Zoya Ignite Striped Nail Art

Today’s Zoya Ignite Striped Nail Art was inspired by this mani at Manicurator.com. The Ignite collection was originally sent to me by Zoya as a press sample. For this mani, I simply started with one coat of black polish to set a dark base. Then, I painted 6 stripes on each nail – one using each of the colors in the Zoya Ignite collection. I did not freehand then, I used scotch tapes as a guide. I hope you enjoy it! Be sure to check out the original inspiration on Manicurator’s site!



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Amazing Chic Nails Autumn Collection

{Press Sample}

I received these four polishes from Amazing Chic Nails to play with and show to you guys! Amazing Chic Nails polishes are Vegan, Cruelty Free, and are never tested on animals. Fiona sent me three bottles from the new Autumn collection which released today and one bottle from the late summer collection. Let’s look at that one first!

Amazing Chic Nails Rare Sunny Day

Rare Sunny Day is a gorgeous metallicy yellow. On the first coat, I didn’t think I would like it very much, but by the third I’d fallen in love. I did need three coats to reduce visible nail line, but each coat was worth it. I think this polish is very cheerful!



Amazing Chic Nails Sound of the Underground

Sound of the Underground is a gorgeous red with holo shimmers in it. I am very impressed with the look of this polish. I certainly don’t own any reds quite like it! I find it actually quite unique and I think I’ll be gravitating toward this polish many times!



Amazing Chic Nails School Uniform

School Uniform is a slightly shimmer blue. Maybe metallic-esque? This one is hard to describe! Amazing Chic Nails describes it as a creme, but I think it looks like so much more than that!



Amazing Chic Nails Piccadilly Circus

Piccadilly Circus is a jelly-ish black with colorful, holo shimmers in it. This one is STUNNING. I can’t even tell you. Buy this one.We are having record thunderstorms on the day I swatched these, but I hope to wear it again soon when I can get a shot in the direct sunlight.



My general thoughts on this polish: I am very impressed. The colors are unique, interesting, and well thought out. If you click on the creator’s social media links below, you will see that she is just starting out. I haven’t tried that many indies, but I will say that usually when people are first starting out, there are a few formula problems here and there. I did not experience anything like that at all! In fact, I was presuming this whole time that she had a wild, mad-woman fan base because I enjoyed her polish so much. I really encourage you to consider this brand next time you’re in the marked for some new indie polish. It went on smoothly, self-leveled well, and is quite gorgeous!

The Entire Autumn Collection:

15 ml bottles, $10 each or $60 for the collection. Collection will also be available in 5ml mini bottles.

Piccadilly Circus: A black crème base with holographic highlights. This polish was inspired by London’s answer to Times Square. At night, the area is lit up with the multicoloured billboards and neon signs.

10 Downing Street: A black and white glitter topper with red highlights. This polish was inspired by the residence of the British Prime Minister, immediately recognizable by it’s black building, black front door and white trim. A red carpet is rolled out for visiting dignitaries and heads of state.

Sound of the Underground: A red crème base with slight holographic highlights.

Falling Leaves: An Autumn inspired glitter topper featuring various brown, gold, red, and orange glitters. The London Underground, lovingly called “The Tube”, inspired this polish. Loud and bustling with people at almost any time of day, you never know what or who you’re going to find.

King’s Road: A rich gold crème base. When they said the streets were paved with gold, they were talking about King’s Road. One of the richest streets in London, you’ll find flashy cars, designer shops, and delicious restaurants here.

The Lake District: A lake blue jelly base with holographic gold glitters and holographic highlights. Inspired by a national park in North West England that features a number of lakes, mountains, hills, and general natural beauty.

School Uniform: A rich blue crème polish. My school uniform colours growing up were blue and gold. I have fond memories of my days at school and wanted to create a polish that would remind me of them every time I wore it.

You may have also received a bonus polish from the Late Summer Collection. These polishes are available for purchase now at www.amazingchicnails.com

You can find more about Amazing Chic Nails here:

Website: www.amazingchicnails.com

Facebook: www.facebook.com/AmazingChic

Twitter: @TheAmazingChic

Instagram: @AmazingChicNails     #amazingchicnails

Email: contactamazingchic@gmail.com

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My Birthday Nails!

I’m turning 30 tomorrow so I threw a Pirates and Princesses themed party, of course! I rented an over-the-top pink, glittery dress so of course I did my nails to match. They matched exactly! :D I started with two coats of OPI Chic from Ears to Tail, then one coat of OPI My Voice is a Little Norse (From the new Nordic Collection), finally, I used a sponge to put OPI Which is Witch? on the tips. This was crazy beautiful in the sun!



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Zoya Entice and Ignite Two-Tone Mani

The day I did this mani, I had grand plans of doing some actual nail art. I was expecting a house-cleaner to arrive at 8am. I laid the base down and thought that I could do the art while the cleaners were cleaning. (Don’t think I’m too fancy. I was expecting houseguests and needed a DEEP clean. I don’t normally have people come clean my house!) They were supposed to arrive at 8am. 8:15 rolls around so I text one of them and asked where they were. When I received no reply by 8:30, I called her. She didn’t answer and her voicemail box was full. At 8:45, I called the boyfriend. Luckily, he picked up. They had broken up and she never told him about the appointment! He rushed straight over! But by that point, my parents were already on their way, so I dove in and helped him clean. (I wore gloves so no nails were damaged in the making of a clean house.) However, it does mean that I never got to do art on top of this. SO here you have it, dearest readers, the BASE for some nail art! LOL!

On my outer fingers, I have Zoya Veronica and the middle two have Zoya Teigan.






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China Glaze Flip Flop Fantasy Tips!

For my 30th birthday, Ed from Cross Country Beauty, aka @triceratips, gave me China Glaze Flip Flop Fantasy. Pretty much the best present ever! This is a staple polish in many collections and I didn’t own it!!!! So now, thanks to her, I do! So please go check out her blog and her Instagram! :D Her suggestion was to try it as neon tips with a nude base. I did just that…and I love it! It’s even husband approved!

I started with two coats of China Glaze Don’t Honk Your Thorn. Then, I taped it off and applied China Glaze Flip Flop Fantasy to the tips. It turned out beautifully, even if it’s hard to capture neons on camera!!!


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