Thursday, December 19, 2013

Zoya Naturel Swatches And Review

Hey there lovelies! Is everyone done with their Christmas shopping? Surprisingly, I am actually done ahead of schedule for once! I'm SO the type to be buying gifts on Dec 23rd!

The lovely people at Zoya sent me their new Naturel collection to review for you. I really loved the idea of this collection. Zoya has been putting out a lot of really bold, saturated, gorgeous polishes lately so this soft neutral collection was a really nice departure.

That being said, I don't know that you need to own every polish in this collection as there are some very similar shades. All of the photos show two coats of polish topped off with a coat of Seche Vite. The formula on every one of these polishes is exactly the wonderful formula we've come to expect and love from Zoya. So without further ado, here are the swatches!


 This pretty little lady is a yellow based nude polish. I think that this one was my least favorite of the bunch just because my skin has a yellow undertone to begin with and this brought that out which wasn't a good thing for me! I think this would look lovely on some darker skin tones though!


This one is SO incredibly similar to Chantal that I kept wondering why it was put into this collection. The only thing I can think of is that it's a little more friendly to different skin tones. This definitely has a more neutral base to it and I prefer Taylor to Chantal. That being said, I think you would only need one or the other, depending on your coloring.



This one is sort of a lavender-based nude. It was a little odd for me though because it wasn't quite light enough to be a nude but it also didn't have a lot of color saturation. I think this is another one that would look better on a darker skin tone. It's a lovely color, just not so much on me.

Brigitte is a really lovely lavender-grey type shade. I'm not 100% sure how exactly to classify this one but she is pretty! It's a great answer to how to wear a pastel in the Fall/Winter season and I think it would go amazing with any neutral outfit. 



This little girl is definitely my favorite of this collection. This polish looks much darker in the bottle than it is once it's on the nail. In fact, I found that to be true about this entire collection! The colors are wonderfully opaque in two coats without that bold saturation of recent Zoya collections. The great part about that is that every single polish in this collection is perfect for the office!


Normani is a taupe/grey color that is very professional looking. I don't really have a lot to say about this color because I'm not all that fond of taupe/grey polishes but I know that it would look incredible on the right skin tone - olive perhaps?

In conclusion, I think that this is a fabulous collection by Zoya but definitely not one that needs to be purchased in entirety. The last several collections (especially the Cashmeres) from Zoya have contained such different polishes that you could most definitely own the entire collection. The Naturel collection is one that has something for everyone but not necessarily everything for everyone, know what I mean? 

Tuesday, December 10, 2013

Blog Sale!!!!!!!!!!!!

Want some awesome polish at an amazing price? Then check out my Blog Sale!

There's some pretty fabulous stuff up in there so please, go have a browse!

Monday, December 2, 2013

Bright and Beautiful "Gradient"

Hey there sweetums! How is everyone after Thanksgiving, still in a food coma?? I had such good food AND I got 4 days off of work!! It was so awesome that I don't know if I'll remember what to do when I go back.

My husband and I actually got to go on a date! We went out to dinner at HuHot and then we did some Christmas shopping at TJ Maxx. Then I went into Ulta and my husband bought me the Be Merry Be Bright palette for my bday which is coming up on the 11th. All of you, please, feel free to shower me with gifts of polish, makeup, candy and jewelry!

Alright, finally on to what y'all came here to see - mah nails! These were SO fun, quick and easy! I started off with a base coat of Sally Hansen Xtreme Wear - White On so that I would only have to do one coat of the colors and they would really POP!

I wanted the "gradient" to be kind of rough and didn't really want it to blend so I just used the polish brushes and haphazardly added the colors to 1/3 of the nail. At the base of the nail is one of my favorite polishes, Barry M - Indigo. Then comes one of my new polishes (new to me!) Essie - Bottle Service which is a beautiful, rich, pigmented pink! Finally, I added China Glaze - Custom Kicks. This is a fabulous, creamy bright teal! I stamped over my "gradient" using Konad Black and Cheeky Jumbo Plate 9 - Wild At Heart.

If you like stamping, you seriously need to check out these Cheeky Jumbo Plates, they're freaking adorable! I only have three for now but plan to add to that eventually!

Then, of course, I had to top it all off with a coat of China Glaze - Fairy Dust. What do you think? This was one of my faves and it even lasted 4 days before I finally took it off and it still didn't have a chip in it - that's a major record for me!

You love it, don't you?? I know you do! Go ahead, comment and tell me how much you adore me and my fabulous nails!

I seriously love each and every one of you that takes the time out of their busy, crazy lives and reads my little blog, it honest-to-goodness means a lot to me!

If you're wondering why I keep putting the word "gradient" in quotations, it's because there's really nothing gradual about this gradient, it's more of a splat of colors. So now you know, your life is complete.