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11/24/11

Happy Turkey Day!

Happy Thanksging to all my U.S. readers!

I'm going to keep this short and sweet since I know many of you are out shopping the sales or spending time with family.

I was inspired by the cute animated below and couldn't wait to get started on this!

As usual, there are a few minor mistakes, including the index finger. For some crazy reason I started chewing my finger without realizing that I hadn't taken a picture yet...I must have sniffed something last night...

You'll have to excuse that.


For this manicure I used OPI Skulls and Glossbones as the base of the nails. I created the turkeys using Zoya Avery and then used a black polish to outline the body and wings. I created the orange part of the hat using Essence What Do U Think? and a nail art brush. The eyes were made using dotting tools, starting with a large black dot then large white dot and then small black dot. I finished with topcoat. The ring finger has to be my favorite.

To finish off this (rather adorable) post, tell me in the comments: What is your favorite thing about Thanksgiving?
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11/23/11

Zoya Giveaway Sponsored by Verve 360 Nail Salons in Pittsburgh! (CLOSED)

Hello everyone!

Today I have an exciting giveaway for you all! Verve 360 nail salons in Pittsburgh has kindly offered to give away two Zoya polishes to one person. Who doesn't love Zoya, right?

What you can win:
One lucky winner will win one bottle of Zoya Tao and one bottle of Zoya Cynthia--both from the Smoke and Mirrors Collection. A big thank you to Verve 360 for providing the prizes!

Rules:
The only rule is that you must live in the continental U.S. to enter (that excludes Hawaii and Alaska). Sorry guys!



How to enter:
Simply leave a comment on this post with the following things....
  • Mandatory: If you could rename the Zoya Smoke and Mirrors Collection, what would you call it?
  • Mandatory: Your Google Friend Connect (GFC) name that you use to follow this blog
  • Extra Entry: The direct link to where you shared this giveaway (Twitter, blog post, sidebar, Facebook...)
**You do not have to leave your email address out in public as the Disqus comment system allows me to see the email address you entered with.



This giveaway will end December 2, 2011 at 10:00 PM U.S. Central Time.  The winner will be chosen randomly. This giveaway is closed and winner has been chosen and contacted!

11/22/11

Brown & Blue

Brown and blue could possibly be the prettiest color combination I have ever seen. I've always loved it. I especially love seeing this color combo in nurseries and baby items.

I know the title of this post isn't my usual, creative title but I couldn't really think of anything else to call this. I guess being straight forward is better than "nursery inspired brown and blue nail art".

There has been no sun all week so these pictures were all taken in low lighting.


For this manicure I used Zoya Kristen as the base. Then I took my nail art brush, a dotting tool and Diamond Cosmetics Decadence to create the dots and lines on the sides of each finger nail. I finished off with a topcoat.

This is yet another simple look, but I'm really liking it.

Stay tuned to my blog, I have something exciting coming up! (;
 *Zoya polish sent for review

11/20/11

Sweet Simplicity

The sun finally came out this morning. It's about time too because I did this manicure two days ago and just now got a chance to take pics of it.

After I took swatches and posted the Zoya Touch Collection, I went back and applied Zoya Megan because it is so, so pretty!

I didn't want to cover up the color completely so I took some inspiration from Cosmetic Cupcake and did a very feminine, simple random look.


For this manicure I used Zoya Megan as the main base and OPI Spark De Triomphe (love this glitter!) on the ring finger. Then I took Wet N Wild French White Creme and a dotting tool/nail art brush for the polka dots/stripes. The rhinestones were placed in a triangle shape at the cuticles. I applied them while the polish was still dry. I finished off all my nails with Seche.

I'm loving the simplicity of this manicure, it's very refreshing!

Also, I want to apologize for cutting Retro Week short last week, but I'll be posting all this week because of Thanksgiving break so no worries!

*Zoya polish sent for review

11/18/11

Zoya Feel Collection Swatches and Review

Today I have the Zoya Feel Collection swatches to show you today!

I feel like I say this a lot but I was really excited about this collection since I pretty much love anything from Zoya.

The Feel Collection features six full coverage neutral creams.

All these pictures are taken in natural sunlight. The descriptions of each color are written below the pictures.


First up is Kristen. On their website, Zoya calls this a "gull gray nail polish with a mild bluish hue". On me, this is more of a pale blue with gray undertones. The formula on this was perfect, two flawless coats.



Carey is a simple blue toned gray. The formula on this polish was easy to work with and applied well in two coats. Carey is my least favorite in this collection simply because it's the most simple.



Next we have the beautiful Megan. This is a surprise favorite from the Feel Collection. Megan is a delicate, soft lilac with gray tones. I just love it! Formula was very easy to work with and I only used two coats. This appears lighter in the pictures than it does in real life.



Kendal is next in this neutral collection. I kind of wish the name had an extra "l" at the end. Name issues aside, this is a very pretty soft lavender with, of course, gray tones. Formula wise, this polish was great, this is 2 coats. For some reason, this picture brings out mauve tones but really it's more purple toned in real life.



Kennedy. I would describe Kennedy as a beige toned nude. Unfortunately, the formula was difficult and hard to work with. This is three coats. I kept getting bald spots, even after two coats. This looks wonderful on my skin though.



Last, but not least is the gorgeous Avery. Avery is a beautiful peach toned nude. This is really the perfect nude! Avery gives me a very fresh and clean look. Formula was easy and I reached full opacity with two coats.


Overall, all the polishes had great application and were easy to work with. Kennedy was the only one I struggled with and had to use three coats to cover bald spots. These are all very wearable and would be great for the workplace and perfect for Winter! Leave it to Zoya to make neutral creams so unique. These all look really great with darker skin tones like my own; so if you were hesitating to buy these before...don't! A few of my favorites were Kristen, Megan and Avery.

The Zoya Feel Collection is now available on zoya.com and retails at $8.00 each per bottle.
*Products in this post were sent for review

11/17/11

Retro Week: Connect the Squares

Good morning!

For day four of retro week I bring you the simplest design yet!

I was originally inspired by a picture but it was really hard to draw the hexagons in that picture so instead I went for a more simple "squared" pattern.

By the way, the base I used here is GOSH Miss Minty, which is beyond gorgeous and has incredible formula. My amazing friend Jen over at The Exotic Lacquer surprised me with it! Thank you Jen!


For this manicure I used GOSH Miss Minty as the base. Then I took a nail art brush and black nail polish to create the small squares that intersect with each other randomly. I finished off with topcoat.

Excuse the kind-of-blurry pictures, these were taken with artificial light.

Tomorrow is the last day of Retro Week and then I'll have other things to post next week. (:

11/16/11

Retro Week: Crazy Abstract

Hey, hey, hey!

So for the third day of Retro Week I'm choosing to post this abstract design.

This is yet another manicure that I copied from a picture. This time I got it from zebber.tumblr.com

Now, when I first saw this design, it looked relatively easy, but doing it was a pain! It ended up way to messy for my liking and then my ghetto topcoat made it even messier!

But...I thought I'd show you guys anyway because the idea is still very cute. (:


For this manicure I started off with a white base. Then I took a nail art brush and the following colors to create random lines throughout my nails: Wet N Wild Candylicious (pink), Kleancolor Neon Blue (blue) and Barielle Do Unto Others (green). Afterwards, I used my dotting tool and a black polish to create random dots throughout my nails. I did the dots a little different than the original design. I finished with a goopy, ghetto ass topcoat.

Her version is very impressive, I'll have to re-do this one day to get it to look like that.

11/15/11

Retro Week: Radiating Dots

Good morning!

Ready for day two of Retro Week?

Today's design was inspired by a picture that I saw online. I saved it a long time ago in my inspiration folder but I don't know what blog it came from. If someone knows, please tell me in the comments so I can properly credit.

This came out a lot different than I wanted. I still like it though. I just wish the topcoat didn't bubble and smear so much.

Ah...well, we can't have it all.



For this manicure I used Orly Ancient Jade as the base. Next, I drew dots on several different spots on each nail. Then, using a nail art brush, I took Zoya Cynthia, Zoya Marley and an orange polish (I forgot which one) and drew the lines that surround the dots.

This was a fun and easy design to do, but taking your time is essential. I rushed through this design, (which I even said not to do in my nail art guide) so it didn't turn out as thin/neat as I had hoped.

11/14/11

Retro Week: Waves

Hello, hello!

I'm back! Sorry for the long break. I've been really excited to announce that this week will be Retro Week. Basically, patterns, patterns and more patterns! All with a retro theme.

Well, it's not really a full week, just all five business days.

For the first day, I have this design to show you. I actually got the inspiration from a picture I found on Google.

I literally searched "retro patterns" and this is one of the designs that came up.


For this manicure I used Zoya Marley as the light lavender base. Then I took a nail art brush and drew squiggly waves with Zoya Creamy and Zoya Petra. I used the base as part of the wave design so I just left a blank there once the light purple part of the pattern came. I let it dry for 10 minutes then added topcoat

Are you guys as excited as I am for the rest of Retro Week? I hope this can make up for my absence!

P.S. Did you notice my new post signature? I created it using mylivesignature.com

11/2/11

Sexy Leopard

Hey guys!

I'm going to try to catch up in posts since I missed pretty much all of September and a lot of October.

Here's a design that I think is so dang sexy. Seriously guys, leopard and red? To die for.

This is similar to my zebra print manicure I did last month. I got the idea from that mani and just changed up the color and print.

This is yet another design that I am just obsessed with!


For this manicure I used Ulta Set The Nude as the base. The spots were created with Diamond Cosmetics Decadence and the inside was filled with Zoya Richelle. That's usually how I do this type of leopard/cheetah. The red outline was done with a nail art brush and China Glaze Hey Sailor.

I actually like this better than the zebra print I mentioned. How about you?

11/1/11

Zoya Feel Collection Preview!


Enjoy this press release from Zoya on their new Winter collection!

2011/12 NAIL POLISH MUST HAVE
FEEL
Six full-coverge winter cream neutrals


FEEL Beautiful!
Every season the color experts at Zoya create dozens of new color collection options. This
year, one of those “secret collections” just had to be seen now rather than later. FEEL by Zoya
Nail Polish delivers six new, highly pigmented, full coverge neutrals for right now!

Zoya FEEL Collection
  • Kristen (ZP591): Full coverage, gull gray cream
  • Carey (ZP592): Full coverage, periwinkle gray cream
  • Megan (ZP593): Full coverage, taupe gray cream
  • Kendal (ZP594): Full coverage, rose quartz beige cream
  • Kennedy (ZP595): Full coverage, pale french beige cream
  • Avery (ZP596): Full coverage, blonde beige cream

Zoya is the new color of fashion...

Ultra long-wearing, glossy nail lacquers by Zoya are free of harmful industrial chemicals
like toluene, camphor, formaldehyde, resin, dibutyl phthalate (DBP) that are known
to cause cancer and birth defects.

Find Zoya FEEL as well as over 300 other ultra high-fashion Zoya shades at
www.zoya.com. As always, each and every Zoya color is made for women so we
name them after women.

FEEL by Zoya
Sug. Retail $8.00 per 0.5 fl.oz. bottle (US)



Available November 15, 2011. 

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