You See, I See, We See CND

I was really excited to get my hands on some beautiful colors and effects by CND recently. I’ve never previously been able to play with their products so I couldn’t wait- and let me tell you they didn’t disappoint!

I did a quick stucco/abstract design that reminded me a bit of another quick design I did ages ago but hestitated on posting. Regardless, I really enjoyed working with these shades. Let me just say that I used a bunch of effects but you can’t see much of them here because of the angle and as such, I’ll be doing ANOTHER, much more refined design with these polishes in the very near future!

For this design I used OPI Nail Envy as a base, followed by an amazing one coater of CND Miss Wu. I then used a small brush (But NOT my regular one- don’t want to ruin it) to sort of sponge/smudge different shades on. I used (all CND) Midnight Sapphire, Scarlet Letter, Plumville, Dark Amethyst, Raisin in the Sun, Veronica, and Brigette as the colors. I topped random places with Copper Pearl, Sheer 24K Sparkle, Gold Shimmer, and Raspberry Sparkle. I topped everything with a swipe of Seche Vite.

I am absolutely in love. The creme’s are on coaters, the effects absolutely transform all of the shades so you have at least twice as many options, and everything dries really quickly. I can’t wait to do more designs with the effects showcased because they’re gorgeous. The Sheer 24K Sparkle is a gold flakie effect from this Fall/Winter 2011 collection and paired with Midnight Sapphire it’s especially spectacular.

So tell me what you think… do you like the fall shades? What are your favorites? I’d never experienced any other CND’s so tell me which ones you think I should try!



The polishes in this post were sent to me for consideration and review by the manufacturer. For further information, please see my disclosure statement.

Winter Flurries

I picked up a polish well before Christmas from the new Revlon Top Speed line called Royal. Its the most pigmented vibrant Royal Blue you could imagine and if you apply it very thinly, it tends to dry matte but after two coats (you only need one for full coverage) it has a super shiny, bubble/streak free finish. It might just look like another blue in pictures, but in real life, wow it glows! I wanted to showcase its beauty so I did a simpler design today….

Snow Flurries

And I’ve also gotten a LOT of requests about whether or not I paint both hands. I assure you, unless something seriously wrong (really bad migraine or family emergency etc) I paint both hands. Even if I don’t do a design on both on those rare occasions, I still paint matching base colors. I’ll try to put more pictures of both hands into the blog, but that only usually will happen if Rafik is around to help take pictures :-)

For this design, I started with one coat of OPI’s Natural Nail Base Coat, two coats of Revlon Top Speed Royal, and I used OPI DS Radiance for the silver dots and OPI DS Glow for the accented gold dots on the ring fingers. I topped off with one coat of Seche Vite.

Oh! And the name of this post? Its snowing (of course) and this design reminds me of snow flurries for some reason… so yeah. :-)

Some of the products in this post were sent to me for consideration and review. For further information, please see my disclosure statement.

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