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Sally Hansen Drama Sheen

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

Sally Hansen Drama Sheen

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

Sally Hansen Drama Sheen (in shade)

Sally Hansen Drama Sheen (direct sunlight)

Sally Hansen Drama Sheen (close-up)

A nice one to have from a drugstore brand!

This should be available generally wherever Sally Hansen is retailed.

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


Finger Paints Poolside Paradise Swatches

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

First up is Wild Bikini.

Finger Paints Wild Bikini

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

Finger Paints Wild Bikini (in shade)

Finger Paints Wild Bikini (direct sunlight)

Finger Paints Wild Bikini (close-up)

Next is Hula Aruba!

Finger Paints Hula Aruba!

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

Finger Paints Hula Aruba! (in shade)

Finger Paints Hula Aruba! (direct sunlight)

Finger Paints Hula Aruba! (close-up)

Next we have Surf’s Up.

Finger Paints Surf’s Up

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

Finger Paints Surf’s Up (in shade)

Finger Paints Surf’s Up (direct sunlight)

Finger Paints Surf’s Up (close-up)

Next up is Aloha Lei.

Finger Paints Aloha Lei

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

Finger Paints Aloha Lei (in shade)

Finger Paints Aloha Lei (direct sunlight)

Finger Paints Aloha Lei (close-up)

Moving on, we have Margarita Mambo.

Finger Paints Margarita Mambo

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

Finger Paints Margarita Mambo (in shade)

Finger Paints Margarita Mambo (direct sunlight)

Finger Paints Margarita Mambo (lighting changed)

Finger Paints Margarita Mambo (close-up)

And lastly, here’s Be My Baby.

Finger Paints Be My Baby

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

Finger Paints Be My Baby (in shade)

Finger Paints Be My Baby (direct sunlight)

Finger Paints Be My Baby (close-up)

Overall? I originally expected these to be glass flecks but they’re not. Some of them do have that property when looked at in indirect sunlight lighting. The shade with the strongest glass fleck finish is Be My Baby followed by Wild Bikini. These shades should be available in Sally Beauty Supply stores and online for $5.99 each.

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


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.*


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.*


Sally Hansen Blow Bubbles

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

Sally Hansen Blow Bubbles

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

Sally Hansen Blow Bubbles (in shade)

Sally Hansen Blow Bubbles (direct sunlight)

Sally Hansen Blow Bubbles (close-up)

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

This should be available generally wherever Sally Hansen is retailed.

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


Milani Brilliant Shine Lip Gloss

Hey y’all, listen up! I’ve been trying out several of Milani’s new offerings for 2014 and the one that I’m most excited to blog about are these. Here’s Milani Brilliant Shine Lip Gloss.

Milani Brilliant Shine Lip Gloss

Milani Brilliant Shine Lip Gloss (closer shot to see lip gloss details)

Milani Brilliant Shine Lip Gloss (shot to show shade names)

These are described as:

  • Experience: Rich color, extreme high shine, comfortable lasting wear
  • Moisturizing and non-tacky
  • Flexible sponge tip applicator for easy application
  • Made in USA

These got me excited the most among all of their products with the exception of their Color Statement Lipsticks (Oranges & Reds,  Naturals & Browns, Plums & Berries, and Pinks & Corals) released last year and the Haute Flash Full Coverage Shimmer Lipgloss shades released for the past 2 years or so. While this performed exceptionally well, it doesn’t compare to those 2 products still in my opinion. Product comes in a typical lip gloss tube with a bonus mirror reflecting gold cap and a white sponge tip applicator. You can now check your application even when you find yourself without a mirror on hand — bonus! Pigmentation is superb for these gorgeous lip glosses and formula is very pleasant to apply with a slight hint of stickiness. One thing I HATE about lip glosses in general is the high level of stickiness. This one only has a hint of it, so I’m not overly conscious thinking about it in case the wind ends up catching my hair and flip it all over my face. Your hair WILL stick to it still even though it’s not as sticky as other lip glosses I’ve tried from other brands. My lips stay moisturized as long as it lasted. There is no flavor to these and it bears a vanilla scent that dissipates after a good 10 minutes or so. The scent is similar to their other lip gloss products, but lighter on the vanilla aspect compared to those. The finish for all shades vary from cream to shimmer and frost. As usual, my favorite would be the shimmery ones. This is available in 14 different shades and I have 5 on hand to show you swatches. For each shade, I applied 2 gentle strokes onto my arm to show what it looks like with how I usually apply lip glosses.

Milani Brilliant Shine Lip Gloss (in shade)

Milani Brilliant Shine Lip Gloss (with flash)

These retail for $5.49 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.*


No-Miss Tequesta Topaz

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

No-Miss Tequesta Topaz

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

No-Miss Tequesta Topaz (in shade)

No-Miss Tequesta Topaz (direct sunlight)

No-Miss Tequesta Topaz (close-up)

No-Miss Tequesta Topaz (lighting changed)

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

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


No-Miss Plantation Plum

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

No-Miss Plantation Plum

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

No-Miss Plantation Plum (in shade)

No-Miss Plantation Plum (direct sunlight)

No-Miss Plantation Plum (close-up)

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


Zoya 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.*


No-Miss Indian River Ruby

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

No-Miss Indian River Ruby

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

No-Miss Indian River Ruby (in shade)

No-Miss Indian River Ruby (direct sunlight)

No-Miss Indian River Ruby (close-up)

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


No-Miss Largo Lilac

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

No-Miss Largo Lilac

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

No-Miss Largo Lilac (in shade)

No-Miss Largo Lilac (direct sunlight)

No-Miss Largo Lilac (close-up)

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


No-Miss Venice Vivid

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

No-Miss Venice Vivid

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

No-Miss Venice Vivid (in shade)

No-Miss Venice Vivid (direct sunlight)

No-Miss Venice Vivid (close-up)

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


No-Miss Gretna Green

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

No-Miss Gretna Green

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

No-Miss Gretna Green (in shade)

No-Miss Gretna Green (direct sunlight)

No-Miss Gretna Green (close-up)

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


N.Y.C. Prince Street

Hey guys! I finally finished decorating the Christmas tree last night and was glad to get that out of the way. Now I can put the presents I’ve already wrapped underneath the tree! :) A co-worker friend that’s more like a sister to me is leaving today for a 3 week-long trip to India. I wish her only the best and to have a safe journey to and back. Today’s post is quick one on a vibrant shade. Here’s N.Y.C. Prince Street.

N.Y.C. Prince Street

Prince Street is pretty violet shimmer. Formula for this pretty sheer so I had to use several coats to get the result shown. It is buildable though. Shown is 4 thin coats with no top coat.

N.Y.C. Prince Street (in shade)

N.Y.C. Prince Street (direct sunlight)

N.Y.C. Prince Street (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.*


No-Miss Crystal River Cranberry

Hey guys! Today’s one of my sister friend’s birthday! I didn’t get to bake her a cake yesterday, but I will tonight. This week’s been crazy so far. Today’s post is on a shade that’s right up her alley. Here’s No-Miss Crystal River Cranberry.

No-Miss Crystal River Cranberry

Crystal River Cranberry is gorgeous burgundy shimmer that’s perfect for this time of the year. My sister friend loves darker shades a lot — vampy ones especially. This shade is really pigmented and formula is simply smooth and nice. Shown is one coat with no top coat.

No-Miss Crystal River Cranberry (in shade)

No-Miss Crystal River Cranberry (direct sunlight)

No-Miss Crystal River Cranberry (close-up)

No-Miss Crystal River Cranberry (lighting changed)

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


No-Miss Surfside Sea

Hey guys! Today’s my boss friend’s birthday! I baked him a cake and everyone seemed to like it a lot. It’s the typical chocolate marble cake I usually make, which I know a lot of people like. I managed to wear a skirt today to work even thought the weather is on the cold side. Anyway, I was thinking about the local natural and organic grocery store by me and it carries the brand No-Miss. So today’s post is on No-Miss Surfside Sea.

No-Miss Surfside Sea

Surfside Sea is a very pretty pale jade green shimmer with a formula that’s quite sheer. I usually use 2-3 coats when I paint my nails even when the shade is on the sheer side. Instead of not liking sheers cause they’re sheer….I embrace it. I don’t mind sheer shades if they’re pretty or if I find them appealing. But some people hate sheer shades completely. Formula is really nice and it applied easily onto my nails. Shown is 4 thin coats with no top coat.

No-Miss Surfside Sea (in shade)

No-Miss Surfside Sea (direct sunlight)

No-Miss Surfside Sea (close-up)

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


No-Miss Wakulla Watermelon

Hey guys! Happy Halloween! I didn’t dress up this year (well, I’ll borrow the Rigby of Regular Show costume to greet treak or treaters later tonight), but I did think about it briefly around midnight last night. I was thinking that I have all the clothing and makeup for some 80′s female rock singer, but it would require me to wake up at crack of dawn to get everything ready in time for work (and I didn’t even have a trial run for that!) so….no. Not happening this year. I did make some beef chili from scratch last night and even though it didn’t win, it was a hit among those who aren’t huge fans of beans or spice in terms of pepper heat. And I found it to be tasty, so I see it as win-win. I plucked up swatch pictures I took from another shade of No-Miss for today’s blog post. Here’s No-Miss Wakulla Watermelon.

No-Miss Wakulla Watermelon

Wakulla Watermelon is a very pretty shimmer that’s named after Wakulla County, FL I believe. No-Miss names a lot of their shades after places in Florida, which I think is pretty cool. It actually makes me think and wonder about these places that I look them up online. This beauty is a dark berry red shimmer that makes me think of vibrantly colored flowers that thrive in warm places like Hawaii or Florida. Direct sunlight shot shows the color most accurately. Formula is really nice and it applied smoothly onto my nails. Shown is one generous coat with no top coat.

No-Miss Wakulla Watermelon (in shade)

No-Miss Wakulla Watermelon (direct sunlight)

No-Miss Wakulla Watermelon (close-up)

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


Anise Beach Goddess

Hey guys! It’s Monday again and I have something new to feature today. Anise is a new-to-me brand and this bottle came all the way from San Diego. My friend Lily used to travel a lot at our workplace and that’s where she was sent to the most. She picked this up along with another shade on one of her trips and gave them to me. Here’s Anise Beach Goddess.

Anise Beach Goddess

Beach Goddess is a stunner. I actually didn’t think I’d like it as much as I do now. In the bottle, it just looked like any other gold shade. On my nails, I fell in love with it. It reminds me a little bit of rose gold. You can see that it can be classified on the streaky side, but for some reason I don’t mind it with this shade at all. Maybe it suits the color or something. Finish leans towards being metallic, but not quite enough for me. I classify this one as a shimmer still. Formula is just perfect. It goes on smoothly and gave me no problems at all. Shown is 3 coats with no top coat.

Anise Beach Goddess (in shade)

Anise Beach Goddess (direct sunlight)

Anise Beach Goddess (close-up)

This can be found in Designer Shoe Warehouse stores. You can check out what shades they manufacture on their website here.


No-Miss Temple Terrace Turk

Hey guys! It’s another new week here and I have to squeeze in a dentist visit as well. I’m always reluctant to eat after I get my teeth cleaning. Anyone else with me? It just feels so squeaky clean and nice….I just want to keep it like that as long as I can. I swatched this beauty over the weekend (and man, weather was cold!!!). Here’s No-Miss Temple Terrace Turk.

No-Miss Temple Terrace Turk

Temple Terrace Turk is a gorgeous greenish blue shimmer. This shade makes me think of the sea. I love it. It applied just fine onto my nails and dried pretty fast. I did get some staining from it though, but nothing a base coat can’t fix! It didn’t photograph too well, but the direct sunlight shot is color accurate. I’m glad I do take a sunlight shot cause the vividness of the true shade is lost in the shade shots. Shown is 2 coats with no top coat.

No-Miss Temple Terrace Turk (in shade)

No-Miss Temple Terrace Turk (direct sunlight)

No-Miss Temple Terrace Turk (close-up)

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


Snails Nail Polish

Hey guys! Happy Monday! Today I have a few shades from a unique and new-to-me brand called Snails. The name is actually very cute being that it is derived from the words “safe nails”. I was asked if I would be interested to check out their products and here’s my take on their shades.

Snails Nail Polish

Cherry Queen is a pretty fuchsia type of pink crème shade. Formula is good and it dried fast. Shown is one coat with no top coat.

Snails Cherry Queen

Snails Cherry Queen (in shade)

Snails Cherry Queen (direct sunlight)

Snails Cherry Queen (close-up)

Twinkle Dust is an orange shimmer shade that has this almost jelly and glass fleck like property. The look is very mesmerizing….like the shimmer is suspended in jelly almost. The direct sunlight shot would’ve looked better with at least one more coat. Formula is good and it dried fast. Shown is one coat with no top coat.

Snails Twinkle Dust

Snails Twinkle Dust (in shade)

Snails Twinkle Dust (direct sunlight)

Love Is … is a very pretty and shiny red crème shade. This shade is just so juicy on its own! Formula is great and dried pretty fast. Shown is 2 coats with no top coat.

Snails Love Is …

Snails Love Is … (in shade)

Snails Love Is … (direct sunlight)

Snails Love Is … (close-up)

What I love about this product? I was very apprehensive about the claim that their nail polishes wash away with just soap and water. I know that their target market are basically adults with kids or who purchases items for kids. This certainly seems appealing for those that fall into that category. I know some parents are wary about the chemicals present in various products (nail polish included) and this can provide some peace of mind in that aspect. So I put this to the test and guess what? IT WORKS! I applied it onto my nails and let it dry fully. I proceeded to go about my business and the color stayed on. It only started coming off when my nails came into contact with water. It comes off even faster with some soap. This would’ve been something I would’ve loved to have access to growing up since having nail color isn’t allowed in my school. What better way than to go home and apply a shade from this line and it just washes away by the next day? I get to have the satisfaction of a few hours of sporting vibrant shades on my nails. You can do that too with regular polish, but it’s certainly easier when you can just wash it all off. Another thing I do love about this line is that their formula is really good for what it does. This is coming from the washable nail polish angle. I initially thought it would be a watery formula, but no sir! Application for all shades I tried are a breeze and the colors are vibrant and fun. Perfects for kids and people like me (who are young at heart, lol!). Being the formula is water based and non-toxic I had to step into detail on what it smells like. I have Love Is … on hand right now and it kinda smells like cherries. The scent it light and almost unnoticeable when dry on the nail. This is a huge plus for me since my man’s nose is very sensitive and he can tell from a mile away when I applies nail color onto my nails. Not this time though!

What I don’t like about this product? This is just coming from a personal angle but this product isn’t targeted for consumers like me. Mostly because I am not a mom or mom-to-be. If I am, this is the perfect product I’d be looking for. I’m all for less chemicals and safety, but nail color that comes off after coming into contact with water is just not a concern for me at this point in my life. I did explore the option of applying a top coat over it and it did make the color last just as long as a regular nail polish. I did get some bubbling at the end of day 2 or so, but that could be because the nail color and top coat formulas are different (I used a Sally Hansen top coat). They do offer their own top coat on their website and if that prolongs the nail color (preventing it from being washed away with soap and water) then it’s pretty much the same as regular nail color (but safer). If I had paid more attention to this earlier, I would’ve requested to try this too for another area to tackle on with my review.

This item retails for €8 is available at their website here.

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


Sally Hansen Almost Almond

Hey guys! I hope everyone had a great July 4th celebration. I had some hotdogs on the grill and I have the day off today. I got a lot of things accomplished with my man and there’s more to do. I’m churning this post out as fast as I can. Here’s Sally Hansen Almost Almond.

Sally Hansen Almost Almond

Almost Almond is an unsuspecting shade. I originally thought it was a crème, but no…it has a hidden shimmer! It’s a nice shade for people who want to have that hidden shimmer look that’s neutral and work appropriate. The formula is good and it dried pretty fast. I don’t like light, neutral shades like these usually. They feel drab to me, but the hidden shimmer definitely helped. Shown is 2 coats with no top coat.

Sally Hansen Almost Almond (in shade)

Sally Hansen Almost Almond (direct sunlight)

Sally Hansen Almost Almond (close-up)

See how it looks like a crème then BAM?! Love it!

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.*


No-Miss Coral Springs Copper

Happy Friday! Today I have another shade from No-Miss. It belongs to the red family, so it’s easy to see why I love this shade a lot. Here’s No-Miss Coral Springs Copper.

No-Miss Coral Springs Copper

Coral Springs Copper is a burnished red shimmer. I LOVE this shade. It’s a rustic shimmer that has lots of depth. Formula is good and it dries pretty fast. It leans towards being a metallic shade as it does show some brush strokes. Shown is 2 coats with no top coat.

No-Miss Coral Springs Copper (in shade)

No-Miss Coral Springs Copper (lighting changed)

No-Miss Coral Springs Copper (direct sunlight)

No-Miss Coral Springs Copper (close-up)

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


No-Miss Tamiami Tulip

Hey guys! Happy Tuesday! Last week has been crazy for me. I was on a road trip with my man to MO for his friend’s wedding where he was part of the bridal party, so I stopped posting here for a few days. It was crazy fun, but man….the crazy weather sure followed us over there! We got tornado warnings where we were located and back at home too! I still can’t believe that another tornado went through parts of Moore again….very close to the big one a few weeks ago. But that’s all over and I’m now back with today’s shade from No-Miss. Here’s No-Miss Tamiami Tulip.

No-Miss Tamiami Tulip

Tamiami Tulip is a purple shimmer that makes me think of flowers such as orchids and irises. This shade is quite pretty but I do find myself wishing that it was bolder or more pigmented. It applied onto my nails nicely and dried pretty fast. Shown is 2 coats with no top coat.

No-Miss Tamiami Tulip (in shade)

No-Miss Tamiami Tulip (direct sunlight)

No-Miss Tamiami Tulip (close-up)

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


Zoya Stunning Swatches

Hey guys! Today’s post is on one of Zoya’s Summer collection called Stunning. I have been eagerly awaiting for these to try them out because I was really intrigued with the super subtle shimmer some of these seemingly crème shades have! Without further ado, here are the swatches and review.

First up is Yana.

Zoya Yana

This is my favorite shade in this collection. It’s one of the ones where you can see the hidden shimmer the most as well. It has a shiny finish that I didn’t expect at all. It is described as “a full-coverage, Geranium pink cream”. Formula is very nice and even. Shown is 2 coats with no top coat.

Zoya Yana (in shade)

Zoya Yana (direct sunlight)

Zoya Yana (close-up)

Next up is Rocky.

Zoya Rocky

Rocky is a slightly muted blue for the summer season. Some, with a quick glance, may think that it leans towards a pastel type of shade. It is described as “a full-coverage serene blue cream”. Formula is very nice and smooth. I have no problems with this shade at all. Shown is 2 generous coats with no top coat.

Zoya Rocky (in shade)

Zoya Rocky (direct sunlight)

Zoya Rocky (close-up)

A surprising one that I like is Darcy.

Zoya Darcy

This yellow shade is bright and fun. Not neon bright, but just bright enough to perfectly suit summer. See how shiny the finish is without top coat? It is described as “a full-coverage, sunny yellow cream”. Formula is similar to Thandie, easy to pack on thinner layers. Shown is 4 thin coats with no top coat.

Zoya Darcy (in shade)

Zoya Darcy (direct sunlight)

Zoya Darcy (close-up)

Moving on, we have Micky.

Zoya Micky

I can see the hidden shimmer I was talking about earlier in this shade as well. It is described as “a full-coverage, amazing coral cream”. Formula is relatively nice and it evens out once you’re past the first coat. Shown is 3 thin coats with no top coat.

Zoya Micky (in shade)

Zoya Micky (direct sunlight)

Zoya Micky (close-up)

Moving on, we have Josie.

Zoya Josie

This shade is the one I was most frustrated with. It took me so many times in the application and clean up to get what I finally have shown here. I kept cleaning up too much or getting dings as I go. I like shimmery or bright greens so this doesn’t do anything for me. It is described as “a full-coverage grassy green cream”. The formula is slightly thicker too than all the other shades in this collection. Shown is 2 thin coats with no top coat.

Zoya Josie (in shade)

Zoya Josie (direct sunlight)

Zoya Josie (close-up)

Last up is a shade called Thandie.

Zoya Thandie

I actually ended up liking this shade a lot even though I would’ve liked it more if it was brighter. It definitely screams summer just like the other shades in this collection. It is described as “a full-coverage, citrus orange cream”. Formula is great, a little bit on the watery side but this enabled me to apply a few coats on nicely. Shown is 4 thin coats with no top coat.

Zoya Thandie (in shade)

Zoya Thandie (direct sunlight)

Zoya Thandie (close-up)

They’re all classified as crème shades even though 4 out of 6 of them have a hidden silvery shimmer. This shimmer is more evident in the redder shades under direct sunlight. The finish is also very shiny…juicy seems to fit it. Formula is not consistent really with all shades, but it’s nothing that a little polish thinner can’t fix. All 6 shades are of different colors so there is good variety; a great collection overall. Zoya is consistently good with their formula and variety in new collections generally. There is something for everybody with all 6 shades.

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