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CND Contradictions Collection Fall 2015

CND rolled out early their new Fall 2015 colors by releasing the Contradictions Collection end of this June.

CND Contradictions Collection

CND Contradictions offers shades that are inspired by gritty street elements and elegant details for a dynamic combination of glamour and grunge; hence contradictions.

CND Vinylux Contradictions Collection

CND Shellac Contradictions

The collections offer 6 new fall colors for Shellac and 8 for Vinylux. They are:

  • Safety Pin – shimmer silver
  • Naked Naiveté – opaque light pink
  • Tartan Punk – bright red
  • Rouge Rite – deep red
  • Poison Plum – chunky glitter dark plum; the only glitter in the collection
  • Peacock Plume – shimmer blue with greenish tone
  • Grommet (Vinylux only) – metallic dark grey
  • Couture Covet (Vinylux only) – creme, glossy dark teal

You may think that these colors are similar to the current ones, but they are quite different. Check out the swatches that are now available on the internet.

CND Contradictions collection is now available at Esther’s Nail Center for Shellac and Vinylux.

CND Shellac Brisa LED Lamp Review

In May 2015, CND released the long-anticipated LED Lamp to cure Shellac. The lamp said can cut the curing time in half and can cure Shellac and Brisa.

CND LED Lamp Features

The CND LED Lamp utilizes 3C (Complete Chromatic Cure) Technology to optimize light, time and energy for maximum shine and lasting durability across a full spectrum of colors. It shows from the design and setting.

The lamp is round and lighter. It’s more open. You can see inside from front or back side.  It’s acetone resistant. No sliding tray as the lamp is quite open; thus allowing the foot to go in freely.

CND LED Lamp

Some great features are:

  • Targeted exposure to the nail bed area where you want to cure the polish, not all over the hand. There are 5 LED bulbs right on top and 2 bulbs on the right and left for the thumbs.
  • Easy-to-use preset controls for each service step.  There are 1 power switch (on the side) and 4 buttons for curing: 1, 2B, 2S and 3. See photo below for details.
  • Halved curing time: 10 seconds for all CND Base Coats, but only 60 seconds for CND Shellac Color coat, for all Brisa Gels and for all the curable CND Top Coats
  • Alignment guides for proper hand/foot placement on the surface base, making it easier to place fingers for targeted cure.
CND LED Preset timers

CND LED Preset timers

 

CND LED Lamp Vs Current UV Lamp

For starter, the look and design are totally different from CND UV Lamp. The CND LED Lamp has a round shape surrounding the hand. It’s smaller and lighter, which is about 1.7 lbs. Dimension is 8.3″x 8.2″x 4″.

CND Current UV Lamp

Compare to the original UV Lamp, the CND LED Light design has some interesting features such as:

  • Uniform drying
  • Cures in half the time compared to CND UV Lamp
  • The same 1 year warranty
  • No bulb replacement. Each LED light will last up to 10,000 hours.
  • No assembly required compared to CND UV Lamp, which you have to open and plug in all the bulbs before using it.
  • Removable power cord (the lamp we have comes with US plug)
  • It accepts 100-240V AC, 50/60Hz (thumbs up for this)
  • Power consumption max is 36 Watts
  • There are only 4 buttons compare to 8 at UV Lamp

Curing Time

What I found interesting with CND LED Lamp is that when you press the “1” button for curing base coat, instead of beaming continuously, the lights will pulse (turn on then off) 5 times for total 10 seconds before turning off. So don’t be alarmed if you see the lights are pulsing and yes, your lamp works fine. The pulsing also happens when you press “3” for curing top coat. It will pulse for couple times before lighting continuously.  No pulsing when you press button “2B” or “2S”.

To see a video review of CND LED Lamp, check out this video from LiverpoolLashes.

CND LED Lamp is now available at Esther’s Nail Center for $239 (at the time of writing). Shop now!

So what do you think about the new CND LED Lamp? Do you have any comment or questions? Just leave your comment below.

 

CND Shellac Vinylux Garden Muse Summer 2015 Collection

Not long after releasing its Flora and Fauna Collection for Spring 2015, CND revealed its summer 2015 collection called ‘Garden Muse‘.

CND GARDEN MUSE Summer 2015 Collection, featuring intense floral hues from a bright garden filled with memories future-past. “This season’s trends are all about sculpted, dramatic silhouettes and intense floral hues that invite abandoned reverie,” says CND Co-founder and Style Director Jan Arnold. “Nails are seductive and sleek, adorned with a harmony of vintage floral design elements and spellbinding patterns for an alluring effect.”

CND Shellac Garden Muse

The color collection in Shellac and Vinylux is slightly different. Shellac has 4 new colors and includes 2 old colors in this collection, while Vinylux version has 6 totally-new colors.

The Shellac Garden Muse collection shades are:

  1. Beckoning Begonia: shimmer fuchsia pink
  2. Hot Pop Pink: shimmer hot pink. Not a new color.
  3. Wisteria Haze: creme lavender.
  4. Lost Labyrinth: shimmer teal.
  5. Water Park: shimmer blue sky. Not a new color, from Summer Splash collection.
  6. Butterfly Queen: glitter magenta pink.

CND Vinylux Garden Muse Summer 2015 Collection

While the Vinylux Garden Muse collection consists of :

  1. Beckoning Begonia: shimmer fuchsia pink
  2. Crushed Rose: creme dark pink. Not available in Shellac.
  3. Wisteria Haze: creme lavender.
  4. Lost Labyrinth: shimmer teal.
  5. Reflecting Pool: creme blue sky. Not available in Shellac.
  6. Butterfly Queen: glitter magenta pink.

Swatches can be found on the internet.

CND Shellac manicures and pedicures provide mirror shine and 14-day flawless wear. Formaldehyde, Toluene and DBP (Phthalate) FREE.

CND Shellac is sold for $15.95 each while Vinylux is $6.79 each. Available now at www.EsthersNC.com.

CND Flora & Fauna Collection for Spring 2015

The CND Flora & Fauna Spring 2015 Collection is released this month and available now at EsthersNC.com. The colors are available in Shellac or Vinylux.

cnd flora fauna collection spring 2015

CND Flora & Fauna, featuring blooming watercolor pastels and glistening landscapes that inspire this season’s approach to color and style. The all soft, natural colors in the Shellac version are:

  1. Dandelion (Peach)
  2. Fragrant Freesia (Fuchsia)
  3. Salmon Run (Darker peach)
  4. Wild Moss (Shimmer Greyish Green)
  5. Creekside (Pastel Blue)
  6. Field Fox (Dusty Rose)

Plus 2 more for Vinylux:

  1. Blush Teddy
  2. Thistle Thicket

CND Flora Fauna Spring 2015

For swatches, check out this awesome CND Vinylux FLORA & FAUNA  blog post from imabeautygeek.com. Shellac colors are similar to Vinylux.

Vinylux Thistle Thicket

Photo source from imabeautygeek.com.

You can find Shellac and Vinylux at EsthersNC.com. We also have Daisy, Gelish and other popular brands of nail polish.

CND Shellac Vinylux ‘Gilded Dreams’ Holiday 2014 Collection

Just arrive! CND Gilded Dreams Holiday 2014 Collection. This collection offers 3 alluring, glittering, limited edition shades for your very special occasion this winter:

  1. Grand Galabeige chrome.
  2. Chiffon Twirlrosy metallic beige in foil like finish. 
  3. Dazzling Dancesheer iridescent lilac blue glitters. Great for layering.
CND Shellac Holiday 2014

Left to right: Grand Gala, Chiffon Twirl, Dazzling Dance

These colors are available in Vinylux, Shellac and Vinylux/Shellac Holiday duo set. One set comes with 1 0.25 oz Shellac and 1 matching 0.5 oz Vinylux. For swatches, visit iamabeautygeek.com, where Karen Falcon shares her experience with this collection.

CND Holiday 2014 Gilded Dreams

Please note that Vinylux Dazzling Dance is darker in real than the one in the photo.

With these rich, shimmering colors plus pearls, diamonds, and nail art gems, you can create many glittery nail arts. Check out this link from NailsMag.com for some festive nail arts.  

CND Holidays 2014 Nail Art

CND Gilded Dreams Holiday 2014 Collection is available at EsthersNC.com. Check it out.

NEW CND Shellac Nail Kit

CND recently released a new CND Shellac Nail Kit to replace its discontinued CND Intro Pack  Kit. The new Shellac nail kit, known as Shellac Trial Pack, has two color options: Trendy and Chic collection.

The kit has almost all the essential products to start your Shellac manicure or pedicure with great saving. It’s less than $15 per bottle. This pack doesn’t include a UV lamp, though.

 

Shellac Nail Kit

 

What You Get In The Kit

CND Shellac Nail Kit

The Chic Collection kit includes:

  • 1 x CND Shellac Base Coat .25 oz
  • 1 x CND Shellac Top Coat .25 oz
  • 1 x CND Shellac Cream Puff .25 oz
  • 1 x CND Shellac Romantique .25 oz
  • 1 x CND Shellac Tropix .25 oz
  • 1 x CND Shellac Wildfire .25 oz
  • 1 x CND Scrubfresh 2 oz
  • 1 x CND CuticleAway 6 oz
  • 1 x CND SolarOil .25 oz
  • 1 x Pure Isopropyl Alcohol 2 oz
  • 1 x CND Shellac Nourishing Remover 2 oz
  • 1 x Kanga File
  • 1 x Orangewood Stick
  • 1 x Brochure
  • 1 x CND Shellac Certification Flyer

The Trendy Collection kit includes:

  • 1 x CND Shellac Base Coat .25 oz
  • 1 x CND Shellac Top Coat .25 oz
  • 1 x CND Shellac Electric Orange .25 oz
  • 1 x CND Shellac Tutti Frutti .25 oz
  • 1 x CND Shellac Blue Rapture .25 oz
  • 1 x CND Shellac Tango Passion .25 oz
  • 1 x CND Scrubfresh 2 oz
  • 1 x CND CuticleAway 6 oz
  • 1 x CND SolarOil .25 oz
  • 1 x Pure Isopropyl Alcohol 2 oz
  • 1 x CND Shellac Nourishing Remover 2 oz
  • 1 x Kanga File
  • 1 x Orangewood Stick
  • 1 x Brochure
  • 1 x CND Shellac Certification Flyer

 

Why Purchase a Kit?

If you want to start doing Shellac manicure or pedicure at home or salon, this nail kit is an easier way to choose. It has all supplies you need with great saving. It costs less than $15 per bottle compare to buying Shellac separately. Saves you money and hassle.

Also it’s perfect as a gift. The nail supplies are all packed in a nice retail box. Easy to carry and to give.

The CND Shellac Nail Kit is available at EsthersNC.com, your online source for gel nail supply offering CND Shellac, Vinylux, Gelish, OPI and Daisy.

So what do you think about this new kit from CND?

CND Fall/Autumn 2014 Modern Folklore Collection

CND Fall/Autumn 2014 Modern FolkloreNew CND Fall/Autumn 2014 Vinylux and Shellac are now available at Esther’s Nail Center. The new collection called Modern Folklore, features 6 rich fall colors that make your nails stand out.

The new collection is all about rich, romantic shades, embellishment, decoration, modern and traditional mix.

Shellac and Vinylux Modern Folklore Collection Colors

The six rich shades are:

  • Locket Love  #128

  •  Fine Vermilion  #172

  • Rose Brocade #173

  • Crimson Sash  #174

  • Plum Paisley #175

  • Indigo Frock #176

Available in Shellac and Vinylux polish.

Also for adorning the polish, use the new CND Modern Folklore Additives set. The set contains 5 new limited edition, pigment effects.

 

 

Gel Nail Polish Starter Kit – CND, OPI Gel Color And Gelish

You’ve read a lot about gel manicure and ready to be a do-it-yourself gel manicurist. Or maybe you are looking for a gift for a gel polish fan. Whatever your reason is, this article will let you know about three Gel Nail Polish Starter/Intro Kits from the most popular brands in the market. They are CND, OPI GelColor and Gelish.

For starter, buying a kit will cost less than buying individually. The kit also has all (most) everything you need to do gel application. It helps you starting your gel manicure without getting panic because you miss something important in the middle of your manicure.

GELISH COMPLETE START KIT

complete gelish starter kit

gelish complete starter kit

Like its name, this kit has the most complete set including a mini (pretty small) LED lamp.  The whole kit comes in a small box that weighs only 2 lbs.

It contains:

The Gelish MINI Pro 45 LED Curing Light

It is especially designed to efficiently cure Gelish Soak-off Gel color and products from the Gelish MINI System for a beautiful manicure that lasts up to three weeks. Its compact design is great for at-home personal use and cures 4 fingers at a time. Cures faster than regular uv lamp.

Features includes:

  • a preset forty-five second timer and three 2 watt LED bulbs that never need to be replaced.
  • The compact ergonomic design allows for both comfort and to save table space.
  • The MINI Pro 45 has consistent power and performance from the first second out of the box through to the 50,0000th hour.

International customer needs a plug converter.

Update May 2014: Just arrived! Gelish Pro Kit, a starter kit that’s similar to Gelish Complete Starter Kit, but with larger 5-45 LED Lamp that cures 5 fingers. Read Gelish Pro Kit for details.

CND SHELLAC NAIL STARTER KIT

CND Shellac Starter Trial Pack Kit

CND Shellac Gel Kit contains all you need to start right away. This is the only kit packed in a retail box, directly from CND. So the colors are pre-selected. Don’t mistake it with many Shellac kits that are custom selected by seller, which are many on Ebay.

The trial pack doesn’t include a Shellac UV lamp (Shellac is only cured under a UV Lamp). The lamp is sold separately.

There are 2 color options, Chic or Trendy. These have 4 different Shellac colors. The rest are the same.

What you get in the Shellac Chic kit:

What you get in the Shellac Trendy kit:

  • 1 x CND Shellac Base Coat .25 oz
  • 1 x CND Shellac Top Coat .25 oz
  • 1 x CND Shellac Electric Orange .25 oz
  • 1 x CND Shellac Tutti Frutti .25 oz
  • 1 x CND Shellac Blue Rapture .25 oz
  • 1 x CND Shellac Tango Passion .25 oz
  • 1 x CND Scrubfresh 2 oz
  • 1 x CND CuticleAway 6 oz
  • 1 x CND SolarOil .25 oz
  • 1 x Pure Isopropyl Alcohol 2 oz
  • 1 x CND Shellac Nourishing Remover 2 oz
  • 1 x Kanga File
  • 1 x Orangewood Stick
  • 1 x Brochure
  • 1 x CND Shellac Certification Flyer

 

OPI GEL COLOR STARTER KIT

OPI Gel Color Starter Kit has everything you need to start a gel manicure. It includes 6 iconic OPI gel nail polish colors, a uv base and uv top coat and accessories. It is the only kit from OPI that includes a Base and Top Coat while other kits have none.

OPI Gel Starter Kit

OPI Gel Starter Kit

OPI Gel Polish Kit

OPI Gel Polish Kit

The Icons GelColor Intro Kit includes:

  • 12.5 mL – 0.43 fl. oz OPI Gel Bubble Bath
  • 12.5 mL – 0.43 fl. oz OPI Gel OPI Red
  • 12.5 mL – 0.43 fl. oz OPI Gel Pirouette My Whistle
  • 12.5 mL – 0.43 fl. oz OPI Gel Vampsterdam
  • 12.5 mL – 0.43 fl. oz OPI Gel You Don’t Know Jacques!
  • 12.5 mL – 0.43 fl. oz OPI Gel Princesses Rule!
  • 12.5 mL – 0.43 fl. oz OPI Gel Top Coat
  • 12.5 mL – 0.43 fl. oz OPI Gel Base Coat
  • 15 mL – 0.5 fl. oz. BondAid
  • 120 mL – 4 fl. oz. Expert Touch Lacquer Remover
  • 120 mL – 4 fl. oz. N.A.S. 99
  • Blank Nail Palette With Chain
  • Reusable Cuticle Stick
  • GelColor By OPI Tabletop Instructions
  • GelColor By OPI Instructional Brouchure
  • GelColor By OPI Window Cling

OPI Gel Color also has 6-gel colors kit that  has no LED Lamp. Usually the kit has 6 seasonal gel colors but without Top and  Base coats.

All starter kits mentioned above are available at Esther’s Nail Center, your online source for gel manicure  offering brands such as CND Shellac, Daisy, Gelish, and OPI Gelcolor.

So which one would you choose among the three if you want to invest in doing gel manicure yourself? Please leave your comment below. I would be happy to read each one of them.

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