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Zoya Summer Magical Pixie Collection

The latest press release that I am drooling over is something I have to share.

Zoya Summer Magical Pixie Collection

Kitty like. In fact, Kitty LOVE! Let me tell you guys something. I’ve been busy the past week cause I just got married. Zoya holds a special place in my heart because I ended up using Zoya Cosmo for my mani and pedi. I wanted a holographic shade, but my nails are uneven in length and on the shorter side for most of my fingers. I didn’t think it would look good. I wanted a shade that would dry fast too because I was running around last minute setting up the stuff for the reception and I only have a couple minutes to spare. Solution? Enter a Zoya Magical Pixie shade. I picked Cosmo since it would go with my dress and man…..what a lifesaver! It dried SUPER fast. Forget the top coat — I didn’t have time for it. I applied 2 coats for my pedi in between curling my own hair and right before I went downstairs of the hotel for pictures? I slapped on a coat of that on my fingers. Talk about last minute, huh?!

Zoya Summer Magical Pixie Collection

So yeah, you can see why I’m so in love with Zoya’s Magical Pixie stuff right now. I think Zoya Bar would’ve gone well with my dress as well, but my wedding is over and done with. This might be useful information for someone else though. I didn’t use a top coat after application, but I didn’t find the texture bothersome or in the way at all. Trust me, on that day a lot of things are just a blur. ;)


Wedding Treats Suggestions

So….I figured I’d put together a Wedding Treats Suggestions post being that the day is drawing near. I wondered about what pretty and pampering stuff a bride-to-be would enjoy. I shopped my stash on what I already own and what was sent to me for ideas. This is only a small part of what I can think of now for a bride-to-be, so get creative and think of what you would enjoy if you were in my place!

Wedding Treats Suggestions

Wedding Treats Suggestions (lighting changed)

I bet you can spot some items from LUSH, Zoya, Revlon and Ciate in the shots above. LUSH has always been a luxury homemade brand to me. I’ve used several of their items before (reviewed a few here) and while I find them to lean towards the pricey side for bath and body products, there are a few things I am more than willing to plunk down my hard earned cash on from that store. With that said, you can’t go wrong with LUSH items for a bride-to-be most of the time. Spotted in the picture from LUSH are Sex Bomb bath bomb, Tender Is The Night massage bar and Flying Fox shower gel. Oh yes….LUSH can get down with sexy. The first bath bomb I ever purchased from them is actually Sex Bomb. I love how it looks and smells. As with most of their bath bombs, you can choose to drop the entire thing for a relaxing bath or use half of it now and save the other half for later. Their Tender Is The Night massage bar smells so good and contains a lot of great ingredients such as murumuru butter and shea butter. Everything about this item exudes sexiness. The Flying Fox shower gel looks innocent enough, but it is a sensual explosion of fragrance in your shower. Jasmine? Check. Ylang ylang? Check. Honey? HONEY?! Check all the way. LUSH definitely has a way of making your bath and body experience feel luxurious from start to finish of product use.

One might also know that a lot of brides have given much thought to what their wedding nails would look like. And not just the hands, the feet as well! I threw in 3 of the latest nail polish shades from Zoya that I thought would be a good option for wedding nails. Their Magical Pixie Collection is light enough to use for a wedding mani (you can go bold and dark, but the look I’m going for is light and easy). I threw in the Ciate ones as they are embellishments that I’ve seen in some magazines and online for wedding nail art. I’m personally not going to do any nail art for my wedding mani, but these look like something some brides may want to work with for theirs. They look fun, but not quite for me on my wedding day. I still think I’m going to use a holo shade. Maybe light pink or beige.

I threw in a couple of lip products that are easy to use and can make a girl feel sexy with barely an effort at all. Most makeup addicts know all about the Revlon ColorBurst Matte Balms. They are very pigmented and last a decent amount of time. I chose the bold and sultry colors of Striking and Standout. I intend to pick up at least 3 more of these later on. They go on very nicely on the lips and I always feel good wearing them. Also in the picture is a similar type of product for a cheaper price point — Jordana Twist & Shine Moisturizing Balm Stain. The shades shown are Tropical Frenzy and Candied Coral. These ones aren’t matte, but I find them to be quite pigmented and they last pretty long as well. If I had to choose between these lip products, I’d go with the Revlon one. There’s something about a bold matte color that’s very sexy. When thinking more about the bridal look, the matte shades might be too bold. The Jordana ones are probably a better option for just a light sheen of moisturizing color on the lips.

Last item in the picture is one of my favorite scents. I stumbled upon Versace Bright Crystal by accident. I was on a beauty swap on the purse forum I belong to and was gifted one of those fragrance sampler kits from Sephora. It comes with 12 sample vials of different perfumes and a voucher to redeem for a full-sized bottle of what you like most among the 12. Versace Bright Crystal was the one for me. The scent is so beautiful, light, sexy, and sophisticated.

Wedding Treats Suggestions (close-up)

I can think of other things to include but these are the ones that caught my eye immediately and I know that these would get me feeling just a little bit sexier in no time. What are other things you can think of that will fit into this category? I know that I’d enjoy getting these things as a bride-to-be. I’d love to use these to pamper myself just a little bit whether it’s before or after the big day!


Sally Hansen Blow Bubbles

Hey guys! Happy Friday! Today’s post is on one of those new shades from Sally Hansen’s Triple Shine line. It’s a softer, lighter shade that’s perfect any time of the year really. Here’s Sally Hansen Blow Bubbles.

Sally Hansen Blow Bubbles

Blow Bubbles is a light pink that struck me as being duochrome a little bit (but not really). It shows a teeny flash of bright pink and I was actually expecting purple. But it’s still a pretty, light shade. This is a good one to use over other shades I think, like crème pink or purples and such. Formula was pleasant to work with. Shown is 3 thin coats with no top coat.

Sally Hansen Blow Bubbles (in shade)

Sally Hansen Blow Bubbles (direct sunlight)

Sally Hansen Blow Bubbles (close-up)

I contemplated using this for my wedding mani, but I think I’m going with a holo still. :)

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.*


Zoya Magical Pixie Swatches

Hey guys! It’s been a while since I’ve shown some nail swatches here because I was curing several breaks and tears. But when I finally got around to getting some done, this is the collection I reached for — Zoya Magical Pixie Swatches. Here they are shown in the order of the press release.

First up is Cosmo.

Zoya Cosmo

I absolutely adore this shade. It’s a glitter with silver holographic particles. What’s not to love? It is described as “a silver crystal sparkle, textured PixieDust with mega hex iridescent particles”. This type of shade isn’t new at all (I think of OPI Servin’ Up Sparkle) but that’s a limited edition shade so those that missed out on the OPI can get this Zoya one. Comparison between the 2 is that they’re similar but Zoya Cosmo has a textured finish and it’s more packed. Glitter in both will differ as well, which is why I see them more as similar and definitely not as dupes. Shown is one generous coat with no top coat.

Zoya Cosmo (in shade)

Zoya Cosmo (direct sunlight)

Zoya Cosmo (close-up)

Next up is Vega.

Zoya Vega

Vega is the blue version of Cosmo basically. It’s packed with the same glittery goodness and bears the same texture finish. It is described as “blue opal sparkle, textured PixieDust with mega hex iridescent particles”. Formula is great to work with. Shown is one generous coat with no top coat.

Zoya Vega (in shade)

Zoya Vega (direct sunlight)

Zoya Vega (close-up)

Lastly, here’s Lux.

Zoya Lux

Lux is basically the same exact thing as Cosmo and Vega except in Pink. This is described as “a rose quartz sparkle textured PixieDust with mega hex iridescent particles”. Formula is great to work with and it dries really fast. Shown is one generous coat with no top coat.

Zoya Lux (in shade)

Zoya Lux (lighting changed)

Zoya Lux (direct sunlight)

Zoya Lux (close-up)

Zoya Lux (lighting changed again)

This is Zoya’s offering for the texture trend that’s been very popular in the nail polish world the past few months. “Imagine the best-selling Zoya PixieDust formula amped up with larger glitter and the first ever holographic pixie particle – for a never before seen magical effect!” I personally don’t care much for the texture trend, but I can safely say that these Zoya’s are my favorite among all the textured polishes I’ve seen. I don’t care much for non-glitter texture polishes really. Some non-glittery texture shades can pass off as cute to me (like a mint color), but I certainly have no desire to get them in every shade possible. I like the formula for these as I didn’t have to pat or strategically place the glitter on the nail like some other hex glitter polishes from various brands.

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


ipsy March 2014 Glam Bag

Hey guys! I got my ipsy March Glam Bag not too long ago. I’ll keep this short and sweet cause I’m in a rush. Here’s what I got with my ipsy March 2014 Glam Bag.

ipsy March 2014 Glam Bag

So last month’s Glam Bag was the worst I’ve ever gotten. This month’s the exact opposite. Content-wise, this is the best Glam Bag I’ve received to date. I’m keeping all of the items I got. The first one that caught my eye is the Be A Bombshell Eyeshadow Quad. The quad I got is called Bora Bora. The colors are vibrant and almost jewel toned (I included the photo with flash since it shows the jewel toned aspect more). It really drew me in and I knew the moment I saw it that I’m keeping it (and I didn’t have to with all the makeup I already own!). I haven’t tried it yet, but you bet that a review is coming up on this down the road. In fact, go on their website to look what other quads they have. I have my eye on Barcelona next! Next up is the Pixi Beauty Flawless Beauty Primer. I haven’t used that many makeup primers, so this would be a good one to try and compare with the ones I already own. I don’t use it much, but when I do it makes a difference on how long my makeup lasts. It’s more of a “nice to have” type of makeup item in my opinion. Now, y’all know I already own tons of nail polish. Well, I didn’t have any from Nicole By OPI’s new Roughles line. The shade I got is called On What Grounds? and it came just in time for Easter! It’s a mint shade with the texture of what the Rougles line is known for. The speckled look does go with Easter too and this shade is a pastel green mint. I’m keeping this just because it suits the occasion. Last up is the bareMinerals Marvelous Moxie™ Lipstick in Get Ready. I originally was going to keep this for myself, but being that I already have tons of lipsticks open I opted to save this for my mom. She’s coming to my wedding and I’ve already accumulated a ton of stuff for her that she’ll have to sift through. I don’t think she can bring a good number of them, but I remember her asking me about those makeup minis. I didn’t care for this months makeup bag although I thought it’s cool that it features an artist and it’s made of a waterproof-like material (not sure if it is, but it is compared to some of the materials the other bags were made of).

Be A Bombshell Eyeshadow Quad

Be A Bombshell Eyeshadow Quad (with flash)

Pixi Beauty Flawless Beauty Primer

Nicole by OPI Nail Polish Roughles

bareMinerals Marvelous Moxie™ Lipstick

Overall, can’t complain. This is the first bag where I’m keeping everything! Now I can’t wait for next month’s bag.


My Picks from KBShimmer Spring 2014

I’m sure some of y’all have made your own picks from this collection. As much as I’d love to get them all, I’ll probably limit myself to 5. I keep putting getting myself some of these mainly because of price. I do love supporting indie brands, so I’ll be bound to bite the bullet sooner or later. But moving on, here’s my 5 picks from their Spring 2014 collection:

KBShimmer Rush Flower Traffic

This is a WHOA! shade for me. I love it. I love glitter and I love this combination. It’s bold, pretty and fun at the same time. If I had to pick one from this entire collection, this would be it.

KBShimmer Prism Break

A holo! HOLO = LOVE! ‘Nuff said. The name is a bonus. Love it.

KBShimmer Quick And Flirty

Another holo! I’m such a sucker for these things. Thank goodness this is not an all holo collection or else I’d be collecting them all like Pokemons!

KBShimmer Belle Of The Mall

I’m surprised I love this as much as I do. I tend to love red based shades cause it’s my favorite shade, but I feel like I already own several ones that looks just like this. But it calls to me even so.

KBShimmer Laugh Myself Lily

The last one to make my cut is this beauty. I’m leaning towards these light bluish shades these past few months cause I think it’s a perfect wedding color (and as y’all know, I’m knee deep in this especially since it’s a month away!). And I’m glad I decided to choose just 5 because to me, there is a fine line in my decision-making with this collection and this is where I draw it. All the other shades are nice but nothing that made me take a second look like these 5 above.

So, what are your picks?


Zoya New York Fashion Week AW14 Zang Toi Nail Look

I have received several backstage coverage for NYFW on different nail looks. The one that I liked the most came from Zoya for Zang Toi.

Zoya New York Fashion Week AW14 Zang Toi Nail Look (photo credit: Zoya Nail Polish)

The look is simple and bold at the same time. The 2 shades used really pop against each other. It just so happens that it goes with this particular model’s eyes too. I’m not a huge fan of crazy nail looks and Zoya tends to stick with classic and simple, clean looks that I appreciate. Well done!

EDIT: The shades used are Peony Princess (jade green) and Art Deco Goddess (black).

If you’ve been following this past NYFW, which was your favorite nail look?


Finger Paints Shredded Chromes Collection

One word about how I feel towards this collection? Hopeful. I mean, with the Crinkled Chromes from China Glaze that I completely despised — I actually wish that another brand will bring out smooth chromes. I know mirror chrome quality polish is hard to achieve, but as close to it as it gets would be awesome. So while this doesn’t horrify me like the crinkled chromes did, I am not jumping for joy either. It does look more like foil maybe and seems more promising to me. I’m not sure how much chrome is really in this collection though. I mean, look at the shades.

Finger Paints Shredded Chromes Collection

Then again, when I think of chrome I think of mirror like finishes (think cars). One thing’s for sure, I really hope this doesn’t look anything like China Glaze’s Crinkled Chromes (it doesn’t based on the one lone shot above) or else I’m definitely passing.


ipsy February 2014 Glam Bag

Hey guys! If you’ve been following my ipsy Glam Bag posts, you would’ve noticed that things have been going relatively well for me in terms of what I’m getting with mine for the past fwe months. Well, I knew this would happen eventually so here’s my take on my ipsy February 2014 Glam Bag.

ipsy February 2014 Glam Bag

This is the worst ipsy Glam Bag I have received to date. But all is not lost. I did like and will be keeping one thing out of the 5 I got. First up is POP Beauty Plump Pout. It’s basically a glossy stain with lip-plumping goodness packed in the tube. I got this shade in Peony Petal and if this were a bolder shade (like the other shade that I didn’t end up getting, some fuchsia one) I may have entertained the thought of keeping it. But I have too many opened lip products already anyway that this will just go into my gifting or giveaway pile. Next item I got is the only one I’m keeping. First Aid Beauty Skin Rescue Deep Cleanser with Red Clay. While my makeup arsenal is overflowing, the same can’t be said for my skincare pile. I have a few of each type of item I rotate through on a regular basis, but I typically don’t like to start something new until something else is used up. This is why I was so excited to have gotten this item. It’s something new and shiny that I can have fun with trying it out. It is supposedly safe for sensitive skin so it would suit most if not all. The next item I pulled out is the City Color Be Matte Blush. I received this in the shade Fresh Melon. While I was intrigued by it, I have at least 3 new blushes to try out and incorporate in my makeup pile from the very awesome CVS beauty clearance event that ended not too long ago. I liked those more than this, so this goes to my gifting or giveaway pile as well. I was excited when I saw the shade in the clear tube. It make me think of rose gold for some reason. But alas, it is not. The shade I got this in is called Ambrosia. This is an eye shadow base — something I don’t use at all so off to the same pile it goes. Last item from my ipsy Glam Bag is Zoya Odette. I already own this shade, so you probably know where this is going. So yeah, not a great bag for me this month but I figured it would happen sooner or later. I don’t regret signing up for an entire year still cause most of the bags I’ve received from the past ranged from very good to superb. I didn’t care for this months makeup bag either though. Some of the ones I got in the past really wowed me, but this is just a plain coral pink one.

POP Beauty Plump Pout

First Aid Beauty Skin Rescue Deep Cleanser with Red Clay

City Color Be Matte Blush

Tini Beauty Eyetini Cordial Cream Shadow + Base In One

Zoya Odette

Better luck next month?


No-Miss Tequesta Topaz

Hey guys! Hope you’re all having a great week so far. I can’t believe the weekend is just right around the corner! I’m looking forward to finalizing my wedding venue and catering by tomorrow so I can get some invitations printed out. I’ve never given much thought to what kind of wedding I’d love to have and such even when I was very young. I think I was more focused on finding out who I want to spend the rest of my life with. This amuses my man quite a bit, but it’s who I am. And he loves me for it. ;) This week in the nail world, I’ve seen swatches of the China Glaze Crinkled Chromes and I’m still not feeling them at all. I’d really just prefer to have plain chrome shades. I just saw Finger Paints’ new flakie collection and it was meh to me. It seems to have a milky base and the flakies have a more pastel tinge to it, which makes it completely lighter than the original collection. I LOVE how bold and vibrant the flakies are in the original collection. The only OPI Brazil shades that caught my eye so far are the ones in the liquid sand mini pack. I saw a swatch somewhere and was like BRIGHT AND MUST HAVE! Some of Milani 2014 landed in my mailbox today, so I’ll be featuring those pretty soon. But for now, here’s something you won’t see everyday in my polish collection — No-Miss Tequesta Topaz.

No-Miss Tequesta Topaz

Tequesta Topaz isn’t a shade I gravitate towards to naturally. From far away, it’s a brown shade to me. Maybe dark coppery tan. Not really up my alley. But come closer and you see what beauty lies in this bronze number. It’s a beautiful shimmer that applied nicely onto my nails and dried really fast. It’s really opaque too! Shown is one coat with no top coat.

No-Miss Tequesta Topaz (in shade)

No-Miss Tequesta Topaz (direct sunlight)

No-Miss Tequesta Topaz (close-up)

No-Miss Tequesta Topaz (lighting changed)

Color me impressed! When in shade, it almost looks like it holds some silvery tiny glass flakes in some angles. In direct sunlight, it glows in it’s full metallic shimmer glory.

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


Zoya Magical Pixie Collection

I’ve always liked Zoya shades. The quality is impressive, price point is great and it’s 5-Free. Plus, their shades are usually pretty opaque and vibrant. I’ve been waiting for them to release stunning strong holographic shades, but to no avail really. This, I think, is the closest to taking my breath away as a full-on holographic collection. Here’s Zoya Magical Pixie.

EDIT: Swatches here.

Zoya Magical Pixie Collection

Does Kitty love? Hell yes. Even though it’s really more glittery than holographic? Hell yes still. Y’all know me…I love me some glitter.

Zoya Magical Pixie Collection Up Close

• ZP717 – Cosmo: Silver Crystal Sparkle, Textured PixieDust with Mega Hex Iridescent Particles, Full Coverage Formula.
• ZP718 – Vega: Blue Opal Sparkle, Textured PixieDust with Mega Hex Iridescent Particles, Full Coverage Formula.
• ZP719 – Lux: Rose Quartz Sparkle Textured PixieDust with Mega Hex Iridescent Particles, Full Coverage Formula.

$10.00 ea. (US)

For BEST RESULTS when applying Zoya PixieDust: apply 2-3 thin coats of polish for full coverage to a clean oil free nail surface. Allow product to dry completely for full effect. Do not use a base coat or top coat. Top coat can be applied for additional glossy effects.

Shipping is available in February 2014.


No-Miss Plantation Plum

Hey guys! Happy Friday! This week flew by fast for me. I think it’s cause we just came back from vacation. It felt so off for a little bit. I kept thinking a certain day is a different day and such for about 2 weeks. I’m getting back into the swing of things with the blog, but it will be irregular for a little bit as I try to wrap up the wedding planning. YES! I just want to hammer down all the details and be done. I really have no patience for the parts where I have to wait. I loved planning it, but didn’t like the wait that I have to do with the vendors. Anyway, here’s another shade from a brand I’ve come to love: No-Miss Plantation Plum.

No-Miss Plantation Plum

Plantation Plum is a purple shimmer that’s pretty opaque. I love how it’s bold, but a little soft in different lighting. You can see a tinge of pink sometimes. It’s a stunning shimmer that applied beautifully onto my nails. Shown is 3 thin coats with no top coat.

No-Miss Plantation Plum (in shade)

No-Miss Plantation Plum (direct sunlight)

No-Miss Plantation Plum (close-up)

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


Zoya 3 Free 2014

Here we go again! It started yesterday and will run until January 13, 2014. Get any 3 Zoya nail polishes for FREE with code COLOR2014. Only expense will be $12 in shipping. That’s like getting one shade for $4 each, which is a great deal considering they retail at $9 – $10 each.

Zoya 3 Free 2014

The Deal:

Get ANY 3 Zoya Nail Polish shades FREE*

Just pay promotional shipping & processing charge of $12!
Offer valid Tuesday, January 7th (12PM EST) through 11:59pm EST January 13th, 2014 – so get your carts READY!

Use Code: COLOR2014

BONUS: Buy an additional $25 or more at zoya.com or qtica.com and get FREE Standard Ground Shipping on your whole order.

This is US only and 1 time use per account.

So which 3 are you getting? :)


Sinful Colors Top Me Off

Hey guys! Happy Monday! I feel very productive today as I already found my wedding dress and ordered it while I was in the store on Saturday! It’s a spur of the moment thing and my fiancé told me earlier he was willing to go with me since I don’t really care much about it. To me, being married is more important than the dress and all the other stuff. I really could care less to be honest, but he will tell me what looks good on me and what to avoid so when we were a few miles away from the store we decided to stop by. I didn’t know that wedding dresses take about 2-3 months to come in. I’m actually cutting it close to my tentative wedding date, so we’re sure glad we went when we did! After the dress shopping, I managed to get swatch pictures of this beauty. Here’s Sinful Colors Top Me Off.

Sinful Colors Top Me Off

Described as “prismatic frills”, I say it is the best shade from their Sheer Lustre Glitter Topcoat Collection! This wonderful shade is made up of packed glittery fun. It has bluish purple glitter and silver holographic glitter in a clear base. It applied like a dream even when it’s a bit watery (but a lot of glittery shades are on the watery side). Drying time is speedy and it wears like iron. It would look great over black and other darker opaque shades, but I chose to feature shades on their own to show what it really looks like. Shown is 2 thin coats with no top coat.

Sinful Colors Top Me Off (in shade)

Sinful Colors Top Me Off (direct sunlight)

Sinful Colors Top Me Off (close-up)

Sinful Colors Top Me Off (lighting changed)

This has just bumped up to be one of my favorite glitter shades from them to date. It makes me think of jewels and fairies as is. I bet it would make me think of the night sky when used over a dark shade. I’ll feature that in an upcoming post probably!

Sinful Colors is available at various retailers and drugstores such as Walmart, Target, CVS, and Walgreens. They’re usually priced at $1.99 but you can score some for as low as $0.99 each when there is a BOGO promo or some special pricing on these.

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


Sally Hansen Make Waves

A shade from Sally Hansen’s recent Triple Shine line, this shade has got the beauty world a-buzzin’. Here’s Sally Hansen Make Waves.

Sally Hansen Make Waves

Make Waves is a stunning shade that makes me think of beaches and mermaids. This shade makes me want summer to start right NOW. It’s a duochrome, but not a strong one. I see some hint gold in this green when the light hits it just right. The formula is a little bit on the watery side, but very easy to work with. Shown is 3 thin coats with no top coat.

Sally Hansen Make Waves (in shade)

Sally Hansen Make Waves (direct sunlight)

Sally Hansen Make Waves (close-up)

I’m actually really excited about this simple shade surprisingly. Have you tried any of the shades from their Triple Shine line?

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.*


Zoya Zenith Swatches

Hey guys! It’s the last day of the year. What do you have on your nails? Me? I settled on one of the shades from Zoya’s Holiday collection, Zenith. Which one do you think I’m sporting? Here are the swatches for the entire Zoya Zenith Collection.

Let’s start with my favorite, Dream.

Zoya Dream

I LOVE this shade. It’s the perfect hue of blue that I love. Bold, sharp and sexy. It is described as “a full-coverage, deep space blue with holographic glitter”. Formula is the best out of all 6 shades in this collection. Shown is 2 coats with no top coat.

Zoya Dream (in shade)

Zoya Dream (direct sunlight)

Zoya Dream (close-up)

Next up is Seraphina.

Zoya Seraphina

Seraphina is the perfect shade for the Holidays. It makes me think of snow, but it’s not a chalky white shade. It is described as “a full-coverage, Polaris silver metallic”. Formula is a little bit on the thin side, but very nice and smooth. Shown is 2 coats with no top coat.

Zoya Seraphina (in shade)

Zoya Seraphina (direct sunlight)

Zoya Seraphina (close-up)

The one that makes me think there’s a ton of dupes or close dupes out there is Belinda.

Zoya Belinda

Originally designed for Zang Toi / AW2013, this is described as “a full-coverage, cosmic purple metallic”. Formula is one of the better ones in this collection. Shown is 2 coats with no top coat.

Zoya Belinda (in shade)

Zoya Belinda (direct sunlight)

Zoya Belinda (close-up)

Moving on, we have Mosheen.

Zoya Mosheen

I was really excited about the lone tinsel glitter shade. It falls just a wee bit short of my expectations but still brought the wow factor. It is described as “an astro ice blue topper, great for layering over other hues”. While it is best to use this shade on top of an opaque shade, I chose to swatch this as is to show y’all what it looks like to begin with. Shown is 2 coats with no top coat.

Zoya Mosheen (in shade)

Zoya Mosheen (direct sunlight)

Zoya Mosheen (close-up)

Next is one I thought end up being my favorite, Payton.

Zoya Payton

This shade is the one I got frustrated with. The formula is more watery than the blue counterpart, Dream, and the hue didn’t blow me out of the water. It is described as “a full-coverage, galactic cranberry with holographic glitter”. It did apply just fine even when it is one of the watery ones from this collection. Shown is 2 coats with no top coat.

Zoya Payton (in shade)

Zoya Payton (direct sunlight)

Zoya Payton (close-up)

Last up is a shade called Cassedy.

Zoya Cassedy

I actually ended up liking this shade a lot when I thought it would be my least liked shade. The glow it has when it’s not under direct sunlight is just unbelievable. It is described as “a full-coverage, celestial pewter metallic”. Formula is great, right on par with Dream. Shown is 2 coats with no top coat.

Zoya Cassedy (in shade)

Zoya Cassedy (direct sunlight)

Zoya Cassedy (close-up)

Zoya Cassedy (last shot)

I love most of the shades from this collection even when some are on the watery side in terms of formula. I am ringing in the new year with Belinda as an accent nail. Surprise, surprise?! Heck, yes! I thought I’d go with my favorite, Dream, or with one that wowed me such as Cassedy. Hope this is a good sign for 2014 for me!

*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.*


No-Miss Indian River Ruby

It’s Thursday again! This week sure flew by. Next week will be an off one for many since Christmas Day is smacked right in the middle of the week. Most people I know would’ve made arrangements to take off the entire week or so. Here’s a shade that’s suitable for those looking for a little red for the Holidays: No-Miss Indian River Ruby.

No-Miss Indian River Ruby

Indian River Ruby is a nice red that’s suitable anytime of the year really. It’s kinda close to what I think of a Christmas red shimmer, but not quite there. It has a tinge of pink that deviates from most Christmas reds. Finish looks a wee bit streaky, but it didn’t bother me at all. Formula is pretty opaque and applied nicely onto my nails. Shown is 2 coats with no top coat.

No-Miss Indian River Ruby (in shade)

No-Miss Indian River Ruby (direct sunlight)

No-Miss Indian River Ruby (close-up)

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


Glitter Gal Navy I Will, Navy I Won’t

Hey guys! The weather yesterday was pretty bearable so I managed to hop out and grab a few shots of some new beauties that got to me. They did not disappoint! Here’s Glitter Gal Navy I Will, Navy I Won’t.

Glitter Gal Navy I Will, Navy I Won't

First off, I love the name of this shade! I thought it was so catchy and it suits the shade just fine. I knew that this is a holographic shade, but I certainly wasn’t prepared to see all this holo goodness right in my face! It’s such a pretty dark blue holo. I’m a sucker for holographic shades, so this is instant love for me. Formula is so nice and smooth that it gave me no problems at all during application. I used 2 thin coats with no top coat.

Glitter Gal Navy I Will, Navy I Won't (direct sunlight)

Glitter Gal Navy I Will, Navy I Won't (lighting changed)

Glitter Gal Navy I Will, Navy I Won't (angle changed)

Glitter Gal Navy I Will, Navy I Won't (angle changed again)

Glitter Gal Navy I Will, Navy I Won't (close-up)

Glitter Gal Navy I Will, Navy I Won't (direct sunlight again)

Glitter Gal Navy I Will, Navy I Won't (lighting changed again)

Glitter Gal has always hit it out of the park with their holographic shades and this is no exception.

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.*


No-Miss Largo Lilac

Thank goodness it’s Thursday! I can’t wait for this week to end. It’s been crazy busy with multiple things going on at the same time. My company Holiday party is this Saturday and I still haven’t figured out what dress to wear. I have tons of dresses though, most I haven’t even worn once, so I don’t think it’ll be a problem looking for one. I’ll try to keep today’s post short and sweet since I’m writing this right before I’m done for the day. Here’s No-Miss Largo Lilac.

No-Miss Largo Lilac

Largo Lilac doesn’t strike me as a lilac really, but it’s a really pretty color that makes me think of cold steel. I think this would suit this time of the year well. It would look nice and sleek for Holiday parties! Finish looks streaky, but it wasn’t a problem at all for me. I’m more concerned with the fact how streaky shades make application a living hell, but I didn’t get that with this shade at all. I’m not sure what to classify this at…metallic? It looks more like a foily shimmer. I’ll go with that for now. Formula is kind of sheer side but it’s very buildable. Shown is 3 thin coats with no top coat.

No-Miss Largo Lilac (in shade)

No-Miss Largo Lilac (direct sunlight)

No-Miss Largo Lilac (close-up)

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


No-Miss Venice Vivid

Hey guys! So how did y’all fare at the Thanksgiving sales? I did mine all online except I popped into my local Walgreens for some of their Registered Rewards deals. I couldn’t resist some items I could use that’ll come out to be free. I’ve been really busy lately but decided to squeeze this post in. Here’s No-Miss Venice Vivid.

No-Miss Venice Vivid

Venice Vivid is a pretty bright fuchsia shimmer that dances in the sun. I love how bright it is. Many of you know that different seasons of the year has never stopped me from wearing what I want on my nails. It makes me think of happy things. It’s simply gorgeous. Formula is a little bit on the sheer side but it’s buildable. Shown is 3 coats with no top coat.

No-Miss Venice Vivid (in shade)

No-Miss Venice Vivid (direct sunlight)

No-Miss Venice Vivid (close-up)

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


Barielle Cyber Monday Offer

I haven’t been advertising any Back Friday or Cyber Monday offers because honestly there are tons of other blogs out there that cover that already. I will blog about this one though cause it’s a pretty sweet deal, especially if you’ve been wanting to stock up on Barielle shades.

Barielle Cyber Monday Offer

They are having a 40% off ON TOP OF their BOGO 1/2 off deal. So have at least 2 items in the cart and the second item will automatically take 50% off. The grand total will have another 40% off taken from it. They have free shipping too with this offer, but it ends tonight so grab all the shades and nail care items you’ve been wanting. If I didn’t partake in a similar sale a while back, I would definitely go for this one! Check them out here.


Glitter Gal Transfusion

Is everyone ready for Thanksgiving break? I sure am, but I have to get through today and tomorrow still. I have lots of testing to do at work, so it’s been pretty quiet for me on social media lately. I’m squeezing this in today in case tomorrow will be another day without a post. Here’s Glitter Gal Transfusion.

Glitter Gal Transfusion (direct sunlight)

I’ve always liked Glitter Gal holographic shades and this is no exception. While it doesn’t take my breath away like Wisteria, it holds on its own. Wisteria looks blah when not under light to show off its holo goodness. This is not the case with Transfusion. There is ample color to ooh and ahh over even when not under light to see the holo effect. It’s pretty vampy and sexy. And just like Wisteria, I haven’t tried layering this over anything (but I bet it’d be stunning!). Shown is one generous coat with no top coat.

Glitter Gal Transfusion (close-up)

Glitter Gal Transfusion (different angle)

Glitter Gal Transfusion (another angle)

Glitter Gal Transfusion (and another)

Glitter Gal Transfusion (with flash)

Glitter Gal Transfusion (last one)

Even though they are based in Australia, they do ship internationally. The nail polishes are priced at $17.95 for 15 ml and $11.95 for 10 ml. They are also available on some other nail e-tailers. 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.*


No-Miss Gretna Green

Hey guys! Today’s post is one of my favorite shades from No-Miss. I just love this perfect shade of green! Here’s No-Miss Gretna Green.

No-Miss Gretna Green

Gretna Green is gorgeous olive-green like shimmer that’s suitable for this time of the year. I can see myself wearing this shade aside from the traditional red or gold for the Holidays. It looks almost like a foil shade in terms of finish, but not quite really. This shade is pretty opaque and formula is really nice. Shown is 3 coats with no top coat.

No-Miss Gretna Green (in shade)

No-Miss Gretna Green (direct sunlight)

No-Miss Gretna Green (close-up)

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