Sunday, 31 May 2020

A Zoya A Day - Amminah

Hey friends

Happy Sunny Sunday




Available on USA website - No
Available on the UK website - No
Brush used - Z Wide (White Dot)
Does it stamp - No

Name - Amminah
Year - 2000
Number - ZP0147
Coats - 3
Finish - Shimmer
Collection - Classic
Colour - Nude
Topcoat - None

Amminah is a discontinued polish from Zoya, its a pale milky beige but has a very strong violet flash that I couldnt quite pick up with my camera, this is very sheer and I did three coats.  The name Aminah which I am guessing Zoya intended but they do have quite the habit of shall we say interesting spellings, Aminah means trustworthy or fel safe in Arabic.






Saturday, 30 May 2020

A Zoya A Day - Melanie

Hi Happy Saturday

Today we meet the unusual Melanie


Available on USA website - No
Available on the UK website - No
Brush used - original
Does it stamp - No

Name - Melanie
Year - 2000
Number - ZP0176
Coats - 3
Finish - Pearl
Collection - Classic
Colour - Nude
Topcoat - None

Melanie is a pearlised pale peach, good formula no running or pooling, sheer and a bit brush strokey though, this is a discontinued polish, this one is also odd because the brush is white, its the only one I have like that as well, I dont know if they experimented with white bristles at one point or what. I did three coats for opacity.






Friday, 29 May 2020

A Zoya A Day - Giselle

Hey friends

Its another lovely day here in the UK, sunny and warm.

Today we have the lovely Giselle

Available on USA website - No

Available on the UK website - No
Brush used - original
Does it stamp - No

Name - Giselle
Year - 1990's
Number - 101A
Coats - 3
Finish - Creme
Collection - Spa Essentials
Colour - Nude
Topcoat - None

Giselle is a soft milky beige, this is a discontinued polish and its in their old style font and bottle cap. I picked this, Camile and Tosca from ebay a few years ago and I paid less than ten pounds for them, I asked the seller if they were still liquid as I knew they were very old, they confirmed they were and I bought them. The formula on Giselle is thin and sheer and as you can see it almost looks like I'm not wearing polish. There was no running or pooling though.  I did three thin coats. This is one of the Spa Essentials line and these were all nudes to be used in french manicures.  This is a your nails but better polish.







Thursday, 28 May 2020

A Zoya A Day - Camile

Hi

Its another lovely day here in the UK, sunny and warm

Today we have the gorgeous Camile

Available on USA website - No

Available on the UK website - No
Brush used - original
Does it stamp - No

Name - Camile
Year - 1990's
Number - 116A
Coats - 3
Finish - Creme
Collection - Classic
Colour - Nude
Topcoat - None

Camile is a very early Zoya, a soft sheer beige, as you can see from the bottle they have changed their font and bottle cap style, I have to say that I love the original font and cap though. This is a discontinued polish. I did three thin coats as it was sheer and streaky, another one for the z wide brush i think, formula was good no running or pooling. I own a lot of the Zoya nudes, I was doing my best to find my mannequin hands polish, lets see if that happens along the way with these swatches.





Wednesday, 27 May 2020

A Zoya A Day - Laurie

Hey Friends

Its a another glorious day here in the UK.

Today we have the lovely Laurie

Available on USA website - Yes
Available on the UK website - No
Brush used - original
Does it stamp - No

Name - Laurie
Year - 2008
Number - ZP0433
Coats - 2
Finish - Creme
Collection - Blissful
Colour - Nude
Topcoat - None


Laurie can be best described as a light, pale shade of cherry blossom pink with a soft creme finish. I did three coats of this as its a sheer french manicure polish or a pallet cleanser, I think this was from a spring collection, I have a few more sheer nudes to go then we get into some colour.










Tuesday, 26 May 2020

A Zoya A Day - Stephanie

Hey Friends

The weather in the UK today has been gorgeous! Super sunny and warm so I've been taking full advantage of my small garden space.

Today we have the lovely Stephanie

Available on USA website - No
Available on the UK website - No
Brush used - original
Does it stamp - No

Name - Stephanie
Year - 2006
Number - ZP0364
Coats - 3
Finish - Creme
Collection - Spa Essentials
Colour - Nude
Topcoat - None

This is another sheer french spa essential polish, again its a polish that could probably benefit from the z wide brush, this one is discontinued so I cant give you a Zoya description but I'd say a sheer baby pink. I did three thin coats as it was sheer and streaky, there was no running or pooling though. This is one of those pallet cleanser polishes that you can do as many or as little coats for that clean fresh look to your nails.





Monday, 25 May 2020

A Zoya A Day - Brenna

Hey friends

Today we have the lovely Brenna

Available on USA website - Yes
Available on the UK website - No
Brush used - original
Does it stamp - No

Name - Brenna
Year - 2006
Number - ZP0353
Coats - 3
Finish - Creme
Collection - Spa Essentials
Colour - Nude
Topcoat - None

Brenna can be best described as a very light, milky soft baby pink creme with a very subtle hint of peach. I did three coats of this as its a polish for french manicures, its not ment to be opaque but three coats are almost full coverage, I think this is another one that could benefit from the Z wide brush due to the formula being a bit streaky  and sheer.





Sunday, 24 May 2020

A Zoya A Day - Christinna

Hey friends

Today we have the lovely Christinna

Available on USA website - No
Available on the UK website - Yes
Brush used - original
Does it stamp - No

Name - Christinna
Year - 2004
Number - ZP0287
Coats - 3
Finish - Shimmer
Collection - Divas
Colour - White
Topcoat - None

Christinna can be  described as a light, delicate shimmering white with a touch of grey and frosty silver shimmer. A unique dove grey that's impossibly elegant.  I dont strictly see grey but this reminds me of royal icing and wedding cake. I did three coats as this was a little streaky and sheer, good formula though no running or pooling.

This is the first row of my Zoyas done as per bottom pic :)
















Saturday, 23 May 2020

A Zoya A Day - Zoe

Hey friends

Today I have the gorgeous Zoe, I bet youre thinking you never knew Zoya had so many whites! I promise I only have one more after Zoe, thats Chistinna with two n's, again with the creative spelling.

Available on USA website - No
Available on the UK website - No
Brush used - Z Wide Brush (dot on cap)
Does it stamp - No

Name - Zoe
Year - 2016
Number - ZP9027
Coats - 3
Finish - Shimmer
Collection - Classic
Colour - White
Topcoat - None

Zoe is a milky white with a violet flash, this was a limited edition polish that kinda just appeared on Zoyas website, I grabbed it because at the time we had a Renault Zoe car in white.  This is sheer and I used three coats but it was a good formula, no running or pooling although I did thin coats. I dont think this is one that will get opaque, however, I do like the end result, its very clean and I prefer this type of white nail if I am not doing any stamping over it. I did try to capture the violet flash but my camera was having none of it.







Friday, 22 May 2020

A Zoya A Day - Gaia

Hey, Happy Friday

Anyone else thinking this month is never ending?

Today we have the lovely Gaia

Available on USA website - No
Available on the UK website - No
Brush used - original
Does it stamp - No

Name - Gaia
Year - 2008
Number - ZP0444
Coats - 3
Finish - Shimmer
Collection - Chit Chat
Colour - White
Topcoat - Zoya Armor

Gaia can be described as a pearl white shimmer with a strong golden flash, this wasnt runny or pooled but it was streaky, I think I'll grab a Z wide brush and try it again. It was also sheer, which I dont mind but the streaks were not good with the original brush. I put topcoat on to smooth it out.

Apparently I added some cat hair to my swatch as well, enjoy.





















Thursday, 21 May 2020

A Zoya A Day - Aspen

Hey there

Today we have the stunning Aspen

Available on USA website - Yes
Available on the UK website - No
Brush used - Z Wide brush (white dot on cap)
Does it stamp - Yes

Name - Aspen
Year - 2015
Number - ZP0814
Coats - 3
Finish - Matte Velvet
Collection - Winter Matte Velvets
Colour - White
Topcoat - None

Aspen can be described as a sparkling arctic white with a micronized diamond pearl fleck in the traditional Matte Velvet finish. This is stunning, its like freshly fallen snow with the sun shining on it.

I love this, I did three coats but you probably could get away with two, great formula no running or pooling. This does stamp but I used too light a colour doh!

We've had Ellie for almost 6 months now and I think we can safety say that shes settled in nicely :) look at that grooting! Shes started to get vocal as well. Her and Obi are getting on great, they love to play and Obi will trill call her to chase him.











Wednesday, 20 May 2020

A Zoya A Day - Snow White

Hey there

Today we have the gorgeous Snow White

Available on USA website - Yes
Available on the UK website - Yes
Brush used - Z Wide brush (white dot on cap)
Does it stamp - No

Name - Snow White
Year - 2000
Number - ZP0114
Coats - 3
Finish - Creme
Collection - Classic
Colour - White
Topcoat - None

This is Zoyas original white, very early number and from their classic original collection.

Snow White is described as a pure white creme that's as clean and bright as freshly-fallen snow, I've included a shot of Purity beside Snow White but I dont think my camera picked up the colour difference, Purity is on the left and Snow White on the right in both sun and shade, Snow White is slightly less bright than Purity, Purity is that almost painting your nails with white out or tippex bright, Snow White is softer and with a drop of yellow. Snow White is also much more sheer and streaky than Purity and took 3 coats to be opaque, the formula was good though no running or pooling.

I'd wear Snow White if I wanted just white nails, but under nail art I'd use Purity as she is almost a one coater for me.





Tuesday, 19 May 2020

A Zoya A Day - Purity

Hey there

Today we have the lovely Purity

Available on USA website - Yes
Available on the UK website - Yes
Brush used - Z Wide brush (white dot on cap)
Does it stamp - Yes

Name - Purity
Year - 2012
Number - ZP0388
Coats - 2
Finish - Creme
Collection - Gilty Gift Set
Colour - White
Topcoat - None

Purity is describe as a bright, stark, perfectly clean pure white with a glossy creme finish. This is a really nice bright white, she also stamps which is awesome, I put the Z Wide brush in as it gives a smoother finish.












Monday, 18 May 2020

A Zoya A Day - Angella

Hey Polishers

Todays white is Angella with 2 ells :) I do love Zoya's creative spelling with some of their polish names.

Available on USA website - No
Available on the UK website - No
Brush used - Original
Does it stamp - No

Name - Angella
Year - 2000
Number - ZP0099
Coats - 2
Finish - Shimmer
Collection - Classic
Colour - Clear
Topcoat - None

Angella is a pearlesent white with a strong pink shift, this is a very early polish from Zoya, I also layered one coat over Zoya Sia to see the effect. I only did 2 coats I dont think this would be opaque in 3. The formula was good though, no running or pooling. I have layered this over other polishes and its very pretty, over Sia it pulls out that pink shift nicely. Do excuse the greasy looking marks on my label, I stored my Zoya's in a helmer while I would sorting out my new wall shelves and the rubber matting I used did this :(.  Putting Angella over Sia makes a darker version of Saint, thats kinda cool.






Sunday, 17 May 2020

A Zoya A Day - Leia

Hey Polishers

Today we have the lovely Leia to share with you :) 

Available on USA website - Yes
Available on the UK website - Yes but out of stock
Brush used - Original
Does it stamp - No

Name - Leia
Year - 2016
Number - ZP0835
Coats - 2
Finish - Shimmer
Collection - Petals
Colour - Clear
Topcoat - None

Leia is described as as a sheer, opalescent white with flecks of fuchsia, green and gold, I'd say this is accurate. I think I could get this opaque in three coats but I also dont have any free edge at the moment. The formula on this is good, no running or pooling.

My swatches show two coats on its own and one coat over Zoya Ripley a red undertoned med purple.








Saturday, 16 May 2020

A Zoya A Day - Sparkle Gloss Topcoat

Good morning

I said yesterday that I was doing whites, nudes, browns and blacks, I forgot that my Zoyas go white, nudes, browns, golds, silvers, greys and finally blacks

First up is the Sparkle Gloss Top

Available on USA website - Yes
Available on the UK website - Yes although out of stock as of 16.05.2020
Brush used - Original
Does it stamp - No
Name - Sparkle Gloss
Year - 2012
Number - ZPSGTOP01
Coats - 2
Finish - Shimmer
Collection - Classic
Colour - Clear
Topcoat - None

Sparkle is described as a sheer, glittery topcoat that has the sparkle of diamonds, I agree, this is not glitter so it wont be a pain in the ass to remove, its very smooth once dry and the sparkles shift blue/green/purple when paired with a darker colour, I layered this over Zoya Willa their one coat black so you could see the shift in the closeup. This looks very pretty over darker colours, over light colours it gives a subtle twinkle.

This is the wall at present, top left row are sat on my desk for swatching.












Friday, 15 May 2020

A Zoya a Day Update.

Hey friends

Well its been a few months of chaos here and then some.

Unfortunately my Father in Law passed away,  then the you know what happened and my brain went into a tailspin.

But I'm back and I'm going to swatch every single Zoya I own starting with the whites, nudes, browns and blacks.

This is going to take a fair while as at last count I had 599, I'm going to purchase the Calm collection which is another 6 and then the summer collection of 12 which is called Splash, which will bring the total to 617.