Archive for the ‘Zoya’ Category

A new Neeka photo

October 2, 2014

I think I forgot to post this one when I last talked about Neeka. Please ignore the embarrassing outfit photo. I don’t feel right taking it down but I also hate it. ANYWAY

A black plum inspired me to put Neeka on again, and look how sparkly!

Misc 003

This one never disappoints, even when I apply it lazily and have a secret bald spot that I didn’t see until just now. And it wears like iron! I think this one will be on rotation this fall.


National Coffee Day – with Philz and Zoya Casey

September 30, 2014


I love a good coffee… Might as well put this here since it’s National Coffee Day!

Philz makes a strong cup of pourover coffee, then shakes up really rich cream, creating a foamy effect without steaming the milk. It’s delicious.

The photo doesn’t show the color, but I’m wearing Zoya Casey, my absolute favorite “vampy” color. It’s way overdue for a re-shoot, so I’ll put that on my to do list.

Zoya Jem

November 19, 2011

I picked up a couple more Zoya colors thanks to Zoya’s excellent Halloween Treat (do yourself a favor and follow them on Twitter – you will get lots of deals this way!)

Zoya Jem! This is a beauty. Two smooth coats of velvety, glittery color. The duochrome flash is stronger in the bottle, but you’ll experience it on the nail as either a nice plummy purple:


Or as a reddish color with gold highlights:


In the bottle there you can see it chrome-ing its way to a bright yellow but it never gets there on my nails. I love this color wholeheartedly. It’s a gorgeous color in the reliable Zoya formula. Could not be happier.

It’s been really hard to get passably decent pictures since all my daylight hours are spent at work – but I will keep trying! If you want another shot of a particular polish, please let me know!

Zoya Neeka

November 4, 2011

Okay, I was supposed to get these Neeka pictures up right after Yara. I did wear it right after, for a wedding. But the happy event and all the travelling made it so I couldn’t get a good picture. Feast your eyes on these!


shadowy sun


Don’t you love it?! It’s like Yara, with flat gold speckles, but the other glitter shows up a little more in this one. And I think it’s a flattering purple, kind of dusty. Here’s a bottle shot that’s blurred out to show the colors of glitter:




As I mentioned before, this is part of the Smoke & Mirrors collection.


sunny sun


Another shot, just for kicks. And to make it picture-heavy, here’s my wedding attire.


I’m a slouchy-sloucher. Do you think it goes?



Zoya Shawn

October 28, 2011

I didn’t just buy Yara and Neeka when I went on my Zoya spending spree. Shawn fell into my (online) shopping cart.

full sun

Isn’t that a soothing green? I had thought that Shawn was a brighter green, but on my skin it’s pretty dark. It reminds me of billiard balls.  I don’t know why. It’s just a smooth, creamy green. This is two coats.

Here’s a huge and gratuitous picture with a wild violet leaf:

Wild Violet!

Does it seem like I have a lot of green polishes?

Zoya Yara

October 25, 2011

Of Zoya’s collections, Smoke and Mirrors is definitely my favorite. I would buy them all if I had both unlimited funds and unlimited, self-organizing storage… but that’s another story. The MUST-have for me was Yara. Olive green with gold flecks, it’s interesting without being flashy.


Click the pic to view sparklies bigger

Yeeah. Two coats, easy application. Really easy. I am so in love with the gold speckles and the formula that I’m really glad I threw Neeka in my cart as well…

Zoya Casey

October 21, 2011


Zoya had a BOGO sale for “email insiders” or whatever they call them, and I used the excuse to pick up the famous vampy, Casey.


I seriously love the color and the jelly finish, but it’s pretty streaky at two coats:



But the color! So purply-jelly-delicious! The streaks didn’t bother me that much. I wore it like this for two days (hence tipwear) and hastily took pictures while the sun laughed at me and faded away…


another view


Haha sun. I managed to throw on another coat and do a jelly sandwich. Index and ring are the jelly sandwich (a coat of Confetti Dreamdate between two coats of Zoya Casey.) The middle and pinkie show the smoother but darker 3-coat version of  Casey.  The glitter from the jelly sandwich was extremely subtle in this dark of a polish, but I liked it anyway. I think it might be easier to just buy a glitter in a wine-colored jelly base, but then again, this was fun!


Zoya has earned a fan. I love the bottles, the formula and the Smoke and Mirrors collection (more on that to come…)