Zoya Gems & Jewels Holiday 2011 Nail Polish Collection & Looks

I am super excited about this collection from Zoya! I’ve always been impressed by their polishes and I’m sure this collection won’t disappoint.

Here’s a video from their YouTube channel of their upcoming Holiday collection, enjoy!




Sephora by OPI Modern Flowers Collection

"SEPHORA by OPI’s latest assortment of Nail Colours is inspired by simple, dramatic blossoms like the elegant Calla Lily, exotic orchid, and vibrant iris. These iconic flowers, in their most colorful forms, have been artistically re-imagined into this bouquet of spring shades that will have your fingertips flourishing with sophisticated color."


Leaf Him At The Altar – Metallic Vine Green

It’s Bouquet with Me – Sheer violet with silver and holographic glitter

Iris I was Thinner – Medium iris purple

Handpicked for Me  – Light pink lilac with silver shimmer

Go with the Flow-er $9 – Bright tulip pink with hot pink shimmer

Cover me in petals  -Vivid tigerlily red orange

Price: $9/ea

Available at Sephora stores and Sephora.com

Sunday Nail Polish Swatch Compilation

So for whatever reason I was off my nail painting game this week.  I was pretty tired, mostly sleepy, all week and none of my nail polishes wanted to stay on.  I did managed to change my nail three times throughout the week, which is pretty standard for me anyways, so that was good.  However, I did IMO a pretty sloppy job of painting them…i.e. this first swatch of Zoya Pinta.  I figured I’d go ahead and post it given that I have already gone through the trouble of painting my nails and had worn it for two days.  The 2nd swatch is CG Shower Together, the swatches are pretty good (guess i had a steady hand that day), but this is seriously a love/hate polish for me.  Its a cream, but applies weird.  You can apply any more than 2 coats before it looks too thick and for it to be a cream, you’d think it would apply smoother. Also, for some reason it seems to take longer to dry.  Anyhow, I absolutely love the color, that milky blue is just too pretty!  Hopefully, this week will be a better week for nail painting and all my polishes will apply smoothly and beautifully.


Zoya Pinta

Two + base coat and Seche Vite Top Coat


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Purchased @ Zoya.com

$6 – $7


China Glaze Shower Together

Two + base coat and Seche Vite Top Coat


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Purchased @ Sally’s Beauty Supply

Price: $4 – $6




Nail Polish Swatches: Zoya Davincia


This is such a pretty color, or rather it photographs much prettier than it actually is IMO.  I typically like deep wines as far as nail shades, and i think that’s why I get a little bored with them.  Davincia is a very safe, yet sexy color.  its perfect for an evening out, but I don’t think that it has that ‘melt you heart’ feel to it that say, Isla has.  It looks pretty much like another wine colored nail polish on the nail, reminds your of a glass of Cabernet or Merlot for sure.  The finish is glossy with some shimmer, not overload though.  I dries no faster or slower than any other polish, definitely doesn’t fall into the realm of “fast-drying” polishes though.

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I have two coats of Davincia on, any more than that and it would be too thick. I used Seche Vite as my top coat and so far overall, no chipping, well only one on my thumb. I’m pretty rough w/ my nails, so I don’t blame the polish or top coat for that.  I do see a little receding my pinky nail, which you can see in the picture.  For some reason this happens to me pretty often though, not sure why.  Maybe, the receding is due to the application of a top coat too soon after polishing?  Anyhow, all in all, I really like Davincia and would definitely repurchase it.  I’m a big fan of Zoya polishes and have plenty more to swatch, review, and purchase.


Davincia – Available @ Zoya.com $6-$7

Seche Vite- Available @ Sally Beauty Supply





Nail Polish Swatches: Sunday Swatches Compilation

Claire’s Marine Blue w/ out flash


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So, overall this is a really fun color, especially for $2.50 a pop.  I believe a wore it for a day or so on my nails and had pretty good results.  Claire’s polishes dry extremely fast , so you have to work briskly with them.  I applied two coats of it and then my Sally Hansen High Shine Top Coat, which is pretty much my backup top coat…but more on that later.  This is a great color for toenails, and for fingers too, but it has a definite thick-creamy look to it, which put me off to wearing it on my fingers.  I have Mean Green, also by Claire’s, which I’ve already swatched here on my blog and they are not only similar in color, but in texture and finish.  They dry pretty glossy, but you will get some definite chipping with these polishes, which is unfortunately my lucky with most cream finish polishes.  Overall, for a bright and fun look for cheap…I’d give these a go and pick up a few more colors. 

Available at Claire’s Boutique stores and online. 

Price:  $2.50, I got mines BOGO 50% a few weeks back.


Orly Blue Suede w/ out flash (no point of taking a pic w/ flash, b/c this is the most accurate display of the color).


 I’ve had this polish forever, well really for about 3-4 months when the whole matte-craze was in.  I actually purchased this entire collection from Orly, b/c at the time I thought the matte or flat finish concept was new and different, and it was.  However, I’m not sure if Orly hit the nail on the head with these particular polishes having a true matte finish.  Its more of a non-glossy rubbery look, which I’ve heard others describe it this way as well. Blue Suede is one of three polishes that came out in the collection, and next to the black it is my fave.  I have the purple, but it doesn’t strike my fancy like the blue and the black do.  Nonetheless, I’m a sucker for Orly, b/c you get more product for the $$$ and they really do come out with some good collections.  I’ll be swatching the black and purple some time soon, forgive me for not knowing the names off the top of my head.

Available at Orly.com and Sally’s Beauty Supply (where I purchased mines)

Price: $5-$6/bottle

Finger Paints Add & Abstract w/ out flash


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 Okay, this is seriously my love/hate polish….love the color, especially for the summer, hate the finish and how it applies.  For the most part, I do like Finger Paints polishes, just not the finish and application this particular one.  I’m rarely supremely disappointed in a nail polish, because I can always find a way to make it work.  For this one, there’s not hope.  It applies at times thin, and at other times thick.  Any more than two coats and its goopy, not to mention streaky from the first stroke.  I highly recommend a superior top coat with this polish, b/c on it own it just doesn’t look good. I have another color very similar to this one, also by Finger Paints and I have the same problems out of it.  I got these polishes last summer and was so excited, b/c I thought the shades were just amazing, but was soon disappointed in them.  They are those polishes you just want to hurry up and use up or throughout, b/c they are just that disappointing.  I consider Finger Paints a pretty good nail polish brand, considering I have a beautiful deep purple shade from them that I love and it applies so evenly and glossy.  Nonetheless, once I use Add&Abstract up, I will not be repurchasing it and will use more caution in the polishes that have similar finishes as it does by Finger Paints.  Just my honest opinion…wish it were different.  I’ll post swatches of its counterpart later (if I can get it to apply at least as decently as I got Add&Abstract to apply).

Purchased at Sally’s Beauty Supply 

Price: $5-$6/bottle




Nail Shades We Love

So I came across this really great article on InStyle.com, where they broke down the different color categories of the most liked polishes.  I realized as I read through the article, that it was 100% right in what I, myself consider to be my fave nail shades.  I mean who doesn’t love a simple neutral, so wearable all the time or a fun loud pink to match that cute party dress or blouse?  And who can resist a classic red, whether it be fire engine or cranberry.  The same goes for your pruples, greys, and metallics, both soft and bold, all can be wearable and appropriate for just about any occassion, of this depends on the actual shade you choose to use from each color.  The one thing about nail polish that I love is that it really is so versatile.  Its like an accessorie, it can either make or break the look.  The difference between nail polish and say, a pair of earrings is that the nail polish is actually an extension of the outfit, whereas the earrings would merely serve as an addition to the outfit.  You don’t just wash polish off at the end of the night with all your other makeup, it remains on your nails (well until you actually pick the nail polish remover and take it off) chameleon-like enough to go with looks for days at a time.  Nail polish is by far one of the fave cosmetic items, and even more so, the fact that there is so much to choose from makes it that much more fun to play with.


Nail Polish-L'Oréal Paris in Innocence-Essie in Angel Food-MAC in Blissed Out

Loud Pinks:

Nail Polish-Dior in Black Dahlia-Dior in Red Dahlia-Zoya in Anaka


Nail Polish-Nars in Jungle Red-Essie in Fishnet Stockings-Chanel in Dragon

Blues & Greys:

Nail Polish-Lippmann Collection in Don't Tell Mama-YSL in Tuxedo Grey-Sally Hansen in Blazing Blue


Nail Polish-Revlon in Plum Night-OPI in Lincoln Park After Dark-Essie in Wicked

Soft Metallics:

Nail Polish-Revlon in Silver Screen-Chanel in Trapèze-

Bold Metallics:

Nail Polish-Rescue Beauty Lounge in Locavore-Lippmann Collection in Nefertiti-Estée Lauder in Gold

Click here for the full article on InStyle.com