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Another Christmas Mani

So I tried some nail art.  I loved this look by The Nail Network, and although it’s more complicated than anything I’m typically willing to try, I decided I had to give it a shot.  Well, it didn’t work out so hot.  After a couple hours of waiting for the base color to dry, messing it up the first time I tried to put the stickers on and redoing it, I had an acceptable manicure.  Then I decided to go for the gold dots.  I do not own a dotting tool, but have read that a toothpick will work it it’s place.  It doesn’t.  I ended up completely messing it up, took the whole thing off and decided to go for something fool proof.  So this is what I ended up with.

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This is China Glaze Emerald Sparkled with a glitter gradient using Zoya Maria Luisa.  Emerald Sparkled is one of my old favorites, and every time I use it I fall in love with it again.  Maria Luisa is awesome too, its a gold flake glitter that applies smoothly and lays flat on the nail.

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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.

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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?