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Polished by KPT Cosmic XOdus I Collection Swatches and Review

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Hey there! Today is launch day for another great Polished by KPT collection. The Cosmic XOdus I Collection includes 10 science and space-themed shades in glitter, duochrome and thermal finishes. You can get your hands on these at 12pm PST today (yes, that’s very soon) at the Polished by KPT shop. More details at the end of this post. So let’s get straight to the swatches! I’ll say this once up front. The formula was excellent across the board. For all swatches, I used three coats for full coverage…but the glitters would be awesome as one-coat toppers too!


Nalani is my fave of the glitters, and actually my fave of the entire collection! The jelly base is filled with green, blue, purple and holo silver glitters. Honestly, it’s one of the most amazing polishes I’ve seen in a while. It’s crazy stunning.  This is three coats.

Polished by KPT Nalani

Bleeding Stars is a clear-based glitter. The name is perfect. The glitters are red, copper, silver and holo. It’s super sparkly in person.

“I Survived Black Friday 2014″ Collaboration from Glisten & Glow, DIFFERENT dimension, Cupcake Polish and NailVinyls

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Hi guys. I have some exciting stuff to share today…it’s a LIMITED EDITION, Black Friday-themed box with exclusive releases by Glisten & Glow, DIFFERENT dimension, Cupcake Polish and NailVinyls. I got to meet each one of these gals this past summer (see this post) at Cosmoprof NA. Such a fun bunch of gals and a cool idea for a collaboration! The box includes three exclusive holographic polishes and a set of holo nail decals. It will be available one week from today (Friday, 28 November 2014) at 12:01am EST and 1pm EST. Store links are listed at the end of this post. Let’s get to the polish!

Glisten & Glow First in Line! is a strong, deep purple holo. The formula was really nice and covered easily in two coats. Check out that rainbowiness!

Glisten & Glow First in Line

Using the NailVinyl holographic nail decals, I created a shoe-themed pattern on my middle and ring fingers. The decals are super simple to apply. If you wait until your polish is completely dry, then you have the option to re-position them, if needed. My nails are quite curved from side to side, so I placed them on wet topcoat to keep the edges down. When finished, seal them with your favorite topcoat. I used G&G HK Girl.

Glisten & Glow First in Line and NailVinyls Nail Decals

KBShimmer Winter 2014 Collection Swatches and Review

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Hey guys! I’m back with another Winter release. The complete KBShimmer 2014 Winter Collection includes 11 new polishes and five re-releases, in addition to four new cuticle oils and holiday-themed nail vinyls.  In this post, I’ll be showing you swatches of 10 of the 11 new shades (GAH! I just went to post and realized I forgot one!) KBShimmer always impresses me. I love everything Christy does and she is such a class act. So let’s get started.

Turnip the Beet is my favorite. Wow. It’s a rich berry shade with magenta, purple and red holo glitters. The result is a textured, sparkly explosion. My ring finger has one coat of KBShimmer Clearly on Top topcoat…so you can see it shiny…which is also awesome! The formula is on the thick side, but it applied easily and covered in two coats.

KBShimmer Turnip the Beet

Fallen Angle is a bright blue jelly with holo blue triangles, silver and blue hexes, and sparkly micro glitters. The blue color is really vibrant and the triangles are a neat addition. It applied easily, even with all that glitter. I ended up using three coats, but you could easily stop at two.

Morgan Taylor Fall 2014 Enchantment Collection Swatches and Review

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Hey there. Wow! A Saturday post. I have another Fall Collection to share, the 2014 Morgan Taylor Enchantment Collection. (I first talked about the collection here and you can read the original press release here.) Morgan Taylor is such a classy line. From the shape of the bottle to the colors to the advertising. This is actually the second time I’ve swatched this collection. When I swatched it the first time (well over a month ago), I hated my pictures. (It happens to all of us.) My hubs thought I was blind and crazy, but I insisted on doing them over.  The good news is it gave me a chance to fall in love with these shades all over again. All of the polishes in this set have a magical-themed name and are surprisingly understated (which I love). All swatches were finished with Morgan Taylor Need for Speed Topcoat.

Morgan Taylor Enchantment Collection

As usual, I’ll start with my favorite. I’m the Good Witch is officially described as a pink pewter glitter. I’m not sure where the pewter comes in, but I love it just the same. There’s a lot going on here. Like many Morgan Taylor glitters, it’s a complex mix of colors that come together to create a delicate shade. I used three thin coats.

Morgan Taylor I'm the Good Witch

Next up is Who-dini? a soft, dusty periwinkle creme. Morgan Taylor calls it “grey blue”. I love that it’s not traditional Fall. The gray undertone makes it wintery and not springy. This is two coats.

Morgan Taylor Who Dini?

OPI Frozen Cherry Blossoms Nail Art

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Hey there! It’s been swatchfest 2014 at WPP (I have a huge backlog of collections to get to you next week!) and I needed some nail art in my life. I was curious about how to use a fan brush. I have one…I’ve just never used it. So I came upon this video by Robin Moses. She’s so amazing with acrylic paint! She used a fan brush to put a wash of color over a white base. As I watched her finish her pink and red cherry blossom design, I got the idea to do a similar look with frosty whites and blues instead. And so this “frozen” version was born. I love how this turned out. Yet I’m bummed that my pics don’t show it very well. All of the OPI polishes I used have a shimmery sheen to them. The light reflecting off my nails obscured the design in many of my photos. There’s actually quite a bit of detail. Anyway, you’ll just have to trust me!

Frozen Blossom Nail Art

LVX 2014 Fall Collection Swatches and Review

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branka-rade-tomicAt Cosmoprof North America this past July, I got to meet Branka and Rade Tomic, the brother-sister team behind LVX. First of all…these two belong on the runway…just like their polish! I’m not kidding. LOL. But in addition to being ridiculously fabulous [lvx image at right], they’re also completely approachable with a great passion and eye for the business.

Like all LVX releases, the LVX 2014 Fall Collection (original press release here) “fuses fashion with nail color”. This set translates the Fall 2014 runway shows into six classy cremes. I love glitters, holos and funky finishes – but sometimes it’s nice to see a selection of sophisticated and refined shades that are great for the office, in addition to nights out. For each polish, I’ve included some of the looks that inspired the color from the LVX website.

Cerise is an intense fuchsia red. I like the coolness of this for Fall. It’s a different take on warm, autumn reds.


I’m crazy about this polish! The formula was excellent. This is two easy coats.

LVX Cerise from the 2014 Fall Collection

Zoya Ignite Collection Swatches and Review

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Happy Monday! Today I have a very seasonally appropriate post…swatches of the Fall 2014 Zoya Ignite Collection. This set is the shimmery sister to the creamy Zoya Entice Collection (which I used in nail art here). Ignite’s six deep, rich colors are made even more lush with the “liquid metal” finish. I know winter collections are already being released, but these colors make me want to stay in the Autumn “space” a little bit longer!

Zoya Ignite Collection

I’ll start with my absolute favorite. Remy is a deep blue with copper and gold accents. Wow! It is so intense and gorgeous. The only downside is it stains, so wear a base coat and remove your polish carefully. Don’t go scrubbin’ wild with a cotton ball…you’ll have Smurf fingers for sure!  Just hold a (lightly) remover-soaked cotton ball or pad against your nail for a few seconds; then deliberately swipe in a straight line from cuticle to tip. Use a fresh cotton ball to remove any polish left at the sidewalls. (Actually, this removal advice came directly from Zoya’s Creative Director, Rebecca Isa. I interviewed her for a story about product removal for the August 2014 issue of NAILPRO Magazine. You can read it here if you’re interested.) Okay, sorry about that tangent…back to the polish. Remy. Extreme. Blingy. Awesome. Two coats.

Zoya Remy from the Ignite Collection

Zoya describes Yuna as a grey. It’s hard to describe – it looks almost like a dusty teal in some light. The golden highlights have a green sheen (makes sense…yellow + blue = green!) The effect is more subtle and less ultra-metallic like the others. This one is growing on me and I can totally wear it to work. This is two coats.