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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.

Marc Jacobs Nail Lacquer

Marc Jacobs Nail Lacquer 0

I am proud to introduce to my readers- Enamored Hi-Shine Nail Lacquer by Marc Jacobs.

The famed American Fashion House came out with a cosmetics line last summer, and it's been making quite the splash.

Each nail lacquer comes beautifully packaged in a small cardboard box, typical of most high end cosmetics. The bottles are highly unique, and come in a sideways ovular shape, which is said to be reminiscent of a smile. There is also a removable domed lid atop each bottle.   The polish itself is 0.43 fl oz (13ml), is made in the UK, & retails for $18 a bottle, and at the moment comes in approximately 25 shades inspired by Marc Jacobs latest fashion collections.  They are sold exclusively at Marc Jacobs boutiques, online, and at Sephora stores.

The colors displayed and swatched here include:

OUI!: a metallic high shine magenta.  I usually find metallic polishes to be very streaky in formula, but this one was so smooth and delightful to work with.  As evident in the pics, there are absolutely NO brush strokes or streaks in the swatch.

SNAP!: a bright traffic cone orange. One of the hottest and most in demand nail colors for this summer season.

ULTRAVIOLET: a deep bright violet purple.

LUX: a true chartreuse yellow cream.  My personal favorite color out of these four reviewed.  Also, chartreuse tends to be a very difficult color to come by in the nail polish world, so if you've been searching for one high and low, no need to look any further!

(each swatch shown here was 2 coats for full opacity, and a top coat).

Whether you own a salon, are passionate about painting your own nails, or are a huge fashionista,  I highly recommend you check out Marc Jacobs Nail Lacquers for yourself.  The formula is quite excellent, very smooth application, and easy to control, and the bottles are so unique and beautiful, and will definitely stand out and impress others in your polish collection.

For more information or to purchase, check Marc Jacobs cosmetics out here, : http://www.marcjacobs.com/beauty/lips-and-nails/

Introducing Cheeky Monkey Cosmetics!

Introducing Cheeky Monkey Cosmetics! 0

Introducing for the first time ever in the US, Cheeky Monkey Cosmetics, 5 free tongue and cheek lacquer line hailing from Canada.

According to Cheeky Monkey, "We believe all women should feel free to express their personal edginess... Engage the cheeky side of things – you get the joke... Cheeky Monkey cosmetics are environmentally safe and 5 Free healthy. They are edgy and fun, but above all, high quality. Just like the women who wear them." All that goodness aside, the names of the colors are Insanely great, with even base coats and cuticle oil having clever double entendres like "Make me Moist" & "Wet Dream". As if the formulations and fun names weren't enough, each color has a detailed story describing its origins, along with a cocktail pairing!! 

I met the owner of Cheeky Monkey Andrea Pahn, recently at the Pasadena Nails Only Show, and she is comparably as fun as her product line. 

Some of the colors I reviewed include:

Camel Toe: a rich caramel coffee beige brown.  

Raunchy Bitch: a deep metallic blue purple. 

Cheap Whore: a sheer jelly red.  Requires 3 coats to be more opaque.

Blue Room Ball Buster: a dark metallic navy blue.

(each of the swatches shown here was 2 coats for full opacity, with a top coat). 

For more information on Cheeky Monkey Cosmetics, or to purchase, check them out here: http://www.cheekymonkeycosmetics.com/

Dashing Diva- Get The Look

Dashing Diva- Get The Look 0

Of all the appliques Dashing Diva makes, the “Get the Look” all in one nail design kit is probably my most favorite.

Designed to be used on either fingers or toes, each Get the Look kit comes with 22 full appliques, in 11 sizes, with 83 accents.  Mix and match and get creative.  These kits are all about having fun and coming up with your own unique fabulous design.

At present, Dashing Diva offers 6 different designs in their Get the Look line.  Featured here are Mirage & Wild Belle

For more information on Dashing Diva, or to purchase, check them out here: http://dashingdivapro.com/

Merricures x The Laser Girls- an Interview 0

Ever since I stumbled across the amazing technological feats of 3D Printed Nails created by NY based artists The Laser Girls, Sarah Awad & Dhemerae Ford, I knew I had to pick these girls brains. Check out my exclusive interview with The Laser Girls !
1) How did you two get together initially?
We met as student in NYU’s art department in a class about 3D printing.  From there, we were both hired at NYU’s Advanced Media Studio, the university’s 3D printing fabrication lab.  Although we had known and worked with each other for 2.5 years, it was not until August of 2013 when we actually collaborated on work
2) What’s your technical background?
 We are both trained artists who stared out as painters, but have grown into not just artists with well rounded skills, such as 3D modeling and drawing etc. but technicians and machine operators as well. 
3) How did you gals get started with this?
We were given an opportunity to participate in the first all-3D-printed art show in New York called “3D-Notion.”  Because we had both already shown our own work around at several other exhibitions, we thought it would be fun to collaborate on a project and show something new.  We created a mask for the show which we both loved, and since then we’ve been working together.  The nails formed out of that collaboration. 
4) What major problems did you face in the beginning?
Surprisingly, we didn’t really run into any major problems at the start which we both were very surprised by.  I would say the biggest problem was and still is figuring out the best way to apply them that both lasts long and won’t damage your nails (like normal nail glue does).  We’ve developed what we believe to be the best possible solution however we’re always looking out for better application practices.  Any problems we did face were mostly related to strict deadlines and the inability to produce our nails as rapidly as some people demanded. 
5) What inspires your designs?  
We both have very different interests (Dhemerae is into science fiction and machinery and Sarah is into flora and fauna) but somehow with this project, opposites blend together to create what we consider to be unique designs.
6) Where do you envision the future going with this?  
We hope to not only create more fantastical nails and push our designs to new levels, but also expand into jewelry, such as nail rings that we are currently prototyping!
For more on The Laser Girls check out their website: http://thelasergirls.tumblr.com/
And to purchase The Laser Girls magical creations, check them out here: http://www.shapeways.com/shops/thelasergirls
AZATURE- the Black Diamond Nail Lacquer

AZATURE- the Black Diamond Nail Lacquer 0

I am very proud and excited to present the world’s first and only “black diamond” polish to all of my readers. AZATURE is a family owned and operated diamond jewelry business, so these folks definitely know their stuff when it comes to stones.  They’ve gotten into the polish market and are quickly proving they know what their doing in the nail sphere as well.

The line is the more affordable sister to their $1 million polish I have previously posted.  These retail for $25 each, and in every single bottle is a real black diamond.  As if that weren’t amazing enough, each color has it’s own special story printed on the back of the bottles.

Azature Black: a dark grey jelly base with black and silver glitter specks. Required 3 coats for good dark coverage.  (The black diamond is the ultimate fine jewel. its combination of beauty, mystery, and sophistication make it a timeless luxury).

Azature Champagne: a micro fine orange, bronze, copper, and yellow gold glitters. (This shade is inspired by the sparkle of champagne diamonds. Subtle yet distinct, the gems are as celebratory as a glass of bubbly).

Azature Green: a rich sparkling emerald green.  Required 3 coats to fully cover. (This shade is inspired by the green diamond, one of history’s most coveted gems, with astonishing depth and unmatched beauty).

Azature Blue: a gorgeous sparkling royal blue.  Probably my most favorite out of this collection. (This shade is inspired by the blue diamond’s intensely hued shade, which symbolizes balance and inner strength).

Azature Red: a sparkling shimmering micro fine red glitter. (The shade is inspired by the red diamond, the worlds rarest diamond of all. Flaunt your power and make a bold, fearless statement with this extravagant luxury in a classic shade).

Azature Canary: a shiny yellow fine glitter.  Almost looks like 24kt gold.  Also one of my favorites in this collection, and is presently on my toes 🙂 (This shade is inspired by the canary diamond: a daring, unique choice that radiates glamour, light, and joy).

Azature Pink: a shimmering micro fine pale pink glitter. (This shade is inspired by the flirtatious and youthful pink diamond, this classically feminine shade offers the perfect balance of softness and sophistication).

Unless mentioned otherwise, all swatches shown above were 2 coats.

For more information on AZATURE, check them out at: http://www.azature.com/

JINsoon + tibi Fall/Winter 2013 “A La Mode Collection”

JINsoon + tibi Fall/Winter 2013 “A La Mode Collection” 0

I recently got to try the awesome collaboration collection of celebrity manicurist Jin Soon Choi with hip fashion label tibi.  The collection consists of 5 mineral shimmering shades, along with a quick dry matte top coat.

As a whole, each color is so beautiful and unique.  I can’t even begin to compare them to any of the 500+ polishes in my collection.  These truly take the cake!!

Not only are the shades beautiful, but they a applied perfectly smooth and covered completely in 2 coats.

Jasper: a shimmering deep burgundy red.

Mica: a holographic black.  Reminds me of a 90’s hologram!! This is my personal favorite color in the collection. A MUST for any polish lover.

Obsidian: a creamy black chalked full or micro fine iridescent glitter particles.

Azurite: a shimmering navy blue.

Epidote: a shimmering deep dark olive green.

Matte Maker: a quick drying top coat that also applied very smoothly.  Gave each of the colors a satin finish.

The polishes retail for $18 each.

To find out more on JINsoon or to purchase, check out her website at: http://www.jinsoon.com/