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1/22/12

Inspired by The Patchwork

Happy Sunday!

I meant to post this last week but I'm just now getting around to it.

Remember my last patchwork mani that I posted? As soon as I took pictures I removed it and made this design. It's patchwork inspired but not as mismatched...this one is a lot more "uniform" looking.

By the way, anyone else obsessed with Lana Del Rey's Born To Die? I'm listening to it as I type this. I just can't get enough of this song!


For this manicure I used Zoya Cho as my base...or at least I think it's Cho, can't remember. Then I started off by painting the top edge of my nail with Zoya Carey and then the bottom edge of my nails with Zoya Petra. I took two different dotting tools: a small one and a larger one. I created increasingly big polka dots with black polish and then finished off with a fast drying topcoat.

I got a lot of compliments on this manicure. Which was weird to me since it took me less than 30 minutes to do one hand and some of the dots look kind of rushed. Lol.

Well anyway, enjoy the rest of your day!
*Zoya polishes sent for review
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1/15/12

A Twist on The Patchwork

Hello lovely readers!

Ever since I first found Chloe's Nails blog I was instantly obsessed with her "patchwork" manicures. Every combination, every color she used...it all was pure perfection.

Well, it has been a long time since I've seen anyone replicate her unique tape manicure until I saw this picture on pinterest...

Need I say more?


For this manicure I used China Glaze Pelican Gray as the shimmery gray base. Pelican Gray is definitely a must-have in any collector's collection! I actually freehanded this entire manicure since I was too impatient to use tape. I used Zoya Bevin (green) and Zoya Kendal (lavender) for the sections. For the stripes and polka dots I used the same colors I just listed as well as Zoya Breezi (blue) and a white cream.

I think it turned out pretty well! I'm loving my shorter nails if you can't tell. They'll probably be like this for a while. It's nice not having to worry about them breaking all the time.

Anyway, let me know what you think in the comments!
*Zoya Bevin and Kendal sent for review.

1/13/12

China Glaze Electropop Collection Preview!

Los Angeles, CA - (January 2012): Where heavy metal meets rocker chic, China Glaze® introduces the Spring 2012 collection, ElectroPop. Inspired by all things girly, edgy and fun, the 12 shades of ElectroPop bring out the inner rock star in all. For flash and glam this spring, China Glaze® hits the stage in style!



ElectroPop Shades include:

  • Kinetic Candy – Touch the sky in light blue crème 
·        Electric Beat – Periwinkle nails for a wink worthy performance
  • Aquadelic – Pool blue for nighttime gigs and daytime fun in the sun
  • Gaga For Green – Green lacquer for the girl craving the limelight
  • Sunshine Pop – Shine in the spotlight in bold yellow 
  • Make Some Noise – Rock the mic in tangerine
  • Wicked Style – Party cocktail tropical punch
  • Fuchsia Fanatic – Fuchsia pink for the rocker diva in us all
  • Gothic Lolita – Steal the show on girls night out in seductive purple
  • Dance Baby – Hit center stage in cotton candy pink
  • Sweet Hook – Blow a kiss in dreamy lilac
  • Techno – Glitter confetti polish for a dazzling topcoat finish or all over finger tip bling

ElectroPop is also available in:
·         6 Piece Collection of “Brights”: Techno, Aquadelic, Sunshine Pop, Gaga for Green, Make Some Noise and Wicked Style
·         6 Piece Collection of “Lights”: Fuchsia Fanatic, Dance Baby, Electric Beat, Kinetic Candy, Sweet Hook and Gothic Lolita
·         12 Piece 3D Counter Display
·         36 Piece Rack

ElectroPop will be available February 2012. Individual shades retail for $7; 6 piece collections retail for $42.

China Glaze is free of DBP, toluene, and added formaldehyde. China Glaze nail lacquers are available through salons and professional beauty supply stores nationwide. For more information, visit: www.chinaglaze.com or follow China Glaze on Facebook and Twitter: http://twitter.com/ChinaGlaze

China Glaze is a division of American International Industries.

About American International Industries
For nearly 40 years, AII has been the leading manufacturer and worldwide distributor of innovative, quality beauty and skin care products for men and women.  Our product lines include Ardell, Andrea, Body Drench, Bye Bye Blemish, Checi, China Glaze, Clean + Easy, Clubman/Pinaud, Duo, European Secrets, EzFlow, Fright Night, Gena, GiGi, Gypsy Lash, IBD, Jeris-Lustray, No Tweeze/Micro Tweeze, 'N Rage, Prolinc, RAW, Seche, SuperNail, Surgi-Care, Waterworks, Winning Nails, Woltra, Woody’s, and Youthair. For more information, visit our website: www.aiibeauty.com.

1/3/12

Creative Stripes

Hello, hello!

Yesterday, when I went to do this manicure, I was literally standing in front of my collection for about ten minutes trying to decide what I wanted to do on my nails.

Flowers? No. More Ugly Dolls? Nope. Layering? Hmm...no, don't think so. 

Then I thought of my "Waves" post from Retro Week and got my inspiration from there.

Not entirely the same, but just as fun. (:


For this manicure I used Orly Ancient Jade (love this color!) as the base. I then took my nail art brush and started creating stripes that curved over the entire nail. The colors used for the stripes are Zoya Skylar, Wet N Wild Ice Breaker and of course Orly Ancient Jade.

This color combination works really well! I wasn't sure whether I should start with Zoya Skylar or white but in the end I'm pretty happy with it.
*Zoya Skylar sent for review.

1/1/12

Zoya True and Fleck Effect Collections Swatches and Review

Happy New Year!

By the looks of this Spring collection from Zoya, this is going to be an amazing year for polish!

Not only do we get Zoya's great creams and shimmers but we also get a new finish from them..."Fleck Effect" flakies top coats. Are you excited yet?

First is Cho, a pretty nude with subtle silver shimmer. I found this one difficult to work with as it was pretty sheer but was fine after three coats. I just love the hidden shimmer in it!

Another neutral, this one is Farah. This is just your standard nude-taupe. Farah had very smooth application and was opaque in two easy coats. Nothing better than a full coverage nude, am I right?

Bevin. This is a soft, cool-toned, sage green. Application was a dream with two flawless coats. How many more gorgeous greens can Zoya give us? I thought the best had come with Yara and then they give us another one. But hey, I'm not complaining.

Next we have Skylar. Just stunning! Skylar is a stunning dusty blue with silver and gold microglitter. Oh my gosh, this baby is gorgeous. This was an easy two coats. This is a similar finish as Neeka and Yara from the Smoke and Mirrors collection from Fall. I cannot get over how much I love this.

Tru is a medium grape purple with copper shimmer. Application was perfection with two effortless coats, but could have also worked with one thick coat. I'm not excited by this color for some reason but it is pretty.

Lotus is a dusty purple with pink shimmer. In real life, it's a little darker than you see in these photos. We've seen this before in polishes like Revlon Perplex but the finish on this one is different. Lotus is also more packed with the pink shimmer than Perplex. I much prefer Lotus. Plus, the name is really pretty. This was two easy coats.

Now Zoya's new "Fleck Effect" flakie top coats! These are not only Zoya's first flakies but also my first flakies:

Zoya True and Fleck Effects Spring 2012 Collections Preview!

Enjoy this press release from Zoya on their two new collections for Spring! 

2012 SPRING NAIL COLOR by ZOYA

TRUE
HONESTLY, BEAUTIFUL COLOR
A fresh bloom of dewy color. Inspired by the runway looks of top designers
this collection features slightly muted and unexpected spring shades in six easy to wear,
full-coverage creams and metallics.

·           Cho (ZP585): Full coverage, vanilla shimmer metallic
·           Farah (ZP586): Full coverage, latte beige cream
·           Bevin (ZP587): Full coverage, pale sage green cream
·           Skylar (ZP588): Full coverage, silvered slate blue metallic
·           Tru (ZP589): Full coverage, gilded purple orchid metallic
·           Lotus (ZP590): Full coverage, light lotus purple metallic



FLECK EFFECT
MYLAR FLECK TOPCOATS
Zoya Nail Polish presents - three new mylar fleck glazes that can be worn alone or layered
over the new ZOYA TRUE collection colors for a unique and beautiful nail look!

·           Maisie (ZP582): Blue tint with mylar green fleck effect
·           Opal (ZP583): Green tint with mylar green fleck effect
·           Chloe (ZP584): Pink tint with mylar green and gold fleck effect


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.

Sug. Retail $8.00 per 0.5 fl.oz. bottle (US)
Available January 13, 2012

Find Zoya TRUE & FLECK EFFECT 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.

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