The only time since 1988 that I ever, ever don’t have on nails is when I am going to training.
Like when I went to training in Rhode Island for Crystal Culture. And now this time for training in New Orleans (can I get a big YAHOOOO!)
image from www.history.com
I wanted to show you how my nails look without product on them. I have been using acrylic for years and years. It is my favorite for doing my own nails. I am however trying to broaden my scope and am currently using gel on my nails. (Challenging to do my other hand!)
The reason that I wanted to show you my nails, is to make the point that when you are using good quality products, maintaining a regular schedule for maintenance, and remove the product properly, your natural nails can come out of it unscathed.
Plus, I wanted to show you the color of gel polish that I am obsessed with right now. It is from OPI and called “Celless-Tial is More.” You can see why I love it. With all it’s holographic qualities.
image from OPI.com
It’s ironic that I even look at this color because I am definitely NOT a pink person! (Just ask my husband who bought me a pink motorcycle jacket for Christmas one year!)
So, as you can see, you can wear enhancements and still have beautiful nails afterwards. Remember, good product, good technician, proper maintenance, use lots of cuticle oil and proper removal! No problems!
Color correction for your natural nails? Sounds like a great idea!
And Zoya thought it was too, so they created a line of translucent polishes that include base and top treatments to help you with damaged or discolored nails.
I think this is brilliant.
This three step program allows you to correct cosmetics problems in your nails.
Here is a quote from their website to further explain what makes them work so well.
Perfectors contain a proprietary blend of finely ground pigments, vitamins and botanicals that also help to promote micro-circulation and oxygen exchange.
THERAPEUTIC BENEFITS are delivered through a meticulous blend of vitamins, proteins and botanicals carefully infused in the NAKED MANICURE Treatments and Perfectors that help improve the condition and appearance of the nail.
As an example this hue that is called “Lavender Perfecter” and it’s job it to counter the yellow in a natural nail that may have been caused by extensive wear of lacquers or some other event. If you look at a color wheel, purple or lavender are on the opposite end of the color spectrum as yellow, therefor it will balance it out to a more natural tone.
With a total of six color correction polishes, you can achieve the polished look of beautiful unblemished nails with your perfect color shade.
Color perfecting shades also include “Pink Perfector”, “Nude Perfector”, “Naked Perfector”, “Buff Perfector”, and “Mauve Perfector.” What manicure line would be complete with out the option for a french look? Zoya gives you the extra option of “Tip Perfector” to get that look.
So no matter your skin tone or color, there is a option to personalize your look.
For men, or gals that prefer a less glossy finish, Zoya has included in this collection a “Satin Seal”
Satin Seal Top Coat
So, we all hear and read different reviews on products but one thing that helps me decide is if the product has received any awards.
Zoya is happy to announce that the “Lavender Perfector” was chosen for Allure Magazine “Beauty Break Through Award”
I received these Soft Landings towels and 4squares from Renee at Soft Landings.
She sent them to me so I can try them out and let you know what I think.
The company is based out of one of my favorite places in the world. Scottsdale, AZ!
Voted favorite new product from Nails Magazine Readers Choice awards 2014 for their 4Squares towels. It is clear to me why folks love these soft little towels so much.
from Soft Landings Facebook page
They say that the product is soft and absorbant, and it truthfully is. The towel feels nice to the touch and they really do absorb very well.
I was doing nail art with acrylic paint and wanted to test the difference between Soft Landings and regular paper towel.
As you can see the difference is very apparent. The Soft Landings pulls the liquid out of the brush and removes the acrylic paint much faster than regular paper towels.
I also love the fact that since all the liquid is pulled out of the brush, your brushes will be cleaner for the next time around. It sucks when you go to use your brush and it’s not completely clean from the last use. (you know we have all done that!)
I am a huge advocate of using the proper tool for the job. If you are using an inferior product, you are simply wasting your time. And your clients!
Be nice to yourself, use the right tools for the job at hand.
I also found that Soft Landing Towels really are Lint Free. Not kind of lint free, but really LINT FREE!
The last note about Soft Landings towels is that they really stand up to the rigors of doing nail art. They simply soften when wet and don’t tear!
Soft Landings towels come in 4×4 squares and 16×18 towels.
You can find pricing and more products from Soft Landings at their website or at authorized distributors! Both are listed on their website at http://softlandingstowels.com/home/
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.