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Monday, 18 July 2011

Zoya Smoke Swatches & Review






Putty/greyish taupe with plummy undertones

This is such a great, simple color! It applied flawlessly, and is a perfect toned-down, yet still trés chic color for fall!

Opacity scale (1-5): 3

Use for Konad: TBA 

Finish: Creme, 2 coats to be opaque






Raisin-toned grey. 

Another amazing neutral for fall. I love the undertones in this polish - and can totally see myself wearing the crap outta this polish. Appears darker on the nail than in the bottle in real life. 

Opacity scale (1-5): 3

Use for Konad: TBA

Finish: Creme, 2 coats to be opaque







Bittersweet dark, rich chocolate with a tinge of a murky green undertone

Seriously? Look at that shine. This color is stunning. Perfect for a night out, or for a little bit of edge without going all out with black. 

Opacity scale (1-5): 3

Use for Konad: TBA

Finish: Creme, 2 coats to be opaque






Rich port wine color/Black cherry

This full-bodied wine color screams fall. Dark, sexy and vampy, this polish is an amazing excuse to do a manicure when the leaves turn! My bottle seemed a little thicker than the others in the collection, probably a fluke though.

Opacity scale (1-5): 3

Use for Konad: TBA

Finish: Creme, 2 coats to be opaque





Blackened teal with a hint of shimmer

Another fabulous twist on black in this smoke collection. I love that this color skirts the line of being black, but still stays true to it's teal-y goodness. You can even catch a touch of microscopic shimmer if you look hard enough!

Opacity scale (1-5): 3

Use for Konad: TBA

Finish: While technically a creme, it contains a hint of shimmer. 2 coats





Olive drab with yellow undertones

Ooooh, hey there pretty lady! I'm such a sucker for murky olives, and this gorgeous polish is no different. It should be no surprise that this is my favorite of the Smoke collection. These colors look horrible on me - damn my red undertones, but I just can't stay away!

Opacity scale (1-5): 3

Use for Konad: TBA

Finish: Creme, 2 coats to be opaque



What it really comes down to...

Anyone who has ever had the pleasure of using a Zoya polish knows that they rarely disappoint, and this half of the Smoke & Mirrors collection is no exception. Every color is a trendy, simple, chic, and amazing addition to your fall nail wardrobe. The standouts for me are definitely Dree and Petra, with Codie making it a tight race. 

Zoya nail polish can be found at the links above, www.zoya.com, or at ULTA stores and salons for $8 a bottle. 

Disclosure: the products in this post were provided to me by the manufacturer for review. 


Friday, 15 July 2011

NEW WINNER CHOSEN!


Because one of the winners (LYB2268J) did not respond, I selected a NEW winner! and it's....



Congrats!  Please email me your Full Name, Address, and email address. :)  thedailynail (at) gmail (dot) com. You have until midnight tonight (7/15) to respond. Preferably sooner, so it can be shipped out today! :)

Thursday, 14 July 2011

Zoya Smoke & Mirrors Giveaway Winners!!


Hey all- the moment you've all been waiting for— the winners of the Zoya Smoke & Mirrors Giveaway!!

I decided to choose three winners from Blog comments, and 3 winners from Twitter! All winners were chosen randomly using a random number generator, and only one entry was counted from each place (twitter/blog comments).

The winners for the blog are:




So winners - please email me your Full Name, Address, and Email Address!  thedailynail (at) gmail (dot) com. :)  Congratulations!!  You have until 11:59 PM PST on 6/14 (Thursday) to claim your prize, or a new winner will be chosen. :)

To see who won on twitter- check out my Twitter feed— @dailynail! :)

Tuesday, 12 July 2011

Layla Magneffect Polishes


I had the pleasure of attending the International Beauty Show again this year here in Vegas, and trust me, it didn't disappoint! I found some amazing polishes, crackles and gel polishes seemed to be the trend, but the Layla booth featured something I've been lemming for ages—MAGNETIC POLISH!  As you may (or may not) know, essence cosmetics released some magnetic polishes in Europe, but they didn't seem to make their way over here to the states. Imagine my excitement when I met the lovely ladies at the Layla booth - even the creator! I was literally shaking so bad from excitement over finally having magnetic polish within my reach that I couldn't even get it to work! lol (I couldn't hold the magnet still!)

Anyway, they were gracious enough to send me home with a couple to try out - and I have to say - I'm completely enamored. Yes, it did take me a while to get the hang of it, so I could produce the bold stripes at similar diagonal angles, but once I did.... there's no stopping me - I want more!  My favorite thing (besides the magnetic awesomeness) is that the magnet is actually on the top of the lid - no need to buy a separate one, which is nice! (and, the magnet features a printed stripe to tell you what direction the stripes will go!)

They said that they plan on debuting these in the US at CosmoProf this year, so keep an eye out after that!!






Olivey-gold metallic (magnetic)

Love this color. It's such a nice twist on gold. I love the green-y hue of it! Applied nicely, but I had to paint 2 coats before I used the magnet to create the design. This color sort of reminds me of a tiger eye stone. SO pretty. 

Opacity scale (1-5): 2.25

Use for Konad: Might be an ok stamping polish, but why would you want to waste its magnetic awesomeness when you can't use the magnet after it's stamped?

Finish: Magnetic, metallic, 2 coats.







Teal blue metallic (magnetic)

Another great color - I love that it isn't a typical gold or silver metallic magnetic polish. This polish was much more opaque than Gold Nugget. Very sparkly!

Opacity scale (1-5): 3

Use for Konad: Might be an ok stamping polish, but why would you want to waste its magnetic awesomeness when you can't use the magnet after it's stamped?

Finish: Magnetic, metallic, 1-2 coats.

Disclosure: Products in this post were provided by the manufacturer for review. 


Sunday, 10 July 2011

Zoya Smoke & Mirrors Giveaway! 6 WINNERS!



So exciting news! I got an email from the fabulous nail polish fairies at Zoya, and they said they wanted to give 6 of my readers an entire Smoke & Mirrors nail color wardrobe! How awesome is that?! (and trust me, you WANT these!)

Each color wardrobe will contain:


1 - Zoya Smoke Collection Sampler (6 - 0.5oz bottles)

Jana (ZP564) - smoky mauve quartz cream

Petra (ZP565) - smoky eggplant mauve cream

Codie (ZP566) - smoky brown taupe cream

Anja (ZP567) - smoky palatinate purple cream

Cynthia (ZP568) - smoky Prussian blue cream

Dree (ZP569) - smoky camouflage green cream



1 - Zoya Mirrors Collection Sampler (6 - 0. 5 oz bottles)

Nimue (ZP570) - smoky rich thistle metallic

Marina (ZP571) - smoky steel blue metallic

Tao (ZP572) - smoky slate gray metallic

Yara (ZP573) - sparkly olive green metallic

Neeka (ZP574) - sparkly amethyst purple metallic

Jem (ZP575) - sparkly fandango pink metallic


All you have to do to be eligible for this contest are as follows:

1. Live in the continental US (sorry International readers, Zoya can only ship to the continental US/No P.O. Boxes)

2. Comment on this post with what you love about Zoya polishes!

3. Follow this blog (The Daily Nail: Reviews blog, not just The Daily Nail)

4. Follow on Twitter: @dailynail  and to hear about other great promos, etc, @Zoya_NailPolish and RT "Follow and RT @dailynail to win a Fall 2011 Smoke & Mirrors color wardrobe from @Zoya_NailPolish! http://reviews.thedailynailblog.com"

Contest ends Wednesday, July 13, 2011 at 11:59 Pacific Time, prizes ship out from Zoya on Friday, July 15!

Tuesday, 5 July 2011

ZOYA Smoke & Mirrors


OK, so I'm sure that you've all seen this press release, but I simply HAD to post it - I mean, TWO amazing greens in one color collection? Yes, please!  I'm positively drooling over Yara, Neeka, Dree, and Cynthia. As always, as soon as I get my hands on them, I'll get them swatched and reviewed! :)


fall 2011 nail color
smoke and mirrors
...beautiful illusions

Zoya Nail Polish presents 12 enticing and mysterious new colors for fall 2011.

Zoya Smoke Collection
Jana (ZP564) - smoky mauve quartz cream
Petra (ZP565) - smoky eggplant mauve cream
Codie (ZP566) - smoky brown taupe cream
Anja (ZP567) - smoky palatinate purple cream
Cynthia (ZP568) - smoky Prussian blue cream
Dree (ZP569) - smoky camouflage green cream

Zoya Mirrors Collection
Nimue (ZP570) - smoky rich thistle metallic
Marina (ZP571) - smoky steel blue metallic
Tao (ZP572) - smoky slate gray metallic
Yara (ZP573) - sparkly olive green metallic
Neeka (ZP574) - sparkly amethyst purple  metallic
Jem (ZP575) - sparkly fandango pink metallic

Zoya is the new color of fashion... The new Zoya smoke & mirrors colors were designed and inspired by top fashion designers and beauty icons.

Ultra long-wearing, glossy nail lacquers  by Zoya are free of harmful industrial chemicals like toluene, camphor, formaldehyde, resin, dibutyl phthalate (DBP) that are known to cause cancer and birth defects.

Find Zoya smoke & mirrors as well as over 300 other high-fashion Zoya shades at www.zoya.com. As always, each and every Zoya color is made for beautiful women so we name them after beautiful women.
smoke & mirrors by Zoya - available July 15, 2011 (USA)

Sug. Retail $8.00 per 0.5 fl. oz. bottle (US)