hands – valerie
feet – storm
I was lucky enough to win Mash Elle’s Zoya nail polish giveaway a few weeks ago. I was pretty thrilled, and decided to get a mani-pedi when they arrived. I went to Allure Nail Spa in the west loop and got their $35 classic mani-pedi. It was nice, though slightly lower budget than the place I used to go in Ann Arbor. And saying that I “used to go” to a place is pretty misleading–I’ve only gotten two mani-pedis in my life, and this was the second. The lady didn’t wear gloves when she did my pedi, which I found a bit disconcerting, but it seemed to work out just fine–it was a week ago and I don’t have any infections or problems with my feet or hands. She did use this callus cutter that was a bit like a handheld planer to tackle my (bigger than average) calluses. It freaked me out a bit, but damn, my feet are much softer. Ultimately, I’d highly recommend it.
Anyway, about the nail polish. I’m not a seasoned nail polish expert, so I can’t give an incredibly detailed review. What I will say is that I found the color to be interesting and the polish went on easily and dried quickly. It lasted about four good days before it chipped and I had to remove it, but that’s about average in my experience. I did find these colors to be much more appropriate for winter than summer, and frankly, I would never have chosen either of these colors for myself. I tend to stick with girly pastels and pinks. I’m a huge fan of the classic french mani-pedi, and I’ll likely stick with that in the future. That said, it was fun to try something new.
One last thing to note–Zoya says it’s an all natural polish, which I can get on board with, though I’m not entirely sure what that means or what the difference is between Zoya and a run-of-the-mill polish. On their website they say it’s free of toluene, formaldehyde, DBP (phthalates) and camphor. If anyone reading this does know the significance, I’d love to hear about it in the comments.
And thanks again, Mash Elle!