A Passion for Nail Polish


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NYFW Rolando Santana Nail Art

Zoya Nail Polish is doing a million giveaways right now, one of which is a collaboration with designer Rolando Santana.

I was inspired by the A/W14 collection and did some nail art! This is my right hand, which means I had to do the nail art (mostly just manipulating tape) with my non dominant, left hand. The dominant hand is often referred to as the Cinderella hand, because the right
hand does all the hard work in manicures and nail art, but doesn’t
get featured in photos.


The second photo is a bit darker, but it shows Zoya’s Melodie by herself. This is a discontinued shade, and I had
to search high and low for this one. Despite being labeled as “brand
new” my bottle smells funky (not in a good way) and was NOT full. I paid more than the retail price of 7.00 USD – 8.00 USD and I had shipping costs on top of that. I’ll still keep it and use it though, because I have a nail polish hoarding problem.


P.S – Zoya Dahlia is a surprise favourite of mine… I might start rocking more dark or black polishes now!


Zoya “Naturel” Look

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This is probably the easiest mani I have done,
while still including some “nail art”! It was inspired by Butter
London’s design for Lela Rose’s NYFW 2014 show. To start, I avoided
putting down base coat because I wanted a super clean look to the
mani – I’m not too concerned because Zoya is a 5-Free polish brand,
and the company advertises that it’s safe for new moms too. That’s
good enough for me, and I don’t leave my manicures on that long
anyway (too many ideas, not enough finger nails!
#firstworldproblems!) if you NEED base coat, or are using a more
toxic polish, I suggest you take the extra time to lay down some
base coat, let it dry completely before proceeding with the
following steps! With a regular piece of Scotch tape, I taped off
the bottom half (cuticle end, not at the tips) of my nail at a
diagonal angle. Then, with Zoya Cho I painted a thin coat on the
exposed nail. I ripped the tape off immediately to get crisp clean
lines. Once that first coat was dry, I carefully did a second coat,
keeping within the lines of my first coat to achieve more opacity.
Finally, top with a clear coat (I used OPI Top Coat, I don’t
discriminate that much between brands…) and you’ve got a super
shiny, über easy, and very chic looking manicure! Let me know if
you tried this, and if there are other NYFW manicures that inspired