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Happy weekend and Happy Easter to those of you celebrating!

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Today I have a quick pastel mani that is perfect for Easter… or just spring. I love pastels and my quest for the perfect yellow once led me to franken my very own pastel yellow that, if I say so myself, actually turned out quite pretty. And similar to today’s gem from Morgan Taylor: Ahead of the Game. A gorgeous pastel yellow with the subtlest hint of shimmer, Ahead of the Game caught my eye a few times and I somehow managed to walk away… not yesterday! It does apply a little sheer on the first coat, but with a generous second coat, leaves behind a perfect, streak-free finish:

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Ahead of the Game looked to be the perfect blank canvas, so I decided to make it into an Easter mani by adding some angled French tips with OPI’s Alpine Snow, and an accent of Zoya’s Cole from their Spring Awaken Collection, a beautiful pastel peach-orange cream:

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Simple, yet elegant, and easy to do with some striping tape or simple tape cut out into lengths or little triangles.

If you are celebrating today, Happy Easter and hope everyone enjoys this beautiful Sunday with their loved ones, furry and human!

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What do you think of my pastel mani?

~xo

 

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FINALLY, A SUBSCRIPTION BOX THAT READS YOUR MIND!

by ZOYA NAIL POLISH (MY)BOX

 

The latest beauty company to provide a subscription box is Zoya, with its new (MY) BOX service. Taking advantage of the fact that many beauty subscription boxes contain samples or unwanted cosmetics, Zoya is determined to give you a box you want! Take a quiz to help determine which style of the four boxes you are, and Zoya will tailor a box to you! More info below and head to http://www.zoya.com/content/category/mybox-subscription-box.html to take the quiz!

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HAPPY APRIL FOOL’S DAY!!

At the beginning of the year, Zoya launched a beautiful set of nudes, ranging in shade from ivory to a chocolate milk shade in their Naturel Collection. What’s there not to love! Six new full-coverage shades of complementary neutrals with a pink undertone so they can be worn alone or together for slight tonal accents.

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The lightest shade in the collection is Chantal, described as a French Vanilla creme by Zoya. A perfect description! Often shades this light or white-based can be a bit streaky, but Chantal did not streak and needed only two coats for great coverage. You could add a third coat if you felt compelled, but I loved it at two. Below it is with only base coat and 2 coats of Chantal – no top coat, and look at that shine!

Zoya_naturel_ChantalChantal leaned a bit lighter than nude due to my olive complexion, but as you can see, still extremely flattering. It has a slight peach undertone and I feel that it would suit almost any complexion.

Seeing how well the shades coordinate, I tipped Chantal with the darkest shade for a gorgeous contrast – Chantal with a French tip of Normani:

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A slight step up from Chantal is Taylor, described as a light toffee creme shade. I found Taylor to be more of a yellow-based nude. This one reminded me of a yummy café au lait… and again, I loved it on me. It may not be as versatile to pinkish skintones as Chantal though. Again, two coats were perfect but you could easily apply three thin coats. Below, 2 coats, no top coat:

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One of the mid-tone shades is Rue, described as a Boudoir Blush Cream. Rue reminded me of a soft rose satin camisole… very romantic, very pretty, and a colour for almost any skintone. Application was a breeze with 2 coats and no top coat:

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Just a touch darker is Brigitte, described as a Bombshell Mauve Cream (how sexy is that description!). Another beauty and a pink-y mauve. Two coats paired with a French tip of Chantal below (look at that shine):

Zoya_Naturel_Brigitte_ChantalI love these two together!

Odette jumps quite a few tones to a dusty purplish shade, described as a Sultry Maroon Cream. This formula was classic Zoya – thicker than the lighter shades of this collection, self-levelling, beautiful and drying to an incredible shine! Two coats below:

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Odette strikes me as dustier version of OPI’s I’m Feeling Sashy, non?

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And finally, we have Normani, a Sable Mauve Cream (I really love these Zoya descriptions!), a cool, dusty, greyed-mocha with a mauve undertone. I absolutely love Normani! Formula-wise it was exactly like Odette. Two coats below, no top coat, and look at that crazy shine:

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I think it’s pretty clear how I feel about this collection… totally obsessed and loving every shade! Not only are these colours on-trend and gorgeous, but they are highly office-appropriate, even when paired in soft nail art like the French manicures I’ve shown. And Zoya’s formula is divine. I think these will be added to my go-to Zoya stash that includes Natty, Sailor, Rockie, Josie… the list goes on…

Find the Zoya Naturel Nail Polish Collection and over 300 stunning BIG5FREE* Zoya colors on www.zoya.com. Each and every color has a name as unique as the women who inspired it.

*Formula is completely free of formaldehyde, formaldehyde resin, dibutyl phthalate, toluene and camphor.

ZOYA IS THE NATUREL COLOR OF FASHION!
$9.00 ea. (US)

Which one is your favourite shade?

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~xo

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

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Just as Spring emerges from a natural Winter slumber, Zoya Awakens to a fresh season of BIG5FREE* color…

Open your mind to the beauty of color discovery; the new, the unexplored, the excitement! Awaken by Zoya – Six new, full-coverage, dew-drenched creams and gold-kissed metallic nail polish colors for Spring 2014. Full of pure pigment, intense color and modern complexity that will take you far beyond the hazy, barely there hues of seasons past into a new world of chromatic joy.

ZOYA AWAKEN – 2014 SPRING

• ZP723 – Dillon: Green Mint Shimmer Metallic Full Coverage Formula.
• ZP724 – Rebel: Blue Sky Shimmer Metallic, Full Coverage Formula.
• ZP722 – Hudson: Purple Orchid Shimmer Metallic, Full Coverage Formula (Yes, it’s a Radiant Orchid!)
• ZP720 – Dot: Pink Petal Cream, Full Coverage Formula
(originally created for fashion designer Zang Toi’s SS14 collection).
• ZP721 – Cole: Peach Whisper Cream, Full Coverage Formula
(originally created for fashion designer Peter Som’s SS14 collection).
• ZP725 – Brooklyn: White-Gold Shimmer Metallic, Full Coverage Formula.

$9.00 ea. (US)

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Create a nail color masterpiece. The multi-colored, holographic flakes of Zoya Monet lend an impressionistic color change option to existing color palettes. Never boring, this artistic topper can be applied as an accent or used as an overall color changer.

• ZP726 – Monet: Multi-Color, Cellophane Holographic Topper.

$10.00 ea. (US)
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*BIG5FREE: Zoya Nail Polish and Treatment Formulas are free of formaldehyde, formaldehyde resin, dibutyl phthalate, toluene and camphor.

Find over 300 long-wearing, beautiful Zoya colors on www.zoya.com. Each and every color has a name as unique as the women who inspired it.

ZOYA IS THE COLOR OF FASHION!
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Believe in it…

Zoya Magical Pixie – a new PixieDust formulation, amped up with spectacular sparkle creating the most magical, Zoya PixieDust ever! Three new never before imagined textured, holographic beauties for spring 2014…

ZOYA MAGICAL PIXIE

• ZP717 – Cosmo: Silver Crystal Sparkle, Textured PixieDust with Mega Hex Iridescent Particles, Full Coverage Formula.
• ZP718 – Vega: Blue Opal Sparkle, Textured PixieDust with Mega Hex Iridescent Particles, Full Coverage Formula.
• ZP719 – Lux: Rose Quartz Sparkle Textured PixieDust with Mega Hex Iridescent Particles, Full Coverage Formula.

$10.00 ea. (US)

For BEST RESULTS when applying Zoya PixieDust: apply 2-3 thin coats of polish for full coverage to a clean oil free nail surface. Allow product to dry completely for full effect. Do not use a base coat or top coat. Top coat can be applied for additional glossy effects.

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*BIG5FREE: Zoya Nail Polish and Treatment Formulas are free of formaldehyde, formaldehyde resin, dibutyl phthalate, toluene and camphor.

Find over 300 long-wearing, beautiful Zoya colors on www.zoya.com. Each and every color has a name as unique as the women who inspired it.

SHIPPING FEBRUARY 2014

ZOYA IS THE COLOR OF FASHION!
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Hello all and Happy New Year to those of you that have already welcomed 2014!! For the rest of us, I can’t believe another year has come to an end, bringing me to almost two full years of blogging and obsessing over nail polish, makeup, and other beauty products. (That is a lot of obsession!) It was also a year that brought me my own polish shade – more on that below.

To wrap up the year, I thought I would bring you some of my favourites from 2013. (Polishes in part 1, some of the other favourites will be in part 2 as this will be a picture-heavy post.)

How can I have a “favourites” list and not include my go-to nude/white alternative, OPI’s My Vampire is Buff? MVIB has quickly become a cult favourite, at least in the nail polish community, as many of us not only wear this beautiful bisque shade alone, but love to use it for nail art.

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And speaking of nail art, this was the year I ventured into the somewhat terrifying “nail art” territory, and found that I can actually nail (sorry, couldn’t resist) some cute looks!  Though hard to narrow down, my Top Ten Faves include MVIB and Essie The Girls are Out

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MVIB with Zoya’s Josie….

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…can’t leave out the Euro Centrale dotticure I tried (I love the entire Euro Centrale collection!)…

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…a cute jelly sandwich using Nicole by OPI and OPI’s Funny Bunny that even Nicole by OPI loved!  (you must know I simply adore jelly sandwiches!)…

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…another NOPI, two actually, together for an alternative French mani (also seen here on this Must Follow Canadian Nail Bloggers article!)…

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…some snow nail art with Zoya’s PixieDust Sunshine

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…a glitter gradient (my easy go-to nail art) using piCture pOlish’s Blogger over OPI’s Eurso Euro

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…my first foray into leopard spots using the stunning Zoya Cashmeres & Satins collections…

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…my entry into the NOPI and Prom Canada Prom Nail Art challenge

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…and last but not least, my spring gradient using Dior’s brand new Dior Vernis Bouquet!

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This was really hard to narrow down, as I have really LOVED many polish shades this year, but here are nine more of my favourite shades this year, including the amazing Selena from Nicole by OPI

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…these looks are actually two polishes: Ozotic Beam 907 over Nubar’s Jaded, both spectacular alone and even more together…

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…the gorgeous Rare Bear from Colors by Llarowe, a brand launched only this year but hugely successful…

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…as well as Smooth Criminal from CbL...

…OPI’s Neon mini-set was spectacular, especially Pink Outside the Box!! (still hoping for a full-size, OPI) 😉 ….

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…a bright but wearable, gorgeous orange from Zoya, Thandie

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…the incredible Pink of Hearts duo from OPI (for an amazing cause – Breast Cancer Awareness!)…

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…Dior’s entry into magnetic polishes, Dior Vernis Mystic Magnetics was a glamorous take on magnetics (see some of my other Dior Vernis favourites here and here)….

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…and OPI’s Ski Slope Sweetie, a huge LOVE for me…

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…and my favourite polish, as well as a huge accomplishment for me as a blogger, my very own piCture pOlish collaboration shade, Bewitch!! (Thanks to the amazing girls at piCture pOlish!)

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Thanks for reading my second Favourites list! Hope you enjoyed this, and look for part 2, which will include some non-polish favourites!

Happy New Year!!!

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Happy Monday!

Today I have a fun post for you featuring my piCture pOlish Collaboration shade Bewitch! Over the past year, piCture pOlish has released a ton of Collaboration shades with bloggers, and today we are celebrating our collaborations with Collab Fest posts. You will see a lot of Collab Fest 2013 posts today, and I hope you can read them all!

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I wanted to do some nail art with Bewitch, because I am truly so smitten with my shade… I know every blogger probably feels this way about their baby. 🙂 I finally settled on trying my hand at stamping, though I have to provide full disclosure here: I have never stamped before, and cannot believe I am sharing my first stamping attempt here…. so please go easy on me.

The plate I used is Konad’s M93, with Bewitch and Zoya Pixie Dust in Tomoko, a gorgeous champagne-coloured, glittery matte textured polish from their Fall 2013 collection.  I stamped the ‘cube’ design with Tomoko over Bewitch, except on my ringer finger where I reversed the colours. Tomoko and Bewitch look incredible together – the pale gold in Tomoko brings out the gold in Bewitch. I will have to do more nail art with these two colours, but not sure if this stamping attempt is my best work lol.

pp_Bewitch collab fest 2013As you can see, the pattern didn’t quite develop strong enough, probably because Tomoko wasn’t a thick enough polish. I still love how these two colours looked together!

One more pic:

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and finally, a macro:

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Check out my original Bewitch post here, and get your very own Bewitch directly from piCture pOlish (they ship internationally!), or from their Network. You can order the Konad plate and both Zoya and piCture pOlish from Nail Polish Canada. (If you’re in the US, you can order Zoya directly from Zoya as well.) And don’t forget to follow piCture pOlish on Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, and Instagram, and check out their YouTube channel!

~xo

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