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New from Kokoist 2017!

New from Kokoist 2017! 0

Hi All.

I had a chance to meet with Kokoist (one of the top gel brands from Japan) at this years ISSE Trade Show in Long Beach, California, and they filled me in on some of their latest products, of which I am going to share with you all here.

The 3 latest products from Kokoist include:

E-148 Blackest Black: this is a potted gel, of jet black.  If you are looking for one coat coverage look no further, you have found the Holy Grail! I however absolutely Love this product for nail art.  It doesn't smear, smudge, or bleed.  It is incredibly well pigmented, and I don't even have to stir it prior to using it.  There is no need to go over anything you've painted.  Also worth mentioning this product is great to use with transfer foil on the cured tacky layer. It retails for $16.80. 

Thin Liner Brush: a super fine brush for doing highly detailed and intricate nail art.  The brush is very light weight and feels great in my hand.  There is a nice finish to the brush, which provides for a great grip.  I also Love and appreciate that the brush comes with a cap.  I hate brushes that don't come with caps. It retails for $17.80.    

MD-P Mermaid Dust: a sparkly iridescent fine glitter that has a beautiful magical effect.  Depending on the base color you apply this glitter to, the outcome will be totally different.  Here I show you the Mermaid Dust over both a black base, which creates a gorgeous color shifting effect of red/copped/green/gold that alters with the light's reflection, or for a more subtle shimmery effect, you can see the Mermaid Dust used over a light blue base.  Either way the pot is very generous and only a tiny amount of glitter is required, so this jar will last a long time.  All I did was brushed a small amount of it onto the cured base color, and did two coats of top coat to seal it in.  It retails for $12  

I highly recommend you give these and other products from Kokoist a try.  The quality is truly exceptional.  There is a reason why this is hailed as one of the best brands from Japan.

For more info on Kokoist, or to purchase online, check them out here: http://www.kokoistusa.com/

introducing Brillbird

introducing Brillbird 0

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

Introducing Aora GEP Gel!

Introducing Aora GEP Gel! 0

Hi guys. I hope everyone has had a very Happy Holidays.

I am so excited to share this latest innovation with you all from the folks over at Aora.

It takes a lot to get me exited about something new in the nail industry, but I have found it. Introducing GEP gel from Aora! Forget the conventional and generic cat-eye magnetic nails people are doing, GEP gel color is said to look like “Northern Lights in Alaska, some say space nebulas and starbursts.”

Aora GEP is incredible, so cool and unique, and super easy to use.

Everything you need to get started comes in the kit. Begin with the Grip Base.  Two coats of Black gel, which is incredibly well pigmented, and from what I believe is pure gel in a bottle, not a gel polish.  I would use this gel on its own, its an excellent black gel. Then comes the magic- paint on a thin layer of the numbered color gel, shown here I have GEP #’s 5 and 6, do not cure, hold the magnet over the uncured gel for a few seconds, once the desired design is achieved cure.  Finish it all off with Titanium Top Coat, an excellent non-wipe super shiny top coat.

Pictures and videos do not do this product justice.  If I had a dollar for every complement I’ve gotten on my nails I would be Rich $$$!

I highly recommend you pick up a GEP kit for yourselves or your salon.  Your clients are going to absolutely fall in love.

The GEP Kit, retails for $59.95, and then each color of GEP can be purchased individually for $29.95.

For more info on Aora, or to order online: http://aoraorders.com/product-category/gep/ 

 

 

CND Holiday 2016 Starstruck Collection Review

CND Holiday 2016 Starstruck Collection Review 0

"Celebrate the elegance of Hollywood with the new Holiday 2016 Starstruck collection from CND. Comprised of dazzling jewel tones that embody the glamour of the red carpet, the palette is precious and faceted.

“There was an element of danger in the Old Hollywood equation,” says CND Co-founder and Style Director Jan Arnold.  “This tension of grace, power and risk inspires the jeweled, short nail of the season, which pairs best with a little black dress or pristine winter-white cashmere. An ensemble this mesmerizing is sure to leave all of your fans starstruck.” according to the official press release.

The CND Starstruck Holiday 2016 Collection consists of the following glitter shades-

Blushing Topaz: a light pink glitter.

Garnet Glamour: a deep crimson red glitter.

Dark Diamonds: a black infused with silver glitter.

Emerald Lights: an emerald green glitter.

Alluring Amethyst: a lilac glitter.

Starry Sapphire: a mix of indigo blue and purple glitters.

(all swatches shown here are two coats, taken in outdoor natural sunlight).

I absolutely Love this collection.  CND does not make a lot of glitter shades in general, and around this time of year, with all of the holiday festivities, glitter is always a good thing to offer clients.  The colors are all totally wearable and gorgeous.  

I didn't experience any issues with the application or the formulas.  I felt each shade was densely packed with glitter and provided a very even coverage.

My personal favorites are: Starry Sapphire, Blushing Topaz, and Dark Diamonds

Suggested salon price is $15.95 per .25 fl oz (7.3 mL) bottle

For more information on CND, check them out online: https://cnd.com/

 

 

Introducing Kokoist

Introducing Kokoist 0

I am very excited to introduce you all to one of Japan's best selling gel companies- Kokoist. Kokoist is one of the primary gel leaders in revolutionary high quality products and after playing around with a few of them, I can honestly say I am obsessed!

Forget gel polish, soak off gel all the way.  The potted white and black gels that I tried were hands down the best quality I have ever tried.  They were so incredibly well pigmented, my mind is still blown.  A one coat wonder black! I can't believe it, but its true folks- Maxi Black.  And the same goes for the white, Bluey White, so incredibly well pigmented.  They both painted on so smoothly, effortlessly like butter, self leveling to a beautiful finish. The potted gels retail for around $17.

The Gem Gels! Talk about a major game changer, and huge innovation.  Kokoist partnered with Kyocera in Kyoto to manufacture and synthesize "kyoto opal", "cultivated with a quartz-grain structure identical to that of naturally occurring opal." This magical stuff is sooooo fun to play and experiment with.  Gently fold it from the bottom up, do not stir the product, for best results and to maximize the opal particle's brilliance. It is incredibly easy to work with, and self leveled nicely.  I have the gem gel shown here in two shades, in White and Garnet, however it comes in a total of 5 colors, and they retail for around $20.

I highly recommend you give this brand a try. There is clearly a reason why they are one of the best sellers in Japan.

I am just grateful we can finally now have their products stateside.

For more info on Kokoist, check them out online: http://www.kokoistusa.com/

 

UNO by Gelish MINI Review

UNO by Gelish MINI Review 0

"Long lasting manicures just got a whole lot easier, especially for those who are challenged in the art of a DIY gel manicure. The makers of popular professional soak-off gel polish line, Gelish, introduce UNO by Gelish MINI, a new nail technology.  UNO by Gelish MINI is a single-step process that applies long-lasting nail color in under 5 minutes, making at-home gel manicures as easy as polish.

"Today, we're living as a faster-than-ever pace and have little time to spare on nail maintenance," says Danny Haile, CEO and Founder of Gelish Soak-Off Gel Polish. "Maintaining vivid color and durability in one easy step was a challenge we gladly seized."

The name says it all- no basecoat, no topcoat and no cleansing needed.  UNO by Gelish MINI only requires a one-step gel polish and an LED light to achieve durable, high-shine, and superb looking manicures that will last up to 7- 10 days.  Removal takes less than 15 minutes to soak-off.  Choose from 20 colors, ranging from neutral cremes to metallic glitters, for customizable looks." according to the official press release.

The UNO by Gelish MINI line consists of the following shades-

1.Honey Bare: a creamy camel.

2. Magic Mauve: a dusted rose shimmer.

3. Sprinkles on Top: a bold bright pink cream.

4. Selfie Centered: a deep magenta cream.

5. Always a Bridesmaid: a bright bubble gum pink cream.

6. You're such a Girl: a bold peony pink cream.

7. Unimpeachable: an orangey peach cream.

8. Traffic Stopped: a deep cherry red cream.

9. Ruby Lips: a crimson red shimmer.

10. Corner Office: an oxblood red cream.

11. Teal Then: an aqua blue cream.

12. Mermaid of Honor: a mix of fine blue, green, and teal glitters.

13. Very Blueberry: a cobalt blue cream.

14. Dragonfly: a lilac cream.

15. Electric Kiss: an electric fuchsia cream.

16. Violets are Blue: a medium purple cream.

17. Spiced Plum: a dark purple grape cream.

18. Charm Bracelet: a sterling silver frost.

19. Gold Rush: a yellow gold frost.

20. Classic Vinyl: a black licorice cream.

(all swatches shown here are two coats, cured each for 30 seconds in an LED lamp, and are taken outdoors in natural sunlight).

I absolutely LOVE this revolutionary product! At long last there's actually an awesome DIY gel for the at-home consumer.  In the past two years virtually every brand has been coming out with a hybrid gel-like system, that's essentially just polish with some marketing jargon mumbo-jumbo thrown around. UNO, however, is totally different. It's an actual gel polish, meaning it has to be soaked off with acetone to remove, and it requires an LED lamp to cure it.

The fact that there's no primer, base coat, or top coat are major time savers! 

I found it incredibly easy to use and all of the shades painted on smoothly, easily, and evenly.  

I did apply two coats of each shade to achieve complete coverage.  

My personal favorite colors are: Honey Bare, You're such a girl, Very Blueberry, and Electric Kiss. 

The bottles are 5 mL (0.17 fl oz).

"Available beginning May 2016 at Sally Beauty Supply Stores and at SallyBeauty.com for $11.49 per bottle."

For more info on Gelish MINIs check them out online here: http://gelishminis.com/

Introducing 3-D Gel by N.O.Q

Introducing 3-D Gel by N.O.Q 0

If you guys think the only way of achieving 3 dimensional designs is to use acrylic think again! Thanks to the folks at N.O.Q they offer two different types of 3-D gels that are very fun and relatively easy to work with.

N.O.Q Tube 3-D Gel

"THE 3D TUBE GEL PROVIDES DIFFERENT LEVEL OF NAIL ART WITH 3D EMBOSSING PATTERNS. COMES WITH VARIETY OF COLOR CONSTITUTIONS STARTING FROM ORIGINAL STYLE, PASTEL STYLE AND PEARL STYLE COLORS. UNLIKE VOLUME GEL, THIS PRODUCT IS FOR ORDINARY CUSTOMERS WHO HAS NO CRAFTY TECHNIQUES. EASY TO USE WITHOUT ANY TRAINING OR COMPLICATED NAIL ART TECHNIQUES. " according to their website.

The Tube 3-D Gel comes in 20 different shades, 3 of which are featured here.  

1: a creamy white

11: a robin's egg baby blue.

15: a light gray.

The Tube 3-D Gels are very easy to work with.  Literally all you have to do is squeeze and the rest of the design/pattern is up to you and your creativity. 

The only difficulty I experienced with these was taking them out of the package and screwing on the nozzle correctly.  I didn't find any instructions in English on the packaging, so it took me a few minutes to figure out how to assemble the nozzle and cap properly. A client of mine coincidentally came over and showed me how to unscrew the cap with ease; silly me, she figured it out in literally 2 seconds.  Once I got over that baby hurdle, they were very fun and easy to work with.  As with anything, it might take a couple of trys to get used to them and get the swing of things, but as the saying goes "practice makes perfect." 

The Tube 3-D Gels are 7 grams and retail for $14.90.

N.O.Q Volume 3-D Gel

"THIS IS THE 3D VOLUME GEL FOR CREATING 3D NAIL ARTS FOR NAIL PROFESSIONALS AND TECHNICIANS. WITH THE TOUCH OF THE PROFESSIONAL, THE VOLUME 3D GEL CAN PROVIDE A WHOLE DIFFERENT SPECTRUM OF NAIL ART. THE VOLUME GEL DRYS VERY SLOWLY BEFORE CURING, WHICH GIVES AMPLE TIME FOR CUSTOMERS TO DESIGN.  COMES WITH 10 DIFFERENT COLORS FOR DESIGN VARIATIONS. THE SIMPLIFIED VERSION OF VOLUME 3D GEL, 3D TUBE GEL IS AVAILABLE FOR GENERAL CUSTOMERS."

The Volume 3-D Gel is available in 10 shades, and comes in 4g pots. They retail for $14.90 each.

I wouldn't necessarily say that the Volume Gels were difficult to work with, but they do however  require some practice, skill, and patience.  The product is very thick and sort of stays where you put it, which is great and makes shaping it into designs and patterns way easier. When I made the flower petals I flash cured in an LED lamp for a few seconds after shaping each petal. 

A little goes a long way, so although the pots look and seem like they are small, you only use a very little amount of product. 

Shown in this post are colors-

No.1: a creamy white

No.7: a purple grape.

If you are relatively new to nails and nail art in general I highly recommend the Tube Gels.  If you are a seasoned pro nail artist, then I would recommend in addition to the Tube Gels trying the Volume Gels

For more information on N.O.Q or to purchase online, check them out here: http://noqusa.com/

 

Introducing Presto Bambina Art Gel Liners

Introducing Presto Bambina Art Gel Liners 0

I am so excited to introduce you all to one of the latest product's from Nail Labo's Presto Bambina line, the Gel Art Liners

For anybody who performs nail art, these are an absolute must!

They come in 9 different colors, 6 of which are featured here.

"The Art Liner brush has the perfect fineness, length and touch that allows for more easily managed brush strokes and painting of your designs. High pigmented, smooth texture, and no mixing necessary means it is ready to use right away!" according to the website. 

The Bambina Gel Art Liners featured here in this post include-

AL1: a molten chrome silver.

AL2: a liquid yellow gold.

AL6: a creamy white.

AL7: a jet black cream.

AL8: a fine silvery glitter.

AL9: a fine rich yellow gold glitter.

(all swatches shown here are taken outdoors in natural sunlight).

These art liners are absolutely amazing! Very highly pigmented, in a single stroke you can achieve the richness of pigmentation needed.  There is absolutely no need to mix or shake the bottles, they are ready to go as is, which I absolutely Love.  I found them so fun and easy to work with.  The design possibilities are absolutely limitless and are up to your creative freedom. 

I highly recommend them and suggest you give them a try for yourself.  You won't regret it.

The Bambina Gel Art Liners retail for $12.95 per 4g bottle.

For more information on Nail Labo or to purchase online, check out: http://www.naillabo.us/ 

Check out some design idea samples created using the Gel Liners!

Introducing N.O.Q Trick Gel 0

I am so beyond excited to introduce you all to an amazing and highly revolutionary product, Trick Gel, from famed Korean based gel nail company N.O.Q. This stuff is legit magical! When used on its own without the Clear Trick Gel, you achieve a solid regular gel color. When used in conjunction with the clear trick gel, however, you achieve an awesome magical artistic design pattern that is entirely unique and supremely cool.

"WITH TRICK SOAK OFF GEL, TRENDY AND STYLISH NAIL ART CAN BE DONE WITH SIMPLE AND EASY STEPS THAT ANYONE CAN FOLLOW. CUSTOMERS WITH NO GOOD HAND SKILLS CAN EASILY ACHIEVE VARIETY OF COMPLICATED NAIL PATTERNS WITH JUST  ONE TRICK GEL," according to their site.

The N.O.Q Trick Gels come in over 50 shades, and here I have three of them to share with you all-

No. 2: a jet black creme.

No. 46: a glistening purpley-silver. 

NO. 49: a glistening gunmetal grey with multi colored shimmering specks in it.

(all swatches shown here are one coat of trick color gel applied over one coat of clear trick gel, cured each for 30 seconds in an LED lamp).

This was my first attempt at playing around with gel products from the N.O.Q brand, and I am so impressed with the results.  I wasn't sure how strong of an effect I was going to achieve with the Trick Gel, but I was highly surprised and pleased with how truly effortless it was to work with.  The product literally does all the magic/work for you; it's really that easy.  I didn't experience any issues whatsoever; the product painted on smoothly and easily.  

The creative possibilities of what you can achieve with Trick Gel are limitless! 

I had some colorful nail wraps on my nails I wanted to jazz up, and with a quick layer of the Trick Gel, my nails are so much more fun now and I'm already receiving countless complements!

You have to give Trick Gel a try for yourself! It's an absolute must.

The N.O.Q Trick Gels retail for $12.90 per 0.27 oz bottle.

For more information on N.O.Q or to purchase, check them out online here: http://noqusa.com/

Introducing Holographic gel from Color Club

Introducing Holographic gel from Color Club 0

I hope everyone has had a great week so far.

I am so beyond excited to introduce a revolutionary product from Color Club- Holographic Gel Polish.  No other brands in the US market have made a holographic gel polish, and I am so grateful Color Club has done so, and man is it perfection.

The Color Club Holographic's I have to share with you here include-

Harp On It: a holographic silver.

Eternal Beauty: a holographic purple.

Blue Heaven: a holographic icy blue.

(all swatches shown here are two coats, cured each for 30 seconds in an LED light, and are taken outdoors in natural sunlight).

With the introduction of their gel polish line, Color Club has done a few things differently.  All of their gel polishes are packaged in a duo pack, meaning you get both the gel polish color and its comparable nail lacquer, so for customers who want matching toes this is perfect! Also, Color Club paints the cap on the gel polish bottles, so not only do you know exactly what color is inside the bottle, but you can locate the color very easily, especially if you store it in a drawer. 

I am absolutely OBSESSED with these.  They are so beyond cool and very easy to use.  I was under the impression I would have to wait a little bit to let the gel polish settle before curing it in order to achieve a strong holographic effect, but that was not the case.  After painting it on, I was able to cure it essentially right away and still had an amazing holographic effect.  

I was very impressed with the quality.  The gel polish applied very smoothly and evenly, without any brush strokes, or any problems. 

The Color Club Holographic duo packs retail for $29.95 each, and contain 15 mL (0.5 fl oz) bottles of both the gel polish and nail lacquer. 

I highly recommend you give these a try! Your customers will go bananas for them! I promise 🙂

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

VETRO Leaf Gel Polish Review

VETRO Leaf Gel Polish Review 0

I am so beyond excited to introduce you all to the latest product from renowned Japanese brand Vetro- their famous "leaf" gels now come in a bottle formula, as opposed to the traditional pot.

If you haven't yet heard of Vetro please listen up.  Vetro is one of the biggest and best gel brands and it's from Japan.  Try it once and you will see exactly what I mean.  The quality, the consistency, the formula, the application, everything with regards to this product is absolutely mind blowingly awesome and amazing.  I have tried a Lot of different gel brands out their on the market, as you might have seen on this blog, and to be quite frank, none of them even come close.

The three bottled Vetro leaf gels I have to share with you all here are-

Rose Leaf (966): the perfect 14 kt rose gold chunky glitter.  This is by far the best rose gold color I have come across.  All the other ones on the market currently are either too bronze or copper in tone, but this one is absolutely divine. 

Gold Leaf (272): a 14 kt gold yellow chunky glitter.

Silver Leaf (271): a sterling silver chunky glitter.

(all swatches shown here are 1 coat, cured in an LED light for 30 seconds, and topped with a top coat. All swatches are taken outdoors in natural light).

I am so obsessed with these!!

It's hard to put into words even exactly what they are.  I don't feel glitter is the proper word to describe them.  Instead, its like chunky flecks of actual gold.  It sounds odd, but trust me, it's so stunning in person.

Can we please talk about the fact that these are all 1 Coat Wonders! I have not yet come across any one coat wonders within the gel world.  They always require two to three coats to reach full opacity.  Each of these shades, however, are so densely packed that with one nice coat you have complete coverage.  No need to apply a  base color of the same shade, there will literally be no natural nail bed showing through; that's how amazing this stuff is.   

One coat is all it takes for full coverage.  This saves both tremendous time and money, two of my favorite things to save ;). 

The gel cures super fast, 20 seconds in an LED light, and 60 seconds in a traditional UV lamp. 

The gel painted on so smoothly and evenly, and did not require any sort of particular dabbing motion during application, like some other brands require.

I highly recommend you give these bad boys a try. You and your clients will Love them.  

They sell for $15 per 4 ml (9.13 fl oz) bottle.  

For more info on Vetro or to purchase online, check them out here: http://www.vetro-us.com/

Introducing Kiara Sky Gel Polish

Introducing Kiara Sky Gel Polish 0

I hope you've all had a great week so far.

I am very excited to introduce a really cool and innovative gel company- Kiara Sky

Fall in love with Kiara Sky® Soak-off Gel Polish, a patent-pending formula that assures long lasting wear, high-gloss shine that resists fading and color changes over time. The only gel polish in the market that can be applied as a three or two-step system. Yes, you heard it right base coat application is completely optional.  Finally every woman has a choice! Perfect over natural nails, overlays and pedicures. Cure 30 seconds under LED lamp or 2 minutes under UV lamp. Removes quickly and completely in just 8 minutes without any damage to the natural nail. Available in 101 trendsetting colors and matching nail lacquers.  LED and UV light compatible.  Size:  15 ml.  Made in the USA," according to their website.

 In addition to their regular line of gels, they also have a selection of color changing shades. "Introducing Kiara Sky’s mood changing gel polish collection, OMBRE! This glossy and long-lasting temperature active gel polish changes color as your body temperature and mood changes. Have an Enchanted-soft color in warm temperature and a vibrant Wicked shade in cooler temperature. With 33 mood-changing colors, you wont be disappointed with Kiara Sky’s new OMBRE collection."

I've got a few shades from both lines to share with you all. 

High Mintenance: a mint apple green creme. [When your spirits are as high as your standards there’s only one way to go…straight to the top. Let this cool mint pastel take you there and make them stare!]

Out on the Town: a fine purple glitter.  Requires about three to four coats for complete coverage. Could also be used to make an excellent gradation design. [A night out doesn’t start until you show up…wearing shimmering purple glitter to your fingertips! Let your inner party animal go wild!]

And from their color changing Ombre collection-

Pumpkin Carriage: a bright peach cream.  When warm, a flamingo pink.  The shimmer in it is incredibly fine and virtually undetectable. [Medium orange transitions to salmon pink from just the warmth of your hands.]

Fairy Dust: a vivid magenta cream.   When warm, a hot pink. [Bubblegum pink transitions from dark to light from just the warmth of your hands.]

Sour Apple: a bright turquoise cream.  When warm, a light mint. [Regal teal transitions to a minty green from just the warmth of your hands.]

Abracadabra: a bold blue cream. When warm, a darker royal blue. [Glossy purple transitions to peacock blue from just the warmth of your hands.]

(all swatches shown here are 2 coats, unless specifically stated, and are cured for 30 seconds each in an LED lamp.)

I am really impressed with this brand.  I really enjoyed working with the product.  I found the gel to be highly pigmented, much more so than most gel polish brands on the market.

The fact that a base coat is optional with this brand is totally awesome and a huge time saver.  Saved time means you can take more clients on in your salon.  More clients means more money. It's a win win.

The color changing effect was really awesome and magical.  

If you haven't yet tried out this brand, I highly recommend it.  

The gel polishes retail for $13-$15 each per 15 mL (0.5 fl oz) bottle. 

For more information on Kiara Sky or to purchase online, check out: http://www.kiarasky.com/

 

Cuccio: Nudetrals Winter 2015 collection

Cuccio: Nudetrals Winter 2015 collection 0

"Slip into something more natural looking with the new Nudetrals Colour Collection- a sensual array of nude shades to compliment all skin types.  Expose your inner fashionista while adding sparkle to your natural beauty with fine mica elements that will amplify the bare essentials of the holiday season.  Revealing, soft and subtly erotic this collection is the perfect way to undress from the dark shades of the Fall season and help you uncover your passion and love of colour" according to the press release. 

The Winter 2015 Nudetrals collection from Cuccio includes the following shades:

Nude-a-Tude: a creamy mauve. [medium tan with nude shimmer and pink base]

Skin to Skin: a light pink nude cream. [light tan with nude shimmer]

Fair Game: a solid white with a pink iridescent pearly shimmer running through it. [opal white]

Olive You: a light greenish gold with tiny iridescent flecks in it. [gray with gold shimmer and green tone]

Sun Kissed: a super fine glittery copper. [medium tan with gold shimmer]

Blush Hour: a super fine glittery rose. [salmon pink with gold shimmer]

Oh Naturale: a light beige cream. [taupe with silver shimmer]

Grey's Anatomy: a super fine glittery gray. [gray with gold shimmer and blue tone]

(all swatches shown here are two coats, cured each for 30 seconds in an LED lamp).

I really love this entire collection. You really can't go wrong with various shades that compliment skin tones.  Cuccio went above and beyond doing simple creamy nudes, and included many super fine glittery shades in the collection I also adore. I believe it's fine mica that gives off their glowing allure, so its a bit different from your conventional glitters.  Even the creamy flesh tones in this collection feature a microscopic shimmer in them, that you can really only notice if you look super closely.  Nonetheless, it adds a brilliant shine to the shades.  

As far as the formula is concerned, I didn't have any issues with any of the colors, and I also didn't experience any difficulties such as unevenness or brushstrokes.

My personal favorites from the collection include: Fair Game, Sun Kissed, and Olive You

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

Akzentz Fall Winter 2015

Akzentz Fall Winter 2015 0

"Canadian based Akzentz Professional Nail Products releases New & Fall Winter 2015 shades of Gel Play available through Authorized Distributors October 2015.

Gel Play changed the nail art industry when it first debuted summer 2014 and continues to lead with innovative nail art technology in the marketplace. These highly pigmented LED and UV curable gels have a thick consistency that mimic artistic paints making them perfect for detailed hand painted artwork.

The Fall & Winter 2015 release includes four new Glitters: Cherry Red, Golden Nugget, Green Glitz and Platinum Quartz as well as two new Paints: Hot Pink and Raw Sienna.

“The product follows our history of 100% gel, solvent-free products,” affirms Akzentz President Sandra Haigh, “It continues our legacy of being made in Canada with only North American and European ingredients.”

The Gel Play line now boasts 14 paints with heavily pigmented solid colours, 14 vibrant Glitters, six sparkling Glitter Shifters that shift their tone depending on the base colour, wildly popular Bling-On an extra strong bonding gel that stays put for attaching embellishments and Glitter-Me, a clear and light consistency gel base perfect for adding glitter powders already owned" according to the official press release.

Now I don't have the entire Fall Winter 2015 line to share with you.  I do however have some shades from each of the lines.

OPTIONS (soak off gel polish in a pot) [4 g / 0.14 oz]

Ocean Peal (Chameleon): blue/purple duo chrome.  The shade shifts depending on the angle, or light refraction. I am beyond obsessed with this color! My personal favorite.  An absolute must! Very unique as well.

Moody Sunset (Chameleon): silver/purple duo chrome.  The shade also shifts depending on the angle, or light refraction.

French Blue: a deep royal peacock blue creme. 

(all swatches are 2 coats, cured each for 30 seconds in an LED lamp).

GEL PLAY PAINT (hyper pigmented potted gels for art work) [4 g / 0.14 oz]

Hot Pink: a hot vibrant neon Barbie pink creme.

Glitter Cherry Red: a fine glitter crimson red.

Glitter Platinum Quartz: a shiny silver chrome.

(because it's Halloween time, my most favorite holiday, I swatched these gel paint shades by creating spider webs.  These are very easy to do using Gel Paints, and I don't even need to flash cure between painting all the lines.  I just cure it all at once after the painting is completed, which ultimately saves you lots of time.)

LUXIO (gel polish in a bottle) [15 mL / 0.5 oz]

Mirage: a micro fine silver glitter with flecks of purple and red.  I used three coats to make this fully opaque, primarily because the glitter is super micro fine.

Celebrate: a beautiful bold lavender creme. 

Rebel: a burnt cranberry red creme.

(unless stated otherwise, all swatches shown here are two coats, cured each for 30 seconds in an LED lamp). 

I must honestly say I am truly impressed with Akzentz continual innovation.  I feel that every season they out do themselves and come out with something so amazing.  In this case, my personal obsession is with the new chameleon Options color shifting gels in Moody Sunset & Ocean Pearl.  I hope that Akzentz continues forward and introduces many more shades in the future featuring this awesome technology.

I think as all whole the colors are all wonderful.  I didn't experience any issues whatsoever with the formulas.  

As always, the smell is incredibly minimal with Akzentz products, which  both me and my clients Love and appreciate.  The less harmful smells in my book the better. 

For more information on Akzetnz, check them out online here: http://www.akzentz.com/

OPI GelColor Venice Collection Fall Winter 2015 Review

OPI GelColor Venice Collection Fall Winter 2015 Review 0

"People watching in the piazza.  Sipping champagne in a gondola.  Enjoying gelato in an outdoor cafe.  These images and more can only be inspired by one of the most romantic cities in the world- Venice, Italy.  Not only celebrated for its over-the-top romance, Venice is also the mecca for pleasure-seekers looking to immerse themselves in the opulent splendor of the Baroque period architecture and lavish artwork that surrounds them.

Inspired by this extraordinary city, OPI presents a modern interpretation of Baroque style in the 15 new shades o the Venice Collection.  Romantic reds, decadent blues, striking corals, dreamy pastels, elegant nudes, dramatic darks, and luxurious metallics proclaim that "less is more" is out and sumptuous indulgence is in. 

OPI invited you to renew your passion with color and bring the romance and opulence of Venice into your heart and onto your fingertips with the Venice Collection by OPI," from the official press release. 

The Fall Winter 2015 Venice Collection from OPI consists of the following shades:

Be There in a Prosecco: a creamy white beige. [I'm living in the moment, and in this opaque creme.]

Tiramisu for Two: a creamy dusty rose pink. [I totally "dessert" this sweet coffee cream.]

A Great Opera-tunity: a creamy salmon shade.  It is significantly darker than Tiramisu for Two. ["Aria" ready to wear this gorgeous melon?]

Gimme a Lido Kiss: a micro fine shimmering bright bold red. [Pucker up for this saucy, red shimmer.]

Amore at the Grand Canal: a luscious deep dark red rose creme. [Let the romance flow in this ravishing red.]

It's a Piazza Cake: a pumpkin spiced orange creme. [Choosing this persimmon creme is as easy as pie.]

Gelato on my Mind: a bright pastel sky blue creme. [Deliciously sweet and icy-cool, pastel blue.]

Purple Palazzo Pants: a lavender creme. [I've searched far and wide for this lovely lilac.]

O Suzi Mio: a deep eggplant purple creme. [This delicious shade of eggplant is all mine!]

Worth a Pretty Penne: a shimmering light copper tone.  Could almost pass for rose gold.  Wasn't streaky in the slightest, as most shades similar can be.  I was very pleased with this one. 🙂  [Flaunt your fashion "cents" in this shimmery copper.]

My Gondola or Yours?: a jet black creme. [Let's cruise the canals in this luscious black.]

I Cannoli Wear OPI: an off white creme, but really its a super pale dove gray. [My heart belongs to this pale, creamy gray.]  

And then the three limited edition shades:

Venice the Party?: a shimmering aqua blue with teal undertones. [This aquamarine would be the life of any party.]

Baroque... But Still Shopping: a pewter fine chunks of matching glitter particles.  The color is a perfect blend of both silver and gold. [It shimmers, it glitters, and it's gold... it's mine!]

St. Mark's the Spot: a shimmering cobalt blue. [Your search for the perfect royal blue pearl is over.]

(all swatches shown here are two coats, cured for 30 seconds each in an LED light, and are taken outdoors in natural lighting). 

I must admit how overjoyed and overwhelmed I was upon receiving this elaborate package from OPI.  I review a lot of product, and come across most new collections from huge nail companies, but nevertheless, leave it to OPI to blow even me out of the water.

I think the presentation of the entire collection was so beyond creative, fun, and imaginative. Who ever came up with the idea to include a face mask, recipe cards, and even inspired delectable truffles is so so smart. 

As far as the collection and formula are concerned- Love. I think the colors offer a wide variety to satisfy all clients.  I like that there is a little bit of everything, some glitters, some pearly metallics, and amazing cremes.  As for the formulas, I found them all great, painting on smoothly and easily, giving me complete coverage in two coats.  I didn't experience any issues.

My personal favorite shades include: Gelato on my Mind, I Canolli Wear OPI, Worth a Pretty Penne, & St. Mark's the Spot.

Another thing I have to mention is how beyond clever the names are.  I know OPI has always been famous for it's creative names, but this collection hands down hits the ball out of the park.  I died of laughter upon reading some of them, and still do.  Some of my personal favorites include: Baroque... but still Shopping, A Great Opera- tunity, & I Cannoli wear OPI.

The Fall Winter 2015 Venice Collection from OPI is out and available now. 

For more info on OPI, check out:

- Certified Nail Professionals: http://pro.opi.com/

- Everyone Else to find a salon near you, or matching polish shade  ^_^: http://www.opi.com/