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Zoya Paradise Sun – Pt. 1 of 2 Summer 2015 Collections

I literally just got home from a week’s vacation at the beach and had the best nail mail waiting for me! In fact, if we had left for Florida just a couple days later I’d have had these to take with me to swatch at the beach. How fitting that would have been! But either way, my anticipation to test Zoya’s sun-loving shades did not disappoint. Today I’ll be sharing the first half of 12 new summertime shades, Paradise Sun.

Paradise Sun from top and clockwise: Mae, Selene, Aphrodite, Oceane, Isa and Genisis. It's a coincidence that I should get back from my beach vacation and have these waiting for me to swatch! I'd have love to have them with me, but it would be hard to choose which color to wear every day.

Paradise Sun from top and clockwise: Mae, Selene, Aphrodite, Oceane, Isa and Genisis. It’s a coincidence that I should get back from my beach vacation and have these waiting for me to swatch! I’d have love to have them with me, but it would be hard to choose which color to wear every day.

I’ll start with the paleface of the bunch, Genesis. She’s a delicate and beautiful white with that diamond dust finish that makes it “not your mother’s white polish”! This was the only formula that was slightly difficult in that it was thick and a bit gloopy. But the second coat corrected it’s sins. 😉

Genesis is described as, "a crystalline white with a micronized metallic pearl finish - designed to look like micro-fine diamond dust!" This formula from the Paradise Sun collection is thicker than the rest. Therefore it was my problem child in the bunch but the outcome is worth the extra effort. This took two coats to level out and it dried twice as slow as the rest. Still, who doesn't like a glitzy white in the summer?

Genesis is described as, “a crystalline white with a micronized metallic pearl finish – designed to look like micro-fine diamond dust!” This formula from the Paradise Sun collection is thicker than the rest. Therefore it was my problem child in the bunch but the outcome is worth the extra effort. This took two coats to level out and it dried twice as slow as the rest. Still, who doesn’t like a glitzy white in the summer?

Next up is Mae. She really reminds me of petals of a Bougainvillea vine. Simply divine and tropical!

Mae is described as, "a warm magenta pink with a micronized metallic pearl finish, reminiscent of vibrant Mediterranean flowers." As with the other colors of this collection, Isa went on smooth as silk and is a 1-2 coater!

Mae is described as, “a warm magenta pink with a micronized metallic pearl finish, reminiscent of vibrant Mediterranean flowers.” As with the other colors of this collection, Isa went on smooth as silk and is a 1-2 coater!

Next up is Selene. She didn’t stain in case you’re wondering but I only wore her long enough to swatch. If you’re worried, just wear a good base coat like Zoya Anchor.

Selene is described as, "a true teal with a micronized metallic pearl finish. A unique shade with an aqua fleck that resembles deeper layers of ocean water." Very mermaidy don't you think? Love this formula. I really wish Genesis had the same formula as the colors in Paradise Sun.

Selene is described as, “a true teal with a micronized metallic pearl finish. A unique shade with an aqua fleck that resembles deeper layers of ocean water.” Very mermaidy don’t you think? Love this formula. I really wish Genesis had the same formula as the colors in Paradise Sun.

Here’s that sexy vixen, Aphrodite!

Aphrodite is described as, "a vibrant summer red with a micronized pearl metallic finish and multi-hued flash that brings it to life. Think of fresh and juicy tropical fruit!" Great formula, smooth as butter to apply and nearly a 1-coater.

Aphrodite is described as, “a vibrant summer red with a micronized pearl metallic finish and multi-hued flash that brings it to life. Think of fresh and juicy tropical fruit!” Great formula, smooth as butter to apply and nearly a 1-coater.

Oceane is a must-have summer color. Like Selene, it’s a mermaidy, oceany shade that makes you want to run out to the ocean and jump right in.

Oceane is described as, "a true turquoise with a micronized metallic pearl finish that reflects the clearest blue ocean waters!" Perfect in every way! This is one coat and you might need two, but I was quite pleased with one. Oh this color and finish. I just got back from the beach then I put this on and I'm ready to return!

Oceane is described as, “a true turquoise with a micronized metallic pearl finish that reflects the clearest blue ocean waters!” Perfect in every way! This is one coat and you might need two, but I was quite pleased with one. Oh this color and finish. I just got back from the beach then I put this on and I’m ready to return!

Isa is a juicy metallic purple leaning blue. Deep and mysterious.

Isa is described as, "a deep blue-based purple with a micronized metallic pearl finish and an aqua flash that embodies the beauty of exotic island flowers!" Amazing formula and like butta to apply! One coat here but you might need two depending on your technique and nails.

Isa is described as, “a deep blue-based purple with a micronized metallic pearl finish and an aqua flash that embodies the beauty of exotic island flowers!” Amazing formula and like butta to apply! One coat here but you might need two depending on your technique and nails.

Bottom line: I loved all the formulas of the colors, but white Genesis left me a bit frustrated by comparison. I think this is a common issue with white like this with pearl finishes. So I’ll give it a pass. Because after you get it on and dry, the looks is so fresh and delicate, you’ll end up loving it. I literally had NO cleanup with any of the 6 shades because the combination of the formulas and superb brush made application effortless (no cleanup needed on Genesis but overall application was a bit of a pain for me personally). Colors? Amazing! Finishes are nothing new but still it’s a great ensemble of summery shades to fire up your fingers and toes.

PARADISE SUN (metallics)
Fully saturated with a gorgeous micronized metallic sheen, these shimmering beauties are much like sunshine sparkling on water. Meant to be used as an independent color, these shades feature a full-coverage, densely pigmented formula.

Tomorrow I’ll be posting my review on the Island Fun collection. You’re gonna melt when you see these!

ZOYA IS THE HEALTHY COLOR OF FASHION!
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Available in top salons, spas and on zoya.com

* Press samples. These products were sent to me for review and all opinions are my own.

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Super Nails Birthstone Collection Pt. 1

This is my first experience swatching for Super Nails. I’m no stranger to glitter toppers. I’ve reviewed plenty. Although I have swatched my share of minis, I truthfully admit I hate trying to hold these lil stinkers with one hand and holding my big ole DSLR camera in the other. It’s tough! No, it’s sometimes painful. But owner KC said most of her sales are her minis and that’s what she likes to advertise. Far be it from me to change her business model. I am telling you, whether you pick up full size or minis, you will love the quality of her polishes.

Prepare yourself and grab some coffee or tea…tons of photos coming right up. I will be reviewing 6 birthstone polishes from,the collection. Three in this post and three in the next. In between I’ll delight you with a gorgeous custom KC created for me for which I’m over the moon about! First up is April Diamond.

April Diamond is spelled BLING!

April Diamond is spelled BLING!


Great even if you weren't born in April!

Great even if you weren’t born in April!

KC describes April Diamond as “Clear polish base with dense silver metallic glitters of all sizes. Would be a great glitter topper for use in a glitter gradient manicure, or simply on top of any color.”

Diamonds really are a girl's best friend!

Diamonds really are a girl’s best friend!


This glitter topper is loaded, seriously loaded! And it goes on smooth, never clumpy or stringy.

This glitter topper is loaded, seriously loaded! And it goes on smooth, never clumpy or stringy.

Next is June Pearl. So soft and delicate. This will be a great topper for some Christmas mani because it reminds me of snow!

June Pearl is so elegant.

June Pearl is so elegant.


Pearls may be old school but that's what makes them so special.

Pearls may be old school but that’s what makes them so special.

Again, the formula was quite pleasing. Not quite as densely packed as Diamond, but I found it perfect for dispersion because I’m planning a great lil winter scene when it turns cold again!

Gorgeous placed over any base shade.

Gorgeous placed over any base shade.


As you can see in this macro shot, the delicate matte pearl glitters are so soft looking. A great glitter if you want to wear it to the office without blinding your boss!
Macro on the nail.

Macro on the nail.

KC describes June Pearl as “Clear polish base with dense pearly white glitters of all sizes. Would be a great glitter topper for use in a glitter gradient manicure, or simply on top of any color.”

Bottle macro.

Bottle macro.

And the last of the three for today’s post, July Ruby! Remember to come back in a couple of days for the follow up with the other three I’m reviewing: August Peridot, September Sapphire and October Opal.

July Ruby is a true Ruby red. A perfect red!

July Ruby is a true Ruby red. A perfect red!

Makes me wish I was born in July, but I was born in January (Garnet). Close!

Makes me wish I was born in July, but I was born in January (Garnet). Close and I can’t wait to see what my birthstone polish will look like!

There were so many ways I could have swatched this beauty for you. Even with the mini size bottle, the size of the glitters were not difficult to apply. I decided on this holo filled blue, sort of patriotic, called Dream, by Zoya for my base coat.

This will be great to use for your holiday nail art as well!

This will be great to use for your holiday nail art as well!

KC describes July Ruby as “Clear polish base with holographic and metallic red glitters, and tiny hexes.”

July Ruby is simply gorgeous. Imagine it in a jelly sandwich!

July Ruby is simply gorgeous. Imagine it in a jelly sandwich!

Here are a couple macro shots of Ruby…

Macro shot on the nail. One coat over red undies.

Macro shot on the nail. One coat over red undies.


July Ruby in the bottle.

July Ruby in the bottle.

That’s it for today. I should have the other toppers swatched in a couple of days.

I’ve found that using little squares of felt does an amazing job and way better than cotton balls. I had no problem removing any of these glitters at all. But, back to Super Nails!

Here is the backstory KC sent me about why she chose to produce birthstone polishes! “Birthstone polishes! I used to manage a bead and jewelry shop, so birthstones were a very common material for me to work with. I wanted to put both of my hobbies (of making jewelry and making nail polish) together, by creating gemstone inspired nail polishes. I began with the basic and most popular gemstones, because everyone has a birthday!”

Makes sense to me. 🙂 One would think you’d see more birthstone polishes out there dedicated to the gem of your month. This is a great idea and would make great birthday gifts for those polish lovin’ gals in your life.

Find Supernails at
Store: https://www.etsy.com/shop/SuperNails
Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/Super1Nails
Instagram: @kseagale
Blog: http://www.super1nails.blogspot.com

These products were provided to me for review and all opinions are my own.

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Black Diamond Dust shines!

Black Diamond Dust shines!

Every time I load up Jamie’s store on etsy.com there’s a new stunner to behold! There’s a new dark beauty in town and she beams on her own or topped over your favorite shade.

Black Diamond Dust sparkles!

Black Diamond Dust sparkles!


Black Diamond Dust Is in a clear base and filled with tiny black hex glitter and different sizes of gold holographic hex and squares. It is glorious and you have to see it for yourself.

Wow!

Wow!


Black Diamond Dust macro

Black Diamond Dust macro

I should mention these have AMAZING new bottles with wonderful grip caps and terrific brushes! ✨👍✨

Order yours today at https://www.etsy.com/shop/GlitterLambsPolish and tell Jamie I sent you!

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