August 1, 2018

Zoya Element Fall 2018 Preview!





ZOYA ELEMENT – FALL 2018
Introducing ELEMENT, the latest collection from Zoya featuring an array of blush toned mauves, deep sultry hues and mystical metallics.

DEVIN ZP952: a steel blue with hints of multicolored shimmer in a dense foil finish.

RUMOR ZP953: a full-coverage mauve taupe with a subtle shimmer - a perfect classic shade for Fall.

JENNA ZP954: a full-coverage dusty rose pink cream with blue undertones.

RUTHIE ZP955: a full-coverage raspberry rose cream.

MARYANN ZP956: a full-coverage pink-toned rose with soft glowing shimmer.

KENDRA ZP957: a beautiful full-coverage marsala cream.

ALYSSA ZP958: a full-coverage red-toned purple cranberry cream.

DONNIE ZP959: a full-coverage purple-toned sangria cream.

MAEVE ZP960: a full-coverage concord grape cream.

RACHAEL ZP961: a full-coverage mulberry berry cream.

LEIGHTON ZP962: a deeply saturated blackened aubergine cream.

GARDNER ZP963: a deep periwinkle with a vibrant magenta shimmer in a dense foil finish.



July 22, 2018

Zoya Jelly Brites Swatches!

*Sent for review*

Alright, I'm obviously way behind on swatching, but these Zoya Jelly Brites are perfect summer colors to wear right now, so I'm not too mad about it. All three of these new jellies were nicely buildable and non-streaky. I did three coats of each with one layer of top coat. Two coats would give you great coverage, with just a bit more VNL. Whether you use two or three coats, these have that squishy look that I love about jelly finish polishes. 


Zoya Molly is a bright flamingo reddish pink jelly. This is the perfect combo of pink with a touch of red hot pigment in there. I've already worn this one a few times, it really screams summer to me. If you like a good bright pink in the summer, grab this one for sure! As I said earlier, I used top coat on these, but just to speed up drying time. They are very shiny all on their own.



Zoya Alia is a perfectly juicy plum jelly. It's darker than Molly, but somehow still seems kind of bright thanks to the jelly finish. This one is also great for summer, but I think it could take you right into fall too!


Alia is so flattering on me too and I can see it looking amazing on a wide variety of skin tones!



Zoya Paris is a bright fuchsia pink jelly. It lacks any of the red/coral tones of Molly and leans towards the blue, cooler end of pink. Another excellent summer color and I've already worn this one as well! 



This small collection really was a home run for me personally. I usually like jellies, but don't LOVE them, because I never find them to be buildable enough. These, however, were absolutely perfect in three coats. The two bright colors are stunning right now during the hot weather and I know Alia will be a favorite of mine when the cooler days begin.

Grab the Zoya Jelly Brites now at zoya.com!



May 31, 2018

Pink Gellac Gel Polish Review!

*Sent for review*

Hi everyone! I have something different (for me) today- a review of a gel polish system! This was my first time trying gel polish. The appeal of gel polish for other people seems to be the long wear time, but I like to change my polish often and wearing the same thing for 2 weeks isn't usually what I feel like doing. But I have been curious, so when Pink Gellac contacted me to see if I'd be interested in reviewing this kit, I decided to give it a try! 


This is the starter kit plus 1 free polish, according to the Pink Gellac website. Above is everything that came with the kit, including
1 x Free Primer 
1 x Free Color Dynamic Pink
1 x Pink Gellac LED Lamp
1 x Pink Gellac Base2 
1 x Pink Gellac Ultra Shine 15ml 
1 x Nail file 240-180 grid 
1 x Orange Woodsticks 
10 x Cleaner pockets
10 x Remover pockets

The website also says this comes with 4 free online lessons, which is great if you have never applied gel polish before. I found the instructional booklet to be very information, so I did not use the online lessons. I started by thoroughly cleaning my nails with the cleaner pockets, as instructed. I did use the primer first before the base coat. The instructions said to use the primer if you have some damage to your nails or peeling. I have peeling on some nails, so thought it would be best to use that. The primer does not cure in the light box, but the base does.

After primer and base, I used two coats of the Dynamic Pink color. It was nicely pigmented, so two coats was perfect. I used pretty thin coats, as I typically do.  I cured each coat after application. The final step was the top coat, which added a ton of shine. Overall, I thought the application was very easy. The brush shape and size were nice to work with and the formula was a pretty good consistency. 




So let me just say... if I am going to wear something for almost two weeks, it needs to be this gorgeous flamingo pink. This color is very hard to photograph, it's super bright, but not quite a neon. It's pink, but has coral touches. Every time I caught a glimpse of it on my hands, I loved it, even on the last day of wearing this mani.




Now on to the question everyone wants to know- how was the wear time? Below are two photos of this mani on day 10 of wear. You can see the shine is still going strong and I have almost no wear at the tips. I had zero chips. I do have some wear on the cuticle edge. I would chalk that up to my application of the polish in that area. Maybe I went too thin near my cuticles? But this wear didn't really show up until late on day 9, so I wasn't too concerned. I only removed this because I really needed to swatch some other things. I would imagine it would last 14 days without a problem.


Removal was not too bad either. I used the included remover pockets and allowed my nails to soak in the pockets for at least 10 minutes. Any polish that didn't seem to want to budge after that time I just made sure to soak in for another 5 minutes. By then, it was easy to push off with the orange stick.


Overall, I am very pleased with my first gel experience and with the Pink Gellac starter kit. I am planning on ordering the Mint Green color for sure, it looks gorgeous! View all of the Pink Gellac colors here and check out their great starter kits!

Zoya Jelly Brites Preview- Get Them For Free!!!








SPECIAL EDITION 2018 –  JELLY BRITES
Love to get the most out of your color? Jelly Brites are perfect for you! Wear alone as a sheer, buildable, glossy translucent color – or layer with other colors to make jelly sandwiches! The Jelly Brites also make a great kiss of color for a French manicure. 
  
• MOLLY (ZP937): A non-streaking, buildable, translucent red/pink jelly with an ultra-glossy finish. 
  
• PARIS (ZP938): A non-streaking, buildable, translucent fuchsia jelly with an ultra-glossy finish.
  
• ALIA (ZP939): A non-streaking, buildable, translucent plum jelly with an ultra-glossy finish. 
  
  
BONUS!
Celebrate National Nail Polish Day with us on Friday June 1st (and all weekend) by getting the Jelly Brites FREE* with any purchase on www.zoya.com
  
Use Code:  POLISH – Trio will be added automatically.
  
Valid 6/1/2018 – Sunday 6/3/2018 (11:59pm ET) 
Psst – The code is already active.
  
(US and Canada Consumers Only)
  
  
  

*10 FREE FORMULA: FORMULATED WITHOUT FORMALDEHYDE, FORMALDEHYDE RESIN,
DIBUTYL PHTHALATE, TOLUENE
, CAMPHOR, TPHP, PARABENS, XYLENE, ETHYL TOSYLAMIDE and LEAD.

May 27, 2018

Memorial Day Stars and Stripes

*Some products sent for review*

Hope all of my US readers are enjoying your Memorial Day weekend! I picked up these American flag stencils from What's Up Nails awhile back and thought they'd be perfect to honor our veterans this weekend. 


I used OPI Infinite Shine Non-Stop White for the base, Lynnderella Unicorn Shoes for the blue stars, and China Glaze Ruby Pumps for the stripes. Overall I love how it came out, but I had some challenges with the stencils themselves. The stars did NOT want to pop out of the stencils. I had to pretty much individually remove them with tweezers, so the whole thing took quite a bit longer than I expected. But I do like the finished look!



These stencils are available now at What's Up Nails!

May 15, 2018

Zoya Naked Manicure Hand and Body System Review

*Sent for review*

I've been testing the Zoya Naked Manicure Hand and Body System for the last 3 months or so. When I received these products, it was still the unruly New England winter and my hands were a dry, gross mess. The first thing you apply is the serum, a spray that is a very light gel texture. The spray absorbs almost instantly and you barely feel the product after absorption. I used the spray alone several times too, at times in the day when I didn't want to feel a cream on my hands. There is an immediate improvement in the hydration level of skin after using this, and my hands looked smoother too.


The second step is the cream. It's a nice, lightweight cream and it also absorbs pretty quickly. I can feel it on my hands, but it just makes them feel kind of smooth. Both products are extremely lightweight. At this time of year when the weather is warmer and the heat is turned off indoors, these are the perfect products for use during the day and at night. In the worst of the winter though, I think I would still use a heavier night cream (I currently use O'Keefe's Working Hands), since my hands really get cracked and dry if I only use lighter creams.


I don't find hand creams to typically make a difference in the appearance of my nails, but these two products definitely make my nails look healthier and add a little glow to them. I would absolutely recommend this set for anyone looking for a fast absorbing, non-greasy way to add instant moisture and a smoother appearance to their hands.

The Zoya Naked Manicure Hand and Body System is available now at zoya.com.

April 19, 2018

Zoya Thrive Spring 2018 Swatches and Review!

*Sent for review*

Even though the weather is not feeling very spring-y here in CT, I am ready for spring nail colors and make-up. Seems like this has been a never-ending winter and it is actually really cold out right now as I type this 🙄. Zoya's spring 2018 Thrive collection is a great set of colors for spring and I like that they are a bit different from the typical pastel creme spring collections. First up is my favorite of the six, Zoya Haruko. Haruko is a soft violet with lots of metallic shimmer. The shimmer is very noticeable, even more so in person than in these pictures. The shimmer is like a darker violet to almost blue color, so the contrast is nice against the soft purple base. This polish just glows beautifully.



This is two coats of Haruko. I thought I'd have to do a third coat with the pale color, but it was nicely opaque. Application was great, perfectly smooth and easy!



Zoya Darby is a moody blue-gray with the same kind of metallic shimmer as Haruko. The base is sort of a steel gray and the shimmer is very blue, so it gives the polish an overall blue tone. I don't think I have any other grays with such prominent pretty blue shimmer, I like it a lot!!


This is two coats again. The formula was a little thicker than Haruko, but not hard to apply. It was very opaque, maybe even a one-coater for some of you.



Zoya Trudith is described as a "muted, wisteria purple creme". It's sort of a mauve-y purple, with some dustiness. It's a nice, almost neutral feeling color.


Two coats. A little thicker again, but still easy to apply.



Zoya Brandi is a warm, rosy pink creme. It's an interesting pink, a little dusty, some hints of coral in there. Definitely not your typical pastel pink included in spring collections. Brandi has more depth to it and I think it would be work appropriate for most, without being boring.


Two easy coats, the formula on this one was great.



Zoya Monroe is described as a "glamour pink creme". It's a deep raspberry pink/magenta. This is exactly the kind of color I want on my toes right now, it feels like flowers blooming. Or maybe like flowers might bloom some time in the next month or so.


Two coats. This one was a little on the thin side, so just don't load up your brush too much or it will flood your cuticles.



Zoya Leisel is a sheer sparkly purple pink topper. with a blue-ish sheen. The sparkles are pretty and iridescent and I think this will be a beautiful topper over almost any color.


This is three coats of Leisel alone, so it is a bit buildable. If you don't mind some VNL, this is a pretty look by itself.



This is one layer of Leisel over Haruko, I LOVE this combo!!! Gorgeous!!



Haruko is definitely my favorite of the six, but Darby is a pretty close second. If you're eyeing any of these colors, the formulas are all solid, so go ahead and pick them up! Hope spring is alive and well in your area, because it certainly is not in mine yet.

The Zoya Thrive collection is available now on zoya.com.