Monday, April 29, 2013


When I first started doing nails, Creative Nail Design was the only brand any self-respecting technician would use. 

That was a long time ago. 

I started to lose interest when they discontinued their Pro-Heat topcoat and then I was done when they discontinued their complete nail polish range in favour of a concept they called 50/15 (50 standard colours, 15 effects all mixed and matched to create any colour you could ever want). It was meant to revolutionise nail polish colour collections forever. For most techs working day to day in a salon environment, it was a fail. Luckily for CND, Shellac launched not long after and brought them a whole new customer base. 

Now this is their newest innovation - a 'weekly' polish with technology that apparently doesn't need a base coat.  

With 62 initial colours and a topcoat, this is the product range that will hopefully replace the 50/15 polishes and reach out to customers that have (wisely) steered clear of gel polishes. 

Fingers crossed they revive a few of the old faithful shades. There has been no better summer red on the planet than CND 'burn'... 

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Dope shoe and bag creator, Pierre Hardy is teaming up with Nars cosmetics to collaborate on a range of blushes and nail polishes. 

Might have to go with the whole collection as he's managed to get almost all of my fav's in there. 

Not sure on release date... can't be far off. 

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There's just no stopping the creative heads in varnish labs around the globe. 

The beauty nerds at YSL have come up with what they are calling 'tie-dye' top coats, and there's a few different ways you can use them - just dip the brush into the top third of the bottle for a clear coat, go deeper for a water-marked version of the middle colour or dip right to the bottom to get the glitter - or shake the bottle to get a mix of all three. 

Cool, Pop, Hip and Ice. Take your pick.

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Well, this is turnaround...

Ciate's latest venture beyond the 'caviar' nail trend they exploded everyones' minds with early last year, is their new 'chalkboard' nails kit. 

Just as gimmicky as the Caviar Manicure (trademark!) albeit, not as dangerous (try wearing it for a few days and then walk around your floorboarded house in some heels...), I could probably have a little go of this kit. 

This actually looks super cute, and the creative spirit behind developing this concept and the actual products is very cool. 

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butter LONDON has launched their polish ode to Kate Middleton's impending 'arrival'. 

I'm loving all these rich, jewel tones for our Southern Hemisphere winter. 

I'm sure this will sell truckloads.


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