ILNP Ultra Chrome Flakies Nail Art, Swatches and Review

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Doesn’t it seem like everything that CAN be done with nail polish…HAS been done? That’s why it’s so exciting when something new comes along. And color-shifting flakies popped up everywhere this fall. Today I have ILNP’s take on this new phenomenon. The ILNP Ultra Chrome Flakies Collection has just been restocked. Go grab your faves fast because they always sell out!.

ILNP Ultra Chrome Flakies Collection

I did something a little different for today’s post. My camera/lighting setup just isn’t the best for capturing color-shifts. Or maybe it’s the way I pose my hand? Anyway, I photographed all 13 polishes on swatch sticks. Then I focused on what I love to do best…nail art. The translucent quality of the flakies reminds me of stained glass, so I went with that theme and used four of my favorites (Success, Supernova, Electric Carnival and Metropolis) to create this nail art.

ILNP Ultra Chrome Flakies Stained Glass Nail Art

I started with a plain black base and used striping tape to lay out the sections. I had to move fast because the flakies would pull up along with the tape if they dried too much. I dabbed a pretty generous coat in each section of one nail with a small brush and immediately removed the tape. I finished with two coats of KBShimmer Clearly on Top to smooth everything out.

The Biggest Indie Polish Round Up Ever! Meet the Brains behind the Independent Brands

Hi guys! Today I have a massive post of independent polish maker news! While I was in Las Vegas for Cosmoprof North America (CPNA), I had the pleasure of attending Shine & Social and Sparkle & Wine. These events gave the bloggers attending CPNA an up-close look at many different indie labels, the brains behind each, and some sneak peeks at what’s to come. In this ginormous post, I’ll give you an overview of the events and a snapshot of the indies I got to talk to (in alphabetical order). To keep you from scrolling, you can use the links below to jump to your fave one.

Altar Ego Nail Enamels | Chaos & Crocodiles | Colors by Llarowe | Cupcake Polish | Dandy NailsDifferent Dimension | Elevation Polish | Emerald & Ash | Girly Bits | Glisten & Glow | GlitterDazeI Love Nail Polish | Jaded Nail Co.KBShimmer | Misfits on 8th | Model City Polish | My World SparklesNail Vinyls | PahlishPolish TBH | Serum No. 5 | SuperChick LacquerSweet Heart Polish

Shine & Social and Sparkle & Wine

I’ll tell you, the indies outdid themselves. On Sunday night, I attended Sparkle & Wine. Held in an amazing media suite of Mandalay Bay, the food and drinks flowed and each indie had space to show off their wares. It was incredible. Kudos to Christy Rose of KBShimmer and Pam Heil of Girly Bits Cosmetics for organizing this stellar event! There was lots of fan-girling going on! Even Karie Frost, Beauty Director of Nail It! and Beth Livesay, Senior Editor of NAILS Magazine stopped by!


Some of the indies that participated in Sparkle & Wine (with a few bloggers mixed in for good measure) (L-R) Back Row: Cynthia of Alter Ego Nail Enamels, Sara of Cupcake Polish, Katherine of Manicure Addict (blog), Sandy of Dandy Nails, Emily of Llarowe, Leah Ann of Llarowe, Sheila of Pointless Cafe (blog); Middle Row: Ashley of Ashley is Polish Addicted (blog), Victoria of Serum No. 5; Front Row: Pam of Girly Bits, Christy of KBShimmer, Sandy’s Friend (Photo courtesy of Serum No. 5)

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Beautiful media suite at Mandalay Bay during the Sparkle & Wine Event. (Photo courtesy of

Shine & Social was organized by SuperChic Lacquer and held in the PRESS Lounge at The Four Seasons Hotel the night before the show began. It was a fun, unstructured event with an awesome giveaway with lots of prizes, including an ad in NAILS Magazine!

The ILNP 2014 Summer Collection is Available Again! Holo Swatches and Review

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I’m actually on an airplane this very minute…headed to Los Angeles. If you’re in the area, please come out and see me tomorrow at the Rite Aid Beverly Hills grand opening and get your nails did! All the details are here.

Wowza! ILNP polishes fly of the shelves, don’t they? Well if you missed out on the 2014 Summer Collection the first time around, they’re available again in the ILNP Store. Barbra has done her usual magic with holo and ultrachrome finishes.  I used two of the holos in a gradient (see it here) and today I have swatches of the five straight holos in this release. My lighting setup doesn’t do these beauties justice…so you’ll have to trust me. :)

First up is Purple Plasma. Gah. I’m speechless. This intense purple holo has a hint of red and gold sparkle that’s tough to see in my shot but it’s there. This is two easy coats.

ILNP Purple Plasma

Bikini Bottoms is a no-brainer winner for me. Mix a vibrant magenta pink and a strong holo and I’m in love. Barbra says this one took awhile to get right. Well it was worth it. It looks much deeper in low light (like in the pic below) than in the bottle shot on the ILNP site. Really it’s beautiful in any light. Two coats.

ILNP Bikini Bottoms

Funshine Smoothie is a vivid, yellow holo with a subtle golden shimmer. I’m not a huge fan of yellows (they don’t agree with my skin tone), but I’ll make an exception here. The color is clean, the formula is golden, but bright…and the holo gives it an extra kick. My swatch is three coats.

Summer Gradient with I Love Nail Polish (ILNP) Bikini Bottoms and Funshine Smoothie from the Summer Collection 2014

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I do believe I’ve loved every single I Love Nail Polish (ILNP) I’ve ever tried. I only wish my photography setup could remotely do Barbra’s creations justice. But alas, my camera struggles (I once swatched and edited a bunch of ILNP holos and ultra chromes THREE separate times because the pics didn’t represent the polish!). But I assure you that they’re amazing and if you own any ILNPs, you’ll agree. There are two shades in the new summer collection that I knew I wanted to use together from the moment I saw them: Funshine Smoothie, a golden yellow holo, and Bikini Bottoms, a crazy intense pink holo. I had big plans to do some stamping over this gradient, but I was too in love with it to risk it. :)

ILNP Bikini Bottoms and Funshine Smoothie Gradient

My photos show the holographic sparkliness, but don’t quite capture the rainbow. I polished Funshine Smoothie over the entire nail and then used a makeup sponge striped with both colors to create the gradient. I wanted the nails to be more pink than yellow. I love this. It’s reminds me of a pink grapefruit for some reason (I know…it’s a stretch – but it’s seriously what comes to mind!)

ILNP Bikini Bottoms and Funshine Smoothie Gradient

I hope you snatched up a few of the 2014 Summer Collection polishes during the pre-order! The full release includes five bright, summery holos, three amazing ultra chromes and three they-might-have-magic-in-them holo ultra chromes. I have an idea for the blue (Summer Stargazer) and deep teal (Rehab) holos that I can’t wait to try. I need more time for polish! What does it mean when you contemplate taking a break from your nail blog so you can polish your nails more? LOL. [ILNP bottle images shots below…click to enlarge]

ILNP Summer Collection 2014

SNEAK PEEK: I Love Nail Polish (ILNP) Spring Collection 2014

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Happy Monday! I missed you on Friday. I got an awesome opportunity to do a cool nail polish-related somethin’ somethin’ so I was feverishly polishing all last week and this weekend for that. At some point, I can share it with you! :)

So today I’m super excited to give you a little sneak peek at a few Spring release polishes from I Love Nail Polish (ILNP). There will be eleven total polishes in the ILNP Spring Collection: 2 Ultra Holos, 4 Ultra Chromes and 5 pastel holos. I’ve always loved ILNP. Barbra executes everything she does…from formulas, to colors, to finishes and packaging…with absolute precision. This collection is no exception! I switched up my photos a bit. Multi-chromes are nearly impossible to photograph in my setup. So I ventured out-of-the-box and did some natural sunlight shots. Oh how I wish I could shoot like this all the time! All swatches are done without top coat.

Let’s start with the Ultra Chromes. This is Sirène. This teal-y chrome shifts to blue, violet and red. It’s even more amazing in person! My swatch is three coats.

I Love Nail Polish (ILNP) Sirene

I Love Nail Polish (ILNP) Molly, My Little Glacier, Indie Go, and Admire Me Swatches and Review

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Oh my goodness. If you follow me on Facebook or Instagram, you may have seen the EPIC nail mail I received from Barbra at ILNP awhile back. It’s no secret that I literally squeal over her polishes. Every creation is more fabulous than the last. I’ve been soooo backed up with swatch commitments and I knew the holidays would slow me down…so Barbra knew it may be some time before they made their appearance on WPP. But it’s been KILLING me to see all of these ILNP pretties just sitting there…waiting to be tried. I was looking at all the bottles lined up in a row and loved how four shades looked together. I took a cue from the Manicurator (who has done swatch posts with one matching accent nail) and put everything together in today’s post. All of these shades are STILL available in the ILNP store.  :)

Molly…wow. You’re probably tired of hearing me say how much I like berry shades of polish. Add some ultra-sparkly holo and I’m sold. The finish is absolutely gorgeous! This one makes my heart melt. LOL.

ILNP Molly

*NEW* I Love Nail Polish Cremes, Holos, Ultra Holos and Duochromes

Disclosure: Products in this post were provided by ILNP.

This is a rare weekend post and it’s MASSIVE. Lots of swatching has been going on in the Mani Cave! I’m excited to show you all twenty-one (YES, 21!!) new releases from I Love Nail Polish (ILNP). ILNP is one of my favorite indies and Barbra, the brains (and muscle) behind the operation has been busy! I love me some glittery goodness, but I’ll always favor my beloved crèmes…and holos are a close second. So ILNP’s new collection of crèmes and holos had me at…um…crèmes and holos! Bonus: 3 duochromes too! There’s lots to see so I’ll keep the commentary to a minimum.

I Love Nail Polish Holos, Ultra Holos, Cremes and Duochromes (2013)