Tuesday, January 31, 2012

Zoya True Part 1: Swatches and Review

So, six posts in January...woot? I know I've been painfully absent, but I have been extraordinarily busy with school and extracurriculars (please ignore the fact that I've only been at school for two weeks), and my nails are still refusing to be nursed back to health. Anyway, I have for you today the first half of Zoya's True collection, Cho, Farah, and Bevin. On to the review!

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Cho is the first polish in the collection. It's described by Zoya as a "full coverage, vanilla shimmer metallic," which is sort of accurate, though I wouldn't really describe Cho as a vanilla color - more of a yellow nude. It has the same shimmer finish as the polishes from last year's Touch collection. As you can see, it doesn't complement my skin tone at all, but it was opaque and easy to apply, so I would recommend it to someone it would suit better. I used two coats.

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Farah is the second polish in the collection, a "full coverage, latte beige cream." Zoya's description is definitely more apt in Farah's case than in Cho's, but as with Cho, there's something about the shade that just doesn't suit me very well. It's a shame, because I do like it - just not on me. Farah was opaque in two coats, as well.

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Finally, we have Bevin, a "full coverage, pale sage green cream," or what I see as a cross between sage green and jade green. In either case, it's a gorgeous color that covers perfectly in two coats, and one I will be definitely wearing again, especially when my nails get a tad longer and healthier . . . and hopefully that will be soon. 

Another thing that I hope will be soon - my review of the second half of Zoya True!

P.S. Paula from WoW Nails sent me a very kind email a while back asking me to check out her blog, so I did, and I thought I'd post the link here in case any of you are interested: http://mywownails.blogspot.com/ Have a great day!

These products were provided to me by the manufacturer for a fair and honest review.

Wednesday, January 18, 2012

Pink Wednesday: Ulta Encore Pink

EDIT: Ooh, I just realized this is my 400th post! Wheeeee!

Hello there! It's been a little longer than usual since I've posted, and even longer since I've done a Pink Wednesday, so I decided one was more than overdue. Today I have Ulta Encore Pink, which I wore back in early December for finals week. I got it because I wanted a light pink creme that was actually opaque in three or fewer coats, and Encore Pink fits the bill.

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I can't remember precisely, but I believe this was four coats. It's a great color, as far as I'm concerned, and perfect for those times that you think you might have to wear the same polish for a while and don't want anyone to notice much if it's chipping (i.e., finals week). I now seem to have left it at home or mislaid it somewhere, which is upsetting, but hopefully it will be found soon. Ciao!

Sunday, January 8, 2012


Hello! I just wanted to post to let you all know what's been going on lately concerning me and the blog. I've been in a bit of a nail slump lately - I haven't felt like blogging as much as usual or painting my nails as often, so that's why I haven't been posting as often. I do still enjoy it, so don't worry that I'll be quitting any time soon! However, I'm going to be using some pictures I have stored up for a little while, because I recently had a literal nail breakdown: almost all my nails were breaking and peeling, so I chopped them all down to the nubbiest nubs in order to stop the cycle of peel, file, split, file, etc. I have the latest Zoya collections to review (and I love them!), so I'll post those as soon as I can, but I want to do them justice, so I'll be posting old pictures until my nails grow out a bit.

So, that's the story - and to finish the post up, I'll show you what my nails look like right now. Ta-da! Nubs and a hangnail are so exciting, I know. :P

Monday, January 2, 2012

Best of 2011

It's only the second day of January (well, almost the third), so it's not too late to do a "best of 2011" post...right? Nah, I don't think so. I went a different route this year and made a collage of my favorites, and I'll link to the posts underneath. Funnily enough, the vast majority of my favorites are from the latter half of the year - I guess that just goes to show that we all improve over time; at least, I know I have. I think it's also pretty telling that five out of the eleven manicures are from the 31 day challenge. Evidently I work well under pressure!

Nail Fraud Leopard Print
Easy Peasy Lava Nails
Butterfly Nail Art
My Friend Frankie: Halloween Nail Art
Day 9: Rainbow
Day 19: Galaxies
Day 24: Inspired by a Book - The Graveyard Book
Day 11: Polka Dots
Day 30: Inspired by a Tutorial
Candy Cane Nails

Thanks for reading in 2011, and I hope you stick with me for the year to come - here's to a fantastic 2012!

Sunday, January 1, 2012

Zoya PR: True and Fleck Effects (Spring 2012)

I can't wait to get my hands on these, can you? Happy New Year!

2012 Spring Nail Color by Zoya
Available January 13, 2012

Honestly, beautiful color
A fresh bloom of dewy color. Inspired by the runway looks of top designers this collection features slightly muted and unexpected spring shades in six easy to wear, full-coverage creams and metallics.

  • Cho (ZP585): Full coverage, vanilla shimmer metallic
  • Farah (ZP586): Full coverage, latte beige cream
  • Bevin (ZP587): Full coverage, pale sage green cream
  • Skylar (ZP588): Full coverage, silvered slate blue metallic
  • Tru (ZP589): Full coverage, gilded purple orchid metallic
  • Lotus (ZP590): Full coverage, light lotus purple metallic

Mylar fleck topcoats
Zoya Nail Polish presents three new mylar fleck glazes that can be worn alone or layered over the new Zoya True collection colors for a unique and beautiful nail look!

  • Maisie (ZP582): Blue tint with mylar green fleck effect
  • Opal (ZP583): Green tint with mylar green fleck effect
  • Chloe (ZP584): Pink tint with mylar green and gold fleck effect

Zoya is the new color of fashion...

Ultra long-wearing, glossy nail lacquers by Zoya are free of harmful industrial chemicals like toluene, camphor, formaldehyde resin, and dibutyl phthalate (DBP) that are known to cause cancer and birth defects.

Sug. Retail $8.00 per 0.5 fl.oz. bottle (US)

Find Zoya TRUE & FLECK EFFECT as well as over 300 other ultra high-fashion Zoya shades at http://www.zoya.com/ As always, each and every Zoya color is made for women so we name them after women.