Zoya Ignite Swatches & Review

I'm really excited to share this week's nails with you. These are the complements to the Zoya Entice collection post from October. And although they're shimmers which generally aren't my favorites, I was able to pull one of my new favorite nail art designs out of it. Check it out!

I saw this sweatshirt and knew it'd be a great way to use Teigen (one of the Ignite polishes) for nail art. The lips and checkerboard patterns were both freehand, and I fished the glitter for the index finger out of an OPI polish, I Snow You Love Me.

Each of the colors applied wonderfully in two coats. You'll definitely need to let each layer dry between coats because the microshimmer can cause a little grit that tends to pull with the brush if you layer on top of wet polish.

Now let's look at the swatches of Ignite! First up...Teigen.

Teigen (2 coats) is a dark pink foil with gold microshimmer engrained within.

Autumn (2 coats) is copper foil with gold microshimmer. (Heads up...there's lots of gold!)

Color Club Made in NY Swatches & Review

Did you know that Color Club polishes were born in New York City? It's completely appropriate then that their latest line of colors represent the city that never sleeps. Today, we're checking out Made in NY from Color Club (available here).

The collection includes 7 polishes - 4 microglitters and 3 non-sheer finishes (though I wouldn't call them all cremes necessarily). The microglitter shimmers each have their own finish, that when placed over black, shine and twinkle like diamonds. This inspired my nail art for the collection...New York diamonds!

Nail Art

See the subtle glint of each diamond? I wish I'd gotten you all a video of the sparkle in each action. I had a great time creating these, because each diamond is quite small, but my fine line practice paid off...in diamonds!


First, let's take a look at the swatches of the non-sheer polishes.

Apple of My Eye (2 coats) is a great winter color. This is a classy, sophisticated magenta-burgundy with a little bit of shimmer to accent its shine on the nail.

Holly Jolly Mistletoe Mani Tutorial for Divine Caroline

After you try today's holiday tutorial, see if your creations can score you some holiday kisses if you hold your hand above your boyfriends head. I tried it on mine...it totally works!

I came up with a fool proof way to get perfect mistletoe leaves every time. It's easier than you'd think!

This is another Divine Caroline collaboration, so head over to that post here for all the details on this fun Christmas nail tutorial!

Cosmoprof North America 2014: INM (International Nail Manufacturers)

A new month, another new installment of Cosmoprof North America 2014 and what the industry attendants had to show off this past summer. The rest of those posts, if you're looking for them, can be found with the CPNA 2014 tag.

Today - INM is featured, which stands for "International Nail Manufacturers", but is more commonly known for its abbreviation. Still not ringing a bell? They're the producers of everyone's favorite microglitter top coat, Northern Lights! Now you're definitely interested!

INM at Cosmoprof 2014

At CPNA 2014, I happened upon the INM booth, and was met by a lot of products I didn't know about. Like many of you, it didn't jump out to me as an obvious nail product line, but I'm glad I stumbled by. The ladies of INM filled me in on some pretty exciting things about the company.

Firstly, I was introduced to the INM polish line, which recently underwent a nice makeover from their previous bottle design, which was a tad more chubby looking. Shockingly, there were a lot of great colors, and I grabbed a few to take home and try (which you'll catch at the end of this post along with some sunny nail art you won't want to miss). At the show, they were launching their new fall line.

Tutorial for Divine Caroline: Mad-About-Plaid Christmas Nails

Perfect plaid nails are easier than you think, with today's Divine Caroline tutorial! We call this, "Mad About Plaid", and they're perfect for ripping open wrapping paper and stuffing tasty holiday delights down your throat!

The full tutorial is available over at Divine Caroline here, so pop over for more plaid!

Kryolan Professional Makeup Nail Polish Review & Swatches

When I was in a bit of a nail art funk, I started watching a show called Face Off. This SyFy series features special effects makeup artists being pitted against one another week after week to create truly unique beauty and monster makeup. It was inspiring for me to see such creativity, and brought me out of the funk.

The contestants on the show use special effects professional makeup from a company called Kryolan. Turns out, they also do nail polish, which is what I'm reviewing for you today.

This brand of polish retails on Kryolan's website for $13.50, and it truly is professional. Let the colors speak for themselves, starting with this lavender nail art.

The base for this lovely lavender is a Kryolan color, Charming, swatched below the jump along with two others.

Charming (2 coats) is a pastel lavender (hence the nail art) that's beautifully smooth. Application was really flawless, and it dries really quickly. I imagine on movie sets, these qualities are hugely important.

Classy (2 coats) is a deep burgundy-brick red. Again, very easy formula that suits the name perfectly.

Exclusive (2 coats) is a white-silver chrome finish shade. Though it looks streaky up close, from far away (on movie sets, for example) it just looks super shiny.

Moral of the post? Start DVRing Face Off (it really is an awesome show), and if you're looking for a professional quality nail polish, give Kryolan polishes a shot, available here (you can expand the "Nail Color" option to see all of them).

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.

OPI GelColor - Fall/Winter 2014 Nordic Collection Review & Swatches

Looking outside right now, I feel like I'm living in the Nordic region of Northern Europe. 3 degrees has me looking around for the Abominable Snowman! The cold front should pass, but the memories of the storm align perfectly with today's exciting post about the Fall/Winter 2014 collection from OPI, Nordic.

Nordic Collection was inspired by the great northern lights in Finland, deep blue fjords in Norway, and colorful houses in Copenhagen. OPI Co-Founder & Executive VP Suzi Weiss-Fischmann had this to say about the collection:
I always draw inspiration from the food, music, art, landscape and street style of a particular destination. All of these diverse elements came together to inspire an equally varied array of colors that capture the aesthetic of the Nordic region. Contrasts were also seen on fall runways, where sheer fabrics were paired with fleece and woolen plaids were embellished with colorful beadwork and intricate lace. Nordic Collection by OPI complements the oxblood, coral and earthy tones seen this season and offers a variety of hues.
I am honored to be one of OPI's Pro Bloggers, so today's review is a bit different. I'll be sharing the 12 shades of Nordic with you in GelColor, OPI's gel line. GelColor is an in-salon, professional product only. As a nail tech, I'm thrilled to be able to share these shades in GelColor. (Fun fact: I work at Spa at St. Julien, where we use GelColor!)

First let's take a look at a few nail art designs using Nordic colors.

This dainty bird floral design was created with 3 Nordic shades: Can't aFjörd Not To, Do You Have this Color in Stock-holm?, and My Voice is a Little Norse. Gel nail art is tricky, and something I'm still working on perfecting. Gel polishes will not be smudge-proof until you cure them under a UV or LED light (depending on the formulation; GelColor is LED cured in 30 seconds). So my designs appear a little softer around the edges. I loved the way that made this design feel though...very feminine!

Keeping that polish movement in mind, I decided to create a wood grain effect for Nordic's second nail art look. I could work the darker polish (Ice-Bergers & Fries) over the lighter one (Going My Way or Norway?) to create a very realistic wood grain. Then I added Sighstar decals for a true Nordic feel.

Using decals on gel polish is easy! Most gel polishes leaves behind a sticky residue (called the "inhibition layer") after they're cured, which is wiped away at the end of a manicure. When placing decals though, I preferred to actually leave the sticky layer, which allowed me pat them down really well and perfectly align them. The final look speaks volumes for itself.

How would you use the Nordic colors of nail art? Take a look at the colors below the jump to pick your favorite, and let me know what you'd create! Be sure to read their descriptions, because I've included some fun facts to give you clues as to why the creative geniuses at OPI named them the way they did.

All the swatches were done in 2 coats.