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A Visit to Dashing Diva

A trip to New York isn’t complete without a stop at Dashing Diva. It’s the perfect destination for a little pampering and a girly good time. So when I was in the city for Fashion Week back in February, I had to pencil in a manicure with some of my beauty blogging pals.

This time we visited the Upper West Side location and I had a chance to replace my broke down four day old mani with a fab cobalt blue; Stellar Ella (see left). Pictured with me is Julia from All About the Pretty and Erika from Makeup Bag. We were joined by our fearless Beauty Blog Network leader Elke and the fabulous and charming Sam from Dark PR who made the excursion possible.

Of course in the sea of conservative french manicures and pale pinks my tips stood out but I’m sure they would have been right at home with the funkier clientele at the downtown locale. But you know me, I’ll flash my bold nail personality anywhere. And the staff couldn’t have been more welcoming and professional. As expected the service was top notch and extremely hygienic which just makes my desire for a Cleveland Dashing Diva even stronger. Are you listening TPTB?

I took my time perusing the massive polish display and fell in love with a few shades that I just had to make my own. They’re not necessarily Spring season appropriate but they’re must haves for my collection.

Black Diamonds – I first wore this shade back in November and I regretted not bringing a bottle home. And while the gunmetal gray trend may not be as strong this coming fall, I still think this color is relevant. It’s got a bluish, slightly lavender base that softens the dark gray pigment. Super shiny and a relatively brush stroke-less metallic, Black Diamonds is mesmerizing.

Merlot Luscious Molly caught my attention with its subtle gold shimmer that weaves throughout this deep wine inspired shade. It’s even richer in person and in warm, incandescent lighting takes on a pretty rust colored cast.

Northern Lights is a no brainer “me” hue. A blue based green with gold shimmer that is peppered with bronze, blue and green glitter, this polish is truly unique. Depending on the lighting it can lean towards either blue or green. And while it may not appeal to the mainstream, I’m in love. Though if it were up to me, this color would be called Under The Sea. It’s the color you’d see while scuba diving, looking up at the sun sparkling on the surface.
Dashing Diva polishes retail for $7.99 and can be purchased online or in the salon. For more information go to their website,

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  1. stubby no more says:

    Black Diamonds is LOVELY…..

  2. Davina says:

    Black Diamonds is hottt!!!

  3. yummy411 says:

    northern lights is smashing!!!

  4. Sminkan says:

    All the shades looked beautiful but the Northern Lights is awsome! I am a green girl so it could definitly fit my collection! Right now I am having an exposé of some of my green polishes day-by-day in my blog, and I have no shade that looks like this. Closest I come is the Cotton Candy from Nubar and it is more of a pale aqua…

    Still, I do have a lot of greens, so I shouldn’t complain. :D

  5. CincyFan says:

    Thanks ladies! I’ve been really impressed with all the polishes I’ve used from Dashing Diva.

    Sminkan, I wish I could read swedish but I’m loving all the greens you’re posting. :D

  6. Kasia says:

    i love Northern Lights!
    you mentioned that it has glitter in it, does it have a rough-feeling finish?

  7. BeautyChick101 says:

    I heart Dashing Diva! Black Diamonds is gorgeous. I’m going to need to make a pilgrimage there soon to stock up on many of their polishes… :)

  8. Sminkan says:

    Oh, the pictures do the talking at my blog, I hope! I am so surprised, and happy, you took the time to look! Thanks! :D

    I wish I could get hold of Dashing Diva and some other brands, like Sinful Colors for instance. We are really not at the frontiers when it comes to nail polish in my country…

  9. Steph says:

    Black Diamond is rockin esp for this fall.

  10. Anonymous says:

    I love the dark grey!

    Lily x

  11. CincyFan says:

    Kasia – Northern Lights is nice and smooth in spite of the glitter.

    Sminkan – Do you have any brands that are native to Sweden?