Friday, January 30, 2015

Nails of the week--Zoya Sage and Vespa

press samples

After I'd swatched the Naturel Satins, I couldn't resist doing my nails in Sage with an accent nail in Vespa.  The colors are almost identical!

The manicure has lasted all week, and when I went to Home Depot to pick up my new switchplates, the salespeople were extremely complimentary.

It won't surprise any of my long-time readers to know that said switchplates are copper. ;-)

Thursday, January 29, 2015

Two luxe polishes together--Zoya Gilty and Dior Minuet

press sample/purchased by me

I got the Gilty Pleasures gift set from Zoya at the Dino Palmieri opening I attended in November 2012, but honestly, that year I was more excited about the Ornate collection and I didn't even wear Gilty until this year.

Every year, I've admired the Dior holiday polishes in their adorable little round bottles that look like ornaments, and this year I bought Minuet from an Ebay seller when I saw how uninspired this year's holiday polishes were.

The two together were a match made in heaven.  I loved the combination and I got a ton of compliments. :-D

Tuesday, January 27, 2015

Speaking of things I'm excited about...

purchased by me

Get thee to Walgreens and look for the Sinful Colors St. Patrick's Day display!  The display has repromotes of various polishes, and four bottles of the new glitter top coat Shamrockin'.  I haven't even tried it yet, just grabbed it and brought it home and took some bottle shots.

Shamrockin' has small green glitters, medium yellow glitters and large white flowers.  Granted the white flowers have turned up in a lot of glitter top coats in the last year, but it's cool to see them in a drugstore brand AND used so well for a themed polish.

A word of warning--there were only four bottles of this in my local Walgreens, and the unique polishes go first and fast, so if you want it, get it STAT.

My NYE mani and the elephant in the room

press sample/purchased by me

So, if you're one of my few faithful readers, first of all, thank you for sticking with me and second, you may have noticed I semi-disappeared.  At the end of last year, I hit a wall when I realized that I had too much nail polish, had spent too much money on nail polish, and that I wasn't willing to put in the work to make this anything other than a hobby blog.  That, plus the holidays, plus the realization that my house was a pigsty and I had only myself to blame, led to a (mercifully short) bout of depression.

After a few weeks when all I posted was press releases, I've decided that there's nothing wrong with being a hobby blog with fewer than 50 followers, as long as I enjoy it.  So going forward, I'll continue to swatch Zoya collections, but I'm not going to try to buy every new thing out there to try to run with the big dogs.  I'd rather wear the polish I've only swatched but still love and share true excitement with my readers.  I also plan to practice stamping and share my results no matter how bad they are, and maybe 2015 will be the year striping tape and I become friends, if not besties!

As a reward for reading all this crap, here's a pretty picture of Nicole by OPI On a Gilt Trip with a bit of Zoya Monet:

Monday, January 26, 2015

Zoya Naturel Satins

press samples

I'm back, and I think I'll be posting about the absence, but today I have the Zoya Naturel Satin collection for your viewing pleasure--pics and comments after the jump.

Wednesday, January 7, 2015

Zoya 3 Free and 3 Mystery polishes!

press release


A New Year means new colors to discover & fresh looks to try. Start 2015 on an extra colorful note with your choice of 3 Zoya Nail Polish shades free PLUS a mini trio (0.25oz) of three (3) exclusive mystery colors*! We don’t want to spoil the surprise BUT we can tell you that the mystery shades were selected by Creative Director, Rebecca Isa, as perfect transitional shades and have never been available for purchase previously. That's not all... for this promotion only, we're opening up shipping to our friends in Canada** as well!
Get ANY 3 Zoya Nail Polish shades
PLUS 3 Mystery Colors FREE***!

Just pay promotional shipping & processing charge of $15 (USD)

: Buy an additional $25 of product to get FREE Standard Ground Shipping on your entire order. 
Use Code: NYNH
Offer valid 1/7/15 – 1/14/15 (11:59pm EST)
*Mystery shades have never been available for retail sales and will not be available for individual (open stock) purchase. The three shades will be available exclusively in mini (0.25oz) sizes as part of the mystery gift only.

**International processing fee applies for orders outside of the US. International fee includes pre-payment of all duties and miscellaneous fees. Certain dollar amount and weight restrictions may apply. Any orders shipped to Alaska or Hawaii may incur additional freight charges. Customer will be notified of charges prior to order shipment. International shipping available to consumer accounts only.

***Terms & Conditions
Shipping & Processing fee of $15 applies. Valid online at 1/7/15 – 1/14/15 (11:59pm EST). Excludes Zoya Nail Treatments and Delight and Satins Collections. US and Canada only. Not valid in conjunction with other coupons, codes or gift with purchase items. Returns or exchanges of promotional items not permitted. Art of Beauty is not responsible for incorrect addresses, credit card entry errors, declined credit cards or web related issues. Limit one code per order. Code must be entered at the time of purchase – code cannot be reinstated on canceled orders. Orders will begin shipping at the completion of the promotional period - Please allow up to 5 weeks for processing if volume warrants it.
BIG5FREE: Zoya Nail Polish Formula contains no formaldehyde, formaldehyde resin, dibutyl phthalate, toluene or camphor.
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Tuesday, January 6, 2015

Coming this spring: Zoya Delight

press release


Get ready for mouth-watering spring delights from Zoya! Inspired by the soft and airy colors of the season, Zoya Delight serves up three cheerful creams and three turquoise flash metallics for an updated, flirty way to wear pastels! All in the full-coverage, long-wearing, Big5Free* formula Zoya Nail Polish is famous for.

·ZP772/Rayne: Dewy, spring blue with an energizing turquoise metallic flash.
·ZP773/Lillian: Faded aquamarine with a glossy cream finish.
·ZP774/Tiana: Palette-cleansing ‘pistachio gelato’ green in a glossy cream finish.
·ZP775/Daisy: Refreshing ‘lemon merengue’ yellow with a turquoise metallic flash.
·ZP776/Leslie: Soft spring lavender with a turquoise metallic flash.
·ZP777/Eden: Classic spring flower pink in a glossy cream finish.

**BIG5FREE: Zoya Professional Nail Lacquer formula contains no formaldehyde, formaldehyde resin, dibutyl phthalate, toluene or camphor.

AVAILABLE 02/02/15!


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