Friday, July 31, 2015

Relearning to Gradient

Hi all!

Somewhere along the way of my blogging/nail polishing hiatus, I forgot how to create a proper gradient! It took me likely over 10 sponging attempts to get this looking passable...and even then, I had to cover it with some stamping because I wasn't completely happy with the fade. It's likely going to take me a while to relearn the technique. Despite my difficulties, I ended up being quite delighted with this manicure. :)
This is two coats of A England Her Rise Adagio for the pink-leaning silver shimmery base. I used a make-up sponge to apply a gradient using both Her Rise Adagio and a bit of Cirque Vesuvius. Finally, I topped it off with Konad Stamping Polish in Black using a design from the Konad m60 plate.

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Thursday, July 23, 2015

Nail Art with Bundle Monster's Shangri-La Square Nail Plate

Here's a snippet of some nail art I did using Bundle Monster's new Shanri-La square stamping plates. I have never tried a full-art stamping plate before, and I must say I really love it! You can go over the same spot to get the same design, or you can use different part of the plate to get matching but different patterns. The possibilities are wonderful!
Here I used two coats of Zoya Cecilia and BM-S107 with Konad Stamping Polish in Black. The plate design transferred well and I'm rather glad I picked up the whole collection. The entire collection of ten plates can be purchased $14.99 or you can pick up individual plates for $2.49 each.

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*The nail lacquer used in this post was sent for review. To see my disclosure policy, please click here.

Monday, June 22, 2015

Floral Print Nail Art with Zoya Paradise Sun

Happy Monday all! I'm so exhausted from doing concentrated lab work this afternoon...blah. Hope everyone else had a slightly less exhausting day.
Here's a look you can recreate using two polishes from the new Zoya Paradise Sun collection. First, apply three coats of Zoya Genesis. Once this has dried, use a floral stamping plate (I used Pueen 22) with Zoya Mae to add flowers. Add some top coat for shine and enjoy your new floral manicure!

*The nail lacquer used in this post were sent for review. To see my disclosure policy, please click here.

Sunday, June 14, 2015

Zoya Paradise Sun Summer 2015 Collection Swatches and Review

Hi all!

Sorry for the delayed post.  Unfortunately, I have tendinitis in one of my wrists which made it really difficult to polish. But I've been undergoing physical therapy and have gained a lot of movement back! So without further excuses...
Here is the second half of Zoya's new summer collection for 2015, Paradise Sun. To see the other half consisting of six creams, you can check out my post on the Island Fun. This half of the collection offers six shimmery shades that are nearly perfectly aligned with their cream counterparts.

 Zoya Genesis. Three coats. This is a pretty white shimmery shade. It was pretty opaque after three coats but I found it a little streaky to work with though. I don't have an opaque shimmery white in my collection, so I'm happy to have this one!

 Zoya Isa. Two coats. This could have been one coat, and the formula was amazing on this purple base with deep blue shimmer. I ended up wearing this one during my afk days from nail polishing because of the injury, and it had a lot of staying power. However...and I haven't seen anyone else reporting this, my bottle stank to high hell. It smelled absolutely awful, and I have sampled many polishes scents in my day...But anyway, I liked the polish despite the terrible smell.
Zoya Mae. Two coats. This is a warm magenta pink shimmer polish. Not much to say about it - good formula in an unexciting color.
Zoya Aphrodite. Three coats. This one is a little less opaque than the other colored shimmers. It's a really bright red that has that "glow from within" look to it. It does lean a little orange like the cream from the other half of the collection. The formula was good.
Zoya Selene. Two coats. This is a teal color that's leaning a little too green in this picture. It does remind me of a shimmery and lighter version of A England St George which is one of my favorite polishes of all time. The formula was good.
Zoya Oceane. Two coats. This is a metallic turquoise shimmer. I had trouble with the formula on this one being a little runny, but it was nice and opaque otherwise.

Overall, I am really happy with these shimmers! I am especially happy to be adding a pretty new white simmer into my collection. You can check out and order the collection from Zoya's website for $9 a piece!

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 *The products in this post were sent for review. To see my disclosure policy, please click here.

Friday, May 15, 2015

Zoya Island Fun Summer 2015 Collection Swatches and Review

Hi all!
This lovely Friday evening, I've got half of Zoya's new summer collection for 2015 called Island Fun to show you all! This half of the collection consists of beautiful and bright cream polishes. All swatches were taken indoors and I used one coat of Venique Gel-Like Base Coat and one coat of Out The Door Top Coat.
Zoya Cecilia. Two coats. I suppose there's no reason not to start with my favorite polish from this half of the collection! Cecilia is a lovely teal cream.
 
Zoya Talia. One coat. Although a lot of polishes in this collection approached almost complete opacity with one coat, this was the only one that I was able to apply with just one coat. Isn't it beautiful? I love this bright shade of blue.

Zoya Jace. Two coats. Jace is almost like a dark lime green. I wasn't really a huge fan of this one...it's too murky of a green for my liking. I would pass on this one, but maybe greens like this strike your fancy!
Zoya Serenity. Two coats. I also really adore Serenity, which is gorgeous bright purple polish. I did some nail art with this one that I will be showing you all later.
Zoya Demetria. Two coats. Sorry for the weird lighting, but taking pictures of really bright red nail polish is actually pretty challenging. In a bunch of my other pictures, it came out looking really orange! But I digress, Demetria is a bright red polish. It's a staple for any polish collection; a nice, bright red.
Zoya Nana. Two coats. This is a deep fuchsia color, and very opaque. I think it's a flattering summer color. It reminds me of a non-jelly version of Zoya Paloma.

The formula on all of the polishes was perfect! I highly recommend this collection. You can check out and order the collection from Zoya's website for $9 a piece!

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 *The products in this post were sent for review. To see my disclosure policy, please click here.

Friday, May 8, 2015

Blue Butterflies For Spring

Hi all!

My apologies for the delayed absence - I have been studying like a mad man for generals exams. Good news, I passed! :D So life should be a lot less stressful now...and that means more time for blogging!

Since it's spring and super nice out, I was in the mood for springy blue nails. I found this butterfly stamp image and tried some metallic on creme stamping.
The base is two coats of China Glaze Sea Spay. Then I stamped on the butterflies using Sparitual Navigate and BM-205. I must confess, getting back into stamping is really difficult after a long hiatus. I need to practice a lot more before I reach the level of skill I had over a year and a half ago.

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