Tuesday, June 26, 2012

ncLA The Electro Nail Wrap Swatches and Review!

Good afternoon my fellow lacquered lovers!  Happy Tuesday!  I have something really cool to show you today!  I was very fortunate to meet the lovely creator behind ncLA nail line this past weekend (and she's such a sweetheart!) while she was visiting NYC and she brought me some fun presents!  She saw that I was lusting after the Electro Nail Wraps on Twitter so she made sure to include those for me so obviously I had to put them on as soon as I got home!  Now, without further ado, on to the polish!

How cool is this pattern?  So here's the deal with these nail strips, they are more the consistency of a sticker rather than a nail polish strip like some other brands, so that means 2 things.  First it means that they can do way more fun designs like this one.  Second it means that they are thicker so they are different to work with.  Each pack comes with two sheets of 22 stickers in all different sizes so if you are someone with tiny nails like me, this means you can conceivably get 4 uses out of one $16 pack!  Let's look at the packaging:

So they are pretty simple, start with a clear coat, find the right size, peel off, put on nail and seal in with a clear coat!  My nails happen to be very curved so between that and the thick nature of the stickers, you can see a few wrinkles at the tips of my nails.  Had I taken more time and played with them a bit more, I probably could have smoothed them out but now I know for next time!  Either way, the pattern was totally worth it.

All in all, I really liked this!  The pattern is just incredible, I seriously don't remember the last time I got so many compliments on a manicure or so many likes on Instagram!  They do take a bit of work to get perfect (which I was warned about) but I have faith the next time I review a set there will be no wrinkle!  They have a ton of different designs so check out their website HERE.  I also really like the fact that you can get so many uses out of one set!  ncLA wraps are available wherever ncLA is sold!

What did you think of this manicure?  Do you like nail stickers? 

The products in this post were sent to me for my unbiased review. Please see my disclosure policy for more information

Monday, June 25, 2012

Milani High Speed Fast Dry Nail Lacquer Swatches and Review!

Good afternoon my fellow lacquered lovers!  Happy Monday!  I hope you all had a fabulous weekend!  I had a grand old time celebrating my birthday and hanging with my family!  Anyway, today, I am continuing in my Milani reviews with their High Speed Fast Dry line!  Now, without further ado, on to the polish!

Above:  2 coats of Black Swift

First up is Black Swift which is a pure black creme nail polish.  The formula on this was fantastic because it was practically a one coater!  I used a second coat to just even out my own messy polish job but this is a great black nail polish for layering or use on its own!

Above:  2 coats of Fast Fuchsia

Fast Fuchsia is a bright pink creme that has a ton of blue in it to make it a bit cooler toned and a bit purple leaning.  I really like how vibrant this shade is without being neon.  The formula was thick but easy to work with and opaque in two coats!

Above:  2 coats of Hot Pink Frenzy

Don't mind the dried polish on top of the bottle, there was some leakage on the trip to me but it made it in one piece!  Hot Pink Frenzy is a warm toned bright pink that definitely pops on your nails!  The formula was great, thick but easy to work with and opaque in 2 coats!

Above:  2 coats of Jiffy Orange

Jiffy Orange is a great bright orange creme.  It's not neon but it's not pumpkin orange either, it's just a well balanced shade!  The formula was great, opaque in two coats and super easy to use.

Above:  2 coats of Rapid Cherry

For some reason this wants to photograph a tad bit pink leaning for me but I promise you, Rapid Cherry is a true red creme!  The formula was great, opaque in two coats and perfect for when you need a classic bright red!

Above:  2 coats of Violet Dash

Violet Dash is a beautiful purple shade that I'm having trouble describing!  It's not light enough to be lilac or lavender or dark enough to be royal purple so I'll leave it at that!  It's super pretty and was so easy to use!

Above:  Milani White on the Spot

White on the Spot is hands down my new favorite white creme!  I've never found one that got opaque this quickly and easily without streaks or any sort of problems!  This is a great base for nail art and basically, I love everything about it!

Above:  2 coats of Yellow Whiz

Really?  Yellow Whiz?  They need some help with naming here!  However Yellow Whiz is a fantastic yellow polish!  It's bright but didn't make me look sickly and perfectly opaque in 2 coats!

All in all, I was really impressed with these polishes.  The formulas were great, they all dried super fast and glossy plus the colors were very vibrant!  These polishes are available now wherever Milani are sold.

What do you think of this collection? Any must haves? Any dupes?

The products in this post were sent to me for my unbiased review. Please see my disclosure policy for more information

Cosmoprof Spotlights Brands for 2012!

Good morning my fellow lacquered lovers!  I'll have a fun nail polish post for you later but first, I wanted to share with you the latest press release for Cosmoprof!  Less than one month until I go to Vegas to check out the latest in beauty to bring it to all of you!  Enjoy!



Las Vegas, NV (June 14, 2012) – This year, Cosmoprof North America (CPNA) introduces SPOTLIGHTS, an exclusive initiative within the Discover Beauty program. This new exhibit space will allow smaller companies that excel on creativity but seek economic solutions the opportunity to showcase their products at CPNA, the premiere international B2B beauty event.  

Every year, CPNA attracts various indie boutique retail store owners, major salon and spa owners and international buyers from more than 100 countries who come to scout and find new resources to launch in their establishments. SPOTLIGHTS will house small artisan labels that are a prime fit for high-end retail stores, boutiques, salons and spas.

The 2012 SPOTLIGHTS inaugural line-up includes brands from eight countries: Acquarella, DoshaCare, eyeslices®, greenland, la C C by la Couleur Couture, LaVie Organique, Lily.B Skincare, Line N Grow by Lashious, LVX, Mama Mio, NIA24®, PeaceKeeper Cause-Metics, Pure Earth Minerals, Royal Apothic, RSD Group Champs Elysees Paris, Sans New Generation Ceuticals, Senteurs d’Orient, Shea Terra Organics, Trinitae, and Triumph & Disaster Ltd.


Acquarella is the premier water-based nail polish brand that uses highly advanced, water-based technology without harmful petrochemical solvents and chemicals. This green-alternative polish is perfect for everyone, especially discerning clientele, including people that have asthma, allergies, and religious concerns, are pregnant or in cancer remission. acquarellapolish.com


DoshaCare natural and organic Ayurvedic products is customizable skincare made easy. Endorsed by the leading authorities in Ayurveda, including the Chopra Center and Ayurvedic Institute, DoshaCare combines modern science with ancient wisdom for a unique approach to beauty.



eyeslices® are multi award-winning, innovative, reusable eye treatment masks that use ground-breaking cryogel polymer technology. The professional eyeslices offer an all-in-one solution to puffiness, dark circles, tiredness, redness and wrinkles, while the biotanix eyeslices target different eye concerns. Both provide an instant cooling sensation without a fridge and are reusable up to 10 times.



Greenland, a natural and organic bath and body brand, uses the utmost care when developing its products. The fruit extracts, essential oils, milkies and natural butters in combination with the stunning packaging and design make greenland products not only great for your skin, but also for your senses. Greenland treats your senses, naturally.



Fashion forward, sophisticated and urban-edgy, la C C provides vegan-friendly nail lacquers, available in various couture colors. The unique basecoat formula ensures the longest lasting protection for your nails, while the topcoat offers unmatched diamond-like shine. Say goodbye to brittle, yellow nails with la Couleur Couture's protective UV inhibitor

and say hello to gorgeously colored, healthy nails.



LaVie Organique is an elegant organic skin care system that encompasses the quality and effectiveness of the finest European spa treatments through a proprietary blend of botanical oils and organic herbal extracts. From hydration and nutrition to sun protection, all the elements of a beautifully balanced complexion are in the jars.



Endorsed by dermatologists, the Lily.B Skincare Collection is simple by design. It is naturally derived, rich in functional, botanical and sea sourced ingredients as well as simply formulated without skin irritating additives like parabens, sulfates, dyes or synthetic fragrances. Lily.B Skincare products focus on optimizing skin health and managing the signs of aging.



Line N Grow by Lashious is the first-ever line of all-natural, non-toxic lash-growing eye liners. Available in five shades, Line N Grow also offers a clear colored treatment serum for lashes and brows. Line your way to longer, stronger, beautiful lashes in 30 days... naturally! Made in the USA, all of the packaging comes from a facility that is run on wind energy.



LVX, meaning light; the essence of all color in Latin, is a devoted fashion brand, dedicated to providing a deep understanding fashion. The unique color collections are carefully selected to be the top colors of the season, and will be the perfect compliment to your wardrobe.



Mama Mio creates high-performance face, body care and spa treatments to give you beautifully FIT skin. They believe that whatever your shape, age or skin type, if your skin looks firm, smooth and glowing, you will feel gorgeous… and if you FEEL gorgeous, you will LOOK gorgeous!


NIA24® – USA

NIA 24® Niacin-Powered Skin Therapy delivers a patented Pro-Niacin® molecule deep within the skin's layers to build a stronger, healthier skin barrier from the inside-out that is more resilient and resistant to sun damage. NIA 24® provides complete prevention and protection and helps reduce the appearance of fine lines, brown spots and hyperpigmentation.



A premier non-violence advocate cosmetics line, PeaceKeeper Cause-Metics’s celebrity/media-driven organic & natural products are rated as one of the safest in the industry. While sourcing certain ingredients from developing world farmers, PeaceKeeper Cause-Metics is supporting these farmers in a sustainable trade. They are the first make-up company in history to donate ALL of its profits, after taxes, to women’s health and human rights advocacy issues. iamapeacekeeper.com


Discover skincare treatments that have been used for thousands of years. Pure Earth Minerals researches the best way to extract minerals from around the world by using modern day technology to produce a luxury line of natural skincare products and gives you healthy, younger-looking skin.



Inspired by a forgotten apothecary manual and landing stateside in 2009, Royal Apothic set out on a mission to bring sovereign luxury to every home with its complete range of perfumes, bath and body care and home fragrances. The exclusive design house, led by noted designer Sean O’Mara, has headquarters in Los Angeles and London.



RENOV’SMILE, a latest tooth whitening system for the home, is the only professional, miniaturized device made and developed by the RSD Group Champs Elysees Paris laboratory. RENOV’SMILE was invented by renowned dental surgeon Dr. Marc Arfi, alongside with cosmetic sector engineers and professionals.



Pure and chemical-free, Sans New Generation Ceuticals is a range of highly active super-products designed to regenerate your skin and hair. The line is developed by hair and beauty professional, Lucy Marr, in response to her own uncompromising needs. Sans New Generation Ceuticals is naturally-derived, environmentally sustainable and effective.



Senteurs d’Orient is an exclusive luxury soap line, handcrafted using the Mesopotamian soap-making tradition. Triple-milled with glycerin, shea butter and essential oils for an incredibly luxurious lather, these glamorous aromatherapy soaps and bath products are available in 16 enchanting fragrances, presented individually in keepsake gift boxes.



Shea Terra Organics sources the most potent, organic and wild harvested ingredients from all regions of Africa. This pristine environment, barely tainted by modern pollution, grows some of the safest, unchanged botanical ingredients on earth. Unwilling to compromise, Shea Terra Organics uses whole herbs for its potent, synergistic skincare solutions.



From Jordan’s legendary Dead Sea, the lowest point on earth, comes Trinitae, a line of luxury handmade bath & body products enriched with Dead Sea Mud and Salt. Trinitae’s indulgent, all-natural creams & lotions, mud masks, bath salts and body scrubs provide a one-of-a-kind aromatherapy Dead Sea Spa experience.



Built upon old-fashioned values, Triumph & Disaster Ltd offers shaving and skincare products that are derived from nature, but engineered with science to be safe, efficient and highly effective. They try for humility, believe in risk, walk with swagger, and hope to treat Triumph & Disaster, those two imposters, just the same.


Cosmoprof North America will take place July 22 - 24, 2012 at the Mandalay Bay Convention Center in Las Vegas, NV.  Stay tuned for regular CPNA show updates, and for more information, visit cosmoprofnorthamerica.com and Facebook.com/cosmoprofnorthamerica

Friday, June 22, 2012

Milani Jewel FX For 2012 Swatches and Review!

Good afternoon my fellow lacquered lovers!  Happy Friday!  I hope you're all having a fabulous day and are looking forward to the first official weekend of summer!  Today, I have some more Milani glitters to show you!  Today I'll be showing you the new additions to the Jewel FX Collection!  I'm showing you all of these over white so you can really see the color!  Now, without further ado, on to the polish!

Above:  1 coat of Fuchsia over White on the Spot

First up is Fuchsia which, as you can imagine, is fuchsia glitter!  This is a scattered microglitter with larger hexagonal glitter throughout.  I love how this pops over the white!  The formula was easy to use, the glitter came out easily and it wasn't gooey at all!

Above:  1 coat of Hot Pink over 2 coats of White on the Spot

Next up is Hot Pink,  This one doesn't have any micro glitter, just large hexagonal glitter in hot pink and silver holographic.  I kind of miss the microglitter in this one but it still looks nice on.  The formula was great, no wrestling with glitter and lots of sparkle!

Above:  1 coat of Lavender over 2 coats of White on the Spot

Lavender follows the same formula as Fuchsia in that it's scattered microglitter and larger hexagonal glitter all in a light purple.  This has a really delicate feel to it that's very pretty.  The formula was great, easy to use and easy to get the glitter out!

Above:  1 coat of Red over 2 coats of White on the Spot

Next up is Red which is similar to Hot Pink.  Red is just larger hexagonal glitter in a clear base.  The red really pops against the white!  The glitter was easy to get out and the formula was simple to work with.

Above:  1 coat of Teal over 2 coats of White on the Spot

Last but certainly not least is my personal favorite, Teal.  Teal is the most interesting to me because not only does it have blue microglitter but it also has green, blue and silver larger hexagonal glitter.  I  really like how multidimensional it looks!  The formula was like the others, easy to use and very sparkly!

All in all, I was really impressed by these glitters!  The formulas were really easy to use and I especially liked the ones that incorporated more than one shade!  These polishes are available now wherever Milani are sold.

What do you think of this collection? Any must haves? Any dupes?

The products in this post were sent to me for my unbiased review. Please see my disclosure policy for more information.


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