Showing posts with label Zoya. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Zoya. Show all posts

December 17, 2014

Holly Jolly Roger Nails With Zoya And SmartNails

I've always love this Burl Ives rendition of Holly Jolly Christmas and I love pirates and the Jolly Roger flag so I've combined them into one silly but fun holiday manicure. I first tried out this idea way back in 2010 but it didn't turn out very well; my 2014 version is much better!

I started with a base of Zoya Blu for the holly nails and Zoya Willa for the Jolly Roger accent nail. Next I pulled out my trusty SmartNails sticker stencil in their skull design and used Blu to make a great skull and crossbones that I could never do freehand. Finally I added holly berries with a dotting tool and Zoya Veronica and then carefully painted leaves with Zoya Josie. Holly leaves look easy but were quite time consuming and hard to get right. Turns out Smartnails has a very cute holly stencil too if you ever want to try these yourself.
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April

The smARTnails sticker stencils were sent to me for review. All opinions are my own & were not influenced by smARTnails! For more information you can read my disclosure policy.

December 16, 2014

Simple Nail Art With Zoya

I love adding a single bold stripe of a special polish over a creme polish. Here we have Zoya Ryan with a stripe of Zoya Raine. Very pretty!
 
 

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April

December 15, 2014

Zoya Dovima And Loredana: A Nail Art Comparison

I really loved Zoya's Matte Velvet collection and thought I'd show you a side by side comparison of the two grey polishes, Dovima and Loredana. I started with a coat of Loredana and then added a stripe of Dovima down the middle of each nail. Personally I think you need both if you're a matte polish lover. Dovima definitely reads as black most of the time while Loredana is more of a gunmetal grey.
 
 

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April

December 9, 2014

Zoya Purity

Zoya Purity is a bright pure white creme polish. Like most white cremes it isn't easy to apply. I tried the 1 thin, 1 medium, 1 thin coat method and it worked fairly well. The polish is still stringy and streaky though, not the worst white I've tried by a long shot (see here!) but nothing great either. I'll definitely be keeping it for nail art though! It's very pigmented so it's easy to get a nice bright white line as pictured in my Burberry nails.
 
 
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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 7, 2014

Zoya Petal Swipe Nail Art

Zoya calls this simple nail art the Petal Swipe. Super easy to accomplish using nothing more the brushes that come with your polish. I've done this style once before with Zoya Payton and Amy but this time I started with a base of Zoya Sansa, then added a swipe of Zoya Dannii
 
 
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April

December 6, 2014

Geometric Nail Art With Zoya

Here are some simple nails with fun squares and rectangles randomly placed on each nail. I love the color combination, Zoya Margo for the base, Nyssa for the solid squares and Remy for the outlines.
 
 
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April

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.
 
 
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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.

December 1, 2014

Zoya Nyssa

Zoya Nyssa is from their Fall 2014 Entice Collection.
Zoya Nyssa is an elegant milk chocolate creme polish that applies nicely in 2 coats. Great polish!
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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 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

Zoya Willa

Zoya Willa is from their Wishes collection for Winter/ Holidays 2014.
Overall this collection just doesn't do much for me but I am very happy to finally have a black creme Zoya polish. Zoya Willa is nothing special though, I have other black creme polish that apply like a dream in just one coat but Willa most definitely requires two. Very streaky at first but just fine. I'll be using it all the time for nail art. In fact I've already used it for my Burberry plaid nails!
 
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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 18, 2014

Burberry Plaid Nails With Zoya

Whew! This Burberry Plaid pattern took lots of practice but I kept at it and now I have a whole new level of confidence in my nail art abilities. At least while using my dominant hand! They are still far from perfect but I'm very happy with the result.

I started with a base of Zoya Cho and then used a thin nail art brush to add the white lines in Zoya Purity. I followed that with the black lines in Zoya Willa from their new Wishes collection. Finished off with thin lines of red in Zoya Sasha and a topcoat to even everything out. Perfect for Tulsa's first snow of the season!
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April