Everyday Nail Art #2: Magnetic Nail Art

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The magnetic polish trend is a few years old but seems to have made a revival recently, since the “cat eye” look became popular. Here’s my take on it for fall! I used Gelish Magneto Electric Metal Lover on the middle and ring fingers, with Wanna Share a Tent? from the Fall 2018 African Safari collection on the others.

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As you can see, I used the starburst magnet, from Gelish. These magnets are hard to find for sale now, since they were released so many years ago, but you can use another brand of magnets

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(here’s the one used for a NailPro Magazine demo last year) or magnetic polish to achieve the same look. I’ve even seen nail artists use the side of a normal round or rectangular magnets to create the cat eye look.

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Gelish Forever Fabulous swatches!!

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video thumbnail swatches MMFFSwatches for the full Gelish Holiday 2018 Marilyn Monroe Forever Fabulous collection, done in real-time, are now available to see on the Smoke & Mirrors YouTube channel. All twelve colors!
The colors include:

Please check out the swatch video and leave me a comment!

Unboxing the new Forever Fabulous Gelish Collection

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My box with the new Holiday Gelish (and Morgan Taylor) collection arrived a few days early, and I’ve posted a video of the unboxing. My kit is salon-ready and came with a display, swatches, and all twelve colors.

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Preview the new Gelish Winter/Holiday collection for 2018

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It’s official – Gelish is trying to bankrupt me. Look at all these fabulous new colors that I must have! The winter 2018 collection was teased in the just-released October 2018 edition of Nails Magazine, and it’s called Forever Fabulous Marilyn Monroe™.

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This upcoming collection has 12 colors that Gelish says “embody the spirit of all that is Marilyn Monroe. With classic shades reminiscent of her Old Hollywood beauty and exciting, vibrant tones that represent her iconic nature this color range is sure to leave a lasting impression just like Marilyn herself.”

The colors include:

One thing I love about Gelish’s collections is how well-themed the polish colors in the collections are. The colors are carefully selected to complement each other, and this collection seems to be no exception.  While there are some beautiful winter reds here, we also have some neutrals and mauves for your most conservative clients.  Then there are some fun colors and bling polishes that we’ve come to know and love from Gelish.  Actually, those bright and unique polishes are the ones that usually get me the most attention! And who doesn’t love a good glitter polish to ring in the holiday season??

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Think of the nail art we can create with these as our canvases!

Since this is the winter/holiday, I expect it won’t be on shelves until early November.  Looks like it should be available at your local CosmoProf or through authorized resellers online.

Which colors do you think you’ll be buying?

Gelish African Safari live swatches!

Prefer to see swatches “live”? My Gelish Fall 2018 African Safari collection swatches, done in real-time, are available for viewing on the Smoke & Mirrors YouTube channel!S&M African Safari collection swatches

Please check out the swatch video and leave me a comment!

Gelish African Safari Swatches

S&M African Safari collection bottlesThe Fall 2018 African Safari collection, which Gelish describes as “Inspired by the sweeping landscape of an African safari and the vibrant graphic prints from African culture”, is available now. “Brilliant pearls of sapphire, pewter and garnet complement saturated crèmes. The entire collection gives you the feeling that anything can happen under the skies of the Serengeti. Feed your exploration appetite with these untamed 6 hues.” Okay, the last part of that description is a bit dramatic but it does fit the darker colors. The full collections is:

  • Are You Lion To Me? – pewter shimmer
  • Neutral By Nature – fired earth creme
  • No Cell? Oh Well! – deep shimmering sapphire blue
  • No Sudden Mauves – dark rose mauve with shimmer
  • Off The Grid – dark burgundy hazelnut creme
  • Wanna Share A Tent? – fully-saturated carmine red shimmerS&M African Safari collection swatches

Truth be told, it always takes me time to warm up to fall collections – I love the bright colors of the spring and summer polishes and the full-bodied, bold colors that typically come with the winter or holiday collections, so fall colors are kinda “meh” for me at first.  This collection was no exception, but once I got my hands on it I started to feel excited for fall!

Note that I personally purchased this collection, and this is not a sponsored post.

To see these colors in action, please visit again tomorrow – We’ll be posting the live swatches for this collection to the Smoke & Mirrors YouTube channel soon!

Gelish Fall 2018 Collection sneak peak!

Gelish and Gelish Mini just released a sneak peak video of their new collection for fall 2018, called African Safari.  Check out their respective Facebook pages for that vid.

And take a look at this exciting collection! With six new dark shades, Gelish says “Brilliant pearls of sapphire, pewter and garnet complement saturated crèmes.”

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The colors are:

  • Are You Lion To Me?
  • Off The Grid
  • No Cell? Oh Well!
  • Wanna Share A Tent?
  • No Sudden Mauves
  • Neutral By Nature

I haven’t found these for sale locally yet, of course, but maybe next month. I can’t wait to get my hands on that mauve!

Make a Splash Live Swatches!

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Prefer to see swatches live? My Gelish Summer 2018 Make a Splash collection swatches are available for viewing on the Smoke & Mirrors YouTube channel!

Please check them out and leave me a comment!

Gelish Make A Splash Swatches

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The Summer 2018 Make a Splash collection from Gelish is available now. “The summer collection has an emphasis on fun-in-the-sun with its vibrant and eye-catching shades,” says Danny Haile, CEO and Founder of Gelish. “Even if you can’t live on the beach or at the pool all summer, your nails will make you feel that way!”

Here are the beautiful, summer-centric colors… Get your sunblock and lounge chair ready!

  • Cellophane Coat – front and center in the photo above, an iridescent overlay, is one of my favorite “Trends” colors yet. This topper is great by itself, as seen in the bottom of the swatches below, or on top of almost any Gelish color.
  • Feeling Swim-sical – teal creme, a very smooth polish. Use three coats for deeper color. (This is the only color I did three coats of for my swatches below.)
  • Flamingo Float – coral pink with a shimmer. This is one of two polishes in the collection with a shimmer finish that I am loving. It really differentiates the polish from others of a similar shade.
  • Flip-Flops and Tube Tops – fuschia with a shimmer. This polish also has the shimmery finish that draws the eye. These two might be my favorites in the collection! Which is saying a lot because I love the bright greens, like…
  • Limonade In The Shade – neon green creme, so eye-catching! The below swatch shows two coats. Use a white base or three coats to add even more punch to this bold color!
  • One Piece or Two? – deep purple creme, probably the darkest color in the collection, but seems like it will pair well with the teal, orange, or green for some trendy nail art. The below photo shows just two coats! This color has great coverage.
  • You’ve Got Tan-gerine Lines – orange neon creme, and this color looks like summer in a bottle to me.  Again, you could give it some pop by using a coat of white underneath or using three coats. The below photo shows just two coats.Make a Splash

This collection is even better in person, and I’m really excited to get started using it. I think we can get create some really cool nail art with it, too. All the polishes apply smoothly, as we’ve come to expect from Gelish, and have surprisingly good coverage. It’s really hard to get a formula for the neons that provides good coverage in just two coats. Gelish did an excellent job with these… You can tell their R&D department is on its toes!

Note that I personally purchased this collection, and this is not a sponsored post. I just really like the product!

To see these colors in action, please visit again in a few days – We’ll be posting the live swatches for this collection to the Smoke & Mirrors YouTube channel soon!

 

 

Gelish Royal Temptations Collection for Spring 2018

Look at these beautiful swatches of the lovely Gelish Royal Temptations Collection!

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ICYMI this is the spring collection for 2018 for Gelish, released about a week ago. The colors are really pretty, and I’m amped about them all, as usual. I think the green Ruffle Those Feathers and purple All the Queen’s Bling are going to be really popular with clients.  Actually, Ruffle Those Feathers is the first color I used on myself!

(Please ignore the bubbling on the blue My Other Wig is a Tiara swatch… that was my fault. This is what happens when you apply layers of gel polish that are too thick!)

If you prefer to see live swatches, please check out the Smoke and Mirrors YouTube channel for swatches of the entire Royal Temptations collection!