The Mighty Leo – ZODIAC Inspired Nails

July 27th, 2016

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The month of July is wrapping up as we welcome in beautiful August. AKA, the reign of the lion, from July 23rd – August 22nd!

Leo’s big heart, warm spirit, and love of laughter make them a joy to be around, and when Leo loves you it’s like the Sun has never shone brighter. Leo is a Fire sign that blazes through life, eager for action and driven by a desire to love and be loved. Leo is a proud and generous leader, and your ability to charm, romance and entertain others makes you quite popular.

Check out some beautiful Leo inspired nail art here!

 

Mix & Match our products for the PURRFECT Leo Nails this season!

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Polish Pro – Shimmering Sands & Firecracker

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Secrets Removable Gels – Bite your Tongue & Liar Liar Pants on Fire

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Technailcolor Colored Acrylic Powder – Fire and Ice & Juicy Orange

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Secrets Sparkle Glitter – Luster

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Secrets Acrylic Shade Powder – My Lips are Sealed & Hush Hush

 

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ZODIAC inspired – Cancer Nails for Summer!

July 21st, 2016

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June 21st – July 22nd is the season of Cancer – Highly imaginative, loyal, sympathetic, persuasive beings who possess strong emotional courage and tenacity.

We celebrate our fellow Cancers with a blog inspired post of great colors for Cancers this summer! Hot oranges, yellows and bright whites!

Polish Pro :

Polish Pro – Hot Orange & Blanca

Secrets Acrylic Shades:

Secrets Acrylic Shades – In the Hot Seat & Little White Lies

Secrets Removable Gels:

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Secrets Removable LED Gel – Hot Topic & Brush On White

Technailcolor Acrylics :

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Technailcolor Acrylic – Hippie & Crystals

 

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Why is MMA suitable for use in nail powder (polymer) and not suitable for use in nail liquid (monomer)?

July 15th, 2016

As a reputable nail products manufacturer, we are required to list ingredients on our packaging. Even then, reading the ingredients can be confusing and even a little scary. Especially when it comes to an ingredient like Methyl Methacrylate, or MMA.

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It is common knowledge that Methyl Methacrylate, otherwise know as MMA, has been prohibited for use in the nail industry since the mid 1970’s. More specifically the use of MMA is only prohibited for use in nail liquids. What you may not realize is that MMA is NOT prohibited for use in nail powders, meaning it is a perfectly safe and common ingredient in the polymers you are using, you just might not realize it.

So the question is: Why is MMA suitable for use in nail powder (polymer) and not suitable for use in nail liquid (monomer)?

MMA Monomers

Today in the nail Industry, Ethyl Methacrylate, or EMA is the backbone monomer in most acrylic nail liquids. The use of EMA as a substitute for MMA in monomer came about in the late 1970’s when the FDA banned the use of MMA. Nail liquid containing MMA has been known to cause allergic reactions, permanent loss of the nail plate and in some cases, permanent loss of sensation in the fingertips.

MMA Polymers

In the manufacturing process, all polymer powders start off as monomers.  Usually two types (or more – depending on the manufacturer) of monomers are commonly used to make polymers; one of which is MMA.

These monomers are mixed together with initiators, dispersing agents, catalysts, and water to make a polymer.  This combination is mixed and continually stirred while it is heated to very high temperatures. After several hours, the monomers become solid little beads and float on the surface of the water. The beads are strained from the water and rinsed several times.  They are then dried, and sifted to remove the biggest and smallest particles.

Once the ingredients are mixed and heated, and the monomers have become solid; the MMA is no longer active.  As a matter of fact, this new solid has a completely different name: PMMA (poly methyl methacrylate) and is considered perfectly safe to use on natural nails.

So when you see PMMA on the ingredient listing of your nail powders, you can now say you know it is perfectly safe to use. The MMA had to go through quite a journey to be perfectly safe for use on nails!

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