Friday, February 28, 2014

Zoya Magical PixieDust review

*The polishes in this post were sent to me for my honest review*
 
Today's post is on the three new Zoya Magical PixieDust polishes.  These polishes differ from the other PixieDust polishes because they holographic glitter mixed in.  Each polish went on well & covered in two coats--no base or top coat.
 
Lux is a rose quartz Magical PixieDust.  It is a very pretty polish, but it's my least favorite--for some reason it just looked "dirty" (dusty?) to me.
Zoya Lux with Cosmo accent nail
 Cosmo is a silver Magical PixieDust.  This one is my favorite, but I love silver.

Zoya Cosmo with Vega accent nail
Vega is a lighter blue Magical PixieDust.  This is a very pretty color & my second favorite from the collection.
Zoya Vega with Lux accent nail.
Overall these are very pretty polishes & I'm sure they are/will be hugely popular, but I prefer the regular PixieDust polishes.
You can buy these & hundreds of other Zoya polishes from http://www.zoya.com/.


Tuesday, January 21, 2014

Zoya Naturel review

*The polishes in this post were sent for my honest review*

Today I have my review for Zoya's Naturel collection.  When I first saw this collection I thought it looked nice, but didn't think I would ever really wear any of the colors, but when I swatched them I loved them.  Everyone of these polishes had amazing formula & went on smoothly in two coats.  I didn't use a topcoat for any of these so you can see how shiny they dry on their own.
I'm not sure what happened, but none of my pictures are color-accurate.  I'm not sure what it was, but no matter what I tried none of my pictures came out matching the color of the polish.
First up is Normani, a "sable mauve cream".  My first picture is under white light & is too grey & my second picture is in natural light & is still off-color.
Zoya Normani

Zoya Normani
Next up is Odette, a "sultry orchid maroon cream".  My first picture under white light is a bit light in color & the second picture in natural light is a bit too purple.  This formula was just a bit runny, but nothing major.
Zoya Odette

Zoya Odette
Brigitte is a " bombshell mauve cream".  The first picture under white light is a little too light & too brown & the second picture under natural light is too purple.  This one was also a bit runny, but didn't really affect application.
Zoya Brigitte

Zoya Brigitte
Rue is a "boudoir blush cream".  the first picture under white light is too washed out/light & the second picture under natural light is too purple/not dusty enough.  I *really* wanted to like this one because when I see Rue the first thing I think is Rue McClanahan & I just love her, but this was my least favorite out of the collection.
Zoya Rue

Zoya Rue
Taylor is a "light toffee cream".  The first picture under white light is too yellow/green & the second picture under natural light is too dark/grey.
Zoya Taylor

Zoya Taylor
Chantal is a "French Vanilla cream".  The first picture under white light is too yellow & the second picture under natural light is washed out.
Zoya Chantal

Zoya Chantal
All in all I like this collection way more than I thought I would & I really like how Normani, Odette & Brigitte look when I wear them.
You can buy these & hundreds of other Zoya polishes from http://zoya.com/.

 


Saturday, January 11, 2014

Galaxy nails

This is my first ever attempt to do galaxy nails.  Yeah, I'm a bit behind everyone else, but honestly, I don't care if something is popular or whatnot.
I started off with two coats of Sinful Colors Whipped over a base coat (I should have used a matte topcoat for a basecoat so my nails weren't shiny at all):
Sinful Colors Whipped
Whipped went on amazing & dried quickly (as most mattes do).  I love how this polish is a great black matte & it was only $1.98 at Walmart.
Over the black I used a coat of China Glaze Fairy Dust then I used Pure Ice Platinum Magic base coat (white), Zoya Robyn (blue), Zoya Pippa (yellow) & Zoya Lara to create the "galaxy" & then put a few dots of white on my nails for stars, added a bit of Fairy Dust over the galaxy & topped everything with a coat of Nina Ultra Pro matte topcoat (GREAT matte topcoat!):

Galaxy nails
I don't love them, but I don't hate them.  I think part of the reason I don't like them is because of the sparkle from Fairy Dust--I didn't want that much sparkle. I will probably try this look again (& hopefully like the outcome more) since it only took about 10 minutes to do the galaxy part.
Have you ever tried doing galaxy nails?  Do you like or hate the look?








Friday, January 3, 2014

New Year's Eve nails (video!)

For New Year's Eve I decided to use all of my silver/holographic nail polishes to have very blingy nails then I realized how many I had & chose 10 different polishes to use (is it bad I have so many that are similar?).  Here's a list of polishes I used & in the order I used them:
base coat (1 coat)
Nicole by OPI Make a Comet-ment (1 coat)
China Glaze Glistening Snow (1 coat)
China Glaze Fairy Dust (1 coat)
Pretty Polish Spectraflair Topcoat (1 coat)
Out The Door Northern Lights (1 coat)
China Glaze Nova (1 coat)
NYX Girls Spot Light (1 coat)
Finger Paints Colorful Collage (1 coat)
China Glaze Techno (1 coat)
Hot Mess Lacquer Yankee Star (1 coat)
Gelous (1 coat)
Diamond Dry topcoat (2 coats)
I couldn't get a good picture at all since my nails were so shiny, but here's a short video (the video couldn't focus either, but you get the idea of what they look like):
video

If you would like to know what any of the polishes I used look like on their own please leave me a comment & I will take a bottle shot to post.
Anyone make a New Year's resolution?  Mine is to do/go to/try something new every month this year.  Hope I can accomplish that.
Wishing everyone a wonderful 2014!

Thursday, November 28, 2013

Zoya Zenith Collection review

*The polishes in this post were sent to me for my honest review.
 
Happy Thanksgiving!  Today's post (my 125th & the last for the week) is the Zenith Collection from Zoya.  This collection is Zoya's winter collection for 2013.

Zoya Seraphina & Mosheen accent nails
Seraphina is a silver-white shimmer.  I got great coverage in two coats.  I also used one coat of Zoya Mosheen on my middle & ring nails.  Mosheen has a light blue base that doesn't seem to change the color of the polish you put it over.  Mosheen also has light blue holographic small bar glitters & small holographic glitters.  While Mosheen is very pretty, it does smell pretty bad (I'd compare it to KleanColor polishes).
Zoya Cassedy
 Cassedy is green-toned pewter grey with silver shimmer.  I used two coats for fully coverage.  I like this color & it's different from the "normal" holiday/winter/Christmas polishes.
Zoya Belinda with Mosheen accent nails
Belinda is purple with pink shimmer.  This polish is a one coater.  I also added one coat of Mosheen to my middle & ring nails so you can see what it looks like over a darker polish.  I really like this combo.
Zoya Dream
Dream is blue with holographic glitters.  I used two coats for full coverage.  This is a very pretty polish & I know it's most people's favorite from the collection.  I wore this on my toes for a few weeks & it didn't stain at all.
Zoya Payton
Payton is cranberry with holographic glitters.  This is my favorite from the collection & ever since I got these polishes I knew this is what I wanted to wear for Thanksgiving.  I used two coats for full coverage & I also put a top coat on since I'll be wearing this at least for a day or two.  I did cut my nails before painting them since a few of them were peeling a bit (not sure if it's from all the swatching) & one of my nails on my right hand tore.

These polishes retail for $8 each & can be bought from zoya.com. 

Wednesday, November 27, 2013

Zoya Cashmere Collection review

*The polishes in this post were sent to me for my honest review.
 
I have to say that out of all of the Zoya polishes I've been swatching & reviewing, the Cashmere collection are the ones I've been the most excited about.  Great colors for fall & wonderful, shiny crèmes (I didn't use a topcoat for any of these polishes).  These polishes are seriously perfect.
Zoya Livingston
 Livingston is cherry red.  This polish went on beautifully & covered perfectly in two coats.  I'm not a big red wearer, but I can see myself wearing this from time to time.
Zoya Pepper
Pepper is a brownish-brick red.  One of my favorite Crayola crayons ever is brick red (not sure why, lol) & this polish is more brown tinted than the crayon.  This polish was also perfect & covered in two coats.
Zoya Sailor
Sailor is navy blue.  This one covered in just one coat.  Lovely blue for fall.
Zoya Hunter
Hunter is, well, hunter green.  This could have covered in one coat, but I used two.  This reminds me of plaid & is a polish I'm sure I'll reach for a lot.
Zoya Louise
Louise is rich chocolate brown.  I don't own many brown polishes, but the few times I have tried wearing them they just didn't look right on my nails (more like poop & less like chocolate, lol), but this polish is PERFECT.  This is exactly why I was so excited for these polishes--Zoya knows how to do crèmes.  I used two coats, but could have gotten away with one.  This is my favorite from the collection & I know if I want to wear a brown polish this will be it.
Zoya Flynn
Flynn is camel brown.  A wonderful neutral that covered in two coats.  Besides being fall colors, these polishes also remind me of "vintage" colors & I would love to see a great gradient or water marble done with them (I tried using Flynn, Pepper & Hunter in a gradient & it didn't work for me).

These polishes retail for $8 each & are available from zoya.com




Tuesday, November 26, 2013

Zoya Satin Collection review

*The polishes in this post were sent to me for my honest review.
 
Today I have the Satin Collection from Zoya.  This part of the fall Cashmere & Satin collection are all shimmers/flakies.
Zoya Maria-Luisa
Maria-Luisa is a gold flaky glitter topper.  I have one coat of it over my (stained) bare nails in the above picture--one coat provides quite a bit of glitter.  In the following pictures of the other colors from the Satin collection I have added one coat of Maria-Luisa to my middle & ring nails to show how it looks.
Zoya Channing
Channing is burnt orange with shimmer & is gorgeous.  I really wish I could find a crème polish this exact color--so perfect for fall.  Maria-Luisa doesn't show up very well over it in the picture or in real life.  I used two coats, but one coat could have worked.
Zoya Mason
Mason is pink-purple with shimmer.  This covered completely in two coats.  Maria-Luisa shows up decent over Mason & the combo together is really pretty.
Zoya Claudine
Claudine is dark gunmetal grey-black with shimmer that lightens up the polish so it isn't too dark.  I love this color, but I also think that if someone wants to wear a dark/black polish, but isn't really comfortable with it this would be a good polish.  Maria-Luisa shows up well over Claudine, but I don't care for the silver/gold contrast.  This was two coats.
Zoya Neve
Neve is darker blurple (blue-purple) with pink shimmer.  This polish is a one coater!  Maria-Luisa shows up well over it & the combo looks good together.
Zoya Giovanna
Giovanna is emerald green with shimmer & my favorite from the collection.  I've worn this before & it matches my Philadelphia Eagles jersey perfectly.  Maria-Luisa shows up well over it, but the combo is a little too Packer colors leaning for my taste (yes, I'm from Wisconsin, but I'm not a Packer fan.  or Badgers.  or Brewers.  LOL).  This was two coats.  I didn't use a base coat when I swatched this & I did see a little staining (which came off when I scrubbed with remover), but it didn't stain at all when I wore it with base coat.

You can find the Satin Collection for $8 each at zoya.com.