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Zoya Fall Ultra PixieDust Swatches

Hey guys! The weather has cooled down a lot that the tomato plants my husband planted are now actually producing tomatoes. Go figure! I hope we get one decent batch before the cold weather rolls in and is here to stay. Today’s post is on a collection that I was really excited about initially but it fell short in my opinion. Here are quick swatches for the Zoya Fall Ultra PixieDust Collection.

First up is Oswin.

Zoya Oswin

This is my favorite shade among the 3. I love how this ones looks. It kind of makes me think of crystallized candy. The close-up shot of this one just mesmerizes me. It is described as “a true red textured PixieDust with crimson Mega Hex particles”. I don’t usually apply glitters until they’re opaque. I like to show how they look on their own, but I felt that this looked better with more coats for sure. Shown is 3 thin coats with no top coat.

Zoya Oswin (in shade)

Zoya Oswin (direct sunlight)

Zoya Oswin (close-up)

Zoya Oswin (lighting changed)

Next up is Noir.

Zoya Noir

Noir is the blackened purple version of Oswin basically. It’s packed with the same glittery goodness and bears the same texture finish, although I don’t think it looked good honestly. I really thought it would, but it fell short of my expectations. It is described as a “deep, vampy plum textured PixieDust with red Mega Hex particles”. What sticks out about this shade is the almost blackened base in this purple shade. I stuck with the same number of coats as Oswin just to keep it consistent. Shown is 3 thin coats with no top coat.

Zoya Noir (in shade)

Zoya Noir (direct sunlight)

Zoya Noir (close-up)

Zoya Noir (lighting changed)

Lastly, here’s Arianna.

Zoya Arianna

I thought this was originally going to be my favorite of the 3. I kept going back and forth with this and Oswin, but it didn’t mesmerize me as much as Oswin did. Oswin has a little more oomph and I’m not sure if it’s just the color of the shade or what. This is described as “a blue-toned red wine textured PixieDust with Mega Hex particles”. I’m actually surprised the description did not mention about it being a berry shade because that’s what popped into my head when comparing against Oswin. Shown is 3 thin coats with no top coat.

Zoya Arianna (in shade)

Zoya Arianna (direct sunlight)

Zoya Arianna (close-up)

I will say that while I do like these shades, I like the Zoya Summer Magical Pixie shades better. Oswin looks more matte than the other 2 and that may be why I like how it looks a lot. If the other 2 dries more matte then it’s possible I would’ve liked it more. I wish I thought of that earlier when I had them on, but it’s something to experiment with when I get home I guess.

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


Walmart Fall 2014 Beauty Box

I was very excited when I first heard about Walmart having a beauty box just like Target, but I did not sign up to get one due to their internet security issue. The URL of the site to get the beauty box was “http” and not “https” when it first went live and that raised a huge red flag to me. After talking to several people who knows a lot about internet security, I decided that it wasn’t worth the risk to sign up for it. A month or so went by and I happen to just randomly check it again and the URL now shows “https”. I signed up that day and here’s what I got with mine:

Walmart Fall 2014 Beauty Box

Everything came in a sturdy cardboard box. Everyone else I know that got the beauty box either has the exact same one as mine or another version. Mine is I think for the older age group or something like that. I like my version to begin with anyway because there’s more stuff I can use from this.

L’Oréal Glossy Balm

Secret Clinical Strength Invisible Solid Deodorant

CoverGirl Outlast Glossy Days Glosstinis Nail Polish

Dove Oxygen Moisture Shampoo & Conditioner

Dove Pure Care Dry Oil

Nicki Minaj Pink Friday Fragrance, Neutrogena & L’Oréal Samples

It’s definitely worth the $5 price tag to me. Items I am most excited about are the ones from Dove. They are currently in use right now as I figure out which ones are worth repurchasing the full size version. The L’Oréal Glossy Balm is reserved for my niece that loves lip products and the nail polish is a bright yellow that’s right up my alley. The deodorant itself pays for the beauty box prize. The other small samples are nice to have, but they’re not that applicable to me currently.

Overall, not bad and I can’t wait to see what they have to offer in their next beauty box.


OPI The Sky’s My Limit

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

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

OPI The Sky’s My Limit

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

OPI The Sky’s My Limit (in shade)

OPI The Sky’s My Limit (direct sunlight)

OPI The Sky’s My Limit (close-up)

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


NYC Rule The City

Hey guys! Today’s post is on a shade from the NYC Fashion Queen Collection. This collection is still available in stores that carry NYC (if they haven’t sold out of them yet!). I have a few of them and today I’m sharing NYC Rule The City.

NYC Rule The City

Rule The City is a charcoal grey sprinkled with red glitter. I was actually surprised with the silvery shimmer in the base since I didn’t expect it really just by looking at the bottle. It really showed up more on the nails for me. This shade makes me think of cold winter nights during the Holiday season. Formula for this is good and more opaque than I thought. Shown is 2 coats with no top coat.

NYC Rule The City (in shade)

NYC Rule The City (direct sunlight)

NYC Rule The City (close-up)

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

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


Shimmer Polish Amy

Hey guys! How was your long weekend? It was particularly long for me since I went on a road trip with my husband to Yellowstone! It was SO much fun! We took a few extra days off (started moving midday Wednesday) and we traveled from Oklahoma to Kansas then Nebraska and then hit Wyoming. There was about less than an hour where we were driving in Idaho and we had to hit Montana since that’s where our cabin was (I LOVE the cabin!). We came back through Colorado and got back Sunday a little after midnight. We picked up our dog while visiting his folks on Monday and then just relaxed on Wednesday. It didn’t feel enough though (so much that I started planning for our Honeymoon trip!). So it’s been dead here for a while unfortunately, but I’m back into the swing of things with the blog and so here’s Shimmer Polish Amy.

Shimmer Polish Amy

It is described as “pink rainbow” according to the creator. I can see that it is indeed heavy in pink with some light blue glitter pieces peeking out. Glitter is abundant with each thin swipe and formula is just like most of the other shades I own from this brand — with no sinking glitter at all even after a year or so. Formula is thin but applies beautifully. Shown is 2 thin coats with no top coat.

Shimmer Polish Amy (in shade)

Shimmer Polish Amy (lighting changed)

Shimmer Polish Amy (direct sunlight)

Shimmer Polish Amy (close-up)

Shimmer Polish Amy (lighting changed again)

This is a simple pretty glitter shade. I don’t have one quite like it in “softness” per se.

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.*