Monday, 1 August 2022

Zoya Pink Palette Bottle and Swatch Stick Comparisons.

Hey Friends 

Well wow, I had my second eye op on Monday 25th July and let me tell you, it has been amazing! I have no idea what he did (Ok I do but) but I have never! had this good a vision ever! Not even when I was 15 and first trying contact lenses for the first time. Of course there is one very strange to me thing, my focal length of course was extremely short, I was basically holding my hand about 10 centimetres from my face to see my nails, well now I have to hold my arm out to almost full stretch to see them in focus, its wild. We've been on a couple of walks and to be able to see the views crystal clear without needing binoculars or even glasses is life changing.

Anyhoo! You came for the polish so lets go!

As per usual, photos are taken in natural daylight, I dont colour correct my pics I only crop them, I use a Pixel 4a phone.

The polish names are as follows
Angel
Joanie
Maddy 
Shannon
Kay
Gigi

The new polish is always the first left.


First up Angel, Monet and Chloe, no dupes, I would descript Angel as a pink version of Eclipse.


Joanie, Gwen and Jodie, no dupes, Joanie is lighter than Gwen and Jodie has much more blue undertone.

Maddy, Tweedy, Sweet and Shelby, no dupes, Maddie is lighter than Tweedy and Sweet who are close, Shelby has a tiny hint more red undertone than Maddy.

Shannon, Micky and Polly, no dupes, Shannon is lighter than Micky and has a more orange undertone than Polly.

Kay, Jolene and Polly, no dupes, Kay has a more orange undertone than Jolene and Polly is darker.

Gigi, Desi and Ali, no dupes, Gigi is lighter than Desi who has a more red undertone and Ali is a neon.

Angel new with Angel original who is sadly discontinued.

Gigi new and Gigi original, who is discontinued.

Both reused names are from polishes originally in the French manicure collection.

Stamping test, all the creams stamped well. Joanie is likely best over a darker colour to show up.

I'm not thrilled with Zoya reusing names, there are literally thousands of names and alternate spellings if they wanted to reuse a name. What are your thoughts on name reuse? Are you a fan of all these pinks.

Thursday, 21 July 2022

Weekend Mani and Life Update

Hey Friends!

Long time no chat, its been an eventful few weeks, on the 20th June 2022 I had my left cataract removed and an internal contacts inserted, right after the operation I could see the window in the waiting room area, it was very blurry but its slowly been getting better and better with each day.

On the 25th July I go in to have the right eye cataract removed and internal contact lens fitted, I expect I will not be able to see much for a while as my eight eye was the dominate one for years when the vision in my left eye was like looking through a frosted glass window.

Below is the manicure I wore on the day of my surgery, it was so fun as the hospital staff were fascinated by the polish reacting to temperature and they totally took my mind off the op, the op itself was painless and only lasted approx 20 minutes.

I dont wanna go into what happens because people can be squeamish, you can go look at youtube videos if you fancy, I did and I kinda wanted to see my own op lol.

My nails for the op, base was two coats of Fancy Rose cream from Fancy Gloss then stamped with a hunch of Virago Varnishes, I used a couple of Kads plates.

I have picked up the Pink Palette from Zoya and I will be doing a comparison post but I dont know when that will be, its all dependant on how the op goes and how the eye heals, I could see pretty well by the end of two weeks but it was still blurry.

My weekend mani is a base of Fancy Gloss Ceto an unusual brown (cold) to bright turquoise (hot) thermal, opaque in two coats, I stamped with Virago Varnish Strap Down Overalls using Lina Summer 01 plate.









I also had to remove the top row of Zoya from the wall as I was out of space.
You can see the process below. My Zoya total is now 705.





The cats were very slow over the warm weather the last few days. Ellie in particlar was very floppy.





Wednesday, 8 June 2022

Zoya Abundance bottle and swatch stick comparisons - For Spring 2022.

Hey Friends

Today on the blog we're going to look at bottle and swatch stick comparisons for the Abundance collection for spring 2022.

There are six polishes in this collection and their names are :-

Ellis - Dark rich cerise cream nail polish.
Gwen - Muted tea rose pink nail polish.
Kit - Calming old rose cream nail polish.
Lena - Mid-toned wisteria purple cream nail polish.
Tyler - Deep indigo blue cream nail polish.
Elsa - Iridescent cool-toned blue with a purple magical shift with densely-packed rainbow glitter nail polish.

As usual, the new polish is first left, photos taken in natural day light using my Pixel 4a phone.

Continues below.


Left to right, Gwen, Cami, Tweedy and Sweet, no dupes, you can see that Cami has that hint of brown undertone, Gwen is a very bright light pink.

Left to right Kit, Suzanne and Ruthie, no dupes Suzanne has a shimmer that Kit does not and Ruthie is much darker.

Left to right Ellis, Ciara and Quinn, no dupes, you can see how much lighter Ellis is plus Ciara has a purple/red undertone and Quinn is darker.

Left to right Lena, Skipper and Banks, no dupes, Lena is much lighter and brighter than the other two.

Left to right Elsa and Walker, Zoya has nothing like Elsa so I did a colour comparison and Walker was the closest I had.

Left to right Tyler, Aire and Danielle,  no dupes, Tyler dries darker than the bottle and has no purple undertone like Danielle or the grey undertone of Aire.

Stamping test, Kit, Ellis and Tyler stamp well, the other three not so much.
All of the creams had lovely two coat coverage on the swatch sticks, Elsa I did three coats to give it maximum sparkle.



Thursday, 26 May 2022

A Zoya A Day - Dominique and Sophia

Hey Friends

Today on the blog we meet Dominique and Sophia.

Available on USA website - Yes
Available on the UK website - Yes
Brush used - Original
Does it stamp - No
Name - Dominique
Year - 2021
Number - ZP1029
Coats - 1
Finish - Glass Fleck
Collection - Dazzle
Colour - Purple
Topcoat - Yes

Dominique can best be described as a royal purple with a fierce glass fleck effect.

Available on USA website - Yes
Available on the UK website - No
Brush used - Original
Does it stamp - No
Name - Sophia
Year - 2021
Number - ZP1028
Coats - 1
Finish - Glass Fleck
Collection - Dazzle
Colour - Red
Topcoat - Yes

Sophia can best be described as an intense crimson red with a golden glass-fleck blended in.

Both of these are stunning. Dominique has a fabulous formula, no running or pooling and opaque in one coat.

Sophia is gorgeous, great formula, no running or pooling and opaque in one coat, I then stamping Ming over Dominique and Leighton over Sophia for a tonal look, top coated with Barry M Plumpy Topcoat, which is fast drying and does not smudge stamping.  The stamping plate is Born Pretty - Artist - L003.

I might put a coat of Fancy Gloss Sharp Class over these as well, Sharp Class is a black thermal base loaded with golden flakies.








Thursday, 19 May 2022

A Zoya A Day - Juniper

Hey Friends

Today on the blog we meet Juniper.

Available on USA website - Yes
Available on the UK website - No
Brush used - Original
Does it stamp - No
Name - Juniper
Year - 2018
Number - ZP0974
Coats - 1
Finish - Pixie Dust
Collection - Jubilee
Colour - Green
Topcoat - No

Juniper can best be described as a sparkling teal textured PixieDust.

Juniper is stunning, think dense pine forest deep green, this also has a violet flash that I couldnt get to show up, great formula, no running or pooling and opaque in one sweet coat.

I decided to do my weekend mani today as Juniper was the last green, I've started with two coats of Against The Tide from Cuticula, have now stamped over it but I'm not thrilled with how that came out, I will show you tomorrow the finished mani though.











Wednesday, 18 May 2022

A Zoya A Day - Danica and Regina

Hey Friends

Today on the blog we meet Danica and Regina, we only have Juniper left to go.

Available on USA website - Yes
Available on the UK website - Yes
Brush used - Original
Does it stamp - Yes
Name - Danica
Year - 2018
Number - ZP0973
Coats - 1
Finish - Cream
Collection - Jubilee
Colour - Green
Topcoat - No

Danica can best be described as a full-coverage rich deep teal cream - a new twist on a holiday green that gives you an edgy, yet elegant look

Available on USA website - Yes
Available on the UK website - No
Brush used - Original
Does it stamp - No
Name - Regina
Year - 2020
Number - ZP1060
Coats - 1
Finish - Metallic
Collection - Intriguing
Colour - Green
Topcoat - No

Regina can best be described as an alluring dark emerald green metallic.

Danica is so pretty, very dark almost black teal, great formula, no running or pooling and opaque in one coat, Danica also stamps well.

Regina is amazing, I love the almost black base with that super bright green shimmer, great formula, no running or pooling and opaque in one coat, this was out of stock for ages last year on the Zoya website, so glad it hasnt been discontinued.