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CND Vinylux- Summer 2014 “Paradise” Collection

I would describe CND’s latest summer 2014 "Paradise" Collection as Bold, bright & beautiful.  The 7 day wearing, chip free, fast drying Vinylux line created by the master minds at CND, have done it again with yet another fabulous collection.

What I love most about the Vinylux collection, besides the week long wear, is the no need for a base coat, saving tons of time when performing manicures, and saving on unnecessary product, it’s a win win.

The Paradise Collection includes:

Sultry Sunset: a metallic shimmering magenta.

Cerulean Sea:a creamy aqua blue.

Bicycle Yellow: a shimmering streak-free sunny yellow.  Usually I find yellows difficult to work with, but this was smooth sailing, streak free, and a pleasure to paint with.

Lush Tropics: a bright green. Reminds me of my childhood in the 90’s.

Tango Passion:a shimmering pink purple.

Electric Orange: a bright creamy orange.

(each shade shown here was 2 coats for full opacity, with the Vinylux weekly Top Coat.)

For more information on CND and their products, check them out here: http://www.cnd.com/

#tbt #madonna #neon #nails #throwback #music #beauty

#tbt #madonna #neon #nails #throwback #music #beauty

Zoya- Naturel Collection

The wonderful folks at Zoya have introduced a fabulous 6 piece rose tone nude collection called "Naturel". I personally love this collection for there is a color in it to complement Everyone’s unique skin tone, and also because who doesn’t adore and appreciate and amazing nude nail?! It elongates the finger naturally, and makes hands look beautiful and feminine. 

The 6 hues in the Naturel collection include:

Chantal: a creamy peach nude.

Taylor: an opaque beige nude.

Rue: a beautiful blush with rose undertones.

Odette: a light aubergine/maroon shade.

Normani: a smokey gray purple.

Brigitte: a deep creamy dusty rose/mauve.

All swatches shown here are 2 coats for full opacity, and a top coat.

Each shade retails for $9.

For more information on Zoya, or to purchase: http://www.zoya.com/

CND Additives Summer 2014 “Paradise” Collection

As you all my now know I am a huge fan of CND’s Additives, and for summer 2014 they have introduced 5 brand spanking new limited edition shades that definitely set the summer sun ablaze. I personally love how creative one can truly be with the Additives, the possibilities are endless. 

The "Paradise" collection of Additives includes not only the 5 new shades, but 2 awesome art implements- a Spatula for mixing (I personally love mine to custom mix glitters for gel manicures) and an Amazing Thumb Palette (which I Love and use all the time, and previously wrote a blog post on: http://merricures.com/post/75734708266/introducing-the-thumb-palette-from-lavaque-i-was

The 5 limited edition pigment shades in the Paradise collection are:

Tropic Sunrise: a sultry hot neon yellow.

Island Heat: a shimmering gold kissed hot orange.

Pink Lotus: a bright neon hot pink.

Midnight Tide: a metallic shimmering deep ocean blue.  My personal favorite in this collection!

Sizzling Sand: an iridescent sparkling white.

As per usual, this CND Additives kit is limited edition, so pick up yours fast before they’re all gone!

For more information on CND, check them out: http://www.cnd.com/

I am so proud to introduce to the US a Fun nail polish line- Cheeky Monkey Cosmetics! With amazing tongue & cheek names like #CheapWhore and #CamelToe I am already a Big fan!  Full reviews coming soon! 

I am so proud to introduce to the US a Fun nail polish line- Cheeky Monkey Cosmetics! With amazing tongue & cheek names like #CheapWhore and #CamelToe I am already a Big fan!  Full reviews coming soon! 

Yay. I am so excited to review the latest collections from Morgan Taylor & Gelish!! 

Yay. I am so excited to review the latest collections from Morgan Taylor & Gelish!! 

Zoya- Spring 2014 “Awaken”

For Spring 2014 Zoya came out with a beautiful slightly pastel shimmery collection entitled "Awaken". There are 6 shades in total, and they are the perfect transitional shades to the coming warm summer months.

The "Awaken" collection includes:

Dot: a pretty pale pink. Was initially released for fashion designer Zang Toi’s SS 2014 collection. 

Brooklyn: a metallic sun kissed yellow gold. As with most metallic polishes, I found the formula to be a little streaky, so I would recommend using a ridge filler as a base coat. 

Cole: a creamy peach. Was initially released during New York Fashion Week for Peter Som’s SS14 collection.

Dillon: a shimmering light sea foam minty green.

Rebel: a shimmering azure blue.

Hudson: a shimmering orchid purple.

Each coat shown here was 2 coats for full opactiy.

Each shade retails for $9 

For more information on Zoya, or to purchase: http://www.zoya.com/

Zoya- Magical PixieDust Spring 2014

For Spring 2014, Zoya introduced a brand new beautiful line to their already popular PixieDust textured polishes, the Magical PixieDust collection.  What sets this collection apart from Zoya’s conventional matte textured glitter polishes, is these are infused with my personal favorite- large holographic glitter particles.  These bad boys sparkle and shine like no ones business, and I am a huge fan.

The 3 shades in this initial collection include:

Cosmo: a silver, with holographic glitter infused. My personal favorite in this collection.  I can’t get enough of this particular shade!! 

Vega: a light blue, with holographic glitter infused.

Lux: a baby pink, with holographic glitter infused.

(all swatches shown here were 2 coats for full opacity, and NO Base or Top coat, as recommended by Zoya.)

Each shade retails for $10.

For more information on Zoya, or to purchase, check them out here: http://zoya.com/

This is #amazing. @marienails #nails #nailschool #notd #manicure #manicuremonday

This is #amazing. @marienails #nails #nailschool #notd #manicure #manicuremonday

Yay I did it Finally, well sorta @aya84ichigo !! Cho Kawaii neh!! #nails #nailart #gelnails #manicure #notd #nailswag #tiedye #summer #neon #naildesign  (at Merricures)

Yay I did it Finally, well sorta @aya84ichigo !! Cho Kawaii neh!! #nails #nailart #gelnails #manicure #notd #nailswag #tiedye #summer #neon #naildesign (at Merricures)

INM Says “Cheese” @ NailPro Pasadena 2014 !!

I would have to say the biggest draw and commotion at this years NailPro “nails only” show in Pasadena was not the presence of multi talented singer/actress Anna Kendrick, but INM’s introduction of their Photobooth! Everyone from show regulars, top personalities- Katie Cazorla (the Painted Nail), to top competitors- Lorena Marquez & Chris Mans, to brand reps- Mami Griffin (Sha-Nail) & Morgan Haile (Morgan Taylor Lacquer) all stopped by INM's newest addition to their booth to flash their pearly whites along with some fun goofy props.

Not only was INM’s photobooth a huge draw, but so were the amazing nail demos they performed by top industry leader Lorena Marquez, and new competing protegee Chris Mans.  

Also at NailPro Pasadena, was a challenge for the Guinness Book of World Records for fastest pink & white nails ever in history, to perform a full set in under 10 minutes- a truly remarkable feat! 

In case you missed out on all the great deals on INM’s wonderful products, you can still check them out on their website: http://inmnails.com/

Dashing Diva Pro French Wrap Manicure - Tutorial

I Love how easy to use the French Wrap Manicure kit from Dashing Diva Professional is. You create the Perfect smile line each and every time, and there is absolutely No chipping!

The French Wrap Manicure Kit physically includes Everything you need to create 20 full sets of Perfect French manicures:

- 140 French white thick bands (for long free edges)

- 140 French white thin bands (for short free edges) 

- Base & Top seals

- Brush on Glue

- Pink file 150/240 grit

- White file 100/180 grit

- an informative display table tent

- and instruction booklet

For more information on this or any other Dashing Diva Professional products, check out their website here: http://dashingdivapro.com/

#tbt 💅❤️💗💙 #nails #nail #nailpro #nailswag #love #red #beauty #throwback

#tbt 💅❤️💗💙 #nails #nail #nailpro #nailswag #love #red #beauty #throwback

Dashing Diva- Get The Look 

Of all the appliques Dashing Diva makes, the "Get the Look" all in one nail design kit is probably my most favorite.

Designed to be used on either fingers or toes, each Get the Look kit comes with 22 full appliques, in 11 sizes, with 83 accents.  Mix and match and get creative.  These kits are all about having fun and coming up with your own unique fabulous design. 

At present, Dashing Diva offers 6 different designs in their Get the Look line.  Featured here are Mirage & Wild Belle

For more information on Dashing Diva, or to purchase, check them out here: http://dashingdivapro.com/

I had so much fun doing Gel II Reaction Ombre Color Changing Gel Manicures at this years Ugg x StyleCaster Coachella Party on 4.12.14 in Indio, CA. Everyone went Crazy for color changing gels and was totally mezmorized.

Everyone from awesome party goers, to British Socialite/model Daisy Lowe, to super model Jourdan Dunn (the new face of Maybelline New York), came out for the fun festivities in the desert sun, with an setlist by renowned colorful DJ- Chloe Norgaard

To find out more about the Gel II, or to purchase, check them out here: http://www.geltwo.com/