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Zoya: Zuza

 I’ve been wearing a lot of blues lately, and Zuza was an untried I hadn’t gotten around to yet. The pretty watery, mermaid-y blue is obviously something I was drawn to.

Sparkle-y aqua green

Zuza is a fun manicure. It’s a pretty, medium toned aqua with a touch of green. The finish on this polish was interesting to me. The silver shimmer read almost as a foil to me, but seemed to be just a little short of the full on sparkle that a foil has. I’m not going to say this polish is the most unique, but it was fun to wear and great for summer.

Easy, smooth application

In typical Zoya fashion, this polish applied very easily. The formula was smooth and I had no coverage issues. I used two thick coats and everything turned out well.

Where to Buy: Zoya.com / $ 8

Do you like Zuza? Did you buy Zuza? What did or didn’t you like about this polish?

– Liz

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Urban Outfitters: Bandeau & China Glaze: Blue Years Eve

I mentioned how it was my birthday over the weekend. And it took me awhile to pick what I wanted to wear for it. I ended up with this sponged manicure and I absolutely loved it. It turned out great and was perfect for the occasion.

Bright, violet purple creme with blue and purple foil sponged tips

Bandeau is an awesome polish. It’s a bright, violet blue leaning creme that is stunning. It’s so fun and easy to wear. It’s one of my favorite purples that I own. Blue Years Eve is also a great polish. It’s a purple and blue foil that has a a lot of depth and was dark enough to contrast with the brighter Bandeau base. I honestly think they look perfect together.

Easy application for both polishes

I used two coats for Bandeau. Although it seems a bit streaky on the first coat, it builds up really easily. I would suggest doing thicker coats though, just to make sure you get full coverage. It also dries slightly matte, which means it also dries quickly. I used a make up applicator sponge to sponge on Blue Years Eve on the tips. Just dabbed on the polish on to the sponge, then built it up on the tips. It’s very easy and doesn’t take much time to do or dry. I love it!

Where To Buy (Bandeau) Urban Outfitters / Urban Outfitters.com / $ 5

Where to Buy (Blue Year’s Eve): Sally’s Beauty / Ulta / Trade Secret / Online Retailers / $ 6

So, do you like this manicure? Does it say “Birthday Girl” to you? 🙂

– Liz

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Zoya: Tanzy

Hey guys, more internet problems have kept me from being able to post. I promise I will be back on a regular schedule. I don’t want to be blogging less, I’ve just kept running into problems! I’m sorry. More posts and new polishes are in my future.

Tanzy is a polish that has been sitting in my untried drawer for…a year and I finally got around to wearing it.

Golden orange foil

Tanzy is a golden orange foil. It definitely reads orange overall, but the gold in the polish adds depth and another layer of color. It reminds me of summer sunset. It has a relaxing summer feeling to it. It’ll look great with a tan.

Easy, smooth application

I always like the application of foils. They apply smooth and evenly. They are quite forgiving when you don’t do the best job applying. And they dry quickly. Zoya foils are always a breeze to apply. I used three coats for maximum sparkle and full coverage.

Where To Buy: Zoya.com / $ 8

Do you own Tanzy? Do you like this polish?  Is orange a go to summer color for you? Do you find foils as easy as I do to apply?

– Liz

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OPI: Jade Is The New Black & Zoya: Apple

This happened to turn out to be an early St. Patrick’s Day manicure apparently. Which I didn’t even realize until my boss said to me, “Hey, you’ve got St. Patrick’s Day nails!” So, I’m deciding to roll with it. Green is my favorite polish to wear anyway.

Green jade creme with a touch of blue and light green and yellow sparkle-y sponged tips

I had Jade Is The New Black on for a couple of days. It’s a cult classic green creme with just a touch of blue. I didn’t love this polish when it first came out, I’m not sure what I was thinking, but adore it now. I looked into my untried drawer and found Apple sitting in it and decided it sponge my tips with it. The light green and yellow foil looks great sparkling at the tips.

No issues with application here

I didn’t have a problem with JITNB during application. It actually went on smooth as butter. It was also very opaque and pigmented. A pretty impressive formula now that I think about it. I used two coats and was good. Apple went onto the tips with no issues. I find foils are the easiest (and most forgiving) polishes to sponge with. Just a dab and you’re good to go.

Where to Buy (JITNB): Online Retailers / $ 5 – $ 6

Where to Buy (Apple): Zoya.com / $ 8

Do you love Jade Is The New Black or Apple? Do you like this dual green combination? What are you planning on wearing for St. Patrick’s Day? 

– Liz

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China Glaze: Liquid Leather & Zoya: Jules

I’ve been bed ridden the past 48 hours. I feel quite awful, so this post will be on the shorter side.

I’ve tried sponging in the past, and it didn’t really turn out in my favor. You definitely have to be patient and go slow. I used a make up applicator (the little wedge sponges) and applied just a small swipe at a time of Jules to the sponge. I started at the tip and moved my way down to be able to see how far down the nail I wanted to go. After a few dabs, each nail is done.

Black with taupe-y silver sponged tips

I started out with two coats of Liquid Leather and made sure it was completely dry before I moved on to sponging. As mentioned, I dabbed a small amount of Jules onto the make up sponge and carefully applied the polish from the tip down. What I like about this method of sponging, is that it’s very easy to add more or less and really get the look that you want. More or less of what you want. And this manicure has worn like iron, which never happens for me.

I’m looking forward to mastering this a bit more and coming up with more unique combinations to wear.

Where To Buy (Liquid Leather): Sally’s / Ulta / Trade Secret / Online Retailers / $ 5 – $ 6

Where To Buy (Jules): Zoya.com / $ 8

Have you tried sponging? Was your first attempted horrible like mine was? Is it something you do regularly to mix up your manicures? Or is this a bit much for your everyday looks?

– Liz

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OPI: Designer, De Better and Zoya: Rina

I wore my first festive, holiday manicure of the season over the weekend. I had a Secret Santa party to attend, and wanted to make sure my manicure was super fun for it. I knew I didn’t want to wear red, so I ended up with this silver foil and green glitter accent nail from two new Holiday 2011 Collections. Very fun!

Sparkly foil with pink glitter and bar glitter green with blue

Both of these polishes on their own are really rather unique and beautiful and thankfully wearing then together wasn’t an overkill. Designer, de Better! is a champagne-y, metallic silver foil with scattered pinkish gold glitter throughout. The pink, or rose gold almost, pieces aren’t very noticeable, but when you look closely they are there. It’s very pretty and holiday in a not loud or over the top way.

Rina is a gorgeous vivid, bright green bar glitter with sporadic and sparse blue bar glitter throughout a clear base. The blue bar glitters are like a little treat for you when admiring your polish. Very, very gorgeous and truly unique to my collection.

Pretty easy application, and decent wear

Designer De Better! was a breeze to apply. Aside from being slightly thin, or runny, I had no issues with formula or application. I used two coats and got full coverage. It dried quickly. Rina, since it’s a clear base glitter, is rather sheer. I had to use three coats to achieve opacity. It would be better layered over another green that’s similar in hue. I’ll remember that for next time. I also like that Rina is not too gritty to the touch, however, I did apply two layers of topcoat over it.

Where to Buy: (Designer, De Better!) Ulta / Trade Secret / JCPenny / Professional Salons / Dillards / $ 8.50

Where to Buy: (Rina) Zoya.com / $ 8

Do you own either of these polishes? Have you worn them for the season yet? What are your go to polishes for holiday manicures? Do you prefer classic holiday colors or something a little more fun?

– Liz

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Zoya: Crystal

For some stupid reason, I didn’t get this polish when it was released in Zoya’s 2010 Flame Collection. I know I’ve been meaning to acquire it, but always forget when I’m ordering new collections online from Zoya. But alas, I remembered to tack it on to an order recently, and seriously, it’s to die for. I’m in love.

Jaw dropping-ly gorgeous ice blue with gold fleck foil

Crystal is gorgeous, and it’s a polish that’s able to evoke imagery of icy cold, clear wintry days and snowflakes. It’s so romantic. It’s a light, icy blue foil with scattered gold glitter throughout. There’s a few things that make this polish so stunning. The gold glitter is all different shapes and sizes. This makes staring at the polish up close so interesting and pretty. Also, this polish is so reflective and shiny, that the ice blue reflects silver at different angles along with the icy blue and gold. It’s mesmerizing.

Easy, but slightly sheer, application

What I love about Zoya foils is that they are so easy to apply. They take minimal effort, and have a quick drying time, for a great outcome. This polish took little effort to apply. Though it was a bit sheer, I needed three coats to get all the sparkly, snowy depth I wanted. My only suggestion would to be to apply thicker coats to get full coverage and opacity easily.

Where to Buy: Zoya.com / $ 8

Tell me all about your love for this polish! Or if you want to own this polish immediately? Do you own it’s OPI dupe Reflecting Pool (a European and Asian release)? Put it on your Christmas list!

– Liz

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