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Day 1 of CosmoProf is over and I’m exhilarated, tired, giddy and dying to share the deets on everything I saw. I’ll be going in depth on some of the amazing things I came across when I get home but I wanted to update you all with a quick recap of the goodies I spotted on the show floor.

If you’re not familiar with CosmoProf it’s an annual salon trade show with exhibitors showing off their products in hopes of getting distribution. Because they are unveiling some of their latest and greatest products, press (including bloggers) are invited to cover the event. Now some of the brands are revealing collections that will release next Spring/Summer so to avoid being copied I’m only able to photograph fall/winter/holiday launches. But I can tell you, there are some EXCITING colors on the horizon. Check out my Day 1 redux, after the jump!

My first stop was the Discover Beauty section of CosmoProf. It’s an area with new, emerging brands looking for US distributorship. When I saw Nails Inc. listed on the show map, I made an immediate beeline to their booth. Fanatics, let’s hope, hope, hope that they get picked up by someone like Sephora or ULTA or some other online/chain store. We NEED Nails Inc. in our lifestyle like ASAP. The color line is amazing, the packaging is so so chic AND they have a 45 Second Top Coat that has me in utter disbelief. They were giving a sneak peek at their holiday blinged out polishes and I MUST have one in my collection come December. The perfect stocking stuffer, no?
Within the Discover Beauty section, Total Beauty manned the Beauty Blogger Central booth. As a guest of Total Beauty I was invited to vote for the best of the Discover Beauty section. I voted for Nails Inc., natch. Granted there are a lot of unique new brands represented but Nails Inc. stole my polish loving heart.

On display in the Blogger Central booth is Total Beauty’s Top 10 rated products of the brands exhibiting at the show. I’m DYING to try the magical Morroccan Oil I’ve heard so much about.

One booth that made me stop in my tracks was KleanColor. Their display of colorful Nail Lacquers drew me right in. And I was beyond flattered that the rep for the brand actually reads ALU. Now I just need to track down where I can order the polishes from. If anyone has a KleanColor hookup, give me a shout!
One look at these bottles and you’ll understand why I was drawn in to Np2′s booth. Talk about a unique shape! And the color range is uber-chic. There are some vampy greens, blues and purples that I can’t wait to get my hands on. According to the rep for the brand, the formula is will knock Essie & OPI out of the water. They’re hoping to launch in Sephora soon so keep your eyes peeled.
As I wandered aimlessly trying to figure out the long winding ailes of booths, I came upon Essie, THE ESSIE! It’s like spotting a rock star. I also ran across Suzi of OPI, Jessica Vartoughian of Jessica and celebrity hairstylist Ken Paves, creator of HairDo. He’s so adorable and pocket sized!
I had to stop by the Color Club/Art Club booth to check out Wild At Heart. That purple and teal green will be MINE!

Next up, the SpaRitual/Orly booth. There are some incredible colors coming down the pike from both brands including two luscious greens for Spring (can’t wait!). First let’s talk SpaRitual. They too are releasing a matte collection called Mind Body Spirit only they formulated a base coat to apply underneath and extend wear. The rep I spoke with was wearing the purple, Spirit and it’s totally gorg. There is also a Fall colllection that I’m bringing home with me to show you.

Out now for fall, the Orly Once Upon A Time collection comes with adorable fairy tale themed charms on the bottles. Enchanted Forest, Pixie Dust and Mirror Mirror are immediate faves.
For holiday they will introduce Femme Fatale and collection of festive reds.

For Spring/Summer 2010 there is a candy colored collection with matching mini lipglosses, a colorful vivid floral inspired collection called Bloom that includes the green I mentioned.

Finally, the true highlight of my day was attending the CND Colour & Effects launch party. CND’s own Jan Arnold greeted us warmly, wearing yet another killer ensemble. That woman has such amazing style I can’t even stand it. She remembered meeting me backstage at the Barbie show during fashion week and it totally made my day.

I have so much more to show you and say about this amazing revamp of the CND line but I’ll just give you a quick rundown. Basically, CND has completely changed their game. Being that they are all about customization at fashion week, creating custom blends for designers all over the world, they have now brought that concept to all of us.
The Colour consists of 50 perfect cremes in a range of shades that will satisfy any addict. There are true primary and secondary shades, sheers, neutrals, pinks, reds, vampies, etc.

The Effects are 15 opalescent pearls, shimmers and glitters that you can layer over the Colour shades to customize your color. They may look similar in the bottle but once you start to play, you really see the difference.
Jan invited us to play at the colour bar and can you guess where I plopped myself down? In front of the “me” colors of course. I went to town swatching different Colours and testing them under the Effects. I was in heaven!

Being the kind, generous woman she is, Jan invited everyone to take home their favorite Colour & Effects combos but when she saw my bag with just a few bottles (I didn’t want to be greedy) she sent me back for more saying, “You’re All Lacquered Up, that’s not nearly enough!”
Oh and I didn’t even get to the bottles. They redesigned the shape of the bottles to be more ergonomic with a soft rubberized cap. And the BRUSH, wow on the brush. It’s now flat but THIN flat, very pinky nail friendly, and the bristles are triangular and clear, a first in the industry. I actually did a little playing back in my room and they apply phenomenally! I can’t wait to show you.

Well that’s pretty much Day 1. We finished the night with a cocktail party at The Mix in The Hotel and dinner at Strip Steak in the Mandalay Bay. The food was so spectacular I regret not taking pics for the fellow foodies out there. Next time, I promise!

Also, I’m attending the show with Phyllis from Makeup For Life so be sure to visit her blog to see the products that she discovered.

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  1. stubby says:

    A-W-E-S-O-M-E work Michelle! Thanks for all that you do for us nail junkies!

  2. Carla says:

    Glad you're having a good time lady! :)

  3. Liz says:

    Oooh this is so exciting!!!!!! And you can find the klean color website just by googling the name. You can order them directly from the website, but the color swatches don't look the best. BUT, they do have some really cool colors and some green!!!!!!

  4. MsSvelteNY says:

    I am looking forward to reading the rest of your post on this event! Sigh So many fab colors, so little time.

  5. Kasey says:

    I'm so jealous of your life! For a first day that sounds absolutely amazing :)

  6. Eeeradicator! says:

    I feel like I've seen Nails, Inc somewhere brick-and-mortar. I want to say Rite Aid? Or am I thinking of a completely different brand?

  7. wavycats says:

    Wow, it looks some from gorgeous colors coming up from these brands. Thanks for all the exciting news and it sounds like you're having a fantastic time. Enjoy!

  8. Susie says:

    Thanks for the recap, and I think you can buy KleanKolor polishes directly from their website.

  9. Selina says:

    I'm fit to pop just reading about it – I'm surprised you didn't explode with all those exciting products. So much that I'm dying to try out!

  10. Susie says:

    Sorry for the typo… I went a little overboard with the "k." The website is

  11. Jessi McKinney says:

    I searched for KleanColor and their website was the first one that popped up. Here is a link directly to the nail polish.

    The polishes are $1.49 and shipping appears to be $8.00 for up to 13 polishes and then $9.00 for up to 26, increasing $1.00 for each group of 13. As the shipping is the same for 1 polish as it is for 13, it definitely seems better to buy more at once, rather than a few here and there.

    I would really like to see your swatches and review to see what you think.

  12. edelmc says:

    if you like nails inc, check out Leighton Denny (another European brand) – i dont know if he will have a stand there but well worth a look if he does

  13. Rebecca says:

    I am experiencing a completely new love of nail polish I haven't had in about ten years. Thanks for all the superb postings. I can't wait to hear about how I can get my hands on the Nail Inc. stuff.

  14. Anonymous says:

    WTF? My CosmoProf doesn't sell Color Club and Essie!! :( Anyway… that blue and purple from Color Club… is EUPHORIA!! (God I feel like those stoners from the 70's now) WTF Essie? She's tall!

  15. Anonymous says:

    This is like a female version of a porn convention. *drool*

  16. GL says:

    Hi! I'm a nail fanatic from the UK and I absolutely love your blog, I check it every single day!

    It's so cool to see that you've found Nails Inc. This is an amazing brand which has been in the UK for years now and I think I own almost every colour!

    I notice you've mentioned their 45 second top coat. It truly is amazing! I really hope you manage to get your hands on some Nails Inc goodies soon. It's too good to miss out on!


  17. ladyslatternly says:

    Everything looks awesome.

  18. Deb says:

    Cherry Culture sells some Klean Kolor polishes. They're only $2 each!

  19. Mc Huggs :) says:

    HI Michele:

    Hope you enjoying your trip. You asked about where you cam buy Klean Colors. Kleen Color can be order at "": and

    "this website":

    Their official "web site is":–kleancolor-cosmetics.html

    Hope that helps.

    (((((Love Kelly))))

    Mc Huggs :)

  20. Emily says:

    i was fortunate enough to meet jan arnold at the CND colours/effects event recently – she is SO AWESOME. try inkwell with emerald shimmer on top – you won't be disappointed. check it out:

  21. Bliss149 says:

    OMG the bling on the Nails Inc. Love that!

    I ran across KleanColor for the first time at a Beauty Supply this weekend.

    Interesting about the CND colors and toppings…I always wondered why Nailtini never took off. It was/is a similar concept.

  22. Suzanne says:

    OH i'm excited! *bounce* the fall collections look GREAT.

  23. GL says:

    You can check out some goodies here girls!! Hopefully you'll get them soon.

  24. The Princess says:

    More than jealous, I cant wait to read more.

  25. Jaime M. says:

    I'm feeling a very unladylike sense of envy! My mother would be so disappointed in me. :) So glad you're having fun!

  26. Anti-aging Sytropin says:

    Go and have loads of fun enough for all us our here who can't go there. Beautiful, beautiful colors.

    Can't wait to try out the brush from Colours & Effects.

  27. Medina says:

    I live in London and have a long running love/hate relationship with Nails Inc. Love the colours and whimsical London-themed names hate their packaging (silver foil on the cap peels and their brushes are often unevenly cut) and formulas (apart from the top coat which is good). Leighton Denny range of nail care if far more superior and his nudes are beautiful.

  28. Heather says:

    I just got the Orly Enchanted Forest and LOVE it! Found it at a Sally Beauty Supply. It looks like just another dark nail from afar, but up close the blue, evergreen color is amazing. I agree with some other sites that it is terrific for fair skin.

  29. Sandi says:

    Well Kleancolor sure hiked their prices after you gave them a plug, 133% jump no less. I love CND’s formula but the whole ‘colors and effects’ come on leaves me cold. I have to buy two or more bottles where before I would have bought one and then there’s no guarantee it will look like I want it to look. Won’t be buying any of those. Cheaper to buy what I’m looking for to begin with, from someone else if I must. Just wish I’d found them in time to get more of their discontinued core colors.

  30. Molly says:

    I don’t know if you’re looking for a place to purchase Kleancolor from, but has a large selection of Kleancolor polishes. I love the Chunky Holo Black on top of other colors.