CND (formerly Creative Nail Design, which is how old-school me always thinks of the brand) has released a fall collection, Craft Culture:
Discover the beauty of artisanal design. Distressed effects with a modern, handmade touch. Authentic. Timeless. Unique.
The collection consists of 8 new shades, which are available in VINYLUX Weekly Polish. 6 of the shades are also available in the SHELLAC line (denoted with * below).
Leather Satchel *
Denim Patch *
Brick Knit *
Patina Buckle *
Hand Fired *
CND usually do some gorgeous deep shades; I actually have several of the VINYLUX polishes untried in my stash (not to mention loads of their older polishes, too!). Note to self: swatch those babies!
CND VINYLUX Weekly Polish retails for about US$10 / CA$12 and contains 0.5 fl oz / 15 mL. The formula is free of toluene, phthalates (DBP), formaldehyde, formaldehyde resin, camphor, xylene and methyl ethyl ketone (MEK).
CND remain Creative Nail Design, Inc. Like OPI, CND was born out of the dental industry. Dentist Stuart Nordstrom developed SolarNail Liquid over 30 years ago, and CND has since grown into an international nail products brand. Barcelona, Spain-based Colomer Group, founded in 1934, owns CND; New York, NY, USA-based Revlon acquired Colomer Group in 2013. CND is headquartered in San Diego, CA, USA.
I’m sure many of us have been insanely busy over the last month or two, and for me, I’ve finally reached a point where I can heave a sigh of relief and, hopefully, get back on track, blog-wise. I hope you haven’t been terribly bored by my recent non-nail polish related posts on perfume, more perfume, washing your hair in reverse, and handbags! While I enjoy collecting perfume and handbags, I’m no full-fledged perfumista or fashionista.
So, back in late November, I posted Part I of my birthday beauty haulage. In this post, I’ll combine Part II with my Christmas haulage.
I splurged on beauty products for my birthday; less so for Christmas. I tend to receive money for Christmas (our families like do that, including DH and myself simply exchanging Christmas budgets so we don’t have to go through the rigamarole of picking out unwanted gifts for each other), and while I spent a bit of it on beauty products—on sale post-holidays, of course!—I spent a lot of it on two non-beauty products, which I’ll post about at the end.
These were being cleared out at my local Winners, and a couple of helpful MUAers said they were worth picking up at $3 a pop! I am not usually one for layering polishes, but I’m definitely sold on these.
A few years back, CND (formerly Creative Nail Design) discontinued all their old nail polish (boo!) and introduced their new Colors and Effects polishes. The Colors, I believe, are all opaques, and the Effects are different top coats to layer over the Colors. I picked up Raspberry Sparkle and Jade Sparkle, which are sheer, microglittery opalescents that flash pink (Raspberry) or green (Jade).
Last week I tried out Essie Avenue Maintain, loved it, and then proceeded to stick an Effect over the top. I hemmed and hawed a little over whether to use Raspberry or Jade, but in the end, Raspberry won out, and I convinced myself not to do one hand with each Effect. One coat of Raspberry Sparkle turned Avenue Maintain into a vivid blue with pretty pink flashing microglitter! You could definitely use an extra coat or two to amp up the flash, but I liked the “subtlety” of just one. Here it is:
I’m swamped with all kinds of stuff and have a chippy red nail polish on, so here’s a couple pics of my favourite Creatives, instead. Hee hee! Unfortunately, these two are from a discontinued Gotham collection that CND released a few years ago. The only survivors from that collection are Adrenaline and Spike, which are still available and very worth checking out.
Raven is a very unique slate teal-blue-grey shimmer. It’s super well-pigmented and a brilliant polish to get your hands on, if you can find it. Rating: 4/5.
Caffeine is a cool, deep brown frost with a mauvey-purple tone to it. Not a good colour on me, but it’s kind of a nifty shade. Rating: 3/5.
Rich Ruby is the token red shimmer from Creative Nail Design’s 2007 holiday collection, and what a fabulous, eye-popping red it is! It’s a medium true red with very fine red shimmer and subtle swirls of silver which give it a very slightly cool tone. On the nail, it’s amazingly opaque with just one coat, although I did two, anyway. The satin finish really glows. I cannot recommend this enough as a classic red nail polish, and of course, it is also perfect for holiday parties! Rating: 5/5.