Ana the lovely (and difficult)

Here is Zoya Ana. She’s a beautiful off-white.


And I know you can all see the sheet marks on this mani.

I’m calling it Satin Sheet Finish.

Sorry, I’m not sorry.

I put this polish on around 7:30 last night and went to bed around 9:30. Obviously plenty of time when I put on a quick dry top coat. But these don’t have a top coat.

And the day before I put Ana on around 10:30 in the morning and took a nap around 2. I got sheet marks on that mani. That’s an exceptionally long time for a polish to still be dentable (is that even a word?).

I didn’t have this problem with Brittany. I need to email Zoya to see if anyone else has noticed this issue.

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Since New Year’s Day…

(I got so excited about the Zoya Satins, I posted that swatch yesterday before posting this one!)

This was my mani on January 1, 2015. I kept thinking I would do some nail art, but I just loved the satin finish!

Then I decided to try a new-to-me nail shape: ballerina (or coffin…I like the sound of ballerina better). The shape is filed on the sides and square on top – like a ballerina’s pointe shoe.

I made the square top a little skinnier and showed off my flute in the process.


Now back to little round nubs.


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First Look :: Zoya Brittany/Satin

PR Sample

The Zoya Satins are making their appearance! Have you seen any swatches you love? I just got these and I love the formula…and the colors.

The polish goes on easily without balding or streaking. And these are great colors to transition from winter to spring. They’ll go with everything in your closet!

Wanna see?

Here is two coats of Brittany/Satin with Zoya Anchor basecoat. She is described as a rose mauve cream. These satin finishes are not to be worn with top coat. (You can, of course, wear topcoat, but you’ll lose the amazing satin finish.)

Full sun


I didn’t wear a ridge-filler base with this one, but I will with the next one and I’m sure those ridges at the base of my nails will disappear.

Do you like this satin finish? It’s between matte and glossy. Very sophisticated I think.

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Happy NYE!


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Zoya Naturel Satins in 2015!


Press Release
The next generation of Zoya Naturel is almost here! Introducing, Zoya Naturel Satins, a collection of six new, neutral nail polish colors in an ultra-wearable, low-sheen, chic satin finish. A hybrid between matte and glossy polishes, the new Zoya Satin* formula provides opaque coverage and is longer lasting than traditional matte shades. The flawlessly smooth finish hides imperfections and creates a luxurious, satin finish nail look.

· ZP782/Leah: Lavender tinged taupe, exclusive Zoya Satin* finish.
· ZP779/Rowan: Creamy suede taupe, exclusive Zoya Satin* finish.
· ZP781/Sage: Mossy sage green, exclusive Zoya Satin* finish.
· ZP778/Tove: Misty slate grey, exclusive Zoya Satin* finish.
· ZP780/Brittany: Rose mauve cream, exclusive Zoya Satin* finish.
· ZP783/Ana: Light toasted almond, exclusive Zoya Satin* finish.

*Zoya Satin is not intended to be worn with a top coat. For best results: Prep nail with Zoya Remove Plus Nail Polish Remover, apply base coat and finish with 2 thin coats of any Zoya Satin Nail Polish.
AVAILABLE 01/15/15!


$9 (US), Available in top salons, spas and on

COMING SOON – Zoya Satin Seal Topcoat!
Turn any color into an elegant Satin finish beauty with just one coat!

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Julep Christmas

I haven’t done a watermarble in a while so I decided Christmas one would be fun! I tried out several combos of polishes before I settled on these and they marbled really well.


They remind me of ribbon candy. My sis said they reminded her of those dipped wax candles they used to make at the mall. You know the ones? Several dips in different colors then they would cut and design these awesome candles. I remember one year that was what I really wanted for Christmas and that’s what my sister got me! She’s so awesome!

White base is Julep Brigitte
Red is Julep Myrtle
Green is Julep Celia

This close up really shows the flaws, but they really do look great!

Join Julep Maven now and your Jingle Bells Welcome Box is FREE. ($58 value – just pay $3.99 Shipping)

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Sweet Swirls

To prove that I haven’t fallen off the face of the blog-o-sphere, here’s what’s on my nails today:

This is two coats of Zoya Sooki (a most perfect red!) and the accent nail painted freehand with white acrylic paint. It’s all topped with HK Girl quick dry top coat.

What do you think?

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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 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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