Thursday, August 25, 2016

NOTD: Flitting butterflies, featuring butterfly charms from Charlie's Nail Art

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Hello!


Charlie's Nail Art recently sent me these adorable little butterfly charms to review:


Charlie's Nail Art Butterfly Charms
Charlie's Nail Art Butterfly Charms


I like a good nail charm now and then, and I quickly fell in love with these. Unlike many charms, they're extremely flexible, which means I can bend them to fit my nails no problem, or leave them at angles for artistic purposes. I was also surprised to discover they're reversible--they're black on one side and gold on the other, so you can choose which color you want without worrying about running out. I also love how intricate these butterflies are!


For my test mani, I wanted to create the look of a butterfly flitting aroud a flower. To create the effect, I did a stamping sandwich with Spellbound Nails The Knight Bus; in between layers I stamped a butterfly from UberChic Beauty 9-02:




I stamped with Messy Mansion Chalk and Lilac. On top, I stamped a poppy from the same plate with Messy Mansion Hydrangea Blue and Blue You A Kiss. Then I added my charms on the top. Here's how it came out:


Flutterby with Charlie's Nail Art charms and Spellbound Nails The Knight Bus
Flutterby with Charlie's Nail Art charms and Spellbound Nails The Knight Bus

Flutterby with Charlie's Nail Art charms and Spellbound Nails The Knight Bus
Flutterby with Charlie's Nail Art charms and Spellbound Nails The Knight Bus


What do you think? I'm not sure I quite captured the look I was going for, but I like the end result. One tip for you--I am generous with topcoat when I attach charms like these, but I wasn't careful when I applied it, so I smudged the stamping on the flower a bit. So be careful! Ultimately, this ended up a little busier than I intended, but I still like it--it's light and flirty and perfect for the last days of summer. And believe it or not, the butterflies stayed put until I removed them!


You can find the charms at Charlie's Nail Art, and you can get 10% off your entire order using my code: LOLAM10. You can also follow them on Instagram for inspiration!


Happy nail art,
M.

Wednesday, August 24, 2016

Review: Holos and metallics from Zoya Urban Grunge fall/winter collection!

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Hello!

Today we're gonna take a look at the second half of Zoya's Urban Grunge fall/winter 2016 collection--and while I loved the cremes (you can see my review here if you missed it), what can I say, my heart belongs to holo, so this half has some serious happy for me!



Let's jump right in with Zoya Alicia, a silver scattered holo with gold shimmer and a linear flash:


Zoya Alicia
Zoya Alicia

Zoya Alicia
Zoya Alicia

Zoya Alicia
Zoya Alicia

Zoya Alicia
Zoya Alicia

Zoya Alicia
Zoya Alicia

This is two coats of excellent formula and application. You can see I have some visible nail line at some angles, although it didn't really show unless you looked for it in real life, and if you're worried, three coats should do it.


If angels in heaven exist, this is what their wings look like. The play of the gold with the silver holo is genius--elegant and magical and just the right amount of holo bling. You do get a pretty strong linear holo in some lights, and even in others, you get a little bit. And how amazing would this be as a bridal polish?!


Next up is Zoya Ash, a cherry-berry red metallic with a subtle flecked-like finish:


Zoya Ash
Zoya Ash

Zoya Ash
Zoya Ash

Zoya Ash
Zoya Ash

Zoya Ash
Zoya Ash


This is two coats, although you might be able to get away with one if you're careful. Formula and application were wonderful.


This is an interesting color that blends the look of a berry with the look of a red without being either. If you aren't a huge fan of reds but need something in the family, this might be the way to go--it bends the line very effectively and makes me want strawberry rhubarb pie.


Next we have Zoya Britta, a metallic mulberry that gives a flecked-like feel:


Zoya Britta
Zoya Britta

Zoya Britta
Zoya Britta

Zoya Britta
Zoya Britta

Zoya Britta
Zoya Britta


Again this is two coats but you could probably get away with one if you're careful. Formula was excellent, and application was a breeze.


This color has a lush holiday feel to me that makes me want to cook turkey and make my husband put up the holiday lights when I can no longer handle anymore football. Then it makes me want to make homemade chocolates that nobody will eat for Christmas. But, I'll have gorgeous polish on while I'm doing it, and that's all that matters!


Next we have the stunning Zoya Finley, a grape blurple scattered holo:


Zoya Finley
Zoya Finley

Zoya Finley
Zoya Finley

Zoya Finley
Zoya Finley

Zoya Finley
Zoya Finley

Zoya Finley
Zoya Finley


This polish is a monolithic PITA to photograph--it wants to look blue and I had to struggle to get the purple to show. But it was worth every minute of it--this is a gorgeous polish. It's like someone took all the galaxies and condensed them into a bottle that you can spread on your fingers. Such light, such happy, such bling.


This is two coats, exceptional formula and application.


For our second linear holo we have Zoya Merida, a forest green linear holo:


Zoya Merida
Zoya Merida

Zoya Merida
Zoya Merida
Zoya Merida
Zoya Merida


This is two coats, excellent application and formula.

The green on this is like a rich Irish hill sparkling with morning dew--it's mystical and soothing. This reminds me of Picture Polish Kryptonite, and I'll pull that out to see how close they are--I'm thinking Kryptonite might be a titch lighter and mossier, but I'm not sure. Regardless, this is a stunner, without a doubt.


And finally (sad sigh...), we have Zoya Troy, a pewter/gunmetal metallic with that flecked-like finish:


Zoya Troy
Zoya Troy

Zoya Troy
Zoya Troy

Zoya Troy
Zoya Troy

Zoya Troy
Zoya Troy


This is two coats, but you can get away with one if you're careful with this one. If you like a versatile neutral that's different from the taupes and the greiges, this has the style and flash you want! I don't like wearing silver polish without art, but this darker shade I can definitely get behind. Love.


So what do I think of this collection overall? No surprise I'm gonna love any collection that has three gorgeous holos in it, particularly at Zoya's reasonable prices. As with the cremes, I think the shades here are good for a collection that covers both fall and winter--they aren't just stereotypical jewel tones (okay, Merida maybe is, lol) but have shade variations that work for both color palettes. the metallics are shimmery and pretty but not over-the-top, and of course, HOLOS. Everything Zoya does has class, which is why I love them so much, and this collection is right up there.


You can find all of these polishes on Zoya's website, or at any store that sells Zoya polishes. If you do head over to the website, check out their BOGO section--they're having a sale on some of their summer colors (including free shipping!) so it's a great time to stock up. And don't forget to follow them on Instagram and Facebook for news, updates, and sales.


Happy polishing!
M.

Monday, August 22, 2016

Review: One-coat cremes from the Zoya Urban Grunge fall/winter 2016 collection!

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Hello nail lovelies!


Fall is here!! Okay, maybe not completely technically, but the fall collections are rolling in and that's good enough for me! I love me some fall!!


Today we're going to take a first look at the Zoya's Urban Grunge fall/winter 2016 collection--I'm going to show you the one-coat creme half of the collection, and then I'll be back with the holos (yes, holos!) and metallics.



Let's jump on in! First, let's take a look at Zoya August, a soft gray creme with a slight hint of blue:


Zoya August
Zoya August

Zoya August
Zoya August

Zoya August
Zoya August

This is a very impressive single coat, followed by topcoat! I gotta be honest, I didn't expect this to cover in one coat, but it did. The formula was excellent, it applied with no issues, and the resut was a dream.


I love this for a fall neutral, and as a base for nail art--the undertones are flattering and versatile. This collection is a fall/winter collection, not just a fall collection, and this is the first of many choices I think really lives up to the vision--this is gorgeous for your fall color and bright enough to go beautifully with your winter/holiday looks as well.


Next up alphabetically is Zoya Courtney, an oxblood-beet-red creme that actually has a crelly feel:


Zoya Courtney
Zoya Courtney

Zoya Courtney
Zoya Courtney

Zoya Courtney
Zoya Courtney

Zoya Courtney
Zoya Courtney


This one didn't cover in a single coat. This is two coats of Courtney with topcoat; the formula was good, but I found it a little patchy with only one coat. However, the second one took care of that with no pulling and no problem.


I am over the moon for this color--it's vampy and dark and puts me in the mood for fall wardrobe and shopping for Halloween costumes. And talk about a perfect color for both fall and winter--I can see wearing this both for Thanksgiving dinner and Christmas dinner. LOVE.


Next we have Zoya Mallory, a rich, pigmented cerulean blue creme that borders on royal:


Zoya Mallory

Zoya Mallory

Mallory did cover in one coat--the formula was perfect and application was easy-peasy.


To get a blue this pigmented and lush in one coat is beyond awesome--I want a blouse this color and a dress this color and a skirt this color and some pumps this color, and and and...you get the point. Great for a pop of fall color, and bright enough to give a cheery winter look.


Next is Zoya Noah, an beige creme that you might even call greige, but that leans heavily toward the beige side in my opinion:


Zoya Noah
Zoya Noah

Zoya Noah
Zoya Noah

Zoya Noah
Zoya Noah

This is one coat--that's right my friends, one coat. In a beige neutral. One coat. amazing. Formula and application were excellent.


This is elegant and sophisticated, and will go with anything. Put this on at the beginning of your workweek and no matter what you wear you're good to go. And it's excellent for building awesome nail art.


And then there's Zoya Tara, a luscious mulberry creme that will make sure you never go hungry (for gorgeous polish) again:







Tara took two coats to cover for me--I had some patchiness on the first coat. It was minimal, however, and if I didn't have to take close-up pictures of it in a light box, one coat might have bene fine for me, especially if I'd been generous on the first application. The formula was excellent, and application was a breeze.

This color takes my breath away...it's dusty and rich and quintessentially fall--this should absolutely be wrapped around a pumpkin-spice latte while you're planning your turkey-day dinner. Gorgeous.


And finally, we have Zoya Wyatt, a hunter green creme that has teal inclinations in brighter light:


Zoya Wyatt
Zoya Wyatt

Zoya Wyatt
Zoya Wyatt

Zoya Wyatt
Zoya Wyatt

This is another one that covered in one coat as advertised--excellent application and coverage.


At first sight, this definitely comes across as a winter/Christmas green. But in daylight, this has lashings of blue that show up, which give it a slight evergreen feel and more of a fallish look, too. No matter what you call it, it's gorgeous and makes me want to wear fall plaids.


So what do I think of this half of the collection? I'm impressed that four out of the six polishes covered easily in one coat, and Tara will probably be a one-coater for you with a little care. While I do wish Courtney was also a one-coater, it's a gorgeous color and I don't mind that it needs two.


In terms of the fall/winter versatility, I think this is an excellent set of colors that work well for both seasons. The neutrals have perfect undertones to work with both sets of wardrobes, and the other colors aren't stereotypical winter colors so they'll give a little dash of special to both seasons. I see excellent potential here for tons of amazing looks. I love this collection, and see myself using it like crazy.


And if you like this half, stay tuned for part two...sigh...


You can find all of these polishes on Zoya's website, and everywhere Zoya is sold. And don't forget to follow Zoya's Instagram for awesome inspiration!


Happy polishing,
M.