Zoya Ultra PixieDust Fall 2014 Swatches & Review

I personally don't gravitate to many of the trendy polish fads that start up every now and then. For example, I hated the crackle effect. I remember trying it as a kid (way before the polish days you've all come to know me for), and it never worked as it was shown to. Lo and behold, when it was rereleased a few years ago, nail artists everywhere continued to struggle with it.

"Stop trying to make crackle happen Gretchen, it's not going to happen!"

My pessimism carried forward when the pixiedusts and sand polishes hit the scene. After trying a few of both, I'm pleased to say I liked them! Sand polishes are kind of gritty, but generally have the same color throughout, whereas the Zoya Pixiedust polishes include dynamic glitter, especially their Ultra Pixiedust shades.

Though they aren't rockable for long (you can't wear a top coat with them if you want the gritty effect), they're pretty unreal while they are on. I think they look like raw diamonds, crumbled up on your nails. So I 'sprinkled' my nail with a trail of Ultra Pixiedust (in Oswin) for this diamond road look.

The smooth creamy base (You're So Vain-illa from OPI) totally pops the red brick road!

Now let's take a look at these colors individually after the jump.

Polish With a Purpose: Breast Cancer Awareness Polishes

October's almost over, but as with every year, it's still Breast Cancer Awareness month, and you can take part in it with the polishes you purchase. Almost every single polish brand out there is doing something, but here's 2 that I've personally learned about: Morgan Taylor and China Glaze.

Morgan Taylor

Morgan Taylor's a fabulous line of beautiful colors, especially this Breast Cancer Awareness trio, called Fight Like A Lady. The brand Always took the negativity out of the phrase "like a girl", and now Morgan Taylor's mirroring that sentiment by donating a portion of the proceeds from this trio to Susan G. Komen Foundation.

I combined the trio into this nail art for the campaign, Fight Like A Lady.

Take a look at the shades on their own after the jump, plus some China Glaze shades!

Fabulous Fall Nail Tutorial for Divine Caroline

I'm totally inspired by the gorgeous colors of the falling leaves here in Boulder. The reds and golds are something out of a painting.

So I've translated these looks onto my nails for today's Divine Caroline tutorial here!

Zoya Entice Collection Review & Swatches

Fall's here! I think one of the most memorable thing about fall is the color palette it ushers in...plus all the pumpkin spice lattes. Here's a great collection to get your hands on this season...Zoya's Entice collection, full of Fall, and maybe a few winter cremes.

I was really inspired by one color in particular, Ryan. So I used it as a base for these rough, watercolor floral nails.

Let's see Ryan on her own...

Ryan (2 coats) is a royal, jewel-toned dark blue creme. It's definitely unique to my collection.

Follow the jump for more!

Nailed It - Your Favorite Nail Blog for Marie Claire's 2nd Annual Most Wanted Beauty Award

I'm thrilled to announce that the readers and editors at Marie Claire magazine took their votes, and selected Nailed It as their "Favorite Nail Blog" for the 2nd Annual Most Wanted Beauty Awards!

I was nominated among several popular talented artists, so to be selected as your favorite this year, I'm over the moon!

Thank you all for your love, comments and kudos!


Cosmoprof North America 2014: Jessica Cosmetics

Another great installment of what I got to see at Cosmoprof North America 2014 for you tonight. Unlike other bloggers, I purposely decided to split up the Cosmoprof 2014 posts so you can continually be excited by them. To see them all, browse the CPNA2014 tag.

Jessica Cosmetics at Cosmoprof 2014

The time I was able to spend with the Jessica Cosmetics rep was very brief, and they had appointment after appoinment, so I couldn't spend a ton of time getting all the details. Here's what I was able to gather from the rep though. All in all, it's exciting, and my favorite collection (Autumn in New York) I'll review for you at the bottom of this post, so don't miss it!

Here's a sneak peak at the nail art, to entice you to read on...

Vegan Cuts Nail Art Box Review

The beauty industry is heavily saturated with beauty boxes. Whether you're a makeup, product, or nail junkie, there's a box for everyone. A new box caters to an even more specific crowd - introducing the Vegan Cuts Nail Box.

The products in the Vegan Cuts Nail Box are all vegan - meaning they do not contain any animal products (which may include silk from silk worms, guanine from fish scales, or carmine from scale insects). While I personally don't get squeamish from these products, I understand that others do, and for those people, Vegan Cuts may be just the right subscription.

This little box has a pretty steep price point at $24.95. Here's what the website states is included for the August 4th shipment:
  • Adorn Nails in L'Age d'Or or Vive Le Coquette  - .5 oz.
  • James Robert John in Just This Once  - .4 oz.
  • So Gloss Silver Arrowhead Nail Wraps - 24 individual wraps
  • LipGlosserie Cuticle Balm - .25 oz.
  • Black Sheep Lacquer in Cloudy Skies - .2 oz.
  • Elysian Nail Lacquer in a summer shade - .2 oz.
  • Vegan Cuts Special Edition Nail File
  • La Fresh Acetone-Free Nail Polish Remover - 1 wipe
As you can see, the box is a mix of sizes, brands, and effects. Here's a look at some of the products in the box on their own.