Yesterday was a long day. I opted for an one color type of manicure today. This was a little find at a local supermarket while I was picking up some fruit to make a fruit salad. I think when I walk into any store and I see little bottles of color I blank out and all of a sudden I have a bottle of nail polish in my hand–just kidding–but I do find myself gravitating to the area when I see nail polish in sight! Does anyone else get that feeling?
On the Zoya website, they describe Zuza as
“Deep, saturated, oceanic turquoise with gold and silver metallic shimmer and a foil-like finish. A beachy, colorful, foil-like shade with the perfect balance between blue and green.”
And it is just that. A perfect description of the polish–I couldn’t have said it any better than myself. My pictures look a little on the darker side, but in the sunlight you definitely see the “beachy” shade of turquoise. By having the metallic shimmers in this polish, it helps to make this color so versatile. It’s a great trendy color for this year since everyone is saying bright colors are the new black. I definitely paired this fun turquoise with a bright orange plaid shirt–which is out of my ordinary black and gray–it’s the new normal!
If you guys come across this shade I definitely recommend it. It is the perfect shade for winter and spring. Plus it looks good on any skin tone!
Day 3 of the challenge–OPI La Paz-itively Hot and OPI Gold Shatter.
I purchased OPI LPH a while back, but (like many of my other polishes) I never used it. I don’t know how many hot pink bottles of nail polish I have, but at first glance they all look the same. What’s the difference then? This deep, bright pink has a very subtle pearl sheen to it. The formula is thin, not too thick and with one coat it can be a little sheer. With two coats you get opaque coverage. At first I wasn’t sure if I wanted to use a bright pink at the end of January, but I was getting tired of the dark winter colors and I can’t wait for Spring. One thing I will say–if you’re passing by a huge collection of pink polishes that all look the same, don’t think to yourself, “I already have a color like that.” My advice, stop and open the bottle. I like to check out the polish. I usually pull the brush out a little bit and look for 3 things:
The consistency–How fast does it run off the brush?
The finish–Is it cream? Is it pearl? Does it have glitter?
The opacity-How much of the brush itself can I actually see?
If there is a sign that says “don’t open polish” do it really fast (LoL) because no one likes dupes.
OPI Gold Shatter…What’s to say about gold shatter?…
At first I was nervous applying this one as well. I haven’t used it since I bought it and I was afraid it wouldn’t shatter because it was old. I shook it up really well and gave it a go and I remembered why I highly anticipated this shatter. Gold shatter does more than just add a shattered texture to your nails, but it adds a nice little sparkle. I like the bright pink, but I LOVE the sparkle in the shatter. In fact it’s taking me a while to type this post because I can’t stop watching the shatter glisten in this lighting. hahah.
Day 2 of this challenge includes two Essie polishes–Stylenomics & Stroke of Brilliance.
Stylenomics is described by Essie as a “Wealthy, rich, and opulent dark green,” and it definitely lives up to this description. I found Stylenomics to have a very rich formula. It’s thin enough to give a smooth application, but it’s thick enough to get good coverage with once swipe. The color in and of itself is so rich in color. The green runs so deep it’s practically black.
Stroke of Brilliance is a luxeffect polish of platinum-powder blue- large hexagon and small round glitters. The glitter in this clear polish is suspended just enough to apply this polish as a glitter gradient tip. I think the secret to a successful glitter gradient tip is having the glitter sparsely suspended (slightly) so you can add as many layers to get just the right amount of gradation. What do I mean?
When doing glitter gradients it’s best to build upon each layer, but starting each layer lower than the previous layer. So starting from the top of your nail bed (cuticle) you want to have at least one full length stroke, from cuticle to tip, with the least amount of glitter possible trying to avoid using the big glitter pieces. Second stroke starts about halfway below the cuticle with a mixture of glitter–trying to apply a little more glitter than your first stroke. Repeat this process until you notice the gradient. I usually try to use the big glitters around the tip so that it fills the space, but has the illusion of a lot of glitter.