Zoya PixieDust Solange


I got to try Zoya for the first time at a friend’s nail party! Now I can say I see what the hype is about.

Solange is part of Zoya PixieDust series. This one is mostly straight up yellow glitter (really yellow!), which feels ‘textured’ and rough. In this example, I applied two coats of Essie Good to Go top coat, but it’s still kind of rough.

First one is under shade, and second one is under sunlight.



Okay, I might be making a Zoya purchase soon in the future!


China Glaze Yellow Polka Dot Bikini Swatch


I am trying to branch out to other nail polish brands. The first of the two China Glaze polish that I ordered came yesterday, and I finally got to try it.


The color is exactly what I wanted! And I also love that this dries fast. But it is too thin!! And it’s hard to put on evenly. This is like four or five thick coats. They look really good from far away, not just from close by though.



It might be hard to tell because of all these photos are taken with my phone camera, but there are streaks of yellow of different levels of opacity.

I like this nail polish. I just wish I could have love it. Perhaps this is why trying nail polish before purchasing is a good idea? (I got this one online, but reading reviews was just not enough, I guess.)

A coworker noted that this nail polish looks kind of matte – and I think he is right! Since the color is super bright, however, I think matte would work better than creme and clear.


A significant portion of the nail polish was chipped off on the third day. This might have been maybe because I put on 5 layers, or because I didn’t put top coat. I haven’t had nail chip on me before so I will take note and remember that this polish might be prone to chipping!

Newsprint nail pattern


I read online that by wetting newspaper with acetone, one can transfer the ink from the newspaper to the nail! I was finished reading a newspaper, so I attempted this.

The steps I took:

  1. Applied first color coat. (This is Sephora Yellow My Name is Betsey BTW)
  2. Applied clear top coat
  3. Soaked newspaper with acetone
  4. Covered my nail with part of the newspaper that was wet with acetone, and made sure the newspaper was touching all of my nail by pressing the newspaper lightly
  5. After about 2 seconds, lifted up the newspaper

What I learned from first attempt, and many ‘duh’ points that were not clear to me at first:

  • Newspaper letters will be inverted, and not legible
  • It is easier to use the newspaper if it’s cut into pieces big enough for the nails
  • If newspaper is left on top of the nail for too short, the ink will not be transferred
  • If newspaper if left on top of the nail for too long, the paper breaks apart and tries to become part of your nail
  • Don’t move the wet newspaper piece after you first made contact with your nail
  • Dont’ reuse the same piece of newspaper – the ink is no longer there
  • Make sure that the letter directions are the same
  • Maybe newspapers with smaller letter might leave better ‘patterns”.




Getting the letter off the newspaper is easier than I thought it would be.

A while ago, I saw a kit that did exactly this – except it had rolls of writing, which were probably in the right reflection, so that the letters would not be inverted on the nail. I probably will never buy it because it seems odd to by a roll of writing just for this.