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Posted by on Dec 13, 2011 in Uncategorized | 1 comment

It’s a Snap! Sharing Nail Trends with Photos during a Service or Demos

Using a digital photo frame is a great way to express your work to others.

I share looks and company product/history for clients with this adorable USB dressed up as a CND Shellac bottle.  It’s a great way to keep clients up on the latest trends from the runway, share my nail designs, or as inspiration during demos and education while I’m onsite for CND.  9/22/11

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Posted by on Dec 12, 2011 in Uncategorized | 3 comments

Tom Holcomb: Birthday Memorial today 12/12

The public memorial for master nail educator and competitor Tom Holcomb will be held today in Southern California.  Today would have been Tom’s 45th birthday.

Please join A Celebration of Life this afternoon, December 12th between 12pm-4pm:

  • The Mission Inn & Spa
  • 3649 Mission Inn Road
  • Riverside, CA 92501
  • 888.447.9943

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Posted by on Dec 7, 2011 in Uncategorized | 30 comments

Sneak Peek: Six New Spring 2012 CND Shellac Colors & Salon Certification Program

2/2/12: The actual swatches are now up here:

The six new colors for spring will be: Silver VIP Status (shimmer overlay), Gold VIP Status (shimmer overlay), Cityscape (creamy dove gray), Rubble (mushroom taupe), Dark Lava (stormy raisin), Silver Chrome (iron metallic)

CND‘s celebrated beauty innovation, CND Shellac Power Polish, is a lifesaver for modern women, thanks to its two-week flawless wear, zero-dry time and mirror shine. Now, CND is adding six gorgeous new shades to the line-up in March 2012. Whether you’re a classic taupe addict or a metallic iron maiden, with 36 shades there is a sophisticated look to suit all digit desires.

This summer, CND kicked off an intensive CND Shellac Salon Certification Program in the USA to ensure that women seeking a CND Shellac manicure service are getting what they ask for by a properly trained Nail Professional. To find a CND Shellac certified salon, visit CND’s Salon Locator at Look for CND Shellac Certified Salon signage and branding in order to find the “REAL” CND Shellac.

Say HELLO to the new colors:

CND Shellac - 6 shades, March 2012

CND Shellac comes off gently in ten minutes with convenient, hygienic CND Shellac Remover Wraps that limit skin exposure to acetone by keeping it pinpointed on the nail. CND Shellac color comes off from the inside out. The high-tech ‘quick release’ base coat causes it to flake into small pieces that gently slide off the nail without filing off the surface of the nail – unlike gels that require at least a half hour of soaking to remove.

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Posted by on Dec 6, 2011 in Uncategorized | 7 comments

It’s a Wrap: CND vs Hands Down

I’ve had a lot of questions about how the Hands Down Wraps compare to the CND wraps so I decided to put it to the test over a two day period and got some pretty consistent results.  Here’s a photo rundown of a set:

The nails

This CND Shellac set contained some custom glitter.

CND Shellac Wraps

  • Plastic backed, absorbent pad concentrates acetone on polish while minimizing contact on skin.
  • Traps heat to accelerate penetration, quickening removal time

After 10 minutes, the Shellac wraps were removed. Photo below shows how acetone penetrated the full nail of Shellac, making it gelatinous. It peeled/lifted as soon as the wrap was removed. Removal was clean, even for glitter.

Hands Down

  • Hands Down wraps focus on non-slip, band-aid like material for secure adhesion to finger.
  • Concentrates acetone to nail
  • The design is open ended, but I also wrapped to cover a tip

Next, the Hands Down wraps were removed.  You can see from the photo that the tips were not saturated – the polish is different in color.

I was unable to flake the product, so it went back under.

One comment everyone made was that they were very uncomfortable pretty quickly.  I thought maybe I’d wrapped them too tightly but finally pinned down that their fingers were cold. Ice cold.  The layer of insulation on the plastic backed CND version did alot to keep fingers comfortable, along with accelerating the removal.

So a plastic bag was placed over one finger to see if that would help.

It made a difference, but in the end the tips were still quite troublesome.

The difference between the CND photo and the Hands Down photo is that the CND nail has flaked off without any removal effort on my part.  The Hands Down nail required effort.  This was the result I had with all of the Hands Down removals, with or without glitter.


Hands Down


  • Bandage like material secured quickly to finger no matter how much acetone was used
    • Cons – clients commented they felt like they were in emergency room instead of salon
    • Cons – Lack of plastic backing made fingers very cold as acetone evaporated
    • Cons – Lack of plastic took longer to penetrate tips of nails



  • Aesthetically pleasing, heat trapping, effective removal
    • Cons – Absorbent pads easy to over-saturate, which may cause difficulty in securing

Price points are the same for the products.  With a better client (and manicurist) experience, the winner this round is CND.

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