Tuesday, August 19, 2014

Zoya Ignite Fall 2014 Full Collection review

*Press Sample

Good morning Polish Peeps! I have been so ready to get this post published. The universe has been working against me since my internet has decided to act up the whole time I was editing pictures. Better late than never, right??

Zoya's fall collections always have me mesmerized and this was one that I couldn't wait to get my hands on!! The Ignite Collection for the upcoming fall season is a collection of 6 sultry and shimmery liquid metal metallic hues that are sure to have you ready for sweater weather in no time.

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Zoya-Ignite-Collection-Fall-2014-swatches

To say that I'm in love with this whole collection is an understatement. I left the decision up to my facebook fans to decide on what collection I should swatch first and the result was unanimous, you all want to see Ignite! To make a collection of shades like this speaks to my autumn loving soul. Fall is one of my favorite times of the year, something so cozy and comfy about that time of year and looking at all of these makes me want a Pumpkin Spice latte from Starbucks like it's no one's business!!

I tried something a bit different this time with the swatches, I didn't use any top coat and I LOVE how glossy they are without! You can also see how perfectly each polish self leveled as well.

First up we have one of my favorites, Yuna. Yuna is a slate gray creme with gold and copper shimmer that almost leans a bit lime green at some angles in the bottle. I love how they combined gray with gold, gives it a primitive feel! 

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Zoya-Yuna-bottle-shot-Ignite-Fall-2014

Formula on Yuna was very easy to work with. I was able to get it opaque with 2 coats.

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Yuna 2 coats 

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Yuna 2 coats 

Can you see where some of the shimmer looks a bit green? I love that!

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Yuna 2 coats

Remy, oh Remy. Reminds me of a wintry mermaid's tail. ( If such one existed, bear with me! ) The glitter depth in this one is absolutely DIVINE!!

Remy is described on the Zoya press release as an "indigo with copper and gold liquid metal" Huh. I thought indigo was more of a violet/purple. This is more of a navy, cerulean blue with strong teal undertones. I think the copper and gold shimmer in this adds to that effect and really gives it that oceanic feel. In my dreams, the water looks like this. So freaking pretty I just can't stand it!!!
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Zoya-Remy-Ignite-Fall-2014-swatch

Remy is more of an opaque jelly with a smooth formula. It's not quite a crelly though. The metallic shimmers makes it more opaque but I used 3 coats for the photos below.

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Remy 3 coats

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Remy 3 coats 

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Remy 3 coats


Sansa is a deep, eggplant jelly with gold shimmer. So regal, yet so vampy! I gravitate more towards the darker shades for fall and winter and Sansa will be one I can see myself wearing often!

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Zoya-Sansa-Ignite-Fall-2014-swatch

This is such a bewitching shade. Perfect for Halloween and really makes me want to watch Hocus Pocus!! Formula was a bit sheer so I used 3 coats below. My brush was a little strange on this one which made application a tad on the tricky side. The bottom of the brush seems to be cut at a diagonal angle but as long as I used the longer end, I really didn't have any major issues besides a bit of extra clean up.

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 Sansa 3 coats

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Sansa 3 coats 

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 Sansa 3 coats


Autumn is amazing!! Listed as a varnished copper liquid metal, this is a gorgeous deep copper jelly that I want to wear all the time.

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Zoya-Autumn-Ignite-Fall-2014-swatch

The formula for Autumn was excellent. Really, with all of the polishes in this collection, application was so easy I didn't have to do any clean-up except for with Sansa but that was as a result of the brush. I used 2 coats for the photos below. They hit the nail on the head while creating this one. This polish has me dreaming of caramel apples and spiced cider!!!

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Autumn 2 coats 

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Autumn 2 coats 

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Autumn 2 coats

Teigen is a deep ruby with copper shimmer. I wore this all day yesterday and didn't want to take it off!! It almost reminds me of raspberry syrup with it's smooth jelly consistency. In the bottle it looks a bit similar to India but once you apply it, you will see that it's quite different!!

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Zoya-Teigen-Ignite-Fall-2014-swatch

Formula for Teigen was easy to apply. I used 3 coats for the photos below.

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Teigen 3 coats 

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Teigen 3 coats 

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Teigen 3 coats

India is the last beauty of this collection, a deep burgundy red jelly with gold shimmer, it's equally as amazing as Teigen, it's lighter counterpart. Perfect for Christmas as well, it reminds me of cranberry sauce!!

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Zoya-India-Ignite-Fall-2014-swatch

India is so deep and elegant. I really am loving this shade for fall and winter. Coverage was especially excellent with me needing only 2 coats for opacity.

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India 2 coats

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India 2 coats 

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India 2 coats



Overall, this collection is such a huge win! They did an outstanding job of creating 6 beautifully seasonal blends that glow on their own with out top coat and that could also easily transition into winter! I thought I would have a few key favorites from this collection but yet again, I simply cannot pick!
Which shades are standing out to you?

This collection is available for preorder now from Zoya's website and retail for $9 a bottle.

*Products in this post provided by PR for my honest review. Please see my full disclosure for more details.
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Wednesday, August 13, 2014

the beauty quartet October 2014 Inaugural box review

*Press Sample

Oh man, oh man! Happy Thursday Polish Peeps!!!! I'm so excited about today's post! So. Much. Excite. You see, the reason there is so much excite is that I'm bringing you a brand spankin' new indie nail polish subscription box!!! YAS!! If you can remember the press release I posted for the beauty quartet box back in the beginning of August, well I have that box here to show you!!! This is a box like no other. Instead of every month, you will get a box every 2 months with a total of 4 exclusive polishes from the talented minds behind Northern Star PolishDigital NailsSmokey Mtn Lacquers, and Philly Loves Lacquer. There is more uber excitement for me since 2 of the 4 indies are new to me!!! I will have the purchase details on the box at the end of this review but be forewarned, there are pics a plenty in this post!!!

Now let's have a look at the spooky goods! I'm so glad that they are starting in October because fall is a knockin' and I'm more than ready to answer the door!!!

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I had to add the cute edits!! I'm a sucker for holiday-themed anything!!! Now you tell me, does this box look great or what!!!??

Here are the 4 gorgeous polishes that you will get!

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L to R: Digital Nails Glam Stoker, Northern Star Spectral Elegance, Smokey Mtn Lacquers Pumpkin Harvest, and Philly Loves Lacquer Amok!

Now for a breakdown of each polish with the contributing brands gift!!

First up we have Glam Stoker from Digital Nails


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Digital-Nails-Glam-Stoker

My jaw DROPPED when I pulled this one out of the box. I have never seen something so glittery, so holo, so kick ass awesome!!!! Glam Stoker ( the name kills me! Ha. Ha. *wink* ) is a tan scattered holo with the most amazing hard-core holographic microglitter. If your holo needs more holo than you need Glam Stoker!

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Formula on Glam Stoker was amazing! It was a bit thick but with the amount of awesome glitters, that's no surprise. It applied like a charm!! It self leveled perfectly and I could have went on and on with this one in terms of coats. You just can't stop with this. Every coat is like bling perfection! I applied 3 coats and finished off with a coat of Swift Sparkle from Pretty & Polished.

Oh boy. Are you ready for a couple sun shots?

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Digital-Nails-Glam-Stoker-swatch

Along with this beautiful polish Raph also included the cutest hair ties in the box!

I mustache you a question!

Now for the second polish! This one comes from Northern Star Polish! This brand is no stranger to my blog and her amazing contribution is a glorious grape purple jelly full of iridescent flakies and gold microglitters aptly named Spectral Elegance!

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Northern-Star-Spectral-Elegance

Spectral Elegance is so pretty and so perfect for fall!! Formula on this was a bit thick as well but I had no issues with application. It was opaque in 2 coats and it self leveled perfectly!!!

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2 coats of Spectral Elegance 

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2 coats of Spectral Elegance 

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Kristin's other contribution to the box is this vial of gorgeous orange multichrome nail art jewels! I cannot wait to use these!!!


I also knew that Glam Stoker and Spectral Elegance would be perfect paired together and I wasn't let down! Here is a skittlette I did with both shades! Just another way you can wear 2 of the polishes in this box!

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Match made in heaven am I right? I love purple and goldish tones together.

Now onto the third beauty in this box, care of Smokey Mtn Lacquers!! Their exclusive creation is a sheer pumpkin orange jelly named Pumpkin Harvest!


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Pumpkin Harvest applies really sheer but is ideal for jelly sammiches! I applied 3 coats for the below photos followed by Pretty & Polished Swift Sparkle top coat.

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3 coats of Pumpkin Harvest 

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3 coats of Pumpkin Harvest

Kim of Smokey Mtn Lacquers also makes vegan candles and the candle you get in October's box is one of their creations!!! 
I won't lie, I love candles so I was so pumped when I saw this! I lit it last night and was so surprised that I could actually smell it!! I'm kinda picky when it comes to candles and have been disappointed a lot where you will buy a candle, light it and nothing happens. It burns but there is no smell. This candle, which is called Maple Pumpkin doesn't disappoint!! I love that it has 3 wicks and I love fall spiced scents. The fact that these candles are vegan is even better!!!

The last polish in this box is from Philly Loves Lacquer! This is another new brand to me but I LOVE THE POLISH IN THIS BOX!!! Amok! is an awesome black glitter topper in a clear base with assorted black glitters and small holo micro glitters!

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Philly-Loves-Lacquer-Amok!

Instead of layering this one over an orange base, I decided to go with green. Zoya Tilda was the perfect match! I kind of have a Frankenstein theme going for this mani and I LOVE ET! The glitters were so easy to get and I loved that I didn't need to set the bottle upside down which I have a habit of doing. I applied 2 coats over Tilda!!

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2 coats of Amok! over Tilda 

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 2 coats of Amok! over Tilda 

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Esther's contribution is a hand made "Lip Schmear" named Cherry Street! I have been saying "schmear" ever since I saw this, haha!! It has a yummy cherry scent and is really moisturizing! It's not greasy on my lips which I like.




I also couldn't end this review without a glitter sammich using Pumpkin Harvest and Amok! so here you go!!! So squishy!!! 



So what do you think of the new the beauty quartet box?? I think this is an excellent deal for $55 shipped every 2 months and by the looks of it, you will be getting one around every holiday!! Pre-orders start September 1st and run through the 15th with the boxes starting to ship around the first of October. These are first come first serve so if you want one, you better act fast! These will be available to order from the the Philly Loves Lacquer website. These will be available internationally as well for $60 shipped.

Philly Loves Lacquer
Digital Nails
Northern Star
Smokey Mtn Lacquers
This product was provided for my honest review. Please see my disclosure for more details.
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