EDC 2016 Nails

A close group of friends and I annually go to one, if not THE, biggest music events in North America, called The Electric Daisy Carnival. EDC brings the world's most talented DJs together in an event you can't even begin to wrap your head around. To get an idea, check out Under the Electric Sky, a documentary on the event.

We partake in the Las Vegas event (the main one), and to see how the community EDC creates can foster such happy people and good music is pretty amazing. If you ever have the chance to go, and enjoy dance music, do it!

In the past, I dressed up in some pretty ridiculous costumes, but that's tamed down a bit as I've gotten older. What I lacked this year in costume though, I made up for in nail art, as you can see by my EDC nails!

EDC Nail Art by Katy @ Nailed It www.blognailedit.co
Left Hand
EDC Nail Art by Katy @ Nailed It www.blognailedit.co
Right Hand
I dug deep into my massive polish collection to get the right effect for each nail. I used a lot of colors from ORLY's PCH (Pacific Coast Highway) collection, and the glitters on my thumbs were both Color Club minis (British Invasion and Neon Static).

The owl on my left hand's middle finger is the symbol for EDC. Each year, the stages represent him in a different way, but that particular design I did based on a sticker that came with the tickets. The daisy reference is also pretty obvious on both hands, although my right hand didn't get as much detail. I'm not fully ambidextrous.

If you have any questions about the techniques used for these looks, feel free to comment below!

LVX Summer 2016 Collection with Lemon Saffron Seasoning & New Nail Art Brushes

My little office space now lives in the 3rd story, with a window opening out into the tree tops. Squirrels bounce around, birds flit by, and I'm reminded of why I love summer. The heat can't beat the joy, so let's milk the last part of summer for all it's worth.

Lemon Saffron Nail Art & New Brushes

The LVX Summer 2016 collection features 6 colors that completely represent the good vibes of summer. I've already used LVX for lemon nail art in the past, but I was struck by another pretty lemon pattern that I thought went well with some of these colors, so here's LVX in lemon, part two!

Lemon Saffron by Katy @ Nailed It www.blognailedit.co

These baby lemons were probably about as easy as raising an actual baby, with tweezers. And I still didn't get the level of detail I wanted. I'm really excited about the brushes I used for the designs though. If you're a nail artist, you've probably amassed at least 43 brushes for detailing your designs. I've got another 3 you need to add - the Winstonia Berry Wine brushes.

Winstonia Berry Wine Brushes

The bristles on these 3 brushes are very thin, which makes detailing easy and controllable. You don't even need to trim them, as the shortest one is the perfect length.

Winstonia Berry Wine Brushes

I've already used mine, so it doesn't look as thin as the freshly unpackaged ones, but trust me, you need it, especially if it's only $5.95!

LVX Summer 2016 Swatches

LVX - Saffron
LVX - Saffron
Now, I know you all know how big of a fan of yellow I am. My blog's been yellow for years, and every post that includes a yellow raves about it, but Saffron (2 coats) was a tricky beast, even though it ultimately produced a gorgeous mani. In fact, truth time - I used my blog's name to cover up some of the messy yellow cleanup that failed on my ring finger in the nail art shot. See it? If you get any of this shade on your skin, you'll be stained a bit until a few hand washes sloughs off those stained layers of skin. The taxi yellow also has a bad formula, almost like an old polish that's dried out and has become thick and gloppy.

LVX - Bon Bon
LVX - Bon Bon
Bon Bon (2 coats) is a baby bubblegum pink with a normal, controllable formula.

LVX - Coquelicot
LVX - Coquelicot
Argh this is so frustrating! The two colors I was most excited about, Saffron and Coquelicot (2 coats) have awful formulas. This bright orange-red creme couldn't smooth out well no matter how quickly or slowly I moved.

LVX - La Mer
LVX - La Mer
La Mer (2 coats) was a pleasure of a formula, and an interesting color too! It's a dark but bold tealy blue. You can see that even in the nail art up above, it works well and doesn't show colors beneath.

LVX - Lush
LVX - Lush
Lush (2 coats) is a lovely sage creme polish with the formula I expect from LVX - easy to apply and covers easily in two coats.

LVX - Serene
LVX - Serene
Serene (2 coats) is a sky blueish-periwinkle creme with another easy formula.

I want to recommend the whole collection to buy, but I'm so frustrated with the awful formula of Saffron and Coquelicot that I simply can't. So pick and choose what you like from the collection here, but do NOT miss the Berry Wine brushes from Winstonia here!

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 Alice Through the Looking Glass Review & Swatches

Did anyone see the Alice Through the Looking Glass movie? I hadn't seen the first movie, so I didn't care much about the second...until I saw the colors OPI released. Stuh-ning! I have a few favorites, how about y'all?

I hadn't done any stamping in a while, and as my first post back in a while, I wanted to do something simple to ease back into blogging on a regular basis. So I used some Bundle Monster plates, then outlined them with black to pinpoint some of the key moments in classic Alice in Wonderland world.

Wondering About Alice by Katy @ Nailed It

There's a few colors from the collection for this nail art, which you can check out below.

OPI - A Mirror Escape
OPI - A Mirror Escape
A Mirror Escape (3 coats) is a gritty gold chrome with white matte glitter. The glitter makes this an odd textured polish, so it's not shiny, and feels a little bumpy.

OPI - Fearlessly Alice
OPI - Fearlessly Alice
Fearlessly Alice (2 coats) is one of my favorites. It's a super bright cyan/teal blue creme with excellent coverage.

OPI - Having a Big Head Day
OPI - Having a Big Head Day
Having a Big Head Day (2 coats) has quickly become a popular color around the salon I work in. It's this year's bright cherry red from OPI. Hard to beat.

OPI - I'm Gown for Anything!
OPI - I'm Gown for Anything!
I'm Gown for Anything! (2 coats) is a pretty little light lavender-lilac. Some people will have a problem with this formula (think Mod About You) because it's a bit chalky. I do really like the color though.

Zoya Petals Collection Swatches & Trolls

Let's forgo the "I'm sorry I've been missing" speech, because we all know that I have been. I've even been getting emails from people asking to take over Nailed It. Uh...no...I'm here, just busy. I have reviews and ideas cooking that I'm excited to publish soon, so content is coming, albeit more sporadically.

On the docket tonight is actually a spring collection from Zoya, called Petals. It's a very feminine collection with colors you'd absolutely expect in a collection of that name. Pinks, purples and corals, plus a ton of shimmer and glitter. However, I do think that for a collection of six, for four of them to be a variation on pink or coral was a bit overkill. And I did have some trouble with one of the colors, but I'll get to that soon. First, the nail art!

Trolling for Petals by Katy @ Nailed It www.blognailedit.co
Trolling for Petals
Don't ask me why I decided to do Troll Dolls on my nails. I came across a really random picture of someone's phone background that had these little guys, so I saved it, even though I don't know what the girl was talking about because it was in another language. I'm glad I did though. I can't help but smile looking at their spiffy ombr├ęs and oversized belly buttons. I just don't have gems small enough for proper Troll-to-belly-button-ratio. In addition to colors from Petals, I used 3 other Zoya colors: Cho, and Spencer for their little bodies, and Genesis for the base of the background.

Zoya Petals Collection Swatches 

Zoya - Aster
Zoya - Aster
Aster (2 thick coats) is the most unique color in Petals. It's a lavender jelly with iridescent angel dust shimmer. I needed thick coats, or would have done at least 3 thin ones to get full coverage. 

Zoya - Azalea
Zoya - Azalea
Azalea (2 thick coats) needed to be laid on thick too. It's a hot pink shimmer with an excess of sparkle. It's a 5-year old diva princess's dream polish.

A Nod to Inspiration

The palette used to create this nail art is...immense to say the least. I raided my polish collection like a horny teenage boy raids his friend's sister's panty drawer, hunting for the best colors to match the Ampersand Design Studio piece I mimicked my design from. Since Ampersand Design Studio created the illustration for The Land of Nod, I call this look, "A Nod to Inspiration".

A Nod to Inspiration by Katy @ Nailed It www.blognailedit.co
A Nod to Inspiration
The polishes I used for the non-nail-art-nails include Precision Nail Lacquer Grape-Divine and Blissful Abyss, Misa Loop-de-Loop, and Sinful Colors Unicorn. Anyone else remember how amazing Unicorn used to be? Using it today, I realized how utterly crap the formula is. Maybe it's just the years of it sitting around, but it's a streaky hot mess. If unicorns do exist, I hope they disapprove of this polish as much as me.

The rest of the polishes were random pulls from any one of the 18 helmer drawers my polishes primarily live in. For fun, let's list them:
  • Roarrrrange - essie
  • Flyin' High - China Glaze
  • Licorice - essie
  • My Boyfriend Scales Walls - OPI
  • Mezmerised - essie
  • Blueberry Blast - Misa
  • Carey - Zoya
  • Gravitron - Misa
  • Pull Over - Sinful Colors
  • Great Grape - Misa
If you're dying to know which color is which, feel free to ask. If you're dying to know where to buy any one of these random polishes, visit the Where to Shop section on my blog. 

Snow White Gets a Manicure - LVX Spring 2016 Swatches & Review

A Little Love

I want to start this post with something a little serious. I want to thank those of you following me on my blog here. Not my Facebook, not my Twitter, and not my Instagram, which is going to soon make things so that my posts are less likely to be seen. But those of you that read this, are getting all the details first hand, and quite frankly, this is where the juiciest stuff happens. (Read below for my unabridged thoughts on this collection.) So once again, thank you!

Snow White Gets a Manicure

I've decided to label tonight's nail art as "Snow White Gets a Manicure". Why? Well the colors of the LVX Spring 2016 collection spoke inspiration to me that included feminine details like my little birdie in the cage and itty bitty florals. Obviously Snow White got a little hood and added some gold bling, but other than that, she kept it pretty aligned with her morals.

Snow White Gets a Manicure by Katy @ Nailed It www.blognailedit.co

Snow White Gets a Manicure by Katy @ Nailed It www.blognailedit.co
I tried to pose a picture with a little bird sitting on my fingers, but birds don't flock to me like they do in the movies. I've tried...more than once.

LVX Spring 2016 Swatches

I liked this collection, because depending on which colors you pair with which other colors from the collection, you get an entirely different feel. If you put Fleur, Blush, Aria and Azure beside one another, it feels bright and happy. If you put Icon, Aria, and Azure beside one another, it's more serene and coastal. 

LVX - Aria
LVX - Aria
Aria (2 coats) is the color of sage before it's deliciously fried up in sweet sweet butter. It's about as creamy too.

LVX - Azure
LVX - Azure
Maybe I'm taking crazy pills, but I feel like LVX really missed a great naming opportunity with Azure (2 coats). Personally, I think it should be called...Blue Steel.
 
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OPI New Orleans Collection and the Juiciest Watermelon

I always anticipate OPI's spring and summer collections, because it always means bright, bold, and different. If you're like me, then I know you've been eagerly looking forward to this one - the New Orleans Collection.

Now I've never been there, but New Orleans is a hot, humid environment rich in history and debauchery. OPI celebrates each of those pieces of New Orleans, but what I liked most about this collection was the nod to its foodie culture. Southern food is the stuff of my dreams - deep fried, rich in flavor, and readily available at all hours of the day and night. For that reason, and because the colors of New Orleans screamed inspiration to me, I created what I call "The Juiciest Watermelon".

The Juiciest Watermelon by Katy @ Nailed It
The Juiciest Watermelon
I used two colors from New Orleans here (including I'm Sooo Swamped! which I'm holding, and She's a Bad Muffuletta!), plus an OPI Hawaii shade That's Hula-rious from last year and Black Onyx

Ready to see the colors on their own? (Don't forget to click the jump link farther down to see all 12 shades.)

OPI - Crawfishin' for a Compliment
OPI - Crawfishin' for a Compliment
Crawfishin' for a Compliment (2 coats) is my new favorite orange sherbet creme, and the first of several food or drink-named colors from New Orleans

OPI - Humidi-Tea
OPI - Humidi-Tea
Humidi-Tea (2 coats) is a blush shimmer, and it reminds me a lot of one of OPI's Designer Series, Reserve. It's more blush than pink, but the shimmer effect is similar. I surprisingly love this, even though it's a very muted neutral tone in a bright collection.

OPI - I Manicure for Beads
OPI - I Manicure for Beads
In addition to food references, OPI got cheeky with the naming of a few of their colors, like I Manicure for Beads (2 coats). This pretty, warm, purple creme shade references the make-yo-mama-proud tradition of flashing your chesticles to anyone with beads, for the sole purpose of obtaining said beads. Keep it classy girls.

OPI - I'm Sooo Swamped!
OPI - I'm Sooo Swamped!
Not everything's glitz, glamour, and tits in New Orleans. That muggy part of the country is also home to swampy ecosystems where gators'll getcha! Referencing that is I'm Sooo Swamped! (2 coats), which thankfully isn't a gross green, but rather a pretty kelly green, grass shade. (This was also the stripes on my juicy watermelon nail art up there.)

OPI - Got Myself into a Jam-balaya
OPI - Got Myself into a Jam-balaya
Got Myself into a Jam-balaya (2 coats) is a bright, but still pastel, coral creme.

OPI - Let Me Bayou a Drink
OPI - Let Me Bayou a Drink
Let Me Bayou a Drink (2 coats) is a baby pink (almost white) creme with rainbow shimmer in it. Another interesting neutral that I actually quite like.

OPI - Rich Girls & Po-Boys
OPI - Rich Girls & Po-Boys
Rich Girls & Po-Boys (2 coats) is a rich periwinkle blue creme referencing food...again. Probably the pedicure color of the season. Watch.

OPI - She's a Bad Muffuletta!
OPI - She's a Bad Muffuletta!
 She's a Bad Muffuletta! (2 coats) is almost a neon red, but probably more accurately a super bright pinky red. Like Dutch Tulips got a makeover.

OPI - Show Us Your Tips!
OPI - Show Us Your Tips!
Show Us Your Tips! (3 coats) is the only polish with formula I struggled with for this collection. It was patchy at 2 coats, so I did 3. Regardless, the periwinkle purple with rainbow shimmer is beautiful. And the name might be my favorite.

OPI - Spare Me a French Quarter?
OPI - Spare Me a French Quarter?
Spare Me a French Quarter? (2 coats) is a very royal, punched up magenta creme.

OPI - Suzi Nails New Orleans
OPI - Suzi Nails New Orleans
Looking for a pretty bubblegum pink creme? Suzi Nails New Orleans (2 coats) is exactly what you need then. It's bright, but it's not neon.

OPI - Take a Right on Bourbon
OPI - Take a Right on Bourbon
Last but not least is Take a Right on Bourbon (2 coats) - a pretty whitish silver chrome. I thought for sure this would be more of a gold or yellow, but it just wasn't.

New Orleans is available now where OPI is, and it's a good one!

Now...let's hear your tales of debauchery at Mardi Gras.

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.