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April 19 2014

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3 posts tagged "Shellac"

CND’s Latest Long Shots

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Creative Nail Design has a full dance card pretty much every fashion week. Altuzarra. 3.1 Phillip Lim. Jen Kao. Karen Walker. Those are just a few of the many designers turning over finger-painting duties to the CND experts for Spring. Though its talented artists deserve much of the credit for the innovative backstage nail creations, the products themselves also warrant some props—particularly Shellac. The system—base coat plus color coat, topcoat, and a few minutes under a UV lamp—was a major industry game changer when it debuted last year as it requires zero drying time and lasts two weeks without chipping or disintegrating. Believe it. Now power polishers have six new shades to choose from: three bold hues (Purple Purple, Asphalt, and Hotski to Tchotchke) and three gossamer-light
iridescent ones (Zillionaire, Studio White, and Moonlight & Roses). Our favorite shade happens to be a combination of two: a base of the dark creamy gray Asphalt topped with the barely-there opalescent pink Moonlight & Roses. Just think: If you get into the color combo now, you won’t need a new manicure until well into Milan. Click here to find a Shellac salon near you.

Photo: Courtesy of CND

Jerry And Georgia, Like Mother, Like Daughter; Emma Watson Acts Out; And More…

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Proper skincare is apparently a family affair for the Jaggers, as mother Jerry Hall and daughter Georgia May headed down under this week to fête Invisible Zinc, the Aussie sunscreen line whose ad visuals the two women front. So that’s how Hall manages to look so good makeup-free. [Daily Mail]

The blogosphere erupted when actress Emma Watson lopped off her hair into a pixie this summer, and apparently the shearing was in fact an act of rebellion. In the December issue of Vogue U.K., the Harry Potter actress reveals that she was “contractually obligated” to keep her hair long and refrain from getting a tan to play pasty-faced Hermione Granger. [E! Online]

Fans of CND’s long-lasting Shellac polishes will be pleased to know that the two-week manicure line will add 12 more colors to its chip-free offerings next year. [BellaSugar]

Another thing to look forward to in 2011? A new version of Issey Miyake’s famed L’Eau d’Issey—a floral adaptation that looks essential for Spring. [Grazia]

Photo: Courtesy of Twitter.com

News Flash: Chipped Nail Polish To Go The Way Of The Walkman

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This, dear readers, is a photo of my nails—not two minutes after a manicure, but two weeks after a trip to the salon. What kind of deal with the devil did I have to make to maintain pure chip-free red polish for 14 whole days without reapplying or touching up? None, thanks to CND’s Shellac, a new hybrid nail technology that applies like a polish, stays on like a gel, and dries instantly (literally, I rifled through my bag only seconds after I had this done and there was no smudging nor regretful mutterings of expletives). Here’s how it goes down: The professional system has a base coat, a 12-piece color line to choose from, and a top coat—all of which are “3-Free” so they’re completely devoid of formaldehyde, toluene, and DBP. After each step, nails go under a special UV lamp to seal every layer; what you’re left with is a completely perfect, glistening paint job. The key point of difference is the removal process, which involves individual acetone-drenched pads that fasten to your fingertips and loosen the polish in ten minutes without the need of soaking, drilling, or filing. My aesthetician did have to use a wooden cuticle tool and a little elbow grease to completely remove all remnants of Tropix, the scarlet lacquer I chose, but my nail bed didn’t experience the kind of damage I’ve come to associate with plain old UV gels and other commercial systems. The only downsides are that a) there’s no at-home version of the system (yet) and b) turns out, I kind of like the look of chipped polish so this was almost too flawless a finish for me! If you do happen to be in the market for precision, though, Shellac rolls out to salons nationwide in May. Click here to find a participating location near you.