August 25, 2014

Zoya Arlo

Zoya Arlo is part of Zoya's second set of Magical Pixie Dusts, textured sparkle polishes with holographic cellophane glitter! While I still love the plain Pixie Dusts more, these magical versions are also pretty special. The Pixie Dusts wear like iron and even if you do somehow manage to chip it, you can very easily just dab a bi of polish on & fix it right up, not something I can do with a creme polish!

Arlo is a faded, dusty plum color that I found very flattering. It's got a great formula, shown here using 3 thin coats. Very versatile color in a finish I love! I took a lot of pictures.
 
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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.


August 23, 2014

Zoya Autumn

Zoya Autumn is from their Fall 2014 Ignite Collection.
Zoya Autumn is the copper polish of my dreams! No other company does micro shimmer as well as Zoya and this copper polish loaded with gold flecks is a real show stopper. The first coat is patchy but everything looks magically perfect by the second coat. Truly gorgeous!
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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.

August 22, 2014

Nail Art Inspired By Chalkboard Nails

I keep a Pinterest board full of nail art I'd love to try someday and I finally got around to trying one of my favorite ideas. Chalkboard Nails is one of my favorite blogs & her adorable Carmen Miranda Ruffle Manicure looked fancy but totally doable. Thanks for the great idea!
I used all 6 colors from Zoya's Tickled Summer 2014 collection for my version and I love how it turned out! Easy enough to do well on both hands too. I started with Zoya Kitridge then added dots in Ling, Rocha, Rooney, Tilda, & Wendy!
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April

Sally Hansen Carnival - Second Try

I love the color combination of the glitter in Sally Hansen Carnival so much that I decided to try it again even though my first attempt was quite horrible. I added a bit of thinner and used one thin coat over Sally Hansen Cafe Au Lait. Still so many bubbles!
Next I added even more thinner and tried again on my right hand. Lots less bubbles but not enough glitter. Phooey!
It still looks amazing from a distance and many of my lovely readers have suggested that I try sponging it on next time. I'll give it a try and let you know how it goes someday! What are your favorite matte glitters that don't bubble?!?
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April

August 21, 2014

Zoya Wendy

Zoya Wendy is my favorite from the Tickled Summer 2014 collection! It's a bright pink with strong coral leanings that I absolutely love! Great formula that covers in just 2 coats and made me happy every time I looked at it. My boyfriend Will also loves it & immediately used it for his toes. It looked darn good on him too! I took a ton of pictures of this beauty including a few of my adorable dog Wally & a shot with my beloved Rockport loafers. Wendy is an EXACT match for the chain detail on them!
 
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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.

August 20, 2014

Beach Nail Art With Zoya

August in Oklahoma has me wishing I could head to a beautiful sandy beach for a few days. I'll settle for some beach inspired ail art for now though. I started with Zoya Muse for the blue waters and then added some sandy beach at the tips in Zoya Tomoko. Then I finished it off by sponging on just a bit of foam with Zoya Farah.
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April

August 19, 2014

DIY Sub Irrigated Planters (SIP)

I'm going totally off topic today to bring you a quick DIY for any container gardeners out there. Amazingly, my most popular post of all time is another off topic DIY about my pipe clothing racks!

I'd like to give you a very brief introduction into the world of sub irrigated planters. I don't have a green thumb but I decided to grow some fresh herbs & peppers this year so I started looking for watering methods for container gardens. I quickly became intrigued with the idea of sub irrigation, which waters your plants from the bottom up through the root system. I found a great DIY that also explains the benefits of Sub Irrigated Planters (SIPs) as quoted below. Thanks so much to Running With Guts for getting me started!
  • They have the capacity to hold large volumes of water without over-watering plants.
  • You don’t need to water as frequently. Just fill it up until the planter starts draining from the overflow tube, and you’re good to go for a week or two (depending on capacity and your regional climate). Going away for a week or two, but can’t find someone to come water your garden? No problemo!
  • They’re portable; I can start plants that are vulnerable to hard frosts sooner, because I can move the planters inside at night/on colder days.
  • The built-in reservoir system gives your plants’ roots access to much needed oxygen, in addition to the water.
I went with the second method described in this post with a few modifications. Instead of seltzer bottles I used this corrugated perforated pipe and this bulb guard tube from Lowe's.
Materials List
Cut lengths of corrugated perforated pipe as pictured below and secure a bit of plastic bag over each end with rubber bands. The plastic bags help keep dirt out of the pipes. Place in your plastic tote.
Next cut a hole in one of your corrugated tubes that is just big enough for the bulb guard tube, which will be used to water your plants. You'll want to cut the bulb guard tube about a foot taller than your tote for ease of use in the future. You should now have something similar to the picture below.
Next you'll need to drill a few drainage holes in your tote. I used 1/8" holes about 1" below the top of your corrugated pipe to allow for 3" of water and 1" of air in the finished planter.

Last step is landscape fabric to cover the corrugated pipe. You don't have to be too perfect or fussy here, just cut a section large enough to tuck in a bit around the edges. Don't forget to cut an x in the fabric for your fill tube.
Now you're ready to add whatever soil & plants you'd like! I went with a combination of basil & peppers in each of my totes & everything went great. Below is a picture of the very moist soil after I pulled up a basil plant that had gone to seed. Very cool to see such wet soil when I haven't watered from above at all!
This version isn't very nice looking but I plan to make either wooden or welded steel plate containers  on stands for each tote in the future.
Thanks for reading & let me know if you have any questions about the process of putting one of these together.
April

August 18, 2014

Zoya Madeline

Zoya Madeline, from their 2014 Naturel 2 Collection, is described as a muted rose creme. I can't think of a more appropriate polish for work or even an important job interview. Madeline will look great with any outfit and most any skin tone. If you've been looking for a perfect neutral polish for those occasions when you need understated nails, Zoya Madeline is an excellent choice. Shown here at 2 easily applied coats with no formula issues.
 
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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 Chanelle

Zoya Chanelle is from their Naturel 2 collection and is described as a toasted almond cream. I'd call it a medium toned, well balanced brown that will look nice on a wide range of people. Chanelle is shown here at 2 coats that provided fantastic coverage but weren't the most self-leveling so a top coat is definitely required. Overall it's a lovely color that dries about 2 shades darker than bottle color and a keeper for me since I don't have anything quite like it.
 
 

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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.


August 17, 2014

Floral Accent Nail With Zoya

Floral patterns aren't normally my thing but for some reason they are all I've been thinking about lately. I've tried a couple of different ideas on my practice wheels but nothing panned out. I finally came up with something I liked after finding this pretty nail art from The Beauty Department. My boyfriend Will picked out the colors and I was finally ready to give a shot.

I started with a base of Zoya Marney. Then I followed the steps from The Beauty Department for the flower using Zoya Gie Gie, Tilda, Ziv, & Darcy.

I don't actually like how it turned out but I'm glad I stepped out of my comfort zone to try something new!

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April

Zoya Entice & Ignite: Quick First Impressions

I opened up these beauties yesterday & just couldn't wait to try them on my nail wheels. I normally wait to recommend polishes until after I've worn them as a full manicure but the Zoya Entice & Ignite collections are mighty impressive right out of the box. There's not a single color that I'm not looking forward to wearing and the formulas all seem outstanding so far.

First up we've got Zoya Entice featuring Claire, Geneviev, & Margo pictured below. Geneviev's formula has just a hint shimmer that doesn't show up on the nail much at all. Margo is a front runner for collection favorite so far.
Nyssa, Ryan, & Veronica are pictured below.
Overall the Entice collection all have outstanding formulas that barely need a second coat.

Then we have the equally gorgeous Ignite Collection featuring Autumn, India, & Remy below. Autumn is the kind of copper polish that I've always wanted & Remy is a definite one coat wonder. Look at all of that color in just one coat!
Ignite also includes Sansa, Tiegen, & Yuna pictured below.
Overall the Ignite collection is also full of rich, unique polishes with truly outstanding formulas. No other company does metallic shimmer as well as Zoya! 

In conclusion, I can't wait to wear all of them! I'll post full reviews of each polish with lots of pictures eventually but I just had to let you know that if you're considering these at all, don't hesitate!

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.

August 16, 2014

Leopard Print Nails With Zoya

I've done leopard print nails a few times before but never with such bright colors. It's such an easy pattern too pull off and you can try so many variations, like my hidden Mickey nails! For this version I started with Zoya Tilda and then added spots with my dotting tools in Zoya Seraphina and Kimber. Fun summer manicure!
 

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April