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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:

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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.)

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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.)

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

I’m so excited about today’s post, partly because I don’t often post “nail art,” and partly because I was so impressed with today’s polishes!

Nicole by OPI recently launched a sweet, small and trendy collection, New for 2013, made up of four gorgeous shades. I love that they launched a mini-collection like this, totally different, not at all typical for spring. And today I bring you the first two, Totally in the Dark and Still into Pink.

Check out Still into Pink, an almost-neon pink that had a huge surprise up its sleeve: it’s a matte hot pink lacquer! As if that weren’t enough, Still into Pink has a mesmerizing ultra-fine silver shimmer:

Nicole_by_OPI_stillintopink(Click on the pic to see the gorgeous shimmer.) That is two gorgeous, easy, quick-drying coats. All I kept thinking when I wore this was, where’s the beach, where’s the sun! This is going to be one hot summer polish!  (And there is absolutely nothing easier or quicker than applying a matte polish when in a rush… you know, to the beach bar!)

Wait until you see Totally in the Dark, another polish with a twist: a black crelly (creme-jelly) base with tiny silver glass flecks, that to me, reflected a hint of pink and aqua. Totally in the Dark dried to a smooth high-shine finish, brought out even more with a finishing layer of top coat. Absolutely surprising and definitely gorgeous!  Here are two coats with base and top coat:

Nicole_by_OPI_TotallyintheDark(Click the pic to see the glass flecks!)

I was so obsessed with these two polishes that I decided to pair them up – how hot are pink and black together? 🙂

And the simple and elegant result (if I do say so myself):

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If you follow my blog, you know that I don’t venture into nail art territory too often… mainly it’s not something I wear often, and there are so many talented artists out there that do it so much better. However, I loved this look: the contrast of matte and shiny, black and bright. What do you think?

And of course, I could not wrap this look up without a finishing touch for another look. A touch of top coat, and the high shine brought to life the shimmer in Still into Pink:

Nicole_by_OPI_Totally_Stillcombo2I absolutely LOVED this!!! I love that Still into Pink looks almost like two completely different polishes!! And that subtle, hidden shimmer is suddenly spectacular with top coat!!

With both this and the Modern Family collection, it feels as though Nicole by OPI is venturing towards widening their audience beyond the younger crowd of tweens and teens, which I have always perceived to be their main target. These edgy colours and finishes are both fun and elegant, and I can see a huge range of polish-lovers flocking to these collections.

Nicole by OPI Nail Lacquers and Nail Treatments contain no DBP, Toluene, or Formaldehyde. Nicole by OPI formulas are long-lasting, fast-drying, and salon-quality. These lacquers retail for $7.99 each at retailers including select Walmart, Target, CVS, Rite Aid, Kmart, Kroger, ULTA, H-E-B, Meijer and Duane Reade locations. In Canada, these shades will be available for $10.99 each at Shoppers Drug Mart, Walmart Canada, Jean Coutu, Loblaw, and London Drug.

Hope you enjoyed my fun post as much as I did… which is your favourite look?

~xo

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

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