October 22, 2014

OPI Love Angel Music Baby

OPI Love Angel Music Baby is from their first Gwen Stefani collection. Shown here at two coats but I could easily have gotten away with just one. OPI Love Angel Music Baby will be added to my growing stash of polishes I can use when I need to get out the door in a hurry! It dries super fast  and applies like a dream with w truly superb formula and their wide brush. I'm in love and might need to buy a backup bottle! Lovers of Zoya Tomoko might want to grab this one too.
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Zoya Contemporary Color Block

Zoya's trend guide features a color block manicure with 3 dark shades in similar tones and hues. I decided to try out the look using three other Zoya polishes. I started with Zoya Yuna, then added long time favorite, Zoya Edyta, and finished with a stripe of Zoya Evvie. I had a hard time figuring out colors to go with Yuna for some reason and I'm not altogether happy with the combination I chose but I still love the overall idea.
 

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October 21, 2014

Zoya Loredana

Zoya Loredana is from their Matte Velvet collection!
Zoya Loredana is a medium charcoal grey matte shimmer. This collection is meant to be worn without base or top coat and is shown here at 3 thin coats. Loredana is very sheer and streaky on the first coat but applies easily and is completely opaque and streak free by the third coat. 

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Dovima from this set didn't last very long with minor tip wear within 24 hours but Loredana fared much better. I wore Loredana for 3 VERY active days setting up for my annual pumpkin carving party and during the party itself with no chipping and only very minor tip wear. Excellent for a matte polish & another winner from Zoya!

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October 20, 2014

Zoya Noir (Press Sample Version)

Looks like Zoya's press samples for their Ultra Pixie Dust collection had some issues so this post isn't representative of what you can purchase at Ulta or from Zoya. For an accurate representation please check out this great post from Lavish Layerings!
Zoya Noir is from their Ultra Pixie Dust Collection.

Zoya Noir is a deep rich plum Pixie Dust polish with red hex glitter. My bottle didn't look much like a Pixie Dust simply because it doesn't seem to have nearly enough of the Pixie Dust particles, allowing the jelly base color to show quite a bit and causing a strange finish that never dried matte. I love the color and I might have to go purchase a retail version of Noir since I love Pixie Dust polishes so much. I think mine will be great for nail art and it looks great with a top coat as pictured in the last photo.

Shown with top coat on my pinkie and ring finger.

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Glitter Gradient With Zoya

Zoya Monet has been a surprise favorite polish for me this year. I've never really been a huge fan of glitter toppers but this one is just so gorgeous! Here I used it for a glitter gradient over Zoya Genevieve.
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October 17, 2014

Slime Drip Nails With American Apparel

This is an easy look for Halloween that is a subtle nod to one of my favorite movies, Ghostbusters. I've done Ghostbusters nails before and last year my friends and I dressed as characters from the movie!

Drip manicures are super easy to accomplish and there are lots of great color and finish combinations you could try out for Halloween. I really love this slime version with American Apparel California Trooper for the base topped with American Apparel Zuma Beach for the very realistic slime!

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October 15, 2014

Zoya Dovima

Zoya Dovima is from their Matte Velvet collection!
Zoya Dovima is a dark charcoal matte polish that has a brushed aluminum type of metallic look. This polish is super sexy and had me frequently checking out my own nails. It was very easy to apply in 2 coats, 1 thin and a second slightly thicker coat. Many matte polishes are a royal pain to work with but this went on so nicely, nor brushstrokes or dragging. Plus Dovima dries super fast so you can be ready for a night on the town in almost no time.
This collection is worn without base coat or top coat to accomplish the gorgeous matte velvet finish which decreases wear time quite a bit. I had tip wear after two days and minor chipping on the third. I still think Dovima is totally worth it though. I was able to cover up the tip wear with a thin coat applied over the whole nail and it was dry and looking great again by the time I finished both hands. You could always use them with a base and top coat if the matte finish isn't important to you but I love matte polishes! So maybe a special occasion polish if you are someone who wants long lasting manicure for your day to day life. Also Zoya clearly states that the wear time is not as long as a normal polish so no one should be surprised.
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All in all I LOVE Dovima and can't wait to try more polishes from this collection. Posh look truly spectacular!

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April

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Zoya Sansa

Zoya Sansa is from their Fall 2014 Ignite Collection.
Zoya Sansa is a very dark purple packed with copper microshimmer. The copper makes is lean brown in many lighting situations but it's a gorgeous rich purple in the the sunlight. Will loves it but it's a bit too dark for my tastes. Sansa is very pigmented and only needs 2 coats but make sure you don't go over an area more than once to avoid dragging.
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