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Just Another Mani Monday: Zoya Caitlin

How’s everyone doing this Monday? Chicago got a burst of summer weather yesterday, too short-lived for my liking, so I’m having a hard time adjusting to the weekday grind. But a beautiful day truly is good for the soul. This week’s manicure, Zoya Caitlin, feels appropriate given the ups and downs in the mercury. The polish, courtesy of Zoya’s Spring Collection, is part spring, part murkey, described as a smokey, purple-tinged medium gray. I think it’s probably the younger sister of Zoya’s Kelly.

I know I’ve picked out a good color for the week when I get comments on it, and this one is a hit with the ladies I work with. This may be one of my favorite polishes I’ve seen all year. Tied with Chanel Black Pearl for that top spot.

What’s everyone wearing on the tips this week?

Just Another Mani Monday: Zoya Gemma & Zoya Intimate Collection

This week’s manicure is Zoya’s Gemma. My tastes are definitely changing because I could not imagine like anything but red cremes a few years ago. Now I’m branching out into all kinds of shades and this gem is a great example of my ever changing taste in nail polish. This beauty is part of the Zoya Intimate collection, Gemma is an avocado green with a blue/purple duo-chrome finish… it is just beautiful and I am all about Gemma right now. This polish’s formula is well pigmented, two coats of polish was all I needed to achieve the color in the bottle and there was no cuticle drag at all. This shade will be the star of many more spring manicures to come.

The rest of the Zoya Intimate collection is equally gorgeous. It has some soft, muted color but also has a few bolder metallic shades. The shades in this collection truly bring to mind the romance the collection was inspired by. Other shades in this collection include:

  • Marley – lavender pink with a whisper of metallic
  • Dove – delicate, pale gray cream
  • Caitlin – misty, moody gray violet cream
  • Dannii – sparkling, enchanted orchid metallic
  • Jules – soft, glimmering gold kiss metallic

If nothing else, get yourself some Gemma. Then if you have room to expand a little more, take a look at Marley, Caitlin and Dove. Can you tell what shades are my favorites?

How about you? What’s on your nails this week? Let us know in the comments.

DIY Manicure Must-Haves

Nine times out of 10, any manicure you see in Just Another Mani Monday is a DIY-er. Don’t get me wrong, I love getting my nails done but I usually just do it myself. I’ve gotten into a Sunday ritual of pampering — hair mask, face mask and manicure. It’s really my favorite time of the week and helps me mentally prepare for the work week ahead. And I’ve come to rely on certain products to give me the spa feeling at home.

While Fresh’s Brown Sugar Body Polish lives in my shower, I take it out on Sundays to give my hands a good scrub. There’s nothing better, as far as I’m concerned. It sloughs off all of the dead skin and contains tons of moisturizing oils. I love how it leaves my hands so soft.

I began using Sally Hansen’s Instant Cuticle Remover about a year ago, and now I can’t remember what I ever did without it. I squeeze it around my entire nail cuticle, and it does the work on its own. For good measure, I use a cuticle pusher to do some tidying and then rinse. This needs to be in every woman’s bathroom cabinet!

I keep my nails a pretty short length, so if needed, I use a nail clipper to trim and then use Trim’s 7-Way Buffer. I actually hoard these and keep them at work and home. They’re just a few dollars, and one of the most useful beauty tools I own. I love side 4 “even out” as a final step in filing because it helps ride of any jagged edges that inevitably wreak havoc mid-polish.

The key to a lasting manicure is less about the actual polish but all of the other protectants, base, topcoat, etc. I have many random favorites in this area, CND Stickey Base and Seche Vite to name a few, but Zoya’s Color Lock System is a really good all-in-one kit. I use the Armor Top Coat as a refresher a few times during the week to protect my mani. And there’s also a polish rejuvenator which is a life-saver for bringing polishes back to life.

After I scrub and before I polish, I always lather up my hands with lotion. And nothing feels more salon-like than using salon lotion. I love Qtica’s Smart Spa Lotion in Papaya Star. Not many salons near me use Zoya products, so I’m happy to use it at home.

What are your DIY mani-must haves? Any tips to share?

Just Another Mani Monday: Zoya Kelly

Happy (cyber) Monday all! I’m definitely feeling like today is a Monday, feeling like I may have a bit of a Thanksgiving hangover. All of that turkey, traveling and shopping has really worn me out. While visiting my in-laws, I did take some time to go get a manicure and went with Zoya Kelly. I’m always happy to find Zoya salons, as it seems like most I frequent regularly don’t always carry the line. It was a great escape from family time and I absolutely love this color!

In full sunlight, you can see the polish looks a little dark but it’s actually very unique and the perfect blue/purple/grey. There’s a reason that this polish is hard to find in-stores because it’s been selling out everywhere! Actually, when I was putting on my Tarte Clean Slate primer this morning, I noticed that the polish was a near match to the Tarte purple.

What’s everyone else wearing on their nails this week? Let us know!

Just Another Mani Monday: Zoya Nail Polish in Stacy

This week the color on my nails is Zoya’s Stacy from the Wonderful collection. The collection is the all creme counterpart to Zoya’s Wicked collection. Being the creme gal that I am (with the exception of super chunky glitters), naturally I am more comfortable with this collection. I was worn between Kelly and this shade for the week. Stacy won out because she’s so vampy and rich like a glass of Merlot. There’s something about this shade that makes me smile and feel so glam when I look down at my nails… even though they are in need of some professional assistance.

If you love creme shades then the rest of the Zoya Wonderful collection definitely deserves some of your attention. If nothing else, you’ll get to meet Kelly. Kelly is a slate blue gray shade, a unique shade with all the greige going on out there. Should we call it “bleige”? That doesn’t sound right but on the nail, it’s all kinds of right. 🙂

Disclosure: We received samples of this collection for consideration.

Splurge vs. Steal: NARS Hot Wired Lip Lacquer and Zoya Hot Lips

Rocking a statement lip often means bold color. For many women, this isn’t a statement you make every day, therefore shelling out the higher price tag isn’t always ideal. I stumbled across a fantastic Splurge vs. Steal that involves a day-glo bright fuschia lip — most definitely a statement. Zoya’s Hot Lips in KissKiss is a dead ringer for NARS Lip Lacquer in Hot Wired.

The colors are a near perfect match, although KissKiss has some shimmer.  Zoya’s Hot Lips will set you back $6 and NARS Lip Lacquers are $24. Whether it’s hot pink or bright coral, there’s plenty of statement lip options in the Hot Lips line. The formula is very smooth and sticky (a postive thing in this case = staying power) and even contains lip therapy ingredients and a light berry scent. In this case, we’d opt to “save.”

Disclosure: We received a sample of Zoya’s Hot Lips

Product Girl 2009 Favorite Beauty Products – Skin, Nails & Hair Care

Our favorite beauty products of the year continues with our favorites in skincare, nails and haircare. Are some of our picks the same as yours? Keep reading…

Without a doubt Elizabeth Arden Prevage Moisturizer has been Carla’s favorite moisturizer of the year, she can’t sing its praises enough. It’s definitely pricey but the texture makes it last forever and it tames her skin like nothing else… she is hooked.

This year we got to know Talika Lash Conditioning Cleanser and our lashes were grateful for the introduction. This product not only removes mascara better than most makeup removers but also conditions lashes at the same time.

Sampar Skin Quenching Mist is as good as it gets if you’re obsessed with refreshing your skin with mists like we are. Not only does it have a devine rose scent to it but you can spray on as much as you’d like, no greasy residue left on your skin with this.

Suki Lemongrass Cleanser is another goodie from 2008 that we brought with us into 2009. You can use it as an extremely effective exfoliator or let it foam up for gentler way to clean your skin. Plus the lemongrass will definitely perk you up.

Garnier’s Nutri-Pure Detoxifying Wet Cleansing Towelettes are our top pick for cleansing wipes. These refreshing oil-free wipes have a clean fruity scent and do not dry out your skin if you’re having a “lazy” day and is the only thing you use to wash your face at night. Not that we do that or anything…

Thank you MAC for Style Black and the MAC Volcanic Ash Thermal Mask. It makes our skin so soft after just one use and there is something incredibly therapeutic about slathering sooty black ash all over your skin and rinsing it off with a hint of heat. Love!

Four months under our belt of using NARS Cleansing Oil and it’s still rocking our world. And the best part is the bottle isn’t even a quarter of the way empty!

Duri Rejuvacoat has saved my nails this year. This base coat not only helps strengthen nails (boy does it ever!) but has actually improved how my some of my nails grew. Some of the odd bends I have in my nails actually straightened out a bit.

Since I’m all about nail care this year (hello fellow ex-nail bitters!), It Cosmetics Nail Love has been in my handbag at all times. Why hasn’t anyone though of this before? This nail pen includes oil to condition nails but also has a rubber slanted tip to help push your cuticles back. Convenient, no?

For color, the Barielle All Lacquered Up collection has been my favorite from this year. My friend Michelle from All Lacquered Up helped create a collection of shades that I am absolutely in love with and I turn to them over and over again… I’m talking to you Glammed Out Garnet and Get Mauving.

It all starts with the nail polish remover and Zoya Remove + Nail Polish Remover is my favorite nail polish remover of all time. The delivery method is fantastic, formula is not toxic, conditions the nails and I’m all for a product that helps calm me and steady my hands before applying nail polish. The lavender scent does just that.

We were really excited when we started seeing forest greens step on to the Fall trend scene, which is why we fell hard for OPI’s Here Today, Aragon Tomorrow from the Espana collection. So deep and sultry, even if it did take nearly three coats to get it just right.

When my hair needs refreshing, Ojon Revitalizing Mist takes care of my hair with just a few spritzes. This product is also a leave in conditioner. If I don’t have time for my usual routine, this detangles and leaves hair soft. I hope Sephora brings this back as a Beauty Insider deluxe sample, the small bottles are perfect for travel and I lost mine.

Frederic Fekkai’s Advanced Full Blown Volume Shampoo shampoo gets us excited, ala old school Herbal Essence commercials-style. The smell is refreshing with a hint of lime and gives LIFE to fine hair. The effect is really noticeable when blow drying with a big round brush.

If we could bathe in MoroccanOil products, we totally would… it conditions hair like nothing we have ever used. It is safe to say that MoroccanOil Treatment has completely rocked our world. It conditions, protects against heat, adds shine and tames flyaways. What more could we ask for?

Klorane Gentle Dry Shampoo isn’t exactly new but it is new to us this year. This product has saved my life in the morning (when I’m running late!) countless times this year and it is the only dry shampoo I keep re-purchasing. Why is that? It is gentle and does not irritate my scalp like other dry shampoos do.

So what about you? What are your favorite skincare, nails and hair products new to you this year?

Free Nail Polish! Zoya's Nail Polish Exchange

Do you love nail polish? How about free nail polish? Now Zoya’s giving you the chance to turn in your old bottles of nail polish and exchange them for brand spanking new nail polish.


So far Zoya’s Nail Polish Exchange has exchanged over 70,000 bottles of old nail polish for new Zoya Polish and there’s still time for you to take advantage of their offer, this program will end on 4/28/2009. To get started, just visit Zoya’s website, fill out the form and you’ll get instructions on how to proceed.

So what will you be picking up?

Free Nail Polish! Zoya’s Nail Polish Exchange

Do you love nail polish? How about free nail polish? Now Zoya’s giving you the chance to turn in your old bottles of nail polish and exchange them for brand spanking new nail polish.


So far Zoya’s Nail Polish Exchange has exchanged over 70,000 bottles of old nail polish for new Zoya Polish and there’s still time for you to take advantage of their offer, this program will end on 4/28/2009. To get started, just visit Zoya’s website, fill out the form and you’ll get instructions on how to proceed.

So what will you be picking up?