fresh-mintt asked: thank you for the response, but i have another question ( LOL ) what is your favorite neutral color? because i mostly wear neutrals on my nails, sorry to bother you !
You’ll definitely want to check out the Feel Winter Neutrals collection, though. Also, if you search “neutral” at zoya.com, the search results will actually pull up neutral shades! You may want to try browsing in that way, too. :)
fresh-mintt asked: what are your top 2 favorite zoya colors?! i want to participate in their promotion, but im not as familiar with the brand and don't know their best colors. also thanks for the heads up! (:
I’m not sure I can pick a top 2, but I’ll list off a few of my favorites.
The whole Gems & Jewels winter 2011 collection is so perky and fun, but my favorite from the collection is Kissy. I wear it when I’m feeling particularly flirty. ;) It’s a glitter, so you can layer it over a solid color, or wear 3-4 coats for a truly dazzling finish. Hooray for options! :)
Jem from the Smoke & Mirrors fall 2011 collection topped several Best of 2011 lists. It’s a dark metallic duochrome that flashes gold. Gorgeous! But if it’s too dark for you, I think Valerie is Jem’s brighter cousin (it has less black in it). I also love Cynthia, Neeka, Dree, and Yara from the same collection.
I love the entire Touch collection. It’s only three nail polishes, but they’re all nudes, and each one complements a certain skin tone. I know nudes are tricky colors for some people to get into, so I love that Zoya broke it down for us with this collection. If you read the descriptions for each shade, it’ll help you keep in mind the shades that would go well with your skin tone (whether you’re shopping for nude nail polishes or not).
Anything from the Flash collection is bright and fun. The Twist collection is cute and girly. And the Pulse collection is vampy and lush. On zoya.com, click through the collection links on the left sidebar to get a glimpse of what they offer. Their collection themes are so creative. I’m sure you’ll find something you like!
Hope that sort of helps! I’m not sure what you like, so I tried to suggest a little of everything that might appeal. :) Feel free to ask more questions!
Color: Dude Blue (Milani)
Retail Price: $4.49 (USD)
This shade is supposed to be a neon, as the bottle implies, but I think it looks more like an electric blue, or maybe even a bright cobalt blue. It’s not shocking enough to be neon for me, but I think the color is still stunning!
The formula for this nail polish is thinner than most, but application is a breeze! I was expecting a streaky first coat, but I was pleasantly surprised by a smooth first coat. Even better is I achieved bottle color by the second coat!
Overall, I’m a big fan of this shade, and I think everyone can get behind it. If you usually wear dark nail polishes and want to venture out, the depth of this blue gives a nod to darker hues, and if you usually wear lighter colors, the brightness of the blue will keep you in your comfort area as well.
Looking for a dupe? Blagger (Butter London) is fairly similar, although Dude Blue is brighter and with a thinner formula. However, both nail polishes only require two coats to achieve bottle color, so if you’re looking to pocket some presidents, Dude Blue is a great alternative to Blagger.
Disclosure: Product sample provided by Milani.
Congratulations to inwonderlandiam, the winner of the Julep Maven box giveaway! I’ll be contacting you shortly.
Don’t be sad if you didn’t win the contest! I’m going to have more contests and giveaways in the future. :)
Thanks to everyone who participated and made this Blanket Print Nails contest such a success!
Anonymous asked: For the life of me, I can't get my polish to go only smoothly. It's either clumpy or uneven. Base coats and top coats don't help either. It don't shake the bottles before use, I roll them between my hands, so I don't believe that's the problem. I find I have this problem most often with thinner polish formulas. Help me out~? Thanks!
You seem to be keeping all the right things in mind. I can really only think of two things for you to consider.
First, make sure you’re storing your nail polish at room temperature. Environments that are too hot or too cold will affect the application process.
And second, make sure your nails aren’t the problem. If your nails are peeling or have ridges, that might cause some thinner formulas to not go on smoothly. You can fix these problems by either buffing your nails or trying out some of the “nail food” out there. OPI and Essie have several kinds of nail treatments for nails, whether yours are weak, brittle, peeling, etc.
Hope that helps! :)
Colors: Black Lingerie (Revlon), Platinum Glitter (Orly), Silver (Milani), White Canvas (Milani)
I thought about creating a New Years tutorial for yall, but my New Years mani is pretty easy to achieve with a minimal number of colors and some stripers or thin paint brushes. I used the silver Milani Jewel FX pieces as confetti. To control where each piece ends up, take the brush out of the Milani bottle, and use a toothpick to pluck a silver piece of glitter off the brush, and press it onto your nail. Rinse and repeat! Not nearly as time-consuming as that might seem. Trust me! :)
I had originally imagined this as a black and gold manicure, but I’m at my parents’ house for the holidays, and I only grabbed a few bottles of nail polish when I packed at my apartment…and for some reason, I didn’t grab anything gold! Anyway, my thumb says “2012,” my index finger shows a clock about to strike midnight, my middle finger says “NEW YEAR,” my ring finger is supposed to represent ribbons and confetti, and my pinky has a balloon on it.
Happy New Year to all my followers! Thanks for an amazing 2011. I wish you a prosperous new year filled only with good things. And, of course, lots of nail polish! ;)
Color: Blue Year’s Eve (China Glaze)
Retail Price: $6.50 (USD)
This shade is from China Glaze’s winter 2011 Let It Snow collection. Based on the shade name, I thought today would be the perfect day to swatch this! Blue Year’s Eve is a royal blue shade with bright royal blue shimmer. The finished effect is sort of icy and moody and cheerful all at once!
The formula for this nail polish was a little on the thin side. You can see the tiniest hint of visible nail line here, and that’s after three coats of nail polish. But honestly, it’s really not that noticeable in person. Tip: This shade would look super cute with Twila (Zoya) layered over it!
I like that the shimmer is a little brighter than the blue base color. The duplicitous nature of this shade sort of reminds me of Maggie (Julep), although obviously, Blue Year’s Eve leans more blue than purple.
Color: Meet Me Under The Mistletoe (Orly)
Retail Price: $8.00 (USD)
How about one last holiday shade before the year is over? This shade is from Orly’s winter 2010 ‘Tis The Season collection. I thought it was a shimmer at first, but then I realized the glitter in this baby is too big. It’s actually a flakie! This shade is a dark evergreen with bright green and yellow-green flakies suspended throughout.
The formula for this shade is somewhat sheer, but I think that’s what allows the flakes of glitter to really shine through and sparkle. Despite the sheerness, the dark base color had this opaque on my nails in two coats.
At first, I found this green to be a little darker than the green I usually think of during the holidays, but the flakes of glitter shine rather brightly, which makes this shade so versatile. If you’re looking for a dupe, Glittering Garland (China Glaze) comes pretty close, but I’ve seen Meet Me Under The Mistletoe in stores, so you can definitely choose to get one or both!
Reminder: Customized introductory Julep Maven box giveaway ends tomorrow!
My Julep Maven Box Contest ends tomorrow, and a winner will be announced on January 1, 2012. Remember that this contest is open to US and Canada followers only. If you haven’t entered yet, click here. Good luck! :)
And just in case you don’t want to wait for the results to my contest and would like to treat yourself, click here and use promo code SHAREON to get your first Julep Maven box for only ONE PENNY. Talk about a steal! :) The Penny Box offer is only available through December 31, 2011; if you’re interested, get movin’!
Got questions? Please feel free to ask me, and I’ll do my best to answer!
I love the idea behind this!
“Liebster” is a German word meaning dearest or beloved, but it can also mean favorite. The idea behind the Liebster Blog Award is that it is given to bloggers in order to create new connections and bring attention to these wonderful blogs!
There are only 4 simple rules:
1. Thank the giver and link back to the blogger who gave it to you.
2. Reveal the five blogs you have chosen and let them know by leaving a comment on their blog.
3. Copy and paste the award onto your blog.
4. Request that people you have sent the award to forward it on to their favorite bloggers.
I nominate the following 5 nail blogs:
All 5 blogs are inspiring and colorful, so I hope you’ll visit them! :)
Color: Snow Globe (China Glaze) layered over Super Star! (Pure Ice)
Retail Price: $6.50 (USD)
This fun glitter is from China Glaze’s winter 2011 Let It Snow collection. It’s gold, purple, light blue, blue, and green glitter, all suspended within a clear base. The formula is a little thicker than usual China Glaze shades, but I find the thicker formula makes it easier to evenly spread the glitter across your nails.
This glitter reacts wonderfully with the light, making this nail polish great to wear on its own (whether you want a subtle look with one coat, or a more dazzling look with three or more coats) or over a solid base color. Here, I am wearing one coat of Snow Globe over one coat of Super Star! (Pure Ice). I think it looks cool and wintery, but this seriously looks great over any solid color. My sister is currently wearing it layered over Cynthia (Zoya), and my mom is wearing it layered over Poinsettia (China Glaze), and I think all three of our manicures look super fun. :)
This glitter is so unique, and I love that it can be both subtle and glamorous. Don’t miss out on this one!
Color: Billionaire (Deborah Lippmann)
Retail Price: $16.00 (USD)
This shade is described as a “moody hunter green.” I think to describe it more accurately, we should look at the name of the shade. This green really does look like the green ink on American money! Thus far, it’s my favorite creme finish from Deborah Lippmann.
The formula for this is so easy to work with. It’s a little streaky on the first coat, but the second coat makes the finish opaque and complete. I love that it dries glossy, but you’ll still want to seal in the manicure with your favorite top coat.
My favorite thing about this green is its “moodiness.” I think it fits well among holiday manicures (I’m thinking about some moody holly leaves) and perfectly among spring floral manicures. Hunter greens are definitely one of those “it” colors, but I love that this one’s a smidge darker than what we’re used to seeing.
Disclosure: Product sample provided by Deborah Lippmann.
Color: Love Marilyn (China Glaze)
Retail Price: $6.50 (USD)
This shade is from China Glaze’s winter 2011 Eye Candy collection. It’s packed with red glitter and sparse occurrences of silver glitter, all suspended throughout a clear base. It’s incredibly similar to Gettin’ Miss Piggy With It (OPI), except Love Marilyn lacks magenta glitter. Otherwise, its a pretty good dupe if you’re looking to pocket a couple presidents.
As with all the other glitter polishes in this collection, application is a breeze. Glitter applies evenly so that you’re not just pushing glitter around on your nail, and after the first layer, the glitter builds up nicely. In the photo above, I’m wearing three coats of nail polish.
My favorite thing about this glitter in particular is the formula makes it great for an only-glitter look, but the large pieces of glitter make this a really unique glitter to layer over solid colors.
Disclosure: Product sample provided by China Glaze.
Color: Twila (Zoya)
Retail Price: $8.00 (USD)
This shade is from Zoya’s winter 2011 Gems & Jewels collection. It is a bright blue glitter with blue and holographic bar glitter suspended throughout a clear base.
The formula is similar to Kissy (Zoya) and Rina (Zoya) from the same collection. As with Kissy and Rina, Twila is good for layering over a solid base color (I’d highly recommend the solid colors from the other side of this collection), but if you want to only wear the glitter, that’s fine, too! Glitter coverage is fairly opaque and even, but as was the case for me in the above photo, you will most likely need three coats to achieve bottle color.
Overall, I really like this shade. I love that Zoya went with spunky, fun shades in this collection. It seems to fit with the season while avoiding many of the crutch colors for winter collections.