This week the Lipstick League is asking about your go-to nail colour is, and whether you have a different go-to shade for your toes.
I don't have a go-to shade per se. I tend to do the same colour for a stretch of time, then switch because something else has caught my eye. My preferred palette isn't large, though: I adore silver glitter, and love fuchsia. Orange is another favourite, as is grey, although I haven't worn either in a while.
Right now I'm enjoying an almost-red pink, CND Shellac Pink Leggings from the Spring 2017 New Wave collection (available now at nailpolishcanada.com). It's a gorgeous, happy shade, so I'll probably repeat it next time I visit Leeanne and her lovely crew at Tips Nail Bar.
If you're a longtime reader, you're surprised right now – I've said more than once that Shellac isn't strong enough for my naturally soft and weak nails. But thanks to the new CND Shellac Duraforce UV top coat, my mani lasted chip-free until... well, it's still on my nails. On the tips, to be precise – #regrowth – protecting them until I can get in to see Leeanne.
FYI, Leeanne gave me that mani on November 22nd. *grin*
I suspected Duraforce is a gel top coat rather than a polish/gel hybrid like Shellac colour. It's so strong! And it's crazy shiny, even now, eight weeks later and halfway down my nails.
However, CND says, “Duraforce is not a 'gel' and does not include 'gel' in the formula. It is a variation of our original Shellac top coat, with ingredients combined at different levels to provide a difference in volume/thickness/viscosity which ultimately gives nails more strength or protection.”
Basically, CND Shellac Duraforce is a denser formula than its predecessors; that's what makes it stronger.
UPDATE APRIL 2017 And get this: according to nail expert and celebrity manicurist Leeanne Colley, owner of Tips Nail Bar, despite not being gel, Duraforce can withstand acetone to a certain point – enough that you could paint over it with nail polish, and remove that nail polish with acetone at least once without destroying the Duraforce surface.
That makes CND Shellac Duraforce really different from the CND Original Top Coat and Xpress 5 Top Coat, both of which break down easily with acetone.
According to the press material, Duraforce's ultra-glossy, scratch-resistant finish is due to something called Cellulose Acetate Butyrate, a shine-enhancing film-forming polymer; Hydroxypropyl Methacrylate, a binding molecule for added strength and longevity; and Bis-HEMA Polyneopentyl Glycol Caprolactone/ IPDI Copolymer, also for shine and durability. The rest of the ingredient list is at the end of this post.
Major shine, strength and durability means that Duraforce has expanded my UV-mani options – I can now wear Shellac very successfully indeed. #eightweeksnochips
Oh, toes! Rather than match, I get a UV-gel shade that goes with my mani. Usually it's fuchsia, juicy orange, sometimes red.
lipstick league links of the week
Blushing Noir HUGE DEALS at Rite Aid & NOW is the time to stock up on your holy grail beauty! See all of the Buy One Get One BEAUTY DEALS + get $20 when you spend $50. It’s basically madness.
Clumps of Mascara As if Brittany needed yet another reason to be obsessed with Urban Decay.
EauMG If you were to make a perfume inspired by snow, what would it smell like? Well, apparently this French brand thinks snow smells like powdery white musk.
fanserviced-b If you’ve been wondering whether Beauty Pie, the new transparent-pricing (read: super cheap) luxury makeup brand is worth a try, Tracy has swatches and ingredient comparisons with similar prestige makeup that you need to see.
Gouldylox Forget nude lips, try these metallic beauties for a twist on your 2017 look!
My Beauty Bunny Curious about lash growth serums? Emily's reviewing vegaLASH and sharing her impressive results!
My Newest Addiction Laura shares with us her recent discovery of Formulary 55. She describes it as the old school bar of soap, reinvented.
Nouveau Cheap Attention Target shoppers! Lots of exciting things are coming to the Target beauty department (very soon).
Phyrra Looking for a new nude, MLBB or living dead girl lipstick? Courtney's got 30 of the Best Nude Lipsticks for Pale Skin! You're sure to find the perfect shade for you.
Beautygeeks geeks out with makeup artist Chase Aston about Kate Beckinsale’s beauty challenges when filming Underworld: Blood Wars.
Beauty Junkies Unite Amber has the scoop on two of the newest releases for 2017 from The Body Shop – see what they are!
(Wondering what the Lipstick League is? Find out here.)
Blushing Noir is Currently Craving: Brooke needs more beauty bags like a hole in the head but the SEPHORA COLLECTION Frosted Light line got me like…. WHOA.
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Your turn! What's your go-to nail colour? And go-to pedi shade?
CND Shellac Duraforce Top Coat ingredients: Bis-HEMA Polyneopentyl Glycol Caprolactone/IPDI Copolymer,Tetrahydrofurfuryl Methacrylate, Bis-HEMA Poly(1,4-Butanediol)-22/IPDI Copolymer,Cellulose Acetate Butyrate, Butyl Acetate, Ethyl Acetate, Di-HEMA Trimethylhexyl Dicarbamate, Ethyl Trimethylbenzoyl Phenylphosphinate, Hydroxypropyl Methacrylate, Isobornyl Methacrylate, Trimethylolpropane Trimethacrylate, PPG- 5 Methacrylate, Bis-Trimethylbenzoyl Phenylphosphine Oxide, Drometrizole, Ext. Violet 2 (CI 60730), BHT, p-Hydroxyanisole, Hydroquinone.