Monday, September 30, 2013

NYC Tudor City Teal

NYC Tudor City Teal is a positively gorgeous color.  It reminded me of carved jade.  I messed up on the application, so I only wore it one day.  So, I can't comment on how well this wears, and this is my first NYC polish.  If I knew for sure it wore well, I'd tell everyone to run out and buy it.  So pretty.  The first coat is a thin, uneven mess, but it covered evenly in two coats.  I'm not the best at identifying jellies, but I believe this is a jelly.  It isn't sheer, but it has a lovely squishy, jelly-ness about it.  I'm going to love this in the first part of the year and in the spring (assuming it wears O.K.). 

Wednesday, September 25, 2013

Zoya Jules

Zoya Jules was such a disappointment. I don't know if I got a dud bottle or what happened.  I've seen Jules other places online and it glows with gold glass fleck shimmer in the same way other Zoyas with foil finishes do.  My bottle just has some gold shimmer, but it does not have the lovely Zoya foil finish.  Jules is a cool toned taupe with gold shimmer.  This is two coats, but you would need another coat to cover the visible nail line.  The taupe color isn't great for my skin tone.  I haven't figured out any way to use this polish yet.  Booooo!
I tried a gradient with Rimmel Pro Rags to Riches (green) and Zoya Daul (purple).  Oops.  I did unintentional Mardi Gras nails.  Then I tried with Rags to Riches (green) and Zoya Hazel (blue).  Meh.  Hopefully I'll find a way that I like Jules.

O.P.I. Love This Color

Sorry, but I don't love this color.  I don't love O.P.I. either.  O.P.I only wears O.K. for me.  I Love This Color is a browned red.  It is an O.K. color on me, not great.  I liked it better when I stamped it with gold polish.  I used the apple stamp from the Salon Express kit.  It doesn't look much like an apple when stamped on the nail.  It looks a little bit like an old school T.V.  I'll try a different stamp next time.

Monday, September 23, 2013

Zoya Noot

Zoya Noot is a charcoal gray leaning green. When I was painting my bathroom gray, I had a hard time finding a paint that would look true gray.  They looked taupe or blue, but not gray.  I have the same issue with gray nail polish.  After I did some research on the internet, I found out that grays that lean green appear true gray.  This is sort of true for Noot.  It does look true gray in most lights.  Sometimes it looks green/gray.  It is a bit stark for me to wear Noot on it's own.  I'll probably pair it with a light gray and do nail art most of the time I use it.  Below it is with a Wet 'n Wild Kaleidoscope glitter gradient.  Meh.  That was O.K. 

Sunday, September 22, 2013

Zoya Shay

Zoya Shay is a good nude cream for me.  I'll probably use it mostly for nail art.  I'm not much of a nude polish person, but it is a good idea to own a good nude in case you want one.  Below I tried doing a French tip with my nail art brushes.   Not so much.  My unsteady hand made a wonky French tip.  Next time I'll just use the brush that comes in the polish.  I have better luck with that. 

Saturday, September 21, 2013

Zoya Breezi

Zoya Breezi manages to somehow be bright and dusty at the same time.  It was from a summer collection but I think it is a great fall blue cream polish. I really like this one.

Monday, September 16, 2013

Zoya muse

I was thrilled with Zoya Hazel, two coats.  Hazel is a blued gunmetal gray with a foil finish.  Like almost all of Zoya's foil finishes, this one almost glows with glass fleck shimmer in the sunlight.  Below I added a navy french tip with Rimmel Pro Midnight Blue

Saturday, September 14, 2013

Wet 'n Wild Dream Poppy

This is Wet 'n Wild Dream Poppy. I think this is a good color for me.  Turns out, I just don't love pink-y corals.  Weird.  I should like them because this is cute.  The wear on this one was just O.K., but I don't remember how long it lasted.  Below is with Hard Candy Black Tie Optional over the top.  

Thursday, September 12, 2013

Zoya Heidi

I finished off my favorite coral polish, China Glaze Coral Star.  I wanted something different because Coral Star is discontinued, I wanted a different brand that wears better on me, and Coral Star has a metallic finish and I wanted a cream finish.  I decided to go with Zoya Heidi.  It is about 3/4 cream and 1/4 jelly finish, so sort of a crelly.  It is very orange.  It is also closer in color to Zoya Elodie then I wanted it to be.  I do really like it though, even if it isn't my dream coral polish. 

Sunday, September 8, 2013

Tape Manicure

I painted my nails with Zoya Elodie and let them dry.  I put scotch tape on the back of my hand to remove some of the stick.  Then I masked off my nails, painted them with Orly Luxe, and removed the tape.  I added a top coat.  I think I would like this design better with other colors.

Thursday, September 5, 2013

Braided Nails

This was my first attempt at braided nails using a no name Sally Girl turquoise, Essie Trophy Wife, and Spoiled Deeper Dive.  The brush on Deeper Dive was a bit too wide for a braided manicure.  It is better to have traditional brushes and not the wide brushes.  And I smudged it because there were so many layers of polish on the tips.  I'll definitely attempt this again.  Maybe I can find some colors that aren't so bright.  :)