Tuesday, July 29, 2014

Zoya Naturel Deux 2014 Transitional Collection swatches and review

*Press Sample


Good afternoon Polish Peeps!!! Even though the month of July is coming to a close, I'm unsure of whether I'm ready to give up the bright, summery neons yet! When I saw the press release for the new Naturel Deux Collection, I got a bit excited!! I love my bright colors, don't get me wrong but to swatch some creamy, dreamy neutrals is the perfect palette cleanser for me right now!!

Naturel 2 is the deeper and more earthy sister to the first Naturel collection. Consisting of 6 full-coverage cremes, there is a shade for every skin tone! I love how they named this a "transitional" collection. Almost as if they are making the transition from summer brights to deeper fall shades a bit easier. I admit, at first glance I was a bit underwhelmed with these shades but once I applied them, holy gorgeous!!! The fact that these are functional work appropriate shades is a plus too.

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The first of the collection is Spencer, a light buckskin tan creme. This is such a gorgeous nude with an impeccable formula to boot!!! I only needed 2 coats for opacity and each coat self leveled to perfection! I applied one coat of Ellagee Glass top coat over each swatch. This is one you could get away with wearing in the summer or fall!

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 Spencer


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Spencer

Chanelle, warm-toned Cafe Au Lait brown that makes me crave a latte! I see some coffee nail art stemming from these shades most definitely!! Formula was excellent on this one as well and I only needed 2 effortless, self leveling coats.

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Chanelle 

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Chanelle

Last up is my favorite of the toasty trio, Emilia. An elegant and milky dark, chocolate brown. The formula on this one was a tad thinner than it's fairer sisters. First 2 coats were a bit transparent but the 3rd coat made it opaque perfection. I've never been a fan of brown polishes like this but Emilia knocked my socks off! BRING ON FALL PLEASE!!!

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Emilia 

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Emilia


Next up are the berry toned polishes of this collection. I love a good berry polish but sometimes when I wear them I can feel like a grandma. These on the other hand are so lovely and make me feel the exact opposite! They are all complimentary to my skin tone and all have a consistently fantastic formula to boot!!


Madeline is a deep blushy, rose. I have nicknamed this one Mary Poppins, "practically perfect in every way"
Formula was great, full coverage was achieved at 2 coats!

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Madeline 

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Madeline

Aubrey is a mauve berry creme, a hybrid of Madeline and Marnie. Simple and beautiful!! I only needed 2 coats as well. Now, both Aubrey and Marnie are darker and duskier in real life. My camera hated me when I was taking pictures of these. In my photos they appear "brighter" than what they really are.

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Aubrey 

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Aubrey

Marnie, Marney, however she is spelled ( Marnie on the website, Marney on the bottle ) is a deep and saturated plum creme. This leans vampy without being too dark! I love Marnie/Marney! 2 coats and we're all set!!! Formula was super easy to apply. I rarely needed to do any clean up with these, they are that easy to control.

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Marnie/Marney 

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Marnie/Marney


Overall, I'm really impressed with this collection and look forward to wearing these more in the upcoming cooler months. While they are gorgeous alone, they are perfect as undies for glitter too!! They also water marble. Did you see my Water Marble with Zoya Naturel Deaux? I loved the bling I added to the end of it!

What do you think of this "transitional" collection. Would you wear these shades this time of year? What are your favorites?

The Zoya Naturel Deux Collection is available for purchase now and are $9 a bottle!

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Products in this post provided for my honest review. Please see full disclosure for more details
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National Lipstick Day nail art with Milani Color Statement Nail Lacquers!

*previously provided for review


Good morning Polish Peeps!!! I have some funky nail art on the blog this morning! How many of you knew that today is National Lipstick Day? Not me!! As soon as I found out, I wanted to do some nail art to celebrate!!!

I grabbed these shades from the new Milani Color Statement Nail Lacquer collection:

Top row, l to r: Crimson Jewel, Bombshell, Spotlight White. Bottom l to r: Red Label and Ultra Violet.


I prepped my nails with 2 coats of base coat ( I used Pretty & Polished Stick 'Em Up base coat ) since I was starting off with the red creme, Red Label. I don't know if this one is a stainer or not but I didn't want to take any chances. After applying one thin coat of Red Label which was almost perfectly opaque, I applied a fast drying top coat and waited about 30 minutes for it to be completely dry. Using french tip guides and Spotlight White, I created a half moon look! Once Spotlight White dried, I took the smallest dotting tool I had and made lips on my nails and using Spotlight White, made whites in the center for teeth. Once I did the lip designs, I made coordinating dots with the polishes used for the lips on each nail. To break up the nail art, I decided to go with a simple dotticure design for an accent nail!

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One thing to keep in mind with doing nail art is that it's best to let the polish completely dry before applying top coat so you don't drag any polish. You can see by the looks of my index finger that that's what happened, haha! Sometimes patience isn't a strong suit of mine. I then applied one thick coat of Milani Color Statement Quick Dry Top Coat.

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This may not be the most practical or wearable nail art but I think it could come in pretty handy for Valentine's Day!!
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Monday, July 28, 2014

Water Marble with Zoya Naturel Deux Collection

*Press Samples



Good afternoon Polish Peeps and Happy Monday!!! Over the weekend I received the new Zoya Naturel Deux collection and at first glance I didn't know what to think about these but once I saw them in person, holy cow!! If you are a fan of nudes and mauves, you will love this!! I will be showing you swatches tomorrow but I couldn't wait to show you what I did AFTER swatching these natural beauties. If you are on the fence about this collection, hopefully my nail art will make you want them all!!!

All 6 shades are incredibly cohesive and almost appear to create the perfect natural ombre. I decided to do a water marble using all 6 shades: Spencer, Chanelle, Emilia, Madeline, Aubrey, and Marnie ( spelled Marney on the bottle )

I started off with a base of Zoya Purity and then I alternated the nudes with the mauves. I started with a few drops of Spencer, then added Madeline, Chanelle, Aubrey, Emilia and ended with Marnie. I went back and added more drops til I got the look I wanted. I did a simple design this time, just dragging the skewer out from the center circle for one look and then the next, dragging in from the outside.

This was the finished look!!

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Oh but it didn't end there!!! It needed something else, some bling so I went and grabbed Zoya Bar from the 2014 Magical Pixie Summer Collection and added one thin coat on top of the water marble. I love how sheer Bar is for this. I was worried at first it would be too opaque but you still see the beautiful neutral swirls throughout the shimmer dust and holo glitters!!

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Emilia

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Emilia

What do you think of the water marble? Do you like it better with or without Bar? Let me know in the comments! Also, feel free to leave suggestions of what other nail art looks you would like to see using this collection!! Swatches will be on the blog tomorrow of the full collection!!

This collection is available now on Zoya's website here and are $9 per bottle. Make sure to like them on Facebook as well!!!!


Products used in this post provided by PR for my honest review. Please see my full disclosure for more details.
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