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Deborah Lippmann- Spring Reveries 2014

Deborah Lippmann- Spring Reveries 2014 0

Although Debroah Lippmann initially introduced 6 beautiful limited edition pastel shades for her Spring 2014 collection- Spring Reveries; due to immense popular demand, 2 of those shades have become permanent staples in her regular collection.

Blue Orchid: a baby blue creme.  I know most of you out there think this is a dead on dupe for Essie's highly popular "Bikini so Teeny," but this shade blows that out of the park.  I know this is a baby blue, but its brighter and more vivid than "Bikini so Teeny".  I have personally worn this shade on both my hands and my toes, and I can't tell you how many people complement me! 

La Vie En Rose: a very very light pastel pink shimmer.  There is an irridesence to this polish that is primarily visible upon close inspection.  This color is a gorgeous neutral that belongs in every polish collection, and has become particularly popular when Academy Award Winning actress Lupita Nyong'o wore this shade to the Oscars.

All swatches shown here are 2 coats and a top coat.

I am not choosing favorites.  Both of these colors are fantastic and exceptional.  I highly recommend you add both of them to your polish arsenal.

For more information on Deborah Lippmann, or to purchase, check out her site: http://www.deborahlippmann.com/ 

 

CND Additives Summer 2014 “Paradise” Collection

CND Additives Summer 2014 “Paradise” Collection 0

As you all my now know I am a huge fan of CND’s Additives, and for summer 2014 they have introduced 5 brand spanking new limited edition shades that definitely set the summer sun ablaze. I personally love how creative one can truly be with the Additives, the possibilities are endless.

The “Paradise” collection of Additives includes not only the 5 new shades, but 2 awesome art implements- a Spatula for mixing (I personally love mine to custom mix glitters for gel manicures) and an Amazing Thumb Palette (which I Love and use all the time, and previously wrote a blog post on: http://merricures.com/post/75734708266/introducing-the-thumb-palette-from-lavaque-i-was

The 5 limited edition pigment shades in the Paradise collection are:

Tropic Sunrise: a sultry hot neon yellow.

Island Heat: a shimmering gold kissed hot orange.

Pink Lotus: a bright neon hot pink.

Midnight Tide: a metallic shimmering deep ocean blue.  My personal favorite in this collection!

Sizzling Sand: an iridescent sparkling white.

As per usual, this CND Additives kit is limited edition, so pick up yours fast before they’re all gone!

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

Zoya- Spring 2014 “Awaken”

Zoya- Spring 2014 “Awaken” 0

For Spring 2014 Zoya came out with a beautiful slightly pastel shimmery collection entitled “Awaken”. There are 6 shades in total, and they are the perfect transitional shades to the coming warm summer months.

The “Awaken” collection includes:

Dot: a pretty pale pink. Was initially released for fashion designer Zang Toi’s SS 2014 collection.

Brooklyn: a metallic sun kissed yellow gold. As with most metallic polishes, I found the formula to be a little streaky, so I would recommend using a ridge filler as a base coat.

Cole: a creamy peach. Was initially released during New York Fashion Week for Peter Som’s SS14 collection.

Dillon: a shimmering light sea foam minty green.

Rebel: a shimmering azure blue.

Hudson: a shimmering orchid purple.

Each coat shown here was 2 coats for full opactiy.

Each shade retails for $9

For more information on Zoya, or to purchase: http://www.zoya.com/

Zoya- Magical PixieDust Spring 2014

Zoya- Magical PixieDust Spring 2014 0

For Spring 2014, Zoya introduced a brand new beautiful line to their already popular PixieDust textured polishes, the Magical PixieDust collection.  What sets this collection apart from Zoya’s conventional matte textured glitter polishes, is these are infused with my personal favorite- large holographic glitter particles.  These bad boys sparkle and shine like no ones business, and I am a huge fan. The 3 shades in this initial collection include: Cosmo: a silver, with holographic glitter infused. My personal favorite in this collection.  I can’t get enough of this particular shade!! Vega: a light blue, with holographic glitter infused. Lux: a baby pink, with holographic glitter infused. (all swatches shown here were 2 coats for full opacity, and NO Base or Top coat, as recommended by Zoya.) Each shade retails for $10. For more information on Zoya, or to purchase, check them out here: http://zoya.com/

Dashing Diva- Design FX & Color FX

Dashing Diva- Design FX & Color FX 0

I Love love Love the ease and creative fun one can have with these awesome pre-sized nail appliques from the folks of Dashing Diva.

Design FX comes in over 35 different fun art styles.  Color FX come in over 35 different solid colored hues.

Each package comes with 58 total appliques, 34 full nail appliques in 17 sizes, & 24 French appliques in 12 sizes.  The appliques can also be used on your toes!  And if that’s not enough, these appliques are applied without the use of any heat! With a gel overlay they can last up to 2 weeks.

For more information on Dashing Diva, or to purchase, check them out here: http://dashingdivapro.com/

AnGel Artist Gel Pots- Series 2

AnGel Artist Gel Pots- Series 2 0

I recently had the privilege of playing with the Series 2 of Artist Gel Pots from AnGel by Ikonna. .

Series 2 comes in a convenient case, perfect for traveling, and features 12 awesome new shades. Say goodbye to using traditional acrylic paint when doing nail art! These potted gels do not set or dry out, like acrylic paint, until you cure them in the light. The gels have an amazing viscosity, which makes them ideal and perfect to work with, allowing ease of control. The kit retail for $119, and will last many a manicure. I can not recommend it enough! Every manicurist that performs any type of Nail Art NEEDS this kit in there arsenal!!

The colors included in Series 2 are:

Lemonade Parade: a bright creamy yellow

Blank Pages: a pure bright white

She’s Got Envy: a great and creamy grass green

Pinch Me Pink: a flamingo pink

Frostbite: a cement gray

Fresh Face: a peach apricot

In the Buff: a caramel camel

Ice Cold Stares: robin’s egg blue

Lavishly Lavender: a deep grape purple

Peri”wink”le: a cornflower blurple (blue/purple hybrid)

Sparkle My Interest: a glistening dark gunmetal metallic

Silver Stars Shine: a metallic silver

For more information, or to purchase AnGel products, check them out here: http://ikonna.com/

glamgel by Dashing Diva

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I recently played around with new glamgel nails from Dashing Diva.  These easy to apply and super secure nail tips have a smooth finish, and come with both glue and addhesive depending on the stregth of adhesion you desire.

Each glamgel package features 24 nails in 12 sizes, 24 super adhesive tabs, and a pink gel adhesive.  The adhesive tabs last approximately 5 days of wear, and with the pink gel one should anticipate 10 days of wear. Also included is a mini nail file and instruction booklet to help one achieve perfect application.

I was most impressed by the smooth finish of these nails.  Despite them having a lot of glitter in their design, the style of these nail tips truly resembles that of a professional gel manicure.

The 3 styles featured here are:

Silver Starlet: a pale silver base with silver and holographic glitter fade at the tips.

Quiet Riot: a pale sheer pink base, with glitter ombre tips, and large gold circular glitter holograms.

Starcraft: black base with multi-colored glitter fade, with magenta glitter at the tips.

For more information on Dashing Diva, or to purchase any of their products, chem them out here: http://dashingdivapro.com/

JESSICA Spring 2014 Collection

JESSICA Spring 2014 Collection 0

Introducing the brand new Spring 2014 collection of brights from the folks of Jessica Cosmetics International.

The collection consists of 6 bright “ocean” inspired shades, that I found all to be highly and impressively pigmented. Each shade could cover to full opacity with a single coat, but out of routine habit, for the swatches shown here I did 2 coats.

Conch Shell: a neon Barbie pink.

Sharktooth: an opaque bright white.  I am presently wearing this on my nails as I type. 🙂

Starfish Glow: a bright neon magenta pink.

Ocean Bloom: a hot fuchsia.

Tropical Sunset: a vivid red coral.

Monsoon Melon: a creamy orange melon shade.

For more information on Jessica cosmetics, or to purchase, check them out here: http://www.jessicacosmetics.com/

Gelish gel polish Swatches

Gelish gel polish Swatches 0

I recently tried some of the gre

at Gelish gel polish colors by Hand & Nail Harmony.

Carnival Hangover: a warm fuchsia.

Shake it till you Samba: a bright neon pink watermelon shade.

Gossip Girl: a dark fuchsia.

Strut your Stuff: a deep dark rich chocolate brown.

Hot Rod Red: a true pure perfect red shade.

Sweet Dream: a milky white sheer shade.  Would be great for french manicures, or for clients who want a white washed look.

Simple Sheer: an incredibly sheer, virtually clear shade.  There is a subtle light pink tinge to this essentially sheer clear shade.  Makes the nail appear a healthy and with a slight rosy pink glow.  Is ideal for clients who prefer a natural nail look.

Each swatch shown here is 2 coats, cured each for 30 seconds in an LED light.

For more information on Gelish, please check them out at :http://gelish.com/

inm Out the Door PINK Nail Polishes!!

inm Out the Door PINK Nail Polishes!! 0

Sweet Bouquet: a pearlized soft ballet slipper pink.

Pink Carnation: a bright 70’s diner pink.  Reminds me of a bright strawberry milkshake.

1st Kiss: a metallic light silvery infused pink.

Rio Razzberry: a neon fuchsia.

A Good Year: a metallic magenta.

(All swatches shown here are 2 coats.)

To find out more about inm nail products, check them out at:http://inmnails.com/