Color Challenge #3 – Mint Blue and Light Pink

I’m back with my third color challenge post! This one called for using mint blue and light pink together. I searched my Zoya shelves and found the closest I had to these colors, Lillian and Cassi. I think I should have tried for a pink from another brand because Cassi ended up looking more peachy over the blue.

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I wanted to try my hand again at a candy floss mani and thought these soft colors would be great. I started with two coats of Lillian then dropped some of Cassi into the back of a swatch nail wheel to let it get a little goopy. When Cassi was a bit dry I used a toothpick to lay strings of the polish over my nail. I think besides Cassi being a bit too peachy, it may not have been the best finish for this method, a regular creme may have been best.

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Despite some not so great choices, I do kind of like this mani and I got some compliments on it. I may try this method again with different colors, possibly a more shimmery base with a creme on top.

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Have you ever tried this method? I’d love to see your candy floss and color challenge manis in the comments of my facebook post. And don’t forget (or for those of you who haven’t seen) that I’m releasing my essentials polishes along with a few others today! Check out my Etsy shop for the new polishes and more.

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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.

Geometric Zoya Nails

Hey everyone! I’m part of a super awesome group of nail artists and makers in the Philadelphia, PA area called The Philly Nail Art Community. I did this mani for the April week 2 challenge, geometric nails. I used a base of Rayne and then using striping tape filled in triangles with Tao and Raven. I think this is one of my favorite manis recently. I love the contrast of the light shimmery Rayne with the two darker polishes.

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Zoya is still my favorite mainstream brand and I’m super excited for the summer colors coming out! What are your favorite mainstream and indie brands? Are you excited for any upcoming releases?