*For a complete listing of all the polishes mentioned in the above video, what I’m wearing, and links of where to purchase, please view the video on my YouTube channel (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hxJ9xl8ejgw)
I can’t remember exactly when my love affair with Zoya started, but I know who I can blame for my addiction. I was watching a video from Michele1218, and she was raving about their nail polish remover and how it made removing glitter nail polish so easy. I already had one bottle of their polish, Gemma, and I was impressed with it. So, as I often do after watching YouTube, I swung by my Ulta and picked up my first bottle of their Zoya Remove Plus Nail Polish Remover. Needless, to say, Michele was right-this stuff was AMAZING!! I quickly did a video review on the remover, and soon after, Zoya contacted me and asked if they could send me a few bottles of polish as a thank you for the review. Somehow, I ended up getting on their press list and now every season, I am the lucky recipient of their newest collection of polishes.
Since using so many of their polishes, I find myself wanting more of them. So, every time there’s a sale or special deal advertised on their website, I buy more. Every time I’m at Ulta and I see a shade I don’t already have, I buy it, too. So…my collection has gotten a little out of control.
I don’t exclusively use Zoya, nor do I have any sort of agreement with them, but I’ve just grown to prefer their polish over any other brand. The price point is great ($8), the range of color options is almost infinite, and these little babies certainly work well on my nails in terms of longevity.
I tried to pick my top 10 colors, but it was impossible. Then I tried to narrow it down to just 20, but a few more squeezed in. It’s like trying to pick your favorite child-impossible.
If I don’t do major dishwashing, housecleaning with abrasive chemicals, add avoid getting my nails soaked in rubbing alcohol (which I just did while cleaning my makeup brushes), then I can get a good seven days of wear out of a Zoya polish. I do experience minor wear at the tips of my nails, but I never experience any large chunks of polish chipping off.
When I do my nails, I always do it in this order:
- Remove old polish with Zoya Remove Plus
- Do any filing or trimming that might be necessary
- Lay down a coat of nail strengthener (right now it’s OPI Nail Envy)
- Put down a base coat (used to be CND Sticky, now it’s Seche Vite base coat)
- Use two coats of Zoya nail polish
- Finish with Seche Vite Quick Dry Top Coat
Zoya does make a couple of different base coats as well as a top coat, all of which I’ve tried. I’ve spoken with their representative and I’ve been told that their base and top coats are formulated to work specifically with their nail color, which will extend its life even more. Since I already get a week’s worth of wear out of one manicure and I don’t have the patience to wait for a normal drying time, I always use the Seche Vite top coat. I’ve tried literally dozens of other brands, but nothing works as well for me as the Seche Vite, so I’m sticking with it. I did recently purchase the Seche Restore, which is the only recommended product to thin out the top coat without changing it’s efficacy.
So there’s a little inside peek into my manicure habits and all time favorite polish. In our fickle little beauty world, it’s nice to have a bit of consistency, once in awhile!