Zoya Explosion: Inspired by a Polish Room

Okay, so I'm a little obsessed with The Mani Cave right now. I tend to do that...find a project and then fixate on it. Which is great when I'm using my powers for good and not evil (e.g., cleaning out the basement [good] vs. making pounds of fudge which I will then eat [evil]). I'm bringing that up because today's mani is heavily influenced by The Mani Cave. You'll see what I mean in tomorrow's post. :)

Zoya Ibiza, Purity and Katy Explosion Mani (work / play / polish)

This is the classic Explosion Mani...pioneered and flawlessly executed by Jane at Nailside. I used all Zoya polish, starting with two coats of Ibiza. Ibiza is like the perfect vampy blue. It's like shimmering ink...very pigmented and almost a one coater. It's a great alternative to black. Check out this awesomeness.

Zoya Ibiza, Purity and Katy Explosion Mani (work / play / polish)

Before I started polishing, I cut scotch tape into triangles per Nailside's tutorial. After a coat of Seche Vite and about ten minutes, I arranged the tape on all my nails and polished one generous coat of Zoya Purity (removing the tape immediately after polishing each nail).

Zoya Ibiza, Purity and Katy Explosion Mani (work / play / polish)

After another coat of Seche Vite and another ten minutes, I placed the second round of tape and polished a coat of Zoya Katy, a deep fuchsia with the same subtle shimmer as Ibiza.

Zoya Ibiza, Purity and Katy Explosion Mani (work / play / polish)

I only wish I'd taped the white off further down the nail so there was more room for the pink. But I still love it!

47 comments:

  1. This looks so cool! I'm so impressed!!!
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  2. I'm in love with this manicure. I feel like I always say that. I have Ibiza and Purity, but I'll have to sub out a different fuchsia because I don't have Katy. I just had one of my nails break, and had to clip the rest down to the nub. When they grow long again, I'll have to give this a try. I am loving the inky dark blues from Zoya. Another favorite of mine is Cynthia. They are nice alternatives to black.

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  3. Holy Cowbells I LOVE this so much!! Jane is the master and I've seen many bloggers attempt this design and yours is by far the best!

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  4. This is absolutely awesome. Poor thing my nails aren't long enough and will never be, because they break before they are getting really long...
    I'm so in love with your manis!
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  5. Me too. I'm all about this color combo lately!

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  6. Reagan is close to Katy...but not the same shimmer. Cynthia...hmmmm...I don't think I have that one! I'll have to remedy that ASAP! LOL

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  7. First...holy cowbells...too funny! I've never heard that saying before but I love it! And thanks for the generous compliment. :)

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  8. Thanks, Nanni. You could do this on short nails. I love the short nail look lately. I keep filing my down.

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  9. Thanks. It's not bad...just a lot of tape cutting! :)

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  10. Yes but i think the place on my small and short nails is too tiny to do it accurately... but probably it's worth a try!

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  11. Thanks, Fairies! I love wearing it! :)

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  12. Oh, hey, you know, creepin' as usual. Love this! I'm not awesome at tape manis. Maybe I'm not letting my nails dry long enough. Perhaps next time I will paint a solid color, enjoy it for a couple days, and THEN tape it up.

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  13. Creep all you want! :) Yes, the waiting between coats is the hard part.

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  14. I've got CG Harvest Moon on and it HAS to be dry by now (24 hours). Maybe I will try a design in black tonight with tape. You = inspiring me to just try. I mean really, it's only nail polish, I can just take it off!

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  15. This is awesome! So jealous of your mani cave can't wait to see pics!

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  16. To save time cutting the tap...just pull off less than an inch (so the tape piece is close to a square), then cut them in half diagonally. Piece of cake. I can't wait to see it! :)

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  17. Thanks, Tishana. I soooo want it to be finished like yesterday! :)

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  18. I know I've hit the jackpot when I get a "Shut Up!" from you. LOL. It makes my day everytime!

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  19. Loooooove this color combination, need to do a "copy" of them sometime! :-)

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  20. Well, I'm coming to realize that my cursing like a sailor all the time might occasionally offend people so rather that Holy $^!#, you got Cowbells! :)

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  21. More cowbell! We need more cowbell! <----one of the funniest Will Ferrell SNL skits ever!

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  22. And Walken, he's a genius!

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  23. Totally amazing and I love that blue! :-)

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  24. Gahhhh!!! I love this manicure! It's amazing!

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  25. Thanks...and it really is an awesome blue.

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  26. I love it when people type "Gahhhh!" I always forget to use it. :) Thanks for reading!

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  27. Let me know when you try it...I'd love to see it.

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  28. it was, i didn't have stripping tape so I freehanded. it ended being a pop-art mani.

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  29. Oh my. As soon as I get a hang of this whole tape thing I am giving this a try!

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  30. [...] she wrote! The room will be navy, white and pink! Sound familiar? They’re the colors in my Zoya Explosion mani [...]

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  31. I don't know WHAT I did, but it wasn't good! I'll have to try again next time, hahaha.

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  32. I love using navy blue instead of black. These look sooo cool!!! I love the colors together and your taping is so clean and perfect!

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  33. Thanks, Nicole. I'm all about navy lately myself! :)

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  34. This is awesome! I need to try an explosion mani. Love it!

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  35. Thanks! I'm sure your version will be totally amazing!

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  36. Hi! I just discovered your awesome blog. I really love this tape mani, and was wondering if somewhere on your blog you offer any how-to posts for newbies.

    As a woman who loves polish and is definitely NOT in her teens or twenties, I thank you for sophisticated designs and colors.

    Regards,
    Jackie

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