nail & bone Swatches with Paisley Puppies

What's better than polish? Some would argue that puppies would answer that question. I may not disagree with them on that.

But what's better than polish or puppies? Polish AND puppies! 

Today I'm reviewing a few colors from a new nail polish line called nail & bone. What makes nail & bone so different and great? Well not only are their polishes cruelty-free and 8-free, 20% of all their proceeds go straight to pet rescue and adoption organizations. Currently, the list of organizations and rescues they support is:
As an animal lover and rescue dog owner, I'm touched by the idea that selling polish (and good quality polish at that) can bring both awareness and support to wonderful foundations like these. 

This purpose also made nail art inspiration easy. I wanted to do something beautiful that would get lots of shares, but I wanted to tie it into dogs. So I googled "dog collars" and noticed a lot of paisley print. Then I remembered how cute our pup, Riley, looked with a bandana around her collar, so here's my paisley puppy print for nail & bone.

Cowdog by Nailed It @ www.blognailedit.co
Paisley Puppy Cowdog
Besides the white accents, I only used nail & bone colors for this look. Aren't they beautifully rich?! Even the smooth nude on my ring and middle fingers is stunning. I can't decide if I like that one (Maliboo) or the beautiful blue (Baylor) more!

Before we get into the swatches, it should be known that the polish names each have their own story about a famous rescue dog or dog owner. See if you recognize any before reading the captions below them.

nail & bone - Baylor
nail & bone - Baylor
Baylor (2 coats) is the best navy I've ever worn on my nails. The luxurious deep navy leans a little purple, but the creme finish is so beautiful it can almost be a one-coater. The name Baylor comes from Selena Gomez's rescue husky.

nail & bone - Cher
nail & bone - Cher
Cher (2 coats) is also a beautiful creme. I can't get over the application perfection for these nail & bone colors, although Cher seemed a little more thick than the others. Cher is a lovely bubblegum pink creme named for Miranda Lambert's little chihuahua.

nail & bone - Giggy
nail & bone - Giggy
Giggy (2 coats) is a sparkly lilac creme, perfect for the prince of purple, son of the queen of pink, Lisa Vanderpump.

nail & bone - Maliboo
nail & bone - Maliboo
Maliboo (2 coats) is the nude of my Fall season. Gorgeous, smooth, and semi-sheer, this fleshy nude polish is named after a maltipoo of Mackenzie and Abby Ziegler on Dance Moms.

nail & bone - Ruby
nail & bone - Ruby
Ruby (2 coats) is (shockingly) another super smooth creme, in a cool red shade a little different than bold cherry pie reds. Sweet Ruby is Sandra Bullock's two-legged chihuahua rescue.

I highly recommend nail & bone, not only for its amazing cause, but for the polishes' smooth application and beautiful finishes. Spend your money this season on polish with a purpose.

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.

Dr. Dana Nail Color - Swatches and Spot Treatments

Nail polish gets a bad rap. It's either too full of chemicals, causing skin cancer, discoloring nails, or any other number of terrible things that make people unwilling or uninterested to try new ones. If you're someone who has worries about what's going on your nails for the ingredients, you might be interested to learn about a new nail line, Dr. Dana.

Dr. Dana Ingredients

Dr. Dana products are the "first and only dermatologist developed nail care line" clinically proven to improve the appearance of your nails with a variety of high quality ingredients shown to provide several benefits to better looking and stronger nails. These ingredients include:

  • Phyto Crystal Complex (in Dr. Dana Joil products) - reinforces delicate nail cells, and creates a stronger nail that is less prone to breakage, peeling, and brittleness.
  • Glycolic Acid (in Dr. Dana Glycolic Prep) - Glycolic Acid (commonly used in the skincare industry for fine lines and wrinkles) removes surface damage to rejuvenate the nail, revealing a beautiful, healthy, youthfully lustrous shine.
By combining the Dr. Dana treatments with the colors they currently offer, your nails should be looking, feeling, and growing better and stronger. 

Color Collaborations

Each of the Dr. Dana colors has a unique story behind its name. Though the collection currently only has 6 colors, each one is created through collaboration with strong and accomplished women who inspire us. 

Dr. Dana - Gayle
Dr. Dana - Gayle
Gayle (2 coats) is a semi-sheer flesh-colored nude polish. For all of the following swatches, I used Dr. Dana top coat as well. The brushes on the colors are big and fat, which isn't necessarily a bad thing, but slimmer nails are more tricky to paint. Its namesake is Gayle King, co-author and editor at large of The Oprah Magazine. 

Dr. Dana - Hannah
Dr. Dana - Hannah
Hannah (2 coats) is a bright, almost neon, orange creme. It's almost a sheer (if you look at my ring finger you can see my free edge line just a bit), but I'd still call it a creme if anyone asked. It's named for Hannah Storm, an award-winning journalist, producer, director and author well-recognized for her work in the field of sports. 

Dr. Dana - Judy
Dr. Dana - Judy
Judy (2 coats) is a beautiful and classic cherry red creme. Judy is named for Judy Joo, a Korean-American chef patron, cookbook author, television personality and entrepreneur. 

Dr. Dana - Kelly
Dr. Dana - Kelly
Kelly (2 coats) is a hot pink magenta creme polish. It was created in collaboration with Kelly Ripa, who is considered to be one of the most accomplished women in media as a television producer, actor, and host of the Emmy award winning morning show Live! with Kelly

Dr. Dana - Quincy
Dr. Dana - Quincy
Quincy (2 coats) is a beautiful soft pink. Its milky, semi-sheer finish is inspired by the effortless and organic style of Quincy Davis, a professional surfer and influencer who broke barriers for female surfers early on by competing as the only girl in her division when she was young. 

Dr. Dana - theSkimm
Dr. Dana - theSkimm
theSkimm (2 coats) is a soft and cool teal creme polish named for Carly and Danielle, who created The Daily Skimm, which is the fastest growing email newsletter on the market (which I personally subscribe to and find super helpful in the daily deluge of news flooding every outlet of media I see every day).

Results

I personally have not tried the Joil (a combination of gel and oil) treatments or the glycolic prep, but reading about them and knowing how women struggle with nail health every time I see them in the spa intrigues me. It would be interesting to do a home-grown case study on one hand, using the other as the control, to physically see the difference the treatments and polish make over time on the nails. Dr. Dana did a few Before & Afters, but they're immediate results versus results over time. A hand that's dry will obviously look immediately better after oil application, so a longer time period would interest me more. All of the Dr. Dana treatments can be found here, and all the polishes are here. Dr. Dana also has a base and top coat. Again, I used the top coat for the swatches shown.

Nail Art

Now for the best - and let's be honest, most anticipated - part...the nail art! I was a little stumped for design ideas because most of the colors (aside from theSkimm) are relatively neutral and similar to one another. So I took to Creative Market, and stumbled upon Marigold Studios' Mini Color Pop collection of social media images. The 80s vibe of the pack lent itself well to the Dr. Dana colors, and I created some pretty fun nail art from it.

Spot Treatment by Nailed It @ www.blognailedit.co
Spot Treatment
I call this nail art Spot Treatment and I love it. My ring finger reminds me of retro Trapper Keepers from early elementary years. The Dr. Dana colors I used for Spot Treatment were Hannah, theSkimm, and Kelly (plus some black and white I had on hand from other brands). Per usual, I did this all freehand. 

I'd love to get feedback from readers who've experienced Dr. Dana treatments first hand, whether your stories are success, failure, or neutral. If I get my hands on the treatments, I'll be sure to share my tale as well! 

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.

Cácee Timeless Lacquer Swatches and Fancy Feathers

Tonight I'm swatching a bunch of colors from Cácee's Timeless Lacquer line. To be honest, I'm not really reviewing the Timeless Lacquer polishes, in that I'm not going to be able to tell you about the longevity and wearability of the colors. I simply haven't worn the colors in real life situations (e.g., outside of taking the pictures you're so longingly dying to see). However, I can tell you more about the line.

Timeless Lacquer is a 3-step hybrid system that walks the line of a gel and a polish. Gel polish requires soaking to take off, and light to cure on. Regular polish doesn't, but doesn't wear well for women who have lives that involve using their hands. So a hybrid polish like Timeless Lacquer delivers longer wearability without the commitment of gel. You may have to use more cotton to remove it, and you may have to scrub a little harder, but you don't need to soak it in foil and gel to take it off. Essentially, it's like the Infinite Shine for OPI or the VINYLUX for CND. But like I said, I didn't test that, so I can't speak to it either way.

I do however love the colors I was sent. They were all bright and happy, made me feel light and cheery. So I channeled that into my nail art, creating a beautiful and happy little feather alongside my favorite of the colors I was sent, I Fancy That.

Fancy Feathers by Nailed It @ www.blognailedit.co

The feather was drawn freehand, and I added various colors and patterns to each section to give it some interest and dimension. Colors I used besides I Fancy That include Wearin' Less, Goin' Out MorePastel, My BelleBaby Side by Side; and Such a Doll.

Moving onto the swatches of these colors and others.

Cácee - Baby Side by Side
Cácee - Baby Side by Side
Baby Side by Side (2 coats) is a light lilac creme. It applies smoothly, but the size of the brushes might throw some off. It's a wide brush with curved edges, similar to Sally Hansen's.

Cácee - Carousel
Cácee - Carousel
Carousel (2 coats) is another creme. I've never really swatched a blue this color, in all my years of swatching. It's a smooth, dusty, medium denim creme. This is a blue that someone who is interested in trying out blue could go with as a gateway color.

Cácee - I Fancy That
Cácee - I Fancy That
I Fancy That (2 coats) is a neon magenta and I'm in love! It's so bright and fabulous, but it's not patchy or striped. This is a favorite neon, hands down.

Cácee - It's Just a Little Blush
Cácee - It's Just a Little Blush

It's Just a Little Blush (2 coats) is not a blush color. It's lighter, more pastel than what I would typically call a blush. When I think "blush", I think almost nude, nearing red. This is still a beautiful color, and this pastel dusty pink has a light sparkle embedded.

Cácee - Let's Make Lav-ender the Stars
Cácee - Let's Make Lav-ender the Stars
Ok, Cácee really keeps surprising me with their colors. Let's Make Lav-ender the Stars (2 coats) didn't excite me in the bottle, but when I finished the 2nd coat, the dark greyish purple creme with silver shimmer was striking!

Cácee - Pastel, My Belle
Cácee - Pastel, My Belle
Pastel, My Belle (2 coats) was a little bubbly for me. Although the light turquoise creme is beautiful, its texture was tough. Pastels like this can lean that way.

Cácee - Prism Me That
Cácee - Prism Me That
Prism Me That (3 coats) is a really dense holographic glitter in many different sizes. Note that I did use 3 coats to get this kind of coverage, but this was straight polishing, not the dabbing technique that gets glitter on faster and more efficiently.

Cácee - Sheer Off Course
Cácee - Sheer Off Course
Sheer Off Course (3 coats) is a nude and iridescent sheer polish. Personally, this is not my favorite. The fleshy color isn't that flattering in and out of the bottle. The iridescence is a nice balance, but it doesn't outdo the yellowy, fleshy sheer base for me.

Cácee - Such a Doll
Cácee - Such a Doll
Such a Doll (2 coats) is a dark, apricot creme shade. It really brought out the yellow undertones in my skin, like it or not.

Cácee - Wearin' Less, Goin' Out More
Cácee - Wearin' Less, Goin' Out More
Wearin' Less, Goin' Out More (3 coats) is a glitter I hope everyone already has in their collection. A rosy gold glitter with big chunks of holo glitter? Yes please!

Although Cácee isn't the same kind of household name that OPI or Zoya might be, their color collection is phenomenal! Just in the Timeless Lacquer line (one of four of their lines), there are over 180 colors! You won't get bored with this line, and you won't break your bank. Colors from Timeless Lacquer are available in a variety of places around the world, but the average price is about $7. SOLD!

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.

Sophistifunk with Zoya Sophisticates

I thought I'd already published this post, but the nail art only made it to Instagram...oops!

The nail art today walks the line between sophisticated and completely gaudy. So I've dubbed it "sophistifunk" (in honor of Outkast). Makes sense for the collection from Zoya I'm reviewing today - Sophisticates.

Sophistifunk by Nailed It @ www.blognailedit.co

I used Tabitha and Gal from Sophisticates for the colors in this look. Then, over Gal I used a black from Konad to stamp the reptilian pattern with the Winstonia W101 plate. Finally, I cut and laid this small gold chain around the edges of the stamped nails to top off the gaud. I'm really curious about everyones' opinions on this...gaudy or nah?

Regardless of how you feel about the nail art look, the Sophisticates collection has a color for everyone, so let's take a look at the swatches.

Zoya - Beth
Zoya - Beth
Beth (2 coats) is definitely unique and sophisticated. It's a pretty mauve with a rose gold shimmer.

Zoya - Elaine
Zoya - Elaine
Elaine (2 coats) is a cool, dark chocolate brown. It's silky smooth, like most of the cremes in this collection.

Zoya - Gal
Zoya - Gal
Gal (2 coats) is a metallic, almost like a tarnished green silver. There are flecks of gold sprinkled throughout as well.

Zoya - Hadley
Zoya - Hadley
Hadley (2 coats) is a smooth and super dark teal denim creme.

Zoya - Hera
Zoya - Hera
Hera (2 coats) is a cheerful yet muted medium rosy creme. When I say "medium", I mean it's not too light, not too dark.

Zoya - Joni
Zoya - Joni
Joni (2 coats) leaves the rosy realm that Hera inhabits, leaning more deep mauve. Like the others, the creme is super smooth.

Zoya - McKenna
Zoya - McKenna 
McKenna (2 coats) is a medium cool nude with a slight pearl finish. VERY slight, but there nonetheless. (You can see it best in the vertical lines along my ring finger in the image.)

Zoya - Mona
Zoya - Mona
Mona (2 coats) is a beautiful, rich, dark maroon creme.

Zoya - Padma
Zoya - Padma
Padma (2 coats) is the darker sister of Hera. It's a little more of a red-tinged dark rosy creme.

Zoya - Presley
Zoya - Presley
Presley (2 coats) might be a new favorite neutral for me. It's a light-medium mauve creme. I thought it would look terrible on me, but its softness was stunning after all.

Zoya - Tabitha
Zoya - Tabitha
Tabitha (2 coats) inspired the nail art for Sophisticates. Its dark, forest green metallic finish reminded me of dragon scales, so the sophistifunk nail art was born.

Zoya - Yvonne
Zoya - Yvonne
Finally, Yvonne (2 coats) is a dark, brickish red creme polish.

Regardless of how you feel about the nail art, Sophisticates should definitely spike interested in some. Whether you're a creme addict or a metallic junkie, there's a color for everyone. Pick up your favorite from Zoya.com 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.

Taking it to the Matte with LVX Spring & Summer 2017

Today let's take it to the matte! I've got a full review of another summer collection, this time from LVX. The way LVX chooses the colors is by going to all the runways for the season and scoping out the trends in color, so what you may typically think of as a "summer" or "spring" collection might not be what you see with LVX. Nonetheless, I was inspired by the colors they chose to make some matte floral nail art for you all today.

Take it to the Matte by Nailed It @ www.blognailedit.co

I literally used every single color for this freehand floral design! The pinks played perfectly into one another to give my flowers lots of dimension, and the combination of teal and purple is beautiful. The dark green accents the leaves really well too. To make it matte, I used my OPI matte top coat but the swatches were all done with a shiny top coat. Let's look!

LVX - Argonne
LVX - Argonne
Argonne (2 coats) is a smooth, mossy sage creme...almost as smooth as a sage leaf actually is.

LVX - Camellia
LVX - Camellia
Camellia (2 coats) is an exact dupe of Pepto-Bismol, and just about as smooth.

LVX - Coquillage
LVX - Coquillage
Coquillage (3 coats) is a light pastel off-pink white shade. I needed another coat than I normally do to get a smooth coverage though.

LVX - Reine
LVX - Reine
Reine (3 coats) is a little bit more of a crelly (creme-jelly) than a creme. It's a beautiful, neonish-purple, but it needs a top coat. It's stunning when it's full-shine!

LVX - Schiaparelli
LVX - Schiaparelli
Schiaparelli (2 coats) is a hot, warm pink creme. Simple as that.

LVX - Seychelle
LVX - Seychelle
Seychelle (2 coats) is a light pastel robin's egg creme. It's a bit chalky unfortunately, but that led to me deciding to make my design matte, and I think that was a good one.

Each of the colors is still available through LVX's site here (listed alphabetically). Though LVX is a luxury line, I've always said it's worth its money.

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.

China Glaze Summer Reign Collection with Summer Season Watermelons

There are 4 seasons on the calendar, but if you ask most people, they will tell you that summer's best, that summer reigns. China Glaze nailed that sentiment with their summer 2017 collection, Summer Reign. This collection has a swath of colors, but they mostly read "tropical" with punches of metallics. I loved the juicy rich colors from the collection more than the metallics, particularly the dark jade shade, Emerald Bae. It reminded me of the watermelon Blow Pop wrappers.

Summer Season Watermelons by Nailed It @ www.blognailedit.co

Emerald Bae is the dark green shade. I also used All Glammed Up and Flame-Boyant from Summer Reign. Don't you love these juicy tidbits?!

Now here's the rest of the swatches for Summer Reign!

China Glaze - All Glammed Up
China Glaze - All Glammed Up
All Glammed Up (2 coats) is a very smooth turquoise creme. China Glaze has always produced amazing greens (hello For Audrey!), and this one's no exception.

China Glaze - Chroma Cool
China Glaze - Chroma Cool
Chroma Cool (2 coats) is a good ole silver metallic. Great coverage, easy application, smooth finish. It's not the most reflective silver, but it's pretty good as far as polish goes!

China Glaze - Emerald Bae
China Glaze - Emerald Bae
Emerald Bae (2 coats) is a very smooth (in texture and appearance), cool, mossy green creme. It's very opaque, so it was easy to use it for the French tip of the watermelon nail art I did. If it weren't full coverage, you'd get horrible patchiness over such a bright red.

China Glaze - Flame-Boyant
China Glaze - Flame-Boyant
Flame-Boyant (2 coats) is a sincerely bright red creme polish. Without top coat, it dries a little matte too.

China Glaze - High Standards
China Glaze - High Standards
High Standards (2 coats) is another smooth metallic, but this finish is gold.

China Glaze - I Truly Azure You
China Glaze - I Truly Azure You
I Truly Azure You (2 coats) is a good coverage, medium-blue with light blue pearly shimmer. It's not neon, contrary to how I thought it would be when I first opened up the package.

China Glaze - Rosé My Name
China Glaze - Rosé My Name
Rosé My Name (2 coats) is the last metallic polish of the collection. It's a magenta chrome. It's not the smoothest finish, but it applies nicely.

China Glaze - Simply Fa-Blue-Less
China Glaze - Simply Fa-Blue-Less
Simply Fa-Blue-Less (2 coats) is such an intense color, I LOVE IT! It's a dark neon (if that's possible) blue jelly. The pictures make it look obnoxiously sheer, but that's not the case. It's really shiny and I truly love it. It really is fa-blue-less!

China Glaze - Sultry Solstice
China Glaze - Sultry Solstice
Sultry Solstice (2 coats) is also neon, with a little more coverage. It's not quite a creme, but not quite a jelly. This neon orange crelly also dries somewhat matte without top coat.

China Glaze - Summer Reign
China Glaze - Summer Reign
Summer Reign (2 coats) is the collection's namesake. It's a matte, neon purple creme with very minimal pink shimmer. The shimmer comes out around the edges in the shot above.

China Glaze - Sun-set the Mood
China Glaze - Sun-set the Mood
Sun-set the Mood (2 coats) looks basic in the picture, but it's a hot neon coral creme. The coverage is decent, but not ideal. This one also dries matte.

China Glaze - Sunset Seeker
China Glaze - Sunset Seeker
Sunset Seeker (2 coats) is a dark, but still bright classic matte orange creme. It has red, but it's definitely still an orange.

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.