Friday, May 31, 2013

Press Release - Zoya PixieDust Fall Edition

The best-selling, revolutionary matte, textured, sparkling Zoya PixieDustTM formula returns for Fall with six spot-on trend colors for the season.

ZP698 - Tomoko: Glowing Silver. Exclusive Zoya PixieDustTM - Textured Matte Sparkle formula.
ZP699 - Chita: Emerald Green. Exclusive Zoya PixieDustTM - Textured Matte Sparkle formula.
ZP700 - Sunshine: Van Gogh Blue Exclusive Zoya PixieDustTM - Textured Matte Sparkle formula.
ZP701 - Carter: Regal Purple. Exclusive Zoya PixieDustTM - Textured Matte Sparkle formula.
ZP702 - Arabella: Rich Fuchsia. Exclusive Zoya PixieDustTM - Textured Matte Sparkle formula.
ZP703 - Dhara: Dazzling Copper. Exclusive Zoya PixieDustTM - Textured Matte Sparkle formula. long-wearing, nail lacquers by Zoya are BIG5FREE - all formulas are completely free of harmful industrial chemicals such as toluene, camphor, formaldehyde, formaldehyde resin and dibutyl phthalate (DBP) that are known to cause cancer and birth defects.

PixieDust Application:
For BEST RESULTS apply 1-3 (for full coverage) thin coats of polish. Allow product to dry completely for full effect. No base coat and top coat required. Zoya Get Even base coat can be used if desired.
Find over 300 stunning Zoya colors on Each and every color has a name as unique as the women who inspired it.

Zoya PixieDust
$9.00 ea. (US)
Available on


Picture Polish Blogger

I am a huge sucker for glitter. It took me about five seconds to decide I "needed" this polish and I love it. The name also makes me smile. Picture Polish Blogger has hex glitter in multiple sizes and colors in a clear base. You can wear this on a base color or by itself. I used one coat of Cult Nails Nevermore (black creme) for my base color and one coat of Blogger. That's right, just one coat. The glitter payoff is crazy. I didn't have to dab it on, I just applied it with normal brush strokes and left it alone. I used two coats of Seche Vite for my top coat. I. Love. This. 

Isn't it beautiful? I bought this polish from Llarowe but you can find it wherever Picture Polish is sold. 

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Wednesday, May 29, 2013

Zoya Irresistible Collection

Today I have the last of the three Zoya collections for Summer 2013 to show you. I can't decide if this collection is my favorite or the PixieDusts. You know me, if it's glittery or shimmery I'm going to love it! All of the polishes in this collection have a metallic foil finish and a lot of shimmer. My pictures don't do these justice, they are amazing in person. The formula on these are really easy to work with but are a little on the thin side. As long as you wipe the extra polish off of your brush before application, you won't flood your cuticles. All pictures were taken in my light box. 

Zoya Tinsley
Tinsley is a beautifully complex polish. It's a metallic rosey peach with gold shimmer. Depending on the lighting, Tinsley can look more rosey or peach. It's on the sheer side so I used three thin coats. 

 Zoya Bobbi
Bobbi is a bright metallic magenta polish with silver shimmer. I used two coats. This would be a fun color for a summer pedi.

Zoya Amy
Amy is a metallic orange polish with gold shimmer. It leans a little more to red orange than my pictures show. I used three thin coats for the picture but two coats are plenty. The polish is a little thin, just wipe off the excess from your brush before application.

Zoya Kerry
Kerry is a metallic yellow with gold shimmer. If you love yellow, you'll love this. I used three thin coats because I smudged one of my fingers. Two coats are just fine. =)

Zoya Rikki
Zoya describes Rikki as being a fern green foil metallic. It has a golden shimmer like most of the polishes in this collection. I love green polish so this is one of my favorites from the collection. I used two thin coats.

 Zoya Hazel
Hazel is an icy metallic blue polish with gold shimmer. It reminds me of Zoya Crystal but when I put the two bottles next to each other I saw how different they are. If you are interested, I can compare the two for you. I used two thin coats. 

I absolutely adore this collection. Zoya is so good at making foil metallic polishes, I love them all with the exception of the yellow. It's a very pretty yellow, my skin tone just doesn't get along with that color. What do you think? Do you have any favorites?

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Monday, May 27, 2013

Zoya Summer PixieDust Collection

I am back with another collection from Zoya for Summer 2013. This time, I'm showing you the Summer PixieDusts. This collection consists of six textured polishes. Half have silver shimmer and the other half has gold shimmer. Zoya recommends not using a base coat or top coat. If you don't like the texture, you can always wear a couple coats of top coat to get a smooth glossy finish. I always wear base coat just to prevent staining. 

The formula was consistently amazing, not to thin or thick. I have found that textured polish needs extra time to dry but once it's dry it wears very well. These come off very easily. I know, they are rough and glittery and look difficult to remove. You don't need to use the foil method, just a little bit of pressure and they come off without a problem. 

I wanted to take my pictures of this collection outside. I took four outside and then the clouds and rain came. Miranda and Liberty were taken in my light box and I like how those pictures turned out the best. Go figure! 

Alright, let's get to why you're here! 

Zoya Solange (without topcoat)
 Solange is a yellowy gold polish with golden shimmer. I used three coats because I had a tiny bit of vnl (visible nail line) that I didn't want to show in the pictures. When I wear this I will only use two coats. 

 Zoya Solange (with topcoat)

 Zoya Beatrix (without topcoat)
Beatrix is a bright tangerine orange with golden shimmer. It's the perfect shade for summer and would be cute as a mani or pedi! Once again, I used three coats for the camera. Two coats is sufficient. 

 Zoya Beatrix (with topcoat)

 Zoya Destiny (without topcoat)
 Destiny is a bright orangey coral with golden shimmer that borders on being a neon. It's too bright for my skin tone but it's going on my toes this summer! It's very close to being a one coater but I used two coats.

Zoya Destiny (with topcoat)

 Zoya Miranda (without topcoat)
Miranda is my favorite from the collection. It's a deep rose polish with silver shimmer. I love it with or without top coat. I used two coats. 

 Zoya Miranda (with topcoat)

 Zoya Stevie (without topcoat)
Stevie is a lavender polish with silver shimmer. I used two coats. 

Zoya Stevie (with topcoat)

 Zoya Liberty (without topcoat)
Liberty is another favorite of mine. It's beautiful deep blue polish with silver shimmer. Be careful, it's a stainer! I used two coats of base coat to protect my nails. I didn't have any staining but I only had it on long enough to take pictures. Other bloggers have had issues with staining but may not have worn base coat. I say double up on the base coat and go for it, Liberty is too beautiful to pass up. 

Zoya Liberty (with topcoat)

I'm really enjoying this textured nail polish trend. Something I love about it is if you don't want the texture, put a top coat on it and it's still beautiful! Which polishes are your favorite from this collection?

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Thursday, May 23, 2013

Press Release - KBShimmer Summer 2013 Collection

KBShimmer is excited to announce the addition of 9 new colors to their 3-Free glitter polish line and an expansion to their nail prep line.  Owner Christy Rose says “With warm weather and sandals popping up, June is the perfect time for bright, bold colors and patriotic themes to celebrate a fun and exciting summer.”
The summer lineup includes one glitter top coat, two glitter crellys in a white base and six bright, bold polishes, two in a matte finish.  KBShimmer will also be expanding their nail care line to include two scented cuticle oils and liquid nail prep. “Our new line was created to play off the bolder palette of summer, some inspired by the 80’s and 90s, but also to celebrate the patriotic season. One of our polishes plays off the color of the year, Emerald Green, and will ease people into the summer while two others were inspired by the fall 2013 Pantone colors Koi and Vivacious. Both will make for an easy transition through the summer and into the fall.  We are also excited to unveil two scented cuticle oils in an easy-applicator pen.  We hope to inspire and motivate people to go out in the sun and show off their nails!” says Rose.
What’s Your Damage? – White crelly polish with neon green, neon pink, and black glitters.
Don’t Pink Twice –Bright near magenta pink with subtle blue shimmer – matte
24 Carrot Bold –Orange red polish with gold shimmer – matte
Blinded By The Bright – Neon yellow polish with a scattering of hex glitters in the 6 primary and secondary colors
The Dancing Green –A almost neon green with blue undertones, accented by fuchsia, sapphire,  green and chartreuse glitters in different shapes and sizes
Totally Tubular – A blue-green crelly polish with fuchsia circle glitters in two sizes and fuchsia micro slices, aqua circle glitters and sapphire hex glitters.
Totally Razzical – A red-violet shade leaning towards the purple side of raspberry. Loaded with holographic hex glitters in magenta, silver and pink.
Grayscale – Black, White, and Gray glitters are suspended in a clear base. Circles, hexes, rectangles, and squares in so many sizes complete this glitter top coat.
Pimp My Pride – This white based polish features metallic red and blue glitters. Best worn in three coats, or 1-2 coats over your favorite white.
Shipping June 1, 2013
KBShimmer products can be found at Http://  For sales outside of the US visit
KBShimmer was founded in 2008 by the husband and wife team of Jason and Christy Rose.  KBShimmer offers unique and colorful nail glitter nail polishes that are Big 3 Free, with all glitter formulas being completely free of chemicals such as toluene, formaldehyde, formaldehyde resin and dibutyl phthalate (DBP).  KBShimmer glitter polishes feature a flat glitter grabbing brush for easy application.  KBShimmer also offers a 2-free quick dry polish top coat, olive oil lotion, sugar scrubs, lip balms, cold process soaps and other skin care products.

If you would like more information about KBShimmer, contact Christy Rose by emailing or visting Http://
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Tuesday, May 21, 2013

Zoya Stunning Collection

I should change my blog name to The Swatching Snail because I am just now getting this collection up! I know you have seen these countless times but I hope you will  stay and see my swatches and read about my experience with them. 

Zoya is my absolute #1 favorite nail polish company. I love their range of colors, the quality, brushes, customer service, and their bottles are adorable. I was thrilled (and overwhelmed) when they released three summer collections around the same time (Summer PixieDusts, Stunning, and Irresistible). I'm completely obsessed with textured nail polish now but I did want to see something other than the PixieDusts and Zoya certainly delivered. Every single polish is beautiful. Most work for my skin tone, some don't but quality wise, they are all top notch. 

Today, I'm showing you Zoya Stunning which consists of six vibrant cremes. The formulas were inconsistent throughout the collection so I'll discuss each polishes' formula under it's picture. I used Duri Rejuvacote as my base coat and Seche Vite as my top coat. 

*Products were provided for review.

Zoya Yana
This is going to be on my toes a lot this summer. It's a cool toned darkened pink that's nearing neon status. It's very close to being a one coater but I applied a second just in case VNL (visible nail line) would show up in the pictures. It applied smoothly without any problems.

Zoya Micky
I love this shade! It's in the coral family that leans more on the pink side. I can't usually pull off corals but I think I can pull this one off. Like Yana, Micky is almost a one coater. It's formula is amazing, no problems there!

Everyone needs an orange creme in their collection and Thandie is just that. It's a lighter orange which is a good thing for my skin tone! Thandie's formula is on the thin side. Wipe off the excess polish from your brush before applying and you shouldn't have any problems. Despite being thinner, it applies smoothly, self levels perfectly, and dries quickly. I used three thin coats to cover up my VNL but shorter nails will only require two (I think).

Zoya Darcy
Darcy is sunshine on your fingertips. Like most yellows, it has a tricky formula. For best results, I applied my first coat with a thin layer which was very streaky. My next coat was a little thicker but still on the thin side. That covered up most of the streaks. To give it a completely opaque and smooth finish I applied one more thin coat. That did the trick! Yellow isn't my first pick because of how it clashes with my skin tone. 

Zoya Josie
This is my favorite of the collection. I'm a sucker for green polish and Josie is simply beautiful. It's a lovely grassy green that's perfect for this time of year. If you don't like green, it would be a great color to have for nail art. I needed two coats, no problems with the formula. 

Zoya Rocky
When I think of the name Rocky, I think of a bruised and sweaty Sylvester Stallone. Zoya Rocky is so dainty and soft, it just doesn't work for me! Name aside, it's a lovely sky blue creme. I only needed two coats for opacity. No problems with formula! 

Zoya Stunning is a beautiful collection that works for wearing alone and in nail art. If you are like me and have a lot of polish, you may not need all of these colors. If you have a smaller collection, they are great basic colors to have. With that said, I love this collection and don't have any dupes besides Darcy (yellow creme). I can see myself reaching for these again and again, they are gorgeous! 

Which shades are your favorite? 

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Saturday, May 18, 2013

Nail Pattern Boldness Oodiful

Nail Pattern Boldness is a new to me brand but I think it's been around for a while. They got my attention with their witty brand name and I couldn't resist grabbing the beautiful Oodiful. I rhymed...I couldn't help myself. Apparently Oodiful has something to do with Dr. Who but I'm not familiar with the show. They have other Dr. Who themed polishes so if you're a fan you should check it out!

Nail Pattern Boldness Oodiful
Oodiful is a delicate grey jelly with a sprinkling of white and pink glitter. The pink squares are my favorite part I must say. I never know how a jelly polish will build so I started with a base of Zoya Dove (grey creme). The glitter payoff in Oodiful isn't great so I ended up using three coats to try to get the amount of glitter I wanted. You know me, the more glitter the better!

Nail Pattern Boldness Oodiful
The formula is thin but good besides it needing more glitter. ;) It isn't as blue toned as my pictures show. I'm going to try it without a base color next time and see if I like that better. 

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Sunday, May 12, 2013

Cult Nails In the Garden Collection Part 2

Hi Everyone! I'm back with the rest of the polishes from the In the Garden Collection by Cult Nails. This was the part of the collection I was really excited about. I bought the whole collection during the presale and figured I'd use the orange and yellow for nail art. Turns out that I really loved the bright colors and am glad I picked them all up. 

Cult Nails Kiss My Rose Bush
This is a pretty standard barbie pink. If it weren't for the wax finish, 
I wouldn't have been interested because I already have polish similar to this color. 
The formula was a bit difficult to work with. It was on the thick side and was a little gooey. It doesn't self level well so you have to get a smooth coat on your own. I used two thick coats leaving plenty of dry time in between to prevent dragging. I really want to love this and am hoping that thinner will do the trick. 

Here it is with Cult Nails Wicked Fast Top Coat. If you haven't tried this top coat yet, I highly recommend it. It ties with Seche Vite as my favorite top coat. I use Seche Vite more because it's cheaper and easier to get. Whenever I order from Cult Nails, I usually throw in a bottle of Wicked Fast. It doesn't have the problem with shrinking that Seche Vite can have as far as I know. It's amazing!

Cult Nails Let's Get Dirty
I wasn't sure how I'd feel about Let's Get Dirty. I'm loving the wax finishes Cult Nails has been doing but needed to try it on to see how it looked with my skin tone. I really love this polish a lot more than I expected to! The formula was excellent and only needed two thin coats for opacity. 

When you put a top coat on, a silver shimmer pops out that makes this polish even more fantastic. 

Cult Nails Morning Glory
I saved my favorite for last, Cult Nails Morning Glory. It's a beautiful deep magenta that dries to a wax finish. The formula was a little thick but it applied without any problems (I used two coats). Isn't this gorgeous? I'm in love.

One coat of top coat (Wicked Fast) turns Morning Glory into a rich and juicy shade that is to die for. Look at how shiny it is! 

All of the polishes from this collection are still available on Their next collection, Dance All Night is available for presale right now through May 18th. On May 19th, the collection will be available to purchase for regular price. 

What do you think about wax finishes? Do you love them or hate them? Let me know in the comments below. I'm obviously loving it! 

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Tuesday, May 7, 2013

Press Release - OPI Couture de Minnie

OPI Walks the Runway with New Couture de Minnie Nail Lacquers, Inspired by Minnie Mouse

            OPI announces the launch of its Couture de Minnie collection, including four limited edition nail lacquers and one new Liquid Sand™ shade. Created in honor of Disney’s beloved character, the Couture de Minnie line explores the fashion-forward side of Minnie Mouse, mixing pink, fuschia and red shades with textural elements. In addition to three crème lacquers, the Couture de Minnie line features a red and white polka dot glitter shade and the strawberry-hued Liquid Sand nail lacquer in Magazine Cover Mouse to give nails a sparkly, matte finish.
 “Last summer, OPI created a ‘Vintage Minnie Mouse’ line. Women around the world fell in love with the fun and playful shades evocative of Minnie’s traditional look,” explains Suzi Weiss-Fischmann, OPI Executive VP & Artistic Director.  “This year, OPI is exploring a different side of Minnie Mouse. The Couture de Minnie collection draws inspiration from Minnie’s iconic style and incorporates trends most recently seen on the runways, from standout shades to fun textural elements.”
The Couture de Minnie collection includes:

Chic from Ears to Tail
This pop of bubblegum pink is totally fabulous!

A Definite Moust-Have
This fantastic fuchsia is at the top of my shopping list.

Minnie Style
This white and red glitter is the height of fashion.

Innie Minnie Mightie Bow
Catch this crimson by the toe!

Magazine Cover Mouse
The headline-making strawberry has sparkling texture.

Couture de Minnie nail lacquers each feature OPI’s exclusive ProWide Brush for the ultimate in application.Liquid Sand lacquers should always be worn without top coat. This limited edition promotion will be available beginning June 2013 at professional salons, including Beauty Brands, Beauty First, Chatters, Dillard’s, jcp Salons, Pure Beauty, Regis, Trade Secret, ULTA and for $9.00 ($10.95 CAN) suggested retail for each nail lacquer.
For more information, please call 800-341-9999 or visit Follow OPI on Twitter @OPI_PRODUCTS and become a Facebook fan!

Cult Nails In the Garden Collection Part 1

Cult Nails recently released a Spring collection named, In the Garden. It consists of five vibrant shades of polish. Three shades have a waxy finish like Cult Nails Fetish and two are cremes. Today, I'm going to show you the two cremes. 

Cult Nails Ay Poppy!
 Maria (founder of Cult Nails) describes Ay Poppy! as traffic cone orange and I can't think of a better way to describe it. It's bright, rich, and fabulous. It's formula is perfection. It applies smoothly and dries quickly. I used two coats and topped it off with Cult Nails Wicked Fast top coat. If you love orange, this is a must have. It would also be amazing for nail art. You may remember my cartoon nails which featured Ay Poppy! 

 Cult Nails You're My Dandy Lion
This yellow blew my mind. Yellows are notorious for having difficult formulas. They apply streaky and patchy and usually need several coats to smooth them out. Not this one! I don't know how Maria did it but this was almost a one coater for me. My pinky was a one coater with it being so small. The rest only needed two coats. I about died when I swatched this polish. There is a tiny bit of shimmer that you can see in the bottle but it doesn't translate on the nail. I think the shimmer helped the formula if I remember correctly. Now, yellows look pretty awful on my pasty skin tone. I plan on using this for nail art. If you need a yellow, this is a must have just for the formula alone. 

What do you think of the collection so far? I saved my favorites for part 2 which are the polishes that have a waxy finish. *swoon*

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