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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 You can find seasonal collections at Ulta. You can also get this pretty from 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 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 […] Continue reading →

Zoya – Posh & Savita

Zoya - Posh + Savita Surprise! 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 […] Continue reading →

Zoya – Dovima

Zoya - Dovima After a week+ of some sort of strep throat/flu combo and a week back at work, I’m about two weeks behind with the whole new years resolution thing. Actually, I kind of hate the whole resolution thing, it stresses me out. Seeing as leaving the house with one hand painted has become a regular occurrence […] Continue reading →

Zoya – Yuna

Zoya - Yuna I had so much fun with the BCA pinks from Essie and OPI and my Halloween fun with Sinful Colors and Sally Hansen, but I am ready to leap back into some more traditional Fall colors and I couldn’t think of a better place to start than with Yuna from Zoya’s Ignite Collection. This is the […] Continue reading →

Zoya – Autumn

zoya autumn Happy Monday! After I fell in love with Magical PixieDust Bar, I realized I have not given Zoya nearly enough attention lately. I decided to check out the Fall Ultra Pixiedust polishes. How can anyone possibly resist something called an ULTRA PixieDust? Well… I looked at swatches and I wanted to love them. I tried, […] Continue reading →

Zoya- Bar

Zoya Magical Pixie Dust Bar Happy Labor Day! I was wandering around Ulta Saturday (shocking), looking for a back to school treat for myself and I kept looking at Zoya’s Summer 2014 Magical PixieDust display.  I went back and forth between Bar and Ginni. Bar appealed to my love of the beach – it instantly reminded me of impossibly sparkly […] Continue reading →

Zoya PixieDust Vega

Zoya PixieDust Vega cover I’m not even going to lie, I was terrified to try this nail polish! All I could think about was the disaster that was Essie Belugaria. I mean, I still have nightmares that center around that nail polish, I am happy to report that Zoya did not make the same mistakes Essie did. And I […] Continue reading →

Zoya Codie

Zoya Codie Bottle Zoya isn’t a brand I pay much attention too. And that has nothing to do with the quality of Zoya polishes. The ones I have tried I quite like. The brand generally just doesn’t excite me. This polish landed on my doorstep via my fellow TDVer, Katie. She sent it to me along with some […] Continue reading →

ZOYA – Karina

Zoya - Karina Bottle Today is the big day! Well, for me it’s a big day… I’ll be spending this afternoon baking my very first apple pie! It’s been a few months, but my first attempt at pie making was pretty successful: peach! I inspired Alli to do a little peach nail art!  Since I’ll be busy busy all […] Continue reading →