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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.*


Milani Brilliant Shine Lip Gloss

Hey y’all, listen up! I’ve been trying out several of Milani’s new offerings for 2014 and the one that I’m most excited to blog about are these. Here’s Milani Brilliant Shine Lip Gloss.

Milani Brilliant Shine Lip Gloss

Milani Brilliant Shine Lip Gloss (closer shot to see lip gloss details)

Milani Brilliant Shine Lip Gloss (shot to show shade names)

These are described as:

  • Experience: Rich color, extreme high shine, comfortable lasting wear
  • Moisturizing and non-tacky
  • Flexible sponge tip applicator for easy application
  • Made in USA

These got me excited the most among all of their products with the exception of their Color Statement Lipsticks (Oranges & Reds,  Naturals & Browns, Plums & Berries, and Pinks & Corals) released last year and the Haute Flash Full Coverage Shimmer Lipgloss shades released for the past 2 years or so. While this performed exceptionally well, it doesn’t compare to those 2 products still in my opinion. Product comes in a typical lip gloss tube with a bonus mirror reflecting gold cap and a white sponge tip applicator. You can now check your application even when you find yourself without a mirror on hand — bonus! Pigmentation is superb for these gorgeous lip glosses and formula is very pleasant to apply with a slight hint of stickiness. One thing I HATE about lip glosses in general is the high level of stickiness. This one only has a hint of it, so I’m not overly conscious thinking about it in case the wind ends up catching my hair and flip it all over my face. Your hair WILL stick to it still even though it’s not as sticky as other lip glosses I’ve tried from other brands. My lips stay moisturized as long as it lasted. There is no flavor to these and it bears a vanilla scent that dissipates after a good 10 minutes or so. The scent is similar to their other lip gloss products, but lighter on the vanilla aspect compared to those. The finish for all shades vary from cream to shimmer and frost. As usual, my favorite would be the shimmery ones. This is available in 14 different shades and I have 5 on hand to show you swatches. For each shade, I applied 2 gentle strokes onto my arm to show what it looks like with how I usually apply lip glosses.

Milani Brilliant Shine Lip Gloss (in shade)

Milani Brilliant Shine Lip Gloss (with flash)

These retail for $5.49 each and should now be available in retail stores where Milani is sold. Otherwise, try nabbing it online on their website.

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


Glitter Gal She’ll Be Right

Hey guys! How are your Holidays going so far? I have another new shade from Glitter Gal today. I’m not a huge fan of shades like this in general, but I actually end up loving it! Here’s Glitter Gal She’ll Be Right.

Glitter Gal She'll Be Right

I love the meaning of this shade’s name! “She’ll be right” is a famous Australian saying for “It will turn out OK!” This purple number is sexy and vampy. And nothing can top a perfect crème formula. It’s actually leaning towards being a jelly in my opinion – more like a crelly. It’s not overly opaque at all and quite squishy with the finish. Another coat would’ve made this completely opaque, but I’m digging this type of finish. This is what actually sealed the deal for me with this shade. The name made it likable, the finish made me love it. Formula is very nice and smooth; nothing less I expected from a crème polish. I used 2 coats with no top coat.

Glitter Gal She'll Be Right (in shade)

Glitter Gal She'll Be Right (direct sunlight)

Glitter Gal She'll Be Right (close-up)

I actually personally am now a fan of not just their holographic shades. Well done!

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 $11.95. 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.*


Anise Sweet Deal

Hey guys! It’s Monday again and I’m glad that this Daylight Saving business didn’t mess me up too bad. I have another shade from Anise that my friend Lily picked up from one of her San Diego trips earlier this year. Here’s Anise Sweet Deal.

Anise Sweet Deal

I love a vibrant, bold pink like this! Sweet Deal is a bright, darker pink crème shade. It’s slightly leaning on the jelly side, but it’s not a jelly at all. Formula is great for a crème and it went on smoothly onto my nails. I love how it dries fast to a super shiny finish! Shown is 3 coats with no top coat.

Anise Sweet Deal (in shade)

Anise Sweet Deal (lighting changed)

Anise Sweet Deal (direct sunlight)

Anise Sweet Deal (close-up)

This can be found in Designer Shoe Warehouse stores. You can check out what shades they manufacture on their website here.


Sheswai Dig It

Hey guys! I woke up today freezing. It’s official — cold weather is here to stay. To mark the end of my favorite time of the year, here’s Sheswai Dig It.

Sheswai Dig It

Dig It is described on their website as the following: “Vibrant. Magnificent. Green. Is. Good. Dig it.” This bright green shade is perfect for me today. Yes, folks…..I admit defeat and accept that it’s cold weather from now on. This shade is simple, classy and quite pigmented. It screams life and Spring to me, but it just shows how much I cling to warmer weather still late in the year. It’s not a typical green I’d see being used during the Holiday season, but do a glitter gradient over it and it’s on! Shown is 2 coats with no top coat.

Sheswai Dig It (in shade)

Sheswai Dig It (direct sunlight)

Sheswai Dig It (close-up)

You can score this shade among many others on their website. Each shade retails for $16 each.

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


Bondi New York NYPD

Happy Friday y’all! I’m excited for today cause I get to shop for ingredients for a nice small pumpkin carving party tomorrow. I’m making turkey lasagna and some Halloween themed brownies. I get to pick up some makeup too while I’m there. :) Today’s shade is on a brand I’ve never used before. I was contacted a while back to do a review and I just never posted it on my blog until now. I was given the choice of one shade and I picked this one cause of what it stands for to me. Here’s Bondi New York NYPD.

Bondi New York NYPD

NYPD is a nice blue crème shade. This shade is so pigmented and rich. I don’t quite have anything in this shade of blue. I picked it cause of the name. I thought it’s nice that the brand named one after the men and women that serve the state of New York. Formula is good and self-leveling. It applied just fine onto my nails and dried pretty fast. Shown is one generous coat with no top coat.

Bondi New York NYPD (in shade)

Bondi New York NYPD (direct sunlight)

Bondi New York NYPD (close-up)

Bondi New York products can be purchased on their website and various retail locations that carry the brand here.

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


Morgan Taylor Jungle Boogie

TGIF! Lots of things going on in my life, so I’ll try to keep this short. Today’s post is on another shade from Morgan Taylor. Here’s Morgan Taylor Jungle Boogie.

Morgan Taylor Jungle Boogie

I had a very hard time taking pictures of this one because it insists on using flash in all forms of lighting. In the end, I managed to take some shots without flash that turned out okay. Jungle Boogie is a dark green crème shade. It looks almost to be a jelly, but not quite so in my opinion. It’s more of a blackened green I would say. Formula was good and it gave me no problems during application. Shown is 3 thinner coats with no top coat.

Morgan Taylor Jungle Boogie (in shade)

Morgan Taylor Jungle Boogie (direct sunlight)

Morgan Taylor Jungle Boogie (close-up)

This is available at professional beauty stores and salons nationwide. Click here for a list of salons that carry their line.

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


No-Miss Boynton Beach Blue

Hey guys! It’s Wednesday again and I have officially come to accept that summer is definitely over. It certainly does not show with my choice in nail colors though. I am a true believer in wearing whatever you want year round (unless it simply clashes with what you’re wearing). Kissing summer goodbye for sure today we have No-Miss Boynton Beach Blue.

No-Miss Boynton Beach Blue

Boynton Beach Blue is a fun light blue shade that is basically the blue version of Riviera Beach Banana. It’s a pastel crème shade with a relatively good formula. It applied smoothly onto my nails and dried at a decent amount of time expected from a crème shade. Shown is 2 coats with no top coat.

No-Miss Boynton Beach Blue (in shade)

No-Miss Boynton Beach Blue (lighting changed)

No-Miss Boynton Beach Blue (direct sunlight)

No-Miss Boynton Beach Blue (close-up)

No-Miss products can be purchased on their website and various retail locations that carry the brand.


No-Miss Riviera Beach Banana

Hey guys! Happy Monday! I don’t know about you guys, but it still feels like summer here in good ‘ol Oklahoma. The high is supposed to be 84 degrees today! I whipped this shade out before time runs out for the summer feel. Here’s No-Miss Riviera Beach Banana.

No-Miss Riviera Beach Banana

Riviera Beach Banana is a fun shade that screams summer to me. It’s more subtle in terms of summer equating to bright or neon colors. It’s a pastel crème shade with a thin formula. It applied just fine onto my nails though and it didn’t take too long to dry. Shown is 3 thin coats with no top coat.

No-Miss Riviera Beach Banana (in shade)

No-Miss Riviera Beach Banana (direct sunlight)

No-Miss Riviera Beach Banana (close-up)

No-Miss products can be purchased on their website and various retail locations that carry the brand.


N.Y.C. Spring Street

Hey guys! My giveaway is now closed, but give me a week at least to come up with who the winner is because I am actually on my way out to a flight to Philly. I promise I’ll post who the winner is when I get back. Today’s post is quick one on a vibrant shade. Here’s N.Y.C. Spring Street.

N.Y.C. Spring Street

Spring Street is an orange creme shade that leans towards red heavily. It really isn’t as red as what the pictures show. The closest to the true color is what the color looks like by just looking at the bottle. My camera didn’t capture it correctly no matter how hard I try. Formula for this one is pretty good. It’s viscous enough to spread thinner coats evenly without being too watery. Shown is 2 coats with no top coat.

N.Y.C. Spring Street (in shade)

N.Y.C. Spring Street (direct sunlight)

N.Y.C. Spring Street (close-up)

This can be found in chain drugstores and mass merchandisers nationwide.

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


No-Miss Gainesville Green

Hey guys! It’s Wednesday again! Today’s post is on a summery number from No-Miss. Here’s No-Miss Gainesville Green.

No-Miss Gainesville Green

Gainesville Green is a shade that reminds me of my Code Monkey bro Pedro. He left my current workplace for a neat arrangement in Gainesville, Florida. I have yet to visit him still, but I know he’s having a blast out there. This is a nice mint green type of crème polish. The formula is just right in terms of viscosity and it applied nicely onto my nails. Shown is 2 coats with no top coat.

No-Miss Gainesville Green (in shade)

No-Miss Gainesville Green (direct sunlight)

No-Miss Gainesville Green (close-up)

No-Miss products can be purchased on their website and various retail locations that carry the brand.


Morgan Taylor Sitting Pretty

Hey guys! It’s Monday again! Next week will be a quiet one here on the blog. I’ll be out-of-town and will probably schedule only 2-3 posts for the whole week. I’ll be visiting with my cousins, meeting new additions to the family and helping out where I can with the wedding of my youngest cousin in the East Coast. Today’s post is on a shade from a new-to-me brand in the nail polish world. Here’s Morgan Taylor Sitting Pretty.

Morgan Taylor Sitting Pretty

Sitting Pretty is a fun pink crème shade. Formula was pretty good and it applied smoothly onto my nails. It dries at a decent amount of time for a crème with a shiny finish. Shown is one thicker coat with no top coat.

Morgan Taylor Sitting Pretty (in shade)

Morgan Taylor Sitting Pretty (direct sunlight)

Morgan Taylor Sitting Pretty (close-up)

This is available at professional beauty stores and salons nationwide. Click here for a list of salons that carry their line.

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


No-Miss Sarasota Sorbet

Hey guys! It’s the middle of the week again! I have a brighter shade that’s suitable for summer to show y’all today. Here’s No-Miss Sarasota Sorbet.

No-Miss Sarasota Sorbet

Sarasota Sorbet is a fun, bold pink crème shade. It’s bright, but not eye-searing, and gives a finishing touch of pop to your summer ensemble. The formula is a bit on the thin side, but it’s not horrible to work with at all. I just ended up using more coats than usual because of that. It does dry pretty fast. Shown is 3 thin coats with no top coat.

No-Miss Sarasota Sorbet (in shade)

No-Miss Sarasota Sorbet (direct sunlight)

No-Miss Sarasota Sorbet (close-up)

No-Miss products can be purchased on their website and various retail locations that carry the brand.


Sally Hansen Mellow Yellow

Contrary to the name, this yellow shade ain’t mellow at all. Here’s Sally Hansen Mellow Yellow.

Sally Hansen Mellow Yellow

Mellow Yellow is a yellow crème shade. This shade is the epitome of what a yellow crème looks like. It’s bright and sunny. Very sunshine-ish. The formula is good and it dried pretty fast with a super shiny finish. Shown is 3 thin coats with no top coat.

Sally Hansen Mellow Yellow (in shade)

Sally Hansen Mellow Yellow (direct sunlight)

Sally Hansen Mellow Yellow (close-up)

I see this as a great base shade for those new “feather” glitters (non-shiny tinsel or bar glitter shades) we see popping up lately. What do you guys think?

This should be available generally wherever Sally Hansen is retailed.

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


Pure Ice Party Hard

It’s Wednesday again! It sucks that I’ve been looking forward to the weekends for months now. I remember there used to be a time when I actually looked forward to the work week starting! But this is pretty normal behavior, right?! :D I stayed up a little late last night to finish cleaning up my apartment after celebrating my man’s birthday with dinner with some of his family members. I’m just glad that the whole apartment cleaning thing is over and I turn in the keys a little after lunch to get the last batch of mail I have waiting for me. Anyway, moving on….today’s post is on Pure Ice Party Hard.

Pure Ice Party Hard

Now, unlike some of my what I call “opposite reviews” where I generally thought I wouldn’t like something but ended up liking it….this is the opposite. Jelly shades aren’t on top of my favorite finishes, but I do enjoy a good jelly shade once in a while. I am actually kinda intrigued with a dark blue jelly (I keep thinking back to Deborah Lippmann Rehab). When I saw this shade, I initially thought it was a black crème. I read the description again and it was described as a dark blue jelly. So I decided to give it a go. It’s not as jelly as I thought it would be even with my thin coat application. I used a thin coat to try to get that jelly property out, but no dice. It’s just SO dark and pigmented. I will try an even thinner coat next time. On the positive side, this shade has great color payoff that you won’t need to apply a lot of coats! :) Formula is good and it dried pretty fast. Shown is one thin coat with no top coat.

Pure Ice Party Hard (in shade)

Pure Ice Party Hard (direct sunlight)

Pure Ice Party Hard (close-up)

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


Snails Nail Polish

Hey guys! Happy Monday! Today I have a few shades from a unique and new-to-me brand called Snails. The name is actually very cute being that it is derived from the words “safe nails”. I was asked if I would be interested to check out their products and here’s my take on their shades.

Snails Nail Polish

Cherry Queen is a pretty fuchsia type of pink crème shade. Formula is good and it dried fast. Shown is one coat with no top coat.

Snails Cherry Queen

Snails Cherry Queen (in shade)

Snails Cherry Queen (direct sunlight)

Snails Cherry Queen (close-up)

Twinkle Dust is an orange shimmer shade that has this almost jelly and glass fleck like property. The look is very mesmerizing….like the shimmer is suspended in jelly almost. The direct sunlight shot would’ve looked better with at least one more coat. Formula is good and it dried fast. Shown is one coat with no top coat.

Snails Twinkle Dust

Snails Twinkle Dust (in shade)

Snails Twinkle Dust (direct sunlight)

Love Is … is a very pretty and shiny red crème shade. This shade is just so juicy on its own! Formula is great and dried pretty fast. Shown is 2 coats with no top coat.

Snails Love Is …

Snails Love Is … (in shade)

Snails Love Is … (direct sunlight)

Snails Love Is … (close-up)

What I love about this product? I was very apprehensive about the claim that their nail polishes wash away with just soap and water. I know that their target market are basically adults with kids or who purchases items for kids. This certainly seems appealing for those that fall into that category. I know some parents are wary about the chemicals present in various products (nail polish included) and this can provide some peace of mind in that aspect. So I put this to the test and guess what? IT WORKS! I applied it onto my nails and let it dry fully. I proceeded to go about my business and the color stayed on. It only started coming off when my nails came into contact with water. It comes off even faster with some soap. This would’ve been something I would’ve loved to have access to growing up since having nail color isn’t allowed in my school. What better way than to go home and apply a shade from this line and it just washes away by the next day? I get to have the satisfaction of a few hours of sporting vibrant shades on my nails. You can do that too with regular polish, but it’s certainly easier when you can just wash it all off. Another thing I do love about this line is that their formula is really good for what it does. This is coming from the washable nail polish angle. I initially thought it would be a watery formula, but no sir! Application for all shades I tried are a breeze and the colors are vibrant and fun. Perfects for kids and people like me (who are young at heart, lol!). Being the formula is water based and non-toxic I had to step into detail on what it smells like. I have Love Is … on hand right now and it kinda smells like cherries. The scent it light and almost unnoticeable when dry on the nail. This is a huge plus for me since my man’s nose is very sensitive and he can tell from a mile away when I applies nail color onto my nails. Not this time though!

What I don’t like about this product? This is just coming from a personal angle but this product isn’t targeted for consumers like me. Mostly because I am not a mom or mom-to-be. If I am, this is the perfect product I’d be looking for. I’m all for less chemicals and safety, but nail color that comes off after coming into contact with water is just not a concern for me at this point in my life. I did explore the option of applying a top coat over it and it did make the color last just as long as a regular nail polish. I did get some bubbling at the end of day 2 or so, but that could be because the nail color and top coat formulas are different (I used a Sally Hansen top coat). They do offer their own top coat on their website and if that prolongs the nail color (preventing it from being washed away with soap and water) then it’s pretty much the same as regular nail color (but safer). If I had paid more attention to this earlier, I would’ve requested to try this too for another area to tackle on with my review.

This item retails for €8 is available at their website here.

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


Mary Kay True Dimensions Lipstick Pink Chérie

Happy Friday! Today’s post is on another item I’m reviewing from the Influenster Glamour VoxBox by Mary Kay 2013 that I got. I am no stranger to lipsticks at all, but this is a shade I don’t normally go cheering about. I tend to gravitate towards red or fuchsia and magenta types with a shimmer finish. But here I am giving a light pink crème shade a go. Here’s Mary Kay True Dimensions Lipstick Pink Chérie.

Mary Kay True Dimensions Lipstick Pink Chérie

Mary Kay True Dimensions Lipstick Pink Chérie (in shade)

Mary Kay True Dimensions Lipstick Pink Chérie (with flash)

The Influenster insert described this product as “Intensely moisturizing. Exquisitely smoothing.” and the website states “Instantly drenches lips in moisture and locks it in for endless comfort. Infused with advanced skin care ingredients, the formula smooths the appearance of fine lines and helps lips look fuller. Just a push of the clear top button releases pure, radiant color from its sleek, ultrastylish case.” According to both the catalog that came in the box I got and on the website this product comes in 10 different shades. Chérie in French means sweetheart…so the literal translation for the name of the shade I got is pink sweetheart. Cute!

Mary Kay True Dimensions Lipstick Pink Chérie Swatch (in shade)

Mary Kay True Dimensions Lipstick Pink Chérie Swatch (with flash)

Mary Kay True Dimensions Lipstick Pictorial Instruction

Verdict? This product comes in a unique lipstick tube. It’s actually pretty neat! The last shot shown above shows the inside of the box where it outlines how to open the lipstick. You basically have to push at the top and it will cave in and you pull the part of the tube that is protruding at the bottom. This is definitely a first for me! Moving past admiring the nifty lipstick tube, the lipstick does actually deliver what it promises. The formula is definitely very moisturizing and applies smoothly onto my lips. Lasting power is just so-so in my book. I must say too that I tend to feel like that lasting power is less with lighter shades, so I will reserve final judgment until I try a darker shade from the same line. Formula is so light that I don’t really notice it on my lips at all based on how “heavy” it is. I can only really tell because of the taste and smell of the lipstick. Overall, not bad but I can’t say it’s worth it without trying a darker shade to know what the staying power really is. I mean, it is pricier than other good drugstore brand lipsticks after all. Those of you that follow me on Instagram here would’ve seen a picture of me sporting it on my lips a week or so ago shown below:

Mary Kay True Dimensions Lipstick Pink Chérie Lip Swatch

This retails for $18 and is available through their website (they help hook you up with a representative in your area) or can be purchased from your local Mary Kay representative.

*Products featured here are complimentary to test through Influenster’s VoxBox program provided by Mary Kay.*


Sally Hansen Fuchsia Flare

Hey guys! Tomorrow’s an early day for me at work, so I’m trying to churn this post out in case I don’t get a chance to make one for tomorrow! Here’s Sally Hansen Fuchsia Flare.

Sally Hansen Fuchsia Flare

Fuchsia Flare is a bright and pretty pink crème. It’s not really quite fuchsia in my book though. It’s too bright to be classified as such in my opinion and it’s most evident in the direct sunlight shot. The formula is a little bit on the streaky side but manageable. I find the formula to be a hit or miss sometimes with Sally Hansen. The colors are generally all good in my book though. It dries pretty fast and has a pretty shiny finish. Shown is 2 coats with no top coat.

Sally Hansen Fuchsia Flare (in shade)

Sally Hansen Fuchsia Flare (direct sunlight)

Sally Hansen Fuchsia Flare (close-up)

This should be available generally wherever Sally Hansen is retailed.

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


Lancôme Aqua Bleu

Hey guys! Today I have one of the shades from Lancôme’s Aquatic Summer Collection. I was excited about 2 shades, Aqua Bleu and Plunge Pool, shown in the press release here. I don’t own any Lancôme shades so I was very eager to try this out. Here’s Lancôme Aqua Bleu.

Lancôme Aqua Bleu

Aqua Bleu is a periwinkle crème shade. I always knew that products from this brand falls in a higher price bracket, $15 for this I believe, so I expected nothing less than perfection really. Formula is a little bit on the watery side, but it spreads nicely. It dries pretty fast and it’s more opaque than I originally thought it would be. The brush is wide and thick, reminding me a little bit of the brushes Sally Hansen Salon Perfect shades have. Shown is one thicker coat with no top coat.

Lancôme Aqua Bleu (in shade)

Lancôme Aqua Bleu (direct sunlight)

Lancôme Aqua Bleu (close-up)

Lancôme nail enamel can be purchased on their website or at various department stores and retail locations that carry the brand.


Sally Hansen Green With Envy

Happy Friday guys! Today’s shade is a perfect one for summer. It actually made me think of fellow blogger Radha (or also known as @thepolishowl on Twitter) cause this seems to be right up her alley! Here’s Sally Hansen Green With Envy.

Sally Hansen Green With Envy

Green With Envy is a light green crème. This reminds me a lot of shades like OPI Who The Shrek Are You? or Nicole by OPI Daffy Dill. The formula is pretty decent for the brand and the price. It’s actually better than most that I’ve tried from Sally Hansen. It dries pretty fast and I love the shiny finish. Shown is 2 coats with no top coat.

Sally Hansen Green With Envy (in shade)

Sally Hansen Green With Envy (direct sunlight)

Sally Hansen Green With Envy (close-up)

This should be available generally wherever Sally Hansen is retailed.

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