Monday, May 7, 2012

Nail Polish of the Day: Zoya's Pandora

Zoya Pandora

 Before I get to all the nail polish goodness, I'd like to remind everyone that there's still plenty of time to enter my Tarte Amazonian Clay Foundation/Tarte Maracuja Creaseless Concealer/Sigma F80 giveaway.  You can find all the information here.

Now, back to nail polish...

I do my nails every Monday night.  It's just a little ritual that I have. I like to sit down in front of the television (Monday's a big TV night for me - Bones, Castle, Disappeared on Investigation Discovery... and the guiltiest of guilty pleasures, Secret Life of the American Teenager, a show so wonderfully awful that it never fails to entertain...), sift through all my pretty polishes and go to town.

Last Monday, I chose Sephora by OPI's What's Your Sign, a gorgeous shimmery orange that I mentioned here and just screams summer to me.

And I loved it.  All week, whenever I caught a glimpse of my shimmery tangerine nails, it made me smile.

But I had my nephew's first communion on Saturday, so near the end of the week, when I was planning my outfit, I started to think about my polish. I was wearing a blue dress, so the orange nails would have worked with it (and allowed me to represent my beloved Mets' and Islanders' teams colors)... but there was something about all that bright orange that didn't quite seem church-appropriate to me.

Or, more accurately - something about all that bright orange that I knew dear old mom wouldn't find church-appropriate.

So on Friday morning, I found myself going through my nail polish collection, trying to find a shade that I thought had the right feel for a first communion, and I came across a totally forgotten gem.

Zoya's Pandora.

It's a shimmery mauve-y nude (if that makes sense) that I have just fallen in love with.

Zoya Pandora (artificial light)

Zoya Pandora (natural light)

 It's in a mini size bottle, so I think that I got it in a Birchbox a while back - but I can't remember if I ever wore it before. I don't know why because it's just lovely.  It's not too much darker than my skin tone, but the pink and mauve undertones keep it from looking ashy on my fingers.  The shimmer, which is a really subtle silver, also helps keeps it from being too flat of a nude.

If you work in a conservative office or aren't allowed to wear bright colors to school, I think Pandora is a lovely everyday polish. If you're just a fan of light, beautiful shades, it's a winner too. 

I'm supposed to change my polish tonight, but I think I might postpone the ritual this week.  I love this polish that much.

What's your favorite nude or everyday polish?

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