Monday 8 July 2024

A Zoya A Day - Alora and Georgie

Hi Friends

I've been a bad blogger, been trying to enjoy as much of the sun as possible between all the rainy days.  Today lets have a look at Alora and Georgie.

Available on the website - Yes
Brush used - Z Wide
Name - Alora
Year - 2024
Number - ZP1190
Does it stamp - Yes
Coats - 2
Finish - Cream
Collection - Beachy Brights 2
Colour - Red
Topcoat - Yes

Alora is described as a juicy fire engine red filled with pink undertones,

Available on the website - Yes
Brush used - Z Wide
Name - Georgie
Year - 2024
Number - ZP1230
Does it stamp - No
Coats - 3
Finish - Holographic Glitter
Collection - Beachy Brights 2
Colour - Red
Topcoat - Yes

Georgie can be described as a vibrant summer red with a holographic glitter.

I have been wearing some of the other Beachy Bright colours, in fact I wore Avani the green for a few days and ended up with slightly lime green nails even though I wore basecoat! that was quite something to see lol 

Normally I am not a red fan, usually because I mess up and get the red into my cuticles then it looks like a blood bath on my nails for a while.  I was very slow and careful today, although I still messed up but only in how I applied the colours on which fingers. I ment to do the opposite on what my left hand was but I got distracted making sure I didnt mess up.

Alora has a fantastic formula, almost a one coater and probably with use she will become a one coater, I did two coats for my manicure, Alora dried semi-shiny, forgot to take pics prior to topcoat as I was so focused on not mucking this manicure up.

Georgie I did two thin coats then a third thicker coat to get the colour thats in the bottle, I am also wearing this over a peel off base coat, so likely will be wearing this combo for at least 4 days.

On a health update, June was my last Ajovy injection and I'm now on the mandated break to see what my migraine do, some people have gone a good few months before needing to re-start the injections again. The cat is not my cat, this guy comes to see us most days if its dry, we have no clue what their name is, we just call them Big Dude as they are a large cat, I was sat on my lounger cushion and he stole my chair today.  The polishes looked soo stunning in the sunshine.


Friday 7 June 2024

A Zoya A Day - Paisley

Hi Friends

Today I'm sharing my swatch and review of the stunning Paisley.

Available on the website - Yes
Brush used - Z Wide
Name - Paisley
Year - 2024
Number - ZP1225
Does it stamp - Yes
Coats - 2
Finish - Cream
Collection - Polish of the Month
Colour - Neon Purple
Topcoat - No

Paisley can be described a pastel neon that packs a punch

This polish is so gorgeous, a really bright vibrant neon, this is one I can see myself wearing a lot over the summer, I keep staring at my nails.  I did stamp with Soraya as well.  Paisley has a good formula, no running or pooling and I did two coats, as this is a neon it does dry to that matte finish.

This is a chameleon colour, the right hand side are the most colour accurate. 

This really fits in so well with the Beachy Brights 2 collection, I highly recommend grabbing this one if you havent already.

Monday 3 June 2024

Zoya Beachy Brights 2 Summer 2024 - Swatch Stick and Bottle Comparisons.

Hi Friends

I'm here with my comparisons for the new Summer 2024 collection - Beachy Brights 2, this is a set of 12 polishes including the re-release of last years Beachy Brights that were mini bottles.

Polish names are as follows

Alora, Avani, Bohdi, Brinkley, Cove, Georgie, Loni, Soraya, Taji, Vita and Yohanna. I'm also including Paisley which was May's polish of the month.

If you are new here, I take my photos in natural day light, I dont colour correct, I merely crop the photos and add my watermark, comparisons always have the newest polish as the first left.  Today it was over cast and cloudy which I think helped with the neons not freaking my camera out.

Having swatched all the polishes and done the stamping test, these all had pretty good formula, the glitters were a little sheer on first coat but pretty good in two.

Continued after the banner.

First up we have Taji and Darcy, no dupes, Darcy is a few shades deeper.

Next is Bohdi, Oakley and Paz, no dupes, Bohdi has a a pink undertone compared to Oakley and is much brighter than Paz.

Next, Loni, Zelda, Janie and Candy, this is close between Loni and Zelda, to the naked eye Zelda is slightly dark, Janie and Candy are different tones and both are discontinued.

Next Yohanna, Zelli and Janie, no dupes, Yohanna is brighter than both Zelli and Janie who are both discontinued.

Next Alora and Carmen, this is very close, Alora is slightly lighter in tone than Carmen.

Next Brinkley, Charisma, Soraya and Ali, no dupes, Brinkley is just so different to anything Zoya have done before, I added Soraya to show the tone of Brinkley.

Next Soraya and Banks, no dupes, Soraya is so much brighter than Banks, Banks is discontinued.

Next Paisley, Lena and Delia, no dupes, the undertones on all are different, Pailsey is still available as of writing this on June 3rd 2024.

Next Marisol, Echo and Mateo, no dupes, Marisol is way brighter than Echo and Mateo.

Next Avani, Link and Tilda, no dupes, Avani is super bright, Link has been discontinued.

Next Vita, Malana and Cadence, no dupes, Vita is such a bright pink and doesnt have the blue flash that Malana does, Cadence is a more subdued pink.
Next Georgie, Everly and Venus (2), no dupes, Everly is holo flakies so a smooth finish, Venus is much deeper in tone than Georgie.

Lastly, Cove, Sparrow and Dream, no dupes, Sparrow has a blue flash and is brighter, Dream is much deeper in tone to the others.

Stamping test, these performed pretty well, I mucked up Bohdi and you can see the pink undertone to Alora.

I wore Taji, Avani, Brinkley, Bohdi and Marisol for my manicure, all in two coats, great formula on these.   I picked these up using the May polish of the month code to get free shipping and 25% off the price.  I was a little surprised there was no early bird offer on these so I ordered everything but Marisol who I had already picked up last year.

This is how they originally came to me, I do not like the white caps so I switched them all out to black ones, when I switch out brushes I keep the old skinny brushes and caps.

I really like these, the formula was so much better than the Easy Neons.

Thursday 30 May 2024

A Zoya A Day - Coco

Hi Friends

Today I'm sharing my manicure of Coco.

Available on the website - Yes
Brush used - Original
Name - Coco
Year - 2007
Number - ZP0422
Does it stamp - Yes
Coats - 2
Finish - Cream
Collection - Uptown
Colour - Mauve
Topcoat - No

Coco can be best described as a dark marsala mauve with brown, red and purple undertones with a smooth cream finish.

Coco is one of those chic colours that you can wear at any time and it looks good with any outfit, the colour is chameleon like, one minute it looks brown, then a red brown then a dark mauve pink. Great formula, no running or pooling and I did two coats.

Coco also stamps well. I have also purchased the new Beachy Brights 2 and Paisley the May polish of the month, I think they will be arriving here next Monday 3rd June.

Everyone is hoping for some sunny weather, the cats are still in winter mode, I had both cats crashed out on me this morning and Obi was hanging out in my office just now.

Monday 13 May 2024

Monday Nails

Hi Friends 

Today I'm sharing my latest manicure, I cannot resist a thermal polish and Fancy Gloss are the best in my humble opinion, today I'm wearing Red Velvet, a dark red with a very strong red shimmer when its cold changing to a white with that strong red shimmer when its hot. 

I did two coats for the base then I stamped using Zoya Toni a dusty oxblood colour, plates are both Moyou, Festive 03 and Halloween 14.

Not sure what I've picked up on my right thumb, looks like glitter.  I've been testing out the Zoya Fast Dry drops and I am really liking them, they've been helping me if I do my nails after dinner at night. I had to run my hands under cold water to get the cold state, its very warm here in the UK at the moment. I really like this polish with the matte topcoat, it does give off velvet vibes.

Friday 10 May 2024

Weekend Nails

Hi Friends

Today I'm sharing another manicure using Fancy Gloss Coral Daisy and my weekend manicure using Pistachio and Strawberry Icecream.

First up the manicure I wore from last Monday until yesterday, I did two coats of Coral Daisy then I stamped with Zoya Ziv and Virago Varnish Cannon Ball using plate B059 from Whats Up Nails.

Then yesterday I decides on Pistachio and Strawberry Icecream, I did two coats then stamped with Zoya Gwen, Virago Varnish Green Tea Frost and Whats Up Nails Blanc My Mind, the plates are Born Pretty Artist L003, BeautyBigBang XL-074 and Moyou Crystal Collection 08.

This turned out more subtle than I was expecting, Pistachio is a pink when cold to light pastel neon green when warm.

Friday 3 May 2024

Weekend Mani

Hi Friends

Today I'm sharing my weekend manicure with you.

I started out with two coats of Fancy Gloss Dutch Iris, a periwinkle blue when cold to a pale sunshine yellow when hot, this also has a pale pinkie colour when warm but thats hard for me to capture as my internal thermostat doesnt work properly, I'm either freezing or boiling.

I then used stamping plate Whats Up Nails B059, polishes were Barry M Lemon Sorbet (yellow) and Virago Varnish Not A Happy Camper (blue).

I also broke the middle nail on my left hand, wearing a clear fake nail as below.

In other health news, the new medication for my migraine is really having an amazing effect, below are my stats for April, three migraine is almost unheard of for me, the medication is called fremanezumab aka Ajovy, I self inject with an auto-injector pen every 30 days.