Category Archives: Zoya

Greenery

I have to say, all different shades of green are some of my favorite to wear on my nails. I feel like that’s a little weird. Is that weird? Who knows. Not me.

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This is Zoya Tilda, a yellow-toned grass green creme. This is the exact shade of 2017’s Pantone Color of the Year, Greenery. Formula on this was great, two coats for opacity. I find this color very eye-catching and a lot of people noticed it. Definitely worth picking up.

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Next is Nine Zero Lacquer March 2016, a blue-toned green holo with scattered silver holo microglitter. This has a great formula, but like other polishes in this finish, it dries somewhat gritty and needs a coat of topcoat to smooth things out.

-Aley

Glitter Toppers

Who doesn’t love glitter toppers? Killjoys, that’s who. And we’re no killjoys here on the world wide web, am I right? Right.

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This was a fun one. I topped Essie Find Me An Oasis with Lemming Lacquer Babytown Frolics, from their Archer collection, which has the best names ever. Babytown Frolics is a mix of large circle glitter, square glitter, star glitter, hex glitter, and micro glitter, some holographic and some not, in a clear base. It’s perfect for layering, and I felt this would look cute over a pastel color. I think I was right. 😉 This was one coat, and it didn’t need to be manipulated much if my memory serves me.

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Oh gosh. It’s September and I’m only now posting this manicure from St. Patrick’s Day… unless you follow my Instagram, and get all my updates as they happen. 😉 This is Zoya Ivanka topped with Pop-Arazzi Hit The Goldmine, a gold metallic microglitter. This was so, so blingy and eyecatching! The gold glitter and gold glass fleck shimmer play off of each other and shine so bright.

Thanks for stopping by, come back for more very soon. 🙂

-Aley

It is what it is

“I’m going to start updating consistently!” she said, before promptly disappearing for months. Oops.

I’ve actually been updating my Instagram this whole time because it’s easier for me. Writing posts for each manicure I was doing was just so exhausting because I was hit with The Depression fairly badly a few months back. But I’m doing okay now! You know, relatively.

I’m just going to put all of my manicures from the last few months together into maybe three or four posts over the next few days, and keep the descriptions basic and not ramble as I’m known to do.

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Two coats of Native War Paints Classic Essentials Alison, a periwinkle grey with silver shimmer.  The formula and brush on this were fantastic, it basically painted itself on.

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Essie Virgin Snow, a periwinkle bordering on lavender, opaque in 2-3 coats depending on your application. This is probably one of my top ten favorite shades in my collection, and you guys seem to agree with me because this was my most popular post on Instagram ever!

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Two coats of Colors by Llarowe Twinkle, Twinkle Little Star. This is a navy jelly with tiny silver microglitter. This is just about an exact dupe for the original Essie Starry Starry Night! Formula was easy to apply, although I did get those little tacky, stringy things on the tips of my nails that you sometimes get with jelly polishes.

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Two coats of Zoya Merida, a forest green packed with silver holographic flakies. Formula on this was excellent, as is typical of Zoya.

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My pointer, middle, and pinky fingers have two coats of Zoya Yara, while my ring finger has two coats Zoya Ziv. I thought Ziv would complement the gold shimmer in Yara, and I was right! I felt very chic in this mani.

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I wore this manicure close to Valentine’s Day. This is Rainbow Honey Be Mine, topped with Rainbow Honey XOXO.

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And this is what I actually wore on Valentine’s Day! I put down three thin coats of OPI Mimosas For Mr. And Mrs., and topped it with a glitter gradient of Sally Hansen Strobe Light, which I used on its own for an accent nail.

Good to be back. Stay tuned. ❤

-Aley

Zoya Dream

I’ve had no time to paint my nails recently… I’m still wearing this mani! This happens so rarely. :O

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I finally got around to trying on Zoya Dream, a blue jelly base with scattered holographic flakies, and I’m so pleased with it. The holo is a little shy both in person and on camera, but it’s still a pretty color even without the holo effect. I’m wearing two coats here, but there were a couple of slightly lighter patches still visible—two thick coats or three thin coats should do you good with this one.

That’s all I’ve got today. Check back soon, though!

-Aley

Zoya and so on and so on and so on…

I hope you guys really like Zoya. This is the result of my trying out all of my unused fall colors.

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First is Zoya Teigen,a pinky berry color with metallic copper shimmer. This was two coats, though it could possibly need three if you use very thin coats. The formula was really nice, and it was pretty but my lighting washed out the shimmer and made it look silvery-white.

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Next I have Zoya India, Teigen’s darker cousin. It’s a rich red, jelly-like base with tons and tons of gold glass fleck shimmer. This looks like melted rubies on my nails, it’s gorgeous. This was also opaque in two coats.

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Zoya Anastasia is a dusty, purple-toned brown with the same gold glass-fleck shimmer, and is equally stunning. I really do love this. This was also opaque in two coats.

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Zoya Shivon has the finest shimmer out of the bunch, I think. It’s an “apple” red with an incredibly strong, ultra-fine gold shimmer that borders on a metallic. The brush strokes on this isn’t terrible, but you’ll want to keep your strokes straight—you can see that I didn’t do that on my pinky, haha. This one needs three coats.

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Oh, Pru, you vex me. Zoya Pru is hard to describe—it’s like… a dusty warm-toned purple foil, with scattered bronze shimmer and the slightest hint of a bronze shift? Zoya no longer sells this polish, so I couldn’t check the website for their description of it. This gal needs a whopping four coats to reach opacity, but the formula is nice and thin once it dries down; it’ll only feel like two coats of a regular polish and not like a goopy mess, so I don’t mind the four coats.

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Last one is the odd one out, Zoya Wyatt from the Fall 2016 Urban Grunge collection, which I ended up wearing as a full mani. This is a perfect racing green creme. It’s advertised as a one-coater, and it is! If you’re a stickler for really, really thin coats, you might have to go back and do some “spot-treatment” on an odd streak or two, but this is so highly pigmented that you won’t need two coats.

If you read down to this point, give yourself a pat on the back. I’ll see ya next time. 😉

-Aley

Ivanka & Charla

Nobody panic! I have some actual cohesive swatches today! It’s a miracle.

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First I have Zoya Ivanka, a green with glass-fleck shimmer. It’s gorgeous, but I took this off fairly quickly—I kept getting distracted at how Christmasy it looked, and I was still in August! But it went on perfectly and covered in two coats. (This also appears to be pretty close to Rainbow Honey’s Demeter, which is beautiful but sadly discontinued.)

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After that, I put on Zoya Charla, which is a blue version of the same finish, and it fit my bill of summer vibes way better. Also opaque in two, but it looks like a third coat would have deepened the color; I dented the polish on my ring finger and put on another coat of Charla to smooth it out, and that nail is visibly darker than the rest.

Zoya does this finish particularly well. I’m curious to know what some of your favorite glass-fleck Zoyas are!

-Aley

No real rhyme or reason

Hello again! I have a few swatches for you today, and not much to say beyond that. Let’s get right into it!

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This is two coats of Milani Ultra Violet. It’s a medium purple with a light purple to gold shifting shimmer. It’s got a good formula, but I wasn’t wild about this color on me. For whatever reason, I like purple, but I don’t like how it looks on the nail. Weird!

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This is two coats of Zoya Bevin, a gorgeous muted blue-green creme. It’s really opaque, and could possibly be a one-coater if you put on a thick coat. The formula on this was amazing, it was like painting on butter… only less weird.

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I layered two coats of Orly Fifty Four over Bevin. Fifty Four is a pink to gold shifting shimmer. I wish the shimmer was more concentrated in this, but thankfully it dries down “thin” and it dries fast, so I didn’t have a gross blobby mess from putting on too many coats of polish (though I did have some bubbling). This looks better over cool colors rather than warm ones.

That’s it for now! Thanks for swingin’ by. ❤

-Aley