Saturday, April 25, 2015

My Top 10 Zoya Polishes!!

Zoya is a nail polish company that you can be proud to use!

Why? Not only are they 5-free, but every year they do an "earth day" promo, where you can purchase Zoya polish at half price - IF you promise to send them back old bottles of polish to be recycled properly by Zoya.  You can also donate your polishes to a local charity and it still counts as part of their promotion.

Here are the details:

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With over 300 shades rooted in a healthy philosophy, it’s no surprise that we’re committed to helping you green your beauty routine! That’s why each year we give you the opportunity to exchange any old nail polish bottles that you may have laying around your house collecting dust, or that are not BIG5FREE formulas, for brand new toxin-free* Zoya Nail Polish shades. You can rest assured that your unwanted polishes will be disposed of in an environmentally friendly manner.

Helping the earth is easy… all you have to do to get started is pick out your NEW Zoya colors at www.zoya.com, follow the instructions below and checkout. Let us do the rest!

 How The Exchange Works...
1. Visit www.zoya.com and add a minimum of 6 bottles of polish (no more than 24 bottles) to your cart. Minimum 12, maximum 48 for professional accounts.
 2. Apply Code: EARTHLUV and a 50% credit will be added to your exchange order - free shipping included!

 3. Complete checkout and you're all set!

The exchange runs on the honor system, which means you are not obligated to send in your unwanted polish - we assume you're going to do the right thing! Many people donate the polish to a local cause instead, which we fully support. If you choose to send back your polishes, please check with your carrier of choice for shipping guidelines and restrictions for nail polish.

USE CODE: EARTHLUV Offer valid 4/21/15 - 4/28/15 (11:59pm EST)

In order to assist your shopping, I am going to show you my top 10 favorite Zoya polishes!

This beautiful neutral is Taylor. Creamy perfection in 2 coats.

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Tho the Pixies are being discontinued, many are still on the site. Tomoko is my favorite because it is neutral and can go with anything. Love this as a pedicure! The original Pixies, like this one, are softer to the touch than the Magical Ulta Pixies that came later.

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Yuna came out in 2014 (I believe) and it's a unique shade. This is a dark grey with golden shimmer, or flash, as Zoya often calls it. This is two coats and topcoat.

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Of course I have some pink favorites to show you! This is Perrie, which is an older core polish. It fit in with the 'radiant orchid' Pantone of 2014. Zoya cremes, no matter what color, are opaque and lovely at 2-3 coats.

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Zoya Kitridge is a fairly new polish, a bubblegummy pink. This swatch is 3 coats with topcoat.

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Zoya Leslie is from Spring 2015. This is a light lilac pink with a strong turquoise "flash" to it. This is 3 coats with topcoat. Such a gorgeous color!

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Another beauty from Spring 2015 is Rayne, a robin's egg blue with a similar turquoise flash. Photos don't do this polish justice!

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Zoya Dream came out in either 2013 or 2014. It is a royal blue with holo glitters.

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Zoya Rocha is a orange leaning red polish with a beautiful creme finish. It is like a neon coral, almost. Gorgeous polish for any time of the year.

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I wanted to highlight Aurora here, which you can see on my middle and pinky, but I couldn't find a solo shot. Instead, this is shown compared to Zoya Payton, which came out with Dream, shown above. Payton is too dark for my tastes but Aurora is a bright holo medium purple that is just lovely.

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There you have my top 10!

But, I have one more photo for you!

As you know, for the most part, Zoya polishes have human names - Robyn, Eden, Leslie, and so on.  I know I am not the only one who has purchased a polish based on the name alone, so I decided to introduce my favorite Zoya polish NAME as well.

My favorite Zoya, by name only, is Shelby! My dog's name is Shelby and she is my bff. It was only a (lucky) coincidence that it also turned out to be a beautiful pink polish!

Take a look at a 5 pink polish comparison post:

Rooney is on my thumb,
Eden is on my index finger,
Shelby is on my middle finger,
Sweet is on my ring finger,
Kitridge is on my pinky

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I hope this has helped you to narrow down your choices.

Remember, this promo only runs until the 28th, so if you're looking to score some new Zoya, now is the time!

xoxo,
Lacey
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Thursday, April 23, 2015

Sally Beauty OrigiNails Bubble White Nail Whitener: Does It Work?

In keeping with Tuesday's post, today I have another product review.

I purchased a packet of OrigiNails Bubble White 5-Minute Effervescent Nail Cleaner from Sally Beauty Supply and have been waiting for the right moment to try it and review it for you. I've had it so long that I forgot how much I paid for it, but according to the website, it is still available and it's under $3 even without a Sally's card.

See listing HERE.

I am almost embarrassed to post this, but here are *gulp* my "Before" nails:

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Go easy, please! I am a blogger after all! I do use basecoat (and yellow stopper with darker colors), but I get some staining, as we all do.

Here is the package of Bubble White:

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And info on the back:

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So, following the instructions, I filled a small bowl with warm water and let my nails soak. Knowing they were stained, I let them soak longer than suggested. I took them out, dried them, and took a picture for you.

Here is my "After" photo:

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Hmm.... I can see a difference but not much of one.  I looked more closely at the info on Sally's site and it says you may need to do this multiple times, and then weekly, to see more results.  Ain't Nobody Got Time For That!! Ugh!

Honestly, I will not be repurchasing this.  For the price and consistency required to see results, it is not the product for me.  I have used denture cleaner to better and quicker results, so I'll just go back to that...or keep my nails painted, as usual. :)

What do you think? Have you tried this product? Let me know if you think it deserves a second chance.

Thanks for stopping by!
xoxo,
Lacey

Tuesday, April 21, 2015

Glitter Nail Polish Remover Gel: Does It Work?

You would not believe how shocked I was to see that my local Walmart had the new Glitter Nail Polish Remover Gel that I've been seeing all over nail blogs. That store never has anything new, I swear, so I immediately purchased some of the Gel to try.

To clarify, there is the one in the tub and this gel. The one in the tub, according to reviews I have read, is pretty bad. I saw reviews of this gel that looked slightly more promising, so I went with this one.

Here is the packaging.

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And the back with instructions.  Three easy steps, apparently.  Load up the nail, relax for a few mins, wipe off.

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The mani I experimented with was Wear Skinny Jeans by Wet & Wild with a thick glitter gradient of Love, Lace, and Lilacs by Lynnderella.  (Sidenote: I covet my bottle of LLL and only break it out for special occasions. This special occasion was a baby shower that I attended for my longtime, friend since diapers friend Jen, who should be having her baby in April! Yay! So you better believe it was worth breaking out the Lynn polish for!).  My mani looked like this:

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You may have guessed by the blue, she's having a boy!! :)

The product comes in a bottle, with a squeeze like applicator.  The gel applies as generously as they suggest, meaning it comes out of the bottle pretty quickly.  It smells awesome, I must say, not at all like acetone or harsh chemicals.  It is cooling but not painful or bothersome.

This is my mani with the gel applied:

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I never do things exactly as directed, so I actually left it on a solid 4-5 minutes.  I wiped it off with felt, not a cotton ball. I didn't have cotton balls and I figure the gripping properties was the main point here and that felt would be a fine substitute.

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Well, what do we think? Not bad, right? It got the polish off pretty easily.

 Perhaps a gradient was an unfair test for a first try since the nature of a gradient tends to be chunkier than just regular glitter polish applied to the nail, but I am more likely to do a gradient than a full glitter mani so it was the right test for ME to try. Other people have different results.

I am not sure if this is really better than my regular remover process of felt, acetone, and patience.  My cuticles weren't bothered by this product, which is a plus, but when I use felt and acetone, I prime my cuticles with a generous rubbing of 365 Days of Color oil before I apply the acetone.

Final thought: Smells great, works alright.  I am glad I tried it but will probably not repurchase.  What do you think? Have you tried this product?

Let me know in the comments.

Thanks for stopping by!

xoxo,
Lacey


Thursday, April 16, 2015

Born Pretty Store Review: I Love Decals!

Today I have an exciting post for you!  I was sent items to review from bornprettystore.com, an online store that has any sort of nail art, decal, charm, gem, stud, polish, stampers, striping tape, etc....the store is intense! It is also very low cost and has some really unique finds!

And, for you, my lovely readers, I have a coupon code!  Check it out:

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If you go to www.bornprettystore.com, use MBHMK31 for 10% off your purchase!  They also happen to have cell phone covers, hair accessories, and a million other things, so make sure to check out the store.

I have 4 items to show you today and honestly, I loved them all.  Let's get started! I am going to show you the item, link where to get it, and then show you the product on my nails.  Ready?

This is a lace inspired water slide decal. It comes with four rows of thicker pattern and almost two rows of the thinner version.

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You can find it HERE. I chose style 1342.

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This is shown over Salon Perfect Cold As Ice and topped with topcoat.  I recommend a non fast dry topcoat so it doesn't smudge the decals. Just cut to size, plop in water for a few seconds to separate it from the backing and apply to the nail. Wait a few moments, topcoat it and go!

Next up, these lovely black flower outlines will add a feminine touch to any manicure.

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You can find it HERE.

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The black decals are shown over Georgia Peach by Salon Perfect. Application is the same as the lace decals above. These are so dainty and pretty.

I love floral decals most of all!

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You can find it HERE. I chose style 1369.

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The roses are shown over Salon Perfect Lilacking Control. I love how these have stems and can make it look like a bouquet on the nails. Many designs only have the flowers. The application is the same as above.

Last but not least, check out this huge sheet of decals! These are not waterslide decals, these are adhesive.

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Doesn't look so big, you say?

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BAM! You can find these HERE. You get 9 sets of 12 decals!!!! This is an amazing deal. There are 4 colors to chose from and clearly I chose black.

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I am a huge fan of these decals! I am showing them over Zoya Leah and top coated. I need a bit of practice, as you can see from my middle finger, but they are actually really easy to use!

Again, if you decide to make a purchase, make sure to use my coupon code!

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You can find everything at www.bornprettystore.com.

xoxo,

Lacey

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Tuesday, April 14, 2015

Salon Perfect Spring 2015! 6 Pretty Pastels

Spring! Pastels! Sunshine!

Well, no sunshine yet in Connecticut...but we are getting there, hopefully.

Salon Perfect decided to help me bring some spring to my nails and sent me the 6 piece spring collection for review! You can find these shades exclusively at Walmart (except for the one closest to me in Old Saybrook, CT, which never has anything new - so even bigger thanks to SP for sending these to me).

Check out the group shot below.  I found the application of all 6 to be quite similar so I won't write about each one. Honestly, I was shocked at how creamy, opaque and NOT streaky these were! Each polish needed only two coats - yes, including the yellow!  All the swatches show two coats with Salon Perfect topcoat.

Ready to see some closeups?

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First up, Lilacking Control is a medium toned lavender.  Lovely color, lovely application.

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Next, this pretty blue is Cold As Ice. It is not a robin's egg blue, not a bright blue, but a very pastel sky blue. Again, I feel the need to say that the application was smooth and opaque in two coats, no streaking, snagging, pulling, balding, nothing. Very impressive!

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This creamy pink is Put A Ring On It. Two coats, topcoat, and pure pastel perfection!

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Georgia Peach is the lone shimmer polish in the group. I am loving peaches this season (like all seasons, really) so this is my favorite of the collection. The shimmer is very subtle, but it shines in the light and is very pretty.

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Mellow Yellow was tough to photograph. It is slightly more mellow (see what I did there?) in color and not as bright as my photos look. The middle shot is closest to the true color. Can I just reiterate again that this is a 2 coater pastel yellow? Yaaaaasss.

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Last but not least, this muted sea green is called Mint Julep. A lovely green with a lovely application and no lobster hands to be seen!

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Lovely, right? My pick is Georgia Peach. Love the shade and slight shimmer.  Though the colors are not the most unique and you may be thinking you have similar colors in your collection, the formula of these make them awesome, unique, and MUST HAVEs for the pastel lover (like myself).

I am truly impressed with the quality of Salon Perfect polishes that I have tried.  Keep 'em coming, SP!

You can find Salon Perfect:
On Facebook
On their site
And at Walmart

Thanks for stopping by!

Lacey

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