Zoya Harlow

Media sample

Have you gotten in on Zoya’s rerelease of their matte polishes? Their polish is amazing and the matte finishes are no different.

Here’s Harlow

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All of the color, none of the shine! Meet your perfect matte with MATTEVELVET* **, Zoya’s exclusive shine-free formula. Choose from six best-selling matte nail polish shades with a luxurious crushed velvet finish and subtle shimmer.

Right on trend, these exclusive shades are being reintroduced for a limited time only!
ZP499 – DOVIMA: Shimmering Black MatteVelvet*.
ZP500 – POSH: Shimmering Crimson MatteVelvet*.
ZP505 – HARLOW: Shimmering Wine MatteVelvet*.
ZP504 – SAVITA: Shimmering Plum MatteVelvet*.
ZP506 – VERUSCHKA: Shimmering Evergreen MatteVelvet*.
ZP498 – LOREDANA: Shimmering Gunmetal Gray MatteVelvet*.

*MATTEVELVET nail color by Zoya is not intended to be worn with a base coat, top coat or speed dryer of any kind. Due to the unique matte formulation, color is not as long-wearing as traditional nail color. A completely clean, dry nail surface yields the best results for matte nail color wear.


$9 (US)
Zoya MATTEVELVET* colors are available exclusively on Zoya.com and in ULTA beauty stores (ask for them).

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Ultra PixieDust!

Meet Oswin. Isn’t she beautiful?



This is one of three polishes in Zoya’s new Ultra PixieDust collection. This makes the third type of PixieDust that Zoya has created. The original was PixieDust, then came Magical PixieDust and now Ultra PixieDust. You can see my swatches of the different types if you follow each link.

This is three coats of Orwin without base coat or top coat per Zoya’s recommendation. The key to this type of polish is thin coats and to let them completely dry in between coats. I’ve found that if you don’t give them plenty of dry time between coats, they end up looking not nearly as matte. You’ll also notice (or maybe you won’t until I point it out) that there is a sliver glitter piece on my ring finger. This mani is on its second day of wear and some of the chunkier glitter places actually chipped off. I don’t think it ruined this mani in any way, but if you don’t like it, you could always put another coat on the top or use a toothpick and just put a tiny dot over any silver spots that show up.

So what’s the difference between the three? They’re all matte and textured, but original PixieDust has a sugared sparkle, Magical PixieDust has “Mega Hex Iridescent Particles,” and Ultra PixieDust has the large hex glitter, but they’re not iridescent/holographic. They’re all gorgeous!

And for all of you Doctor Who fans, yes, the beautiful polish is named for Oswin Oswald. We know her now as Clara. My husband doesn’t like her as a companion but I think she’s adorable!


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Fancy Gloss

This is Majestic Magenta. It’s a limited edition polish and is one of 4 in this collection.

Here is Tropical Sunset. I got this in the mystery box and I believe it is discontinued. It’s a great duochrome (multichrome?) that shifts from rose to light brown to blurple.


Great formula and a nice flat brush. I have a few other polishes from Fancy Gloss and I’ll post them later.

You can find Fancy Gloss online at http://fancygloss.bigcartel.com

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LVX 2014 Fall Collection Press Release



LVX nail lacquer announces the release of their tenth seasonal collection.

September 2014: The LVX 2014 Fall Collection will launch Wednesday, September 24th, 2014. The new colors will be available for pre-order September 18th exclusively on www.shoplvx.com


The top shades that will define the FALL 2014 season will include:







The long lasting, chip resistant and non-streak formula is free of harsh and toxic chemicals. LVX products are VEGAN and formulated without the use of Formaldehyde, Formaldehyde Resin, DBP, Toluene, and Camphor. LVX is a no compromise nail lacquer that has superior formulation, is socially responsible and eco friendly. LVX nail lacquer is cruelty free. All products are produced in the U.S.A. The new collection will be available for pre-order September 18th, exclusively on www.shoplvx.com.

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Here’s what’s on my nails today. I pulled this one out of my stash. I’ve always loved the OPI Designer Series polishes. I’m pretty sure they were my first introduction to holos.

The sun’s not playing nice for the pictures today.



Do you have this one? Do you have a favorite OPI DS polish?

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Metallic Matte Ruffian

I was browsing through Pinterest when this mani caught my eye. I immediately knew what polishes I wanted to use.

I went through my stash to pull out my Sally Hansen Color Foils and an old Sinful Colors Leather Luxe collection (gifted to me by the lovely lanerbell at Just the Polish.

I love the look of matte polish, but I don’t wear it too often because it doesn’t wear as well. But you know, with how often I change my polish anyway, it shouldn’t matter!

So I picked out Sally Hansen Color Foil in Leaden Lilac and Sinful Colors Cold Leather and went to work.

What do you think?

No base or top coat on this. Just two coats of the foil color then two coats (free handed) of the matte on top.

I really like this mani! I’m going to have to try it in different color combos.

The more you know :: Why is this mani called a Ruffian? I found the answer on the same blog that inspired this gorgeousness. Check out this post on Lacquerized for the answer!

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Zoya Entice & Ignite

Press Samples

So have you been oohing and aahing over the Zoya Entice and Ignite collections? Well I have a little nail art for you…

Meet Veronica (Entice collection – creams) and Teigen (Ignite collection – glass flecks).

IMG_6931.PNGOutdoors, shade

Isn’t this fun? And pretty understated if you ask me. Both had a great formula (as one would expect from Zoya). Veronica went on with an easy two coats and Teigen was one coat on top (using tape as a mask).


Outdoors, direct sunlight

I was hoping to show the amazing sparkle of Teigen in the sun, but the sun was playing peek-a-boo with the clouds…or maybe the crazy wind was just being mean and blowing the clouds in the way. Either way, I love this combo!

You can buy these on Zoya.com for $9 each.

Have you tried any of these collections? What do you have your eye on?

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Zoya NATUREL DEUX (2) Collection

Media samples

Ooh, I was so excited to see the press release for this set come to my inbox. (Never mind that it came from a different email address than I was expecting and I almost missed it!)

From the press release:

Inspired by the desire to expand the popular neutral palette of the Zoya NATUREL collection, six (6) NEW, full-coverage creams in deeper hues were born.

Perfect as every day go-to colors, the Zoya NATUREL DEUX (2) collection bridges the transitional gap between late summer/early fall 2014 with three, rich brown family shades and three plum based beauties. All in the long-wearing, BIG5FREE formula Zoya is known for!

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I had to put them on as soon as I got the collection in the mail. Here’s my mani.


This is two easy coats of Spencer (light brown) and Marney (plum). The gold pattern is done with Ziv. And don’t ask me what the pattern is supposed to be. I thought that polka dots would be too uptight for this mani, so I just did some random spots. Maybe they look like some animal?

You can find this collection and the gorgeous Ziv on the Zoya website.

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Is this a neutral?

I guess it is until I add the sparkle! I got so many compliments on this mani!

The base is two coats of Julep Kennedy and then one coat of the glittery Shoshanna. The glitter has a greenish undertone and it looks great with the holo sparkle! Love!

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