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Zoya Sia Swatches & Review

Zoya Sia Swatches & Review

Zoya Sia¬†from the Focus Collection will have you feeling blue. But no, not the down-in-the-dumps way. It’s more along the lines of jam-packed vibrancy like the always entertaining Blue Man Group!

(I saw the Blue Man Group’s live performance at the Panasonic Theatre when they came to Toronto years ago. So many great memories from the show…hehe, and I remember ducking as mashed bananas catapulted into the audience! It was one of those performances that really kept you on the edge of your seat the entire time. You never knew what to expect!)

Boisterous and full of unbridled energy, Zoya Sia is the pop of cobalt blue that nailphile dreams are made of. *Angelic harps could faintly be heard as I was painting my nails. Then again, maybe it’s the neighbour listening to music.* ūüėČ

Although I have a soft spot for green, Zoya Sia managed to snuggled up beside me and melt my heart.

Stunning and saturated, it’s proof that creme finishes can still be exciting and fierce!

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Zoya Matte Velvet Winter/Holiday 2015 Collection

Zoya Matte Velvet Collection Winter Holiday 2015

The temperature dips, and fall is in full swing! Hehe, to a nailphile, we know what that means – winter and holiday collections are already coming out for us to enjoy.

The latest down the nail-polish pipe? The Zoya Matte Velvet Winter/Holiday 2015 Collection, which is currently available.

It includes six new shades with their popular matte velvet finish that’s both luxurious and edgy:

  • Aspen
  • Sue
  • Amal
  • Iris
  • Yves
  • Honor

I put together the collage image above to show you what the sampler pack and store displays look like.

Clearly, this nail junkie was drawn to Honor, the rich evergreen. (No surprise there! Green nail polish and I are tighter than skinny jeans accidentally thrown into the dryer on high heat.) My next pick would be Yves, a saturated sapphire.

In the rest of this blog post, check out the official photos and press release that Zoya’s PR sent me. Let me know which shades make you resemble¬†the emoji with hearts for eyes!

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Zoya Nail Polish Exchange 2015

Zoya Nail Polish Exchange 2015

I’m squeaking in a post close to midnight because I wanted to share some nail news that you might be interested in. Received the information on Friday, straight from Zoya’s PR. But, you know how life gets hectic sometimes, so I only managed to blog about it now.¬†Nevertheless, there’s still plenty of time for you to take advantage of this awesome opportunity – until September 12th!

Here’s the official information about the Zoya Nail Polish Exchange:

Trade in your brands for the smart choice today! Not only was Zoya the pioneer of the BIG3FREE and the BIG5FREE movement, we’re technically 8-Free since our formulas have never included ethyl tosylamide, xylene or parabens. As the trusted brand among professionals and women who want cutting edge color with the safest formula available,¬† we want to give you the opportunity to trade in your unwanted brands for a healthier alternative – especially since many of you are concerned about the current formulas that you are using. Let’s make it the standard that #HealthierIsHappier!

How The Exchange Works…

  1. Add a minimum of 6 bottles of polish (no more than 24 bottles) to your cart –¬†Consumer accounts ONLY.¬†Please Note: Naked Manicure & Zoya Treatments are excluded.¬†
  2. Apply Code: HAPPY and a 50% credit will be deducted from your exchange order Рfree shipping included!
  3. Complete checkout and you’re all set! If you need further instructions on sending back your unwanted polish¬†click here.

The exchange runs on the honour system, which means you are not obligated to send in your unwanted polish – we assume you’re going to do the right thing! If you choose to send back your polishes, please check with your carrier of choice for shipping guidelines and restrictions for nail polish. For full promotion terms & conditions and instructions on how to send in your polish,¬†click here.

Are there any Zoya nail polishes on your list? Will you be participating in the Zoya Nail Polish exchange? What are your top 3 Zoya nail polish picks?


Zoya Charli Swatches & Review

Zoya Charli Swatches & ReviewSome nailphiles use soft shades as a palate cleanser, but I used Zoya Charli, a green-tinged taupe as one.

(It’s one of the impressive cremes from the Zoya Focus Collection.)

For me, this is a tame shade because it’s neutral and sophisticated, but it’s far from boring.

In some lighting, it can look more taupe, and it reminds me of pebbles and rocks along a river on a fishing trip.¬†There’s something very ‘earthy’ about this colour, and I feel very calm when I see it.

My nails are the happiest when they sport loud, obnoxious, bold colours like graffiti.¬†Nevertheless, that doesn’t mean I can’t appreciate something that isn’t like carrying a gong around with you. ūüėČ

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Enter the Redbook Contest for Your Chance to Name a Zoya Nail Polish

Have you ever wanted to name a Zoya nail polish? Well, if you’re a Canadian or United States resident, this could be your once-in-a-lifetime chance!

Zoya has teamed up with Redbook magazine to offer a unique opportunity that I’m sure many nailphiles will be pretty happy about.

Enter the Redbook Contest for Your Chance to Name a Zoya Nail Polish!

There are three Zoya nail polishes: a red, plum, and gold

Redbook Name a Zoya Nail Polish

You can also see them shown below (as they appear in Redbook magazine’s September issue on page 60):

Name a Zoya Nail Polish Redbook Contest

To enter, all you have to do is submit a polish name for one of the shades. (The name should be a woman’s name, since all of Zoya’s polishes are named after women.) Then, in two to three sentences, explain what inspired you. Do all of this via the online entry form (linked further down in this post) by September 14 for your entry to qualify.

Redbook magazine’s editors will choose three winners based 50% on creativity and 50% on originality.

Zoya will launch the polishes with the chosen names in an upcoming holiday collection, and the winners will each receive gift sets!

See the rest of this post for further details.

P.S. Today, I took time off work so that I could spend the day at the ex. No, not an old boyfriend’s place. The Ex is the¬†CNE (Canadian National Exhibition)!¬†My mom wanted me to go with her and a couple of her friends.

Follow me on my Instagram, Snapchat (username: swatchandlearn), and Twitter especially because I plan on posting some photos and/or videos during the day. It’s been a while since I went to the CNE, and it’s officially the CNE’s opening day this year!

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Zoya Desiree Swatches & Review

Zoya Desiree Swatches & ReviewBrown nail polish isn’t my thing. Never have I craved a rich chocolate manicure, but when it comes to lacquer, I’ll try out any hue because you never know if it might open a window and push you toward discovering new colour territory.

Zoya Desiree¬†is one of the colours in the new Focus Collection that’s full of cremes, and I decided to go way outside of my comfort zone. With this brown, I did more than that. I went to the Twilight Zone!

No beating around the bush here. I strongly dislike this colour on my nails, even if the formula was flawless and the superior quality that I’ve come to expect from all Zoya nail polishes.

If you love browns, you’ll probably enjoy this, but I just couldn’t get over how it reminded me very strongly of a specific emoji (and it’s not the dancing woman in a red dress)! ūüėČ

When I saw this polish in the bottle, I thought that it would be a good shade for Christmas when you want to do gingerbread nail art. Other than that, I can’t picture myself pulling out this polish to wear solo ever again. Sorry, brown. We were never meant to be.

On a positive note, after I painted my nails, my first thought, other than the emoji I was referring to, was the song, Shipoopi, which is from The Music Man. (Hehe, I used to sing that song after I first heard it, and my dad always laughed.) Anyway, Shipoopi came to mind mainly because of the¬†poopi¬†part. (Uh-huh. I’m terribly mature, I know.)

In case you don’t know (most people don’t), I grew up with musicals. Name any classic musical that was produced in the 1950s and 1960s, and I probably saw it more than once, even though I was born in the 1980s. (My dad was a big fan of movies in general, but he also had all the musicals, and we used to watch them together. I have tons of fond memories from those days, and while some musicals are cheesy, I still enjoy them.)

My all-time favourite movie is a musical – The Wizard of Oz. I probably saw it for the first time when I was 4- or 5-years old. Whenever I was sick and had to stay home from school, I watched The Wizard of Oz. On the weekends, I watched The Wizard of Oz. Heck, one time, I even lost a baby tooth while watching The Wizard of Oz. No exaggeration – I probably saw it over 100 times, yet even to this day, I still enjoy it like I’m seeing it for the first time. That’s a real classic!

(Also, since childhood, I fell in love with Return to Oz! It’s my second-favourite movie of all-time. If you haven’t seen it, it’s not a musical, and it’s a dark and twisted sequel that features Fairuza Balk¬†as Dorothy Gale. Yup, the same actor who starred in The Craft! Haha, polar-opposite roles, and she was incredible in both!)

My favourite character from Return to Oz was Princess Mombi. (This was my favourite scene from the movie.) She was one of the villains, and she chopped off the heads of young maidens, and brought them to life with The Powder of Life. All the heads, she collected in a gallery, and she would switch out her own head for others. I always thought that was cool and creepy when I was a kid, and I was never into horror films. It was just that character that I found really unique, and back then, I read a LOT of books, so finding a unique character was a feat!)

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Zoya Focus Collection & Zoya Flair Collection Swatches & Bottle Shots

Zoya Focus & Flair Collection 2015 FallYesterday, 12 nail polishes followed me home and then jumped into my mailbox a few seconds before I checked it. (Funny how that happens sometimes, right?)

While I was opening up the package with the gorgeous Fall 2015 Zoya Focus Collection (cremes) and Zoya Flair Collection (metallics), I caught myself humming.

It totally made me laugh because I had a boyfriend who once told me that he noticed that whenever I open up nail mail, I always hum. When I open up bills and junk mail, I’m silent like a lamb. Never realized it until he pointed it out.

For the Zoya Focus Collection and the Zoya Flair Collection, the gorgeousness deserves much more than mere humming. It’s the type of collection that compels you to make some noise!¬†(Where’s a gong when you need one?)

As I pulled each nail polish out of the box and welcomed them all to their new, loving home, my eyes were wide like a lemur, and I was standing up at attention like a meerkat!

I snapped lots of photos and quick swatches of all the shades to share with you. Enjoy! :)

As usual, when I wear some as full manicures, I’ll do separate, in-depth reviews with swatches.

P.S. If you want to view the official Zoya Focus & Flair Collections press release, I posted it not too long ago. Click on the above link for the colour story and more information about the collection.

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