Zoya Anchor Base Coat

For the longest time I was using Revlon’s basecoat but then someone said I had to try Zoya’s basecoat so I picked up a bottle. I am quite fond of it. It is a bit watery and spreads on in a thin coat. I found myself just wearing it alone a lot over the last few months. It has a nice natural nail finish.

I quite like the consistency of Zoya's Anchor Base Coat

After a few days I find it starts to peel off from wear but I have just been painting on another coat on top — and I can’t tell afterwards. It dries super fast. I am almost halfway through the bottle and it hasn’t gotten gunky like some other top coats (and nail color) do when it starts to get low.

My nails and cuticles are going through a good phase that I have been happy just wearing the base coat quite often.

I would put this on my list of keepers and will probably buy another bottle at some point. Does anyone else have any recommendations for top coats? I’d like to try Butter London’s Horse Power next — it’s a strengthener that can be used as a base coat.

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* Visit Zoya’s official site to see what’s new

Pixie Dust Toes

On Thursday I had the opportunity to go the the local spa, thanks to my mother-in-law, to get a pedicure. Much to my delight they had the new Zoya Pixie Dust colors which I have been wanting to try. It was a tough choice between Carter a royal purple and Liberty a bright blue (from the summer PD collection). Liberty won!

Blue Liberty nail polish against marble floor.

When in doubt go with the blue is what I always say. And I am glad I did. It’s a lovely bright blue.

Zoya blue nail polish against light wood.

Very opaque with wall to wall (or in this case toe to toe) sparkle.

The blue nail polish against brown leather.

The color is pretty consistent under different lighting and backgrounds but everything pops the most with black.

Blue nail polish against a black background.

It seemed like it was a little messy to work with and control but the color is awesome and I love the sparkle. This is a textured nail polish so it is rough to touch. There is no top coat on it.

Now I really do have twinkle toes!

Topic Links
* Zoya Liberty nail polish is available from Zoya
* Zoya Liberty nail polish is available from Amazon

Orange Tips and Green Dots

This past week I wanted to do something a little fall festive. In my mind I created sparkly pumpkins but in reality it didn’t work so well so I went with sparkly orange tips and green dots. It’s a personal favorite nail art that always gets lots of positive attention and is reasonably easy to do.

I used Sally Hansen’s natural gloss for the base and on the tips I used Zoya’s Tinsley which has become my favorite sparkly orange polish, not that I have a lot of orange but seriously, this stuff has perfect sparkle and I can’t help but smile everytime I see it on.

One of my all time favorite colors is this sparkly orange nail polish by Zoya.

I then strategically placed some dots along the polish line — perfect for hiding what may not be an absolutely perfect line. The dots were made with Deborah Lippmann’s Billionaire using a dotting tool.

My cute little green dots made with Deborah Lippmann's very dark green Billionaire.

When I make a line of dots I always place the center ones first then on each side I space two more. I think it really makes a difference in the symmetry appearance.

A look at my nails in subdued light.

As you can see my nails are short again. I am having a hard time with the squaring off. It just doesn’t feel natural and the corners keep getting caught, even with the sharp points taken off. I will persevere though, for a few more weeks anyway.

A look at my nails in brighter light.

Topic Links
* Get your Tinsley from Zoya
* Get your Billionaire from Deborah Lippmann

Zoya Tinsley

The first polish I tried from my Nail Polish Canada purchase was the orange Zoya by the name of Tinsley (ZP671). I loved it from the first brush stroke. It is a pale orange which I think works better for my skin tone than a lot of the brighter or neon ones. It is also easier on the eyes. There is a whole lot of minute sparkles in this nail polish which makes it shiny in all kinds of lighting. Here it is under natural lighting:

Zoya Tinsley in natural lighting.

And here it is under a lamp:

Zoya Tinsley under lamp lighting.

I put on two coats and a topcoat (I probably could have put on a third coat but I was happy with the look of two). I found it surprisingly durable even after a full day of housework with my hands in and out of water.

This orange nail polish is from Zoya’s summer collection but I plan on using it as it gets closer to Halloween too.

Topic Links
* Get Zoya’s Tinsley Nail Polish from Amazon