Zoya Thrive 2018

If you've been  following my Instagram then you've already seen this gorgeous collection but you may also know that due to some issues with Blogger I hadn't been able to upload any of my camera shots of them. So today I'm so excited to be able to finally do that for you! I really love this spring collection from Zoya. Typically spring means pastels and even though a few of these are borderline pastel they all have a little extra something to them.  I used two coats for all of them except the topper Leisel. For that one I've layered one coat over two coats of the base. No topcoat on any of them and as per usual they dry to a nice shiny, streak free finish.  Here we go!

Darby by Zoya can be best described as a dusty, gull gray metallic. This one is really cool because it almost seems pastel and it's really soft but it has that awesome metallic blue flash so it doesn't feel super girly or like a repeat of every blue pastel you've ever seen.

Trudith by Zoya can be best described as a muted, wisteria purple cream.

Brandi by Zoya can be best described as a blush pink cream.

Monroe by Zoya can be best described as a glamour pink cream.  This one was a favorite of mine. It goes on really sheer the first coat and I was almost worried it was a jelly! But it's a super flattering and full coverage berry tone by the second coat.

Haruko by Zoya can be best described as a soft, violet metallic. Haruko was another interesting one to me. This one IS a bit more sheer. Two coats wasn't quite opaque and it's almost glowy in it's finish. Definitely a new color for me. I'm on the fence as to whether I love it or not but it's not like anything I've ever seen before which is always impressive to me!

Leisel by Zoya can be best described as a sheer, sparkling topper. Leisel is a really sheer topper. Its a sort of purple/pink with a gold shift. It was really flattering over all the colors in this collection but it's 100% a TOPPER. It's not one of those ones you can build up to have a full coverage color even with five or six coats. I included Zoya's bottle shot so you can see a little more of the shift!   I don't love toppers but this is a really pretty one!

All in all I really liked this collection. It has some really cool finishes and some new colors to it.  All of the formulas were easy to work with too. You can purchase these at Zoya.com for $10 each! All colors were provided to me for my unbiased opinion. I have not been paid for my review.

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:

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

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