Summer Ain't Over Yet! OPI Retro Summer Swatches

With this being the official last day of summer, it's probably time I got through the pile of colors I have to swatch still. I could say I just did this last night, but that'd be a lie. I finished these a while ago (as I have with many others), but somehow, getting them into the blog to share with the people I'm meant to share them with doesn't seem to come so easy when I do nails all day already. Sorry about that.

So here's a much delayed summer post you can sob over as you bid adieu to bikinis and welcome oversized sweaters. Face it...that's what you've been looking forward to.

As with many of the designs I've been posting, I got inspiration for this from a pattern (whose artist I'm unsure of so hook me up with the name if you know it). Somehow, the pattern had colors that I could pull almost directly from the Retro Summer collection by OPI.

Pretty Parakeets by Katy @ Nailed It www.blognailedit.co

These were all done freehand with my Winstonia Berry Wine brushes and the colors from this collection (plus Alpine Snow and Black Onyx). My favorite part of these might be the blending of their head feathers with their breast feathers. It's subtle, but really brings them to life.

Pretty Parakeets by Katy @ Nailed It www.blognailedit.co

I used all of the 6 colors from Retro Summer, starting with What's the Double Scoop? for the base.

OPI - What's the Double Scoop?
OPI - What's the Double Scoop?

What's the Double Scoop? (2 coats) is a milky strawberry ice cream creme (without the delicious chunks of frozen strawberries of course).

OPI - Flip Flops & Crop Tops
OPI - Flip Flops & Crop Tops

Flip Flops & Crop Tops (2 coats) is a brighter and warmer pink creme than Double Scoop up above. I used it as flower accents on the parakeet nail art above.

OPI - SPF XXX
OPI - SPF XXX

SPF XXX (2 coats) is probably best described as what my white ass looks like after being exposed to the sun for approximately 9 minutes. "Sunburned coral" could also be the term used to describe this creme polish. Whichever suits your fancy.

OPI - I'm Getting a Tan-gerine
OPI - I'm Getting a Tan-gerine

I'm Getting a Tan-gerine (2 coats) is a lick-able orange sherbet creme. And it's name was constructed by a group of drunk dads.

OPI - Towel Me About It
OPI - Towel Me About It

I'm sad I didn't show you all Towel Me About It (2 coats) sooner than I did. I loved this color as a summer pedicure shade, even though I don't know many people daring enough to wear such a limey, buttery bright yellow.

OPI - Sailing & Nailing
OPI - Sailing & Nailing

Sailing & Nailing (2 coats) isn't just a semen's seaman's dream job, it's this pretty light blue creme polish.

So even if you're heading into fall, when that gets old and you start dreaming of summer again, grab the Retro Summer collection and get painting!

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.

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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