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Cosmoprof North America 2014: Everything You Need to Know about What’s New in Nail Polish

So I had such an amazing trip to Cosmoprof North America and I have so much news to share! I’ll be presenting my coverage in a few separate posts. In this post, I’ll give you the rundown on all things nail polish. Stay tuned for a post dedicated to gel polish and extended wear systems, a massive indie polish overview, a collection of non-polish things that caught my eye and a Cosmoprof “diary” that gives you a play-by-play of my trip with some crazy (but totally awesome) gals.


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For me, there were a few major lacquer trends that bubbled to the top. For the most part, the Fall collections were fairly predictable with warm colors and metallic accents. What was more surprising was the softer, muted shades for Winter – think pinks, corals and dusty mints (in addition to the glitzy deep holiday shades). I also saw lots of pink/red glitter combos (which I love). Many brands are expanding their number of gel colors that coordinate with shades in their core lacquer lines. (I’ll cover the specifics in my gel post.)  I have a ton to show you and I contemplated breaking this up into a few posts; but I decided it would be more fun and convenient to see it all in one place…so I’ve separated this post into three areas: Mainstream Brands, Emerging Brands and Pro Brands (that are available to consumers). To keep load times quick, I’ve downsized my pics…but you can click each to enlarge. Keep in mind that the lighting on the show floor was really inconsistent…but I did my best. Below are brand links so you can jump to your favorites.

BernadetteChina Glaze | Color Club | CuccioEssie | House of Holland | IBD |  Impala | Jessica | Londontown | LVX | Morgan Taylor | MoYouNubar | OPIOrly | Red Carpet ManicureRuby Wing | Seche | Salon PerfectZoya

Mainstream Brands

China Glaze brings us all sorts of new stuff (and most of it I can share!). First up is their collaboration with the feature film, The Giver. There hasn’t been much press about this collection. In fact, this was the first I’d heard of it. The movie debuts on August 15th and The Giver Collection will begin shipping soon.

China Glaze The Giver

China Glaze The Giver

Of these shades, The Outer Edge was the most interesting to me. It’s a really fine mix of matte white and silver glitters. I’m curious if it’s full coverage.

Jesse’s Girl Satin Finish Collection Swatches and Review!

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Happy Saturday! It was quiet on the blog last week while I was at Cosmoprof North America (CPNA). There are lots of cool posts in the works. But this one has to be the coolest. You see, Jesse of Jesse’s Girl Cosmetics was in Vegas for CPNA too and took a bunch of bloggers to the Michael Jackson Cirque show. After the show, I learned that some pics I’d taken for Jesse of a new satin line were slated to be part of the display! Gah! I think I was the last to know! What an awesome surprise. I still pinch myself every time I get an opportunity like this. It’s complete craziness. This is the first Limited Edition release in the Jesse’s Girl line since 2011. Here it is…


For each shade, you can skip the topcoat for a velvety non-gloss finish or add topcoat for shine. I used JulieG JetSet topcoat to create a design on each swatch. I’m going to use the Jesse’s Girl descriptions for each because, guess what…I wrote them! More craziness, I know. First up is Amethyst. Stay trendy, yet timeless with this deep, jewel-toned purple. I added shiny french tips.


Cosmoprof North America 2014: Heading to Las Vegas!!

Hi guys! It’s Saturday morning and I’m actually ON my airplane to Las Vegas. I’m headed to Cosmoprof North America (CPNA), the premier business-to-business beauty event in all of North America. It’s THE place for established and emerging brands and suppliers to showcase their products and services to industry buyers, manufacturers, and licensed professionals. While I’m a licensed nail tech, I’ll be attending/covering the show as a member of the press. This show is so much fun. I’ve been counting down the days for weeks!

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CPNA is exciting two ways:

  1. BREAKING PRODUCT NEWS: During conference hours, attendees are often the first to see spanking new products. Many brands launch items for the first time at the show. While I can’t share everything I see (some of it is embargo’d until a future date); I can share a lot of it including Fall and Winter polish collections, new consumer and pro tools and cutting edge beauty products!
  2. POLISH FRIENDS & PARTIES! Think of CPNA as a Dream Meet-up on steroids. There will be LOTS of fan-girling going on as I get to put faces to names of fellow bloggers, PR reps, and nail celebrities

Events on my agenda include: Sparkle & Wine, an indie polish showcase hosted by KBShimmer and Girly Bits Cosmetics featuring 19 different indies; Shine & Social, an indie and press lounge hosted by Wonderbeauty Products/SuperChic Lacquer, Margaritas & Manicures, an invite-only party sponsored by Nail It! and NAILPRO Magazines and hosted by THE Katie Cazorla, and 2nd row seats at the Michael Jackson Cirque Show courtesy of Jesse’s Girl Cosmetics. I’m super excited to meet my fellow Lacquer Legionite, Sarah of Chalkboard Nails (and many others!) for the first time in person and reconnect with lots of people I met at the event last year.

Below is a snapshot of last year. Clockwise from top right: Jeff Pink, founder of Orly; Zoya of Zoya (of course); Tia Valencio, founder of Nail Art Society; Katie Cazorla; Alanna Wall of The Polished Girlz; and Jesse of Jesse’s Girl Cosmetics.


I’m rooming with two of my favorite people on the planet, Krystal of Polish Galore and Judy of Beauty Judy. These two gals have covered this event for many years and are uber connected. Outside of their blogs, Krystal works in PR and knows everyone in the polish world (seriously). Judy is a published beauty writer and all around smarty pants.

I’ll be Instagramming, Facebooking and Tweeting stuff in real time…so if you’re interested in updates, make sure you follow me on social media.

Okay, I better rest while I can. Things are about to get busy in the best way possible! :D

Sophisticated Leopard Print Morgan Taylor Nail Art

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Hi guys! I hope you had a great long weekend. I just dropped my daughter off for camp. It will be the longest she’s been away from home. I’ll be a sad mama. Hopefully time will fly since I have lots to keep me busy this week as I finish packing for Cosmoprof North America (CPNA). Speaking of CPNA, I’ll be meeting with Morgan Taylor and Gelish again this year at the Hand & Nail Harmony booth – so stayed tuned for info on what’s coming for fall and winter (hopefully I can share it!)

I wanted to do some nail art using Morgan Taylor Scene Queen because it’s such a lovely, complex color. It’s a sophisticated gray, almost lilac, with a subtle silver shimmer. It’s beautiful and I wear it to work often.

Morgan Taylor Sophisticated Leopard Print Nail Art

Leopard print is a favorite of mine, but I wore it out terribly early on in the life of the blog (doesn’t every blogger?). I hadn’t done it in awhile so I decided to give it a go with some equally classy Morgan Taylor Shades: Must Have Mauve, a creamy mauve, Coming Up Roses, a rosy pink and Night Owl, a deep, blackened burgundy purple.

Sally Hansen I Heart Nail Art Contest Electric Summer Round Info, Nail Art and GIVEAWAY!



Happy Thursday! Today’s post is packed! I’ve got some nail art, contest details and even a giveaway! What could be better than that? By now, you’ve probably heard about the Sally Hansen I Heart Nail Art Contest. The third and final round in this year’s competition has begun and the theme is Electric Summer. Finalists will win $500 and a trip to NYC to compete in the grand finale!  Keep reading for details on how you can enter! Here’s my interpretation of the Electric Summer theme. This was so fun to create.

Sally Hansen I Heart Nail Art Contest - Electric Summer

The Sally Hansen I Heart Nail Art line has tons of goodies including pens, stripers, decals, studs, gems and even tools. Have you checked them out lately? They sent me this awesome Nail Party in a Box to create my look. You can win your own Nail Party in a Box at the end of this post!


The Lacquer Legion: ON HOLIDAY…Painting the Town Red, White and Blue

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Can you believe this is officially the half-birthday of the Lacquer Legion?! I’m so excited for this post every month. I’ve discovered some great bloggers through the monthly hashtag! So this month’s prompt is OnHoliday. My family had to postpone the annual summer vacay this year until the Fall. Since that’s a ways off, I decided to focus on a literal holiday instead – the Fourth of July. I recently got the most amazing nail mail from Salon Perfect with tons of awesome red, white and blue (and gold and silver!) goodies, so I went to work creating a themed skittle mani.

The Lacquer Legion OnHoliday Fourth of July Nail Art with Salon Perfect

Salon Perfect released 15 (yes, 15!!) new polishes in their Paint the Town Red, White and Blue Collection (see press release here). The set also included decals, striping tape, dotting tools and more. I was overwhelmed with the choices!

Review of the NEW Nailbox Trendbox: SS’14 Curated by All Lacquered Up!

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Good morning! I have something new and exciting to show you (and it takes a lot to get me excited!) just launched a new seasonal subscription box called TrendBox. The contents of each quarterly box are hand-selected by a top nail blogger or trendsetter and include high-end, full-size polishes in the season’s hottest colors. The flagship box was curated by none other than Michelle Mismas of All Lacquered Up…literally the mother of all nail blogs!  She thoughtfully chose four great shades from some amazing brands – in colors that faithfully represent the season. I must confess; I fan-girled a bit when she asked me if I’d like to review it.  So let’s get started…[nailbox image]

Nailbox TrendBox SS'14 All Lacquered Up

Michelle chose (L to R above) two bright, creamy cremes, LVX Roux and JINsoon Cool Blue; a light, glowy texture, NCLA Mint Condition Candy Coat; and a vibrant holo, FACE Stockholm Athena. You can read more about why she chose these colors here.

First up is LVX Roux, a punchy coral creme. I’ve sampled LVX on my digits, but never worn a whole mani and never featured the brand on the blog. I was so excited to get this on. I like this spicy take on coral. The formula was excellent and lived up to everything I’ve heard about the brand. This is two easy coats with G&G HK Girl topcoat.

LVX Roux