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Monday, July 28, 2014

Zoya Naturel Deux Swatch, Gradient, & Review

Press SampleLast Monday the pre-order for Zoya's transitional collection, Naturel Deux, began and today I've got swatches of the three brown hues and a super seamless gradient using the remaining plum based lacquers.

Chanelle | Marnie | Aubrey
Emilia | Spencer | Madeline

Upon seeing the press release, I immediately fell for Emilia, Chanelle, and Spencer so let's start with swatches of those three beauts.
In order to avoid sounding like a broken record, the formula on all shades in this collection is the same; smooth formula and opaque in two coats.

If I had to choose a #1 fav out of the three brown hued lacquers it would definitely be Emilia. A super dark chocolate créme? Yes please.

Chanelle is a rich toasted almond créme that I'm glad to add to my collection because I'm always on the hunt for more flesh tone nail polishes.
Unfortunately, I didn't notice the lint on my fingernails until after I added my logo. I should probably stop swatching at 3am.

When I read the description for Spencer, I had two thoughts. One, camel créme? Really I've never heard of a camel being referenced as a nail polish color. And the second was a that it would be funny if there was another polish in this collection named Hastings.

And here's the most seamless gradient I've ever done in my life.
I started with a base of Madeline and then sponged on Madeline (again), Aubrey, and Marnie.
After I finished I was really impressed with just how pigmented these lacquers were.

Naturel Deux is available now on Zoya.com.

Press Sample While summer collections are always my favorite, I can't say no to a well-formulated créme, even if it's a neutral shade.
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Friday, July 25, 2014

When Good Manis Go Bad: NCLA Designer Nail Wraps

Press Sample Last night I was feeling really lazy after a long day of work, but I knew I had very little energy to put forth to change my nails from plain to Heeyyyyyyyyy! Thus, the Nail Art Society Festival Princess kit came into play.

Aside from the Summer of Love nail wrap, my kit also came with marquise shaped gold studs (which I lost somewhere in my house after I opened my package), and an NCLA nail polish in I'm With The Band.

See how I punched a heart shaped hole in the Summer of Love Nail Wrap eh?

NCLA I'm With The Band

The wrap itself was beautiful but with the curvature of my nail beds and my lack of skill with these things made it pretty hard for me to use.

Overall, the Nail Art Society Festival Princess Kit was a great bang for your buck at $11.95 + shipping, but in hindsight I probably would've used a blow dryer to try and stretch the wraps.

Press Sample Have you got the hang of using nail wraps?
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Sunday, July 20, 2014


more is more…
Inspired by the desire to expand the popular neutral palette of the Zoya NATUREL collection, six (6) NEW, full-coverage creams in deeper hues were born.

Perfect as every day go-to colors, the Zoya NATUREL DEUX (2) collection bridges the transitional gap between late summer/early fall 2014 with three, rich brown family shades and three plum based beauties. All in the long-wearing, BIG5FREE formula Zoya is known for! 

Zoya NATUREL DEUX (2) - 2014
ZP742 – Spencer: Camel Cream, Full Coverage Formula.
ZP743 – Chanelle: Toasted Almond, Full Coverage Formula.
ZP744 – Emilia: Dark Chocolate, Full Coverage Formula.
ZP745 – Marnie: Deep Warm Plum, Full Coverage Formula.
ZP746 – Aubrey: Medium Mauve Cream, Full Coverage Formula.
ZP747 – Madeline: Muted Rose, Full Coverage Formula.


$9 (US)
Available on
Zoya.com and at finer salons and spas.
*BIG5FREE: Formula contains no formaldehyde, formaldehyde resin, dibutyl phthalate, toluene or camphor.

Wednesday, July 16, 2014

A Hypnotizing Summer Gradient

Nothing To Disclose So I've been wanting a few shades from last year's summer CG collection, and for whatever reason I'm just now getting them. Three cheers for procrastination. Hip hip hooray? *crickets*

As I mentioned earlier, I've been wanting most of the Sunsational collection since it came out last summer, but I was waiting to find it on clearance at Lengths so I never bought it anywhere else. That is until I placed my first Transdesign order! That's Shore Bright and Too Yacht To Handle were standout shades for me so I knew I had to use them asap.

China Glaze That's Shore Bright | Ooh La Lacquer Hypnotize | China Glaze Too Yacht To Handle

After laying down a the gradient of the two new-to-me China Glaze shades, I opened up my handy dandy indie polish drawer and out came Ooh La Lacquer Hypnotize.

I couldn't quite get That's Shore Bright to photograph accurately in the gradient as it is more cool-toned in real life, so please refer to the product porn photo for a better idea of this gradient really looks like.

Before I go any further I'd like to say that Too Yacht To Handle is everything Aquadelic and For Audrey should have been.

I wore this mani yesterday and I got more compliments on this from my co-workers than any mani (nail art or otherwise) in the last 3-4 months. I guess simple is better to some people.

Nothing To Disclose How are you handling these summer months? With plenty of neon nail polish I hope!
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Monday, July 14, 2014

How I Wore It: Zoya Bubbly

Press Sample Summer is finally in full swing in Upstate NY--let it be known that the summer weather doesn't last very long--and I've got three easy ways to wear the Zoya Bubbly Collection.

The formula on all the of  the shades in this collection are same; easy to work with jellies. Most were two coaters, others were three.

I started with the combination of my three favs from this collection. From thumb to pinky the colors are Binx, Jesy, and Alma.

Binx is my favorite because, well, it's purple. Need I say more? Well, yeah. I should mention that it took three coats to reach this opacity. Three coats of purple flaky goodness.

Jesy, described by Zoya as a "fiery coral orange," reached the above opacity in two coats.

Alma, Alma, Alma, why couldn't there be a créme version of this in the Tickled Collection? Alma is a more yellow leaning orange jelly packed with flakies that reached the above opacity in two coats.

Generally I am not a pink fan, but I really do appreciate the way Harper looks on her own. Just look at her little cotton candy pink self. All stunning in two coats.

The combo of Muse and Stasi makes me think of a base for bomb subaquatic nail art.
Muse iswas two coats while Stasi is the only other three coater in the collection.

Press SampleEach lacquer in the Bubbly collection retails for $9 at Zoya.com.

Dear Zoya,
Can you make a créme alternative to Alma. And maybe, just maybe, pretty please name it Briana?
K thanx.

Spot any must haves here?
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