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Posted by on Apr 29, 2013 in Beauty, Nails |

CND Vinylux Weekly Nail Polish Swatches

Vinylux by CND, available to professionals, is the latest release in new, longer lasting nail polish

After discontinuing their Colours & Effects nail polish line, CND had to make a comeback with something special.  The new Vinylux line does this with highly pigmented color, longer lasting wear, and a faster drying top coat.

Thirty of the 62 colors also match the Shellac line, which will be a boon to resale for extended wear users.

The colors officially launch May 1st in the US, after having been released first in New Zealand and the UK.

I have a small sampling, but from the colors I saw (not all were in yet) the matches were pretty impressive. The one dud?  Tropix, which is much creamier and pinker than the Shellac version.  A pretty color, but not a match.

A mini intro kit of “Summer Brights” contains matches for the four newest releases for Shellac (Grape Gum, Water Park, Pink Bikini, Lobster Roll & Top Coat).

Suggested Use:

Vinylux is said to be the perfect product for the fashionista that needs to change out polish on a weekly basis.

  • NO base coat required = faster service
  • Self adhering formulation that continues to cure in the sun (natural UV lighting)
  • Top coat said to be specific to Vinylux cures in under 10 minutes

CND uses their polish line to create looks for designers at Fashion Week, so it’s imperative the colors dry quickly and look rich.  The polish is smooth, and seems to dry at the same speed as Colours & Effects.  I think this is fine, because any faster and you start getting into competition polishing 😉 and that isn’t a pace everyone can keep up with.

I’m currently having Vinylux testing out on some hands, and will get back with you on wear. I will also update with colors released.

Have you seen/tried the new weekly polish from CND?

Locket Love

Night Glimmer


Rock Royalty

Dark Dahlia

Bicycle Yellow

Electric Orange

Gilded Pleasure

(Similar to Chanel Peridot or Orly duochrome)

Daring Escape

Purple Purple

Pink Bikini

Water Park

Lobster Roll

Grape Gum

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Posted by on Apr 15, 2013 in Celeb-essence |

She’s Got the Look: Kim Kardashian is Living Proof of the chic blow out

The MTV Movie Awards 2013 saw the Kardashian/Jenners out in force. Decked out in black and gold, Kim took the opportunity to wear a simple and chic blowout by Living Proof Celebrity Hairstylist Chris McMillan. She’s been growing out those pesky bangs (I know, I have some myself) so a deep part was created to keep the hair to the side. This is a blowout with a bit of texture.

McMillan share with Solessence how to get the look at home!

1. Use Living Proof Prime Style Extender while still damp so that the style will last for an extended period (like all night).
2. Blow dry with a round brush to create a no frizz blow out.
3. If you have bangs, create a very deep part to tuck bangs to the side.
4. Use Living Proof Hold Flexible Hairspray throughout the hair to create texture and a piecy look. This will also help keep bangs in place.






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Posted by on Apr 4, 2013 in Uncategorized |

The New Professional Nail Polish Neutral from Zoya!

“Work Appropriate” nail polish doesn’t have to be boring. Get to work with the best neutral nail polish: Zoya Godiva

We all know that “work appropriate” fashion and beauty office guidelines vary greatly from company to company depending on the business at hand. And fingernails are often viewed as best covered in clear nail polish, just buffed or a worn in classic French Manicure to error on the side of humdrum and boring but safe in some environments…Zoya PixieDustTM in Godiva solves this common workplace dilemma with a neutral nail polish color option that is modern, soft and stylish and works as well in the classroom, boardroom and courtroom as it does at a red-carpet movie premieres.

Here’s why… the textured, matte nude nail polish Godiva is beautifully buildable from semi-sheer as a single coat to full-coverage in just two coats, depending on your personal color intensity preference. No matter what, the look is always that of impeccably groomed and modest with just enough sparkle to keep things feminine (and a dare we say a bit sexy too – work it girl!).

The unexpected and huge bonus to Zoya’s PixieDustTM Godiva formulation is that the color dries quickly, requires no base or top coats and is long wearing – which saves precious time for busy professional women (and Moms) who always want and need to look their best in a variety of professional situations.

INSIDER PRO MANICURE TIP: If you would like to customize Godiva to perfectly match your skin tone, it’s easy. Simply add a drop or two of another Zoya PixieDustTM color, usually Chyna, as desired to the bottle and blend by gently stirring the two shades together. Wearing the color as a semi-sheer single coat also allows your natural skin tone to show through for subtle “naked nail” look that works beautifully with any light or dark skin pigmentation.

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Zoya PixieDustTM Nail Polish in Godiva
$9 ea (US)

Photo credit: Zoya Nail Polish

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