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Deborah Lippmann Summer 2017 Collection Review

Deborah Lippmann Summer 2017 Collection Review 0

"Inspired by the modern jetsetter's wanderlust and the pulsating energy found at exotic locations around the globe, deborah lippmann's Cool For The Summer collection features five psychedelic and vivid new shades.  Available in the innovative dual-patented 7-free Gel Lab Pro formula, 10 active ingredients help to deliver health, wear and shine, providing the high gloss and cushiony plumped look similar to a traditional gel manicure, without nail damage.

  • Health: 7-free formula with evening primrose, keratin, biotin, green tea extract, aucoumea, rice protein
  • Wear: bamboo, nonychosine F
  • Shine: nylon, caranauba wax

Accompanied by a new advanced contour brush, its rounded tip follows the curve of the cuticles and 320 bristles spread polish evenly for an effortless, streak-free application.

Embody the exotic cultures of the globe with these lively new shades: Hot Child in the City, a full coverage bright orange creme, Shut up and Dance, a full coverage poppy pink creme, I'm too Sexy, a full coverage sandy nude creme, Stargasm, a full coverage gold shimmer, and Stupid Boy, a full coverage royal cobalt creme." according to the official press release.  Please be advised, Stupid Boy, not featured here, is a Sephora exclusive shade. 

The Summer collection is comprised of the following shades-

Stargasm: a shimmering rose gold. [full coverage rose gold]

Hot Child in the City: a bright almost neon coraly orange cream. [full coverage bright orange]

I'm too Sexy: a full coverage light nude cream. [full coverage sandy nude]

Shut up and Dance: a bright shimmering pink, that reflects light. [full coverage poppy pink]

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

I absolutely Love this collection.  I think its very fun, and completely wearable.  The nude, I'm too Sexy,  is so gorgeous and virtually perfect, will completement so many different skin tones well becuase it has just the right amount of rosey undertones.  The orange, Hot Child in the City,  is so vibrant and will look so gorgeous on toes, as will Shut up and Dance. Rose gold, Stargasm,  is a tricky color to produce and many brands don't get it quite right. I think Deborah has finally made a great one.  The formula is just right, and the color is spot on!

I found the formula on all of the shades awesome and super easy to work with.  The bottle's brush is my absolute favorite, it hugs the cuticles just right and makes for an easy paint job.

This collection is out and available now, retailing for $20 a bottle (.5 fl oz / 15 mL)

For more info on Deborah Lippmann or to purchase online: http://www.deborahlippmann.com/

 

 

LeChat Retro Remix Summer 2017 Collection Review

LeChat Retro Remix Summer 2017 Collection Review 0

I am excited to present to you all the Perfect Match Retro Remix Collection for Summer 2017 from LeChat Nails.  These 6 gorgeous bright and bold cream shades that come in both gel polish and regular nail lacquer.

The colors comprising the Retro Remix Collection include-

Peach Blast: a bright peach cream.

High-Voltage: a shocking purple cream.

Flashback: a bold grass green cream. Almost a one coat wonder.

Heartthrob: a deep rich magenta cream.

Blazin' Sun: it's like a yellow nacho-cheese cream.  I know that sounds bizarre, but it's really cool.  

Dive In: a rich aqua blue cream. Almost a one coat wonder.

(all photos shown here are 2 coats and are taken outdoors in natural sunlight). 

I really like this collection.  I think the colors are fun, bright and bold, yet remain very tasteful and wearable.  I was pleasantly surprised to discover you don't need a white base coat in order to make these colors pop; they are beautiful all on their own!  This is a major plus and huge time saver for the tech and the client.

Previously I have never worked with LeChat's polishes or gels, I mainly have experience with their powders and chrome pigments.  I must admit I was very impressed, the quality was fantastic.  The colors were very richly saturated and highly pigmented.  Smooth ez painting, and the gel polish self- leveled nicely.  What I like about the Dare to Wear lacquers is the squared off bristles on the application brush, and the bottle's lid- the grooves added both comfort and good grip.   

I also greatly appreciate that both the Dare to Ware Lacquer and Perfect Match Gel Polish are bundled together.  Some client don't necessarily want to commit to gel, and to have options on hand is always a great thing. No muss no fuss. And some brands make these even more difficult and confusing by naming the gel polishes differently from the nail lacquers.  Here there is no guessing to do.

I highly recommend you give some of these Perfect Match sets a try.

For more info on LeChat, check them out online here: www.LeChatNails.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 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/

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.

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. 

Morgan Taylor: A Very Nauti-cal Girl Summer 2016 Collection Review

Morgan Taylor: A Very Nauti-cal Girl Summer 2016 Collection Review 0

"Ahoy! Set sail with the A Very Nauti-cal Girl collection from Morgan Taylor Lacquer for May through July 2016.  Inspired by summer sailing, this four-piece collection navigates its way through the sun-filled season with a blazing red, deep sea blue, sunset magenta and sailor white.  This collection's cool shades boast a classic twist to keep your nails maritime ready until fall!

"This collection was developed for the beach babe who is the captain of her own style and enjoys expressing her personality through her nails," says brand namesakes Morgan Haile and Taylor Daniel.  "Each shade will help her cruise through the warmer serasons!" according to the official press release.

A Very Nauti-cal Girl collection is comprised of the following shades:

Girls Love Buoys: a bold and bright magenta cream.  A One Coat Wonder! Incredibly well pigmented. Sort of has a neon quality to it regarding the fact that it sort of drys to a matte finish. [magenta creme]

Catch My Drift: a royal blue cream with violet undertones. [cobalt creme]

My Yacht, My Rules!: an off white taupe with a shimmer running through it. [white frost]

Wish Upon A Starboard: a bright fire engine true red cream. [cherry creme]

(all swatches shown here are two coats, without a top coat, and are taken outdoors in natural light).

I have to be totally honest and candid with you all, initially I wasn't super impressed with the collection.  I found it sort of basic and unnecessary.  However, once I played around with it I started to change my mind.  

I found most of the shades to be well pigmented, Girls Love Buoys in particular- which covered completely in a single coat which always makes me supremely happy. The rest of the colors built up nicely with two coats. There was no issues with streaking or pooling.  

My two personal favorites and recommendations from this collection are: Girls Love Buoys and My Yacht, My Rules!

A Very Nauti-cal Girl 2016 summer drop-in collection from Morgan Taylor will be available for a limited time beginning May 2016 at fine salons nationwide and at MorganTaylorLacquer.com. The suggested retail price is $9 each (15 mL 0.5 fl oz) and $14.95 for the 4-piece mini pack (not shown here)

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

Deborah Lippmann Summer 2016 Collection Review

Deborah Lippmann Summer 2016 Collection Review 0

"Happy Days are here to stay with NEW shades from deborah lippmann that will never go out of style.  These pigmented colors transport you back to retro Fifties era so you can look hip to the jive whether you're cruising in a hot rod or chilling at the drive-in. The dual-patented Gel Lab Pro formula infused with 10 exclusive ingredients helps to deliver HEALTH, WEAR and SHINE, providing the high gloss and cushiony plumped look similar to a gel, without nail damage. Swel!

HEALTH: Evening Primrose, Keratin, Biotin, Gren Tea Extrqact, Aucoumea, Rice Protein

WEAR: Bamboo, Nonychosine F

SHINE: Nylon, Carnauba Wax

Accompanied by a new advanced contour brush, its rounded tip follows the nail shape and 320 bristles spread evenly for an effortless, smooth finish.

As a seasoned nail pro and trendsetter, Deborah works side by side with fashion's elite and was inspired to create these show stopping shades to complement summer's cheerful and bright style aesthetic." according to the official press release.

The Deborah Lippmann Summer 2016 Happy Days Collection includes the following-

Beauty School Dropout: a bubblegum pink cream. 

My Boyfriend's Back: a periwinkle blue cream. A 1 Coat Wonder!

Happy Days: a bold orangy coral with a very fine subtle shimmer.

Splish Splash: a turquoise blue cream, with green undertones. A 1 Coat Wonder!

**Great Balls of Fire: Sephora exclusive. Strawberry red creme.  Not shown here.

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

I am so pleased and delighted with this collection.  I think it's totally on point for Summer, and the colors are all great.  Not only that but I am absolutely obsessed with the new Gel Lab Pro formula and the brush! The brush! I can't stress enough how pleasurable it is to paint with, perfection! This new formula just paints on so smoothly, easily, and evenly, it's literally fool proof.  It can make anyone a fabulous manicurist. 

I was also really impressed with how highly pigmented the colors were, two of which could get away with a single coat.   

If I had to pick my favorites to recommend they'd have to go to the one coat wonders- My Boyfriend's Back and Splish Splash

Do make sure to check out the brief video below featuring Deborah herself describing the inspiration behind each shade. 

The Summer 2016 Collection will be available May 2016 SRP: $20 each (.50 fl oz 15 mL) on http://deborahlippmann.com/ and at Barneys New York, Bloomingdale's, Neiman Marcus, Nordstrom and Sephora stores nationwide.  

 

Essie Neon 2015 Collection Review

Essie Neon 2015 Collection Review 0

"Introducing Essie Neon 2015 Collection: Music festivals are the perfect place to showcase your edgiest looks.  And what goes better with wristbands than shades- of polish, of course? So, get ready to make your stylish mark and stand out in the crowd with street style-ready, eye catching essie neons. 

Essie's six new shades of neon boost your fashion quotient with amped color that hits the perfect note of self- assured chic.  Rave- worthy pink and turned-up electric blue create major impact, while ridiculously haute neon lime and it-girl magenta command attention in the stands.  So, polish up and let the festival season begin" according to the press release.  

The Essie Neon 2015 Collection includes the following shades-

Make Some Noise: a deep aqua marine blue creme.  Provided great coverage in even one coat. [raucous electric blue]

Vibrant Vibes: a bright lime green creme.  Also had excellent coverage in a single coat, which is supremely rare for polishes this color.  [vivid neon lime]

Groove is in the Heart: a peony pink creme.  [peachy pink neon]

All Access Pass: a majestic grape purple creme.  [boho violet indigo]

Coacha'bella: a vibrant fuchsia creme.  [it-girl molten magenta]

Melody Maker: a bold green leaning teal creme.  [deep lyrical teal]

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

I have noticed some fellow nail bloggers have gotten into a rather tizzy over this collection for they claim its not truly Neon.  Yes, I agree it's not a conventional neon collection, however, I think the term "neon" is simply a matter of semantics.  In my humble opinion, I view this collection as being bold, bright, definitely festival inspired and ready, and perfect for the summer.  Regardless of whether its neon or not doesn't necessarily matter, the colors are still great and had an excellent formula.

Typically with neon colors you need to apply a white base before hand in order to make the colors really pop.  This collection doesn't require that at all, saving you tons of time and product. 

I found the formula painted on smoothly and evenly, and that almost all of the shades were very heavily pigmented and saturated with color- which I Love. 

My personal favorites include: Vibrant Vibes, Coacha'bella, and Make Some Noise

The Essie Neon 2015 Collection retails for $8.50 per 0.46 fl oz (13.5 ml) bottle, and will be available beginning this month.

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

Essie Summer 2015 Collection review

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"Introducing essie summer 2015 collection: Unleash your inner beach goddess with essie's stunning summer 2015 collection. Inspired by the season's molten days that stretch into fun-filled nights, essie's fresh new palette presents six shades that put a new spin on summer color.

Tuned up and plugged in, these vibrant shades fuse striking punch-brights with a razor-sharp edge and a touch of cool that's distinctively essie.  Each shade's unique sensibility and subtle wit make it easy to experiment with color, mix it up and play.  So head to the water's edge to soak up the sun and the scene with sizzling new colors!" according to the press release.  

The Essie Summer 2015 Collection includes:

Private Weekend: a pina colada white creme with a fine subtle shimmer running through it.  [sparkling crisp white]

Chillato: a mellow chartreuse creme.  Leans more on the yellow side then green.  [frozen cream pistachio]

Peach Side Babe: a vibrant peach creme with warm coral undertones.  [sun-ripe preach] 

Sunset Sneaks: a neon fire red with bold bright pink undertones.  Was richly pigmented.  I had complete coverage in one coat.  [bright energetic crimson]

Saltwater Happy: a periwinkle blue creme.  Also well pigmented.  I had complete coverage in a single coat. [sugar-sweet Atlantic blue]

Pret-a-Surfer: a cornflower blue creme.  Was also highly pigmented.  Full coverage in 1 coat.  A 1 coat wonder!! [immersive marine blue]

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

 I am really impressed and super happy with this latest collection from Essie.  I think they definitely nailed it on the head with the color palette this season.  In my opinion, it's not necessarily that the colors are all super unique, however they all go together beautifully, and are shades I most definitely see clients requesting time and time again.  

I found the formulas on all of the shades to be quite great and very easy to work with.  I want to point out a few of the shades there were complete Superstars in my opinion, that literally painted on as smooth as butter: Pret-a-surfer, Saltwater Happy, & Sunset Sneaks.  

I highly recommend you pick up this collection once it hits stores.

My personal favorites include: Chillato, Sunset Sneaks, and Pret-a-Surfer

Essie Summer 2015 Collection retails for $8.50 per 0.46 fl oz (13.5 ml) bottle, and will be starting in June 2015.

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

Hello Pretty! Summer 2015 Collection from Gelish & Morgan Taylor Review

Hello Pretty! Summer 2015 Collection from Gelish & Morgan Taylor Review 0

"Hello Pretty! Summer 2015.  Charming colors that make you stop and stare. Looking to redifine summer style with bright neons packed with a vivacious attitude? No need to fret, Gelish and Morgan Taylor are here to answer the call with their Hello Pretty! Summer 2015 Collection.  With six radiant colors from bright bubblegum pink to candy-coated pastel green, any pick will add an extra layer of pop.

"When we were developing this collection, we wanted to have colors that were powerful and playful," said CEO, Danny Haile.  "We immediately thought of Japanese fashion.  From nail art to street style, every detail is bursting with color and personality.  This collection is packed with vivid colors full of character and distinction and is a must-have for a statement style this season" according to the press release.

The Hello Pretty! Summer 2015 Collection for both Nail Lacquer Morgan Taylor and Gel Polish Gelish include the following shades:

Look at You, Pink-achu!: a bright bubble gum pink creme. (bubblegum pink neon creme)

Tokyo a Go Go: a bold medium purple with slight pink undertones. (light purple neon creme)

Pop-arrazi Pose: a neon watermelon pink creme. (hot pink neon creme)

Do You Harajuku?: a light mint green creme with a subtle shimmer going through it. (mint green creme)

Anime-zing Color!: a bold deep majestic purple creme. (dark purple neon creme)

Manga-round with Me: a hot coral pink creme. (coral neon creme)

(all swatches are two coat, and are taken outdoors in natural sunlight.)

 I think this is a great collection overall, very pretty and playful.  I really like the fact that the colors pop on their own, without the need of a white base coat, like some other neon shades.  Because they are neon, I highly recommend using a top coat to finish off your look, specifically with the Morgan Taylor nail lacquers.  If you don't use a top coat with these neons, the color can fall somewhat flat.    

I didn't experience any issues in application.  All of the polishes and gel polishes applied smoothly and evenly, in two coats.  

My personal favorites include: Anime-zing Color!, Manga-round with me, and Do you Harajuku?

The Hello Pretty! Collection from Gelish and Morgan Taylor will be available starting May 2015 at select distributors.  

For more information on either brand, check out their respective sites: http://gelish.com/ and http://www.morgantaylorlacquer.com/

 

Deborah Lippmann Summer 2015 Collection: Painted Desert Review

Deborah Lippmann Summer 2015 Collection: Painted Desert Review 0

"Deborah Lippmann Summer 2015 Collection: Painted Desert. Wild. Blazing. Boundless. (Limited Edition) 

This summer, travel with deborah lippmann on an exotic journey deep into the Sahara where the sun blazes, the sky glows and the sand swelters.  This collection of four full coverage nail lacquers is your ticket to explore the vast, arid terrain.  Each shade reflects the desert's remarkable beauty and rich, earthy landscape.

Get lost in a desert paradise with these new full coverage neutral shades: Shifting Sands, a light khaki previewed at Eva Fehren, Terra Nova, a warm camel previewed at Narciso Rodriguez, Desert Moon, a pebble gray and Love In the Dunes, a purple mauve" according to the press release. 

The Painted Desert Summer 2015 Collection includes:

Shifting Sands: a creamy beige nude. Shifting Sands song by Caedmon's Call. [light khaki creme]

Love in the Dunes: a dusty medium purple mauve creme with gray undertones. a 1 Coat Wonder!! Smooth, easy, perfect application in a single coat!! Love in the Dunes song by Elliot Goldenthal. [purple mauve creme]

Terra Nova: a dusty cappuccino brown creme with slight mustard undertones. Terra Nova song by James Taylor & Carly Simon. [warm camel creme]

Desert Moon: a deep medium gray creme, with sage green undertones. Also a 1 Coat Wonder!! Desert Moon song by Dennis DeYoung. [pebble gray creme]

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

 I am so beyond obsessed and in love with this collection.  It is such a pleasant departure from typical bright neon color palettes you see for summer collections.  This color palette to me represents what Deborah does best- understated elegance.  The formulas were a dream come true to work with, going on very smoothly and evenly, with some of the shades were even One Coat Wonders!! Apparently this collection is Limited Edition, so I highly recommend you pick it up before its too late.

The Painted Desert collection will be available in May, retailing for $18 each online at http://www.deborahlippmann.com/, and at Barneys, Bloomingdale's, Neiman Marcus, Nordstrom, and Sephora stores nationwide.

For more info on Deborah Lippmann, check her out online: http://www.deborahlippmann.com/

Morgan Taylor- Ooh La La Collection Spring Summer 2015 Review

Morgan Taylor- Ooh La La Collection Spring Summer 2015 Review 0

"Romantic and Classic Parisian Spring/ Summer Shades.  This spring, get inspired by the chic and sophisticated style of Paris with the Ooh La La Spring/Summer 2015 collection from Morgan Taylor, which features four NEW soft , whimsical shades.  From a teal creme to warm pinks and a multicolor glitter, each shade delivers a classic, yet on-trend finish for any look this season.

"I'm always inspired by Paris- from its romantic essence, iconic art and architecture to its fashion trends" said CEO and founder Danny Haile.  For this collection, we developed a color palette around this theme using soft to lavish shades filled with vintage charm," according to the press release.

The Ooh La La Collection includes:

Amour Color Please: a hot fuchsia pink creme with a purple shimmer.  Very highly pigmented.  I had full coverage in a single coat.

Escar-go ti France: white, pink, magenta, baby blue, holographic silver various sized round glitters in a clear base.  Was easy to remove, which is a huge plus.

Postcards from Paris: a light mint green creme.  A one coat wonder.

Cancan we Dance: almost neon flamingo pink creme with purple shimmer.  So gorgeous in person.  Was also highly pigmented and provided full coverage in a single coat. 

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

Overall I am really impressed with this collection.  I like that its small, only four shades, but I think Morgan Taylor chose wisely.  I really love the glitter, Escar-go to France, its pretty unique as well in my opinion.  Also worth mentioning is how easily it removed.  I also really like the purple shimmer that runs through two of the shades- Cancan we Dance? & Amour Color Please; it adds dimension and depth.  The formulas overall were fantastic.  I found almost all of the shades to be very highly pigmented.  They all painted on smoothly and evenly.

The Ooh La La collection will be available for a limited time beginning in May 2015.  They retail for $8.50 each.

For more info on Morgan Taylor, check them out online: http://www.morgantaylorlacquer.com/

OPI 2015 Brights Collection Review

OPI 2015 Brights Collection Review 0

"Light up your nail look with the new Brights Collection by OPI.  An electrifying palette of all new, on-trend Brights.

These bold hues are the perfect way to make an impact.  To create an even more dramatic pop of color, layer brights over a solid white base.  Available in NEW shimmering metallic pink Can't Hear Myself Pink, hot pink glitter On Pinks and Needles, iridescent metallic blue I sea You Wear OPI, scorching hot red I STOP for Red, delectable purple The Berry Thought Of You, deep navy blue My Car has Navy-gation," according to the press release. 

The Brights Collection includes-

On Pinks and Needles: a multi-sized neon pink matte glitter in a clear base.  Was surprisingly very easy to remove, which is always a major plus with glitters.

I STOP for Red: a hot neon red jelly creme.  I usually am not a fan of reds, but this shade is remarkable.  From the color, to the formula, I highly recommend this shade to everyone!

I Sea You Wear OPI: a medium blue shimmer.

Can't Hear Myself Pink: a candy pink shimmer.  Has excellent coverage, even with just one coat.

The Berry Thought of You: a magenta creme with slight purple undertones.

My Car has Navy-gation: a navy blue jelly creme.  I really love this shade.  Very cool formula.

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

I am a big big fan of this collection.  I like that OPI didn't take the typical summer route and just introduce a bunch of neons, instead opting for something slightly different.  The colors are each bold and definitely pack a punch.  The formulas were excellent, with some new jelly-creme finishes being introduced to the line.  My personal favorites include: I STOP for Red, My Car has Navy-gation, & The Berry Thought of You.

Discover the collection starting from May 2015 at ULTA, ULTA.com, and select professional salons, and retail for $9.50 each.

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

 

CND Summer 2015 Garden Muse Collection Review

CND Summer 2015 Garden Muse Collection Review 0

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"Summer 2015 embodies a bold, bright garden filled with memories future-past.  Beauty awakes to fragrant notes of nostalgia with the new Garden Muse collection from CND.

This season's trends are all about sculpted, dramatic silhouettes and intense floral hues that invite abandoned reverie, says CND co-founder and style director Jan Arnold.  Nails are seductive and sleek, adorned with a harmony of vintage floral design elements and spellbinding patterns for an alluring effect," according to the press release.

The Summer 2015 Garden Muse Collection is comprised of 6 bright shades, and comes in both Shellac & Vinylux polish.  This collection does not include any Additives.

First up, the Vinylux Polishes.

Beckoning Begonia: a peony pink with purple undertones and a subtle shimmer.

Butterfly Queen: a bright glittering magenta.  I love this color, and it is pretty rare for CND to come out with a glitter, so I highly recommend this shade.

Lost Labyrinth: a metallic teal.

Wisteria Haze: a vivid violet creme.

Reflecting Pool: a bright medium blue creme.  Highly pigmented.  A one coat wonder.

Crushed Rose: a carnation pink creme.  Also highly pigmented.  A one coat wonder.

(all swatches are 2 coats, and are taken outdoors to depict most accurate color.)

Next up, the Shellac Collection.

Hot Pop Pink: a neon magenta pink creme.

Lost Labyrinth: a metallic aqua teal.

**Water Park: a metallic medium blue.  Please note this is a pre-existing so if you already own it, no need to get another bottle, unless of course you are out of it. 

Wisteria Haze: a light lavender creme.

Beckoning Begonia: a rosy pink with shimmer.

Butterfly Queen: a bright magenta glitter.  It is rare for CND to come out with a glitter shade, so I highly recommend you pick up this color.

(all swatches are 2 coats, and photos are taken outdoors in natural sunlight).

 All in all, I am a fan of the Summer Garden Muse collection.  I think it is a very pretty yet unique color palette, that is also perfectly fitting for the season.  I like and appreciate that CND switches things up and keeps it fresh with different finishes.  In this collection there is glitter, creme, metallic, and shimmer.  As far as the quality is concerned, excellent.  I didn't have any issues with any of the colors in either the Shellac or Vinylux.  They were all well pigmented, and applied smoothly, evenly, and easily.  

My personal favorite shades include: Butterfly Queen, Wisteria Haze, & Lost Labyrinth.

The Summer Garden Muse Collection is out and available now.  

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