Zoya Professional Lacquer in Zahara, swatch

Zoya — Zahara (Professional Lacquer)

Collection: Zoya 2016 Spring, Petals

I posted three nail polish swatches on Monday in a 3 Spring Favorites post, and today I’m reviewing one of them.

Zahara (ZP838) is described by Zoya as a “brilliant shimmering coral made modern with an opalescent effect”. It’s from Zoya’s 2016 Petals collection, which included four shades with shimmery, glass flecked finishes. I love a glass fleck effect (some of China Glaze’s older ones are particularly stunning) so I bought three of the shades.

I describe Zahara as a gentle, translucent pinked peach with a mixture of pink and silver glass fleck shimmer. It is semi-opaque.

Zoya Professional Lacquer in Zahara

Zoya Professional Lacquer in Zahara

[Incidentally, Zahara is not the last of all Zoya’s polishes, alphabetically! There are not one, not two, but at least seven Zoya polishes that come after Zahara, though some are discontinued. Zoya’s Z polishes are: Zahara, Zanna, Zara, Ziv, Zoe, Zooey, Zsa Zsa, and Zuza. I’m waiting on Zelda and Zinnia… Seriously, how have they not done Zelda, yet? Or Zoya, for that matter? I guess the owner is a modest woman!]

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fivezero, 3 Spring Nail Favorites (Collaboration)

3 Spring Nail Favorites (Collaboration)

Today, my blog is dipping a toe into uncharted territory! This is my first ever collaboration, with the lovely Kanza of Faded Rouge. We’re each sharing three favorite nail colors for the spring.

I’ll review each of these selections in more detail later this week, but here are my current top 3 picks for delightful, spring-inspired nail colors! I’ve selected them from Orly, SinfulColors, and Zoya.

Coming into spring from the icy winter, I always love pastels and brights on the nail, with a touch of crisp sparkle.

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Zoya’s Annual Earth Day Exchange 2017

Just a reminder to everyone that Zoya’s annual Earth Day Exchange is running from April 10–May 10 this year. Earth Day takes place on April 22, 2017.

Donate or safely dispose of your old nail polish—older polishes are particularly bad for the environment due to toxic chemicals like toluene and phthalates, which leach into the groundwater. You have the option of donating your old polish, mailing your old polish to Zoya, or dropping them off at your local Household Hazardous Waste (HHW) location (EPA link, Canadian link). My city, Toronto, holds Community Environment Days at various locations, and I like to save up my electronic waste and HHW for when an event is held in my neighborhood.

Details from Zoya:

Once you receive your order, decide if you are going to send in your unwanted polishes or donate them to a local cause. We are using the honor code to make sure you get your Zoya Nail Polish as quickly as possible! 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 environmental guidelines. If you choose to ship back polishes, please include a copy of your invoice with your order and make sure to comply with the shipping guidelines by your carrier of choice. You do not have to send us the exact amount of bottles that you are ordering, there is no limit! Please note: You will need to check with your carrier of choice for guidelines and restrictions on shipping nail polish.

Use the code EARTHLUV to receive 50% off your purchase of 6–24 bottles of nail polish (salons must purchase 12–48 bottles). Excluded from the promotion are Zoya Treatments and Naked Manicure Base and Top Coats. Shipping is free, though there is an ~$10 processing fee for Canadian addresses. This promotion is open to Continental US and Canadian customers only.

I’ve just placed my order (Amira, Claudine, Lacey, Logan, Millie, and Zara; I also got 3 “fun sized” bottles—Cece, Neely, and Temperance—from their Easter promo, which are 7 mL and $6 each, though the current deal is 3/$10 and the Earth Day 50% off doesn’t work on top of that; the mini bottle of Remove Plus is a freebie). I didn’t realize until just now that I got a lot of green in my order! Earth Day must have been on my mind! 🌎

Zoya Earth Day Exchange 2017, fivezero's order

fivezero’s Zoya Earth Day Exchange order, 2017

As I’m not yet ready to organize old polishes to toss/donate, I will be making donations to the Environmental Defense Fund (US-based) and the Nature Conservancy of Canada for my part of the exchange this year.

Today, it has become especially imperative that we fight for our planet.

Climate change is not a hoaxnor is it a joke.

[Relevant xkcd.]

Zoya Earth Day Exchange 2017

Images: zoya.com

Zoya Professional Lacquer in Tallulah, swatch

Throwback Thursday! Zoya — Tallulah (Professional Lacquer)

Collection: Zoya 2009 Summer, Ooh-La-La

It’s Throwback Thursday again, and here is one of my all-time favorite blue polishes. That’s saying a lot, because I have a lot of blue nail polish!

Tallulah (ZP481) is a beautiful, fairly true blue with a touch of cornflower. It doesn’t read overly cool, so it still works well on my warm skintone. The superfine silvery aqua shimmer also has an iridescent violet flash.

Zoya Professional Lacquer in Tallulah

Zoya Professional Lacquer in Tallulah

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New Release: Zoya — Grassy Lips & Nails (April 2017)

Here’s the link. I’m not into fuzzy, textured makeup at all, so I’m definitely going to take a pass on this set!

It’s available on Earth Day, 2017.

Happy Shopping!

Happy April Fool’s Day!

New Release: Zoya — Charming (Spring 2017)

Collection: Zoya 2017 Spring, Charming

Zoya has released their Spring 2017 collection, Charming, consisting of three cream and three “micro-sparkle” polishes.

  • Abby, a light lavender cream
  • Amira, a soft dewy blue micro-sparkle
  • Jordan, a soft blossom pink cream
  • Lacey, a light dewy green micro-sparkle
  • Millie, a dewy violet micro-sparkle
  • Tina, a medium amethyst cream

These polishes start shipping on March 1, but if you use the code SPRING by February 28, you can purchase the entire set of six full-sized polishes for $40 (retail value $60) and get a free Zoya Lipstick in Violette, as well. The offer is valid in the US and Canada, and it includes free shipping (Canada orders will incur an international handling fee).

I’m a little tempted to use the code because the micro-sparkle polishes sound fabulous and who says no to free lipstick?! But on the other hand, I’m a little meh on the creams, Abby, Jordan, and Tina, which look a bit run-of-the-mill.

Zoya Charming collection, Spring 2017
Zoya Charming collection, Spring 2017, plus bonus Violette Lipstick
Image: zoya.com

What do you think of this spring collection?

Happy shopping!

fivezero's Zoya Haulage! (January 2017)

Haulage! Zoya Extravaganza (January 2017)

Late last year, one of my favorite nail polish brands, Zoya, brought Canadian shipping back for their occasional sales—I was pumped! They ran some fantastic sales last year and I definitely took advantage.

I normally pick up the odd Zoya at Winners, but other than that, I buy from Zoya directly. I’ve never had any issues with the shipping to Canada, but I do wait for sales because the total cost gets high at the regular pricing. Their Black Friday sale in particular was awesome, with the $10 polishes being on sale for $3!

Hold onto your hats: this is a lot of Zoya! It includes three hauls: one from earlier this month, one from Black Friday last year, one from last May (because I forgot to post it) and a single polish—Minka—that I got from Winners in October. That’s 29 Zoyas in total.

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