Zoya Ivanka (Sparkle Collection)

To those of you who check back regularly, I’m sorry for not posting for more than a week! I have so many essay deadlines coming up and I’m rushing through them now. I actually have alot of posts to do up but looks like I won’t have time till the deadlines are over ): Nevertheless, I’ll just do up a short one to relieve a little bit of stress before I continue with my battle against Business Management essays :/

This is Zoya Ivanka from the Sparkle collection released in summer last year. I only got it this year and it was proudly sponsored (along with Gemma, Crystal, Gloria, Dannii and Valerie) by my dearest secondary school friends as a present for my birthday this year 😀 I gave them my wishlist and they picked out those shades for me and I love them all so much! I meant both my friends and the polishes hehe.

Zoya Ivanka is a emerald green glass fleck glitter. It has the same finish as Orly Halley’s Comet/Zoya Charla/OPI Catch Me In Your Net. In other words, it is just as gorgeous! It is pretty sheer though, at two coats my VNL could be seen so I did three. The formula is very pleasant because it was very smooth and thin with each coat and it is really easily buildable to become opaque. These kind of polishes are awesome because you don’t have to worry about brushstrokes or streakiness, so it is a good choice for a fast manicure!

From the first picture of the bottle, some blue duochrome can be seen on the edges of the bottle, but sadly this doesn’t show up on the nail. But I guess Ivanka is already so gorgeous on its own! It is really easy to remove as well. Although it has the typical shine of traditional glitters, it is not chunky or gritty at all and topcoat can easily make it really smooth and glossy. I didn’t use any topcoat here by the way!

This is probably one of my favourite kind of finish! It is really wayyyyy more sparkly than my pictures can ever portray :p

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Harry Potter Nails

I’m a big fan of Harry Potter and the seven books. To mark the end of the movie franchise, I just had to do a Harry Potter manicure to get myself hyped up. Anyway the movie was freaking awesome! I love it so much and was so happy to watch it but also very sad that it is over for real. It’s like a part of me is gone cos it all ends here ):

What I used (L-R):

  • MAC Creme Shirelle
  • Orly Luxe
  • Orly Liquid Vinyl
  • Essie Going Incognito
  • Zoya Trixie
  • Tape (not shown)
  • The Face Shop Nail Art Pen in Silver (not shown)

Slytherin flag colours on my left hand, with the Deathly Hallows symbol on my thumb.

Gryffindor flag colours on my right hand, and also the Deathly Hallows symbol on my thumb.

Now you know why I did swatches with my right hand, cos Creme Shirelle was on my right hand and Going Incognito was on the left! Hahahaha. I painted them the night before so that they had ample time to dry to the core, and the following day I cut up small squares of tape and taped off 2 corners on each nail to do this checkered pattern.

For the thumbs, I painted them black and drew the Deathly Hallows symbol with The Face Shop Nail Art Pen.

I can has the Resurrection Stone on my thumbs! It kinda looks like my primary school school crest right??? LOL

Hahaha see, the same shapes are used!! Lol!

It’s gonna truly end when I remove this manicure and do the next one ):

Zoya Faye (Sunshine Collection)

Zoya Faye is the first colour that I fell in love with from the Sunshine collection. I also own Tanzy and am hoping to get Rica and Apple in future!

Zoya Faye is a warm royal purple glass fleck glitter with duochrome gold/rose gold shimmer! It is so gorgeous in real life and has a very regal look to it. This was three coats. The first coat was pretty sheer but at the second coat it was nearly opaque. I just had to do three coats cos I’m like that. The formula is very smooth and buttery to apply, and I especially love the Zoya brushes cos their bristles are pretty short but they fan out easily due to its flexibility. It was very easy for me to paint a perfect curve at my cuticles (:

This picture is where you can see most of the purple and lesser of the duochrome gold shimmer!

Let me explain the term ‘duochrome’ to the people who don’t already know. A polish is considered a duochrome when you can see more than one colour when the light falls on the nails and changes when the light hits the nails at different angles. Multichromes are even more amazing. They usually flash at least four different colours and are VERY fascinating to look at!

I’ve already tried Tanzy but I need better swatches so maybe I’ll redo them in future! Can’t wait to order more polishes from Zoya when the Smoke and Mirrors collection becomes available!

Nail Art

Nail art is pretty to look at, yet super tedious to execute. Since I’m a right-hander, it is always easier for me to draw nicely for the nails on my left hand, and those on my right hand always turn out so ugly cos I’ve lousy control over my left hand ): So far, I’ve done a couple of crazy-cute nail art for myself! Here are the pics (:

My very first full-fledged cartoon manicure, the Penguin Manicure! I think this was particularly challenging when I had to draw the nails on my right hand. It was so hard to get the ‘M’ shaped curve on top! But the final results was so awesome cos they turned out so cute! I got many many compliments for this! Haha.

What I used:

  • White: Sinful Colors Snow Me White
  • Black: The Face Shop nail art pen (this is surprisingly good! very fine and opaque but my friend accidentally spoilt it, haha)
  • Orange: OPI Flit A Bit
  • Pink: Orly Cotton Candy

The next nail art that I did was of Domo-kun! This was inspired from The Daily Nail! The most difficult part of this manicure was drawing those stupid white teeth!! My best friend, Jadyn and I spent so much time just helping each other draw the little triangles that made up the teeth cos the nail art pen kept stringing the polish (it probably is too thick).

For the mouth, we taped off the sides with tape and painted the little rectangle with red polish, but the polish kept sticking to the sides of the tape when I’m pulling the tape off! What a chore!! But I’m really glad it turned out so cute haha and yes, we both got many compliments for it too (:

Shaohui's Domo-kun ManicureMy sister, Shaohui did the Domos with us too but for her she only did the thumbs, and I wrote ‘Domo-kun’ in Japanese for the rest of her fingers (I can’t actually write Japanese, I copied it off Google Translate HAHA). It was very cute too!

What we used:

  • Brown: Nubar Milk Chocolate Creme
  • Red: MAC Creme Shirelle
  • Black (for the eyes): The Face Shop nail art pen
  • White: The Face Shop nail art pen
  • and loads of tape :p

After all that nail art (and how a chore it was to draw the same thing 10 times), I was sick of it and stopped doing nail art for 1.5 months. Partially also because I was waiting for my Zoya haul to arrive so that I can do some Pikachu nails!

Aren’t they cute?!?!?! Hahaha! These were inspired by Nails by Asami! By this time, my nail art pen was spoilt, so I wanted to use my dotting tool to draw the faces but it was so damn hard! I gave up and used markers to draw instead. LOL. It was super easy to do this set cos with markers the ink just flows easily, unlike using a nail art pen where I have to keep squeezing the tube to let the polish flow out, or using a dotting tool where I have to keep dipping it into the bottle so many times. The only downside of it was that I should have waited longer before painting topcoat, because it smudged some parts of my manicure ): But maybe I smudged it by spreading topcoat too many times at the same spot :/

What I used:

  • Yellow: Zoya Pippa
  • Red & Black: Pilot Twin Markers
  • White: The Face Shop nail art pen

Last but not least, I did Strawberry nails with Shaohui again! I wanted them to look upright when holding onto a polish bottle so I decided to paint the green first. What a bad idea this was. When the red went over the green, it became SO DULL! I had to paint an additional thick coat of it to make it look more opaque. The results were still awesome nonetheless! I can has cute strawbie nails 😀

What I used:

  • Green: Orly Fresh
  • Red: Eyeko Coral Polish
  • Silver: The Face Shop nail art pen

Sadly, once school starts I may not have a chance to spend 3 hours drawing on my nails anymore. But I can still Konad-stamp my nails 😀 Stay tuned for posts on my Konad-ed nails!