CND Flirtation Collection - Summer 2016*

I had the pleasure of being invited to preview the new summer 2016 collection from CND titled "Flirtation". It's color palette is said to evoke a subtle, sensual femininity with soft, yet bright shades that tease the imagination. The colors are equally coy, confident and playful at the same time. (I was invited last year, to also preview the summer 2015 collection - the post can be found here and to this day, my constant go-to color is Wisteria Haze from that collection.)

"This season, sweet, creamy pastels are inspired by modern lace and embroidery for a delicate and refined glamour", says CND Co-founder and Style Director Jan Arnold. 

As per all the previous collections, Flirtation comes in both Shellac (14 day nail color) and Vinylux (weekly polish system) formulas.  There are however, some variance in the colors offered by each formulation:
Shellac - Lavender Lace, Sparks Fly, Be Demure, Aqua-instance, Pink Pursuit and Honey Darlin'
Vinylux - Lavender Lace, Desert Poppy, Honey Darlin', Pink Pursuit, Aqua-instance, Skin Tease, Date Night and Be Demure. 

For those of you who aren't familiar with Shellac vs. Vinylux:
 Shellac provides 14+ Days of Nail Color. The 8-patented system delivers high-performance wear and stunning crystal shine with effortless, glide-on application and no nail damage when used as directed. This is a service offered at spas and salons as it requires a LED light to cure. It is also 7-free, meaning it is free of toluene, camphor, formaldehyde, pthalates (DBP), formaldehyde resin, xylene and methyl ethyl ketone (MEK). 

Vinylux offers a 7-day, chip-resistant wear. It is fast drying and cures with natural light. Like the Shellac formulation, it is also 7-free.

These big cardboard polish bottles were SO cute - I honestly really wanted to take one home and put it on my vanity / beauty corner! 

With the new summer 2016 release, CND also came out with a new Spa Collection, each with its own unique ingredient stories:
1. Gardenia Woods - Leaves skin luxuriously soft with every touch. With white floral fragrance notes, gardenia and jasmine, this system will hydrate, moisturize and soften skin with its replenishing and purifying botanical blend of chamomile and sandalwood. 
2. Bright Citron - Brightens up every mood. With notes of pink grapefruit and warm amber, this system will restore radiance and brighten skin's appearance with its botanical blend of hydrating honey and purifying kaffir lime. 

The above comes in a soak, scrub, masque and lotion. 

3. Cucumber Heel Therapy - is a range targeting treatments of dry and rough calluses for pedicures. 

The Vinylux can be applied without the requirement of a base coat. The Weekly Top Coat featured below though, is essential to provide you with that fresh high shine salon-finish that we love.

I have been a user of Vinylux for I want to say the last 2 years? and it really holds up to the no-chip 7 day high-shine promise. 

The color I opted to go for at the event was Aqua-instance 

Thank You for an amazing time CND, and I can't wait to see what else you have in store for 2016!! For now, just so you all know, this collection will be available worldwide March 2016. For more information, please visit

Until next time, XO - M.

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