June 23, 2020

My Picks from Essie Spring 2020!

*All products in this post purchased by me*

Hi everyone! Hope you are all surviving whatever level of Jumanji we're on these days 😂. Today I have my picks from the Essie Spring 2020 collection. I haven't been buying a lot of Essie polishes for a long time now, but the last few of their collections have been really beautiful so that had to change! I also picked up a few from the Summer 2020 collection and have plans to grab some from the newest collections- Sunset Soiree and Sunny Business. First up today is Essie Spring in Your Step, a gorgeous pinky-purple with a reddish pink shimmer. The shimmer is the real key to this polish, it's so smooth and really stands out in the light. Essie Playdate has been a favorite of mine for years, and this is it's shimmering cousin. This kind of purple has well balanced undertones and will look great on a wide variety of skin tones.

OK so remember I said I haven't purchased any new Essies in a long time? Well I completely forgot that they got a new wide brush awhile ago! I was SOOOOOO pleasantly surprised when I uncapped the bottle and saw the perfectly shaped wider brush. I used to hate the skinny little brushes! The new wider brush made application an absolute breeze. This was two easy coats, no need for clean-up. This will definitely be one of my go-to polishes for fast, no fuss application.

Essie Feeling Wellies is the polish that really inspired me to buy these polishes! As soon as I saw pictures of this unique pale mango creme, I knew I needed it! I love yellow and orange polishes, and this is a great pastel mix of both. It reminds me of summery things, like creamsicles and fruity frozen drinks. It will look amazing with a tan (not that I ever get one 😆). I can't think of anything resembling this in my sizable collection of pastel oranges and yellows!

Best part about this? It's opaque in 2-3 coats and has no streaks like some pale colors! I did 3 thin coats, but I tend to apply everything in very thin layers and need 3 coats almost all the time. It was pretty opaque in 2, even for me. Again, no clean-up needed, thanks to the perfectly shaped brush!

Essie Can Dew Attitude is a soft sage green creme. I am always interested in greens of all varieties, so I had to grab this one. I have other pale sage greens, but I think this one is more white based and less dusty than the others I can think of. It almost has that "mod" feel like some light pastels. A great pop of fresh green!

This was two easy coats. It was very opaque and had the same effortless application as the other two, and, as you can see, no streaks in sight. I'm really feeling this new brush, I may have to buy a lot more Essies in the future!

Are any new Essies catching your eye? I'll have my picks from Summer 2020 up for you soon too. 

I ordered these three beauties from 8ty8beauty.com. If you've never ordered from 8ty8Beauty, they are great. I have ordered from them for years. Fast shipping and everything is well packaged so they arrive safely. These are sold out a lot of other places, so if you're looking for them, I see they are still in stock!

May 8, 2020

Zoya Summer 2020 Splash Collection Preview!

Diving into Summer 2020 is SPLASH, the newest line-up from Zoya featuring a variety of classic and fun creams – to playful and exciting micro-shimmers. Have fun in the sun with this cheerful collection that has a little something for every nail polish lover.
ZP1031 Eclipse – Zoya in Eclipse can best be described as a glistening silver with holographic rainbow sparkles. Wear her alone for a sheer wash of glimmer, or layer with any Zoya shade to make a colorful splash! 
ZP1032 Jodi – Zoya in Jodi can best be described as a pale ice-cream pink cream. 
ZP1033 Emma – Zoya in Emma can best be described as a starfish coral cream with a touch of pink undertone. 
ZP1034 Leilani – Zoya in Leilani can best be described as a glistening pink grapefruit with gold micro-shimmer.
ZP1035 Celi – Zoya in Celi can best be described as a sweet cherry red with gold micro-shimmer.
ZP1036 Greta – Zoya in Greta can best be described as a ripe tomato red cream. 
ZP1037 Kristie – Zoya in Kristie can best be described as a deep magenta popsicle pink cream. 
ZP1038 Jessica – Zoya in Jessica can best be described as an African violet cream.
ZP1039 Maren – Zoya in Maren can best be described as a vibrant nautical blue cream. 
Zp1040 Harbor – Zoya in Harbor can best be described as a tropical emerald sea green cream. 
ZP1041 Fisher – Zoya in Fisher can best be described as a sun-kissed seafoam with a stunning gold micro-shimmer. A shade that is reminiscent of warm days on the beach. 
ZP1042 Corinna – Zoya in Corinna can best be described as a naked blush with a kiss of golden sheen. A delicate and fresh - yet sexy neutral for Summer.



I'm super excited for this collection!! Harbor is calling my name and I can't wait to wear them all really!

April 1, 2020

Zoya Calm Spring 2020 Swatches & Review!

*Sent for review*

Zoya couldn't have picked a better name for their Spring 2020 collection. I'd say the entire world could use more than a little bit of Calm right now. If binging Tiger King isn't helping you stay calm, check out these polishes in various soothing spring colors. Let's start off with Zoya Colleen, a beautiful warm peachy pink creme. I have been hunting for a polish just like this that isn't sheer and I'm pleased to say this hits the spot! Colleen is a completely opaque pale peach that doesn't look chalky, just creamy. This is a perfect spring polish alone or with some beautiful floral nail art added on top.

I did three thin coats of Colleen, but two medium coats would also be full coverage, depending on your polishing style. It's nice and smooth with no streaks and was easy to apply. All swatches in this post are shown with one layer of glossy top coat.

You already know that Zoya Emerson is my favorite of the collection. Blue polish forever 💙. This pastel blue creme has hints of periwinkle and maybe even a tinge of gray too, making it more complex than a standard baby blue creme. I own three Helmer drawers full of blue polish and I can't find one exactly like this and I'm loving it! It's pale but also bright if that makes sense. An instant spring classic.

This was two coats of Emerson. Even though I would typically do a third coat out of habit, I finished the second coat and there was no need for a third. Lovely formula, fully opaque and nary a streak in sight, despite being a pastel creme.

Zoya Leif is a lovely light green creme with some slate gray tones. It comes across as more neutral than a mint green creme would be and more wearable I think for many people. This was the base color for my St. Patrick's Day mani. This is a very soothing color for me and I think I'll be wearing this again sometime soon. 

I did three thin coats of Leif. It's very opaque, not a hint of sheerness or patchiness. The formula is lovely and easy to apply.

Zoya AJ is a really interesting color. It's a pale blush base with copper shimmer flecks. It has a great sheen to it and up close you can really see the copper flecks sparkling. I really like the contrast between the smooth pink base color and the gleaming bits of golden coppery sparkle.

This was two coats of AJ. Excellent formula. Colors like this tend to have very visible brushstrokes and I mostly managed to avoid having them here!

Zoya Laura is described as a "soft, pink-toned ivory cream". I see a lot of the ivory tones on myself and a bit less of the pink, although they are definitely there. This could be a really stunning neutral polish for someone, just not sure it's the best on my skin tone. If you've been looking for a more yellow toned neutral with a slight hint of pink, Laura's your girl.

Three thin coats and so smooth! Zoya has really perfected the art of having very opaque pale/pastel cremes that aren't streaky and uneven. Many brands still struggle with this, so hats off to you Zoya.

Zoya Vee is a very pretty muted purple creme. This is a sophisticated work-friendly purple, not a flashy, loud purple. It feels like a classic neutral, but the dusty warm lilac shade is more interesting and feels fresh for spring.

This was two easy coats and great formula. Vee was very opaque, so if you do thick coats, you may have a one-coater on your hands.

As an aside, the box this collection came in is SO pretty! I love the white and the bottles dripping with polish! I also LOVE that Zoya personalized it with my Instagram name! Thanks Zoya, I feel so special!

My top favorites from this collection are Emerson and Leif, but I really enjoyed the whole collection. Very wearable, pretty spring colors and easy to apply formulas all around!

The Zoya Calm collection is available now on Zoya.com.

March 17, 2020

Happy St. Patrick's Day!

*Products sent for review*

What a strange St. Patrick's Day this is for me. The first time I've been home on this day in probably 28 years. But I had to do some nails to celebrate no matter what. This is Zoya Leif with Zoya Veruschka shamrocks created with nail vinyls. Leif is from the Zoya Spring 2020 Calm collection and I'll have full swatches and review of that later this week. We could all use some calm right now I think!

Zoya Leif is available now at zoya.com.

January 15, 2020

Zoya Spring 2020 Calm Preview!

Introducing CALM for Spring 2020, a soothing assortment of serene creams, and a beautiful shimmer that is perfect for any occasion. This collection invokes the tranquil feeling of new beginnings as we enter the next season. 
ZP1025 Colleen - Zoya in Colleen can best be described as a delicate pink cream with a warm undertone. 
ZP1026 Emerson - Zoya in Emerson can best be described as a modern baby blue cream. 
ZP1027 Leif - Zoya in Leif can best be described as a gentle and harmonious light sage green cream. 
ZP1028 Vee – Zoya in Vee can best be described as a muted French lilac cream. 
ZP1029 AJ – Zoya in AJ can best be described as a subtle, sparkling blush with a gorgeous copper micro-shimmer. 
ZP1030 Laura – Zoya in Laura can best be described as soft pink toned ivory cream.

January 3, 2020

4 FREE Polishes from Zoya!

Get your wish-list ready, because we are letting you choose any 4 Zoya colors FREE* with code: COLORCRAZY at www.zoya.com.

Start 2020 on a healthy and very colorful note with our Big10Free formula, you can rely on us to help you keep your resolutions by switching to a healthier nail polish. With over 400 colors to choose from, your biggest decision is which shades to choose! Just pay a promotional shipping and processing fee of $15, or completely free on orders of $55 or more for Continental US.

Need help picking your four shades? Check out my two most recent Zoya posts for inspiration!

December 22, 2019

Zoya Twinkling Holiday 2019 Swatches!

 *Sent for review*

Happy holidays everyone! I hope your decorating, shopping, baking, etc. is all going well and you can take a few moments to enjoy this time of year. I have the Zoya Twinkling Holiday collection swatches today and there are some gorgeous holiday polishes in here, as well as some great every day basics. First up we have Zoya Enza, a "medium macadamia creme". It really is the color of a macadamia nut, a nice rich looking neutral with warm undertones. 

This was two coats of Enza. It was easy to apply and nicely opaque. Zoya continues to have the best creme formula around!

This gorgeous gold topper is Zoya Kaede. Kaede has golden flakes with larger pieces of holographic foil in a clear base. It looks so pretty over Enza, I love this combination! You could also apply 3 coats of Kaede and wear it alone for a more intense party-ready look.

This is one coat of Kaede over Enza. The foil and flakes were very dense in the clear base, so it was easy to get them on to my nails. With just one layer of Kaede, this mani felt smooth to the touch with top coat. I read some reviews saying it was very textured when used alone, but I did not have that issue. This is definitely something I'll be wearing over the next week before Christmas!

Zoya Steph is a really pretty and unusual shade of pale pink creme. It's very warm toned and peachy. I'm not sure I have anything quite like it! It doesn't come across as a bubblegum pink like many pale pink cremes but also doesn't read too beige. I don't often wear pale pink cremes, but I will definitely be sporting this one come January (it just seems like a good January color to me!).

Two coats and it was nicely opaque. Not a streak in sight, even with the paleness of the shade.

Zoya Mai is another interesting shade, a "sophisticated rosewood creme". This is a great mix of mauve with hints of warm purple-y brown tones. It's almost a neutral, but way more interesting. 

Two coats again and this was like butter to apply.

Zoya Tieran is a cozy charcoal gray creme. I have a faux fur blanket this exact shade and it's my favorite, so this color makes me feel comfy! This is a great color alone but would also be perfect as a base for a glitter topper (like Kaede) or nail art.

Tieran is a perfect two-coater, easy to apply and nicely opaque. A+ formula!

This glossy candy red is Zoya Tanya. This is the most perfect festive red for the holiday season. It's not too cool toned or too warm, just a true red waiting for holiday glitter, gold accent nails, or ready to shine on it's own.

This is three thin coats of Tanya. It was pretty good in two coats, but there was a little VNL at two, so I added a third coat. Zoya calls this a creme finish, but I think it's a bit in between a jelly and a creme, that's what gives it that gorgeous glazed look.

Of course I had to put Kaede over Tanya! What a perfect holiday look!

This is one coat of Kaede over Tanya, love it!

Zoya Rosa is a stunning candy fuchsia with a pearly shimmer finish. This reminds me of ribbon candy at my grandma's house when I was little for some reason. If you're tired of the holiday reds and greens, this is a perfect choice for a festive mani that's out of the usual color choices. 

Two coats and this was a breeze to apply!

Zoya Gabi is described as a "midnight purple aubergine creme". It's a really beautiful shade of purple , it has hints of red undertones to warm it up. I probably won't wear this until sometime in January, but it's really an ideal winter mani or pedi shade for me. Exactly what I will want to wear in a few weeks!

Two coats again and another one with a great formula. I really appreciate how consistently good Zoya's formulas are in comparison with other brands. You can rely on them to be good, rather than hit or miss.

Zoya Sedona is a beautiful, unique spiced chocolate pearl shimmer. It's a dark chocolate brown with rich red shimmer peeking through. I can think of a few other polishes that had this same concept, but Sedona has a lot more depth and the shimmer pops out way more. Really beautiful!

This was three thin coats. Two coats was opaque, but the third just brought the shimmer out and increased the complexity of this polish. Easy to apply formula with a great consistency.

If you've ever read this blog before, you can probably guess that Zoya Jen is my favorite of this collection, hands down. I am such a huge sucker for blues and this one is outstanding! This is a glowing sapphire blue with hints of purple. The deep purple-y blue hue is unique in my large collection of deep blues and the sparkle is the lit from within kind that I love. Jen for sure makes it on to my list of favorite polishes of 2019!

This was three thin coats. Like some of the other shimmers, it was pretty much opaque and ready to rock in two coats, but the third just amplified the shimmer and gave it more depth. I would recommend going for the third, it's worth the little bit of extra time. Great formula, easy to control. That's a good feature in a dark shade like this, less clean-up needed!

Zoya Alessia- love this one too! Alessia is an icy blue metallic with silver shimmer. Love this shade of ice blue and the silver shimmer particles look so pretty. I think this one is better in person, it comes across as more glowy and less metallic-y looking. If you are a fan of ice blue shades, definitely check this one out. Great unconventional holiday shade!

Two coats! Practically almost a one-coater if you do thicker coats. Great application and smooth to the touch, not a chunky metallic at all.

Zoya Jett is a frosted silver matte with silver flakes. I think this one looks very cool in person, the flakes and the matte finish stand out from each other a bit more. This is a warm silver, almost pewter. This polish reminds me of medieval armor!

Two coats and no top coat for these swatches. It dried quickly and was easy to apply, even with all of the flakes.

The next two pictures have one layer of shiny top coat. I really like it this way too! The top coat depends the color and you can see the warmth of this silver. It also makes the flakes shine. Very pretty and holiday ready!

Overall, this is a great holiday collection with something for literally everyone! Neutrals and office-ready cremes, a cool metallic, a glitter topper and a matte, or classic holiday red, you can't go wrong here. My personal favorites are Jen, Kaede, and Rosa. Which ones are you eyeing?

The Zoya Twinkling Holiday 2019 collection is available at Zoya.com.

I hope everyone has a wonderful holiday season and you get to spend time with the people who mean the most to you! Here's to a great year in 2020!