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Essie professional LED light

You would think the nail gel market is overflowing but the big wigs at Essie feel otherwise. Despite the competitive market between CND Shellac, Bio Sculpture Bio Gel, Gelish, OPI Gel Color and more, Essie plan to launch their own professional gel service, Essie Gel, this coming October.

Gerald Densk, Essie’s general manager for the professional products division of L’Oréal USA, has told WWD that gels are a growing market and it isn’t something they can afford to ignore. It is obvious to most that Essie is not receiving the same interest from salons as it does from consumers so this could be a good move for them to get more salons using their products.  Continue Reading

Gold Leaf Nail Art

As the northern hemisphere moves in to all things Fall beauty, we will see a much better selection of colours that play well with the official Pantone Color of the Year, Emerald. One of the main colours I am already noticing start to pop up is Antique Gold, closely followed by Old Gold. These two shades aren’t your typical metallic golds so I was inspired to see what we could create in the form of nail art that would incorporate the two. Today I am showing you a 4 fabulous ways with the use of Bio Sculpture gel and lots of additives, but you can recreate these looks with regular nail polish too.

Before I show you the dazzling manicure, let’s take a look at what exactly makes old/antique gold different.

The Colours

Old Gold is a dark yellow, which varies from light olive or olive brown to deep or strong yellow.

Antique Gold is a variable color averaging a dark yellow that is greener, lighter, and stronger than mustard.

Pantone Old Gold Antique Gold Swatch Cards

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Bio Sculpture Missoni Nail Art Instagram

I am going to ease back into the working week by showing off my colourful Missoni inspired nail art I was rocking last week. This was a lovely design created by Jackie from Bio Sculpture Australia. I love Bio Sculpture and always love getting a clean coloured nail from their gel, but nail art is something I haven’t played around with much. The first time I experimented with Bio Sculpture nail art was for Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Australia in 2012. This time around I wanted something a little more complicated. With Chevron being such a big theme in nail art right now, I liked the idea of taking it smaller and colourful, and who does that better than Missoni?

Bio Sculpture have also JUST released their brand new 12W LED light, which cures faster than their previous UV light (now only 30 seconds), uses less energy and has emits less UV. This was my first time with the new system and it was very impressive. The new light is also much smaller so it takes up less space at the work station.

Now let’s see the nails …  Continue Reading

CND Sweet Dreams Shellac Collection

I feel like it has been quite sometime since we last saw a new batch of Shellac colours from CND. The last ones I saw were way back in 2011 and I did love those. But if you are eager for some hot new nail hues the wait will be over very soon. Last month CND announced the Sweet Dreams Collection for their smash hit Shellac power polish range. Today I am revealing the collection to you and I would love to know your thoughts on it.  Continue Reading

Best New Beauty October blog post

You’d think October would be exclusively reserved for Halloween themed beauty but nope, Christmas is wiggling it’s way in. The best new beauty October products are mostly dominated with Holiday collections but I’ve tried sticking to just the solo new products that really thrilled me. I will be posting separate gift guides a little later on for all those cool Holiday collections.

For now, discover the best of the best with my Best New Beauty October round-up. Continue Reading

Beauty Blog Hop Giveaway

Want to win the gorgeous new Tarte LIMITED EDITION Buried Treasure Eyeshadow Palette? Read on to enter and find out how you could win 35 other beauty prizes in this MEGA Beauty Blog Hop Giveaway! Continue Reading

Best Vegan Skincare Brands

Everyone has their own opinion on what skincare should do and be, but for me it’s all about aiming for perfection. I don’t want skincare that does the bare minimum and let’s me age gracefully. I only want to use skincare that WORKS – constantly improving my skin and getting it to function at it’s very best. That’s why I’m sharing with you the best vegan skincare brands.

People often confuse my choice to be vegan as somehow meaning I don’t care about my aesthetics any more. They couldn’t be more wrong! My strict standards for top performing skincare isn’t lessened by my cruelty-free choices. If anything, it makes my standards even higher.

There’s a misconception that cruelty-free and vegan skincare is unable subpar; that they’re less effective than animal-based skincare formulations. While this may have been the case decades ago when vegan skincare exclusively meant “natural” products with little to no scientific basis, skincare development has come a long way since then. Don’t get me wrong, there are still hundreds of natural skincare brands out there that do exactly what I don’t want – they don’t improve your skin, they just make it feel and smell nice – and there is a market for those. Not everyone is deathly afraid of aging like me. However, if you strive for clear, healthy and progressively improving skin despite the years passing us by, than I have exactly what you need.

My list of top performing skincare brands will introduce you to the changemakers. The hard-working, highly efficient skincare that allows you to take charge of your own aging appearance. And it just so happens they’re also the best vegan skincare brands too!  Continue Reading

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