LVX Viola

Press Sample 

LVX had their summer collection come out recently and I was given the opportunity to be the swatch model for Gloss48 (thank you again!)

Today is Viola, which is a FIERCE blue creme. I mean, whoa.  I used a base coat of Cult Nails Get It On, 2 coats of polish and finished with LVX's new Gel-Like top coat.

I mean what more can you say? This polish behaved beautifully - no pooling or flooding.

I did not do a wear test so I cannot talk about long term staining but I didn't have any staining while wearing the polish for a few hours.

I wore the polish a second time as well and I got a little messy on the sides but that was my fault - not the polish.

LVX [Website | Facebook | Twitter | YouTube | Instagram] is available on their website. It is 10-free to include Toluene and Camphor, vegan and cruelty free. Use promo code POLISHGALORE for 20% off your purchase!

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

Cosmoprof / GlossyBox Collaboration

This July Cosmoprof North America (CPNA) proudly brought back the successful sampling concept, BOUTIQUE, to its already exemplary program of new and returning initiatives.  This sampling bar allowed attendees to select deluxe-sized samples, including the latest in up-and-coming cosmetics, skin care, nails, hair and some classic beauty favorites. Once at the sampling bar, attendees could hand-pick seven deluxe samples from 20 featured exhibiting brands in exchange for a small charitable donation that benefited CITY OF HOPE, a leading research, treatment and education center for cancer, diabetes and other life-threatening diseases. 

The BOUTIQUE concept was widely successful at last year’s show and announces a special collaboration with GLOSSYBOX, the leading online purveyor of luxury beauty with recent collaborations that GLOSSYBOX has launched with brands, including Net-A-Porter, Bergdorf Goodman, La Prairie and many others.  The limited edition Cosmoprof BOUTIQUE box will be available for sale exclusively on on August 1  for $40. The limited edition box will feature seven products and will have a small run. Once sold out - it is gone!  

CPNA: LVX 2014

I randomly walked up right before the brother-sister team behind LVX had their audition for QVC/HSN/Shop - they made it in the final round of auditions and have a great shot at being on one of these three channels!

I had no idea that LVX was going to be at Cosmoprof North America this year, but I was excited to see them in Discover Beauty again this year. Branka and Rade Tomic are a fantastic example of when family businesses work and work well. LVX has consistently been churning out on trend polishes each season and just recently came out with their own gel-like top coat.

Nerd moment - they also came out with new boxes that have the cutout so you can see the polish you're purchasing before you buy it.

I did get a sneak peek at the new fall collection (top row) which did not have names at press time. I asked Branka why she decided to go with two greys and she smiled and said "Because I can." 
I'm also excited about that red on the end. It's similar to Roux from the summer collection but has more magenta in it. (Bottom row is the summer 2014 collection.)

Keep watching for more amazing things coming from LVX here on PolishGalore!

China Glaze The Giver

Last week I told you about The Giver collection coming from China Glaze - now I have more information! All images below provided by China Glaze.

FingerPaints Metallic Moondust

Press Sample 

Back in March, FingerPaints announced a limited edition collection of intense glitter chrome polishes with textured glitter. Today I have Metallic Moondust to share. This green, gold and silver mix is an interesting combination in my collection.

I used a base coat of Nail Pattern Boldness Glitter A-Peel, 2 coats of polish and no top coat. My brush was super "fluffy" which aided in the glitter application.

As you can see, the 2 coats was perfectly fine for full coverage without any bald spots. I was quite surprised how well it did apply.

In the shade you can really see the different glitters appear. This combination gives the polish almost a 3D effect in person and in photos.

Hiding out in some indirect light and you can see how this polish is a bit rough (textured). I always feels weird when I run my hands through my hair, but otherwise it's neat to wear.

FingerPaints [Website] [Facebook] [Twitter] [Blog]  is found exclusively at Sally Beauty Supply. Cost is $5.99 per bottle or $5.49 for Beauty Club Card holders.

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

ORLY Baked Collection

This summer, ORLY used cosmetic technology to create their Baked collection - six super-saturated tropical colors using glitter and rich pigments.

CPNA: Morgan Taylor 2014

Following suit from last year, I got to talk to Taylor of Morgan Taylor about all things coming out 2014, but first I had to sign a non-disclosure agreement about Spring 2015! You KNOW something big is coming... I wasn't even allowed to take notes or photographs.

But let's talk about what I can. Summer 2014 was all about neons - which I just ordered myself this past weekend. I can't wait to play with them as they were super neon in person.

Next we have the Fall 2014 Collection - Enchanted. This collection was inspired by the fall fashion week and the trends that were seen on the runway. The 6 piece collection has been broken down into two 3-piece sets - "Do You Believe?" which includes Who-Dini, Now You See Me, and Simply Spellbound; and "The Magic Touch" which includes Hocus Pocus, I'm The Good Witch, and Magician's Assistant.

For Halloween 2014, Morgan Taylor has a repromote of their black polish but are introducing a brand new hot orange called Orange Crush.

As soon as I'm given the go-ahead for the Winter Collection, I'll post it!

FingerPaints Film Noir Collection

Launching Friday, FingerPaints is bringing out another 4-piece limited edition collection to Sally Beauty Supply.

China Glaze Well Trained

Nothing To Disclose

Decided I wanted pull out another of the All Aboard Fall 2014 Collection - this time Well Trained, a dark turquoise creme. I used a base coat of Cult Nails Get It On, 2 coats of polish and finished with Digital Nails Ain't Nobody Got Time For That. This was a messy polish - I painted all over my cuticles in order to get my nails covered. Not a huge deal - that's what a clean up brush is for.

How pretty is this? I can see some amazing peacock nail art happening with color. It's fantastic for fall.

Of course in the shade, the polish wants to reflect EVERYTHING ELSE IN SIGHT. Like the trees and the sky. Lovely.

Overall this is a lovely color, even with the extra cleanup I needed. I didn't do a wear test to check for staining but you can work to avoid it by wearing a good base coat.

I accidentally had the flash on for this photo but look how pretty this is with the added light! I can't really think of a close dupe to this color in my collection so I'm glad I grabbed this one as well. 

Who am I kidding, I bought the whole collection.

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

Brand Overview: Waxelene

This past 4th of July, I decided to do a water marble design which meant I needed to protect my skin from getting polish all over it. In my normal fashion, I used store brand petroleum jelly.

I don't mind petroleum jelly for the most part but I do wished it rubbed better into my skin afterwards instead of feeling slimy.

Waxelene is the eco-friendly alternative to petroleum jelly!  It has the same protective, waterproofing, moisturizing and soothing properties that doctors love, but contains no petroleum or hydrogenated oils. Waxelene’s ingredients include natural beeswax and oils like vitamin E and organic rosemary which soak in and nurture skin cells. Waxelene’s patent-pending aeration process gives it a silky smooth texture that won’t clog pores. Committed to the environment and healthy living, the makers of Waxelene endeavor to become more sustainable every day. From using natural and organic ingredients, to packaging in recyclable jars and tubes, and to implementing energy-efficient practices, Waxelene is striving to do its part to prepare for a petroleum-free future. For more, visit:

Waxelene has both a 2 oz jar ($8.99) and a 9 oz jar ($17.99) that may be my answer to my petroleum jelly issue. You can purchase it on their website or stores like Whole Foods, Sprouts, cvs/Pharmacy and Bed Bath & Beyond. They are cruelty free as well.You can like them on Facebook and follow them on Twitter for more information.

CPNA: nubar 2014

I always enjoy seeing the nubar booth at Cosmoprof. Their booth is located right by the entrance to the press room, so it's typically one of the first ones that I see each year. This year, Aimee sat me down to talk about her new collections and we tossed around a few ideas.

This summer, they launched their Social Butterfly collection which isn't on their website at this time, but you can always order by calling them using the number on their website.

For the World Cup (which was going on during Cosmoprof North America), nubar packaged some of their core colors into a special set that would allow you to recreate all the different flags around the world. This is a great collection for someone wanting to get started with nubar and need some core colors.

Launching this fall is the FALLing In Love collection - 8 new polishes all made with mica for a great shimmer. Names were not available at press time.

Also coming this year from nubar - a matte top coat launching in fall and a new PoliCure top coat. Use it over any polish brand and it will cure in the sunlight (no lamp needed) to a gel like finish in both durability and shine. To remove, use regular nail polish remover - no buffing or drilling needed.  Considering that the big thing at Cosmoprof this year was gel-like polish systems (Ever Glaze, Caption, Bio Seaweed Gel), it's really neat to see just a top coat that can be used over ANY polish brand that will give you the look and feel like gel without being a gel.

Brand Overview: Pacifica

Pacifica is thrilled to celebrate a new category to their effortless natural beauty collection with 7 Free nail polish, just in time for spring. 

China Glaze Choo-Choo Choose You

 Nothing To Disclose

Yesterday, I walked into a Sally Beauty Supply to kill some time before lunch and spied two FULL displays from China Glaze. One was The Giver (the Limited Edition 12 piece line that ties in with the movie) AND All Aboard - the 12 piece fall 2014 collection. I literally started grabbing with both hands before I decided to be civil and get a basket.

I had mentioned in my CPNA posting that I thought Choo-Choo Choose You would be my standout from the Fall 2014 All Aboard collection - from the bottle I had seen, it looked like this dusty purple with a shimmer to it.  Imagine my face when I saw it in Sally Beauty and it's this almost Barney purple with this ridiculously amazing gold to green to amber shimmer shift in certain lights. Hello.

I started with a base coat of Duri Rejuvacote, 2 coats of polish, and finished with Digital Nails Ain't Nobody Got Time For That.

Check this out. It's almost like this pretty orchid with this amber gold shimmer overlay. All in one bottle? Yep.

Or it's this dusty pretty purple with a green to gold to amber shift!

Or it's a shimmery rose amber with dusty purple under!

Or it's this greeny gold shimmer.

Overall, it's beautiful. Breathtakingly beautiful.

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

Brand Overview: INNI

Now, if you've been following PolishGalore, you know that I love the idea of nail wraps but I'm not the best at applying. That doesn't mean I don't have a whole drawer full of them though! One thing I have been missing is my OWN wraps - literally! Like, what about wearing my PG on my nails, or my cats (I do currently have 7).

Now I can because a new customizable nail wrap company INNI has launched! Use a photo from your computer and upload it to their website and you can have your own wraps for only $9.90 a sheet (30 pieces in 13 different sizes). Not bad for a very special occasion! Did I mention free shipping?

Don't have a photo you want to use but you can draw? They offer that option too. Can't draw? Well there are one million pre-created designs available.

Nail wraps something you use often? They have a subscription service for $19.90 each month to receive your choice of 3 sets (savings of $9.90) that runs through PayPal.

You can create your own by using the "Open Studio"

I decided to create a set using my cat Saffire. I had to make the image a little smaller using the set background scale but that was all. Only downside is there isn't an "undo" button anywhere in case you make a mistake. Instead, you just have to start all over.

Save your design and viola!

Of course I ordered.

To apply, have a clean nail and choose your width. Smooth on and file down the excess of the wrap. They boast a 10 day wear time and removal is to just peel off the stickers - no remover necessary.

Once mine come in, I'll let you know how they did! According to the website, it takes 1-3 days to create & I should get them in about a week.

Additionally, INNI does have a partner program where you can set up your own shop and receive profits off designs of yours that sell. Please see the link for more information.

Sparkle and Wine 2014

Press Sample 

During Cosmoprof North America, indie brands KBShimmer and Girly Bits organized an after hours events for indie brands and media to come together AND IT WAS AMAZING. Representatives from NAILPRO Magazine, Nail It! Magazine and Nails Magazine were in attendance along with various bloggers from around the United States. There was so much to see and I hope I got most of it photographed accurately.

Pam from Girly Bits, me, Melissa from The Daily Nail
Photo by mackenzieheil
This event was truly amazing. My first year at Cosmoprof, indies were pretty much unheard of. My second year, we had a very impromptu dinner at the Tropicana where a few indies handed out some polishes. Last year there were two dinners (one at Tropicana again which I attended) where indies were able to hand out polishes but this?! This was a great concentrated area that was meticulously set up by KBShimmer and Girly Bits with displays and the most amazing gift bags but all that will be coming soon.

Girly Bits had a nice display of their polishes and rings of nail swatches for our viewing pleasure. Additionally, we received a bottle of her new What Happens In Vegas... Ends Up On Instagram polish. This will become a limited run polish on her website, so stay tuned for that. This was also the 2nd in her series - last year was "What Happens in Vegas... Ends Up On Facebook" which I have a mini bottle of in my stash.

KBShimmer also had a sweet set up including her new nail vinyls! I received some sheets from her that I'm excited to use - I hadn't tried nail vinyls yet so this is fun. She also had the nicest media kit I've received to date that included a branded USB with product information, press releases and high res photos; the Beach Themed 6th Anniversary Trio, nail vinyls, SOMETHING EMBARGOED THAT I'M NOT GOING TO TALK ABOUT, a bottle of her Clearly On Top quick dry top coat AND a 2 oz refill bottle (!), a 2 oz pink sugar scrub and the coolest 4 oz bottle of pink sugar moisturizing nail polish remover. Perfect items for Vegas but also just for a great starter kit into KBShimmer. I seriously hope she offers those kits on her website some day soon because they would be a fantastic gift for friends and family. I also got to see some photos of her warehouse and her wall of glitter containers which literally made me squeal like a 12 year old girl. It was fantastic looking. This husband and wife team are extremely sweet and have really helped change my mind on indies in general. They are doing everything right.

Victoria of Serum No 5 and myself
Photo by Victoria
Serum No 5 has GROWN since the last time I saw her polishes! Last year I received a bottle of Day Glow but then I misplaced it and it slipped my mind. This year, she had so many polishes that I literally did a jaw drop and double take! In addition to polishes, she is also coming out with nail vinyls. Victoria is so sweet as well - she hugged me and asked for a photo (which I was such a fan girl all night). She gave us this cute cube that included Flashing Lights, Another Year, Let's Cheer which just launched last week, another of her polishes, a cuticle serum pen and a sugar scrub cube (to be released later this year). 

I grabbed a photo of Alter Ego Nail Enamel before she had finished setting up her display - oops! Cynthia is a sweetheart and young at heart even though she has been doing her nails longer than I've been alive. She included two of her shades including best selling Penny Pincher in my bag.

Misfits on 8th is a supplier for those who want to start making their own polish. She included a starter kit for us to create our own colors, as well some extra glitter, her top coat, and 2 of her mini polishes to try. If you're looking into starting your own line, check her shop out!

Jaded Nail Co was also there with her line of unique polishes. I got to speak to her a bit the day prior and she's a blast.

Polish TBH is a girl after my own heart. Her polish line started out of an obsession for Britney Spears Fantasy line of perfumes and we all know that I'm a Britney fan forever. She included a few colors including a neat color changing glitter polish.

Linda from Nail Vinyls had a great station set up for us to play with. Her tagline is simple but perfect - Place. Polish. Peel. I had received a sample with my Cult Nails order earlier this year but hadn't used them yet but now I have LOTS to play with and that makes me happy. I'm going to step up my nail art game! Nail Vinyls are now available in a variety of shapes and have made its way into over 10,000 homes so far. She's also moved into decals for your every day life including ENOUGH HOLOGRAPHIC VINYL TO COVER A HELMER. Hello sparkles.

I knew Glisten & Glow made balms and top coat but did you know they also have creams, lotions, hand sanitizer and NOW POLISH?! She had goodies for us to play with and just for you! Take 10% off your order from now until 1 September 2014 using the code Cosmoprof14.

I literally squealed (again) when I saw Chaos & Crocodiles. I had preordered the entire "Secret Agent" collection (the 10 out of focus polishes in the back) last month on a whim and turns out it was the best decision ever. Then, like a real secret agent would, owner Sarey slipped me a bottle of Operation Vegas.

IT'S PURPLE. IT'S HOLOGRAPHIC. SHE KNOWS ME. SHE GETS ME. Ahem.  I feel really bad that we didn't get to hang out more - we had made semi-plans and then it just fell apart on me. Blah. But she is so sweet and her polish is SO awesome.

Elevation Polish had this cute set up on the end table and I was taking photos when she put up a sign that said "Take One." Due to the sun setting, I decided to use my iPhone light to check out the polishes when I found out that she has some amazing holos in her collection! I snuck up and asked her how many could I "REALLY" take because I fell in love and she held up some fingers and I ran away like a little kid. And now I have some awesome polishes to wear for you later to come.

Sweet Heart Polish had the most adorable thrones for her polish set up! I hadn't tried her polish before but she included a couple of bottles inside a cute packaged box with cut out window that made me smile.

Llarowe started as an e-tailer in the United States that offered amazing indie brands and international brands that were hard for us to obtain otherwise. Now she has her own line - Colors by Llarowe that has over 60 colors! She debuted her Show Me and Emily's Imagination collections and gave us several shades to try. Even more amazing, she will be opening a brick and mortar store in Colorado later this year and will be offering things like "Polish Making Parties!"
Now, Leah Ann had recently announced a new logo change which was not well received. I asked her what her final decision was and she surprised me with her answer. "We are keeping our original logo for now and will be going back to the drawing board for a new logo. If my customers don't like it, I'm not going to do it." That was awesome to hear - a company actually listening to her customers. I look forward to the new design to come.

Glitter Daze is another company that has grown quite a bit! A fellow Texan, she has all new packaging now and a new website! Apparently there was a Cosmoprof exclusive polish given out but somehow I missed it and I'm kicking myself for it. She has also gotten rid of her mini bottles, which I had reviewed previously.

Cupcake Polish was another new-to-me company with a sweet showing. Sadly, the USPS didn't deliver her boxes in time for the event so all she had was what she carried on the plane with her but it was still a sweet showing!

We also received information and samples from Emerald & Ash (who now has my favorite polish name ever - see Instagram AND probably the best bottle of cuticle oil I own - photos to come); Model City Polish whom I've been wanting to try and now get to; Pahlish's own Cosmoprof exclusive and I THINK that is all!

Again, tremendous thanks to all the indies that made this event possible. I wish every single one of you the best of luck and I'm so honored to have been apart of this event!

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