Zoya Sunshine Summer 2018 Collection Makes Me B-A-N-A-N-A-S

The Not So Sunny Side

Dear readers, before I amaze and astound you with the beautiful and bright Zoya Summer 2018 Collection, I have some news. Some rather life-changing news. Some rock your world, or at least my world, kind of news. 

Since the beginning of Nailed It, you've seen posts and words about my life, which involved a long-time boyfriend. As of late March, that's all changed. That boy and I have broken up, after a decade of being with one another. I've ridden and will continue to ride the rollercoaster of emotions that comes with terminating such a big part of my early adult life. There's good times and bad, but I know this needed to happen. I won't bore you with the nitty gritty of it all, and if you're dying to know, I can be reached by email. Ultimately, I'll be ok. Just know that this has been the focus of my life, and it's been all-consuming. Sorry about that. Friendships have been tested over it. Belonging have been lost over it. Tears have been shed over it. Gallons and gallons of tears. But it's happened and I'm coping. Healthy or not, I'm coping. 

A wonderful, special, serendipitous client of mine suggested I read Tiny Beautiful Things when she learned what I was going through. To those of you who are, have, or will soon be going through something equally world-shattering, I couldn't recommend this book more. If you're familiar with Wild (the book-turned-movie starring Reese Witherspoon), you're familiar with Cheryl Strayed, whose excerpts from an advice column make up Tiny Beautiful Things. This book has helped me learn things about myself and everyone around me that I was otherwise blind to, willingly or obliviously. Her words aren't perfect, and her advice stings sometimes, but both provided a lot of insight I needed. 

One coping mechanism gained through Tiny Beautiful Things is to focus on the things you have, and the triumphs you have achieved. My coworkers constantly remind me that humble or not, I have achieved some pretty amazing things in my life as a nail blogger. After listing those things for myself, I know that pouring my empty heart into something I love is what will help fill it again. Nail art does that for me. 

So bear with me as I go through construction of a new life, and let me know you enjoy this. I certainly do, and nothing can change that but me. There you go, and there you have it. 

Now some nail polish.

The Sunny Side

Today's review is full of bright pinks that make me smile - the Zoya Sunshine collection for Summer 2018. There was lots of things I could do with the organic gradient of pinks it offers, but all I've been wanting to do is bananas. Every single home decorating store I've walked into or Googled has some accent of banana leaves or similar fern. So I used a few colors as the basis for my tropical getaway and ran with it. For the base of the leaves, introducing Jack. For the base of the fruit, introducing Minnie

B-A-N-A-N-A-S for Nails by Nailed It @ www.blognailedit.co

I used an entire Zoya palette (except the black) for the nail art too. Darcy is the tireless yellow. I've accented the greens, Ness and Wyatt, with Snow White. Freehand, of course.

Swatches of Zoya Sunshine

Zoya - Clementine
Zoya - Clementine
Clementine (2 coats) is a warm peachy pink with gold shimmer throughout, warming it up even more. Like a fresh sunburn slathered up with shimmering aloe gel. 

Zoya - Delia
Zoya - Delia
Delia (2 coats) is a rich and bold lilac creme. And speaking of lilac, the bushes in Boulder are all in FULL bloom right now. It might be the most intoxicating smell that's ever passed under my nose.

Zoya - Ellie
Zoya - Ellie
Ellie (2 coats) is a very vibrant fuchsia that was almost a one-coat polish. And speaking of flowers, I recently learned that the word "fuchsia" not only describes a color, but also a genus of flowering plants named the same. I ask, which came first, the genus or the color?  

Zoya - Jack
Zoya - Jack
Jack (2 coats) is a nude creme, a bit on the fair side. And speaking of Jack, Zoya must be running out of girl names for their polishes. May I submit "Katy" for consideration? 

Zoya - Karen
Zoya - Karen
We all know at least one Karen in our life. You KNOW the one. Dane Cook said it best. Luckily, this Karen (2 coats) is not "a bag of douche", and is a great cherry poppin' red creme. 

Zoya - Marigold
Zoya - Marigold
Marigold (2 coats) is aptly named, because this red-orange creme is swimming with gold shimmer.

Zoya - Minnie
Zoya - Minnie
Minnie (2 coats) is a really fun neon salmon creme, and used for the banana base in my coco loco nail art. Ok, and this is something specific I noticed immediately about this color. It's so very similar to an old OPI color from the Couture de Minnie collection, which was a collection inspired by, you guessed it, Minnie Mouse. The color, Chic from Ears to Tail, is practically a dupe!

Zoya - Missy
Zoya - Missy
Missy (2 coats) is Minnie's cool sister, literally. Same finish, just a few drops cooler. 

Zoya - Nahla
Zoya - Nahla
I've labeled Nahla (2 coats) as a "gold glitter bash with some holoness". I think that covers it. And speaking of coverage, it looks great at 2 coats!

Zoya - Saldana
Zoya - Saldana
Saldana (2 coats) doesn't cover as well as Nahla, but it's a similar idea. A layerable light blue glitter mix with a festival of different sized glitter chunks. Very Frozen-esque. 

Zoya - Sandy
Zoya - Sandy
Sandy (2 coats) is my favorite creme from the collection, even if it does scream "HEY PEPTO-BISMOL!"  

Zoya - Virginia
Zoya - Virginia
Last but not least, Virginia (2 coats). Which is maybe 0.2348797 percent lighter than Karen. But for all intents and purposes, Virginia and Karen are twins. Maybe separated at birth, but still twins. 

The products in this post were given for review purposes. The reviews are based entirely on my experience with the products and were in no way influenced by anyone.

Irish Tartan

St. Patrick's Day has always been a big holiday here on the blog (from shamrocks to bejeweled greens and glittering lines). I'll use any holiday as an excuse for fantastic nail art though, and I'm really happy with this one.

I was inspired by, surprisingly, cookies created by Instagram user @gimmesugah for this design. Misty did a lovely interpretation of a green tartan/plaid on her cookies, and that pattern struck me so much I wanted to recreate it.

St. Patrick's Day Nails

I used a pretty random selection of polishes for this design too. The dark green is Emerald Tower (lakur), the white is Look, Don't Tusk (Color Club), the light green is Kiwi Cool-ada (China Glaze), and the yellow is Sunshine (Barielle). I also used some Born Pretty Store heart-shaped studs flipped on their heads to make a perfect little four leaf clover on my thumb.

Four Leaf Clover Nails

I hope everyone has a wonderful week and celebrates St. Patrick's Day your favorite way!

Client Nail Files


If you didn't know, I work at a 4-star nail salon in Colorado. Ever since joining the team there, blogging has taken a backseat. It's tough to come home from long shifts, sometimes ending past 8:00pm, and find the energy and content to blog.

Nonetheless, nail art is still a huge passion of mine. Most days, my clients don't ask for nail art (Boulder isn't a city known for its colorful, wild fashion), but on the days that they do, I get so excited!

I'd like to share some nail art that clients and I have done together with you now! Check out the collection below, each design with its own story.

Dainty Doily Tutorial

If you're looking for a tutorial that will challenge your fine brush nail art skills, this Dainty Doily design from my last post is right up your alley.

Dainty Doily Tutorial by Nailed It @ www.blognailedit.co

You only need two colors for this look. I chose a pink (Bela by Zoya) that was beautifully sheer, but you can switch that to an opaque pink if you prefer. Then use a white (like Snow White from Zoya) that is densely opaque, so you don't need to retrace your lines much.

You'll also need a fine point brush. I used this Fab Ur Nails double-sided brush for that attention to detail.

If you recreate this look, tag me on Instagram, Twitter, and Facebook at @blognailedit. I can't wait to see what you do!

Zoya Bridal Bliss Collection with Freehand Doily Nail Art

Generally, Zoya collections present interesting colors each time they're released. But in the instance of Bridal Bliss, the colors are actually repeats, but they've been curated into a collection that's perfect for a soon-to-be bride in need of look for her big day.

Bridal Bliss is rife with sheer pinks that make the nail look cleaned up, but neutral. I've recently been obsessing over shades like this after transitioning into my old square nail shape. It gives me dainty vibes. With that in mind, here's the dainty doily nail art I did for Bridal Bliss.

Bridal Bliss Nail Art by Nailed It @ www.blognailedit.co

Using Bela and Snow White from Bridal Bliss, I hand-painted these subtle designs, and I'm obsessed! I think these are the perfect bridal nails, and can be reworked in a few ways to meet a bride's needs. For example, you could move the design towards the tip if the bride wants a more classic French look. Or, you could expand the design on the ring finger across all 10 fingers. Or, make the bride's big-day preparations easy by just offering one of the colors from Bridal Bliss. She's sure to find one that fits her theme best!

Bridal Bliss Swatches

Zoya - Abby
Zoya - Abby
Abby (2 coats) is a repeat, soft pastel lavender creme. Use this as floral accents for the other shades in Bridal Bliss.

Zoya - Avril
Zoya - Avril
Avril (2 coats) may be the most opaque sheer (if that makes any sense). It's a fleshy, creamy nude. 

Zoya - Bela
Zoya - Bela
Bela (2 coats) is my favorite sheer in Bridal Bliss. I used this for my the doily nail art because its ultra-sheer, milky pink finish screams femininity. 

Zoya - Blu
Zoya - Blu
Blu (2 coats) is another repeat you may recognize from 2013! Blu is a very light, pastel baby blue creme.

Zoya - Brighton
Zoya - Brighton
Brighton (2 coats) is the star of this collection, in that it outshines all the other shades with its NUDE and HOLOGRAPHIC finish. I'll say it again...NUDE. AND. HOLOGRAPHIC. Yeah.

Zoya - Chantal
Zoya - Chantal
Chantal (2 coats) is a nude creme that works with any skin color. It's light enough for the fairest fairy, and would contrast beautifully with the darkest divas. 

Zoya - Erika
Zoya - Erika
Erika (2 coats) has so many levels. She is a milky pink semi-sheer with gold shimmer. I think this might be the go-to shade for any outdoor summer weddings - the gold shimmer would catch the camera's eyes when the photographer started snapping.

Zoya - Leia
Zoya - Leia
Leia (2 coats) might be a good winter topper for a bride, as the cool iridescent shimmer can go over any of these Bridal Bliss shades. I did it on its own to show how it looks, but it would probably be better as a top coat.

Zoya - Loretta
Zoya - Loretta
Loretta (2 coats) is the MOST sheer color from Bridal Bliss. This is 2 coats, but as you can see, it's a barely there pink.

Zoya - McKenna
Zoya - McKenna
McKenna (2 coats) is a greyish-nude creme with a slight pearl finish.

Zoya - Rue
Zoya - Rue
Rue (2 coats) is a soft mauve-y blush creme. It's almost sheer, but it's definitely still a creme.

Zoya - Snow White
Zoya - Snow White
Snow White (2 coats) is a classic, white creme polish. It worked wonderfully for the doily nail art too. 

The Bridal Bliss curated collection can be picked up here. And if you're patient, you'll get a tutorial for the nail art soon! It's not as difficult as it looks...with patience! 

The products in this post were given for review purposes. The reviews are based entirely on my experience with the products and were in no way influenced by anyone.

Fall & Thanksgiving Nail Art Samples

When you have clients who are interested in Thanksgiving nail art,  it's hard not to fall into the typical realm of turkeys with orange, red and yellow gobbles, or pumpkins without faces. I really racked my brain for ideas, and since it's such a food holiday, I found myself stuck there for inspiration. Nonetheless, I think I came up with some pretty fun Thanksgiving-specific and fall nail art samples for guests to choose from at the salon.

They're all done freehand, and all with regular polish. However, if you're reading this and considering an appointment with me, I can make these work in gel as well!

Which is your favorite?


Zoya Party Girls Winter/Holiday 2017 Collection and a Party Icon

If you follow me on Instagram, a little while ago I shared this massive package from Zoya I'd received, bewildered about what could possibly come from a nail polish company that required that big of a box! Then, after opening it, I realized I'd been sent the Party Girls collection, in unique packaging I hadn't seen from Zoya before.

Party Girls is a full, 12-piece collection with lots of shimmer to sport for occasions that call for a little razzle dazzle. The shimmers are gorgeous, but my favorite color stood out right away...Danielle. I used that as my primary inspiration for this look I'm calling "Party Icon", named for the icon art created by Made by Made on Creative Market.

Party Icon by Nailed It @ www.blognailedit.co
Party Icon

Party Icon by Nailed It @ www.blognailedit.co
Party Icon - thumbnail
I used accents of a few shades from Party Girls, including Fallon, Nadia, Isadora, and Kelsey. Even though the thumb turned out a little bit more like a ketchup bottle than a champage bottle, I still like it. Patterns make me happy!

Swatches

Zoya - Blake
Zoya - Blake
Blake (2 coats) is a dark navy creme with fine green shimmer accenting it in the right light. 

Zoya - Danielle
Zoya - Danielle
Danielle (2 coats) is a very pretty purple creme, with a deep finish that has an almost neon blue appearance. I adore this one!
Zoya - Delaney
Zoya - Delaney
Delaney (2 coats) is a chrome purple with subtle blue and green duochrome. I didn't capture it well on my nails, but the effect is there, albeit subtle.

Zoya - Fallon
Zoya - Fallon
Fallon (2 coats) is a light magenta, and at the same time, dark pink duochrome. The light magenta has a bit of iridescence to it.

Zoya - Isadora
Zoya - Isadora
Isadora (2 coats) is a dark shimmering purple chrome with blue iridescent sheen to it. 

Zoya - Kelsey
Zoya - Kelsey
Kelsey (2 coats) is a bright, medium pink creme. Nice opacity with this pink!

Zoya - Landon
Zoya - Landon
Landon (2 coats) is a darker medium purple creme. 

Zoya - Ming
Zoya - Ming
Ming (2 coats) is a very bright cherry red creme. It's almost a crelly. You can see my nails through the polish ever so slightly.

Zoya - Nadia
Zoya - Nadia
Nadia (3 coats) is a coppery gold shimmer that's semi sheer. I needed 3 coats for the coverage shown  here.

Zoya - Sheri
Zoya - Sheri
Sheri (2 coats) is a darker, more brick-like red creme...like fresh blood.

Zoya - Solstice
Zoya - Solstice
Solstice (2 coats) is a coral creme with pink and gold shimmer.

Zoya - Tawny
Zoya - Tawny
Tawny (2 coats) has copper microglitter sprinkled in a dark red chrome base. 

If you're looking to add something to a holiday wishlist, then Party Girls might be just the thing for all the upcoming holidays and celebrations. Grab the colors from the Zoya shop, or wherever you normally find your Zoyas!

The products in this post were given for review purposes. The reviews are based entirely on my experience with the products and were in no way influenced by anyone.