Archive for the ‘Nail Polish’ Category


86 beauty companies gathered to show their wares at the PHAMExpo beauty show in Pasadena this past weekend.  PHAME stands for Professional Hair and Makeup Exposition and is decidedly different than any of the other beauty trade show because it featured emerging and entertainment industry artists with fresh ideas. For those of us in the industry (me at 30 years) that want to see what is actually new, this was the show to attend.

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Here are the  Contest Details

 Celebrate the holidays with nubar “The Healthy Alternative For Beautiful Nails” contest this December. Enjoy showcasing your developed talents and have some fun too. Winning designs will be featured in upcoming news letters and on the nubar website with your name and salon name credit. What a great way to expand your business.


 The competition which takes place during the month of December is open to Cosmetologists and Nail Technicians


 Winners will be vying for top prizes in three categories:

Best Holiday Design  


Grand Prize: $300.00 in Prizes: Your choice of any nubar products


2nd Place: $150.00 in Prizes: Your choice of any nubar products


3rd Place: $75.00 in Prizes: Your choice of any nubar products.


 Rules / Other Information: Free to enter and to win.


 There are no rules for submissions. Entry is open to students and professional cosmetologists and Nail Technicians. Designs can be any style and cover any holiday. However, we are looking for those Designs which meet and will be judged based on the following criteria: Originality. We are looking for unique designs which tell a story, paint a picture or otherwise express a moment from new and interesting perspectives.


Each design must include Step by Step process -” how to” achieve the design.

Prizes must be redeemed within 3 months of winning and must be selected at one time.

All photos that are submitted will be royalty free and will be the property of nubar to use with your credit.


 There is no limit to the number of entries so get busy! The winner will be voted on by a panel of volunteer judges.

All Entries Must Include:


Salon Name or Agency
Telephone Number
Email Address


Entries may be addressed to:


nubar Cosmetic Products
Holiday Contest:
4200 Verdant Street
Los Angeles, CA 90039


Or by email: nail.news@gmail.com


Postmark must be before or on December 31, 2008


nubar is not responsible for mailing or internet issues.


Visit http://www.bynubar.com





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Have fun, paint your nails.

nubar’s 4 pack in your favorite Halloween shades. 

nubar offers products that are free of harmful ingredients such as; Toluene, Formaldehyde or DBP (Phthalate). 

Price: $ 19.95

Shop: http://www.bynubar.com

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Naturally Polished
Keep the tips of your fingers and toes beautifully free of toxins.
By Jo Abbie


If the words “nontoxic nail lacquer” conjure up visions of bland, unfashionable colors, think again. Nail lacquers free of reportedly harmful ingredients are not only being produced by an increasing number of companies, but are on the cutting edge when it comes to the latest trends in nail color. So whether you favor a French manicure or the latest colors from the Paris catwalks, there’s a bottle of harmlessly stylish polish for you.

With people becoming increasingly concerned about the purity of what they put in and on their bodies, it’s no surprise that many are looking for healthier alternatives when it comes to their mani/pedi routines. If anything, it’s a surprise that it took this long. Some in the industry attribute the increased interest in safer cosmetics to the current wave of eco-consciousness. “The increase in ‘green’ started really taking effect last year, after 10 years of trying to educate the public,” says Nubar spokesperson Terry Akins. Nubar is a nail polish line created by founder Noubar Abrahamian when he discovered a family member had cancer. “Noubar realized that there were harmful ingredients in cosmetics, the worst offender being nail polish, and sought alternative answers,” explains Akins.

The three “bad guys” in the nail industry, the ingredients that are increasingly being omitted from nail polish formulas, are formaldehyde, toluene and dibutyl phthalate (DBP). A plasticizing agent often used in nail lacquer formulas, DBP has been banned for use in cosmetic products in the European Union. According to the Environmental Working Group’s Skin Deep Cosmetic Safety Database (www.cosmeticsdatabase.com), DBP, toluene and formaldehyde have all been linked to cancer, developmental and reproductive toxicity, and toxicity of the immune and nervous systems. All three products are on the California Safe Cosmetics Act list of ingredients that must be disclosed due to their links to cancer and birth defects.

Thankfully, the industry has responded to the public’s growing concern about these substances, and many quality nail brands are free of all three. While some of these are smaller, boutique beauty brands (such as Nubar, Sparitual, and Rescue Beauty Lounge) even nail giant OPI, which has become the brand ubiquitous to nail salon shelves, removed DBP, toluene and formaldehyde from its products more than a year ago.

While all this talk of toxic ingredients and their potential effects is not a lot of fun, there’s a lot of merriment amidst the brands that eschew them. At Sparitual, products in their Spring 2008 DBP-Free Color Collection sport sassy names such as Plugged In, Aroused, Epiphany and Paradigm Shift. And the paradigm seems to be shifting industry wide. At OPI, their Spring/Summer ’08 India Collection features quirkily dubbed shades including MonSooner or Later, I’m India Mood for Love, and Keys to My Karma.

At Nubar, the color of the season is hot pink, and Geisha Blaze is their best seller. They also have color collections named after everything from wine to flowers. “Nubar allows you to have all the colors and the fun at the same time,” notes Akins. “You no longer have to choose between health and beauty when you are choosing a nail polish.”


Nubar nail lacquers are available at www.bynubar.com
OPI nail lacquers are used at many local nail salons. For your nearest location, go to www.opi.com
Rescue Beauty Lounge nail lacquers are available at www.rescuebeauty.com
Sparitual nail lacquers are used locally at Preston Wynne spas in Los Gatos and Saratoga, or go to www.sparitual.com

01 Sparitual Disco Inferno, Mindful, Free Bird and Plugged In, $9
02 Nubar Hot Orange, $6.99
03 OPI ElePhantastic Pink, $8.50
04 Rescue Beauty Lounge Chinoise Red, Recycle, Yellow Fever and Purple Haze, $18 each


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The weather outside is awful.
Dark mornings, gloomy days, dirty sky with grey clouds. Cold wind, rain, wet snow and rain again… I’m longing for hot summer so I want to introduce some excellent hot-color Polish from
nubar.  I hope you’ll enjoy them…




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nubar’s Vineyard Collection consists of eight colors ranging from the deepest plums to vibrant red, all opaque and well pigmented. Purple nails are showing up on celebrities and  in many style magazines. Kate Del Castillo wears a Vineyard colored polish pedicure everyday of the year according to makeup artist-Tracey Taylor.  This is nubar’s yummiest collection ever! I suggest that you sample them all.  NVC8  Eight Piece Vineyard Collection   Retail Price $47.95 Each Sold Separately $6.99 Shop http://www.bynubar.com   

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