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Zoya Sailor is an absolutely spectacular dark navy creme polish from Zoya’s sultry Cashmeres collection for Fall 2013. It was one of the standouts for me from the creme portion of the fall release, and it is perfection in person!

After wearing it for a few days, I was too tired to do a new mani, so I decided to touch up the tips to freshen the tip wear. I reached for the beautiful and dusty Natty, a shade often compared to Sailor. Was it a dupe? Nope, definitely not a dupe. While Zoya Sailor has more of a true blue base, darkened to a navy, Natty is dusty: it’s a steely deep blue that made for a soft contrasting French tip.

Here are two coats of Zoya Sailor, a few days old, with a free-handed French tip of Zoya Natty:

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Because this was such a quick touch-up, and I originally did not have the intention of posting about it, I only have my iPhone photos! So I apologize for the less-than-perfect quality. 🙂

Here is the collage I shared on my Instagram of this mani:

Zoya_Sailor_NattyColl

Are you as obsessed with the blues as I am?

Get your hands on both of these gorgeous Zoyas directly from Zoya online if you’re in the US, or via Nail Polish Canada. Don’t forget to follow Zoya on Facebook and on Twitter for the latest!

~xo

 

 

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

Harmonious Cosmic Color for Winter/Holiday 2013

Enter the color cosmos with this new collection of six perfectly harmonious nail polish beauties by Zoya.

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image003ZOYA ZENITH COLLECTION:

  • ZP689 – Seraphina: Polaris Silver Metallic. Full Coverage Formula.
  • ZP687 – Cassedy: Celestial Pewter Metallic. Full Coverage Formula.
  • ZP678 – Belinda: Cosmic Purple Metallic. Full Coverage Formula..
  • ZP688 – Payton: Galactic Cranberry Halo. Full Coverage Formula.
  • ZP686 – Dream: Deep Space Blue Halo. Full Coverage Formula.
  • ZP643 – Mosheen: Astro Ice Blue Topper – great for layering over other hues.

Ultra long-wearing, nail lacquers by Zoya are BIG5FREE – all formulas are completely free of harmful industrial chemicals such as toluene, camphor, formaldehyde, formaldehyde resin and dibutyl phthalate (DBP) that are known to cause cancer and birth defects.

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

ZOYA IS THE NEW COLOR OF FASHION!
Zoya Zenith Collection
$8.00 ea. (US)
Available on Zoya.com

FALL COLOR – AVAILABLE OCTOBER 01, 2013!

I wanted to bring you a quick post today… I am back after my mini-beach vacation and am not only surprised, but extremely impressed that my beach-themed manicure lasted! Spending most of my time in the water and with all that sun, sand and heat, I was sure I’d have to reapply… I even brought a selection of polishes to choose from! (Not to mention top coat, base coat… files…)

Without even giving it much thought, I knew I wanted to use my favourite bisque shade, OPI’s My Vampire is Buff as a base (as I have for my other recent gradients here and here). Instinctively I reached for the beautiful creme blue shade Rocky from Zoya’s Stunning Collection for Summer 2013. Rocky is a gorgeous, highly wearable sky-blue shade; bright but without being in-your-face, and it looked amazing with MVIB! (Have I told you that blue is my favourite colour?)

Please excuse the iPhone quality picture, but I literally applied this mani once I had finished packing and was getting ready to head to the airport. Being slightly tight on time, I cheated a little and actually applied some Rocky to the tips straight from the brush, then sponged on the gradient for the blended, gradient effect:

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Imagine how great it felt to see my nails and be transported to heaven on earth:

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What do you think of my beach mani?

 

Get Zoya 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 www.opi.com, or follow OPI on Twitter @OPI_PRODUCTS and become a Facebook fan!

~xo

 

 

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

Today I have for you one of my favourites from Zoya’s Summer 2013 Stunning Collection, the 6-piece creme half of Zoya’s Stunning and Irresistible Collection. Zoya Thandie is a non-neon, Creamsicle-looking orange beauty with a shimmer ribbon woven through it. I loved how Thandie was bright in that summery way, but not neon like most brights this year, making it highly wearable for most. Its shimmer is absolutely gorgeous! Let’s skip right ahead to the macro shot:

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Like all my Zoyas, Thandie applied beautifully, self-levelling, with great coverage on the first coat. And dried to that gorgeous shiny Zoya finish in no time.

Here are two coats of Thandie in the sun:

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…and in artificial light:

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Is she not a beauty?

I wanted to play with the Zoya Summer 2013 collection, which, by the way, was so cohesive, with almost a related shade in each of the creme Stunning, Pixie Dust and foil shimmer Irresistible collections.  I chose the beautiful Amy from the Irresistible collection, a vibrant, fiery orange with tiny gold foil shimmer for an angled variation on the French manicure:

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I loved how well these two paired together!! What do you think?

Order Zoya directly from Zoya if you’re in the US, or order Zoya from Nail Polish Canada. Don’t forget to follow Zoya on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter for the latest news!

~xo

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

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.

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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?):

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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:

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

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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 www.opi.com, or follow OPI on Twitter @OPI_PRODUCTS and become a Facebook fan!

~xo

 

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

CASHMERES & SATINS

Twelve sultry new ZOYA Nail Polish colors for Fall 2013.

Six new long-wearing decadent, cashmere creams – five silky, satin metallics – one super luxe gold topper! All created to work together with this seasons most stylish runway designs and luxurious fabric blends. Try the topper as an accent or gild each nail – no matter what this Fall duo has you covered.

ZOYA FALL 2013: CASHMERES & SATINS COLLECTIONS

CASHMERES

Zoya_Nail_Polish_697_LIVINGSTON_HAND SHOT 400x400_CLivingston (ZP697) – Fall Red Cream
Full Coverage.

Zoya_Nail_Polish_685_PEPPER HAND SHOT 400x400_CPepper (ZP685) – Brick Red Cream
Full Coverage (Originally designed for Peter Som/AW13).

ZP_696_SAILOR_Hand shot 400x400_CSailor (ZP696) – Dark Navy Cream
Full Coverage.

ZP_695_HUNTER_HAND SHOT_400x400_CHunter (ZP695) – Dark Sea Cream
Full Coverage.

ZP_694_LOUISE_HAND SHOT 400x400_CLouise (ZP694) – Chocolate Brown Cream
Full Coverage.

ZP_693_FLYNN_HAND SHOT 400x400_CFlynn (ZP693) – Camel Brown Nude Cream
Full Coverage.

SATINS

Zoya_Nail_Polish_691_CHANNING_Hand shot 400x400_CChanning (ZP691) – Rust Red Copper Metallic
Full Coverage.

Zoya_Nail_Polish_692_MASON_HAND SHOT 400x400_CMason (ZP692) – Red Violet “Fandango Pink” Metallic
Full Coverage (Originally designed for Zang Toi/SS13).

Zoya_Nail_Polish_in_Claudine_150Claudine (ZP690) – Meteorite Gray Metallic
Full Coverage.

Zoya_Nail_Polish_679_NEVE_HANDSHOT 400x400_CNeve (ZP679) – Sapphire Blue Metallic
Full Coverage (Originally designed for Zang Toi/AW13).

Zoya_Nail_Polish_680_GIOVANNA_HANDSHOT 400x400_CGiovanna (ZP680) – Lush Emerald Green Metallic
Full Coverage (Originally designed for Zang Toi/AW13).

Zoya_Nail_Polish_662_MARIA_LUISA_HANDSHOT 400x400_CSPECIAL EDITION – SATINS TOPPER Maria-Luisa (ZP662) – Sparkling Cellophane Gold Topper
(Originally designed for Rafael Cennamo/AW13).

Photo credits: Zoya Nail Polish

Ultra long-wearing, nail lacquers by Zoya are BIG5FREE – all formulas are completely free of harmful industrial chemicals such as toluene, camphor, formaldehyde, formaldehyde resin and dibutyl phthalate (DBP) that are known to cause cancer and birth defects.

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

ZOYA IS THE NEW COLOR OF FASHION!
Zoya Nail Polish – Fall
$8.00 ea. (US)

AVAILABLE JULY 15, 2013!

MORE MAGIC AND WONDER INFUSED COLOR FOR FALL… MORE ZOYA PIXIEDUST!

The best-selling, revolutionary matte, textured, sparkling Zoya PixieDust formula returns for Fall with six spot-on trend colors for the season.

ZOYA PIXIEDUST – FALL EDITION

ZP_698_Tomoko_HANDSHOT_400x400_C[9]ZP698 – Tomoko: Glowing Champagne Silver. Exclusive Zoya PixieDust –
Textured Matte Sparkle Metal* formula.

*foil twinkle

ZP_699_Chita_HANDSHOT_400x400_C[4]ZP699 – Chita: Emerald Forest Green. Exclusive Zoya PixieDust –
Textured Matte Sparkle formula.

ZP_700_Sunshine_HANDSHOT_400x400_C[4]ZP700 – Sunshine: Van Gogh Navy Blue Exclusive Zoya PixieDust –
Textured Matte Sparkle formula.

ZP_701_Carter_HAND_SHOT_400x400_C[4]ZP701 – Carter: Regal Purple. Exclusive Zoya PixieDust-
Textured Matte Sparkle formula.

ZP_702_Arabella pixie_HANDSHOT_400x400_C[4]ZP702 – Arabella: Rich Fuchsia Pink. Exclusive Zoya PixieDust –
Textured Matte Sparkle formula.

ZP_703_DHara_HANDSHOT_400x400_C[9]ZP703 – Dhara: Dazzling Coppery Orange. Exclusive Zoya PixieDust –
Textured Matte Sparkle Metal* formula.

Photo credits: Zoya Nail Polish

Ultra long-wearing, nail lacquers by Zoya are BIG5FREE – all formulas are completely free of harmful industrial chemicals such as toluene, camphor, formaldehyde, formaldehyde resin and dibutyl phthalate (DBP) that are known to cause cancer and birth defects.

Zoya PixieDust Application:

For BEST RESULTS apply 1-3 (for full coverage) thin coats of polish. Allow product to dry completely for full effect. No base coat and top coat required. Zoya Get Even base coat can be used if desired.

Find over 300 stunning Zoya colors on www.zoya.com.

Each and every color has a name as unique as the women who inspired it.

ZOYA IS THE NEW COLOR OF FASHION!

Zoya PixieDust – Fall
$9.00 ea. (US)

AVAILABLE JULY 15, 2013!

Zoya Caitlin was one of the polishes I had my eye on for months… and kept convincing myself that I did not need. But it is a “greige” beauty, and I am sucker for anything grey!! Described by Zoya as a “smoky purple-tinged medium gray with smooth, opaque creme finish,” it truly is, a “sultry, mysterious and impossibly chic” shade. It is so chic, it was even suggested to be Michelle Obama’s nail polish at the Democratic National Convention in 2012!

Well needless to say, I finally buckled and brought Caitlin home.

Here are two gorgeous, easily applied, self-levelling coats of Caitlin:

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Chic, work-appropriate and suitable to any skin colour, this grey-lavender beauty is one of those essentials that you need in your polish lineup!

After wearing Caitlin for a couple of days (and loving it!), I decided to add a quick French tip using Zoya Natty:

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Zoya Natty is a smokey deep steel blue cream; gorgeous and shiny like all my Zoyas are!

Natty and Catlin are such gorgeous moody shades, non-season-specific and versatile. Caitlin makes a perfect palate cleanser if you’re tired of brights or glitters – neutral without being boring. And Natty is a highly-wearable blue shade with its steely base.

Do I love? I am obsessed!

What do you think of the coloured French mani look?

Get your Natty and Caitlin online from Zoya if you’re in the US, or via Nail Polish Canada. Don’t forget to follow Zoya on Facebook and on Twitter for the latest!

~xo

Hey guys! Today I bring you one of my favourite types of manis… another jelly sandwich!

Some of the prettiest fine glitter polishes are created by indie brand Shimmer Polish. You have seen a lot of them on my blog (have a look)!  Cindy, its creator, has countless variations of these gorgeous, complex shimmer-blend polishes, mixing both expected and surprising colours together for beautiful effect.  One such polish is Mary, described as being mainly red, silver and black glitter in a soft-red tinted base, though there are some holographic glitters as well as other shades. I told you they were complex blends! Mary is incredibly glittery; sparkle-and-wink-at-you-while-you’re-driving kind of glitter! And you know how I feel about all things jelly!! This jelly base is so squishy that it looks like a luscious berry.

I decided to pair it with one of my favourite jelly polishes, Paloma from Zoya’s Gloss Collection (see it here as well!). And the result was jaw-droppingly glittery, squishy, juicy!!

Here are two coats of Mary over two coats of Paloma, topped with a finishing coat of Paloma for the jelly sandwich:

Shimmer_Mary_Zoya_jellyLook at that crazy shine!!! And click the pic to see the tiny holographic sparkles lighting up at the tips of my nails.

One more pic:

Shimmer_Mary_ZoyaPaloma

This was one of those manicures I did not want to remove – I wore it for about a week before I finally had to part with it… but looking at these pictures makes me want to reapply it!

You can find Shimmer Polish here. Be sure to like them on Facebook to participate in their contests and see the latest offers!

So what do you think? Do you love it nearly as much as me? 🙂

~xo

 

 

 

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

INFUSED WITH SUMMERY MAGIC AND WONDER

PixieDust – Summer Edition

Because everyone wants more of it… the color experts at Zoya went back to the lab and created six more beautiful, long-wearing textured, matte and sparkling Zoya PixieDust Colors!

This incredible and best-selling formula is sure to captivate with a magical sparkle and sugary finish like no other.

Zoya PIXIE DUST – SUMMER edition

• ZP683 – Solange: EXCLUSIVE PIGMENT!!! Gold Metal sparkle, exclusive Zoya PixieDust Matte Sparkle formula.

• ZP677 – Beatrix: Tangerine Metal sparkle, exclusive Zoya PixieDust Matte Sparkle formula.

• ZP676 – Destiny: Coral Metal sparkle, exclusive Zoya PixieDust Matte Sparkle formula.

• ZP682 – Miranda: Rose sparkle, exclusive Zoya PixieDust Matte Sparkle formula.

• ZP675 – Stevie: Violet sparkle, exclusive Zoya PixieDust Matte Sparkle formula.

• ZP681 – Liberty: Blue sparkle, exclusive Zoya PixieDust Matte Sparkle formula.

Ultra long-wearing, nail lacquers by Zoya are BIG5FREE – all formulas are completely free of harmful industrial chemicals such as toluene, camphor, formaldehyde, formaldehyde resin and dibutyl phthalate (DBP) that are known to cause cancer and birth defects.

PixieDust Application: For BEST RESULTS apply 1-3 (for full coverage) thin coats of polish. Allow product to dry completely for full effect. Do not use a base coat or top coat.

Find over 300 stunning Zoya colors on http://www.zoya.com. Each and every color has a name as unique as the women who inspired it.

ZOYA IS THE NEW COLOR OF FASHION!

$9.00 ea. (US)  Available on Zoya.com
SHIPPING APRIL 1, 2013 (no joke)

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