, which is always a huge Plus in my book.  And I found each of the colors to be highly saturated in pigment.  With two coats I got complete coverage.      

My personal favorite from this collection include: You're so Vain, Under Your Spell, and Obsessed.

 The Seven Deadly Sins polishes retail for $8.50 each.

For more information on Color Club, or to purchase, check them out online here: http://colorclub.com/

Essie Fall 2014 Swatches + Review

Essie Fall 2014 Swatches + Review 0

Hello all! I hope everyone had a greart start to their week yesterday! Today I'vee got the latest collection from Essie for fall 2014 to share with you, "Dress to Kilt".  Six new sumptuous shades to help transition from a hot summer to a chill and crisp fall.

According to the press release, "Live dangerously.  Dress flawlessley.  Inspired by a woman's undeniable feminine mystique, essie's fall 2014 collection delivers shades so chic it is almost criminal.

This collection is for the international woman of mystery who's confident and confidential all rolled into one seductive creature... this season is all about channeling this feminine mystique with shadowy shades that exude mystery." 

The Dress to Kilt collection includes:

Partner in Crime: a deep dark chocolate brown.

Fall in Line: a dusty jade green with gray undertones.

Style Cartel: a bold royal blue.

Dress to Kilt: a cranberry red.

The Perfect Cover Up: a dark peacock teal.  

Take it Outside: a creamy beige taupe.

(all swatches shown here are two coats.  Some images are taken indoors and others outdoors, to show different perspective on the colors.)

 First off, I must say how impressed I was with this collection's formula.  Each shade was so highly saturated with pigment, I received complete and full coverage with a single coat of each shade! I could not believe it.  Nonetheless, I used the traditional two coat method just to make sure each swatch was properly evened out.  

I think the color palette is excellent for a transition to the fall months.   In all likelihood Essie will come out with a separate winter collection, so these shades I truly believe are excellent transitions before people start wearing very deep dark shades on their nails.

Essie's fall 2014 collection retails for approximately $8.50 per bottle, and is available now. 

For more information on Essie, check them out online: http://www.essie.com/

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/



ASP “Flair for Fall” 2014 Collection- Swatches + Review

ASP “Flair for Fall” 2014 Collection- Swatches + Review 0

The latest collection of gel polishes from ASP (All Season Professional) has just arrived- "Flair For Fall".  Four new coffee inspired hues, two cremes and two shimmers, that are the perfect pick me up for the soon to be chilly weather.

The Flair for Fall collection includes:

Sweater Weather: a beautiful light mocha brown shimmer. Has a faint purple undertone to it depending on the light's reflection. A very unique gel color I have not come across before. 

Cuddle Up: a shimmering nude taupe.  This is a perfect neutral shade that can be worn year round.    

Hot Cocoa Morning: a rich dark chocolate brown, with deep purple undertones. 

Spice as Nice!: a medium brown with burgundy undertones. 

(All swatches shown here are two coats, cured each for 30 seconds in an LED light.  Also, all photos are taken outdoors in natural light to show most accurate color depiction).

 All in all I really adore this latest collection from ASP.  The formula was great and really easy to work with.  Each color was highly pigmented, and covered completely in two coats.  I think they are all highly wearable shades that are perfect for the coming fall season.  All the shades are a great way to transition from summer to fall, prior to the brutal harsh cold of winter.  

ASP gel polishes are sold exclusively at Sally Beauty Supply stores, and have an excellent low price point in my opinion; and Sally Beauty stores always seem to be offering some sort of special discount, so make sure to keep a look out.

For more information on ASP, check them out online: http://www.aspnail.com/

And to purchase, check out Sally Beauty Supply online: http://www.sallybeauty.com/

GelColor by OPI Fall/Winter 2014 the Nordic Collection- Swatches + Review

GelColor by OPI Fall/Winter 2014 the Nordic Collection- Swatches + Review 0

I am excited to introduce the latest collection of GelColor by OPI for Fall/Winter 2014- the Nordic Collection.  Twelve new hues to satisfy any and all clients during the coming cooling months.

According to OPI Co-Founder Suzi Weiss- Fischmann, "The colors of the Nordic Collection by OPI echo all the contrasts that inspired me for this palette.  Spicy browns and rich wines like the cinnamon buns and heady glogg of Sweden (Going My Way or Norway?, Ice-Bergers & Fries, How Great is Your Dane?, Skating on Thin Ice-Land), the floral tones of the colorfully painted houses of Denmark (Can't aFjord Not to, Suzi Has a Sweed Tooth), gazing in wonder at the northern lights of Finland (My Voice is a Little Norse, My Dogsled is a Hybrid, Thank Glogg it's Friday!), the moonlike surface of Iceland's lava fields (Viking in a Vinter Vonderland); and the glow of Norway's midnight sun and the moody waters of its fjords (OPI with a Nce Finn-ish, Do you have this color in Stock-holm?)."

The gel polishes are sold individually, or in 2 kits.  Each kit contains six gel polish shades from the collection, 20 Expert Touch Removal Wraps, a blank chained nail palette to display swatches, tabletop instructions, and an instructional brochure.  Each kit contains enough product to perform approximately 82 complete sets.

The fist kit, Nordic #1, contains the following shades:

OPI with a nice Finn-ish: a warm Butterscotch copper color.  Has a shimmering/slight metallic finish to it. (This light, mellowed bronze completes me. The end.)  

Thank Glogg it's Friday!: a deep shimmering cranberry. (The start of the weekend is nothing to "wine" about!)

Ice-Bergers & Fries: a warm milk chocolate brown. ("Wood" you like a chocolate shake with that?)

My Dogsled is a Hybrid: a ripe mint creme with blue undertones. (Enliven your environment by wearing this creamy sea green.)

How great is your Dane?: an espresso bean brown. (Pass up this cinnamon coffee? You're barking up the wrong tree!)

Can't aFjord not to: a bright tangerine orange creme. (Whatever it takes, get your hands on this extravagantly creamy coral!)

The second kit, Nordic #2, contains the following colors:

Suzi has a Swede Tooth: a bright magenta pink creme. (That's why I always have this strawberry candy pink on hand!)

Do you have this color in Stock-holm?: the perfect bright blurple, a hybrid of a bright purple and cobalt blue. This is one of my personal favorites in this collection! It is so gorgeous and striking in person. (Stock up! This icy blue-violet is in hot demand!)

Going my way or Norway?: a creamy camel color. (No two ways about it... this caramel is delicious!)

Skating on thin Ice-Land: a plum purple. (Watch out! This black cherry is dangerously close to gorgeous!)

Viking in a Vinter Vonderland: a deep dark majestic purple. (You can conquer anything in this powerful, deep purple.)

My Voice is a little Norse: a small silver holographic glitter in a semi sheer gray base.  I used three coats for this shade for full coverage, and to make the gray base more apparent. (This prismatic super-shimmer is worth shouting about.)

(all swatches shown here are two coats, unless stated otherwise, cured fro 30 seconds each in an LED lamp, and sealed with GelColor by OPI Top Coat.  All swatch photos were taken outdoors in natural light for best color representation.)

 All in all I am quite pleased with this collection.  Comprised of 9 solid cremes, 2 shimmers, and a glitter I truly believe there is a shade and finish to satisfy even the pickiest of clients.  Typically with fall/winter collections companies introduce a bunch of supremely dark and rather dull shades in my opinion;  Not OPI! These shades are fun, warm, and inviting.  Some I don't necessarily agree are quite right for a fall collection, like Suzi has a Swede Tooth, Can't aFjord not to, and My Dogsled is a Hybrid. Depending on where you live, like me in Los Angeles, CA for instance, it might be 73 degrees outside during Christmas, so you might not go wrong with choosing one of those colors.  It's not that there's anything wrong with those shades, I just personally would have saved them for a spring/summer collection launch.

As far as the formulas are concerned, I didn't experience any issues when working with any of the colors.  They all applied smoothly and beautifully, providing full coverage in two coats, except for My Voice is a Little Norse, which I used three coats to achieve full opacity.    

My personal pics from this collection are: Do you have this color in Stock-holm?, My Voice is a Little Norse, and Ice-Bergers & Fries. 

For more information or to purchase online, check out OPI's Professionals site: http://pro.opi.com/

Cuccio Colour Veneer Fall 2014 “Cafe Cuccio”- Swatches + Review

Cuccio Colour Veneer Fall 2014 “Cafe Cuccio”- Swatches + Review 0

The latest collection of Cuccio Colour Vaneer for Fall 2014 has finally arrived, "Cafe Cuccio", and I couldn't be more pleased with the color offerings.

According to the press release, "Cuccio Veneer takes a trip to the coffee house for it’s newest collection. Café Cuccio features eight opaque, glitter and metallic shades that are inspired by freshly ground beans, rich robust espressos, fragrant cinnamon, sweet caramels and frothy creams."

the Cafe Cuccio collection includes:

Cuppa Cuccio: a shimmering platinum pale yellow gold with silver and gold glitter flakes. 

Higher Grounds: a sparkling robust shade of rust.

Cream & Sugar: a creamy neutral toffee with subtle shimmer running through it.

Bean there Done that!: a rose gold glitter with holographic glitter particles also mixed in.  My personal favorite in the collection.  It is such a gorgeous and highly unique shade!

Brew Ha Ha: a medium brown tone with burgundy undertones. 

French Pressed for Time: a rich chocolate brown with purple undertones.

Java Va Voom: a creamy camel color.

Coffee, Tea, or Me!: a shimmering mocha brown with pink/purple undertones. 

Also featured here are two new shades of Cuccio Colour Veneer that aren't a part of the new Fall 2014 Cafe Cuccio line.  Nevertheless, I wanted to share them with my readers as well, because they are both so beautiful, and would also make a great addition to one's collection.

Jakarta Jade: a rich ripe green jade with a subtle blue undertone.

Purple Rain in Spain: a rich deep majestic purple with very fine shimmer upon close inspection.

(all swatches shown here are 2 coats, cured for 30 seconds each in an LED lamp, and sealed with a top coat.  All photos are taken in natural outdoor sunlight).

Overall I must express how truly pleased I am with this latest color palette from Cuccio.  Sometimes for fall collections companies introduce too many dark drab moody colors, that can be quite bleak and lifeless.  I found these earthy browns and neutrals, even though some have shimmer in them, to be very refreshing and excellent for the coming fall season.  

A lot of the colors featured in this collection are very unique, and I have never seen done before in a gel polish.  I couldn't recommend more that you pick up this collection.  Clients will definitely be requesting these shades as the weather cools off and the parkas and coats come out. My personal favorite pics include: Cream & Sugar, Bean there done that!, Coffee Tea or Me!, and Purple Rain in Spain.      

For more information on Cuccio, check them out online: http://cuccio.com/


Gelish: Get Color-Fall Collection review + swatches

Gelish: Get Color-Fall Collection review + swatches 0

Introducing the latest collection from the folks at Gelish: "Get Color Fall Collection." Six new stylish shades that will serve as the perfect transition to the cooler fall months.

According to the press release, "Inspired by the season's changing palette, this collection features deep hues and rich pops of color reminiscent of beautiful fall landscapes and skies... will have you ready to break free from drab color and be captivated by the bold."  

The Get Color Fall Collection includes:

Clean Slate: a concrete gray with blue undertones. 

Berry Buttoned Up: a shimmering sparkling magenta with purple undertones.

Do I Look Buff?: a creamy nude with a subtle pink iridescent shimmer running through it.

Hello Merlot: a ravenous raspberry red.

Whose Cider You On?: a scintillating and sparkling mocha brown. A very unique shade I don't believe I have ever personally come across before!  

Rake in the Green: a midnight blackened army green. 

(each swatch shown here was 2 coats, cured each for thirty seconds in an LED lamp, and a top coat).

The formula was great, as per usual, and each shade covered completely in two coats.  I read on a couple other sites that they used three thin coats, which you totally can do.  I however felt I got complete coverage in only two.

Overall I am very impressed with this latest collection of Gelish shades.  Normally fall collections tend to be a bit drab in my opinion, but this collection is definitely anything but that! There is a very nice range of colors offered here, literally something for everyone, whether your conservative, (Do I look Buff?), or more outgoing and artsy (Berry Buttoned Up). 

My personal pics from this collection are: Do I Look Buff? and Whose Cider You On?

For more information on Gelish, or to purchase, check them out online here: http://gelish.com/


ZOYA Entice & Ignite Fall 2014 Swatches & Review

ZOYA Entice & Ignite Fall 2014 Swatches & Review 0

Introducing the latest collections from Zoya for Fall 2014- Entice & Ignite.  ENTICE is comprised of six full- coverage cremes, and IGNITE features six metallic liquid metals. 

ENTICE (cremes)

Genevieve: a blackened slate gray.

Ryan: a midnight navy blue.

Margo: an eggplant plum purple.

Nyssa: a rich creamy milk chocolate brown.

Veronica: a regal maroon wine.

Claire: a dark vampy burgundy.


IGNITE (metallic metals)

Teigen: a glistening pungent magenta pink with gold shimmer.

India: a regal and royal ruby red with gold shimmer. Covered beautifully in just one coat. 

Autumn: a fiery copper with gold shimmer.

Yuna: a dark gray with gold shimmer. Covered beautifully in just one coat. 

Remy: a sapphire blue with gold shimmer. Covered beautifully in just one coat.

Sansa: a rich purple with gold shimmer.

(all swatches shown here are 2 coats with a top coat.)

Overall I am very impressed with this latest release from Zoya.  Although I definitely prefer the liquid metallics from the IGNITE Collection, the ENTICE Collection still features many desirable shades for the cool season.  I found the formula to be quite excellent with all of the shades, with complete coverage in two thin coats; and as always Zoya lacquers are vegan- friendly and 5 Free (dibutyl phthalate (DBP), toluene, formaldehyde, resin, & camphor.)   

I have to say I am shocked and highly impressed as to how highly pigmented the IGNITE line is, with three of the shades essentially providing complete coverage in a single coat; what I Love too call a "One Coat Wonder."  This is typically unheard of for metallic polishes.  

My personal pics from both collections are: Veronica, Geneviev, Teigen, India, & Sansa.

Each of the polishes retails for $9 and are available now.

For more information on Zoya, or to purchase, check them out here: http://www.zoya.com/



nubar falling in love collection- fall 2014 swatches & review

nubar falling in love collection- fall 2014 swatches & review 0

I am very excited to introduce the FALLing in Love 2014 collection from NUBAR- eight colors that rule the runway.

According to the press release, "Forget Fall Pressures this season, NUBAR has love on the mind.  Eight colors rich in glistening Mica that demand attention whether at work, the plan, parties or play"

As always, "All NUBAR lacquers feature an ergonomically designed cap and high-quality bristles for comfort and performance.  Free of the Big 5: phthalate, toluene,  formaldehyde, resin, and camphor.  All polishes are 100% free of parabens.  NUBAR has the backing of P.E.T.A., guaranteeing no animals are used to test products." 

The NUBAR FALLing in Love 2014 collection consists of:

Love American Style: an all true bright cherry red creme. (Introducing a mod version of a classic red, NUBAR's cherry lacquer.)

Sweet Hue: a hot pink with a very subtle, supremely fine micro shimmer running through it. (The minute this pink polish is perfected, images of young love and lite days take way.  This giddy-yet-glam color makes a more modern, brighter appearance on romantics' hands on on the runway this season.)

First Date: a shimmering mustard yellow. (Polishing with our oh-so-now electric yellow might remind you of your first date.  Sunny fall days, picking the perfect polish, rushing to the phone, fancy fingers dialing your beau.)

Don't Russet: a deep rust. (Enjoy the richness of life and love and adorn this rich, ruby hue.) 

Passion's Pain: a rich deep burgundy with brown undertones. (But love isn't always roses, reflected in a rich, moody burgundy hue that gives hands their own sophistication while on the move with someone special, or solo. Passion's pain can persist but like the seasons, the colors of our lives change.) 

Queen: a deep metallic violet. (You're his queen, he treats you like royalty, reflected in a sexy, deep purple hue that sparkles just like your charisma this fashion- forward fall.)

Lush: a dark peacock teal. (Be the envy of fashionistas with this Pantone-inspired green rich in color, and best shown off wrapped around him!)

Affair: a shimmering peacock teal. (Your affair evokes images of the sea: Jeweled, confident colors full of body, life.)

 (all swatches shown here are 2 coats, and a top coat).

Over all I am very pleased with this latest collection from NUBAR.  The lacquers are all highly pigmented, and covered beautifully in two coats;  there was no streaking, or brushstrokes, or any issues to raise.  

As far as the color palette is concerned, I would've preferred to not have the brighter shades like Sweet Hue and First Date.  Instead, I would have had some more moody darker colors.  Nonetheless, I would still recommend this collection to my readers.  There is much depth and richness overall in this collection, which will be perfect as the warm weather starts to cool off. My three personal favorites are: Don't Russet, Passion's Pain, & Affair.

NUBAR nail lacquers retail for $8.40 each, or $56 for the complete eight piece kit.  

For more information on NUBAR, or to purchase, check them out online: http://bynubar.com/





Zoya Naturel Deux (2) Transitional Neutrals Fall 2014 Swatches + Review

Zoya Naturel Deux (2) Transitional Neutrals Fall 2014 Swatches + Review 0

Introducing the latest collection from Zoya- Naturel Deux (2) Transitional Neutrals Fall 2014; six new creme shades from the brown and plum families, that are the perfect complement to the original six piece Naturel Collection.

The colors in the collection include:

Spencer: a deep dark taupe, or Fallow. This is the lightest of the three brown shades in this collection.

Emilia: a deep dark espresso brown, or Bistre. This is the darkest of the three brown shades in this collection.

Chanelle: a creamy light brown. This shade falls in the middle of the three browns in this collection.

Madeline: a dusty deep rose shade.  This is the lightest of the three plum family shades.

Marney: a rich plum purple.  This is the darkest of the three plum shades.

Aubrey: a dark mauve color. This falls in the middle of the three plum shades.

(each swatch shown here is 2 coats, with a top coat).

Overall I found the coverage to be quite excellent with all of the shades featured in this collection.  They all covered beautifully in 2 coats, and there was zero streaking or problems.  I think this is honestly the perfect transitional collection as the weather starts to cool off, but one's not quite ready to embrace deep dark shades of winter, or glittery glam of holiday.  Each shade retails for $9, and is available now.


For more information or to purchase, check out Zoya online: http://zoya.com/

OPI Nordic Collection Fall 2014- coming soon

OPI Nordic Collection Fall 2014- coming soon 0

Coming soon for Fall 2014, OPI Nordic Collection

OPI’s Nordic Collection includes the following shades in both nail lacquer and GelColor formulas: 
- Going My Way or Norway? 
- Ice-Bergers & Fries 
- OPI with a Nice Finn-ish 
- My Voice is a Little Norse 
- Can’t aFjörd Not To 
- How Great is Your Dane? 
- My Dogsled is a Hybrid 
- Suzi Has a Swede Tooth 
- Do You Have this Color in Stock-holm? 
- Thank Glogg It’s Friday! 
- Viking in a Vinter Vonderland 
- Skating on Thin Ice-Land