CND Additives “Gilded Dreams” Collection Holiday 2014- Swatches + Review

CND Additives “Gilded Dreams” Collection Holiday 2014- Swatches + Review 0

Hey guys! I hope everyone had a fun and relaxing weekend. 

Today I have the latest Additives Collection "Gilded Dreams" from CND for Holiday 2014 to share with you all. Three new pigment effects and one new glitter, this limited edition kit will have your nails sparkling and shinning well into the New Year.

The Additives Gilded Dreams collection includes:

Gold Adorned (pigment effect): a glistening gilded yellow gold shimmer. 

Lavishly Rose (glitter): a small rose gold particle glitter.  Rose gold glitter is very hard to come by, so this is an absolute must in my book! 

Pave Diamonds (pigment effect): a gorgeous gleaming foil silver.  This shines and sparkles like no other in person! 

Sapphire Hope (pigment effect): a sparkling cerulean sea blue shimmer. 

 (all swatches shown here were layered over a white gel polish.  The images were taken outdoors in natural sunlight.)

The Additives are very easy to use.  They can be blended into CND's weekly polish Vinylux, any sculpting or gel, or layered over CND's Shellac.  I personally love to burnish the Additives onto the sticky layer of a gel manicure with a brush.  Nonetheless, the creative possibilities one can come up with using Additives are endless. 

I am always a huge fan of CND's Additives collections and this latest one is no different.  CND is always so innovative with all of their products, but I feel they hit the nail on the head with their Additives line.  They are always coming up with amazing new hues and effects that all manicurists could really use in their arsenal- take the rose gold glitter "Lavishly Rose" for instance. I have scoured the internet and craft stores high and low for a good rose gold glitter, and I hadn't found one until now. 

The Gilded Dreams Additives Collection is only available for a limited time, so you better act fast and pick yours up soon.

For more information on CND, check them out online here:

Gelish “Haute Holiday” Collection 2014- Swatches

Gelish “Haute Holiday” Collection 2014- Swatches 0

"Celebrate this season with the Haute Holidays Collection, brought to you by Gelish.  Whether you're sneaking kisses under the mistletoe, sipping your favorite bubbly or dreaming of sugar plum fairies, these six glamorous glitters and shimmers will keep your manicure shining all through the holidays," according to the press release.

The Gelish Haute Holidays Collection includes:

Your Sleigh or Mine?: a silver glitter with larger hexagonal blue and purple glitter pieces, all suspended in a clear base.  This is the latest addition to the Gelish "Trends" collection

Berry Merry Holidays: a deep dark shimmering and glittery berry.

Sugar Plum Dreams: a lighter semi sheer glistening raspberry shimmer. 

Feeling Bubbly: the gold sister to "Your Sleigh or Mine?". a gold glitter with larger hexagonal blue and purple glitter pieces, suspended in a clear base.  This is also a new addition to the Gelish "Trends" collection.

Kisses under the Mistletoe: a shimmering blue green fine glitter. 

Here's to the Blue Year: a deep semi- sheer navy blue with multi sized blue glitter in it.  I used three coats here for better coverage, although it covers well in two coats. 

(all swatches shown here are two coats, cured each for 30 seconds in an LED light, and are sealed with Gelish "Top it Off".  All swatch photos are taken outdoors in natural light.)

I was very surprised when I first came across this collection, for I had no idea companies were making a specific holiday oriented collection for gel polishes now.  Much to my delight, I truly love this collection.  I think the colors are very fun and holiday appropriate, without being too contrived or cheesy.  I don't think these will be around for long, so make sure to pick yours up fast.

For more information on Gelish, check them out online:


Morgan Taylor Holiday: Home for the Holidays Swatches + Review

Morgan Taylor Holiday: Home for the Holidays Swatches + Review 0

Now that summer is slowly coming to an end, kids are going back to school, vacations are finishing up, and warm weather is beginning to cool down.  Before you know it the Holidays will be here, and to celebrate Morgan Taylor is launching their latest collection: "Home for the Holidays"! Six new fun and festive shades to really get one in the mood and to celebrate this wonderful time of year.

According to Morgan Taylor, "Celebrate what matters most with Morgan Taylor's Home for the Holidays collection.  Inspired by the memories made during the holidays, these six luxurious shades will have you catching the festive spirit in no time.  You may not get everything you want under the tree, but with its cremes, glitters, and shimmers this collection ensures you'll have the perfect manicure to help you look your best through the Holiday season."

The Home for the Holidays collection includes:

New Year, New Blue: a midnight shiny navy blue. Provided virtually full coverage in a single coat. 

Snuggle by the Fire: a rich ruby red creme. Covered completely in a single coat.

Just for the Occasion: a plum purple with fine magenta pink shimmer.

Deck the Halls: a glittery raspberry red/pink featuring larger pink hexagonal glitter pieces.

Midnight Rendezvous: a blackened base with fine blue and copper glitter flakes.  

Snow place like Home: an iridescent glitter in a semi sheer white shimmer base.

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

I really enjoy the colors offered in this latest collection from Morgan Taylor, they definitely capture and embody the true essence of the holidays.  With this being said, some shades I prefer more than others, but that's just a matter of personal preference.

Each shade polished very smoothly and easily, with zero fuss or streaking.  Some of the shades surprised me with how highly pigmented they were; both New Year, New Blue and Snuggle by the Fire provided full coverage in essentially a single coat.    

Much like the holidays, this collection won't be around for long, so go out and pick it up fast.

For more information on Morgan Taylor, check them out online: