I know there has been a lot of talk in the industry in regards to the use of chrome pigments and holo pigments. I am not here to agree or disagree with any ones view, but to mention the upside of my testing out chrome and holo pigments.
The one thing that these trends have made me realize is that your work has to be PERFECT! Not even the slightest dip or bump can be left on the nail or it looks like, well, you know!!!
Let’s look at the line of light on this nail.
line of light shows a depression in nail!
And the other thing that I learned, by error, is that if you use a certain no wipe top coat to create the look, you have to use it on all fingers. I did some repairs after I saw my line of light was off and I used a different no wipe top coat. Both work just fine, but I did get different colors out of them! Same base color and holo pigments.
Very slight, but one looks more silver than gold! Good to know for the future. Whether to keep your mani looking perfect or to use it for a different effect!
That’s what I found the be the upside of chrome/holo nails. It makes you do better work!!!!
I got my hands on the newest top coats from OPI. They are called Brilliant and Plumping. So I decided to do a little test.
I have a color that has a ton of texture in it and thought that this would be the best way to find out if they make a difference in how the polish looks with both the new top coats!
Here is a macro shot of the glitter polish by itself. You can see the lumps and bumps of the glitter chunks. It feels rough to the touch.
Just the glitter polish-no top coat
I used one coat of the Brilliant top coat on a nail with the same glitter polish. The consistency of this top coat seemed like other top coats.
You can see where it has evened out the lumps and bumps a bit and given it more shine! Very pretty. It feels less rough than without the top coat.
Polish with Brilliant Top Coat by OPI
And finally, I used one coat of the Plumping top coat over glitter polish. This top coat had a thicker consistency than regular top coat but still dried in the same amount of time.
This really does add plumpness between the lumps and bumps of the glitter polish. It also feels almost smooth to the touch. Remember that I used glitter polish, so it is quite a feat to give a smooth feel with one coat of top coat!
Glitter polish with Plumping Top Coat by OPI
Available at fine salons and distributors everywhere!
Beauty Changes Lives is a foundation formed to help the betterment of the beauty industry by supporting the next generation of beauty professionals through scholarships.
There is a movement started (kind of like the ice bucket challenge) where profesionals give a “tip” on how to make transitioning into or being in the beauty industry better or easier.
Of course cash for the scholarships are always welcome.
People from all over are giving their tips and nominating their peers to help spread the word that “BEAUTY CHANGES LIVES”
Here is a qoute from @flueryrose
I support @beautychangeslives because it gives scholarships to aspiring beauty professionals who might otherwise not be able to afford to go to school.
She nominated Sigourney Nunez, who nominated myself and some other wonderful industry people.
So here you are, my #scholartip for Beauty Changes Lives.
I should note that although I said ‘this nail industry’, I believe it applies to all in our wonderful field of beauty.
“Invest in yourself to elevate our industry”
And here is a bit of info from their site for the folks I nominate or if you want to start your own ‘circle’!
Success requires more than money, so share your words of wisdom too. If you knew then, what you know now… What words of advice would you offer up to the next generation of beauty and wellness professionals? Share your “ScholarTips” on Instagram, Facebook or Twitter using the hashtags#ScholarTips and #IGAVEATIP. Videos strongly encouraged!
You can also visit their site at www.beautychangeslives.org
First I want to nominate Chelsea Baart, Lyle Malapit, and Hillary Fry! Then, I am hoping to make this global by nominating Marian Newman! Haha, Tag your it! Let’s make this happen.
I had to amazing opportunity to be a model for the super talented Russian nail artist Tanya. She HAND PAINTED this gorgeous lion on my finger nail for me during the class. This was done on July 22, 2016. This was all done with Akzentz Luxio line!Tayna really likes the consistency of the gel for doing intricate art such as my Lion! It does blend beautifully and as I have said, with gel, if you don’t like it, wipe it off and start again!
When when I got home I added a crown to my beautiful Lion!
I simply couldn’t let go of this beauty when it came time to do my nails again, so I added more Swarovksi® crystals to be able to wear her longer!
The release of OPI’s Fall Winter collection, entitled the DC Collection which features collaboration from the beautiful and talented actress, Kerry Washington, is one of my favorite collections. Although it is a fall release, where you find predominately dark shade, this collections delights me with its lighter colors such as “Never a Dulles Moment” and “Freedom of Peach”
The usual 12 colors plus 3 more picked especially by Kerry Washington. (marked with ***)
Here they are.
CIA-COLOR IS AWESOME
A dark blue green that will suite any business attire. A great option instead of straight black.
FREEDOM OF PEACH
This color is the perfect blend of fall color but still has a lightness to it so you don’t feel weighed down by the color!
INSIDE THE ISABELLETWAY ***
Creamy medium mocha brown. I think it would look great with Pale to The Chief for nail art!
KERRY BLOSSOM ***
This is a classic winter shade in a deep darker plum tone. Classy.
LIV’IN IN THE GRAY ***
Another of my favorites. This gray is the perfect grey for my liking. An opaque medium dark grey that will work with any skin tone.
A fun berry toned red for those cooler nights.
NEVER A DULLES MOMENT
Such a great change to see some bright colors in a fall release. It lightens up the whole collection and will let us nail artists create vibrant winter nail art.
OPI BY POPULAR VOTE
More of a bluish red. Nice to have a choice in your reds.
PALE TO THE CHIEF
This one of course will be the base for a lot of nail art. Creamy nude a little on the darker side than summer shades of nude.
SHHH’S-IT’S TOP SECRET
This color mixes dark grey and browns to give us a almost black but still dark dark brown tone.
SPEAKER OF THE HOUSE
Another great neutral tone for winter. This creme texture will work well with all the others in this collection. Can be for business or weekend wear. Muted brown would be a good description.
STAY OFF THE LAWN
Lively dark green shade but completely classy.
SUZI-THE FIRST LADY OF NAILS
This is more of a camo green. I like the creme texture of this one as well.
WE THE FEMALE
A sexy burgundy red. Straight up sexy!
YANK MY DOODLE
Besides the fun name, this color is so great for fall. A bit of a burnt orange or pumpkin color.
I noted after I took the photos of the swatches that this whole collection is cremes. Interesting and lovely collection.
Available at fine salons and retailers, your local professional supplier and by checking in at www.opi.com
I can say that Kerry Washington’s personality is all over this collection. Stylish, fun, classy and a little sassy. The lady is simply beautiful!
Darby Stanchfield and Kerry Washington from https://www.instagram.com/darbysofficial/