Color Challenge #7 – Navy and Lavender

I did it everybody! I got through my entire color challenge using this color pairing chart.

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Last on the list is navy and lavender. I two coats of Marbles For Polish Lavender Macaron and then hand painted messy stripes on with Zoya Sailor. I actually started fairly neat on my right hand but got impatient and by the time I got to my left hand this was the result.

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I think this is actually the mani that got the most compliments out of all my color challenge ones. I was a little bummed about how sloppy it was at first, but the more I looked at it the more I liked it. My husband even said it looked like I did it on purpose because of how evenly spaced the stripes were.

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The color pairing itself isn’t my favorite, but I think this is one of my favorites out of the whole challenge. I also realized that I have a striped shirt that’s these exact colors! If you have any color pairings on this list please go to my facebook page and post your pictures in the comments of the corresponding posts.

And on another polish note, I’ll be releasing my Sailor Moon Crystal collection as a discounted pre-order this Friday, September 4th! Single full sized bottles will be available for purchase at $9 each AFTER the pre-order is over; the last day to pre-order will be September 8th. During the pre-order you can get either the full sized collection for $40 or the mini collection for $20.

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Blog posts and swatches for this collection are starting to come out, so keep an eye out for those. You can also find more info about these polishes on my facebook page or my facebook group, Marbles For Polish and More!

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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.

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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