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Zoya Tickled Swatches

Hey guys! I’ve been busily catching up with all the summer collections and this one almost slipped right on by! I didn’t think much of these shades at first, in all honesty, but there are a few surprises in there! In random order, here are swatches for Zoya Tickled Collection.

First up is Wendy.

Zoya Wendy

Wendy has a great formula — one of the best in this collection. It is described as “a juicy summer melon, deep enough to flatter a tan but bright enough to stand out”. Formula is leaning a little to the watery side, but it’s really good even with application of thicker coats. Shown is one thicker coat with no top coat.

Zoya Wendy (in shade)

Zoya Wendy (direct sunlight)

Zoya Wendy (close-up)

Next up is Tilda.

Zoya Tilda

Tilda is the green in this group. It is described as “a warm mantis green cream that is a great alternative to a summer lime”. I love the golden undertone in this shade! Formula is good, just like Wendy with the teeniest difference in that it’s a bit thicker and less watery (I almost can’t say it’s watery at all). And just like Wendy, shown is one thicker coat with no top coat.

Zoya Tilda (in shade)

Zoya Tilda (direct sunlight)

Zoya Tilda (lighting changed)

Zoya Tilda (close-up)

Next we have Rocha.

Zoya Rocha

I looked at the bottles and Rocha holds a sweet surprise. This shade is packed with micro shimmer that I’ve seen before in other Zoya shades. It is more evident under direct sunlight. It is described as “a classic folly red cream with warm undertones that enhance a summer glow”. Unlike 2 previous shades above, this one isn’t as opaque and will require more than one coat. It is almost a one coater though. Shown is 2 coats with no top coat.

Zoya Rocha (in shade)

Zoya Rocha (direct sunlight)

Zoya Rocha (lighting changed)

Zoya Rocha (close-up)

Then we have a shade called Kitridge.

Zoya Kitridge

This is actually the last shade in this collection I took photos of, so my skin tone leans very red in these shots. Kitridge is a light pink crème. It is described as “a classic summer bubblegum pink cream”. It has a special note that “this universally flattering (evenly balanced between cool & warm) has enough white to make it pop against a tan”. Formula is on the sheer side compared with the rest in this collection (it is the sheerest of the 6). Shown is 2 coats with no top coat.

Zoya Kitridge (in shade)

Zoya Kitridge (direct sunlight)

Zoya Kitridge (close-up)

Then we have Ling.

Zoya Ling

Ling is the lone blue in this collection. It is described as “a vibrant royal blue cream that is evenly balanced to flatter most skin tones”. Formula is good for a creme and this shade is pretty opaque. Shown is one generous coat with no top coat.

Zoya Ling (in shade)

Zoya Ling (direct sunlight)

Zoya Ling (close-up)

Lastly, here’s Rooney.

Zoya Rooney

Rooney is a shade I knew I’d like right from the start. This is described as “a mid-range magenta pink cream with balanced undertones to flatter most skin tones”. Just like Ling, this one is almost a one coater as well. I didn’t manage to get a direct sunlight shot with this shade though. Boo. Shown is 2 coats with no top coat.

Zoya Rooney (in shade)

Zoya Rooney (lighting changed)

Zoya Rooney (close-up)

Zoya Rooney (lighting changed again)

With the exception of Rocha and Ling, these shades all bear this note online: Due to the florescent pigment used, actual shade and photographic reproduction may differ. They’re bright and very summery. I wish they swapped out a pink for a yellow but I can’t complain really. Overall, another win in my book for Zoya!

*Some products in this review may have been provided by the PR company or manufacturer for an honest opinion.*


Glitter Gal Mozzie Bite

Hey guys! How was your weekend? This past weekend felt very relaxing to me. I got to do a bit of shopping, running around with my husband and even got some house chores done. It’s weird! For a while now weekends feel rushed for me. But not at all this time around! I hope this trend continues, especially since this upcoming weekend is a long weekend for us. I managed to swatch a few shades as well when the sun was out and one of them is this crème beauty. Here’s Glitter Gal Mozzie Bite.

Glitter Gal Mozzie Bite

I find the name of this shade quite catchy! The color does not disappoint. It’s a rich berry that’s just as eye-catching as a fuchsia or magenta shade. It’s a bit thinner than Bikini Babe, but I feel like this has a better formula. The second coat evened out any possible sheerness or patchy spots. It’s a bit hard for me to capture this shade in pictures. It looks so juicy in some angles! Shown is 3 coats with no top coat.

Glitter Gal Mozzie Bite (in shade)

Glitter Gal Mozzie Bite (lighting changed)

Glitter Gal Mozzie Bite (direct sunlight)

Glitter Gal Mozzie Bite (close-up)

Glitter Gal also offers other beauty items aside from nail polishes. Even though they are based in Australia, they do ship internationally. The nail polishes are priced at RRP $9.95. They are also available on some other local nail e-tailers in the US. Check them out on their website or follow them on Facebook (Glitter Gal Cosmetics), their blog Glitter Gal, or even on Twitter (GlitterGal_Aus)!

*Some products in this review may have been provided by the PR company or manufacturer for an honest opinion.*


Glitter Gal Bikini Babe

Hey guys! How’s the weather over where you are today? It’s cool and cloudy on my end, but it’s a welcome relief to the spiking heat that we’ve been starting to get in time for summer. I prefer warmer weather myself though, but it’s not extremely wet with the rain and all so I’m in good spirits still. Today’s post is on one of the newer shades from Glitter Gal. I’ve always been a huge fan of this brand and welcomed trying out more of their crème shades. Here’s Glitter Gal Bikini Babe.

Glitter Gal Bikini Babe

I love this pale pink shade! It’s so pale that it almost looks white to me sometimes. It’s so cute and adorable just like the name itself. It does go on a bit sheer, so I just applied more coats than I had originally planned. The last coat evened everything out and made it look pretty on my nails. The glossy finish is impressive! Shown is 3 thicker coats with no top coat.

Glitter Gal Bikini Babe (in shade)

Glitter Gal Bikini Babe (direct sunlight)

Glitter Gal Bikini Babe (close-up)

Glitter Gal also offers other beauty items aside from nail polishes. Even though they are based in Australia, they do ship internationally. The nail polishes are priced at RRP $9.95. They are also available on some other local nail e-tailers in the US. Check them out on their website or follow them on Facebook (Glitter Gal Cosmetics), their blog Glitter Gal, or even on Twitter (GlitterGal_Aus)!

*Some products in this review may have been provided by the PR company or manufacturer for an honest opinion.*


Finger Paints Pastel Rain Swatches

Hey guys! I’m so glad this week is flying by fast! I’m looking forward to the weekend to get some more swatches done. Today’s post is on Finger Paints’ offering for Spring. Now, I know we’re entering Summer already, but some of these shades would actually look good for Summer too! I’m referring more to the glitter shades. I can see them being used over other bright and bold colors. Without further ado, here are swatches for the Finger Paints Pastel Rain Collection.

First up is Mistful Thinking.

Finger Paints Mistful Thinking

Mistful Thinking is a green pastel crème. This shade made me think of Shrek. It applied the most sheer out of the 3 crèmes in this collection. I had to use more coats for this shade. Shown is 4 coats with no top coat.

Finger Paints Mistful Thinking (in shade)

Finger Paints Mistful Thinking (direct sunlight)

Finger Paints Mistful Thinking (close-up)

Next is Shower With Flowers.

Finger Paints Shower With Flowers

Shower With Flowers is the matching glitter shade to Mistful Thinking. It is made up of pale yellow-green small round, hex and bar glitters sprinkled with holographic micro glitter suspended in a clear base. Shown below is the shade alone with 2 coats and no top coat.

Finger Paints Shower With Flowers (in shade)

Finger Paints Shower With Flowers (lighting changed)

Finger Paints Shower With Flowers (direct sunlight)

Finger Paints Shower With Flowers (close-up)

Finger Paints Shower With Flowers (lighting changed again)

Shown below now is one coat of Shower With Flowers over Mistful Thinking.

Finger Paints Shower With Flowers over Mistful Thinking (in shade)

Finger Paints Shower With Flowers over Mistful Thinking (direct sunlight)

Finger Paints Shower With Flowers over Mistful Thinking (close-up)

Next we have Springtime Bloom.

Finger Paints Springtime Bloom

Springtime Bloom is a pink pastel crème. There’s nothing extremely special about this shade but I do love the color and hue a lot. It’s the perfect pink pastel in my opinion. It applied slightly patchy with the first coat but it evened out with a second coat. It didn’t take too long to dry at all for a crème shade. Shown is 2 coats with no top coat.

Finger Paints Springtime Bloom (in shade)

Finger Paints Springtime Bloom (lighting changed)

Finger Paints Springtime Bloom (direct sunlight)

Finger Paints Springtime Bloom (close-up)

Next up is A Pink Of Pixie.

Finger Paints A Pink Of Pixie

A Pink Of Pixie is the matching glitter shade to Springtime Bloom. It is made up of pale pink small round, hex and bar glitters sprinkled with holographic micro glitter suspended in a clear base. It’s basically the same as Shower With Flowers, but in place of pale yellow-green it’s pale pink. Shown below is the shade alone with 2 coats and no top coat.

Finger Paints A Pink Of Pixie (in shade)

Finger Paints A Pink Of Pixie (direct sunlight)

Finger Paints A Pink Of Pixie (close-up)

Shown below now is one coat of A Pink Of Pixie over Springtime Bloom.

Finger Paints A Pink Of Pixie over Springtime Bloom (in shade)

Finger Paints A Pink Of Pixie over Springtime Bloom (direct sunlight)

Finger Paints A Pink Of Pixie over Springtime Bloom (close-up)

Moving on, we have Dream I Can Fly.

Finger Paints Dream I Can Fly

Dream I Can Fly is a pretty pastel blue crème. Again, nothing too special about this shade and it reminds me of similar looking shades from OPI (something from the Nicki Minaj collection) and Cult Nails. But, it’s a nice pastel blue to get in case you are in the market for one. Formula for this one is not as good as Springtime Bloom, but it flows nicely onto the nail and evens out very well. Shown is 2 coats with no top coat.

Finger Paints Dream I Can Fly (in shade)

Finger Paints Dream I Can Fly (direct sunlight)

Finger Paints Dream I Can Fly (close-up)

And lastly, here’s Crystal Springs.

Finger Paints Crystal Springs

Crystal Springs is the matching glitter shade to Dream I Can Fly. This glitter shade is different from the previous ones. It is made up of silver chunky glitter that resemble shards with small blue and gold pastel round glitter suspended in a clear base. Shown below is the shade alone with 2 coats and no top coat.

Finger Paints Crystal Springs (in shade)

Finger Paints Crystal Springs (direct sunlight)

Finger Paints Crystal Springs (close-up)

Shown below now is one coat of Crystal Springs over Dream I Can Fly.

Finger Paints Crystal Springs over Dream I Can Fly (in shade)

Finger Paints Crystal Springs over Dream I Can Fly (lighting changed)

Finger Paints Crystal Springs over Dream I Can Fly (direct sunlight)

Finger Paints Crystal Springs over Dream I Can Fly (close-up)

Overall? The pastel shades are good to get if you don’t have one yet and are in the market for one, but the glitters is where it’s at. I didn’t find the glitter shades to be something I’ve already seen produced over and over again. These shades should be available in Sally Beauty Supply stores and online for $5.99 each.

*Some products in this review may have been provided by the PR company or manufacturer for an honest opinion.*


Zoya Awaken Swatches

This past weekend has been reasonably warm that it got me going with some swatches. I’m busy catching up with the outstanding collections I have on hand and decided to start off with the Zoya Awaken Collection since I just got their other latest 2 collections in a few days ago. I’m showing them in the order of how much I like the shades.

First up is Rebel.

Zoya Rebel

I love this shade and the finish reminds me a bit of their Sunshine Collection from 3 years ago with the difference in the metallic sparkle being silver rather than gold. It isn’t that far off from 3 years ago’s Surf Collection now that I looked it up. It is described as “a full-coverage blue sky metallic with a silver shimmer”. Formula is quite good — it flows pretty nicely during application. Shown is 2 thicker coats with no top coat.

Zoya Rebel (in shade)

Zoya Rebel (direct sunlight)

Zoya Rebel (close-up)

Zoya Rebel (lighting changed)

Next up is Hudson.

Zoya Hudson

Hudson is the purple version of Rebel basically. It’s packed with the same shimmery goodness and bears the same finish. It is described as “a full-coverage, purple orchid metallic with a silver shimmer”. Formula is good to work with even though the first coat is on the sheer side. You can still see VNL with 2 generous coats with no top coat in the shots below.

Zoya Hudson (in shade)

Zoya Hudson (direct sunlight)

Zoya Hudson (close-up)

Zoya Hudson (lighting changed)

Then we have a shade that’s uniquely named Dillon.

Zoya Dillon

To me, this shade is uniquely named because I have never come across or heard of a Dillon in my life. It is described as “a full-coverage, green mint metallic with a silver shimmer”. Formula is on the sheer side as well and you can see slight VNL, but it doesn’t show up in the pictures below. Shown is 2 coats with no top coat.

Zoya Dillon (in shade)

Zoya Dillon (lighting changed)

Zoya Dillon (direct sunlight)

Zoya Dillon (close-up)

Then we have Brooklyn.

Zoya Brooklyn

I have a love-hate relationship with Brooklyn. I do love gold shades like this, but the finish just kills me. It’s on the metallic side and shows brush strokes easily. For some reason, shades that tend to show brush strokes easily tend to give me bubbles during application as well. It is described as “a full-coverage, white-gold shimmer metallic”. I didn’t find this shade as sheer as the others for the first coat. Shown is 2 coats with no top coat.

Zoya Brooklyn (in shade)

Zoya Brooklyn (direct sunlight)

Zoya Brooklyn (close-up)

Next up is Cole.

Zoya Cole

Cole is a peach crème that was originally released for NYFW as Stella for Peter Som’s SS14 Collection. It is described as “a full-coverage peach whisper cream “. Formula is also sheer, but it evened out eventually with more coats. Shown is 3 coats with no top coat.

Zoya Cole (in shade)

Zoya Cole (direct sunlight)

Zoya Cole (close-up)

Lastly, here’s Dot.

Zoya Dot

Dot is basically the same exact thing as Cole but pink. This is described as “a full-coverage pink petal cream”. It is also originally released for Zang Toi’s SS14 Collection. Formula is on the sheer side as well, but a bit thicker compared to all other 5 shades in this collection. Shown is 4 thin coats with no top coat.

Zoya Dot (in shade)

Zoya Dot (direct sunlight)

Zoya Dot (close-up)

All of the shades are on the sheer side with the first coat. Then all evened out with additional coats, so it’s not deal breaker for me. I didn’t feel wowed by the crème shades in this collection at all and the shimmer ones are on the tamer side for my liking. But that’s good for a spring collection really. It’s the summer collection that brings out brighter and bolder colors. Those that don’t care for the brighter and bolder shades for summer would love shades in this collection instead. I’d swatch these with Zoya Monet, but either my shipment didn’t come with one or it was left in the box when my now hubby unboxed it and off to trash it goes. That’s a pretty shade too. I’ll have to get that on my own later.

*Some products in this review may have been provided by the PR company or manufacturer for an honest opinion.*