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4/30/13

Zoya Irresistible Summer 2013 Collection Swatches and Review

As promised, today I have the Zoya Irresistible Summer 2013 Collection to show you. Last week I created a simple, floral design using these gorgeous colors and I loved it! I think this is one of my favorite Zoya collections ever. 

All of these polishes are shown with two coats and no topcoat.

One of my favorites in the collection, Tinsley, is a rosy pink metallic foil packed with gold shimmer. This applied so ridiculously smoothly. 

I would describe Kerry as a sunflower yellow-gold color. This has the same metallic foil finish as the other polishes in this collection, but no added shimmer.

Zoya Amy is a vivid orange metallic packed with gold and orange shimmer. If this could get any prettier I think I would die. 

Zoya Ricki is an apple green metallic with mostly silver and some gold shimmer packed in. I love the mix of gold and silver shimmer in this polish.

Zoya Hazel is a pretty slate blue metallic with gold shimmer. Not only is this one of my favorites but I'm also obsessed with the name! The formula on this one was a little thick but not hard to work with.

Zoya Bobbi is a red metallic foil with mainly silver and some gold and silver shimmer. As gorgeous as the color is in this picture is it's not quite this bright in person. Instead it is a true red, similar to the bottle you see above. It also does not have visible magenta shimmer as the picture suggests. 


Overall, I am 100% pleased with this collection. It is on point! I absolutely love the easy formulas and nice range of colors. Even when all the colors have the same finish, Zoya manages to give us diversity within the collection. I've seen many swatches of these polishes and it seems to be so flattering to all skin tones! Trust me, you guys are going to want these colors. My favorites are Amy, Hazel, and Tinsley.

Zoya's Irresistible Collection is available now on Zoya.com and retails at $8/bottle.

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4/26/13

Simple Floral | Zoya Irresistible Summer 2013 Collection Nail Art


A few years ago when I created this blog floral nail art was one of my favorite types of nail art. I always admired Love4Nails one-stroke nail designs or Robin Moses' always intimidating floral designs.     Years later, floral is still my favorite type of nail art and that becomes pretty obvious as I continue to post them. 

Today's design also features three of the six colors from Zoya's new Irresistable collection. These polishes are beyond beautiful, swatches will be up next week!


For this manicure I used a gradient of Zoya Rikki (green), Zoya Hazel (beautiful blue), and Zoya Bobbi (raspberry red) as the base. Using a dotting tool I created the flower shape by starting off with the petals and going back to fill in the inner circle. The black is acrylic paint by the way. (:

As mentioned above, I will have complete swatches and a review on the Irresistible Collection posted next week! These colors are so beautiful and work really well with dark skin tones (and every other skin tone of course).

4/24/13

Gradient Spheres

Happy Hump Day!

If you're a beginner in nail art, in a rush, or you're just looking for a basic design then today's post is for you. This design is quick, easy, and still eye catching!

I gotta say, this is one of my favorite designs I have ever done. 

Confession: My nails are a little uneven at the moment so guess what Shaina did to even out this design? Yup, I had to overlap some colors. 

For this manicure I used Zoya Jacqueline as the nude base. Then, in order from dark to light, I dotted on the following colors: Wet N Wild Red Tape, Zoya Reagan, Zoya Shelby, Zoya Arizona, Bondi Brick Road, and a custom mix of Jacqueline and Brick Road for the lighter yellow. That's it! I added a top coat and called it a day.

This manicure could also be done with blacks/grays, purples, reds, the possibilities are endless! What color(s) would you use for this manicure? 

4/22/13

Hawaiian Floral | Zoya Stunning Summer 2013 Collection Nail Art, Swatches, and Review


When the press release came out for the Zoya Stunning Collection, I already knew exactly what design I wanted to create with these beautiful creams! The Stunning Collection really is stunning...sorry, I just had to. 

For this manicure I used Zoya Rocky as the blue base. I outlined each nail (but not the tips) with a thin nail art brush and black acrylic paint. Using the same nail art brush (just cleaned off) and Zoya Micky I began drawing the floral details. I used a dotting tool and Zoya Thandie for the polka dots and other orange details. 

Keep reading for swatches/review of the entire collection!

4/19/13

Zoya Earth Day Nail Polish Exchange 2013

Who's ready for another round of Zoya's Earth Day Nail Polish Exchange? Check out the official details below!


Hooray for Earth Day! Once again, Zoya is helping you do a little spring cleaning with the return of the Earth Day Zoya Nail Polish Exchange* for 2013. Clean out your nail polish wardrobe and get rid of old nail polish that may not be BIG5FREE (Free of Formaldehyde, Formaldehyde Resin, Toluene, DBP and Camphor) and exchange it for a greener alternative - long lasting, award winning, healthy Zoya Nail Polish bottles!

Now's the perfect time to make the switch to an eco-chic beauty routine! From April 19, 2013 - April 26, 2013 (11:59PM EST),exchange your old, unwanted nail color for toxin-free ZOYA Nail Polish for only $4 per bottle plus shipping and handling fees. Rest assured - ZOYA will properly dispose of your old polish. 
Here's all you need to do!
1.  Go to 
www.zoya.com and pick out the polishes you would like (excludes all Zoya PixieDust™ Collection shades) and add them to your cart. You must select at least 6 bottles and no more than 24 bottles of polish (Salon accounts minimum 12 maximum 48 bottles.)

2. Apply the code (copy and paste for best results): 
ZOYAEARTH2013
3. Your order value will be adjusted to reflect a 50% discount (we use these funds to properly dispose of the old nail polish).

4. SUBMIT your order!

Then Zoya will ship out your NEW polish! HOORAY! This is how your order should look like... 

Once you get your order 
Here's where the exchanging* happens...
1.     Ship back the equivalent number of bottles you received to the return address below (ie. If you ordered 6 bottles of Zoya – you would send us 6 NON-ZOYA polishes). Please check with your carrier on the proper way to ship nail polish.
2.     Include a copy of your order. 
To clarify the exchange: You do not have to send us the exact amount of bottles that you are ordering. You can send any quantity up to that amount. You can also donate. If you decide you don't want to do either, it's ok "Offer is not contingent on customer returning polish" we will still love you and will send the Zoya polishes... we'll just send you on a guilt trip for a while :)


Ship Your Old Nail Polish To:
Art of Beauty, Inc.
c/o Polish Exchange
5060 Taylor Rd, Unit D
Cleveland, Ohio, 44128, USA
Once we receive your polish, we do the rest! It’s that simple!
IMPORTANT!
The bottles you send in cannot be Zoya, Qtica or Nocti polishes (but they can be any other brand). We are using the honor code here folks! We want to make sure you get your Zoya Nail Polish! We send you the polish first then you send your old polish back to us! If you do choose to send us your old polish we promise to properly dispose of it according to EPA guidelines. This offer is only good for 1 week so hurry – Don’t Wait!
*Offer valid online at www.zoya.com only. Offer expires on 4/26/2012 at 11:59PM EST. Continental US ONLY. Not valid with any other codes, coupons or promotions. Shipping and handling fees apply. Consumer accounts must exchange a minimum of 6 polishes with a 24 bottle maximum. Salon accounts must exchange at least 12 with a maximum of 48 bottles. Polish can be from any brand EXCEPT Zoya, Qtica or Nocti and can be exchanged for in-stock .5oz Zoya Nail Polish. Excludes all Zoya PixieDust™ Collection shades. Offer is not contingent on customer returning polish. Zoya Exchange code is unique and non-transferable. One code per account. Art of Beauty is not responsible for incorrect addresses, credit card entry errors or errors associated with declined credit cards. Please allow standard time for processing and shipping, however if volume is higher than expected please allow up to 6 weeks for shipping and processing. Art of Beauty, Inc. reserves the right to remove any polish that is out of stock from your order. You will not be charged for this polish. Backordered polish is not included in this promotion.

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CONNECT WITH ZOYA: Make sure to tagTwitter, Instagram and Pinterest posts with @ZoyaNailPolish and hashtag posts with#ZoyaNailPolish and #ZoyaEarthDay. Website, Blog and YouTube links can be shared on our facebook page (http://www.facebook.com/zoyanailpolish).________________


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4/16/13

6 Reasons to Love Nail Art

When I first started blogging I had the idea that this blog would mostly showcase nail polish reviews and occasionally have a nail art post here and there. The outcome and the original plan are polar opposites! Now I wonder why I was ever afraid of nail art and I want to share my love for it to y'all!


Image: Salvatore Vuono|FreeDigitalPhotos.net


First, it's fun!
Image: posterize | FreeDigitalPhotos.net
What other reason do you need? Whether you're creating a new design or putting on Sally Hansen's newest nail strips, nail art is fun!



Your hands look less manly more polished
Image: marin | FreeDigitalPhotos.net
I don't know about you guys but having a finished manicure (nail art or not) looks a lot "prettier" than naked nails. The atrocity that is my fingers desperately needs a pretty, flattering design.


It's a great skill for your resume
Okay, so I may or may not be serious about this one. If you're going to cosmetology school, you may want to add this to your resume/portfolio but um, Harvard probably won't be too interested. Either way, it's a skill!
Image: Sura Nualpradid|FreeDigitalPhotos.net
People will think you're a nail art God 
Say you spend thirty minutes painting on some stripes; the second you step out your door people are all over this design. When I first started out, any design was impressive to me (yes, even polka dots) so a nail art virgin will surely be mesmerized. 


Image: photostock | FreeDigitalPhotos.net
It helps to de-stress
Now I may not be one of the many bloggers who have to run a household, work full time, and raise children but even I enjoy the relaxation that comes with painting my nails. It may not be scientifically proven but trust me on this one! 


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Finally, it doubles as entertainment
You're at the office, in class, on the toilet subway and you're bored. If you want some instant entertainment simply look down at your nails! And if you're as talented as Amanda, you'll probably be looking down for a good while.


If you're still not convinced I don't know what to tell you! What's the number one reason you love nail art?

4/11/13

Robotic Lines | Featuring Bondi NYC Nail Polish and Review

Press Sample
Good morning y'all!

This design reminds me of Transformers for some reason. Bumblebee to be exact. Of course the yellow but there's more about it that I can't figure out. It doesn't bother me though, Bumblebee is my favorite anyway!

Today's design features a brand new nail polish brand, Bondi New York. More information on Bondi New York, including where to purchase, can be found at the end of this post.

If you really squint your eyes, you'll see that there's actually two different yellow polishes in this design. I promise it's more of a contrast in real life!
I love the nail polish bottle; the "bondi" letters are written so cute! It's the smallest details that make the bottle appear much nicer and more appealing.
For this manicure I used Bondi NYCBrick Road (see swatch below) as the yellow cream base. Then I drew the black border around each nail, followed by the thick vertical stripe down my nail. Afterwards, I created a thin, diagonal line across one side of the vertical stripe. I filled in one of those halves with Barielle Soul-er Powered (again, you'll have to squint those eyes!).


As I said before, Bondi NYC is a new nail polish brand. Let's take a closer look at this brand, shall we? 

4/8/13

Pastel Hex | Geometric Sponged Nail Art

Bonjour!

Can you believe it's already April? I was just thinking about how freakishly fast this year has gone by.

Today's design is one I'm really excited to share with you! The color combination is unexpected yet so pretty and fresh. I'm probably a little too happy for Spring to be here; I was ready a long time ago! Hopefully you'll be seeing more Spring-y designs on the blog.



For this manicure I used Rimmel Peppermint as the mint base. Next, using a cosmetic sponge, I sponged on Revlon Strobe to random areas of the nail. Using a clean part of the same sponge I randomly sponged on Revlon Garden. Afterwards I used a nail art brush and black acrylic paint to create the hexagons at the top of each nail. I finished off with a thick coat of topcoat. 




La la la love this color combo, whats your favorite Spring color combination?
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4/1/13

3 Easy Beginner Nail Art Designs for Prom


Prom season is here and today I want to share with you three quick and easy designs that anyone can recreate. I know this post is a little late for some but you can also rock these designs in other variations any time of the year!

I promise this is easier than it looks! If you're just starting out with nail art and are not comfortable with drawing letters, skip the black letters and just use any dotting tool to create the word "PROM" with polka dots.

Here is a quick tutorial on how I achieved this look:

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