Nasty Nail Colors

It’s fall and I’m ready for some nasty nature toned color palettes.   I’m saying that those gross colors you might typically steer clear of, look great on your nails, in your closet, and maybe even on your face.  For instance, the other day I spilled some yellow curry on my pants and it looked like baby vomit, no joke.  But I couldn’t help but think to myself, damn that mustard yellow shade would be tight on my nails.  Seriously, get into those muddy browns, puke greens, mustard yellows, and murky grays.  Actually, it’s a bit of what most camouflage is made up of, isn’t it?  I just love these unlovable tones right now what can I say?  Check out some of my choice fall toned nail polishes below ^_*

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Some of the polishes below are sadly out of stock or no longer available because they’re such dope colors, but be sure to keep your eye out for similar shades or if you’re feeling creative, mix your own colors!

xx

Miss Handly


Cosmoprof Asia 2016 / Nails!

So many nails, so little time!  There was literally no possible way I could have seen all of the nail companies spread between some 1,966 booths at the Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Center last week, but you know I tried!  Seriously, there were 650 new exhibitors this year, insane! My main goal was to catch the 4th Official Like My Nails Facebook Contest winners and Hong Kong Professional Nailist Union Competition, hosted in the Nail Hall on the 5th floor, see some photos of the winners in the slideshow below.  I’ll be including a short video of the fantasy and sculpture nail art contestants in motion in my next post ;) !

So how did I navigate this never-ending sea of nails?  For starters, I stopped for anything that caught my eye, although I did have some go-to products in mind, I was really on the look out for nail products and tools that I use a lot or that clients and friends are always asking about. 

HARD GEL // BLUESKY  

I am always, I repeat, ALWAYS looking for a longer lasting hard gel.  I’ve been pretty hooked on Gelish LED cured hard gel for a couple years, before that it was Young Nails, and before that just Presto Clear Gel.  The list is short because once you find a good one it’s hard to move on.  Santa, the Project Diretor of BLUESKY Nails was nice enough to give me a personal tour of their newest products and colors.  When Santa said their hard gel would hold gems with NO TOPCOAT, I was beyond skeptical.  But I tried it, low and behold, the gems are still on my nail, over a week later! Besides the hard gel, BLUESKY offers all your favorite gel colors and effects from temperature changing to cats eye, and every color in between.  It’s no surprise that BLUESKY although based in China is expanding fast through Europe and beyond ^_-

NAIL PRINTER // O’2NAILS

Over 13 years since it’s conception and O’2Nails is STILL the number one nail printer on the market, at the salon and at home!   At the O’2Nails booth this year, the company was proud to showcase their smallest mobile model to date, available in several custom colors.  There seem to be more designs and possibilities than ever as I preceded to print a meme of Bernie Sanders on my pointer finger and a print of my favorite new photographer Ren Hang on my middle finger.  If you haven’t tried it, what are you waiting for?  You can literally print ANYTHING on your frickin’ nails.  Not obsessed enough to get one for yourself, if you’re in an urban area chances are one of your local nail salons has one you can visit.

A+ NAIL ART ACCESSORIES // NailWay

A long time fan of this company and the spectacular array of nail art accessories they offer, I was excited to stop by their booth and see what was new.  Their new metallic nail striped nail stickers mean you no longer have to use pesky metallic striping tape, a real time saver.  I was mostly lost in the sea of their uniquely designed nail stickers, ranging from little animals, fast food, pin up girls, probably anything you could think of, they’ve made into a sticker that will fit on your nail.  NailWay is just the coolest, I could go on and on but you can see their full catalog which includes every size shape and color of the best quality nail tips, nail art accessories, gel, polish, stamping plates, glitter shapes, just click here and all will be revealed… 

QUICK&EASY // La Senta

The future is here now with 1 step peel off gel and fully designed press on nail tips.  China-based manufacturer La Senta, provides its clients, some well-known beauty brands, with these high-quality products and complex designs.  You can look like you spent a couple hours at the salon in less than 10 minutes.  I really LOVE press on tips, it’s all I use for shoots and I can usually be found wearing them on a night out if my nails aren’t feeling so hot.  I found a plethora of these cute little life-savers at the La Senta Nail booth, where they also gave me a quick demo of the 1 step gel you can actually peel off your nails, with no damage! Finally a gel I won’t cringe at the thought of clients and friends peeling off of their natural nails.  This is usually is a big nail no-no because most gel would peel off at least the top layer of your natural nail as well, yikes!

TINIEST LED GEL LIGHT // Maxmate LTD

This UV-LED Curing Lamp is a delicate looking lil’ thing with loads of features, including the ergonomic rotating function for protection, sliding function for toenails and touch sensor.  It may be tiny but this high-quality LED curing lamp finishes the curing process for gel polish in seconds. Can you say easy to carry and store?  Also, yes it comes in at least 3 different colors so you can pick your favorite!  Gel on the go, yes, that’s actually a thing now.

EMERGENCY TOPCOAT // Kinetics Nano Shark Nail Treatment

Although it was started in the USA, Kinetics soon moved its headquarters to Europe, where its products are manufactured today.  Before reaching the market, every product passes intensive tests conducted by professional nail artists. This specific therapy forms a ceramic nano-shield to instantly improve nail condition, providing instant help for severely damaged nails. When used as a top coat, Nano Shark hardens your nails over the nail or gel polish! I actually ended up using this when I tore the tip of my nail while repacking my suitcase.  Thanks to this treatment my nail lasted over 20 hours of traveling before I could repair the tip properly back at home.

BLUSKY Hard Gel

O’2Nails Nail Menu

NAILHOLIC ISSUE #4

NAILHOLIC ISSUE #9

Kinetics Shark Nail Treatment

La Senta 1 Step Peelable Gel

La Senta Decoarted Nail Samples

In’Pressive Nails

Nail Sculpture Competition Winner

Nail Sculpture Competition Winner

Fantasy Nail Art Competition Winners & Nail Models

Nail Art Sculpture Winners & Nail Models

Manicure & Mixed Media Boxed Nail Art Competition Winners

Grand Champion of the Competition!!!

Flat Art Nail Tip Design, French Manicure, One Tone, & Gel Manicure Competition Winners

INSPIRATION // NAILHOLIC Magazine

Fresh inspiration is always in short supply!  Imagine my surprise to encounter the one and ONLY nail art magazine based in South Korea!  NAILHOLIC is a fashion, lifestyle, beauty, and culturally rich monthly publication that caters to nail obsessed readers and pros looking for tips to improve their style and business.  In this world of over-exposure, anything that amuses us is priceless! Be sure to swing by their website to check out their nail art gallery, I could scroll for days.  I am especially into their unique cover designs, a few of which I’ve included here!

LUXURY POLISH // INPRESSIVE NAIL EXPERIENCE

We all love a little luxury in life and that is exactly what the fine folks at Centegres aimed to give us with In’pressive nail experience in the Extraordinary Gallery.  The endeavor is an exquisite creative collaboration of Centdegrés, Groupe Pochet, glass manufacturer, Fiabila, nail polish expert, and Beauty Streams, a trends agency. Basically, a raspberry has been sculpted into a block of glass and 3 unique gourmet colors have been developed to achieve the perfect harmony between the concept and the realization.  Wrapped into a trendy beauty pouch, the nail polish also came with a beauty passport notebook that gathers in an innovative way the 3 different color universes.  Luckily I found this trippy video to better explain what went into this work of art!  After be sure to check out my nail highlights video at the very end of this post ;p 


xx

Miss Handly


Cosmoprof Asia 2016 / Hair!

Look, I’m a professional nail artist, not a hair stylist or colorist, but I am an avid consumer of hair products and have had my hair professionally colored, cut, bleached, or styled too many times to count.  I found a little something for everyone at this years Cosmoprof Asia 2016 hair gallery inside the Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Center.  There was a lot of ground to cover so I made a goal to pick a favorite product for each of the basic hair woes.  I’m talking about the most common hair problems that all of us, men and women, have either experienced ourselves or know someone else who has.  Let’s get started, keep in mind I’ve listed these in no particular order -_*

DAMAGED // GOZ Ojon Instant BB Carribean Hot Oil

Hailing to us from Brazil, this subtle little bottle of gold offers total recovery, nourishing and repairing very damaged hair. The base of this clever mixture is amino acid rich, Batana aka Ojon oil.  It is joined by Camellia, Sun Flower, Vitamin E, and Avacado oil that offer combined benefits of anti-aging, repairing, soy protein, UV protection, folic acid, powerful anti-oxidants, Alfa-Tocopherol, and many more minerals.  On top of that, Instant BB oil heats up and changes from oil to milky warm jelly for your hair, right before your eyes.  Chemistry is pretty cool huh.  It hasn’t been easy to find this gem online or otherwise, so luckily I snagged 2 from Venacio at the GOZ booth ^_^

DANDRUFF // Dr. FORHAIR Folligen Easy Swab

Among all of the Korean based Humajor hair products, this one is said to be one of the best selling. Ezpz scalp cooling menthol swab, immediately removes oil and impurities, therefore removing any dirt or impurities that might be irritating the scalp. The answer to any number of issues that might be causing dry scalp and dandruff.  Sea Buckthorn Root and Clay, partnered with rehydrating Jojoba oil and Collagen is the super powers at work here.  What is Folligen you ask?  Well, basically it is a copper peptide treatment for helping hair regenerate.  I was especially grateful for this after a very, very long flight.

EFFORTLESS STYLING // Steam Miracurl by BaBylissPRO 

Admittedly, I seriously have always had trouble curling my hair.  You name it I’ve tried it, hot curlers, curling irons, foam rollers, flat irons, basically everything but a perm.  When I stumbled upon the Steam Miracurl you can imagine the literal bliss I felt and am currently reliving just talking about it.  Seems I’m a bit late to the game, alas there was still no consumer product for easy and quick curling to rival this little blue machine.   Besides, you’re steaming your hair, not pressing it between two scorching hot ceramic plates or bending it between hot metal!  Hair should be so lucky to steam, I steam my face every chance I get, my clothes, and never shy away from steam rooms for my bod.  

THIRSTY // OTTO KEUNIS Argan Oil Masque Treatment

The Australian based brand boasts a fully sulfate and paragon free, Argon oil based line of shampoos, conditioners, hair elixirs, shimmer sprays, everything you need to keep your hair hydrated and extra shiny.  This ultra hydrating mask is rich in fatty acids, vitamin A and vitamin E which provides repair and deep hydration and protects cell membranes against oxidation, slows the aging of the hair fiber.  The packaging directs you to apply for only 5-15 minutes after shampooing, but if you’re feeling extra thirsty like I was after traveling, apply it overnight under a shower cap after a good shampoo and conditioner!

GREASY // AMIKA Dry Conditioner 

My experience with Brooklyn-born AMIKA was easily in the top dozen at the convention.  Not only are the products all sulfate and paraben free, but they are covered head to toe in AMIKA’s signature psychedelic print, which is what originally caught my eye about the brand in the Extraordinary Gallery on Level 3 of the good ole’ HKCEC.  I knew I had seen the pattern before, but this time I won’t forget it.  Are you tired of dry shampoos that last mere hours then make your hair look greasy, or is that just me?  AMIKA’s dry shampoo is actually a huge hit but when coupled with their one and only dry conditioner it is the perfect solution to tired, greasy hair.  I should know, I traveled 30+ hours back from Hong Kong and… I still haven’t washed my hair! Gasp!  Ok, well I’ve definitely showered, but my hair has held up! Don’t take it from me, go try it for yourself -_*  

As the total number of exhibitors this year was total 2,698 from 49 countries and regions, I could not possibly make it to all of the innovative hair brands and companies.  I’ve included some links to some information about the fanciest and healthiest hair trends at the convention, not to mention a special piece on the award-winning hair show by the Shiseido Professional Creative Team!

Crème de la Crème of Hair and Beauty Products

Spotlight Healthy Hair Products


xx

Miss Handly

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