Maisie Shine Polish Review and Swatches

I really like coherent collections, that make sense together outside of just their names. It shows that polish makers have put a lot of thought into the collection, and really tied everything together nicely.

This small sample of a collection I'm showing today is from Maisie Shine, and as you can see, it all blends together quite nicely.

Lindsey, the designer behind Maisie Shine, sent me three colors to include in my review of her polishes. The first polish is called Perception.

Perception is a deep teal with interesting and subtle purple shimmer within it. The shimmer comes out in certain light, and fades in other. The formula for Perception was very thin, and required 5 coats to reach this opacity. Unfortunately, it wouldn't be good as a nail art detail color due to its thin nature. It does work well on a base though, as you can see in the nail art I prepared tonight.

The next color, Splendid, also has shimmer in it to add some interesting depth. The shimmer is a very light gold, almost silver, but definitely gold. This formula was better, and only required 3 coats to get to where I wanted it. Again, not a suitable detailing polish for nail art, but another stunning base.

Finally,'s Friday Night! Out of left field, this glitter mix was unreal. I used two coats to get this awesome effect (over Splendid). This is a sick dark glitter and I love it! It pairs so well with the other two as well. If you don't look closely at the nail art picture above, you actually may thing it's a gradient, but that's just an optical glitter illusion. I really liked this one!

You can pick up any of these colors in the Maisie Shine Etsy store for $9 each.

These products were sent to me by Maisie Shine. The reviews are based entirely on my experience with the products and were in no way influenced by anyone.

Sation Salon Shout-out Giveaway

Sation is offering a wonderful opportunity to fans of their polishes to get the Sation brand on the shelves of girls' favorite salons! In return, giveaways for some awesome prizes are being offered as well.

The new Sation Salon Shout-out gives fans a chance to introduce Sation to their favorite salons next time they're out for a manicure. In return for spreading the word, participants in the Shout-out will receive a variety of prizes, depending on their level of participation and the pick-up of the brand based on their referrals. Here is a complete list of the prize options:
  • All participants who provide salon referrals will be entered into a raffle to receive Miss' complete 'Candylandia' collection. Miss will randomly select three winners.
  • All participating bloggers will receive a six-pack of Sation for their support. If three salons pick up Sation as a result of your followers' referrals, you will receive a complete set of ALL Miss 2013 collections. (!!!)
  • If the salon picks up Sation, the participant who referred the salon will receive a set of products from Miss' new nail care line and a surprise gift ($100 value)
  • Salons that pick up Sation will receive massive exposure via our social media sites and marketing channels.
It's a bit unreal how awesome these prizes can potentially be. To make it easier for you to be entered to win all this swag, I've made a checklist of the steps you should take.

You need to make sure you provide all of the information, or you won't be eligible for the prize(s):
  • You must be a US applicant
  • Submit the information below by Sunday 2/17/13
  • Submit the information below by email to
  • Make your email's subject line Salon Shout-out
  • Include in your email:
    • Your name and e-mail address
    • The name of the blog you got the information on the Shout-out from (in this case, that would be mine: Nailed It)
    • The salon manager/owner's name you mentioned the Shout-out to
    • The salon's name, location (city/state), and telephone number
So, once you get all that squared away, you're set! You're more than welcome to do it for as many salons as you'd like! So if you want to make a day of visiting your favorite salons to spread the word, go right ahead! Or, you could just mention it the next time you're out getting a mani or pedi!

Salon owners will probably have a few questions for you about Sation, so here's some useful information to include that would sway their opinion in Sation's favor:
  • Their polishes are high-end quality nail lacquer (Source)
  • All Miss products, including the Sation line, are free of DBP, Toluene and Formaldehyde (Big-3 Free) (Source)
  • Miss is only certified minority-owned and operated nail polish manufacturer in the United States (Source)
I've also created a page of small cards you can print out and take with you to the salon so you don't have to try to remember everything you need on the spot! Click the image below to enlarge and print.


Lime Crime Zodiac Glitter Review and Swatches - Part 2

I have good news and bad news tonight.

The good news is there's more glitter from the Lime Crime Zodiac collection to show!

The bad news is I still can't get this piece of glitter out of my eye. I was hoping it would make my vision change into rainbow-vision, but it hasn't. I still have hope though. Maybe it needs sunlight to really take off. Either way, it's lodged in my eye and I'm curious to see how long it takes to get out.

If you read my post on Monday, you already saw three of the Zodiac glitters and their accompanying nail art. If you haven't read the post, you should. Here you go.

I have three additional glitter paired with polishes for some loose glitter nail art. First is Aries.

I liked Aries a bit more than I did Sagittarius, because I liked the idea of a warmer pink, rather than such a neon pink. I decided to pair it with a muted color, Stranger Tides (OPI). The half-moon look with the glitter was too brilliant to pass up trying again, so I did that with more of an angled cutout. 

Next is Ophiuchus.

Silver holographic goodness. I wonder if their inspiration behind this out-there color is the fact that Ophiuchus is not typically included in anything concerning the zodiac signs. It's mysterious and unique. It's also not really related to the constellations the zodiac signs that appear in horoscopes are named for. In fact, none of them should really be called signs, since they don't related to the twelve-fold division of the ecliptic.

That's all paired with Caribbean from Savina.

Finally there's Aquarius.

What a rich glitter! I liked this color a lot more than I thought I would, and probably like this design the most after the half-moon. It also works really well with Where's My Chauffeur (Essie). It's almost like a volcanic eruption has forced the glitter out of my nails, spewing out at the tips. This is not a lava flow I would fear though, and might actually find myself drawn towards. Glitter lava flow...a drag queen's dream.

Once again, you can pick up all of these glitters, as well as the rest of the collection for $12.99, or you can buy the entire set of 13 glitters for $129.

You can do all sorts of fun nail art with loose glitter like these, and those from Monday night's Part 1.

These products were sent to me by Lime Crime. The reviews are based entirely on my experience with the products and were in no way influenced by anyone.

Winstonia Nail Art Tools Review

An essential piece of any aspiring nail artists' arsenal in my opinion is a good brush for detail work and something to use as a dotting tool. When asked by a company called Winstonia to review a set of tools including two of these, I jumped at the opportunity.

This is now my new favorite set of tools, and I highly recommend it for anyone wanting a set.

The set is 8 pieces: a satin bag to store everything in, a two-sided nail file with a 100 and 180 grit strength, 5 dotting tools with two different size rounds for dots (for a total of 10 different unique sizes), and three detailing brushes, also ranging in different sizes.

The whole set retails on the Winstonia website for $8.95, which is an insanely good price! I pay more for lunches when I make runs at work! For those of you with Amazon gift cards, there's also a Winstonia store at Amazon that also sells the set.

I would recommend buying from their actual website though, because they've given me a coupon to share with you all! For 10% off this nail art tool set (not your entire order), use the coupon code NAILEDIT. (This expires February 28th.)

The quality of all the tools and the bag they come in is very high-end. The dotting tools are all solid, no wiggling of the dotting heads against the surface of your nail as you place your dots. The sizes of each side of all five tools are different too. So you're literally getting 10 different sizes.

The brushes are AMAZING. They're brush tips are the perfect length, and the actual brush handle is round and thick, making it really easy to hold. It's also a less plastic-y feel, so I am hoping it doesn't melt in my acetone as quickly as my other brushes did.

I was really inspired to try something with a lot of detail for the nail art design tonight, so I chose to do a Native American design using the smallest brush. (I actually got this idea looking a a license plate on the road one night. I don't know what state it was, or if I was seeing things, as it was during a road trip, but I'm glad I finally got the chance to get it down on nails.)

The colors I used, starting from the darkest blue down to my cuticle are:
  • Man Hunt (China Glaze)
  • Ride the Waves (China Glaze)
  • Blue My Mind (H&M)
  • Blue (Zoya)
  • My Boyfriend Scales Walls (OPI)
  • Jacqueline (Zoya)
  • Arizona (Zoya)
  • Desert Sun (China Glaze)
Again, I HIGHLY recommend picking up a set of these as your first nail art set! I rarely use any other size brush besides a detailing one, so that, coupled with some awesome dotting tools is perfect.

You can buy this set at the Winstonia store here. Don't forget, enter NAILEDIT for 10% off! Please note: This coupon code only applies to the set of tools, not your entire order.

You can also get 15% off your order of $30 or more by entering EVERYTHING15.

They also sell other brushes and dotting tools, stamping plates, glass nail files, studs, false nails, fimo, stickers, microbeads, striping tape, rhinestones, and other 3D nail art decorations. I've added them to my Where to Shop page.

These products were sent to me by Winstonia. The reviews are based entirely on my experience with the products and were in no way influenced by anyone.

Lime Crime Zodiac Glitter Review and Swatches - Part 1

I advocate the use of glitter wherever and whenever possible.

Boring resume? Add glitter! Food a little bland? Add glitter! Hairdo too dull? Add glitter!

Those are all actually terrible examples of when adding glitter would be appropriate. Don't ever add glitter to any of the above situations. Glitter's harder to remove than a red wine stain or an STD, but I assure you, you want it much more than both.

I think you'll especially want the new Lime Crime Zodiac glitters. Lime Crime's made a huge name for themselves in the nail world with their Les Desserts d'Antoinette collection, but they're about to break through with some awesome glitter as well.

Photo courtesy of Lime Crime

The Zodiac collection is 13 unique glitter colors based on the different signs of the zodiac, including the lesser-known 13th sign, Ophiuchus (which I'll admit I've never heard of before).

The glitters come in little pots. After you unscrew the lids of each pot, you'll find a little shaker with three little holes. This is to manage the amount of glitter distributed when you open up the lid. If you've got Bare Minerals makeup, it's a similar concept. For what I used the glitter for, these little holes were more of a hindrance than a help, so I pried off the shaker portion of the lid. It easily comes on and off if you'd rather just dip your nails or brush directly into a full pot of glitter. Advertised as an eye makeup though, I can see why the shaker is ideal.

The glitter in the collection is very fine, and all consistently sized. For this reason, it's absolutely essential you apply with paper underneath your work space, pre-folded to dump extra glitter back into the pot when you're done. Also, be prepared to find glitter on everything and everyone you interact with for the next week. I'm not sure if my coworkers think I've taken up a second job as a Vegas dancer yet or not, but I do come to work wearing glitter I didn't intend to. Hazard of the trade I suppose.

Each pot retails for $12.99, or you can buy the entire set of 13 glitters for $129. I'd say that's too expensive for some damn glitter, but I can see that this is high-quality, makeup grade glitter. Craft store glitter isn't as fine, and the colors aren't mixes as most of these are. Even those that aren't mixes are definitely high-end.

For the swatches of this, I thought I'd stick to nail art. Loose glitter is trickier to use than glitter polishes, but it provides a much different effect as well. I wanted to showcase a few designs that really play to the loose glitter's strong suits. I'll show you three ways to wear loose glitter tonight, and three more again later, so stay tuned for Part 2.

The first glitter is Leo.

Leo is the most self-explanatory glitter I recieved, but it's also my personal favorite. I love gold glitter, and I love the look I created with it.

Blu from Zoya made an awesome base color to contrast with Leo. I've seen and drooled over several half-moon manicures using gold glitter online before, and I love the pastel paired against the gold.

To achieve this look, I cut small rounds out of strips of tape, and used the remaining tape over the base of Blu. That left only the half moon section near my cuticle exposed. I quickly applied a layer of top coat, removed the tape, and then dipped my nails into the pot of Leo. After letting it dry for a minute or so, I brushed the rest off with a soft, dry brush, and picked the rest off as best I could. The rest was removed with Photoshop. I'm telling you...harder to remove than stubborn belly fat!

Next up is Sagittarius.

Sagittarius is a lovely hot pink glitter. It's not opaque, so you can see through it unless it's densely packed like it is within its pot. I decided to use it along with Crema de Limon (Lime Crime), Escaping Reality (China Glaze) and Raven (Zoya) to create some girly leopard spots. It created a 3D effect on my nails, with a slight bump where the glitter was placed. (You can see that 3D effect on my thumb.) The leopard spots were all done freehand using Chalkboard Nails's leopard print technique. It's almost as if Lime Crime intentionally created these glitters to beautifully complement their polishes. ;)

The last glitter I'm showing you in Part 1 of the Zodiac glitter is a surprising color. It's not your typical glitter mix, but Scorpio is gorgeous in its own right.

The Scorpio mix reminds me a lot of the way black opal looks. Opal is the birthstone of the month of October, and the latter part of October makes up the first part of the Scorpio astrological sign. So, that's my guess for the inspiration behind it. Of course, it could just be because it's pretty. It's mostly blue, but there is holographic all throughout its mix, so it can appear green and teal in some light. It acts a lot like a flakie, without the flakes.

I decided to use it as an angled french manicure accent. It's used over Mirror Mirror (ORLY). This look was done similarly to the half moon. I covered the majority of my nail with two pieces of glitter overlapping one another. The exposed area was a wide V-shape at the tip of my nails. Once again, I applied a little top coat to the exposed area, then peeled the pieces of tape off of one finger. I dipped my nail into the pot of Scorpio and then tapped the excess off as best I could. Whatever remained was lightly brushed away with a soft brush and a dry angled brush I usually use for cuticle cleanup.

That's all I have for you for Part 1 of the Lime Crime Zodiac glitter review. Part 2 will be coming soon with Ophiuchus, Aquarius, and Aries.

Do you have a favorite glitter in this set? What's your favorite technique for applying loose glitter? Is there a technique you'd like to see me try for the other three colors?

You can buy these three glitters, as well as the other 10 beautifully mesmerizing colors in the Zodiac Collection at the Lime Crime online store.

These products were sent to me by Lime Crime. The reviews are based entirely on my experience with the products and were in no way influenced by anyone.

BigDaddyBeauty Polish Samples

When I first started ordering nail polishes online, I was hesitant about the products I'd get and their quality. Then my sister recommended checking out There, I purchased my first set of nail colors.

Currently, they have a bunch of gel colors, China Glaze, and every color striper from It's So Easy. I decided to a China Glaze color called Mahogany Magic with a pink striper they sent me for a simple design that reminds me of cupcakes for some reason.

You can get China Glaze colors from the latest collections including Tranzitions and the Cirque Du Soleil collections, and the polishes won't cost you as much as you'd find in your typical beauty store. China Glaze actually runs at about $3.50 a bottle, and the It's So Easy nail art stripers are $3.

The stripers give a lot of coverage. They're quite opaque, and a little chalky to be extra opaque, so getting good detail is easy. It does dry quite strong though, in the sense that it's tough to clean up mistakes, even with as light a color as I used.

If you've been dying to get your hands on a China Glaze color but can't muster up the money it costs to buy them in stores, check out I'll be sure to add this to my Where to Shop page so you can access it later when you're out shopping for polishes!

These products were sent to me by The reviews are based entirely on my experience with the products and were in no way influenced by anyone.

Sation Limited V Candylandia Promotional Images

I mentioned Candylandia, the new collection soon available from Sation a little earlier. Yesterday, the highly anticipated image came out, and I wanted to share that with you. THE COLORS...OH MY THE COLORS!!!

I'll have these colors soon for you all to enjoy swatches of. What color do you want most?

NCLA & Glamour Nail Wraps Review

Wraps are making a big name for themselves in nail art nowadays. I've gotten my hands on a few, including Jamberry and Scratch. I have another brand to show you today.

NCLA nail wraps offer in my opinion the widest variety of colors and choices of nail wraps. I'd also have to say that so far, the wraps have been the best in my experience with the three brands I've tried. But more on that in a bit.

In December, NCLA and Glamour partnered together with four designers to create awesome artistic nail wraps. The four designers were 10 Crosby Derek Lam, Bibhu Mohapatra, L'Wren Scott, and Peter Som. The four designers and the dynamic duo worked together to create truly unique nail wraps for a purpose: Fashion Gives Back.

Fashion Gives Back is a project that gives designers the chance to create special bags, shoes, tees, or in this case, nail wraps, to support causes they care about every year. The chosen cause was Girls Who Code. This nonprofity helps young women in high school pursue careers in technology and engineering. This organization has helped to develop a new model for computer science edcation, pairing intensive instruction in robotics, web design, and mobile development with high-touch mentorship led by the industry's top female developers and entrepreneurs.

How does NCLA tie into this? Well, five dollars from every $16 kit sold goes directly to Girls Who Code, and these kits are all still available at Barneys Co-op stores and

It's a wonderful cause, and I think you'll agree that the designs are all stunning as well.

10 Crosby Derek Lam is the first design. I liked the design a bunch, but unfortunately, filing the edge of any dark pattern shows the white adhesive underneath, which makes it look like it's been on longer than it has. You can watch a video on exactly how to apply the wraps here.

The next design is a colorful collaboration from L'Wren Scott. If you haven't already, click the link to each designer's name to see the fashions the nail wraps were all inspired by.

The Peter Som designs were different than the first two, in that the sheets each came with two different but complementary patterns. Here you can see there's a dark and light version of a very similar floral print.

My personal favorite is Bibhu Mohapatra's designs. Like Peter Som's there were two patterns in one kit. I had a hard time deciding which one was my favorite of the two, and ultimately, I think it was a tie.

All the wraps behaved similarly, so there's no difference in the quality of application between the four. They adhere surprisingly well, which may be due to the fact that they first ask you to apply a base coat (though it could just be a clear top coat if you'd like). Once the base layer of clear polish dries, you simply pick the closest match to your size nail, and then stick it on, working from the cuticle to the tip of your nail removing air bubbles. To remove excess, fold the extra paper over your finger, so the excess is facing your palm. Then, file down if you're holding your fingers straight (from your fingers to your wrist). You'll see a little fold developing as you file, and then ripping at the seam is simple. File down the rest for evenness, and you're ready to go!

All the wraps had the same issue of a frayed edge. Though you can smooth it with a file, you can't get rid of the white edge. That's got to be a downside to all wraps though I imagine.

Besides that, the sizing was good, the designs were amazing, and the price isn't unheard of. Each set comes with two sheets, and each sheet has 22 wraps. So a complete set comes with 44 wraps and a nice sturdy cardboard nail file. That means you could do about 4 manicures with the sheets, but you'd have to eventually start cutting the wraps to size your finger. The mondo-huge thumb wraps crack me up, and I can just picture myself trying to trim that to pinky-size.

Of course, you could just rock the Bugle fingernails look and leave them untrimmed.


Which of the designs is your favorite? I definitely recommend picking up at least one of these limited edition sets before they're gone. You can really stretch the length of the life of your wraps if you just use one or two as accents, and rock polish on the rest of your fingers (a la Sarah and her Jamberries).

Remember that part of your purchase goes to an awesome cause!

These products were sent to me by NCLA. The review is based entirely on my experience with the products and was in no way influenced by anyone.

Nail Candy Review and Swatches

Can you believe it's almost the end of January already? This year just started! Where is the time going?!

Next month is a lovely month,  and Valentine's Day is just around the corner. I've seen a few Valentine's manicures already, and today I've got another, as well as a review of some new tools you may enjoy.

Nail Candy polishes are new to me. They combine a normal polish brush and a tiny nail art pen into one tool, with two different colors. That's a lot huh? Let me help you understand with some pictures.

Each pen comes with two colors, and the set I'm showing you today is called Love Letter. letters...get it?

Each color has the capability of a brush, and the capability of a nail art pen. You can pull apart each pen at its base to get a solid base to stand your pen on.

Though this definitely helps keep the pen balanced, it's tricky to balance because they are such thin bottles.

Here's how the brush looks:

And here's how the nail tip looks:

See how teeny the tip is? That's great! It's smaller than my smallest dotting tool, and I think its size will be ideal for beginners. Whereas a normal striper brush or detail brush requires a steady hand and an unusual grip, these tools are thicker and easier to use, especially for beginners.

The nail tip does have a tendency to clog up, which Nail Candy has thought through very nicely. Attached to each tip (both colors on each pen), they've taped a tiny metal needle that you can use to unclog the tip should it get too stuck up.

I found that as new bottles, the polish was trying to get out before I could squeeze the little plastic bottle to get the polish out. I imagine this is because the bottles were still new, so I just made sure to squeeze a little drop off onto a paper towel first. You don't want to get globs of polish on the tip, as that'll mess up your designs.

The consistency of the polishes were all surprisingly nice! I've heard bad things about nail art pens such as these, where the polishes are just cheap and runny. These were great consistencies and that was pleasantly surprising.

The colors I'm showing didn't have names, but they all came in the set called Love Letter.

This creamy pink was a lovely shade! I used two and a half coats. (I say half because the last was very intentionally thin just to cover up a bald spot or two I'd left behind.)


This neon pink has a little bit of blue shimmer in it, and I liked it a lot. This was three coats.

The red is so rich and lovely. I almost want to call it a jelly, and it's so perfect for Valentine's Day. That's three coats.

Finally this is the white color. This was probably the best color for me. Though it had a tendency to get a little streaky due to its shimmer, it was still beautiful. I only needed two coats for this.

I really like these pens, and I highly recommend them if you're trying to get into nail art, but aren't quite comfortable with striping brushes.

Nail Candy sets are all available through their website here. They've got lots of colors, as well as a bling set using some 3D rhinestones! This would be a great gift to bring up for a clueless start a Valentine's Day list! I hope to try some other colors at some point, and I hope you try some too.

These products were sent to me by Nail Candy. The reviews are based entirely on my experience with the products and were in no way influenced by anyone.