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Pure Ice New Year, New Hue Collection Jelly Watercolor Nail Art

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Hey there. Today I have some nail art using the new Pure Ice New Year, New Hue Collection. The full set has a bit of everything.  It includes three jelly-based glitters, a creme, a glitter topper, a metallic, and a matte topcoat. You can see bottle shots of all the polishes at the end of this post.

Pure Ice New Year, New Hue Collection Watercolor Nail Art

For my nail art, I used the three jelly glitters, Rosy Glow, Purple Haze, and Blue Hue. I started with a white base and used the polish brush to dab on the three jellies in a random pattern. I went over everything twice. The jellies are sprinkled with the same light, iridescent glitter. It’s subtle, but very pretty. I loved the consistency of these three shades for this technique. I gave it a little extra time before top coating since my color “dabs” were on the thick side.

GLAM Polish Cast A Spell Part 3: The White Witch Collection Swatches and Review

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Hello! Today I have the third GLAM Polish Cast a Spell release. This one is called the White Witch Collection and it will be available TOMORROW at www.glampolish.com.au. I gotta tell you, Rachel, the brains behind GLAM Polish, is one of the MOST organized indies I know. I’ve had these polishes for nearly two months! I love that she’s so on top of things. It’s no wonder that she creates amazing polishes. I have five of the nine shades to show you. All are a sparkly combination of small and larger holo glitters suspended in a holo base. Each swatch is finished with GLAM Polish Magic Shine Topcoat. These are way more holo in person.

GLAM Polish Cast a Spell Part 3: White Witch Collection

Enchanted is a soft, light pink.

GLAM Polish Enchanted

Spellbound is a beautiful periwinkle blue. 

Nubar Pop Collection Negative Space Half Moon Mani

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Happy Monday. It was great to be in LA last week, but it feels good to be back to regular life too! Today I have some nail art inspired by Miss Pop. If you kept up on my LA trip recaps, then you know I got to meet her while I was there. I pulled out the Nubar Pop Collection and of course I thought of her! I’ve been working so hard on diligently wearing base coat, so I’m stain-free (woot!) and can finally sport negative space nail designs like the ones Miss Pop is known for. My art today was inspired by her Threeasfour Fall 2013 New York Fashion Week nails (see them here).

Nubar Pop Collection Negative Space Moon Nail Art

I chose Choir Girl, a super subtle grey creme as my base and free-handed a deep moon at the cuticle. I used a clean-up brush and acetone to smooth out any lines I wasn’t happy with.The formula on this one is really smooth and not chalky in the least bit like I expected. It will make a great base for nail art (it’s just a teeny bit darker than OPI My Boyfriend Scales Walls). I’m crazy about it.

LA Recap Part III: The Painted Nail and Everything Nailz with Katie Cazorla and Chalkboard Nails

Here’s the final recap of my Los Angeles trip. If you missed the first two, you can find them here and here. I had to cover things a little out of order because Sarah (Chalkboard Nails) and I got to spend time with Katie Cazorla on two separate occasions while we were in town. If you’re not familiar with Katie, she’s a celebrity nail tech, salon owner, entrepreneur, actress, comic, reality TV star, and one of my fave people on the planet. Her new The Painted Nail Salon opened up last Fall in Hollywood at the gorgeous W Hotel. Katie was so generous and had Sarah and me to the salon for mani/pedis (even though it was Oscar night)!

The Painted Nail

The salon is smaller than I expected, but gorgeous with really high ceilings, expensive furnishings, and a complete wall of windows. It’s light and fun and has an elegant, exclusive vibe to it. They have the largest Essie installation in the country. It’s amazing! It goes from floor to ceiling and holds 750+ bottles of polish. The best part? The service prices were totally in line with what I would pay at a comparable salon in the Midwest (a mani/pedi combo is $75).

The Painted Nail Essie Wall

The manicures are done at a long bar. I’ve never seen a setup like it. It was very comfortable and is truly a genius idea for saving space. The TV streams The Painted Nail social media mentions in real time, so tag your photos and they’ll see you!

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Don’t even get me started on the pedicure chairs by famed interior designer Michele Pelafas. They’re works of art! I love that they’re sinks and not piped spas (which are difficult to keep sanitized). Everything you can imagine (heated massage chairs, bowls, stands, fabrics, etc.) is completely customizable and available through Katie’s nail supply store, Everything Nailz (which I’ll talk about later in the post). I need one of these chairs for The Mani Cave, am I right? WPP is a toe-free blog so you can see I’m trying to hide my feet in the pic below. LOL. It was cold and raining hard in LA that day so we had to sweater-up.

The Painted Nail Pedicure Chairs

Next up…mani time. Could I just pause to say again how crazy this trip was? Here I am, in THE The Painted Nail, casually getting a manicure next to Chalkboard Nails. Mind blown.

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LA Recap Part II: OPI Headquarters Tour with Chalkboard Nails and Miss Pop

Today I have the second recap of my LA trip (and nail polish dream vacay). If you missed the first part, you can read it here. So on the last day before Sarah (Chalkboard Nails) and I left LA, we headed to OPI Headquarters for a tour. This was seriously a highlight of the trip. I’m not ashamed to admit that I was emotional as we walked up to the OPI offices because I couldn’t believe that my li’l ole’ nail blog had gotten me here. I’m so grateful.

And here they are…the front doors to Nail Polish Oz. :)

OPI Headquarters Entrance

Of course, the lobby is decked out in polish. As we were waiting, in walks THE Miss POP! I recognized her immediately. She’s a New York-based celebrity nail artist. You’ve seen her work a hundred times…on the covers of magazines like ELLE, Marie Clare, Cosmo, and more. With all the amazing work she’s done with OPI (she just returned from doing OPI nails at NYFW), she’d never been on a tour…so she went with us! She has such a great story and was so generous with her advice. I’m so glad I had the chance to get to know her.

OPI Headquarters Lobby

Before the tour, we got to meet Suzi Weiss-Fischmann!! That was completely unexpected. She is so sweet and genuinely appreciative of what nail bloggers have done for the business. I was speechless!

Leslie, Suzi, and Sarah

Jaq was our host. She’s a media guru and strategist for OPI (and probably one of the most stylish people I’ve ever met.) I felt like a midwestern mom the whole time compared to all of these fabulous people. LOL. She and Sergio Aguirre, the OPI Director of Manufacturing (and an engineering genius) took us on a behind-the-scenes tour of “where the magic happens.” Before we started the actual tour, we were introduced to so many other amazing people that make OPI happen. OPI doesn’t outsource much, if anything. Design, testing, manufacturing, packaging, distribution, advertising, and more are all done out of this facility – and they have customers worldwide…so you can imagine the talent under that single roof!

LA Recap Part I: Friends, Food and Fun with JulieG and Chalkboard Nails

I’m back from what turned out to be a nail blogger’s DREAM vacation to Los Angeles! I’m still pinching myself. As some of you know, I headed to LA to do another Jesse’s Girl/Rite Aid in-store appearance with JulieG. These events are getting more fun and less stressful as I get a few under my belt. In fact, I’m probably more excited to meet you guys than you are to meet me! And the trip was made even more exciting with the addition of Chalkboard Nails, my partner in nail crime.

Rite Aid Sarah and Leslie

So I thought I’d do a few posts about the trip. There will be nails of some sort in all of them, I promise. :D In this one I’ll cover the actual event and my Real Housewives celebrity moment (GAH!). The next post will be all about my tour of the OPI Headquarters (so amazing!), and in the last one I’ll share about our visit to The Painted Nail and all the mind-blowing stuff in the works from Katie Cazorla. I wanted to take her home with me in my suitcase because I love her that much.

PART I: RITE AID EVENT AND LISA VANDERPUMP

I arrived Friday evening and Julie and I grabbed dinner at Via Alloro in Beverly Hills. We went there the last time we were in LA. Great food and so fun to sit outside and take it all in. If you follow her vlog, Julie is seriously EXACTLY that sweet girl in person. After dinner we went to the makeshift bar in the hotel (the real bar is getting remodeled) and waited for Sarah to arrive. Sarah roped us into playing Heads Up. Have you played it? So hilarious! Later Sarah did some nail art for us for the event the next day. YUP! Chalkboard Nails did my nails. Woot.

Sideswipe Nail Art with the Zoya Naturel Satins Collection

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Hi guys. Today I have a look inspired by Sarah of Chalkboard Nails. Who doesn’t she inspire? Am I right? I followed her Easy Sideswipe Nail Art tutorial to the letter using the six, cool, nude shades in the new Zoya Naturel Satins 2015 Transitional Collection (press release here). I love all of the Zoya Naturel releases. The shades are so soft…perfect for work. This set has a hybrid finish – not quite matte and not glossy either. I ended up topping off my look with Zoya Matte Velvet Topcoat so my finished product is a little more matte than these shades are on their own.

Zoya Naturel Satin Sideswipe Nail Art

The colors remind me of Monet’s waterlillies…which got me thinking about painting…which made Sarah’s recent tutorial pop into my head. I used all six colors (Sarah uses three). Each Naturel Satin is a similar tone (grey quality) of a range of pastels, so the design doesn’t pop off the nail like Sarah’s did with the bright colors. But the design turned out exactly like I imagined. I love the painterly look of it.