Flakie fun with my new Zoyas!

I was tipped off to a hot Zoya BOGO sale by Flight of Whimsy.  Thanks Eva for posting about it!!  I went to town on this sale and bought ten Zoyas for a total of $40 and free shipping!!   I picked up three creams for my mom which she loves (Wednesday, Arizona and Perrie) and she texted me last nite to ask if the sale was over.  Sorry mom, it’s over.  So if anyone hears of a new sale please let me know!  Cuz we need MORE!  (Have you seen that cute AT&T commercial with kids in it?  ‘You really like it, you want MORE!’ LOL)  Here’s a shot of my 7 new zoyas….

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5 out of the 7 are shimmery so I thought it would be fun to test out those 5.  I made sure to pick ones that were opaque.  Zoya’s website rates the opacity of each polish on a scale of 1 to 5 so I picked colors that were highest on the opacity meter.  I was surprised to find that all needed at least two coats and the light shades needed three.  Here’s what they look like:

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My favorite one is probably Mimi- that purple is so lush!!  Ivanka the dark green stands out too- it’s super glitzy and I’m sure I’ll be using that during the holiday season!!  My only other comment is about Emme, the light pink.  I heard it was infamously brush strokey, and I have confirmed that!  You can see all the strokes in my pics.  I didn’t love the formula either- it was thick and almost rubbery while drying.  I dinged it up real bad and had to re-do it.  That was annoying.

Now for the fun part!  I’ve had a bottle of Zoya Chloe flakies for a while now and it was calling to me.  Please pair me with your new zoyas!

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Here’s the shimmers with Zoya Chloe on top!  I think it definitely has the strongest effect over the darker polishes.  Now I’m wondering if flakies ALWAYS look better over dark polishes?  What is your experience with flakies?  Do they ever stand out over light colors?  I can barely notice Chloe over top of my silvery white Ginessa!  Hmmmm…

Godiva Pixie Dust Swatch with a Stamp

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When I saw the array of pixie dust colors I knew this nude one called Godiva was my fave!  So I purchased this polish back when the Zoya collection first came out!  Sorry that I’m so behind the ball with swatching this pixie dust!   But there’s a few reasons why I kept pushing this fresh bottle of polish to the back of my stash:

♦ The instructions say to apply this without a basecoat, and that just seems icky to me.  I always wear a strengthening basecoat.  Always.

♦ Pixie Dust is meant to be worn without a topcoat too.  And patience is not one of my virtues, hence my love for quick-drying seche vite topcoat!  So I’m gonna have to wait for Godiva to dry on it’s own?  Every time I try that I end up with sleepy sheet marks on my nails!  Even if I wait HOURS for a polish to dry I will still mess it up when I’m asleep.

So I pushed my issues aside and finally tried my pretty Godiva!  I did use a base coat though since other bloggers said it didn’t make a difference.  I applied it on a sunday so I had the full day to wait for it to dry.  I needed three coats to make it opaque.  It’s beautiful and the texture doesn’t bother me as much as I thought it would.  In fact, I really like it and I think it makes my nails feel stronger!  I especially notice it when I get out of the shower- my nails are usually soft and bendy then, but they felt strong and tough with my pixie dust on!  Another thing I like is how glittery and glisteny it is in the sun.  I took this pic in the sun to try to capture it- and check out the burst of glimmer in this pic ↓  I didn’t even photoshop it!  🙂

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But after 24 hrs I was a little bored with all the nudeness  … so I tried out one of my new Cheeky brand stamping plates!  I went with this weird circle design (CH48).  Out of all the ones to choose from I picked this weirdo splotchy one?  I guess it kinda reminded me of rocks and I thought that would look good with the organic appeal that Godiva has.  It was fun and easy to stamp on pixie dust!  It soaked right in and I didn’t need topcoat.  Next time I will pick a plate with a more crisp image and see how that transfers onto the textured polish.

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I’ve been wearing Godiva for about 52 hrs now and it’s holding up well.  I think I might invest in another pixie dust… maybe from Zoya’s new summer collection.  They have some really pretty colors!  So have you tried this stuff out?  What did you think of it?

Decorate your nails with tin foil!

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It’s metallic day in the nail art challenge.  When I heard the term metallic– I thought about aluminum foil!  Why not?  I’m sure I can decorate my nails with that stuff!

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I used one of those paper-punches (the ones designed for decorative paper crafts).  I think I got it at Michael’s Crafts Store in the $1 bins by the registers.  I used the paper punch on the tin foil and out popped a cute flower shape!  I painted my nails pink, applied a topcoat, then placed my flowers to my tacky nails. When they dried a little bit I pushed down any foil pieces that were sticking up and applied topcoat to seal them down.  Pretty cute and easy!  Oh and the pink polish I’m wearing in these photos is called Sweet by Zoya. 🙂 I also want to let you know that I’m out of town at a work conference right now. So plz forgive me if I don’t comment back right away. I am super busy all day with sitting… then eating… sitting …then eating lol! Luckily I had this post ready before I left town. Now, tomorrow’s gradient design for day 26, now that’s a different story! Not sure when I will have the chance to do that one! But, I hope you like my tin foil… and keep the comments coming! It makes me smile in between my financial aid sessions! Ciao 🙂

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Pinky Glitter French Manicure

Hello nail lovers!  Today is French Manicure with a Twist Day day 14 of the Nail Art Challenge.  If the idea is to change up the traditional french manicure – I can definitely do that.  How about some pink glitter?  Yes, please!

I taped my tips off using some invisible/ scotch tape.  Then applied one coat of Zoya Ali.  That polish is great because I really only needed one coat to make my tips hot pink.  Then I slowly removed my scotch tape and applied a coat of glitter over top.  This Sinful Colors glitter is called Pinky Glitter – isn’t it cute?

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Summery Pink Panels

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Today is PINK  DAY as part of the 30 Day Nail Challenge.  I created a nail art design I’ll call pink panels using only a dotting tool .  I started with two coats of Orly Kiss The Bride– which is pretty watery and streaky.  If I was wearing Kiss the Bride on it’s own then I would definitely have needed three coats.  Then I selected the following three pink polishes for my panels/squares:

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I used my smallest dotting tool to shape the squares.  I got pretty good control and clean corners from using that tool-  I’m sure I woulda muffed it up if I used a paintbrush!  This design was pretty easy to do, but a little time consuming.  I’d say the squares took me about an hour from start to finish.  I like the outcome and how the Zoya Ali looks like so bright against the other pinks!  I didn’t realize how neon Ali is- I will definitely be wearing it this summer!

Now I’m inspired to try this look with green polishes – I bet it would look like a tortoise shell 🙂

a mani makeover just for me!

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Today I’m wearing one of my new spring polishes from the Zoya Lovely Collection called Jacqueline.  I just had to have this polish since it’s my namesake.  Jacqueline- that’s me!!

jacquelineI applied my 3 coats (whenever products say they only needs 2 coats,  I always need 3 for some reason) and wore it for 24hrs.  The light yellow/nude shade is subtly beautiful… but it was missing something.  It just wasn’t quite Jacqueline-esque enough for me! So while watching the season finale of The Bachelor (woot!)  I fancied up my manicure and gave it a crafty touch.

On top of Jacqueline I painted on some chevron tips with Orly Faint of Heart.  This grey is one of my absolute faves- it looks like smooth wet concrete with the faintest dark specks hidden inside.  For a creme grey it’s very unique and the formula is superb.  Also, there’s something about yellow and grey together- I just love that combo!  I added some metal studs from Claire’s Boutique as a final embellishment to top it off.  Et voilà…..

This studded mani is sooo Jacqueline!  I hope you like it too!

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Four Leaf Clover Tutorial from Zoya

I can’t believe it’s almost St Patty’s Day!  This year is just flying by!  I was browsing the web for some cool shamrock nail art and came across a great little tutorial on the Zoya Blogspot blog.  I decided to use their technique but I couldn’t do just one four leaf clover – so I did a whole bunch for extra fun.

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I used one of my new AVON polishes called Absinthe as my base color.  AVON must be a tad obsessed with absinthe because they also carry a Christian Lacroix perfume called Absinthe.  I wear the perfume from time to time and it smells really unique- sorta like an intoxicating tree smell, if that makes any sense.  Not sure why I love the idea of absinthe so much, probably because of one of my favorite movies- Moulin Rouge.  It has a really trippy scene where Ewan McGregor (LOVE) gets all weirded out on the stuff and hallucinates about fairies LOL.  Someday I should put some Konad fairy stamps on top of my absinthe polish just for you, Ewan !

Getting back to my St Patty’s nails…. for my four leaf clovers I used a small bottle from AVON called Nail Art Enamel in Styled Green.  This is how they market the product- “Create custom and detailed nail art with specially designed precision brush”.  YEAH RIGHT!  This product was so disappointing.  The brush was absolutely horrible.  All the bristles were different lengths and some funky ones stuck straight out to the side.  There’s no way I can use this brush to make detailed nail art, so I decided to at least make use of the green AVON polish with a dotting tool.  It worked well for the four leaf clovers because it was fairly opaque.

The tutorial I used for my four-leaf clovers can be found at the Zoya blog.  Just click Zoya’s image below to check it out!

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