Zoya Enchanted Collection Swatches and a Bug Infestation

What do you do when you get a nail polish collection with such a range of colors, it almost doesn't make sense as a "collection"? Do you pick out your favorites, and leave the rest in your shopping cart? Do you throw your hands up in frustration because it just makes no damn sense? Do you buy it all because you have no willpower or self-control? I'll tell you what I do...

I paint bugs.

The Zoya Enchanted holiday 2016 collection could quite possibly be the 6 most unusual colors mashed together as a "collection". I don't know what the good people at Zoya were doing the night this collection was born, but creative juices were definitely flowing. With that said, this collection also contains 2 of my new favorite polishes. These are polishes I wouldn't normally warrant 3 seconds of my time either! But after swatching the colors from Enchanted, consider me converted.

I was so drawn to Olivera in fact, I immediately knew the nail art I wanted to do with it. This duochrome beauty could quite possibly be made of crushed beetle shells, except I'm pretty sure Zoya doesn't do that (though I can't find anything specifying they're cruelty-free or vegan on their website). So I painted bugs!

Bugs in the Polish by Katy @ Nailed It www.blognailedit.co

These critters were done all freehand with my favorite liner brush and polish. I had up a picture of a beetle and butterfly, and took a stab at it. They came out beautifully!
Beetle in the Polish by Katy @ Nailed It www.blognailedit.co

This little beetle was done with Olivera, but the picture doesn't do the polish justice. The polish shifts from one color to another more obviously later in the full nail swatch.

Butterfly in the Polish by Katy @ Nailed It www.blognailedit.co

Then after painting the little beetle, I realized that another shade from Enchanted would make a fantastic butterfly, so I did him in Saint with accents of Alice.

Then after all that was said and done, I had to edit myself and stop from doing too much with glitter and rhinestones, so I gave the beetle and butterfly a habitat with simple grass on the other nails.

Here's a look at Enchanted as a whole.

Zoya - Olivera
Zoya - Olivera
Olivera (2 coats) is one of only two colors in Enchanted that is NOT a PixieDust polish. It's a smooth, deep purple to teal duochrome shifter. I almost got away with ONE COAT for it...that's unheard of with duochrome polishes!  Here's another angle to help show the shift:

Zoya - Olivera
Zoya - Olivera
Zoya - Saint
Zoya - Saint
Saint (2 coats) is the other smooth finish polish from Enchanted. I used this as the butterfly's base (with accents of Alice). What you get from Saint is a smooth, periwinkle shimmer with an iridescent finish. I was surprised to like this one as much as I did.

Zoya - Alice
Zoya - Alice
Alice (2 coats with no top coat) is a PixieDust polish, so the texture and grit is intentional. This one is a light lavender periwinkle, accented with pink and iridescent glitter. I'm pretty sure this is what the Little Mermaid's bra was made of.

Princess Ariel - http://princess.disney.com/ariel
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Zoya - Elphie
Zoya - Elphie
Elphie (2 coats with no top coat) is a Christmas green PixieDust. Nothin' but green in this polish.

Zoya - Lorna
Zoya - Lorna
Lorna (2 coats with no top coat) is all in the pink family, but this magenta-based PixieDust is accented with brighter pink glitter.

Zoya - Waverly
Zoya - Waverly
Waverly (2 coats with no top coat) rounds out the collection as a royal blue PixieDust. It looks a little squishy doesn't it?

The Zoya Enchanted collection is available through their website HERE. And if you have no self-control like me, you'll probably just end up with all of them. I should note, bugs are not included in the polish, so you'll have to start a butterfly farm separately.

The products in this post were given for review purposes. The reviews are based entirely on my experience with the products and were in no way influenced by anyone.

Zoya Naturel 3 Collection Swatches and a Baby Giraffe

Zoya polishes are notorious for their names. Every polish is a woman's name. But today, Zoya may be embarking on something new and exciting with their polish names. Early this morning, April the giraffe gave birth, after months of anticipation by the world. April had a baby boy, and they're looking to the world to help name him. So, Animal Adventure Park, I submit a name, courtesy of Zoya's Naturel 3 collection. Gina, Cathy, Mary, Jill, and Debbie are all quite feminine names, but one color in the collection might be the perfect name for the towering tike...Tatum!

Happy Birthday Baby Giraffe! by Katy @ Nailed It
Happy birthday baby giraffe!

Tatum, in addition to being an adorable unisex giraffe name, is also the background to the little giraffe painted for today's nail art. The giraffe's pattern was also done with a Naturel 3 color, Gina. All the spots, as well as baby giraffe, were all painted freehand too!

Naturel 3, like all the other Naturel collections before it, is comprised of neutrals in a variety of shades to suit anyone's skin tone.

Zoya - Cathy
Zoya - Cathy
Cathy (2 coats) is a sort of rosy sand creme polish.

Zoya - Debbie
Zoya - Debbie
Debbie (2 coats) is the darkest shade in the collection. It's a deep mauve creme.

Zoya - Gina
Zoya - Gina
Gina (2 coats) is a chocolate mauve creme polish. As for the name "Gina", I'm not sure which way it's pronounced.

Zoya - Jill
Zoya - Jill
Jill (2 coats) is a light, dusty rose-mauve shade.

Zoya - Mary
Zoya - Mary
Mary (2 coats) is a few shades darker than Jill, but is a similar color. I'd say it's a mauve-y latte creme.

Zoya - Tatum
Zoya - Tatum

Tatum (2 coats) veers out of the mauve family where the rest of Naturel 3 seemed to be based. Tatum has very strong yellow undertones for a nude polish.

You can still pick up all these colors from Zoya's website here! Or...you can pick up info about the newest baby giraffe here!

The products in this post were given for review purposes. The reviews are based entirely on my experience with the products and were in no way influenced by anyone.

OPI Breakfast at Tiffany's Collection with Jewels for Breakfast

Although it's definitely not winter, I have a winter collection to share today. One might argue it's still relevant today, another might say this post is long overdue. I would agree with both people, and again apologize for all the delayed posts. Even so, you can still purchase the Breakfast at Tiffany's Collection from OPI at some retailers, like HB Beauty Bar here.

The collection is meant to reflect Holly Golightly's (played by Audrey Hepburn) effortless and classic beauty with a sense of playfulness. I also jumped straight to jewels and diamonds when thinking of nail art for this collection, so I present, "Jewels for Breakfast".

Jewels for Breakfast by Katy @ Nailed It

Jewels for Breakfast by Katy @ Nailed It

Jewels for Breakfast by Katy @ Nailed It

Of course I myself had to adorn myself in diamonds...albeit fake and born from a candle.

The beautiful blue base for my diamond nails is I Believe in Manicures. The base for the marble nails is Breakfast at Tiffany's, then I swirled Black Dress Not Optional and Five-and-Ten in to get the effect of marble.

The glitz and the glam go beyond what I've done on my nail art though. There is a LOT of glitter in this collection...ready?

OPI - Apartment for Two
OPI - Apartment for Two
Apartment for Two (2 coats) is one of the colors I meant as being relevant in this spring and upcoming summer season. It is a hot pink magenta creme.

OPI - Black Dress Not Optional
OPI - Black Dress Not Optional
Black Dress Not Optional (2 coats) is a dark charcoal metallic - like a luxury car's paint job.

OPI - Breakfast at Tiffany's
OPI - Breakfast at Tiffany's
Breakfast at Tiffany's (3 coats) is a nude off-white based creme with light gold shimmer throughout. You can barely see the shimmer, but it makes a special effect I haven't seen before.

OPI - Can't Read Without My Lipstick
OPI - Can't Read Without My Lipstick
Can't Read Without My Lipstick (2 coats) feels more winter, but this classic blood red creme rivals all-time OPI favorites like Got the Blues for Red and I'm Not Really a Waitress (without the shimmer).

OPI - Champagne for Breakfast
OPI - Champagne for Breakfast
Champagne for Breakfast (2 coats) is a straight-up holographic glitter in a sheer base.

OPI - Fire Escape Rendezvous
OPI - Fire Escape Rendezvous
Fire Escape Rendezvous (2 coats) is a fiery red metallic with shards of red glitter for texture. Each piece of glitter is cut randomly and jagged - no rhyme or reason.

OPI - Five-and-Ten
OPI - Five-and-Ten
Five-and-Ten (2 coats) is a very interested silver metallic. Interesting, in that it's a pinkish silver with iridescent shards of shimmer. The pink sheen was hard to capture on camera, but it is a little rosy.

OPI - Got the Mean Reds
OPI - Got the Mean Reds
Got the Mean Reds (2 coats) is as classic as they come - just a bright, easy, cherry pie red creme.

OPI - I Believe in Manicures
OPI - I Believe in Manicures
I Believe in Manicures (2 coats) is a light, baby blue creme. It applies nicely - not chalky like some pastels.

OPI - Meet My "Decorator"
OPI - Meet My "Decorator"
Meet My "Decorator" (2 coats) is a favorite, bright orange-red creme - again, great for summer.

OPI - Rich & Brazilian
OPI - Rich & Brazilian
Rich & Brazilian (2 coats) is definitely rich! I wrote "WOW" in the swatch book on this one. This deep burgundy base has interesting pink shimmer adorned throughout - but it's not textured. Really dreamy.

OPI - Sunrise...Bedtime!
OPI - Sunrise...Bedtime!
Sunrise...Bedtime! (2 coats) might be the favorite in this collection...another glitter suspended in a clear base, this time light pink and holo glitter. This one is slightly more dense than Champagne for Breakfast as well.

The products in this post were given for review purposes. The reviews are based entirely on my experience with the products and were in no way influenced by anyone.

Preen.Me and the essie spring 2017 Collection

After a long blogging hiatus, I'm back today with an exciting and colorful collection from essie - their spring 2017 colors, inspired by Baja California! 

First, let's talk blog. I've been out of touch with Nailed It simply because that's life. Taking the time to swatch, take and edit pictures, and of course, create nail art takes time. Taking over as lead nail tech at the Spa at St Julien limits that time, so posting became infrequent. I still check emails and respond to questions, so when Preen.Me approached me about the essie spring 2017 collection, I chose this as a leaping off point to dive back into blogging. 

The collection is "a wild and colorful adventure inspired by sun-filled beach days and spectacular sunsets of Baja, California". essie mentions inspiration particularly from "creamy pink sunsets over the cactus-filled desert". With SAT-level adjectives like that, I didn't need to think hard about the nail art for this collection. 

Baja Sunset by Katy @ Nailed It


Baja Sunset by Katy @ Nailed It

Every color of the sunset was from this collection, as well as the base for the tiny cacti. I painted excuse me, sur, b'aha moment!, designated dj, and all the wave onto a makeup sponge and sponged that gradient onto my nails. After a few go-overs, it created a really amazing sunset effect. Then, I freehanded tall and small cacti on top with on the roadie, rounding it off with a sandy gravel bottom. It's a cute effect don't you think? 

Let's see each color on its own.

essie - backseat besties
essie - backseat besties

backseat besties
 (2) is a light, in-the-Pepto-Bismol-family, creamy pink. This is the one color I didn't use in the nail art. My nails just aren't long enough. This was a bit difficult to work with.

essie - b'aha moment!
essie - b'aha moment!

b'aha moment! (2) is a dark fuchsia creme polish. I had an easier time applying this color, but it's still not the smooth application I'm used to.

essie - excuse me, sur
essie - excuse me, sur

excuse me, sur (2) is my favorite pink from the collection, but it may lean more on the peach side. Difficult to apply, but the peachy coral is a great color! 

essie - on the roadie
essie - on the roadie

on the roadie (2) is sure to be a favorite green among Preen.Me ladies...it's amazing! It's a soft, mossy green creme. I wish I'd had this for St. Patrick's Day a few weeks ago.

essie - designated dj
essie - designated dj

designated dj (2) is a beautiful dark raspberry creme. It reminds me of orchids. Very rich!

essie - all the wave
essie - all the wave

all the wave (2) is the last color in the collection. It's a dark, rich, "blurple" creme, leaning more blue than purple.

This collection is only readily available through April 2017. Thank you to essie and Preen.Me for this exciting collection, and the push I needed to kickstart blogging again! 

The products in this post were given for review purposes compliments of essie for the #PreenMeVIP program. The reviews are based entirely on my experience with the products and were in no way influenced by anyone.

Nemo, Dory, and Zoya Sunsets & Seashells Swatches

Did anyone else see the newest Finding Nemo movie, Finding Dory? It's fantastic, and adorable, and perfectly suited for Zoya's two summer collections, Sunsets and Seashells. When I saw that one of the Sunsets colors was called Dory and it was a blue, I knew what I had to do for nail art.


So I did some straight up Finding Nemo nail art! I paired Bay with it, from the Seashells collection. I also used Darcy (another Zoya color), Sharktooth (Jessica Cosmetics), and Into the Further (Duri). This was all done freehand, if you couldn't tell already. I don't think Pixar will be hiring me anytime soon. But Zoya hired me...in a way...and sent me Sunsets and Seashells to review for you all, so here are those two collections, all available on Zoya's site here.

Zoya Sunsets Collection Swatches

All of the Sunsets shades are touted as being 1-coat coverage. I mostly agree with that, but you'd need to be careful with the application. To be safe, I did two coats on all these swatches. I also didn't use Seche Vite for the top coat, so these don't look as shiny as my other swatches. I've learned my lesson and will never make that mistake again. Seche Vite for life!

Zoya - Dory
Zoya - Dory
Dory (2 coats) is aptly named for one of the world's most famous fishies. My swatch is a little lighter than it comes out on the nail, but this pretty blue creme is close to Dory from Finding Nemo.

Zoya - Brynn
Zoya - Brynn
Brynn (2 coats) is a bright, cool pink creme. It's like blue and red came together, had a polish baby, then that baby stayed inside all summer and became more pink than purple.

Zoya - Cam
Zoya - Cam
Cam (2) burns as bright as the sunset. Great bright orange creme, surprisingly. It's not sheer at all, so it's easy to use for nail art.

Summer Ain't Over Yet! OPI Retro Summer Swatches

With this being the official last day of summer, it's probably time I got through the pile of colors I have to swatch still. I could say I just did this last night, but that'd be a lie. I finished these a while ago (as I have with many others), but somehow, getting them into the blog to share with the people I'm meant to share them with doesn't seem to come so easy when I do nails all day already. Sorry about that.

So here's a much delayed summer post you can sob over as you bid adieu to bikinis and welcome oversized sweaters. Face it...that's what you've been looking forward to.

As with many of the designs I've been posting, I got inspiration for this from a pattern (whose artist I'm unsure of so hook me up with the name if you know it). Somehow, the pattern had colors that I could pull almost directly from the Retro Summer collection by OPI.

Pretty Parakeets by Katy @ Nailed It www.blognailedit.co

These were all done freehand with my Winstonia Berry Wine brushes and the colors from this collection (plus Alpine Snow and Black Onyx). My favorite part of these might be the blending of their head feathers with their breast feathers. It's subtle, but really brings them to life.

Pretty Parakeets by Katy @ Nailed It www.blognailedit.co

I used all of the 6 colors from Retro Summer, starting with What's the Double Scoop? for the base.

OPI - What's the Double Scoop?
OPI - What's the Double Scoop?

What's the Double Scoop? (2 coats) is a milky strawberry ice cream creme (without the delicious chunks of frozen strawberries of course).

OPI - Flip Flops & Crop Tops
OPI - Flip Flops & Crop Tops

Flip Flops & Crop Tops (2 coats) is a brighter and warmer pink creme than Double Scoop up above. I used it as flower accents on the parakeet nail art above.

OPI - SPF XXX
OPI - SPF XXX

SPF XXX (2 coats) is probably best described as what my white ass looks like after being exposed to the sun for approximately 9 minutes. "Sunburned coral" could also be the term used to describe this creme polish. Whichever suits your fancy.

OPI - I'm Getting a Tan-gerine
OPI - I'm Getting a Tan-gerine

I'm Getting a Tan-gerine (2 coats) is a lick-able orange sherbet creme. And it's name was constructed by a group of drunk dads.

OPI - Towel Me About It
OPI - Towel Me About It

I'm sad I didn't show you all Towel Me About It (2 coats) sooner than I did. I loved this color as a summer pedicure shade, even though I don't know many people daring enough to wear such a limey, buttery bright yellow.

OPI - Sailing & Nailing
OPI - Sailing & Nailing

Sailing & Nailing (2 coats) isn't just a semen's seaman's dream job, it's this pretty light blue creme polish.

So even if you're heading into fall, when that gets old and you start dreaming of summer again, grab the Retro Summer collection and get painting!

The products in this post were given for review purposes. The reviews are based entirely on my experience with the products and were in no way influenced by anyone.