July 30, 2013

Quick Nail Art With Zoya


I started with a base of Zoya Storm & then added a french tip in Zoya Noot & a few dots in Zoya Breezi.
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April

July 26, 2013

Zoya Storm


Zoya Storm is from their Winter 2012/13 Ornate Collection. It's a black polish loaded with fine holographic particles. The formula was a bit tricky. I found that I absolutely couldn't go back over wet polish or it would drag. I ended up just kind of dabbing the first coat on. I waited about 10 minutes & then applied the second coat with no problems. Maybe my base coat wasn't dry when I started? Looked great after two coats & it's worth a bit of extra effort.

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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.

Zoya Carter

Zoya Carter is from the new Pixie Dust Fall 2013 collection. My regular readers know I LOVE the Zoya Pixie Dust polishes & I couldn't be happier with this new set! Here's what Zoya has to say about them.

Infused with even more magic and wonder! Because everyone wants more of it... The color experts at Zoya went back to the lab and created six more beautiful, long-wearing textured, matte and sparkle Zoya PixieDust Colors for Fall 2013! The incredible and best-selling formula is sure to captivate with a magical sparkle and sugary finish like no other.
 
IMPORTANT PixieDust Application Information -  Do not use a base coat or top coat. Apply 1-3 (for full coverage) thin coats of polish. Allow product to dry down completely matte in between layers for full textured effect. The PixieDust textured formula may take up to 10 minutes to dry completely matte. Once dry, the textured finish is long lasting, matte and ultra-glittery!
Carter is a gorgeous royal purple with red sparkles that looks good with 2 coats but even better at 3. Easy to apply as long you wait a bit between coats to avoid dragging. The Pixie Dust polishes never require clean up because they stay right where you put them, never any pooling. They are great for nail art for the same reason. I've been using a base coat when I wear them & it doesn't seem to affect the finish as long as you wait for it to completely dry before applying the polish. 
 
Another stunning polish from Zoya. Will immediately grabbed this one for his toes!

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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.

July 23, 2013

Zoya Arabella vs Zoya Miranda Comparison

Zoya Arabella on the left & Zoya Miranda on the right. Very similar but Arabella is a much deeper color which makes sense since it's from the fall collection. Arabella also leans more purple while Miranda is more pure rose. I'm keeping them both!

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April

Zoya Arabella


Zoya Arabella is from the new Pixie Dust Fall 2013 collection. My regular readers know I LOVE the Zoya Pixie Dust polishes & I couldn't be happier with this new set! Here's what Zoya has to say about them.
Infused with even more magic and wonder! Because everyone wants more of it... The color experts at Zoya went back to the lab and created six more beautiful, long-wearing textured, matte and sparkle Zoya PixieDust Colors for Fall 2013! The incredible and best-selling formula is sure to captivate with a magical sparkle and sugary finish like no other.
 
IMPORTANT PixieDust Application Information -  Do not use a base coat or top coat. Apply 1-3 (for full coverage) thin coats of polish. Allow product to dry down completely matte in between layers for full textured effect. The PixieDust textured formula may take up to 10 minutes to dry completely matte. Once dry, the textured finish is long lasting, matte and ultra-glittery!
Arabella is a pretty fuchsia that looks good with 2 coats but even better at 3. Easy to apply as long you wait a bit between coats to avoid dragging. The Pixie Dust polishes never require clean up because they stay right where you put them, never any pooling. They are great for nail art for the same reason. I've been using a base coat when I wear them & it doesn't seem to affect the finish as long as you wait for it to completely dry before applying the polish.
 
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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.

Super Quick Preview: Zoya Pixie Dust Fall 2013

I love Zoya Pixie Dust polishes & the new Fall 2013 collection looks beautiful!
L-R We have Arabella, Carter, Chita, Dhara, Sunshine, & Tomoko.

July 18, 2013

Skinny French Manicure With Zoya Aurora & Stacy

I really loved this manicure in person but I'm not sure it photographed well. I started with a base of Zoya Aurora & then added the tiniest french tip in Zoya Stacy
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April

July 17, 2013

Zoya Aurora

Zoya Aurora is from their Winter 2012/13 Ornate Collection.It's a drop dead gorgeous plum polish packed with fine holographic glitter. Nice formula, shown here at 2 coats. I took tons of pictures of this beauty.
 
 
 
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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.

July 15, 2013

Ikat Chevrons With Julep

These look intricate, but they are really very easy just a bit time consuming. I used Julep Parker, Alma, & Annie.

What you'll need: 3 fairly opaque polishes (no thin formulas for this technique), a flat brush, & a good top coat (I like Essie Good To Go)
Paint all your nails with one coat of the lightest polish color. Don't worry if it's streaky.
Add chevrons in your second color to all nails. I just used the polish brushes. You can be very messy & imprecise.
Add chevrons in the third color to all nails. Remember your chevrons don't need to be straight and perfect!
Next put a drop or two of  polish on your palette (I just use the middle of a nail wheel).  Dip a flat brush in the polish & start creating your ikat lines. I recommend doing just two nails at a time at this point.
Repeat step 5 with the other polishes, 2 nails at a time.
It's going to look kind of terrible until you add the topcoat. Just go for it! Check the overall shape of your chevrons at this point. You can easily go back and add a few lines to straighten them up if needed.
Add a coat of topcoat before until continuing on to the rest of your nails
 
 

Beautiful & easy enough to do on both hands!
Thanks for reading & let me know if you try this out. I'd be happy to post them on my blog if a few of you lovely ladies give it a go.
April

July 9, 2013

Sation Weed Out The Wimps Layered With Sation Calorie Countess

You can see a few more of Sation's Glitters in this post. Sation bottles are oval with thick glass bottoms. The brushes are great for ladies like me that love wide brushes. You can purchase Sation's Big 3 Free polishes at their website. Polishes from the Glitter collection retails for $7.

Shown here is Sation Weed Out The Wimps topped with one coat of Sation Calorie Countess. Calorie Countess is a mix of tiny & small copper glitter in a clear base. I like this combination but I really need to try it over a coppery brown polish so I can have some full on copper nails!


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April

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

Incoco Park Guell

Incoco Nail Strips are made of real nail polish & include a layer of base & top coat. The packaging is very nice & you have 16 strips to work with to get your full manicure. Their instructions are very clear & work great if followed. (I didn't buff my nail the first time I tried & a tiny imperfection resulted in a tear. I blame this on me not following instructions & not the product!)

I'm really not the target market for nail polish strips since I change my nails several times a week & these are made to last up to 2 weeks. I have to say these, however, these Incoco strips are pretty amazing & will be a truly fantastic for ladies who want nail art but don't have the patience or the time for creating it themselves.
In this post I'm wearing Incoco Park Guell. I chose this set because I could never achieve this look on my own. The first couple of fingers went a bit slow but after I got the hang of it, I really couldn't believe how quickly I had finished.And no waiting for them to dry! I could leave the house or do chores immediately, This is a huge plus for me! In fact I like this aspect so much that I'm thinking of purchasing more just for those days when I really need spectacular nails in a hurry.
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Overall, I can't say enough good things about a product that I just didn't think was for me. I was wrong. I ended up wearing these for 4 days which is a long time for me & they still looked great. Removal is comparable to a couple of coats of a jelly polish, super easy! I've got my eye on this plaid for future purchase!

Update: When I posted this, I had planned on removing them later that day. I ended up not feeling well at all for a few days. This means I wore these for a full 8 days! I never keep the same manicure for that long & they still looked fantastic when I finally removed them. I think they really could last for 2 full weeks! I'm a complete convert & will be buying a few sets for busy weeks & for vacations!

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April

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

July 6, 2013

Quick Glitter Gradient

Glitter gradients always look lovely & take very little time to accomplish. Definitely my go to look when I want a little bit of bling in a hurry. This version started with Essie Limited Addiction, then I topped it off with OMG Gorgeous from The Painted Nail By Nubar.
 
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April

July 5, 2013

Incoco Topaz Treasure


Incoco Nail Strips are made of real nail polish & include a layer of base & top coat. The packaging is very nice & you have 16 strips to work with to get your full manicure. Their instructions are very clear & work great if followed. (I didn't buff my nail the first time I tried & a tiny imperfection resulted in a tear. I blame this on me not following instructions & not the product!)

I'm really not the target market for nail polish strips since I change my nails several times a week & these are made to last up to 2 weeks. I have to say these, however, these Incoco strips are pretty amazing & will be a truly fantastic for ladies who want nail art but don't have the patience or the time for creating it themselves.
 In this post I'm wearing Incoco Topaz Treasure. I chose this set because I could never achieve this look on my own. The first couple of fingers went a bit slow but after I got the hang of it, I really couldn't believe how quickly I had finished.And no waiting for them to dry! I could leave the house or do chores immediately, This is a huge plus for me! In fact I like this aspect so much that I'm thinking of purchasing more just for those days when I really need spectacular nails in a hurry.

Overall, I can't say enough good things about a product that I just didn't think was for me. I was wrong. I ended up wearing these for 4 days which is a long time for me & they still looked great. Removal is comparable to a couple of coats of a jelly polish, super easy! I'll be trying out a new set tonight & I've got my on this plaid for future purchase!

Thanks for reading!
April

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