If you’ve been reading my blog for a while now, you’ll know that “nail art” is not something I venture into often. However, lately I have become obsessed with gradients – and not of the glitter variety like I normally wear!

I became inspired to try a nude-based gradient after having seen some gorgeous, unexpected combinations recently, and I really wanted to wear OPI’s My Vampire is Buff, the perfect bisque cream (see it here!). Deciding to try a brand-new shade, I chose Zoya Josie, from the Stunning Collection for Summer 2013.

Zoya Josie is a cool, light grassy-green cream shade, perfection in every sense as Zoya usually is. It’s a beautifully pigmented polish, providing perfect coverage on the first coat, self-leveling and shiny. I knew it would make a gorgeous gradient.


OPI’s My Vampire is Buff seems to be the go-to base shade for many nail art projects these days. Its bisque shade is much softer than white, and it is a beautiful nude, one of my favourites. I applied a generous coat of My Vampire is Buff over base coat and let it dry before starting my sponge-on gradient.

And here is the finished product, with a coat of FNUG’s IGEL top coat (have I raved about IGEL enough?):


Doesn’t it look so fresh, so summery?

I don’t often reach for green polish, but Zoya Josie is pure beauty!! The cream, the soft, almost-but-not-quite bright shade… what’s not to love!

Here is another shot, this time in the sun:


And one more, in the shade, because I can’t get enough of this gradient!


Order Zoya Josie directly from Zoya if you’re in the US, and get OPI’s My Vampire is Buff from Professional Salons and spas, or get both Zoya and OPI from Nail Polish Canada. Don’t forget to follow Zoya on Facebook and on Twitter for the latest and get more information on OPI from, or follow OPI on Twitter @OPI_PRODUCTS and become a Facebook fan!



(Product provided for consideration and review. All opinions are my own.)

Happy Fourth of July to our American Friends!

Much like Black Gold, Texas Tea, In the Navy is a gorgeous linear holo from Colors by Llarowe’s brand-new polish collection. A deep navy the colour of the deepest sea, In the Navy is a vampy shade after my own heart… the holo in it is so strong that even in shade, you see tiny glimmers of rainbow dancing on your nails.

Application was a dream: a fluid, full-coverage polish, In the Navy has an ultra-shiny base, levelling easily, and drying quickly. Here are two coats of In the Navy over base coat with FNUG’s new IGEL Manicure Top Coat:


And here is a photo slightly blurred to show you the gorgeous linear holo:


Check out this gorgeous macro shot:


FNUG’s IGEL top coat really delivered. It is incredibly long-lasting, and truly adds an extra level of shine. I managed to wear it for a full 5 days before my polish ADD kicking in and “forcing” me to change my nail colour, but even after 5 days, there were barely any chips. I was tough on my nails, washed dishes without gloves (which I usually try not to do) and other irresponsible nail things in order to test-drive this baby. And best part? It’s a quick-dry top coat!! (I think they need to add the label “quick-dry” to the bottle because I had no idea it was fast-drying.)

See the other Colors by Llarowe here and here! Just like my previous experience with this new brand, I was impressed! The holo was incredible and application was a breeze. All of Colors by Llarowe polishes are 3-free and cruelty free, and come in a 15 ml square bottles. The future bottles after the initial launch will have those amazing soft-touch caps that we’ve come to love!

In the Navy is available from Llarowe (along with the FNUG IGEL Top Coat)! Don’t forget to follow Llarowe on Facebook, Pinterest and on Instagram!

(Products were provided for consideration and review. All opinions are my own.)

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