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OPI The Sky’s My Limit

Hey guys! Hope y’all are having a great week so far. The weekend is coming up fast and I have lots of plans to catch up on my blog. Today’s post is on a shade that is pretty special to me. You see, this shade will always make me think of Polish Insomniac and the story behind how this shade got to me. I won an Instagram round robin giveaway that she took part of a few months ago. The prize she’s giving away on her IG account is a set of the OPI Mustang Collection. She informed me happily that I won and promptly sent out a package. She was very excited as she decided to include something else from my wish list that she also had on hand. Such a sweet girl! It was around the time I was set to leave for a road trip to Yellowstone that the package should’ve arrived. It didn’t, but I figured it just got slowed down in the mail. About 3 weeks later with still no sign of the package, I figured it was lost. BUT I didn’t want to not acknowledge that she did send something off to me, so I sent her a message on Twitter telling her that it hasn’t arrived and it could be lost but I wanted to thank her anyway. She responded pretty quick that she looked up the tracking and it showed that it has never left her residence. The package was never picked up! It was stolen. I reassured her that it’s okay since I’ve been on both sending and receiving ends of something that got lost and I didn’t want her to worry about it. She seemed more upset than me and understandably so. She put thought into sending the extras she wanted me to have.

Fast forward to a few days later, I got a package in the mail. It was from her. She sent out another package with all shades from my wish list and included the shade I told her I was most excited to get when she first informed me that I won her giveaway: OPI The Sky’s My Limit. So here it is ladies and gentlemen….

OPI The Sky’s My Limit

The Sky’s My Limit is this very pretty metallic blue shimmer. It’s not a shade I’ve never seen before (made me think of OPI Catch Me In Your Net), but it’s the prettiest one from the collection to me. It’s pretty opaque that I could’ve used one less coat. Shown is 3 coats with no top coat.

OPI The Sky’s My Limit (in shade)

OPI The Sky’s My Limit (direct sunlight)

OPI The Sky’s My Limit (close-up)

I love this shade and the story of how it got to me. Check out Polish Insomniac‘s blog if you haven’t yet! She’s one of the sweetest bloggers I’ve come to know over the years.


Zoya Ignite Swatches

This collection showed up at my doorstep recently and it gave me the same feeling as their Wicked Collection from Fall 2010. Seeing Zoya Sansa reminded me of Edyta a lot, but I knew right off the bat that they’re not the same at all. Edyta is still pretty unique to this day. In random order, here are swatches for Zoya Ignite Collection.

First up is my favorite, Teigen.

Zoya Teigen

Teigen caught my eye immediately along with Sansa. Now this one looks more pink on their website than it did for me in person. It was more red. It is described as “a full-coverage pink toned violet with a copper liquid metal”. The coppery gold sparkles in it stands out beautifully when in shade. Formula is very pleasant to work with — almost perfect really. I included several extra shots to show how it looks in all kinds of lighting. Shown is 2 coats with no top coat.

Zoya Teigen (in shade)

Zoya Teigen (direct sunlight)

Zoya Teigen (another shot)

Zoya Teigen (close-up)

Zoya Teigen (pink….or red?)

Next up is Remy.

Zoya Remy

Remy is a gorgeous blue that made me think of shades that are fondly referred to as mermaid blue. It is described as “a brilliant indigo with copper and gold liquid metallic”. The coppery gold sparkle is simply stunning in this shade. Formula is very good — just like most of the other shades in this collection. Shown is 2 coats with no top coat.

Zoya Remy (in shade)

Zoya Remy (direct sunlight)

Zoya Remy (close-up)

Next we have Autumn.

Zoya Autumn

Among all 6, I feel this screams fall the most. It is described as “a varnished copper liquid metal”. This shade makes me think of red and brown leaves as well as pumpkins. This is the most watery in terms of formula among the 6 shades. Shown is 2 coats with no top coat.

Zoya Autumn (in shade)

Zoya Autumn (lighting changed)

Zoya Autumn (another angle)

Zoya Autumn (direct sunlight)

Zoya Autumn (close-up)

Zoya Autumn (lighting changed again)

Zoya Autumn (last shot)

Up next is probably the most talked about shade in this collection, Sansa.

Zoya Sansa

Sansa is a beautiful shade that gave me the pitter patter effect. Make no mistake though — it is not even close to Edyta in color. But the color did take my breath away just like Edyta did. It is described as “a deep eggplant with a gold metallic sparkle, in the flawless full-coverage, liquid metal formula”. Formula is beautiful as with most from this collection. Shown is 2 coats with no top coat.

Zoya Sansa (in shade)

Zoya Sansa (direct sunlight)

Zoya Sansa (close-up)

Zoya Sansa (look at that glow)

Then we have Yuna.

Zoya Yuna

Yuna is what’s on my nails at the moment. I found this grey to be quite likeable, which is rare because grey is one of my least liked colors. I love the coppery gold flakes in this shade so much that it made it different from all other grey shades for me. This is described as “a full-coverage warm grey with copper and gold liquid metal”. The formula was a little bit on the watery side but it thickened up nicely when I didn’t screw the top shut for a few minutes during application. Shown is 2 coats with no top coat.

Zoya Yuna (in shade)

Zoya Yuna (lighting changed)

Zoya Yuna (direct sunlight)

Zoya Yuna (close-up)

Last up is India.

Zoya India

While I love this shade, it shows up as being more red on their website than it really is to me in person. It is described as “a deep, luxurious red with a gold liquid metallic shimmer”. Shown is 2 coats with no top coat.

Zoya India (in shade)

Zoya India (direct sunlight)

Zoya India (close-up)

I LOVE the coppery gold in these shades. It makes the shades look like they have glass fleck finish (where the flecks are large) when in shade. While I think their Wicked Collection is still more stunning than these shades, these follow right behind it in my book. I will say that the finish isn’t metallic to me at all even though the description leans towards that.

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


Finger Paints Enchanted Mermaid Swatches

Hey guys! Today I have another collection from Finger Paints that got me pretty excited when I got them in the mail. The colors are so pretty and the shades look very promising. I love vibrant colors of the sea. Here’s Finger Paints Enchanted Mermaid Collection.

First up is Underwater Enchantress.

Finger Paints Underwater Enchantress

Underwater Enchantress definitely wowed me just by looking at the bottle. It actually made me think of shades like Chanel Peridot and such. It’s vibrant and stunning, but I wish they left the shades that way and not add in anything else for the texture. They were trying to get the texture to be kinda like fish scales. Formula is good and it dries pretty quick. Shown is 2 coats with no top coat.

Finger Paints Underwater Enchantress (in shade)

Finger Paints Underwater Enchantress (direct sunlight)

Finger Paints Underwater Enchantress (close-up)

Next up is Tails Of Love.

Finger Paints Tails Of Love

Tails Of Love is the one I thought I’d love the most initially. It’s a beautiful teal shade with the same texture finish. They achieved this finish with round glitters that I think are clear. You can see them pretty clearly in most of the shots. Formula is good and it dries pretty quick. Shown is 2 coats with no top coat.

Finger Paints Tails Of Love (in shade)

Finger Paints Tails Of Love (direct sunlight)

Finger Paints Tails Of Love (close-up)

Next we have Sailor’s Lure.

Finger Paints Sailor’s Lure

Sailor’s Lure is a nice duochrome shade….with the same texture finish. While the shade is pretty, I think the duochrome property would be prettier and more evident if it didn’t have the texture finish. Formula is good and it dries pretty quick. Shown is 2 coats with no top coat.

Finger Paints Sailor’s Lure (in shade)

Finger Paints Sailor’s Lure (direct sunlight)

Finger Paints Sailor’s Lure (another shot)

Finger Paints Sailor’s Lure (close-up)

And lastly, here’s Sea Temptress.

Finger Paints Sea Temptress

Sea Temptress is another duochrome that would fare better if it didn’t have the texture finish. This white opal shade is the one I have most trouble with picturing myself using it. I can see myself using the other shades, but not this one as much. I usually wear light duochrome shades by itself or over a dark shade like black and I can’t see myself doing either with this. Formula is good and it dries pretty quick. Shown is 2 coats with no top coat.

Finger Paints Sea Temptress (in shade)

Finger Paints Sea Temptress (direct sunlight)

Finger Paints Sea Temptress (close-up)

Overall? This is one collection I definitely think it looks better in the bottle than on the nails. Some can actually pass to my liking to actually wear them, but not as a full mani. Something more along the lines of an accent nail or something. My favorite is Underwater Enchantress. These shades should be available in Sally Beauty Supply stores and online for around $5.99 each.

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


Sally Hansen Drama Sheen

Hey guys! Today’s post is on a newer shade from Sally Hansen. This actually reminds me of another shade from the same line called Blow Bubbles but a purple version of it. I like this shade better though because the duochrome property is a bit stronger. Here’s Sally Hansen Drama Sheen.

Sally Hansen Drama Sheen

Drama Sheen is a light purple with pinkish lavender shimmer. It looks like a duochrome to me with the pretty flash. As expected, the pretty flash is best observed under direct sunlight. This shade is pretty sheer but buildable. Formula was leaning on the watery side ever so slightly but it dried pretty fast. Shown is 3 coats with no top coat.

Sally Hansen Drama Sheen (in shade)

Sally Hansen Drama Sheen (direct sunlight)

Sally Hansen Drama Sheen (close-up)

A nice one to have from a drugstore brand!

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.*


Finger Paints Poolside Paradise Swatches

Hey guys! Today I have a summer collection that got me pretty excited when I saw them in person. The colors are so pretty and the finish is mesmerizing. Here’s Finger Paints Poolside Paradise Collection.

First up is Wild Bikini.

Finger Paints Wild Bikini

Wild Bikini is a beautiful grape purple. It reminds me of the vibrant deep purple shade that some orchid plants have. It’s vibrant and rich. Formula is a little bit on the watery side, but goes on the nails smoothly. Shown is 2 coats with no top coat.

Finger Paints Wild Bikini (in shade)

Finger Paints Wild Bikini (direct sunlight)

Finger Paints Wild Bikini (close-up)

Next is Hula Aruba!

Finger Paints Hula Aruba!

Hula Aruba! is the yellow version of Wild Bikini. It’s a very bright yellow shimmer. Formula is better than Wild Bikini. Shown is 2 coats with no top coat.

Finger Paints Hula Aruba! (in shade)

Finger Paints Hula Aruba! (direct sunlight)

Finger Paints Hula Aruba! (close-up)

Next we have Surf’s Up.

Finger Paints Surf’s Up

Surf’s Up is a bright blue shimmer. The formula is pretty much the same as Hula Aruba! in that it applies very nicely and dries pretty fast. The finish is the same as all shades in this collection as well — like a metallic foil shimmer. Reminds me of something Zoya has been known for in the past few years. Shown is 2 coats with no top coat.

Finger Paints Surf’s Up (in shade)

Finger Paints Surf’s Up (direct sunlight)

Finger Paints Surf’s Up (close-up)

Next up is Aloha Lei.

Finger Paints Aloha Lei

Aloha Lei a juicy orange shimmer. The shimmer leans towards being golden more than anything else. Formula is great and it dries pretty fast. Shown is 2 coats with no top coat.

Finger Paints Aloha Lei (in shade)

Finger Paints Aloha Lei (direct sunlight)

Finger Paints Aloha Lei (close-up)

Moving on, we have Margarita Mambo.

Finger Paints Margarita Mambo

Margarita Mambo has the sheerest formula in this entire collection. I actually had to retake these shots because I really didn’t like how it looked with just 2 coats (I did 2 coats for all other shades). It’s a pretty light green shimmer. This has the most watery formula too among all 6 shades, but it evens out with no problem with more coats. Shown is 3 coats with no top coat.

Finger Paints Margarita Mambo (in shade)

Finger Paints Margarita Mambo (direct sunlight)

Finger Paints Margarita Mambo (lighting changed)

Finger Paints Margarita Mambo (close-up)

And lastly, here’s Be My Baby.

Finger Paints Be My Baby

Be My Baby is my favorite shade in this collection. My favorites usually end up being the red shades, but there is none in this collection. This is the closest to it. It’s a very reddish pink shade that’s bold and bright. This glitter shade is different from the previous ones. It has the best formula too; almost opaque with just one coat. Shown is 2 coats with no top coat.

Finger Paints Be My Baby (in shade)

Finger Paints Be My Baby (direct sunlight)

Finger Paints Be My Baby (close-up)

Overall? I originally expected these to be glass flecks but they’re not. Some of them do have that property when looked at in indirect sunlight lighting. The shade with the strongest glass fleck finish is Be My Baby followed by Wild Bikini. 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.*