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One More Christmas Mani With My-Stash Lacquer

Today I have a new to me indie, My-Stach Lacquer.  Danielle sent me a couple of her Christmas polishes, which arrived in perfect time as I was completely out of ideas for Christmas manis.  I also have two more polishes from My-Stash, which I will post in a couple of days.

Nog Nog is a yellow toned beige creme with small copper glitter and purple microglitter.  The formula on this was smooth but a bit thick.  Nog Nog is very pigmented so the glitter gets a bit lost in the base, but it creates an interesting speckled effect.  I used 2 coats plus top coat.

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My-Stash Lacquer Nog Nog

Jolly Holly is a glitter topper packed with red and green micro bar glitter.  I love the look of this, there is a ton of glitter in this one, and it goes on smoothly.  My ring finger shows 2 coats of Jolly Holly over Nog Nog, and a glitter gradient on the rest of my nails, plus top coat.

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My-Stash Lacquer Jolly Holly

You can find My-Stach Lacquer on Etsy, full size bottles retail  for $6 and mini bottles for $3.  These two are both still available in Danielle’s shop, and Jolly Holly is currently on sale for 40% off!  You can also follow My-Stash Lacquer on Facebook.

*The products in this post were provided by the company for an honest review.

Christmas Mani 2 with Zoya

This morning I did my second Christmas manicure (technically my 3rd, but I didn’t get pictures of the last one.)  I did a red and gold ruffian manicure for this one, something I have always wanted to do but considered a bit too far into the realm of nail art for my patience.  It was actually much easier than I thought, and I think I’m going to have to get more creative with my polish more often!

I used Zoya Ziv for the gold, and this was actually a lot prettier than I expected.  I just bought it because I don’t really have a good gold in my collection.  Ziv is a glittery gold that ends up with a foil-like finish, I used 2 coats and the formula was perfect.

Zoya Ziv and Rekha 2

On top of that is Rekha, a deep red jelly.  I used 2 coats, and could still see a bit of the gold shining through, which I liked since it gave the red a bit of a shimmer.  On it’s own, I think I would have needed 3 coats for full coverage.  The formula was good on this one too, just a tad thicker than Ziv.

Zoya Ziv and Rekha

This is my favorite holiday look so far, I can’t stop looking at my nails!  Tomorrow I’m picking up some hole reinforcers to recreate a mani I saw while browsing nail blogs.

Zoya Payton + Color Lock System Review

So I had high expectations for Zoya’s Color Lock System.  I’ve read some great reviews, and I am always looking for something that will make my nail polish last longer.  For my review, I planned on taking pictures every day to show the wear, and imagined that I would be tortured with having to wear the same polish for a week or longer.  But that fear didn’t last long, as my manicure with color lock started chipping just as quickly as any other.

First, swatches of Zoya Payton.  This one is from their winter collection, and it is beautiful.  Zoya describes it as cranberry, but it’s more of a purple, with holographic glitter.  The formula was great and I’m showing 2 coats with Zoya Color Lock.

Zoya Payton

Zoya Payton 2

Now, for the Color Lock System.  The first aspect is Remove+, Zoya’s nail polish remover.  I have used this before, and it really is a great remover.  It melts the polish right off with minimal effort, and is moisturizing unlike pure acetone.  It is a bit pricey, otherwise I would use it exclusively.  There are several recipes around the internet to make your own Remove+, and as soon as I stop being too lazy to go out and find glycerin, I will be making my own.

The next step is Zoya Anchor, a base coat.  There is nothing remarkable about Anchor, it’s a base coat and does it’s job as such.  Armor is the top coat, and is meant to be used with fast dry drops.  I have never tried quick dry drops before, always opting for quick dry top coats instead.  As a top coat, Armor isn’t bad.  It is shiny, and with the aide of quick dry drops, it dries pretty quickly.  However, it doesn’t dry as quick or solid as other top coats I’ve tried, and I have managed to smudge every single manicure I’ve done with Zoya Color Lock.  As for the quick dry drops themselves…hate ’em.  Not only is it an extra step, but I find them very messy.  One drop on each nail results in my cuticle area and fingertips being covered in the drops, and I can’t wash them off since my polish is still drying.

Overall, I would skip Zoya Color Lock.  Remove+ is awesome, and Anchor is a decent base coat, but the system as a whole did not deliver on it’s promise of longer lasting manicures.  Their nail polish, however, is fantastic, and after my Black Friday haul, you can expect to see a ton of Zoya swatches coming up!

You can find Zoya here.  Have any of you had experience with Color Lock?

My First Christmas Manicure of the Year!

I finally got around to doing something Christmasy on my nails.  I have no patience for nail art, so glitter gradients are about as far as I’ve ventured into the nail art realm.  And a glitter gradient is exactly what I have today!

I used Darling Diva Black Diamond as the base, and China Glaze Party Hearty over that.  Party Hearty is a glitter topper with red, green, and gold glitters in different sizes.

China Glaze Party Hearty + Darling Diva Black Diamond 2

This was part of China Glaze’s 2010 Christmas collection, but it is still one of my favorites.  However, I think it’s time for a new favorite.  When I opened this up, it was pretty dried up.  After 3 full droppers of Seche Restore, I finally got it back to something resembling nail polish.  Unfortunately, I think it may be time to retire this one.

China Glaze Party Hearty + Darling Diva Black Diamond

The awesome holo in Black Diamond was pretty much over taken by Party Hearty, but I still enjoyed this as an understated Christmas manicure.

China Glaze Party Hearty + Darling Diva Black Diamond 3

Any recommendations for a must-have Christmas glitter?

Nire’s Desire Winter Wonderland

Today I have another newer indie brand for you, Nire’s Desire.  Erin sent me a few of her polishes to try, and I am so impressed with her brand.  Everything from the labels to the brushes to the polish formula screams quality.

First up is one of her core colors, Angelic Little Devil.  This is an orangey red base with a scattered holo.  The holo is super bright in this one, and the formula is perfect, plus it dries quickly.  This is 2 easy coats with top coat.

Nire's Desire Angelic Little Devil

Nire's Desire Angelic Little Devil 4

Check out that holo!

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Nire's Desire Angelic Little Devil 2

The next two polishes are part of her winter collection, and are scheduled to be released today.

Winter Is Coming is a sheer icy blue base packed with different sizes of holo glitter and holo snowflakes!  I used one coat over Nails Inc. Belgrave Place, plus top coat.  I did have to place the snowflake glitters, but they were super easy to fish out of the bottle.

Nire's Desire Winter Is Coming 2

Nire's Desire Winter Is Coming 3

The pictures don’t totally capture how sparkly this one is in person.  It is really beautiful, and over dark blue looks like a winter night sky!

Nire's Desire Winter Is Coming

Winter Wonderland is a blue jelly base full of blue. purple, and silver holo glitter, plus holo snowflakes.  The formula was a bit thicker on this one, but totally worth it!  I did 3 coats, a coat of gelous plus top coat.  Again, I placed the snowflake glitter.

Nire's Desire Winter Wonderland 3

Nire's Desire Winter Wonderland

Nire's Desire Winter Wonderland 2

You can buy Nire’s Desire on Etsy for $8-$10 for a 13 mL bottle.  You can also follow her on Facebook.  Erin is offering a buy 3, get the 4th free promotion for Cosmetical readers.  Just leave a note on your order with the free polish you’d like, and tell her Stephanie at the Cosmetical sent you!  Trust me, you need Nire’s Desire in your life!

*The products in this post were provided by the company for an honest review.