Showing posts with label Glitter. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Glitter. Show all posts

July 10, 2014

Sally Hansen Carnival

I almost never buy polishes without looking up swatches & reviews first but Sally Hansen Carnival just looked so fantastic that I grabbed it without doing my homework. Not a good idea! Most every review I've seen shows the sad truth, ugly bubbling is almost inevitable. I decided to try it out anyway of course & I had high hopes at first. It actually applied quite nicely with a decent amount of glitter over my previous manicure of Nicole By OPI Better After Dark. It didn't seem gloopy or bubbly at all & I applied Essie Good To Go thinking all would be fine. Over the next few hours tons of bubbles formed wrecking what is otherwise a fantastic idea for a polish. Sally Hansen Carnival is a matte glitter with a truly gorgeous & quirky color palette that I found irresistible but so far no good! I'm going to try adding some polish thinner & giving it another chance since I love the colors so much but this one is probably a dud.
 

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July 5, 2014

Zoya Alma

Zoya Alma is from their Summer 2014 Bubbly collection.

Zoya describes Alma as "a warm golden peach metallic featuring the exclusive liquid-metal holographic jelly formula" but I'd call it more of a straight up though slightly faded orange. I love the way Zoya does gold & silver micro shimmer & it looks particularly stunning in a jelly formula. As for the holographic sparkles, they are the same lovely pastel cellophane glitter featured in Monet, just in a smaller size. Zoya Alma is shown here at 3 easily applied thin coats. Great color for summer! This is a nice polish but I definitely prefer the more saturated Jesy from the same collection.
 
 
 

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April

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

June 9, 2014

Zoya Muse

Zoya Muse is from their Summer 2014 Bubbly collection.

This is a tricky polish review! Zoya Muse is a blue raspberry jelly with Zoya's lovely gold microshimmer & pastel cellophane glitter featured in Monet, just a smaller size. I had a lot of trouble applying this one. Muse is very pigmented so only needed 2 coats, but you absolutely can't go over a wet area without dragging, in this case pulling off all of the polish you just applied. It wasn't self-leveling either. I remember asking Will to help accomplish a minor task saying, "I don't want to mess up my nails because I never want to use this polish again."

But then I caught a glimpse of my hands in the mirror later that night couldn't help but notice how gorgeous this polish is. Over the next few days I decided that Zoya Muse is just way too pretty to give up on after one try. I've never seen anything else quite like Zoya Muse & it just looked great on me.  She's a keeper even after a bad first go round!
 
 
 

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April

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

June 4, 2014

Zoya Jesy

Zoya Jesy is from their Summer 2014 Bubbly collection.

Zoya describes Jesy as "a full coverage, fiery coral orange metallic holo featuring the exclusive liquid-metal holographic jelly formula" & I agree. I love the way Zoya does gold & silver micro shimmer & it looks particularly stunning in a jelly formula. As for the holographic sparkles, they are the same lovely pastel cellophane glitter featured in Monet, just in a smaller size.  Zoya Jesy is shown here at 3 easily applied thin coats. Great color for summer!
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April

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

May 28, 2014

Revlon Banana Blaze

Yellow jelly polishes are so strange looking but I love them anyway! This is 3 easily applied coats of Revlon Banana Blaze. It's a sunshine yellow jelly with sparse silver glitter. I know it doesn't look great with my skin tone but Banana Blaze is still a keeper since it's so unique! I'll have to try layering it over some other colors some day.
 

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May 14, 2014

Zoya Binx


Zoya Binx is from their Summer 2014 Bubbly collection.
Zoya describes Binx as "a spicy orchid purple dappled with gold metallic & holo sparkles" but I would definitely describe this one as a well balanced, medium toned pink jelly. I love the way Zoya does gold & silver micro shimmer & it looks particularly stunning in a jelly formula. As for the holographic sparkles, they are the same lovely pastel cellophane glitter featured in Monet, just in a smaller size.  Taken together it's a gorgeous combination that makes for a very unique polish. Binx would look great with just about any skin tone too!
I used 2 coats here & tried a third on on nail to see if I could get closer to the color seen in promo pics. I couldn't tell a difference so I just left it at two coats. Still a beautiful polish with an easy to work with formula.
 
 
 
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April

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

May 3, 2014

Zoya Sailor & Zoya Monet

I couldn't wait to try Zoya Monet over a dark shade after it became my unexpected favorite from Zoya recent Awaken collection. I chose Zoya Sailor & topped it with a layer of Monet. Sadly the formula is still too thick even after adding a few more drops of polish thinner so I had some bubbles. I'm still not going to give up on Monet though; the pastel cellophane glitter is just so gorgeous!
 

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April

May 1, 2014

Zoya Dot & Zoya Monet


Zoya Monet is from their Awaken collection for Spring 2014.

I was sure that I wouldn't like Zoya Monet but I was wrong! It's perfectly described by Zoya as "a multi-colored, cellophane holographic special effect topper." I've never been a big fan of glitter toppers but Monet is awfully pretty. I especially love the way it reflects sparkling pastel twinkles on anything in it's vicinity!

The formula is a bit problematic, very thick & a bit gloopy even after the addition of polish thinner. I've decided the lovely fairy lights effect is worth a bit of extra effort though. (You can see what I mean in the second & last pictures below.) It's shown here over Zoya Dot.
 
 
 
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April

All opinions are my own & were not influenced by Zoya! For more information you can read my disclosure policy.
a multi-colored, cellophane holographic special effect topper. - See more at: http://www.zoya.com/content/item/Zoya/Zoya-Nail-Polish-in-Monet-ZP726.html#sthash.sk2tvYQO.dpuf
a multi-colored, cellophane holographic special effect topper. - See more at: http://www.zoya.com/content/item/Zoya/Zoya-Nail-Polish-in-Monet-ZP726.html#sthash.sk2tvYQO.dpuf
multi-colored, cellophane holographic special effect topper. - See more at: http://www.zoya.com/content/category/Zoya_Awaken_Spring_2014_Nail_Polish_Collection.html#sthash.LHlE3Rr2.dpuf
multi-colored, cellophane holographic special effect topper. - See more at: http://www.zoya.com/content/category/Zoya_Awaken_Spring_2014_Nail_Polish_Collection.html#sthash.LHlE3Rr2.dpuf
multi-colored, cellophane holographic special effect topper. - See more at: http://www.zoya.com/content/category/Zoya_Awaken_Spring_2014_Nail_Polish_Collection.html#sthash.LHlE3Rr2.dpuf
multi-colored, cellophane holographic special effect topper. - See more at: http://www.zoya.com/content/category/Zoya_Awaken_Spring_2014_Nail_Polish_Collection.html#sthash.LHlE3Rr2.dpuf

April 21, 2014

Happy Spring Nails With Zoya

My boyfriend Will suggested this adorable pairing that's perfect for spring & Easter. I started with Zoya Hudson and then added a messy half moon of Zoya Rina. It reminds me of Easter basket grass from my childhood!
 
 

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April

March 25, 2014

Zoya Brooklyn & Cosmo!

Glitter gradients are the best! Here I started with Zoya Brooklyn and then added a bit of Zoya Cosmo starting at the base of my nails. This look reminds of a gorgeous jewel encrusted ball gown, something you could wear on the red carpet; I love it!
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April

February 4, 2014

Glitter Gradient With Sation Tira Miss-U & Tall Dark & Has Some

Sation Tall Dark & Has Some is perhaps my all time favorite glitter topper. (This is the fourth time I've used it!) I decided to pair it with Sation Tira Miss-U, a new but already beloved edition to my stash. Pretty combo & you just can't go wrong with a super easy glitter gradient in my opinion!
 
 

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April