Tuesday, January 10, 2012

Recent NOTD: Zoya Melodie Plus a Couple Disturbing Photos

(The disturbing part comes later; I'll warn you ahead of time.) Last week my nails were clothed in Zoya Melodie, which Zoya describes as a "pink-toned light creamy brown nude neutral with a sprinkling of fine silver glitter" and classifies as a metallic finish. Sorry, no—I'm not buying the metallic thing at all. Silver shimmer does not a metallic finish make. Also, on me at least, it doesn't pull pink at all. I've seen photos of it looking much more rosy on other people, though, so I can see where Zoya got that part.





Zoya rates this as a 3 out of 5 on their sheer to opaque intensity scale. I only used two coats and had no visible nail line, which I thought was great for paler color like this.



Warning: the photos coming up may frighten small children and sensitive souls.

I went neutral with this manicure so as not to attract too much attention to nails, which really took a beating when I was on my Christmas trip. Not only was there the usual problem on a ski trip of wet gloves, but I helped Mr. Karen with projects around the condo and also did way more dishes than I usually do (at home that's his job; I have got to remember to buy new rubber gloves for our next condo stay—I used the ones that were there to do some staining in the summer and now they're no good for kitchen use). By the last day of the trip, I was missing chunks of the Sally Hansen strips on the tips of several nails, not because the strips chipped or failed but because the nails underneath had peeled and flaked away. I have no good excuse for what happened next: instead of taking the strips off the proper way, with nail polish remover (which I keep at the condo, so it wasn't a matter of not having access), I peeled and scraped them off using my nails as tools to do so. If there were such a thing as a nail blogger license, mine would have been suspended for that. The one minor saving grace in the situation was that I had that layer of Orly Nail Defense under the strips, which meant the adhesive on them stuck to that and not directly to my nails, so I didn't do too much additional damage with the scraping.

Here's what my nails looked like when I got home—so not pretty:



My right hand had the added feature of a scrape left when I dug out a huge splinter on my index finger (there's a smaller splinter still under the skin next to it at this point). I couldn't bear to show my thumbnail on this hand; it got the brunt of the tool duty so really looked like crap.



Looking at that mess, I decided it was time to try my new weapon against Mr. Peelies, Quimica Alemana Esmalte Endurecedor de Uñas, which my friend turtlechick was kind enough to pick up for me and send the last time we did a swap.



This is serious stuff; not only does it have formaldehyde resin, it has straight up formaldehyde. You definitely don't want to drink this one (or slop it on your skin).



It's too soon to tell if the Quimica stuff it going to work for me, but if the smell is any indication, I think it will—it reminds me of the old school extra chemically stuff I used back in the day, when my nails grew scary long. (I should see if I have any photos of them—this was long before digital cameras but I think I might have a film shot or two I could scan.) I do already know that it appears to play nicely with my other nail products. I used one coat of the Quimica followed by Instant Artificials, then the two coats of Melodie and Sally Hansen Insta Dri topcoat and got barely a chip in seven days. The polish on my right thumbnail did suffer some damage, as I just do not seem to be able to stop using it as a scraper for price tags and such. Perhaps I should bandage it for a few weeks so I'll be forced to break the habit.

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Reminder to folks with a continental U.S. mailing address: my Zoya Giveaway of Anja and Jem thanks to Verve 360 Nail Salons closes at noon Eastern U.S. time on Friday (January 13th).

21 comments:

  1. Melodie is a gorgeous neutral. Sorry about the damage to your nails :(. I hope the new treatment works.

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  2. I've noticed that too with Zoya polishes - one or two bits of shimmer, and it's a "metallic." Seems to me they have very few polishes that are what I'd consider metallic, but I love them anyway.

    I have Melodie too, and it pulls neutral rather than pink on me. The bit of shimmer it has isn't enough for me, so I always top it with CND Silver Shimmering Effect.

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  3. That color is pretty! I don't own any nude shades, but I should probably try to find one that would look good on me. Sorry to hear about your nails though! I hope you're able to get them back to looking how you want them to.

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  4. Melodie looks really pretty, but it doesn´t have a metallic finish. IT reminds me bit of Maybelline miniColorama Peach Star.

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  5. Metallic finish?? I have to agree with you on that one! I have a friend who uses a Quimica Alemena. Not sure if its the same as yours though.

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  6. Love that color! Hope your nails get better!

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  7. Melody is perfect :)
    And too bad about your nails, hope they will grow fast :)

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  8. I like the creamy color, and the hint of shimmer.

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  9. What a beautiful Zoya-color you have there!

    ♥ Awesomesauce ♥

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  10. Hmmm Melodie looks nice on you. In my mind those colors will never look good on me so I don't usually give them a chance. I should probably try it out.

    Metallic, um, NO.

    I hope the treatment works for you. I stopped using it for a week or so to try something else and my thumbnail decided to peel off with a chip in the polish. I went right back to it after that.

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  11. That Quimica stuff reallly worked for me.
    I wish is wasn't so expensive.

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  12. I came here for the disturbing photos. Girl, I didn't get disturbed!!!

    Here's hoping Quimica works just fine.

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  13. I like that Zoya nail polish! ^__^ It's a very beautiful nude and "usable" on its own :) I hope your nails are fully recovered now! I have a terrible habit that is peeling off the nail polish from my nails, starting on the base of the nail, and that makes my nails look like that. But sometimes even worse because it looks like the nail polish "ate" or "burnt" my nail. It's awful :S

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  14. Very pretty! I hope your nails feel better soon. :)

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  15. Melodie is such a beautiful color! So pretty!

    Sorry to hear about the nails let us know how the base coat works! I had a bad habit of peeling my nail polish like when I would get bored at school I would just peel it and in turn my nails had bad peeling and were so thin. But I have always been curious to see if formaldehyde base coats are good for peeling!(:

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  16. I still think it's a pretty polish,
    hope the new treatment works

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  17. Wow Melodie is gorgeous but I agree, no metallic finish in sight. I really like your nails shorter too!

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  18. I do agree with the "not metallic" on Melodie. Sorry for your nails, hope the super chemical product will work for you! I think I should bandage my thumbs, too. Mine tend to tear on sides and are always short and "to be left out of pictures".

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  19. Oh the HORROR!!! Yes you're license has been suspended. You are no longer allowed to blog!! HAHA! Those ingredients are similar to my Trind Nail repair which I swear by! Good luck-those look awful!

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  20. Melodie is pretty I don't see metallic though, sorry about your nails but to be honest I don't think that they look that bad, let me know how that stuff works my nails need some.

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  21. Eeek! Poor nails :( I hope the Quimica product will help out! The polish you posted is really pretty :)

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