Gelish dip and go

Remember the time when you would put glue on your nail and dip it in powder to keep them from breaking? It was the easiet thing to do at the least costly expense. They always say what’s old is new again and that has certainly held true in 2017

Gelish has come up with their own powder dip system 


It comes in different colored powders and the activators needed to seal the deal. This is another alternative to acyrlic and gels. It’s worth a shot to see if your nails agree. 

Im actual looking forward to what’s old is new again. The release date is coming soon so check your local salon or manicurist and get dipped! 

Smith & Cult my new obsession 


I was able to finally try the talk around town of nail polishes and was instantly pleased. 7 colors were sent to me and they all go down as one of the best to work with. Smooth application and great coverage.  The silver top bottle puts them in class of their own with their signature hammered dent on each top. The top pops off for easier handling and they have great names. 

Meet Smith & Cult


Feathers and Flesh


Lovers Creep


Feed The Rich


Stockholm Syndrome

Kings & Thieves


Regret The Moon


Dirty Baby


Basis of everything (base coat)

Above it all (top coat)

And to top it all off they are 5 free

You’ll get to see more of what I do with my new obsession Smith &Cult

Winter hands transition

I know, your hands are not doing in this off again on again cold to hot weather. Trust me my hands are feeling it too. But I have a remedy that could be quite useful. Ever try a paraffin treatment?  If you haven’t, your next manicur appt should include one 


Dip your hands in warm wax until they are nicely coated, wrap and sit for 5-10 minutes. Remove from the wrap bag and notice the difference. Your hands will love it. Having your own personal paraffin is also plus, you can use it how often you like.  Most of my private clients have their own machines and they take full advantage of it. 

You can also use it for your feet or elbows. 

Give it a shot and let me know what you think. 

Perfection is possible 

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.

Pucker Up! Zoya has lipstick 


When I received my Zoya summer colors in the mail who knew it would include lipstick. 12 beautiful summer colors and two sample lipstick colors. I was overjoyed and ready to try them. I have tried their lipgloss in the past and they are great so I can only imagine how wonderful these lipsticks will be. With names like Candy and Frankie I’m sure they will not dissappoint. They were creamy full-color and went on with ease.  Zoya has now tapped into the beauty market a bit further and I can’t be more excited. When a polish brand that can make a great nail polish amd understands what full coverage does for the application onto nails, making a great lipstick isn’t hard to do. 

They have an array of lipstick colors so hop on over to their site Zoya and take a dip into their lipsticks. 

Morgan Taylor and Gelish Take it to the Streets

  
I love it when the seasons change because the new nail polish colors are something to look forward to. My weekend nail mail was a pleasant surprise from Redpr, Morgan Taylor and Gelish. 

Vibrant colors that link to each other depending on if you prefer gel or nail polish. Gelish takes it to the streets with their Street Beat collection and Morgan Taylor brings dream of yachting with their A Very Nauti-cal Girl collection.

New to the collection which I am happy for are their new manicure esssentials. Complete with Pure Cleanse, a cleansing spray, Accelerate, quick dry drops, Strip Ease, polish remover and Remedy, cuticle oil infused with antioxidant grapeseed and vitamin E 

  
 Some added colors to my gelish collection. Did you know Gelish has over 130 colors in their core collection? I’m almost there in having all 130. 🙂💅🏽  
 
The process…when a new collection comes in, I have to catalogue and swatch each color. Gelish has a colorful pallet this season that I can’t wait to dive into. Check with your local manicurist and get gelled by Gelish new spring collection

The only thing your local manicurist may be missing is the Street Beat mini wireless speaker from Morgan Taylor and Gelish. It boast great sound and function. Its small enough to fit in your pocket and in a great pink color. Im in love with my new sounds and the Street Beat and Nauti-cal Girl collection. Get in touch with me and let’s arrange a nail day. 
Perfection is possible xoxo

Pipbuzzz has a new organic hand soap by Saint Paris Products

  
If you’re anything like me and wash your hands multiple times a day, then this is your friend. Saint Paris Products are made with love and care for the skin, body and soul and dirty hands 😉. Most hand soaps strip your hands and make them dry as the dessert.  This lavneder vanilla hand soap not only smells great but cleanse your hands so well without stripping them down. The first time I used it, I couldnt belive the dirt I saw in the cleansing water.  You would have thought I never washed my hands.  My hands were clean and felt great. Add the lavneder and vanilla lotion and feel the moisture.  Because these products are so orgnic their shelf life is approx 9 months so be sure to use them before they expire.  Mine didn’t last that long due to my usage.  Visit Saint Paris Products and take a look at the other featured products. 
Xoxo pipbuzzz

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 

 

Nails Inc. Gel Effects in Baker Street Blue

  
I thought I misplaced this bottle and I was going bonkers trying to find it, until I realized it was sitting right in front of my eyes. You don’t understand how much I love this color. I love blue nail polish and this gel effects makes me love it more.  The shine is incredible and the wear is long lasting.  Baker street blue became the go to blue a few years ago when Beyonce wore it and we all ran out to get it, including me 😉. It’s a go to blue and pretty much looks good on all skin tones.  

  
Perfection is possible. Try it out

The new CND LED Light

This is what the nail community has been waiting for.  CND has finally did it and produced their very own LED light for their Shellac and Brisa products.  The light is exceptional. It has individual grooves for each finger and a sleek light weight design. The timer is set with 4 different timing intervals, two which are for curing Shellac and the other two will cure the Brisa gel.
   
  It is easy to clean and durable. CND was able to perfect a great light because they waited which allowed them to do a lot of research and development in getting it right.  

    

The light will blink in the first and last timing settings but don’t worry, no more first reaction burning sensation to the nails. 

 

The curing process is shorter and which cuts down on time it takes to give a Shellac manicure. With 80 colors in the collection, you will love this LED light, I know I do.

Mally Gel Polishes

You may know her as the make up artist to the stars, but what you may not know is that Mally Roncal founder of Mally Beauty also has gel polish. They come in this pretty pink carrying case with mini pink led light and gel colors. I received her kit a few years ago and really loved the system, so much that I used all of the colors. They are light, small bottles and easy to travel with. Recently, while working on set at a shoot for Redbook magazine, I had the pleasure of meeting Mally personally. She was a pleasure to meet. I shared with her that I loved her gel colors and 2 weeks later, I received her newest colors. I was beyond thrill. They are pretty and so ladylike (exactly what I love). I have used them on most of my celeb clients and they love them as much as I do.
The pink carry case is one of the best parts as well as the new colors added to my collection. So thankful for them, because my poor collection was dwindling down.

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Thank you Mally for a great product and the wonderful new colors

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The Light Every Manicurist Should Have

Home manicure visits are becoming more and more popular and good lighting is always the first thing manicurist do not have. Trying to carry a lamp with a cord, extension cord and heavy bases can be very cumbersome. I searched on line for a compact solution and found one. The OttLite is cordless, slender, lightweight and gives the time, date and temperature. I couldn’t wait to get it. It has LED lighting and a charger to recharge the light after each use. One touch of the button and your light is bright and ready to use. Press it again and it dims. It can fit nicely in any kit bag and even your handbag. Stands approximately 12 inches at its tallest setting. You can mount it or not. It has worked wonders. I’m sure you will be able to get multiple uses out of this cordless light, but manicurist will never want to leave this at home.

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It comes in white and black and below is the packaging to look for.

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The cost is around $49.99 and worth every penny.  I know you will like it just as much as I do.

Great Nail Polish Holiday Gift Ideas

Are you stuck on what to get for a holiday gift? Have a budget, but want to get something that is pretty cool? Nail polish always makes people happy and designer lables have now give you some other options. Ranging in price from $25-$50, you can not go wrong with the useful gift. The packaging is awesome, the bottles are pretty and the colors are to die for. Check out the brands I happen to own and love (for designer polish that is). 🙂

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Tom Ford, Michael Kors, CHristian Louboutin and Gucci. All of them make for great gift giving without breaking the bank. You will have to top yourself next year. But I’m sure there will be more to come in the designer nail polish business.

Make a wish with, Zoya’s Wishes Collection

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Talk about wishes, this collection feels just like that. My favorite color is Prim, a blue icy treat. The entire collection is like a dream come true in the world of nail polish. :). There is a black black that has an incredible shine and can be mixed with any of the colors of the collection.

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So, make a wish and pick up the Wishes Collection

Blast from the Past, Zoya Matte Velvets

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Matte lip stick now has a partner in crime, the matte nail polish. I’m so thrilled to see these back in the line up. There are very few matte polishes that have lasting ability and this by far is the best one for me. Matte polishes do not require a top coat, therefore leaving it susceptible to wear and chip much sooner. Well, not Zoya’s Matte Velvets. I have had success with these polishes for 5-6 days without chipping, no top coat and no tip wear. The client who wore the matte actually went on a trip to the tropics and came back with nails and polish in tact. How’s that for power polish. If you haven’t tried them, please give them a shot. The colors are jewel tones and look great. For a limited time you can get a matte lipstick and a matching matte polish with a purchase of $30 at zoya.com

Protective Nail Guards for Gel and Acrylic Nails

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Gel manicures are increasingly get more nail time, inspite the damaging effects it can cause. Compaines are figuring out ways to combat gel nails bad behavior, by creating different products to aid in better nail health. An earlier post I talked about the IBX system that strengthens the nail inside out and repairs with the brush of a super formula and heat from a regular light bulb. Results were good. Notice strength took a little more time but the clients nails were stronger and less damaged.

I was introduced to another product that suggest by adding these nail guards to the nail before a gel or acrylic application, it will protect the nail and make for easy removal. You peel off the sticker, apply it to the nail and proceed with the gel application. When it is time to remove the gel, you take an orangewood stick, dip it into remover and go around the edges of the nail as to lift the gel off the nail plate and peeling the nail guard and gel off completely, leaving the natural nail unharmed. Seems like a pretty good idea. Will give it a try and let you know my thoughts. With any product, you have to try it first and watch it over a period of time for the best results. My concerns as a nail tech, would be the lifting of the guard with the orangewood sitck and will the guard hold through water and not lift on its own. I will make sure to update you on my thoughts. Until then, stay nail happy, enjoy your manicures and visit back again. 🙂

One of those Things Under The Sun

Blogs are great resources and outlets for all types of things. Although my blog is mostly about nails and beauty, I titled it in a way that allows me to blog about anything. This is one of those “anything under under the sun” post :).
I love fashion and this is NYFW. If your looking for vintage, new, pre owned or mens items, check out one of my favorite online resale shops http://www.itsfabulist.com They are having a sale, take an additional 20% off all sale items. So in honor of NYFW, take a look and maybe it will be your favorite too. If you love CHANEL anything as much as I do, you will be pleasantly surprised.

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CND Cucumber Heel Therapy for Great Pedicure Results

I love products point, blank, period and when I find a really good one, I like to share. This foot cream from CND is lovely. It has a great scent, great consistency and feels great on your feet. It is an intensive moisturizing complex with cucumber extract, chamomile and aloe to aid in the repair of dry, cracked skin.

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It is also good to use daily. Remember, your pedicure gets your feet groomed, but keeping them groomed in between appointments is also important. This cream would be perfect for that in between maintenance.
Let me know what you think. It is one of my favorites.

Morgan Taylor Nail Color

Nail mail is a big deal for me…I love it! This was a good day to open the mailbox. Well, not the mailbox per say, my doorman had a box with my name on it. :). I was pleasantly surprised with the content. In case your not aware, Morgan Taylor is a nail polish brand that is picking up lots of steam. The colors are rich and apply very well. Enclosed were glitters and creams and I tried them both.

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They were great to work with and dried nicely. I love the colors and looking forward to trying out more of their collection.

Zoya Naturel Deux Collection

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It’s almost that time of year where you don’t want bright, neon or dark colors for your manicure. Zoya comes up with the answer with their transitional colors in their Naturel 2 Collection. It is a combination and blends of neutrals with brown, pink and tan tones, that go perfectly into fall.
There is a shade for all skin tones in this collection. You can find them http://www.zoya.com

Zoya’s Tickled and Bubbly Collection

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I am a little late writing this post, but due to an overwhelming schedule, I have gotten behind in my blog post. I will get better 🙂 Now, back to business.

This collection from Zoya leaves you feeling tickled and bubbly once you use these breathe of fresh air nail colors. From pops of pink and coral to the tangerine sparkles, to blue and greens, no matter what side you choose, it all equals happy!
Zoya always does a creme side and a glitter side that always compliment each other. You can mix and match or overlay them. One color that we tried was a huge hit. Wendy is a tricky pink, as it gives off a coral tone.

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Wendy is from the Tickled collection and it is beautiful. It helps that the consistency of the polish is perfect as Zoya’s colors always are. They are very creamy which allows for better coverage and better application…one of my all time favorites, for sure.

Red Carpet Manicure, My New Favorite Colored Gel

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I finally had the opportunity to try Red Carpet Manicure and I must say, it was worth the wait. One would think that all gel colored polishes were created equal. This one has proven to stand out. Let’s start with the over 100 color choices. There are nudes, brights, pinks, reds, greens, glitter and shimmer colors that are stunning. It was hard choosing a color to try on myself. The application was smooth. No running, great consistency and coverage. I went for a sparkle blue that looks like car paint, in a good way.

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If you have a manicurist that isn’t using Red Carpet Manicure, tell her to give it a try. I’m sure you both will be very happy with the results.

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The answer to the mobile LED Gel Light…Dashing Diva LED Light Pod

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To all of my manicurist on the go like myself, have you seen this? I am one happy nail tech to see this idea. Not sure how well it works, but I will be sure to find out. Hopefully it packs a powerful punch and gets the job done. The price tag is very reasonable for a gel light. At $79 you can’t beat it. I plan on ordering one in the very near future and to be pleasantly surprise.

Perfection is Possible, Dashing Diva !

O.P.I. Glitter Base Coat

To all of you glitter lovers out there, I’m sure we all feel the same about glitter polish removal. It is our worst nail polish nightmare. O.P.I. has created a base coat that is suppose to assist in making the removal of glitter a lot easier. Many of you had made your on DIY solution made of elmers glue and water. I must say, I have never tried it but give an A for creativity. The base coat as well as the elmers glue is applied to each nail and dryed. You the apply your favorite glitter polish and wear as you normally would. When it’s time to remove it, it should peel off with the assistance of an orange wood stick. Welllllllllll, not quite. It does not peel off so easy and can be damaging to your nail plate due to the scraping of your nail with the orange wood stick. Both base coats seem to have the same result. My best advice to removing glitter polish, is to take a cotton ball soaked with remover and allow it to sit on the nail for a few seconds. After a few seconds, the glitter becomes a lot easier to take off, with no scraping. It takes some time but thats the price we pay to be glitter girls. Don’t stop wearing your glitter because of the agonizing removal process. Just sit, soak, wait and wipe and your glitter woes are solved.

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O.P.I. Sheer Tints

Looking for a wet and sticky look like candy? O.P.I. Sheet tints are your answer. They cover the bare minium but I choose to add color and use as a topper. Tints can make your nails look dirty and dingy but when layered over a color, it gives you that look of candy.

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Here is “Be Magentale With Me” for the topper with “Pink Shock” by Maybelline

Sephora’s Formula X

Nail mail is always a wonderful thing to come home to. Recently, during one of my trips to Sephora and staying for an hour, I played around with their Formula X nail polishes. Everyone was speaking very highly of them, and I wanted to give them a try. I purchased a few bottles and went home to play some more. They were nice to work with and the colors were true to color. These would be perfect for me to use on set for some of my photo shoots. I received the Formula X train kit in the mail and could’t be happier. It included some of their great glitters and effect polishes along with other essentials. This kit will be put to great use and so will all the gorgeous colors

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Perfection is possible with Formula X.

Awaken The Pastel Parade by Zoya

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This is the time of year where we all get restless and bored with nail colors. Waiting for spring colors to come out is always exciting. Awaken by Zoya made 2 pastel colors with a cream finish and a 4colors with a full coverage metallic shimmer.
Hudson- the metallic purple
Dillion- metallic green
Brooklyn- metallic yellow
Rebel- metallic blue
Dot- pink
Cole- peach
The surprise is Monet, which is a cellophane holographic special effect topper. It looks good over any color and gives that extra special something to your nail look.

It’s Magic

Zoya’s magical pixie dust delivers. They have mastered the textured, matte, glittery nail polish with this magical pixie dust. With only 3 colors to choose from, there is at least one that you will love. I tried the pink and instantly fell in love. With sparkles, glitter, texture and metallic specs, what more could a nail polish fan love. All of this rolled up in one.

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I dedicate this post to “Hanna” :). Thank you for following this nail girls journey on nails, beauty and anything under the Sun!

Zoya has “Awaken” the Nail Community

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Ok Zoya, I’m awake. I smell the polish and the scent is just delightful 🙂  What I mean is, I see the colors and they are just delightful. Known for their shimmer, frost and opalescent  colors, the choice in colors to accomplish the frost look with, was a great idea. Pastels with a frost, makes their spring collection different from the rest.  Bravo!  I will be looking fo the mail everyday, waiting for their arrival. 🙂

Deborah Lippmann for Spring 2014

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While doing some nail polish spring cleaning, I did some research on what’s new for spring.  See, each season, I go through my nail polish collection and get rid of the old to bring in the new. Although, I must say, I don’t get rid of much. I love my polishes, hard to part with them. Anyway, I’m making room for this collection for sure. It looks like all the polish brands had the same color concept in mind. Deborah Lippmann, I can’t wait to try these out.

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Nail Mail, Crinkle, Crinkle, Crinkle

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Nail mail will never get old and I can never have too much polish. Today was one of those nail mail days that made me stop what I was doing, slow down and smell the polish.

China Glaze is gearing up for spring with some great colors from Seche Vite and China Glaze. I started to polish my nails, just because, that’s what you do when you get a box full of nail color.  As I was polishing my nails, I couldn’t get it to apply smoothly.  Now I know I had a long break, but I didn’t think I lost my skill of polishing my own nails. I picked up the bottle to make sure it wasn’t tampered with and lo and behold I read the front carefully. I only noticed Chrome because I love chrome colors but I didn’t see that they were “crinkled” Chrome. Ohhhhhhh, now I got it. It was supposed to go on with the look of texture. I didn’t think I was going to like it, because I love creme polish. However, this kind of surprised me. When I finished, I actually liked it. Yes, it does look like you messed your nails up, but that was somewhat the beauty in it. Take a look for yourself.

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There were also glitter colors in my nail mail.  Thanks China Glaze, you made my day. Pretty glitter colors in spring tones. Just enough color and happiness to make up for this cold weather New York has been having. So, can you say spring is here?  Almost, thank goodness. Let’s crack these babies open and get to coloring the world with nail polish.

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Nail Polish Options for the New Year

20140104-100131.jpg It’s a new year and nail polish brands will be approaching this year with bigger ideas and vibrant colors. Some of the brands shown are making quite a splash. Tom Ford, creamy, classy bottle and $32 Nails Inc. who is getting a new U.S. Website coming soon, makes a bottle top that looks great on any shelf and adds bling to your polish rack. You can also customize your bottle at Nailsinc.com $9.50-$25. Deborah Lippmann has fun with color and names and puts out a new collection faster than you can paint one nail $17 Essie, who is known in almost every household, is keeping up. They now offer gel colors that match their most popular colors. $8 Dior and YSL are both designer brands that have limited color options and simple yet elegant bottles.$25 There you have it. A range of price points, color, designer looks and pretty bottles. Find one that best suits you and start painting the world with nail polish…a girl’s best friend. 🙂

Zoya has Naturel colors

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Im in love with this collection because I love nudes and natural colors, especially for pedicures. Nothing looks more clean than a nude color on your toes showing through your sandals or peep toe shoes. But this collection comes just in time for fashion week. NYFW Spring shows will be showing in February 2014, and these nude colors will most definitely be the popular kids on the runway. I mean, Zoya is the color of fashion.

Alessandro and Strip Lac

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lunch and learn about a product line that has a lot to offer. Alessandro, a product line making new waves to the U.S. They are also a sister company of Tweezerman. They offer nail polish, pedicure essentials, hand and skin care, gels and a new colored name that you peel off. Now, I know your saying the same thing I said. Peel off? Wouldn’t that damage your nails? Well, they developed a formula thats flexible enough to peel off without much damage. Striplac is the name and it comes in 90 shades. Not bad, coming out the gate with an array of colors

During the demostration, you apply the colored gel the same way you would like any other gel colored polish. Once cured and completed the color was vibrant and pretty. But the big reveal we were all waiting for… the peel off. After a few minutes she began to peel the gel off in tact. The nail plate was smooth and also in tact. It was pretty interesting to see the results. I had a chance to play with the product and peeled mine off right away just to get the feel of it. Still the same pulling feel but my nail plate felt smooth and untouched.

It’s safe to say, that I will be adding Strip lac to my collection

Bloggers Chat with Zoya Herself at Rolando Santana Event

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With the holidays approaching, it is always a good reason to have an event. Rolando Santana and Zoya teamed up for a bloggers event to have fun with his nail look shown for NYFW. I was the creator of the look, so my team and I were on hand to re create the look for the bloggers. One big surprise for all of us, Zoya showed up in person. I finally got a chance to meet her and was so thrilled. She spoke to all of us and we couldn’t move from our seats. Her tone and voice were so soothing that you could listen to her for hours. She had the best, very true stories about being a manicurist and the nail business. She inspired everyone there including myself. She gave the manicurist in the room, assurance that we are just as important, if not more important, than our beauty counterparts.
It was a great event with DIY the look of the runway contest, champagne, cupcakes, mini manicures and gift bags. Zoya was the sugar on top. What a great voice.

Perfection is Possible!

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Dolce and Gabbana Has Nail Color

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Just when you thought it was safe to say, who’s next in nail color, Dolce & Gabbana had the answer with their new shades. I received them some time ago and I must say, they are a hit. They polish well, go on smooth and last over 7 days without chipping. This is one designer nail polish that hits the mark. I forgot to mention, the packaging looks very expensive and elegant. The bottles allow you to use all of the polish. Unlike some bottles where, once they drop past a certain point, the brush no longer reaches the bottom. Dolce is on the right track all around. Thank you

Morgan Taylor Nail Lacquer…There is a new kid in town

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Morgan Taylor is the New standard in professional nail lacquer, says the creators of this new brand. I recently attended an event where I could get to know the brand a little better. The colors are pretty and the bottle is easy for handling. The texture as I lift the top off seems to be consistant with a good professional nail polish. I will be trying it out soon and will give you my reviews. They have been seen on the runways of NYFW Spring 2014 shows and are making a big splash, why not swim with them. I hope it turns out to be everything I have seen and heard from them.

Revlon is stepping up

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What’s old is new and what’s new is…Revlon’s Parumerie lightly scented nail polishes. Revlon has brought back an old idea of scented nail polish and revamped it. The bottles have a little sex appeal, that makes them great for displaying (which is what I plan on doing with them) Not sure, of how much of fan I would be for scented nail polish. It is said to last up to 24 hours, but mixing that scent with perfumes and lotions…ehhhhhh, I don’t know about that one. You can layer the colors which will also layer the scents. Would you want your nail polish to have a scent? Would you try these? At the price of $5.99 each it could be worth a shot. Does Revlon have a long road ahead with this old but new idea? Would love to know your thoughts.

Essie’s Maintenance Solutions

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Most polish brands have their own line of before and after care. Starting with base coats, top coats, strengthener and cuticle oils. Essie has a pretty good line up. They have a good ridge filler and fast dry top coat called “good to go” that’s works well. Their cuticle oil is called apricot and has a hint of apricot smell to it. These products can be used with other brands but work best when you use their polish. I will sometimes mix and match what I use for the best results of what I want to achieve. Once you get adjusted to how products work with each other, you can mix and match as you see fit.

 

 

The Mickey Mouse Club

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Minnie Mouse has always been a lil girls friend and sometimes a big girls friend too. This young lady wanted Minnie Mouse theme nails. Of course I had to google an image to copy, because, I could not remember what she looked like. I was hoping she didn’t want an actual design of Minnie. She opted for (Thank God) symbols that represent Minnie Mouse. The polka dots and bow are both classic Minnie Mouse and very easy for me to do. Besides her constant movement, I think I did a pretty good job. Challenge your inner Minnie and try it on your nails. All you need are a dotting tool, red, white and black polish and your on your way. Good Luck

Clarisonic Pedi, your feet will be in love!

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I was invited to test this wonderful product. Clarisonic the brand we have known to love and trust because of their facial brush, has created the same type of brush for your feet. Yes, you read that correctly, they now have a Clarisonic Pedi made just for your feet. I was quite impressed by this small yet powerful brush. The effects over some time and frequent use, reduce callous skin faster than using a general foot file. The brush is light weight and comes with changeable discs. It is for personal use for best results, but, your local manicurist could offer it as an added plus. The Clarisonic Pedi is being sold at Sephora’s and Ulta locations. So get those feet to walking and own your own Clarisonic Pedi.

Spring nail look for 2014 with Rolando Santana

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The past few weeks have been so busy and I finally have time to update my blog. Rolando Santana was my last fashion show for NYFW and the nails went out with a bang. During the nail test meeting I had a great time creating a nail look for Mr. Santana. I came up with 10 different looks and we agreed on one. As you can see, the nail we selected was a soft curve on the side of the nail bed. The two colors were a great combination and look great on the runway. To achieve this look at home is very easy. Start with the color you want for full coverage and paint one coat. Select a contrasting color that is fun and swipe the side of the nail with 2 coats. Top with a clear top coat and you have a form of instant easy nail art. Have fun and creative.

Peter Som and Zoya spring 2014 custom colors

Peter Som’s collection was a take on land meet sea. Colorful prints that he does so well, consisted of blues and greens. Patterns of waves gave you the surf’s up concept that felt refreshing and ready for the spring. The nail look was the reverse french. During the test, Peter Som knew exactly what he wanted. The half moon, reverse french gives that soft curve effect that was present in his designs.  I used the custom colors created for his show by Zoya. A cool blue and cool green named Alexa and Edie

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From the nails to the shoes, Mr. Som had it together.

Fashion Week has started NYFW SS 2014

The busiest time in fashion comes twice a year and the month of September is buzzing with the spring fashion shows for 2014. It is a very busy time for me, but I love it. I get to hang out with my colleagues, get cool stuff and see some of the shows for what’s to come this spring.

I started my week with Nicholas K. A duo team of brother and sister who had some great wearable relaxed clothing. The nail look was inspired by Native American culture with a tomboy/girl feel.

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Zoya nail polish was use to achieve this look. The base color is called Noot. We applied a matte finish top coat over the color and added a chevron with Edyta to give a bit of shimmer effect. This grey green olive color will be seen all week. It looks like we have the nail trend for next spring and its darker tones instead of lighter ones.

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Backstage is always crazy but not this time. Ms. Kelly Cutrone was in charge and she it under control. I love love love Kelly. She gets the job done and doesn’t care who doesn’t like it.

Here is Kelly with one of my team mates whom I also love.

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One of the models with the complete look. Hair, Make up and Nails!!

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My first post on my new blog site.

After a lot of thought, I decided to switch my blog from blogger to WordPress. It has been a little challenging but it’s finally here. Bare with me as I am still learning how to move around the site. 

I’ll start with a picture of my work seen on one of my celeb clients. She wears black nail polish well, but she also wears everything well 

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