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Posted by on May 28, 2013 in Nails |

What’s in Your Wallet? Vanity Credit Cards

I’ve seen vanity license plates and never given in, but i finally caved to the vanity credit card.  There are a host of companies that allow this little, free luxury, and you get to set up the images and preview before you commit (see above).  With an option to change images every 30 days, you can really build up an interesting way to flash the portfolio.  Check details – some providers up the interest rate with custom images.

Have you ever done a vanity card? What is the most interesting way you’ve shown off your work?

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Posted by on May 22, 2013 in Nails |

Introducing Cuccio Colours Lacquer Swatches

60 trendsetting colours available to professionals at (salon and resale)

I pulled these puppies out to prepare for an intense afternoon of swatching, just as the receptionist walked by.

“Ooooooo…Those colors are sex.  That is a box of sex.”

I can’t think of a better way to sum up the vivacious collection from Cuccio.  Best known for their luxurious spa/scrub treatments along with sister companies Star Pro and Cina, California based Cuccio is reaching the world with the new lines.  Company founder Tony Cuccio recently returned from visits to Taiwan and Vietnam; just a few weeks earlier he had been overseeing the launch in central Europe with Elaine Watson, who helped develop the line.

Photo: Cuccio/FB

Tony Cuccio in Taiwan

Having just launched in February, Cuccio Colours are doing very well.  Sixty nail polish colors created using a triple pigmentation process practically give one coat coverage for this lacquer.  That saturation gives a real vibrancy to the collection, but subdued colors remain classic and not overbearing. I’m not quite sure how they did it.

Cuccio also has a matching soak off gel called Veneer.  I’m hoping to give it an official review on here soon, but I can say that I found both lines to be very workable, great for art, and pretty gorgeous.  Following the Star International strategy, the quality product is also well priced, and if you are going to Premier Orlando (Florida, June 2 &3) – even better. The show specials are phenomenal!


Los Angeles Luscious

Shimmer Light Brown with Gold Shimmer

Eye Candy in Miami
Neon – Bright Purple

So So Sofia

Opaque, French Color – Soft Buttercream

Meet Me in Mykonos

Opalescent – Light Blue Shimmer

Parisian Pastille

Opalescent – pink on pink

Turkish Delight

Opaque – Rose Pink

Cobalt Cool – Limited Edition Precious Metals collection

Opaque, Shimmer, Matte

Kyoto Cherry Blossoms

Opaque – Deep pink with purple undertones

Totally Tokyo

Fuscia with gold shimmer

Cheeky in Helsinki


Boston Cream Pie

Brown with pink undertone

I Left My Heart in San Francisco

Opaque – Pale, natural pink


Bali Bliss

Mauve Lavender

Playing in Playa del Carmen

Deep Plum

Chillin in Chile


Never Can Say Mumbai

Light Metallic Copper


Brooklyn Never Sleeps

Deep purple with medium purple shimmer

One Night in Bangkok

Metallic Burgundy

Iron Clad– Limited Edition Precious Metals collection

opaque, shimmer, matte

Oh My Prague

Metallic gunmetal

Maine Lobster

Cool tone red

Romania After Dark

Deep Burgundy black

Holy Toledo

Copper Tan

This only touches part of the collection.  Go to to see and order the rest.

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Posted by on May 21, 2013 in Nails |

Cuccio Colour Neons Nail Polish

Cuccio Colour Professional Nail Lacquer is releasing an 8 piece Neon collection in June.  Have you tried this brand?  The polishes are dreamy to apply – very smooth and highly pigmented. If you are going to Premiere Orlando, do not miss an opportunity to check out their monster show special$$$$.

This collection adds all kinds of mixing options as well as keeping nails on the tip of the neon trends.

Glitter Coat =Shock Value

Purple = Elec-Trick

Blue = Lightening Strike

Dark Pink = Fusionista

Light Pink = Recharge Your Battery

Orange = Say Watt?

Green = Alternative Energy

Yellow = Power Trip

You can also add this optional “spotlight” cap for funsies.

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Posted by on May 17, 2013 in Beauty, Nails |

A Girl’s Gotta Spa: Need for Speed

Have you checked out any of the latest fast drying polishes?  I break down top consumer and professional releases on

Top manicurists have known about pro top coats for years – those specially formulated clear coats that left lacquer intact for an extended wear manicure. Compatible with nearly every brand, topcoats like INM and Seche Vite give shiny, rock hard results. Now, there are number of launches for those t…read more

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