January 10, 2012

Zoya Cho & Farah: A Nail Art Comparison!

Zoya Cho & Farah are from the newly released True collection. I'll have the rest of the collection up over the next week or so. I can tell you that I love the whole collection just as much as I did Zoya's Intimate collection from spring last year! As many other bloggers have pointed out, Zoya really nails their color descriptions so I'll be using them in my posts.

First up we have Zoya Cho an "opaque yellow-toned light soft peachy beige with a hint of ultra fine silver shimmer. A light, creamy nude especially nice for skin tones with olive or yellow undertones."
I added a few drops of thinner to aid in application and had no problems after that. I think it's gorgeous! I've got lots of pictures in full sun & in the shade.
Next we have Zoya Farah "an opaque light khaki-beige with subtle sandy, greenish undertones and a cream finish." I love this one too! The application was typical of a pastel creme and didn't self level very well, but a few drops of thinner & topcoat evened things out nicely.
 
 

I know many people will want to see how these two compare. I did some simple but lovely nail art so my readers can really see them side by side. This was so pretty in person!! I used Cho for the base & Farah for the tips.
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 9, 2012

Weekly Giveaway Roundup

I love giveaways. Each week I'll post giveaways that I think are awesome! I'm trying to catch any giveaway that has nail polish & I always post them on the Monday before they close. I figure some publicity towards the end of the entry period is a good idea, so don't worry that I've forgotten yours if I don't post it immediately! On the other hand, I know that I will occasionally miss a giveaway or two. If I miss yours, please know that it was accidental and nothing personal!

I've decided to note which giveaways aren't open internationally. The default will be open worldwide, meaning I'll only note if they have restrictions.

NAIL POLISH & MORE
NAIL ART CONTEST
  • R3 Daily is having a nail art contest! Entries must be submitted by 1/13.
MISCELLANEOUS
  • Cosmetic Cupcake is giving away Groomy Carousel beauty tool wallet and Carousel hair ties! 3 winners!! Ends 1/11.
Please feel free to post your giveaways in the comments of the Weekly Giveaway Roundup posts! Let's keep them all on these posts and not on regular posts.

Thanks for reading!
April 

January 6, 2012

Tuff Scent Gaurdian Angel & A Milani Gems Gradient

 
I won my first Tuff Scent polish from Holly of shimmerspark & I can't wait to get more of them. Thanks Holly!
Lots to say about this polish! First, the bottle and cap are lovely. The rose is made of metal and rather weighty which made the brush easier to use than expected. I was worried about not having much to hold onto since the cap is so short. 
Next, Tuff Scent polishes are scented as the name implies. This one is a very soft candied floral smell that is very pleasing. It lingers on your nails for at least three days. If I didn't like the scent this could be a problem, but I quite liked this one.
Application was good for a pastel polish & this is 3 coats.
 
The next day I added a gradient of Milani Gems. I love how nicely this one turned out so I've got lots of pictures!


Thanks for reading!
April

January 4, 2012

Layla Magneffect Black Metal

I won my first magnetic polish from the lovely ladies at The Polish Lab. Thanks ladies!! Magnetic polishes are very exciting to me. It's just such a cool idea.
This is 1 coat of Layla Magneffects in Black Metal. The polish applies very easily and covers in one coat. I had a bit of trouble with the magnet; I think my nails are just too rounded to get good stripes. I can only get them in the middle or off to one side. I don't think it has anything to do with the product though. It just doesn't work well for my particular nails. I'm passing this one on to a very happy friend with much smaller nails & I fully expect it to work great for her. A starburst pattern magnet is probably much more suited to my nails.
You'll have to vary your routine a bit when using a magnetic polish. You want to do one nail at a time & then quickly use the magnet. I also recommend skipping the topcoat as it can blur the pattern. The polish dries fast so it wasn't a problem for me to skip the topcoat.
 
I hope magnetic polishes continue to catch on & that we have a wide variety to choose from in the coming year!

Thanks for reading!
April

January 3, 2012

American Apparel Sunset Boulevard & Gold Flash

 I caught my sister Ashley doing her nails recently and snapped some quick pictures. We both love American Apparel polishes!

This is 2 thin coats of American Apparel Sunset Boulevard tipped with American Apparel Gold Flash.

 Thanks for reading!
 April

January 2, 2012

Milani 3D

 
I  won my first Milani polishes from Maria of Nails Made Simple. Be sure and check out her great blog if you haven't already done so.
This is 2 coats of Milani HD. I love holos this has a nice formula but most golds don't look so great on me. I think I'll be passing this one on to a new home.
 
Thanks for reading!
April


Weekly Giveaway Roundup

I love giveaways. Each week I'll post giveaways that I think are awesome! I'm trying to catch any giveaway that has nail polish & I always post them on the Monday before they close. I figure some publicity towards the end of the entry period is a good idea, so don't worry that I've forgotten yours if I don't post it immediately! On the other hand, I know that I will occasionally miss a giveaway or two. If I miss yours, please know that it was accidental and nothing personal!

I've decided to note which giveaways aren't open internationally. The default will be open worldwide, meaning I'll only note if they have restrictions.

NAIL POLISH & MORE
  • My Nail Obsession is giving away a mystery polish prize! Hurry ends tonight!!
  • The Nail Network is giving away a Julep Maven Introductory Box! Ends 1/4. *US & Canada only
  • NailArt & things is having a huge giveaway with polish & nail art filled prizes! 5 winners!! Ends 1/5.
  • NailLacquerAddict is giving away 5 Essence polishes!! Ends 1/5.
  • Endless Summer is giving away 16 Jeanmichel polishes & lots of nail art goodies!! Ends 1/6.
  • Mai Senza Smalto is giving away the Essence Vampire Love set! Ends 1/7.
  • Lovely Little Things is giving away an Essie and some nail decals! Ends 1/8.
  • Libby's Pink Vanity is giving away sets of glitter polishes including the Wet N Wild Ice Baby Collection! 2 winners!! Ends 1/8.
  • Mirannie's Nails is giving away your choice of 3 piCture pOlishes!! Ends 1/8.
  • The Lacquer Factor is giving away 5 Ulta polishes & much, much more! Ends 1/8. *US only
  • Copy That,Copy Cat is giving away 3 truly awesome polish prizes including some China Glaze OMG polishes!! 3 winners!! Ends 1/8.
EDIBLE GOODIES
  • Cook Eat Delicious is giving away Nielsen-Massey Madagascar Bourbon Pure Vanilla Bean Paste!! Ends 1/4.
 MISCELLANEOUS
  • Kawaii Nail Art is giving away a copy of My Memory Suites software! Ends 1/10.
Please feel free to post your giveaways in the comments of the Weekly Giveaway Roundup posts! Let's keep them all on these posts and not on regular posts.

Thanks for reading!
April 

January 1, 2012

2012

My dog Wally wants to wish you all good fortune & lots of nail polish in 2012.

Thanks for another great year!
April