Are you feeling the Vibes yet?

Summer is in full swing, and the Gelish summer collection – Fell the Vibes – is available online. Look at these vibrant summer colors!

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The colors are:

  • All Day, All Night
  • Spin Me Around
  • Into the Lime-light
  • Orange Crush Blush
  • It’s My Moment
  • Keepin’ It Cool

My fav colors would be Into the Lime-light and All Day, All Night. I love anything lime green, and I’m a sucker for glitter polish. What about you?

Did you or will you be buying this collection? Leave a comment below!

Out In the Open – the new Gelish Spring 2021 collection!

The new Gelish Spring 2021 collection is now available! Leaning into the start of a fresh new year after a weird 2020, Gelish says the “Gelish Out In The Open collection is all about embracing color in a way that gives us a fresh take as we head into a new year determined to make it a great one!”

The color palette does seem fresh and clean, and the polish names follow this theme. The colors in this collection are:

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  • Be Free – rosy mauve cream
  • Dancin’ in the Sunlight – pearl shimmer
  • In the Clouds – light blue cream
  • Keep it Simple – soft pink cream
  • No Limits – iridescent glitter effect
  • Take Time & Unwind – cinnamon red cream

This collection is available from authorized online retailers. The colors can be purchased as Gelish and Gelish Mini gel polish, Morgan Taylor traditional polish, and Xpress Dip. Unfortunately I have not been able to find the entire mini collection available for purchase (only individual polishes), so I have not swatched this collection yet. I hope to find it soon so I can get my hands on these fantastic colors!

What do you think? Which colors from the Out In the Open collection will you be adding to your stash?

Gelish®Shake Up The Magic Swatches

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The Gelish Shake Up The Magic! collection is now available and I finally have swatches to share. The swatches from left to right are:

  • Stilettos In The Snow –  bright red creme
  • Fa-La-Love That Color! – charcoal green creme
  • Be My Sugarplum – dark mauve creme
  • Bare & Toasty – nude beige creme
  • Don’t Snow-Flake On Me – pale lilac metallic with chunky glitter
  • Liquid Frost – silver metallic with chunky glitter
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These polishes were so fun to swatch, and I believe I’ve found my new favorite color for the winter season: Don’t Snowflake On Me! Which one is your favorite?

If you haven’t already, be sure to check out the video for the creation of these swatches on the Smoke & Mirrors YouTube channel!

Watch Me Swatch! Gelish® Shake Up the Magic! Collection

Happy new year! It’s finally 2021, and what better way to kick it off than with some new Gelish polish swatches?!? I had a blast swatching the beautiful and unique colors in the Shake Up The Magic collection, and my video is posted on the Smoke & Mirrors YouTube channel.

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Do you have the Shake Up The Magic collection yet? What’s your favorite color in the collection? Let me know in the comments below!

Update on the Gelish® Winter 2020 Collection

In my previous post I noted that Hand and Nail Harmony (HNH) had created 12 winter 2020 colors, assuming that all of them would be available as Gelish gel polish. However, I’ve received emails from distributors that seem to indicate only six of those 12 colors will be available as gel polish. Here are the colors available as Gelish (in full size and mini):

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  • Be My Sugarplum – plum shade
  • Bare & Toasty – nude beige creme
  • Don’t Snow-Flake On Me – pale lilac metallic with chunky glitter
  • Fa-La-Love That Color! – dark gray creme, almost black
  • Stilettos In The Snow –  ruby red creme
  • Liquid Frost – silver metallic with chunky glitter

It appears that the other six colors will be manufactured as Morgan Taylor Lacquer only, at least in the U.S. While this is disappointing, it is likely a business decision. The cosmetics and beauty industry as been affected by the COVID-19 pandemic, as many salons are operating at a limited capacity and consumers are spending less on non-essentials like cosmetics. For a large manufacturer like HNH it may not be profitable or even possible to manufacture all 12 colors. It’s a shame, but I am grateful for what we are getting, even with the distribution issues, and look forward to better in 2021. Until then, continue supporting the brands you love when you can!

Swatches of the Gelish® Disney Villains Collection

Recently I swatched all six of the Gelish Disney Villains collection… and check out all these great Fall colors!! Currently I’m loving Mistress of Mayhem and Make ‘Em Squirm.

Have you purchased any of these or had them applied at the salon? Which are your favorites?

If you’re looking for swatches from any other Gelish collection, be sure to check out the Smoke & Mirrors page with photos of collection swatches from 2011-2020!

Watch Me Swatch the Gelish® Disney Villains

Our swatch video for the the Fall 2020 Gelish collection, Disney Villains, is now available on the Smoke & Mirrors YouTube channel.

Check it out if you’re interested in seeing how smoothly these colors apply! In the video, I’m swatching using the Mini size bottles, but these colors are also available in the full size bottles.

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Note that 1) these polishes were purchased BY ME for testing and use; 2) This is NOT a sponsored video; and 3) The Smoke and Mirrors Nail Blog and YouTube channel is not affiliated with Gelish®.

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Looing forward to winter holidays 2020

As the pandemic stretches on, we all occasionally need some good news and events to get excited about. For me, that is the change in season and the new nail colors that come with it! So I was happy to see some news in the last couple days about the upcoming Gelish collection for Winter/Holiday 2020, called Shake up the Magic!

The Shake Up The Magic! collection of 12 new shades is inspired by the magic and nostalgia of the festive season, including glittering snow globes. Danny Haile, CEO and Founder of Gelish Soak-Off Gel Polish, says, “The Shake Up The Magic! collection takes us back to the magic that comes with the holiday winter season that we all remember as a child. We wanted to create shades that were eye catching to get you through all the exciting  events that come with the holidays, but also versatile enough to take you through the wintertime. This collection is sure to add a little holiday cheer to your nails.”

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It’s still early, so not much information is available on this collection. I was able to find good information at (collections are typically released earlier in the UK than in the US) and the Cosmoprof website. This collection appears to have 12 colors, including some darker shades, nudes, shimmers and a a couple glitter toppers. So far I have only seen the full size and mini Gelish collections for sale with 6 of these 12 colors, so we might have to wait a little longer to find out if all 12 will be available for purchase in the Gelish gel polish.

Due to a temporary health condition I’ve not been doing my own nails lately, and haven’t had a client in a very long time due to the pandemic. But none of this has dampened my enthusiasm for all things nails and my excitement at seeing new collections being released. What about you? Have you been using more or less nail products in the last few months?

Disney Villains for Gelish® Fall 2020

After a little research, I was able to find some information about the new Gelish® Fall 2020 collection! It will be called Disney Villains, and is now trickling out for purchase online. Hopefully we’ll get more fanfare over the collection’s release next month, but I think some of the announcements that would usually come out have been diminshed again due to the pandemic.

From Gelish – “Gelish and Morgan Taylor are going wicked this Fall and introducing the Disney Villains collection. Disney Villains have lived in the shadows of heroes far too long. What haunts them is that they’re more than just evil, but the world has yet to see them come out of the shadows. The collection brings to life some of your favorite infamous villains with deep shades to bring out your naughty and edgier side and rich jewel tone finishes to enchant.”

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Did you know that, according to the Disney Fandom Wiki, “Similar to the Disney Princesses, the Disney Villains have their own franchise. The franchise consists of Disney’s most well-known and beloved villains and span from various forms of media and merchandise, typically aimed at an older audience.” How cool is that? As I’ve matured, I’ve come to appreciate the psychology of being a “bad guy” that the writers dive into to create their villains.

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The colors for this collection are:

  • Fashion Above All – metallic silver for Cruella De Vil
  • You’re in My World Now – vampy plum for Dr. Facilier
  • Just One Bite – metallic red for The Evil Queen
  • Make ‘Em Squirm – metallic purple for Ursula
  • Smoke The Competition – dark gray for Hades
  • Mistress of Mayhem – jewel-tone green metallic for Maleficient

I love how Gelish and Disney included villains from a spectrum of great Disney films through the years – from the classics like Snow White, released in 1937, to the contemporary films like Malificient. Which one is your favorite?

Live Swatching the Gelish Rocketman Full Collection

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Watch me swatch!

My swatch video for the Rocketman collection is ready for you to see all these cool new colors on the Smoke & Mirrors YouTube channel.

These are some gorgeous, vibrant summer colors – all ready to party (or brunch or BBQ or whatever)!

As you can see, I went with the Gelish Mini versions this time, since I’m no longer in the salon.  I know the bottles look small, but I truly believe these are a great option for home users.

The only color I couldn’t find at my local Sally Beauty was Glow Like a Star, so I picked that up at CosmoProf.  I really wish I could have found the smaller bottle.  Buying these at my local Sally Beauty has become hit or miss lately. In case yours is the same way, I’ve included links for online options. This is how I should’ve bought them! It would have been easier and faster, honestly.

Be sure to leave a comment on the video to let me know which colors you’ll be picking up. Happy shopping!