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Monday, March 25, 2013

Zoya Dahlia

So in my absence, it appears that the "next big thing" was textured polish.  I know a few companies have a variation of this, and one of those companies is Zoya.  Late last year, I kept seeing press releases for PixieDust, but I really wasn't sure what it was.  Turns out, PixieDust is matte polish loaded with texture and shine.  On the nail, it looks like it's embedded with clear gemstones. 
 
Today, I have for you Zoya Dahlia... the black polish in the first series of PixieDust polishes (and no, the fact that the polish is black and they named it Dahlia was not lost on me.  LOL)...

 
Dahlia is a black shimmer loaded with silver sparkles with a sugary finish.  To me, it almost looked like marcasite. 
 
Now, per Zoya's press information and website, the PixieDust line is meant to be work matte.  However, I'm pretty much OVER the matte trend (plus, matte polish never stays on my nails for more than 10 minutes), so I opted to use a topcoat.  I also did this because I really dislike bumpiness on my nails (like in a really textured glitter).  However, while the topcoat added some shine (though not much), it didn't really help with the bumpiness.  Also, this polish will suck up the topcoat.  It took three coats for it to look like I had used any topcoat at all.
 
That said, I really do like Dahlia.  It looks like a super sparkly, yet bumpier, version of Orly Goth (one of my favorites).
 
Also, Zoya is coming out with a summer line of PixieDust polishes and they look fantastic.
 
Dahlia is available at Zoya.com and retails for $8.
 
 
Zoya Dahlia was sent to me for review.  Link is not an affiliate link.
Sunday, March 24, 2013

Zoya Lovely Review

Even though our forecast calls for snow in a few days, my calendar says it's spring, so I decided to swatch a very "spring-y" collection, as my first post after coming back from my hiatus.  Zoya Lovely is Zoya's Spring 2013 collection, and it fits the bill perfectly...

Blu - light blue creme.  I'm a sucker for pale blues, and Blu was no exception.  It's not exactly a baby blue, but it's definitely a light blue.  Formula was good.  I had a bit of an issue flooding my cuticle, but that may be because it's been awhile since I've swatched anything and I'm a wee bit rusty.  On me, it wasn't a one-coater, but I was able to reach full opacity in 2 coats.  

Jacqueline - magnolia-blossom cream creme.  This one is a cream, but there is also a good amount of yellow as well.  As soon as I saw Jacqueline in the bottle, I knew I'd love it.  A cream that reaches full opacity in a reasonable number of coats has been on my wish list for awhile.  It took me 3 coats to reach opacity.  

Julie - lavender metallic shimmer.  Zoya does metallic shimmers exceptionally well.  This one and the 2 other shimmers in this collection reminded me of the Zoya's shimmers from 2012, but they are a little less metallic.  As for color, I loved Julie in the bottle, but on my hand, I thought it didn't work so well with my skin tone.  It's such a lovely color, through, and if you have more olive skin that me, it will look fantastic on you.  It reminds me of the first crocuses in spring.  3 coats.     

Gie Gie - pink metallic shimmer.  Gie Gie is Julie's pink sister.  I'm assuming that Gie Gie is the update to Zoya's previous, and discontinued, "GiGi", a color that was so pretty in the bottle, but incredibly disappointing on the nail.  Gie Gie is a light candy pink with silver metallic shimmer.  She almost reminds me of a combination of Shelby and Rory from last year's Beach and Surf collections.  I had to work a bit with the formula, but I was able to reach opacity in 3 coats.  

Neely - pistachio green creme. I love light greens that aren't minty, however, Neely just didn't look that great on my hands.  That's not suprising, though, as pale greens are always the most apt to bring out the red in my skin.  It's a beautiful color, and I think it would look great on darker skintones.  The formula was a bit watery, and I did have an issue with flooding the cuticle, but it was manageable.  3 thin coats.

Piaf - daffodil yellow metallic shimmer.  Piaf is the brightest in the bunch and probably one of my favorites.  It reminded me of the daffodils that are poking their heads up all around here.  I did have a bit of an issue reaching full opacity in a low number of coats (this is 3), but that can be managed with using a base coat and letting the coats dry in between.


All in all, I really like this collection from Zoya.  It really does put me in the mindset for early spring.  The collection is currently available at Zoya.com.  Zoya polishes retail for $8 a bottle.


Zoya Lovely was sent to me for review.  Link is not an affiliate link.

Tuesday, March 12, 2013

Update

Hi everyone.  First off, I would like to sincerely apologize for going away for several months.  The end of 2012 was a mess, and I just didn't have it in me to blog.  My grandmother passed away in early November, and then my father was admitted to the hospital 4 days after my Nana died.  He was finally released a month later, but he will more than likely need open heart surgery within the next couple of months.

Also, I started back to school in January, and that has honestly consumed all of my free time.  I am finishing my BS in Psychology and then (fingers crossed), I'll be looking at graduate programs to get my masters degree in either school counseling or mental health counseling.  I'm still waffling on the two, but leaning towards school counseling. 

Moreover, my husband and I had the bright idea to start re-doing our house.  Since December, we have replaced the carpet and remodeled the kitchen.  Bathrooms are next, but that's slated for the fall.  Tim tells me he's DONE for ahwile.  LOL. 

I'm not sure if I'll be able to get back to nail blogging.  To be honest, I haven't polished my nails in months.  GASP  I miss it (both blogging and polish), but my free time is very limited.  One of my thoughts was to try and at least do 1 post a week.  I have a lot of polishes to review, and I just don't if I can get to them.  Like I said, my life went to shit last year and then this year, it's crazy busy.  I have to find my camera, my memory card, my cuticle nipper, and my file and maybe I'll be able to blog a bit.  LOL.

I've been off Twitter for months, because my old Samsung kept booting me out, but thanks to my son finally killing that phone, I now have an iPhone and I installed Tweetcaster today.  So, I will be able to be more active on Twitter again. 

Anyway, that's what's going on.  I'm sorry for being MIA, but it was unavoidable.  Hopefully, I'll be able to come back soon. 
Sunday, November 18, 2012

Let's start at the very beginning...

Hi everyone!  *waves while trying not to look sheepish*

I hope all of you are doing well.  This has been a crazy fall here in my real life, so I sincerely apologize for the lack of posting.  We went on vacation right after my last post, and then we all came down with a horrible chest cold that I am still battling today (I think we keep passing it around, but I think it's coming to an end... thank goodness).  Then my grandmother passed away at the beginning of November and now my daddy is in the hospital and will be having bypass surgery within the next few days.  *sigh*

Needless to say, my mind and heart really haven't been in blogging.  Plus, my "to review" box is getting getting fuller and fuller which has a tendency to shut me down, rather than lighting a fire under my slacker ass.  Plus, I had chopped my nails down to nubs a few weeks ago and they had just got back to the point where it wasn't a pain in the ass to paint them.  My plan was to get back to blogging soon and then I did a total dumbass thing and nicked my nail while trying to clip them.

So I figured I could either neglect this blog for another 2-3 weeks and get even further behind, or I could use it to see if I could take my nails from the short, misshapen, raggedy messes they are, to healthy nails within the next few weeks.  As a thank you for helping to promote their Facebook contest, Barielle sent me a package including several nail treatments, so I figured this was a good time to try them out.

Here is a picture I took about 15 minutes ago.


You can see the nick in my ring finger nail.  You can also see my raggedy ass cuticles.  LOL.  So, over the next few weeks, I'm going to try and repair my nails and cuticles and I'm showing you all the process. 

I used the nail cream last night before bed and today, I used the protein.  I will be sure to keep you updated on my progress.  


Products were sent to me by Barielle

Wednesday, October 10, 2012

Barielle Facebook Sweepstakes

Hi everyone.  I apologize for being MIA for a little bit, but I wanted to tell you all about this great sweepstakes sponsored by Barielle...


This contest runs through 10/31/2012.  To enter, go to Barielle's Facebook page (click here to direct link).  The winner will receive a prize package of...
  • Any two of our 5 pack Nail Polish collections 
  • One piece of Barielle’s Nail Strengthener Cream (full size)
  • One piece of Nail Rebuilding Protein Base Coat
  • One piece of Ultra Speed Dry Manicure Extender Top Coat
All products equal a value of over $100 and per Barielle's post, there will be multiple winners.  Good luck!

If you are having issues entering from your phone, please use this link.


I was asked to promote this contest by Barielle's PR.


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