Gelish MINI The Big Chill Collection Swatches and Review

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Hey there! More swatches today. I haven’t featured gel polish on the blog for awhile. I love gel and if I didn’t change my polish so much, I’d definitely wear it more often. The Gelish MINI The Big Chill Collection (press release here) includes five cool shades with shimmery finishes and one warm coppery glitter. I’m obsessed with two of these so let’s get started.

Gelish MINI The Big Chill Collection

Call Me Jill Frost is an intense purple. The shimmery pearl finish gives the color so much depth. It is seriously gorgeous and I’m crazy about it.

Gelish MINI Call Me Jill Frost

Cupcake Polish Queen Collection Swatches and Review

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Hi guys! The blog is back in business! In addition to all of my recent busy-ness (see this post to learn what I’ve been up to), my webhost has been having major issues over the last few weeks that have caused the site to be intermittently inaccessible. If anyone has a recommendation for a good WordPress host, I’d love to hear it! Email me at

Okay, so I’ve got an absolutely gorgeous collection by Cupcake Polish to show you today. The Queen Collection is a five-piece set with a thoughtful inspiration (which I’ll share). All are rich gemstone-colored, linear holos packed with shimmer. They’re available now at Details are at the end of this post.

Cupcake Polish Queen Collection

So let’s get to the swatches. All are two coats of polish and one coat of topcoat. I’ll say this once – the formula was smooth with a strong holo effect, intense color, and great coverage.This is one of those collections where each one is beautiful on it’s own, but all five look amazing together. You’ll want the entire set! :)

Catherine is inspired by Catherine the Great of Russia. She ruled during Russia’s Golden Age and is credited for expanding the Russian Empire and allowing the arts to flourish. Catherine is a beautiful, deep pink…practically a red.

Cupcake Polish Catherine

Victoria (the name of my mom and a dear friend!) is inspired by Queen Victoria of Great Britian and Ireland. She’s considered one of the most influential Queens in history and is credited for bringing both political and social reforms to her kingdom.” Victoria (the polish) is a deep purple with a subtle red shift and pink shimmer. It looks like a manipulated the color and effect in my photo, but I didn’t. This shade is stunning!

Cupcake Polish Victoria

ILNP Ultra Chrome Flakies Nail Art, Swatches and Review

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Doesn’t it seem like everything that CAN be done with nail polish…HAS been done? That’s why it’s so exciting when something new comes along. And color-shifting flakies popped up everywhere this fall. Today I have ILNP’s take on this new phenomenon. The ILNP Ultra Chrome Flakies Collection has just been restocked. Go grab your faves fast because they always sell out!.

ILNP Ultra Chrome Flakies Collection

I did something a little different for today’s post. My camera/lighting setup just isn’t the best for capturing color-shifts. Or maybe it’s the way I pose my hand? Anyway, I photographed all 13 polishes on swatch sticks. Then I focused on what I love to do best…nail art. The translucent quality of the flakies reminds me of stained glass, so I went with that theme and used four of my favorites (Success, Supernova, Electric Carnival and Metropolis) to create this nail art.

ILNP Ultra Chrome Flakies Stained Glass Nail Art

I started with a plain black base and used striping tape to lay out the sections. I had to move fast because the flakies would pull up along with the tape if they dried too much. I dabbed a pretty generous coat in each section of one nail with a small brush and immediately removed the tape. I finished with two coats of KBShimmer Clearly on Top to smooth everything out.

Zoya Wishes PixieDust Gradient + Classic, Ultra, and Magical PixieDust: What’s the difference and are they discontinued?

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UPDATE: The original post was missing some Pixies! I’ve removed the graphic while I fix it and will re-upload later. Thanks to everyone who pointed out my error!  I had proofed it a million times and I never would have noticed. :)

Happy New Year! I had four solid days off and made so much progress on my house. It felt good to get some work done. I’m not the only one who’s been busy! Zoya has announced not one, but two new upcoming collections. Naturel Satins is a transitional collection of six neutral colors in a low-sheen finish (press release here). And the Zoya Delights Collection includes three cremes and three “flash metallics” in fun, airy shades that are perfect for Spring (press release here).

So today I have a hybrid pretty nail art/informational post. A few readers have asked if I knew the difference between Zoya’s PixieDust releases and honestly, I didn’t…not technically, at least. There are three so far: Classic PixieDust, Ultra PixieDust, and Magical PixieDust. Since I had a simple look using the Zoya Wishes Collection ready to post,  I thought I’d reach out to Zoya for some PixieDust lowdown. First, the nail art. Keep reading for the deets on all things PixieDust.

Zoya Wishes Collection

Zoya Wishes is the 2014 Holiday/Winter Collection. It includes six polishes, three of which are Classic PixieDust. I haven’t seen a PixieDust gradient and wanted to give it a go. It worked! I used Thea, a deep purple, on four fingers and created the gradient using Thea and Nori, a royal blue, as an accent.

Zoya PixieDust Wishes Collection

I started the gradient using a sponge, but it wasn’t laying the jelly base down densely enough (it was just depositing the glitter). So I did the gradient a little differently than normal. I actually used the polish brushes and roughly painted half the nail with each color. After it dried, I then used the sponge to fade the two colors.

Zoya PixieDust Wishes Collection

It was super easy and I love the blue and purple together. As with all PixieDust applications, I skipped the topcoat. Isn’t it fun? I love how it catches the light.

Zoya PixieDust Wishes Collection

The Zoya Wishes Collection is available now. Regular polishes retail for $9.00 each (US) and the PixieDust shades are $10.00 each. They can be purchased at, select stores and spas and in ULTA beauty stores (not online). Zoya offers frequent promotions, so be sure to follow their Facebook and Instagram to get the scoop!

More About Zoya PixieDust

Zoya PixieDust is a special edition polish that creates a matte, textured, glittery finish when applied without topcoat. The classic PixieDust formula was first announced in late 2012 for a January 2013 release. Since then, Zoya has debuted two more varieties as part of other collections and special trios. Zoya’s Creative Director, Rebecca Isa, was kind enough to explain the differences between the three PixieDust formulas:

Zoya Classic PixieDust uses three different micro particles‎ to achieve a fine, yet multi-dimensional finish. Two of the particles are a proprietary blend that we developed and they are also the particles that are responsible for the extra-long wear. The Zoya Magical PixieDust formula uses the classical PixieDust base plus an addition of a small and large holographic particle. Zoya Ultra PixieDust uses the classic PixieDust base plus small and large tone on tone particles to achieve a slightly edgier look.”

To date, 27 30 PixieDusts have been released. All are still available on the Zoya site. (Note: As of this posting, if you do a search by color and choose the PixieDust finish, only 24 of the colors appear. The Magical PixieDusts are on the site, you’ll just have to hunt for them.) The graphic below shows the polishes in order of release date [click to enlarge]. I’m a huge fan of these polishes, especially the later releases. I must say my all time fave is Cosmo. The finish is like diamonds encrusted on your nails! So perfect for a party.

PixieDust Retirement

I heard that the PixieDust polishes were being discontinued, but Zoya reps clarified that they are simply being retired. There was no pigment, formulation, or source issues at all. Rather as special edition polishes, their day has come. However, Zoya hinted that PixieDusts may be re-released at any time and new colors just might pop-up in the future! As much as I like these polishes, I think it’s a great idea to retire them for now and continue the finish in special releases. It makes them extra special!

What do you think? Love them or over them?

Disclosure: Polishes used in this post were provided by Zoya for my consideration. All opinions are my own. This post may contain affiliate links. For more information, please see my disclosure policy.

Zoya Delight Collection (Spring 2015)

Zoya Delight Collection Spring 2015

Get ready for mouth-watering spring delights from Zoya! Inspired by the soft and airy colors of the season, Zoya Delight serves up three cheerful creams and three turquoise flash metallics for an updated, flirty way to wear pastels! All in the full-coverage, long-wearing, Big5Free* formula Zoya Nail Polish is famous for.

Zoya Delight Collection Spring 2015

  • ZP772/Rayne: Dewy, spring blue with an energizing turquoise metallic flash.
  • ZP773/Lillian: Faded aquamarine with a glossy cream finish.
  • ZP774/Tiana: Palette-cleansing ‘pistachio gelato’ green in a glossy cream finish.
  • ZP775/Daisy: Refreshing ‘lemon merengue’ yellow with a turquoise metallic flash.
  • ZP776/Leslie: Soft spring lavender with a turquoise metallic flash.
  • ZP777/Eden: Classic spring flower pink in a glossy cream finish.

Zoya Delight Collection Spring 2015

**BIG5FREE: Zoya Professional Nail Lacquer formula contains no formaldehyde, formaldehyde resin, dibutyl phthalate, toluene or camphor.

AVAILABLE 02/02/15!


$9 (US)

Available in top salons, spas and on

Super Black Lacquers Fall 2014 Collection Swatches and Review

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Hello all! Happy New Year! Be safe tonight as you celebrate! We’ll be keeping it in the neighborhood. I’m so grateful for a cul-de-sac full of great people. :)

On to the nails! So unfortunately Super Black Lacquers (SBL) 2014 Fall Collection fell in line right as my recent camera issues started. But fortunately, Natalie Dee’s creations are always wonderfully seasonally independent…appropriate for any time of year. The 2014 Fall Collection (still her most recent release…which is available now at includes two shimmers, a metallic, a crelly, and a (super) dense glitter. As always, I love SBL’s thoughtful and unique color combinations and her formulas are always on point.

Super Black Lacquers (SBL) Fall 2014

Bruiser is a medium purple with a TON of silver shimmer. The result is almost frosty, but still really modern. The formula was really nice. This is two easy coats.

Super Black Lacquers Bruiser (Fall 2014)

Next up is Semi-Automatic. It’s a deep gunmetal gray metallic. It’s a touch brush-strokey, but it adds to the look, I think. If you look closely, it has this cool blue shimmer. I used two coats.

Zoya Naturel Satins (Transitional 2015)

Zoya Naturel Satins 2015
The next generation of Zoya Naturel is almost here! Introducing, Zoya Naturel Satins, a collection of six new, neutral nail polish colors in an ultra-wearable, low-sheen, chic satin finish. A hybrid between matte and glossy polishes, the new Zoya Satin* formula provides opaque coverage and is longer lasting than traditional matte shades. The flawlessly smooth finish hides imperfections and creates a luxurious, satin finish nail look.

Zoya Naturel Satins 2015

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