Taking it to the Matte with LVX Spring & Summer 2017

Today let's take it to the matte! I've got a full review of another summer collection, this time from LVX. The way LVX chooses the colors is by going to all the runways for the season and scoping out the trends in color, so what you may typically think of as a "summer" or "spring" collection might not be what you see with LVX. Nonetheless, I was inspired by the colors they chose to make some matte floral nail art for you all today.

Take it to the Matte by Nailed It @ www.blognailedit.co

I literally used every single color for this freehand floral design! The pinks played perfectly into one another to give my flowers lots of dimension, and the combination of teal and purple is beautiful. The dark green accents the leaves really well too. To make it matte, I used my OPI matte top coat but the swatches were all done with a shiny top coat. Let's look!

LVX - Argonne
LVX - Argonne
Argonne (2 coats) is a smooth, mossy sage creme...almost as smooth as a sage leaf actually is.

LVX - Camellia
LVX - Camellia
Camellia (2 coats) is an exact dupe of Pepto-Bismol, and just about as smooth.

LVX - Coquillage
LVX - Coquillage
Coquillage (3 coats) is a light pastel off-pink white shade. I needed another coat than I normally do to get a smooth coverage though.

LVX - Reine
LVX - Reine
Reine (3 coats) is a little bit more of a crelly (creme-jelly) than a creme. It's a beautiful, neonish-purple, but it needs a top coat. It's stunning when it's full-shine!

LVX - Schiaparelli
LVX - Schiaparelli
Schiaparelli (2 coats) is a hot, warm pink creme. Simple as that.

LVX - Seychelle
LVX - Seychelle
Seychelle (2 coats) is a light pastel robin's egg creme. It's a bit chalky unfortunately, but that led to me deciding to make my design matte, and I think that was a good one.

Each of the colors is still available through LVX's site here (listed alphabetically). Though LVX is a luxury line, I've always said it's worth its money.

The products in this post were given for review purposes. The reviews are based entirely on my experience with the products and were in no way influenced by anyone.

China Glaze Summer Reign Collection with Summer Season Watermelons

There are 4 seasons on the calendar, but if you ask most people, they will tell you that summer's best, that summer reigns. China Glaze nailed that sentiment with their summer 2017 collection, Summer Reign. This collection has a swath of colors, but they mostly read "tropical" with punches of metallics. I loved the juicy rich colors from the collection more than the metallics, particularly the dark jade shade, Emerald Bae. It reminded me of the watermelon Blow Pop wrappers.

Summer Season Watermelons by Nailed It @ www.blognailedit.co

Emerald Bae is the dark green shade. I also used All Glammed Up and Flame-Boyant from Summer Reign. Don't you love these juicy tidbits?!

Now here's the rest of the swatches for Summer Reign!

China Glaze - All Glammed Up
China Glaze - All Glammed Up
All Glammed Up (2 coats) is a very smooth turquoise creme. China Glaze has always produced amazing greens (hello For Audrey!), and this one's no exception.

China Glaze - Chroma Cool
China Glaze - Chroma Cool
Chroma Cool (2 coats) is a good ole silver metallic. Great coverage, easy application, smooth finish. It's not the most reflective silver, but it's pretty good as far as polish goes!

China Glaze - Emerald Bae
China Glaze - Emerald Bae
Emerald Bae (2 coats) is a very smooth (in texture and appearance), cool, mossy green creme. It's very opaque, so it was easy to use it for the French tip of the watermelon nail art I did. If it weren't full coverage, you'd get horrible patchiness over such a bright red.

China Glaze - Flame-Boyant
China Glaze - Flame-Boyant
Flame-Boyant (2 coats) is a sincerely bright red creme polish. Without top coat, it dries a little matte too.

China Glaze - High Standards
China Glaze - High Standards
High Standards (2 coats) is another smooth metallic, but this finish is gold.

China Glaze - I Truly Azure You
China Glaze - I Truly Azure You
I Truly Azure You (2 coats) is a good coverage, medium-blue with light blue pearly shimmer. It's not neon, contrary to how I thought it would be when I first opened up the package.

China Glaze - Rosé My Name
China Glaze - Rosé My Name
Rosé My Name (2 coats) is the last metallic polish of the collection. It's a magenta chrome. It's not the smoothest finish, but it applies nicely.

China Glaze - Simply Fa-Blue-Less
China Glaze - Simply Fa-Blue-Less
Simply Fa-Blue-Less (2 coats) is such an intense color, I LOVE IT! It's a dark neon (if that's possible) blue jelly. The pictures make it look obnoxiously sheer, but that's not the case. It's really shiny and I truly love it. It really is fa-blue-less!

China Glaze - Sultry Solstice
China Glaze - Sultry Solstice
Sultry Solstice (2 coats) is also neon, with a little more coverage. It's not quite a creme, but not quite a jelly. This neon orange crelly also dries somewhat matte without top coat.

China Glaze - Summer Reign
China Glaze - Summer Reign
Summer Reign (2 coats) is the collection's namesake. It's a matte, neon purple creme with very minimal pink shimmer. The shimmer comes out around the edges in the shot above.

China Glaze - Sun-set the Mood
China Glaze - Sun-set the Mood
Sun-set the Mood (2 coats) looks basic in the picture, but it's a hot neon coral creme. The coverage is decent, but not ideal. This one also dries matte.

China Glaze - Sunset Seeker
China Glaze - Sunset Seeker
Sunset Seeker (2 coats) is a dark, but still bright classic matte orange creme. It has red, but it's definitely still an orange.

The products in this post were given for review purposes. The reviews are based entirely on my experience with the products and were in no way influenced by anyone.

Zoya Charming Collection with Darling Pineapples

August 2017...this is my redemption song. Nail art brings me so much happiness, and that's all we need in life right?  So get happy, because this past weekend, I did SEVEN new nail art designs that I can't wait to share. First up...Charming, darling.

The Zoya Charming collection is not new, but all the colors are still available individually on Zoya.com here. It's such a polite collection...sweet shades that are very, well, charming. So I put this adorable collection onto my nails with charming little pineapples!

Pineapple Positive by Nailed It @ www.blognailedit.co
Pineapple Positive
I used the pink and purples from Charming to get this look. Originally, I wanted the big pineapple to be done without the black outlines, but the negative space idea I had didn't pan out like I'd hoped. It also felt a little empty, so I brought out the neon yellow studs I got a while ago from Winstonia.com (who has folded their website in to focus primarily on Amazon.)

I thought I had filmed the process for the negative space pineapple, but apparently, I only recorded me turning off the recording. Obnoxious! So I'll just explain the process.

First, I laid down a base of Jordan. Then, using Abby, Millie and Tina, I did some random dotting. Then, using Abby, I drew the shape of the pineapple, and filled in around the outside of the shape. The pineapple got lost in the design though, so I added black to punch it up. Punch...it...up.

Ready for the sweetness? How about some swatches.

Zoya - Abby
Zoya - Abby
 Abby (2 coats) is the sweetest, lightest, creamiest lavender. It's got a little blue too!

Zoya - Amira
Zoya - Amira
Amira (2 coats) is a dusty, blue shimmer. It's a light denim with shimmer. Almost like vintage teacups.

Zoya - Jordan
Zoya - Jordan
Jordan (2 coats) is a non-chalky cool pink creme. Dainty and beautiful.

Zoya - Lacey
Zoya - Lacey
Lacey (2 coats) is a light, sweet mossy sage green shimmer. The shimmer is a little gold, but it's a beautiful subtle sheen.

Zoya - Millie
Zoya - Millie
Millie (2 coats) is a bit of an oddball for this collection, because it's more of a bright magenta shimmer, standing out among the soft pastels in the collection. It speaks volumes!

Zoya - Tina
Zoya - Tina
Tina (2 coats) is the last color, and it's a lilac creme shade to die for.

See? Wasn't that so sweet?! Get your pastel on with Charming.

The products in this post were given for review purposes. The reviews are based entirely on my experience with the products and were in no way influenced by anyone.

Zoya Wanderlust 2017 Collection Swatches and Retro Pattern

Nailed It studios moved recently, so you'll have to forgive the shortage of posts. A light went down in the move, so I needed to order a new one. Expect plenty more posts this month, I've got a great new one I'm really excited for. 


As you can see, the light attaches right onto the camera. It's already diffused, and I can easily adjust the temperature of the light, from a warmer to a cooler tone. So far, I've really enjoyed it, and it's just right for the price. It's battery-operated too, so there's no extra cords and I can snap nail pictures in the wild now. I picked this up on Amazon for $45.99, and I've loved it. Here's the link to the Amazon page. (Truly just sharing this find, not linking for any profits.)

If I were vacationing, I would love to have this light for fabulous pictures. While I do have a few travel plans, my full wanderlust hasn't evolved. Oh hey...speaking of wanderlust...let's look at the Zoya Wanderlust collection! (Like that segway?)

Wanderlust 2017 might be Zoya's brightest collection, and with not just 6, but 12 colors? They knocked it out of the park for so many nail addicts. I was taken by one of the "weird" colors that we probably won't see many women wearing, Arbor, which is a crazy chartreuse creme. I don't have kids, but I sort of imagine this color shows up in babies' diapers from time to time. Not to say it isn't pretty though...the color, not the poo. So I took what I knew about chartreuse, and turned that into nail art. This is the retro wallpaper pattern that came out of that.


Is this a pattern anyone would like a tutorial for? It's detailed, but not all that terribly difficult for someone who knows their way around a nail art brush.

Let's see the rest of Wanderlust, baby poo green and all!

Zoya - Arbor
Zoya - Arbor
Arbor (2 coats) is...well...no way around it...a mossy, chartreuse, and truly poopy green creme. While great for nail art, I don't see many women, men, or anyone in between wearing this. Except Shrek.

Zoya - Byrdie
Zoya - Byrdie
Byrdie (2 coats) is a much more likely candidate for wearability. This HOT pink creme was even almost perfect after 1 coat.
Zoya - Cora
Zoya - Cora
Cora (2 coats) is a delicious, neon mandarain orange creamsicle...well...creme. 

Zoya - Esty
Zoya - Esty
Esty (2 coats) is a cooler bright pink than Byrdie, which very slight hints of shimmer. So slight, that I'm almost doubting the notes I took on this color when I swatched it months ago. 

Zoya - Journey
Zoya - Journey
I've always thought that Zoya did colored metallics with sparkle the best, and Journey (2 coats) proves it. For those loving metallic shimmers, this coral pink with gold shimmer is idillic. 

Zoya - Lois
Zoya - Lois
Lois (2 coats) is strikingly similar to Tina, another Zoya color from a previous collection, but this bright purple is a little less pink. Oh by the way...the Charming collection from Zoya will be up for viewing pleasure soon!

Zoya - Mandy
Zoya - Mandy
Mandy (2 coats) is another metallic shimmer, but this sweet hot pink polish is cooler than Journey. Tweens probably trade this for scrunchies and friendship bracelets, because Barbie is too young for them now.

Zoya - River
Zoya - River
River (2 coats) is an ocean-blue metallic shimmer. It's a medium blue...not really light or dark. Just...medium.

Zoya - Sawyer
Zoya - Sawyer
Sawyer (2 coats) was the base for my retro wallpaper nail art up above. It's a light and bright orange sherbet creme. Now...here's some food porn to remind you of exactly what that Thrifty rainbow sherbet tasted like.

Zoya - Scout
Zoya - Scout
Scout (2 coats) is a shiny poo. A bright, more sparkly version of Arbor, it's a yellowish-green metallic shimmer. This tough sell probably wouldn't leave the shelves readily if it wasn't sandwiched in such a pretty collection.

Zoya - Sonja
Zoya - Sonja
Sonja (2 coats) was used on my nail art as well. I like the bold contrast of this neon reddish coral creme against Sawyer and Arbor.

Zoya - Winnie
Zoya - Winnie
Winnie (2 coats) is the lightest pink of Wanderlust, but it's still a hot pink, a little bit coral-y, but tending more baby pink. 

Wanderlust, sold as a collection, is gone. BUT...you can get the colors individually from Zoya.com. It's almost better that way. We can put Arbor and Scout to rest that way.

The products in this post were given for review purposes. The reviews are based entirely on my experience with the products and were in no way influenced by anyone.

What I Wore: Cinco de Mayo

I hope everyone had a wonderful weekend, whether you were celebrating Derby Day, Star Wars Day, or like most 20-somethings in the Boulder/Denver area, Cinco de Mayo! This happened to be one of the first beautifully hot days Boulder's seen so far this year, so friends and I headed to Denver for some authentic Mexican cuisine and dancing at a nightclub nearby.

The morning of Cinco de Mayo, I wanted to wear some festively bright colors, so I did a little accent nail in one of the most recognized patterns of Mexican culture, the sarape. Though the shawls come in different patterns and colors, I picked a brightly colored striped pattern for my accent. I even attempted and mostly pulled it off on my right hand's ring finger, but I'll save you from having to see that Cinderella finger.

Sarape Accent by Katy @ Nailed It

The blue on the rest of my fingers is Sia (Zoya). To get the sarape look, I layered lines of darker shades of blue and orange on top of lighter ones with my favorite striping brush. I also did a layer of white (White Porcelain by INM) first, and accented with black (Black Hole by INM). In order from lightest to darkest, here are the colors I used:

Blue Section

  • Sky - picture polish
  • Dory - Zoya
  • Sia - Zoya
Orange Section
  • Excuse Me, Sur - essie
  • Cam - Zoya
  • Tasmanian Devil Made Me Do It - OPI
How did you spend your weekend? 

May the Fourth Be With You

As the sun sets around the world in preparation for Cinco De Mayo, I say goodnight to my followers, and goodnight to the 4th of May, or to Star Wars fans...May the 4th.

May the Fourth Be With You by Katy @ Nailed It

Darth Vader was painted freehand and modeled after this image. To get glowing lightsabers, I dabbed red (Tasmanian Devil Made Me Do It from OPI) in a line, then painted a mixture of red and white, followed by a skinny line of pure white (White Porcelain from INM). The sabers handles' were done mainly with Push and Shove (OPI).

Zoya Enchanted Collection Swatches and a Bug Infestation

What do you do when you get a nail polish collection with such a range of colors, it almost doesn't make sense as a "collection"? Do you pick out your favorites, and leave the rest in your shopping cart? Do you throw your hands up in frustration because it just makes no damn sense? Do you buy it all because you have no willpower or self-control? I'll tell you what I do...

I paint bugs.

The Zoya Enchanted holiday 2016 collection could quite possibly be the 6 most unusual colors mashed together as a "collection". I don't know what the good people at Zoya were doing the night this collection was born, but creative juices were definitely flowing. With that said, this collection also contains 2 of my new favorite polishes. These are polishes I wouldn't normally warrant 3 seconds of my time either! But after swatching the colors from Enchanted, consider me converted.

I was so drawn to Olivera in fact, I immediately knew the nail art I wanted to do with it. This duochrome beauty could quite possibly be made of crushed beetle shells, except I'm pretty sure Zoya doesn't do that (though I can't find anything specifying they're cruelty-free or vegan on their website). So I painted bugs!

Bugs in the Polish by Katy @ Nailed It www.blognailedit.co

These critters were done all freehand with my favorite liner brush and polish. I had up a picture of a beetle and butterfly, and took a stab at it. They came out beautifully!
Beetle in the Polish by Katy @ Nailed It www.blognailedit.co

This little beetle was done with Olivera, but the picture doesn't do the polish justice. The polish shifts from one color to another more obviously later in the full nail swatch.

Butterfly in the Polish by Katy @ Nailed It www.blognailedit.co

Then after painting the little beetle, I realized that another shade from Enchanted would make a fantastic butterfly, so I did him in Saint with accents of Alice.

Then after all that was said and done, I had to edit myself and stop from doing too much with glitter and rhinestones, so I gave the beetle and butterfly a habitat with simple grass on the other nails.

Here's a look at Enchanted as a whole.

Zoya - Olivera
Zoya - Olivera
Olivera (2 coats) is one of only two colors in Enchanted that is NOT a PixieDust polish. It's a smooth, deep purple to teal duochrome shifter. I almost got away with ONE COAT for it...that's unheard of with duochrome polishes!  Here's another angle to help show the shift:

Zoya - Olivera
Zoya - Olivera
Zoya - Saint
Zoya - Saint
Saint (2 coats) is the other smooth finish polish from Enchanted. I used this as the butterfly's base (with accents of Alice). What you get from Saint is a smooth, periwinkle shimmer with an iridescent finish. I was surprised to like this one as much as I did.

Zoya - Alice
Zoya - Alice
Alice (2 coats with no top coat) is a PixieDust polish, so the texture and grit is intentional. This one is a light lavender periwinkle, accented with pink and iridescent glitter. I'm pretty sure this is what the Little Mermaid's bra was made of.

Princess Ariel - http://princess.disney.com/ariel
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Zoya - Elphie
Zoya - Elphie
Elphie (2 coats with no top coat) is a Christmas green PixieDust. Nothin' but green in this polish.

Zoya - Lorna
Zoya - Lorna
Lorna (2 coats with no top coat) is all in the pink family, but this magenta-based PixieDust is accented with brighter pink glitter.

Zoya - Waverly
Zoya - Waverly
Waverly (2 coats with no top coat) rounds out the collection as a royal blue PixieDust. It looks a little squishy doesn't it?

The Zoya Enchanted collection is available through their website HERE. And if you have no self-control like me, you'll probably just end up with all of them. I should note, bugs are not included in the polish, so you'll have to start a butterfly farm separately.

The products in this post were given for review purposes. The reviews are based entirely on my experience with the products and were in no way influenced by anyone.