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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!


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.*


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?


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.*


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.*


Additional Prize ipsy Instagram Giveaway

Hey guys! Some of you may have seen my post on the additional prize for my ipsy Instagram Giveaway if you follow me there. In case you missed it, here’s the additional prize I’m throwing in!

Additional ipsy Instagram Giveaway Prize

I have a backup bottle of this shade and am passing it on to the winner of my giveaway! It’s a full size bottle of Deborah Lippmann Happy Birthday. I know there are lots of dupes or close dupes out there, but this is the one the started it all and it could be yours! You have to be a follower of mine on Instagram and repost my Instagram picture of the giveaway items (not this one, the original giveaway picture on my IG account) and tag me with the hashtag #kittyipsyoct2013.

Giveaway is open internationally all entries must be in by November 15, 2013 @ 11:59 PM CST. Those that wish to enter with the intention to unfollow afterwards will be noted and banned from future giveaways. Commenting here on this blog post DOES NOT count as an entry! There is a really low number of entries right now, so everyone who have already entered has a great chance at winning the prize!


No-Miss Fire Ball

Hey guys! Once again it’s Wednesday! It’s a busy week for me the next 5 weeks cause of work, so my posts will be shorter than it already is. Today’s shade is another glittery one from No-Miss. Here’s No-Miss Fire Ball.

No-Miss Fire Ball

Fire Ball is a pretty glitter shade that has the perfect balance of gold and red. This shade is made up of red regular and white gold larger sized hexagon shaped glitter suspended in a clear base. I thought the larger sized glitter was silver originally but it’s more of a whitish gold. It applied just fine onto my nails and dried pretty fast. Shown is one generous coat with no top coat.

No-Miss Fire Ball (in shade)

No-Miss Fire Ball (direct sunlight)

No-Miss Fire Ball (close-up)

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


No-Miss Star Light

Hey guys! It’s Wednesday again! It definitely feels cooler now in this part of the country and it makes me miss the heat. But at the very least it’s not bitter cold yet. I’d take anything over that. The only good thing about the cold weather is the Holiday season and that it promotes cuddling together for warmth. Maybe the dog will start jumping up on our bed and falling asleep with us again! I do miss that. Today’s shade is a glittery one that makes me think of the Holiday season. Here’s No-Miss Star Light.

No-Miss Star Light

I could’ve sworn that this shade is spelled as Starlight instead of Star Light, but their website lists it as 2 words instead of one so Star Light it is! Star Light is a very fun glitter shade that makes me think of the cool, pretty side of Christmas. I know the Holidays are usually associated with reds, greens, silver and gold but I remember the very first time I saw a blue and silvery white Christmas tree. I was mesmerized by it. The color combo is cool and pretty compared to reds, greens and golds. Those are more “warm” to me per se. So I do enjoy the less traditional Christmas or Holiday colors a lot too. This shade is made up of blue regular and silver larger sized glitter suspended in a clear base. It applied just fine onto my nails and dried pretty fast. Shown is 2 coats with no top coat.

No-Miss Star Light (in shade)

No-Miss Star Light (direct sunlight)

No-Miss Star Light (close-up)

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


Pure Ice Party Of Five

Hey y’all! It’s another brand new week and I’m off today. We flew in late last night, so we figured that taking today off won’t make us feel rushed getting back into the work week. My cousin’s wedding was fun and fab. I’m so happy for her! Moving on, today’s post is on Pure Ice Party Of Five.

Pure Ice Party Of Five

Party Of Five is another glitter from Pure Ice’s list of shades that were released earlier this year. I love the entire diamond-shaped glitters line they have and this is no exception. This shade is made up of regular and large holographic teal diamond-shaped glitter in a clear base. Actually, I’m not 100% sure on the base being clear because it seems to give off a light teal tint, but it could just be the glitters reflecting. Formula is great and it dried pretty fast. I get very nice coverage with this shade. Shown is one coat with no top coat.

Pure Ice Party Of Five (in shade)

Pure Ice Party Of Five (lighting changed)

Pure Ice Party Of Five (direct sunlight)

Pure Ice Party Of Five (close-up)

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


No-Miss Fushia

Hey guys! It’s Wednesday again! This week is different from any other though cause I’m in Philly! Woo! I’m here to visit my dear cousins and their kiddos and……to take part in one of their wedding! The wedding is this Friday and it’s for the youngest of my 3 cousins living here in the East Coast. I love them all to bits and am so happy to spend whatever time I can with them. Today’s post is on another shade from No-Miss. Here’s No-Miss Fushia.

No-Miss Fushia

Fushia is a shade that I really like a lot with a twist in the name. It’s not spelled the way I’m usually familiar with, so it sticks out like a sore thumb in my memory. That’s Marketing at work, huh? This is a shade that’s jam-packed with fuchsia glitter suspended in a clear base. The formula is just perfect for a glitter shade and it dries fast. Shown is 3 thin coats with no top coat.

No-Miss Fushia (in shade)

No-Miss Fushia (direct sunlight)

No-Miss Fushia (close-up)

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


No-Miss Joker’s Wild

Hey guys! Happy Tuesday! Today’s post is on a glittery number from No-Miss. Here’s No-Miss Joker’s Wild.

No-Miss Joker’s Wild

Joker’s Wild is such a fun, glittery shade. It makes me think a little bit of Mardi Gras. This looks nothing like what is shown on their website at all, so this post should help you guys out. Thinking about it, a lot of their glitter shades look nothing like what’s shown on their website really. The non-glitter shade shots are pretty much on par though. Anyway, this shade is made up of regular purple glitter and larger gold hex glitter suspended in a clear base. The base does look ever so slightly tinted, but I wouldn’t count it as such at all. The formula is good and drying time is what is expected from a glitter shade. I’ll have to try this over a green shade later. It seems like a good fit. Shown is one coat with no top coat.

No-Miss Joker’s Wild (in shade)

No-Miss Joker’s Wild (direct sunlight)

No-Miss Joker’s Wild (close-up)

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


Pure Ice Material Girl

Hey guys! It’s another brand new week. How was everyone’s weekend? Mine flew by fast, but it was very productive. I managed to do all the laundry that was available to wash and vacuum all the rooms almost twice really. Lol! Moving on….today’s post is on Pure Ice Material Girl.

Pure Ice Material Girl

Material Girl is another glitter from Pure Ice’s list of shades that were released earlier this year. I am actually liking this entire line with the diamond-shaped glitters. Then again, it’s glitter so….those that know me knows that it’s hard to find a glitter that I don’t like. Unlike some of the other glitters they have though, I had to fish some of the diamond-shaped glitter pieces out. This shade is made up of regular pink and large holographic diamond-shaped glitter in a clear base. Formula is good and it dried pretty fast. Shown is 2 thick coats with no top coat.

Pure Ice Material Girl (in shade)

Pure Ice Material Girl (direct sunlight)

Pure Ice Material Girl (close-up)

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


Throwback Thursday: Hard Candy Pixie

Hey guys! How are y’all doing today? Another week is coming quickly to an end and I’m looking forward to the weekend once again. If you guys follow me on Instagram here, you’d have seen my Throwback Thursday contribution posted a few hours ago. Here’s Hard Candy Pixie.

Throwback Thursday Hard Candy Pixie

Does this ring a bell? I got this shade from a friend of mine. She thought it would be a nice addition to my collection – and it sure is! I have a few shades that are similar to it, but not the same at all. The glittery goodness is so pretty that I can use it over any shade. My favorite is over black cause it brings out the best of the pretty glitters in my opinion. Do any of you guys have this shade or remember any of the other shades from the same time this shade is released? They’re all long gone and I’d have to hunt them down online probably. I like their new shades, but there’s something about the older shades that I simply like more.


Pure Ice Sea-Quin

Hey guys! It’s finally Friday again! I’ll keep this short and sweet cause it’s going to be a busy one for me today. Today’s post is on Pure Ice Sea-Quin.

Pure Ice Sea-Quin

Sea-Quin is a pretty pale green glitter shade made up of small gold and green glitter mottled with some large diamond-shaped gold glitter pieces in a clear base. It’s very pretty and unique to me at the moment. What I love about this shade is that I was surprised to find that the larger diamond-shaped glitter pieces didn’t stick out much and scratch or jab me. I did have to dip my brush in the bottle again to get a few of the larger pieces, but I did it with almost no effort at all. Formula is good and it dried fast. Shown is one thick coat with no top coat.

Pure Ice Sea-Quin (in shade)

Pure Ice Sea-Quin (direct sunlight)

Pure Ice Sea-Quin (close-up)

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


Pure Ice Stop Flirtin

Hey guys! It’s another brand new week. I didn’t really want the weekend to end. It felt too short. Who’s with me? :) But I dragged myself out of bed and went to work. At least it wasn’t super busy like last week. I managed to swatch a few of the Pure Ice shades I have sitting in my backlog. Today’s post is on Pure Ice Stop Flirtin.

Pure Ice Stop Flirtin

Stop Flirtin is a super pretty blue glitter shade. It’s on the brighter side of blue and is made up of tiny light blue glitter along with larger sized light and dark blue round glitters and some larger silver hex glitters in a clear base. This shade is on bright side of a glitter shade for me and would work great for layering over other shades. It makes me think of a blue and white or silver Christmas tree theme. I’ve seen this shade featured before on other blogs and they all cite the name of this shade as Stop Flirting, but the label on mine clearly states Stop Flirtin. Formula is good and it dried fast. Shown is one coat with no top coat.

Pure Ice Stop Flirtin (in shade)

Pure Ice Stop Flirtin (direct sunlight)

Pure Ice Stop Flirtin (close-up)

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


No-Miss Purple Xtasy

Hey guys! Hope you’re all ready for the weekend. I know I am! It’s been one of those roller coaster ride weeks for me with work. Lots of ups and downs and just repetitive work – and of course something happens today that makes me look forward to the weekend even more. *sigh* Figures….it’s like Alanis Morissette’s song “Ironic”. Anyway, here’s No-Miss Purple Xtasy.

No-Miss Purple Xtasy

Purple Xtasy is pale purple or lilac glitter shade. It has bright iridescent glitter in a lightly tinted purple base. It’s pretty mesmerizing to look at especially under direct sunlight. Formula is a little bit on the thicker side, but that’s pretty normal for glitters and it didn’t give me any problems during application. It dried really fast, but be careful with applying thicker layers as I did. It seems easier to chip that way with this shade at least (you can see it in one of my nail corners at the tip). Shown is 2 generous coats with no top coat.

No-Miss Purple Xtasy (in shade)

No-Miss Purple Xtasy (direct sunlight)

No-Miss Purple Xtasy (close-up)

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


No-Miss Blue Stardust

It’s Friday guys! Today I have another beauty from No-Miss. Here’s No-Miss Blue Stardust.

No-Miss Blue Stardust

Blue Stardust is a light blue glitter shade. It has iridescent glitter suspended in a light blue jelly base. It went onto my nails nicely and dried pretty fast. This would be a good one to use for glitter sandwich manis. Shown is 3 thin coats with no top coat.

No-Miss Blue Stardust (in shade)

No-Miss Blue Stardust (another angle)

No-Miss Blue Stardust (direct sunlight)

No-Miss Blue Stardust (close-up)

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


Milani Ultrafine Liquid Eye Liner

Today’s post is on Milani Ultrafine Liquid Eye Liner.

Milani Ultrafine Liquid Eye Liner

These are described as:

  • Sparkling intense color
  • Long-lasting
  • Waterproof formula
  • Easy to use
  • Felt-tip applicator

Y’all know that I am not a huge fan of liquid eye liners. I’ve tried many, many brands with different formulas and applicators and it always ends up in disappointment. My main problem is I like to apply eye liner on my waterline. With liquid eye liner, the moment that the eye liner touches any part of the eye really….it just spreads the eye liner all over the eye area. There was a liquid eye liner that I had high hopes for and it was in an awesome silver shade. But no, my eye is covered with a thin layer of silver liquid eye liner. I scrambled to the bathroom to rinse my eye out. I was bracing myself for such an experience again with these. I am happy to report though that this will be the first liquid eye liners that I am keeping to use! The tip is really fine and made application a breeze. I felt that I had more control with the application this time around. The formula is very pigmented with a super opaque payoff. It dries pretty fast and the finish for all shades are sparkly or glittery with the exception of Black Vinyl. All 5 shades are perfect for day or night, but I’d stick to the basic shades for work. A co-worker friend commented that Sparkling Turquoise and Emerald Glisten are more suitable for outside of work, but this is after I decided to apply a thicker line instead of staying with the thin line I usually go for. It actually took her a while to notice that I had it one when I applied a thin line of it. Prismatic Purple is an in-between shade….I think that you can get away with wearing it to the office for sure.

Staying power is good, but it falls a teeny bit short on the waterproof claim. After 6 hours, there is a little bit of flaking. One thing that would definitely help is not applying several layers or thicker layers of the liquid eye liner. I modified this and didn’t have a problem ever since aside from some wear after 6 hours or so. That is expected in my opinion though. The lid area will always have the grease issue over time and the waterline area will always have general wear being where it is at. Overall, a winner in my book. Swatches shown below are in ascending numeric order of the shades available. For each shade, I applied the liquid eye liner onto my arm twice to show what it looks like when I apply it on my upper lashline or waterline.

Milani Ultrafine Liquid Eye Liner Swatches (in shade)

Milani Ultrafine Liquid Eye Liner Swatches (direct sunlight)

Milani Ultrafine Liquid Eye Liner Swatches (with flash)

These retail for $7.49 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.*


Zoya Summer PixieDust Swatches

Hey guys! Today’s post is on Zoya’s Summer PixieDust Collection. I have been eagerly awaiting for these since I loved the original PixieDust shades a lot! Without further ado, here are the swatches and review.

First up is Beatrix.

Zoya Beatrix

So promising….I had high hopes for this. I ended up not liking this as much as I thought it would, but I still like it enough to wear it once in a while. I thought it was going to be a bit brighter and bolder. I love orange. It’s a color I don’t wear often, so when I do end up with one it’s usually one that swept me off my feet. This one is described as “a tangerine metal sparkle in the exclusive Zoya PixieDust Textured, Matte, Foil Twinkle formula”. Shown is 2 generous coats with no top coat.

Zoya Beatrix (in shade)

Zoya Beatrix (direct sunlight)

Zoya Beatrix (close-up)

Next up is Stevie.

Zoya Stevie

Stevie is the one I thought would be my favorite, but it was overthrown by Miranda! I thought of all 6 shades in this collection that this one would bring out the most sparkle. Kinda like how I felt about Godiva from the earlier PixieDust collection. I thought it was too light and that I would like the darker sparkles better. WRONG! I’d wear Godiva to my wedding if I have one. Stevie is described as “a violet sparkle, in the exclusive Zoya PixieDust Textured, Matte, Sparkle formula”. Shown is 3 thin coats with no top coat.

Zoya Stevie (in shade)

Zoya Stevie (direct sunlight)

Zoya Stevie (close-up)

A surprising one that turned out to be my favorite is called Miranda.

Zoya Miranda

The first thing I thought of when I saw the name is Miranda from Sex And The City. Then when I looked at the shade closely I though….naw…too light, not my type. I was dead wrong. It’s more of a magenta than pink really and it was instant love the minute I put it on. This is described as “a rose sparkle in the exclusive Zoya PixieDust Textured, Matte, Sparkle formula”. Shown is 3 thin coats with no top coat.

Zoya Miranda (in shade)

Zoya Miranda (direct sunlight)

Zoya Miranda (close-up)

Moving on, we have Solange.

Zoya Solange

This one caught me offguard as well. It glows like whoa! I ended up liking it more than I thought I would. I thought it was going to be a yellow shade but no…..it’s GOLD, baby! I want to paint everyone’s nail in this shade – that’s how much I like it. This is described as “a gold metal foil sparkle featuring a Zoya EXCLUSIVE GOLD PIGMENT in the best-selling Zoya PixieDust Textured, Matte, Foil Twinkle formula”. Shown is 2 generous coats with no top coat.

Zoya Solange (in shade)

Zoya Solange (direct sunlight)

Zoya Solange (close-up)

Next up is Liberty.

Zoya Liberty

If there was a blue that would suit the name and the word “liberty”, this is it. It’s a vibrant and bold blue that demands attention. It is described as “a blue sugary sparkle in the exclusive Zoya PixieDust Textured, Matte, Sparkle formula”. Shown is 2 generous coats with no top coat.

Zoya Liberty (in shade)

Zoya Liberty (direct sunlight)

Zoya Liberty (close-up)

Last up is a shade called Destiny.

Zoya Destiny

Destiny is another one that surprised me but in the other direction. I liked this less than I thought I would. I was expecting the punch and boldness in this shade to be in Beatrix. This does have a flakie like effect in the finish though. Beatrix seems to have a little bit of that too, but it’s more evident with Destiny. It is described as “a coral metal sparkle in the exclusive Zoya PixieDust Textured, Matte, Foil Twinkle formula”. Shown is 3 thin coats with no top coat.

Zoya Destiny (in shade)

Zoya Destiny (direct sunlight)

Zoya Destiny (close-up)

Formula is consistent with all 6 shades – easy to work with and dries pretty fast. They all dry with a matte finish that’s on the gritty side to the touch, much like sand but with tons of sparkle. I didn’t try using a top coat over these because I actually liked the finish itself. They all dried pretty fast and the wear is impressive. A great collection overall and much like the original PixieDust collection, well-balanced.

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


Pure Ice Five-Some

Hey guys! It’s Tuesday and the week is flying by fast! Today’s post is on a new favorite of mine from Pure Ice. Here’s Pure Ice Five-Some.

Pure Ice Five-Some

Five-Some is a very pretty glitter shade with a black base. There is blue, pink, red and silver glitter in it just to name a few colors of glitter it contains. Formula is great and it dried fast. Shown is 2 coats with no top coat.

Pure Ice Five-Some (in shade)

Pure Ice Five-Some (direct sunlight)

Pure Ice Five-Some (close-up)

It’s so festive!

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


Pure Ice My Wonderland

Hey guys! Today’s post is on a glitter shade that I actually like more than I originally thought I would. It’s one of Pure Ice’s newer shades released a few months back, so you should be able to spot these in your local Walmart. Here’s Pure Ice My Wonderland.

Pure Ice My Wonderland

My Wonderland is simply gorgeous. I love glitter shades in general and this one is no exception. It is made up of turquoise glitter. Formula is great and it dried fast. Shown is 2 coats with no top coat.

Pure Ice My Wonderland (in shade)

Pure Ice My Wonderland (direct sunlight)

Pure Ice My Wonderland (close-up)

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


No-Miss Leprechaun

Green isn’t my favorite color, but everyone that reads probably knows that green has taken a special spot in my heart especially after this post here. That green is F me crazy good. I swear that it’s one of the prettiest greens I’ve ever laid my eyes on. Hotness all over is what that is. Today’s shade doesn’t move me as much as that one, but it sure is one of my favorite glitter shades from No-Miss. Here’s No-Miss Leprechaun.

No-Miss Leprechaun

Leprechaun is a shade that makes me think of St. Patty’s Day and such. You can definitely sport this on your nails anytime of the year though. This shade is made up of green and gold glitter suspended in a clear base. It dried pretty fast for me and is such a festive shade. I applied it onto my nails with a slight dabbing motion to get the glitters pan out more evenly with good coverage. Shown is 2 generous coats with no top coat.

No-Miss Leprechaun (in shade)

No-Miss Leprechaun (direct sunlight)

No-Miss Leprechaun (close-up)

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


No-Miss Valentine

Hey guys! Very busy here, so I’ll try to keep this short. Been sporting this for a couple of days now. Here’s No-Miss Valentine.

No-Miss Valentine

You can wear this shade even when Valentine’s Day is long over. I know I did! Valentine is a glitter shade that’s made up of red and silver glitter mostly suspended in a clear base. Other glitter shades I spotted is an odd pale blue here and there as well as green. There are 2 specks of the blue in the shots shown (you can see one pretty clearly at the tip of my nail). I dig that. Formula for this is great and it dried pretty fast. Shown is 3 thin coats with no top coat.

No-Miss Valentine (in shade)

No-Miss Valentine (direct sunlight)

No-Miss Valentine (close-up)

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


Hard Candy New Nail Lacquer Collection

Winter is wrapping up and color is beginning to pop everywhere. From the runways to the cosmetic aisles of Walmart the story is color and Hard Candy’s new collection – set to roll out immediately – tells a tale of “Poppin Pigments” and shades that will have you “All Lid Up!”

What you will be interested in is the 45 (!!!) new shades of Nail Lacquer that Hard Candy is launching. 5 new collections. 9 shades in each. Glitter, Chrome, Rich tones – something for everyone! Not only will nail aficionados fall for the colors but they will also flip for the price of $3.97 each!

Hard Candy New Nail Lacquer Collection

Crushed Chrome Collection. Luxurious and timeless hues embellished with a golden textured finish. This collection boasts refinement and sophistication and is infused with a vivacious luster.

Hard Candy Crushed Chromes Collection

Itsy Glitzy Collection. Intense, illuminating, and incandescent hues saturated with the richest and most extreme mica and glitter. Inspired from the runway and now at your fingertips.

Hard Candy Itsy Glitzy Collection

Crystal Confetti Collection. A unique collection based on artistic expression. Flourishing, adventurous, full coverage shades with various particle sizes and creative textures. Graffiti is revolutionary; it’s an outlet to create public art. Now take this artistic and creative expression to your nails.

Hard Candy Crystal Confetti Collection

Glitteratzi Collection. The combination of confident opposites and intimate tonalities mixed with the right amount of sparkle creates enthusiasm for the vitality of life. The hues are natural and are becoming more evolved and colored. Tasteful tones with all the personality to satisfy every trend setter.

Hard Candy Glitteratzi Collection

Candy Sprinkles Collection. Suspended in a clear top coat, shimmery flecks sparkle brilliantly with different shapes of shiny glitter. Candy Sprinkles is a fabulous top coat over any color.

Hard Candy Candy Sprinkles Collection