ISSE Long Beach 2017

ISSE Long Beach 2017 0

I had the best time this year at ISSE 2017.  The annual hair, beauty, makeup, nail, and spa show that takes place at the Long Beach Convention Center was held this year on January 28-30.  

This year was very different from years passed.  Primarily, almost all of the nail brands were situated near each other, making my life and job a whole lot easier.  In years passed, nail companies were mixed throughout the show so you kind of had to search high and low to find them.

Some of the nail brands in attendance included: Akzentz, Belava, Bio Sculpture Gel, China Glaze, Christrio, Color Club, Skyline Beauty Supply, ibd, Jessica Cosmetics, LeChat, Nail Labo, Orly, E Nail Couture, Sha-Nail Pro, Vetro, Young Nails, Gelish, Morgan Taylor, Entity Beauty, Artistic Nail Design, Famous Names, Bio Seaweed Gel, etc.  

Some nail brands that showed there for the first time included: Aora Nails, Kokoist, Joya Mia, Brillbird USA, and NCLA. 

Some of the nail brands not there this year: essie, CND, Light Elegance, INM, Crystal Nails, ENP, OPI, & Apres Nails. 

I loved meeting up with the various companies and catching up and seeing whats new.

I also enjoyed meeting with the newer brands showing for the first time at the convention.  Brillbird USA, for instance, is an awesome highly extensive product line from Hungary.  They offered so many cool things including one stroke art paint, 3-D sculpting gels, and flakey chrome pigments, which is soon to become all the rage.

Aora Nails, this was their first year at the show and they made quite a splash with their huge and highly impressive booth showcasing their chrome pigments and magnetic gel polishes. 

Kokoist, a fantastic brand from Japan, was there for the first time, showing their gorgeous highly pigmented potted gels and highly popular fine brushes.

NCLA was there to promote their new line of gel polishes, Gelous?, which I recently got to try and must say, I really Love the formula. They're all 7-free, highly pigmented, and last up to three weeks. 

As a whole, I would say this year was year of Chrome. Almost every brand was offering some sort of iteration of the trendy pigment powder, and performing many demos showing what can be achieved with it.  Some of the brands offering chrome included- Skyline Beauty Supply, Nail Labo, Aora Nails, Bio Seaweed Gel, Bio Structure Gel, LeChat Nails, and E Nail Couture. The most impressive and informational of all the brands I felt was LeChat.  They have a rather extensive offering of chromes, 12 colors, and one of their top educators, Anastasiia Morozova, showed me a few of her award winning design techniques. 

Some of the brands did things differently this year and combined booths creating an almost mega booth.  Hand and Nail Harmony, for instance,  partnered up with Skyline Beauty Supply and had one large booth representing many of their brands, including: Morgan Taylor, Gelish, Artistic Nail Design, and Entity Beauty. 

Skyline Beauty Supply probably had the biggest of all the companies booths, having 5 different segments all showcasing different things.  There was Whale Spa on one end,  Vetro in the middle,  Sha-Nail Pro on the other side of that wall, Chrome Pigments and matte top coats were in their own section, and then Hand and Nail Harmony section as mentioned previously.  So they definitely took up the most floor space at the show this year and had the largest booth.  

Nonetheless, I would have to say Nail Labo was yet again the busiest booth of the show.  Whether it's demos with famed celebrity nail artists, like Britney Tokyo or Miho Nails, looki-loos, or just shoppers stocking up on their favorite brand at a discount.  

I can't fail to mention I met one of my favorite YouTubers, Suzie Manko, from Suzie's Nail Career Education.  She was so sweet and lovely in person I adore her all the more.

Like every year, I had each of my nails done by a different nail artist from around the world.  My absolute favorite this year goes to my left thumb which features a hand drawn portrait of my malti-poo BooBoz, by the highly talented Vu Nguyen.  It took him around ten minutes to do, and literally used just white and black gel polish in various mixed ratios.  The result is absolutely stunning and so life like.   

If you weren't able to make it to this years show, I highly suggest checking it out next year, there is already information up on the website.  Also, if you don't want to commit to a three day pass, you can always go for one day and still have an amazing experience.

For more info on ISSE, check out their website here: 



Introducing Nail Labo’s Presto Gel

Introducing Nail Labo’s Presto Gel 0

Hello everyone.

I am so excited to introduce an amazing product line to you all from Nail Labo in Japan- Presto Gel.  A full line of the highest grade professional nail tech products around, it is known as “the most advanced soak- off system on the market to date.”  I am truly blown away by Nail Labo and it’s products.

There are many reasons as to why this company is different from its competitors.  First of all, they use only “Safety LED light: unlike existing UV lights, Presto LED curing technology has been commonly used in the dental industry and proven to be safe & reliable.”  Second, “Safe and great handling gel: the development of Presto Gels was achieved by applying dental technology in its construction, so that its viscosity is just right for controlled handling and lasting stability.  The Clear Gel is the base that adheres well with very little shrinkage.  The Top Gel prevents discoloration and leaves a beautiful luster finish.”


And lastly, “Trusted quality of “Made in Japan”: development and manufacturing of Presto Gels has been carried out in Japan under strict inspections and oversight to ensure the safety and stability of product quality assurance.”

The latest line Nail Labo’s is introducing to their Presto Gel line is a collaborative effort of nail art gels with famed LA celebrity based nail artists Britney Tokyo & Natalie Minerva (Nail Swag) called Tokyo Swag.  Comprised of 6 shades, these highly non viscose gels (meaning they do not spread or bleed) are essential for any and all techs who perform nail art!

DSCN5761DSCN5763DSCN5777DSCN5790DSCN5781 DSCN5778DSCN5785

The six shades of Tokyo Swag art gel include:

Swag #1: a classic cherry red


Swag #2: a true vivid blue


Swag #3: a sunshine yellow


Swag #4: a grassy green


Swag #5: a perfect bright pink


Swag #6: a tangerine orange


In addition to these Tokyo Swag art gels, Presto already has in their line an incredible black and white shade you can use for all nail art purposes: A02 (black) & A01 (white)

DSCN5770 DSCN5772

I have tried and worked with many different brand’s art gels before, but these are hands down the BEST art gels I have ever used!  The non-viscose formula is Perfection, which means the gels stay where you put them; there is no bleeding, sliding, or spreading of product whatsoever.  They are incredibly well pigmented, you can even paint light colors, like yellow, onto black!! The art gels are also good to use straight out of the packaging! No stirring necessary.  It’s unbelievable!  I have never experienced this with any other gel product.  They also cure in a record breaking 20 seconds in LED! Saving time on in the process is always a major plus!

In addition to their gels, I also got to try out some of Nail Labo’s extensive brush offerings.


All of these art brushes shown are made using the highest quality Kolinsky hair, and best of all, they include an aluminum brush cap, to protect them for safe storage and free from dust!

Gel Brush- Gel Design: I use it to cover larger areas with color, for instance filling in a character’s face, or painting a large bow.


Gel Brush- Art #4: is the finest of the art brushes.  I use this for all small detail work, like outlines or painting lace.

DSCN5827 DSCN5833

Gel Brush- Art #6: I use this for all line work.  Painting lines, grids, outlines, things of that nature.

DSCN5821 DSCN5822


Gel Brush- Art #11: with long pointed needle like whiskers, this brush too is great for line work.

DSCN5820 DSCN5817


I am not a great artist, so by all means please be kind, but here are some samples of some art work I have done using the Tokyo Swag art gels and Presto Brushes:

DSCN5835  DSCN5837  DSCN5839  DSCN5841  DSCN5842  DSCN5845  DSCN5847

I honestly can’t say enough good things about my experience with Presto Gels and all of the Nail Labo products.  To not only say that they are of the best quality is an understatement.  They are truly perfection.  Low odor, easy to use, highly pigmented, no bleeding, and fast curing.  If you haven’t tried them out yet, do yourself a favor and get some.  This brand is trusted and coveted from some of the best nail artists in the world.  If it’s good enough for them, it’s good enough for us too. 🙂

For more information on Nail Labo, check out their website:

And to purchase their amazing products: