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Posted by on Aug 29, 2011 in Uncategorized | 0 comments

She’s Got the Look: Katy Perry goes 40’s glam

Fekkai Celebrity Stylist Renato Campora Created An Iconic 1940’s Look for Katy Petty at the Video Music Awards in LA

It seems like we always feature Katy for the awards, but that’s because she’s always got a look worth talking about! This time around, Fekkai’s Celebrity stylist Renato Campora created the look for her pink tresses and shares how to get that look with Solessence readers:

1) Create a side part on wet hair.
2) Apply Fekkai Full Blown Mousse throughout the hair to build a strong and reliable base
3) Blow dry using a round brush.
4) Use Fekkai Sheer Hold Hairpsray to secure the look, adding a lasting finish and shine.

To create the final touch, Renato took a one-inch strand of the hair and pinned it back with a vintage hairpiece, securing it with a bobby pin.

All products by Fekkai: Fekkai Full Volume Mousse ($21), and Fekkai Sheer Hold Hairspray ($24).Available at and Nordstrom, Neiman Marcus, and Saks Fifth Avenue stores.

She had some amazing custom Minx nails by Kimmie Keyes.

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Posted by on Aug 29, 2011 in Uncategorized | 1 comment

Adele goes Nude for VMA

Adele chose a look very similar to Shellac Cocoa in the hottest shape right now. Stunning.

I did a similar look a few months back for the Royal Wedding and it is one of my absolute favorite to wear. This was the second version I brought down to almonds (shorter versions). Simple, elegant, classic.

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Posted by on Aug 29, 2011 in Uncategorized | 0 comments

Beyonce Pregger – VMA

Well there’s no hiding this one. Bey-Bey showed up at the awards with baby! She looks stunning as usual. Nails by Tom Bachik. Tom shared he’s using a new color called “The G” from his Artistic’s Colour Gloss upcoming Holiday Collection.

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Posted by on Aug 26, 2011 in Uncategorized | 5 comments

CND Shellac Polish – Fall 2011 Swatches & Packaging Info

Hi Everyone, I know you’ve been patiently waiting for Shellac swatches and I want to say Thank You.  I have been swamped at work but started them thanks to a little help from friends (Hi Ingrid!).  Look for back on this post in the next few days.  In the meantime, here is a bit of a teaser:

Studio White: This soft white makes for the most natural French ever!  It is also very easy to work with compared to Cream Puff.  I just got it in and have done 5 french so far.  Very pretty.

Zillionaire (over pinky nail): glitter with red, blue and gold flecks.

Asphalt: Just like the CND Asphalt polish.  I recommend stocking up on retail if you are a nail tech, because your clients can buy a bottle for toes or for extending wear.  This is a hothothot color for fall/winter!

Hotski to Tschoske*: Oy, I think I spelled that wrong.  But it is a very bright teal. *hotski to tchotchke

Moonlight & Roses: This is like Beau on steroids.  Same white frost bits but with red/pink sheen.  It really makes a glow to the nails and looks fab with studio white (see above too).

Purple Purple: Photographed blue here, but a gorgeous dark purple.  I liked it much more than I thought I would.

Check back for swatches.

First Asphalt! 8/24

There are changes to the packaging front & one side this fall 2011.
I always tell my clients that the term Shellac is now used for a 2 week manicure in the way Kleenex is to tissues or Xerox is to copying. It’s treated as a catchall! If it isn’t CND, it isn’t the patent pending Shellac. Looky what’s on the cover of the boxes now!

The miniscule color identifier is on the bottom of the front. The sales clerk and I didn’t realize it was there.

The other change is to the side of the box. They’ve removed the fantastic large print stating the color. It was so easy to confirm you had picked up the right color, and it was probably easier to stock. Life goes on.

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Posted by on Aug 22, 2011 in Uncategorized | 3 comments

Flashback: Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week: Jason Wu

Jason Wu’s show was such an interesting number.  The classic clothing with a bit of a Black Swan theme going had gilded hair, lids, heels and nails.  And although this was for fall, the gorgeous black on white numbers have been appearing on starlets like Reese Witherspoon all summer. Behold:

One of my favorite details of this show was the bleaching station. Here, models had their eyebrows bleached as if they were shaved off. After the show, they had to return to have them colored back on. What is done in the name of beauty!

The fabrics carried the metallic theme forward:

Find out how to get the CND gilded nail here:

For hair, gold was painted onto the hair in a leaf shape:

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