Saturday, 17 August 2019

Makeup Revolution Polishes

Today on the blog I have some polish from the brand Makeup Revolution, these are available from their own website and instore at Superdrug, although not all stores seem to be getting the polish.

This is a new venture for Makeup Revolution.

I started with my usual basecoat of Zoya Anchor then I did 2 coats of Zesty the very bright neon yellow, really great formula, no running or pooling and not streaky, just a little sheer on that first coat, second coat was full coverage. I then decided to stamp with Eclipse their black, this stamped like a dream, I used plate Mandala 12 by MoYou London :)

I'm aware the stamping isnt straight, I can only see out of one eye and have no depth perception so, wonky stamping it is  :)

The neons are £4 each and the regular polishes are £3 each. Their polish is vegan.




Thursday, 15 August 2019

Zoya Skye with America

Today on the blog I have a gorgeous nude to share with you, meet Skye, she comes from the original Spa Essentials line which Zoya did for french style manicures, Skye is a discontinued polish.

She is a creamy nude with a yellow undertone.

I'm sorry about the absence but I went to visit my mum in Northern Ireland and she has no internet and the signal was a dodgy 3G one.

A Zoya a Day
Name - Skye
Year - 2006
Number - ZP372
Coats - 2
Finish - Creme
Collection - Spa Essentials
Colour - Nude
Topcoat - Barry M Plumpy


I started with two coats of Skye, I then decided to stamp using Zoya America and a Mundo De Unas plate called YF272. I top coated with my usual Barry M Plumpy. Clean up was surprisingly not a blood bath, some reds just dont clean up well and it looks like you attacked your fingers with a machete! I dont know that I love the stamping but I really like Skye, shes a softer dustier version of Dulcinea :) 






Wednesday, 24 July 2019

Fancy Gloss Grape Limeade with stamping

Today on the blog I have Grape Limeade to share with you.

Grape Limeade is a thermal polish that when cold is a deep burgundy with a pink shimmer, when hot its a vivid lime green and the shimmer fades away, this also has a warm colour of a deep forest green but I just could not capture that today, the temp is 27 degrees Celsius which is 80 degrees Fahrenheit, very not usual for the UK.

So I started with two sweet coats of Grape Limeade then I stamped using Fab Ur  Nails plate Fun 21 which has lots of cool designs. I used Zoya Riley (Red) and Hunter (green) plus Virago Varnish No More S'mores to stamp the splatter and marble designs on, then I topped it all off with Barry M Plumpy topcoat.  I'm still debating if I should put a matte topcoat over the stamping........

I'm totally loving how these turned out :) fourth pic down which shows the cold state I had to stick my hand in a basin of cold water :)







Monday, 22 July 2019

Zoya Colette and Louise


Hey Guys

Today on the blog I have the amazing Colette and Louise to share with you.

I started with two sweet easy coats of Colette who had the perfect formula, no running or pooling and no brush strokes either. Then I decided to stamp using Louise and Powder Perfect plate Egypt 1, plus I also used Models Own Chrome Gold for the cats, one of whom ended up with no ears, not sure how that happened! Lastly I popped matte topcoat on my left hand :) 

A Zoya a Day
Name - Colette
Year - 2006
Number - ZP386
Coats - 2
Finish - Shimmer
Collection - Magique
Colour - Brown
Topcoat - None


A Zoya a Day
Name - Louise

Year - 2013
Number - ZP694
Coats - 1
Finish - Creme
Collection - Cashmeres
Colour - Brown
Topcoat - None











Sunday, 21 July 2019

Zoya Keira

Today on the blog I have the stunning Kiera to share with you.

This one is soo pretty, a real stunner, its the perfect nude for the office if you arnt allowed to wear colour.

As you can see from the bottle this has a strong copper shimmer, but oi vey she also has ugly bottle syndrome :(, however, the polish looks utterly stunning on the nail its like a creamy coffee with that copper shimmer standing out beautifully.  Perfect formula no running or pooling and opaque in two sweet coats. I also wanted to see what this would look like matte so popped a coat of Barry M Matte topcoat over my middle two fingers and ah so pretty.

A Zoya a Day
Name - Kiera
Year - 2019
Number - ZP986
Coats - 2
Finish - Shimmer
Collection - Barefoot
Colour - Brown/Nude
Topcoat - None









Saturday, 20 July 2019

Zoya Joey and Dallas

Today on the blog I have Joey and Dallas to share with you.

Joey is a gorgeous peachy pink, the formula was fantastic, no running or pooling.

i then fancied a bit of sparkle so I popped a coat of Dallas on the tips of my nails :) 

These two looked so good together :) 

A Zoya a Day
Name - Joey
Year - 2019
Number - ZP984
Coats - 2
Finish - Creme
Collection - Barefoot
Colour - Pink/Peach
Topcoat - None


A Zoya a Day
Name - Dallas

Year - 2019
Number - ZP989
Coats - 1
Finish - Glitter
Collection - Barefoot
Colour - White/Silver
Topcoat - None








Sunday, 14 July 2019

Zoya Robbie and Lisa

Happy Sunday

Its the British Grand Prix and I'm hoping for a Lewis Hamilton win!


Today on the blog I have the stunning Robbie and Lisa to share with you.


A Zoya a Day
Name - Robbie
Year - 2019
Number - ZP991
Coats - 2
Finish - Metallic
Collection - Barefoot
Colour - Red
Topcoat - None


A Zoya a Day
Name - Lisa

Year - 2010
Number - ZP534
Coats - 2
Finish - Metallic
Collection - Fire and Ice
Colour - Red
Topcoat - None


So I did two coats of both of these and they are stunning, I was very lucky to pick up Lisa from Backstage Riccione which is an Italian site that has quite a few older Zoya polishes.


I then decided to stamp using Models Own Chrome Copper and Mundo De Unas plate YF272 which has come gorgeous designs on it, although I think I'm going to have to file my nails down, theyve never been so long and its all thanks to my gel overlays!


I cant wait to do a Christmas mani with Lisa, she is that perfect ribbon shade.









Thursday, 11 July 2019

Zoya Dacey and Lindsay

Happy Thursday!

Its almost the weekend and its the British Grand Prix weekend.

Today I have a gorgeous pink creme and a pink topper to share with you.

A Zoya a Day
Name - Dacey
Year - 2019
Number - ZP992
Coats - 2
Finish - Creme
Collection - Barefoot
Colour - Pink
Topcoat - None


A Zoya a Day
Name - Lindsay

Year - 2006
Number - ZP325
Coats - 1
Finish - Shimmer
Collection - Glitterati
Colour - Pink
Topcoat - None


I started with two coats of Dacey, gorgeous pink, formula was perfection, opaque in 2 coats and no running or pooling.

Then I added one coat of Lindsay over my middle fingers and thumbs, I think I could get this opaque on its own as you can see in the bottle shot the swatch stick has three coats, formula is good on this no running or pooling.








Tuesday, 9 July 2019

Zoya Kate and Liza

Happy Tuesday

I think my new botox is finally kicking in!

today I have a pair of almost one coaters.

A Zoya a Day
Name - Kate

Year - 1990s
Number - ZP077
Coats - 2
Finish - Creme
Collection - Classic
Colour - Pink/Brown
Topcoat - None


A Zoya a Day
Name - Liza

Year - 2019
Number - ZP990
Coats - 2
Finish - Creme
Collection - Barefoot
Colour - Pink/Red
Topcoat - None


Liza is from the new Barefoot collection for Summer and she is a very unusual pinky red but it has a hint of brown undertone I think, perfect formula, it was a one coater except for a very minor bald spot which I created on my ring finger, so I did 2 coats, no running or pooling.



Miss Kate is one of those weird Zoya colours, its a combo of pink and brown but I cant tell if its a pink with a brown undertone or a brown with a pink undertone. The formula was perfection, again no running or pooling and opaque in one coat but I mucked up my middle nail and created a bald spot so had to do two coats.





Monday, 8 July 2019

Zoya Z Wide Brush

Hey Guys

Happy Monday

Today on the blog I thought I'd talk about the Zoya Zwide brush and why its not possible to pick the brush you want at checkout, at the moment.

Below from left to right is the evolution of the Zoya bottle and cap shape,

Tosca - Early 1990's original bottle shape
Giselle - Early 2000's bottle, note the change of bottle shape
Liza - The final change to the lettering and removal of the gold band
Blu - The white dot on the lid means I changed the brush to the Zwide one.


Zoya have their brushes and caps made by a company in Spain, that cap and brush hasn't changed very much in all the time Zoya has been around, the only  change in fact is the removal of that gold band

So now we come to the issue, you can see that the caps of the original brush and the Zwide brush are identical, so in the factory when they're making the polish and assembling the bottle and brush together, how do they tell the brushes apart?

The answer is they cant (at the moment), plus the expense of changing the cap design even slightly to differentiate between the Zwide and the original could likely be expensive.

Heres a very cool video of the polish being put into the bottles and the cap and brush assembly going together. If youre wondering about the colour its the stunning Rayne.



How do you then budget for who will want the Zwide brush and who will want the original? When Zoya did their own survey the results were pretty much split 50/50, I for one love the original brush because I have really small hands and nail beds. So I say they're doing the brush the best way for them at the moment, maybe one day they'll modify the Zwide cap to be slightly different and they'll run two production lines one for the original brush and one for the Zwide.

Below is a pic showing the size of my wedding ring next to a UK penny plus my ring finger nail. Tiny nails!.



The information on the box of the Zwide brush.


Friday, 28 June 2019

Zoya Rekha

Happy Friday!

Almost the weekend and its the Austrian Grand Prix this weekend.

Today on the blog I have a stunning deep red for you.

A Zoya a Day
Name - Rekha

Year - 2012
Number - ZP626
Coats - 2
Finish - Creme
Collection - Designer
Colour - Red
Topcoat - None


Normally I am not a fan of red, not for the colour but because when youre almost blind and a messy painter sometimes, clean up of red can look like you stuck your fingers in a meat grinder! So I went very slowly and carefully with this one and I had the teeniest bit of cleanup and it was ok.  This is so shiny! even my hubs remarked on it.

The formula on this was perfection, no running or pooling and pretty much a one coater if youre more consistent with your coats than I am, I had done a thinner coat on my ring finger so had to go back in for a second coat.




Wednesday, 26 June 2019

Zoya Tessa

Today on the blog I have the beautiful Tessa to share with you.

A Zoya a Day
Name - Tessa

Year - 2019
Number - ZP985
Coats - 2
Finish - Shimmer
Collection - Barefoot
Colour - Peach
Topcoat - Barry M Plumpy


A Zoya a Day
Name - Richelle

Year - 2008
Number - ZP462
Coats - 1
Finish - Metallic
Collection - Flourish
Colour - Gold
Topcoat - Barry M Plumpy


Tessa is a stunning peachy dream with copper shimmer, I did switch out the brush for the zwide one, thats what the white dot on the cap means, the formula was good, no running or pooling and opaque in two coats.

I then decided to stamp with Richelle, I used plate BM-XL206 from Hello Maniology.

The thumb pic I had to darken down as I couldnt see the stamping on the original picture.  It was visible in person though.

I have a post coming up wearing Richelle on her own.






Fancy Gloss - Black Heart

Today I have the other Fancy Gloss I picked up.

This is the stunning and super vampy Black Heart, this is giving me so many Drucilla vibes.

This had a great formula, opaque in 2 coats, in time this could be a one coater, I tested it this morning and it stamps :)

In the cold state this is black, normally it dries to a matte finish, I stamped using a Mundo De Unas plate called AK50 which has an origami feel to it. My stamping polish was Revlon Stiletto. I used Barry M Plumpy topcoat then Barry M Matte topcoat to make the stamping easier to see.

When its in the warm state its a lush bright red, you can see it almost has a tri-thermal look as the black fades it goes a dark red then fully hot its the bright red.

This transitions nicely as well, in the fully hot picture I did have to use manipulation because I was feeling very cold yesterday, had a cardigan on and the heating was on.