Showing posts with label Texture. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Texture. Show all posts

October 11, 2015

Layering With Zoya Bar and Frida

I'm a huge fan of the discontinued Pixie Dust polishes and would have been happy to have them in even more colors then they made so I tried layering to get a "new" Pixie Dust polish. This attempt didn't quite work but the idea is solid. I started with a base of Zoya Bar and then tried to brush a thin layer of Zoya Frida on top but it was a bit too streaky. I think this would have worked great if I had sponged on Frida instead. Still looked pretty from a distance though!

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April

September 29, 2015

Nail Art With Zoya Pixie Dust

I was wearing Zoya Tomoko (my #1 favorite polish!) recently and decided to add a couple of other Pixie Dusts just for fun. I added swirls of Zoya Arlo and Arianna for a very textured manicure.

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June 3, 2015

Quick Nail Art With Milani

I love blue and orange together! Here I started with a base of Milani Metallic Mango and then added Milani Blue Flash. Mixed finishes and one of my favorite color combinations!

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May 28, 2015

Formula X Nova

This is one fabulous coat of Formula X For Sephora Nova. Nova was very easy to apply and I'm always on the lookout for one coat wonder polishes. It takes a little longer to dry than the Zoya Pixie dust polishes and the texture is much rougher but it's a stunning polish. I've never tried any Formula X For Sephora polishes before but I'd love to have the entire Celestials collection if they are anything like Nova!
 
 
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May 14, 2015

Zoya Nyx & Sage

I love mixing textures in manicures and Zoya Nyx and Sage make a lovely combination!
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March 27, 2015

Zoya Rowan And Vespa Glitter Gradient

I love mixing textures in my manicures. Here we have a quick glitter gradient with Zoya Rown topped with Zoya Vespa. Super easy and super cool!
 
 

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February 11, 2015

Pretty Pink Nails With Zoya

Every now and then I must use a polish that I can apply in one coat and doesn't need a topcoat because I need to get out the door soon. I always go to my blog to look at my one coat wonder category and this time I landed on Zoya Bobbi. What a great polish! Truly looks spectacular after one coat that practically applies itself with no clean up needed. No topcoat either since it's a foil and dries very quickly.
The next day I added an accent nail in Zoya Ginni for a pretty mixed texture Valentine's Day look. Lovely!
I love my giant socks from Sock Dreams so much. I'm 6' tall and these go ALL the way up and stay there.
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April

February 2, 2015

Zoya Oswin

Zoya Oswin is from their Ultra Pixie Dust Collection.
Zoya Oswin didn't have the same problems as Noir and Arianna from the same set. It dried to a nicely textured matte finish. Very pretty polish that has been discontinued but is still currently available so get one now if you 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

December 3, 2014

Textured Checkerboard With Sally Hansen

I've always wanted to try out some checkerboard nail art and I decided to finally give it a try with Sally Hansen Work Of Tart for the base color. I love my Sally Hansen nail art pens and knew I could draw the checkerboard easily using the black one. I wasn't sure if the nail art pen would last without a topcoat though. Usually they need a topcoat or you can just wipe them off (great for starting over with your nail art if you mess up!) but I had tried that over a textured polish before and the results were a lumpy mess. I had a feeling that the texture would grab onto the nail art pen and keep it in place without a topcoat though and it turns out I was right. Fun experiment that turned out pretty great!
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December 2, 2014

Zoya Thea

Zoya Thea is from their Wishes collection for Winter/ Holidays 2014.
Zoya Thea is a Magical Pixie Dust, supposedly similar to their Spring and Summer sets. I loved their super textured look and the holographic glitter. Unfortunately, Thea and the other Magical Pixie Dusts from this set just don't have much Pixie Dust. Thea is still a truly pretty polish but it would be so much more exciting to me if it looked like the textured Pixie dusts I love so much.

The base color reminds me of the gorgeous Zoya Payton from last year's holiday collection. Zoya Thea was fairly easy to apply and is shown here at 2 coats. Dry time is longer than most Pixie Dusts and it never dried matte. I'll keep Thea for now and try it with a topcoat some day.
 
 
My amazing socks are from one of the best retail sites on the internet, Sock Dreams. I say they are one of the best because of the remarkable level of detail they use in their product descriptions. Listings are constantly being updated with new measurements not just for each batch of socks, but each color! If this months pink batch is tighter around the thigh than all the other pairs you will know before you order. They have a huge selection of socks and hosiery in a wide variety of sizes. I always go for over the knee and thigh socks. I'm 6' tall and I have several pairs that go all the way up to the top of my thighs! I've been spreading the gospel of Sock Dreams every winter for several years now simply because I think everyone could use some amazing socks to keep them warm and toasty all winter.

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April
 

This polish was sent to me for review. All opinions are my own & were not influenced by Zoya! Sock Dreams doesn't know I exist, I just love their site! For more information you can read my disclosure policy.

November 26, 2014

Zoya Imogen

Zoya Imogen is from their Wishes collection for Winter/ Holidays 2014.
Zoya Imogen is a Magical Pixie Dust, supposedly similar to their Spring and Summer sets. I loved their super textured look and the holographic glitter. Unfortunately, Imogen and the other Magical Pixie Dusts from this set just don't have much Pixie Dust. Imogen is also so packed with holographic glitter that I felt like my nails just looked messy. It doesn't dry matte but I don't think I'll like this one even with a top coat so I'll be passing it on to a friend. Overall the Wishes collection just doesn't do much for me.
 

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April

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

November 23, 2014

Zoya Arianna

Looks like Zoya's press samples for their Ultra Pixie Dust collection had some issues so this post isn't representative of what you can purchase at Ulta or from Zoya. For an accurate representation please check out this great post from Lavish Layerings!
Zoya Arianna is from their Ultra Pixie Dust Collection.
Zoya Arianna is a wine colored Pixie Dust polish with red hex glitter. My bottle didn't look much like a Pixie Dust simply because it doesn't seem to have nearly enough of the Pixie Dust particles, allowing the jelly base color to show quite a bit and causing a strange finish that never dried matte. I love the color so I might have to go purchase a retail version since I love the Pixie Dust polishes so much. 
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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

November 21, 2014

Sally Hansen Work Of Tart

Sally Hansen Work of Tart is from their Sugar Shimmer collection. I love textured polishes and this one looks so gorgeous in the bottle. Unfortunately the formula is pretty terrible. Shown here at 3 coats, it was very streaky at two and still not quite even after the third coat. I could live with that but it also took over two and a half hours to dry! The color and finish are drop dead gorgeous though, dusty faded blue raspberry with tons of gold micro shimmer. Work of Tart has a contemptible formula but is just too pretty and unique to pass along. Maybe I can layer one coat of it over a similar base color next time.
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April

November 14, 2014

Glamorous Glitter Gradient With Zoya

Zoya's Fall Trend Guide recommended using Tomoko for a gradient and it sounded like a great idea to me. As much as I love the Pixie Dusts, I'd never thought about using one quite this way. I paired 2 of my all time favorite Zoyas for a super easy but totally gorgeous version, Zoya Veruschka for the base topped with Zoya Tomoko. This would be a great look for the upcoming holiday season, either as is, or alternating Posh and Veruschka for all out Christmas glam!
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April

October 29, 2014

Halloween Argyle With Zoya Pixie Dusts

This is one of my favorite manicures of all time! I started with the orange triangles using Zoya Dhara on my bare nails. Then I filled in the other remaining triangles with Zoya Chita. I finished the argyle pattern with Zoya Dahlia. All freehand and surprisingly easy, mostly because the Pixie Dust polishes are so great for nail art! I love it so much!!

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April

October 20, 2014

Zoya Noir (Press Sample Version)

Looks like Zoya's press samples for their Ultra Pixie Dust collection had some issues so this post isn't representative of what you can purchase at Ulta or from Zoya. For an accurate representation please check out this great post from Lavish Layerings!
Zoya Noir is from their Ultra Pixie Dust Collection.
Zoya Noir is a deep rich plum Pixie Dust polish with red hex glitter. My bottle didn't look much like a Pixie Dust simply because it doesn't seem to have nearly enough of the Pixie Dust particles, allowing the jelly base color to show quite a bit and causing a strange finish that never dried matte. I love the color and I might have to go purchase a retail version of Noir since I love Pixie Dust polishes so much. I think mine will be great for nail art and it looks great with a top coat as pictured in the last photo.
Shown with top coat on my pinkie and ring finger.
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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