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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?

 

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~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.)

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