China Glaze All Aboard Collection Swatches and Review: Part 2 – Loco-Motive

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Hey there. Today I have swatches of the second half of the China Glaze Fall 2014 All Aboard Collection (see original press release here). This 6-piece set, called “Loco-Motive“, includes the six punchier shades and the lone glitter. I reviewed the first half, “All Aboard”, in this post. It’s hard to say which six I like better. I like them both for different reasons!


First up is One Track Minda beautiful bright navy blue. I love navy polish and I love cremes…so this was a winner from the start! Isn’t it gorgeous? Application was perfect, practically a one coater.

China Glaze One Track Mind

Next is Stop That Train! It’s a rich, rusty orange shimmer…perfect for Fall. It looks much redder in the press photos, so I was surprised. It’s not that unique, but it’s still stunning. I used two coats.

China Glaze Stop That Train

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China Glaze All Aboard Collection Swatches and Review: Part 1 – All Aboard

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Hi guys. This week I’m going to try my best to catch up on blog stuff. You’ve probably picked up by now that I’m the world’s sloooooowest swatcher. Sometimes I would retake a set of photos two or three times before I was satisfied. That’s craziness! So I’ve been experimenting with my photos to come up with something I can do more quickly. I’ve decided that the less I see of my hand in the shot…the less skin tone I have to obsess over! I still don’t have it quite right, but I’m getting there. :) #bloggerproblemz

Today I have swatches of the first half of the China Glaze Fall 2014 All Aboard Collection (see original press release here). This 6-piece set, called “All Aboard“, includes the deeper, more neutral shades of the collection. The second set, called “Loco-Motive“, includes the brighter colors and the collection’s sole glitter. I’ll cover those in a separate post (UPDATE: See those here). Seeing this collection previewed at Cosmoprof North America really got me in the mood for Fall! Let’s get started.

China Glaze All Aboard 6-piece SetI’ll start with my fave. What are You A-Freight Of? is a dark chocolate brown creme that leans a bit plum. Application was easy and you could almost get away with just one coat. I used two here. Flawless.

China Glaze What Are You A-Freight Of?

Swatches and Review: Pre-Fall ’14 Nailbox Trendbox Curated by Chalkboard Nails!

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Hello all! Sorry for the silence on the blog this week. Something came up that took over my life for a few days. But I’m back and hope to catch up in the coming week. Today I have the second Trendbox from Nailbox to share with you. Trendbox is a seasonal subscription box that includes high-end, full-sized polishes in the season’s hottest colors…hand-selected by a top nail blogger or trendsetter. The latest box was curated by none other than the talented Sarah of Chalkboard Nails. I was so excited when she asked me to review it and even more excited when I opened up the box! [nailbox image]

Chalkboard Nails Pre-Fall 2014 Trendbox by

Sarah chose four shades and a matte topcoat. And together, this set perfectly transitions you from Summer to Fall (L-R above): NCLA Santa Monica Shore Thing, LVX Cashmere, Orly Hot Tropics, Priti Chrysanthos, and Essie Matte About You. The box also includes a bonus item: a set of NCLA Aly En Vogue nail stickers.

First up is Priti Chrysanthos. Gah. I squealed when I opened the box. I LOVE this gold. If you look closely, you can see there’s a hint of silver foil mixed in. It makes the polish not too yellow (which I prefer). This is my very first Priti and the formula and application were excellent.

Priti Chrysanthos

Orly Hot Tropics is the bright polish of the bunch. It’s a true fuchsia with a beautiful, dense golden shimmer – a great combination. I used three coats for full coverage.

Orly Hot Tropics

Good Grief! Simple Charlie Brown Nail Art with OPI

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Happy Labor Day to my friends in the US. I hope you enjoy your day off. I’ll be spending today at the local Renaissance Festival. It’s not my first choice…but I’m taking one for the team! Today I’m sporting some easy nail art (thanks to nail art vinyls) using the OPI Limited Edition Peanuts Halloween Collection. (See original press release here.)

OPI Limited Edition Peanuts Collection (Halloween 2014)

So I didn’t have high hopes for this set. I’m not a fan of yellow…and clear-based glitters with itty-bitty black pieces remind me of spiders. But I was pleasantly impressed. Yellow polishes are notoriously poor polishers, but Good Grief was surprisingly smooth and covered in two coats. I used small chevron minis from Nail Vinyls (get them here) and Who Are You Calling Bossy?!? to create Charlie Brown’s iconic shirt. The other nails are topped with To Be or Not To Beagle, a mix of glitters including hexes in light and royal blue, pastel yellow, pastel pink, pastel orange and red, all in a clear base. It also includes a smattering of small hexes, round microglitters and bars in black. I must admit, I like the look over the yellow!

LVX Fall 2014 Collection

LVX nail lacquer announces the release of their tenth debut collection.

The top shades that will define the FALL 2014 season will include:


The long lasting, chip resistant and non-streak formula is free of harsh and toxic chemicals. LVX products are VEGAN and formulated without the use of Formaldehyde, Formaldehyde Resin, DBP, Toluene, and Camphor. LVX is a no compromise nail lacquer that has superior formulation, is socially responsible and eco friendly. LVX nail lacquer is cruelty free. All products are produced in the U.S.A. The new collection will be available for pre-order September 12th on

ALS Awareness…I’ve Been Challenged!

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It finally happened…I knew it would. Last week, Sarah of Chalkboard Nails was nominated by OPI to take the ALS (amyotrophic lateral sclerosis) Ice Bucket Challenge (see their challenge video to her here). And yesterday, she nominated me. It’s so amazing to watch this campaign travel the globe! And even more exciting to see the nail world taking part. Like Sarah, I’m a big, fat chicken (sorry, girl…you said it first). So in lieu of dumping a bucket of ice water on my head, I’m making a $100 donation to In honor of the ALS Association, I painted my nails a classic red, OPI Red. This is a personal favorite polish and a great match to the ALS logo.

OPI Red Swatch

I encourage you to learn about ALS and the Association here and consider a donation to this great cause. Almost everyone I know has been challenged already (a good problem to have)!!! I’m going to nominate my Cosmoprof North America partners in crime: Krystal of Polish Galore, Judy of Beauty Judy and Melissa of The Daily Nail.

ALS Association

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NYC Fashion Queen Collection (Fall 2014)


THINK: Fun, fearless fashion for your face and nails.

WHAT IT IS: Metallic and jewel-tone beauty products that bring runway style to the street. This fall, get the designer look with the new Fashion Queen Collection from NYC New York Color. With shimmering topcoats, rich polishes, and silky eye palettes, this collection is the perfect accessory for the most stylish outfit. Famous for delivering uptown style at down to Earth prices, NYC New York Color will glam up any makeup look this fall, tailor-made for those who live for all things fashion.

The latest eye-catching favorites include:

  • In a New York Color Minute Topcoat ($1.99): Add a stunning shine to your nails with this sparkling topcoat in six shades. Large specs of glitter suspended in color make it perfect on bare nails or for layering over your favorite polish. The special formula dries quickly, and the flat control flow brush gives a professional application every time. With royal shades like Ruby Queen, NY Princess, Fashion Queen, Blue Majesty, Queen’s Jewels, and Rule the City, this polish adds noble glam in a flash.

NYC Fashion Queen Collection

  • In a New York Color Minute Nail Polish ($1.99): Specially formulated to dry quickly, this nail enamel has a hint of shimmer for depth of color and brilliant shine. Three limited-edition hues are packed with pigment and infused with magnesium, iron, copper, and calcium to strengthen nails, with a no-fade finish that dazzles. Shades include Royal Chic, Queen of the City, and Crown Gold.