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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/

Dermelect Cosmeceuticals ME Spring 2016 Outburst Collection Review

Dermelect Cosmeceuticals ME Spring 2016 Outburst Collection Review 0

"Evoking a sense of renewal by energizing the season's most exuberant colors, Dermelect Cosmeceuticals' new 'ME' Spring 2016 Outburst Collection features an exciting palette, ranging from soft hues to bright statements. 

"We want to provide our clients with an avenue to express their individuality and personal style," explained Jodi Lavian, Dermelect Co-Founder.

Featuring four unmistakably unique shades, the collection is fresh, on-trend and vibrant.  Dermelect's new lacquers create a covetable, long-lasting manicure, as all four colors boast richly pigmented formulas with Dermelect's signature keratin protein peptide that works to strengthen nails and extend the life of the manicure.

Celebrity Nail Tech Elle personally mixed the formula to incorporate vivid tones married with shimmer and metallic accents to provide an abstract, unexpected quality.

"We're inspired by Outburst- these shades command attention! Through these stunning colors, Outburst lets you stand out and be heard, to express yourself and your personality...Dermelect's twist on traditional, more muted colors of spring brought out four bold, new hues that are on trend, elegant and in charge," according to the official press release.  

The Spring 2016 Outburst Collection consists of the following shades-

Impromptu: a shimmering dusty rose pink with lavender undertones.

Explosive: a bright coral cream. 

Unscripted: a lilac cream. A 1 Coat Wonder!! 

Frenzy: a metallic aqua blue.

(all swatches shown here are two full coats, taken outdoors in natural light). 

Talk about a fun, bold, bright collection for Spring; this is what I'm talking about people 😉  I have come across a few Spring collections as of recent that didn't really make sense to me. This however makes total sense. 

I found the formulation to be great.  I didn't experience any issues with the colors, including the metallic Frenzy.  Typically metallic shades of this nature can be very streaky, but not this one. 

I also found most of the colors to be very well pigmented.  

It's hard for me to pick a favorite, but if I had to, I would have to say Frenzy and Impromptu.

Dermelect's 'ME' Spring 2016 Outbrust Collection retails for $14 each and as a set for $29. The bottles are 0.4 fl oz (11 mL).

For more info or to purchase online, check out: http://dermelect.com/

 

Loose Stones NO More- Hello Apres Nail !

Loose Stones NO More- Hello Apres Nail ! 0

If your anything like me, you cringe and absolutely hate it when stones and embellishments fall off nails you've spent hours creating.  Nothing is worse than receiving a call from a client claiming her crystals are popping off. :/

I have searched and searched, high and low, and have physically tried virtually every product on the market, and nothing has worked for me.  Finally at long last I found a solution, and my nail art game is definitely stronger than ever and on point! Introducing Apres Nail.  A relatively small company that makes 3 products, all designed to keep your stones, embellishments, and nail art work perfectly intact. 

I was first introduced to Apres Nail back in the beginning of February at the ISSE show. 

I am absolutely in love with this line, and hopefully you will jump on board as well.

The three products Apres Nail offers are-

Diamond Gel: "replace your acrylic glue with our Apres Diamond Gel- the strongest gel adhesive on the market.  Rhinestones, crystals, jewels, studs, etc- you name it.  Our Diamond Gel is strong enough to support any and all shape and sizes of nail charm for an incredibly superior hold.  No more fear of your nail charms falling off prematurely.  Formulated to provide a long-lasting bond for polish and nail charms.  Diamond Gel can be used with any gel polish and charms to complete a beautiful nail art design." according to their website.

It's all absolutely true.  Believe the hype.  I have tried Gorilla Glue, which dries with an ugly white residue. I've used Akzentz Bling On and Resin Gel from Nail Labo, both with less than stellar results.  This stuff however truly works.  Its literally like liquid gold to me.  Its very easy to work with also.  It's not nearly as thick as other bling adhesive gels on the market, and yet it works so much better than they do. If you don't believe me, just take a look at my photos. Literally one month, 4 full weeks, and I use my hands a ton each and every day, and work on clients and with tons of chemicals, and not a single stone or embellishment came off.     

Diamond Gel retails for $16.95  0.5 fl oz (15 mL) pot.

Structure Gel: "thick viscosity clear gel fortifies/repairs weak and damaged nails. For multifunctional use, seal and smooth nail charm designs with Apres Structure Gel for a reinforced surface to ensure long-lasting wear.  Structure Gel can be used with any base gel polish to strengthen the nail for optimal color gel application."

I absolutely love this easy to use gel to secure my 3-D embellishments, nail studs, glitters, and mylar pieces.  Client's use their hands a lot in their daily lives, and nothing is worse than getting a nail charm caught on a knitted sweater, or in your hair.  The Structure Gel absolutely helps avoid that problem.  I paint a layer on top of my embellishments, cure, and I am good to go. 

Structure Gel retails for $14.95 0.5 fl oz (15 mL) pot.

Top GelCoat: "our revolutuonary Apres Top Gelcoat is guaranteed to outlast and outshine any other brand on the market.  Specifically formulated and heavily tested...your answer to long-lasting finish that is compatible with any brand of color gel polish. Easy and smooth application with no bubbling... without the need of wiping down any tacky residue! Prevents peeling, chipping, or discoloration.. for a result that can last over 4 weeks!" 

I have tried so many different gel top coats out there and I have always had different problems.  Some are too thin and run into the cuticles, some are way too thick, others go bad quickly and need to be thrown out, and almost all gel top coats inevitable turn white shades to a rather yellow tinge within a week or so.  Not with this stuff.  A great consistency, not runny at all, immense shine that literally lasted for a complete month, which is when I finally decided to change up my nails, and absolutely no discoloration. I am so pleased to say that I have finally found the perfect top coat I use as the finishing touch to all of my gel manicures.

Apres Top Gelcoat retails for $12 0.5 fl oz (15 mL) bottle.

As will all of my posts, I am absolutely not paid to promote or endorse a product.  I truly believe in this stuff because I know first hand how well it works.  I have personally been testing it, on both myself and my clients, and we're all happy campers.

If you can only start off with one product for now, I'd suggest the Diamond Gel.  Client's love their Swaorovski Crystals, but definitely hate it when they fall off.  Say goodbye to those days forever 🙂 !!

For more info on Apres Nail or to purchase online, check them out here: http://www.apresnail.com/ 

 

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 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/

 

Zoya Whispers Review

Zoya Whispers Review 0

"SIX NEW TRANSITIONAL SHADES -ZOYA WHISPERS
Experience color serenity with this muted and tranquil palette of transitional nail neutrals.
· Cala - ZP823: A soft nude with a kiss of warmth that will flatter most skin tones.

· April - ZP824: A light, rosy toned neutral that is a modern take on blush.

· Eastyn - ZP825: A subtle grayed grape that is more interesting than mauve and
gives a modern alternative that is ever so wearable.

· Misty - ZP827: An easy to wear taupe that is an updated version of gray with
just a touch of green to make it daring.

· Ireland - ZP826: A uniquely wearable green that is muted enough to make it subtle
yet still interesting. This green is well balanced between blue & yellow so it’s
flattering on all skin tones.

· Lake - ZP828: A softened blue that gives the effect of serene water with just a
hint of vibrancy to preserve its luminosity." according to the official press release. 

The Zoya Whispers collection is comprised of the following colors: 

Misty: a greige creme with slight light brown undertones.

Ireland: a soft light green creme.Provided amazing coverage.  Highly pigmented.

April: a creamy nude with rose undertones. Had great coverage with just one coat. 

Cala: a beige nude creme.

Lake: a dusty light blue creme with slight grey undertones.

Eastyn: a dusty light lavender creme with grey undertones.  Highly pigmented.  Provided excellent coverage in a single coat.

(all swatches shown here are two coats, and are taken outdoors in natural light).

What a pretty collection.  I honestly think this is the perfect transitional collection of colors to take us away from the metallics and glitters we were doing last year, but before we go with the bold bright and neon hues of summer to come.  I'm really impressed with the formula and how highly pigmented some of the colors were.  They all painted on smoothly and effortlessly, giving me zero problems. 

My personal favorites are: Eastyn, Lake, and April.

The colors retail for $9 per 0.5 fl oz (15 mL) bottle, and are available now.

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

Zoya MatteVelvet Holiday/Winter 2015

Zoya MatteVelvet Holiday/Winter 2015 0

"BACK BY POPULAR DEMAND!!!  ZOYA MATTEVELVET
Six new MATTEVELVET Nail Colors to slip into this WINTER/HOLIDAY season.

The best-selling, MATTEVELVET finish returns this holiday season with six new shades. Each nail polish perfectly opaque, matte color with that extra special ZOYA MATTEVELVETfleck finish everyone loves.

  • Aspen (ZP814) - a sparkling artic white with a micronized diamond pearl fleck.
  • Sue (ZP815) - a soft champagne gold with a multi-hued oyster shell pearl fleck.
  • Amal (ZP816) – a classic crimson red with a ruby red pearl fleck.
  • Iris (ZP817) - a deep amethyst with a fuchsia pearl fleck.
  • Yves (ZP818) - a deep sapphire that's midway in between indigo and royal blue with a blue pearl fleck.
  • Honor (ZP819) - a true emerald green with a tone on tone emerald pearl fleck.

NOTE: MATTEVELVET nail color by Zoya is not intended to be worn with a base coat, glossy top coat or speed dryer. Due to the unique matte formulation, color is not as long-wearing as traditional nail color. A completely clean, dry surface yields the best results for matte nail color wear. To extend wear, apply one coat of the Zoya Matte Velvet Topcoat over your favorite matte shades after polish is completely dry.


Zoya MATTEVELVET Colors, 0.5 oz. -  $10 (US) ea.

Zoya MATTEVELVET Color Sampler, 6 – 0.5 oz. bottles -  $60 (US)

Available in top salons, spas and on zoya.com

* **BIG5FREE, TOXIN FREE: Zoya Nail Polish Formula contains no formaldehyde, formaldehyde resin, dibutyl phthalate, toluene or camphor." according to the official press release. 

The 6 shades comprising the Zoya MatteVelvet collection include:

  • Iris: a beautiful deep magenta purple.
  • Amal: a crimson ruby red.
  • Honor: an emerald green.
  • Sue: a glistening beige pale gold.
  • Yves: a shimmering midnight blue.
  • Aspen: a glittery snow white.  

I am personally obsessed with this collection.  I am so glad that Zoya decided to bring back the matte finish this holiday season.  This collection is right on trend.  Matte nails are very huge this fall/winter, and this collection is the perfect and easiest way to achieve the trendy look.

The finish is quite unique.  It's not quite completely matte, but it's also not shiny like conventional polishes, it rather falls somewhere in between.  There is definitely a satin/velvet-look to the finish that in my opinion is quite rare on the market.

I didn't experience any issues with any of the colors.  They all painted on smoothly and effortlessly, without any streaking.  Plus I feel that these matte shades dry quicker than conventional polishes, another major plus. 

My favorites from the collection include: Yves, Sue, and Honor.

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

cnd holiday 2015 Aurora collection review

cnd holiday 2015 Aurora collection review 0

Discover the beauty of the Arctic tundra with the New Holiday 2015 Aurora collection from CND. Colors crystallize into shimmering frozen pastels and surreal glacial hues.  

This holiday season, nail trends capture a crystalline essence with icy, glistening finishes," says CND co-founder and style director Jan Arnold.  "Shapes range from elegantly slender almond to naturally subtle square, with shimmer that evokes the glint of sun setting across the snow." according to the official press release.

The four colors that comprise the CND Holiday 2015 Aurora Collection include:

Winter Glow: a pastel soft pink creme. 

Tundra: a metallic strawberry milkshake pink.  Paints on smoothly without any brush strokes.    

Nordic Lights: a semi sheer purple with iridescent glitter particles in it.  I personally was a little disappointed in this shade mainly because it doesn't provide enough coverage.  It's three coats here in the images and it's still transparent.  It is however really pretty, I just don't particularly like sheer shades.  But, could be an excellent color to layer with, or for ombre designs.  

Glacial Mist: an icy light blue packed with sparkle and silver glitter to give it tons of dimension. 

(all swatches shown here are two coats, unless stated otherwise, and are taken outdoors in natural light). 

For the most part I am super pleased with this latest collection from CND.  Although its difficult for me in 80+ degree Los Angeles to wrap my head around the cool holiday season, this collection certainly helped paint a pretty picture.

I think CND has definitely stepped out of their comfort zone this season and introduced some really gorgeous glitters and dimensions to the line. 

I didn't have any issues with the formulas.  

My personal favorite shades are: Glacial Mist & Tundra

Shellac retails for $15.95 per 7.3 mL (.25 fl oz) bottle.  And Vinylux weekly polish retails for $10.50 per 15 mL (.5 fl oz) bottle.

For more info on CND, check them out online: http://www.cnd.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/ 

 

CHANEL Nail Colour Fall 2015 Review

CHANEL Nail Colour Fall 2015 Review 0

Hey guys,

I hope your all having a wonderful week thus far  I know I sure am. 

I am so beyond excited, thrilled, privileged, honored, and overjoyed to say the least to present to you all the latest collection of nail polish from none other than CHANEL- what in my opinion is literally the "Holy Grail" of nail polishes. 

"Discover a rich tapesty of shades inspired by beautiful fall foliage.  Earthy neutrals dress eyes in natural splendor, while copper tones and deep reds blaze on the lips.  An ideal complement to autumnal colour, a new manicure range helps prep and perfect any nail look," according to the official press release.  

the CHANEL Fall 2015 Nail Colour collection includes the following three shades:

Chataigne (669): a semi-sweet dark chocolate creme.

Vert Obscur (679): a deep dark forest green jelly with slight teal undertones.  I am obsessed with the jelly formula.  It almost has some translucency to it.  The color builds up beautifully in just two coats too.  Also happens to be my personal favorite of the three! 

Ecorce Sanguine (671): a red apple creme with a very faint fine shimmer running through it.  Also has slight blue undertones.  

(All swatches shown here are two coats, and are taken outdoors in natural light). 

I am very pleased with this latest collection from CHANEL. I think the colors are all very pretty and highly wearable.  These are shades I know for sure my clients will be asking me for time and time again.  

I found the formula to be absolutely divine.  The colors were all incredibly richly pigmented, and painted on smoothly and effortlessly, with absolutely zero brushstrokes. Don't get me started on the jelly formula of Vert Obscur.  I don't have any other polishes in my immense arsenal that even come close.  Not only is the color very unique, but that jelly formula I just absolutely Love and can''t get enough of.

The bottles fit perfectly in the palm of your hand and are so easy to work with.  The paint brush is phenomenal, allowing you to paint perfectly and with tremendous ease.  And the neck of the bottle is relatively thin, and in my opinion, wipes off any and all access paint from the brush, so each and every time you have the perfect amount of product to work with.    

I highly recommend all three shades, but if you have to pick just one, my personal favorite would have to be Vert Obscur.

The CHANEL Fall 2015 Nail Colour collection is out and available now for a limited time and retails for $27 per 0.4 fl oz (13 ml) bottle.

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

 

CND Additives Fall 2015 Contradictions Collection

CND Additives Fall 2015 Contradictions Collection 0

"Turn up the contrast with the new Fall 2015 Contradictions collection from CND. Textures and tones collide for an unexpected elegance: leather and lace, street and chic, metal and pearl.

“This season’s trends celebrate an unexpected clash between gritty street elements and elegant details for a dynamic combination of glamour and grunge,” says CND Co-founder and Style Director Jan Arnold. “Nails evoke an edgy narrative with blackened pigments and heraldic ornaments. Enhanced almonds in purple and red are deepened and oxidized with smoked pearl and steel finishes” according to the press release. 

The CND Fall 2015 Additives Contradictions Collection includes:

Jaded Rebel: (pigment effect) a deep shimmering jade green pigment powder.

Midnight Revelry: (glitter) a gunmetal gray glitter.

Crystal Crush: (glitter) irregularly shaped iridescent blue glitter sliver chunks.  My personal favorite Additives in the collection.  Looks insanely gorgeous over black or similar dark hues. 

Amethyst Blast: (glitter) a dark purple bar glitter. 

Whiteout: (glitter) a white circular matte glitter.  

(all swatches shown here are taken in outdoor light and for the most part are done on both white and black backgrounds to show different levels of effects that can be achieved).  

I have always been a big fan and advocate for CND's Additives, and sure enough this latest collection manages to exceed my expectations.  What I love most about the Additives is the creative freedom.  CND enables and empowers you, the technician, to create endless and such imaginative works of art, you are only limited by your own imagination.  I think this latest collection of theirs offers a nice variety of completely different textures, that can certainly enhance and add some rich ornamental fun to any manicure; from bar glitters, to fine pigments, to glitter flecks that resemble shards of glass. 

My personal favorites in this collection are: Midnight Revelry & Crystal Crush.

The CND Fall 2015 Additives Contradictions Collection sells for $29.75 for the set of 5, and is available now.  

For more info on CND,  check them out online here: http://www.cnd.com/

CND Shellac Fall 2015 Contradictions Collection Review

CND Shellac Fall 2015 Contradictions Collection Review 0

"Turn up the contrast with the new Fall 2015 Contradictions collection from CND. Textures and tones collide for an unexpected elegance: leather and lace, street and chic, metal and pearl.

“This season’s trends celebrate an unexpected clash between gritty street elements and elegant details for a dynamic combination of glamour and grunge,” says CND Co-founder and Style Director Jan Arnold. “Nails evoke an edgy narrative with blackened pigments and heraldic ornaments. Enhanced almonds in purple and red are deepened and oxidized with smoked pearl and steel finishes.” according to the press release. 

CND Shellac Fall 2015 Contradictions Collection includes:

Safety Pin: a semi sheer glistening platinum shimmer.  I have 2 coats in the swatch shown here, but for full opacity I would recommend going with 3 thin coats. 

Rouge Rite: a darkened magenta creme with wine undertones.

Peacock Plume: a bold shimmering medium blue.

Naked Naivete: a nude creme with slight rose pink undertones.

Poison Plum: a semi sheer deepened plum purple with purple glitter specs in it.  This is a very different shade for CND.  

Tartan Punk: a glowing ruby shimmering red. 

 (all swatches shown here are 2 coats, cured each for 60 seconds in the CND LED lamp, and are taken outdoors in natural light). 

I personally Love how dramatic and elaborate the descriptions of the collection are from Jan Arnold.  I mean anyone who says "heraldic ornaments" is inherently amazing in my book, and Jan most definitely is amazing!

Collection descriptions aside, I think this is a wonderful transitional collection for customers to comfortably go from bold bright summer colors, to a more autumnal color palette.  I think there is something offered up here for everyone.  Each shade painted on smoothly and evenly in two coats.

My personal favorite shades include: Tartan Punk, Peacock Plume, & Naked Naivete

Also featured here in this post is the brand new Shellac Xpress5 Top Coat.  This revolutionary gel top coat soaks off in just five minutes.  I am so beyond obsessed with this product I can't even tell you.  This makes my life so much easier, and literally cuts my soak off/removal time in half, from 10 minutes down to just 5.  My clients are also very happy and appreciative. ^_^

CND Contradictions Collection is available worldwide July, 2015, and retails for $15.95 per .25 fl oz (7.3 mL) bottle. 

For more on CND, check them out online: http://www.cnd.com/

Urban Cowgirl Fall 2015 from Gelish + Morgan Taylor

Urban Cowgirl Fall 2015 from Gelish + Morgan Taylor 0

"Cowgirl up with big city style this fall.  It's time to saddle up and wrangle in a style statement this season.  Morgan Taylor and Gelish MINI's Urban Cowgirl Collection for fall 2015 is kicking with daring to soothing, rustic colors.  From a gorgeous earthy green creme to a standout, stunning pink with a pearl finish, each shade was created for the strong, sophisticated woman with a spirit that's wild at heart.

"We wanted to capture the essence of a fearless, modern woman, whether she is a cowgirl who loves the city lifestyle, or a city girl with a country side." namesakes Morgan Haile and Taylor Daniel express. "With this theme in mind, we immediately thought of an earth tone color palette.  The wide range in this collection will complement any lifestyle this fall." according to the press release.  

The new colors comprising the Urban Cowgirl Collection include:

Pumps or Cowboy Boots?: a rich deep dark brown creme with purple undertones. [black/brown creme]

From Rodeo to Rodeo Drive: a grayed out purple creme with a very subtle shimmer to it. [taupe creme. a Gelish MINI exclusive]  

Tex'as me Later: a shimmering splendid light raspberry pink. [copper/pink pearl]

Holy Cow-girl!: a sage green creme with shimmer in it. [sage green creme]

Tan my Hide: a milky beige creme with shimmer.  [pale nude creme]

Plum Tuckered Out: a dark purple grape creme. [plum creme]

**A Touch of Sass: a deep darkened cranberry red creme. [dark red creme. Morgan Taylor exclusive]

(unless otherwise stated, all swatches shown here are of the Gelish MINI shades, and are two layers, cured each for 30 seconds in an LED lamp, and are taken outdoors in natural lighting).  

I have to say this is the first collection for Fall 2015 I have reviewed, and I must say I am very pleased.  I think this is a gorgeous color palette, that I honestly want to start offering my clients right now, despite the fact it's summer and a million degrees outside.  This collection is so wearable and classic, & consists of colors your clients are going to be obsessed with and receive countless complements on.  

I found the formulas on both the gel polishes and the nail lacquers to be excellent, providing me complete and full coverage in two smooth coats.  

I also really like the fact that Gelish and Morgan Taylor are coordinating their collections colors, so clients can have matching hands and toes if they so desire.  Helps take all the grunt work out of trying to match up the colors just right.  

My personal favorite shades include: From Rodeo to Rodeo Drive, and Tan my Hide, and Tex'as me Later. 

"Grab a lasso and roundup the Urban Cowgirl fall collection from Gelish MINI and Morgan Taylor, which will be available for a limited time beginning August 2015.  Gelish MINI is available exclusively at Sally Beauty Supply stores, and http://www.sallybeautysupply.com/ for $13.99 per bottle and Morgan Taylor is available at http://morgantaylorlacquer.com/ for $8.50 per bottle." 

Introducing OPI Nail Envy- Strength in Color

Introducing OPI Nail Envy- Strength in Color 0

 

IDEA: Strengthening treatment plus coveted color in one
 
WHAT IT IS: The fortifying power of OPI’s Original Nail Envy Nail Strengthener is now combined with softly tinted color in four gorgeous OPI shades. The trusted formula you love—from the world’s number one salon brand, OPI—has added delicate, subtle color for the very first time. Infused with hydrolyzed wheat protein and calcium, the new Nail Envy “Strength in Color” delivers maximum strengthening aid to transform weak, brittle, damaged nails into stronger, longer, harder nails shining with bold, true-to-bottle color.
 
Inspired by of-the-moment creamsicle hued and pink quartz spring runway looks, this first-of-its-kind collection includes classic OPI favorite shades like Hawaiian Orchid, Samoan Sand, and Bubble Bath, plus a Nail Envy-only exclusive offeringPink to Envy. Simply apply this innovative two-in-one nail strengthener plus color lacquer directly onto nails to add some much needed muscle to your manicure" according to the official press release. 
 
Nail Envy Strength in Color comes in the following four shades:
 
Pink to Envy: the sheerest pink-tinged wash.  To me this is virtually clear.  It primarily gives a healthy subtle glow to your nail if you will. [a Nail Envy exclusive shade in sheer light pink]
 
Bubble Bath: a semi-sheer light pink ballet slipper. [a sweet candy pink]
 
Hawaiian Orchid: a creamy deepened rose mauve creme. [a tropical pink with hints of light purple]
 
Samoan Sand: a creamy beige toned nude.  one of my most favorite shades of all time.  I am so happy OPI decided to include this color in their Nail Envy line up. 🙂 [a warm beige-pink]
 
(all swatches shown here are two coats, and are taken outdoors in natural sunlight). 
 
Bravo to OPI for continuously finding technological innovations to help preserve and protect client's natural nails.  I know we are all sort of in this gel frenzy, but lets not get to carried away.  Even with proper application and removal, over time, gel manicures can take a toll on our clients nails, and going back to a conventional nail polish for a bit isn't always a bad idea.  For OPI to take some of their most notable shades and infuse them with vitamins and minerals to help the nail be its healthiest is so wonderful in my eyes.
 
I found the formulas to be very easy to work with on all of the shades.  I didn't experience any issues whatsoever.  They painted on smoothly and evenly.  
 
I will be keeping these fabulous new nail strengtheners permanently in my nail kit, and highly suggest you do the same for your clients.
 
The OPI Nail Envy "Strength in Color" shades will retail for $17.95 per 0.5 fl oz (15 ml) bottle.
 
For more information on OPI, check them out here: http://opi.com/
CND LED Lamp Review

CND LED Lamp Review 0

Hey guys!

Today I am excited to introduce you all to the latest in technology for gel lamps.  I know what you must be thinking what could be so great or different about a new lamp?, but leave it to the folks over at CND to come out with something revolutionary.  Introducing the CND LED Lamp featuring 3C Technology

"Cures all 5 fingers (or toes) in half the time, CND's 3C Technology optimizes light, energy, and time for maximum shine and long wear, uses optic mirrors to target exposure to the nail" according to the ad.

The machine is designed to work exclusively to cure CND Shellac and Brisa gels, however I have tried the machine out with many different brands of gels without having any issues.

Some of the features of this lamp that set it apart from its competitors:

- no bulb replacement ever!!

- acetone resistant, a major plus!!!!

- zero assembly is required

- its super quite

- very lightweight and portable

- it is very e.z. to use, and self explanatory with the labeled numbered step buttons- 1 ,2 , 3

- there are grooves for fingers/ toes to ensure proper placement

- highly compact and not bulky at all

- features a very cool and unique, almost "space like" design; by far the best looking and creative design for a lamp out on the market in my opinion.  

Also a major new bit of technology introduced with this lamp is the Pulse.  Pulse, or blink curing if you will, was developed exclusively by CND to help clients who feel heat when they first cure their gels.  If a client has a thin nail plate, they have a tendency to feel an exothermic reaction as the gel starts to cure, meaning their finger gets hot and the clients gets very uncomfortable.  In order to prevent this, CND's lamp pulses on and off for 10 seconds, specifically to prevent the spike in heat from occurring and to ensure a gradual yet complete cure.  

What do the different buttons on the machine represent?

1. This is for your base coat.  The lamp will pulse on & off for 10 seconds.

2B. For Brisa gel.  The lamp pulses for 10 seconds, and then stays on constant for a remaining 50 seconds.

2S. For Shellac.  The lamp illuminates for a constant 60 seconds.

3. For Top coat.  The lamp pulses for 10 seconds, and then stays on constant for the remaining 50 seconds.

I personally Love this machine and highly recommend it.  This the lamp I am presently using on all of my clients in my salon, and they too love it, and always think it looks super "cool".  

The only down side I have to mention, is it makes a beep when it's done curing.  Although it doesn't bother me or my clients, I was however doggy sitting recently, and whenever the machine beeped, the dog would bark and run to the front door.  I assume it's the pitch of the beep that made the dog crazy.  Needless to say, the sound shouldn't be a make or break in your decision to invest in the lamp.  I highly recommend it, and am sure even our little furry companions will learn to deal with the brief beep.

The lamp is out and available now for purchase.

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