The end of the beginning...

Hey everyone! Or at least anyone who's still reading. Do people still even read blogs? Are they like newspapers? A thing of the past? Lost to their flashier cousins, the insta-apps that let us drop a quick picture with a snappy one liner and be done with it.  I don't know. What I do know is that since the time I started Bee Polished so much has changed. Not just in the blogging world or on the internet but in my own life too. I used to polish my nails everyday. Sometimes twice a day. I loved doing it. I loved planning out designs and playing with new techniques and seeing what I could do with what tools.  Don't get me wrong; I still love to polish my nails. I still love to play with different techniques and tools and I still get excited over fun new colors and finishes. I'm still a nail tech and I still enjoy doing other people's nails here and there as well. But a lot of the initial passion is gone for me. It's no longer an outlet for me or a creative space. It feels forced at times and I find myself struggling to come up with regular content for you guys. I started adding makeup and that sort of helped but even though I enjoy unboxing fun things for you and reviewing makeup I'm not really into investing tons of money on things I don't use often and my lighting situation is not ideal for makeup and has already cost me a bit and takes up a ton of space. I've considered shutting down but I love this space. It was an outlet for me for so long and I'm not ready to let go of it.  SO...onto my next point. This space is going to be changing a bit. Or maybe a lot. I've toyed with this idea before and written about how I wanted to overhaul but I think now is an ideal time for it. I feel like in a lot of ways my life is really starting over right now and it's great time to start over here too. I do have a new name in mind and at some point I'll have to let go of Bee Polished and put up a new sign and turn the page and start a new chapter. But for now we can just start up a little epilogue and ease into the new stuff slowly. This is a big deal for me. It's a new beginning. It's letting you into the cracks and crevices and nuances behind the nails. And if that's not for you then I understand that too! We're all in different places in our lives. But if my little corner still interests you then I welcome you into the next chapter of Bee Polished. :)

Zoya Element Fall 2018

Today I have the Fall 2018 Element collection by Zoya for you! I liked some of these colors more than I expected to and overall it's a solid Fall collection but I'd have loved to see a little more variety. It's a lot of pinks again and pink just really isn't my thing. There was only one shade in the collection that I REALLY disliked though. So overall it's a win in my book! All the colors are swatched with two coats unless otherwise noted. 

Devin can best be described as a steel blue with hints of multicolored shimmer in a dense foil finish. I did three coats of this one just to make sure it was good and opaque. You might be able to get away with two coats but they'd have to be on the thicker side.

Rumor can best be described as a full-coverage mauve taupe with a subtle shimmer - a perfect classic shade for Fall. I'm not going to lie; I hate this one. The formula is fine I 
just really don't like this kind of finish and the color wasn't stellar on me.

Jenna can best be described as a full-coverage dusty rose pink cream with blue undertones.

Ruthie can best be described as a full-coverage raspberry rose cream.

Maryann can best be described as a full-coverage pink-toned rose with soft glowing shimmer.

Kendra can best be described as a beautiful full-coverage marsala cream. This one was a winner for me. It's a gorgeous shade for fall and opaque in one medium coat.

Alyssa can best be described as a full-coverage red-toned purple cranberry cream.

Donnie can best be described as a full-coverage purple-toned sangria cream. This one photographed very magenta but it's a little less bright in person.

Maeve can best be described as a full-coverage concord grape cream. This one photographed very bright for me. It's a little more dusty than the picture shows.

Rachael can best be described as a full-coverage mulberry berry cream. I think this one was my favorite. It's deep and dark and SOOO perfect for Fall.

Leighton can best be described as a deeply saturated blackened aubergine cream.

 Gardner can best be described as a deep periwinkle with a vibrant magenta shimmer in a dense foil finish.

Zoya Sunshine Summer 2018

Today I have the Zoya Summer 2018 Sunshine collection to show you! This collection is full of bright creams, shimmery pinks and reds and two gorgeous glitter toppers! As always all swatches are two coats and no top coat. I swatched both glitters over Jack so you can see all the glitter and the base tones. However, you can check my Instagram for more swatches over the rest of the colors. They both look great over almost everything in the collection. :)

Zoya in Delia can best be described as a full coverage muted amethyst cream.

Zoya in Missy can best be described as the perfect summer pink in a full coverage cream formula.

Zoya in Sandy can best be described as a full coverage blue toned flamingo pink cream. Sandy photographed really purple toned for me. It IS a blue toned pink but it's not quite AS blue toned as this photo. It's only slightly bluer and slightly darker than Missy.

Zoya in Ellie can best be described as a full coverage raspberry sorbet cream. This one is one of my favorites from the collection. Pinks and reds typically aren't my thing but this berry tone is everything.

Zoya in Karen can best be described as a full coverage poppy red cream.

Zoya in Marigold can best be described as a bright and dazzling micro-shimmer red in a full coverage formula. Marigold surprised me. The first coat goes on VERY sheer. I thought it wouldn't build well but it really does. It's not entirely opaque in two coats but it's incredibly close to being.

Zoya in Virgina can best be described as a full coverage juicy coral red cream.

Zoya in Minnie can best be described as a full coverage pink toned coral cream.

Zoya in Clementine can best be described as a full coverage salmon toned coral with a pink and orange micro-shimmer.m Clementine is also on the sheer side. I found her to be really amazing over Minnie. But she's also pretty on her own if you dig the sheerer polishes.

Zoya in Jack can best be described as a full coverage nude cream, perfect to match your morning latte.

 Here we have Jack with Saldana on the ring and pinky and Nahla on the index and middle. 

Zoya in Saldana can best be described as a buildable, cotton-candy blue iridescent-holo topper with hints of pink and blue colored glitter with mega hex particles. Wear her alone or layer over other colors.

Zoya in Nahla can best be described as a buildable, golden iridescent-holo topper with hints of multi-colored glitter with mega hex particles. Wear her alone or layer over other colors.

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 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

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