October 12, 2018

Sally Hansen Color Whirl in Marble-ous

*Sent for review*
I have the new Sally Hansen Color Whirl in the shade "Marble-ous" for you today. Marble-ous is one of two Color Whirl polishes that are to be used on top of any of the regular Sally Hansen Miracle Gel polishes to create a spotted, marbled effect. Here's what Sally Hansen says about the Color Whirl polishes-
"Miracle Gel Color Whirl is a polish “overcoat” that creates a marble effect over any Sally Hansen Miracle Gel polish, so you’ll still get the great chip resistant gel-like wear you expect, but now with an eye-catching design! Miracle Gel Color Whirl is available in two color-transforming shades, Steam Punk and Marble-ous, that work with the Miracle Gel 2-step system giving you a new salon-inspired look in just one swipe, right in the comfort of your own home!"

I tried Sally Hansen Marble-ous over two different Miracle Gel shades. The first is a classic black creme, Sally Hansen Blacky-O. I think this is such a perfect spooky Halloween mani! It looks aged and kind of decrepit, like a haunted house. I'm not sure if this would be an every day kind of mani for me, but it's definitely something I will rock at this time of year when ghouls and goblins abound!

I also tried Marble-ous over Sally Hansen Miracle Gel in Good Cheer-y, a shimmering cherry red. This also makes a really interesting Halloween nail look, kind of gory looking, right?

The key to getting some good marbling with this polish is to use a really really thin coat. You must wipe the brush off on both sides and try to cover the whole nail in just one or two swipes. If you go back over any part a second time, it sort of closes up the spots and smooshes them together. I finished both of these looks with one layer of Sally Hansen Miracle Gel top coat. Sally Hansen made a video tutorial for using the Color Whirl shades that I found to be helpful. You can check that out here.

After trying Marble-ous, I am planning on picking up the black Color Whirl shade, Steam Punk. I think it would look so cool over orange for Halloween! If you're looking for something fun and different to add to your collection, definitely check out these new Color Whirl toppers.

Sally Hansen Color Whirl and Miracle Gel polishes are available at a CVS, Walgreens, or Ulta store near you!

September 22, 2018

Zoya Element Fall 2018 Swatches and Review!

*Sent for review*

I can't believe we are just a few days away from fall- crunchy leaves, pumpkin everything, Halloween decorations, and Zoya's Element collection! The Element collection has some great vampy shades, two amazing metallic foil-like shades, and some cozy looking pinks and berries. Zoya Devin is a gorgeous purple-y blue foil with multi-colored shimmer. I love the contrast of the steel blue with gold, blue and orange shimmers. This is a really unique and interesting shade and Zoya does this kind of foil sparkly goodness better than anyone.

This is three thin coats. I did find the first coat to be a little sheer and patchy, but then it built up well. I used one layer of top coat for shine.

Zoya Rumor ended up being more exciting to me once it was on my nails. In the bottle, I thought it was just a standard light pink, but I found it to be a cool smoky gray-toned pink on my nails. A little more grungy than a typical pink polish. Zoya calls it "mauve taupe", kind of a cross between pink and a neutral. Definitely a fall version of a pale pink.

This was actually pretty opaque in one coat, but I did two and think it looks better with the second coat. The formula was good, but could have a tendency to streak, so make sure you let the first coat dry before applying the second.

Zoya Jenna is a pretty medium pink creme. Zoya calls it a "dusty rose pink". This isn't one of the most typical fall colors in the collection, but it's lovely for sure.

Jenna is almost a one-coater. I did two, really out of habit, but I'm sure many of you could do just one and be happy. It is very pigmented and nicely self-leveling. A+ formula!

Zoya Ruthie reminds me of a really soft fuzzy sweater. Zoya describes this as a "raspberry rose cream". If I were going to reach for a pink creme to wear in the fall, this is the one. 

The pigmentation was great with this one too. Another possible one-coater depending on your application. This one also self-leveled very nicely.

Ahhhhh, I love Zoya's shimmers. They are just always so perfect and pretty. They do soft shimmers like no one else. Zoya Maryann is a perfect example. This is a warm rosewood pink with ribbons of golden sheen. The shimmer is understated and just adds such a nice glow to the polish.

This is two coats of Maryann. The formula is very good, just make sure each coat dries before applying the next coat, or you may see a brushstroke or two.

Zoya Kendra is a wine colored creme, a red-toned purple. Zoya calls it a "marsala" creme and it's a really great option for fall. It's dark, but not too vampy, and I bet it will look amazing on all kinds of skin tones.

This is two coats of Kendra. It had perfect coverage and an excellent formula. I would highly recommend grabbing this one!

What fall collection would be complete without an oxblood creme? Zoya Alyssa is a rich burgundy with hints of purple and brown. This is my favorite kind of color for my toes this time of year, and you had better believe it's on my toes right now! 

The formula on this one was little on the thin side, so just don't load too much on to the brush. I did three thin coats. It would likely be opaque in two, but I wanted to avoid pooling at my cuticles.

Zoya Donnie is described as a "purple-toned sangria" creme. It's a nice mix of purple and pink, dark enough to feel like a fall color, but also a nice pop of brightness in this collection.

This is two coats of Donnie. It was thinner, but not as much as Alyssa, so no problems with pooling. Good formula overall.

Zoya Rachael is another classically fall color for me, a deep vampy cranberry color. As soon as I see a leaf on the ground and get a hint of a crisp breeze, I break out colors like this. This one has a nice dark purple-y base and doesn't lean too brown on me. I think that makes it more flattering for me personally. 

Rachael seemed like it would be perfect in two coats, but it had some patches that were a little more translucent looking, so I ended up doing a third coat. The formula was a nice consistency though, not too thick or runny.

Zoya Leighton is a gorgeous vampy blackberry creme. Zoya calls it a "deeply saturated blackened aubergine cream". I see more blue tones mixed in with the purple and I think it's actually a pretty unique shade. I have lots of super dark blues or super dark purples, but this is a real balance of the two.

Two easy coats, great formula! I love when super dark colors are easy to apply!

Zoya Maeve is a lovely grape creme, with both red and blue undertones. This is another kind of color I reach for a lot in the fall, I'm a big sucker for purples! My camera, however, hates capturing purples accurately, so I ended up taking these pictures on my phone. They're much more accurate than the camera photos for some reason.

This is two easy coats of Maeve. Fantastic formula here!

Ahhhhhh, last, but most certainly not least, is the gorgeous Zoya Gardner! Zoya describes this beauty as "deep periwinkle with a vibrant magenta shimmer in a dense foil finish". It's so vibrant and the pink shimmer really shows up in person. This is such a standout shade in this collection. Hands down my favorite!

And guess what? Two easy, perfect coats! It applied effortlessly and was the perfect consistency. This will be my new go to for fast fall manis.

Overall, I love the selection of classic fall colors in this collection, as well as the twists like Gardner. My personal favorite is Gardner, followed closely by Devin and Leighton. What are your favorites from this collection?

The Zoya Element collection is available now at Zoya.

September 21, 2018

Zoya Jubilee Holiday 2018 Preview!

It’s time to celebrate Jubilee! The newest assortment from Zoya for Holiday 2018 features a range of beautiful creams, lux metals, and a new special effect topper. Whether you’re simply celebrating the fun in life, or want to brighten up the dreary winter days, Jubilee will be your escape. Come enjoy our newest collection that has a little something for everyone.
ASTRID ZP968: a liquid gold foil that adds a festive touch to any holiday look - wear as an accent or alone for optimum impact. 
LEIGH ZP977: a perfect winter nude - rich and warm cream with just a hint of pink to compliment any skin tone. 
CARSON ZP964: a muted nude pink cream - beautiful shade to create an understated elegance and perfect for the cold weather months 
TARYN ZP965: a fiery fuchsia micro-iridescent shimmer with blue undertones - a shade that brightens even the gloomiest of winter days. 
MAXINE ZP969: a rich red cream with an evenly balanced undertone - bright, yet still appropriate for the season. 
ALLISON ZP970: a plum-toned ruby cream - a more amped up version of a traditional plum shade. 
COOKIE ZP971: a purple PixieDust with gold flecks - perfect for holiday fun! Use as an accent or on her own for a gorgeous textured matte look. 
CHIARA ZP972: a deep purple cream - a gorgeous compliment to the rich jewel tones of the season. 
DANICA ZP973: a rich deep teal cream - a new twist on holiday green that gives you an edgy, yet elegant look 
JUNIPER ZP974: a sparkling teal textured PixieDust shade - especially perfect when paired with Leopoard Spots effect polish layered over. 
KATERI ZP966: a beautiful midnight brown cream - think of this as the new black! 
LEOPARD SPOTS TOPPER ZP967: the new special effect topper for winter 2018 - layer over any textured PixieDust shade for an edgy leopard effect. 


August 15, 2018

Zoya Sunshine Summer 2018 Swatches and Review!

 *Sent for review*

I'm excited to show you the Zoya Sunshine collection today! This is a summer collection full of great warm weather hues, but there are a lot of colors that work well year round in here too. First up is Zoya Delia, a medium purple creme with both blue and pink undertones. Zoya describes this one as a "muted amethyst". I think the macro shot below is the truest representation of the color. The blue undertones came out more in certain lighting, but most of the time, this is a pretty neutral purple.

This was two easy coats. The cremes in the collection all seemed to be a great formula with full coverage in two coats.

There are two "Unicorn Kisses" holographic toppers in this collection. This one is Zoya Saldana, described as a "cotton-candy blue holographic topper with hints of pink and blue colored glitter". Zoya says you can wear this as a topper or alone, but I prefer it as a topper. I do like how I can see the strong pink shimmer when I wear it alone, very cool!

This is three coats of Saldana alone. It was easy to apply, but pretty sheer as you can see.

Here is two coats of Saldana (on middle nail) and one coat of Saldana (other three nails) over Delia. This makes a gorgeous topper over almost any color! I like it best with just one coat, but the two coats is very pretty too.

The glitter in Saldana sits pretty flat, so my nails feel fairly smooth with just one layer of top coat. It's not a really gritty or rough glitter at all.

Zoya Missy is described as "the perfect summer pink" creme. It's a nicely pigmented bubblegum pink creme. You can't go wrong with a great pink creme, although I'm not sure this color screams summer to me. I do like it a lot on my toes though!

This is two easy coats. The cremes in this collection are just so nice to apply. Full coverage is two coats, maybe even one if you're careful, and perfect consistency.

Missy's deeper hued sister, Zoya Sandy, is a blue toned, more saturated pink creme. If you are a pink creme lover, I bet you will be a fan of Sandy, Missy, or both!

This is two coats again, great formula!

I LOVE this combo of one coat of Saldana over Sandy. This was my favorite pairing with Saldana and I think I'll be wearing it often!

Of the pinks in this collection, I feel like Zoya Ellie is the most summery looking. Ellie is a bright blue toned magenta creme. It looks nice and bold, just what I like for summer. I think it will look beautiful on any skin tone as well. 

Same story here- 2 coats, lovely pigmentation!

Zoya Karen is another great color for summer, a bright poppy red creme. Sometimes I think red cremes look too holiday-isa, but this is bright enough for summer, yet will be classy and pretty year round.

Broken record time- 2 easy coats.

Now this does look a like a holiday combo, but I really like it! Zoya Nahla is the other "Unicorn Kisses" shade is the collection. Here I used one coat over all the nails except the ring nail, which has two coats. It is buildable, so I wanted to show the difference between one and two coats.

Zoya Marigold is described as a "bright and dazzling micro-shimmer red in a full coverage formula". I would really call this an orange, or at least an orange-y red, but the orange tones probably come from the golden shimmer. The shimmer glows out of the polish, kind of makes me think of a summer campfire.

This is three coats of Marigold. The shimmers in the collection were a bit less pigmented than the cremes, but no less easy to apply. If my nails were shorter, I would imagine two coats would have been perfect.

Zoya Virginia (my mom's name, yay!) is a gorgeous coral red creme. I am such a sucker for coral anything. Virginia is a perfect mix of red, orange and a hint of pink. Coral is pretty much the most summery color, in my opinion, so this one is a hit for me.

You know what I'm going to say- two coats!

Zoya Minnie is a salmon pink coral creme. This is a really pretty color, I can't think of anything quite like it in my collection. I think everything similar is either too pink or too orange. Minnie is a very interesting shade of pink, I kinda love it!

Two coats again and same great formula.

Zoya Clementine is described as a "salmon toned coral with a pink and orange micro-shimmer". It's almost a tan leaning pink and the shimmer has a nice warm golden tone. 

This was three coats, like the other shimmer in the collection. Depending on your application, this could definitely be a two coater, it was more pigmented than the other shimmer.

Zoya Jack is a bisque colored creme, as Zoya says- "perfect to match your morning latte". This is nice creamy shade, maybe not very summery, but it will come in handy any time of the year.

Two coats and great application. This self-leveled really nicely and looks so smooth on the nails.

I love this combination too- Jack with one coat of Nahla!

Here is Zoya Nahla alone. It's a nice gold glitter topper. It is buildable, but I personally wouldn't wear it alone. I like it best over the other polishes in this collection!

This is three coats of Nahla and you can see a lot of VNL. But it is pretty smooth and the glitter isn't chunky at all.

I like the Sunshine collection, especially Virginia and Ellie. I will say, I was missing a blue or green (or maybe both) shade in a summer collection. Zoya does lovely blues and greens, so I wished they had taken one of the pink shades out and exchanged it with a nice ocean hue. You can't go wrong with the formulas in this collection though, especially the cremes!