I’ve been in a serious purple mood lately 💜 I love purple! It’s the color of power and of royalty baby 😎 I recently realized that I only had a couple shades of polish in my beloved color (whaaaat….! 😱) so I decided to fix that.
For context: I’m back in the natural nail game! I had been wearing acrylics or gel on my nails for over 20 years now…?! I started with getting acrylics at chop shops when I was 13, then started doing hard gel overlays myself when I was in my late 20s. I seldom took any breaks from wearing enhancements in all those years. Fun fact: I loved gel so much, I went to nail school and became a nail technician back in 2014 and have been wearing hard gel pretty consistently since then.
Fast forward to now and… I’m just over it. It takes me HOURS to do a set of gels (that consisted of hard gel + gel polish + nail art… ugh) and I have better things to dedicate myself to right now soooo… it’s back to the basics for me ✌🏾 My nails are a bit damaged from the last set of gels I removed however 😢
Remember kids: gel and acrylic don’t ruin nails; improper removal does #nailtechadvice 👌🏽
Luckily my nails grow pretty fast so it shouldn’t take too long to grow out the damage and get them back in tip top shape 😎
ANYWAY… I took advantage of Zoya’s “New Year, New Hue” promo to get 4 polishes free… which they do every year. The polishes are free but you gotta pay for shipping ($15) which is more than reasonable IMHO. They retail for $10 each so it’s a great bargain! They had a $50 threshold for free shipping sooooo of course my thirsty ass bought 6 more to go along with the free ones #noimpulsecontrol obvs! I got some extra goodies as a bonus though so it was totally worth it yass 😄 That promo came just in time because I was planning on buying from them anyway LOL!
I love Zoya polishes and products! I’ve been a fan of theirs for a long time. For a natural nail polish brand, their polishes paint well and last pretty long 👌🏾 As a side note: I actually had the opportunity to work with them professionally back in 2015 during NYFW (I’ll post the pictures sometime?) and it was a dream come true 🙏🏾 They let me go home with ALL the products I used on the models 😢 They have a large selection of beautiful colors and they’re 10 free… Meaning their polishes are formulated without 10 of the most toxic chemicals that can be found in polish: formaldehyde, formaldehyde resin, dibutyl phthalate, toluene, camphor, TPHP, parabens, xylene, ethyl tosylamide or lead. They’re vegan, cruelty free AND safe for pregnant people to wear too 👌🏾
Enought blabber… Here’s the haul:
The colors pictured are (in alphabetical order because I took this picture last week and I’m too lazy to dig them out and name them in posted order #sorrynotsorry): Adina, Charisma, Dannii, Faye, Leisel, Lotus, Mira, Tru, Yasmeen, and Zara 👌🏾 I love that all the polishes have femme names! Mebbe someday they’ll make a Deena/Dina *cough cough*
Ohhh yeah… I also got their new Naked Manicure Hand + Body serum and lotion for free huzzah 🎉
So far, I’ve tried two of these pretties: Zara, which is a beautiful orchid with gold shimmer and Faye, which is a purple based gold shimmer that looks like rose gold. I posted a mani with them on Instagram for #manimonday earlier this week:
This was actually my mani from last week… I painted these last Tuesday and it lasted for almost a week before it chipped on (ironically…) Monday; not bad, I say! I never usually go more than a few days wthout at least one chip with regular polish so color me impressed! I’m thinking it might be due to the base coat I’m currently testing (Nails Inc NailKale Superfood Base coat) because I usually get about 4 days with no chips….no matter what brand polish/base/top coat I’ve used. I’m pretty hard on my hands + hate walking around with chipped nails which is why my lazy ass used gel for so long (gel is so convenient! It never chips, just grows out! Perfect for crazy nail people like myself) 😂
Welp, I certainly got my purple fix with this order huh?? 😱 You’d think I have enough purple polishes now… but you’d be wrong! I have an order with moar purple pretties from indie brand ILNP on the way, plus I recently hauled some purples from Color Club last month too #obsession 😁 ….mebbe I’ll share the Color Clubs sometime, but when I get the ILNP order I will definitely do an unboxing haul post…thing. Whatever it will be, it’ll be here on Le Blog! 💜
Zoya is definitely one of my fave nail polish brands! I now own over 20 of their polishes (if you include base and top coats anyway 😆) and I will be picking up some moar from them at some point.
Do you like Zoya polishes? What are your favorite Zoya colors?? 🌈