Thursday, 25 August 2011

Nail Design of the Day - Gelish Efx Design - A little Multi Colour

It is time for me to do my nails again - but just didnt have a clue what to do!!! (I am sure there is a song in there somewhere) :)

So - fancied using the Gelish Efx colours but didnt know which one - so I ended up with 4 of them!

Because I was messing about for so long not knowing what I wanted to do with them - I started with a base colour of Night Shimmer (shimmery silver white) on all my nails.  I played about with the Aurora Efx colours for a while and ended up with 2 feature nails (thumb and ringer fingers) as you can see above.

Now, the next question is - do I keep the design as feature nails or do I do this design on all the nails?  What do you guys think?  All or feature? 

Monday, 22 August 2011

Video-Efx - Gelish Aurora - Just Look at the Bling!

It has been extremely difficult to show in a picture how effective a colour fade of the Gelish Aurora Efx range is so I have done a quick video clip for you to see if it helps:

Does seeing this in a video help?

Thursday, 18 August 2011

New Artistic Colour Gloss UK Website Launch

For all you professionals out there Artistic Colour Gloss how have their dedicated UK website designed to showcase the Artistic Colour Gloss Gel Polish:

With Artistic Colour Gloss continuing to receive rave reviews from influential beauty bloggers (hey - thats me too! :)) and online magazines, as well as in printed media, this website is a great way for professionals to gain local leverage from Artistics national PR campaign too.   Its going to include a database of all salons offering Artistic Manicures and Pedicures so customers will be able to put in their postcode to find their nearest salon specialist. 

I have no doubt that this brand is going to take off massively in the UK.   The fact that this label is loved and worn by many on the Hollywood A listers such as J-Lo, Cameron Diaz, Katy Perry and Victoria Beckham itself will generate a sought after following.   This is all thanks to the fab Celebrity Manicurist Tom Bachik who has launched this brand.  All the colours that Tom is introducing to the brand are perfectly 'on trend' and inspired by the latest catwalk styles and colours.   Many of the UK stars are getting their Colour Gloss Manicures in the "flagship store Urban Retreat @ Harrods" and "Groom @ Selfridges" - all giving the brand a more "Upper Class" image and style!

I have it on good authority (wink, wink)  that Tom has created 6 fall (Autumn for us UK peeps) colours and from January 2012 there will be 2 new colours on the first of every month!   I for one cant wait to see what these colours will be but I just know they will be the latest fashion trend colours I am sure!

Tom is coming to the UK in September so I am sure there will be lots of TV coverage on his visit and celebrity clients.

Exciting times ahead with Artistic Nail Design Colour Gloss hey!

Keep watching this space for more gossip on this fabulous brand!

x x x

Monday, 15 August 2011

Artistic Colour Gloss - a Little Too Posh?

For those of you that love Gelish semi permanent polish (for those that dont know I am a big fan too) may have heard of the similar product Colour Gloss - by Artisitic Nail Design.

Artistic Colour Gloss is the brainchild of top Hollywood ‘Man’-icurist Tom Bachik, who has tended the fingertips of A-listers from Victoria Beckham to BeyoncĂ©.  Tom trained in graphic design, but with a family to support, he called time on his days as a ‘starving artist’ to work as a nail artist. He was drawn to the beauty industry and nails in particular, because he saw virtually limitless opportunities to express his creativity.

Considered the industry’s go-to nail guy, Tom has a list of credits as long as his arm. From the Golden Globes to the Emmys, Good Housekeeping to Vogue, his work can be seen on the fingers and toes of the Hollywood elite.  His latest venture is Artistic Colour Gloss, the professional soak off gel polish treatment. He saw the need for a product to suit busy people who want perfectly-groomed nails without the need for weekly appointments.

Tom is more than just a figurehead for the brand – he is passionately involved with every aspect of its development, from the creative to the technical.

Now you professionals out there will think - "this is no different than Gelish?" and I think you are probably right.  To me even most of the colours looked identical - but just called a different name.   I believe that Tom (Artistic) and Gelish founder (Danny Haile) in fact were both original founders of Ez Flow - one of the great Acrylic and Gel nail companies.   Because I have always presumed they were the same product I never really looked any further than Gelish as I have always been more than happy with that.  However, over time what I have noticed that some of the colours that have been launched by Artistic were starting to look a little different than those of Gelish - so I decided to investigate a little bit more.

 As I said before Tom is much sought after by many Hollywood A-listers and I picked up he was inspired by one of his clients Victoria Beckham for 2 of the Artistic Colours - Posh and Vogue.  So I decided to go ahead and buy them.

Here is me wearing the colour Vogue:   Described as "The perfect blend of deep purple with the sparkle to give it the essential fashion edge".   I wouldnt describe it as 'purple' but has a hint of 'plum and mocha' colours in it.  I think it looks a little light in the photo compared to the actual.


Tom is fantastic at designing very classic trendy colours that remind me of the many fabulous fashion houses like Chanel and Armani to name but a few.  This is I think what does set it apart from Gelish - just seems more upper class in its image and style (although I still dont think the products are any different).

I dont have any actual photos of the other colour "posh" I bought yet  but I will update you when I do.  It is described as - A stunningly elegant nude!!!! :)

I can see many more purchases of the Artistic Colours in the future - no doubt influenced by all the new seasons colours as they happen.

So - have you heard much about Artistic Nail Design?  What do you think?

In my usual style I had to "bling it up" a little and added some Konad nail art:

The vogue colour does look a little darker in this picture and more like its true to life colour.

What colours do you guys see as being the new trend for the Autumn season?

Friday, 5 August 2011

Weekly Nail Blog Round-Up

As usual here is this weeks nail blog round up:

Sarah stamped a pretty red and white designwith her Fauxnad plates and using Beauty UK coral for the base
Stacie was inspired by a Tatty Devine bunny brooch
Claire created a paint splatter manicure with her Konad plates using OPI red as the base
Theresa dipped her clients toes in crystals with this extravagant pedicure
Trisha showed us what she got when she broke her 3 month no buy
Emily brought back the 80s with her pacman manicure
Lena showed her Nails Inc polish free with 2 dove deodorants
If you would like to be involved in future round ups email

Monday, 1 August 2011

Reverse Layered Gelish Colour With Aurora Efx

I promised you all I would post you some pictures when I had a proper play with the new Gelish Aurora Efx Colours so last night I finally managed to get around to applying some of the fab new colours on me.

For those of you who know me I dont very often like wearing just one colour and like to do something a little different - so here it is:

I used 2 layers of the very green sparkly "The Great Googly-Moogly" first and then added a layer of "Sea Foam" swirls on top!

On one hand I also added a light layer of "Izzy Wizzy Lets Get Busy" on top but you cant see this in the photo.  It adds a very slight hint of bluey purple to the final look - like a further 3D dimension.

I have also done some colour combination/comparisons on a colour wheel for you to see.  But the problem with the new Aurora Efx range is that the 3D effect in the colours just dont show up on photos too well.  I have done each sample with half the original colour and then a swirl of the Aurora Efx done on top.

All of the Aurora Efx colours work fantastically over the darkest Gelish colours (see the example on a previous post) which will look fab over the Autumn/Winter months but they can really brighten up some of the summer colours too!  I have used each of the new Aurora colours twice on different examples to show you how each colour combination can totally change the end result!

Let me know what you think! x x x