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.

Sally Hansen Miracle Gel - Digital Overload Review & Swatches - Global Digital

Remember Sally Hansen? I do...even though I rarely stop by the drugstore anymore to get polish. It used to be such a thrill walking into Walgreens. I'd always hope that the newest fad polish from Sally Hansen would be in stock every time I stopped by. The joy I'd feel if it was on the shelf I remember so vividly. It really makes me reflect back and I can hardly believe how out of control my love for polish has gotten.

I've never tried Miracle Gel™ as a product before, which is crazy since it's been on the market for a while now.

Sally Hansen Miracle Gel Specifics

I am the last person to be testing the wearability claims of a product because my full-time job has me in polish remover all day. However, Sally says this stuff will last you up to 14 days. 

I was curious how the dry time was with Miracle Gel too. A lot of brands of "gel hybrid" polishes (such as VINYLUX) boast not only long wearability, but also faster dry times. So I did a series of dry time tests on my manicure for you. Here are the results:
  • 3-min dry time: I lightly swiped my fingertip over the nail and it felt like my finger was experiencing drag over the surface of the nail.
  • 10-min dry time: I pushed a little harder, and found that the polish was still able to dent, but not smudge. 
  • 15-min dry time: I would feel safe enough to put my pedicure in socks. 
Sally says that 15 minutes should do it too. Pretty accurate.

I was sent three of the seven colors from the collection, so let's take a look at those.

The Digital Overload Collection

Digital Overload includes four additional colors to those seen below, including Pink-terest, World Wide Red, Byte Blue, and Electric Pop. I got to try Gigabryte, Digi-Teal, and Let's Get Digital.

Sally Hansen Miracle Gel - Digi-Teal
Sally Hansen Miracle Gel - Digi-Teal
Digi-Teal (2 coats) really isn't teal at all to me. It's a neonish light blue creme. It's bold and bright, but unfortunately a little streaky (check my pinky). I liked it more with Let's Get Digital.

Sally Hansen Miracle Gel - Let's Get Digital
Sally Hansen Miracle Gel - Let's Get Digital
Ok...check out this description I wrote for Let's Get Digital (2 coats): "It's stunning over Digi-Teal, like moving flames over a Caribbean Sea somewhere so blue and beautiful". Pause...was I high writing that? Looking back, I would absolutely agree with myself, but that's just a whole nother level of descriptive literature.

Sally Hansen Miracle Gel - Gigabryte
Sally Hansen Miracle Gel - Gigabryte
I was personally squealing when Gigabryte (2 coats) came in the mail. First, it's yellow! No one's brave enough to make yellows anymore! Second, it's a really pretty yellow. I would describe it as a lightly sunned pastel "taxi-yellow".

Okay okay, now you've waited long enough for the pretty nail art in these super summer bright polishes. I borrowed ohmygoshpolish's tutorial for a squishy galaxy. Obviously my galaxy is only one you'd see while on psychedelics, but the design principle stays the same. You dot a stamper with the polishes, then squish it on your nail to create this cool effect.


The design looked a little like an over-saturated planet earth, so I'm calling it Global Digital. I patched in a little bit of each color, even Let's Get Digital. Cleanup was a mother, but it's fun to wear.

Digital Overload came out in January.

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 Transitional 2016 Collection with Whispers

The Whispers collection from Zoya, available now and here, is a nice option for those ready to give up their winter shades for spring, but aren't quite ready to go full blown pastel. This transitional collection features 6 soft, muted shades, with color that gets you in the mood for more sun and flowers!

I liked the idea of spring bloom, so here's a cute little floral look on one of the Whispers shades, Lake.

Whispering Petals by Katy @ Nailed It
Whispering Petals

I also used Ireland for the stems and leaves, and mixed a non-Whispers Zoya color, Arizona, with white to get the petals of the flowers. I also used it for the detail colors on the flowers.

Now let's transition into the swatches. ;)

Whispers Swatches

All the Whispers colors are solid cremes. There's no pearlescense, shimmer, or metallics, just simple flat cremes. 

Zoya - Cala
Zoya - Cala
Cala (2 coats) is a nude creme with yellow undertones. Some polishes in Whispers are difficult to work with, but Cala applies really well and has perfect coverage.

Zoya - Lake
Zoya - Lake
Lake (2 coats) is a dusty, pale blue creme. Like Cala, it applies easily and lays smoothly on the nail. 

Zoya - Eastyn
Zoya - Eastyn
Eastyn (2 coats) is a dark grayish-lavender creme. This is the first polish I swatched from the collection that had a thick formula. It still evens out nicely with top coat, but applying it isn't the smoothest.

LVX Winter Resort 2016 Swatches and Floral in the Folds Nail Art

I've swatched LVX plenty of times here at Nailed It, but one thing I always like about their collections is their willingness to go outside the boundaries of what you expect to see in a seasonal collection. Yes, winter is usually dark reds and silver. But did you know it's also teal? The Winter Resort 2016 LVX line stretches those tired color muscles for winter into something unique and original.

I was inspired by this collection's soft, vintage shades to create "Floral in the Folds". These tiny little rosebuds were done with Bordeaux on a base of Lait.

Floral in the Folds by Katy @ Nailed It
Floral in the Folds
I'd love to recreate this delicate look using different shades for wedding nails!

LVX Winter Resort 2016 Swatches

Like all LVX collections, Winter Resort 2016 comes with six colors. Five out of the six are luscious, easy-to-apply cremes that cover in two coats. The last is a unique metallic that's already running low in the salon. Let's start with Saint.

LVX - Saint
LVX - Saint
I've dubbed Saint (2 coats) as a "gray-ple" taupe creme. It's very soft and subtle against my pale winter skin, but it doesn't wash me out.

LVX - Lait
LVX - Lait
Lait (2-3 coats) can be difficult to apply because it can look a little patchy due to it's slightly sheer formula. I'm happy to take on the challenge for this perfectly off-white, tinged nude creme. If you can't get the right coverage at 2 coats, you just need one more thin one.

LVX - Malbec
LVX - Malbec
If you Google "malbec", you'll likely get image results for a dark red win. Alongside it, you may also see this LVX shade similarly named Malbec (2 coats). I would describe it more as a dark mulberry shade. What separates it from the wine could also be the flecks of holographic sparkle that turn it into a metallic polish. How great would wine be if it also included rainbow sparkles? Basic bitches would buy that up in a heartbeat (me included).

OPI Starlight Collection Swatches with a Melting Moon Manicure

OPI has two fabulous new collections coming in (the Hello Kitty collection and the New Orleans collection), but my favorite 2015 release might have to be what I'm sharing with you today - the Starlight collection. This huge, 18-piece collection is chock-full of amazing glitter, chrome, and even some holographic. I'll let the collection do most of the talking, but I have a few things to call out.

First, some of the glitters are...strange. A few of the chromes have glitter buried in them, which come out looking odd. To me, it looks like someone accidentally got glitter or dirt trapped in their polish and just left it that way. Not my favorite look. That being said, it might be perfect for someone else, so I'll just give my honest review as always and let you make your own decisions.

To start the swatches, here's a fun "Starlight-inspired" look and name. Everything seems to have some ties to space, so I'm calling this "Melting Moon".

Melting Moon

Melting Moon was created with two Starlight shades - I Drive a Supernova and I'm in the Moon for Love. First, I created a half-moon shape at the base of the nail with a small detailing brush. Then I brushed up toward the tip of the nail in small little strokes. Super simple!

Now strap in for all 18 swatches from Starlight, and be sure to let me know which is your favorite!

OPI - By the Light of the Moon
OPI - By the Light of the Moon
By the Light of the Moon (2 coats) is one of those weird, buried glitter chromes that I just can't get my mind around. The glitter is all large, hexagonal shaped, and it's paired with a silver chrome. Two coats is plenty for coverage, so that's good.

OPI - Ce-Less-tial is More
OPI - Ce-Less-tial is More 
As much of a disappointment as By the Light of the Moon was to me, Ce-Less-tial is More (2 coats, no top coat) is a home run. The dense glitter mix is rosy-gold with...wait for it...rainbow glitter too! You're looking at 2 coats with no top coat. I love this one, especially in gel because then you lose the chunky, gritty texture that you get in regular lacquer.


OPI - Center of the You-niverse
OPI - Center of the You-niverse 
The darkest shade of the collection also happens to be fabulous. Center of the You-niverse (2 coats) is a charcoal jelly with silver micro glitter and little flecks of matte black glitter. It has a bit of texture to it, but a top coat wipes it out for the most part.