Press Release : Introducing URBAN GRUNGE by ZOYA!

July 31, 2016 Setu 0 Comments

The NEW ZOYA Urban Grunge collection of creams, metallics & holos reinterprets Grunge with a modern twist for Fall 2016! Featuring six sleek, one coat, color saturated creams plus six coordinating linear, scattered holos and metal foil metallics to amp up the voltage of the season. All densely pigmented with a smooth application.

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Zoya Grunge Fall Collection 2016

CREAMS

  • AUGUST (ZP854): A full coverage gray like a fine, expensive leather with a mid-ranged, balanced tone.

  • MALLORY (ZP853): A full bodied, vibrant Prussian blue with a deeply saturated color.

  • TARA (ZP857): A purple plum with a balanced tone between red and purple.

  • COURTNEY (ZP856): A deep red beet root shade.

  • WYATT (ZP855): A true racing green with a deep pigment

  • NOAH (ZP858): A mid-range taupe evenly balanced between yellow and grey


 

Zoya GRUNGE Fall Collection 2016

METALLICS & HOLOS

  • ALICIA (ZP859): A linear holo with a touch of gold.

  • TROY (ZP864): Liquid pewter with a foil finish and an edgy touch of black and gold.

  • MERIDA (ZP861): A brilliant lush evergreen scattered holo.

  • FINLEY (ZP860): A deep royal purple scattered holo.

  • BRITTA (ZP862): A berry metallic with a red and purple, fuchsia flash.

  • ASH (ZP863): A vibrant cherry with a red and gold metallic shimmer.


Zoya GRUNGE Fall Collection 2016

AVAILABLE FOR PURCHASE AUGUST 15, 2016 ON ZOYA.COM
$10 ea.(US)

 

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Holographic Arabesque Nails

July 31, 2016 Setu 0 Comments

Hello Girls, How have you been? I am writing a post after so long, feels so nice and connected. Don’t get boggled, the regular posts you had been getting were all the scheduled posts which I wrote like a month back. Yes, I like to schedule heap load of posts (mostly I schedule posts for 3 weeks in advance) and then be carefree about questions like what if I am unwell, I go on holiday , break my nails, travel for work, busy in office , guests at home or anything that could possibly break my rhythm of posting regularly.

Krizia Recessionista Swatch 1

Anyways, here is a two month old mani that I kept forgetting to post. This is of the era when my nails were square. I miss my square nails but I love Coffin shape more. The polish I am wearing is a brilliant holo ‘Recessionista’ from Krizia (Indie Polish maker from India).

Krizia Recessionista Swatch

This polish is phenomenally blingy raspberry-purple in colour. It is full of holo glitters which lit up brilliantly in correct light. Even without holo, the colour is very pretty.

Holographic Arabsque Nails 1

Always the catch with these is what nail art could you possibly do which is just as beautiful as polish but doesn’t steal the show too. I had a hard time scratching my head. It gets even more difficult because I try to stay out of the ‘Obvious Hit Combinations’. You know a black stamping would rock almost any base. But if you do that where is your creativity?. It’s a no brainer, right?

[caption id="attachment_7055" align="alignnone" width="600"]Holographic Arabsque Nails Macro Macro[/caption]

Holographic Arabsque Nails

So after screening through my little rainbow collection of all stamping polishes, I picked up Yellow. For the design again, I wanted something very curvy and delicate but not covering up the base. I am happy with the choices I made eventually, and this nail art turned out great.

Holographic Arabsque Nails 1

You can see for yourself how pretty the polish is and the lovely yellow arabesque design pairing. What do you think girls? Do you still feel I should have blindly and safely picked up my black stamping polish? What color would you have picked?

 

 

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Bright Florals in Yellow

July 29, 2016 Setu 2 Comments

Hi Sunshines, how are you? For me, the weather is gloomy and there is practically no sun here mostly. It has been raining very heavily here and dark clouds all around.

Bright Florals in Yellow

But I sure could brighten up my nails. So I picked up a bright sunlight yellow, it’s really sunshine yellow with an orange hint. The yellow I am wearing is ColorClub ‘What’s Up Sun’ from ‘Heat Index Collection 2016’ which is topped with my Essence Sand Effect Top Coat.

Bright Florals in Yellow

It had it sitting in my stash for 1.5 years and the rest is history. So while searching something, I just wiped the dust off this and decided to use it. On my pinky and pointer I am wearing ‘Zoya Aspen’ from their ‘Matte Velvet 2015 Collection’. Oh my, its divine white. It may sound fantasy but to me it looks like the moonlight is dissolved and filled in the bottle. It’s so pristine white subtle shimmer matte polish.

Bright Florals in Yellow

I painted dots with my fancy dotting tools on base. It’s a lovely set which is pretty and travel friendly. They come in a set of 5 wrapped conveniently in black fabric holder. You can buy here at BornPretty Store and get a 10% off with code HQBQ10. The flowers are freehand with acrylic paints. I chose orange, red and little yellow for flowers dedicating to color of sun. It’s an average nail art for me but atleast it gave me bright day.

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Green Pebble Nails

July 27, 2016 Setu 2 Comments

Hello friends, I have a simple nail art for you today. Since my new nail shape, I have been enjoying to use nail charms in my manis. I am not sure why this change but as far as my baseless analysis goes, charms look way better on Coffin and stiletto nails.

Green Pebble Nails

Now that may be a misconception but that’s what I like to believe. And anyways who cares, because this confidence is letting me use my pile of unused charms. And to be very honest I am enjoying it. Especially when I just want to flaunt my pretty polishes without the distraction of nail art, charms come so handy.

Green Pebble Nails

Even when you don’t have the time present a full nail art, you can just rock with a gaudy accent. I wanted to wear a gorgeous kaleidoscopic polish – Dreams About Spring (Magic Flower) from El Corazon. Its a lovely spring green polish with blue micro particles. It looks so great.

Green Pebble Nails

On my accent I applied OPI Bubble Bath and sponged the tip with Essie Hors d'oeuvres. I decorated the Accent with a round green pebble like charm. It looked simple yet pretty classy. I have been given these for review from BornPretty Store. I sure am gonna use more of them. If you wish to buy it, you can get your here and enjoy 10% off with coupon code HQBQ10.

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In Love with Purple Geometry

July 24, 2016 Setu 0 Comments

Hi Girls, I am thrilled today sharing a not so usual style of nail art today. I mean this is not the kind of pattern I would instantly choose for a freehand. My first jump is on florals and next option is possibly delicate patterns/paisley/heena and likes. However, here I chose freehand geometric patterns over everything.

Purple Geometric Nails

For me and may be everyone in general it is way more difficult to do straight lines and geometric patterns than doing florals. There is good amount of precision that is required to draw sharp lines and edges. You hands do shake and brushes do slip through out. It’s easier to salvage that kind of situation with Florals (or maybe I feel that because that’s my comfort zone).

Purple Geometric Nails

Along with a shift in style, I also decided to exercise a shift in color choice. Usually, I would rather go with blue or nudes when asked to choose without any bias. But today I deliberately went with Purple. I used not one but 3 shades of Purple to do the gradient.

Purple Geometric Nails

The polishes are Lotus Begin, That’s Shore Bright from China Glaze and Enchanted from SinFul colors. Each nail has a different focal point of the gradient. The gradient base looked so pretty that I had force myself to do nail art on it as it looked glamorous on its own.

Purple Geometric Nails

White flowers on top could have just given a killer look. But after lot of mental persuasion I decided on geometrical pattern to review BornPretty Store Nail art brush. They are so good. I enjoyed doing my nail art when the brushes just cooperate. And BPS brushes are just that. You can buy theme here and also get a 10% with coupon code HQBQ10.

Purple Geometric Nails

It took me longer than usual to do these nails because lot of patience and precision is required for such patterns if you want the design to look sharp and neat. With this nail art I feel a friendly connection with purple henceforth and may be I was blinded by Blue love ignoring purple all this while. So you may see some purple manis in the coming days :)

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Sparkly Aubergine and Olive Green Nails

July 19, 2016 Setu 0 Comments

Hello Girls, I have bright nail art for you today. I am in the process of digging my stash for oldest unused polishes which are gorgeous yet unused. One such polish I stumbled upon is El Corazon Magic of Arabian Night. It’s a beautiful mysterious deep Aubergine color with lovely red – purple- magenta flecks within. It was lying unused for such a long time. See the macro below which says it all.

Sparkly Aubergine and Olive Green Nails

Since the polish was gorgeous on its own, I wanted minimalistic designs. I wanted to use a different metallic polish for stamping than Gold and Silver. I was hoping to find something pretty but unused. I found KleanColor Metallic Green, woah!

Sparkly Aubergine and Olive Green Nails

I had it for 2 years and never used it. The stamping plate is from UberChic 06-03. I wanted the nail art to look uncluttered and classy. So I just stamped on my accent and thumb. I needed something different on one of the nails to just compliment and complement the Olive green stamping. But had no idea what possibly could qualify?

Sparkly Aubergine and Olive Green Nails

Then I remember my hex glitter set which had a very similar Olive Green. I pulled it out and sponged the glitter on the tips of my pointer. But my husband kind of disapproved it saying it looked too casual and common. I removed it and repainted the base coat, two coats of polish and top coat.

Sparkly Aubergine and Olive Green Nails

Now I thought let me do a vertical half stamping on one of the nails and border the half with hex glitter. I used straight vinyls to define territories. But after stamping when I attempted to pull it out, it came along with my base!!!

Sparkly Aubergine and Olive Green Nails

I can’t tell you how mad I was. Really, I just re-did that nail and now everything stuck to vinyl and just ripped off! Apparently the base polish wasn’t still rock dry.

Sparkly Aubergine and Olive Green Nails

Desperate to work out something successful, I repainted my nail. And then like a lighting moment an idea came and I just made stripe of the hex glitters. It looked so much more neat, classy and organised. Just what my nail art wanted. Ofcourse it took time to stick every hex on my dotting tool and transfer at exact places on my nails. But it was worth. What do you say girls? Also what do feel on my new nail shape, or was the Squaoval better?

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Smiley Nails

July 17, 2016 Setu 3 Comments

To begin with, I never thought I would be a Smiley nails, but here I am. I have never been quite intrigued by drawing smiley on nails. They always seemed kind of kiddish for the effort to do a freehand. Then recently Moyou launched smiley nails I guess. But again I found them too expensive for a one time mani. All that was resolved when I saw a water decal of various smileys. Yes!

Smiley Nails

These absolutely made sense. I don’t love a Smiley mani passionately enough, to stamp images on mat/stamper, fill in colors and emotions to each stamped image, apply topcoat to each Smiley and finally pull them off carefully to place on nails. No, Sir!

Smiley Nails

However Water decals just do the exact thing just in fraction of time and gave me more of options of smiley images as well as sizes. You can just the correct one and easily place them. Like I said I wanted to decals a little differently, I did a negative space Smiley. I also chose the base which is not as boring as white but also doesn’t steal the show from Smiley.

Smiley Nails

The base is OPI Bubble Bath first because there was a negative space required. Then I painted three-fourth of my nails with white to form a base for my sheer Indie. Upon drying I added two generous coats of I Love Thy Polish – Space Ghost. It is a lovely white crelly with matte neon hexes/circles. I though a little colourful Peek-a-boo would make it even more fun.

Smiley Nails

Finally, I placed my handpicked Smiley decals on each nail and finished with Seche Vite. I a so glad I did not go through the grill for freehand or stamping decal to make a Smiley Nail. The water decals did just the job. Their shop link is (Amazon & AliExpress) . If you use code SE2016 during checkout , you can enjoy free gift with each purchase. What do you think?

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Tropical Nails

July 15, 2016 Setu 0 Comments

Hi Girls, I have some water decal mani again today. I am on review task of these decal sets by Nicole Diary and there are just a couple more to go. Although I am not a fan of decals at all but I enjoyed using them this time. I am coming to realise they are fun too. I have a done a tropical nail art today bearing in mind the weather.

Tropical Nails

At first I thought of using a full nail water decal traditionally just over all nails. But then I thought why we should have to push the decal usage to boredom! Probably that’s the reason I didn’t like it, too predictable.

Tropical Nails

So I painted my pinky, pointer and thumb white, while rest of the nails I did a half of white and other half Orly FreeStyle.

Tropical Nails

I applied decal only on the white painted base and then carefully drew border between the Orly Freestyle and other half with Green Glitter Hexes. Pheww! It did take time to pick each one of them and place patiently on each nail. But the nail art would not have been the same without it. A little effort makes so much difference.

Tropical Nails

And as I already mentioned these are Water Decals by Nicole Diary ND 02. You can buy them at Amazon & AliExpress . Also if you use my coupon code Se2016, you will receive a free gift with your purchase, so don’t miss it.

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Neon Tribal NailArt

July 13, 2016 Setu 0 Comments

Its summer girls, and all manis I do these days have something to do with Neons or Blings. I can’t seem to get away from that, like it’s a magnetic attraction. I just want to ‘Neon-ify’ or ‘Blingy-fi’ everything.

Neon Tribal NailArt

Today I did a quick bright mani with NicoleDiary Stamping plates sent to me for review. They have great collection at Amazon & AliExpress and they ship worldwide. They sent me a set of 5 Water decals and 5 Stamping plates, so you are gonna see a lot of NicoleDiary items getting used nail arts. While purcahse if you use the coupon code Se2016, they will send along a small gift to you along with the order.

Neon Tribal NailArt

I chose a rustic looking tribal image from the stamping plate ND 103. The base is my barely used, yet one time favourite ‘Space Ghost’ from Love Thy Polish. Over that I stamped the tribals with MDU Neon Orange and MDU Mexican.

Neon Tribal NailArt

Well neon orange wasn’t as impactful as I expected it to be. I was hoping it would be more impactful and opaque. Still not ugly I would say. What do you think?

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Pink Brocade Like Nails

July 12, 2016 Setu 0 Comments

Hi Girls, I have a festive and bright nail art today for you. Although I did not plan brocade nails but eventually the finished mani ended up resembling and reminding of gold & pink brocade. You know how some bases/polishes are so gorgeous on their own. And then they drive you mad picking a suitable and apt nail art.

Zoya Harper Swatch

This was totally one of those classic cases. The star of today is Zoya Harper which has lovely mix of gold, peach pink glitters and lots of iridescent particles. I have layered it over Color Club Sun Kissed Miss. See for yourself.

Zoya Harper Macro

The polish is little sheer so I went for layering this time, next time I am going to swatch alone. But man it’s so pretty and I was not able to get even one satisfactory macro to show you guys. However, I am sharing whatever I could manage.

Pink Brocade Like Nails

After being mesmerized with this beauty for long time, it was time for some nail art. There was plethora of options available, from freehand to colourful stamping to charms to gradient and whatnot. But my mind steered to the age old combination of Gold and Pink. I hate on working with a clichéd combination, but some clichés are worth repeating.

Pink Brocade Like Nails

I picked up newly acquired MDU Gold and stamping plate from Nicole Diary which was sent to me for review. This is plate no ND 106 and it’s available for sale on both Amazon & AliExpress . They have a great collection, I must say.

Pink Brocade Like Nails

After stamping I added rhinestone to give centre to the roses. My nail art looked even fancier now. What do you think girls?

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Pink Foil Nails

July 10, 2016 Setu 2 Comments

Hi Girls, I am having a ‘Foil Phase’! I have strong urge to use foils and explore their usage in every mani. It’s not that I recently got these foils, no. I had them sitting on the shelf for 2 years. God knows how I suddenly remembered about them and now I can’t get enough of it.

Pink Foil Nails

I have been looking in my old accessory boxes to dig out some ignored foils. And I could locate few sparkly holo unused foils. I decided to use the pink one; it looked so shiny and pretty. I was not sure if I would be able to get a complete transfer of foil on my nails as I am Foil Newbie. With fingers crossed, I proceeded.

Pink Foil Nails

I painted all nails except accent with Sally Hansen ‘Pink Satin’. It’s the color nearest to the foil, so it would camouflage any bald spots from foil transfer. On my accent I painted Black as I had some other plan for this.

[caption id="attachment_6956" align="alignnone" width="600"]Pink Foil Nails Pink Foil Nails Macro[/caption]

I then stamped with Nicole Diary stamping plate ND 101 which I got for review. They have newly launched their shop at Amazon & AliExpress and keep wide variety of quality nail products. I liked their plates since the designs are good and etching is great.

Pink Foil Nails

I used Clear Stamper from BornPretty Store to accurately place the roses on my nails, managing to stamp on the bald spots if any. On my accent I used a pink metallic sticker that I had just bought a day before. I am so glad I was able to use it within days as opposed to century of gestation period for my new buys to move from shelve to nails. Oh, I had hard time while applying top coat. The Seche Vite just made my holo foil crinkle and lifeless. I got so upset seeing my foil roses turn pale infront my eyes. What top coat do you girls use for foil mani?

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Purple and Bronze Rendezvous

July 08, 2016 Setu 2 Comments

Hello Beauties, How are you? I am quite satisfied with the nail art I am gonna share with you today. This is a stamping mani indeed but I improvised the placement of images to have some fun. I did not want the full nail stamping because that’s so routine. I went with partial stamping cutting some planned patterns at places.

Purple and Bronze Rendezvous

The lovely image is NicoleDiary stamping plate which I have got for review. The stamping plates are square in shape (like recent Bundle Monster Sets). Few of them are buffet patterns while other one’s has individual (5-6) patterns placed adjacent. The images are well etched so stamped images come out bold and crisp.

Purple and Bronze Rendezvous

I chose one of my favourite Indie ‘Witchling’ from Alanna Renne (Aussie Indie Brand). It is a gorgeous Aubergine crelly with lovely blue, orange, red and gold hexes. It looks so royal and majestic.The stamping plate is ND 105.

Purple and Bronze Rendezvous

I sure wanted to use a not so general looking color for stamping, so went with MDU Copper. It’s such an opaque and brilliant stamping polish. While placing the image I used Scotch Tape at various places strategically before stamping so that I could form a pattern.

Purple and Bronze Rendezvous

The nail art looked different from a run of the mill whole nail stamping. To further bedazzle my nails, I took my nail accessory kit and carefully took out tiny copper circles and mini rhinestones. I got them from Bornprettystore. They are amazing, different and edgy. I love BPS nail charms and accessories. And look how true I am. I took a little offbeat step to draw out a half flower to counter the rhombus. And I think they paired well.

[caption id="attachment_6937" align="alignnone" width="600"]Purple and Bronze Rendezvous Macro Macro Shot[/caption]

I have tried capturing the beauty of the base polish, stunning bronze stamping polish, the rhinestones and image crispness in the Macro above. Tell me how you find the macro and the nail art as well. You can buy these stamping plates at Amazon & AliExpress. Also if you use the coupon code Se2016, they will send along a small gift to you along with the order.

 

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