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Essie Summer 2016 Collection review

Essie Summer 2016 Collection review 0

"Travel feeds the soul. Adventure excited the senses.  For thrilling sights in an array of shades, Antigua is the place to just be. From St. John's to English Harbor, the island's colorful towns, gorgeous craft makers, tribal text-styles and brilliant food excite the senses and are ripe for the ideal inspiration for the essie summer 2016 collection.

Summertime is the moment to get inspired by adventurous color, and there is no better place to defy convention and go bold, than the sun-soaked shores of Antigua! Leave the guidebook behind and strike out on a style itinerary all your own. No matter where you go, there's an essie Summer 2016 shade to reflect your fashion ambitions." according to the official press release.  

The Essie Summer 2016 Collection includes the following shades-

Hiking Heels: a bright bold cherry red cream. [scorching hot lava red]

Viva Antigua!: a turquoise blue with fine shimmer running through it. [iridescent crystalline turquoise]

Coconut Cove: a vanilla white cream. [sweet cream white]

Loot the Booty: a royal blue with fine blue and purple shimmer in it. [pave sapphire blue]

Tribal Text-Styles: a midnight sparkling gunmetal. [black gold and crushed onyx]

Berried Treasure: a bright red/magenta cream. [bright ruby berry]

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

What I am most impressed and in love with this collection is the formula, how highly well pigmented the shades were. Almost all of the colors in this collection provided almost complete coverage in a single coat, it was truly remarkable. I used two coats as usual just for good measure.  

I also really love the sparkly nature of many of the colors, perfect for summer pedicures.

And even if your not head over heels in love with this entire collection, trust me and at least invest in a couple of the colors; the formula is honestly that good!

My personal favorites are: Tirbal Text-Styles and Loot the Booty

Each bottle is 13.5 ml (0.46 fl oz).

Essie's Summer 2016 Collection retails at $9 per bottle and will be available June 2016 

For more information on essie, check them out online: http://www.essie.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/

Cuccio Colour Cocktails Summer 2016 Collection Review

Cuccio Colour Cocktails Summer 2016 Collection Review 0

"Raise your glass and toast to the new 2016 Cuccio Colour Cocktail Collection- a magnificent mixology or 8 soft and subtle shades that embody the true essence of Summer. Lets drink to your unique sense of style and passion for fashion with the trendsetting palette of luscious lacquers that help turn any mundane moment into your personal HAPPY HOUR!" according to the official ad release. 

The 8 new shades comprising the Summer 2016 Cocktail Collection include-

Strawberry Colada: a light glittery peony pink.

White Russian: a creamy milky white.

Pink Lady: a carnation pink cream.

Pink Champagne: a light ballet slipper pink cream.

Mojito: a light lemon yellow cream.

Bloody Mary: a see thru tomato red.

Long Island: a pumpkin orange cream.

Blue Hawaiian: a robin's egg blue cream.

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

This latest collection from Cuccio is a very fun and festive themed one, in my opinion one of the best themed collections yet from them! I love that all of the shades are named after cocktails and that for the most part really embody the spirit and essence of the name reflected in the shade. 

I think this is a very wearable color palette offering lots of colors I see clients requesting. 

I found most of the shades to be highly pigmented, and they all painted on smoothly and evenly providing full coverage in two coats.

My personal favorites are: Strawberry Colada and Long Island.

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

Dazzle Dry Review

Dazzle Dry Review 0

"Dazzle Dry is a Lacquer SYSTEM that delivers what no ordinary nail polish can. The 'Original Gel Alternative' provides Gel-like longevity in wear with the ease of polish.  NO artificial UV/LED lamp or natural UV light curing is needed, nails air-dry Rock Hard in 5 minutes.  It's Vegan, Non-Yellowing and Nutrient-infused to strengthen and protect.  So, get ready to experience the performance of a Gel, almost as quickly and easily as you can say 'polish' and yes, it's actually good for nails too!" according to the company. 

But what makes Dazzle Dry different from conventional nail polishes?  It's a system, that has to be used together in order to function and give the results promised, it was developed bny a Dr., Dr. Vivian Valenty, and its 6 free: no toluene, no DBP, no formaldehyde, no camphor, no formaldehyde resin, no nitrocellulose.

There is a process and explicit instructions on applying this product correctly.  Initially I didn't follow the rules and had less than stellar results, but after following the instructions carefully the product was a dream to work with.   

Nail Prep is step #1.  This is used to properly cleanse and balance the PH level of the nail.  Even if you weren't using this nail system I would highly recommend using this product with your other nail lacquers as well.  It provides for a solid foundation on which you will paint. 

Then apply two coats of Base Coat, letting each coat dry before applying the next coat.

Apply two coats of color lacquer, the first coat painting very thin, allowing it to dry before applying a thicker more generous second coat.

Followed by the Top Coat, and you are good to go within 5 minutes.

The colors I tried include:

Midnight Express: a black licorice cream. Very highly pigmented.

Touch of Love: a light ballet slipper pink cream.

Rapid Red: a traditional cherry red cream, with slight blue undertones. Very highly pigmented.

Blue Blood: a duo-chrome teal,purple, grey, silver.  Color shifts depending on the light reflection.

Booties: a royal blue shimmer with micro fine purple/pink glitter in it. Very highly pigmented.

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

First and foremost I was super impressed with how highly pigmented majority of the polishes were; even in one coat I got amazing coverage.  Secondly, I liked how quickly the polish dried, literally in 5 minutes, as opposed to 15 with conventional nail polishes.

I will say that application might take a little longer just because you have to apply two coats of the Base Coat, and you have to let each coat dry before applying the next, but overall, I think with the downtime of the polish setting and drying, you get an overall positive experience. 

My personal favorite color I tried was Blue Blood

I highly recommend you give this system a try, especially if you or your clients are looking for a good alternative to gel.  

For more information on Dazzle Dry, check them out online here: http://dazzledry.com/

Deborah Lippmann Pretty in Pink Review

Deborah Lippmann Pretty in Pink Review 0

"On the heels of deborah lippmann's widely successful Undressed (6 piece Shades of Nude set), comes this tender bouquet of pink hues to delight the senses.  From soft and subtle to bold and bright, this 6-piece collection has every shade of pink to match every occasion.  Each fashion- size lacquer within Pretty in Pink is opaque and rich in texture, set within a romantic rose design box.

Get like Molly Ringwald with these "Pretty in Pink" shades: Think Pink!, a full coverage ballet pink creme, Pink Cashmere, a full coverage dusty pink creme, Tickle me Pink, a full coverage posy pink creme, In the Pink, a full coverage orchid pink creme, Pink Cadillac, a full coverage carnation pink creme, and Kissin' Pink, a full coverage hot pink creme." according to the official press release. 

The Deborah Lippmann Pretty in Pink collection is comprised of the following cream shades-

Think Pink!: a light ballet slipper pink creme.

Pink Cashmere: a dusty rose light pink creme. 

Tickle me Pink: a strawberry milkshake pink creme.

In the Pink: a deep bubblegum pink creme.

Pink Cadillac: a bold medium slightly dusty pink creme.

Kissin' Pink: a bright magenta pink creme. Very highly pigmented, almost a One Coat Wonder!

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

Personally I am not a huge fan of pinks, however I absolutely Love and adore this kit.  I think these are all highly wearable and desirable colors that clients would request, and I also think this set makes the most perfect present for someone, whether its a birthday, anniversary, holiday, house warming, or just to take to someone's home who invited you for dinner. 

I didn't experience any issues with the formulas, no streaking or anything of the nature.  I received full and complete coverage within two coats of each shade.  I found the colors to all be really highly pigmented, which I love. 

Get this kit as a gift for someone, or for yourself, either way you can't go wrong.

My personal favorites are: Pink Cashmere and Kissin' Pink.

All of the bottles are .27 fl oz (8 mL)

Available May 2016 (SRP: $34) online at http://www.deborahlippmann.com/ and at Barneys New York, Bloomingdale's, Neiman Marcus, Nordstrom and Sephora stores nationwide. 

Deborah Lippmann Summer 2016 Collection Review

Deborah Lippmann Summer 2016 Collection Review 0

"Happy Days are here to stay with NEW shades from deborah lippmann that will never go out of style.  These pigmented colors transport you back to retro Fifties era so you can look hip to the jive whether you're cruising in a hot rod or chilling at the drive-in. The dual-patented Gel Lab Pro formula infused with 10 exclusive ingredients helps to deliver HEALTH, WEAR and SHINE, providing the high gloss and cushiony plumped look similar to a gel, without nail damage. Swel!

HEALTH: Evening Primrose, Keratin, Biotin, Gren Tea Extrqact, Aucoumea, Rice Protein

WEAR: Bamboo, Nonychosine F

SHINE: Nylon, Carnauba Wax

Accompanied by a new advanced contour brush, its rounded tip follows the nail shape and 320 bristles spread evenly for an effortless, smooth finish.

As a seasoned nail pro and trendsetter, Deborah works side by side with fashion's elite and was inspired to create these show stopping shades to complement summer's cheerful and bright style aesthetic." according to the official press release.

The Deborah Lippmann Summer 2016 Happy Days Collection includes the following-

Beauty School Dropout: a bubblegum pink cream. 

My Boyfriend's Back: a periwinkle blue cream. A 1 Coat Wonder!

Happy Days: a bold orangy coral with a very fine subtle shimmer.

Splish Splash: a turquoise blue cream, with green undertones. A 1 Coat Wonder!

**Great Balls of Fire: Sephora exclusive. Strawberry red creme.  Not shown here.

(all swatches shown here a two coats, taken outdoors in natural sunlight)

I am so pleased and delighted with this collection.  I think it's totally on point for Summer, and the colors are all great.  Not only that but I am absolutely obsessed with the new Gel Lab Pro formula and the brush! The brush! I can't stress enough how pleasurable it is to paint with, perfection! This new formula just paints on so smoothly, easily, and evenly, it's literally fool proof.  It can make anyone a fabulous manicurist. 

I was also really impressed with how highly pigmented the colors were, two of which could get away with a single coat.   

If I had to pick my favorites to recommend they'd have to go to the one coat wonders- My Boyfriend's Back and Splish Splash

Do make sure to check out the brief video below featuring Deborah herself describing the inspiration behind each shade. 

The Summer 2016 Collection will be available May 2016 SRP: $20 each (.50 fl oz 15 mL) on http://deborahlippmann.com/ and at Barneys New York, Bloomingdale's, Neiman Marcus, Nordstrom and Sephora stores nationwide.  

 

Zoya Spring 2016 Petals Collection Review

Zoya Spring 2016 Petals Collection Review 0

"A flourish of beautiful blooming nail color!

Introducing Petals, the latest color collection from Zoya Nail Polish just in time for Spring 2016. Inspired by the gardens of spring, this fresh and vibrant collection invites you to revel in the beauty of the season!

  • Leia: a sheer top coat with pearlized pink and green shimmer, in a clear base. Even with three coats you will still see visible nail line. [Sheer opalescent white with flecks of fuchsia, green and gold.
    Just as beautiful alone as it layered over your favorite spring shades!]
  • Aster: a blurple (blue/purple) shimmer.  [Fresh periwinkle with flecks of fuchsia to create a dewy finish,
    mimicking the look of spring flowers in the morning.] 
  • Azalea: a bright magenta pink shimmer. [Classic spring pink with a captivating white and fuchsia flash.]
  • Zahara: an orange sherbet with a fine pink shimmer to it. [Brilliant shimmering coral made modern with an opalescent effect.]
  • Tulip: a flamingo pink cream. [Pure pastel salmon cream with the slightest hint of sheen to mimic
    a petal soft finish.]
  • Laurel: a medium pink creme shimmer. [Warm pastel pink with the slightest hint of sheen to mimic a petal
    soft finish.]" according to the official press release. 

What I enjoyed most about the Spring Petals 2016 Collection was the pearlized reflective shimmer in many of the colors.  

At first glance of the collection, in the bottle Leia was my favorite.  Once I painted it on however I wasn't a big fan,  I don't love sheer polishes in general. However, when layered atop the other colors in the collection, as mentioned in the press release, you get a gorgeous effect.  

As far as the formula is concerned I didn't experience any issues whatsoever.  They were all very easy to work with, and painted on smoothly and evenly in two coats, with Leia being the sole exception. 

My personal favorites in the collection include: Leia, Zahara, and Aster.

They retail for $10 each, per .5 fl oz (15 mL) bottle. 

For more info on Zoya, or to purchase online, check them out here: http://www.zoya.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/ 

 

Deborah Lippmann Sweets for my Sweet Review

Deborah Lippmann Sweets for my Sweet Review 0

"Like arm candy for your nails, indulge in Deborah Lippmann's 6-piece collection of confectionery-inspired pastels.  From orange creamsicle to bubblegum pink, each fashion-size lacquer within Sweets for my Sweet is opaque and rich in texture, set within a delectable cotton candy design box.

Delight your sweet tooth with these irresistible new shades: Sugar, Sugar, a full coverage pastel orange creme, Lemon Drop, a full coverage pastel yellow creme, Sweet Pea, a full coverage pastel green creme, My Boy Lollipop, a full coverage pastel blue creme, All Day Sucker, a full coverage pastel lavender creme, and Candy Girl, a full coverage pastel pink creme" according to the official press release.

The limited edition 6 piece Sweets for my Sweet set includes the following exclusive shades-

Sugar, Sugar: a pastel orange/peach cream. 

Lemon Drop: a pastel lemonade yellow cream.

Sweet Pea: a pastel sage green cream.

My Boy Lollipop: a pastel robin's egg blue cream. 

All Day Sucker: a pastel lilac cream.

Candy Girl: a pastel bubblegum pink cream.  

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

I absolutely adore this set of pastel polishes.  This is literally the most perfect Easter gift!  You can either give the set as a whole, or break it up and put a polish or two in various Easter baskets. Either way it's a win win.

The colors are gorgeous and very wearable, and are perfect for this time of year. Spring has finally sprung after all.  🙂

They were all very well pigmented, which is quite pleasing.  Pastel colors can sometimes be tricky, streaky, or difficult to work with, but not these. Each shade painted on smoothly, easily, and evenly.  

Please note that the polishes in this set are not of the new Gel Lab Formula I previously spoke of.  Nonetheless, it's still an awesome set I highly recommend you pick up.

The set is a great value, all 6 shades for only $34. Not bad at all, and like I said it makes the perfect present!  The bottles are .27 fl oz (8mL).

For more info on Deborah Lippmann, or to purchase online, check out: http://www.deborahlippmann.com/

Deborah Lippmann Spring 2016 Collection: Afternoon Delight Review

Deborah Lippmann Spring 2016 Collection: Afternoon Delight Review 0

"Evoking a Spring’s afternoon in the grass, deborah lippmann’s mellow and dreamy Afternoon Delight collection, featuring brand NEW shades, now available for the first time in her innovative Gel Lab PRO formula. This latest dual-patented formula infused with 10 active ingredients helps to deliver health, wear and shine, providing the high gloss and cushiony plumped look similar to a gel, without nail damage.

HEALTH: Evening Primrose, Keratin, Biotin, Green Tea Extract, Aucoumea, Nonychosine F

WEAR: Platinum Powder, Epoxy Resin

SHINE: Silk Fibers, Plexi Glass

Accompanied by a new advanced contour brush, its rounded tip follows the curve of the cuticles and 320 bristles spread evenly

for an effortless, streak-free application.

As a seasoned nail pro and trendsetter, Deborah works side by side with fashion’s elite and was inspired to create these playful shades to complement Spring’s style aesthetic, featuring flashes of dusty pastels and feminine silhouettes.

Feel flirty and fabulous with these romantic new shades: Dirty Little Secret, a sheer holographic greige shimmer previewed at Narciso Rodriguez S/S 2016, Peaches & Cream, a full coverage orange creamsicle crème, The Pleasure Principle, a full coverage lilac crème, and Get Lucky, a full coverage sage blue crème." according to the official press release. 

The four shades that comprise the Spring 2016 Afternoon Delight collection include-

Dirty Little Secret: a nude beige with fine holographic glitter particles in it.  This is a very unique color.  I have never come across a shade quite like this. 

Peaches & Cream: a flamingo pink creme, with subtle peach undertones. 

The Pleasure Principle: a bright lilac cream.

Get Lucky: a blue/grey hybrid cream.  It reminds me of the color of a shark. 

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

I am beyond obsessed with this brand new formula. It is very well pigmented, and most of the colors provided tremendous coverage with even a single coat.  It painted on smoothly, evenly, and effortlessly.  

I am also loving the newly redesigned brush.  It is so easy to work with, a dream come true. 

As far as the colors are concerned, I think Deborah always does a great job of selecting key on-trend shades for the season.  Although I find Get Lucky to be slightly dark for the season, it is nonetheless a gorgeous shade, and could be quite perfect for pedicures. 

My personal favorite shade in the collection would have to be Dirty Little Secret, probably because it is so pretty and very unique.  I don't know of any other brand who makes a shade similar. 

I highly recommend you give this new Gel Lab Pro formula a try.  I swear you won't regret it.

The new Gel Lab Pro formulas colors retail for $20 each and are available now.

To purchase online, or for more information on Deborah Lippmann, check out her site: http://www.deborahlippmann.com/ 

Manicurist Mondays x Marisol Alvarado

Manicurist Mondays x Marisol Alvarado 0

Name: Marisol Alvarado

Salon: The Beauty Parlor, Stockton, CA 

Instagram: SinplyCreativeNails

 


 

What inspires you and your designs?

Everything outside the nail room- cars, wires, metal, the hardware store.

What's the most "out there." non-traditional material you've incorporated into a manicure?

 Human hair and wire.

Describe a favorite manicure you've performed?

Encapsulation with 3-D art, wire, broken watch pieces.  It was a very feminine Steampunk look.  

What's a favorite trick you've learned?

How to gel crystals properly to secure them onto the nail while maintaining their shine and brilliance.  Also, how to encapsulate point back crystals.

What's the most unique request you've received from a client?

Dicks, balls, and vaginas for a bachelorette party.

check out some of Marisol's work below.

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!

Morgan Taylor Botanical Awakenings Spring 2016 Collection Review

Morgan Taylor Botanical Awakenings Spring 2016 Collection Review 0

"Spring into the season with fresh fingertips! Introducing a breathtaking arrangement of six stunning shades for Morgan Taylor’s Spring 2016 collection, Botanical Awakenings. With a lively, light coral, classic taupe, radiant hot red and more, this bouquet of pink shades is budding with personality fit for any flower child.

“We were inspired by soft pinks, rich reds and creamy neutrals for this romantic and sophisticated collection,” says CEO and Founder of Morgan Taylor, Danny Haile. “Each shade is reminiscent of a budding and chic garden. From irresistible, whimsical pinks to warm crème shades, every polish is the perfect spring accessory.”

The Botanical Awakenings Collection is comprised of the following colors-

Rose-y Cheeks: a bright and bold pink with a subtle iridescent shimmer running through it. [Bubblegum pink pearl]

I Or-chid You Not: a greige (grey/beige) cream.  [Dark taupe crème]

Warm Up the Car-nation: a bright raspberry magenta shimmer. Highly pigmented. [Bright magenta pearl]

Don’t Pansy Around: a hot pink magenta cream. Highly pigmented.  [Hot pink crème]

What’s Your Poinsettia?: a dark cranberry red shimmer. Also highly pigmented [Crimson red pearl]

Prim-rose and Proper: a light creamy nude. [Light taupe crème]

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

I think this is a beautiful collection to welcome the coming spring season.  The colors are all definitely wearable, and I really like the fact they're inspired by flowers, which couldn't be more apropos for Spring! 😉

I was most impressed by the formula.  A lot of the shades, about half of them, were very highly pigmented and provided excellent coverage in even a single coat.  I love a well pigmented polish.

I found the shades all painted on smoothly and evenly, without causing any brush strokes or issues of any kind.

My personal favorites from the collection include: Rose-y Cheeks, I Or-chid You Not, and Prim-rose and Proper.

The Botanical Awakenings Collection will be available for a limited time at select salons nationwide and at MorganTaylorLacquer.com. The suggested retail price for the lacquers are $8.50 each.

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/