Fall into Grey

 Now that fall is offically here, you might ask yourself now what? What nail color do I transition to? You don’t want it too bright or too dark and it leaves you in the grey ūüėČ. That’s exactly where you should be, in between. This is one time it is perfectly fine to straddle the fence between black and white. 

So let’s check out some grey’s that you can fall into. 

CND Vinylux “Cityscape” comes in a polish and gel
Sephora “Formula X” gives you a little glitz with the glam
CHANEL “Monochrome”
Zoya “August”
Butter London “Billy No Mates”

Morgan Taylor “Sweater Weather”

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Chromed Out, the newest nail craze

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There use to be time when Minx had the market for chromed nails. You would pre heat a nail wrap under a light and apply it by molding and stretching them to your nail plate. The look was  a chromed out manicure that could last up to 10 days.

Fast foward to today and the look has re appeared on nails around the country. Now you can achieve your chromed manicure simply with a colored chromed powder of choice with a gel base application. You apply a black gel color an cure leaving the tacky part on the nail. Take a small amount of powder with a silicon pusher and rub and buff the nail until you see the chrome shine. Apply a gel top coat, cure and your chrome manicure is set to be seen. You can have silver or gold if you have a unicorn spirit you can try mulitple colors for a more vibrant look. Your nails will be the talk of the town.

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Add some nail art and you have the best of both worlds. Be prepare to start seeing chrome nails if you haven’t already before it fades away again.

 

 

Essence the gel nail polish 

With Led gel polish being all the rave because of there shine and long wear, there are more and more polish brands popping up with their version of no light gel polish. I was sent this new brand “Essence” to take for a test drive. I tried “lets get lost” ( the blue) and “sweet as candy” (the pink)

The application was smooth and with the base coat covering so well, it allowed for even better coverage.


After appyling the gel top coat, it brought the shine to another level. It gives a great gel effect without the curring under a light with an exceptional shine. Looking for less shine? They have a satin matt top coat that dulls the high shine to a matt finish.


Essence gel nail polish can be found at Ulta retail stores. I look forward to adding them to my collection.

Ginger + Liz nail polish obsession 

   
When you’re in the nail polish beauty industry you tend to try a lot of different brands. You have your favorites and your go to brands that you use more than others. I now have a new favorite and go to nail polish. 

 I knew of Ginger + Liz for some time but never had the opportunity to try them out. They sent me the most pretty and pigmented colors I’ve seen in a while. I initially tried the blue named “Chase Me”… I was sold from the first stroke. It had great coverage, nice consistency and great color. My kind of blue and we know how much I love blue   Besides the great application it lasted 12 days!  

  
I absolutely love this color and didnt want to take it off, but they had other colors I was anxious to try so I had to remove it. It did leave some blue staining, so make sure you use a ridge filling base coat. “Don’t kill my vibe” (the pink) and “Control Freak” were next on my list. I used them both because I couldn’t decide, so I did some nail art with both colors. I love these two colors just the same. Spring time is here and summer is coming, but who cares I wanted to try these bright colors now. 

I think it is safe to say,  I found another new favorite nail polish brand. Thank you Ginger + Liz for the collection. 

If you haven’t tried them,please do. 

  

Perfection is possible XO XO 

Product alert. CND Spa Botanical Spa Collection

 
CND the brand that brings you Shellac and Vinylux has up the anti with their new botanical spa collection. It gives you so many options to customize your manicure and spa services, that your clients will surely be happy to try them out. 

Let’s start with the different scents. There is Gardenia Woods, Bright Citron and Cucumber. Each scent comes in a soak, scrub, lotion and masque with the exception to the cucumber. The scrub is easy to apply and sticks to your skin without falling off into your pedicure soaking tub. The lotion and masque are a must have that leaves the skin soft and moisturized. 

Inspired by nature but rooted in science, this collection will prove to be the next big thing. With a release date of March 1, 2016, I can assure you it’s one to look for. The images below will familiarize you on what to look for. CND has changed their packaging to flowers and fruit which gives it a refreshing new look. Let me know your thoughts once you try it. 

Perfection is Possible xoxo

   
   

The Holy Grail of basecoats, CHANEL

Want a base coat that looks great on your nails alone, then this CHANEL Beaute Des Ongles is what you need. It applies more like polish than a base coat. For a base coat that isn’t clear, it applies like nail polish. The shine is like having the perfectly buff nail for weeks. It’s smooth texture says, you don’t need polish and makes you want to leave the polish off, which is what I did. I loved it so much, I kept it on for 2 weeks. Not like me at all because I love color on my nails.¬†I think you both will love the results.

 

Perfection is Possible xoxo

 

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Deborah Lippmann… If you haven’t tried these, I suggest you should

 

Cuticle care is always a trending topic and some manicurist will give you different opinions about to cut or not to cut.  My expert advice will always be not to cut.  In efforts to assist you in the non cutting process, Deborah Lippmann has a cuticle remover that works extremly well. The first bottle to the left, applies like polish but only around your cuticle area. When you start to push back the cuticles with a cotton covered orangewood stick, you will see the dead tissue being remove very easily. It gives a very clean finish as though your cuticles have been cut.  Apply her cuticle drops (in the middle bottle) rub in, massage the hands and apply All about that base, color and top coat.  The images below is just base coat without any color. Cuticles are in tack and look clean. Shop Deborah Lippmann for these essentials and get your cuticles in order 

 

Zoya has a promo 4u! 

Happy New Year it is. Starting the new year off with great polishes and color choices is made easy from Zoya. This is the perfect time to take advantage of free polishes from the 5 free brand. Zoya has a promo to get 4 free polishes by paying for promo shipping. How awesome is that. So take it from me and go shop Zoya¬†now, you are going to love the colors. ¬†Pick up a few of my favorites while you’re there…base coat, top coat, solid gold cuticle oil and Qtica lotion.¬†

Bordeaux nail polish, a must have and Zoya has it

Looking for a good wine colored nail polish to compliment the wine colored everything this season? Look no further. Claire by Zoya seems to fit the requirements. She ‘s the right amount brown, red, orange and wine mix that gives you this gorgeous look.

This shade is not only the hottest color in fashion, it’s one of the go to ¬†color for manicures. ¬†We saw it all over the major fashion runways during fashion week and they didnt get it wrong. ¬†We now see it on red carpets, editorials, ad campaigns and on nails everywhere.

Fall Inspiration from Deborah Lippmann


I walked in my agencies office to pick up some packages and this was one package that was well worth the trip. ¬†Deborah Lippmann is one of my favorite go to nude polish brands that always deliver. The new colors give me the same feeling. With names like Rolling in the deep (blue), Miss Independent (berry color) and She Wolf, they leave nothing short of fall inspirations. The tones coincide with what the fall fashion colors look like. So if you’re looking for new colors to add to your collection, Deborah Lippman got you.
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The best nudes for transitioning into fall

Now that the fall is upon, we sometimes don’t know what nail color to choose. You don’t want to go completely dark and you don’t want to keep the brights going. So what do you do? A great option…you can always go nude. There are many nude colors that rock that you will not disappointed in finding one just right for you. Let’s get started.

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Deborah Lippmann makes some of the best nudes on the market. From pink, tan, brown to grey nudes, she has something for all.

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First in line is Naked, I use this one often on set for photo shoots because it tends to adapt to any nail plate color and skin tone. It looks great on everyone which makes it a multi functional nude,

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Both give a little more color but stay neutral and won’t compete with your fall wardrobe while still looking pretty,

Nails Inc, Kale and Gel Effects

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Zoya, Chanelle and Spencer the perfect shade of brown and beige.

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In luxury nail polish Tom Fords Toasted Sugar and CHANEL’s ¬†Secret are great choices

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This should help you narrow done who to look for in a nude polish. From $9-$35 there is one to fit your wallet and skin tone. It’s all about nude this fall, well, it’s all about a nude every fall for me ūüôā

The Naked Manicure


NYFW is fastly approaching. One of my exhausting but favorite time of the year. Fashion shows, events, dinners, dressing up and watching all of the fashionistas hit the scene is still exciting.

This year Zoya has incorporated their new Naked Manicure system to the nail applications for the models. It will allow my team to really blend and custom each models nails to the condition and coloring of their nail bed. When the professional kit arrived, it tooks seconds for me top open it and start the process.

As you see there are 5 color correctors, base coat, satin finsh, glossy top coat and a free edge color that will give you a natural looking french manicure. There are a few extra steps when applying this system, but the overall effect once it is done is smooth and beautiful.


The color shown is Aggie from Zoya’s fall collection. I just love a great nail polish, it makes my job so much easier ūüėČ. Thank you Zoya.

Minx is back better than ever

  
Do you remember Minx? It was all the rage some years ago and now they are making a come back.  They now have a new and sleeker way to pre heat the nail wraps.  No more overhead light that was difficult to carry around or blow dryers on set getting the nail wraps warm.  There is now a smaller heating system that looks likes a small box that heats the nail wrap.
  

A pretty pink box with its own stand that sits right on top of your work station making space and portabilty much easier to deal with.  You heat your nail wraps and apply , the same way you would previously when using Minx.

These minx nails were done some time ago and lasted on her pretty little nails for over a week. ¬†I can’t wait to start using Minx wraps again. ¬†They have a great collection and have added a few things.

They now offer a Minx Coat which is a peel off protective coat created to protect your natural nails. It works with gel manicures and nail polish. You apply the protective coat with the heat and apply it to your nails. You proceed with your gel or nail polsih and watch it work, protecting your nails. Worth a try…I know I will be testing them out.

 

The Naked Manicure from Zoya

Having nail woes? The Naked Manicure will transform the cosmetic appearance of your nails and provide long term benefits over time.

It has a few different options that you can choose from, the professional kit, the womens kit and the male kit. The colors work like color correctors work for make up. Each color provides you with the care your nails need. It’s a custom way of correcting your nails image. Bravo! ¬† They also come a la cart, so you can purchase single colors for whatever nail problem you are having.

I will be trying it out for sure. You all know that Zoya is one of  my very favorite brands so I know I will not be disappointed.
Perfection is Possible with  The Naked Manicure

Zoya Paradise in the Sun Collection

The Paradise Collection is going to make this a great summer for manicures and pedicures. ¬†I started with Oceania which is a blueish shimmer green. ¬†It reminds me of the deep blue sea. The enitre collections gives a new vibrance to summer tones instead of brigth neon. They are the jewels of the summer. If you haven’t tried them, go to ¬†Zoya¬† and get your summer fix. The collection consist of 6 colors, there is beautiful white inluded, a summer staple.
  

Ciate GelTox top coat for all Nail polishes 

  

What a great tag line, Gel on your terms. It definitely caught my eye. As I was browsing the aisles of one of my favorite places, Sephore, I took a back step to Ciate. They now have a gel top coat, Geltox that can cure any nail polish to last as long as gel polish ūüėŹūüė≥ūüėģ. These emojis were all of my reactions when I read this. Of course I will have to try it, just to see if it stands the test. The top coats retail is $39, so I hope for that price it really works. I will be back in a few weeks to give you the results. Ciate may be on to something.
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Quick Dry Nail Sprays. Yes or No

You love getting your nails done. You love changing your color but , what you don’t love is the drying time. In the age where time is so important, ¬†we try to maximize all of the time we have and not waste it. Waiting for your polish to dry, well, for some is a waste of time. That’s where a drying spray solves the problem. Now grant it, there are several quick dry products, drying drops and quick dry top coats which are frequently used. I recently received another option, quick dry spray! ¬†Years ago, manicurist used to use a drying spray from a aresol can, the updated version is now a pump spray bottle.

CND Solar Speed Spray has taken something old and made it new again. I tried this spray for thr first time and it worked.  It is a light mist with a beautiful fragrance that cuts down your drying time and nourishes your cuticle at the same time.  You hold the bottle away from the nails, and spray.  Not only does it smell good, it makes your hand and nails look good too.

Sephora also has a qucik dry spray, that is equally as good . This spray is easier to find isince there is a Sephora in most cities. Hold the bottle away from the nail and spray, Cuts drying  time and conditions your cuticle.

 

Both sprays seem to work nicely. They are easy to use and less messy. Your clients can walk away with less oily nails.

I would check with your client for allergies first, because the CND fragrance is almond base. ¬†When in doubt, drying drops are still a great option. ¬†It’s always good to have options.

CND Shellac and Vinylux

Recently I was invited to a workshop sponsored by CND. We received such an abundance of information. Refresher coarse in gel application, acrylic tips, ¬†shellac and how to make your own nail decals out of Vinylux. It was a great time and a learning experience that was priceless. I always love to attend whenever I am invited, because I get to see my collegues and the fabulous CND team. The end of the night we got the biggest surprise that I can’t say thank you enough. I have been playing and using my plethora of products for days. Can you say happy happy happy. ūüėČ

Perfection is possible!

My Londontown KUR Experience

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I think this may be one of my new favorite nail brands. I was fortunate to receive a few colors along with the treatment system. I didn’t realize how good this package would turn out to be. Londontown is truly a white glove service and I mean that literally. This treatment systems comes with white gloves you use after applying the KUR restorative nail cream. How’ s that for nourishment! The nail hardener is perfect to restore weak nails and the cuticle oil is hydrating. Once the manicure was finished with this treatment system, I used one of their Lakur 5 free nail colors. If you don’t know much about me, the one thing to know is that I love 5 free nail polishes, especially those that have a longer wearing time and Lakur is the answer to both. The polish lasted 7-8 days without a sign of chipping and that is with the continuous use of my hands in lotions, remover and water. Can you say “awesome”.
The colors are rich and creamy and have a good consistency. For some, creamy polishes are to thick, but I love them. KUR/Londontown will be added to both my on set kit and my private client nail kit.

KUR polishes are $16 per bottle with the treatment system priced at $125. A little sticker shock but well worth it. Visit their site http://www.londontown.com

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Christian Louboutin Nail Polish…Finally!

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Not just for red bottoms, the man himself Christian Louboutin has done it again. Nail polish…in the famous red bottom color, can now be worn on your nails. It was only a matter of time before Louboutin painted the town red with his nail colors. The entire collection isn’t available until later this year, but you can grab a bottle now at Saks Fifth Avenue. But, buyer beware, the sticker price may shock you…$50!! Well, at least it’s cheaper than buying the shoes.

Perfection is Possible