Monday, June 30, 2014

Zoya Tickled and Bubbly Layering... Mattified!

Hi guys!! I'm sure you have seen swatches of the Zoya Tickled and Bubbly collections on many blogs by now, so I decided to show you them in a bit of a different way. I swatched each of the cremes (Tickled collection) using two coats, and then added one coat of the corresponding glitters (Bubbly collection) on half of the nail. I just did this freehand with the polish brush, no tape or anything. Then I topped with a matte top coat.

I think these colors all look really striking mattified, and it also brings out the iridescence in the glitter.

Zoya Wendy ("a juicy summer melon") topped with Zoya Alma ("a warm golden peach metallic"). Alma and Wendy are the only two of the glitter shades that don't precisely correspond with each other, but they do pair well! Wendy brings out more of the orange tones in Alma.

Zoya Rooney ("a mid-range magenta pink") topped with Zoya Binx ("a spicy orchic purple"). All of the gitter shades have gold shimmer in them, as well as the iridescent glitters that Zoya refers to as holographic in their descriptions.

Zoya Kitridge ("a classic summer bubblegum pink") topped with Zoya Harper ("a cotton candy pink"). Bubblegum and cotton candy, yum! These are really accurate descriptions for sure.

 Zoya Rocha ("a classic folly red cream") topped with Zoya Jesy ("a firey coral orange"). I don't agree at all with the description of Rocha, I think its pretty clearly orange rather than red. Maybe you could call it a red-orange. Despite that, I absolutely think that Rocha is one of the standouts of both collections. Its the first one I wanted to wear as a full mani, and my mother-in-law gave herself a mani/pedi with this too, and she doesn't even like orange! Super summery.
a classic folly red cream
a classic folly red cream

Zoya Tilda ("a warm mantis green") topped with Zoya Stassi ("a brilliant citron green"). Now here are some more favorites for me. Mantis green is a perfect way to describe Tilda. I have a lot of green polishes but I'm sure these will get a lot of use from me.
a brilliant citron green

Zoya Ling ("a vibrant royal blue") topped with Zoya Muse ("a blue raspberry holographic fizz"). These were also winners for me. Although when I think of royal blue I would tend to think of a darker blue than this. I loveddddd the way this looked matte. Bright blue polishes also always hold a special place in my heart, and these are no exception.

Zoya polishes can be purchased from for $9 each. You can also purchase the full collections (either cremes or glitters) for $54 each.

How are you wearing these collections? Layered? Alone? In nail art? Which shades did you buy or add to your wishlist?
a blue raspberry holographic fizz

Sunday, June 15, 2014

The Digit-al Dozen Does Metal: Wrought Iron Fences

Hi guys! So I ended up a couple days late with this, but here is my day 5 of Digital Dozen Metal week. My inspiration for this one was wrought iron gates and fencing.

I used OPI Don't Bossa Nova Me Around as my base for this mani, and then I stamped on the swirly parts with images from Gals GA23 plate. I used my black Barry M Nail Art Pen to draw the vertical lines for the fencing.

Don't forget to check out what the rest of the DD members were up to this week!

Thursday, June 12, 2014

The Digit-al Dozen Does Metal: Throw up the Horns!

Hey guys! We are on day 4 of Digit-al Dozen's Metal week, and I've decided to use the metal "horns" symbol from the music community as my inspiration today. \m/, dude!

My base for this mani is my go-to one coat black, Cult Nails Nevermore. I did my art with acrylic paints for more accuracy. I've done the metal hand sign across my middle and ring fingers, and the other two accent nails are meant to look like a sound wave. I think this would be a fun mani to wear to a concert some time. :)

Let's see what everyone else's interpretations look like today, shall we?

Wednesday, June 11, 2014

The Digit-al Dozen Does Metal: Chain Mail

Hi there! Welcome back to Digit-al Dozen Metal week. Since Mr. Sparkles is into D&D and other such medieval nerdy stuff, I had to do some chain mail nails this week. He even has a chain mail shirt which he made himself, how epic is that?  

To get the chain mail look, I started with 2 coats of China Glaze Concrete Catwalk. I stamped over that with China Glaze Cosmic Dust and a design from the Mash-44 plate. Simple enough but I really enjoyed these in person. I even wore this as a full mani for a couple days!

Check out what everyone else did today!

Tuesday, June 10, 2014

The Digit-al Dozen Does Metal: Robots

Hi guys! Once again, we are in Digital Dozen week, and I'm hoping to actually participate on all the days this time after a couple "off" months. Our theme is Metal this month, which made me think of a t-shirt I have with a graphic of a robot and the words "All my friends are metal." So here are my metal robot nails!

This mani started off with a base of two coats of OPI Designer... De Better!, a silver polish with some copper flecks throughout. I stamped over my metallic base with MoYou Back To The 80's 03 plate and Mundo de Uñas Black stamping polish.

I loved how this turned out, but I will tell you that the clean up was terrible! Since the image I chose is mostly a black background I had a lot of scrubbing to do after stamping. Next time I think I'll try to protect my skin with some Elmer's Glue.

Let's see what the other lovely ladies are up to today!

Monday, June 9, 2014

The Digit-al Dozen Does Metal: Patinaed Copper

Hi there guys! Its Digit-al Dozen week again, and I'm finally trying to get back on the horse with my blogging. This month our theme is Metal. As always our themes are to be interpreted however we like.

This first mani that I did is meant to look like patinaed copper. In these photos I think my base color ended up looking more gold than it did in real life, but oh well.

I used a base of two coats of CND Copper Chrome for this nail art, and then I top coated that and did a saran wrap mani using Essie Greenport and Kiko Nr. 343 over the copper. To get the distressed metal effect I used a fluffy paint brush dipped in acetone to expose the copper base. This was one of those manis which looked really awesome but didn't take much precision.

As usual, my DD co-members have come up with some of their own amazing interpretations of metal for today. Let's check out what they've done!

Sunday, June 8, 2014

Superficially Colorful Lacquer: My Favorite Things Collection, Part 2

Hi guys! Today I have the second half of a recent collection from Superficially Colorful Lacquer. This collection is called My Favorite Things, and includes 12 holographic micro glitters in jelly bases. All the polishes are named for some of Jin's best friends. I've shown each polish with two coats, some have top coat and some don't, but they look best with top coat in my opinion. They don't dry particularly gritty though, so they will be nice and smooth with any top coat.

 British Chocs - is an orange holographic glitter in juicy orange jelly base.

 I’ve Never Been Ginger! - is a tardis blue and holographic glitter in a dark blue jelly base.

"Erase your dirty thoughts!  Twitter Licker is a name for those addicted lacquerheads like myself who drool over the gorgeous manicures people post!"

Twitter Licker - is a medium – light blue glitter with light holographic qualities in very light blue, almost clear base.

Yous Dearhearts - is a holographic gold micro glitter and sparse golden hearts in an amber jelly base.

Imaginary Narwhals - is a silvery holographic micro glitter polish with occasional silver stars in clear base.

Hot Italian Lady - is a fiery red holographic glitter, golden stars and dots in hot red jelly base. I would personally say this leans much more orange than red though.

The formula on every polish in this collection was great, although as you can see in my photos some are more dense than others. From this half of the collection my favorites were Yous Dearhearts and British Chocs.

These polishes are available for purchase on The Superficially Colorful site for $9 a piece. She ships from Israel but will send worldwide, and has very reasonable shipping costs.

Which ones are your favorites from this half of the collection?