Showing posts with label Matte. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Matte. Show all posts

November 9, 2014

Zoya Harlow & Arlo

I love Zoya's new matte polishes so much! Here we have Zoya Harlow with random bits of Zoya Arlo added for a fun textured look.

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April

November 3, 2014

Zoya Harlow

Zoya Harlow is from their Matte Velvet collection!
Zoya Harlow has the most metallic look of all of the polishes in this collection with a truly gorgeous brushed aluminum finish in a rich plum color. Many mattes show brushstrokes and have dragging issues when applying but Harlow applied very nicely. Shown here in 2 easily applied coats, one thin and one a bit thicker. Zoya Harlow also dries super fast so you can get out the door in a hurry.
This collection is meant to be worn without base or top coat to get that super matte finish so the wear time isn't as long as a regular manicure. Harlow showed tip wear faster than any of the other polishes in this set (in less than 24 hours) and might be best used as a special occasion polish. On the other hand I was able to easily fix my manicure with an additional thin coat just on the nails that needed it. it looked great again in just a few minutes which isn't the case when trying to fix a polish with a creme finish. For me the trade off is well worth it!
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April

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

Zoya Veruschka

Zoya Veruschka is from their Matte Velvet collection!


I love this entire collection but I think Zoya Veruschka is my favorite. So many people asked me about this polish while I was out running errands! Shown here at 2 easily applied and fast drying coats. The Matte Velvet collection is meant to be worn without base coat or top coat and because of this you can't expect them to last as long as a regular manicure. However I'm happy to report that Veruschka proved to be a real trooper. I searched through a giant crazy store for Halloween outfits, trying on 36 dresses in one day and Veruschka made it though just fine with o chipping or even any tip wear. A new favorite for sure!

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April

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

October 31, 2014

Circus Chic Nails With Zoya!

 
This fun and easy manicure would work well with so many Halloween costumes. Everyone is talking about American Horror Story Freak Show and I'm dressing as a scary clown this year. I started with Zoya Posh and added freehand stripes of Zoya Savita. I love Halloween!

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April

October 29, 2014

Zoya Savita

Zoya Savita is from their Matte Velvet collection!
Zoya Savita is a rich purple matte polish with a hint of shimmer; it really does look like velvet! Shown here at 2 easily applied coats, just be sure to wait a few minutes in between to avoid dragging. A stunning polish that wore very well for a matte with no chips or even any tip wear after 2 days. Great for Halloween and another winner from Zoya. This whole collection is just spectacular!
 
Can you guess who I might be for Halloween? What if my shirt was blue, my belt buckle was gold, and my shorts were khaki?
How about now? The colors of the outfit aren't right but I just wanted to see if I was comfortable wearing short shorts with a belt and combat boots which is not my normal look! And I needed to see if my hair was long enough to get the right hairstyle. I think if I can find the right colored clothing and make myself a sweet gun holster with thigh straps I can totally pull off Lara Croft from Tomb Raider! Are you dressing up for Halloween? Tell me what you're going to be!

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April

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

Zoya Posh

Zoya Posh is from their Matte Velvet collection!
Zoya Posh is a truly sexy matte red polish with a hint of shimmer. The whole matte velvet collection is really stunning and I've gotten so many compliments every time I wear any of them. Posh is super pigmented so a careful polisher might be able to get away with just one coat. It's shown here at 2 coats that applied nicely and dried super fast. Zoya calls Posh a metallic but I think velvet is really the correct descriptor. So gorgeous and a definite keeper! This one wore very well for a matte polish and still looked perfect after 2 and half days. I took lots of pictures of this one since it's a new favorite and perfect for Halloween!
 
 
My talented sister Alisa put together this spooky dollhouse Halloween scene in my medicine cabinet for my recent pumpkin carving party. She found some amazing pieces online like the bunny and witch Halloween masks on the left! She also made some of the furniture by hand and I love thing whole thing so much!

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April

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

October 23, 2014

Easy Halloween Nails With Zoya

I love Halloween! Here are the simple nails I wore for my 7th Annual Potluck, Power Tools, & Pumpkins party last weekend. I started with a base of Zoya Loredana, added a thick stripe down the center of each nail in Zoya Dovima, and finished them off with Xs in Zoya Destiny. (Destiny is so stunning!)
I've got a few pictures of some of our decorations too. If you've ever thought about trying out Martha Stewart's witch curtain idea, go for it! Super easy, cheap and you can work on them while watching tv. I love to watch them blowing in the wind. The skull stepping stone is a permanent fixture that I made 2 years ago. The red eyeball is 7 feet in diameter and painted on a round tablecloth for Dollar Tree!  We drew some eyes on ping pong balls for the creepy wreath. Do you decorate for Halloween? I'd love to see some pictures!

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April

October 22, 2014

OPI Love Angel Music Baby

OPI Love Angel Music Baby is from their first Gwen Stefani collection. Shown here at two coats but I could easily have gotten away with just one. OPI Love Angel Music Baby will be added to my growing stash of polishes I can use when I need to get out the door in a hurry! It dries super fast  and applies like a dream with w truly superb formula and their wide brush. I'm in love and might need to buy a backup bottle! Lovers of Zoya Tomoko might want to grab this one too.
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April

October 21, 2014

Zoya Loredana

Zoya Loredana is from their Matte Velvet collection!
Zoya Loredana is a medium charcoal grey matte shimmer. This collection is meant to be worn without base or top coat and is shown here at 3 thin coats. Loredana is very sheer and streaky on the first coat but applies easily and is completely opaque and streak free by the third coat. 

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Dovima from this set didn't last very long with minor tip wear within 24 hours but Loredana fared much better. I wore Loredana for 3 VERY active days setting up for my annual pumpkin carving party and during the party itself with no chipping and only very minor tip wear. Excellent for a matte polish & another winner from Zoya!

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April

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

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.

October 13, 2014

Zoya Matte Velvet: Quick First Impressions

I love matte polishes with a bit of sparkle so I was very excited when Zoya announced the return of their Matte Velvet collection. I must say my excitement seems very justified; these are some super sexy polishes!

The formulas are all excellent especially for matte polishes which can be a bit of a nightmare to apply. Looks like you'll be able to get away with just two easily applied coats for most and maybe even just one coat for Posh. I'm currently wearing Dovima and I can't quit staring at my nails. 
 Dovima, Harlow, Loredana
 Posh, Savita, Veruschka

While I think guys can wear any color they want on their toes or their hands, this matte collection would be a great place to start. My boyfriend Will has worn Zoya Lolly (one of their previous mattes)on his toes twice and it looks fantastic!

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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.

September 7, 2014

Maybelline Denim Dash

A friend of mine recently gifted me a few dozen nail polishes including this stunner, Maybelline Denim Dash! I love blues, matte finishes, and one coat wonders and Denim Dash is all three rolled into one perfect polish. I've never seen a matte polish apply so nicely, self-leveling in just one easily applied coat. The color is gorgeous too, a nice medium toned blue with silver micro shimmer. Thanks Kay for all of the polish!
 

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April

December 21, 2013

Chevron Tips With Zoya; Or The Day I Left The House In My Pajamas


This post from Zoya live was the inspiration for these nails, pairing a matte polish with something super shiny. My version with Zoya Dream & Zoya Phoebe turned into one of my favorite manicures of the year. I love this color combination!
 

Now a brief word about my outfit. I went to a pajama party that night with Chuck Palahniuk, Chelsea Cain, & Monica Drake! It's not easy to figure out what to wear to a public pajama party... My hometown is very lucky to have Booksmart Tulsa bringing incredible author events to town on a regular basis. This one was really over the top. More than 900 people at the downtown library that is closed for renovations. Vandalism allowed! LED beach balls! Spooky stories! Lots of fun! Below is a quick video of the insanity.
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April