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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.*


Shimmer Polish Nichole

Hey guys! How have y’all been? I actually ventured out this weekend to visit my husband’s side of the family since it was his birthday weekend. It was hot out and it also happened to be the tax-free weekend for back to school. There were more people out than usual but we managed to just stick to the few stores he wanted to go to (I could care less….I don’t like crowds). We also shaved down our dog so he would stay cooler in this heat. I’ve been doing a mini polish inventory at home and slapped on a neon shade for my toes and a glittery number on the nails. What went on my nails is Shimmer Polish Nichole.

Shimmer Polish Nichole

I feel like I should’ve worn this on July 4th since the color scheme would work very well for it. It’s made up of primarily red, silver and blue glitter, just like how the creator described it on the website. The sizes of the glitters are all different, but that just makes this shade more fun in my opinion. Just like other Shimmer Polish shades I’ve used and reviewed, glitter pieces are abundant and no sinking glitter at all even though I’ve had this bottle for more than a year. Glitter is decently packed. I had to retake the close-up shots later on because I actually ended up dinging that nail onto the corner of a table. Formula is good and it applied beautifully. Shown is 2 thin coats with no top coat.

Shimmer Polish Nichole (in shade)

Shimmer Polish Nichole (lighting changed)

Shimmer Polish Nichole (direct sunlight)

Shimmer Polish Nichole (close-up)

Shimmer Polish Nichole (lighting changed again)

Another winner in my book definitely!

Shimmer Polish retails for $12 each and you can purchase them on the website or through their Etsy store. If none of the shades are quite right, you can request a custom polish to be made in any name you want for $15 each.

*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.*


Shimmer Polish Candace

Hey guys! The weekend is about to start and I’m sure glad for it! I’ll be catching up on some zzz’s and hopefully take some more pictures for my other blog entries. I’ve been busy putting all kinds of beauty items to the test this week. My co-worker sisters have noticed with the subtle shimmer here and there they see on me. For today’s post, here’s Shimmer Polish Candace.

Shimmer Polish Candace

I honestly was surprised at how much I liked this shade. It looked a lot like yellow to me but it’s actually gold. It’s made up of primarily gold and black glitter, just like how the creator described it on the website. The gold glitter pieces are holographic when the light hits them right. Just like other Shimmer Polish shades I’ve used and reviewed, glitter pieces are abundant and no sinking glitter at all even though I’ve had this bottle for more than a year. Formula is thin but applies beautifully. The glitter in this shade doesn’t feel as packed and abundant compared to their other shades I own. Shown is 2 thin coats with no top coat.

Shimmer Polish Candace (in shade)

Shimmer Polish Candace (direct sunlight)

Shimmer Polish Candace (close-up)

Yummy. Another winner in my opinion.

Shimmer Polish retails for $12 each and you can purchase them on the website or through their Etsy store. If none of the shades are quite right, you can request a custom polish to be made in any name you want for $15 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.*


StyleBox by Jamberry August 2014

Hey guys! Today I want to share with y’all something new from Jamberry Nails. They’re launching a monthly subscription box called StyleBox by Jamberry. I was sent the StyleBox for August and I’m showing you guys what it comes with and the details of a contest that they’re currently running. First off, here’s StyleBox by Jamberry August 2014.

StyleBox by Jamberry August 2014

StyleBox by Jamberry August 2014 Contents

StyleBox by Jamberry August 2014 Content Detail

August 2014’s StyleBox contains 2 sheets of nail wraps, a nail file and an orange wood stick. The prints of the nail wraps are Orchid Bouquet and August StyleBox Exclusive. Jamberry Nails nail wraps employ an extra step in application of the product onto nails compared to other nail polish strips I’ve tried. You will need a mini heater or hair blow dryer to soften the nail wraps before and after applying the wrap onto the nails. I’ll be giving this another go and post my review on this later. I tried this a few years ago and it didn’t work well for me, but I was told they reformulated and I’m hoping for better results this time around.

The details on the StyleBox is that for $25 a month, you get Jamberry products delivered to your home each month with no additional shipping charge. They do have a minimum of 3 month subscription to start your subscription package. That would mean $75 is the minimum you’ll be putting out up front for a 3 month subscription. Each month’s StyleBox will contain $30 worth of Jamberry nail products (either 2 sheets of nail wraps or one sheet of nail wrap and one nail lacquer), a nail file and an orange wood stick. The nail file and orange wood stick are provided every month as they want their subscribers to have fresh application tools each time. One item is selected from their 300+ seasonal nail wrap styles and lacquers while the other item is a nail wrap that’s exclusive to only StyleBox subscribers for that month. The second item is supposedly designed to complement the first item in the StyleBox. It’s supposed to encourage nail enthusiasts to mix and match between the 2 items to suit their personal styles.

Out of curiosity, I stopped by their website to see what information they have with regards to the StyleBox. It does have the details of the pricing and what it entails as well as a style quiz. I take it and there are 3 selections for each question. The problem I have with the quiz is that on some questions, none of the choices are what I’d pick at all equally. I’m forced to make a random choice in those scenarios and it happened on 3 questions for me. At the end of the quiz, my signature style is Classic and it gives me the option to choose one of the 3 following plans:

3 months: $75 ($25 a month)
6 months: $140 ($23.34 a month)
12 months: $275 ($22.20 a month)

Then there is a note below the prices that states “*Upon completion of initial time period, your subscription will revert to Month to Month payment of $25″.

At the bottom of the screen lists all 3 style profiles available. The other 2 are Trendy and Feminine (you can manually pick one of the other 2 signature styles if you’re unhappy with the quiz results and it will refresh that screen with that signature style to check out with).

I’m going to try my hand at this later this week and put it to the test as I have with regular lacquer, fake nails and other polish strips. In the meantime, Jamberry is hosting a contest to design the next nail wrap. What does the winner get and what are the details?

“The winning design inspires a nail wrap that will appear exclusively in a future StyleBox, and in addition to all the fame and glory, the winner receives a 1-year subscription to StyleBox.

The contest will run from July 15 – July 31. Here’s how people enter:

· Step 1: Design something beautiful that would look great on nails (draw it; paint it; make it on your computer)
· Step 2: Style an outfit that complements your design
· Step 3: Snap a pic of your outfit with your design (wear it; hang it; lay it out)
· Step 4: Submit the pic on at least 1 social media platform (Instagram, Twitter, Facebook), tagging @JamberryNails and using the hashtag #StyleBoxContest”

This is the sample pic for the contest entry:

StyleBox by Jamberry Contest Entry Sample

Good luck to all that are entering!

*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.*


Kiss Everlasting French Nails

Okay guys, today’s post is on another item from the Influenster Spring Fling VoxBox 2014 that I got. I’m not a huge fan of fake glue on nails as I prefer the polish strips over them. Part of it is the bulkiness, but if your nails are on the short end this is really one way to add length to it without actually going to the salon. Here’s Kiss Everlasting French Nails.

Kiss Everlasting French Nails

The Influenster insert boasts about this product: “The ultimate French manicure that never chips — guaranteed. Rich, white smile line looks like you just left the salon; file to any shape with no tip wear. Available in Flat and Regular nail arches with Flec-Fit Technology to ensure ultra-comfort and a perfect fit! Available at Walgreens, Walmart, CVS, Kmart, Rite-Aid, & Target.”

Verdict? This product comes in a neatly packaged box that is both appealing and classy. It comes with 28 nail pieces, a mini file and a manicure stick. The version I got is labeled Real Short for the length. There is no room for me to really trim it down to a certain desired length so I skipped that step. It comes with an instructional insert that is easy to follow. The instructions are also clearly cited on the back of the box. I didn’t even bother reading the instructions since I’ve used similar products (from this brand too!) before. I used the manicure stick (or what is commonly called the orange stick) that came with the kit and pushed my cuticles back. I then measured out which nail pieces would fit on all 10 fingers of mine. Since my left and right hand nails are almost exactly the same in size, I just measured the nails out for one hand and looked at the tab of the nails. The tabs are numbered and I just look for the corresponding number in another piece for my other hand. I broke off the tip of the glue included and started application. I applied glue to the nail up to close to where my natural nail will end (my natural nails are shorter than the glue on nails from the kit). I then gently pressed down the nail onto my actual nail with the tip sliding under the cuticle when applicable. I held the nail down for 30 seconds for good measure before breaking the tab at the french tip off by bending it down and then up until it snaps. I filed the part where the tab has been broken off since it’s rough to the touch and I’m done. One important thing to note is to not be stingy with the glue during application. I was trying to be cautious to not put too much glue that the first few nails ended up with an air pocket kind of look that I can see through the glue on nails. All the other nails where I’ve put enough or too much glue doesn’t have this air pocket or air bubble look. It’s not noticeable at all, but I wish it wasn’t there and that I used enough glue in the first place.

I’ve posted on my Instagram account here what it looks like immediately after application.

Kiss Everlasting French Nails IG Post

I did NOT like the edges so I used the mini file that came with the kit to smoothen it out to a rounder edge. If this lasts just as long as the previous kit I’ve used from them here, it’s good to go for more than a week.

This retails for $6.49 and is available at mass retailers and drugstores nationwide as well as on their online store. For a full list of online and in-store retailers, click here.

*Products featured here are complimentary to test through Influenster’s VoxBox program.*


Sinful Colors Girl’s Best Friend

Hey guys! It’s almost the weekend! I just got caught up with household stuff like laundry, so I’m looking forward to a relaxing long weekend for the 4th of July! Today’s post is on a shade that was released last holiday season. Here’s Sinful Colors Girl’s Best Friend.

Sinful Colors Girl’s Best Friend

Described as “pink baubles”, this is another shade from their Holiday Sheer Lustre Collection. This shade is made up of pink and silver glitter in a clear base. The glitter are round in shape. It applied nicely and I find this shade to be very buildable. I think 3 coats would make it look great on its own. As usual, I chose to feature shades on their own to show what it really looks like. This is just like Top Me Off but in pink. Shown is one coat with no top coat.

Sinful Colors Girl’s Best Friend (in shade)

Sinful Colors Girl’s Best Friend (direct sunlight)

Sinful Colors Girl’s Best Friend (close-up)

It’s a nice shade to have to apply over a mani that starts to show wear but you’re not ready to do a full-blown mani session yet.

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 Hypnautical

Hey guys! Today’s the day I have my biometrics appointment in the city. It’s for legal paperwork and stuff. I hope it’s fast since the appointment they gave me is at noon. Lunch time! My husband will be driving me there (cause it’s in the city and I’m a scaredy cat with city driving) and we’ll probably grab some lunch while we’re there. It’s been a while since I featured a Sally Hansen shade so here’s Sally Hansen Hypnautical.

Sally Hansen Hypnautical

Hypnautical is one of their newer shades that I was most excited about. It’s a flakie glitter and I love those! This shade is made up of regular and flakie iridescent glitter in a tinted green base. While it is quite stunning in the bottle, not so much alone on the nails. I thought the green tint would come through more, but sadly no. This is definitely best used other shades, especially darker ones such as black or blue. Formula was pleasant to work with and it dried pretty fast. Shown is one coat with no top coat.

Sally Hansen Hypnautical (in shade)

Sally Hansen Hypnautical (direct sunlight)

Sally Hansen Hypnautical (close-up)

I’ll have to revisit this one again over other dark opaque shades, but at least this shows y’all what it looks like on its own.

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.*


Sinful Colors Silver Rainbows

Hey guys! Happy Monday! How was your weekend? Mine was more on the relaxing side. We made the trip down to L-town to see his parents and sister and nieces. It was fun since we got to spend a decent amount of time with them and there was a pool to beat the heat. Even our dog, Yeager, joined in on the fun! He loves to swim! Today’s post is on a shade that was released last holiday season. Here’s Sinful Colors Silver Rainbows.

Sinful Colors Silver Rainbow

Described as “slivers of silver”, this is another tinsel or bar glitter shade from their Holiday Tinsel Collection. This shade is made up of silver holographic tinsel glitter in a clear base. The size of the tinsel glitter is on the larger side so it looks chunkier. It applied nicely even though I find the formula for this a little bit on the thicker side. It would look great over all other shades except for silver I think. The color is just too close and I really like glitter shades to pop or have more of a contrast with the base shade. As usual, I chose to feature shades on their own to show what it really looks like. Just like Pink Icicles, I do find that you may have to fish out the tinsel glitter and move them around where you want with the brush or else it will look bare or clumped together in some spots. Shown is one coat with no top coat.

Sinful Colors Silver Rainbows (direct sunlight)

Sinful Colors Silver Rainbows (close-up)

I think this shade would be great over darker creme shades like black or blue.

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.*


Milani Limited Edition Bella Blue Collection

Colors look vibrant here. Color me intrigued!

Milani Limited Edition Bella Blue Collection

I’ll be posting about these shortly, so stay tuned!


Shimmer Polish Leslie

Squee! I’m so excited that today is Wednesday. That means we’re halfway there towards the weekend! Time is flying by fast yet again and I’m not one to complain. Today’s blog post is on another shade from Shimmer Polish that is one of my favorites. Here’s Shimmer Polish Leslie.

Shimmer Polish Leslie

Again, sorry for the smear in the label. At the very least it’s not the bottle that’s sensitive to polish remover (cause that’s the case with some other brands!). I’m not completely heartbroken if the label is smeared cause I can always stick a small round label at the bottom and write the name there. With the bottle, it’s tarnished basically. Anyway, this shade consists of a lot of different glitters that the creator described it as “periwinkle and lavender”. I can see a hint of coppery orange in the mix but it’s not abundant at all. The bigger hex glitters work very well in the mix — giving the look more texture and variety. I’ve had this bottle for about a year now or so and I see no sinking glitter in sight just like other shades I have from Shimmer Polish. Formula is thicker than Jennifer and Lucie but applies beautifully. Shown is 2 thin coats with no top coat.

Shimmer Polish Leslie (in shade)

Shimmer Polish Leslie (direct sunlight)

Shimmer Polish Leslie (close-up)

Shimmer Polish Leslie (lighting changed)

Again, perfect color combination!

Shimmer Polish retails for $12 each and you can purchase them on the website or through their Etsy store. If none of the shades are quite right, you can request a custom polish to be made in any name you want for $15 each.

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


Zoya Summer Magical Pixie Swatches

Hey guys! It’s another new week! I hope this week flies by fast since I’m already looking forward to the upcoming weekend. I’ve been cooking much more lately and not quite sure why. I just got the urge to do so. My poor husband just eats whatever I cooks, but at least he’s giving me pretty honest feedback! I did manage to squeeze taking pictures of this collection in — Zoya Summer Magical Pixie. Here they are shown in the order of the press release.

First up is Arlo.

Zoya Arlo

This shade is pretty packed with glittery goodness. One coat is enough to partake in its awesomeness even though it’s not quite opaque yet. It is described as “a glittering violet amethyst in the best-selling ultra textured, matte, holographic MagicalPixie formula”. Another coat and it will be just like what you see in the bottle. I don’t usually apply glitters until they’re opaque. I like to show how they look on their own. Shown is one coat with no top coat.

Zoya Arlo (in shade)

Zoya Arlo (direct sunlight)

Zoya Arlo (close-up)

Next up is Ginni.

Zoya Ginni

Ginni is the light pink version of Arlo basically. It’s packed with the same glittery goodness and bears the same texture finish. It is described as “a glittery pink tourmaline in the best-selling ultra textured, matte, holographic Magical Pixie formula”. Formula is great to work with. I stuck with the same number of coats as Arlo to show the color difference between the 2. Shown is one coat with no top coat.

Zoya Ginni (in shade)

Zoya Ginni (direct sunlight)

Zoya Ginni (lighting changed)

Zoya Ginni (close-up)

Lastly, here’s Bar.

Zoya Bar

Holy cow! What can I say about Bar? Bar is basically the same exact thing as Arlo and Ginni except in this stunning color that I wish I had earlier so I could’ve worn it on my nails for my wedding. This is described as “a glittery nude topaz in the best-selling ultra textured, matte, holographic Magical Pixie formula”. Formula is great to work with and it dries really fast. The base for this one is less tinted, so I used an extra coat for this (I kind of wanted to see too what could’ve been on my nails that day as I wore 2 coats of Cosmo). Shown is 2 coats with no top coat.

Zoya Bar (in shade)

Zoya Bar (direct sunlight)

Zoya Bar (close-up)

I was originally very excited about this collection and Bar definitely sealed the deal for me on that sentiment. As with the earlier Magical Pixies, 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 other brands.

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


Shimmer Polish Lucie

This is a short week and I’m feeling it! :) Tomorrow will go by fast as I say goodbye to a co-worker friend of ours. It’s his last day tomorrow at our workplace, but he’s not moving away so we’ll see him still. And he will start working at the next building over for another company. LMAO! I say as long as he’s happy then all is well in my eyes. Today’s post is on another glittery number. Here’s Shimmer Polish Lucie.

Shimmer Polish Lucie

Mental note to self: the labels tend to smear especially when in contact with polish remover, so handle carefully! This is the shade I thought was going to be my favorite. It consists of a lot of different glitters that make up this shade, but a main part of it is red. It is described as “silver and reds” according to the creator. As with Jennifer, glitter pieces are abundant with each thin swipe and just like Jennifer (again) I’ve had this bottle for about a year now or so and I see no sinking glitter in sight. Pardon the redness in some of my shots. Formula is thin but applies beautifully. Shown is 2 thin coats with no top coat.

Shimmer Polish Lucie (in shade)

Shimmer Polish Lucie (direct sunlight)

Shimmer Polish Lucie (lighting changed)

Shimmer Polish Lucie (close-up)

Silver and red goes together beautifully.

Shimmer Polish retails for $12 each and you can purchase them on the website or through their Etsy store. If none of the shades are quite right, you can request a custom polish to be made in any name you want for $15 each.

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


Zoya Tickled Swatches

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

First up is Wendy.

Zoya Wendy

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

Zoya Wendy (in shade)

Zoya Wendy (direct sunlight)

Zoya Wendy (close-up)

Next up is Tilda.

Zoya Tilda

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

Zoya Tilda (in shade)

Zoya Tilda (direct sunlight)

Zoya Tilda (lighting changed)

Zoya Tilda (close-up)

Next we have Rocha.

Zoya Rocha

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

Zoya Rocha (in shade)

Zoya Rocha (direct sunlight)

Zoya Rocha (lighting changed)

Zoya Rocha (close-up)

Then we have a shade called Kitridge.

Zoya Kitridge

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

Zoya Kitridge (in shade)

Zoya Kitridge (direct sunlight)

Zoya Kitridge (close-up)

Then we have Ling.

Zoya Ling

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

Zoya Ling (in shade)

Zoya Ling (direct sunlight)

Zoya Ling (close-up)

Lastly, here’s Rooney.

Zoya Rooney

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

Zoya Rooney (in shade)

Zoya Rooney (lighting changed)

Zoya Rooney (close-up)

Zoya Rooney (lighting changed again)

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

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


Shimmer Polish Jennifer

Hey guys! How was your long weekend? We just stayed home or drove around to unwind most of the time. It was nice and it definitely felt different from a regular weekend. It felt good…..so good that I didn’t mind going to work today (minus the fact that getting up when it’s cool and rainy outside always makes it hard to leave the bed). I have a new indie brand to feature today. I’ll use this more later on for layering and other looks. There are a lot of swatches of this shade that you guys can look up online. I say that mainly because when it comes to featuring glitter shades, I tend to just show the shade by itself in 2 or 3 coats (depending on how sparse the glitter is) and it’s pretty plain to some. Here’s Shimmer Polish Jennifer.

Shimmer Polish Jennifer

This is probably my favorite Shimmer Polish that I own. The color combination catches my eye immediately the first time I laid my eyes on it. I’d list out all the glitters that make up this shade, but there’s just so much that it wouldn’t even matter. It is described as “light blue pastels” according to the creator. Glitter pieces are abundant with each thin swipe and I’ve had this bottle for about a year now maybe — no sinking glitter at all. Formula is thin but applies beautifully. Shown is 2 thin coats with no top coat.

Shimmer Polish Jennifer (in shade)

Shimmer Polish Jennifer (direct sunlight)

Shimmer Polish Jennifer (close-up)

I mean, just look at all that crazy glitter! The color combo she chose just works beautifully.

Shimmer Polish retails for $12 each and you can purchase them on the website or through their Etsy store. If none of the shades are quite right, you can request a custom polish to be made in any name you want for $15 each.

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


Finger Paints Pop Movement Swatches

Hey all! It’s the middle of the week again and I’ve been very busy at work lately. The weather is warm and nice, but it’s reportedly going to change this weekend to being rainy. I’m glad then that I got these all done being that the weather is my major nemesis right now for taking nail pictures. This following collection is described as a customizable collection of color popping hues. The “confetti-like effects in a matte array are inspired by the digital pixels commonly painted in the Pop Art era”. Here are swatches for Finger Paints Pop Movement Collection.

First up is Kitchy Tangerine.

Finger Paints Kitchy Tangerine

Kitchy Tangerine is a bold orange shade with a slight matte finish. I actually like this more than I think I would. Shown is 3 coats with no top coat.

Finger Paints Kitchy Tangerine (in shade)

Finger Paints Kitchy Tangerine (direct sunlight)

Finger Paints Kitchy Tangerine (close-up)

Next is Three’s A Party.

Finger Paints Three’s A Party

Three’s A Party is the matching confetti glitter shade to Kitchy Tangerine. It is made up of pale orange, pale yellow-green, sky blue, and red hex glitter suspended in a clear base. Shown below is the shade alone with 2 coats and no top coat.

Finger Paints Three’s A Party (in shade)

Finger Paints Three’s A Party (direct sunlight)

Finger Paints Three’s A Party (close-up)

Shown below now is one coat of Three’s A Party over Kitchy Tangerine.

Finger Paints Three’s A Party over Kitchy Tangerine (in shade)

Finger Paints Three’s A Party over Kitchy Tangerine (direct sunlight)

Finger Paints Three’s A Party over Kitchy Tangerine (close-up)

Next we have Art Deco Pink.

Finger Paints Art Deco Pink

Art Deco Pink is a bold pink shade with a slight matte finish. I like this shade because it’s along the lines of fuchsia or magenta in terms of boldness or what gives the “pop” factor to me. I like bold pink shades like that. Formula for this is more opaque than Kitchy Tangerine. Shown is 2 thicker coats with no top coat.

Finger Paints Art Deco Pink (in shade)

Finger Paints Art Deco Pink (direct sunlight)

Finger Paints Art Deco Pink (close-up)

Next up is Ka-Pow!.

Finger Paints Ka-Pow!

Ka-Pow! is the matching confetti glitter shade to Art Deco Pink. It is made up of white, pale pink, black, and red hex glitter suspended in a clear base. Formula wise, the glitters seem to apply more sparse than Three’s A Party, but it filled out a bit more with the second coat. Shown below is the shade alone with 2 coats and no top coat.

Finger Paints Ka-Pow! (in shade)

Finger Paints Ka-Pow! (direct sunlight)

Finger Paints Ka-Pow! (close-up)

Shown below now is one coat of Ka-Pow! over Art Deco Pink.

Finger Paints Ka-Pow! over Art Deco Pink (in shade)

Finger Paints Ka-Pow! over Art Deco Pink (direct sunlight)

Finger Paints Ka-Pow! over Art Deco Pink (close-up)

Moving on, we have Paper Mâché.

Finger Paints Paper Mâché

I never liked white shades and this is no exception. Aptly named, Paper Mâché is a stark white shade. The finish doesn’t seem matte to me at all though. It’s a bit streaky with the first coat, but the formula is very forgiving and it evened out with another coat. Shown is 2 thicker coats with no top coat.

Finger Paints Paper Mâché (in shade)

Finger Paints Paper Mâché (direct sunlight)

Finger Paints Paper Mâché (close-up)

And lastly, here’s Kozmotology.

Finger Paints Kozmotology

Kozmotology is the matching confetti glitter shade to Paper Mâché. This is my favorite confetti shade among the 3 in this collection. It is made up of pale yellow-green, sky blue, black, and red hex glitter suspended in a clear base. This applied a bit sparsely with the amount of glitter on the first coat just like Ka-Pow! but the second coat evened everything out. Shown below is the shade alone with 2 coats and no top coat.

Finger Paints Kozmotology (in shade)

Finger Paints Kozmotology (direct sunlight)

Finger Paints Kozmotology (close-up)

Shown below now is one coat of Kozmotology over Paper Mâché.

Finger Paints Kozmotology over Paper Mâché (in shade)

Finger Paints Kozmotology over Paper Mâché (direct sunlight)

Finger Paints Kozmotology over Paper Mâché (close-up)

Overall? I was very wary about this collection initially. I didn’t think I’d like it as much as I did. The winner for me in this is definitely Kozmotology. The color of the confetti in it just pops. I thought I’d hate these hex glitter shades but I ended up loving them. 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.*


Glitter Gal Mozzie Bite

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

Glitter Gal Mozzie Bite

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

Glitter Gal Mozzie Bite (in shade)

Glitter Gal Mozzie Bite (lighting changed)

Glitter Gal Mozzie Bite (direct sunlight)

Glitter Gal Mozzie Bite (close-up)

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

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


Zoya Bubbly Swatches

This collection showed up at my doorstep recently and it’s the one I’m more excited for from Zoya’s summer offering (the other collection consist of crèmes). In random order, here are swatches for Zoya Bubbly Collection.

First up is Binx.

Zoya Binx

With a unique name (to me), Binx turned out to be my favorite shade in this collection. It is described as “a spicy orchid purple dappled with gold metallic and holo sparkles”. Formula is very pleasant to work with. It can go on sheer with thinner coats. The direct sunlight shot is closer to the true color of the shade. Shown is 3 coats with no top coat.

Zoya Binx (in shade)

Zoya Binx (direct sunlight)

Zoya Binx (close-up)

Next in line is Jesy.

Zoya Jesy

Jesy is the orange one of the bunch and it is packed with gorgeous holographic glittery goodness. It is described as “a full coverage, fiery coral orange metallic holo featuring the exclusive liquid-metal holographic jelly formula”. I love the golden undertone in this shade! Formula is quite good — a bit sheer but you can easily apply a thicker coat. Shown is 3 coats with no top coat.

Zoya Jesy (in shade)

Zoya Jesy (direct sunlight)

Zoya Jesy (close-up)

Zoya Jesy (lighting changed)

Next up is Muse.

Zoya Muse

Just by looking at the bottles, Muse was my early favorite. But it fell a little bit short when applied onto my nails. I think I needed an extra coat for the love to emerge. It is described as “a blue raspberry holographic fizz with a subtle vein of gold”. Now I applied this one pretty thin onto my nails so I guess what they’re saying about this shade didn’t quite apply to me: “This shade features the exclusive liquid-metal holographic jelly formula with 2 coat coverage”. Formula is good to work with even though I felt this was a bit more sheer than the other shades. Like I said, thicker coats or maybe another thin coat would’ve made this shade on par with the rest. I’ll have to try that later. Shown is 2 thin coats with no top coat.

Zoya Muse (in shade)

Zoya Muse (lighting changed)

Zoya Muse (close-up)

Zoya Muse (lighting changed again)

Then we have a shade called Harper.

Zoya Harper

The sun was setting when I took these shots, so the one under direct sunlight looks much yellower than it really is. This one makes me think of candy crystals from afar. It is described as “a cotton candy pink with a spun gold shimmer”. Formula is on the sheer side if you apply thin coats with this. Shown is 2 coats with no top coat.

Zoya Harper (in shade)

Zoya Harper (direct sunlight)

Zoya Harper (close-up)

Then we have Stassi.

Zoya Stassi

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

Zoya Stassi (in shade)

Zoya Stassi (lighting changed)

Zoya Stassi (direct sunlight)

Zoya Stassi (close-up)

Zoya Stassi (lighting changed again)

Lastly, here’s Alma.

Zoya Alma

Alma is the last shade I swatched and the sun is setting fast at this point. The direct sunlight shot is too yellow for my liking, so I’ll retake that shot later on (I did and replaced the shot although there is slight tip wear by then). This is described as “a warm golden peach metallic featuring the exclusive liquid-metal holographic jelly formula”. It’s a pretty yellow-orange shade that glistens in the sun. Shown is 2 coats with no top coat.

Zoya Alma (in shade)

Zoya Alma (direct sunlight)

Zoya Alma (close-up)

I LOVE the holographic glitter particles in the glass fleck formulas of these shades. They make it feel like these are very different from anything I have in my entire collection. They’re bright and bold with the right amount of sparkle. Overall, a win in my book!

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


Glitter Gal Bikini Babe

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

Glitter Gal Bikini Babe

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

Glitter Gal Bikini Babe (in shade)

Glitter Gal Bikini Babe (direct sunlight)

Glitter Gal Bikini Babe (close-up)

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

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


Finger Paints Pastel Rain Swatches

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

First up is Mistful Thinking.

Finger Paints Mistful Thinking

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

Finger Paints Mistful Thinking (in shade)

Finger Paints Mistful Thinking (direct sunlight)

Finger Paints Mistful Thinking (close-up)

Next is Shower With Flowers.

Finger Paints Shower With Flowers

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

Finger Paints Shower With Flowers (in shade)

Finger Paints Shower With Flowers (lighting changed)

Finger Paints Shower With Flowers (direct sunlight)

Finger Paints Shower With Flowers (close-up)

Finger Paints Shower With Flowers (lighting changed again)

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

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

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

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

Next we have Springtime Bloom.

Finger Paints Springtime Bloom

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

Finger Paints Springtime Bloom (in shade)

Finger Paints Springtime Bloom (lighting changed)

Finger Paints Springtime Bloom (direct sunlight)

Finger Paints Springtime Bloom (close-up)

Next up is A Pink Of Pixie.

Finger Paints A Pink Of Pixie

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

Finger Paints A Pink Of Pixie (in shade)

Finger Paints A Pink Of Pixie (direct sunlight)

Finger Paints A Pink Of Pixie (close-up)

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

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

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

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

Moving on, we have Dream I Can Fly.

Finger Paints Dream I Can Fly

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

Finger Paints Dream I Can Fly (in shade)

Finger Paints Dream I Can Fly (direct sunlight)

Finger Paints Dream I Can Fly (close-up)

And lastly, here’s Crystal Springs.

Finger Paints Crystal Springs

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

Finger Paints Crystal Springs (in shade)

Finger Paints Crystal Springs (direct sunlight)

Finger Paints Crystal Springs (close-up)

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


Zoya Awaken Swatches

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

First up is Rebel.

Zoya Rebel

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

Zoya Rebel (in shade)

Zoya Rebel (direct sunlight)

Zoya Rebel (close-up)

Zoya Rebel (lighting changed)

Next up is Hudson.

Zoya Hudson

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

Zoya Hudson (in shade)

Zoya Hudson (direct sunlight)

Zoya Hudson (close-up)

Zoya Hudson (lighting changed)

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

Zoya Dillon

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

Zoya Dillon (in shade)

Zoya Dillon (lighting changed)

Zoya Dillon (direct sunlight)

Zoya Dillon (close-up)

Then we have Brooklyn.

Zoya Brooklyn

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

Zoya Brooklyn (in shade)

Zoya Brooklyn (direct sunlight)

Zoya Brooklyn (close-up)

Next up is Cole.

Zoya Cole

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

Zoya Cole (in shade)

Zoya Cole (direct sunlight)

Zoya Cole (close-up)

Lastly, here’s Dot.

Zoya Dot

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

Zoya Dot (in shade)

Zoya Dot (direct sunlight)

Zoya Dot (close-up)

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

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


Zoya Summer Magical Pixie Collection

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

EDIT: Swatches here.

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. ;)