January 31, 2012

Layering With Zoya Chloe


Zoya Chloe is a sheer pink topcoat loaded with duochrome flakies in red-orange to gold and gold-green to blue from their new Fleck Effects collection. This set looks gorgeous in their bottles so I decided to try to get the same look on my nails. I think I accomplished my goal!
Chloe by itself is very sheer with just a hint of pink in the base. This is 2 coats of OPI Elephantastic Pink topped with 2 coats of Chloe. Gorgeous! I love all of the Fleck Effects but Chloe is my favorite. I can't wait to try it over other colors.
 
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.

January 30, 2012

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!

I've decided to note which giveaways aren't open internationally. The default will be open worldwide, meaning I'll only note if they have restrictions.


NAIL POLISH & MORE
  • TheVEROblog is giving away a $20 Apothica GC! Hurry ends tonight!! *Beauty bloggers only
  • NailLacquerAddict is giving away 2 Basic New York polishes! Ends 1/31.
  • No Naked Nails is giving away a Konad Starter Kit! Ends 1/31.
  • Chamber of Beauty is giving away 3 polishes including Glitter Gal Not Another Red!! Ends 1/31.
  • The Nail Polish Guru is giving away 6 colorful polishes & more! Ends 1/31. &US only
  • Nails by Kayla Shevonne is giving away amazing polish prizes with OPI, Orly & Revlon! 3 winners!! Ends 2/2. 
  • The TraceFace Philes is giving away great polish prizes, 5 Juleps of your choice & a $30 Llarowe GC! 2 winners!! Ends 2/2.
  • Fierce Makeup & Nails is giving away the Wet N Wild Ice Baby set!! Ends 2/2.
  • Meisie's Nails is giving away BeYu 209!! 2 winners!! Ends 2/3.
  • TheVEROblog is giving away a mystery prize!! Ends 2/3.
  • The Daily Varnish is giving away a Konad Starter Kit! Ends 2/3. *US & Canada only
  • Southern Sister Polish is giving away 25 exciting polishes & more!! Ends 2/3. *US only
  • Konad Addict is giving away Zoya Anja & Jem! Ends 2/4.
  • Captivating Claws is giving away a Sephora by OPI Mini set! Ends 2/4.
  • Obsessive Compulsive Nail Painting Disorder is giving away 5 polishes including Max Factor Fantasy Fire!! Ends 2/4.
  • The Manicured Monkey is giving away truly awesome prizes with Lynderella, Essie & more! 4 winners!! Ends 2/4.
  • Sparkly Vernis is giving away 16 delightful polishes & more!! Ends 2/4.
  • I'm Feeling Nail-Venturous is giving away her truly remarkable & unique franken set! 3 winners!! I REALLY want to win this one!!! Ends 2/5. *US & Canada only
  • nails 4 fun is giving away 2 Catrice polishes & more! Ends 2/5.
  • The Exotic Lacquer is giving away fabulous polish prizes, Finger Paints & more! 2 winners!! Ends 2/5.
  • Cute-tickle Nails is giving away the W7 Duochrome Metallic set! Ends 2/6.
  • LuvMyLacquer is giving away Zoya Sweet & Valentina! Ends 2/6.
  • Nailed to the T is giving away your choice of in stock polish from Llarowe!! Ends 2/6. *US only
  • Deuce Beauties is giving away beautiful polish & makeup prizes, Wet N Wild & OPI! 4 winners!! Ends 2/7.
  • Pointless Cafe is giving away great polish prizes, Zoyas & Pure Ice! 2 winners!! Ends 2/7. *US, Canada, Australia, New Zealand & Western Europe
 MAKEUP & SKINCARE
  • Stiletto Life is giving away an Urban Decay Book of Shadows IV! Ends 2/3.

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

January 29, 2012

Layering With Zoya Opal


Zoya Opal is a sheer green topcoat loaded with blue & green flakies from their new Fleck Effects collection. This set looks gorgeous in their bottle so I decided to try to get the same look on my nails. I think I accomplished my goal!
Opal by itself is very sheer with just a hint of green in the base. This is 2 coats of OPI Greenwich Village topped with 2 coats of Opal. Lovely!
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.

January 26, 2012

Layering With Zoya Maisie

Zoya Maisie is a sheer turquoise blue topcoat loaded with blue & green flakies from their new Fleck Effects collection. These all look gorgeous in the bottle so I decided to try to get the same look on my nails. I think I accomplished my goal!
Maisie by itself is very sheer with just a hint of blue in the base. This is 2 coats of Maybelline Blue Water topped with 2 coats of Maisie & then 1 more coat of Blue Water. Normally I would never use 5 coats of polish, but the Water polishes go on super thin and dry very fast so it's really no problem. I love how they turned out!

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.

January 25, 2012

Zoya Lotus & Tru: A Nail Art Comparison!

Zoya Lotus & Tru are from the newly released True collection. I've fianlly worn them all & I can tell you that I love the whole collection just as much as I did Zoya's Intimate collection from spring last year! As many other bloggers have pointed out, Zoya really nails their color descriptions so I'll be using them in my posts.

First we have Lotus "a very soft, dusty blue-toned amethyst purple with colorful shimmer that reflects pink, red and gold. A dreamy smoky shade for purple lovers that looks both soft and luminous." Great formula & lovely color.
 
Zoya Tru is "a saturated, red-toned grape purple with speckled shimmer that reflects gold, orange and red. Bold and saturated warm color made even more interesting with color-shifting shimmer." I like this one even more than Lotus. The formula is great on this too.
I decided to do the same type of nail art for these colors that I did with Cho & Farah from the same collection. It's very easy & I like the results. You can really see the shimmer in the last photo.
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.

January 24, 2012

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!

I've decided to note which giveaways aren't open internationally. The default will be open worldwide, meaning I'll only note if they have restrictions.

NAIL POLISH & MORE
  • I am Definitely Addicted is giving away Zoya Anja & Jem! Ends 1/25. *Continental US only
  • Fashion Footing is giving away 7 polishes & more! Ends 1/25. *US only
  • Fab Over 50 is giving away Lippmann Naked!! Ends 1/26.
  • heartNAT is giving away the Essie Luxeffects set!! Ends 1/26.
  • Polish Vixen is giving away an OPI Best of the Best Mini set! Ends 1/27.
  • Goose's Glitter is giving away Essence Twins Bonnie & Clyde! Ends 1/27.
  • Neverland Nail Blog is giving away your choice of Jamberry Nails sheet!! Ends 1/27. *US only
  • The PolishAholic is giving away the Hits No Olimpo set!! Ends 1/27.
  • Biba's Beauty Corner is giving away a nice set of Catrice products!! Ends 1/27.
  • Josie's Nails is giving away Zoya Anja & Jem! Ends 1/28. *Continental US only
  • The Manicured Monkey is giving away truly awesome prizes with Lynderella, Essie & more! 4 winners!! Ends 1/28.
  • The Polished Perfectionist is giving away the Hits No Olimpo set!! Ends 1/28.
  • Llarowe is giving away spectacular polish prizes with Lynderella, Gliter Gals & lots more! 6 winners!!! Ends 1/28.
  • Nail Polish Wars is giving away 2 Elixir polishes & more! Ends 1/29.
  • Carinae L'etoiles Polish Stash is giving away the China Glaze Magnetix set!!! Ends 1/29.
  • I'm Still Thinking is giving away 21 cool polishes!! Ends 1/30.
  • Confessions of a Sarcastic Mom is giving away fabulous polish prizes! 3 winners!! Ends 1/31.
  • Tirnaklar Fora is giving away an Orly polish! Ends 1/31.
  • Deuce Beauties is giving away amazing OPI & Essie polish prizes! 7 winners!! Ends 1/31.
  • Manicurity is giving away Revlon Facets of Fuchsia & Whimsical!!  Ends 1/31.
  • Lovely Lacquers is giving away an OPI Nicki Minaj Mini set! Ends 1/31.
  • Valentine Kisses is having a giant giveaway withe 11 polishes & tons of makeup, skincare, & more! Ends 1/31.
  • Parokeets is having a huge giveaway with Catrice, Essence & more!! Ends 1/31.
  • Nail Nerd is giving away a Konad Starter Kit & a surprise prize! 2 winners!! Ends 1/31.
  • A Splash of Serendipity is giving away 8 beautiful polishes & more! Ends 1/31.
  • Glam Polish is giving away the China Glaze ElectroPop set! Ends 1/31 *Continental US & Australia only
MAKEUP & SKINCARE
CLOTHING & ACCESSORIES
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

January 18, 2012

My New House!

I don't talk about anything besides nails on my blog very often but some news is just too exciting not to share. Will & I are finally fulfilling our dream of having his & hers garages! We'll be moving into this awesome place by the end of the month. It also has a game room for Will & a working pop-up blender from 1958 with instructions (it's basically a dremel in the counter with kitchen attachments)!

I have a lovely life & should never complain about anything (I do of course, but I try not to do so too much). Even the weather has been unbelievably cooperative!


Thanks to all of my readers for sharing my happy moment with me!!
April

Zoya Dot Nail Art

I love Bevin & Skylar from the new Zoya True collection so much that I've already used them again for another easy manicure. It's so amazing what you can accomplish with some simple dots! I also used Zoya Dove for the grey dots and American Apparel Hassid for the black ones.
Thanks for reading!
April

January 17, 2012

Zoya Skylar & An Accent Nail Manicure


Zoya Skylar is from the newly released True collection. I'll have the rest of the collection up over the next week or so. I can tell you that I love the whole collection just as much as I did Zoya's Intimate collection from spring last year! As many other bloggers have pointed out, Zoya really nails their color descriptions so I'll be using them in my posts.

Skylar is a medium steel blue with a softened, dusty look and speckled by visible gold and silver shimmer flecks. A soft blue that's bold without being too dark, bright or flashy.  Another new favorite! I've been looking for a blue polish in just this shade.
The formula is excellent & reminds me of Zoya Edyta. It applies like liquid velvet & is opaque in 2 or 3 coats. Gorgeous polish!
The next day I added some black polish and dots of Zoya Jules to my ring finger.  These colors make me think of art deco tiles & jewelry.
 
 

Thanks for reading!
April

January 16, 2012

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!

I've decided to note which giveaways aren't open internationally. The default will be open worldwide, meaning I'll only note if they have restrictions.

NAIL POLISH & MORE
NAIL ART CONTESTS
  • Lacquered Me is having a Valentine's themed nail art contest! Entries must be submitted by 1/29.
MAKEUP & SKINCARE
CLOTHING & ACCESSORIES
  • Also Known As is giving away a Nothin' Like a Dame dress from Shabby Apple! Ends 1/20. *US only
MISCELLANEOUS
  • Polish Vixen is giving away My Memories Suite software! Ends 1/24.
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 

January 14, 2012

Zoya Bevin & Some Easy Nail Art


Zoya Bevin is from the newly released True collection. I'll have the rest of the collection up over the next week or so. I can tell you that I love the whole collection just as much as I did Zoya's Intimate collection from spring last year! As many other bloggers have pointed out, Zoya really nails their color descriptions so I'll be using them in my posts.

"Bevin is a dusty, medium sage green with teal tones and a creamy opaque finish. A stylish and unique shade for when you want something different from the usual mint green."  Drop dead gorgeous & almost a one coat wonder! The formula is excellent. Definitely a new favorite!
The next day I used tape to do a fun manicure with Farah from the same collection. This was super easy and I love the look. 

Thanks for reading!
April

January 10, 2012

Zoya Cho & Farah: A Nail Art Comparison!

Zoya Cho & Farah are from the newly released True collection. I'll have the rest of the collection up over the next week or so. I can tell you that I love the whole collection just as much as I did Zoya's Intimate collection from spring last year! As many other bloggers have pointed out, Zoya really nails their color descriptions so I'll be using them in my posts.

First up we have Zoya Cho an "opaque yellow-toned light soft peachy beige with a hint of ultra fine silver shimmer. A light, creamy nude especially nice for skin tones with olive or yellow undertones."
I added a few drops of thinner to aid in application and had no problems after that. I think it's gorgeous! I've got lots of pictures in full sun & in the shade.
Next we have Zoya Farah "an opaque light khaki-beige with subtle sandy, greenish undertones and a cream finish." I love this one too! The application was typical of a pastel creme and didn't self level very well, but a few drops of thinner & topcoat evened things out nicely.
 
 

I know many people will want to see how these two compare. I did some simple but lovely nail art so my readers can really see them side by side. This was so pretty in person!! I used Cho for the base & Farah for the tips.
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.

January 9, 2012

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!

I've decided to note which giveaways aren't open internationally. The default will be open worldwide, meaning I'll only note if they have restrictions.

NAIL POLISH & MORE
NAIL ART CONTEST
  • R3 Daily is having a nail art contest! Entries must be submitted by 1/13.
MISCELLANEOUS
  • Cosmetic Cupcake is giving away Groomy Carousel beauty tool wallet and Carousel hair ties! 3 winners!! Ends 1/11.
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