Sunday, August 10, 2014

Zoya Naturel Deux (2) Transitional Collection 2014 - Review, Photos, Swatches

(press samples)

Hi everyone!
The second post for me in two days! I'm on a roll!
Really, it's my weekend from work and I have been wanting to get caught up.

Today I have the Zoya Naturel Deux (2) transitional collection. This is meant to transition us from summer to fall and I couldn't love it more. The collection is made up of six wonderful, buttery smooth cremes that just scream *fall* to me. 

All swatches are shown in two coats without topcoat. 
The formula on these polishes was absolutely AMAZING! I love a good creme, so I have high standards when it comes to creme polishes. These fit my high standards!
On with the swatches! 

Zoya Aubrey is a plummy mauve shade. Almost a little vampy, and perfect for fall.
Two coats, no topcoat.

Zoya Chanelle is a warm, medium chocolate brown creme. I'm not generally a fan of brown polishes, but I found myself really liking the ones from this collection. This was like a nice milk chocolate on me.
Two coats, no topcoat. Beautiful formula

Zoya Emilia is a dark chocolate brown creme with just a hint of taupe in it. This was a total surprise favorite for me! I love the dark, almost vampy color - it screams FALL FALL FALL to me! I am so ready for fall! I definitely will be rocking this one more than once on my tips and toes.
Two coats, AMAZING formula. No top coat.

Zoya Madeleine is a beautiful dusky rose creme. The formula on this one was completely fantastic and I was blown away by how much I loved the color. This was nice on my pink-toned skin!
Two coats, no topcoat.

Zoya Marnie is a deep, warm-toned winey plum creme. This one had an absolutely amazing formula as well and I wasn't expecting to love it as much as I did. One of my favorites from the collection for sure!
Two coats, no topcoat.

Zoya Spencer is a camel-toned creme and it was a really good nude for me, I think. This camel color is so sophisticated, and I feel like I see a lot of the higher-end brands put colors like this out. The formula was absolutely fantastic on this one as well.
Two coats, no topcoat. 

Overall this collection was a smash hit for me and I loved almost every single color. My standout favorites were Madeleine, Marnie, Spencer, and Emilia. What were your favorites? Let me know in the comments!
Zoya nail poilsh is available in select salons and retailers, and at their website

Thanks for looking! Hope you all have a FANTASTIC week! 

DISCLAIMER: The products in this post were provided by the company for review purposes. All opinions are my own and are not influenced by the company.

Thursday, August 7, 2014

Zoya Bubbly Collection for Summer 2014

(press samples)

Hi everyone! I've got the lovely Zoya Bubbly Collection for Summer 2014 to show you today!
I've had these polishes for a little while but life has gotten in the way of me showing them to you. I got PROMOTED at work and life has just been so crazy! But I have been working on getting this promotion for about the last year. It's so nice to see hard work pay off! Now the work will get even harder. But I'm excited.

Anyways, on to some gorgeous pictures of some lovely Zoya summer polishes. 
This collection is SERIOUSLY awesome. All of them are infused with a gold microshimmer and these awesome iridescent/holographic hex glitter.

The below swatches are shown in two coats without topcoat. 
All of them have a thick consistency that is EXTREMELY workable. I am not usually a fan of thicker formulas, but for these polishes it WORKS. It makes it super easy to control how it's flowing across your nail and I didn't even clean up for these swatches. 

Zoya Alma is a golden peach. This is such a happy color, and I found myself loving it a lot more than I thought I would! Very sunshiny and summery. Two coats with no topcoat. Applied like a dream and removed like a dream.

Zoya Binx is a beautiful, pink orchid fuchsia color. The gold shimmer really popped in this one! Two coats, no topcoat. Applied and removed beautifully.

Zoya Harper might be one of my favorites of the whole collection! This is a bright bubblegum pink packed with the gold microshimmer and iridescent hex glitters that all of the other ones are packed with. I loved the color combination here. Check out the bonus macro, it shows you how truly complex these glitters are.
Two coats, no topcoat. Applied and removed easily. 

Zoya Jesy is an orangey coral base packed full of that gorgeous glitter. I liked this one because the orange base made the blue of the glitter really POP.
Two coats, no topcoat. Applied and removed just as easily as the rest.

Zoya Muse is an absolutely breathtaking blue. Packed with the golden and iridescent glitter and shimmer, it looks like treasure glinting at the bottom of the ocean. This was another favorite of mine - absolutely gorgeous! You can see the shade really brings the glitter contrast out. I thought this one would stain, but I didn't have any staining issues.
Two coats, no topcoat.

And finally, last but not least was Zoya Stassi. I gasped when this one went on - I wasn't expecting to love it so much! This one looks so much more *holo* than the other ones. Such a summery color and I love the combination of green and gold - maybe it's my Irish roots, but it's always so RIGHT for me. 
Two coats, no topcoat.

What did you think of the Zoya Bubbly Collection for Summer 2014? 
My standout favorites were Harper, Muse, and Stassi. What were your favorites? Let me know in the comments!
All of these polishes are available at the Zoya website and wherever else Zoya is sold. 

DISCLAIMER: The products in this post were sent by the company for review purposes. I guarantee an honest review and declare the opinions in this post to be all my own. 

Thursday, July 17, 2014

Rainbow Honey: Summer Mixtape Swatches & Review

(The polishes in the below post were sent for review considerations.)

Hi there, hope you are all well! This week I received a surprise package from Rainbow Honey containing three of the nail lacquers from their upcoming summer collection, Summer Mixtape! I am a fan of the Rainbow Honey summer collections - Equestria and the Summer of 199X. The new collection, Summer Mixtape, launches on Friday, July 18, so let's get to the swatches, shall we?

Rainbow Honey Work It Out is the most perfect pinky coral crelly of all time. What's a crelly? It's the perfect hybrid between the coverage of a creme polish and the squishiness of a jelly polish, of course! This polish applied beautifully in two coats. I actually didn't topcoat it for these photos - look how shiny it is! 
This type of color is perfect for summer pedicures.

Rainbow Honey Best Friend is a glitter topper - something Rainbow Honey knows best. This particular topper includes matte neon glitters in triangles, stars, circles, and hexes. It also includes this beautiful blue/purple glass fleck shimmer that's super gorgeous. If you enlarge the shade picture, you'll see what I'm taking about. I layered one coat over Work It Out, no topcoat. The glitters in this one were a bit sparse and I found myself having to fish for the ones I wanted just a tiny bit. 

The final polish I was sent for review is Rainbow Honey Night Sky Night Sky is a complex and stunning amalgam of glitter - dots, hexes, stars, and moons, all in beautiful aqua, navy, and blue tones. I layered one coat here over OPI Don't Burst My Bubble as well as Rainbow Honey's Nyx, which is the perfect one-coat black, by the way. I absolutely loved the way this glitter looked over the delicate Don't Burst My Bubble, but Nyx really made it pop! One coat shown here, no topcoat. The formula on this was surprisingly workable for how packed with glitter it was. 

Overall, I'm impressed with the sampling of what's going to be offered in the Rainbow Honey Summer Mixtape collection. The collection will go live on Friday, July 18, at 10pm EST on the Rainbow Honey site. And hey - I've got a special treat for you! If you use the code MIXTAPE20, you will receive 20% off your order! I know I'll be using the code to pick up a few favorites from the collection!

Let me know what you think of this new collection from Rainbow Honey!

Saturday, July 12, 2014

Zoya Tickled Collection for Summer 2014

(This collection was provided for review.)

Hi everyone! I know it's been awhile but here I am. Lots has been going on to keep me away from blogging. Some good, some bad. But I've been spending a lot of time on my bike and working out and working on myself. I fell out of love with blogging there for a second. I fell out of love with a lot of things.

But I'm back, and today I have the Zoya Tickled collection for Summer 2014 for you! This is a collection of gorgeous, summery bright cremes with Zoya's cruelty-free, 5-free formula. Without further ado, let's see some swatches.

Zoya Kitridge is a bubblegum pink creme. This one had a thick but workable formula and dried to a smooth, glossy finish. Two coats are shown here without topcoat.

Zoya Ling is a beautiful royal blue creme. It was one of my favorites and it had such a smooth, buttery formula. This was a one-coater for me but I used two coats for the purposes of photographing it. And no topcoat, look how shiny this one is!

Zoya Rocha is a bright orange creme with the most fine silver shimmer. The formula on this one was excellent and it ended up being my surprise favorite of the whole collection as I don't usually gravitate toward orange polishes. Two coats are shown here, no topcoat. Stunner.

Zoya Rooney is a beautiful rose pink creme with an excellent formula. This color isn't exactly unique to my collection, but is a welcome addition. Two coats are shown here, no topcoat.

Zoya Tilda is a bright, summery yellow-green creme that I loved the brightness of! This one had a bit thicker formula and I found it the tiniest bit more tricky to work with. Two coats are shown here, no topcoat.

Last but not least, we have Zoya Wendy, a beautiful bright coral creme. This color to me just screams summer and it is my second favorite of the collection next to Rocha. I don't usually love corals as I pull weird tones out of them, but this color was absolutely gorgeous. Buttery, smooth formula too. Two coats, no top coat. 

Overall I found this to be a beautiful, bright collection perfect for summer. I've been rocking these colors on my toes all spring and summer so far! My picks are Rocha, Wendy, and Ling! The formulas were absolute perfection and the cremes look polished on their own or as a base for some lovely glitter toppers. 

What did you think of the Zoya Tickled Collection for Summer 2014?

Thursday, May 22, 2014

Zoya Magical PixieDust - Summer 2014 Swatches & Review

(press samples)

Hello, everyone! 
I hope you are all doing well. I just returned from the most lovely week-long vacation in North Carolina.
My little sister graduated nursing school and accepted a job at a hospital near her home!
I am over-the-moon proud of her and wish her the best as a registered nurse.

The lovely folks at Zoya sent me the newest PixieDust collection for review, the Summer 2014 Magical PixieDust collection. The collection includes three "holographic textured matte" polishes. Normally I would scoff at such a description, but these really are all of those things at the same time. They've got gorgeous holographic glitter, they've got that great "sandy" texture that's very in right now, and they dry a bit matte. The Magical PixieDust formula is a bit different than the original PixieDust formula, containing larger chunky glitter. The overall effect is something like buried treasure, glinting brightly here and there but not giving away all of its secrets. 

L-R: Bar, Arlo, Ginni

In these photos, you can see how multi-dimensional the glitter is. It's really quite pretty!

Let's get right into the swatches and review!

First up is Zoya Bar. Bar is a sandy nude shade full of iridescent and holographic glitters. It reminded me of sand glistening brightly at the beach. This color was very summery and subtle! The Magical PixieDust formula is a bit less opaque than the normal formula, so you may see some visible nail line. These swatches are two coats with no base or topcoat. Please forgive the state of my nails, the beach did a number on them! 

Next up is Zoya Ginni. Ginni is a slightly dusty rose color with the same iridescent and holographic glitters that were featured in Bar. This one, formula-wise, was my least favorite of the three. It seemed a bit thicker and less workable than the other two, and dried a bit bumpier than I like my textured polishes. The shade photo is really gorgeous, though. Ginni is a beautiful color! Two coats, no topcoat.

Last but not least, we have Zoya Arlo. Arlo was my absolute favorite of the entire collection. Arlo is a beautiful fuchsia/berry color packed with the same iridescent/holographic glitters as Bar and Ginni. This one is a stunner - look at that shade photo! I've been staring at this on my nails all day and I think it would be a beautiful summer pedicure color. Imagine all of that glitter shining in the summer sun! Arlo is a bit darker and more opaque than Bar and Ginni. This is two coats without topcoat.


The formulas of the Magical PixieDusts were thick, but for the most part workable. The one tip I have with these is to make sure the nail plate is clean and dry before applying, and don't use base or top coat. Also, give yourself a bit more drying time than you think you'll need. These dry within a reasonable amount of time, but I find they like to stay soft and prone to "dings" for a little while after application. Other than that, I absolutely loved this collection and thought it was beautiful for summer. The glitter is so SO pretty in the sun! I thought it would be a chunky mess, but they're actually quite gorgeous.

The Magical PixieDusts can be purchased from