Friday, May 10, 2013

Sparkle and Smolder - Zoya Irresistible Nail Art

I recently sat down to do some nail art with the new Zoya Irresistible Collection, and three of the colors jumped out at me. They came together in a gorgeous, fiery combination, and I immediately knew I wanted to do a gradient!

Chalkboard Nails: Sparkle & Smolder Nail Art


Let's talk about the three polishes I used for this look!
Zoya Kerry is a yellow gold foil. Definitely one of my favorite shades in the collection.
Zoya Amy is an orange foil. Super sparkly and warm.
Zoya Bobbi is a red-magenta foil. It reminds me of the color of red grapes.

Chalkboard Nails: Sparkle & Smolder Nail Art

This nail art came out so well but the process was a double edged sword.

If you're familiar with sponged gradients in nail art, you'll know that the sponge deposits polish on the areas of finger that surround your nail. It's usually not that difficult to clean up if you're using cotton swabs and acetone.

I didn't have my brain turned on before I started this nail art, and barged ahead without protecting my surrounding fingers in any way. BIG MISTAKE! Let me tell you why. These polishes are so super sparkly and flecky (part of their appeal!), but their downside is, if you get them on your skin, those sparkles can be pretty challenging to remove. I spent more time cleaning up the polish on my skin than I did doing the actual gradient.

If you guys want to try a gradient with these polishes, I would recommend applying Elmer's Glue or something like Liquid Palisade to the skin surrounding your nails first. If you let it dry completely before you start the gradient, you'll just be able to peel off the mess after you're finished.

Chalkboard Nails: Sparkle & Smolder Nail Art

Chalkboard Nails: Sparkle & Smolder Nail Art

What do you think of this look?

The Zoya Irresistible Collection is available now on Zoya.com for $8 per polish.
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50 comments

  1. You used only 3 colors?? I thought you used 4! You did this so fantastic, it's making me wish I owned this collection to do this. Amazing job!!

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  2. Lucy from Lucy's StashMay 10, 2013 at 7:19 AM

    Despite the horrendous removal the result is awesome! Hope you've done some nail art over this as it would look great I'm sure ;)

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  3. Gorgeous! I love, love, love!

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  4. Sachiko SullivanMay 10, 2013 at 7:36 AM

    AMAZING. It glows and looks flames. love it!

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  5. ValiantlyVarnishedMay 10, 2013 at 7:44 AM

    Like FIRE!! I love it!

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  6. How amazing, I think I might wear this for my sister's wedding....it's so awesome!

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  7. I love it i want to try this. It won't be as god as you did but i want to try it. The colours are amazing its lije fire. . Love love love

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  8. Andrea @ ChickettesMay 10, 2013 at 7:49 AM

    This is one of the most gorgeous gradients I've seen! Love it!

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  9. That looks so awesome and shiny!

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  10. This is the best gradient ever <3

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  11. Dagmara BrzezińskaMay 10, 2013 at 7:56 AM

    owsome :D

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  12. stunning and beautiful :D I like very much :)

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  13. This is lovely!!! I definitely feel your pain about the cleanup. I recently did a pixidust gradient... The cleanup was exhausting! Hahaha

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  14. I saw a picture of this on instagram and thought, how on earth did she clean that up? Haha, now I understand. The result is gorgeous though :)

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  15. So beautiful - like a Sunset. And yes, I have totally noticed how that glitter flecks get everywhere...it's like you have to scrape them off.

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  16. Oh my word, that's gorgeous! They glow! You know what you should do? When it gets a bit tipweary and you want to freshen it up, do a sort of flame stencil thing around them and paint the rest dark blue or black and WOAH ACTUAL FLAMES ON YOUR FINGERS :D

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  17. This is so beautiful!! Worth the cleanup, right? :D

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  18. Amazing!!!

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  19. So pretty and sparkly!!! :D

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  20. Beautiful, I love that you've made them into a gradient!

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  21. Lovely, just lovely!!!

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  22. I had convinced myself that I didn't really need any of the colors in the Irresistible collection, but this gradient is SO BEAUTIFUL that I'm rethinking that decision...

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  23. Flawless!!
    impossible not to love this gradient to bits!

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  24. This gradient is to die for. It makes me want to get these polishes just to do THIS MANI!

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  25. Gahhh, your nails are perfect, your manicures are perfect... Love!

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  26. Gorgeous!! I was trying to do a sponge gradient myself and it just somehow got all wrong.. But practice makes perfect... or so they say...

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  27. This is so gorgeous!!!

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  28. wonderful! it looks like on fire nails!

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  29. Or you can rub any oil or vaseline around the fingers, makes it soo much easier to clean up too!

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  30. Irresistible, you said?
    You are absolutely right! Compliments, this one is really gorgeous :-)

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  32. Sarah this is an absolutely STUNNING gradient! Gorgeous, gorgeous colors!!

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  33. oooohhh...sooooo prettttyyyy...I could stare at those nails whole day! :)

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  34. Stunning! Now I MUST go and order all three! Thanks for the enabling!

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  35. This gradient is gorgeous! The colours are beautiful and work so well together.

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  37. LittleMonsterx14May 14, 2013 at 8:43 AM

    this is one of the most beautiful manicures i have ever seen! its almost smoldering, so gorgeous!

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  38. Erin &amp; RoxieJune 7, 2013 at 11:33 AM

    Excellent tip about the sparkles on skin. I've run into that before too. Icky!

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  39. I didn't know that trick with the Elmer's Glue, but that is Genius! Thanks for the tip!!

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  40. What a great tip. I have avoided some gradients for the reason that clean up is almost impossible

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