Gelish MINI Snow Day Escape Winter Color Collection


Any of my readers from the northeast? I hear you're probably pretty sick of snow days but don't overlook this winter collection from Gelish and Gelish MINI. My stand out color is definitely 360 Black Flip.

LVX Sanguine

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Looking for a red hot jelly that's vegan and cruelty free? Look no further than LVX Sanguine from the Fall 2012 collection. I used a base of Cult Nails Get It On, 2 coats of polish and a top of Cult Nails Wicked Fast.

I love how squishy this polish is. You can see a little bit of VNL but I'm too excited about the jelly. I did have a little staining on my cuticles but not at the nails so overall I'm calling this a win.

LVX [Website | Facebook | Twitter | YouTube | Instagram] is available on their website for $16 a 15 ml/0.5 oz bottle.  It is big 5 free to include Toluene and Camphor, vegan and cruelty free.

Disclosure: The product[s] in this post was [were] provided to me by the company for consideration.  For more information, please read this post.

JINsoon Nails NYFW 2014

Last September at NYFW Spring 2014 (wrap your head around that one), JINsoon had this crazy have wiped off black grunge look for the Tess Gibserson that I absolutely hated. Because of that, I wasn't quite looking forward to her fall looks this month but I'll let you be the judge. All images courtesy of JINsoon nails.

LVX Luxe

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Now here is a polish more up my alley! From the LVX Winter Resort 2013, Luxe is the perfect partner to Alchemy. This silver metallic-like shimmer is the perfect year round color for spacey nails or just high fashion. Or at least that's what I call it and it's my blog so I win. 

I used a base of Cult Nails Get It On, 2 coats of polish and a top coat of Cult Nails Wicked Fast. I was absolutely in love with this polish.


Now I know another certain company has come out with a chrome like silver polish backed by a certain singer... and they say "This is for one night only." Not LVX. This polish will shine brightly for up to a week without chips. Like I said, I did use a top coat and that helps keep the nails pretty and chip free. 

Definitely the standout of the collection for me. It may be because I'm obsessed with silver but it's also just a great staple polish.

LVX [Website | Facebook | Twitter | YouTube | Instagram] is available on their website for $16 a 15 ml/0.5 oz bottle.  It is big 5 free to include Toluene and Camphor, vegan and cruelty free.

Disclosure: The product[s] in this post was [were] provided to me by the company for consideration.  For more information, please read this post.

Dermelect NYFW 2014 - Cynthia Rowley


Have you tried Dermelect yet? I saw their line in Ulta this weekend - quite fitting because they just did a rocking rainbow showing at Cynthia Rowley for NYFW 2014. Please enjoy the following - I certainly did. (Images provided by Dermelect - Photographer Credit Fred Namdar.)

LVX Tribute

 
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Also from the LVX Winter/Resort 2013 line was Tribute, a dark blue creme leaning on jelly. Dark blues tend to scare me as well because of staining issues - no one wants to look like they were killing Smurfs!

I used a base of Cult Nails Get It On, 2 coats of polish and a top of Cult Nails Wicked Fast. I used a small concealer brush for clean up because I did get some on the cuticles, but otherwise, application went well.


As you can see, my camera just freaked out when it came to photographing. That, and CSI would have a field day with the prints I left on the bottle! Thankfully, I didn't have any staining issues when I removed the polish but this is definitely a bold blue that I feel looks best on short nails on myself. 

LVX [Website | Facebook | Twitter | YouTube | Instagram] is available on their website for $16 a 15 ml/0.5 oz bottle.  It is big 5 free to include Toluene and Camphor, vegan and cruelty free.

Disclosure: The product[s] in this post was [were] provided to me by the company for consideration.  For more information, please read this post.

Morgan Taylor Casual Cool

Morgan TaylorCASUAL COOL COLLECTION SPRING 2014

I can't help but love anything that throws back to the 90s. Many days, I feel like it is still the 90s (I'm not willing to admit how old I am, to myself). These colors are rocking for spring as well as a nice nod to the my past.  (Images courtesy of Morgan Taylor.)

CND NYFW 2014 - The Blonds


The show that I was excited the most for was CND. They have been doing looks for The Blonds for awhile now, and they are always show stoppers with amazing nail work. Please enjoy the following. (All images courtesy of CND.)

LVX Alchemy

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From last year's Winter Resort Collection, LVX came out with a beautiful metallic-like shimmer gold - Alchemy. Now, you know how I feel about gold - it's pretty but not on my skin. Regardless, I was happy to see this line come out with a gold for those who do rock the look.

I used a base of Cult Nails Get It On, 2 coats of polish and Cult Nails Wicked Fast to top. The formula was very good on this bottle - no streaks or pulling and no flooding in the cuticles.


You might feel more comfortable wearing a ridge filling base coat with this polish if you have deep ridges but for the most part, I found this polish very easy to wear. 

LVX [Website | Facebook | Twitter | YouTube | Instagram] is available on their website for $16 a 15 ml/0.5 oz bottle.  It is big 5 free to include Toluene and Camphor, vegan and cruelty free.

Disclosure: The product[s] in this post was [were] provided to me by the company for consideration.  For more information, please read this post.

Seche Perfectly Poised

Bring on spring with Seche.

Seche Nail Lacquer introduces new spring 2014 collection: Perfectly Poised.

butter LONDON NYFW 2014

Fashion Week may have been covered in snow, but the nails were hot. I will be posting wrap ups this week from different brands, starting with butter LONDON. 


I was pretty happy with all that butter LONDON put out this year. Lead Manicurist Katie Jane Hughes had some great ideas that translated well into the fashion world. I was especially excited to see sponged gradients, water marble and even a tweed design. I was not as impressed by the Lela Rose show, but hey - overall butter LONDON gets an A from me.

(All images courtesy of butter LONDON.)

Salon Perfect Love, Lashes and Lacquer


THE LOOK OF LOVE
Valentine’s-Inspired Lashes and Polish from Salon Perfect® 

China Glaze Wish On A Starfish

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It may have been the biggest trend of 2013, but it appears that texture isn't going anywhere. The China Glaze Sea Goddess collection is much like the "texture" collection they came out with last year. The texture is more like stucco or popcorn ceilings which I have an absolute love/hate with. When this collection arrived, I really, really, REALLY wanted to love it. I immediately wanted to try this lovely bubblegum pink with gold and light green shimmer - Wish On A Starfish.

I used a base coat of Seche Natural, two coats of polish and no top coat. This texture polish can be a bit of a drag. Literally. First, I didn't find it to be as opaque as I'd prefer. When I wear this polish again, I will have to use a base color coat of either white or pink in order to make sure none of my natural nail shows. Secondly, you have to let your first layer dry pretty well before applying a second or the polish with drag off with the brush. Despite all those, I really did enjoy wearing the polish.

Here in the sun you can see what I mean about the whole visible nail line thing. It's not to the point where I'd remove the manicure before going out, but it's one of those little things that as a nail fanatic, I can pick out immediately.

In the indirect light, the gold/light green shimmer shows through better and so does the whole nail line... Oy. Like I said, I really wanted to LOVE this polish but instead I just like it. I kept thinking it would be a texture version of Strawberry Fields, which is one of my favorite polishes. Here is my super old swatch of it - I need to update this old post!

Anyway, I'm excited to play more with this collection because they are really beautiful colors!

China Glaze [Website] [Facebook] [Twittercan be found online through several etailers, including my favorite Head2Toe BeautySally's Beauty Supply as well as TransDesign.

Disclosure: The product[s] in this post was [were] provided to me by the company for consideration.  For more information, please read this post.

China Glaze Sea Goddess


HEAR THE SIREN’S SONG WITH CHINA GLAZE® SEA GODDESS 

Swim into Spring with Six Sparkling Shades Discover the hidden treasures of the ocean this spring with China Glaze® Sea Goddess. 


Valentine's Day Nails for Nail It!

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Valentine's Day is coming to a close but in case you're getting ready for a night out, here's a quick DIY for some stylish nails!

Step 1: Start with clean hands and nails painted with your choose of base coat. 


Step 2: Apply two thin coats of Cult Nails Kiss, a primary red crème with a wax finish – no need for a matte coat!

Cult Nails Kiss ($12 http://www.cultnails.com/kiss/)

Step 3: Using ORLY Instant Artist in black and white, paint the letters “LOVE” on your nails. No worries if you mess up – the ORLY Instant Artist paints are water based so you can rinse your nails and start again! 

ORLY Instant Artist Water Based in Crisp White & Jet Black ($6.50 https://www.orlybeauty.com/nail-color/nail-color-by-collection/instant-artist.html)

Feeling the love? Paint the letters “TRUE” on your left hand for a truly lovely manicure! 

Disclosure: The product[s] in this post was [were] provided to me by the company for consideration.  For more information, please read this post.

Gelish MINI Nail Art Kits

For some, nail art comes naturally. For me, it's a bit harder. I constantly feel like I need a guide book. Gelish MINI has made it a little easier with 3 new nail art kits.

Mineral Fusion Polishes


Mineral Fusion began as a mineral cosmetics brand in 2007 and has a large range of shampoos, conditioners, body lotions, body washes and a full skin care line. But what am I excited about? Their line of nail polishes. 100% vegan, big 4 free (to include camphor) and over 60 shades are available to make sure you have a little something for everyone.


LVX Dahlia

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Hello LVX Dahlia. This dark vampy crimson red creme from the Fall 2013 collection was not on my favorites list by any means. Why I do like vampy colors from time to time, I feel that they can sometimes be a pain to apply.

I used a base of Cult Nails Get It On, 2 coats of polish and a top of Cult Nails Wicked Fast. 

 Sure enough, I had some application issues with this polish. You need to make sure you have thin, even coats of polish or else you see streakiness like I have above. One more coat may have evened this out or using a light "undies" coat like a white or pale pink.

This polish looked a bit better in the shade but overall I wouldn't be able to wear this out the way it is. I also should have tried using the LVX 3-1 Treatment to see if it made a difference. Let each coat dry fully so you won't have any issues with pulling.

LVX [Website | Facebook | Twitter | YouTube | Instagram] is available on their website for $16 a 15 ml/0.5 oz bottle.  It is big 5 free to include Toluene and Camphor, vegan and cruelty free.

Disclosure: The product[s] in this post was [were] provided to me by the company for consideration.  For more information, please read this post.