February 1, 2019

Zoya Jubilee Holiday 2018 Swatches

*Sent for review*

I am so late with these swatches, but the good news is that this collection is filled with polishes that are perfect for year round wear. Forget your usual holiday collection with 6 red cremes, 5 red shimmers, and a green, this is a modern holiday filled with sparkle and unexpected pops of color. I'm going to start this post off with Zoya Astrid, a flashy gold foil. This is a great true gold polish and I love the finish. It almost looks like it's made up of real gold flakes. Astrid is a real eye-catching polish for sure and probably the most typical "holiday" shade in the group.

This is three thin coats. You could probably do two thicker coats, but I felt the tips of my nails needed a bit more coverage after two coats. It was easy to apply and very smooth to the touch, not chunky at all. I used one layer of quick dry top coat on all swatches in this post.

Zoya Leigh is a nice warm-toned pale beige creme. It's a flattering mix of yellow and peach tones in a buff colored base. Very work appropriate, and sort of cozy looking for winter.

This was two easy coats. I found most of the cremes in this collection to be opaque in two coats and very nice to apply.

Zoya Carson is described as a "muted nude pink creme". This is a mix of pink and brown and it's the kind of color that is never flattering on me. I have a feeling if you have a darker or even much lighter skin tone than I do, this would look amazing!

This was three coats. I felt the formula was a little thinner and I needed the extra coat.

😍 Zoya Taryn is my favorite from this collection! Taryn is described as a "fiery fuchsia micro-iridescent shimmer with blue undertones". It is absolutely glowing and so gorgeous! The blue flashes are very strong and the shimmer is so smooth looking, like pink lava. I am not a big pink polish fan, but I'm in love with this one! If you only order one polish from this collection, make it Taryn.

In addition to being gorgeous, Taryn is easy to apply and only needs two coats to be opaque!

I really enjoy this holiday collection because a lot of the colors are unexpected for the holidays (i.e. not all red and green), yet perfectly party ready. This also makes the collection more versatile for the rest of the year. I will be wearing Zoya Maxine now, in the spring, and of course in the summer. Maxine is a juicy coral pink toned red. It's bright and warm and everything that January is not, so I love it. This watermelon red is going to live on my toes until it is warm enough for people to actually see my toes.

Two effortless coats and just all around excellent formula!

Zoya Allison is described as a "plum-toned ruby cream". It is a pretty good mix of plum and red/pink tones. It's very flattering on my skin tone and I think it would look great on a wide variety of skin colors. It brings some warmth, but it also has a little cool plum. Again, this shade is perfect year round, not just for the holidays.

This is two coats, but I did have a little bit of transparency at the tips. If you want full opacity, I'd go with three, but I didn't mind the little bit of VNL with this glossy shade.

COOOKIE *in cookie monster voice* Zoya Cookie is a stunning amethyst PixieDust with plenty of gold flecks. This is a party on your nails for sure. I love Zoya PixieDust polishes and this one is up there with my favorites. I was really happy to see Zoya include two PixieDusts in this holiday collection and even happier when they turned out to be gorgeous! 

This is two coats of Cookie. I always find PixieDusts to be easy to apply very quickly and this is no exception.

Zoya Chiara is a nice deep blue-toned purple creme. It's a great jewel-toned purple and I like the depth of the color for the winter months. Maybe not the most unique shade in the collection, but it's beautiful!

Chiara also has a great formula, so if you need to add a deep purple to your collection, this is a winner. Two easy coats for full opacity.

Be still my green-loving heart 😍. Zoya Danica is a moody dark peacock green creme. It's the perfect deep green with blue undertones that Zoya describes as a "new twist on a holiday green". I love this for the holidays, but I will also love it in the fall and winter months too. It will make a lovely base for nail art of any kind. Gorgeous!

Two coats to greatness! Isn't it just perfect looking?

Zoya Kateri is a vampy dark brown creme. It can look almost black in low lighting, but has a little more warmth to it. Yummy dark chocolate!

This was also two coats and applied well. It was a bit thinner consistency, so just don't load up the brush too much or it will run towards your cuticles.

Zoya Juniper is a sparkly dark rainforest green PixieDust. Zoya calls it teal, but I think it leans more on the green side, with definite blue undertones. If you're a fan of the PixieDust formula, you will want this one for sure, it's stunning. I don't think I really let it dry down enough before these pictures. When it's completely dry, it's much more sparkly.

This is two coats and the application was easy. I think it took a bit longer to dry fully than other PixieDusts, just worth noting.

Last but not least, this is the new Zoya Leopard Spots Topper. This is a fun addition to the Zoya range and creates an interesting look with many of the polishes in this collection. Zoya suggest trying it over Juniper, the deep green PixieDust. I tried that combination, but found Juniper to be so dark that it didn't really make the Leopard Spots pop. So I tried it over Maxine instead and LOVED it! 

The key to the Leopard Spot Topper is to apply a really thin coat. On my middle nail here, I accidentally put on a slightly thicker coat and you can see it doesn't look as good as the other nails. Make sure you wipe that brush off a couple of times before applying. You can wear this alone for a matte spotted look like I did or layer on glossy top coat for a shiny leopard finish,

Overall, I love this collection for any time of the year, not just the holidays. There are great picks in here for the holidays, of course, but it's not exclusively a holiday look. My favorites are Taryn, Maxine, Cookie, and Danica. I've already worn a couple of those as full manis and have really enjoyed wearing them. Great job Zoya!

The Zoya Jubilee collection is available now at zoya.com.

December 13, 2018

Lynnderella 2018 Advent Polishes, Part 1!

*Sent for review*

Hi all! Hope you are having a great holiday season so far. I have some of the 2018 Lynnderella Advent polishes for you today and will have a few more in a second post. Lynnderella 12-1-18 HopeBeast is made with "shifting chameleon glitter and flakes as well as subtle holographic accents". It is a very shifty polish, I saw dark blue, teal, purple, pink, and green. Lots of fun to stare at and I think it will layer beautifully over a dark base as well. This is two coats over bare nails.

Lynnderella 12-2-18 Mommy's Little Elfster is the perfect warm red shimmer for Christmas. The hints of orange are really great on my skin tone. This was two perfect and easy coats.

Lynnderella 12-7-18 Christmas Cardi is a shocking pink shimmer. This neon pink is on the warmer side, so it looks coral at times. I think this is my new favorite neon and I love that it's unconventional for Christmas. Two coats!

Now this is a festive mani! One coat of Lynnderella 12-9-18 Holoday Houseguests over Christmas Cardi. Lynnderella's glitter toppers are still my favorite thing that she does and this one doesn't disappoint. This is a holiday party in a bottle complete with "holographic multiglitter with a shifty blue-pink and lavender multishimmer as well as holographic nanoglitter accents".

Lynnderella 12-14-18 Pinkerdoodle reminds me of pink and green peppermint candies. It is a pink holo microglitter with red, green, and pink accents. This is giving me a craving for peppermint stick ice cream with hot fudge on top! Two coats!

All of the 2018 Lynnderella Advent polishes are available now on the Lynnderella eBay store and Amazon store. I will be posting more soon!

December 12, 2018

Zoya Winter Holos Preview!

Are you a HOLO fan!? You may recognize one of these gorgeous shades (Zoya in Brighton), but the other two are brand new! If you’ve had holographic nail polish on your mind, then our Winter Holos are everything you’ve wished for.
Three must-have holos in the popular long-wearing Zoya Nail Polish formula. Multidimensional, micro holographic glitter adds complexity and depth to each hue. Right in time for the HOLO-days! 
Winter Holo details:
Brighton (ZP883) Can best be described as a full coverage, diamond holographic soft nude. 
Everly (ZP884) Can best be described as a full coverage, diamond holographic fuchsia red. 
Cadence (ZP885) Can best be described as a full coverage, diamond holographic classic pink.