Healthier is Happier — Zoya nail polish exchange



The official word, for immediate release:

…because healthier is happier!

NOW THRU 9/12/15

Trade in your brands for the smart choice today!  Not only was Zoya Nail Polish the pioneer of the BIG3FREE and the BIG5FREE movement, we’re technically 8-Free since our formulas have never included ethyl tosylamide, xylene, or parabens.  As the trusted brand among professionals and women who want cutting edge color with the safest formula available,  we want to give you the opportunity to trade in your unwanted brands for a healthier alternative – especially since many of you are concerned about the current formulas that you are using.  Let’s make it the standard that #HealthierIsHappier!


Please use hashtag… #HealthierisHappier


Going to that web site, we see….

How The Exchange Works

1. Add a minimum of 6 bottles of polish (no more than 24 bottles) to your cart. Please Note: Naked Manicure & Zoya Treatments are excluded.

2. Apply Code: HAPPY and a 50% credit will be deducted from your exchange order – free shipping included!

3. Complete checkout and you’re all set! If you need further instructions on sending back your unwanted polish click HERE.
The exchange runs on the honor system, which means you are not obligated to send in your unwanted polish – we assume you’re going to do the right thing! If you choose to send back your polishes, please check with your carrier of choice for shipping guidelines and restrictions for nail polish. For full promotion terms & conditions and instructions on how to send in your polish, click HERE.

Offer valid 8/28/15 – 9/12/15 (11:59pm EST)


Half off and free shipping — what’s not to love???  But just you watch, someone will complain about something, perhaps that the Naked Manicure items are not included.  Note that the new Focus & Flair colors are not excluded, so go for ’em!

NEW Satin trio from Zoya!

Wow, this totally hit me out of the blue!

Zoya satin trio

Official news release:

Get a taste of NYFW delivered straight to your doorstep!  For a limited time, you can get the never-before-sold Satins Trio FREE with any purchase of $25.  This trio of fall-perfect shades was created exclusively for Rolando Santana’s runway show during NYFW AW15 and includes Dagmara (Teal), Antoinette (Purple) & Constance (Green)  – all featuring a chic satin finish.  Love the satin look?  Spend over $30 and you’ll get the Zoya Satin Seal Top Coat FREE!

Please Note: NYFW Satin Trio will not be available for individual purchase. Limited quantities available – only available while supplies last. USE CODE: NYFWT
NOW – 8/31/15 (11:59pm EST) OR While Supplies Last

How it Works:

1. Visit and add at least $25 of product to your shopping cart.

2. Enter Code NYFWT into the coupon code field in cart and press “Apply Code” (The NYFW Satins Trio will be applied automatically).

3. Complete check-out, review and submit order.

Terms & Conditions: Valid online only at through 8/31/15 (11:59pm EST) OR while supplies last. NYFW Satins Trio shades will NOT be available for individual purchase in the future. Continental US and Canada ONLY. Not valid in conjunction with other coupons, codes or gift with purchase items. Returns or exchanges of promotional items not permitted. Art of Beauty is not responsible for incorrect addresses, credit card entry errors, declined credit cards or web related issues. Code must be entered at the time of purchase – code cannot be reinstated on canceled orders.


I had wondered — then forgot — about these three shades.  We first saw them shown this past spring at New York Fashion Week, remember?  I liked most of this spring’s Naturel Satins Collection but thought these darker shades looked yummy.

As always, read all the fine print for such tidbits as the code to use, where it ships (and where it won’t), dates, and so forth.  You can’t combine coupons/codes.  You can’t cancel your order and then hope to use the code again some other time.  Be a savvy shopper.

This savvy shopper is finally going to buy some of the Naked Manicure polishes, because you have to spend $25 on something to get the free NYFW Satins, right?  And note that if you spend over $30 you also get the Satin Seal Top Coat FREE.  Oh yeah.  I plan to get the Pink Perfector, the Lavender Perfector, and the Naked Base Coat, ’cause those are the ones I’ve had my eye on for weeks.

You certainly don’t have to buy Naked Manicure items.  Perhaps now’s the time to get some of the new Focus and Flair colors.  And hey, maybe you want all this free-with-purchase stuff but can’t quite spend $30.  I hear ya.  Go in with a friend, a sister, a mom, a daughter, a co-worker.

If you want to see swatches of the NYFW Satin trio, look here at blogger Dull Like Glitter.  But this blogger says Dagmara is the light dusty purple and Antoinette is the dark teal blue.  Zoya says the names/colors listed in their promo are correct.

Essie Winter 2015 Collection preview

Hello all.  Still living under a heavy pall of wildfire smoke, which is no tragedy but which means I have zero energy.  Honestly, as soon as I wake up in the morning I want to go back to sleep.  We had one clear night and morning recently (last Saturday morning) and I felt like a new person that day.

Anyhoo, I’m dragging myself around and don’t even have the energy to swatch.  Typing seems to be about my limit.  So howzabout some news?

Pictures of Essie’s Winter/Holiday 2015 set have been blowing around on the internet for about a month but I didn’t feel like talking about them until now.  So here we go.

The set is called Virgin Snow and looks comme ça:

Essie Virgin Snow display

I see what you did with the sexual innuendo there, Essie.

Essie Virgin Snow

Very, um, winter-into-spring-ish.  But not, I’d say, particularly exciting.  Two reds so close to each other in the same collection?  Yeah, I’ve seen that before; doesn’t mean I like it.  Can’t really tell if the last one is strictly dark gray or partly another color, like the recent fall shade Frock ‘n Roll, which I did like a lot.

The colors are:

  • Virgin Snow
  • Après Chic
  • Peak Snow
  • Altitude Attitude
  • Shall We Chalet?
  • Haute Tub

There will be a mini set, too.

Essie Virgin Snow minis

No release date known yet.  Photos via Instagram and Pinterest.


After fall news comes holiday news.  Yes, it’s true.  Holiday as in Christmas, Hanukkah, Kwanza, New Year’s — whatever you celebrate or hide from in December/winter.  I know of several holiday collections that will be coming out in a few months, and here’s one from China Glaze that’s no secret.

It’s called Cheers!, was shown to the attendees at the Cosmoprof event in July, and there are twelve polishes.  As you might imagine, the colors are bright or dark or rich, and glitter makes a big showing.  I don’t own any pictures of the set, but for a great view, look here at Chickettes.

I like that the set isn’t ten reds plus one gold and one silver.  The purples and the teal are gorgeous.  Fun names, too — Coal Hands Warm Heart, Peppermint To Be, and Ugly Sweater Party, just to name a few.  Bloggers My Nail Polish Obsession and Pretty Tacky have other views of the nail wheel swatches.

Don’t know yet what the street date is.  My Nail Polish Obsession’s post shows various duos of the polishes in small gift sets.

Black and blue (and silver, too)

Disclosure:  These polishes were provided by SinfulColors for review.

More SinfulColors polishes from their back-to-school collection called Class Act!

SC Class Act

Today let’s look at three very different ones that go together better than I ever could have imagined.

Casablanca Ice Blue Blackboard bottles

Left to right:  Casablanca (#966, repromote), Blackboard (no number on my bottle, new), and Ice Blue (#1405, repromote)  Three polishes, three different colors, three very different finishes.

Casablanca is a bright silver chrome that was a one-coater for me.  Blackboard is a demi-matte or satin, almost a jelly.  Ice Blue is a sheer topper, periwinkle blue and silver shimmer in a sheer blue base.

Here are the polishes solo — one coat of Casablanca, two coats of Blackboard, and one coat of Ice Blue, first under indirect outdoor light and then with a fill flash:

Casablanca Ice Blue Blackboard outd

Casablanca Ice Blue Blackboard flash

You can see that brushstrokes are visible with Casablanca (typical for a chrome) and that Ice Blue is very sheer.

Let’s up the game and look at:  one coat of Ice Blue over one coat of Casablanca, one coat of Ice Blue over two coats of Blackboard, and three coats of Ice Blue alone, same lighting conditions:

Casablanca Ice Blue Blackboard outd2

Casablanca Ice Blue Blackboard flash2

Wow!   I still think Ice Blue is a bit too sheer on its own, but I LOVE it over the silver and the black, especially the black.  Ice Blue would probably also be great over dark blue, dark purple, etc.

Disclosure:  These polishes were provided by SinfulColors for review.

On the World Wide Webz:

Name that Zoya!

Official news release from Zoya:

Zoya name contest

Have you ever dreamed of naming a Zoya Color? This is your big chance to join in on the color naming fun… Zoya Creative Director, Rebecca Isa has created 3 gorgeous, new colors for Redbook and the magazine is running a naming contest for them in the September 15 Issue (page 60).

The colors are:

·         Creamy Cherry Red

·         Metallic Plum

·         Sheer Sparkly Gold

Zoya name contest4

As you may know, Zoya names all of our colors after women – so submit your Mom or Bestie or Idol or even your own name to maybe become the next new Zoya!




Zoya name contest2

Zoya name contest3

After the winning names are selected by the Redbook team, the colors will be available through December on as a full size (0.5 oz) trio – $27 (US) and as individual colors in salons and ULTA stores – $9 ea. (US).


Fun!  READ THE CONTEST RULES!!!  The rule that jumps out at me is ONE ENTRY PER PERSON.

Would I like to win?  Sure.  But what I’d love even more would be for one of my readers to win.  So here’s a possible tip (and I have no idea if it would actually help or not) — pick a name that Zoya hasn’t ever used.  If you need a list of most of the known Zoya names, I check this one at The Polish Garden.  Don’t know if it includes every name EVAH, but it’s a good start.

Be creative yet sensible.  Don’t name it after yourself with the reasoning that you’re a selfish beeyotch.  Somehow, I doubt that would resonate with the judges.


I Wanna Frock ‘n’ Roll All Night, and Party Every Day

Alert the media!  An Essie I love!!  This is my shocked face.


Really, I can’t remember the last Essie I bought and am too lazy to check.  But after seeing swatches of Essie’s new fall collection Leggy Legend at BeautyGeeks, I really wanted to try the dark fleck/shimmer, Frock ‘n Roll.

Minor rant:  Shouldn’t Frock ‘n Roll be spelled Frock ‘n’ Roll, with the second apostrophe?  The word “and” is missing both the a and the d.  It cries out for a second apostrophe.  OCDers everywhere demand it.  But I should repeat to myself, “It’s just a polish; I should really just relax.”  (Shout-out to cult show MST3K)

OK, Frock ‘n Roll.  Seeing the first previewed bottle shots, I thought it was just a dark gray metallic or shimmer and was meh about it.  It’s more.  I’d call it a dark grayed purple-brown, which sounds like an unappealing description if ever I heard one.  But the proof is in the pictures.

The formula was excellent although the brush in my bottle had some annoying wild hairs that wanted to put polish on my skin.  You could use two thin coats but I tried one thick one and was very pleased with it.  With no top coat under indirect bright sunshine:

Frock n Roll outd

With the flash you see more of the silvery shimmer/fleck and it looks more purple:

Frock n Roll flash

Under artificial indoor light it looks more brown:

Frock n Roll ind

It’s great to see something a little different from Essie, and a great fall color to boot.  I got my bottle at Ulta for $8.50, and at Ulta’s web site it’s called a taupe brown.  Excuse me??  Taupe to me means light grayed brown, and ain’t nothing light about Frock ‘n Roll.  And they forgot the purple.  Kind of like Essie forgot that apostrophe.


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