Zoya Paradise Sun Collection

Today I’m back with the second part of my Zoya post. I’ve got the Paradise Sun collection for you this time. These polishes go so well together and can really be worn all year round. Each one has colorful flecks that add dimension and even more color. As with my last post, the left photos (bottle shots) are with no flash and the right side photos are with flash. I did 2 coats of each with top coat except Genesis which is 3. Now lets get started!

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“Aphrodite by Zoya can be best described as a vibrant summer red with a micronized pearl metallic finish and multi-hued flash that brings it to life. Think of fresh and juicy tropical fruit!” This polish is my absolute favorite out of both the summer collections. It’s more of a jelly base than any of the others which really lets the golden red flecks show through. It’s fiery and bright and I just can’t get enough of it! I don’t think any pictures can do Aphrodite justice, you really have to see it in person. This one went on smooth and was easy to clean up. Since it’s more of a jelly I recommend 2-3 coats.

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“Mae by Zoya can best be described as a warm magenta pink with a micronized metallic pearl finish, reminiscent of vibrant Mediterranean flowers.” I know I say that I don’t like pinks often, but the bright hot pinks aren’t nearly as bad to me. Mae is very shimmery and definitely perfect for summer. This one also needs 2-3 coats. Again, easy application and clean up.

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“Isa by Zoya can be best described as a deep blue-based purple with a micronized metallic pearl finish and an aqua flash that embodies the beauty of exotic island flowers!” Besides Aphrodite, Isa is probably the most dynamic color out of this collection. I feel like the purple itself  is a little dark for summer but the blue shimmer really brightens it up. Isa is very pigmented so you can get away with 1-2 coats and the formula was nice and smooth and easy to work with. Much like Serenity from the Island Fun collection, Isa had a bit of a skunky smell from the pigment used, but once dry and/or top coated it goes away.

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“Oceane by Zoya can be best described as a true turquoise with a micronized metallic pearl finish that reflects the clearest blue ocean waters!” This polish is so delicate yet it packs a punch at the same time. It looks a bit like blue chrome since the flecks and base are very similar in color. I usually lean more towards teal and green polishes rather than blue but I really like how it looks on me. As with all the other polishes so far, application and clean up were very easy. You can get away with 1-2 coats of Oceane.

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“Selene by Zoya can best be described as a true teal with a micronized metallic pearl finish. A unique shade with an aqua fleck that resembles deeper layers of ocean water.” If you’re looking to do some mermaid nail art this summer I would definitely pick up Selene. In some light you can get a bit of a blueish sheen to this polish but overall it’s like Oceane where the base and shimmer are almost the same color. It’s pretty pigmented so you can use 1-2 coats and be fine. Application and clean up were smooth and easy.

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“Genesis by Zoya can be best described as a crystalline white with a micronized metallic pearl finish – designed to look like micro-fine diamond dust!” This one gave me a bit more trouble like most whites but the end result is worth it. It’s very hard to capture, but Genesis is a great alternative for those of you who want to do white nails but don’t like how plain white polish looks on you. It’s got great colorful shimmer that you can see a bit in my photos. This polish is a bit thicker than the others and went on a little streaky in the first couple coats but was fine after a third. I would recommend 2-4 coats for Genesis. Once I got it opaque there were no streaks and clean up was very easy.

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So that’s it for the Paradise Sun collection. Each of these polishes can be purchased for $9 each or you can get the whole set for $54 at Zoya.com. If you haven’t seen my post about the Island Fun collection click HERE. I’d love to hear your thoughts on both collections and if you’d like any comparison photos let me know and I can see if I have the polishes to compare.

Zoya Island Fun Collection

I’ve got a treat for you guys today! I received the Zoya Island Fun and Paradise Sun summer collections to swatch and review. As most of you know, Zoya is my favorite mainstream brand and it’s amazing to get these two full collections. They are all gorgeous polishes and are just my style. I’m going to start off with the Island Fun collection, 6 tropical bright cremes. Each polish below is two coats with top coat but I will let you know the consistency of each individual polish. All of them were very glossy but I do always recommend a top coat. The photos on the left (bottle shots) are with no flash and the ones on the right are with flash. And now on to the pictures!

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“Demetria by Zoya can best be described as a vibrant poppy red in a full coverage and densely pigmented cream formula.” And vibrant it is! Demetria is very pigmented and can be worn in 1-2 coats. Very smooth formula, easy to apply and clean up. I don’t normally wear plain red polish but when I do this will be a great option for me, it doesn’t look odd with my skin tone like some warm colors do.

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“Nana by Zoya can be best described as a deep summer fuchsia in a full coverage and densely pigmented cream formula.” I found Nana to be a little more fuchsia than the Zoya site shows, which I kind of prefer. Again, this polish is very pigmented and can be worn in 1-2 coats. It also has a very smooth formula that was easy to apply and clean up.

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“Serenity by Zoya can be best described as a summer purple in a full coverage and densely pigmented cream formula. Reminiscent of beautiful blooming irises, a harbinger of summer.” Serenity is also a bit darker than it looks on the Zoya website but it is a beautiful summery shade. This one is a little less pigmented than the others so far so I would recommend 2-3 coats. When still wet this polish has a little bit of a skunky smell as I’ve noticed with some polishes that use certain blue pigments. Once it’s dry and/or top coated the smell goes away. Serenity, like the others was very easy to apply and clean up.

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“Talia by Zoya can be best described as a true turquoise in a full coverage, densely pigmented cream formula.” My camera was a little bit picky with Talia, I had to adjust the photos a bit because they came out too blue but I think I got them to a good level. This one is very pigmented and only needs 1-2 coats. Unfortunately my bottle was very thick but I’m not sure if I got a bad batch because this was the only polish in this collection like that. Clean up was easy but application was a bit harder because of how thick the polish was but it still came out smooth. Once I get some polish thinner everything should be perfect with Talia.

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“Cecilia by Zoya can be best described as a classic teal in a full coverage and densely pigmented cream formula.” Cecilia is a perfect toes in the sand color in my opinion. This one is a little less pigmented, so it will need 2-3 coats. The formula was nice and smooth and applied and cleaned up very nicely. I think this is one of my favorites from this collection, I’m a sucker for teal polish.

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“Jace by Zoya can be best described as a modern tropical green in a full coverage formula. A green that is more muted than lime and surprisingly wearable!” I was a bit surprised by how much I liked this color. Jace is more of a yellowy green than the others but it reminds me of palm trees. Application was smooth and clean up was easy but the pigmentation was a bit on the lighter side so I recommend 2-3 coats.

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So that’s it for the Island Fun collection. You can purchase each of these polishes for $9 a piece or the set for $54 on Zoya.com. I think my two favorites are Cecilia and Demetria but it really is tough to choose. They are all gorgeous summery colors and I can see myself doing a lot of nail art with these creams, possibly paired with other Zoya colors. What’s your favorite colors from this collection? I’m very excited to show you the Paradise Sun collection in a couple days too.

And as an added bonus, here is my new shelves with all my Zoya polishes! I really need to step up my game with yellows and oranges and I need to move some colors around, but I was going for a rainbow gradient as you can probably tell. I’m hoping to fill in some more space very soon.

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WIW Review: The Polished Pachyderm

Hey everybody, I’ve got a brand new polish brand to show you today! The brand is called The Pachyderm Polish and so far from what I’ve seen this brand is going to go far. The creator, Cristie, sent me an unnamed flakie topper and I love it!

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I tried it over a black holo first. It really adds a cool effect to the black. It’s a little colorful but still very dark. This is one coat plus a top coat.

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Then I put it over a white holo and it really popped! Over the white you can really see the multichrome aspect of the flakies better. They have a purple/green shift. This is one coat with top coat again.

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The formula is nice and smooth and easy to remove as well. The dry time was a little longer than I’m used to with some indies, but still very quick for polish in general. The wear time was really good for me as well. I’ve already used this polish more than once and I’m really looking forward to seeing what else The Polished Pachyderm has to show.

Review: Anne Kathleen Snowfall In Silver

I’ve got quite a long post for you guys today, so please bare with me! I had the pleasure of trying out five new polishes from Anne Kathleen. The collection is called Snowfall in Silver and they are all stunning linear holo glitter toppers. I used two coats for each of these polishes, some go on a lot more opaque because of the amount of glitter, so they can be worn alone. Others are still pretty sheer with two coats so they’ll be better for a topper over other colors. They all went on nice and smooth, dried quickly and lasted pretty long for me. All photos on the left are without flash and all on the right are with flash.

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Silvana – a linear silver holographic polish with fine, small, and medium silver holographic star glitters and small silver holographic hex glitter.

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Silver – a linear silver holographic polish with ultra fine, fine, and small silver holographic hex glitters.

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Silvestra – a linear silver holographic polish with very fine, fine and small silver holographic hex glitters.

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Silvia – a linear silver holographic polish with shreds of silver holographic glitter.

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Sylvan – a linear silver holographic polish with fine and small square, silver holographic glitters.

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It’s really hard to say which of these polishes are my favorite. The linear effect is much stronger in the polishes with less glitter, but the ones with more glitter are great to wear on their own. I really love Silver and Silvia and I love how linear the holo is in Sylvan. Which out of these is your favorite? Try them out for $10 each by shopping at http://annekathleen.com/

Review: Dragon Claw Polish

Happy Friday everybody! I’ve got a brand new indie for you today, and I have to say I am very impressed so far. I tested out a polish from Dragon Claw Polish a while ago and loved it, and this time around I got the chance to try out a whole soon to be released collection called Icky Made Pretty.

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The first polish I tried is called Spider Eyes. It’s a black jelly with shifting flake pigment. It goes from purple to gold beautifully. I did two thicker coats for opacity or three thin coats would also work. The application was smooth and cleanup was easy. Dry time was great as well. This is definitely my favorite from this collection, it’s a great fall color with a lot of dimension.

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Next I put on Dragon Fly Wings, a beautiful blue with a green/gold shifting shimmer. This one also had a great dry time and I did two coats, but I would recommend three to get rid of the visible nail line. This is my second favorite out of these polishes, it also has a lot of dimension and would be good for either spring or winter.

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Next up is Ant Venom, a orchid chrome polish. I did two coats for opacity and the dry time was very good. I rushed this one so you might see some imperfections, but that is by no means because of the polish. I love how this one leans toward a purpley pink.

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Last is Moth Dust, a sheer white with pink shimmer, iridescent glitter and purple micro bar glitter. This one definitely does remind me of moth dust. I did three coats and there was still some VNL. It looked good even with just the first sheer coat and you can also use it over other polishes. Again, dry time was very good and even with the glitter the clean up was easy.

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I did use a top coat over all these polishes, I used Ellagee’s Glass over Spider Eyes because I completely forgot to use Diamond Claw, the top coat that was included in my box from Dragon Claw Polish. It was nice and thin so it went on easily and dried fast. It’s definitely up there with a lot of other great top coats I’ve tried out. Look out for all these products coming soon from Dragon Claw Polish, they’re all great!

Review: Anne Kathleen Pumpkin Smashing Not Advised

Good evening everybody! As Halloween nears I’m sure a lot of you are looking for some good collections to get in the spirit. There’s a super awesome surprise coming very soon from me and another indie brand, but this collection from Anne Kathleen is another amazing choice. You may notice some of the polishes got a little bubbly, but that is completely my fault. I did slightly thicker coats with some of them and didn’t really wait long enough between drying. Anne Kathleen polishes are amazing quality and when applied properly will be beautifully smooth. I also did not use a top coat on any of these.

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First from Pumpkin Smashing Not Advised is Blair, a pale yellow creme. This is pretty much a pastel neon yellow and it’s so cool! This polish will be perfect for both Halloween and can be used for spring or summer too. I did 3 coats because Blair is a bit streaky at first, but you can see it smoothed out nicely.

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Next is Tabitha, a peachy-orange creme. This is another great polish for multiple seasons. I also did 3 coats for the same reason, it starts a bit streaky but after 2 or 3 coats the coverage is great.

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One of my favorites from this collection is Autumn, a darker orange with scattered holographic sparkle. With the flash (bottom two pictures) this polish almost had linear holo. This one is a bit jelly-like but got full coverage in 2 coats. I don’t usually go for warmer colors alone on my nails, but since this orange is a bit darker it looks pretty nice.

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And last of the colored polishes is Morticia, a black with strong holographic sparkle. This polish went on with 1 thicker coat, but I would recommend 2 thin ones for best results. This is a pretty amazing black polish. It looks so sleek on it’s own but with the flash (bottom two pictures) it has such a gorgeous rainbow!

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And the glitter topper from this collection is called Carrie, it’s has fine black and orange matte glitter and black holographic stars. There is plenty of the fine black and orange glitter but I did have to fish around for the stars a bit. Though I would also be perfectly happy without the stars too, so that’s not of an issue. I tried Carrie over each of the other polishes from this collection. Only 1 coat is needed to get really good coverage.

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Which of these polishes is your favorite? I’m definitely partial to both the holos! Pumpkin Smashing Not Advised will release on 10/5 and all of these polishes will be available throughout the year as well at http://annekathleen.com/.

Wear It Wednesday Review: Anne Katleen Heather on the Moor

If you’ve been following my blog for a while you’ve seen a few Anne Kathleen reviews. Every time I’ve gotten these polishes I’ve been impressed and this is no exception. Heather on the Moor is a small collection with 3 polishes, and they are beautiful and a dream to apply.

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The first one I tried was Ling, a pale lavender with a pinkish purple shimmer, just like heather flowers. The shimmer was hard to capture with my camera, but it is very plentiful. The application was very nice, and depending on the thickness of your coats it will take 2-4 to make this polish opaque.

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Next I tested Tawny, a bright lime green leaning towards the yellow side. Again, a very smooth application opaque in 2-3 coats. Usually I got for cooler toned greens, but this one is fantastic!

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Last is Heather, a purple toned greyish brown that will be perfect for fall. This one was my favorite to apply, it took 2 coats and was so silky. The picture on the left came out a little dark, but the right is more color accurate.

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All swatches shown have a top coat, but they are pretty shiny on their own. Again, I am blown away by the quality of these Anne Kathleen polishes, I can never find anything bad to say! They are on the thinner side, which I like, they wear well, and the colors are lovely. I really want to play around with these a bit and do some nail art. These polishes will be available in just two days on September 5th!