Showing posts with label Black. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Black. Show all posts

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

All opinions are my own & were not influenced by Zoya! For more information you can read my disclosure policy.

August 24, 2013

Zoya Claudine

Zoya Claudine is from the new Satins - Fall 2013 collection. I'm not in love with this one. Claudine is a gunmetal black with tons of silver micro-shimmer. The formula is runny & I had some cuticle pooling which resulted in messy cleanup & you have to be careful of brush strokes. On the plus side it looks good in two coats and dries very quickly. Overall not a bad polish but I have other gunmetal polishes that I like better so I'll be passing this one on to a friend.
 
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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 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.

March 6, 2013

Zoya Dahlia

Zoya Dahlia is another fantastic polish from the Zoya Pixie Dust Collection.

Here's what Zoya has to say about these polishes.

Infused with magic and wonder! The latest "must-have" nail polish finish - textured, matte and sparkling! This newly developed formula is sure to captivate with a magical sparkle and sugary finish like no other. The color experts at Zoya have created six, long-wearing stunners for the introduction of this enchanting look.

IMPORTANT Pixie Dust 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 Pixie Dust textured formula may take up to 10 minutes to dry completely matte. Once dry, the textured finish is long lasting, matte and ultra-glittery!
I followed the above instructions, no base coat or top coat. Application is very easy as long as you stick with thin coats & make sure to let them dry completely before adding another. Otherwise you'll have some dragging like with most matte polishes. Zoya Dahlia only needs two coats for full coverage.
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I love Dahlia just as much as I loved Chyna from the same collection. I thought the gritty texture might bother me but it didn't at all. It looks exactly like a black sparkly sandpaper that I use sometimes for concrete projects. Not nearly as scratchy of course!
Both Chyna & Dhalia wear very well even without base or top coats & stay truly matte even after the application of hand lotion. Dahlia is another winner!

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.

October 21, 2012

Pomegranate Curator

I love Pomegranate Curator so much! I don't have anything like it & the formula is excellent. Black jelly base with small silver glitter & medium gold glitter. Shown here at just two easily applied coats with one coat of topcoat.

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April

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

July 16, 2012

Pomegranate Cyberspace & Holographic Stripes!

Pomegranate polishes are big 3free - no toluene, formaldehyde, or DBP. They are also cruelty-free & made in the USA! Pomegranate brushes are very narrow but I know some of you ladies like narrow brushes for more control. They can be purchased from their website for $9.


Pomegranate Cyberspace is an excellent charcoal scattered holographic polish. We all love a good subtle holo! Great formula that covers in just two coats.
 
The next day I added some stripes of China Glaze 2NITE. Sometimes the simple manicures are best. I love this one!
 
 
 

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April

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

May 29, 2012

Lightning

It's go through old photos day at April's house. Here's another quick post with some forgotten nails. I can't quite remember what I was going for here...
I used Sinful Secret Admirer (one of my all time favorites) for the base & the Painted Nail by Nubar OMG Gorgeous for the lightning.

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April

March 6, 2012

Wet N Wild Blackmail & Some Quick Nail Art


I won Wet N Wild Blackmail from Painted Pixies blog a few months ago. Thanks so much for all of the cool polish!
Blackmail is a nice black polish with a hint of copper & turquoise shimmer. I'm definitely keeping it but I wish that the shimmer was much more prominent. That would make this one a stunner instead of just fine.
 
The next day I tried to do some nail art inspired by my killer new pair of shoes, I couldn't quite get the look I was going for though. I used Zoya Phoebe for the fan shape.





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April

February 23, 2012

Chain Nails!


I didn't get very good pictures of these nails which is too bad because I really loved them. These stayed on remarkably well for 2 whole days.
I used one coat of American Apparel Hassid. The chains had earlier been cut with a pair of scissors, just a chain from some old necklace. I added some top coat to one nail & then used a pair of tweezers to add a length of chain. Repeat the process on each nail & then add another layer of top coat and finished!
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April

January 4, 2012

Layla Magneffect Black Metal

I won my first magnetic polish from the lovely ladies at The Polish Lab. Thanks ladies!! Magnetic polishes are very exciting to me. It's just such a cool idea.
This is 1 coat of Layla Magneffects in Black Metal. The polish applies very easily and covers in one coat. I had a bit of trouble with the magnet; I think my nails are just too rounded to get good stripes. I can only get them in the middle or off to one side. I don't think it has anything to do with the product though. It just doesn't work well for my particular nails. I'm passing this one on to a very happy friend with much smaller nails & I fully expect it to work great for her. A starburst pattern magnet is probably much more suited to my nails.
You'll have to vary your routine a bit when using a magnetic polish. You want to do one nail at a time & then quickly use the magnet. I also recommend skipping the topcoat as it can blur the pattern. The polish dries fast so it wasn't a problem for me to skip the topcoat.
 
I hope magnetic polishes continue to catch on & that we have a wide variety to choose from in the coming year!

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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.

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April

July 18, 2010

Wet N Wild Night Prowl


Here's another Wet N Wild that looks amazing in the sunshine! Wet N Wild Night Prowl is a black jelly with purple glitter. It's a fabulous polish for your money if you like dark polishes. I'm not a big fan of polishes that look black most the time indoors though and this one falls into this category. Thanks to Beautopia for sending me this one when I won a giveaway a while back!

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April

July 7, 2010

American Apparel Hassid


American Apparel Hassid is a black creme polish. Nothing fancy, no sparkles or matte effects. I would never wear this alone but it is an amazing polish if you like to do nail art! Hassid is opaque in one easily applied, quick-drying, thin coat! Woohoo! It also works great with water marbling and Konad! If you haven't found a great black creme, I strongly suggest you try American Apparel Hassid.

Disclosure: I was provided a product sample by American Apparel. This in no way affects my opinions of the product. For more information read my Disclosure Policy.

Thanks for reading!
April