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Seche Vive Instant Gel Effect top coat-my thoughts

Seche Vive review

Well. I went and did it.  Removed the gel from my nails that I had been wearing on and off (mostly on) for the past 3 years.  It’s gone.  And my nails have been naked now for nearly 3 months.  Gosh when I think of it-it doesn’t even sound like it’s describing me.  For now, its my reality….and I’ve decided I’m going to be okay with it. So what to do in the meantime?  Well I’ve been pairing the Christian Dior Instant French Manicure effect with the Seche Vive Instant Gel Effect top coat and it’s been going swell.

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CND to the rescue!! #CNDRescueKit and my pretty feet!

*I received this kit for review. Opinions are mine*

 

Okay Ladies and Gents we have finally arrived-it’s manicure and pedicure season.  Now is the time that we are wearing less clothing and exposing more skin.  And ’tis the season to make sure your fingernails and toenails are on point!  Let CND help you perfect your summer mani/pedi with the #CNDRescueKit

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Essence S/S 2014-the event, the products, my birthday….

I love essence.

There. I said it.  I know I’m not alone….and why would I be?

essence is about to blow your mind with their newest collection.  I attended a preview event for the collection recently and wanted to share some photos with you…..you need to get excited about this collection!

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can't help myself-the setup was so ....pretty!

can’t help myself-the setup was so ….pretty!

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There are SO MANY STANDOUT ITEMS IN THIS COLLECTION I DON’T KNOW WHERE TO BEGIN!  So I will highlight a few of my favorites:

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essence metal glam eyeshadow: soft texture, high coverage, metallic finish creates bold looks that will add twinkle!  Available in 6 colors.

getbiglash

essence get BIG! Lashes triple black mascara.  Innovative fiber brush offers maximum volume and adds density to lashes.

lashmania

essence LASH mania reloaded mascara. Elastomer brush with star shaped bristles separate and grip lashes to give them volume AND length.

crystal

essence crystal eyeliner. long lasting, gel-based formula with precision applicator which can also be applied as a sparkling top coat for lashes.  Available in 5 colors.

nailart

essence nail art effect nails.  Nail art with a 3D effect-check out my application at the event:

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sunclub

essence sun club all-in-one bronzing highlighter.  Take one look at this-what does it remind you of (Clarins or Arden LE powders anyone?)  Bronzer and highlighter come together for a shimmering sun kissed glow or tan finish!  Soft powder texture is easy to apply.  Available in 2 shades.

I was so impressed by the new products for Spring and Summer…..and my birthday is TODAY so I thought I would pass along some gifts to YOU!!! Please fill out the Rafflecopter below!  *Please note* there is a requirement to subscribe to my blog.  New subscriptions will be recorded.  Those individuals choosing to unsubscribe after the giveaway ends will be ineligible for future giveaways!

IMG_0764Thanks to Faulhaber communications for inviting me and hosting a fabulous event at a fabulous space (Luxe Beauty)-girl power!!!

a Rafflecopter giveaway

 

 

CND Vinylux-the Forbidden collection

*This post contains products sent for review.  I like to state this first out of respect for my readers. This does not change my opinion of the products.*

Nail polish and I do not get along and haven’t for a long time.  It baffles me to this day how anyone can keep a manicure past 1 hour because I sure can’t.  I don’t consider myself ‘rough’ on my nails either.

I was excited to try CND’s Vinylux, which boasts an impressive one week long wear.

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When applied with CND Vinylux Topcoat, Vinylux shades lasts for a week on the nails. Vinylux is a simple two step process that requires no base coat and is applied like regular polish. First, apply 2 layers of colour then apply Vinylux Topcoat. With natural light exposure the Vinylux Topcoat gets more durable resulting in a week long manicure.

Directions:

Clean nails with ScrubFresh (which I don’t have but did scrub my nails and wipe them dry thoroughly).

Apply 2 coats of Vinylux Weekly Polish.

Finish with 1 coat of weekly top coat.

WELL.

This did not work for me as instructed…..and I found out that I was not the only person who had this issue.

check this post out for some up close photos.

I wanted this to work so badly…..because let’s face it, Shellac, Artistic, Gelish is not the kindest on the wallet.

After some googling, I discovered that a base coat helps the Vinylux last longer but not necessarily holding up to the week long wear claim on the package.  I like this set but not enough to go back and buy full size bottles.  I’m disappointed!!!

 

Anyone else have a different experience? Does your Vinylux last? Is it just a base coat? What am I doing incorrectly?

This contest could change your (beauty) life! Open to Canada AND USA!

Oh girls…..I must tell you about probably one of the most awesome giveaways ever.

NailPolishCanada.com is giving away a lifetime supply of Shellac.

Yes you read correctly.  Let me bold the same sentence for more impact-as if you needed any….

NailPolishCanada.com is giving away a lifetime supply of Shellac!

Real quickly…if you don’t know what Shellac is (although I constantly rave about it)

CND Shellac is a cross between nail polish and gel. Shellac is applied like regular nail polish and then cured using a UV lamp. 

Shellac lasts much longer than your regular manicure; up to 14 days without chipping or peeling. Dry time is instant, making the application process fast and ensuring your polish doesn’t smudge.

The giveaway/entry (and contest rules) form is here and all you have to do is state why winning would impact you for better or for worse.  It won’t take you more than 5 minutes because I know if you’re still reading you’ve already come up with 13741385 reasons why winning would make your millenium!

 

Good luck everyone!

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