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

March 2, 2015

Zoya Leah And Rayne

Sometimes you've got to do your nails on the go right? Actually I rarely go this far, but I was really hating Zoya Leah and I was going out in public, so I grabbed Zoya Rayne and added a stripe in the car. Not my best work or my best photos but at least I felt better about nails while on a tour of Prairie Artisan Ales!
 
 
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April

March 1, 2015

Zoya Leah

Zoya Leah is part of the Satin Collection for 2015.
Zoya Leah is a taupe polish with lavender leanings, a definite beauty of a color and unique to my collection but the formula just stinks. I'm going to try adding quite a bit of thinner if I ever use Leah again. I really want to love this collection but they just aren't working out for me.

PROS
  • All of the colors are drop dead gorgeous, unique and complement each very nicely. Seriously lovely color choices!
  • Wear time seems very good for a polish meant to be worn without a topcoat, much better than most matte polishes.
  • I love new ideas in polish and the Satin finish definitely appeals to me.
  • The frosted bottles are beautiful.
  • Dry time is good for a polish without topcoat
CONS
  • So far the formula has been super frustrating for me. I feel like I've tried every application technique I can think of with no luck. They just don't self-level well and since they are meant to be worn without a topcoat that is a problem. You also can't go back over an area at all or you will get dragging. I just can't make them work! 
  • Some friends think the finish looks like paint for the interior walls of a house or just plain old acrylic paint. I don't think these will have broad appeal to ladies who aren't really into nail polish.
So what's my verdict? You'll have to decide for yourself.  I love the idea of the Zoya Satin collection but I'm still having a lot of trouble with the formula. I'm glad to have them but I feel like they would be very frustrating for the average polish user. And the finish certainly isn't for everyone either. Give them a try if you don't mind a bit of extra work when doing your nails and you love weird finishes like I do.
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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.

February 27, 2015

Zoya Rayne

Zoya Rayne is from their Spring 2015 Delight collection.
Zoya Rayne is a medium toned icy blue packed with turquoise micro shimmer. Perfect for snowy, icy cold days or sunny spring weather! Rayne is pretty streaky so I definitely needed 3 coats. Unlike anything else in my collection and definitely a keeper!
 
 
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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

Pink Ombre Dots With Zoya!

Every once in a while a manicure turns out exactly the way you saw it in your head and that was the case here. I was going to watch my friend's beautiful dress boutique for the day and I knew I wanted a killer outfit and nails to match. Her shop, Volutpe, is so gorgeous, and I wanted to fit in since I'd be representing her business for the day.
Anyway I picked a grey and pink sweater dress that is super comfy and this giant pair of burgundy socks from Sock Dreams. I did my nails to match, starting with a base of Zoya Dove. Then I added random dots in a variety of Zoya pinks. From darkest to lightest I used Zoya Toni, Reagan, Lara, and Shelby.
 
 
 

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April

February 13, 2015

Black Hearts

Hmm, sometimes ideas just don't work out quite like you think they will This design is ok and I love the background but I think it would have been much better if the hearts had been a very dark grey instead of straight up black. I started with this delicate layering combo of Zoya Tiana and Chloe and used Zoya Willa for the hearts which just seems too harsh. I think Zoya Genevieve would have been a better choice.

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April

February 12, 2015

Layering With Zoya

I love flakies! This combo of Zoya Tiana topped with Zoya Chloe still doesn't beat my all time favorite combo but it sure is pretty!
 
 
 
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April

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

Zoya Tiana

Zoya Tiana is from their Spring 2015 Delight collection.
Zoya Tiana is a truly amazing green creme. Zoya describes it as pistachio gelato but it reminds me of these Jadite dishes! Tiana is shown here at 3 coats needed to even out a bit of streakiness. Very easy to apply for a pale creme polish though which I usually find to be a pain the behind. Tiana might just be my new favorite green 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

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

February 1, 2015

Zoya Satins - First Thoughts

I've tried 3 of the new Zoya Satin collection and wanted to let you know my thoughts so far before I get to my full reviews later.

PROS
  • All of the colors are drop dead gorgeous, unique and complement each very nicely. Seriously lovely color choices!
  • Wear time seems very good for a polish meant to be worn without a topcoat, much better than most matte polishes.
  • I love new ideas in polish and the Satin finish definitely appeals to me.
  • The frosted bottles are beautiful.
  • Dry time is good for a polish without topcaot
CONS
  • So far the formula has been super frustrating for me. I feel like I've tried every application technique I can think of with no luck. They just don't self-level well and since they are meant to be worn without a topcoat that is a problem. You also can't go back over an area at all or you will get dragging. I just can't make them work! 
  • Some friends think the finish looks like paint for the interior walls of a house or just plain old acrylic paint. I don't think these will have broad appeal to ladies who aren't really into nail polish.
So what's my verdict? You'll have to decide for yourself.  I love the idea of the Zoya Satin collection but I'm still having a lot of trouble with the formula. I'm glad to have them but I feel like they would be very frustrating for the average polish user. And the finish certainly isn't for everyone either. Give them a try if you don't mind a bit of extra work when doing your nails and you love weird finishes like I do.
 
I'm going to ask some friends to try them out and I still more to wear as full manicures. I'll eventually get to my regular individual posts with lots of pictures.
 
 
 
Thanks for reading
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.

January 24, 2015

SmartNails Vinyl Sticker Stencils With Zoya

This is actually my second set of Smart Nails Diamond sticker stencils. I first used them way back 2010 for a nice black and white manicure. I don't like version quite as much but the stencils are still so easy to use. This time I started with a base of Zoya Prim and added diamonds of Zoya Sailor.
 

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April

This polish was sent to me for review. All opinions are my own & were not influenced by SmartNails! For more information you can read my disclosure policy.

January 22, 2015

Zoya Nyssa And Ginni

One of my favorite manicure styles in the past year has been a wide stripe of contrasting polish down the center of my nails. My favorite is still this version but I quite like the combination I'm wearing here. I started with a base of Zoya Nyssa and then added a stripe of Zoya Ginni. Easy and elegant and you don't need anything other than the brushes that come with your polish.
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April

New York City Trip With Zoya!

Just got back from a super fun trip to NYC so I've got a few pictures to show you. If you follow me on Instagram you might have seen a few my nail updates but I'll repost them here with some further explanation.

I started off the trip wearing Zoya London with accent nails of Zoya Tomoko. As usual, everyone wants to know about Tomoko; if you don't have a bottle yet, hurry up before it's gone since it's been discontinued!
Over the course of the trip I started adding bits of Zoya Sunshine and later more Tomoko since my outfits got less grey and more blue and gold over the course the trip. Lots of fun and since Zoya Pixie Dusts dry so fast I could just add a bit whenever I had a few spare minutes. By the end of the trip I had geometric shapes and stripes in all three colors and each nail was different. You can see the progression below.
 
 

The highlights of the trip were definitely seeing a large exhibit of paintings and drawings by one of my favorite artists, Egon Schiele at the Neue Gallery and then seeing Black Sheep, Das FX, and ?uestlove at the Brooklyn Bowl. ?uestlove DJs there every Thursday and he walked right by us on his way to set up.

And here are 3 of my favorite pictures from the trip simply because I can't resist.
I call this one The Light and The Dark - NYC 2015. I just think it's hilarious that we accidentally walked around New York the whole time as color coordinated couples! Will and I are the light and my sister Alisa and her boyfriend are the dark. Also Alisa fit in better than all of us with her black puffy coat. EVERYONE seemed to be wearing black puffy coats!
Will posing with a stunning Chuck Close painting at the MEtropiltan Museum of Art.
Me laughing loudly where it just might have been illegal. My laugh is often loud enough to get me in trouble but people usually love it anyway.

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April