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

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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June 4, 2013

Mid Century Mod Gravel Nail Art With Zoya Pixie Dusts

The sparkly sandy finish of the Zoya Pixie Dust polishes reminds me of mid century gravel art like this example! I started with a base of Zoya Stevie then added half circles of Zoya Beatrix, finished with an outline in Zoya London. I might try a more elaborate version some time in the future.

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April

Zoya Stevie: A New Top 5 Favorite!


Zoya Stevie is a stunning polish from the Summer 2013 Pixie Dust collection.
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 Zoya PixieDust Special Texture Edition Image</p>

Here's what Zoya has to say about this collection.

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 Summer 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!

Zoya Stevie is a new top 5 favorite polish for me. I just can't get enough of the Pixie Dust polishes & this one has stolen my heart. Stevie is a pretty orchid purple 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.
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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.

May 31, 2013

Bumblebee Nails With Zoya Pixie Dusts!

I'm often in a hurry like so many of us these days & sometimes I just need to make a snap decision about what to do with my nails & go for it. My bumblebee nails were based on one of those quick decisions & I can't believe how much I love the results!
I always paint my nails using a new color (yes it's been months, possibly over a year, since I've started with a polish already in my collection...) & then try to do some nail art on that color the next day. I started with Zoya Solange & then added some thick stripes of Zoya Dahlia. Instant fuzzy bumblebee nails! (Although I suppose flocking powder would really create the ultimate fuzzy bumblebee manicure.) 
Just for fun, here's an adorable infographic explaining why bees love hexagons so much.
 
 
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April

Zoya Solange


Zoya Solange is a terrific polish from the Summer 2013 Pixie Dust collection.
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 Zoya PixieDust Special Texture Edition Image</p>
 Here's what Zoya has to say about this collection.

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 Summer 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! 

Like all of the Pixie Dusts, I'm totally in love with Zoya Solange. It looks like they used the same exclusive pigment for this one as they did in Zoya Kerry (a new favorite!) Solange is a super cheery yellow gold texture polish with tons of sparkle. It's fantastic & unique & one of the best yellow polishes I've ever laid eyes on. Show here at just two easily applied coats; just be sure to wait several minutes between coats.
 

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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.

May 8, 2013

Quick Nail Art With Zoya Beatrix & Zoya London

Orange paired grey is one of my favorite color combinations. I started with Zoya Beatrix & then added a swooping french tip in Zoya London. Easy enough to do on both hands!
 
 
 
 
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April

May 7, 2013

Zoya Beatrix


Zoya Beatrix is a spectacular polish from the Summer 2013 Pixie Dust collection.
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 Zoya PixieDust Special Texture Edition Image</p>
Here's what Zoya has to say about this collection.
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 Summer 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! 
I love that Zoya has so many orange polishes in this year's summer collections! Zoya Beatrix is bright, crisp true orange that looks pretty in two coats but even more vibrant with three. Application is very easy as long as you make sure to wait for each coat to dry before applying the next to avoid dragging. I love all of the Pixie Dust polishes!!
 
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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.

April 28, 2013

Zoya Liberty


Zoya Liberty is a stunning blue polish from their Summer 2013 Pixie Dust collection.
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 Zoya PixieDust Special Texture Edition Image</p>
Here's what Zoya has to say about this collection.
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 Summer 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! 
Zoya Liberty is a fantastic blue polish that makes me think of superheroes! I used my regular base coat, Nail Tek Foundation II & let it dry completely before applying Liberty. Applies easily in 2 coats as long as you wait for each coat to dry before moving to the next one. All of the Pixie Dust polishes wear very well even without top coat & stay truly matte even after the application of hand lotion. I adore them all!
 
 

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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.

April 27, 2013

Zoya Destiny


Zoya Destiny is a spectacular polish from the Summer 2013 Pixie Dust collection.
<p>
 Zoya PixieDust Special Texture Edition Image</p>
Here's what Zoya has to say about this collection.

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 Summer 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!
Zoya Destiny looks like super fizzy orange pop magically transformed into a gorgeous & totally unique nail polish! Or maybe a gumdrop coated with orange & gold sparkly sugar. This will be the perfect summer pedicure polish, since the Pixie Dust polishes are very long wearing. I really can't gush enough; I love Zoya Destiny!

I used my regular base coat Nail Tek Foundation II this time just to see if it adversely affected the finish. I let it dry completely before applying Destiny & noticed no change in the finish. Destiny looks good after two coats but I think it looks even more vibrant with three. Application is very easy as long as you make sure to wait for each coat to dry before applying the next to avoid dragging.
 

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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.

Nail Art With Zoya Dahlia & Milani's Accidental Pixie Dust Type Polishes

I started with Zoya Dahlia and then added Milani Blue Flash & Milani Purple Gleam. I love this combination & I love sparkly textured polishes!
 
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April 9, 2013

Sponged Layering With Zoya Apple & Zoya Vespa

I tried this technique a few days ago & I couldn't wait to try it again. The results aren't as dramatic as last time but still very pretty!

For this manicure I started with my Zoya Vespa nails from yesterday. I added a thin layer of Zoya Apple & then used a makeup sponge to take off most of that layer leaving behind the gorgeous golden flecks & intensifying the green. Gorgeous & super, super easy. I think this technique would work with some of Zoya's other shimmer polishes like Fei Fei.or Faye.
 
You can see the golden difference between my left pointer & the rest in this shot.
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April