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.

Claire (2 coats) is a deep brick red creme. Somewhat brown, it's perfect for fall.

Geneviev (2 coats) is one of the colors I'm unsure counts as stereotypically fall. It's gorgeous nonetheless. It's a strange formula because it has just a tiny bit of a pearlescent sheen in the dusty slate grey blue base.

Margo (2 coats) is another amazing color. It's a deep dark, yet bright purple-pink. All the little girls who loved pink toes would grow up to wear this in the Fall.

Nyssa (2 coats) reads totally Fall. A great, milk chocolate caramel color.

Last but not least is Veronica (2 coats), which is a creamy mulberry - a "no duh!" Fall shade.

Like most Zoya collections, Entice comes with a complementary collection, which is called Ignite. It'll be up here at Nailed It soon, so stick around for that. In the meantime, pick up the Entice collection here just in time for Fall!

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.

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.

Peacock Feather Nail Art for Divine Caroline

Kicking off your weekend, here's a coveted nail art look to try. You can flaunt these peacock feathers on your own, if you're feeling a little adventurous in your nail art skills!

This tutorial is over at Divine Caroline, including all the colors used and some incredible brushes to try out!

Creepy Cracked Halloween Nails for Divine Caroline

Tonight's Halloween nail art look offers an option outside the realm of adorable pumpkins or gorable pus. Take a crack at this look for something different this Halloween.

Cosmoprof North America 2014: LVX

Tonight I've got another post from Cosmoprof 2014, this time from LVX. Remember, you can see all of them by browsing the CPNA2014 tag.

LVX at Cosmoprof 2014 

I've reviewed LVX polish before (here). What sets LVX apart is its deep integration with the world of high fashion. Each year, there are 4 seasonal collections released, each with 6 colors and right in line with the seasons of fashion. What's more, the colors are carefully selected after closely studying thousands of runway presentations from renowned designers, including one big designer that provided plenty of influence in past collections, Alexander Wang.

The founders (who I had the pleasure to meet) are Branka and Rade Tomic. (Who doesn't love a family polish? The duo are siblings!) They take their dedication to fashion and luxury very seriously, and have sponsored several shows with LVX. While they say they haven't been to international shows yet, they've been to New York and Miami, where they adorned around 20 models' nails with LVX lacquer.

The fashionable lady doesn't need to worry when she reaches for a bottle of LVX. It's "fashion with a conscience". Their formulation's are 5-free, vegan and cruelty-free, which means it's never tested on animals. This is great news for our Boulder salon, as clients request vegan and cruelty-free polishes more and more.

Fashion extends to the packaging and display of LVX polishes as well. Take a look at the upcoming Fall collection, announced for the first time at Cosmoprof (and available soon). Very sleek!

So what's new with LVX? I sat down with Branka and Rade, and they shared that LVX has a full manicure system in the works. That would include things like oils, base coats, top coats, removers, etc. With this, they hope to offer healthier alternatives to what's already on the market. And while no gel systems (or gel hybrids) are in the making, they were happy to offer me a sample of their top coat, which is touted as gel-like, just as their polishes are.

Additionally, LVX is partnering with the National Breast Cancer Foundation in October and donating 100% of all profits from their signature pink, Lolli. 100% is huge, and really makes LVX a standout and standup brand in my mind!

LVX Polish Review & Nail Art

With that in mind, here's a look at two colors I picked up at the show, combined to recreate a nail-friendly designer's pattern. Here, I used Lemondrop and Porcelain to mimic the Kate Spade lemon pattern

I loved the colors, especially Lemondrop. I had trouble with application myself, finding it a bit streaky, but I liked them for nail art.

Added a slight filter to give it a more vintage look, similar to the lemons.

LVX - Lemondrop

LVX - Porcelain
In both swatches, I used their top coat and liked it. I tried it over my nail art as well, and unfortunately, it didn't even out the bumps that inevitably show up when working with polish for nail art. Seche Vite's still better for that in my opinion. The top coat does dry quickly though, which is always a great bonus.

I look forward to seeing the official release of the Fall line, but in the meantime, their Winter Resort collection is live! It's full of deep colors, several with shimmer. I really enjoyed sitting down with and grilling the Tomics about LVX, and I'm eager to see what the manicure system looks like!

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.