winter 2015

Essie winter 2015 collection review

Essie winter 2015 collection review 0

"Introducing the essie winter 2015 collection.  Temperatures are dropping.  Snow is falling.  Ski chic adventures await.  Now is the perfect time to make a dash for the mountains where beautiful vistas, clear skies and a winter wonderland will give you a taste for life at the top.  A mountain holiday is the ideal moment to showcase your elevated style; and no apres-ski ensemble is complete without the perfect manicure. 

Whether you're feeling luxe or low-key, essie's new collection of six wintery shades are sure to melt hearts- and the winter's chill.  Showcasing seductive reds and crisp pastels with an iconic platinum and fiery black, this collection is perfect for me-time or ski-time" according to the official press release.

The Essie Winter 2015 collection is comprised of:

Apres-Chic: a metallic chrome silver.  Applied smoothly and evenly without any brush streaks at all.  I am so impressed.  Highly pigmented.  Provided amazing coverage with just a single coat! I am absolutely obsessed with this silver.

Shall we Chalet?: a deep crimson red creme.  Has slight blue undertones.

Peak Show: a very light ballet slipper soft pink creme.

Virgin Snow: a light lilac creme.

Altitude Attitude: a brighter red creme, with slight pink undertones.

Haute Tub: a blackened amethyst purple complete with fine purple shimmer. Very highly pigmented.  Provided excellent coverage with just one coat.

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

I really enjoyed this collection.   I think it is very fitting for the upcoming holiday season, and will be the perfect offerings as the cooler crisp weather comes our way.  

I find the shades to be very sophisticated, yet still maintaining a playful side.  I still can't get over how wonderful the formula is on Apres-chic.  Usually metallic silver polishes can be extremely streaky, but this wasn't at all.  Also, I appreciate that Essie continuously goes out of their comfort zone and introduces new innovative shades to their collection like the gorgeous shimmering Haute Tub.       

My personal favorites from this colleciton are: Haute Tub and Apres- chic.

Essie's Winter 2015 collection retails for $8.50 per 0.46 fl oz (13.5 mL) bottle, and is available now.

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Dermelect ME Holiday Collection for Winter 2015

Dermelect ME Holiday Collection for Winter 2015 0

"Dermelect Cosmeceuticals is thrilled to introduce its first "ME" Holiday Collection for Winter 2015.  Featuring four season-inspired hues that combine sophistication and fun with a dose of merriment to holiday nails.  Hold me, Thrill "ME", Kiss "ME", and Sleigh "ME", combine the joyful spirit of the holiday season with refined elegance.  Utilizing Dermelect's signature keratin protein peptide to help strengthen nails and extend length of a manicure, this lavish collection of colors steer clear from the hazy shades of winter and create a sexy and coveted manicure that is both festive and beautfiul. 

Celebrity nail tech Elle developed this limited edition collection exclusively for Dermelect.  Elle combined jewel tones with glimmering neutrals to encapsulate the season's jubilance with sophistication.  "This collection's colors bring out the holiday spirit and look glamorous on all skin tones," says Elle, Dermelect Color Curator.  "I love how the shades add a little sparkle to nails, especially for year end festivities," according to the official press release. 

Key Ingredient: Keratin Protein Peptide- Hydrolyzed Keratin extracted from New Zealan Sheep's wool that helps strengthen the nails.


  • Strengthens weak, brittle nails
  • Restores nail flexibility
  • Helps nails resist chipping and splitting
  • Provides long-lasting, high shine and bold color
  • Water and detergent resistant
  • Protects against UV rays
  • 5 free
  • Cruelty free, no animal testing ever.

The four new Dermelect shades comprising the Holiday 2015 collection include: 

Sleigh "ME": a multi-dimensional glistening white glitter. (arctic shimmer)

Kiss "ME": a deep dark crimson red shimmer. (velvet crimson)

Thrill "ME": a dark forest green pearl.  (frosted evergreen)

Hold "ME": a black base with holographic multi fine glitter. (sparkled midnight noir)

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

I absolutely LOVE this collection.  I think the four colors are perfect, and I wouldn't change a thing.  The formulas were very liquid smooth, and didn't give me any issues whatsoever; I didn't experience any streakiness which usually occurs with metallic finishes like Kiss "ME" and Thrill "ME" have.  I think all of the colors show a lot of depth and dimension.  In particular, I love how prismatic the multi flecks of Hold "ME" and Sleigh "ME" shine throughout. 

I highly recommend you pick up all four limited edition shades before its too late.  It's so hard for me to pick only one favorite, but if I absolutely have to choose, I would say Sleigh "ME".

Dermelect's "ME" Holiday Nail Collection, available in November 2015, retails for $14 per .4 fl oz (11 mL) bottle.

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Cuccio: Nudetrals Winter 2015 collection

Cuccio: Nudetrals Winter 2015 collection 0

"Slip into something more natural looking with the new Nudetrals Colour Collection- a sensual array of nude shades to compliment all skin types.  Expose your inner fashionista while adding sparkle to your natural beauty with fine mica elements that will amplify the bare essentials of the holiday season.  Revealing, soft and subtly erotic this collection is the perfect way to undress from the dark shades of the Fall season and help you uncover your passion and love of colour" according to the press release. 

The Winter 2015 Nudetrals collection from Cuccio includes the following shades:

Nude-a-Tude: a creamy mauve. [medium tan with nude shimmer and pink base]

Skin to Skin: a light pink nude cream. [light tan with nude shimmer]

Fair Game: a solid white with a pink iridescent pearly shimmer running through it. [opal white]

Olive You: a light greenish gold with tiny iridescent flecks in it. [gray with gold shimmer and green tone]

Sun Kissed: a super fine glittery copper. [medium tan with gold shimmer]

Blush Hour: a super fine glittery rose. [salmon pink with gold shimmer]

Oh Naturale: a light beige cream. [taupe with silver shimmer]

Grey's Anatomy: a super fine glittery gray. [gray with gold shimmer and blue tone]

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

I really love this entire collection. You really can't go wrong with various shades that compliment skin tones.  Cuccio went above and beyond doing simple creamy nudes, and included many super fine glittery shades in the collection I also adore. I believe it's fine mica that gives off their glowing allure, so its a bit different from your conventional glitters.  Even the creamy flesh tones in this collection feature a microscopic shimmer in them, that you can really only notice if you look super closely.  Nonetheless, it adds a brilliant shine to the shades.  

As far as the formula is concerned, I didn't have any issues with any of the colors, and I also didn't experience any difficulties such as unevenness or brushstrokes.

My personal favorites from the collection include: Fair Game, Sun Kissed, and Olive You

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