A Zoya Candy Corn mani

Happy October 1st! Bring on the candy! 😉 And speaking of candy…I’ve been wanting to create a candy corn mani this month but unsure which polishes I’d use. So there I sat this morning in front of my polish shelves (yes shelves, don’t judge) and pondered. My eyes fell upon a row of Zoya Pixie Dusts and the light came on. It’s almost like those bottles of Pixie goodness glowed to get my attention. Okay, that might be a little dramatic, but I was pretty excited with my vision 😉

Halloween worthy mani, candy corn, just not the edible kind.

Halloween worthy mani, candy corn, just not the edible kind.

I settled on using Solange for the yellow, Dhara for the orange and a coat of Cosmo over white for the candy corn nails.

Solange is as described as a gold metal foil sparkle featuring a Zoya EXCLUSIVE GOLD PIGMENT in the best-selling Zoya PixieDust Textured, Matte, Foil Twinkle formula. Dahra is described as a firey orange copper with a matte, textured, sparkling metal finish. Cosmo, a Magical Pixie Dust, is described as a silver crystal sparkle, textured PixieDust with mega hex iridescent particles.

Solange is as described as a gold metal foil sparkle featuring a Zoya EXCLUSIVE GOLD PIGMENT in the best-selling Zoya PixieDust Textured, Matte, Foil Twinkle formula.
Dahra is described as a firey orange copper with a matte, textured, sparkling metal finish.
Cosmo, a Magical Pixie Dust, is described as a silver crystal sparkle, textured PixieDust with mega hex iridescent particles.

A little history about candy corn you may not know! Candy corn, the little yellow, orange, and white treat has it’s root dating back more than a century. It is said that a candy maker, George Renninger, of the renowned Wunderlee Candy Company in Philadelphia, invented the tri-color confection in the 1880s. The Goelitz Confectionery Company brought the candy to the everyone at the turn of the 20th century. The Jelly Belly Candy Co., now owns that company and has the longest history in the industry of making candy corn, and it still uses the original recipe. There are of course other companies who make candy cone, but with varied ingredients.

Get your Pixie dusts at Zoya.com or Ulta Stores and see what you can create!

The products used were all purchased by me and all opinions are my own.

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Magical Pixie Hollow Fairies Collection, a magical sampling!

Magical Pixie Hollow Fairies Collection, a magical sampling!

Get your pocketbooks ready and mark your calendars for May 11th! Because you’re going to want this collection of amazing glitter polishes from Sincerely Polish. I sampled three minis of the eight and I can tell you, they’re amazing! They also will be available in full size bottles. The formulas are consists toy smooth, opaque in two coats and one coat of clear topcoat, if you’re so inclined, make a gorgeous sparkly mani. Even without a topcoat, it’s surprisingly smooth.

These spritely handcrafted glitters in the Magical Pixie Hollow Fairies Collection are inspired by the Magical Pixie Hollow Fairies, and the collection is as follows. I chose to swatch Tinker, Vidia and Peri. You’ll love these and the other five in the collection are Rose (inspired by
Rosetta). Dessa (inspired by Iridessa) Silv (inspired by Silvermist). Rina (inspired by Zarina). And Fawn.

Tinker is inspired by "Tinkerbell". It's a glitter polish filled with sparkly lime green micro glitters sprinkled with micro silver prismatic holographic glitters and holographic gold dust.

Tinker is inspired by “Tinkerbell”. It’s a glitter polish filled with sparkly lime green micro glitters sprinkled with micro silver prismatic holographic glitters and holographic gold dust.

Macro of Tinker!

Macro of Tinker!

Vidia, inspired by "Vidia" is a glitter polish in a purple jelly base with micro purple glitters in different shades sprinkled with micro silver prismatic holo and pink glitters.

Vidia, inspired by “Vidia” is a glitter polish in a purple jelly base with micro purple glitters in different shades sprinkled with micro silver prismatic holo and pink glitters.


Macro of Vidia!

Macro of Vidia!

And last but not least, Peri!

Peri, inspired by "Periwinkle, Tinkerbell's fraternal twin) is a gorgeous glitter polish filled with micro sky blue holographic glitters, holo white glitters, matte baby blue hexagons sprinkled with purplish blue iridescent glitters and micro silver prismatic holographic glitters.

Peri, inspired by “Periwinkle, Tinkerbell’s fraternal twin) is a gorgeous glitter polish filled with micro sky blue holographic glitters, holo white glitters, matte baby blue hexagons sprinkled with purplish blue iridescent glitters and micro silver prismatic holographic glitters.


Macro of Peri!

Macro of Peri!

I love the formulas on all,of these. Drying time was fairly quick and coverage is amazing. A thin coat over a color base is gorgeous, or you can use two coats on it’s own!

Get yours from Karen’s shop at Storenvy on May 11th, link below and tell her I sent ya! Handmade with love in California, Karen Jo is an awesome indie polish maker. Her collections are inspired by all the things in her life.

Visit her store at http://sincerelypolish.storenvy.com. You can also find her on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/SincerelyPolish and @sincerelypolish on Instagram.

I received these polishes for review and all opinions are my own.

Zoya Dillon and Cosmo…Minty and Magical!

Zoya Dillon and Cosmo...Minty and Magical!

Zoya describes beautiful Dillon from the Spring 2014 Awaken Collection as a full-coverage (on a scale of 1-5 as a 5), a green mint metallic with a silver shimmer. I’d go beyond that. This minty wonder is on the warm side. So depending on the light, you may think you see a bit of golden shimmer instead of silver. But it’s just your eyes playing tricks on you. The finish is glossy and the application is a dream. I used two coats here. Then, just for fun…

I decided to compliment Dillon’s silver shimmer with Cosmo, one of three Magical PixieDusts from the 2014 Spring release. I painted my ring finger first with Dillon, then painted one half with Cosmo and picked out a few of the circle holo glitters and scattered them on Dillon. Cool! It’s almost like wearing jewelry on my fingertips! Zoya describes Cosmo as a silver crystal sparkle, textured PixieDust with mega hex iridescent or holographic particles.

I’m dying to get my hands on some more of the Awaken collection. And now Zoya has opened up preorders (shipping May 15) for three new Summer 2024 Magical PixieDusts; Gini, Bar and Arlo! Mama want! PLUS…12 new summer shades from the Summer 2014 collections, Bubbly Holo Glitters and Tickled Creams. Tickled shades are: Tilda, Ling, Rooney, Kitridge, Wendy and Rocha. Bubbly shades are: Stassi, Muse, Harper, Binx, Jessi and Alma. All are preorder able now and set to ship on May 15. I’m super excited about this release as they all look like winners and you know you can’t go wrong with Zoya’s formulas!

You can order your beauties today at http://www.zoya.com. Or have you already ordered?

I purchased these products and all opinions are my own.

Zoya Cosmo is like 100 prisms on every finger

Zoya Cosmo is like 100 prisms on every finger

Here is the first of my three new Magical Pixie Dusts from Zoya and it’s out of this world! Now, since mine just came in the mail the other day after waiting for them over a month, I have to say…YES, they were worth the wait. I try so hard to not be an early adopter, but I didn’t want to wait until these sparkling gems hit Ulta’s shelves. (spanks hand) 😉

I still have to try the other two in this Spring 2014 collection, Vega (soft baby blue yet blingy), and Lux, the soft pink with the same amazing features as it’s sisters. I am pretty sure I was prepared for a chunkier experience compared to the other Pixie Dusts, because of what I’ve read. And I own nearly all of them (which I bought with my own cheddar!). I wasn’t however prepared to have my breath removed from my body in one blast upon opening the precariously thin shipping box that Zoya is so famous for. I’ve been praying they would arrive in one piece after such a long wait.

Zoya describes Cosmo as a silver crystal sparkle. I heartily echo that description. They also tout the new spring line with having “mega hex iridescent particles”. I agree, but I think they should have added a disclaimer that you need a bit, just a tad, more patience in applying. Once you put on a thin coat on all ten, by the time you get back to #1 it will be dry. Nice! Then the second coat is the challenge, but maybe it’s just me. And yeah, all you need is two coats. Three would be overkill and it would look like you dipped your fingers in a sparkly vat of extra thick concrete. The result though is nothing short of…magical! Oh my goodness, it’s blindingly bright in the sunshine and should probably come with a warning from the DMV, “Do not stare at nails while driving, it could be hazardous to your health.” If I could describe this jewel in one sentence, I’d have to say it’s like having 100 prisms on ever finger. It’s texured, it’s sparkly, it’s holographic and yes Zoya, it truly IS “Amped Up”! I LOVE all three. One other thing. You know I love me some textured polishes. Such time savers! These are a bit rougher than what I’m used to. So even though Zoya recommends you don’t need base or top coats, and I don’t on the others, I did apply a thin coat of Seche Vite top coat to this. It’s still textured, shine didn’t change, but it just feels smoother. I’d say this is pretty much how I’ll do the others.

Also, you may want to skip wearing this in shark infested waters. I hear they are attracted to shiny things 🙂

I purchased this with my own money.