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CND Spring 2008 – Plexi Pop

By on January 14, 2008
in Blue, CND, Cream, Peach, Pink, Sheer, White with 19 Comments

The sheers are coming! The sheers are coming! Take cover vampy girls for the sheers are a-coming! This spring will be a sheer lover’s paradise according to the spring collection previews. You all know I’m not a fan of sheers but I’m going to try my hardest to remain objective.

CND‘s collection for Spring, Plexi Pop, is sheer-gasm of pinks, peach and aqua with an opaque white cream. If you followed my coverage of the Spring 2008 New York Fashion Week shows, you know that a lot of these colors popped up on the runways of fashion’s biggest designers. At the time they were still unnamed but here they are in all their glory.

Clearly Pink – a milky pink sheer, it reminds me of my beloved OPI Passion (not the Designer Series version). It applies streak free and adds a slight hint of creamy pinkness to my nails. The only downside for me is that with my whites being slightly yellowed from dark polish use, Clearly Pink’s milkiness didn’t help brighten my whites.
Nail Gloss – Is a straight up pink sheer. No milkiness, just a pink tinged clear. It really is like lip gloss for your nails. It reminds me of one of my favorite lip glosses from my early 20s, Bonne Bell Lip d’Votion in Fresh Melon, super glossy with the slightest hint of color.
Plexi Pink – is a pretty hot pink sheer with subtle bluish-purple shimmer that gives the shade some pop. It’s more pigmented than the other pinks but still not buildable to opaque.
Retro White – This slightly creamy white was a nightmare for me. I’m not gonna lie, I tried three times to get an even application to show you all and it wasn’t happening. The picture below is with three spaced out coats, to allow proper drying, and it was still streaky as all get out. Just look at the massive dragging near my cuticles. I assume that this shade was intended for use in an american manicure but I can’t recommend it.
Translucent Tangerine – A glittery peach sheer, this color didn’t work for my skin tone but it’s really pretty in the bottle. I’m sure warm toned gals would love this. And despite the high glitter content, that polish felt smooth on my nail.
Turquoise Tint – To me, I see this color and immediately think layering. A turquoise sheer just isn’t something I’d think of wearing. It looks so unnatural and alien-esque on me. Though the cellophane finish is pretty cool.

Plexi Pop will be available in salons, spas and professional beauty stores as of March 2008. Each enamel retails for $6.00 US/$9.40 Canada.

Zoya Spring 2008 Preview – Blissful

By on December 14, 2007
in Creme, Sheer, Shimmer, Spring 2008, Zoya with 4 Comments

It looks like sheers and soft girlie shades are on their way this spring. And as much as I love my bold and vampy shades I will try my best to embrace the coming trend. You’ll rarely find me sporting a sheer but ever since I discovered my holy grail sheer last spring, Zoya Bailey, I’m definitely more open-minded towards them.

Enjoy the nail color of the moment… Blissful.

The beauty of Spring radiates from Zoya’s latest collection, Blissful. 6 wearable shades selected to enhance natural beauties of every age and skin tone.

Laurie (sheer pink cream), Lulu (sheer peach cream) and Miley (sheer lilac cream)

Felicity (sparkling golden rose), Penelope (apricot rose cream) and Zanna (mauve rose cream)

As always, Blissful features Zoya’s best-selling, professional natural nail lacquer formula. Zoya healthy nail colors are free of harmful industrial chemicals like toluene, formaldehyde, dibutyl phthalate (DBP) that are known to cause cancer and birth defects.

Find Zoya’s Blissful collection along with over 200 other ultra high-fashion Zoya shades and the exclusive Zoya Color-Lock system (for guaranteed long-lasting color) at fine salons and spas across the country, or online at

info and images courtesy of Art Of Beauty

CND Spring 2008 Preview – Plexi Pop

By on December 14, 2007
in CND, Sheer, Shimmer, Spring 2008 with 7 Comments

Introducing Plexi Pop – CND Color Collection Spring/Summer 2008

Lip Gloss for the Nails

Give fingers and toes a dose of radiant energy! CND’s new Plexi Pop Collection for Spring/Summer 2008 is inspired by colorful Lucite designs from modernist 60’s interiors. Bold in the bottle translates to subtle, optically-interesting color on the nail. The collection is an energetic palette – couture in spirit and NOW in look.

Rising temperatures call for translucent nail tints in a range of moods from understated soft nudes that are like lip gloss for the nails to vibrant flashes of carefree color. The length and look this season is past the tip of the finger in a soft and tapered shape. The collection includes two healthy pink clears, three opalescent bright sheers in hot pink, coral and turquoise, and a mod crisp white cream.

Retro White – bright white opaque crème
Clearly Pink – translucent light pink sheer
Nail Gloss– translucent medium pink sheer

Plexi Pink – vibrant pink opalescent sheer
Translucent Tangerine – coral shimmer sheer
Turquoise Tint – aqua opalescent sheer

These shades debuted on runways during Spring 2008 Fashion Week in New York and London .
Clearly Pink glowed at Badgley Mischka, Bruce, Chaiken, Luca Luca, Peter Som, Philosophy, Nili Lotan, G-Star, Tory Burch
Nail Gloss was worn by models at BCBG, Behnaz Sarafpour, Jasper Conran, COS, Carmen Marc Valvo, Nary Manivong, PHI, DKNY, Rachel Roy, Reyes, Rosa Cha, TSE and Yigal Azro
Translucent Tangerine premiered at Douglas Hannant
Turquoise Tint glimmered at Ashish N Soni and Chris Han
Retro White was part of the revolutionized black and white French manicure at L.A.M.B. and Jayson Brunsdon

The Plexi Pop Collection will be in salons, spas and professional beauty stores as of March 2008. Each enamel retails for $6.00 US/$9.40 Canada .

NOTD: Zoya Bailey

By on February 2, 2007
in Big 3 Free, Micro-glitter, NOTD, Pink, Sheer, Zoya with 6 Comments

Ding, ding, ding we have a winner!! Finally a sheer I not only like but love. Zoya Bailey is a perfect pink sheer with silver micro-glitter and pearly shimmer.

The application was smooth and even. Zoya’s formula is slightly thick but it spreads well with no streaking. I was a bit rushed this morning when I applied it but that didn’t affect the outcome. Even in person, my mani looks as close to flawless as I’ve seen my tips in a while.

With my “Dare Week” coming to a close, I realize that I enjoyed this challenge much more than I expected. Even though my first pick wasn’t a winner, it lead me to here. I now have a color that I can slap on when my nails are bare and I don’t have time to deal with applying my usual bright/dark colors.

NOTD – Essie Breezy Beach

By on January 30, 2007
in Essie, NOTD, Nude, Sheer, Shimmer with 8 Comments

Essie Breezy Beach is the shade I chose as my “dare” polish and I am SO not a fan. It looks craptastic on me and anyone that tells me differently, I won’t believe ‘em. Ha ha

I’d like to say that it’s because I’m not used to seeing my nails this way but it’s not. I feel like my nails look dirty or stained. The slight iridescence in Breezy Beach doesn’t make it any prettier in person.

Well, I tried and I can’t wait to get this stuff off. Sheers are obviously NOT my friend.

I’d love to hear your comments. Maybe it was just this particular shade. If you have a suggestion for something better, I’m all ears. I may even wear it.

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