NOTD! Zoya “Astra” with a little added sparkle :)

Zoya “Astra” and Hottopic glitter top coat in 005

A few weeks ago I took full advantage of Zoya’s Earth Day promotion, and for a full review of my experience with pictures and video and a ton of fun media stuff stay tuned for my next post.  This was the last color I put in my cart, but I’m a sucker for glitter! It’s one of the few times I love rocking a pink or red manicure.  Zoya “Astra” is a red magenta glitter explosion that has risen in the ranks in my reds collection.

Formula & Application: Zoya is a 4-Free brand (including formaldehyde resin) plus they leave out camphor, which for some people can be irritating to the nails and skin.  The bottle is glass, holds 0.5 fl oz and the signature plastic black cap is kind of iconic in the nail polish world. Nothing exciting to report with the brush, its rather ordinary and what you’d expect with a nail polish brush.
This jelly based glitter is opaque in 2 coats and was a little bit harder to work with than most glitters, because it was a tad on the thicker side, but worth it.  Then, to add more punch, I added a glitter from Hottopic that has no name.  Literally, it has no name, it is in my color #005.  It is supposed to be a Deborah Lippmann “Happy Birthday” dupe but not as densely packed. 
I saw a post on a Franken nail polish website, and if you aren’t aware of what frankening is it is when you create your own polish by mixing old polishes together, and it was a red glitter with big pieces of multi-colored glitter in it.  To see the post click here,, and its the 2nd or 3rd post.  I loved this! I wanted to franken my own polish to look just like this but instead I just layered a few of the polishes I already have (rather than mixing them in a separate bottle).
What do you guys think of this manicure? Does anyone have any Zoya glitters? Does this glitter explosion remind anyone of a circus or of the holidays?

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