Creative Nail Design (CND) Shellac
I made two very important decisions today: I decided to try Shellac polish (chrome French manicure) and to get my nails done regularly. I LOVE nail polish, but I don’t always love polishing my nails. I’m not as neat and meticulous as I would like to be, and I think I need to start treating myself to some “mini luxuries”. A manicure can take the edge off life. It can make life’s little irritations less irritating. I was a bit concerned about Shellac damaging my nails (thinning my nail beds) but Tori, my manicurist, assured me I wouldn’t have that problem. She recommends Shellac for “when it matters most”, and to switch it up with standard polish. I’m a neutral polish girl, but I definitely plan to experiment with bold color and nail art, now that somebody else gets to worry about smudges, polish mishaps, etc. All I have to do is show the neat, finished, perfect results. I’m good with that. I’m totally looking forward to 14 days of worry-free, chip-free nails.
I’m wearing a Chrome French Manicure, with CND Cityscape and Silver Chrome on the tips. Do you wear Shellac? Do you like it? Did you experience any damage to your natural nails? Talk to me. I’d love to hear your thoughts. Oh, and if you’re in the Metro Detroit area, and you want an awesome manicure, make an appointment with Tori at the Premier Salon at Macy’s in the The Somerset Collection, in Troy, MI
From ILNP Press Release
10 new I Love Nail Polish (ILNP) polishes to blow your mind!
Unveiling our 6 piece Spring nail polish Collection + 4 others!
Oh yeah! Take a look at the new ILNP ( I love nail polish) Spring Collection and 4 new polishes that I decided to release along side it. That’s 10 nail polishes total!
Now that the new site’s up I’ve been able to get back into full creative gear and create some amazing new polishes for everyone to enjoy.
Hope you like what you see!
A Golden Orchid (Spring Collection)
Bohemian Peacock (Spring Collection)
Don’t Trample My Roses (Spring Collection)
Glass Slipper (Spring Collection)
Old Gregg (Spring Collection)
What The Funk (Spring Collection)
Emerald Dew Drops
Click here to check out all of the polishes on the ILNP shop.
Are you ready for a little shimmer in your future? Well, China Glaze heeds the call with Hologlam! This summer nail polish collection is comprised of 12 shades promising to deliver not only stunning color, but three-dimensional reflects that give the visual effect of dynamic color throughout the nail! So basically– you’ll be hot tip central ALL summer long!
Are you excited yet?! Here are the colors!
Photos courtesy of China Glaze®
Get Outta My Space- a powdered violet
Astro-Hot- a soft, baby pink
Infra-Red- a warm, magenta pink
When Stars Collide- a warm maroon
Not In This Galaxy- a bright, warm coral
OMG A UFO – a warm, moss green
Don’t Be A Luna-Tic- a turquoise aqua
Sci-Fly By- a light silver blue
Take A Trek – a cool denim blue
Strap On Your Moonboots- a midnight sky blue
Galactic Gray- a warm gunmetal
Cosmic Dust- silver metal
Availability: The China Glaze® Hologlam nail polish collection will be available in April 2013 at fine salons and beauty supply stores nationwide,
So, whaddya think? Will you get these goodies for your nails? I think the Galactic Gray, Infrared and OMG a UFO are right up my alley. It’ll be interesting to see how everything swatches on the nail in person!
NCLA has been on the block for a while, but is fast becoming a brand known for fun and flair– Cali style. Their slogan even encourages us to live vicariously in their world and “Enjoy a little California on your fingertips.”
Well, as I’m relocating to California in a few months, I figured an early start wouldn’t hurt. I did a nail haul over the black friday holiday and fell in love instantly! So, when their Spring collection was released I did not hesitate to let my mouse clicks do the talking. Thanks to a discount via Lucky breaks (Love ya too LuckyMag!), I’m able to present this collection of four lovely pastels that play upon the bright, fun, yet laid back personality of California.
My favorite color is green, so I was hyped to see that this color was included in the collection. It’s not just any ‘ole green through. This one is special. AM:Beauty Sleep PM: Shopping Spree is like a chameleon. In the bottle, it looks like your basic mint green, but on the nail it does a bait and switch! It’s actually a pale green with a tinge of yellow (and I mean a tinge). This tinge (at times, and depending on the light) would make the polish appear almost neutral. It may sound a bit wild, but after wearing it for a few days, I totally got how the polish got it’s name. In the daylight (AM), it looks neutral (classic, clean and serene), but let the lights go down (PM)– you get the swash of color back and you’re ready to roll out on that spree!
Well, perhaps it’s my imagination, but you be the judge.
For me, yellow is a tough color to pull off because of my skin tone. It either looks like I have a banana plastered to my nails OR used school bus paint. Fortunately, Tennis Anyone was none of the above. It’s a whisper of yellow with maybe a green undertone because it looks like a pastel version of the Penn tennis ball. Despite my prior comments about yellow, I probably had the most fun putting this one on.
The next color commands you not to call it peachy, but I felt like Don’t Call Me Peachy was just that–peachy. It was a pretty color, but I’ve seen it before. If you’re a person that doesn’t want to commit fully to pink nor orange polish this season it will be a wonderful medium for you as it’s on the softer side. This color is also perfect for tan,olive, and medium to dark skin tones.
Last, but not least, As If is certainly a color you’ve seen before, but you can’t do Spring without it. I would describe it as a pastel lilac and it did not disappoint. I received the most compliments wearing this gem. For purple lovers who’d like to lighten up a bit this season, this is the way to do it.
Each polish had the same thin consistency typical of pastels. Application of the polish wasn’t difficult, but lengthy because of the streaky, uneven appearance I got with the first 2 coats. By the third coat my nail was fully opaque and by coat number four it appeared smooth. All of these polishes have a creme finish with a natural shine. The pics here are without any top coat for your consideration. You could do with or without it depending on your preference. I’m a major chipper, so I applied NCLA’s gloss it over top. The polish wore well after a week with only minor edge wear. I reapply top coat every 2 days to prolong the life of my polish.
NCLA did a great job putting together a line with a even mix of unique and fresh combined with clean and classic colors for Spring. AM:Beauty Sleep PM: Shopping Spree was the standout for me and my favorite of the collection. Despite the application process, I felt the polishes delivered with good durability and a beautiful finish. I don’t mind applying 3-4 coats of polish, but for the average on-the-go woman going DIY, it may be a hardship. If you’re short on patience, simply take it to your friendly local nail salon, or have a mani party because really: you don’t want to miss a taste of life on the beach. It looks great.
Size: 0.5 fl oz. (15ml)
NCLA is 5-free, cruelty free, and American made.
Disclosures: These products were paid for with my own money. All of the views expressed here are my own.
Have you tried anything in this collection yet? Let us know what you think. Leave a comment below, or on the Platinum PJ community forum.
Till the next,
I’m a few days off, but it’s never too late for a little nail love– 10 tips full!!
Here’s Sweet by Zoya Nail Polish topped with Pink shatter by OPI.
Nailed with love. <3
Love Sweet love!
Using the shatter pattern is one of my favorite nail art techniques! It makes me feel like I’m girly with an edge. Do you like it? Tell me about your favorite types of nail art. Links to your work are welcome!
Hope you had a great VDay!! We love you!
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A PJ for Life…
Experience the magic! One lucky winner gets the ENTIRE Pixie Dust Collection – Six (6) polishes that are textured, matte AND sparkling! Wanna win? Just leave a comment sharing your excitement about this new collection AND your favorite Pixie Dust polish color (click on the link to view the colors). Contest ends Wednesday, February 13th, 2013. A random winner will be chosen and announced on Friday, February 15th, 2013.
Giveaway is open to US residents only. Contest winner has 48 hours to respond to email notification (please double check your email in the comment section), with a valid shipping address. Polish ships directly from Zoya. Allow 2 weeks for delivery.
It’s Zoya Time!
I absolutely ADORE Zoya nail polish – the colors are gorgeous, the formula is superior, and the Color Lock System allows me to get the longest wearability out of my manicures. It is what it is. Of course, all Zoya polishes are “5 Free”, and vegan-friendly. One (1) lucky winner gets: The NYFW 2012 Designer Collection and the Color Lock System (a $96 value). Use the form below, to enter the giveaway. Follow the instructions, and check your email! Giveaway ends Friday, 11/30/12 @ midnight (EST). Winner will be announced on Saturday, 12/1/12.
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