Monday, September 22, 2014

Zoya Ultra PixieDust

Zoya has brought us a variety of textured polishes under the guise of PixieDust. First was the original sparkly texture, then came the Magical PixieDusts with hexagonal hologram glitters. Now we have Ultra PixieDusts which have Mega Hex particles thrown into the original PixieDust formula. The Ultra PixieDusts which are "a gradient of red, wine and plum hues" will have you filling your glass of red wine and watching sappy romantic comedies.

Oswin is a "true red textured PixieDust with crimson Mega Hex particles." This dark, ruby red polish reminds me of Dorothy's ruby slippers from the Wizard of Oz. I can see this being a gorgeous pedicure, especially if you want to channel your inner Dorothy or have dreams of visiting Kansas.

Arianna, a "blue-toned red wine textured PixieDust with Mega Hex particles," has a brighter base than Oswin. She is a more raspberry red, and like Oswin has tone-on-tone matching glitters that float within its base.

Noir is described as a "deep, vampy plum textured PixieDust with red Mega Hex particles." This dark plum is the only one of the collection without tone-on-tone glitter. Her glitter takes on more of a raspberry hue (although I would not be surprised if all three really contain the same glitter).

With topcoat (1 coat, same order as above)...

The Verdict:
For the optimal effect you MUST follow Zoya's directions on PixieDust application as seen here: These applied with ease in 3 thin coats. They do take longer to apply as they need to dry completely between coats. I loved them with a topcoat as well. If you're into the textured trend, I highly recommend these glamorous, romantic red hues. They are the best red textures I have seen. The nail art/design opportunities with these gradient hues are endless!


$10 (US) Available on and at finer salons and spas. 

Monday, September 15, 2014

Zoya Ignite

The weather is getting cooler and soon we will be enjoying everything that the cooler weather brings. Enjoying cozier clothing (like sweaters, boots, and scarves), colors, and foods while admiring the changing foliage. It's my favorite season and many times fall collections are my favorites.
Zoya's autumnal collections Ignite and Entice do a beautiful job channeling the upcoming season. More often than not, Zoya also includes a couple of shades that are that perfect transition between seasons. Today's beauties are the shimmering, liquid metal metallics of the Ignite collection.

Autumn a "varnished copper" was the only one of the collection that seemed a little frosted. While this burnt orange with copper and pink flecks is stunning in all lights, it does appear a touch streaky/brush strokey in some. This seasonal shade took two smooth coats for full coverage.

India is "a deep, luxurious red with a gold liquid metallic shimmer." This burgundy, wine shade glows from within when its copper (and pink?) flecks catch the light. Shown is two smooth coats.

Teigen, described as "a pink toned cranberry with a copper liquid metal," also took two smooth, flawless coats. You can see, however, that this could have used three coats. The copper flecks in this plummy fuchsia appear to take on pink hues in the light.

Sansa is "a deep eggplant with a gold metallic sparkle." I thought that this blackened, royal purple looked truly elegant with its gold flecks. Again two, smooth coats for full coverage.

Remy a "brilliant indigo with copper and gold" had NO STAINING! I was shocked that two, buttery coats of this dark teal indigo did not stain my nails. I know that some found it to be staining, however I had absolutely none. Also the copper and gold flecks appear to give this polish a mermaid turquoise glow from within.

Yuna is "a warm grey with copper and gold liquid metal." This reminds me of slate however the juxtaposition of the warm golden and copper flecks make this polish something unique and special.

The Verdict:
One thing Zoya is always good at is glass-fleck polishes. These lit-from-within polishes always apply buttery smooth and tend to be more unique. This collection follows suit and has some true stunners in it. I loved the application and formula of these, most were completely opaque and streak-free in two easy coats. They seemed to dry rather quickly as well. My favorites of this collection are India, Sansa, and Yuna.

Tuesday, August 12, 2014

Yellow and Neutral Alternative French Manicure

I love my family. We have always had the tradition of buying one another gifts when we are on vacation. One of the latest items I got from my vacationing family members was a beautiful scarf. It's only been the past year or two when I embraced the fact that I can indeed pull off some yellow articles of clothing. I do not have any scarves with yellow in them so I was excited to receive this one.

The summer weather has not been very conducive to scarf-wearing in the southern Midwest, but that didn't stop me from using the colors of this beauty for inspiration.
Polishes used: Zoya Chantal & Darcy (I used black rhinestones but you could always replicate this by using black polish)

Monday, August 11, 2014

Zoya Entice & Ignite Color Seduction Fall 2014 Press Release



Inspired by the classic wools, textured brocades and metallic accents of the season, Zoya's new ENTICE & IGNITE collections create a palette of lush, deep color including wines, browns, navies and greys.

...delivers six new, glossy, intensely pigmented, full-coverage cream colors.

ZP748 ­ Nyssa: Milk Chocolate Brown, Full-Coverage Formula.
ZP749 ­ Claire: Rich Burgundy, Full-Coverage Formula.
ZP750 ­ Veronica: Brilliant Wine, Full-Coverage Formula.
ZP751 ­ Margo: Red Plum, Full-Coverage Formula.
ZP752 ­ Ryan: Classic Indigo, Full-Coverage Formula.
ZP753 ­ Genevieve: Leather Grey, Full-Coverage Formula.

...offers a six shimmering red, gold, copper and purple liquid metal metallics.

ZP754 ­ Autumn: Varnished Copper Liquid Metal.
ZP755 ­ India: Deep Red Gold Liquid Metal.
ZP756 ­ Teigen: Violet Plum with Copper Liquid Metal.
ZP757 ­ Sansa: Deepest Eggplant with Gold Liquid Metal.
ZP758 ­ Remy: Indigo with Copper & Gold Liquid Metal.
ZP759­ YunaGrey with Copper & Gold Liquid Metal.


$(US) each
Available on and at finer salons and spas. 

Friday, August 8, 2014

Beachy Nail Art

I moved to the Midwest (from the Mid Atlantic) at the beginning of the summer and went into labor the day after we moved! Needless to say, my life has been a busy whirlwind but I love it. My husband and I usually spend a week every summer at his family's beach house on the ocean. Due to finishing jobs, packing, moving over 1,200 miles, having a baby and starting a new job we never got our vacation. That is until our families surprised us and we adapted our schedule. We will be flying to the east coast at the end of this month for our beach vacation and I cannot wait! (Any tips for flying with an infant are appreciated!)

In lieu of my excitement I created a beachy manicure complete with sparkly texture, dry-brushed gradient, and some "scribbles."
Polishes used: Zoya Bar, Song, Rocky, Rebel, and Purity

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Fun fact: I was proposed to on a beach 6 years ago today!