Gelish The Color of Petals live swatches

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My swatch video for the new Gelish spring 2019 collection The Color of Petals – released today – is up on the Smoke & Mirrors YouTube channel. If you like seeing real-time swatches before you purchase a color, be sure reference this video.


Spoiler alert: These are all gorgeous neutral polishes that would be great to add to your collection. Only one of them is a shimmer, and the other five are cremes. They’re perfect for work, spring weddings, dances, picnics, first dates, and everything in between.

You really can’t go wrong with a good neutral polish, and several of these fit the bill.  They’d be great for someone looking for a few solid muted colors, to keep on hand during the whole year.

I also received my order very quickly – about 5 days, which is awesome for free shipping.  These cost less than $5 for 50, so you’re looking at 10 cents each.The swatch sticks that I reference in the video are from natural color swatch sticks (available from eBay). I’ve received some questions lately about them, and promised I’d post the link. There’s no prep needed with these, if you don’t want to… I used to buff them and use base coat, but found that it’s not necessary. Now I just go straight away to the first color coat.

Have you already picked up any of these lovely spring colors? Let me know in the comments!

Spring 2019 Nail Trends

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It’s been a couple years since I did a trend-watch. S&M Just For You 3 collection bottlesHonestly, I’ve just been going with whatever Gelish tells me is cool. But it doesn’t hurt to take a look at what’s in for the season. So I’ve scoured the available info for some good at-home and salon manicure and nail art ideas for Spring 2019.

  • Harper’s Bazaar says metallic nails are trendy for this season, and this is totallydo-able in the salon or at home.  Start out with a metallic or glitter polish, and add rhinestones – as many as you want! Glamour suggests rhinestone outlines. I suggest Swarovski – here’s a link to the ones I use – they’re really pretty on the nail.PopSugar concurs, adding glitter nails as an upcoming trend that you can do at home. (Aren’t glitter nails always in??) I can’t think of a better glitter polish right now than Diamonds are My BFF from Gelish (and it is available in their dip powder, if you prefer acrylic).
  • Holographic nails, according to PopSugar, are also still in. It seems like this trend has been growing in popularity for a few years now, and there are plenty of holographic polishes to work with. There are some really pricey brands out there, but if you’re a nail pro and can get your hands on the Morgan Taylor Platinum collection, I’ve heard they’re good! (Let me know in the comments if you’ve tried them.)
  • Marie Claire has a list of trendy polish colors for this spring, including lilac, yellow, lavender, pale blue, coral, salmon, neutral white and beige. Fortunately Gelish was on top of these trends for us, and included a pale blue, Wrapped in Satin, and a beige, She’s a Natural, in their winter 2018 collection.  Start with those, then keep an eye out for the Spring 2019 Gelish collection, called The Color of Petals, for beautiful lilac and coral polishes… along with plenty of neutrals.
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Gelish Spring 2019 Collection Sneak Peek!

The latest edition of Nail Magazine has just come out, and it includes a brochure with a sneak peek of the Gelish Spring 2019 collection, called The Color of Petals. This collection includes some lovely pastels and nudes, as well as a dusty coral and purple.

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Spring collections are usually released in early February March, so we have a few weeks to plan out which colors to buy. Which will you add to your salon offerings?