Zoya Halloween Promo!


Get three Spooky Glam ZOYA NAIL POLISH shades for FREE.

  • Storm (Black Metallic Glam Sparkle Nail Polish)
  • Mimi (Purple Metallic Glam Sparkle Nail Polish)
  • Amy (Orange Metallic Glam Sparkle Nail Polish)


With any purchase of $25 or more, exclusively on zoya.com!

Now thru Halloween (10/31/15)

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Glossique Nail Wraps

Provided for review by Glossique

Have you heard of Glossique? They are a company offering vinyl nail wraps. These wraps are similar to Jamberry, but they don’t require heat. 

A little history about the company from Magda, my contact:

“Nicolle and Cindy initiated the idea and invited me to the project. As three traveling business women, who are also moms, we frequently ran into the frustration of making time to get to the salon. We also attempted at-home manicures, however, you need time to let the polish dry and our nails were chipped after a day. Gel Polish emerged and we thought is sounded like a great long-lasting option! It took a lot of time to have them polished (then dried), not to mention the damage that followed.

Nicolle and Cindy were trying competitor products but they were very hard to apply, needed to use heat, or required a clear coat. They were looking for a solution that wouldn’t require heating, or using any chemicals like a clear coat. After testing a lot of different materials, they finally found the best one!

I’m very hopeless with doing my own nails, I’m from Europe and I always had a chance to have my manicure done in a professional inexpensive spa salon. Here in the States, I have had a hard time to find similar quality in a good price so Glossique nail wraps is a life saver for me! Now after a couple months, I can swear by them and I can’t imagine my life without them!”

Here’s the wrap I tried out: Warm Feelings

They have two sizes of wraps, petite and regular. The petite ones are skinnier. I got the regular size of these. 

The first thing I noticed was the number and sizing of the wraps. There are 19 wraps and they have the smallest in the center of the sheet. 

The next thing I noticed was the difference between the preview image and the actual sheet I received. My sheet has half and half of each design instead of just a few accents. 

Magda has been incredibly helpful answering all my questions. I asked her about this difference. Here is her reply:

“We had requests to add more of the second pattern and had done so but did not get to updating the template on the website with the new version. However, after testing the updated half and half patterns we have decided to go back to the four “accent” nails only.”

Ok. That makes sense. Let’s get these on! I followed the instructions found on their website. Because of the order of the wraps, I took one of my Jamberry sheets to compare sizes since I know which Jams fit which fingers. With these, you don’t need heat. I sat on my couch one afternoon and put these on. 

Sweet! And they went on really easily. The vinyl was really easy to stretch and pull to fit over my domed nails. This helps the wraps from getting puckers on the sides and tips. I used a glass file to file off the edges instead of cutting them close to the nail tip as the instructions suggest.  These look really great! 

You might notice the circle image on the thumbnail image above. On the biggest wrap, the frames are circles. As the wraps get smaller, the circles squish to ovals. I asked Magda about this and here is her response:

“We have tried shrinking the pattern and offsetting it so the size is relative, the downfall to these options is that you lose the look of the pattern in both options. Therefore, we have opted to the default which is what you received. We have come to the conclusion that when the patterns are on your nails it is not very noticeable. Most of our patterns though are to scale.”

I will have to agree with the theory that it’s not as noticible on the nail. 

The wear on these is great! On day three, all of the corners and tips were still really well adhered to my nail. And even more impressive, there were no puckers on the tips or the sides. 

These pretties stayed on a week before I *had* to take them off. I messed up one of the vinyls trying to untie a shoe. The rest were still looking great but I couldn’t stand the one messed up. I could have gotten several more days out of them. 

I removed these according to the directions. They said to just peel from the cuticle to the tip. Well, I would not suggest that method at all. I did that and managed to peel off layers of my nail. So, don’t take these off without at least using some oil to loosen them. And I usually get a flosser stick and use that to go between the wrap and the nail. There wasn’t a sticky residue left over, but they did a number on my nails. I lightly buffed my nails to smooth them, but I wouldn’t suggest buffing too often or too hard. That’s your nail your buffing off…it gets thinner and thinner with each buffing. 

So, my review of these gives Glossique an A+! They are $15 per sheet and frequently offer coupon codes. You can purchase these on their website 

*And here’s my funny story about these: every time I looked at the black and pink circles, I saw monkeys in the frames. Please tell me you see them too! 

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Jamberry Wraps over Lacquer

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Meet Julep Mari.  She’s described as a “Peony linear liquid holographic” by Julep. While I would say it is far from a linear holographic, it is still a gorgeous pink with an almost glowing shimmer that has a very faint scattered holo. To compare, here’s an amazing linear holo I’ve reviewed. 


At any rate, this polish is absolutely going into my “Favorite Polish” box. Wait…why don’t I have a box like that? It would be full of holos, neons and Tiffany blues!

What would be in your favorite polish box?

And to guild the lily, I added a clear Jamberry wrap on my accent nail. Look how great it looks layered over the polish! There are tons of wraps for all styles.  

Want this color, or something else from Julep?  Use code 15PRETTY for 15% off! 

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Redbook and Zoya :: Color Naming Contest

Have you ever dreamed of naming a Zoya Color? This is your big chance to join in on the color naming fun… Zoya Creative Director, Rebecca Isa has created 3 gorgeous, new colors for Redbook and the magazine is running a naming contest for them in the September 15 Issue (page 60).

  • Creamy Cherry Red
  • Metallic Plum
  • Sheer Sparkly Gold


As you may know, Zoya names all of our colors after women – so submit your Mom or Bestie or Idol or even your own name to maybe become the next new Zoya!


ENTRY FORM: http://redbook.hearstmobile.com/sweepstakes/31602

CONTEST RULES: http://www.redbookmag.com/sweepstakes/rules/a39228/september-2015-contest-official-rules-5-beauty-tricks-i-just-learned-zoya-contest/



 After the winning names are selected by the Redbook team, the colors will be available through December on Zoya.com as a full size (0.5 oz) trio – $27 (US).


And as individual colors in salons and ULTA stores – $9 ea. (US).


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Zoya Lidia

Press sample provided for review.
Here is Zoya Lidia from the fall Focus collection (Press Release here). 

She is just lovely! It looked great with my skin tone. The only thing I don’t like about the polish wasn’t even a problem with the polish…it was the brush. I just couldn’t get the brush in the right position to properly flare out on the nail. Pretty minor. 

I’m looking forward to trying out Sia, the royal blue cream. Are any of the creams or metallics from these collections calling your name?

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Zoya Fall Collections press release


Two exciting new Zoya Nail Polish collections arrive for FALL 2015


FOCUS (creams)

The Zoya Focus Collection features six strong, solid shades that anchor a look for fall as stand-alone shades. The densely pigmented cream formula features a unique, micro-grind pigment that allows for extra-smooth, streak-free application.

· Charli (ZP807) – a dusty taupe cream with a hint of green, a perfect neutral.

· Desiree (ZP806) – a classic sable brown cream that has just enough gray to keep it cool in tone.

· Hannah (ZP805) – a clear, classic red cream with a balanced (neutral) undertone.

· Janel (ZP804) – a deep red cream with a rich warm undertone.

· Lidia (ZP803) – a rich eggplant cream with a blackened purple base and just a hint of red resulting in a color that is wearable for most skin tones.

· Sia (ZP802) – a true, royal blue cream. NOTE: This is a highly pigmented shade – make sure to apply a base coat to prevent staining.
FLAIR (metallics)

Six, jewel toned liquid metal shades. The unique, micro-grind metallic pigment of the Zoya Flair Collection is fully blended into a vibrant base, creating the effect of brilliant colored melted metal!

· Tris (ZP813) – a blackened, brushed nickel liquid metal.

· Cinnamon (ZP812) – a classic bronze liquid metal, originally designed for Zang Toi NYFW F/W15.

· Aggie (ZP811) – a gold holo-flip, liquid metal with bronze micro glitter. Sheer enough for layering with one coat or fully opaque in three coats!

· Ember (ZP810) – a deep, fiery red liquid metal with enough blue to be wearable for all skin tones.

· Giada (ZP809) – a purple liquid metal with a hint of fuchsia pearl.

· Estelle (ZP808) – a blue on blue liquid metal with a blackened base.

$9 (US), Available in top salons, spas and on zoya.com
* **BIG5FREE, TOXIN FREE: Zoya Nail Polish Formula contains no formaldehyde, formaldehyde resin, dibutyl phthalate, toluene or camphor.


The Flair collection looks amazing with the metal finish! And the richness of the creams! I think these will be two more stunning collections! 

Which colors are calling your name?

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Jamberry Tips and Tricks

I love polish (as you well know), but I also love Jamberry Nail Wraps! I can do some nail art like polka dots, stripes using tape, watermarble, etc, but I’d never be able to paint comic strips on my nails. 

Take a look at these…

Awesome, right? Unfortunately this wrap, PopStar, is retired, but it was really popular so maybe something similar will come along.  

At any rate, I put these on Thursday night in order to wear them to church camp over the weekend where our theme was Super Heroes. I thought this was an excellent opportunity to pull out this special wrap. And I wanted to be sure they stayed on. Really well. Because I didn’t need to take a whole lot of supplies to church camp to fix a nail. Because, really? I did have a nail file. I didn’t go totally backwoods. 

So I did a few things differently for the application of these. First, I used a “sticky” base coat – Glisten & Glow Stuck on Blu. I had read from other consultants that the Jamberry base coat helped their wraps staying power. I don’t have the Jamberry base coat, but I have plenty of others! My next change up was using the “baseball method” when applying the wrap. You can google plenty of videos of how to do this, but here’s the scoop:

Cut a very skinny notch on either side of the wrap toward the cuticle end, like this (but much skinnier)…


I have domed nails which means they aren’t completely flat from cuticle to tip. They curve there as well as the regular curve from side to side. Because of that, I was always getting bubbles or puckers on the side of some nails. Or I would get puckers along the free edge of the wrap. Both issues cause the wrap to not stay on very well and looking nice. So, using this notch method, you put the wrap on after cutting the notch and press it from the middle bottom (cuticle) up toward the middle free end. Then you press from the middle bottom out to the side, making sure the bottom flap is secured. Then you press from the middle top edge down toward the side notch. The notch helps the wrap to lay flat all around. Here’s an up close pic…
See the little notches at the arrows? There are notches on the other sides, too. And don’t mind the wear on the free edge of these wraps. This is my right hand and as much as I try to avoid using my nails as tools, sometimes I do…like untying knotted shoe laces after a camper’s trip to the pool. Oh, well. 

I’m happy to say that there are no puckers on my wraps! Yay!

The last thing I did differently was to use a glass file to file off the extra wrap instead of the Jamberry file (in the first picture). A glass file is a really fine grit. The Jamberry file is a really course grit. When you use a course grit file, it shreds the end of the wrap and makes it much easier for it to start lifting. With the glass file, it’s much smoother and stays down better. I can already tell I’m going to get a much longer wear time out of these wraps because they’re flush on my nail and smooth on the edge. 

If you’re interested in Jamberry wraps, you can visit my consultant’s site and check them out! What’s your favorite wrap?

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More Disney Nails!

I had the pleasure of painting Disney nails for two girls today. They’re going to Disney soon and the mom thought that themed nails would be fun! She was right…I’m just glad they didn’t want a portrait of Cinderella in a full-length ball gown!

I did the 5th grader’s nails first. She had beautiful nails! I painted polka dots on her pinky using white acrylic paint and my dotting tool. The middle finger is Mickey ears, again using the acrylic paint and dotting tool. For the index and ring fingers, I painted on a silver, then a coat of silver holo sparkles and then use a Mickey ears decal I made with my Silhouette Cameo to cover up the silver and painted the red or black on top, then peeled off the decal. I messed up the first time and the decal peeled the silver paint right off. It was a pretty good “negative space” look, but not what we were going for. Her thumb has the cute Mickey pants!

Polish Used: Glisten & Glow Stuck on Blu base coat, Zoya Sooki (red), Zoya Trixie (silver), F.U.N Lacquer silver holo glitter, Fantasy Makers black, white acrylic paint, Glisten & Glow HK Girl quick dry top coat

I did to 4 year old’s next. She wanted Minnie (the polka dots) and a Mickey head and we decided on Mickey pants for her thumb. She stayed very still while I painted her tiny nails. And when I put the buttons on the Mickey pants on her thumb, she squealed! It was too cute! I used all the same supplies as on her sister. 

A quick text to their mom last night told me that their manis were still holding up! Hope they last long enough to show Mickey and Minnie!

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Orly LA Selfie 

Get out your sunglasses, folks. This is a bright one!

I noticed some bright Orly polish at Target the other day so when I went back, I actually got a closer look. I was hoping it was the summer 2015 collection but it was actually their new Color Amp’d line, exclusive to Target. 

Here’s a graphic about the system straight from their website:


I picked up the boxed set that had a polish and the Sealcoat. The polish included was LA Selfie. I applied the polish just as the instructions stated: two coats of polish (no base coat) and one coat of the Sealcoat. This picture is in direct sunlight. 



And this one is in the shade. 


You can see the polish is a little different color from the bottle. This is my only complaint. The bottle is wrapped in colored plastic so you can’t actually see the color (or the amount in the bottle).  The Sealcoat dried really quickly, which I liked. I didn’t test out the “smudge proof” claim but I’m sure I’ll have a chance again. This neon pink is awesome! As for the “long wearing” claim, I can’t speak to that yet either. I just put it on yesterday and it looks great. I think this would also make a great pedi shade. 

Do you like neon polishes? What’s your favorite brand/shade of neon? I dot have nearly enough in my stash!

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Half Moon Dottie Mani

I’ve had this mani in my drafts for a month. And by now, I’m not sure what polishes I used, but they were all Juleps. I masked off the half moons with dot stickers and I did the dots with a dotting tool.    


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