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*UPDATE: The Test of Time: CND VINYLUX® Weekly Polish

Hello Lovelies! There's nothing nicer than walking up to the door and seeing a package waiting for you. Ouuuuuuu, what have we got here? Nail mail!!! I opened the box to find four lovely shades of CND VINYLUX® Weekly Polish and one VINYLUX® Weekly Top Coat. (rubs hands together).

L to R: Top Coat, 159 Dark Dahlia, 145 Scarlet Letter, 112 Electric Orange, 171 Cerulean Sea

VINYLUX® Weekly Polish is a breakthrough polish that endures a week of fashion perfection...without a base coat! Exposure to natural light activates the patent-pending ProLight Technology™ to deliver week-long wear. While ordinary polishes break down over time, VINYLUX®Weekly Polish actually becomes more durable!

Lets just say V is for vivacious. Talk about bold! And the shine you get with these colours is amazing. And no UV light?! What?! The neon (think caution cone) orange was a bit hard to apply; it took three coats to make it opaque, but it was worth it. I loved the result. The purple is very deep and look black on. Very Goth.

Colours Used:
Electric Orange with Dark Dahlia stripes

So it's supposed to last an entire week without chipping. Experiment time! I'll wear these for seven straight days and see what happens. Will my nails survive the week without chipping? Will I survive one week without doing my nails? Let's find out.


After a tortured week of not being able to do my nails, I am amazed at how hardy this polish is! CND lives up to it's promise! My nails actually grew really quickly in that time. Apart from the usual typing all day situation, I really beat my hands up this week (emptying out my entire bathroom, for example) and, apart from the wear on the tips, there were NO chips. The one on my right thumb? I actually did that. Bad habit; I pick at it. Removal is a breeze - regular remover, and it comes right off. It's amazing!!! I can't wait to get more of these. They would be perfect for going on a long trip.

CND® VINYLUX® Weekly Polish retails for $10.50 per bottle at select salons, CND Vinylux,, and

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Get the Look: NYFW's Must Have Nails

Nails spanned the spectrum from muted nudes, to dark and dramatic on the runways of NYFW the Shows. As someone who changes her nail polish as often as her mind, it's essential to have the freedom to change my nail color without harming my nailbeds, especially if I want to recreate some of the hot nail art and color trends that debuted during fashion week.

If you're looking for a nail polish brand that gives you access to the latest must-have colors and provides organic, chemical-free polishes that will keep you on trend and is gentle on your nails, get to know the luxury nail polishes and treatments from Lauren B. Two Lauren B nail colors we're especially drawn too, they also happen to be right on trend this fall, are Hollywood Royalty, and Nude No. 2.

The breathtaking Hollywood Royalty is a shimmering, inky purple with a hint of gold whose velvety tones are sure to have your nails glistening day and night.

The pretty pale Nude No. 2 is a creamy eggshell color with a hint of blush that's completely flattering to all skin tones. It may be the perfect nude.

Lauren B. Beauty Nail Colors are available for $18 each at

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Hippie Chic: Tie Dye Mani

Flower Child Forever!

Hello Lovelies,

As a product of the 70s I like to embrace my innate bohemian spirit. Presenting my tie-dye mani in puuuuurple, one of my absolute fave colours! Yes, I love purple and I also love ikat, so I wanted to marry each other, that is.  I grabbed a couple of purples and pinks and a thin brush and here is their love child:

The left hand is mostly tie-dye with one purple accent and the right, the opposite.

This mani is  super easy to do. Put a drop of each polish onto a plastic or glass tray, or even a piece of paper for easy clean up. Then use the skinny brush to apply uneven jagged lines of each colour close to each other. Finish with your fave top coat. I sealed with a coat of Seche Vite.

Colours used (clockwise from top):

Sinful Colors - 1007 Lavender
NYC In A New York Minute - 264 Union Sq Lavender
essence the gel - 52 amazed by you 
Revlon Colorstay Gel Envy - 400 Royal Flush

Try it! Go crazy with the colours! Have a blast.
Love and Peace, darlings!

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Abstract Nail Art

Or is it just dropping blobs of nail paint everywhere and hoping for something cool? That's what I did for this abstract watercolor nail art. A stroke of the nail polish brush, any random directon, or not, a skinny brush dipped in acetone, then a flick of the wrist to smudge the paint and voila. Everyone can be an artist!

Hello Lovelies,

I hope you've been having a spectacular, albeit hot week. I need to work on my abstract skills but it's fun to practice. Tell me, what you think of today's mani?

Colours used from l to r:

Essence the gel: 40 play with my mint, 30 let's get lost, 27 do't be shy, 52 amazed by you, 9 lucky
Zoya - Tasha

Happy weekend, darlings!

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Summer May be Ending but the Beach Still Beckons

Hello Lovelies!

Anyone else feeling like the Wicked Witch of the West this week? Because I am meeelllltiiiiiing. Everyone is crying out "goodbye to summer" already. I'm not! And the weather sure isn't, judging from the high range temps on both the east and west coasts. When I want to cool down, I close my eyes and recall memories of Caribbean vacations filled with dip after ocean dip and very frozen Pina Coladas. This latest mani can attest to the fact that blue waters and waves are very much on my mind.

I used all essence the gel: 30 let's get lost40 play with my mint and 33 wild white ways and a semi-dry brush technique to create this look.

Stay cool, darlings!

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Funky French Tips

Hello Lovelies,

I have caught the negative space bug big time! After my last mani, A Little Space Never Hurt, I fell so in love with the clean simple look of the sliver of bare nail peeking through colour, that I decided to do it again. Only this time, I bared a little more ;D

Armed once again with striping tape, I dipped into my Zoya stash for Caitlin, which is the creamy purple-gray, which I contrasted with an accent nail in 27 Don't Be Shy from Essence The Gel line. The vibrant neon green paired exquisitely with the smoky Caitlin. I couldn't get enough of this mani. I probably walked around with my nails up so everyone could see it
Zoya Caitlin and essence the gel don't be shy

Happy Labor Day weekend!!! Be safe and enjoy

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A Little Space Never Hurt...

Negative space that is!! Hello Lovelies,

A few weeks ago I dropped in at Ulta and scored a major haul of Essence The Gel polishes. They do not require a UV lamp. They come in the cutest little bottles and at $2 each, well...erm...lets just say I've sorta banned myself from going there for a little while.
I adore purples, reds, oranges and pinks and was dying to crack open these cute teeny bottles so for this negative space mani I pulled the 47 va-va-voomI wanted something simple and I had recently bought some striping tape that I wanted to experiment with, so I grabbed the packet.


va-va-voom, gel base & top coats
The creamy coral is just plain yum. What I love about these is the brush is nice and wide. I got the coverage I wanted in one coat and the colour dried to glossy perfection. I think the result was quite adorable. I know I will be using these a ton!  

The Haul

Happy Hump Day, Darlings!

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Romance and Opulence for Fall 2015: OPI Nail Lacquers Venice Collection

Lately we've been putting more effort into strengthening our steady hand skills to create better nail art. Using OPI's Fall 2015 Collection, the Venice Collection, inspired by the famed city known as the Queen of the Adriatic, we wanted to create something bold that's easy to do, and you can't get any more simple than dots. Using three crème nail colors from the collection, we created the eye-catching mani you see below:

We started off with alternate base coats of I Cannoli Wear OPI, and My Gondola or Yours?, with an accent nail in Gelato on My Mind, and created our alternating dots with I Cannoli Wear OPI, and My Gondola or Yours?

The 12-piece OPI Venice Collection, pictured and listed below, boasts shades that are true to color, and have a glossy finish (both crèmes and shimmers). There are an additional three, limited edition shades: two pearls, and one glitter (also listed below) in the collection. All shades come with a matching Gel coat

Amore at the Grand Canal - crème red
O Suzi Mio - crème eggplant
Worth a Pretty Penne - shimmery copper
A Great Opera-tunity - crème melon
Tiramisu for Two - crème coffee cream
Gimme a Lido Kiss - red shimmer
It’s a Piazza Cake - crème persimmon
Be There in a Prosecco - opaque nude crème
I Cannoli Wear OPI - pale, creamy gray
Gelato on My Mind - icy-cool, creme pastel blue
Purple Palazzo Pants - crème lilac
My Gondola or Yours? - crème black
Venice the Party? (Limited Edition) - bold pearl aquamarine
Baroque…But Still Shopping (Limited Edition) - shimmery gold glitter
St. Mark’s the Spot (Limited Edition) - deep pearl navy

The OPI Venice Nail Lacquer Collection is available now for $9.50 each at Ulta, and professional salons.

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My Summer Nail Polish Crush

Hello Lovelies, and happy Saturday.

Please, can I gush about my new crush for a minute? I found my love at Ulta, can you imagine. Yes and it's name is Zoya. Sure I knew of Zoya, but it's not sold everywhere and I hadn't yet ventured into the beauty heaven which is Ulta...until recently. Why I hadn't, when there is one not 3 minutes from my job in West Hollywood, is beyond me. Anyhow, transgressions aside... I made my way there one lunch break and There They Were. Be still my heart. 
The colours looked amazing in the bottle. I thought to myself: Imagine how they would look ON YOUR NAILS! I left with two bottles. At $9 a bottle, I had to control myself. Of course, not one week later I was back, coupon in hand, and well, let's just say I am so in love. ❤


Colours Used (from l to r):
Jacqueline, Bevin, Caitlin, Carey, Kelly

Needless to say, the collection has grown since...more to come (insert evil grin here).

Gotta run, there's a 50% deal on. Check it out: Zoya Nail Polish Exchange
Happy Weekend, darlings!

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Tat’z Nail’z™ Revolutionizes the Nail Industry w/ Photo-Quality Digital Nail Art

Ready for the next big things in nails? We were excited when nail polish strips and stickers launched, intrigued when cuticle tattoos made their debut and now this latest, revolutionary nail product, Tat’z Nail’z™, has us incredibly excited. We all love eye-catching nail art, but let's face us, not all of us are blessed with a steady hand, or even an artistic eye to create amazing nail art designs, but thanks to Tat’z Nail’z Image System, you need not worry about those issues anymore.

Tat'z Nail'z's Image System is taking nail art and nail salons to the next level with its revolutionary image system. With Tat'z Nail'z™, you can print any image, design, or logo on any nail, artificial or natural. In only fifteen minutes, with prep and top coat application, a set of Tat'z Nail'z can be complete. We can already imagine this cutting nail art manicures in half, especially when it comes to backstage beauty during New York Fashion Week, and of course your bi-weekly visit to the nail salon. If you are a salon owner, each system can be purchased for permanent placement or can be purchased with a purchase plan for as low as $259.00 per month with unlimited design potential.

Each Tat'z Nail'z System is installed with pre-programmed with 300 designs and each design has 10 color options for a total of 3,000 pre-installed prints, patterns, and colors. It allows you to print your own digital images on your nails, thanks to its built-in camera, allowing you to capture moments and transfer them into wearable art. It's easy to use the Tat'z Nail'z image system; begin with application of a Tat'z Nail'z base coat and pre-printed lacquer to protect the nail’s surface. Next, with one finger placed inside the machine, a design is chosen and printed, and a top coat of your choice applied.

For those of you who prefer to have their on personal Tat’z Nail’z at home, they do have petite imager for the consumer, which retails for $2,250.00 each, and is a special order item that weighs 15lbs! If your budget isn't quite ready for that, you can simply Create Your Own nails through their website. Choose one of their pre-loaded designs or upload your own photos/designs for $15.00 a set.

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Get into the Back-to-School Groove w/ A Class Act Collection From Sinful Colors Pt2

Hello Lovelies,

As promised in my last post, here is Part 2 of the fabulous Back to school Collection from Sinful Colors, A Class Act. The first Sinful Colors "A Class Act" post featured the pinks, this time I am going bleu.

Who wants to be in a classroom when it's so gorgeous out?!? I hope you're all settled in and ready to learn new and exciting things! I will tell you that Maths was never my best subject but you have to admit lines and curves and squares and triangles are pretty cool. For this latest mani, all signs lead to triangles. I really love the gorgeous summer sky blue Why Not, which I used as my main. It just makes you want to ditch school and go have fun in the sun! On the accent nails I did overlapping triangles in my "Terminator" metallic gray, Casablanca and Pink Break (I can't get enough of that scrumptious shade of pink, so I had to throw it in).

Hope school's off to a great start!!!

Study hard, darlings!!


Sinful Colors used:

Why NotA clear sky blue 
Pink BreakDemi-matte peachy-pink
Casablanca: Creamy metallic silver 

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Tips & Tricks: How-to Remove a Gel Manicure at Home by Skyy Hadley

We all love a gel manicure; you don't have to worry about smudges, because it dries instantly when cured, it lasts a very long time and looks ultra glossy, and two weeks later, your gel mani looks as fresh and new as the day you got it. Then comes the removing your gel mani. Since it's a longer process than just using nail polish remover, we can sometimes get impatient, and may try removing the gel the wrong way. A way that is very hurtful to the health of our nails.

Skyy Hadley, owner of As U Wish Nail Salon, says, "It’s important to take your time when removing a gel manicure yourself, as it can be a slow process and you want to treat your nails very delicately and carefully to avoid weakening them." She provides the following tips and a step-by-step tutorial to safely remove your own gel manicure:

  • File – Use an emery board to lightly buff each nail to remove the shiny top coat so you’re left with a powdery finish. Be careful not to over buff so you don’t hit your natural nail underneath the gel.
  • Soak – Next you must soak your nails in 100% acetone polish remover. To do this, take a piece of cotton ball the size of your nail and pour the acetone on it, place it on your nail and cover your nail with a piece of aluminum foil or tape to keep it in place. Do this on every nail and let soak for 15 minutes to relax the gel.
  • Remove – Remove the cotton pieces from your nails and take a wooden cuticle stick to push the gel polish off your nails. If you have trouble, instead of forcing it, soak your nails with a cotton ball for 5 more minutes and try again.
  • Moisturize – After the gel has been removed, wash your hands and apply a cuticle oil to the nail and cuticle. This will rehydrate your nails after using acetone on them to keep them strong and healthy between polishes.

Do not under any circumstances try peeling off your gel mani. By peeling off a gel manicure, you are not only removing the gel, but also the top layers of your nails. This can result in white patches and textural irregularities throughout the nails.

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