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America’s Next Top Nail Artist 2015: Lavette Cephus

America’s Next Top Nail Artist 2015: Lavette Cephus 0

Name: Lavette Cephus

Salon: Beaute Asylum Nails; Toledo, OH

Instagram: Beaute_Asylum

What inspires your designs?

Everyday life, living, culture.  fashion, even a photo hanging on a restaurant wall.  

What's the most "out there." non-traditional material you've incorporated into a manicure?

 A hearing aid battery and LED lights.  Illuminated nails and magnets.  Conductive ink, it connects the lights to the batteries; this was some serious research.

Describe a favorite manicure you've performed?

Negative space.  Black and white, with a little bit of gems.   

What's a favorite trick you've learned?

Using a thicker gel to apply stones.  

What's the most unique request you've received from a client?

I am from Toledo Ohio, it is hard enough to get people to do nail art!   

check out some of Lavette's awesome work below.

*(images courtesy of NAILS Mag)

yours truly featured in NAILS Magazine 0

I’m truly honored to be featured in the latest issues of NAILS Magazine regarding “is nail art over?” !! With @britneytokyo !!

My Top 9: CND Shellac

My Top 9: CND Shellac 0

Because CND’s Shellac has won #1 best gel polish formula from NAILS Magazine for the last 3 consecutive years, I decided to give CND some extra love.  I have chosen my top 9 favorite colors from their core collection to swatch and review.  I can not number them or choose favorites, for I love them all equally.

Azure Wish: the perfect creamy robin egg blue.

Water Park: a metallic shimmering ocean blue.

Lilac Longing: a soft purple that’s irrisistible.

Purple Purple: a true blurple.  In some light it’s purple, in other light it’s blue.  The perfect combination of both colors.  I love the dual chrome characteristics of this shade shifting color.

Rock Royalty: a rasin purple.

Rubble: a smoky taupe.

Fedora: a vampy blood midnight burgundy red.

Asphalt: a dark slate granite/gray.

Overtly Onyx: a light metallic black with gunmetal/silver shimmer running through it.

(each swatch shown here is 2 coats)

Check out for more on their incredible Shellac, and other nail products