Wednesday, 19 June 2019

Zoya Eleni

Happy Wednesday!

Today I have the beautiful Eleni to share with you.

A Zoya a Day
Name - Eleni

Year - 2019
Number - ZP994
Coats - 2
Finish - Creme
Collection - Barefoot
Colour - Blue
Topcoat - Barry M Plumpy

I switched out the brush for the zwide one and did two sweet coats, I then decided to stamp using a Mundo De Unas plate called YP272, I used Zoya Hadley to stamp with and it turned out really well. All topped off with my usual Barry M Plumpy topcoat.

Monday, 17 June 2019

Fancy Gloss - Grape Limeade

Today on the blog I have an amazing thermal to share with you.

This is opaque in 2 coats and is just stunning, cold its a dark plummy purple, then warm it goes to a lighter plum, then a dark green and finally when hot its a chartreuse green, if you look at my left hand little finger you can see the different colours in the purple, on the thumb view you can see the darker green. This also had a pink shimmer.  This transitioned really well, didnt have to force the change at all.

On a side note this also stamps as I tested it this morning, trying to work out a mani using it.

Then decided to stamp using Zoya Hadley and FabUrNails plate Fun21 with my big bling stamper from Clear Jelly Stamper, all topcoated with Barry M Plumpy topcoat.

Monday, 10 June 2019

Zoya Haul

Happy Monday

I managed to get my paws on the Zoya Barefoot Collection and below I have comparisons for you.  This is a long post with lots of pictures so, grab a snack and drink.  I have a polish fairy who very kindly lets me order from the USA site.

Below is the barefoot box plus 2 Fancy Gloss I couldnt resist. I have a post coming up about those two.

So the box consisted of the 12 polishes from the collection, 12 z-wide brushes, one remove plus in the flipper bottle, a sample pack of their naked manicure set of handcream and a spray moisturiser both really nice, the handcream smells really good not a very strong smell either which is great as some smells can give me migraine.  Plus 2 lipsticks, which I havent tried yet. they dont smell of anything though.

Now for the comparisons, this is a lot of photos!  All photos were taken in natural light, it was not sunny here in the UK, the new polish is always to the left in the bottle shots and the top stick in the swatch photos

So first up

L to R

No dupes, Zoya hasnt done this kind of topper before.

If you see the white dots on the caps that means I switched out the brush to the z-wide one.

L to R

No dupes, Bee is brighter than Daisy and Piaf almost has a grey undertone with that shimmer.

L to R

No dupes this was very close in the bottle but look at the difference on the swatch sticks, Lulu I put in because Joey has quite a peachy undertone.

L to R

No dupes, Tessa is much brighter and peachier than Flowie and Cole is pure creamsicle orange.

L to R

No dupes, they look similar in the bottle but theyre not close on the swatch sticks, Keira has a very brown copper undertone, Jules is one of my all time favs, its both silver and gold, very unusual.

L to R

Close but not exact dupes, Dacey is a shade darker than Jolene with a hint more blue undertone.

L to R

Close but not exact, Macey is a shade lighter than Ember and Journey has a different finish.

L to R

Liza is one of those weird colours Zoya do, Liza is described as a rich, cardinal red cream, while Padma is described as a deep, vermilion red cream, however, to me these two are pink, Tamsen is a tomato red and Pepper is a brick red.

L to R

No dupes, Robbie has golden shimmer, Everly is a holo and Bobbie has silver shimmer.

L to R

No dupes, Rie is a shade darker than Audrina, Evette and Kieko have a blue undertone.

L to R

No dupes, Eleni is brighter than Lillian, Rayne has shimmer and Blu is much lighter.

L to R
Barry M Damson

No dupes within Zoya, however, I brought a ringer in because Damson is a dupe for the famous Sally Hanson Pacific Blue, Walker has a slighter greener undertone but its close as a dupe.

Thats them all, did I miss a comparison?? Let me know in the comments and if I have the Zoya I'll compare for you.

Saturday, 8 June 2019

Zoya Ruby

Happy Saturday!

Today on the blog I have a one coat wonder for you!

A Zoya a Day
Name - Ruby

Year - 2003
Number - ZP257
Coats - 1
Finish - Metallic
Collection - Jewels
Colour - Red/Pink
Topcoat - Barry M

Ruby is one of the discontinued polishes I picked up from the Zoya UK site.

Ruby looks like liquid metal on the nails, so stunning, I added some stamping on my middle nails using Zoya Quinn and added a matte topcoat.

Saturday, 1 June 2019

Summery Nail Art

Hey there

Woo! its finally Saturday, I'm so glad this week is over.

I did some nail art, I used 2 coats of Vinyl Tap by Sally Hansen then stamped with Racey Rouge, Snappy Sorbet, Pronto Purple all InstaDri Sally Hansen using plate Summer 03 by from Lina Nail Art Supplies. Topcoat is Barry M Plumpy Topcoat.

I started with the 2 coats of Vinyl Tap, then to get the water colour effect, I dropped blobs of each colour on the stamping plate, scrape lightly to blend the colours then pick up on the stamper and stamp over the nail, I got the technique perfect on my thumbs, really pleased with how they turned out.

Thursday, 30 May 2019

Zoya Rica


Happy Thursday

Oof, cannot wait for my botox, I gotta wait another 2 weeks, really struggling with lots of pain.

Anywho, today on the blog I have Miss Rica to share with you.

A Zoya a Day
Name - Rica

Year - 2011
Number - ZP550
Coats - 3 or 1
Finish - Shimmer
Collection - Sunshine
Colour - Orange
Topcoat - None

Zoya describe her as a warm light coral with pink and orange tones and heavy gold metallic sparkle.

I would have said this is more a mid toned orange with gold sparkle, I wore this first as 3 coats on its own, but it took ages to dry, it could have been that my coats were too thick. I dented the polish after an hour, so the next day I took it off and decided to try one coat over Zoya Cora and this worked out beautifully. The formula was really good, it didnt run or pool, I think when I wear it again I'll do thinner coats or one or two coats over a base colour.

This is also from the original Sunshine collection Zoya did in 2011, not the 2018 one.

Friday, 17 May 2019

Zoya Deidra

Happy Friday!

So sorry for the absence, the migraine are starting to appear again as I'm due my botox injections soon, I had an amazing April though, I only have 4 migraine which is unheard of for me. I'm really glad I pushed my docs to get me into the botox programme.

Today I have a super unusual polish for you, her name is Deidra

A Zoya a Day
Name - Deidra

Year - 2000
Number - ZP193
Coats - 2
Finish - Shimmer
Collection - Classic 2000
Colour - Purple, Mauve 
Topcoat - None

This polish is a mauve with golden shimmer, it also has a brown undertone, very hard to describe as it changes colour with different lighting.

This applied beautifully in 2 coats, no running or pooling, there were brush strokes in the shimmer but as you can see they mostly went away. This is a discontinued polish from Zoya that I picked up from their UK supplier. 

In the sun this looked like a golden shimmer with a brown undertone, then inside I'd only see the purple colour, bit reminds me a lot of Faye, Daul and Happi.

I cant wait to compare her to Keira from the new Barefoot collection from Zoya for Summer 2019, I'm hoping to get those by the beginning of June and will do a comparisons post.

Friday, 3 May 2019

Zoya Ginger

Well its Friday, finally!

Today I have a most amazing orange for you.
Zoya's description is as follows:-

Ginger by Zoya can be best described as a a soft coral-orange with an overlay of fine gold shimmer. Noticeable without being loud, this warm shade always looks right.

I'm not sure about the coral bit but the rest is spot on.

A Zoya a Day
Name - Ginger
Year - 2000
Number - ZP249
Coats - 2
Finish - Shimmer
Collection - Classic
Colour - Orange
Topcoat - None

Thursday, 2 May 2019

Zoya Uma

Happy Thursday

Well I think I finally found my perfect mannequin hands nude!

Meet the stunningly gorgeous Miss Uma

A Zoya a Day
Name - Uma
Year - 2006
Number - ZP370
Coats - 2
Finish - Shimmer
Collection - Spa Essentials
Colour - Nude
Topcoat - None

Uma is a nude with a pinky/peach undertones and a very fine shimmer in silver and a golden flash.

Shes from Zoya's Spa Essentials line which is their french manicure and sheers line.

I have tried a vast amount of Zoya nudes looking for the perfect mannequin hands shade, its a shame that Zoya dont have a shop here in the UK where you can go and look at the colours in person.  I really really love this, the last two pictures were taken outside and look how different it looks in different lighting.

Second pic shows from left to right, Uma, Sally and Rue. You can see how much more peachy Uma is compared to Sally and Rue has much more pink.