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Zoya Summer Magical Pixie Swatches

Hey guys! It’s another new week! I hope this week flies by fast since I’m already looking forward to the upcoming weekend. I’ve been cooking much more lately and not quite sure why. I just got the urge to do so. My poor husband just eats whatever I cooks, but at least he’s giving me pretty honest feedback! I did manage to squeeze taking pictures of this collection in — Zoya Summer Magical Pixie. Here they are shown in the order of the press release.

First up is Arlo.

Zoya Arlo

This shade is pretty packed with glittery goodness. One coat is enough to partake in its awesomeness even though it’s not quite opaque yet. It is described as “a glittering violet amethyst in the best-selling ultra textured, matte, holographic MagicalPixie formula”. Another coat and it will be just like what you see in the bottle. I don’t usually apply glitters until they’re opaque. I like to show how they look on their own. Shown is one coat with no top coat.

Zoya Arlo (in shade)

Zoya Arlo (direct sunlight)

Zoya Arlo (close-up)

Next up is Ginni.

Zoya Ginni

Ginni is the light pink version of Arlo basically. It’s packed with the same glittery goodness and bears the same texture finish. It is described as “a glittery pink tourmaline in the best-selling ultra textured, matte, holographic Magical Pixie formula”. Formula is great to work with. I stuck with the same number of coats as Arlo to show the color difference between the 2. Shown is one coat with no top coat.

Zoya Ginni (in shade)

Zoya Ginni (direct sunlight)

Zoya Ginni (lighting changed)

Zoya Ginni (close-up)

Lastly, here’s Bar.

Zoya Bar

Holy cow! What can I say about Bar? Bar is basically the same exact thing as Arlo and Ginni except in this stunning color that I wish I had earlier so I could’ve worn it on my nails for my wedding. This is described as “a glittery nude topaz in the best-selling ultra textured, matte, holographic Magical Pixie formula”. Formula is great to work with and it dries really fast. The base for this one is less tinted, so I used an extra coat for this (I kind of wanted to see too what could’ve been on my nails that day as I wore 2 coats of Cosmo). Shown is 2 coats with no top coat.

Zoya Bar (in shade)

Zoya Bar (direct sunlight)

Zoya Bar (close-up)

I was originally very excited about this collection and Bar definitely sealed the deal for me on that sentiment. As with the earlier Magical Pixies, I like the formula for these as I didn’t have to pat or strategically place the glitter on the nail like some other hex glitter polishes from various other brands.

*Some products in this review may have been provided by the PR company or manufacturer for an honest opinion.*


Zoya Tickled Swatches

Hey guys! I’ve been busily catching up with all the summer collections and this one almost slipped right on by! I didn’t think much of these shades at first, in all honesty, but there are a few surprises in there! In random order, here are swatches for Zoya Tickled Collection.

First up is Wendy.

Zoya Wendy

Wendy has a great formula — one of the best in this collection. It is described as “a juicy summer melon, deep enough to flatter a tan but bright enough to stand out”. Formula is leaning a little to the watery side, but it’s really good even with application of thicker coats. Shown is one thicker coat with no top coat.

Zoya Wendy (in shade)

Zoya Wendy (direct sunlight)

Zoya Wendy (close-up)

Next up is Tilda.

Zoya Tilda

Tilda is the green in this group. It is described as “a warm mantis green cream that is a great alternative to a summer lime”. I love the golden undertone in this shade! Formula is good, just like Wendy with the teeniest difference in that it’s a bit thicker and less watery (I almost can’t say it’s watery at all). And just like Wendy, shown is one thicker coat with no top coat.

Zoya Tilda (in shade)

Zoya Tilda (direct sunlight)

Zoya Tilda (lighting changed)

Zoya Tilda (close-up)

Next we have Rocha.

Zoya Rocha

I looked at the bottles and Rocha holds a sweet surprise. This shade is packed with micro shimmer that I’ve seen before in other Zoya shades. It is more evident under direct sunlight. It is described as “a classic folly red cream with warm undertones that enhance a summer glow”. Unlike 2 previous shades above, this one isn’t as opaque and will require more than one coat. It is almost a one coater though. Shown is 2 coats with no top coat.

Zoya Rocha (in shade)

Zoya Rocha (direct sunlight)

Zoya Rocha (lighting changed)

Zoya Rocha (close-up)

Then we have a shade called Kitridge.

Zoya Kitridge

This is actually the last shade in this collection I took photos of, so my skin tone leans very red in these shots. Kitridge is a light pink crème. It is described as “a classic summer bubblegum pink cream”. It has a special note that “this universally flattering (evenly balanced between cool & warm) has enough white to make it pop against a tan”. Formula is on the sheer side compared with the rest in this collection (it is the sheerest of the 6). Shown is 2 coats with no top coat.

Zoya Kitridge (in shade)

Zoya Kitridge (direct sunlight)

Zoya Kitridge (close-up)

Then we have Ling.

Zoya Ling

Ling is the lone blue in this collection. It is described as “a vibrant royal blue cream that is evenly balanced to flatter most skin tones”. Formula is good for a creme and this shade is pretty opaque. Shown is one generous coat with no top coat.

Zoya Ling (in shade)

Zoya Ling (direct sunlight)

Zoya Ling (close-up)

Lastly, here’s Rooney.

Zoya Rooney

Rooney is a shade I knew I’d like right from the start. This is described as “a mid-range magenta pink cream with balanced undertones to flatter most skin tones”. Just like Ling, this one is almost a one coater as well. I didn’t manage to get a direct sunlight shot with this shade though. Boo. Shown is 2 coats with no top coat.

Zoya Rooney (in shade)

Zoya Rooney (lighting changed)

Zoya Rooney (close-up)

Zoya Rooney (lighting changed again)

With the exception of Rocha and Ling, these shades all bear this note online: Due to the florescent pigment used, actual shade and photographic reproduction may differ. They’re bright and very summery. I wish they swapped out a pink for a yellow but I can’t complain really. Overall, another win in my book for Zoya!

*Some products in this review may have been provided by the PR company or manufacturer for an honest opinion.*


Zoya Bubbly Swatches

This collection showed up at my doorstep recently and it’s the one I’m more excited for from Zoya’s summer offering (the other collection consist of crèmes). In random order, here are swatches for Zoya Bubbly Collection.

First up is Binx.

Zoya Binx

With a unique name (to me), Binx turned out to be my favorite shade in this collection. It is described as “a spicy orchid purple dappled with gold metallic and holo sparkles”. Formula is very pleasant to work with. It can go on sheer with thinner coats. The direct sunlight shot is closer to the true color of the shade. Shown is 3 coats with no top coat.

Zoya Binx (in shade)

Zoya Binx (direct sunlight)

Zoya Binx (close-up)

Next in line is Jesy.

Zoya Jesy

Jesy is the orange one of the bunch and it is packed with gorgeous holographic glittery goodness. It is described as “a full coverage, fiery coral orange metallic holo featuring the exclusive liquid-metal holographic jelly formula”. I love the golden undertone in this shade! Formula is quite good — a bit sheer but you can easily apply a thicker coat. Shown is 3 coats with no top coat.

Zoya Jesy (in shade)

Zoya Jesy (direct sunlight)

Zoya Jesy (close-up)

Zoya Jesy (lighting changed)

Next up is Muse.

Zoya Muse

Just by looking at the bottles, Muse was my early favorite. But it fell a little bit short when applied onto my nails. I think I needed an extra coat for the love to emerge. It is described as “a blue raspberry holographic fizz with a subtle vein of gold”. Now I applied this one pretty thin onto my nails so I guess what they’re saying about this shade didn’t quite apply to me: “This shade features the exclusive liquid-metal holographic jelly formula with 2 coat coverage”. Formula is good to work with even though I felt this was a bit more sheer than the other shades. Like I said, thicker coats or maybe another thin coat would’ve made this shade on par with the rest. I’ll have to try that later. Shown is 2 thin coats with no top coat.

Zoya Muse (in shade)

Zoya Muse (lighting changed)

Zoya Muse (close-up)

Zoya Muse (lighting changed again)

Then we have a shade called Harper.

Zoya Harper

The sun was setting when I took these shots, so the one under direct sunlight looks much yellower than it really is. This one makes me think of candy crystals from afar. It is described as “a cotton candy pink with a spun gold shimmer”. Formula is on the sheer side if you apply thin coats with this. Shown is 2 coats with no top coat.

Zoya Harper (in shade)

Zoya Harper (direct sunlight)

Zoya Harper (close-up)

Then we have Stassi.

Zoya Stassi

I have a love-hate relationship with Brooklyn. I do love gold shades like this, but the finish just kills me. It’s on the metallic side and shows brush strokes easily. For some reason, shades that tend to show brush strokes easily tend to give me bubbles during application as well. It is described as “a full-coverage, white-gold shimmer metallic”. I didn’t find this shade as sheer as the others for the first coat. Shown is 2 coats with no top coat.

Zoya Stassi (in shade)

Zoya Stassi (lighting changed)

Zoya Stassi (direct sunlight)

Zoya Stassi (close-up)

Zoya Stassi (lighting changed again)

Lastly, here’s Alma.

Zoya Alma

Alma is the last shade I swatched and the sun is setting fast at this point. The direct sunlight shot is too yellow for my liking, so I’ll retake that shot later on (I did and replaced the shot although there is slight tip wear by then). This is described as “a warm golden peach metallic featuring the exclusive liquid-metal holographic jelly formula”. It’s a pretty yellow-orange shade that glistens in the sun. Shown is 2 coats with no top coat.

Zoya Alma (in shade)

Zoya Alma (direct sunlight)

Zoya Alma (close-up)

I LOVE the holographic glitter particles in the glass fleck formulas of these shades. They make it feel like these are very different from anything I have in my entire collection. They’re bright and bold with the right amount of sparkle. Overall, a win in my book!

*Some products in this review may have been provided by the PR company or manufacturer for an honest opinion.*


Zoya Awaken Swatches

This past weekend has been reasonably warm that it got me going with some swatches. I’m busy catching up with the outstanding collections I have on hand and decided to start off with the Zoya Awaken Collection since I just got their other latest 2 collections in a few days ago. I’m showing them in the order of how much I like the shades.

First up is Rebel.

Zoya Rebel

I love this shade and the finish reminds me a bit of their Sunshine Collection from 3 years ago with the difference in the metallic sparkle being silver rather than gold. It isn’t that far off from 3 years ago’s Surf Collection now that I looked it up. It is described as “a full-coverage blue sky metallic with a silver shimmer”. Formula is quite good — it flows pretty nicely during application. Shown is 2 thicker coats with no top coat.

Zoya Rebel (in shade)

Zoya Rebel (direct sunlight)

Zoya Rebel (close-up)

Zoya Rebel (lighting changed)

Next up is Hudson.

Zoya Hudson

Hudson is the purple version of Rebel basically. It’s packed with the same shimmery goodness and bears the same finish. It is described as “a full-coverage, purple orchid metallic with a silver shimmer”. Formula is good to work with even though the first coat is on the sheer side. You can still see VNL with 2 generous coats with no top coat in the shots below.

Zoya Hudson (in shade)

Zoya Hudson (direct sunlight)

Zoya Hudson (close-up)

Zoya Hudson (lighting changed)

Then we have a shade that’s uniquely named Dillon.

Zoya Dillon

To me, this shade is uniquely named because I have never come across or heard of a Dillon in my life. It is described as “a full-coverage, green mint metallic with a silver shimmer”. Formula is on the sheer side as well and you can see slight VNL, but it doesn’t show up in the pictures below. Shown is 2 coats with no top coat.

Zoya Dillon (in shade)

Zoya Dillon (lighting changed)

Zoya Dillon (direct sunlight)

Zoya Dillon (close-up)

Then we have Brooklyn.

Zoya Brooklyn

I have a love-hate relationship with Brooklyn. I do love gold shades like this, but the finish just kills me. It’s on the metallic side and shows brush strokes easily. For some reason, shades that tend to show brush strokes easily tend to give me bubbles during application as well. It is described as “a full-coverage, white-gold shimmer metallic”. I didn’t find this shade as sheer as the others for the first coat. Shown is 2 coats with no top coat.

Zoya Brooklyn (in shade)

Zoya Brooklyn (direct sunlight)

Zoya Brooklyn (close-up)

Next up is Cole.

Zoya Cole

Cole is a peach crème that was originally released for NYFW as Stella for Peter Som’s SS14 Collection. It is described as “a full-coverage peach whisper cream “. Formula is also sheer, but it evened out eventually with more coats. Shown is 3 coats with no top coat.

Zoya Cole (in shade)

Zoya Cole (direct sunlight)

Zoya Cole (close-up)

Lastly, here’s Dot.

Zoya Dot

Dot is basically the same exact thing as Cole but pink. This is described as “a full-coverage pink petal cream”. It is also originally released for Zang Toi’s SS14 Collection. Formula is on the sheer side as well, but a bit thicker compared to all other 5 shades in this collection. Shown is 4 thin coats with no top coat.

Zoya Dot (in shade)

Zoya Dot (direct sunlight)

Zoya Dot (close-up)

All of the shades are on the sheer side with the first coat. Then all evened out with additional coats, so it’s not deal breaker for me. I didn’t feel wowed by the crème shades in this collection at all and the shimmer ones are on the tamer side for my liking. But that’s good for a spring collection really. It’s the summer collection that brings out brighter and bolder colors. Those that don’t care for the brighter and bolder shades for summer would love shades in this collection instead. I’d swatch these with Zoya Monet, but either my shipment didn’t come with one or it was left in the box when my now hubby unboxed it and off to trash it goes. That’s a pretty shade too. I’ll have to get that on my own later.

*Some products in this review may have been provided by the PR company or manufacturer for an honest opinion.*


Zoya Summer Magical Pixie Collection

The latest press release that I am drooling over is something I have to share.

EDIT: Swatches here.

Zoya Summer Magical Pixie Collection

Kitty like. In fact, Kitty LOVE! Let me tell you guys something. I’ve been busy the past week cause I just got married. Zoya holds a special place in my heart because I ended up using Zoya Cosmo for my mani and pedi. I wanted a holographic shade, but my nails are uneven in length and on the shorter side for most of my fingers. I didn’t think it would look good. I wanted a shade that would dry fast too because I was running around last minute setting up the stuff for the reception and I only have a couple minutes to spare. Solution? Enter a Zoya Magical Pixie shade. I picked Cosmo since it would go with my dress and man…..what a lifesaver! It dried SUPER fast. Forget the top coat — I didn’t have time for it. I applied 2 coats for my pedi in between curling my own hair and right before I went downstairs of the hotel for pictures? I slapped on a coat of that on my fingers. Talk about last minute, huh?!

Zoya Summer Magical Pixie Collection

So yeah, you can see why I’m so in love with Zoya’s Magical Pixie stuff right now. I think Zoya Bar would’ve gone well with my dress as well, but my wedding is over and done with. This might be useful information for someone else though. I didn’t use a top coat after application, but I didn’t find the texture bothersome or in the way at all. Trust me, on that day a lot of things are just a blur. ;)


Wedding Treats Suggestions

So….I figured I’d put together a Wedding Treats Suggestions post being that the day is drawing near. I wondered about what pretty and pampering stuff a bride-to-be would enjoy. I shopped my stash on what I already own and what was sent to me for ideas. This is only a small part of what I can think of now for a bride-to-be, so get creative and think of what you would enjoy if you were in my place!

Wedding Treats Suggestions

Wedding Treats Suggestions (lighting changed)

I bet you can spot some items from LUSH, Zoya, Revlon and Ciate in the shots above. LUSH has always been a luxury homemade brand to me. I’ve used several of their items before (reviewed a few here) and while I find them to lean towards the pricey side for bath and body products, there are a few things I am more than willing to plunk down my hard earned cash on from that store. With that said, you can’t go wrong with LUSH items for a bride-to-be most of the time. Spotted in the picture from LUSH are Sex Bomb bath bomb, Tender Is The Night massage bar and Flying Fox shower gel. Oh yes….LUSH can get down with sexy. The first bath bomb I ever purchased from them is actually Sex Bomb. I love how it looks and smells. As with most of their bath bombs, you can choose to drop the entire thing for a relaxing bath or use half of it now and save the other half for later. Their Tender Is The Night massage bar smells so good and contains a lot of great ingredients such as murumuru butter and shea butter. Everything about this item exudes sexiness. The Flying Fox shower gel looks innocent enough, but it is a sensual explosion of fragrance in your shower. Jasmine? Check. Ylang ylang? Check. Honey? HONEY?! Check all the way. LUSH definitely has a way of making your bath and body experience feel luxurious from start to finish of product use.

One might also know that a lot of brides have given much thought to what their wedding nails would look like. And not just the hands, the feet as well! I threw in 3 of the latest nail polish shades from Zoya that I thought would be a good option for wedding nails. Their Magical Pixie Collection is light enough to use for a wedding mani (you can go bold and dark, but the look I’m going for is light and easy). I threw in the Ciate ones as they are embellishments that I’ve seen in some magazines and online for wedding nail art. I’m personally not going to do any nail art for my wedding mani, but these look like something some brides may want to work with for theirs. They look fun, but not quite for me on my wedding day. I still think I’m going to use a holo shade. Maybe light pink or beige.

I threw in a couple of lip products that are easy to use and can make a girl feel sexy with barely an effort at all. Most makeup addicts know all about the Revlon ColorBurst Matte Balms. They are very pigmented and last a decent amount of time. I chose the bold and sultry colors of Striking and Standout. I intend to pick up at least 3 more of these later on. They go on very nicely on the lips and I always feel good wearing them. Also in the picture is a similar type of product for a cheaper price point — Jordana Twist & Shine Moisturizing Balm Stain. The shades shown are Tropical Frenzy and Candied Coral. These ones aren’t matte, but I find them to be quite pigmented and they last pretty long as well. If I had to choose between these lip products, I’d go with the Revlon one. There’s something about a bold matte color that’s very sexy. When thinking more about the bridal look, the matte shades might be too bold. The Jordana ones are probably a better option for just a light sheen of moisturizing color on the lips.

Last item in the picture is one of my favorite scents. I stumbled upon Versace Bright Crystal by accident. I was on a beauty swap on the purse forum I belong to and was gifted one of those fragrance sampler kits from Sephora. It comes with 12 sample vials of different perfumes and a voucher to redeem for a full-sized bottle of what you like most among the 12. Versace Bright Crystal was the one for me. The scent is so beautiful, light, sexy, and sophisticated.

Wedding Treats Suggestions (close-up)

I can think of other things to include but these are the ones that caught my eye immediately and I know that these would get me feeling just a little bit sexier in no time. What are other things you can think of that will fit into this category? I know that I’d enjoy getting these things as a bride-to-be. I’d love to use these to pamper myself just a little bit whether it’s before or after the big day!


Zoya Magical Pixie Swatches

Hey guys! It’s been a while since I’ve shown some nail swatches here because I was curing several breaks and tears. But when I finally got around to getting some done, this is the collection I reached for — Zoya Magical Pixie Swatches. Here they are shown in the order of the press release.

First up is Cosmo.

Zoya Cosmo

I absolutely adore this shade. It’s a glitter with silver holographic particles. What’s not to love? It is described as “a silver crystal sparkle, textured PixieDust with mega hex iridescent particles”. This type of shade isn’t new at all (I think of OPI Servin’ Up Sparkle) but that’s a limited edition shade so those that missed out on the OPI can get this Zoya one. Comparison between the 2 is that they’re similar but Zoya Cosmo has a textured finish and it’s more packed. Glitter in both will differ as well, which is why I see them more as similar and definitely not as dupes. Shown is one generous coat with no top coat.

Zoya Cosmo (in shade)

Zoya Cosmo (direct sunlight)

Zoya Cosmo (close-up)

Next up is Vega.

Zoya Vega

Vega is the blue version of Cosmo basically. It’s packed with the same glittery goodness and bears the same texture finish. It is described as “blue opal sparkle, textured PixieDust with mega hex iridescent particles”. Formula is great to work with. Shown is one generous coat with no top coat.

Zoya Vega (in shade)

Zoya Vega (direct sunlight)

Zoya Vega (close-up)

Lastly, here’s Lux.

Zoya Lux

Lux is basically the same exact thing as Cosmo and Vega except in Pink. This is described as “a rose quartz sparkle textured PixieDust with mega hex iridescent particles”. Formula is great to work with and it dries really fast. Shown is one generous coat with no top coat.

Zoya Lux (in shade)

Zoya Lux (lighting changed)

Zoya Lux (direct sunlight)

Zoya Lux (close-up)

Zoya Lux (lighting changed again)

This is Zoya’s offering for the texture trend that’s been very popular in the nail polish world the past few months. “Imagine the best-selling Zoya PixieDust formula amped up with larger glitter and the first ever holographic pixie particle – for a never before seen magical effect!” I personally don’t care much for the texture trend, but I can safely say that these Zoya’s are my favorite among all the textured polishes I’ve seen. I don’t care much for non-glitter texture polishes really. Some non-glittery texture shades can pass off as cute to me (like a mint color), but I certainly have no desire to get them in every shade possible. I like the formula for these as I didn’t have to pat or strategically place the glitter on the nail like some other hex glitter polishes from various brands.

*Some products in this review may have been provided by the PR company or manufacturer for an honest opinion.*


Zoya New York Fashion Week AW14 Zang Toi Nail Look

I have received several backstage coverage for NYFW on different nail looks. The one that I liked the most came from Zoya for Zang Toi.

Zoya New York Fashion Week AW14 Zang Toi Nail Look (photo credit: Zoya Nail Polish)

The look is simple and bold at the same time. The 2 shades used really pop against each other. It just so happens that it goes with this particular model’s eyes too. I’m not a huge fan of crazy nail looks and Zoya tends to stick with classic and simple, clean looks that I appreciate. Well done!

EDIT: The shades used are Peony Princess (jade green) and Art Deco Goddess (black).

If you’ve been following this past NYFW, which was your favorite nail look?


ipsy February 2014 Glam Bag

Hey guys! If you’ve been following my ipsy Glam Bag posts, you would’ve noticed that things have been going relatively well for me in terms of what I’m getting with mine for the past fwe months. Well, I knew this would happen eventually so here’s my take on my ipsy February 2014 Glam Bag.

ipsy February 2014 Glam Bag

This is the worst ipsy Glam Bag I have received to date. But all is not lost. I did like and will be keeping one thing out of the 5 I got. First up is POP Beauty Plump Pout. It’s basically a glossy stain with lip-plumping goodness packed in the tube. I got this shade in Peony Petal and if this were a bolder shade (like the other shade that I didn’t end up getting, some fuchsia one) I may have entertained the thought of keeping it. But I have too many opened lip products already anyway that this will just go into my gifting or giveaway pile. Next item I got is the only one I’m keeping. First Aid Beauty Skin Rescue Deep Cleanser with Red Clay. While my makeup arsenal is overflowing, the same can’t be said for my skincare pile. I have a few of each type of item I rotate through on a regular basis, but I typically don’t like to start something new until something else is used up. This is why I was so excited to have gotten this item. It’s something new and shiny that I can have fun with trying it out. It is supposedly safe for sensitive skin so it would suit most if not all. The next item I pulled out is the City Color Be Matte Blush. I received this in the shade Fresh Melon. While I was intrigued by it, I have at least 3 new blushes to try out and incorporate in my makeup pile from the very awesome CVS beauty clearance event that ended not too long ago. I liked those more than this, so this goes to my gifting or giveaway pile as well. I was excited when I saw the shade in the clear tube. It make me think of rose gold for some reason. But alas, it is not. The shade I got this in is called Ambrosia. This is an eye shadow base — something I don’t use at all so off to the same pile it goes. Last item from my ipsy Glam Bag is Zoya Odette. I already own this shade, so you probably know where this is going. So yeah, not a great bag for me this month but I figured it would happen sooner or later. I don’t regret signing up for an entire year still cause most of the bags I’ve received from the past ranged from very good to superb. I didn’t care for this months makeup bag either though. Some of the ones I got in the past really wowed me, but this is just a plain coral pink one.

POP Beauty Plump Pout

First Aid Beauty Skin Rescue Deep Cleanser with Red Clay

City Color Be Matte Blush

Tini Beauty Eyetini Cordial Cream Shadow + Base In One

Zoya Odette

Better luck next month?


Zoya Magical Pixie Collection

I’ve always liked Zoya shades. The quality is impressive, price point is great and it’s 5-Free. Plus, their shades are usually pretty opaque and vibrant. I’ve been waiting for them to release stunning strong holographic shades, but to no avail really. This, I think, is the closest to taking my breath away as a full-on holographic collection. Here’s Zoya Magical Pixie.

EDIT: Swatches here.

Zoya Magical Pixie Collection

Does Kitty love? Hell yes. Even though it’s really more glittery than holographic? Hell yes still. Y’all know me…I love me some glitter.

Zoya Magical Pixie Collection Up Close

• ZP717 – Cosmo: Silver Crystal Sparkle, Textured PixieDust with Mega Hex Iridescent Particles, Full Coverage Formula.
• ZP718 – Vega: Blue Opal Sparkle, Textured PixieDust with Mega Hex Iridescent Particles, Full Coverage Formula.
• ZP719 – Lux: Rose Quartz Sparkle Textured PixieDust with Mega Hex Iridescent Particles, Full Coverage Formula.

$10.00 ea. (US)

For BEST RESULTS when applying Zoya PixieDust: apply 2-3 thin coats of polish for full coverage to a clean oil free nail surface. Allow product to dry completely for full effect. Do not use a base coat or top coat. Top coat can be applied for additional glossy effects.

Shipping is available in February 2014.


Zoya 3 Free 2014

Here we go again! It started yesterday and will run until January 13, 2014. Get any 3 Zoya nail polishes for FREE with code COLOR2014. Only expense will be $12 in shipping. That’s like getting one shade for $4 each, which is a great deal considering they retail at $9 – $10 each.

Zoya 3 Free 2014

The Deal:

Get ANY 3 Zoya Nail Polish shades FREE*

Just pay promotional shipping & processing charge of $12!
Offer valid Tuesday, January 7th (12PM EST) through 11:59pm EST January 13th, 2014 – so get your carts READY!

Use Code: COLOR2014

BONUS: Buy an additional $25 or more at zoya.com or qtica.com and get FREE Standard Ground Shipping on your whole order.

This is US only and 1 time use per account.

So which 3 are you getting? :)


Zoya Zenith Swatches

Hey guys! It’s the last day of the year. What do you have on your nails? Me? I settled on one of the shades from Zoya’s Holiday collection, Zenith. Which one do you think I’m sporting? Here are the swatches for the entire Zoya Zenith Collection.

Let’s start with my favorite, Dream.

Zoya Dream

I LOVE this shade. It’s the perfect hue of blue that I love. Bold, sharp and sexy. It is described as “a full-coverage, deep space blue with holographic glitter”. Formula is the best out of all 6 shades in this collection. Shown is 2 coats with no top coat.

Zoya Dream (in shade)

Zoya Dream (direct sunlight)

Zoya Dream (close-up)

Next up is Seraphina.

Zoya Seraphina

Seraphina is the perfect shade for the Holidays. It makes me think of snow, but it’s not a chalky white shade. It is described as “a full-coverage, Polaris silver metallic”. Formula is a little bit on the thin side, but very nice and smooth. Shown is 2 coats with no top coat.

Zoya Seraphina (in shade)

Zoya Seraphina (direct sunlight)

Zoya Seraphina (close-up)

The one that makes me think there’s a ton of dupes or close dupes out there is Belinda.

Zoya Belinda

Originally designed for Zang Toi / AW2013, this is described as “a full-coverage, cosmic purple metallic”. Formula is one of the better ones in this collection. Shown is 2 coats with no top coat.

Zoya Belinda (in shade)

Zoya Belinda (direct sunlight)

Zoya Belinda (close-up)

Moving on, we have Mosheen.

Zoya Mosheen

I was really excited about the lone tinsel glitter shade. It falls just a wee bit short of my expectations but still brought the wow factor. It is described as “an astro ice blue topper, great for layering over other hues”. While it is best to use this shade on top of an opaque shade, I chose to swatch this as is to show y’all what it looks like to begin with. Shown is 2 coats with no top coat.

Zoya Mosheen (in shade)

Zoya Mosheen (direct sunlight)

Zoya Mosheen (close-up)

Next is one I thought end up being my favorite, Payton.

Zoya Payton

This shade is the one I got frustrated with. The formula is more watery than the blue counterpart, Dream, and the hue didn’t blow me out of the water. It is described as “a full-coverage, galactic cranberry with holographic glitter”. It did apply just fine even when it is one of the watery ones from this collection. Shown is 2 coats with no top coat.

Zoya Payton (in shade)

Zoya Payton (direct sunlight)

Zoya Payton (close-up)

Last up is a shade called Cassedy.

Zoya Cassedy

I actually ended up liking this shade a lot when I thought it would be my least liked shade. The glow it has when it’s not under direct sunlight is just unbelievable. It is described as “a full-coverage, celestial pewter metallic”. Formula is great, right on par with Dream. Shown is 2 coats with no top coat.

Zoya Cassedy (in shade)

Zoya Cassedy (direct sunlight)

Zoya Cassedy (close-up)

Zoya Cassedy (last shot)

I love most of the shades from this collection even when some are on the watery side in terms of formula. I am ringing in the new year with Belinda as an accent nail. Surprise, surprise?! Heck, yes! I thought I’d go with my favorite, Dream, or with one that wowed me such as Cassedy. Hope this is a good sign for 2014 for me!

*Some products in this review may have been provided by the PR company or manufacturer for an honest opinion.*


ipsy Instagram Giveaway

Hey guys! You have seen my post on the ipsy October 2013 Glam Bag and know that some of the items I got from there will be up for grabs in my next giveaway. Well, here it is!

ipsy Instagram Giveaway Prize

Being that I already have Zoya Giovanna and didn’t want to start collecting more makeup from Bella Terra Cosmetics or Starlooks, I’m giving those away along with the ipsy makeup bag that came with it, a double pack of Nivea lip butter in Raspberry Rose Kiss (my favorite flavor from them so far!), Almay liquid lip balm in Truffle Kiss, CoverGirl Queen Collection eye shadow in Vintage, and Physicians Formula Mineral Wear eye shadow duo in Taupe Minerals. But here’s the kicker….I’m adding at least another prize to this lot shortly as well! So what does it take to win this set of goodies? You have to be a follower of mine on Instagram and repost my Instagram picture of the giveaway items and tag me with the hashtag #kittyipsyoct2013.

ipsy Instagram Giveaway Instructions

Giveaway is open internationally all entries must be in by November 15, 2013 @ 11:59 PM CST. Those that wish to enter with the intention to unfollow afterwards will be noted and banned from future giveaways. Commenting here on this blog post DOES NOT count as an entry! I don’t expect a high number of entries so those that do enter have a great chance at winning the prize!


ipsy October 2013 Glam Bag

Alrighty! I know that it wasn’t too long ago that I posted about the ipsy September 2013 Glam Bag, but here’s my take on the one for this month so I can move on to starting my giveaway (and you’ll see why). Here’s my take on the ipsy October 2013 Glam Bag.

ipsy October 2013 Glam Bag

ipsy October 2013 Glam Bag (close-up)

Sorry for the lighting. It was a very cloudy day when I took the group shot. For my second ipsy Glam Bag, not bad at all again. I didn’t really care though for the makeup bag, but it’s actually part of the challenge ipsy has going this month to win more prizes. Eh….it holds no interest for me really, but I’m passing this on (as well as some of the other items from this month’s Glam Bag) to others in a giveaway with other stuff. The brand I am most familiar with from this bag is Zoya. I have a wall nail polish rack that is filled with Zoya. I have even more Zoya shades spilling out on top of my Melmers. I love Zoya. It’s a great brand, works well and lasts long on my nails. I already own this shade, Giovanna, so it will be part of my next giveaway prize. I have heard good things about Coastal Scents, so I’m eager to try this makeup brush. I don’t own a good set of makeup brushes, so this definitely helps in the makeup tools department. I haven’t tried it yet, but I will admit I have high expectations for this one. Crossing my fingers for the best! I have heard of the brand Sexy Hair before. I’ve never used anything from them though. I can’t wait to try the texturizing spray clay out. It’s supposed to give my hair more volume. I got another item from Starlooks this month and this time it’s a lip pencil. I have enough lip liners, so this will go on into my giveaway prize stash as well. The last item is from Bella Terra Mineral Cosmetics. I currently am not interested in this item as I have a ton of makeup and mineral makeup, so to the stash it goes as well! It’s a pretty good bag overall — I just don’t have use for half of the items. It won’t go to waste though!

Starlooks Lip Pencil

Coastal Scents Medium Shadow Brush

Sexy Hair Texturizing Spray Clay

Bella Terra Mineral Cosmetics Mineral Shimmers

Zoya Nail Polish

Overall, not bad. I did expect more and it came a little bit short, but this just gives me the opportunity to pass them on to others that may be more interested in some of them items that didn’t catch my eye. I can’t wait for next month’s bag! I’m hoping that it’s better than the 2 I’ve got so far. We’ll see….


Zoya Stunning Swatches

Hey guys! Today’s post is on one of Zoya’s Summer collection called Stunning. I have been eagerly awaiting for these to try them out because I was really intrigued with the super subtle shimmer some of these seemingly crème shades have! Without further ado, here are the swatches and review.

First up is Yana.

Zoya Yana

This is my favorite shade in this collection. It’s one of the ones where you can see the hidden shimmer the most as well. It has a shiny finish that I didn’t expect at all. It is described as “a full-coverage, Geranium pink cream”. Formula is very nice and even. Shown is 2 coats with no top coat.

Zoya Yana (in shade)

Zoya Yana (direct sunlight)

Zoya Yana (close-up)

Next up is Rocky.

Zoya Rocky

Rocky is a slightly muted blue for the summer season. Some, with a quick glance, may think that it leans towards a pastel type of shade. It is described as “a full-coverage serene blue cream”. Formula is very nice and smooth. I have no problems with this shade at all. Shown is 2 generous coats with no top coat.

Zoya Rocky (in shade)

Zoya Rocky (direct sunlight)

Zoya Rocky (close-up)

A surprising one that I like is Darcy.

Zoya Darcy

This yellow shade is bright and fun. Not neon bright, but just bright enough to perfectly suit summer. See how shiny the finish is without top coat? It is described as “a full-coverage, sunny yellow cream”. Formula is similar to Thandie, easy to pack on thinner layers. Shown is 4 thin coats with no top coat.

Zoya Darcy (in shade)

Zoya Darcy (direct sunlight)

Zoya Darcy (close-up)

Moving on, we have Micky.

Zoya Micky

I can see the hidden shimmer I was talking about earlier in this shade as well. It is described as “a full-coverage, amazing coral cream”. Formula is relatively nice and it evens out once you’re past the first coat. Shown is 3 thin coats with no top coat.

Zoya Micky (in shade)

Zoya Micky (direct sunlight)

Zoya Micky (close-up)

Moving on, we have Josie.

Zoya Josie

This shade is the one I was most frustrated with. It took me so many times in the application and clean up to get what I finally have shown here. I kept cleaning up too much or getting dings as I go. I like shimmery or bright greens so this doesn’t do anything for me. It is described as “a full-coverage grassy green cream”. The formula is slightly thicker too than all the other shades in this collection. Shown is 2 thin coats with no top coat.

Zoya Josie (in shade)

Zoya Josie (direct sunlight)

Zoya Josie (close-up)

Last up is a shade called Thandie.

Zoya Thandie

I actually ended up liking this shade a lot even though I would’ve liked it more if it was brighter. It definitely screams summer just like the other shades in this collection. It is described as “a full-coverage, citrus orange cream”. Formula is great, a little bit on the watery side but this enabled me to apply a few coats on nicely. Shown is 4 thin coats with no top coat.

Zoya Thandie (in shade)

Zoya Thandie (direct sunlight)

Zoya Thandie (close-up)

They’re all classified as crème shades even though 4 out of 6 of them have a hidden silvery shimmer. This shimmer is more evident in the redder shades under direct sunlight. The finish is also very shiny…juicy seems to fit it. Formula is not consistent really with all shades, but it’s nothing that a little polish thinner can’t fix. All 6 shades are of different colors so there is good variety; a great collection overall. Zoya is consistently good with their formula and variety in new collections generally. There is something for everybody with all 6 shades.

*Some products in this review may have been provided by the PR company or manufacturer for an honest opinion.*


Zoya Summer PixieDust Swatches

Hey guys! Today’s post is on Zoya’s Summer PixieDust Collection. I have been eagerly awaiting for these since I loved the original PixieDust shades a lot! Without further ado, here are the swatches and review.

First up is Beatrix.

Zoya Beatrix

So promising….I had high hopes for this. I ended up not liking this as much as I thought it would, but I still like it enough to wear it once in a while. I thought it was going to be a bit brighter and bolder. I love orange. It’s a color I don’t wear often, so when I do end up with one it’s usually one that swept me off my feet. This one is described as “a tangerine metal sparkle in the exclusive Zoya PixieDust Textured, Matte, Foil Twinkle formula”. Shown is 2 generous coats with no top coat.

Zoya Beatrix (in shade)

Zoya Beatrix (direct sunlight)

Zoya Beatrix (close-up)

Next up is Stevie.

Zoya Stevie

Stevie is the one I thought would be my favorite, but it was overthrown by Miranda! I thought of all 6 shades in this collection that this one would bring out the most sparkle. Kinda like how I felt about Godiva from the earlier PixieDust collection. I thought it was too light and that I would like the darker sparkles better. WRONG! I’d wear Godiva to my wedding if I have one. Stevie is described as “a violet sparkle, in the exclusive Zoya PixieDust Textured, Matte, Sparkle formula”. Shown is 3 thin coats with no top coat.

Zoya Stevie (in shade)

Zoya Stevie (direct sunlight)

Zoya Stevie (close-up)

A surprising one that turned out to be my favorite is called Miranda.

Zoya Miranda

The first thing I thought of when I saw the name is Miranda from Sex And The City. Then when I looked at the shade closely I though….naw…too light, not my type. I was dead wrong. It’s more of a magenta than pink really and it was instant love the minute I put it on. This is described as “a rose sparkle in the exclusive Zoya PixieDust Textured, Matte, Sparkle formula”. Shown is 3 thin coats with no top coat.

Zoya Miranda (in shade)

Zoya Miranda (direct sunlight)

Zoya Miranda (close-up)

Moving on, we have Solange.

Zoya Solange

This one caught me offguard as well. It glows like whoa! I ended up liking it more than I thought I would. I thought it was going to be a yellow shade but no…..it’s GOLD, baby! I want to paint everyone’s nail in this shade – that’s how much I like it. This is described as “a gold metal foil sparkle featuring a Zoya EXCLUSIVE GOLD PIGMENT in the best-selling Zoya PixieDust Textured, Matte, Foil Twinkle formula”. Shown is 2 generous coats with no top coat.

Zoya Solange (in shade)

Zoya Solange (direct sunlight)

Zoya Solange (close-up)

Next up is Liberty.

Zoya Liberty

If there was a blue that would suit the name and the word “liberty”, this is it. It’s a vibrant and bold blue that demands attention. It is described as “a blue sugary sparkle in the exclusive Zoya PixieDust Textured, Matte, Sparkle formula”. Shown is 2 generous coats with no top coat.

Zoya Liberty (in shade)

Zoya Liberty (direct sunlight)

Zoya Liberty (close-up)

Last up is a shade called Destiny.

Zoya Destiny

Destiny is another one that surprised me but in the other direction. I liked this less than I thought I would. I was expecting the punch and boldness in this shade to be in Beatrix. This does have a flakie like effect in the finish though. Beatrix seems to have a little bit of that too, but it’s more evident with Destiny. It is described as “a coral metal sparkle in the exclusive Zoya PixieDust Textured, Matte, Foil Twinkle formula”. Shown is 3 thin coats with no top coat.

Zoya Destiny (in shade)

Zoya Destiny (direct sunlight)

Zoya Destiny (close-up)

Formula is consistent with all 6 shades – easy to work with and dries pretty fast. They all dry with a matte finish that’s on the gritty side to the touch, much like sand but with tons of sparkle. I didn’t try using a top coat over these because I actually liked the finish itself. They all dried pretty fast and the wear is impressive. A great collection overall and much like the original PixieDust collection, well-balanced.

*Some products in this review may have been provided by the PR company or manufacturer for an honest opinion.*


Zoya PixieDust Swatches

Hey guys! Today’s post is on Zoya’s latest collection called PixieDust. I have been eagerly awaiting for these to try them out and I love them! Without further ado, here are the swatches and review.

EDIT: Summer PixieDust Swatches here.

First up is Dahlia.

Zoya Dahlia

The Black Dahlia, anyone? This shade certainly made me think of it because of the color and the name. It’s a very pretty and wearable black sprinkled with silver glitter bits. It is described as “a black beauty with a sugared sparkle, in the exclusive Zoya PixieDust Matte Sparkle formula”. Shown is 2 coats with no top coat.

Zoya Dahlia (in shade)

Zoya Dahlia (direct sunlight)

Zoya Dahlia (close-up)

Next up is Chyna.

Zoya Chyna

This one actually made me think of this WWF wrestler named Chyna. I first came to know about her in one of those reality shows on VH1 years ago. Yeah, there was a time where I had nothing better to do after work than go home and watch whatever is on TV. This is actually my favorite shade in this entire collection. It’s much, much prettier in person. It’s a vibrant and bold red sprinkled with silver glitter bits that is taken over by the red pretty much. It is described as “a red dazzle with a sugared sparkle, in the exclusive Zoya PixieDust Matte Sparkle formula”. Shown is one thick coat with no top coat.

Zoya Chyna (in shade)

Zoya Chyna (direct sunlight)

Zoya Chyna (another shot)

Zoya Chyna (close-up)

A surprising one that I like is called Godiva.

Zoya Godiva

Godiva makes me think of chocolates cause it’s one of my favorite chocolate brands. The shade suits it right as it’s a beautiful cream sprinkled with silver glitter bits. It is described as “a soft nude with a sugared sparkle, in the exclusive Zoya PixieDust Matte Sparkle formula”. Shown is 2 coats with no top coat.

Zoya Godiva (in shade)

Zoya Godiva (direct sunlight)

Zoya Godiva (close-up)

Next up is Vespa.

Zoya Vespa

The name Vespa makes me think of 2 things: 1) Vesper from the Bond movie Casino Royale and 2) the scooter. I will choose to ignore the second item and enjoy it as a name for a beautiful woman. Vespa is a mint green sprinkled with silver glitter bits. It is described as “a Mint Kiss with a sugared sparkle, in the exclusive Zoya PixieDust Matte Sparkle formula”. Shown is 2 coats with no top coat.

Zoya Vespa (in shade)

Zoya Vespa (direct sunlight)

Zoya Vespa (close-up)

Moving on, we have Nyx.

Zoya Nyx

Nyx is a unique name. I do think of the other cosmetic brand though because of the way it’s spelled. Nyx is a light bluish violet sprinkled with silver glitter bits. It is described as “a perfect periwinkle with a sugared sparkle, in the exclusive Zoya PixieDust Matte Sparkle formula”. Shown is 2 coats with no top coat.

Zoya Nyx (in shade)

Zoya Nyx (direct sunlight)

Zoya Nyx (close-up)

Last up is a shade called London.

Zoya London

London is a dull grey sprinkled with silver glitter bits. I didn’t like this shade the most among all 6. It just didn’t wow me even a little bit. Others may find this shade is right up their alley though, so it just depends on personal preference. It is described as “a fog gray with a sugared sparkle, in the exclusive Zoya PixieDust Matte Sparkle formula”. Shown is 2 coats with no top coat.

Zoya London (in shade)

Zoya London (direct sunlight)

Zoya London (close-up)

They all dry with a matte finish that’s on the gritty side to the touch, much like sand. I didn’t try using a top coat over these because I actually liked the finish itself. They all dried pretty fast and the wear is impressive. A great collection overall. There is something for everybody with all 6 shades.

*Some products in this review may have been provided by the PR company or manufacturer for an honest opinion.*


Zoya Lovely Swatches

Spring is in the air and I definitely feel it with Zoya’s Spring Collection called Lovely. Swatches below are shown in the order of the press release.

First up is Julie.

Zoya Julie

Julie is described on their site as the following: “A full-coverage, soft wisteria purple metallic. The soft color and subtle shimmer give nails a delicate and feminine look. Originally created as a custom runway shade for fashion designer Zang Toi.” No surprise that the formula is pretty good. It glided on my nails smoothly and dries really fast. Shown is 3 thin coats with no top coat.

Zoya Julie (in shade)

Zoya Julie (direct sunlight)

Zoya Julie (close-up)

Next is Gei Gei.

Zoya Gei Gei

Gei Gei is described on their site as the following: “A full-coverage, blushing cherry blossom pink metallic. A shimmery light shade for an always-appropriate natural pink nail look. Originally created as a custom runway shade for fashion designer Zang Toi.” Gei Gei is a pink shimmer that I had to learn to appreciate. I didn’t really like it first, but it grew on me as it made me think of pink cotton candy. Formula is good for this shade. Shown is 2 coats with no top coat.

Zoya Gei Gei (in shade)

Zoya Gei Gei (direct sunlight)

Zoya Gei Gei (close-up)

Next is a strange yellow called Piaf.

Zoya Piaf

Piaf is described on their site as the following: “A full-coverage, fresh forsythia yellow metallic. A light, cheerful yellow that’s soft and easy to wear thanks to the subtle shimmer finish. Originally created as a custom runway shade for fashion designer Zang Toi.” I don’t like yellow shades unless they’re bright. This one definitely didn’t fall in that category, but it isn’t as dull as the yellow shades I loathe. I guess I don’t care much for it, so it’s just okay. This is the most watery one among the 3 shimmers. Shown is 3 thin coats with no top coat.

Zoya Piaf (in shade)

Zoya Piaf (direct sunlight)

Zoya Piaf (close-up)

Moving on to cremes, we have Jacqueline.

Zoya Jacqueline

Jacqueline is described on their site as the following: “A full-coverage, perfect magnolia nude cream. This light creamy beige has slight warm undertones and a glossy creme finish. Originally created as a custom runway shade for fashion designer Peter Som.” I’m not a huge fan of nudes so y’all know how I feel about this shade. Formula is great though and it dries pretty fast. I applied thicker coats with this shade for full opacity. Shown is 2 generous coats with no top coat.

Zoya Jacqueline (in shade)

Zoya Jacqueline (direct sunlight)

Zoya Jacqueline (close-up)

Next in line is Neely.

Zoya Neely

Neely is described on their site as the following: “A full coverage earliest spring green in a glossy creme finish. A fun color in a muted finish gives a cool vintage edge to your look. Originally created as a custom runway shade for fashion designer Peter Som.” This shade reminds me of some shades that are stark and has this chalky look or appearance. It’s a nice subtle green creme shade that’s refreshing and suits Spring well. Shown is 2 generous coats with no top coat.

Zoya Neely (in shade)

Zoya Neely (direct sunlight)

Zoya Neely (close-up)

Last in this collection is a shade called Blu.

Zoya Blu

Blu is described on their site as the following: “a full-coverage, soft and delicate pale baby blue with a glossy creme finish. A dreamy, calming blue that’s both fun and flattering on the nails.” This shade is more chalky and stark than Neely. I think it would make a great base shade for neons in place of white. This might even give the mani a different twist compared to the traditional white. Shown is 2 generous coats with no top coat.

Zoya Blu (in shade)

Zoya Blu (direct sunlight)

Zoya Blu (close-up)

This collection isn’t bad as a whole. I’m not a fan of Jacqueline at all, but it’s a personal preference in color. It’s a pretty safe collection compared to those of other brands.

*Some products in this review may have been provided by the PR company or manufacturer for an honest opinion.*


Zoya 3 Free 2013

Here it is again! Which 3 shades will you be getting? I’m still thinking on mine. :)

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Zoya Lovely Collection

Here’s what’s in store for Spring from Zoya….

EDIT: Swatches here.

Zoya Lovely
Beauty is a lovely state of mind

Zoya Lovely Collection

Lovely, just LOVELY!

Spring is awash in six soft and lovely new Zoya shades including three dewy metallics and three fresh blooms of cream. Poetic in nature, this collection is sure to capture the beauty of the season like no other….

Zoya Lovely – SPRING 2013

GeiGei (ZP651) – Blushing Cherry Blossom Pink Metallic – Full Coverage (Originally designed for Zang Toi/SS13)
Julie (ZP650) – Soft Wisteria Purple Metallic – Full Coverage (Originally designed for Zang Toi/SS13)
Piaf (ZP652) – Fresh Forsythia Yellow Metallic – Full Coverage (Originally designed for Fashion Designer Zang Toi)
Jacqueline (ZP654) – Perfect Magnolia Nude Cream – Full Coverage (Originally designed for Peter Som/SS13)
Blu (ZP653) – Lucky Hyacinth Blue Cream – Full Coverage
Neely (ZP655) – Earliest Spring Green Cream – Full Coverage (Originally designed for Peter Som/SS13)

Shipping January 01, 2013

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Zoya Ornate Swatches

Zoya certainly outdid themselves with this Holiday’s collection. They’ve never done any holographic shades to my knowledge, so you can imagine my surprise when I saw that 3 out of the 6 shades have a holographic finish! It’s not a super strong holographic effect, but it certainly is pretty and something new from them that I welcome with open arms. More please, I say! Swatches below are shown in the order of the press release.

First up is Ziv.

Zoya Ziv

Ziv is described on their site as the following: “A full coverage, yellow-toned metallic gold foil with silver highlights and warm gold flake glitter accents. Try this for an extremely shiny, reflective, and eye-catching luxe gold nail.” Gold is a typical Holiday color that would naturally find a spot in a Holiday collection. No surprise there really, but the formula is simply exquisite. It glided on smoothly and dries really fast. Gotta love that. And the warm gold flake glitter accents in it? LOVE it. Shown is 2 coats with no top coat.

Zoya Ziv (in shade)

Zoya Ziv (direct sunlight)

Zoya Ziv (close-up)

Next is Electra.

Zoya Electra

Electra is described on their site as the following: “A micro fine diamond holographic glitter mixed with large silver holographic bar tinsel in a clear base. Electra can be worn alone, as a festive french tip or layered over any polish to add a unique hologram glitter effect.” Electra is basically a holographic bar glitter shade. It’s a shade that some will hate and some will love. It looks best layered over something else, but for swatching purposes I just left it as is. Shown is 2 thin coats with no top coat.

Zoya Electra (in shade)

Zoya Electra (direct sunlight)

Zoya Electra (close-up)

Next is a crowd favorite called Storm.

Zoya Storm

Storm is described on their site as the following: “A full coverage, holiday black with a high concentration of micro fine diamond holographic glitter. Storm is elegant, powerful and versatile – try it as a french tip over Aurora or Blaze!” Storm is black shade with holographic glitter. While it’s not a full on holographic shade, it’s still something different that we certainly would love to see more of from Zoya! In shade, it looks like a cool black shade with some silver glitter. The full effect is seen under direct sunlight. Shown is one thick coat with no top coat.

Zoya Storm (in shade)

Zoya Storm (direct sunlight)

Zoya Storm (close-up)

Moving on, we have Blaze.

Zoya Blaze

Blaze is described on their site as the following: “A full coverage, cool-toned medium mulberry red with a high concentration of micro fine diamond holographic glitter. The multidimensional holographic glitter adds complexity and depth to this vampy red.” Blaze is another holographic glitter shade in this collection. It’s the deep raspberry red version of Storm. And just like Storm, the holographic effect is certainly best seen under direct sunlight. It’s still very pretty under shade. Shown is 2 coats with no top coat.

Zoya Blaze (in shade)

Zoya Blaze (direct sunlight)

Zoya Blaze (another angle)

Zoya Blaze (close-up)

Another holographic shade up next is Aurora.

Zoya Aurora

Aurora is described on their site as the following: “A full coverage, medium sugarplum purple flecked with a high concentration of micro fine diamond holographic glitter. The rainbow holographic sparkle turns this plum purple into something truly captivating.” Aurora is the purple version of Storm and Blaze. And just like those 2, it’s best seen under direct sunlight. Shown is 2 thin coats with no top coat.

Zoya Aurora (in shade)

Zoya Aurora (direct sunlight)

Zoya Aurora (close-up)

Last in this collection is a shade called Logan.

Logan is described on their site as the following: “A full coverage, yellow-toned forest green with dense, foil-like yellow-gold and blue-green duochrome shimmer! Rich color, a sparkling finish and a subtle duochrome effect make this green very special. Pair it with a Zoya Ziv (gold) tip for an extra dash of holiday flare!” A Holiday green is another standard shade in a Holiday collection, but it’s one that I never get tired of really. I mean, I don’t think a Holiday collection would be complete without at the very least a red, a gold and a green…..right? While this shade isn’t really that far off from lots of shades I have, I’m glad that it’s not just a straight up shimmer. Formula is great and it dries very fast. Shown is one thick coat with no top coat.

Zoya Logan (in shade)

Zoya Logan (direct sunlight)

Zoya Logan (close-up)

I love this collection as a whole. I’m not a huge fan of Electra really and I thought that maybe they could’ve made a silver holographic glitter shade instead, but I can’t complain. If holographic shades is the direction Zoya is heading towards – I’m all for it.

*Some products in this review may have been provided by the PR company or manufacturer for an honest opinion.*


Zoya Ornate Collection

The latest buzz that I’ve been excited about in the nail polish world? Zoya’s upcoming Holiday Collection. Check out the press release below.

EDIT: Swatches here.

It’s time to celebrate… so make sure you celebrate in style!

Zoya Ornate Collection

The NEW Zoya Ornate Collection is the perfect to decorate your nails with stunning jewel tone colors and special effect pigments this season. Featuring six stunning, glittering, crystal shades in our new Power Pigment Full Coverage Formula. Superior coverage and dynamic color in one. All in the long-wearing, toxin free (BIG5FREE) formula you love… Each one is as beautiful as the next.

Zoya WINTER/HOLIDAY 2012/13: ORNATE Collection

Blaze (ZP641) – Cranberry Glitter Glam Crystal – Featuring Power Pigment Full Coverage
Electra (ZP642) – Holographic Tinsel Special Effect- wear it alone or layer it for extra drama
Ziv (ZP644) – Gold Foil Glitter Crystal – Featuring Power Pigment Full Coverage
Storm (ZP645) – Black with Multi Color Crystal Shimmer – Featuring Power Pigment Full Coverage
Aurora (ZP646) – Plum with Multi Color Crystal Shimmer – Featuring Power Pigment Full Coverage
Logan (ZP647) – Green Foil Glitter Crystal – Featuring Power Pigment Full Coverage

ZOYA IS THE NEW COLOR OF FASHION!

Ultra long-wearing, glossy nail lacquers by Zoya are BIG5FREE – all formulas are completely free of harmful industrial chemicals such as toluene, camphor, formaldehyde, formaldehyde resin and dibutyl phthalate (DBP) that are known to cause cancer and birth defects.

Find over 300 other Zoya shades at www.zoya.com. Each and every name has a color as unique as the women who inspired it.

$8.00 ea. US. Shipping October 15, 2012.

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Zoya Surf Swatches

I loved this entire collection based on the press release and man…..it did not disappoint in person! Here are the swatches in the order listed in the press release.

First up is Carly.

Zoya Carly

Carly is described on their site as the following: “Very rich, bold, red-toned dark purple with iridescent red and silver metallic shimmer and a dense foil finish. The bold color and sparkling foil finish make Carly like gift wrap for your nails.” This shade went on very smoothly on my nails. It’s pretty opaque and dried really fast. Shown is one coat with no top coat.

Zoya Carly (in shade)

Zoya Carly (direct sunlight)

Zoya Carly (close-up)

Next is my favorite in this set, Kimber.

Zoya Kimber

Kimber is described on their site as the following: “Rich, bright and saturated medium magenta pink with strong gold metallic shimmer and a foil-like finish. A huge hit of color and a shot of shiny gold metal make this polish look electric.” This shade went on very smoothly on my nails as well. It’s very opaque and dried really fast. Shown is one coat with no top coat.

Zoya Kimber (in shade)

Zoya Kimber (direct sunlight)

Zoya Kimber (close-up)

Next up is a shade called Rory.

Zoya Rory

Rory is described on their site as the following: “Medium mauve pink with lilac tones, gold and silver reflective metallic shimmer accents, and a foil-like finish. The gentle color of this polish gives the foil finish a softened appearance.” Formula for this is beautiful. It’s very opaque as well and dried really fast. Shown is one coat with no top coat.

Zoya Rory (in shade)

Zoya Rory (direct sunlight)

Zoya Rory (close-up)

Then we have one that bears a unique name to me, Myrta.

Zoya Myrta

Myrta is described on their site as the following: “Warm medium orange coral with red undertone, gold and silver metallic shimmer, and a foil-like finish. The coral color of Myrta is soft, but the foil finish gives it added warmth and glow.” This shade is the least opaque in this set. It still applied nicely on my nails and dried really fast. Shown is 2 thin coats with no top coat.

Zoya Myrta (in shade)

Zoya Myrta (direct sunlight)

Zoya Myrta (close-up)

Moving on, we have Meg.

Zoya Meg

Meg is described on their site as the following: “Light yellow-toned mermaid green with heavy gold and silver metallic shimmer and a sparkling foil finish. A light and fresh looking green with added sparkle and shine.” This shade is not as opaque as the other shades in this set, but it’s not as sheer as Myrta. It’s a cross between the other shades and Myrta in terms of opacity. Formula is decent and it dried really fast. Shown is 2 thin coats with no top coat.

Zoya Meg (in shade)

Zoya Meg (direct sunlight)

Zoya Meg (close-up)

Lastly, we have Zuza.

Zoya Zuza

Zuza is described on their site as the following: “Deep, saturated, oceanic turquoise with gold and silver metallic shimmer and a foil-like finish. A beachy, colorful, foil-like shade with the perfect balance between blue and green.” This shade is simply stunning. Definitely one of my favorites in this collection. It is very opaque and dried really fast. Shown is one coat with no top coat.

Zoya Zuza (in shade)

Zoya Zuza (direct sunlight)

Zoya Zuza (close-up)

I loved their summer collections last year, especially the one with the same type of finish as these (Sunshine Collection). I described the shimmery finish as something of a foil metallic really. The one that surprised me the most is Zuza. So stunning and pigmented. But then again, they all are.

*Some products in this review may have been provided by the PR company or manufacturer for an honest opinion.*


Zoya Beach Swatches

I was a bit on the fence about this collection based on the press release because I felt that last year’s Summertime Collection was pretty darn good even when I thought there were a bit too many reds and purples. I thought maybe a yellow in there could’ve made the variety more even, but this year’s collection isn’t too far off from having the same issue as last year’s. Still, I have to give it to Zoya for doing alright with these 6 shades.

First up is Reagan.

Zoya Reagan

Reagan is described on their site as the following: “A deep, cool fuchsia pink with subtle blue undertone and an opaque cream finish. Reagan packs a lot of color without being excessively bright and is soft but not overly muted.” This shade went on very smoothly on my nails. It’s pretty opaque and dried really fast. Shown is one coat with no top coat.

Zoya Reagan (in shade)

Zoya Reagan (direct sunlight)

Zoya Reagan (close-up)

Next up is Lara.

Zoya Lara

Lara is described on their site as the following: “Medium magenta-rose pink with subtle yellow undertone and a soft cream finish. A soft shade, but with a candy-like pop of color to ensure that it doesn’t look flat.” This shade went on very smoothly on my nails as well. It’s quite opaque, but not a one coater for sure. Shown is 2 coats with no top coat.

Zoya Lara (in shade)

Zoya Lara (direct sunlight)

Zoya Lara (close-up)

Another pink one is up next called Shelby.

Zoya Shelby

Shelby is described on their site as the following: “Soft but colorful cherry blossom pink with an opaque cream finish. A light girly pink with enough tint to keep it from looking pastel or washed out.” Formula for this is similar to Lara. It’s quite opaque as well, but just like Lara….not a one coater. Shown is 2 coats with no top coat.

Zoya Shelby (in shade)

Zoya Shelby (direct sunlight)

Zoya Shelby (close-up)

The brightest one in this group, here’s Arizona.

Zoya Arizona

Arizona is described on their site as the following: “Softened bright citrus orange with a muted cream finish. This orange is bright but also very soft, giving it a fun, orange sherbet-like look on the nails.” I love this orange! It’s bright and fun. This shade is the least opaque in this set. It still applied nicely on my nails though. Shown is 2 coats with no top coat.

Zoya Arizona (in shade)

Zoya Arizona (direct sunlight)

Zoya Arizona (close-up)

Moving on, the lone shimmer called Tracie.

Zoya Tracie

Tracie is described on their site as the following: “Faded, yellow-toned pistachio green with delicate silvery shimmer for a frosted pearl finish. Great for a fresh-looking twist on vintage avocado green.” I was actually hoping that this would be a creme as well. I didn’t like it as much as a shimmery shade. Formula is good and it dried really fast. Shown is 2 coats with no top coat.

Zoya Tracie (in shade)

Zoya Tracie (direct sunlight)

Zoya Tracie (close-up)

Lastly, we have Wednesday.

Zoya Zuza

Wednesday is described on their site as the following: “Faded dirty medium turquoise with green undertone and an opaque cream finish. A very stylish shade with a funky yet easy to wear vintage look.” I surprisingly like this shade more than I thought I would. Definitely one of my favorites in this collection. It is pretty opaque and dried really fast. Shown is 2 coats with no top coat.

Zoya Wednesday (in shade)

Zoya Wednesday (direct sunlight)

Zoya Wednesday (close-up)

I like their formula and while I think they could’ve swapped out a red for a yellow, it’s still a great collection. Compared to last year’s collection though, it’s different and doesn’t even come close to the beauty and pigmentation.

*Some products in this review may have been provided by the PR company or manufacturer for an honest opinion.*