To celebrate Earth Day this April, we launch a Nail Polish Collection project, a FREE collection event for your unused nail polish or gel polish. When you recycle your nail polish through us, we’ll give you a store credit. So, recycle and get rewarded!

How To:

  1. The collection time frame is from April 10th to 30th, 2016. If we receive the polish outside this time frame, we’ll not reward you with the store credit.
  2. Pack your unused nail/gel polish properly and send to this address:
    Esther’s Nail Center
    PO BOX 503673
    San Diego, CA 92150-3673
  3. Please include your name and email address on a paper inside the package.
  4. After we receive your package, we’ll email you the store credit of $5 toward your next order at
  5. Package limit is between 1 lbs to 5 lbs.
  6. This program is only available for US residents.

All nail polish we receive will be disposed properly at a local hazmat disposal facility. Thank you for taking care of our beautiful planet!


Top Ways to Organize Your Nail Care Station

Hello, nail polish enthusiasts! We know you’re one of us—someone whose bathroom sink may be covered with a rainbow of those tiny glass bottles. Since organizing your nail care station can really level up your mani/pedi experience, we at Modernize want to share a few of our favorite solutions.

nail polish rack

Nail Polish Into Art

One of our favorite organizational solutions is a hanging nail polish rack. You can purchase or build a few shelves to house your favorite colors—maybe the CND Shellac Art Vandal Collection that’s just coming out. Choose shelves that match your bathroom decor, or spring for a pop of accent color.

And don’t be afraid to get creative with shelving. Much like photo collages, you can find shelves that have a geometric style and actually create a work of art out of your favorite polishes. You can also find lazy-susan nail polish trays, perfect for spinning around to the color you need. This is a great solution if you’re implementing nail art and need several colors.

organize your nail files

File Your Files

Once you’ve organized your favorite polish colors, it’s time to find a solution for nail care tools. If you’re like us, you probably have several sizes of nail clippers, files, buffer boards, cuticle clippers, and cuticle gels. Strewn out across the counter, those small items can take up a lot of room and cause clutter.

Luckily, you can get creative when organizing and tie into your bathroom decor. Antique cans can be repurposed to use as jars to store files and clippers. These cans can add a retro aesthetic to your design. You can also store nail care items in a decorative box with a latch. The latch will keep the contents contained if you accidentally knock the box off the counter (or if you have a pet!) Decorative boxes come in plenty of different sizes and patterns—you can usually find them at craft stores or in the gift wrap section.

If your nail care accessories are decorations in themselves, go for clear, tinted, or painted mason jars and store your accessories in the open. Pack mason jars with cotton balls and Q-tips, and set them on the vanity — or hang them on the wall!

manicure station

Lights, Mirrors, Action

You need great lighting in your mani/pedi station, especially if you’re getting into more intricate nail art. It can be difficult to attach crushed shells, rhinestones, or nail glitter flakes if you can’t see what you’re doing. We recommend vanity-style lighting around a large mirror to boost up the glam factor. You could also spring for overhead track lighting with soft bulbs. Just avoid fluorescents!

Alternatively, you could choose a small, adjustable lamp to shine light on each area where you work to get a better view. Make sure you have a vanity mirror so you can see how great you look!

When it comes time to dry the paint, pick up one of our UV gel nail lamps and a pair of anti-UV fingerless gloves. This will keep your skin safe, and your mani will be done in no time! Store your drying accessories in a drawer, or set up a station to feel like you’re in a real nail salon!

This article and its content was provided by the staff at Modernize. The views and opinions expressed within this post are those of the author alone and do not represent Esther’s Nail Center. The copyright of this content belongs to the author and any liability with regards to infringement of intellectual property rights remains with them.

Gel Nail Polish Gift Ideas Under $10, $100 and beyond

So you want to give someone a gift and you know she likes to do her own gel manicure. What would you give? Here are some gel nail polish gift ideas to help you finding great and useful gifts for her beside gel nail polish.


Under $20

1. CND Holiday Lotions

CND Scentsations Holiday Set Hand & Body Lotion

Price $8.99

Restore essential moisture and captivated your senses this holiday season with a charming collection of limited-edition CND Scentsations Hand & Body Lotions. The set includes 3 bottles of lotion with holiday scents such as Veiled Plum, Cranberry, and Wicked Ivy. Size is 2 oz/59 ml each.

Packed in beautiful red retail box, the set is ready to go.

2. UV/LED Lamp Gloves

UV/LED Lamp Gloves

Price $5.95

Anti UV Fingerless Gloves protect hands while curing under UV or LED lamp. Very useful for avid gel polish user. Put them on before having a manicure with uv gel polish. One size fits most. Great for stocking stuffer.

3. Cuticle Oil

CND SolarOil

Price $6.50-8.50

Keeping your nails and cuticles moisturized is very important especially during this cold, dry season. Have some bottles and scattered them in your handbag, cars etc, will help you to oil your cuticle. Also it’s recommended to use cuticle oil periodically after gel manicure to strengthen your nails. CND SolarOil is one of the most popular cuticle oil out there. Grab some for gifts.

4.  Gelos Gel Soak Off Polish Thinner

Gelos Gel Polish Thinner

Price $10.99

This product is a must for avid gel soak of polish users. Gel polish will get thicker over time. So keep it handy in case your gel polish is getting too thick. Gel polish that is too thick can lead to wrinkling problem. Thin it with Gelos Gel Thinner out for longer shelf life.

 5. Christmas Nail Stickers

Christmas Tree Nail Stickers

Christmas Nail Stickers

Price $2.50

Beautiful Christmas Nail Stickers with various designs such as snowman, christmas trees, presents, snowflake, etc. Make beautiful Christmas nail art design in no time. Just peel and stick to your prepared nails. Choose from glitters red and green or gold and silver designs. Great stocking stuffers especially for nail art lovers and kids.


Under 100

1. Gelibility Fix Stick It Set

Gelibility Fix It Stick It Set

Price $37.95

With Gelibility, you can turn any regular nail polish into your own custom gel colors. You no longer need to purchase many gel polish colors. Gelibility gel polish nails have a beautiful shine, no dry time, and can last 2–3 weeks. Cured under UV, LED or CCFL light. The set includes 1 Gelibility Fix It, 1 Gelibility Stick It and 1 mixing palette.

2. CND Shellac Starter Kit

CND Shellac Starter Kit

Price $86.95.

CND Shellac Starter Trial Kit has all the essential products to start your Shellac manicure or pedicure with great saving. So you don’t need to worry about what you should buy individually. However, this pack doesn’t include a UV lamp, which is sold separately. Packed nicely in a retail box. Perfect for a gift.

3. Gelish Complete Starter Kit with LED Lamp

Gelish Complete Starter Kit with LED Lamp

Price 88.99

Gelish Complete Starter Kit includes all you need to make your at-home gelish manicure successful. The starter kit contains Gelish gel polish, base and top coats and a mini personal LED lamp as well. With this kit you’re ready to go. (Read our blog post about the lamp in this kit)

Over and Beyond

1. OPI Starter Kit and Professional LED Lamp

OPI Starter Kit and OPI Professional LED Lamp

This OPI Complete Starter Kit includes 1 unit of OPI LED Lamp and 1 New OPI Starter Kit. All you need for gel manicure. The starter kit has a base, top coat and 6 gel colors and other accessories. The lamp is a big professional LED lamp. A high quality, versatile LED lamp.

2. Gift Certificate

The best gift ever….a Gift Certificate. No need to worry if she will likes the gift or not, and easy to give. Purchase online and gift certificate will be emailed to the recipient. Very easy and no hassle.

I hope this guide is helpful. Have a nice and safe holiday season!

Fall for Vinylux Forbidden Colors

This fall 2013, CND has released a new CND Vinylux Forbidden Collection  in mini bottles. The colors are more to the darker shades, which are pretty for fall.

What is CND Vinylux

cnd vinylux nail polish

Before getting deeper in the color, let’s talk what CND Vinylux is.

VINYLUX™ is a breakthrough polish system that endures a week of fashion perfection…without a base coat! Exposure to natural light secures the patent-pending Pro-Light technology, creating an enduring, long-lasting polish. While ordinary polishes become brittle and deteriorate over time, VINYLUX dries naturally to a flawless finish and strengthens its resistance to chips over time. VINYLUX is available in 62 fashion-forward polish colors and 47 colors that match popular CND Shellac™ shades. Quotes from

For more about Vinylux read “New Manicures Last a Week with CND Vinylux

Is Vinylux similar to Shellac? No, these are totally different type of polish.

CND Shellac:

  • is a hybrid gel polish
  • needs UV Light to cure the polish
  • needs a base coat
  • stay for up to 2 weeks
  • long lasting shine till the end of the 2-week
  • longer application and removal time

CND Vinylux:

  • is air-dry just like regular nail polish.
  • no need of a uv lamp
  • no base coat needed
  • stay for up to 1 week, hence the name ‘weekly polish’
  • getting dull or dents over the week
  • shorter application and removal time


CND Vinylux Forbidden Collection

For you who are interested in trying out CND Vinylux, Vinylux Forbidden Collection Mini set is a perfect starter kit. It comes with 6 colors and 1 top coat. No base coat, as it’s not needed.  The polish comes in mini bottles of .125 fl oz / 3.7 ml size.

cnd vinylux forbidden collection mini nail polish

The colors are:

  • Burnt Romance
  • Tinted Love
  • Dark Dahlia
  • Blue Rapture
  • Night Glimmer
  • Steel Gaze

This set is also perfect for a gift. It includes all you need to do Vinylux manicure or pedicure.

Most Vinylux colors match Shellac colors. So if you need matching polish for pedicure, you can dig into Vinylux color collection.

So where to buy CND Vinylux? You can go to for CND products (including Shellac) and Gelish and other nail supplies.

What do you think about CND Vinylux? Have you tried it? And what is your Vinylux favorite color? Please share in the comments.

Rainbow Honey Nail Polish Giveaway

Esther’s Nail Center is giving away 2 Rainbow Honey nail polishes for 2 lucky winners.

The Prize:

1 Rainbow Honey Siren Song

rainbow honey Siren Song nail polish


1 Rainbow Honey Hoof Wrassle

rainbow honey Hoof Wrassle nail polish rainbow honey Hoof Wrassle nail polish


The Rules:

  • The giveaway begins today, July 5th and will run through July 14th.
  • Entries will be collected via Rafflecopter only.
  • The winner will be selected randomly via Rafflecopter and announced after July 16th.
  • The winner will be notified via email, and will have 48 hours to claim the prize or a new winner will be selected.
  • This giveaway is open in the US only.

Enter through the Rafflecopter below. Good luck!

a Rafflecopter giveaway


These are CND Vinylux Color Charts. CND Vinylux nail polish is available at Esther’s Nail Center. Click the image to enlarge it.

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CND Vinylux Color Chart

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Adoree and Rainbow Honey Nail Polish Sale

With Memorial Holiday’s just around the corner, Esther’s Nail Center is having sales on Adoree and Rainbow Honey  nail polish. Limited time only. While supplies last.


Get 50% off Adoree retail price. So it’s only $2.50 each.

rainbow honey nail polish sale

Enjoy 20% off Rainbow Honey nail polish. Regular price is $10.

Adoree and Rainbow Honey are available at Happy Memorial Day!

Frequently Asked Questions about CND Vinylux

Adapted from Vinylux Consumer FAQ from CND.

faq cnd vinylux nail polish

Q. What are the key steps to follow in order to maximize week long wear?

A. Use VINYLUX as a System; start with P.E.P. followed by VINYLUX Color and always use VINYLUX Weekly Top Coat.

Q. Can you use a CND base coat for extra adhesion?

A. No, a base coat will negate the performance of VINYLUX because the adhesives are in the color coat.

Q. What makes VINYLUX bond to the nail without a base coat?

A. VINYLUX has adhesion promoters in the color coat making the color self-adhering without a base coat.

Q. Can you use a different CND top coat?

A. No, the VINYLUX Top Coat has our innovative Pro-light technology with photo initiators and becomes more
durable with exposure to natural light.

Q. Can you use VINYLUX Top Coat with other enamel brands? Will it work as well?

A. It can be used with other enamel brands, but cannot guarantee week long wear.
The system yields the ultimate performance.

Q. Can you use CND SolarSpeed Spray with VINYLUX?

A. Yes.

Q. How do you remove VINYLUX? (Nail polish remover, pure acetone or CND Shellac Nourishing Remover?)

A. VINYLUX is best removed with CND Shellac Nourishing Remover or Acetone.

Q. Does using SolarOil on a daily basis affect VINYLUX wearability?

A. SolarOil will enhance wearability because it improves the health of the nail.

Q. Will all new colors and collections from VINYLUX always be matched with Shellac colors?
A. VINYLUX will launch with more colors than Shellac and thus have many of its own colors. However, Shellac and VINYLUX will launch the same seasonal collection colors.

Q. Can you guarantee week long wear?

A. Nail conditions vary which will affect product performance. Healthy nails without delamination or drying issues perform for one week.

CND Vinylux is available now at Esther’s Nail Center. We have the colors, weekly top coat, CND scrubfresh and other manicure pedicure supplies. So check us out.

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