OPI Coca-Cola Collection, update

Back in February I posted a preview announcement of a collaboration that OPI is doing with the Coca-Cola Company.  We only had one picture to go on that didn’t give us much.

opi and coca cola

Coke.  Red.  Well, of course.

Now a few more pictures are coming out for this June set, so let’s look!




Color names, left to right (not positive):

  • Coca-Cola Red
  • You’re So Vanilla
  • Get Cherried Away
  • My Signature is DC
  • Today I Accomplished Zero
  • Green on the Runway
  • A Grape Affair
  • Orange You Fantastic
  • Sorry I’m Fizzy Today

However, I’ve seen another blog where some of the colors look VERY different.  Look here at The Lacquer Cabinet, where the finishes and colors don’t seem the same from all the bottles to those round circles of samples.  So please don’t quote me on which color is which.  I haven’t received the official news release with pictures from OPI yet.

The glitter of Orange You Fantastic looks pretty yet I was thinking a Fanta orange would be more theme-appropriate.  And the pink?  Well, I and another reader were hoping for a hot pink like the old Tab cans.

Online retailer Nails Ave. shows a photo of some of the actual bottles and swatches.  Look HERE under the entry for the silver My Signature is DC and click on the second photo.

What do you think?  I think it’s interesting, but…  are any of the shades really that different from what’s currently available?  The orange/gold glitter looks like it could be fun for fall.


A quick look at Sarah

Still trying to decide what to order for Zoya’s Earth Day Exchange?  A comment from a reader reminded me (thanks!) that I have never swatched Sarah.  And that’s a shame, because it’s one of my favorite reds.

Sarah is a cool-toned metallic red.  Not too dark, not light — I’d call it medium-dark.  Definitely not blackened.  And more of a metallic than a subtle shimmer.  Sarah is from the 2010 winter/holiday collection called Flame (may have originally been called Fire & Ice) and I only see three of the original six shades still for sale on Zoya’s site.  The ones not there as of this writing are Tiffany, Valerie, and Lisa, which is too bad because those are great too.

Anyhoo, Sarah is a classic red, great for winter holidays or the 4th of July or Canada Day or just because you feel like wearing red.  The formula is Zoya-typical-great and two coats might have been enough but I used three for a better photo.  With no top coat under indirect cloudy outdoor light:


I love the name Sarah and the polish Sarah, too!

The power of common office supplies

Short post today with a tip/trick that most of you probably already know, but if you don’t it’s sure fun to discover.

Have you seen those half-moon manicures, where someone has a crescent or semicircle of polish at the base of their nails and then another color on the rest of their nails?  Wondered how to do it if your hand isn’t steady or you can’t draw a good curved line?  There are probably dedicated (and expensive) manicure stickers that help you create the look, but I use plain ol’ Avery Reinforcement Labels, the little white hole punch reinforcing stickers.  You can buy a box of 200 of them for just a few bucks, or even a box of 1000.

Avery reinforcements

When Avery says “permanent,” they mean on paper.  They peel off easily when you’re using them for a manicure.

There are lots of ways you can use these.  Let’s say you want pink polish with half-moons of white.  Paint your nails white, then when they are thoroughly dry, place the stickers evenly at the base of each nail and use a coat of pink polish.  The stickers cover up the white at the base.  After your last coat of polish, carefully pull off the stickers and voilà, a half-moon manicure.

Search the web for photos and videos of how to do this if you can’t quite picture it.  And you’re certainly not limited to one look; use your imagination as well as the stickers.  Here’s one manicure I did ages ago for a contest that I called “Moonrise”:


What fun!  I never could have done the neat curved lines on my own.  You can also use the holes inside the stickers to create even more complex looks of dots and circles.

My top 10 (or more) Zoyas!

Disclosure:  Some of these polishes were previously supplied by Zoya for review.

I’ve been meaning to write a post like this for ages — my top 10 (may stretch to 12 or more) colors of Zoya polish.  What better time to do this than in preparation for their annual Earth Day Sale/Exchange?  Half-price quality polish.  It’s like Christmas in April.

I was inspired to get off my duff and post this by blogger The Mercurial Magpie, who just did a similar post.  Please look at her great pictures and swatches here.  Lots of great colors — will we mostly differ on our own personal top shades?

Here are my favorite Zoyas, in no particular order.  I can’t say a certain one is #3 and another one is #7 or whatever; a lot depends on my mood and the time of year.  Let’s get started!

I love pink and I especially love a good raspberry pink.  Moxie has been one of my fave Zoyas ever since I got my little paws on it.  It was out of stock for a while, came back, and is out of stock again as of this writing, but Zoya has another color that is very, very close called Brie.  I think my swatch of Brie is a little less orchid/purplish than how it appears on Zoya’s web site.


Although I don’t wear gold polish very much, I think it’s good to have one in one’s stash, especially around winter holiday time.  A great gold foil is Ziv.

Ziv outd light

I think Zoya does foils really well, and it’s one of my favorite polish finishes because it’s shimmery without being full of chunky glitter, and it doesn’t show brushstrokes.  Another fave foil of mine is the teal Zuza plus a new one this year, the lighter green Dillon.  Love both!

Aw. Dillon w Zuza

One polish I’ve mentioned many times is Jo.  It’s a periwinkle blue with silver shimmer.

Jo outd light

Another blue, yet totally different, is Dream.  It’s a medium-dark blue with small holo glitter.


How about some reds?  Red is such a classic when it comes to nail polish.  Last fall I loved Channing, a coppery red shimmer.  It screams “autumn” to me.  Fortunately it doesn’t scream when I’m trying to sleep.

Channing outd

For a more summery red, I love the pinkish Kimber.  Is this a great watermelon color, or what?!?

Kimber outd light

Want a dark vampy red?  New to me this year was Norra, a wine purple-red that I’m saving for fall.  A lot of designers used it in the most recent New York Fashion Week show, if you care about things like that.


If I could only have one red from Zoya, though, I think it’d be Rekha.  It’s a medium red creme that’s very glossy on its own, and it always strikes me as classic and retro both.  (Sorry about the uneven length of my nails.)

Rekha ind outd light

I couldn’t be The Silver Nail unless I had a great silver polish, could I?  One I reach for over and over is Trixie.  It’s a bright silver foil, almost a chrome, that doesn’t show brushstrokes like many other brands that I’ve tried.  My own swatch photos of it are not great, so I’ll just show you the bottle from Zoya’s web site.  Cheater.


Finally, let me re-show you a very cool royal purple that can be sophisticated or just plain fun.  Belinda:

Imperial Russia outd light

Well, that was an even dozen polishes, and yet I know I’m forgetting a few more of my favorites.  What are your “can’t-live-withouts”?

Disclosure:  Some of these polishes were previously supplied by Zoya for review.

Zoya Earth Day Nail Polish Exchange 2014

Hooray, the Zoya Earth Day Nail Polish Exchange!!  Half-price polish from Zoya — one of the best things about spring!


Here’s the official press release:

Announcing the 2014 Zoya Nail Polish Exchange*

Give the earth a helping hand by joining the healthy nail polish movement! Since its inception, ZOYA has been the pioneer of toxin-free nail polish, releasing the most beautiful colors in the healthiest formula available each season. With Zoya Nail Polish, you don’t have to compromise a healthier lifestyle for a glamorous one… go worry-free with a formula that is free of nasty chemicals like Formaldehyde, Formaldehyde Resin, Dibutyl Phthalate, Toluene, and Camphor.

Now you can join smart, eco-chic women who are changing their world, one gorgeous Zoya Nail Polish bottle at a time! To help kick start your “color cleanse”, the Zoya Earth Day Nail Polish Exchange is BACK for 2014. Not only is ZOYA making it easy to swap out old, unwanted color for the world’s healthiest and longest wearing natural nail polish formula on the market, we will dispose of your old shades in an eco-friendly manner! This offer is only good for 1 week so hurry – Don’t Wait!

Valid 4/21/14 – 4/28/14 (11:59pm EST)

What is the Zoya Nail Polish Exchange?

From April 21, 2014 – April 28, 2014 (11:59pm EST) exchange your old nail color for BIG5FREE** Zoya Nail Polish foreither $4.50 ea. on regular Zoya shades OR $5 ea. for PixieDust™ and special effect toppers – and let us properly dispose of your unwanted bottles Shipping and handling fees apply. Excludes ALL Summer 2014 Collection shades (Tickled & Bubbly and Summer Magical PixieDust).


How it works:

  1. Visit www.zoya.com and add at least 6 bottles and no more than 24 bottles of polish to your cart (salon accounts minimum 12 maximum 48 bottles). Excludes ALL Summer 2014 Collection shades (Tickled, Bubbly & Summer Magical PixieDust).
  2. Apply the code: ZDAY2014
  3. Your order value will be adjusted to reflect a 50% discount (we use these funds to properly dispose of the old nail polish). For an example of how your order should look, see example below.
  4. Complete check-out, review and submit order.
  5. Zoya will ship out your NEW polishes right away. The exchange runs on the honor system, which means offer is not contingent on customer returning polish. See full exchange details below…

The Exchange

  1. Once you get your order – ship back the equivalent number of bottles you received to the return address below (ie. If you ordered 6 bottles of Zoya – you would send us 6 NON-ZOYA polishes). Please check with your carrier on the proper way to ship nail polish.

            Ship Your Old Nail Polish To:
     Art of Beauty, Inc.
c/o Polish Exchange
5060 Taylor Rd, Unit D
Cleveland, Ohio, 44128, USA

  1. Include a copy of your invoice/order.
  2. Once we receive your polish we do the rest – It’s that simple!

You do not have to send us the exact amount of bottles that you are ordering. You can send any quantity up to that amount. The bottles you send in should be from any other brand – they cannot be Zoya, Qtica or Nocti polishes. We are using the honor code to make sure you get your Zoya Nail Polish as quickly as possible! First, we send out your new polishes – Then, you send your old polish back to us when it’s convenient for you OR you may donate the polish to a local cause. Offer is not contingent on customer returning polish. If you do choose to send us your old polish, we promise to properly dispose of it according to EPA guidelines.

*Offer valid online at http://www.zoya.com only. Offer expires on 4/28/2014 at 11:59PM EST. Continental US ONLY. Excludes ALL Summer 2014 Collection Shades – Tickled, Bubbly & Summer Magical PixieDust. Not valid with any other codes, coupons or promotions. Shipping and handling fees apply. Consumer accounts must exchange a minimum of 6 polishes with a 24 bottle maximum. Salon accounts must exchange at least 12 with a maximum of 48 bottles. Polish can be from any brand EXCEPT Zoya, Qtica or Nocti and can be exchanged for in-stock .5oz Zoya Nail Polish shades only. Offer is not contingent on customer returning polish. One code per account. Art of Beauty is not responsible for incorrect addresses, credit card entry errors or any errors outside of our control. Please allow standard time for processing and shipping, however if volume is higher than expected please allow up to 6 weeks for shipping and processing. Art of Beauty, Inc. reserves the right to remove any polish that is out of stock from your order. You will not be charged for this polish. Backordered polish is not included in this promotion.

**Zoya Nail Polish and Treatments are completely free of Formaldehyde, Formaldehyde Resin, Dibutyl Phthalate, Toluene and Camphor.


As I always bleat, read all the small print and details.  Then read them again so there are no disappointments.  Especially note the dates, the amounts/limits, and so forth.

Also note that the new summer collections — Tickled, Bubbly, and MagicalPixie 2.0 — are not included.  Hel-LO!  There’s a very good reason because they aren’t even being released until May.  Some people are already complaining about this.  Like a half-price sale on everything else isn’t good enough.

Hope you’ve had your Zoya wish list ready for this wonderful exchange!


What happened to the girl who used to be you?

Years ago I saw a movie, a disc rented from Netflix, called “Shirley Valentine” (1989).  It sounded like a fun, chick flick comedy, and I was in the mood for something light.  I was watching it alone — don’t remember if Mr. Silver Nail was out of town or at his bowling night or whatever — but when the theme song started, I sat bolt upright, shocked by its appropriateness.

The song is called “The Girl Who Used to Be Me,” sung by the very talented Patti Austin, and the lyrics hit home more than almost any other song I’ve ever heard.  So what was going on with me at the time?  Hell, what wasn’t going on with me at the time?  Menopause, an empty nest — more or less a buffet of craptastic midlife non-choices.

A bird is born to fly, born for the moment, it takes to the sky
And all its dreams are riding on its wings
But if it falls, the dreams aren’t broken
As long as the wind is fair, the sky is always there

Oh, the girl who used to be me, she could fly, she was free
You could read by the light of her smile
Yes, the girl who used to be me used to go dancing
She’s been gone such a long, long while

Yeah, I used to go dancing, for hours and hours at a time.  Those days were long gone.  Pushing the vacuum cleaner doesn’t count as dancing.

She left without a sound, nobody noticed she wasn’t around
And only the moon remembers her at all
The days go by, you start asking questions
And wondering why, why did the dreams all go?
I guess it’s time to know

Would anybody notice if I wasn’t around?  Why and where did the dreams all go?

Oh, the girl who used to be me, she could fly, she was free
And she wrote all the words to her song
Yes, this girl who used to be me, used to go dancing
And I feel she’s been gone too long

I’d like the chance to be the girl who used to be me

The movie is fun yet bittersweet, very ’80s in its hair, makeup, clothes, etc., if you get a kick out of that.  The plot, in a nutshell is this:  Shirley’s a middle-aged, bored, ignored housewife in Liverpool who wonders what happened with her life.  She had dreams.  Where did they go?  She’s so lonely she talks to the walls.  Then her best friend wins an all-expenses-paid vacation to Greece and takes Shirley along.  I’ll let you discover the rest for yourself.  (Warning, some profanity and nudity, plus some very thick British accents that might take some getting used to.)  As of this writing you can watch the whole thing on YouTube in low-res, although it may disappear at any time.

Shirley Valentine

Now, I have no wish to leave my husband or have an affair (although winning a vacation would be very, very cool), but I certainly could sympathize with Shirley.  It’s that “Invisible Woman” syndrome I’ve written about here and here.

So what can you do?  You can sulk.  Drink.  Overeat.  Do nothing.  Watch chick flicks.  Or you can pull yourself up by your bra straps and get busy.  Think about what you used to enjoy doing and why you’re not doing that any more.  As I said, I loved to dance but didn’t have anyone to dance with.  OK, fine then, I’ll dance with myself and that’s what I do now, via my Xbox and the game Dance Central.  I know dancing with CG avatars isn’t the same as dancing with real people, but it’s still a lot of fun.  And good exercise.

Think of what the girl who used to be you really loved doing.  Riding a bike?  Eating ice cream?  Running through the sprinklers?  Wearing a little glitter or sparkle?  Lying in a hammock for hours reading a new library book?  Then find time to fit those things back in your life.  As Shirley says, “Why do we get all this life if we don’t ever use it?”

Use all this life that’s been given to you.  Play.  Have fun.  And have a great weekend!

New Magical PixieDust trio from Zoya

While I’m still swooning over the preview pics of the Tickled and Bubbly summer collections from Zoya — especially Bubbly! — there’s even more news.  Also soon to be released is a new trio of Magical PixieDust polishes.  They’re calling it Magical Pixie 2.0.

Zoya Magical Pixie summer14

Looks like candy!

Zoya Magical Pixie summer14b

*BIG5FREE: Zoya Nail Polish and Treatment Formulas are free of formaldehyde, formaldehyde resin, dibutyl phthalate, toluene and camphor.

Find over 300 long-wearing, beautiful Zoya colors on www.zoya.com. Each and every color has a name as unique as the women who inspired it.


Available on Zoya.com


I’ll admit to being a little surprised that the colors are not more diverse from the first three Magical Pixies released earlier this spring.  They were blue, light pink, and silver/white and I reviewed them here.

Love the new purple called Arlo, and actually, I think I’ll like the new pink, Ginni, because it’s darker than the pink in the first set, Lux, which was paler than I expected.  The off-white or nude Bar (what kind of a name is Bar???) new Magical Pixie looks like a cross between Cosmo from the first set and an older PixieDust without the holo sparkle called Tomoko.



Which in a way is cool, because I love both polishes.

Like the first three Magical PixieDust polishes, it looks like these can be worn on their own or as top coats over other polishes.  Also, you could change their look with tinted sheer top coats like I showed here.

Magical Pixie 2.0 is available for pre-order NOW.


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