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Morgan Taylor Beauty & the Beast Collection Spring 2017 Review

Morgan Taylor Beauty & the Beast Collection Spring 2017 Review 0

"This spring is the season your dreams come true; Gelish MINI and Morgan Taylor introduce the Beauty and The Beast 2017 collection.  In correlation with Walt Disney Pictures' release of the live-action film, Beauty and the Beast, the collection is filled with dreamy shades in red pearls and pink and baby blue cremes.  This whimsical collection will make the wearer feel like the Belle at any ball!

"It's extremely wonderful to collaborate with Disney again and create this collection for the Beauty and the Beast live-action movie," says Danny Haile. "We wanted to be honorable guests of this beloved and classic story by developing colors that reflect the beauty that comes from within." according to the official press release.   

The collection consists of the following colors-

Gaston and On and On: a baby blue creme.

Plumette with Excitement: a pale dusty pink creme.

Potts of Tea: a milky off white with blue undertones and shimmer running through it. My personal favorite in the collection. [alabaster]

The Last Petal: a shimmering raspberry. [red pearl]

Be Our Guest: a bold magenta pink creme. [pink creme]

Days in the Sun: a light buttery yellow with iridescence running through it. [yellow]

Enchanted Patina: an antique bronze.  Relatively sheer on its own, best to be used on top of another color. [specialty Patina overlay coat. *Morgan Taylor only] (not available in Gelish)

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

I think this collection beautifully represents the film.  The colors are fun, fanciful, but also practical and highly wearable.  Potts of Tea is my personal favorite, its just so unique and different from all other shades on the market.

I am a big fan of the Enchanted Patina.  I think its a very cool concept and easily allows you to transform virtually any color you already own.  With regards to this collection, however, I say it looks best over Gaston and On and On, and Plumette with Excitement.

Also worth mentioning is the new and improved brush.  I am obsessed with this new wider and cuticle hugging brush.  There are significantly more bristles, and the end of the bristles have a slight curve to them, so they really fit in perfectly up to the cuticle line, allowing for perfect and easy painting application. 

The movie comes out nationwide March 17, 2017. Make sure to check out the trailer below.

The Beauty and the Beast collection from Morgan Taylor and Gelish will be available for a limited time beginning February 2017, and will retail for $9 each.

For more info, check out Morgan Taylor online here: https://www.morgantaylorlacquer.com/

 

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/

 

CND Spring 2016 Art Vandal Collection Review

CND Spring 2016 Art Vandal Collection Review 0

"Spring 2016 will reinterpret the classics for a new masterpiece of self-expression. Leave your mark with originality, irreverence, and expressiveness with the new Art Vandal collection from CND.

“This season, bright strokes of color disrupt the familiar as art is redesigned and repurposed,” says CND Co-founder and Style Director Jan Arnold. “Nails will be shaped into short, soft, squared canvases that evoke extraordinary color while articulating exquisitely abstract pattern and design. The ultimate Art Vandal is simply complex with organized clutter.” according to the official press release. 

I've got all three parts of the Art Vandal Collection to share with you all.  

First up, the Shellac shades-

Mauve Maverick: a soft pink peony cream.

Art Basil: a bright green that has slight teal undertones.  Has a subtle gold shimmer running through it.

Untitled Bronze: a glistening rosey coppery bronze.

Magenta Mischief: a deep shimmering magenta, that has slight purple undertones.

Digi-teal: a bold bright blue cream. Almost an aqua blue.

Future Fuchsia: a neon Barbie pink with shimmer running through it.

(all swatches shown here are two coats, cured each for 30 seconds in an LED light, and are taken outdoors in natural light).

Shellac retails for $15.95 per 7.3 mL (.25 fl oz) bottle.


With regards to Vinylux, most of the shades are the same color as the Shellac counterparts, except for the following which are exclusively Vinylux-

Irreverent Rose: a rich dusty rose pink cream.

Tutti Frutti: a neon Barbie pink with shimmer running through it.  This I believe is the lacquer version of Shellac: Future Fuchsia. They are very similar colors, if not identical.

Sienna Scribble: a creamy pearlized golden beige.  A rather difficult color to describe, but gorgeous nonetheless. 

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

Vinylux retails for $10.50 per 15 mL (.5 fl oz) bottle.


And last but not least, the Additives collection-

Exhibition (glitter): a glistening fine almost white glitter.  Over white it looks like magical snow.  Over black it has a chunky gunmetal glitter appearance.   

Twinkle Pink (glitter): a glistening bright pink glitter.  Over white it retains its bright bold pinkness, but when applied over black, it becomes a shimmering blue/purple glitter.

Confetti Kiss (glitter): a chunky matte white hexagonal glitter.  Pretty straight forward on this one.

Cobalt Crush (pigment effect): a fine blue/purple shimmer powder.  Over white its a beautiful purple/blue.  When applied over black, it becomes a glistening deep purple.

Lavender Whispers (pigment effect): an iridescent light lavender pigment powder.  When applied over white it maintains it's proper color, but when applied over black it becomes like a gorgeous green/gray shimmering shade.

(for the Additives, I showed how they would look on both white and black shades as a base).

The Additives collection retails for $29.75 for the set. 


This is a super fun collection.  I absolutely Love the names.  To me these are some of the most creative/ tongue-and-cheek names CND has come out with yet! 

These are gorgeous shades to help us all transition into the new warmer weather.  Bold, bright, flirty colors reign supreme for sure.  There are a few different finishes too which I enjoy, ranging from solid creams to iridescent shimmers.

As far as the formulas are concerned I didn't experience any issues whatsoever.  I found both the Shellac and Vinylux to be very well pigmented, providing complete coverage in two coats. 

If I had to pick favorites, they'd include: Future Fuchsia, Art Basil, Untitled Bronze, and Sienna Scrible.

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

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.

CHANEL Sunrise Trip 683 Review

CHANEL Sunrise Trip 683 Review 0

Leave it to the folks at CHANEL to introduce a single color for the Spring Summer 2016 season! Only they could do this, and boy am I ever obsessed.  

The notion that companies introduce upwards of 18 colors in a single collection I find silly and unnecessary.  How many shades of bright cherry red creme do we honestly need? CHANEL typically introduces 3 shades in a season's collection, however, they're starting off this year with a bang by focusing on a single color- Sunrise Trip #683.

Sunrise Trip is quite magical and a chameleon of sorts.  It is a purple/blue hybrid that sort of changes depending on the light's reflection.  It is a jelly finish, which I personally Love, and is quite unique for CHANEL polish.  Typically CHANEL polish comes in a creme or pearlized finish, but this glass-like jelly formula I absolutely adore.  It painted on smoothly and evenly, with absolutely no visible brush strokes or streaking.

Very highly pigmented, in a single coat there is tremendous coverage.  With two coats you have complete coverage.

I love the shade, I find it highly unique, and greatly recommend you pick it up before its too late. 

Le Vernis CHANEL in Sunrise Trip 683 is available now, and retails for $28 per 0.4 fl oz (13 ml) bottle.

For more information on CHANEL or to purchase, check them out online: http://www.chanel.com/

 

Rescue Beauty Lounge Spring 2015 Pt. II Review

Rescue Beauty Lounge Spring 2015 Pt. II Review 0

Hey guys. 

I hope you all had a wonderful weekend.  

Today I've got part 2 of Rescue Beauty Lounge's Spring 2015 Collection Je t'aime! Je t'aime! to share with you all.  If you haven't read my first review featuring this collection, check it out here: http://www.merricures.com/blog/rescue-beauty-lounge-spring-2015-review/

I have the two brand new shades to share with you all to round out this collection.

Combien?: a pale yellow gold pearlized shimmer.  Nicely pigmented.  Painted on smoothly and evenly.  [possibly the most important French word to ask when you shop- it means: "How Mucg?" Elegant and neutral, this beige gold with a slight rose cast is not too shy to ask how much.  Combien is jammed-packed with sugary shimmer, but dries down to a matte for a tasteful glam.  Add a swipe of topcoat to amp up the bling factor.]     

Trois Oignons Rouges: a vibrant magenta jelly.  Well pigmented color that built up beautifully in just two coats.  [Like the insides of red onions, this color is a cross between magenta and a toned-down fuchsia that dries to a chic matte.] 

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

I really love both of these colors.  I think they help balance out the rest of the Rescue Beauty Lounge Spring 2015 collection.  I find both of the shades to be highly unique, and the formulas on both was an absolute dream to work with, application could not have been smoother or easier.

Rescue Beauty Lounge nail polish retails for $20 per .4oz (12ml) bottle, and is available exclusively on their website: http://www.rescuebeauty.com/ 

KB Shimmer Glitter in Bloom

KB Shimmer Glitter in Bloom 0

Hey guys,  I hope you've all had a great week!

I'm really excited to introduce famed indie polish brand KBShimmer.  KBShimmer was founded in 2008 by a husband and wife team, now how lovely is that?!  Their polishes are all completely unique, and not what you typically find out store shelves.    

"KBShimmer unveils SS 2015 collection. Say goodbye to winter's dark hues, embrace sunny skies and open toe shoes with KBShimmer's Spring Summer 2015 collection!  

There's nothing better than the first signs of Spring and all the joy that it brings! Our Spring 2015 collection is inspired by sun-kissed days and lush gardens blooming, the Easter season, and Pantone's 2015 spring color , Aquamarine, says KBShimmer owner Christy Rose.  What better way to celebrate that Spring has sprung then with creamy pastels, metallic glitters, and a touch of sparkle and shine?" according to the press release.

The KBShimmer SS 2015 collection is comprised of 12 colors, however I have 3 of  them to share with you, and two sneak peeks at upcoming Summer shades:

Blue-d Lines: blue holographic color.  Incredibly dense.  One of the Best holographic polishes I have ever come across!!! I am personally wearing it on my toes as I type 😉 . (Spring collection)

Sweet Egg-scape: a pale pink with multi-colored shapes and sized glitters... blue stars, red squares, magenta triangles, white hexagons, etc.  I was very surprised and pleased with how easily it removed. (Spring collection)

Meow or Never: a milky white grey with multi-sized glitters in white, cornflower blue, lavender, and purple.  This also removed very easily, especially for a glitter. (Spring collection)

A sneak peek at upcoming Summer shades... 

Rum Me the  Right Way: neon yellow creme.  No white base coat needed, which is amazing and very unique from my experience. (Summer collection) Retails for $7.50.

Dust in the Bottle: fine silver holographic shimmer in a clear base.  I personally would't recommend this shade by itself, use it instead as a top coat to add dimension and magic sparkle. (Summer collection)

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

This was my first experience with KBShimmer polishes, and I must say I am rather impressed.  I think the quality of the polishes was excellent.  They were all very highly pigmented, which is a huge plus in my book.  The glitters removed easily, the neon didn't require a white base coat to make it truly pop, and the holographic was truly holographic.

I would definitely recommend picking up some KBShimmer polishes for yourself and giving them a try.

KBShimmer polishes are 3 free, and retail for $8.75, *unless stated otherwise*

For more information on KBShimmer, or to purchase, check them out online: https://www.kbshimmer.com/

 

Rescue Beauty Lounge Spring 2015 Review

Rescue Beauty Lounge Spring 2015 Review 0

"Ji Baek's newest spring collection- Je t'aime! Je t'aime! - is inspired by her love of Parisian farmer's markets.  Who can resist the refreshing banter between sweet-talking vendors? Living in Paris has inspired Baek's aesthetic and color palette.  Je t'aime! Je t'aime! is her take on French culture," according to the press release.

The Je t'aime! Je t'aime! Spring 2015 Collection includes:

C'est Tout: metallic gray green.  Reminds me of a Tahitian pearl. A very rare and beautiful shade.  [a rivalry between gunmetal and green; sometimes it appears to be a dark gray with blue undertones and in another moment, you will see green with micro shimmers of pink, blue, and gold.  If you are ever asked, "Avec ca?" You should answer with a resounding, "That's all!"]

Ah, Oui: periwinkle purple jelly creme.  Reminds me of Essie's Boxer Shorts from a couple years ago, but this jelly-like finish is quite different and unique. ["Ah, yes." Just keep saying this if you don't understand a thing anyone is saying.  This colo epitomized Parisian chic.  It's not blue, not purple, and not gray; it is the embodiment of the picturesque, powdery cloudless Parisian sky.  This polish is a glasslike periwinkle cream-jelly, transparent in one coat with an exceptionally smooth application; you can even add another coat on the tips of your nails for an eiasy gradient effect.]

Bonne Journee: metallic strawberry pink delight.  Requires three coats for full opacity.  ["Have a good day," is how we should all take leave of anyone- this is a happy rose pink with blue undertones and a hint of copper.  The shimmery satin finish will put a smile on your face and spread happiness! This cool pink complements all skin colors and the formula simply glides on.  Pink shimmer has never looked this good.]

Pardonne Moi: metallic navy blue with purple and silver undertones. Reflects purple with catches of light.  It is very gorgeous in person! Also required three coats for full opacity. [This phrase somehow sounds more chic than "excuse me" when you're bumping into people at the market.  This color is a satin finish of exceptional indigo blue overcast with iris purple.  Flashes of beautifully generous shimmer gleams with stunning sparkles.]

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

Overall I really enjoyed this collection.  I think it is a nice departure from the typical bright or pastel creme shades most nail companies usually introduce for the Spring season.  The formulas were all excellent and very user friendly.  I didn't have any issues with brush strokes or unevenness, including with the metallics.    

Also worth noting, I love that the names are in French, yet I can still manage to pronounce them even though I don't speak a word of the language. 😉

I think a couple of the colors are very unique and rare, and are most certainly worth picking up.  My two personal favorites from this collection are- C'est Tout & Pardonne Moi.

Please keep in mind there will be two new additional shades added to this collection at a later date- Combien? & Trois Oignons Rouges.  I will keep you posted as more information comes.

 The Je t'aime! Je t'aime! Spring 2015 Collection of Rescue Beauty Lounge will be  available exclusively on their website sometime in April, and will retail for $20 each.

For more information on Rescue Beauty Lounge, or to purchase online, check them out here: http://www.rescuebeauty.com/

 

 

 

Venice Beach ’81 Collection Spring/Summer from Cuccio

Venice Beach ’81 Collection Spring/Summer from Cuccio 0

Happy Monday everyone! I hope you guys all had a great weekend.

Today I've got a great new Spring/Summer collection of gel polishes to share from the folks at Cuccio.

"In 1981 Roby and Tony Cuccio set up shop selling nail polish on the world famous Venice Beach boardwalk.  On that day their dream of building an international beauty brand that embodied the essence and magic of the California lifestyle began!

Inspired by the boardwalk's boundless energy and inspiration, the VENICE BEACH '81 collection is a celebration of color honoring the spirit of this dream and the mecca for style, fashion and creativity that Venice Beach has become," according to the press release.  

The Venice Beach '81 Collection of Cuccio Colour Veneer includes:

A Star is Born: various sized pink and baby blue matte hexagonal glitters, along with tinnier matte navy glue glitters, all in a clear base. 

Soul Surfer: a light dusty lilac purple creme.

Mimes & Musicians: a mix of pale yellow, pink, and magenta matte hexagonal glitters, all in a clear base.  

Roller Skate: an aqua teal blue shimmer.

Good Vibrations: a pastel buttery yellow creme.

Pink Cadillac: a bright magenta pink creme.

Muscle Beach: a bold deep teal creme with slight green undertones.

California Dreamin': a vivid orange coral creme.  

(all swatches shown here are 2 coats, cured each for 30 seconds in an LED light, and are taken outdoors in natural sunlight). 

Overall I think this is a great collection from Cuccio.  The color palette is really pretty and a very good representation of the colorful eclecticism Venice Beach embodies.  Growing up in Los Angeles myself I have frequented the beaches and boardwalks of Venice since childhood, and have many  fond memories.  All that aside, I won't let my childhood interfere with providing a non-biased review.  

The formulas on all of the shades was really great, and applied smoothly and evenly in two coats.  None of the shades required a third coat, which I was very pleased with.  

My personal favorites from the collection include: California Dreamin;, Soul Surfer, and Roller Skate.

The Venice Beach '81 Collection of Cuccio Colour Veneer is available now.  

Check out Cuccio online here for more information: http://cuccio.com/index.php

 

Essie Spring 2015 Collection Review

Essie Spring 2015 Collection Review 0

"The profusion of petals on the runway and on the most stylish streets announces essie's spring 2015 collection.  Inspired by the bright blooms seen all around, from Instagram to fashion runways to the streets, this season's go-to botanical look is more than just a budding trend.

With the collection's hero shade inspired by a "flowerista"- a fashionista who create her signature style from floral-inspired fashions- the spring 2015 collection will breathe beauty into all aspects of life.  Now is the time for every woman of style to stock her wardrobe with essie looks to last a lifetime.

Can't wait for spring's first bloom to sport your favorite petal pushers? Prefer the garden variety over all others? Well, it sounds like you're a true connoisseur of florals- a real flowerista.  Now is the moment to create a wardrobe that is picked perfect, because just like spring itself, blossom dandy style always comes back in fashion- it's a perennial chic.

In addition, essie gel will be launching a coinciding set of gel colors sharing the same names and shades as the spring 2015 collection," according to the press release.

Essie's Spring 2015 collection includes:

Perennial Chic: a creamy opaque peachy beige.  It's not a skin tone shade if that's what you were thinking.  I love it nonetheless.  [sumptuous tawny tulip]

Petal Pushers: a slate gray creme with lavender undertones.  [smoky stone rose]

Garden Variety: a bold oceanic teal creme with blue undertones. [teal blue orchid]

Flowerista: a deep magenta creme.  The shade you've all been waiting for.  This is the "it" color for spring.  A must have in your arsenal of polishes. [passionate plum dahlia]

Blossom Dandy: a light blue mint creme.  It is very similar to their cult color "Mint Candy Apple," but is slightly more blue, and not quite as green leaning.  [mint creme hydrangea]  

Picked Perfect: a creamy camel.  A one coat wonder.  Had excellent coverage in a single coat!! It is much darker than Perennial Chic.  [antique almond peony]

(all shades shown her are 2 coats, and are taken outdoors in natural sunlight).

 As a whole, I really Love this collection.  I think it is such a gorgeous color palette for spring, and the colors all go together beautifully, which is why I posted the pic with different shades on each finger! (love that look).  The formulas on all of them were great, giving me absolutely no problems.

This collection is special for a couple of reasons.  First off, this is the first time Essie has collaborated with a fashion designer to create the colors, in this case- Rebecca Minkoff.  I think Rebecca did a remarkable job of picking shades that are elegant, yet fun and edgy.  Also, this collection is the first time Essie has released both gel and nail polishes together with the same name.  

I must admit it is really hard for me to pick favorites in this collection.  I honestly think all of the shades are rather gorgeous and great.  Nonetheless, if I had to choose my top favorites, they include: Flowerista, Petal Pushers, Perennial Chic, & Garden Variety.

Essie's Spring 2015 collection retails for $8.50 per bottle and will be available in March at essie.com, fine salons and beauty destinations nationwide.

For more info on Essie or to purchase online, check them out here: http://www.essie.com/

Soft Shades by OPI 2015 Review

Soft Shades by OPI 2015 Review 0

"The number one salon brand, OPI, is celebrating the lighter side of nail color.  With signature high-fashion colors and iconic shade names, OPI has been a go-to for salon professional for 30 years.  Now, to bring the richly pigmented formulas you love to the season's hottest nude matte nail trend, OPI introduces the new SoftShades Collection.  This of-the-moment collection of blushes, nudes, and matte shades delivers rich, true-to-bottle color with just a few coats, even in the lightest hues.  

 These six pastel hues are the perfect way to lighten up your spring style.  Available in sheer white Chiffon My Mind, pink and white flecked with white daisy decal Petal Soft, pink-toned beige Put it in Neutral, light beige Act Your Beige!, pearlescent silver This Silver's Mine!, and iridescent glitter Make Light of the Situation," according to the press release.

The 2015 Soft Shades by OPI Collection includes:

Put it in Neutral: a semi sheer pale pink creme with beige undertones. [I'm driven to get my hands on this pinkish beige.]

Make Light of the Situation: a multi- iridescent glitter in a sheer opalescent base.  It surprisingly removed very easily.  [Fine, iridescent glitter sparkles with style]

Act Your Beige: a sheer nude pink.  It is more beige toned than Put It In Neutral. Took 3 coats.  [Age is just a number, but this light beige is #1!]

This Silver's Mine!: metallic silver kissed with pink.  The pink sheen is very subtle, and barley noticeable once painted on.  I wanted to LOVE this shade, because at first glance it seemed like a unique silver with the pearly sheen to it.  But once I tried it, I hated it.  A streaky nightmare, I do not recommend this shade.  [I totally dig this pearly silver!]

Chiffon My Mind: a white/pink with iridescent shimmer. Took 3 coats. [I can't stop thinking about this lovely sheer white.]

Petal Soft: Pale pink and white matte glitters in circles, tiny specs, and flower bits.  I applied it over Put It In Neutral.  The flower bits are rather difficult to target.  I put some drops of this shade on a some tinfoil and used an orange wood stick to pick up the flower pieces I wanted.  In general with this shade, to get a higher glitter concentration, I recommend using a dabbing motion. [White daisies softly float with pink and white speckles]

(most shades shown here are two coats, unless stated otherwise.)

Overall I am not a huge fan of this collection, primarily because I dislike sheer polishes in general- they aren't for me.  If you are a sheer polish lover, than this collection is absolutely for you.  I found the sheer shades needed to be build up too much in order to get proper color and to conceal any patchiness.  The Petal Soft shade was annoying to fish out the daisy flower glitter pieces, and This Silver's Mine was terribly streaky.

My most favorite shade in this collection I would recommend is Make Light of the Situation.

For more information on OPI, check them out online: http://www.opi.com/  

 

NCLA: an L.A. Fairytale Spring 2015 Review

NCLA: an L.A. Fairytale Spring 2015 Review 0

Hey guys.  Happy Hump Day!

I hope you're all doing well.  

Today I'm stoked to share with you all the latest collection from hip Los Angeles based nail brand NCLA- An L.A. Fairytale for Spring 2015.  Comprised of four matte glitters, although a relatively small collection it still packs a magical punch!

an LA Fairytale Collection includes:

Once Upon a Time: a creamy oatmeal beige with white, magenta, baby pink, baby blue round matte glitter particles and yellow tiny bar glitters.  Has great coverage with even just one coat! ["Your fairytale finish is here with this multi-colored glitter confection that adds a magical final touch to any look!"]

Enchanted City: a sheer clear base with micro fine silver holo glitter, and larger matte aqua blue glitter bits.  Visible nail line does show if used on its own. ["Who needs a bluebird on their shoulder when this sparkly baby blue lacquer adds a cheerful dose of color to any look?"]

Valet My Carriage: a sheer clear base with micro find gold holo glitter, and larger matte light peach round glitter bits.  Also has visible nail line showing if used on its own. ["No need for Rumpelstiltskin here! This glitter-infused topcoat will give you more gold than any princess in all of La La Land."]

Ever After in LA: a sheer clear base with fine silver holo glitter, and larger matte white/pink glitter bits.  Also has visible line showing through if used on its own.  ["Mirror, mirror, on the wall, our silver glitter polish is the best reflective surface of them all!"]

(all swatches shown here are two coats and are shown without a top coat, as recommended to ensure matte effect.) 

This was my first time trying NCLA's nail lacquer line, although I have used and Love their Nail Wraps.  I must say I was also pleased with their polishes.  Glitter can be a nightmare, we've all been there, and know it all to well.  However, these all removed very easily;  I didn't have to struggle or soak them in acetone, they simply came off with regular polish remover.  Also, I have to note how densely packed with glitter they are.  Unlike most other glitter polishes on the marker these didn't require multiple coats or finagling of the glitter in any way to get specific pieces.  It painted on smoothly and easily.  

Once Upon A Time aside, I recommend using the other three shades to layer atop other solid shades, for instance paring Enchanted City with a baby blue creme like Santa Monica Shore Thing or Eight Days a Week (not shown here).  But if you are into the sheer look and want some magical pizzazz and sparkle wear them alone.  Either way you can't go wrong.

Each of the NCLA shades from an L.A. Fairytale retails for $16 and is available now.

For more information on NCLA or to purchase, check out their website: http://www.shopncla.com/ 

cnd- flora & fauna collection spring 2015 swatches + review

cnd- flora & fauna collection spring 2015 swatches + review 0

"Retreat to the peaceful harmony of nature with the new Spring 2015 Flora & Fauna collection from CND. Colors and styles are inspired by watercolor impressions of luminous landscapes.

“This season’s trends are all about unplugging from today’s digital world and embracing the simpler things. Sun-bleached tones and dreamy watercolor paintings emerge from the perfection of nature,” says CND Co-founder and Style Director Jan Arnold. “Nails are easy and softly squared – as wearable and simple as a barefoot stroll through the grass while finishes play with matte and shiny effects” according to the press release.

There are 8 new shades in Vinylux, six of which are part of the new Flora & Fauna Collection, and two are being released, Thistle Thicket and Blush Teddy, which were both previously released in the Shellac line.  

The Vinylux Flora & Fauna Collection includes:

Dandelion: a pearlized peach/pink shimmer.  Has a pearlized golden sheen running through it.  Slightly on the sheer- streaky side.  Required three coats to even out the brushstrokes.  I wish the formula was a little better because I really love this color.

Salmon Run: a salmon pink creme with peach undertones.  Also on the streaky/patchy side.  Required three coats.

Creekside: a powdery pastel baby blue creme.  I Love this shade.

Field Fox: a neutral creme taupe with mauve undertones.  A gorgeous year round color in my opinion!

 Wild Moss: a medium mossy green with micro silver shimmer specks. The silver specks give this shade an almost texturized look, although it's not a texture polish.

Fragrant Freesia: a pale peony pink with iridescent pink/purple shimmer running through it.

Now the two shades being introduced to the Vinylux line, but not necessarily part of the Flora & Fauna Collection.

Thistle Thicket: a very pale lavender gray.

Blush Teddy: a creamy light pink rose with a slight shimmer.  Reminds me of a strawberry milkshake.

(all swatches shown here are two coats, unless stated otherwise)

 

 

 

The Flora & Fauna Shellac collection includes the same six new shades as mentioned and shown above, with the exception of Thistle Thicket & Blush Teddy, both of which are already available in Shellac.

 

 

I really enjoyed this collection as a whole.  I find the colors to be very refreshing and going back to a place of Earthy nature.  I was a little disappointed in the formula on a couple of the Vinylux shades.  I have never had issues in the past with any Vinylux, so I am not sure if it's these particular colors, or if I happened to receive a  poorly mixed batch.   On the other hand, I had zero issues with the Shellac shades, so if you are still interested in those particular shades I had difficulty with in Vinlyux, I would recommend you skip those and get the Shellac version of the color instead.  My personal favorites include: Creekside, Field Fox, and Dandelion.

The CND Flora & Fauna Collection for Spring 2015 is available now for a limited time.

For more information on CND or to purchase, check them out online here: http://www.cnd.com/

CND Additives- Flora & Fauna Collection Spring 2015

CND Additives- Flora & Fauna Collection Spring 2015 0

"Retreat to the peaceful harmony of nature with the new Spring 2015 Flora & Fauna collection from CND. Colors and styles are inspired by watercolor impressions of luminous landscapes.

“This season’s trends are all about unplugging from today’s digital world and embracing the simpler things. Sun-bleached tones and dreamy watercolor paintings emerge from the perfection of nature,” says CND Co-founder and Style Director Jan Arnold. “Nails are easy and softly squared – as wearable and simple as a barefoot stroll through the grass while finishes play with matte and shiny effects,” according to the official press release.

CND's Additives are in my opinion one of their most versatile and innovative products to date.  They can be used in so many different creative ways, the possobilites are literally endless.  They can be blended with nail polish, acrylic powder, or gel (my personal favorite).  I personally love to do ombre fades with them over gel polish.  For the pro's out there, CND's site offers tons of wonderful step-by-steps on very cool creative looks you can achieve with them; check it out here: http://www.cnd.com/pro-products/enhancements/additives/additives   

CND Flora & Fauna Additives Collection includes:

Hydrangea Bloom: a glistening light blue with silver shimmer undertones. (pigment effect)

Dream Lily: a fine holographic pink glitter.  It truly pops in person, and looks amazing when layered onto darker shades. (glitter)

Nectar Glaze: a glistening light pink with silver shimmer undertones.  Think of this as the pink alternative to "Hydrangea Bloom". (pigment effect)

Silver Ponyfoot: a shimmering silver gunmetal. (pigment effect)

Hummingbird: a fine iridescent glitter, that reflects shades of green and pink.  When layered over white you get a very snowy Holiday effect, but when you layer it over black, or a dark color, the magic really starts to happen.  Hands down my most favorite in the collection!  It is so gorgeous in person.  I would personally buy the entire kit just to get this shade alone.  

(all swatches are shown on either a white or black gel background to demonstrate different effects).

As you all well know I am a Huge huge fan of CND's Additives, and this latest limited edition offering is no different.  I personally am obsessed with CND's Additives, and if you haven't ever tried them for yourself, I highly recommend you find your local distributor and get some.    

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