Hello! As you may or may not know (depending on if you read my blog/watch my videos or not), I've been trying to branch out and try different brands of nail polish. I'm still a big fan of Julep, but at this point I'm nearing 60 different colors of their polishes (I technically have more, but they're duplicates so I don't count them) and...that seems like too much from one brand, even if it is a really good brand. One brand I recently tried for the first time was Zoya and boy did I fall in love!
When I bought my first two Zoya polishes, Hazel and Faye, I had kind of a hard time settling on which colors to get. I originally wanted to just pick up Neely, a beautiful mint green that a lot of people raved about on Youtube (admittedly, I think more people talked about essie's Mint Candy Apple). When I went to Ulta (which is the only place that I know of for sure that carries Zoya polishes. If you know of other places, please let me know!), my attention was immediately grabbed by Hazel. I figured I could swing getting two polishes instead of one because, conveniently, Zoya polishes are very reasonably priced. They're generally $8 for a normal polish and $9 for a Pixie Dust polish. I was going to get Neely and Hazel, but then looked at the main line of colors (Neely and Hazel are spring/summer polishes) and fell in love with Faye. After a short mental struggle, I went home with Hazel and Faye, but I kept thinking about Neely. After over a week had passed and I was still thinking about Neely, I knew I had to go back and get it.
And so I did! I waited until Ulta mailed me one of their $3.50 off a $10 purchase coupon and I'm glad I did! They ended up having a special where, if you bought three Zoya polishes, you would get a special Zoya nail care set that was worth $22 for free.
When I went to Ulta, I knew one of the three polishes I would get would be Neely. I also knew I'd be picking up at least one Pixie Dust polish because I was very interested in trying them out. Zoya's Pixie Dusts are very similar to OPI's Liquid Sand polishes (which I'm not a big fan of) and Julep's Sea Salts (which I do like!) in that they are a heavily textured, gritty polish that dry matte (though some have sparkle). I really like the idea of textured nail polish and, now that I have so many different colors, I find myself more interested in unique finishes.
I'll start with Neely since that's the polish I knew for sure I would get.
Next, I picked out a Pixie Dust polish and ended up with a very unexpected color choice.
The final polish in my trio is Neve.
And here's what I got for free for buying three Zoya polishes!
While at Ulta, I wandered around a bit while trying to finalize my polish selections (I like to walk and think. I feel weird just staring at the same display) and I ended up over in the "drugstore" hair care section. All summer, people have been getting dry shampoo samples in their subscription bags. Except, somehow, me! I've been curious about dry shampoos; my hair is dry, frizzy, and quite curly when it wants to be and I struggle with "next day" hairstyles. When I take a shower and let my hair air dry, it usually ends up somewhat nice looking (depending on things like weather, the product combination I use, how much I touch it while it's drying. I still haven't really figured my hair out...). The next day, though, it's just super dry and frizzy and limp and the only way that I can wear it that really works is in a ponytail. Which is boring and lame. I have been interested in trying Ouidad's Botanical Boost spray, but I'm not sure if it will be powerful enough to make it worth the money (I've tried it once before and wasn't too impressed with it, but I also didn't know what I was doing).
What worried me about dry shampoo is that my hair doesn't really get oily if I don't wash it, it just gets dry and frizzy, and I didn't want to make things worse with dry shampoo (since the point of it is to soak up extra oil). I was debating whether dry shampoo was really something that was worth me even trying, when I saw this:
After I got home, I immediately showed my husband my polish purchases because I wanted to know what he thought of the colors I had picked out (I was still feeling unsure of my choice of Dhara since it was so...unlike me!). He thought they were nice, until I told him about the other Pixie Dust I had thought about getting, Tomoko. After I explained to him what the color looked like, he was convinced that it was named after Tomoko Kuroki, from the anime "No Matter How I Look At It, It's You Guy's Fault I'm Not Popular", or, "Watamote". It's basically about Tomoko's attempts to become popular at school, even though she's awkward and has a bit of a perverse streak in her.
Thanks for reading! <3!