Zoya Sage

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Ready for the grand finale of the Zoya Naturel Satins collection? This is Zoya Sage - a mossy sage green. I really thought this would be my favorite as I have been pulling for more greens lately but Tove stole my heart.

I used a base of Zoya Anchor, 2 coats of polish and no top coat. The coverage on this was pretty awesome too - basically a one coater.

Well again I didn't have any sunlight so here is my light box. This is actually a really nice color! I'm not sure how often I'd wear it and it would definitely be a nubbin color for me but it's a very pretty sage green.

Here in the shade, the colors do play nicely with my skin. I'm a happy camper! I'm surprised that these last two have been my favorite but here they are. Sage and Tove. Krystal loves.

Finally here in indirect light (which almost looks like sunlight but trust me, it's cloudy out there), I'm able to just enjoy this polish. It's such a pretty little sage number. If you can only buy two polishes get this and Tove.

Zoya [Facebook | Twitter | Pinterest | Instagram | YouTube] can be purchased on their website for $9/bottle. 

FingerPaints 2015


FingerPaints is launching 10 new glitters next month!

Zoya Tove

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Heading into the finale of the Zoya Naturel Satins collection and today I have Tove - a misty slate grey which leans more blue to me. I sometimes have to seriously question where they get these names. As you may recall, Zoya names all their polishes after women. The only Tove I've ever heard of is a singer which a very interesting song called Habits (Stay High). I know she has other songs and she's currently touring but yeah, I just know her for this one crazy little song.

I used a base coat of Zoya Anchor, 2 coats of polish and no top coat. The formula was pretty much a one coater here too but two thin coats is always best for me. I was very happy with the coverage.

The sun has decided to go away so this photo is from my light box. I'm absolutely in love with this color. It's not my perfect grey but the hint of blue is just SO perfect for me. I'm seriously considering wearing this for my upcoming baby shower. LOVE.

Here in the shade, it's definitely a dusty little number. Still love it.

LOOK AT THIS. This is what really made me fall in love with this polish. Seriously, I'd paint a room this color if I could because I do love it. I seriously see myself reaching for this polish over and over this year. Hands down my favorite of the collection.

Zoya [Facebook | Twitter | Pinterest | Instagram | YouTube] can be purchased on their website for $9/bottle. 

Zoya Delight


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Zoya Rowan

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Let's get to the back half of the Zoya Naturel Satins collection, shall we? These last 3 are definitely more earthy in color and I wasn't sure how much I'd love them since I gravitate to more of the pretty pinks and purples. Today I have Zoya Rowan - a "creamy suede taupe" - reminded me of putty.

I used a base coat of Zoya Anchor, 2 coats of polish and no top coat. The formula on this polish was super opaque and I really only needed one coat but I used a second thin coat just to make sure I had even coverage. I was pretty impressed by it!


Check it out! So it's not totally my cup of tea but it's a neat looking color overall.


This is in indirect light - it's a little dark for me but I think I could jazz it up. 


Here in the light box, you can see it's just more of the same putty look. This was definitely my least favorite color although it was my favorite formula.

Zoya [Facebook | Twitter | Pinterest | Instagram | YouTube] can be purchased on their website for $9/bottle. 

Gelish Mini The Big Chill

How cold is it where you are? We are bouncing between the 30s and 70s here in South Texas but I can still pull out some Gelish MINI winter gels to feel in season!

Zoya Leah

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Getting to the mid way point in the Naturel Satin collection with Leah, a "lavender tinged taupe". I was originally most excited about this because I do love all things purple/lavender.

I used a base coat of Zoya Anchor, 2 coats of polish and no top coat. The formula on this polish was much better than Ana and Brittany. Dry time was fast even without a top coat.


Okay, now I know what you're thinking. What IS this. This doesn't look lavender at all in the sun. If anything it looks blueish silver. I don't know why - I seriously had to check my photos again to make sure I used the right ones in editing but I did!


Even in the shade, I'm scratching my head. This isn't what I expected but I do like the dusty look that it has.


Finally in the indirect light I got some purple coming through and I was pleased. This really is up my alley for colors.


This photo was in my light box. Purple? Check. Happy Satin finish? Check. Happy Krystal? Partially checked. I'm definitely having a love/hate feeling with this collection. It's unique, the formulas are pretty decent but me and nudes - just not loving it totally!

Zoya [Facebook | Twitter | Pinterest | Instagram | YouTube] can be purchased on their website for $9/bottle. 

FingerPaints Bright Lights Big City


FingerPaints Bright Lights Big City is a LIMITED EDITION collection of creamy, superfine micro-glitters with an iridescent twist and radiant chunky glitters.

Zoya Brittany

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Next in the Zoya Naturel Satins collection is Brittany - a rose mauve cream polish. I actually really like this type of color so I was excited to try it on. 

I used a base coat of Zoya Anchor, 2 coats of polish and no top coat. All the Satins are listed as not intended to be worn with top coat, so that's how I'm wearing them. I do wonder on the wear time with no top coat as that's not my normal routine. This polish was also a little thick but less thick than Ana and definitely not unmanageable. Just make sure you go slow and steady and use thin coats.


Well, this color did not flatter my skin as much as I hoped. The color itself is pretty but I just wasn't a huge fan of it on my hands.


Even in the shade, this polish just kind of fades into my skin for me. Great office neutral though.


Now when I get in some indirect light, the rose starts to show a bit better and I fall a little in love but unless I just constantly stand under porches, this polish is going to sit on the shelf for a bit.


Same here next to my front door - pretty color but I do have an issue on my ring finger where you can see my ridges quite clearly.


Here in my light box is the prettiest picture but I'm still just not sold on the color overall on me. I think this needs some sparkle to make it pop - maybe China Glaze Fairy Dust or even a holo top coat.

Zoya [Facebook | Twitter | Pinterest | Instagram | YouTube] can be purchased on their website for $9/bottle. 

Sally Hansen Miracle Gel


Sally Hansen also jumped into the gel game last year with their revolutionary new gel manicure system without the light! I never did try their gel manicure that came with a tiny little finger light but I heard from other bloggers that for the price point, they liked it.


Zoya Ana


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If you've been a long time reader, you know that I'm a bit sick of nude polish. That being said, when I heard about the Zoya Naturel Satin collection, I bought it as soon as it was available. The latest twist in the nude game is this chalk like finish from Zoya - not quite matte but more of a powder finish. First up I have Zoya Ana - a light toasted almond color.

I used a base coat of Zoya Armor, 2 coats of polish and no top coat. This formula was a little thick to work with but not unmanageable. Dry time was actually really nice even without a top coat.


This is a perfect office neutral for those who aren't able to go wild with polish - it's not quite what I would think almond is but it's also not really pink or brown. I'm kind of at a loss on how to describe the color.


In the shade you can also see that the Satin bottles are all frosted - it's to help distinguish the finish on this polish - while it is opaque, it's a bit hard to tell the true color in the bottle.


In the indirect light of my living room, you can see more of a pink tone coming through, I do think this is very complimentary to my skin tone and I could see myself wearing it more with short nails during long winter months. I do prefer brighter shades but this has its place.


This final photo is from my light box. You can almost see a sheen from the light which gives to look of a glossy polish but as you can see above, it's not glossy at all. It's definitely unique and I do like the look.

Zoya [Facebook | Twitter | Pinterest | Instagram | YouTube] can be purchased on their website for $9/bottle. 

Morgan Taylor Lip Service

Press Sample 

When a reader asked to see a comparison of Morgan Taylor Ella of a Girl and Lip Service to compare pinks, I felt I should also write a review since I hadn't done it yet. Lip Service was originally a core color from Morgan Taylor but it was also included in the Breast Cancer Awareness 2014 collection called Fight Like A Lady.

I used a base coat of Duri Rejuvacote, 2 coats of polish and finished with Digital Nails Ain't Nobody Got Time For That. Formula was nice and smooth.

Here in the sun it looks pretty happy, right? Quite the Barbie pink to me but just lovely.

Here in the shade you can see it's rather cool toned - no hidden shimmers or anything inside.

Probably my favorite picture of this polish was taken in indirect sunlight. Just buttery smooth.

Finally a quick photo in my light box. A great staple to any collection. Not terribly unique but a great staple.

Did you see the swatch stick comparison of Ella Of A Girl and Lip Service?

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Quite a difference, huh? This is why I want to make sure I get all my swatch sticks made.

Morgan Taylor [Website | Facebook | Twitter | Instagram | Pinterest | YouTube] is available at CosmoProf for $8.50 a bottle. Online, non-professionals can purchase Morgan Taylor at Loxa Beauty.

Disclosure: The product[s] in this post was [were] provided to me by the company for consideration.  For more information, please read this post.

Morgan Taylor If The Slipper Fits

Press Sample 

The grand finale of the Cinderella Collaboration Collection from Morgan Taylor is If The Slipper Fits, a light blue polish with rainbow reflective glitter. In the bottle this stuff is pretty fantastic. On the nail however... well...

I used a base coat of piCture pOlish Revolution (a peel off base used to help in glitter removal), 3 coats of polish and finished with Digital Nails Ain't Nobody Got Time For That. The formula went ON smoothly but it was not fun to use. The glitter in this polish is quite coarse and was bumpy and lumpy in the polish. I thought maybe it was my base coat since I have only used Revolution a few times but I decided to swatch again using my normal Duri Rejuvacote and received the same reaction. Because I did use piCture pOlish Revolution, removal was easy but this will be a glitter that needs to be soaked off properly so you don't peel up the top layers of your nails. To compare, this polish reminded me of the China Glaze Crinkled Chrome polishes.

Here it is in the sun. Opaque, yes. Lumpy and bumpy? Yes. Would a thick gel like top coat smooth it out? Maybe? But I'm just not loving it.

Here in the shade, the glitter is not reflective at all and just looks awkward.

Finally in indirect light, you can see the glitter reflecting a bit but it's just not as pretty as I hoped. When I first saw the polish, I thought it reminded me of my junior year military ball dress (yes I was an Army JROTC nerd).
I had that dress custom made from a pattern back in the day. Well, 2001 but that seems like such a lifetime ago! I had a blue polish on from Maybelline I believe. Oh memories.

Morgan Taylor [Website | Facebook | Twitter | Instagram | Pinterest | YouTube] is available at CosmoProf for $8.50 a bottle. Online, non-professionals can purchase Morgan Taylor at Loxa Beauty.

Disclosure: The product[s] in this post was [were] provided to me by the company for consideration.  For more information, please read this post.

Morgan Taylor Best Ball Gown Ever

Press Sample 

Finishing up the Cinderella Collaboration Collection from Morgan Taylor and this polish was the one I was most excited for. It's call Best Ball Gown Ever and it has this beautiful almost ethereal duochrome like shimmer. It's a light blue lavender mix with a soft gold shimmer throughout. This polish is exclusive to Morgan Taylor whereas the other 5 polishes in this collection are also available in Gelish and Gelish MINI gel.

I used a base coat of Duri Rejuvacote, 3 coats of polish and finished with Digital Nails Ain't Nobody Got Time For That. I was worried this would be a super thin, non-opaque polish but I was super happy to find out that wasn't the case. It's actually quite opaque in 2 coats and I added a third just to be on the safe side.


 In the sun, you really only see the blue and with a slight shimmer. It's almost icy in color.


In the shade, the shimmer made the polish look very light and calming.


But the real beauty comes out when you're in indirect light - it's just soft and pretty and lovely.


Also in indirect light and probably my best picture of this polish. While I was the most excited about it, it's not my favorite in the end. But that's also because I'm still iffy about blue polishes on myself. I prefer my nails to be nubs for blue polishes. There were no staining issues with this polish in case anyone's wondering.

Morgan Taylor [Website | Facebook | Twitter | Instagram | Pinterest | YouTube] is available at CosmoProf for $8.50 a bottle. Online, non-professionals can purchase Morgan Taylor at Loxa Beauty.

Disclosure: The product[s] in this post was [were] provided to me by the company for consideration.  For more information, please read this post.

Morgan Taylor My Carriage Awaits

Press Sample 

Coming down the back half of the Cinderella collaboration collection from Morgan Taylor with this orange melon polish named My Carriage Awaits. Believe it or not, there is a slight peach shimmer in this polish but I could see it in the bottle only - at the right light - while standing on my right foot and hopping around while pointing to the sun. Okay, maybe not that difficult of a moment but seriously, the shimmer is pretty hidden so I'm calling this another creme.

I used a base coat of Duri Rejuvacote, 3 coats of polish and finished with Digital Nails Ain't Nobody Got Time For That. Formula was smooth and good consistency. 

Do you see the shimmer? I feel like this is more like Party at the Palace where the shimmer just aids in the polish instead of being something prominent. 

This is a pretty melon color but I don't think it flatters my skin entirely.

Here's the polish in indirect light - again, no shimmer but a very pretty creme. This is one of my least favorites but only because it doesn't really flatter me - formula rocks and it's actually a pretty unique color for me.

Morgan Taylor [Website | Facebook | Twitter | Instagram | Pinterest | YouTube] is available at CosmoProf for $8.50 a bottle. Online, non-professionals can purchase Morgan Taylor at Loxa Beauty.

Disclosure: The product[s] in this post was [were] provided to me by the company for consideration.  For more information, please read this post.