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CND VINYLUX Weekly Nail Polish Review & Swatches

By on July 23, 2013
in CND with 126 Comments

As nail polish fanatics we are on a never-ending quest for that holy grail combination of base coat, polish and top coat that will give us extended wear and high gloss shine with a quick dry time and no staining (Smurf fingers begone). Nail industry innovator, CND, is attempting to solve that riddle with the introduction of CND VINYLUX Weekly Polish.

CND VINYLUX Weekly Nail Polish

CND VINYLUX Weekly Nail Polish

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A new take on the traditional nail polish process, the CND VINYLUX system consists solely of nail polish and top coat, no base coat required. It also claims to deliver a stain-free product that dries in 8 & 1/2 minutes flat, with a full week of wear thanks to a top coat that gets stronger when exposed to natural UV light, no lamps required. Sounds too good to be true, doesn’t it?
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CND VINYLUX – Is This A Nail Polish Game Changer?

By on April 17, 2013
in CND, Collection Previews, News with 154 Comments

CND revolutionized the nail salon industry when they brought Shellac into the world and they’re poised to do it again with a new product called VINYLUX.

I’ve long been a fan of the CND Colour & Effects nail polish line for its quality formula but it was overshadowed by the popularity of Shellac. When I inquired about the state of Colour & Effects last fall I was told to get ready for an amazing new technology come spring and it’s finally here.

CND Vinylux Weekly Nail Polish

VINYLUX is a Weekly Nail Polish that uses no base coat and a top coat that gets more durable with natural light exposure. Are you getting what I’m putting down? That’s right, this is technology that gives long lasting, high gloss wear with no UV/LED exposure and it removes like regular nail polish!

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Fall 2011 Nail Polish Trend – Bold Beautiful Blues

Are we stuck in some kind of 2007 nail polish flashback? Did Chanel Blue Satin just launch? First we talked about grey nail polish, now we’re moving onto blue. Those of you who have been reading ALU since way back in its infancy will remember that blue and grey were big nail trends for Fall 2007 and as I approach my fifth year of blogging, it’s like it’s all coming full circle.


The past couple years there has been a greater focus on greyed slate blues and teal but this time around we’re looking at a more true blue range that varies from denim to sapphire to indigo. And as brands have continued to evolve their mixing techniques we are being treated to more unique finishes and sparkle combinations than we’ve seen in the past.
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Nail Art Tutorial – CND’s DIY River Rock Nail Decal Technique

By on September 20, 2011
in CND, Nail Art, Tips and Tricks with 82 Comments

How To - DIY Nail Stickers or Decals Tutorial and Video

Of all the amazing things I saw at New York Fashion Week, what I was most excited to come home and try is a look that never even appeared on the catwalk. It’s a new nail art technique that CND Co-Founder Jan Arnold discovered in Russia and I couldn’t wait to share it with all of you.

It’s a way to make your own nail art decals using nail polish that CND’s Russian Education Ambassadors created. Essentially you are designing your own version of Minx or Sally Hansen Salon Effects at home. It’s easy and fun and I just know you DIY peeps are going to love it.
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Win It! – Snag CND Poppyfield as seen on the Wes Gordon runway

By on September 14, 2011
in CND, Giveaway, NY Fashion Week S/S 12

The red-orange coral confection that is CND Poppyfield was such a hit at Wes Gordon Spring 2012 that CND is offering three lucky readers the chance to win a bottle for themselves.


To Win: Leave a comment on this post telling me which CND Effect you would layer over Poppyfield. I love a great Colour & Effect combo. Make sure you include your email address on the email address line in the form, not the comment body (for privacy reasons).

Rules: Giveaway is open to US Residents only and no P.O. Boxes (sorry International Fanatics). One entry per person. Winners will be selected via random draw. Winners must respond within 48 hours or another winner will be chosen.

End Date: Entries will be accepted until Sunday September 18th at 11:59pm EST. Any entries after that time will not count.

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