I received this lovely package from KB Shimmer while attending the bloggers event that Katie Cazorla and Nail Pro/NailIt hosted during Cosmoprof NA in Las Vegas.
Nail Pro along with Katie Cazorla held a blogger event at Cosmoprof NA this year.
Although I know it is still August, I have to share this little tib bit that made me feel like Christmas was here early.
Part of the package contained this WONDERFUL smelling cuticle oil. It really does smell like Chai Tea. The bonus is that the scent stayed with me for a good couple of hours.
Chai Tea scented cuticle oil from KB Shimmer
The pen that it comes is has a soft brush (I’m not sure what it is made of) and on the other end is a dial that you turn to push the cuticle oil up to the brush. You have good control over how much comes out that way! Plus it is perfect for your purse, especially while travelling!
The oil is has a creamy texture to it which is nice. No oil slick here!
So, if you are one of those folks that loves Christmas and all the delicious scents that surround it, you definitely need to go to https://www.kbshimmer.com/ to make sure you get some for yourself.
You will also find her fabulous nail polish, and just new to me, Mani Shots! I have to find out more info on those things for sure.
Christy Rose of KB Shimmer and I
I wanted to thank Christy for the lovely gift package. I will continue to blog about the other gifts inside.
After three years in the perfect location with a gorgeous store front and tons of walk by traffic, Va-Va Varnish is moving their space.
from Nails Magazine
The move from 730 Market Street, San Diego is giving Va Va Varnish a chance to create an even more private and personalized service area where customers can still enjoy the vintage vibe of the old location.
from Nails Magazine
The new location at 1205 J Street, Suite I in San Diego CA is less than a mile away from the original location. The new studio will grant roughly 1200 square feet of space to service their clientele but with a much cozier boutique style layout.
The new studio has 4 mani/pedi stations as well as 5 nail enhancement stations.
With a large portion of their clientele in love with the gel services which largely include nail art, the new location has more focus on those services.
from Va Va Varnish’s Pinterest page
You can find nail art services ranging from simple polka dots to intricate Swarovski Crystal designs at Va-Va Varnish!
All services are performed by highly trained stylists. I have met with Elizabeth and know first hand her passion for professionalism and correct procedures. So feel at ease knowing you will be taken care of by well trained stylists.
Plus with mission statements like
It’s about making you feel beautiful, cared for, and special on the inside and the out. You will get 100% undivided attention and a custom relationship with your personalized nail guru!
should leave you knowing your are in the best of hands.
With a comprehensive description of each service on Va-Va Varnish’s menu, you will fully understand what services you are receiving for your money.
New Eco-Friendly services!
With the intense drought conditions in California , Va-Va Varnish is going waterless. By performing waterless services (which can actually hinder the retention of gel services!) they are creating the perfect canvas for gel services as well as doing their part in the water conservation effort. Thank you Va-Va Varnish!
You can expect to find high quality products like Swarovski Crystals as well as the innovative nail conditioning service IBX.
In a nut shell, Va-Va Varnish’s employees are highly trained, creative and passionate nail stylist performing services in a cozy, sanitary (not sterile) boutique environment. Elizabeth’s belief in continuing education, proper and complete sanitization and working with creative, caring stylists has created a unique and comfortable place to make both you and your nails happy!
Elizabeth promised me some pictures of the new digs after they get all moved in, so look for those in a up coming post!
You can see more of her menu and meet her staff at http://www.vavavarnish.com/ and look for Va-Va Varnish at the new location starting Sept 1, 2015
In today’s fast paced world, we all want to be able to get things done quickly and with results that will not only last but look good as well.
INFINITE SHINE from OPI is one of those products that will help us achieve this goal.
What is it?
Infinte Shine is a 3 part lacquer system that give you look of gel with out the use of a light.
With shine that lasts up to 10 days, and a large selection of 30 new colors available, Infinite Shine will change how you polish your nails.
Intense gel like shine is achieved by 3 steps. Nothing out of the ordinary considering that we all use a base and top coat with lacquer.
Just the science is different.
“Primer” has a revolutionary grip that holds on to the nail and the color.
“Lacquer” is ultra pigmented, rich and vivid colors.
“Gloss” is the finishing touch that gives you gel like durability. As well as high gloss shine.
Now the other nice thing for you is that you can simply remove Infinite Shine with regular polish removal. No need for soaking off gels but you get the gel like finish.
I like this product for retail to customers as well as for in salon use. How happy would your customer be when she can get a gel like finish to her nails while she is away on holidays!?! And that doesn’t require any special removal system.
The best inventions are usually born out of necessity, correct?
Well that is definitely the case for Lani Lazzari, who had suffered with eczema since infancy.
The idea started while she was making “simple” home crafted Christmas presents.
With her need for a nourishing and gentle exfoliant, the idea of making a all natural and delicious smelling skin care line was destined to be created. And that’s exactly what she did.
Plus going to high school. Yes, high school.
This young entrepreneur researched natural ingredient solutions for people with sensitive skin, and finally made Simple Sugars available to the public in 2006.
After appearing on Shark Tank and being backed by Mark Cuban, Lani’s business has rocked to the next level.
I had the pleasure to meet the fine folks from Simple Sugars at Cosmoprof NA this year, and even luckier to be given a sample.
Besides the very organic and darling looking packaging, I LOVE the scent of the Green Tea sample they gave me. This is so fresh smelling, it almost makes your skin feel clean and nourished just by the scent!
Then the actual consistency is very nice. The sugar granules are not to big or rough, which is nice since the scrub is designed for your face.
Once you apply it, the sugar crystals dissolve nicely as well. The residue that remains on your skin feels thick to begin with but once it soaks in, it leaves your skin feeling silky and, well, smooth!
The bonus, even after a couple of hours your hands (because it gets on your hands) still smell like Green Tea! Yummy!
There are 18 body scrubs available, 6 facial scrubs, and one foot scrub. As well as a men’s line called Smooth for Men!
Scents range from Rose to Coffee! Something for everyone.
I started out to write this blog post on IBX. Which I will do. But I realized that the parent company, Famous Names, has other great products as well. So I will tell you about them as well.
Lumous Base and Top coat bind together through your polish to form one solid structure of color to beautify your nails.
Lumos is a fast dry Top and Bottomcoat made to use with traditional polish. Lumos dries to a bright shine in 10-12 minutes!!!
Lumous Base bonds to the nail plate, drying almost instantly. Then it bonds to the following layers of color. Lumous Top Coat finishes the process, drying your manicure in 10 to 12 minutes.
No need for the good old “airplane wave” to dry your nail polish.
Dadi’o is their Nail Treatment Oil.
It contains Avocado, Olive, Jojoba and Vitamin E oils to penetrate your nail plate and skin. It also contains 21 essential oils for a signature scent. No more greasy looking and feeling cuticles!
IBX from Famous Names is a revolutionary product that helps strengthen natural nails AND forms a protective barrier between natural nails and gel color.
Many people complain that gel color removals damage their natural nails. Well, here is the answer.
IBX uses polymer technology to fuse together with the top layers of your natural nail to form a stronger nail. Acting within the nail, and cured under either a UV or led light, IBX adds strength against possibly damaging removal services.
AND, they also have a repairative treatment called IBX Repair. The use of IBX Repair is designed to seal together damaged areas of the nail. Problems like splitting, peeling and free edge delamination are “taped” together.
Here are examples from their website.
To recap. IBX is for use to strengthen your natural nails by fusing together the top layers of your nail. And to use under gel color as a protective treatment.
IBX Repair is used in conjuction with IBX to improve your nail plate integrity in situations like pictured above.
It is used to target natural nail imperfections and weaknesses that prevent natural nails from growing long
Available in a Duo Pack for your convenience too.
Why wouldn’t you add this to your service menu. It gives you the opportunity to offer your clients that extra care and attention that will set you apart from other nail technicians.
Let them know that you care about the health of their natural nails as well as the beauty of them. After all, that’s what we do. We take care of and beautify nails!