Thursday, December 27, 2012

Zoya Lovely Spring 2013: Review & Mani

Note: My hard drive recently crashed on my laptop so a friend of ours is attempting to recover data on it. As a result, I've got a temp hard drive and don't have access to my usual photo editing software (I use Photoshop CS6) so the color and quality is not on par in my opinion with my typical pictures--sorry! It's driving me nuts, but I wanted to share these with you ASAP since they're too fabulous to miss!

I recently published the promotional pictures of Zoya's Spring 2013 collection--Zoya LOVELY--which totally reminded me of spring and more so Easter!

These colors really are lovely in hue in person. They're a mix of delicious pastel metallics and creams in dainty, delicate shades that make me think of a mix of Easter eggs and ice cream!

I know there are probably a billion manis using several of the colors together, but seeing them all together I couldn't resist!

From left to right: Piaf, Neely, Blu, Julie
Zoya Gie Gie


Application & Opacity
Gie Gie, Piaf and Julie - These are the metallics of the collection, which I tend to find apply extremely smooth and evenly. These were as expected. I did find that they were a bit less opaque than the creams and while you may be able to get away with 2 coats, I preferred 3 coats to reach full opacity. They had great self-leveling properties.

Neely & Blue - These are 2 of the 3 creams in this collection (I will be featuring a mani with Jacqueline at a later time). I find that most of Zoya's cream polishes require a minimum of 2 coats. The first is typically a bit uneven or streaky and the second usually evens it out. That was the case with these. I did apply a third coat with these as I found it gave me a slightly better overall finish.

Color Descriptions (according to me)
GieGie Gie Gie is a super metallic princess-y pink. I bit more pastel than bubblegum in my opinion.

Piaf - Piaf is an interesting yellow. In the bottle I feel it comes off a tad lighter than on your finger (I believe this is largely due to the concentrated amount of metallic sparkle in the bottle). To me, it's almost a light pastel-ish golden mustard with subtle metallic flash.

Neely - Neekly is definitely a pastel green. It's not a blue-green, but more of a true minty pastel.

Blu - Blue is a a lovely pastel blue that is a bit more vibrant on your nail than in the bottle, in my opinion. Definitely a great shade if you want a spring blue!

Julie - Julie is a super pretty pastel lilac. I've never been much of a purple person in general, but lilac generally appeals to me and this is definitely something I would have picked out of the collection.

Price
These are priced at $8 per individual bottle or $48 for the set retail.

Availability
These are currently available on Zoya's website HERE  

Final Thoughts
Overall I really like this collection! I think the balance of metallics and creams is nice and the shades are absolutely early-spring appropriate. I would highly recommend this collection for anyone that loves pastels or can't wait for spring to get here!

Just for fun I thought I'd add a little wintry, frosty sparkle (since we just got a ton of snow up here and it's only December). I added a few touches of Zoya Trixie (my all-time favorite Zoya polish aside from Sooki) near the cuticle of each nail. I like the overall effect! I think it's especially appropriate here since Easter often arrives while we still have snow!

What do you think? Will you be purchasing any of the Zoya LOVELY collection polishes?
 

Wednesday, December 19, 2012

Zoya Spring 2013 Collection: Zoya Lovely

Are we already talking about Spring? I feel as though the seasons are so quick to come and go lately, probably partially because the fashion and beauty industry look so far ahead!

Zoya is starting the New Year off in style, releasing this appropriately named collection ... LOVELY! I remember Zoya releasing a number of these colors earlier this year in correspondence with 2013 Spring Fashion Week and thinking ... I hope they re-release these! I almost nabbed them, but I have a weird quirk where I try to buy in-season the majority of the time. Knowing what's coming out makes it hard sometimes, but I find it works for me!

Anyway, Zoya's LOVELY Spring 2013 collection is a mix of 3 creams and 3 metallics that are perfect (in my opinion) for spring--available for purchase January 1, 2013. To me, these shades are the epitome of spring colors! And they truly are ... lovely!




The following information was provided by Zoya PR:


Zoya Lovely – spRING 2013
Piaf (ZP652) - Fresh Forsythia Yellow Metallic - Full Coverage (Originally designed for Fashion Designer Zang Toi)
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).
Blu (ZP653) - Lucky Hyacinth Blue Cream - Full Coverage
Neely (ZP655) - Earliest Spring Green Cream - Full Coverage (Originally designed for Peter Som/SS13).
Jacqueline (ZP654) - Perfect Magnolia Nude Cream - Full Coverage (Originally designed for Peter Som/SS13)
 
First Impression

I really do like this collection for a spring collection. Though we've seen the shades before, it was only for a brief time and I believe they were only released in trio originally? While I'm not ready to start wearing them quite yet, I think post-Christmas I'll be dying for a spring mani!

Favorites

I usually speculate on which shades will be my favorites when I post releases like this. I honestly think as a collection I'll want to do East egg nails with these! That's exactly what I think of when I see them together. But as far as individual color favorites go, I think I'm leaning more towards GeiGei (pink polish - shocker I know), Blu, and possibly Neely if it isn't too close to Zoya Wednesday. I like Wednesday, but I love seeing different shades from season to season. I like the rest as well, but I'm predictably drawn to certain colors more than others 90% of the time. We'll see if these surprise me!


Release Date
January 1, 2013



*Information in this release was provided by Zoya PR. All opinions are my own.

Tuesday, December 11, 2012

Cult Nails & BeautyPopShop Rhinestone Tuesday Mani

Maria of Cult Nails (who is exceptionally fabulous if you're not familiar with her) and I were tweeting back and forth regarding manis last week when she came up with the fabulous idea of challenging ourselves to come up with themed manis! I wear nail polish all the time (with the occasional exception of short periods when I try to give my nails a break for a day or so), but I don't focus on super creative manis as much as I should. And when I do, I often forget to take pics! Awful I know, but life is such a whirlwind right now what can you do? ;)

The theme of our mani Tuesday is "rhinestones"! I love, love classy bling. I really do! Unfortunately, I have allergic reactions to most metals and it's gotten worse over the years, so my daily jewelry wearing has gone down dramatically (ugh hurts just to think about how much I miss my jewelry!). So, I jumped at the chance to bling out my nails when Maria suggested rhinestones as a possibility!

I'm a huge swarovski fan. Can you tell given the swarovski-covered polish racks we released shortly after our launch back in January of this year? I had purchased a bunch of different swarovski sizes a while back for use on my nails and had barely touched them---perfect opportunity to dig in! I played around a bunch but I'm admittedly extremely hyper-critical of myself so after shifting around different swarovskis for far longer than I'd like to admit, I finally landed on this! I know it's not insanely complicated, but I really like clean lines and for some reason this really grabbed me after I arranged them this way. And just a heads up, my dad was so long yesterday I couldn't choose between photos after I edited my favorites so you get to see them all lol.








I realized after I took my mani pics that I could have included a nice or at least neutral background ... classy laptop in the background I know. I tend to do my nails at my desk so there you have it!

What do you think? I used 2 different size swarovski flatbacks in 2 different colors over Sheswai Hot Damn.

Line from cuticle up to larger swarovski = Xilion Rose Provence Lavender in PLV5


Large swarovski at tip of nail = Xilion Rose Crystal AB (my fav) in CAB7

I prefer the new 2058 style swarovskis over the older 2028 because they have a slightly different cut. They have a smaller table (the flat part of the face of the swarovski) and higher profile which really makes them flash and reflect a lot of color. I love them! The only downside is that they do stick up slightly higher than the old ones on your nails which actually isn't a huge deal in my opinion with the super small sizes, but still something to note ;) I used 1 super thick coat of gelous over them once I placed them into the layer of gelous I placed over my solid purple nail and then another coat of topcoat over that so while it's nowhere near flat, it's not quite as pointing.

So, what do you think?