Wednesday, August 20, 2014

Back to school...

It's that magical time of year again!! The time when all the kiddos go back to school and if you're lucky enough to be off work on a weekday (which I unfortunately never am!) you can actually go to the pool or the beach or wherever you want to really without fighting a crowd.  Rather nice really.  It also means fall is on the way which makes me sad and happy at the same time. I truly love fall, I think it's my favorite season but I do miss the fun and warmth of summer.  At any rate I did some back to school nail art to celebrate today. :)  I used a new Born Pretty stamping plate to create the middle two nails and I was surprised at how crisp the images are.  I think that some other brands of plates have more delicate patterns but I've also had some which are etched too deeply or too shallow and I didn't have that issue with this one.  It was super easy to use.

This is the plate I used.  I made the graph paper and then added the equations with the plate. :)  Other than the index nail and the dots on my composition notebook on the pinky finger, all the colors used were by Zoya (listed below). The index which is meant to be a chalkboard I used my Ciate chalkboard nails kit for.  I really love the idea of that kit but the pens are just too large and it never seems to work out for me. :/ I suppose I'll have to keep messing with it until I get it right. I hope you enjoy these back to school nails!! I had loads of fun making them! :)

**Colors used for this design include: Zoya Purity, Raven, Geneviev, Rooney, Yummy, Alexa, and Neely, Ciate Chalkboard Paint and China Glaze The Outer Edge.
This plate was provided to me for my honest review. I have not been compensated for my opinion.**

Tuesday, August 19, 2014

Zoya Entice Collection

Today I have the other half of the new Zoya fall collection.  These are the creams and they make up the Entice collection.  I REALLY super loved the colors in the Ignite collection and while I liked the colors in this set, I didn't find them to be as "WOW" as the others.  My favorite of the bunch were Veronica and Ryan,  Above we have Nyssa, a milk chocolate brown.  There have been a load of browns released by Zoya recently and I have about 10 of their browns already but this wasn't a dupe for any so that's a win!  All of these are swatched with two coats, no top coat and as you can see while there isn't anything special about the color of Nyssa, the formula is pretty spectacular. 


Next up is Genevieve, a cool leather grey.

Then comes Ryan, a classic indigo. Ryan was originally released during NYFW for Timo Weiland's AW14 Collection.  It was one of my favorites. It's SO shiny and glossy and really flattering.

Then we have Margo, a modern red plum.

And my other favorite of the collection, Veronica, a brilliant red wine.  This was another super shiny one.  I love how bright it is!

Last we have Claire, a warm, rich burgundy.  I don't know why but for some reason when I photographed this it looked sort of splotchy.  I can assure you this is lighting and not the quality of the polish.  Like the others, Claire was opaque and flawless in two coats.  It's a nice deep red with a little hint of orange in there. 

Which Zoya Entice shade is your must have?  You can purchase these as well as the Ignite collection at!

**These shades were provided to me for my honest review. I have not been compensated for my opinion.**

Sunday, August 17, 2014

Zoya Ignite Collection Part Two

Today I have part two of the Ignite collection by Zoya today.  Yesterday I showed you Autumn, India and Teigan and today we'll do Yuna, Remy and Sansa! We're going to start with Yuna, shown above in a standard, natural light.  One thing I found more prevalent with these three than the others, and especially with Yuna is that they have a color shift. I wore Yuna around for a few days to check wear time (excellent) and removal (not too bad and no staining!) and depending on where she was she looked deep green, blue or greyish.  Zoya describes her as a warm grey with copper and gold liquid metal. Just to prove my point in the below picture the lighting is exactly the same I've just shifted my angle slightly.

Where above she looks more of a light greyish blue now it's closer to a dark grey and the shimmer is a lot more noticeable. In indoor light (which I neglected to take a picture of! Sorry!!) she looks really deep and takes on a slight greenish tint.  While I may not know what color to call her I do know that she's totally gorgeous. One of my favorites in the collection for sure. 

Here she is with a matte top coat.  I'm a sucker for suede's and this collection is perfection if you like dual finishes.  All of these work wonderfully as suede's AND a lot of them have a little color shift so they really have dimension and depth.  I think Yuna looks much more blue grey when matted! It really reminds me of stone.  Next we'll look at Sansa...

Here she is in standard, natural light. Zoya calls Sansa a deep eggplant with a gold metallic sparkle and its a very fitting description.  I'm not big into purple tones but this one is really deep and warm which is nice because it didn't make me look pale or goth or anything like that. It was quite flattering.  You can't super tell that the shimmer here is gold but when you take it out in the sunshine... REALLY lights up.  I wish I could capture the real effect of these because they're honestly one of the most shimmery, glossy, sparkly collections I have.  I like that they used gold and copper shimmer in these because they really do remind you of fire and your nails look so alive!  It's a noticeable effect!  You can also see a bit more here the depth and the jelly-ish effect.  They are all totally opaque though.

Last up let's look at Sansa matted.  I really love how perfectly these all take to a matte finish.  GREAT for anyone who loves a suede finish.

Finally we have Remy.  I thought Remy would be my favorite, and she is a beautiful color but there were a few I liked more!! Zoya describes her as a brilliant indigo with copper and gold liquid metallic.  I can agree with this but again I felt there was a little shift to green in there.  It may be just the way the gold glints off the blue but it's definitely there.

You can see it a little better here, especially if you look at the bottle.  This one reminds me a bit of Zoya Charla although it's much  more sparkly.  I think these are meant to be metallic's but unless you're dead in the sun (like above) they really don't read as metallic.  They also don't have that streaky effect metallic's can have.

Here is Remy with the matte top coat.  So pretty!  Which of these is your favorite? Do you prefer them matte or shiny? 

**These polishes were provided to me for my honest review. I have not been compensated for my opinion**

Saturday, August 16, 2014

Zoya Ignite Collection Part One

I'm so excited today to be sharing these swatches of the new Zoya Ignite collection for Fall 2014.  I have loads of polishes and plenty of Zoya's but I can honestly say I think this is my favorite collection so far.  Every single shade I swatched made my jaw drop, EVEN the ones I thought I'd hate.  I felt the Entice collection, while filled with stunning colors as well, was less crazy beautiful but over all both collections are really solid.  These are must haves in my opinion.  I'm swatching the Ignite collection in two segements, so you can see some pictures of the finishes in various lights and both matte as well as standard. We'll start with Autumn, India and Teigan.

This is Autumn with a matte top coat.  Zoya describes Autumn as an orangey copper metallic and that really sums it up.  It's like a shiny, pretty new penny.  One thing I love about this collection is how it has the ability to change in different lights.  I found this to be especially true of Yuna, which I'm swatching for you tomorrow.  However, they all look sort of warmer and deeper in indoor lights while when you take them outdoors they really start to show why the collection is called Ignite.

Here's Autumn in the sun.  These are SO SUPER SHIMMERY.  It's like your nails are alight.  I felt overall these reminded me of gem stones because they're really shimmery and have a great depth to them.  Autumn was one I was worried about as I'm not big into oranges and in the bottle it looked weirdly metallic.  On the nail however, it turned out to be quite a beauty.

Next up we have India.  Zoya describes it as a deep red but I felt it leaned magenta.  It really reminded me of one of my favorite Zoyas, Blaze from the Ornate collection.  Of course India has no holographic glitter but she's deep and shimmery and lovely.  These give the appearance almost of a jelly with suspended glitter but they're very opaque.  It's a unique finish because that depth is there and they have that very glossy jelly type feel but you can almost get away with one coat on many of these.

Then there's the added bonus that when you matte them they make AMAZING suede's.  It's almost like they were meant for it.  Even though she's a deep red I felt India was very flattering and didn't come across too vampy on me. I've heard from some people that Teigan and India are very similar and despite the fact that in the bottle they look VERY close in shade....

There is most definitely no truth to this!  Teigan is a described by Zoya as a pink toned violet.  I found her to be a bright berry pink.  I think of these three she was my least favorite but again it's a gorgeous shade with LOADS of shimmer.  You can see a lot more here how jelly these look and Teigan for me was also much sheerer than the others in the collection. While all five of the remaining Ignite colors were mostly opaque in one coat (though I've swatched all with two coats), Teigan is still just a SMIDGE sheer even with two coats.

She looks less sheer after a matte top coat but if you look super close you can still just barely catch a glimpse of smile line on my index finger.  I did like this color as well but it's probably my least favorite of the whole Ignite collection.  Pinks just aren't really my thing!  Which of these three is your favorite? Do you prefer them matte or with a shiny finish?

*These polishes were provided to me for my honest review. I have not been compensated for my opinion*

Friday, August 15, 2014

She's no picnic...

It's the final day of the Summer challenge with The Digital Dozen.  The weeks leading up to these always feel hectic and then it feels like they fly by so fast!  Despite the struggles I had with this week I'm sort of sad to see the week end.  I suppose that may be because summer is on it's way out as well though! At any rate my last design is another of my favorite summer activities; picnicking! I did a little repeating watermelon pattern on my index finger and then I have some bread (or a sandwich!), the picnic blanket with everyones FAVORITE picnic guests ;) and finally some cheese. I hope you enjoyed summer week with us!! What are some of your favorite summertime activities?

Thursday, August 14, 2014

In just a few hours you'll be sitting around a campfire making delicious hot Schmoes...

Summer week continues today with these camping nails! And more shoddy cuticles!! *Happy dance* :P  So one thing I love to do in the early and late summer is camp.  Haven't been yet this year as I've been quite busy with other things but hopefully I will before it's over!  I really love roughing it with tents and whatnot.  No caravans or cabins or any of that. I tried to cover the most common camping items here even though I don't really eat hotdogs (vegetarian!) or s'mores (chocolate, yuck >.<)!  My index finger is meant to be leaves in the sky and then I have a s'more with a toasted marshmallow, a campfire with roasting marshmallows, and then of course the hotdog.  I hope you enjoy them! What are your favorite camping foods? Check out the other girls mani's below!

Wednesday, August 13, 2014

Wastin away in Margaritaville...

It's day three of Summer week with The Digital Dozen and it's the LAST day you have to look at my terrible cuticles. *Happy dance* :)  Although a quick paraffin dip here really did wonders and I forgot how relaxing they are.  One of my favorite winter nail treats. :)  At any rate today I decided to do kind of a double meaning on this one.  The first is obvious, summer is all about cold drinks and long nights!  The second is because every year I go to Myrtle Beach for one of my holiday weeks and I always end up at Margaritaville!  I did a version of these sans salt but come on, what's a margarita without salt? I hope you enjoy them and don't forget to check out what the other ladies came up with by clicking the links below!!