April 29, 2011

Zoya Faye: An Unexpected New Favorite!


Another stunner from Zoya's new Sunshine collection. Zoya calls this one a bronzed mauve with purple and brown undertones flooded with bright gold sparkle. There is so much going on with this one! I took pictures in direct sun and the shade to try to capture it's many facets.

The formula was lovely. It's sheer like Apple from the same collection, but once again the gold bling masks that 99% of the time. I've already worn this beauty twice! Gorgeous!!



Thanks for reading!
April

This polish was sent to me for review. All opinions are my own & were not influenced by Zoya! For more information you can read my disclosure policy.

American Apparel Neon Giveaway!! Ends 5/16. (Ended)


I love American Apparel polishes! You can see manicures I've done using their polish here.
They kindly sent me these 3 from their new Neon collection. However, I'm not a big neon fan. I could have swatched them once and then let them languish in my stash, but I much prefer to give them away to one of you instead. If you're a neon lover who needs these now, they can be purchased here.

One lucky reader will receive Neon Red, Neon Yellow & Neon Coral, all brand new and unopened.

RULES:
PLEASE READ ALL OF THE RULES BEFORE ENTERING.
  • This giveaway is open to everyone worldwide! Yay!
  • This giveaway starts today, April 29th, and will end Monday, May 16th, 2011 at 11:59PM Central Time.
  • We'll select the winner with random.org's random number generator and notify the winner by email on Tuesday, May 16th.
  • The winner will have 24 hours to respond. If the winner doesn't reply within 24 hours, that winner will forfeit the prize and an alternate winner will be selected via random.org.
HOW TO ENTER:
Everyone has the opportunity to earn up to ten entries per person.
  • Mandatory Entry. Just leave your name and email in the form below.
  • You can earn an optional nine entries for helping me promote my little store, Medusa's Threads, by doing any ONE of the following things. You can link to it on twitter or facebook. Mention it anywhere on your own blog. Make a purchase. I'm not picky. If you do something not on this list that you think should count, that's great too. If you've already done one of these things, just leave me the link or a reminder in the form. All help is much appreciated!!! Previous purchases most definitely count!
  • You only need to fill out the form once. This works MUCH better than comments, so I've turned them off for this post to avoid confusion.


Thanks for reading!
April

April 28, 2011

Zoya Apple


This is 3 coats of Zoya Apple from their new Sunshine collection. Zoya does an excellent job of describing this one as a luminous yellow-toned apple green packed with gold metallic sparkle. The formula is very nice, a bit sheer, but this polish is packed with so much bling that you can hardly notice any visible nail line.

I felt that lots of photos were needed to capture the true beauty of this gorgeous and unique polish. I wish I had gotten a shot in the shade. It looks amazing but very different. Did any of you pick this one up in Zoya's recent polish exchange? I think I'll try layering it over something soon. It may not be sheer enough, but I can't wait to try!
Thanks for reading!
April

This polish was sent to me for review. All opinions are my own & were not influenced by Zoya!
For more information you can read my disclosure policy.

April 25, 2011

Weekly Giveaway Roundup

I love giveaways. Each week I'll post giveaways that I think are awesome! I'm trying to catch any giveaway that has nail polish & I always post them on the Monday before they close. I figure some publicity towards the end of the entry period is a good idea, so don't worry that I've forgotten yours if I don't post it immediately! On the other hand, I know that I will occasionally miss a giveaway or two. If I miss yours, please know that it was accidental and nothing personal!

NAIL POLISH & MORE
MAKEUP, SKINCARE & HAIRCARE
CLOTHING & ACCESSORIES
CHOCOLATE & OTHER GOODIES
  • My Busy Children is giving away 10 bars of Green & Black's Organic Chocolate!! Ends 4/27.
MISCELLANEOUS
Please feel free to post your giveaways in the comments of the Weekly Giveaway Roundup posts! Let's keep them all on these posts and not on regular posts.
Thanks for reading!
April

April 24, 2011

Zoya Phoebe


This is Zoya Phoebe from the Mod Matte set. The formula on this one is much better than the others, Mitzi & Lolly. Still a bit difficult, but manageable.

It's also the only one with shimmer. As far as color, Zoya Phoebe is pretty amazing. I got lots of comments on this one!

Thanks for reading!
April

This polish was sent to me for review. All opinions are my own & were not influenced by Zoya! For more information you can read my disclosure policy.

April 22, 2011

Zoya Mitzi


Dang! I had even more trouble with this one than I did with Zoya Lolly. As I stated in that post, I love mattes & I love Zoya, but I'm having so much trouble with the formula on these.

Once again, I tried thin coats & thick coats. I even started over because I REALLY love this color! I love the gorgeous frosted glass bottle. I love the idea of a matte chartreuse. But after two attempts, this was as even as i could get it. I just can't get a smooth surface.

I'm going to keep this one too and try it out again. I know it's possible to get it to look nice because I've seen pictures on other blogs. I've also seen several others who are having at least as much trouble as I am though.

The next day I added a quick stripe of the other colors from the Mod Matte set. This worked much better than the dots and again I think the colors are spectacular together. But even after adding a topcoat you can still see my lumpy application.


Thanks for reading!
April

This polish was sent to me for review. All opinions are my own & were not influenced by Zoya! For more information you can read my disclosure policy.

April 20, 2011

Zoya Lolly


Zoya Lolly is way outside of my color comfort zone but I couldn't wait to try it. I love matte polishes and I love Zoya. This is from their new Mod Matte collection.

I am still not an expert at painting my nails. In fact it takes me forever and Ashley makes fun of me whenever she sees how slowly I paint. This made working with Zoya Lolly difficult for me since matte polishes often dry fast.

I tried thin & thick coats, but I just couldn't get it to level out. This is only 2 coats though, so maybe I need to try a third. I've seen other bloggers who clearly didn't have this problem since you can see that it's smooth in their photos and a few like me who are having trouble.

Even with the formula issues, I'm keeping this one for my toes this summer. Maybe I'll get the hang of the formula. I loved the matte finish and surprisingly I liked the bright pink.

My boyfriend Will thinks it's super awesome and suggested that I use it to paint my pickup truck. How cool would that be! He's wearing it on his scary toes right now too.

The next day I tried making some dots with the other colors from the Mod Matte set. Once again the formulas dry so fast that it made things difficult, but I sure do love these colors together! I added a topcoat so you could see Lolly glossy as well.

Thanks for reading!
April

This polish was sent to me for review. All opinions are my own & were not influenced by Zoya! For more information you can read my disclosure policy.

April 18, 2011

Weekly Giveaway Roundup

I love giveaways. Each week I'll post giveaways that I think are awesome! I'm trying to catch any giveaway that has nail polish & I always post them on the Monday before they close. I figure some publicity towards the end of the entry period is a good idea, so don't worry that I've forgotten yours if I don't post it immediately! On the other hand, I know that I will occasionally miss a giveaway or two. If I miss yours, please know that it was accidental and nothing personal!

NAIL POLISH & MORE
MAKEUP, SKINCARE & HAIRCARE
CLOTHING, ACCESSORIES & SHOES
MISCELLANEOUS
Please feel free to post your giveaways in the comments of the Weekly Giveaway Roundup posts! Let's keep them all on these posts and not on regular posts.
Thanks for reading!
April

April 15, 2011

La Rosa Crackle Maroon Red



This is one coat of La Rosa Crackle Maroon Red over Finger Paints Yellow Bikini. The formula is nice and I like that it separates a lot, allowing the base color to show through.

I went looking specifically for a burgundy crackle so I could match my nails to these roses that Will brought home recently. The La Rosa is much more purple than my roses, but you get the idea. I love these pictures! It was a pretty crazy combination for every day wear though.

Thanks for reading and don't forget to shop the clothing at my store. A few of you have gotten some super good deals! I also have $4 Essie polishes in the old bottles, discontinued Elizabeth Arden polishes and more.
April

April 13, 2011

China Glaze Ruby Pumps & Dotting Tools


This is the longest my nails have ever been! I think they are actually too long for me, but it was fun to try out once, just to see. I used the gorgeous China Glaze Ruby Pumps for the base and Quirius Caribbean Turquoise & American Apparel Hassid for the dots. This is the first time I've successfully used my dotting tools and I love this manicure! Thanks again Alisa for getting them for me for Christmas!


Thanks for reading!
April

April 11, 2011

Weekly Giveaway Roundup

I love giveaways. Each week I'll post giveaways that I think are awesome! I'm trying to catch any giveaway that has nail polish & I always post them on the Monday before they close. I figure some publicity towards the end of the entry period is a good idea, so don't worry that I've forgotten yours if I don't post it immediately! On the other hand, I know that I will occasionally miss a giveaway or two. If I miss yours, please know that it was accidental and nothing personal!

NAIL POLISH & MORE
  • Life and Polish is giving away the China Glaze Island Escape Collection! Ends 4/13.
  • Polish or Perish is giving away Essie Milky Way & a gorgeous Pradman Jewelry bracelet!! Ends 4/13.
  • Crystaliciousss is giving away OPI Houston We Have A Purple! Ends 4/13.
  • All Lacquered Up is giving away the Estee Lauder Spring 2011 Pure Color collection! Ends 4/13.
  • ThePolishAholic is having a huge giveaway! Four winners & four different prizes. Misa, Nicole by OPI, OPI Texas Collection & more!! Ends 4/14.
  • Cel's Deconails is giving away 2 fabulous prizes with lots of polish & a piece of jewelry made by her just for you! Ends 4/14.
  • For the love of nails is giving away Accessorize Pink Spice & more! Ends 4/14.
  • Konad-licious is giving away a $25 Apothica GC! Ends 4/14.
  • Beautyburg is giving away 26 polishes including the China Glaze Crackles & lots more! A whole basket full of goodies!! Ends 4/15.
  • Handmade Reviews is giving away a $40 Sephora GC & a $10 Sephora GC! Ends 4/15.
  • You Nailed It is giving away a surprise Deborah Lippmann!! Ends 4/15.
  • Diava's lacquer Box is giving away GOSH Holographic!! Ends 4/16.
  • Rebecca likes nails is giving away 8 polishes & much more! Ends 4/16.
  • GiMiKd Girl is giving away 7 lovely polishes including 4 Sally Hansen Prisms!! Ends 4/16.
  • Also Known As is having a huge giveaway with 5 incredible prizes! So many lovely polishes!! Ends 4/17.
  • Manicure Time is giving away Nail Rock Designer Nail Wraps in Furry Cheetah! Ends 4/17.
  • Lacquer Addicts Anonymous is giving away 4 great polish prizes! Ends 4/17.
  • Spastic Not Plastic is giving away a set of Jamberry Nail Shields!! Ends 4/17.
  • Girly Addictions is giving away 7 polishes, including Cult Nails My Kind of Kool-aid & more!! Ends 4/17.
  • Charming Nails is giving away tons of nail art goodies! 5 winners!1 Ends 4/17.
  • theVEROblog is giving away 8 awesome polishes, including a Cover Girl Crackle! Ends 4/18.
  • A Polished Life is having a giant giveaway with 2 incredible prizes. Lippmann Up In the Air, Street Wear Schmutz & more!! Ends 4/18.
NAIL ART CONTESTS
MAKEUP & SKINCARE
  • Nouveau Cheap is giving away your choice of Pixi Makuep Kits! Hurry, ends tonight!!
  • Shortwidenails is giving away a Sigma Miss Taylor Kabuki Brush! Ends 4/13.
ACCESSORIES, CLOTHING & SHOES
  • Green Eyed Monster is giving away a $75 GC to Device clothing! Gorgeous stuff!! Ends ??
  • My friend Sarah of Spiffy Stuff is giving away a Steampunk Dragonfly Ring from Dragonpop! For lovers of big rings!! Ends 4/15.
THINGS FOR YOUR HOME
  • Incredible Things is giving away a Book Rest Lamp! You must look at this! I need it. 2 winners!! Ends 4/14.
Please feel free to post your giveaways in the comments of the Weekly Giveaway Roundup posts! Let's keep them all on these posts and not on regular posts.
Thanks for reading!
April

April 10, 2011

Born Pretty Kelier Crackle Black & A Giveaway Winner


Here we have Kelier Black Crackle over a few different polishes. The brush is the wonkiest I've ever seen, but it really doesn't matter with a crackle polish. These sell for around $4 with free shipping and no minimum order. The Kelier crackles have a very different effect than the China Glaze Crackles & the OPI Shatters & the crackle I showed you yesterday.

I wanted to try it out as soon as it arrived. This is one coat over Zoya Dove. It looked pretty cool so I've used it a few more times since then.


I really wanted to try it over a red polish because I thought it would look like cooling lava. Again one coat over Color Club Feel The Beat. I love it! Sorry for the messy clean up. The Kelier is REALLY difficult to remove, even from skin with acetone.


I didn't have any untrieds for about a month and I couldn't decide what to do with my nails. I asked Will and he suggested the Kelier over a glow in the dark polish. Great idea, but almost impossible to photograph!


Last I used it as an accent nail over my beloved Maybelline Khaki Fringe.


The winner of my Medusa's Threads giveaway is M. Bhow. Random.org chose her #43 out of 239 entries. Thanks to everyone who entered! I'll be starting a new giveaway soon.

Thanks for reading!
April

April 6, 2011

Nail Polish Paris Crackle


I found this at my favorite crazy nail store and couldn't resist. I haven't been able to find any of the China Glaze Crackles in town, so I just went for it, even though I've never heard of this brand before. It says Aromapro by France on the label but I can't find any information about them online.
Anyway, I wasn't sure if I would like crackles on me but I LOVE it! It took me a bit to get the hang of application. I put it on a little too thick the first time I used it over American Apparel Butter. I wore this for a full week!!!
It dries matte and a little darker than bottle color. It's shown here with a topcoat.



Next I tried it over another of my favorite polishes, China Glaze Stellar. I really loved this manicure too. I found it to be surprisingly neutral if you wear a lot of jeans. I wore this for almost a week too.

These pictures were taken after I had chipped and repaired a couple of nails. That is one of my favorite things about this type of crackle polish; you can just add a bit more to cover a chip and go on with your day!
My application was better this time, so it didn't wrinkle. This is without a topcoat.

So would any of you be interested in these? I know some of you are having a hard time finding crackles too. They had lots of colors & they also had lots that crack more like the old crackles too. If I decide to put them in the store, they will sell for $11 a bottle.

Are you all crackled out or should I add some to Medusa's Threads?

April 4, 2011

Weekly Giveaway Roundup

I love giveaways. Each week I'll post giveaways that I think are awesome! I'm trying to catch any giveaway that has nail polish & I always post them on the Monday before they close. I figure some publicity towards the end of the entry period is a good idea, so don't worry that I've forgotten yours if I don't post it immediately! On the other hand, I know that I will occasionally miss a giveaway or two. If I miss yours, please know that it was accidental and nothing personal!

NAIL POLISH & MORE
  • A Polished Life is giving away Deborah Lippmann Up In The Air & 5 more polishes!! Ends 1 week after they reach 150 followers.
  • Tara2Tara is giving away tons of makeup & nail art goodies! Ends 4/6.
  • Bonjour Beauty & More is giving away 6 great polishes!! Ends 4/7.
  • Shortwidenails is giving away a $25 Wow So Cool GC! Ends 4/7.
  • I'm giving away a $55 store credit to my new store, Medusa's Threads!! Ends 4/8.
  • Nail Addicts Anonymous is giving away 80 polishes and lots of nail art goodies!!! Ends 4/8.
  • Colorful Bottle's Blog is giving away 9 polishes and a handmade necklace & earrings set! Ends 4/8.
  • Intense Color is giving away 2 cool polishes! Ends 4/9.
  • Silence Is Loud is giving away 2 Love & Beauty polishes & and angel wing ring! Ends 4/10.
  • Mirannie's Nails is giving away 13 pretty polishes!! Ends 4/10.
  • TopTwentyNails is giving away 4 OPIs & more! Ends 4/10.
  • Chloe's Nails is giving away 5 lovely polishes!! 5 different prizes for 5 different winners!!! Ends 4/10.
  • Oooh Shinies! is giving away 12 polishes!! Ends 4/11.
  • Serious Stuff About Lif is giving away tons of makeup & nail polish! This is a great giveaway ladies!! Ends 4/11.
MAKEUP & SKINCARE
  • Five by Five is giving away 3 MAC Sheen Supreme Lipsticks! Ends 4/12.
CLOTHING, ACCESSORIES & SHOES
  • Down & Out Chic is giving away a fabulous tote bag from Fabric & Handle! I love this bag!! Ends 4/10.
Please feel free to post your giveaways in the comments of the Weekly Giveaway Roundup posts! Let's keep them all on these posts and not on regular posts.
Thanks for reading!
April

April 3, 2011

Revlon Powder Puff


Here's tons of pictures of Revlon Powder Puff. I tried to capture the finish and the subtle blue micro-shimmer but it was difficult. The formula was a little hard to work with and it takes a long time to dry, but I still LOVE this polish. My nails looked like porcelain and I couldn't quit staring at them.

Here's some pictures with top coat on the pointer & middle finger.


Thanks for reading!
April