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Dermelect Cosmeceuticals ‘Me’ Unearthed Collection review

Dermelect Cosmeceuticals ‘Me’ Unearthed Collection review 0

"Bringing to life a palette of modern earth tones that evoke the rich, diverse hues found in nature, Dermelect Cosmeceuticals' brand new 'ME' 2016 Unearthed Collection features six vibrant shades that marry the beauty of Mother Nature with the opulence of high fashion runway trends.

"The Unearthed Collection was inspired by the colors of the season, which are drawn from various elements of nature, including lava, copper, soil and bright foliage," said Elle, Celebrity Nail Tech and Dermelect Color Curator. "Our palette is meant to awaken a new appreciation for nature's unparalleled beauty by delivering modern earth tones that are equally varied in color and texture yet come together to create unexpected synergy."

Beyond importing gorgeous, long-lasting color on nails and toes, Dermelect's Unearthed Collection gives back to the earth it draws inspiration from by partnering with the non-profit Trees for the Future (trees.org). The brand has committed to plant one, new tree for every polish sold from the collection through April 2017 with a minimum donation of 10,000 trees planted.  Trees for the Future improves the livelihoods of impoverished farmers by revitalizing degraded lands and planting over 128 million trees over the world to help people break out of poverty and address the global environment.

"Trees for the Future is thrilled to partner with Dermelect," said John Leary, Executive Director of Trees for the Future. "We applaud Dermelect for their commitment to making this planet a more beautiful place." according to the official press release.

The Unearthed Collection is comprised of the following shades-

Diggin' You: a brown cream, with slight mauve/purple undertones. [creme burnt umber]

To the Core: a chrome orangey/copper. [russet copper]

Verdure: a dark mysterious jungle green cream. [lush hunter green]

What A Gem: a light pearlized pink. [shimmery pale quartz] 

Nobody's Fool: a shiny yellow gold with very yellow undertones. [chrome marigold]

Magmatized: a deep cranberry crimson red cream. [fiery red]

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

After reading the story behind the collection I was not only quite moved, but I had a new found respect for the colors.  Everything suddenly made complete sense and told a story.  At first glance I felt the shades were highly autumnal and told a story, but after reading about the inspiration behind the collection and the charity aspect I was pleasantly pleased and surprised.

The colors are very gorgeous and take on a life of their own.  Some of the shades I think perhaps are more desirable than others, but needles to say, that doesn't mean someone out there might have a huge love and penchant for copper polish. 

I found all the colors painted on smoothly and evenly, including Nobody's Fool, which I anticipated to be quite streaky; the nature of the beast.

My personal favorites include: Diggin' You and What A Gem.

The Polishes retail for $14 each [11 ml or .4 fl oz], or $29 as a set, and are available now on http://dermelect.com/

 

Zoya Urban Grunge Fall 2016 Review

Zoya Urban Grunge Fall 2016 Review 0

"Introducing URBAN GRUNGE* by ZOYA!

The NEW ZOYA Urban Grunge collection of creams, metallics & holos reinterprets Grunge with a modern twist for Fall 2016! Featuring six sleek, one coat, color saturated creams plus six coordinating linear, scattered holos and metal foil metallics to amp up the voltage of the season. All densely pigmented with a smooth application.

CREAMS

  • AUGUST (ZP854): A full coverage gray like a fine, expensive leather with a mid-ranged, balanced tone.
  • MALLORY (ZP853): A full bodied, vibrant Prussian blue with a deeply saturated color.
  • TARA (ZP857): A purple plum with a balanced tone between red and purple.
  • COURTNEY (ZP856): A deep red beet root shade.
  • WYATT (ZP855): A true racing green with a deep pigment
  • NOAH (ZP858): A mid-range taupe evenly balanced between yellow and grey

METALLICS & HOLOS

  • ALICIA (ZP859): A linear holo with a touch of gold.
  • TROY (ZP864): Liquid pewter with a foil finish and an edgy touch of black and gold.
  • MERIDA (ZP861): A brilliant lush evergreen scattered holo.
  • FINLEY (ZP860): A deep royal purple scattered holo.
  • BRITTA (ZP862): A berry metallic with a red and purple, fuchsia flash.
  • ASH (ZP863): A vibrant cherry with a red and gold metallic shimmer.

AVAILABLE FOR PURCHASE AUGUST 15, 2016 ON ZOYA.COM
$10 ea.(US)"
according to the official press release. 

This latest collection includes the following shades-

Troy: dark shimmering gunmetal.

Ash: bold cranberry red with magenta pink shimmer.

Merida: emerald green with multi color shimmer.

Finley: purple grape with multi color shimmer.

Alicia: light silver with multi color shimmer.

Britta: shimmering fuchsia.

Tara: deep eggplant cream.

Courtney: oxblood cream.

August: cement gray cream.

Mallory: oceanic marine blue cream.

Noah: creamy nude beige.

Wyatt: deep emerald green cream. 

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

I am obsessed with these one coat creams Zoya keeps releasing.  By all means please keep them coming!!! The formula is amazing and honestly a dream come true to work with.  If you haven't tried them yet I highly highly recommend them.  As for the holos, they were also very fun, although not quite as pigmented as the creams.  They did however provide complete coverage in two coats. 

My personal favorites include: Alicia, Troy, Courtney and Wyatt

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

Morgan Taylor The Great Ice-Scape Winter 2016 Collection Review

Morgan Taylor The Great Ice-Scape Winter 2016 Collection Review 0

"Grabbing winter by the laces, Morgan Taylor introduces The Great Ice-Scape Winter 2016 Collection. Offering six charming shades of soft pinks, milky blues, and a copper shimmer; all inspired by the graceful art of figure skating.

"Figure skating, much like the Morgan Taylor woman, is elegant yet playful," says namesake Morgan Haile. Namesake Taylor Daniels continues' "It was essential for the colors included in this collection to have the same joyful spirit of the sport while evoking the icy-essence of the winter season." according to the official press release. 

The Great Ice-Scape Winter 2016 Collection consists of the following shades -

Flirt In A Skating Skirt: grayed out cornflower blue cream. Well pigmented. Full coverage in a single coat. [steel blue cream]

Ice Queen Anyone?: a shimmering coppery leaning rose gold. [copper shimmer]

Lace 'Em Up: a dark purple cream with gray undertones. [midnight blue cream]

Hey, Twirl-friend!: a creamy beige leaning nude. [warm nude cream]

N-ice Girls Rule: a sparkly light carnation pink. [pale pink shimmer]

Figure 8's & Heartbreaks: a deep dusty mauve cream. a 1 Coat Wonder! Full coverage in a single coat. [dusty mauve cream]

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

I absolutely Love this collection.  I think its super cute, and I adore the tongue-&-cheekness that went into all of the names.  I think Morgan Taylor is having a fun time in the creativity department selecting the names, and its definitely paying off.

The formulas were Amazing, some of the colors even providing complete coverage in only one coat. I didn't experience any issues to report of.  

My personal favorites are- Lace 'Em Up and Flirt In A Skating Skirt.

"The Great Ice-scape Winter 2016 collection from Morgan Taylor will be available for a limited time beginning November 2016 at http://www.morgantaylorlacquer.com/. The suggested retail price is $9 each."

 

Deobrah Lippmann Fall 2016 Collection: After Midnight Review

Deobrah Lippmann Fall 2016 Collection: After Midnight Review 0

"What happens After Midnight? This fall, let deborah lippmann's evocative and sultry new collection seduce you into a frenzy, featuring brand NEW shades available in her innovative Gel Lap Pro Color formula. This latest dual- patented formula infused with 10 treatment 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, Rice Protein

WEAR: Bamboo, Nonychosine F

SHINE: Nylon, Carnauba Wax

Accompanied by a new advanced contour brush, its rounded tip follows the curve of the cuticles and 320 bristles (45% more than standard brushes) spread evenly for an effortless, streak-free application. 

Allow mystery to empower you through these dark and romantic shades: Smoke Gets In Your Eyes, a smoke blue creme, After Midnight, a dark indigo creme, Wild Thing, a deep peacock creme, Love Hangover, a plum mauve creme, All Night Long, a black base with bronze shimmer and Out of the Woods, a dark chocolate creme. Paint the town- we won't tell." according to the official press release. 

the Fall 2016 After Midnight Collection contains the following shades-

After Midnight: a blackened purple cream. Excellent full coverage in a single coat.

Love Hangover: an earthy purple creme. An amazing 1 Coat Wonder!

Smoke Gets In Your Eyes: a dusty navy blue cream. A 1 Coat Wonder!

Wild Thing: a midnight teal cream. A 1 Coat Wonder!


**All Night Long: a deep dark sparkly chocolate brown. A 1 Coat Wonder,  which I find to be quite rare in a shimmer/glitter shade. (exclusive to Sephora)

**Out Of The Woods: a chocolate brown cream. A 1 Coat Wonder! (exclusive to Sephora)

(all shades shown here are only 1 single coat, and are taken outdoors in natural sunlight).

Honestly this is probably my most favorite Deborah Lippmann collection yet! The formula alone is so beyond remarkable you have to get it.  I have never seen an entire collection before that was all 1 Coat Wonders, including the glittery shade All Night Long. The shades are all gorgeous for the fall, and are definitely colors clients will request.  Each painted on smoothly, evenly, and effortlessly.  I didn't experience any issues whatsoever.

I am really digging this new and improved formula from Deborah, and the brush couldn't make me happier; it makes my job so much easier.

I can't speak highly enough of this collection, nor can I choose favorites.  You need all of the shades. 

Each bottle retails for $20, .5 fl oz (15 mL), and are available online at http://www.deborahlippmann.com/, Barneys New York, Bloomingdale's, Neiman Marcus, Nordstrom and Sephora stores nationwide. 

 

CND Fall 2016 Craft Culture Collection Review

CND Fall 2016 Craft Culture Collection Review 0

"Embrace the beauty in raw imperfections, earthly colors and weathered textures with the new Fall 2016 Craft Culture collection from CND. Hand- crafted artistry inspires a rich, one-of-a-kind palette that reflect authenticity, warmth and ruggedness.

"This season, smoky red oranges, deep reds and weathered blues capture the unique character of custom made goods. These rustic tones give the Craft Culture collection a rich depth for timeless Fall style," said CND Co-founder and Style Director Jan Arnold. "The Fall 2016 nail silhouette is short and tight with industrial finishes, evoking the heritage of artisanal craftsmanship and honoring the enduring quality of an artisan's work." according to the official press release. 


The Fall 2016 Craft Culture Shellac colors include-

Brick Knit: a terracotta brick cream.

Patina Buckle: a light raspberry with a sage green iridescent shimmer running through it.

Denim Patch: a dusty medium blue creme.

Oxblood: a deep dark blood red creme.

Hand Fired: a sparkling orangey red.

Leather Satchel: a shimmering medium tanned brown.

(all swatches shown here are two coats, cured each in an LED light for 1 minute, and are taken outdoors in natural sunlight).


Vinylux- (the Vinylux colors are the same as the Shellac accept for the following two additional colors)

Fern Flannel: a shimmering deep oceanic medium blue.

Brass Button: a glimmering yellow gold.


Additives- (comes in a set, and includes all 5 items)

Boho Beads: small round clear beads.

Russet Rage: a slightly chunky brick/rose gold glitter.

Tainted Gold: a reflective pink/purple shimmer (when burnished over black base, as shown here).

Dungarees: a shimmering deep navy blue (when burnished over black base, as shown here). 

Polished Peridot: a gilded deep green (also burnished over black, as shown here).


Overall I am really impressed with this collection.  I think it speaks very well to the Fall season and weather, and will serve as a nice transition as the weather starts to cool down.  The colors are all highly wearable. I found the formulas to be all around excellent, not experiencing any issues whatsoever. 

Some of my personal favorites include: Oxblood, Denim Patch, and Patina Buckle

I also really enjoy playing around and getting creative with the Additives.  I know the chrome trend is still going strong, so I wanted to play around with three of the pigments included in this Additves kit- Tainted Gold, Polished Peridot, and Dungarees.  I applied a black base, and with a non-wipe gel top coat, I burnished the Additives into the cured polish.  I thought the results were pretty great!  

Shellac retails for $15.95 per 7.3 mL (.25 fl oz), Vinylux retails for $10.50 per 15 mL (.5 fl oz), and the Additives Collection is sold in a set retailing for $29.75.

For more info on CND, check them out online: https://cnd.com/

Introducing Kokoist

Introducing Kokoist 0

I am very excited to introduce you all to one of Japan's best selling gel companies- Kokoist. Kokoist is one of the primary gel leaders in revolutionary high quality products and after playing around with a few of them, I can honestly say I am obsessed!

Forget gel polish, soak off gel all the way.  The potted white and black gels that I tried were hands down the best quality I have ever tried.  They were so incredibly well pigmented, my mind is still blown.  A one coat wonder black! I can't believe it, but its true folks- Maxi Black.  And the same goes for the white, Bluey White, so incredibly well pigmented.  They both painted on so smoothly, effortlessly like butter, self leveling to a beautiful finish. The potted gels retail for around $17.

The Gem Gels! Talk about a major game changer, and huge innovation.  Kokoist partnered with Kyocera in Kyoto to manufacture and synthesize "kyoto opal", "cultivated with a quartz-grain structure identical to that of naturally occurring opal." This magical stuff is sooooo fun to play and experiment with.  Gently fold it from the bottom up, do not stir the product, for best results and to maximize the opal particle's brilliance. It is incredibly easy to work with, and self leveled nicely.  I have the gem gel shown here in two shades, in White and Garnet, however it comes in a total of 5 colors, and they retail for around $20.

I highly recommend you give this brand a try. There is clearly a reason why they are one of the best sellers in Japan.

I am just grateful we can finally now have their products stateside.

For more info on Kokoist, check them out online: http://www.kokoistusa.com/

 

CND Summer 2016 Flirtation Collection Review

CND Summer 2016 Flirtation Collection Review 0

"There's an electricity of unspoken attraction in the air for Summer 2016. Evoke a subtle, sensual femininity with the new Flirtation Collection from CND. A palette of soft yet bright shades teases at the imagination and makes this collection equal parts coy, confident, and playful. 

"This season, sweet, creamy pastels are inspired by modern lace and embroidery for a delicate and refined glamour," says Jan Arnold. "The summer nail is a slim oval glazed with tender shades of coral and lilac, blushed with the spark of deepening allure. Flirtation's summer code allows you to be irresistible," according to the press release. 

The Summer 2016 Flirtation Collection consists of the following Shellac/Vinylux shades-

Be Demure: a light cotton candy pink cream.

Pink Pursuit: a dusty rose pink cream.

Honey Darlin': a soft creamy buttery yellow. 

Lavender Lace: a pale lavender with a fine silver shimmer running through it. 

Aqua-intance: an aqua blue cream.

Sparks Fly: a semi-sheer watermelon glitter. In Vinylux the comparable shade is Desert Poppy.

and the following two shades are just part of the Vinylux Collection-

Date Night: a cobalt blue cream.  Incredibly pigmented. A one coat wonder!

Skin Tease: a creamy beige nude. In the bottle there appears to be a semi faint shimmer, but it doesn't really come through once painted on the nail.

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

This is an awesome and highly wearable collection.  I feel CND stepped out of their comfort zone this season and delivered some out-there shades that are subdued and super gorgeous. There are shimmers, a glitter, and brights. 

I'm in love with both Date Night and Skin Tease, and WISH they also came in Shellac. The pigmentation of Date Night was out of this world insane amazing. And I am very grateful CND is making more nudes, like Skin Tease, because clients always request nudes, and in my opinion, you can never offer too many. 

My personal favorites from the Flirtation Collection include- Date Night, Lavender Lace, and Aqua-intance

Shellac retails for $15.95 per 7.3 mL (.25 fl oz) bottle, and Vinylux retails for $10.50 per 15 mL (.5 fl oz) bottle.

For more info on CND, check them out here: https://cnd.com/

essie gel couture review

essie gel couture review 0

"From the house of essie comes gel couture nail polish, an extravagantly sophisticated collection, crafted to perfection and fashioned to last. Designed with the haute vision of couture, the line presents 42 brand new colors with staying power that introduce luxury to your fingertips.

Inspired by fashion masterpieces and wrought by the finest maisons de couture, gel couture offers a rare 'glimpse' into the world of quality craftsmanship and artisty- from the atelier to the after party. With up to 14 days of wear, it's the connoisseur's sought-after collection that seamlessly blends technical innovation with incomparable style. 

Perfect for both salon and at-home application, the instant gel-like shine is delivered in an easy 2-step system that anyone can master.

step 1: choose from 42 new essie shades with pure color pigments that lay down rich, streak-free color for a perfectly tailored fit.

step 2: finish with our cutting-edge, high gloss top coat. This quick-drying top coat helps protect color and magnifies shine for an ultra-glossy finish without a lamp.

essie gel couture unveils a stunning, luxury polish bottle inspired by covetable, twirling dresses of the runway. Its beauty is guaranteed to be the envy of front row fashionistas everywhere. The revolutionary patent-pending swirl stem brush with a tapered cut ensures perfect color application. Its meticulous design hugs the curvature of the nail. Now you can master the runway with instant gel-like shine and avant essie color." according to the official press release.  

the 16 essie gel couture shades I have to share with you here include-

Rock the Runway: a bright firey cherry red cream.  [fierce scarlet red]

2. Sit me in the Front Row: a deep magenta cream.  [distinguished juicy raspberry]

3. Haute to Trot: a playful peony pink cream. [handcrafted lavender rose]

4. Model Citizen: a medium magenta cream.  [flawless light deep pink]

5. On the List: a coral peach cream.  [prolific tangerine coral] 

6. Beauty Nap: a sage green cream.  [dreamy gray-moss]

7. Labels Only: a medium lavender with a pink shimmer running through it.  [lavish frosted sapphire]

8. Find me on a Man-nequin: a blue purple hybrid cream.  [magnetic ultramarine blue]

9. Twill Seeker: a medium grayed out purple with an iridescent green shimmer running through it.  [enchanting pewter with sage luster]

10. Model Clicks: a rich oxblood cream.  [fashionable aubergine wine]

11. Gala-Vanting: a deep burgundy cream.  [jovial marooned red]

12. Surrounded by Studs: a dark navy blue cream with slate gray undertones.   [bejeweled blue]

13. Caviar Bar: an indigo navy blue cream.  [magnificent deep navy]

14. Pre-show Jitters: an off white cream with slight pink undertones. [alabaster white]

15. Make the Cut: a pearlized taupe beige cream.  It's so gorgeous and super unique in my opinion  [pearlized nude greige]

16. Fairy Tailor: a semi sheer pink nude. You can see visible nail line through it.  [sheer nude pink]

(all swatches shown here are 2 coats, and are taken outdoors in natural light).

I am absolutely in LOVE with this latest line from Essie.  When I was first exposed to it back in April at the Nail Pro Pasadena trade show I was super impressed- the bottle, the packaging, the bristles, the brush, the pigmentation, almost everything about it.

I don't think I have ever used a polish that painted on more smoothly, evenly, or as easily as this does.  The contoured brush bristles make painting near the cuticle area a dream come true.  The revolutionary swirl design on the brush helps prevent polish dripage, which can be a huge bummer not to mention a complete mess.  

The fact that the polish dries faster than conventional polishes is a huge plus not only for me as a tech, but more importantly for my clients who impatiently wait for their nails to dry.  And if I am working on a set, this product line is an absolute dream come true. 

The color offerings are perfect too.  Not too many colors, but just enough to please everyone's taste and preferences. 

The top coat is smooth, and pleasantly plump.  

One of my biggest concerns was storage.  I was worried that due to the beautiful shape of the bottles, I would have issues storing the polishes on my nail polish wall racks.  Need not fear.  The bottles fit perfectly, and aligned very beautifully at an elegant angle. 

Some of my personal favorites include: Make the Cut, Caviar Bar, and Rock the Runway

essie's gel couture nail polish retails at $11.50 per bottle and will be available at http://www.essie.com/gel-couture, fine salons and beauty destinations nationwide. 

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/ 

Zoya Seashells & Sunsets Summer 2016 Collection Review

Zoya Seashells & Sunsets Summer 2016 Collection Review 0

"ZOYA INTRODUCES TWO STUNNING NEW COLLECTIONS
FOR SUMMER 2016!
 Zoya Seashells & Sunsets

SEASHELLS: NEW Fresh from the shore...
Six sparkling, textured Zoya PixieDust* ** colors.

  • Levi - ZP841: Beige gold textured PixieDust with medium holographic hexes. Designed to update a classic neutral pixie with a little more glam.
  • Linds - ZP842: Cherry red textured PixieDust with red and fuchsia glitter to mimic the look of maraschino cherries dipped in sugar.
  • Zooey - ZP843: Classic pink textured PixieDust laced with a fine thread of gold and medium sized holographic hexes for an added layer of dimension.
  • Cece - ZP844: Full impact green, textured PixieDust with a thin vein of gold creating a fizzy lemon-lime effect.
  • Bay - ZP845: Sky blue textured PixieDust with fine silver and gold glitter creating a dreamy effect. Reminiscent of cloud gazing on warm summer days!
  • Tilly - ZP846: Starry grey textured PixieDust with a small holographic glitter interwoven with a darker gunmetal. Perfect for hot nights out on the town! 

SUNSETS: NEW Captured from the sky...
Six stunning Zoya Nail Polish* one-coat creams.

  • Cam - ZP847: Deep, fully saturated orange with a densely saturated, buttery smooth application. Rich and juicy like a ripe tangerine!
  • Dixie - ZP848: Juicy watermelon red with a densely saturated, buttery smooth application. A cool treat for hot summer days!
  • Brynn - ZP849: Popsicle pink with a densely saturated, buttery smooth application. The epitome of happy carefree color!
  • Liv - ZP850: Fun-filled purple that is seriously saturated and makes a statement! Great on any skin tone, with or without a tan.
  • Dory - ZP851: Vibrant cornflower blue with a densely saturated, buttery smooth application. Get ready to rock the waves!
  • Ness - ZP852: Softened jade green with a hint of blue to make it wearable for all skin tones. Reminiscent of sea glass found on your favorite beaches! 

AVAILABLE on ZOYA.COM NOW!

ZOYA NAIL POLISH – 0.5oz bottles
$10
(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.

**ZOYA PIXIEDUST APPLICATION: For best results apply 2-3 thin coats of polish for full coverage to a clean oil free nail surface. Allow product to dry completely for full effect. Top coat can be applied for additional glossy effects." according to the official press release.

The Seashells collection PixieDust consists of the following shades-

Bay: a sparkling oceanic aqua blue with micro holographic particles.

Levi: a sparkling yellow gold with micro holographic particles.

Cece: a sparkling celery grass green with micro holographic particles.

Linds: a sparkling cherry red with micro holographic particles.

Tilly: a sparkling lavender tinged silver with micro holographic particles.

Zooey: a sparkling medium pink grapefruit with micro holographic particles. 

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

The Sunsets cream collection includes the following shades-

Liv: a medium purple cream.

Dory: a medium bold blue cream.

Cam: a bold orange cream.

Dixie: a hot red cream with magenta undertones. 

Ness: a grass green cream.

Brynn: a hot magenta cream.

(all swatches shown here are 1 single coat, and are taken outdoors in natural sunlight).

I am beyond obsessed with these two collections.  First of all, I have always been a huge fan of the PixieDust line.  I think this set in particular is the prettiest and best one yet!  The micro fine holographic glitter particles in each of the shades really adds tremendous dimension, depth, and a shiny brilliancy I haven't seen in the other PixieDust collections.

As far as the Sunsets collection, super highly pigmented one coat creams are my obsession.  If a client is in a rush, or if I am in an absolute pinch on a photoshoot set, these polishes are a dream come true.  One coat and you have creamy smooth even perfection.  I wish all nail polishes came in a formula like this.  Heaven has finally answered my nail polish prayers. ^_^

My personal favorites include: Dixie, Dory, Tilly and Bay.

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. 

SS 2016 Cuccio Colour Cruise Collection Review

SS 2016 Cuccio Colour Cruise Collection Review 0

"All hands on deck as we set sail on the maiden voyage of the SS Cuccio Colour Cruise Collection. A nautical inspired collection of modern Spring shades guaranteed to help you navigate the changing tides of current styles and fashion in 2016. Ride this wave of glowing, illuminating shades on what we like to call the Love Boat of Colour!" according to the official ad. 

The SS Cuccio Colour Cruise Collection consists of the following shades:

Pier Pressure: a soft pale pink nude creme.

Shore Thing: light icy blue frost with gold shimmer running through it.

On Sail: a carnation pink creme.

Got the Navy Blues: a deep royal blue creme. Had great coverage with even one coat.

I Want Moor: a soft peachy champagne pearl.  Had amazing coverage, especially for a polish with this type of finish.

Message in a Bottle: a pale lilac with pink shimmer running through it.

All Decked Out: a coral pink creme.

All Tied Up: a cornflower blue creme.  Incredibly pigmented. 

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

This is a wonderful collection for the spring time, there is something offered here for everyone.  I really appreciate the funny and quirky names.  In the past, Cuccio's names never really struck a major chord with me, but perhaps they have hired someone new in their naming division ;).

I was really impressed with the formulas on these polishes.  Many of the colors were very highly saturated with pigment, meaning you get great coverage with even one coat.  I didn't experience any issues with streaking or brushstrokes.

My personal favorites in this collection include: All Tied Up, Shore Thing, and Message in a Bottle.  

For more information on Cuccio, check them out online here: http://cuccio.com/