Zoya Party Girls collection



Today I have the Zoya Party Girls collection to show you. I had a lot of problems with photographing this collection due to my work hours and even though I got a new light box it just seems like I couldn't get the hang of it. So...apologies for that! But I think I rallied and got them pretty accurate and there are also some live swatch shots on my youtube channel and of course lots of pictures on my Instagram as well. There is one color not included in these swatches and that is Nadia. She's a topper and GORGEOUS but I couldn't find a good way to show all her glory so that one will be coming soon but is not included for now. :P As usual the cremes are really great coverage. You can get away with one medium coat. The pearly ones I had the most issues with but that's standard of the formula which is why I tend to avoid that finish. The sparkly ones are pretty sheer but only Nadia was sheer enough to layer. Again you can see ALL of that on my YouTube channel! So here we go!



Kelsey by Zoya can be best described as a muted, cerise pink cream.


Tawny by Zoya can be best described as a deep, coppery rose sparkling metallic. This is two medium coats of Tawny. PLEASE catch the macro shots of her on my Instagram. She is a stunner!

Solstice by Zoya can be best described as a sparkling persimmon orange metallic.

Delaney by Zoya can be best described as a royal multichromatic (pewter, blue, purple, green), metallic flip. You can just barely see it in this picture but there is really a great shift on this one in person!

Ming by Zoya can be best described as a sexy midtone, scarlet red cream.

Fallon by Zoya can be best described as a refined pearl, midtone, violet magenta.

Landon by Zoya can be best described as a mysterious, deep aubergine cream.

Danielle by Zoya can be best described as a deep, dark periwinkle cream. I love that this one is neither blue nor purple but just right in between. A favorite of mine!

Blake by Zoya can be best described as a deep, refined pearl in sapphire blue. This one I had a little trouble with. This is two coats on the first two fingers and three on the last two. You can see how much brighter and sheerer it is on the first two fingers and how dark, shimmery, and opaque it is on the last two.


Isadora by Zoya can be best described as a rich, refined pearl in magenta plum.  Another one that gets darker and more opaque with more coats. I stopped at two on the index and ring finger. Three on the pinky and middle. 

26 Great Nail Art Ideas: Halloween with negative space


Today the challenge for 26 Great Nail Ideas was Halloween with Negative Space. Ya'll know I hate negative space mani's.  They can look stellar but my nails are often stained due to having polish on 24/7 and so they don't always look so awesome on me.  That being said, motherhood has left me with little to no time to polish and I often have nails that are chipped up beyond all reason so they're not quite as stained as they have been in the past.  I also decided to use my Zoya Naked Manicure system to offset the stainage that was there a little bit.  At the end of the day I decided on this bright, glow in the dark mani with just the ONE negative space nail! ;) I hope you like them and don't forget to check out everyone else's looks! 






Colors used:
Zoya: NM Buff Protector and Courtney
China Glaze I'm With the Lifeguard, Liquid Leather and Glow in the Dark Topcoat
Butter London Matte Finish Topcoat


Diamonds in the blue...



This is an old mani I did last summer that I found in my cache.  It was one of my first attempts at using those little decals that you stick on your nail and then polish over and peel off.  While I think it came out pretty OK there are definitely some flaws which is likely why I uploaded it to my drafts folder and then forgot about it.  I made these vinyls myself with my silhouette and in retrospect I think they may have been too thick which is why the polish is a little lumpy on the top.  I've never been a fan of them, although they can make art so much faster and I wanted to play with more intricate designs.  Anyway it's that time again and I'm cleaning out my files so here it is in all it's lumpy glory. lol...I'll have to attempt this one again later and try to upload a better version! ;P

26GNAI: Friday the 13th



So I started a new year long challenge and today is the very first day! Life has gotten incredibly hectic for me but I really want to try to push myself to get back to doing more of the things I love and I'm hoping this challenge will help me to do that. The first prompt for the challenge was Friday the 13th. So I decided to do these spooky themed nails. ;) I hope you all enjoy them and don't forget to check out the links to see more Friday the 13th themed art! 

An InLinkz Link-up

All colors by Zoya:
Purity
Raven
Courtney

26 Great Nail Art Ideas – Autumn



Today's post is going up a little late. My baby girl has had a few minor health issues and that's gotten me a bit behind on posting. Although these were done a week ago! At any rate for today's New Crumpet Nail Art challenge the theme was Autumn.  This was a perfect chance for me to use some of my new Zoya colors for a smooshy marble manicure.  I had been wanting to try this technique for awhile and it came out pretty cool for a first go round but it definitely could use a tweak or two! Please check out the other ladies art work below!! :)


26 Great Nail Art Ideas – Dotting Tools but not just dots!


Today I have a challenge mani for you! I jumped back in (pretty late in the game) to the New Crumpets Nail Tarts challenge.  It's been a struggle for me to find a balance now that I have a brand new daughter and I'm slowly able to make a little more time for nail art so I thought I'd try and push myself a bit with the challenge.  How far I'll get with it is anyone's guess, especially since I start back up at work again in a few days (yuck!) but I hope to complete it and start another one!  So anyway todays prompt is "Dotting tools but not just dots."  For this manicure I used all Essie colors. I first polished my nails white and then I added some dots to the tip with my dotting too and swirled them around to get a fun pattern. I used tape to section off the portion where I wanted the swirl. Then I went over it with some flakies because why not? I had lots of fun with this one! Be sure to check out the links below to see more fun looks made with dotting tools! :)

Colors used for this look are all by Essie:
Highest Bidder, Art Nu-beau, Muse Myself and Blanc



Sally Hansen gradient nail strips...



This mani is SO old! I found it lurking in my drafts folder and decided it was time for it to see the light!  So these are Sally Hansen Insta Gel strips. If you're not familiar with the InstaGel it's basically a tiny gel system with a very low wattage. So each little kit comes with the strips (or a polish depending on what you buy), a little orange stick and nail file, and a wipe to clean nails. They also come with the InstaGel base and top coat and while it's a tiny little bottle (only .14oz) it's a little ridiculous to put a bottle in EACH pack.  I have about ten years worth of the top/base coat now. Sometime in the future I plan to see how well it works to seal in regular polish but that's a whole other blog!  At any rate you clean nails and it suggests to push your cuticles back with the orange stick and buff with the buffer. I say, give yourself a nice mani and skip the buffing and you'll get better results. Especially since pushing back dry cuticles is bound to cause tears and we all know buffing nails is a no no if you want to keep them healthy. DO use the alcohol swab though. Then you choose the strip which is the right size for your nail (something I almost always have issues with) and stick it down. Then add top coat and cure it under the tiny lamp for 30 seconds. And that's it! They're meant to last two weeks. I have to say I was skeptical but I got these and the lamp (you have to buy it separate) on clearance for dead cheap so I figured why not.  They actually DO last quite a long time, although I'm not sure about two weeks. They're also tricky to get off just like typical gel polish. So overall they're a win from me. I don't do strips normally because I love to do my own art but if you're in a rush and need cute nails these will definitely solve the problem for you! :)

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