Zoya - Yves Bottle

Zoya – Yves

Zoya - Yves BottleGood morning, beauties!

Today is best kind of Monday – I have a snow day! I’ve been home for 4 days. Yesterday my over ambitious neighbors were digging out there cars, but I didn’t want to mess up my nails. Maybe I’ll get around to it today, but I’m really hoping for another snow day tomorrow.

I chose Zoya Yves for my snow day mani. This is my 2nd polish from the 2015 Matte Velvets. I really just need to order them all and save on shipping.

Yves is a deep sapphire blue with beautiful royal blue shimmer. I love it. I actually really wanted Alli to get this, but she hesitated and I’m in love.

The downside of this beauty is the insanely high chance of stained blueberry nails. So. Please wear a base coat. I used the Wet n Wild Matte Topcoat as my basecoat to help smooth out imperfections and ridges. The first coat gives you full coverage but it’s more of a royal blue. I ended up going with a 2-3 coats to darken it up.

When I go back and forth between the Matte Velvet collections, I just can’t figure out why they’d do another red, green, and purple. Maybe I’d feel differently if I didn’t already have Posh, Savita, and Veruschka. I can almost understand the red and green – release around Christmas… They’re all beautiful, but I would be over the moon for a berry pink with gold shimmer. Think: Matte Velvet meets China Glaze Strawberry Fields.

Each Matte Velvet polish retails for $10. You can buy Zoya nail polish directly from Zoya’s website. My Ulta also carries new Zoya collections and when I went this past weekend, they had a full display! Of course, a quick search on amazon gets you prices as low as $4 (and strangely as high as $50). So many options!

More pretty pictures below!

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Zoya - Dream Bottle

Zoya – Dream (+ OPI Give Me Space Comparison)

Zoya - Dream BottleHappiest of Tuesdays, friends!

Thankfully, the holiday hustle & bustle is winding down and it’s time to start looking forward to arguably the biggest deal in nail polish land right now: Essie’s Retro Revival Collection & the return of Starry Starry Night. I’ve been on the hunt for Starry Starry Night for about a decade. I even found a dupe: Maybelline Twinkle Twinkle. For some reason, I gave it to Alli. Oops. Anyway, my bottle of Starry Starry Night is on it’s way from Trans Design so I figured that this is the perfect time to discuss a polish that often comes up in the Starry Starry Night discussion: Zoya Dream.

I suppose the argument is that holographic glitter reigns supreme. Does it? I guess that’s up to you. I love holographic glitter, but Alli doesn’t. I suppose it’s all in personal preference. So let’s get to it.

Zoya Dream was originally released in 2013 as a part of the Zenith Collection. It’s my only polish from this collection, but as a holo lover, it’s definitely the standout. Dream is a deep navy blue jelly absolutely loaded with scattered holographic glitter. It’s quite sheer at first – I almost hit the panic button – but it builds very nicely and with three coats it’s perfectly opaque and gorgeous. I used Seche Vite as my top coat and didn’t have any of the usual Zoya vs. Seche Vite shrinkage problems. Horray!

It reminded me me of OPI Give Me Space so I decided to do a comparison. Summary: are they different? Yes. Are they different enough? Not really. The holographic glitter is slightly larger and more pronounced in Dream. Give Me Space is a bit darker. I’ve included pictures below so you can make up your mind.

You can grab Dream from the Zoya website for $9. It’s also available on Amazon in the $9-$11 range + free shipping.

I love my Zoya polish and I’m so glad I finally added Dream to my collection.

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Zoya Mystery Box 2015

Zoya Cyber Monday Mystery Box 2015

Zoya Mystery Box 2015Guess what just arrived!? The Zoya Cyber Monday Mystery Box! I didn’t know that UPS delivered on Sundays, but I’m thrilled that they do.

The Mystery Box was my ONLY Cyber Monday purchase. I can be  very impulsive buyer, so I planned on hiding from internet land, then I made the ultimate mistake… I went to Nouveau Cheap. Seriously, any self control I had went right out the window. I lovelovelove Zoya, and while I passed on the 2014 Mystery Box, I knew it was a great value. So the rest is history. I actually bought this as a gift and I’m probably going to be good and still give it to its intended recipient. Probably. I’m terrible. It’s not like they’d even know…

Time to show off the goodies! If you haven’t gotten your box yet and you want to be surprised, please don’t keep reading. If you’re curious, I’ll be posting the complete contents of the box below!

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Zoya Veruschka

Zoya – Veruschka

Zoya VeruschkaI was so caught up in my excitement for the new 2015 Zoya Matte Velvet Collection that I forgot I still had one of the originals to swatch!

Veruschka is a gorgeous emerald green – perfectly festive for the holiday season. There is so much shimmer and sparkle in these polishes to help create the beautiful Matte Velvet finish, that I almost wanted to put a top coat on right away. But I didn’t and in a couple of minutes I was reminded why I adore this line – the finished look is so lovely.

I used two coats over a base coat – Wet n Wild Matte Top Coat – to give me a nice even canvas to work with. These dry quickly so you want to work fast but I absolutely recommend a little extra wait time between coats. You really want to make sure each coat is dry before applying the next.

From the original Matte Velvet Crew I have: Posh, Dovima, Savita, and Veruschka. I haven’t caved yet, but I really want Harlow. But then I’d need Loredana to complete the set. As far as the 2015 Matte Velvets go: I really liked Aspen and I have my eyes on Yves and Sue since they they are so new and different. If you’re interested in swapping let me know!

The MV polishes officially retail for $10. You can purchase Zoya polishes directly from their website. They have the best specials! I found the 2014 Matte Velvets AND 2015 Matte Velvets on sale for $8.50 on ebay + free shipping. Ulta is always a good bet, especially if you have a coupon.

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Zoya - Aspen Bottle

Zoya – Aspen

Zoya - Aspen BottleNew Matte Velvets. I am SO EXCITED. The Zoya MatteVelvet polishes are some of my forever favorites. I actually passed on the original 2009 collection, but now I’m only missing Harlow and Loredana. I absolutely love Posh, Dovima, Savita, and Verushka.

When I first put on this polish, I texted Alli and said: I have waited for this polish my ENTIRE life. Maybe that’s a big of an exaggeration – but it was instant love. For years I tried various shimmery white polishes, but they all required so many layers and the whole adventure was just exhausting and frustrating. It’s really my fault for skipping out on China Glaze Frosty.

So here we are, a white matte velvet. It reminds me of the way fresh snow sparkles at night. I like the the matte and satin polishes, but I absolutely love the added shimmer and sparkle in Matte Velvets & suedes. It’s really, really stunning. I was sure it was the most wonderful unique polish ever, but Alli reminded me of deborah Lippmann Pseudo Silk Kimono.

As far as the application goes…it was just okay. Between the texture of the polish and the fact that it’s white – it does take 4 coats to get a nice even streak free finish. If you’ve worked with mattes or suede finishes before you’ll know what to expect. If you haven’t, I suggest doing thin coats, adding a little extra wait time in between. If you apply the polish too thickly you might end up with pockets-o-polish that take ages to dry and when they do you’re left with a bumpy finish.

Zoya’s 2015 MatteVelvet Collection for Winter 2015 includes 6 brand new beauties:  I’ll probably pass on Iris and Honor, but I definitely see a place in my stash for Sue and Amal. Maybe I can convince Alli to try Yves. It would look SO good on her.

Each MatteVelvet polish retails for $10. You can buy Zoya nail polish direction from Zoya’s website. My Ulta also carries new Zoya collections and when I went this past weekend, they had a full display! Of course, a quick search on amazon gets you prices as low as $6. Up to you!

Swatches below!

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Zoya Cinnamon Bottle

Zoya – Cinnamon

Zoya Cinnamon BottleA few nights ago, it finally felt like Fall. The leaves have started to change and the air was crisp. I decided to channel that feeling onto my nails.

I’ve just fallen head over heals for this polish. Cinnamon is a part the Flair side of Zoya’s Focus & Flair Collection for Fall 2015. I will forever love the sparkly sides of Zoya’s collections. Fun fact: Cinnamon was originally created for Zang Toi’s Fall/Winter 2015 show at NYFW.

But here’s the thing… Zoya describes this as a classic bronze liquid metal. I just.. no. It’s brown. Stop trying to make fetch bronze happen, Zoya. I could maybe buy into the liquid metal part, but mostly it has the lit-from-within beautiful glow that Zoya does so well. It’s like a rich simmering hot chocolate with a dash of pegacorn dust. Something like that should exist.

As always – really, always- this applied  perfectly. I used two coats. They were smooth and easy. I always get excited because putting on Zoya polish is so effortless. I really can’t stop thinking about Aggie & Ember. If you’ve tried them, let me know what you think!

Zoya retails for $9 and you can order directly from their website. You can grab it on Amazon in the $7.00-$9.00 range. Ulta also carries Zoya.

 

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Zoya Felicity

Zoya – Felicity

Zoya FelicityTime for a little nail polish rewind! For a really long time I resisted ordering polishes online. I wanted to see them in the stores. Even now, there are only a few brands I’ll order online. Zoya was one of the first brands I broke my “rules” for -and of course it was thanks to one of their amazing promotions. My very first Zoya order included Felicity, Crystal, and Indigo. They’re all in need of reswatching and I was in a super girly mood yesterday so I chose Felicity.

Felicity is a beautiful dusty tea rose pink filled with shimmer – the gold shimmer is the most notable, which is why I love it, but there’s some “champagne” shimmer too. The official Zoya description is a bit ambitious but I’ll let you make your own judgment: soft dusty tea-rose pink with champagne and bright pink duochrome shimmer and flecks of gold. Hmm.

Application was really lovely. I used three coats, just like I did four years ago, and I’m just as happy with the results. Since Zoya doesn’t get along with Seche Vite, I used my HK Girl top coat.

I just popped over to the Zoya Website. Two things. First, it seems Felicity has been retired. I AM SO SORRY. Second, they are having a Name a Polish contest with Redbook – which is fun. I think I’ll enter. No out of this world promos at the moment, but they do have adorable mini collections that include the color lock system for $42 + free shipping for both of their Fall collections: Focus & Flair.

Individual Zoya polishes retail for $9.00. You can grab Zoya at Ulta or on Amazon – whichever suits you best. Even though this polish is retired, you can get it here on Amazon for 7.70 with free shipping. Deal!

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PSA: If for whatever reason you aren’t up to date on the situation with Mentality Polish, please please please go read this post by The Mercurial Magpie.

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Zoya - Yasmeen

Zoya – Yasmeen

Zoya - Yasmeen Right, I know it’s summer but I figured it was okay to slip into Fall mode for the day.

A few weeks ago, I asked you guys what some of your favorite dupes were and someone mentioned Zoya Yasmeen as a cheaper alternative for NARS Purple Rain – it peaked my interest. I’m sure a lot of you remember: NARS Purple Rain was a BIG DEAL in 2010. I ended up splurging on it ($16) for Alli’s birthday.

ANYWAY. Yasmeen is a blue based purple packed with an intense red shimmer. It’s amazing. AMAZING. The Zoya description made me laugh: the ultimate complex purple for maximum drama. Hell yes! It’s just so very! Excuse me, I’m totally watching Heathers right now.

So how does it compare to Purple Rain? I have no idea. I’m kidding – sort of. As it turns out, for the most serious nail polish addicts: it’s not a dupe – but for the other 99.99% of the population…. no one would know the difference. Purple Rain has blue shimmer alongside the red – that’s the only difference.

I really love Zoya – for oh so many reasons – but one of the biggest is the continuous availability of their polishes. I can decide I need a polish 3 years after it was released and it’s still available – not just on eBay, but on Zoya’s website. It’s convenient for someone like me…. I’m often (read: always) late to warm up to certain colors and/or trends.

Zoya nail polishes retail for $9 each and are available on www.zoya.com. You can find seasonal collections at Ulta. You can also get this pretty from www.zoya.com. If you plan on shopping on Zoya’s Website, then I highly recommend waiting for a promo – they’re usually fabulous. Yasmeen runs a bit cheaper on Amazon – currently in the $7-$8 range (though one listing is selling it for $32 — ridiculous).

Swatches below. Seriously, when the sun hits this polish it’s like flipping a switch from really pretty purple to OMG AMAZING. Okay. I think… that’s all. For now. Love you guys!

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PS. If you’re still not satisfied, China Glaze Let’s Groove has the blue shimmer that Yasmeen lacks.

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Zoya - Sage

Zoya – Sage

Zoya - Sage (bottle)Happy Monday! Today will be fabulous. Let me tell you, last Monday was rough. Actually, the entire week was rough – I adore daylight savings and more… daylight but the transition is brutal! Please tell me I wasn’t the only one struggling last week? Friday marks the beginning of Spring and I have lots of beautiful polish to show you, but first – my second transitional polish.

This is the first Zoya transitional polish I’ve tried. The Naturel Satin collection is their third transitional collection. I skipped out on the previous two: Naturel and Naturel 2, but I just couldn’t say no to trying out a new finish. I love the soft neutral colors in all 3 collections.

I asked you guys which Naturel Satin polish I should try and Haley from Polished at Heart said I should try Sage – and here we are! Sage is a mossy sage green and actually reminds me of a satin version of Essie’s Sew Psyched. I’m in love with the color, it’s so calming and serene.

I feel like a lot of people like matte and satin finishes but are put off by their notoriously bad wear time. I’ve worn this polish several times and the wear is awesome. Seriously. I made it 4 days without any serious chipping – that’s pretty fabulous in satin/matte land. I started off with Julep’s Oxygen Smoothing Base Coat and then applied two coats of Sage. I made sure to add in a little extra dry time between coats. My middle nail shows some imperfections, it’s currently rebelling, the finish is very smooth.

Zoya nail polish retails for $9 and you can grab the Naturel Satin Collection on Zoya.com – they also have ADORABLE mini versions for $5. I love little mini polishes (except for OPI, because they don’t have labels. That drives me crazy). Zoya is also available at Ulta and my guess is, like the MatteVelvets, they’ll be on the clearance rack eventually…

Now I’m ready to jump back into Spring polish, what spring (or summer) collection are you most excited about? Let me know below!

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Zoya - Posh + Savita

Zoya – Posh & Savita

Zoya - Posh + SavitaSurprise! In honor of Friday Eve, I thought I’d bring you a two-in-one post! I know everyone is drooling over the Zoya Transitional Satin Collection but I am still falling head over heels for the Rereleased for 2014: Zoya Matte polishes. I PROMISE I’ve learned my lesson this time: stop resisting trends! You know…like the Zoya Matte Velvets, textured polish, the color green…

My first two purchases were kind of obvious – black and red: Posh and Dovima. But, while I was strolling around Ulta last weekend, I saw some of the mattes on clearance and picked up Savita for $4.97! Score! Posh is a bold cool toned red and Savita is an absolutely regal medium purple.

I really love these polishes & I may even love them more than my beloved OPI Suede polishes. The finish is perfect. Zoya added just the right amount of shimmer to keep them from being flat and they look so soft I find myself just touching my nails – that’s so weird, right?

For both Savita and Posh I used 2-3 thin coats. Keeping your coats thin is important since the polish dries so quickly. Thicker coats can lead to polish filled streaks (that sort of sounds like a disease…).  Nail imperfections will show through, but the Matte Velvets don’t magnify the problem like metallic polishes, for example which is great for me. I have my fair share of imperfections – especially my middle nail.

Go take a look around your local ULTA to see if you can find these on clearance. You can also order them from zoya.com. The Matte Velvet Sampler retails for $54, and single Matte Velvet polishes for $9 (Posh, Savita). Prices vary by polish on Amazon.

I also plan on ordering two of the new Zoya Naturel Satin polishes – which ones would you like to see most? Let me know!

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