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AnGel by Ikonna

AnGel by Ikonna 0

I recently got to visit the AnGel booth during the ISSE Convention in Long Beach, and was pleased to see some fantastic new tools to facilitate the creativity of all nail artists.

First up is their wonderful AnGel Artist Gel Brush Kit.  The kit comes in a black leather case that’s ideal for traveling.  The brushes are fantastic and cover Every aspect of nail art you will ever perform.  The Brushes come in various sizes, and are numbered accordingly 1-8 (they can also be purchased individually):

1) Falthead brush: to paint wide brush strokes, or to create ombre fade effects.

2) Round brush: to paint large areas.

3) Stroke brush: to paint long lines.

4) Wide angle brush: to blend and create fade effect.

5) Thin angle brush: to perform detail blending or fading.

6) Blunt brush: creates thick lines.

7) Detail Brush: perfect for painting small details or fine lines.

8) Small flat brush: paint dual colored art, or help blend colors.

These are without a doubt the BEST brushes I have Ever used.  I have used many brushes, synthetic, natural, fine, thick, from craft stores, from nail supply stores, from Japan, and these out perform ALL of them. I could not recommend them more.

I also came across the remarkable AnGel Gel Pot Series 1 featured here. The collection comes conveniently in a plastic case and features 12 perfect shades to aid in creating whatever nail art you desire.  No longer having to rush with conventional acrylic paint, these potted gels do not set until you cure them in the light. The gels are incredibly thick and very easy to control and work with.

The colors include:

The Dark Ages: black

Blank Pages: pure bright white

Kiss This: primary fire engine red.

Never Evergreens: kelly green

Warmest Wishes: sunshine yellow

Its OK to be Blue: cobalt blue

Plumb out of Luck: a deep dark purple

Plain Orangutan: bright orange

Feeling Fierce: fun fuchsia

Turquoise Tantrum: a turquoise aqua blue

Tan my Hide: a rich camel beige

Beg for Burgundy: a perfect dark burgundy

To purchase any of these AnGel products, or for more information, check them out here:

My Top 9: CND Shellac

My Top 9: CND Shellac 0

Because CND’s Shellac has won #1 best gel polish formula from NAILS Magazine for the last 3 consecutive years, I decided to give CND some extra love.  I have chosen my top 9 favorite colors from their core collection to swatch and review.  I can not number them or choose favorites, for I love them all equally.

Azure Wish: the perfect creamy robin egg blue.

Water Park: a metallic shimmering ocean blue.

Lilac Longing: a soft purple that’s irrisistible.

Purple Purple: a true blurple.  In some light it’s purple, in other light it’s blue.  The perfect combination of both colors.  I love the dual chrome characteristics of this shade shifting color.

Rock Royalty: a rasin purple.

Rubble: a smoky taupe.

Fedora: a vampy blood midnight burgundy red.

Asphalt: a dark slate granite/gray.

Overtly Onyx: a light metallic black with gunmetal/silver shimmer running through it.

(each swatch shown here is 2 coats)

Check out for more on their incredible Shellac, and other nail products