product review

Dashing Diva Pro French Wrap Manicure – Tutorial 0

I Love how easy to use the French Wrap Manicure kit from Dashing Diva Professional is. You create the Perfect smile line each and every time, and there is absolutely No chipping!

The French Wrap Manicure Kit physically includes Everything you need to create 20 full sets of Perfect French manicures:

– 140 French white thick bands (for long free edges)

– 140 French white thin bands (for short free edges) 

– Base & Top seals

– Brush on Glue

– Pink file 150/240 grit

– White file 100/180 grit

– an informative display table tent

– and instruction booklet

For more information on this or any other Dashing Diva Professional products, check out their website here: http://dashingdivapro.com/

Gel II Reaction Color Changing Gels!

Gel II Reaction Color Changing Gels! 0

I can never get enough of Gel II Reaction color changing gels.  They are my most favorite, and people just go nuts when they see the colors change in front of their very eyes.

Also, the fact that NO base coat or primer is required, saves you so much time when servicing clients!!

The shades I’ve swatched here include:

After Dark: black when cold, changes to a light gray when warm.  A thin coat of this can be used over any gel art design, and will still show through.

Champagne Fizz: a bright fuchsia when cold that changes to white when warm.

Shark Bite: a deep purple when cool that changes to a bright aqua blue. My personal favorite and most dramatic color changing in the collection!!

Jamaican Winter: a deep mysterious teal when cool that changes to a bright neon tropical green.

Hawaiian Hurricane: a dark primary blue when cool that changes to an ocean cerulean blue when warm.

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

For more information on Gel II & their fabulous innovative products, check them out at: http://www.geltwo.com/

VETRO!

VETRO! 0

I recently met with the wonderful folks of VETRO at this years ISSE Convention in Long Beach.  Introduced for the first time ever to the US market at the convention. VETRO is a gel polish line made in Japan from the creators of ever popular brand Bella Forma.

The line has 69 beautiful gel colors.  The line also has some innovative products exclusive to them, such as the “Flat Design” and “Design Liner,” that are nail art brushes suspended in a cleansing solution, that enable you to easily create peacock designs, fine art, marble effect, or tie- dye patterns using any color you prefer.

Some of their colors, like 065 Luce Bronze, swatched here, come with a built in thin detailing liner brush, so nail art and design are a breeze.

I chose 3 colors from the line to showcase and swatch here.

076-Oro: a shiny sparkling bright yellow gold.

006-Seta Lip: a pearlized soft baby pink.

065-Luce Bronze: a sparkling rose gold.  This shade as the built in liner brush for detailing and nail art work.

Each of the colors shown here are two coats, cured each for 20 seconds in an LED lamp as directed.

For more information on VETRO, check out their website: http://www.vetro.jp/en/

My Top 9: CND Shellac

My Top 9: CND Shellac 0

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

Azure Wish: the perfect creamy robin egg blue.

Water Park: a metallic shimmering ocean blue.

Lilac Longing: a soft purple that’s irrisistible.

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

Rock Royalty: a rasin purple.

Rubble: a smoky taupe.

Fedora: a vampy blood midnight burgundy red.

Asphalt: a dark slate granite/gray.

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

(each swatch shown here is 2 coats)

Check out http://www.cnd.com/ for more on their incredible Shellac, and other nail products

inm Gelavish Northern Lights Collection!!

inm Gelavish Northern Lights Collection!! 0

Brand spanking new, introduced for the first time ever at the ISSE Beauty trade show last weekend at the Long Beach Convention Center. This collection is comprised of 7 densely packed glitter gel polishes, that will allow you to never hand mix glitter again, saving tons of salon time. I could not recommend these enough! They are each so great and wonderful.

Red: a sparkling pure ruby red.

Mauve: a soft shimmering salmon pink.

Fuchsia: a fabulous fine fuchsia

Aquamarine: an aqua blue with micro green shimmer particles as well.

Silver: micro fine holographic silver. My personal favorite in the collection.  I’ve looked all over for the perfect holographic glitter gel, and I feel I have finally found it.

Gold: micro fine holographic gold. Has reflective green glitter particles in it that really help add dimension and sheen. Also one of my favorites in the collection.

Black: an opaque black gel, with multi colored glitter

(all swatches shown here were 2 coats, cured for 30 seconds each in an LED lamp.)

For more information on INM, check them out at: http://inmnails.com/

Cuccio Colour Veneer Pastel Collection Spring 2014

Cuccio Colour Veneer Pastel Collection Spring 2014 0

I recently got my hands on the la

test collection for Spring 2014 from the folks of Cuccio and I LOVE it!! The collection is comprised of 6 highly pigmented and beautiful pastel shades that will definitely satisfy even the pickiest of salon customers.

The colors include-

Pinky Swear: a pretty pastel pink.

Quick as a Bunny: a light cement gray.

Life’s a Peach: a creamy pastel peach. Reminds me of peach flavored yogurt from when I was a kid.

In the Key of Lime: almost a pure chartreuse.  It is a perfect cross between yellow and lime green.

Mint Condition: a pastel green mint. Reminds me of the melt-away mints from my childhood.  One of my favorite shades in the collection.

Under a Blue Moon: the perfect cornflower blue.  This is my personal favorite color in the collection!  It reminds me a lot of Essie’s highly popular “Bikini so Teeny,” but this is so much better because it’s gel and will not chip.

All swatches shown here are 2 coats, each cured for 30 seconds in an LED lamp.

For more information on these or other Cuccio products, check them out at: http://cuccio.com/

CND Shellac Intimates Collection Swatches!!

CND Shellac Intimates Collection Swatches!! 0

I recently got to review one of the latest Shellac collections from the folks over at CND– the Intimates collection.  This collection is comprised of 4 shades natural pink/ blush shades that are very feminine and flattering.  These shades are perfect for conservative clients, or those who work in corporate 9-5 type jobs.

The collection includes:

Bare Chemise: A pale peach nude pink with a very subtle shimmer in it. The lightest of the 4 shades.

Nude Knickers: a light peachy pink nude shade.

Blush Teddy: a light bubble gum pink. features a very fine and subtle blue shimmer that runs through it.

Satin Pajamas: a dusty rose pink, with a bit of mauve mixed in it.

(For each swatch shown here I did 2 coats.)

For more information on CND or to find out where to purchase, please check them out at: https://www.cnd.com/

Gel II Reaction Remix Color Changing Gel Polish Swatches!!

Gel II Reaction Remix Color Changing Gel Polish Swatches!! 0

I recently got to try out some of the best selling shades from Gel II’s Reaction Remix color changing gel polish line available now.  I Love Gel II gel polishes for many reasons, because they are always on the forefront of technology, and they do not require a base coat or primer!!

Aloha Bay Bay: a dark sparkly cobalt blue when room temperature.  A mint green when warm. As seen on singer Rihanna recently!! This is my personal favorite in this collection.

Sun Goddess: a shimmering bright orange-coral when at room temperature.  A shimmering light ballet slipper pink color when warm.

Hibis- Kiss:  a shimmering dark burgundy purple when at room temperature.  A shimmering rich pink color when warm.

All swatches shown here are 2 coats cured in an LED lamp for 30 seconds each.  Colors change based on temperature.

For more information on Gel II or any of their products, check them out at their website:http://www.geltwo.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/

Artistic Colour Gloss Holiday 2013 Collection

Artistic Colour Gloss Holiday 2013 Collection 0

I recently had the privilege of trying the brand new Artistic Colour Gloss Holiday 2013 Collection of various gold and glitter gel polishes from Artistic Nail Design.  I am obsessed with all 4 shades in this collection, and will definitely be a Favorite of many clients!!

Goddess: the perfect rose gold shade! Not many gel polish companies on the market make a rose gold color, and this one is gorgeous! It has a foil/shimmer finish to it, and applied very smoothly and effortlessly.

Gorgeous: a great light holiday yellow gold shade.  This too had a foil/shimmer finish, and applied smoothly.

Gold Digger: a fine light gold glitter, with hologram particles sparsely throughout, suspended in a clear gel base. Can be used on its own, or layered on top of any gel polish shade, for a glitter effect.

Glamorous: a multi-sized gold glitter suspended in a clear base.  This too can be used on its own, or as a top coat to any other shade.

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

For more information on Artistic Nail Design or the other products they offer, check them out at: http://www.artisticnaildesign.com/

Artistic Colour Gloss Winter 2013 Collection

Artistic Colour Gloss Winter 2013 Collection 0

I recently had the privilege of trying out the latest Artistic Colour Gloss Winter 2013 Collection of micro fine glitter/shimmer gel polishes from Artistic Nail Design.  The colors in this 4 piece collection are all wonderful, and would be great to offer your clients.

Sinful: a shimmering cranberry holiday red.

Loyal: a shimmering denim blue shade.

Envied: a shimmering solid green shade.  Out of the 4 colors in this collection this was the only shade that was slightly problematic for me.  This shade did not apply as smoothly as the other shades did, and I had some issued with improper curing and shrinkage.  Perhaps I just got a faulty bottle.  Nonetheless, I am still a big fan of the color, and find it very pretty.

Desired: a shimmering purple magenta shade.

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

For more information on Artistic Nail Design or the other products they offer, check them out at: http://www.artisticnaildesign.com/

ENP Nail Design Glitter Acrylic Powder Pt. II

ENP Nail Design Glitter Acrylic Powder Pt. II 0

I recently tried more of the awesome glitter acrylic powders from ENP Nail Design, and again I’m pleased with their color offerings.

1) Supernova a white base, with multi- irridescent glitter.  .

2) Pink Lace– a pale baby pink, light baby pink with holographic iridescent glitter particles in various sizes.

3) Sassy Purple– a sparkling purple with purple and copper micro glitters.

4) Sunburst– a bright lemon yellow glitter.

5) Cosmic Blue– an aqua cerulean blue glitter.

6) Rocky Road– a rich chocolate brown glitter. A Perfect shade to do desert themed art with!!.

7) Blueberry Hill– a rich navy blue glitter.

8) Mint Hint the palest mint green glitter shade.

9) Orange Slice- a vibrant summery orange glitter.

10) Wintergreen- a teal green glitter.

11) Mai Tai- a tropical pink glitter.

For more information on ENP Nail Design Acrylic powders or other products, check them out at: http://www.eznails.net/acrylic.htm

ENP Nail Design Metallic Acrylic Powder

ENP Nail Design Metallic Acrylic Powder 0

I recently tried out some shimmering metallic acrylic powders from ENP Nail Design. 

1) Metallic Pink a warm shimmer pink.

2) Metallic Bright Blue- a shimmering primary classic blue.

3) Metallic Lemon Gold– a holiday worthy gold with yellow undertones.

4) Metallic Bright Red– also a holiday worthy shade, a red with brown undertones.

5) Metallic Multi Silver– a micro multi shimmer holographic fine glitter.  This is my personal favorite in this collection! It is so shiny and beautiful!!

For more information on ENP Nail Design Acrylic powders or other products, check them out at: http://www.eznails.net/acrylic.htm

ENP Nail Design Colored Acrylic Powder

ENP Nail Design Colored Acrylic Powder 0

I recently tried out some highly pigmented colored acrylic powders from ENP Nail Design. 

1) Vivid Violet a light lavender.

2) Cherry Tomato- a timeless classic red.

3) Romantic Rose– a pale pink carnation.

4) Deep Blue Sea– a royal blue.

For more information on ENP Nail Design Acrylic powders or other products, check them out at: http://www.eznails.net/acrylic.htm

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/