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Zoya EasyNeon Collection

I hope everyone is having a great weekend. I made a post not long ago on the Zoya EasyNeon Collection swatches. and today’s post is supplemental to that. I didn’t include these shots of swatches made on a nail wheel that includes application of the shades in the collection over white. It’s a fairly common thing to do for many to boost the brightness of the neon shades.

I have swatched all these in the order listed. From left is 2 coats of shades from the Zoya EasyNeon Collection followed by 2 coats of that over one coat of white. The white shade I used is the first I grabbed, which honestly isn’t the greatest shade of white that I own, Sinful Colors Snow Me White. Sinful Colors Snow Me White is pretty streaky/patchy, which is also not uncommon for a white shade but it was pretty bad. I still went on with it as I couldn’t find anything else on hand when I needed it. All swatches shown are with no top coat.

Zoya Oakley, Zelda, Janie, Banks, Echo and Link

Zoya Oakley, Zelda and Janie (close-up)

Zoya Banks, Echo and Link (close-up)

The difference is more evident in person but among the shades in the collection itself — the difference is more evident with the first 3 shades (red color family) than the last 3.

As mentioned in my previous post on this collection, there is a disclaimer on Zoya’s website for the shades in this collection: “Due to the unique matte formulation, color is typically not as long-wearing as traditional nail color. Please note: Neon pigments may vary slightly from batch to batch.”

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

The Body Shop Drops of Youth™ Youth Concentrate

Hey Guys! Today’s post is on a product that I’ve used before and switched to try out something else after I ran out of it that time. I ran out of my facial serum for my nighttime routine, so I browsed through my stash and decided to open this up. I am instantly reminded of why I liked this product before. Here’s my review on The Body Shop Drops of Youth™ Youth Concentrate.

The Body Shop Drops of Youth™ Youth Concentrate

What I love about this product? Ah….the #1 thing for me is the after feel when using this product. A lot of serums can leave me feeling sticky or greasy to some extent, but no….not this. The product is a clear serum with a good consistency for a facial serum — not too watery or sticky. It is housed in a green glass bottle with a dropper applicator to keep the product free from oils from your fingers or hands. The scent is light and reminds me a bit of rubbing alcohol in the sense of the cooling or minty scent and feel but it doesn’t smell like rubbing alcohol. It is citrus I think. Either way, I classify it as a fresh scent. It’s easy to use, just load some product up on the dropper and I apply about 2 generous drops right onto my face and use my fingers to pat it in. The description on the back of the bottle states “Drop by drop, day by day, Drops of Youth™ Concentrate leaves skin looking smoother, firmer, fresher, and more even. Now I don’t really scrutinize my face to keep track of these claims but I like a facial serum at night that doesn’t leave my face feeling sticky or greasy while keeping my face decently moisturized and this fits the bill. I know for a fact though that this product will not be enough for me during the winter months.

What I don’t like about this product? With saying that the price isn’t really expensive, it is more expensive than other facial moisturizers, creams or serums our there. A 1 fl oz / 30 ml bottle retails for $39 while the larger version of 1.69 fl oz / 50 ml retails for $55. I did get this in one of their sales (I believe BOGO) so if you’re interested in grabbing this without the retail price tag, watch out for price drops in one of the sales during various times of the year.

You can get this or any of their other products here.

Zoya EasyNeon Swatches

Hey guys! As the weather now cools since Fall will arrive soon, I’m revisiting sure summer colors that is still popular and in style where I am for another month or two. Notoriously finicky to photograph, I did my best with this collection. In random order, here are swatches for the Zoya EasyNeon Collection.

Zoya EasyNeon Collection

First up is Oakley.

Zoya Oakley

Oakley is a bright neon orange. It is described as “a fiery bright orange neon”. Formula for this one is on the thin side. Shown is 3 coats with no top coat.

Zoya Oakley (in shade)

Zoya Oakley (direct sunlight)

Zoya Oakley (close-up)

Next is Echo.

Zoya Echo

Echo is a nice bright neon blue. It is described as “a deep lagoon blue neon”. Formula for this shade is nice. Shown is 3 coats with no top coat.

Zoya Echo (in shade)

Zoya Echo (direct sunlight)

Zoya Echo (close-up)

Then we have Janie.

Zoya Janie

This is my favorite shade in this entire collection. Remember I mentioned earlier that neons are hard to capture correctly? Well, no matter what I try the shade I see in the picture doesn’t quite match when I swatched it on my nail. As with all neon shades, the direct sunlight shot is the most accurate depiction of the shade. It is actually a hot Barbie pink neon to me. It is described as “a hot fuchsia pink neon”. It’s definitely darker than in the pictures. Formula is one of the nicer ones in this collection. Shown is 3 coats with no top coat.

Zoya Janie (in shade)

Zoya Janie (direct sunlight)

Zoya Janie (close-up)

Next in line is Link.

Zoya Link

Link was my least favorite shade — only because I have always disliked neon green. It is described as “an electric, kelly green neon”. With that said, it is a beautiful neon green….much better looking than what I see from other brands. Shown is 3 coats with no top coat.

Zoya Link (in shade)

Zoya Link (direct sunlight)

Zoya Link (retaken another day)

Zoya Link (close-up)

Up next is Zelda.

Zoya Zelda

With a catchy and well-known name, Zelda is a lighter neon pink than Janie…like a salmon pink neon maybe. It is described as “a beaming pink-coral neon”. Formula for this is thin but not as thin as Oakley or Link. Shown is 3 coats with no top coat.

Zoya Zelda (in shade)

Zoya Zelda (direct sunlight)

Zoya Zelda (close-up)

Last up is Banks.

Zoya Banks

Banks is a nice dark violet neon. It is described as “a vivid violet neon”. I personally found this one to have the nicest formula in the collection. Shown is 3 coats with no top coat.

Zoya Banks (in shade)

Zoya Banks (direct sunlgiht)

Zoya Banks (close-up)

The entire collection comes equipped with the Z-Wide Brush. I am definitely digging these neon shades although I was quite disappointed there wasn’t a yellow one?! Also, these aren’t as bright in terms of being neon shades compared to those of other brands. Either way, great summer shades for sure. There is a disclaimer on Zoya’s website for the shades in this collection: “Due to the unique matte formulation, color is typically not as long-wearing as traditional nail color. Please note: Neon pigments may vary slightly from batch to batch.”

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

Kiehl’s Creme de Corps Soy Milk & Honey Body Polish

I was introduced to Kiehl’s purely by accident. I remember the summer before my first semester in college started. I was hanging out with my cousins at their house in the East Coast. I would hang out with them when they’re at home, sometimes in their rooms. My older cousin is a beauty product junkie. She has several bottles of nice perfume and lots of skin care products strewn in her room and her bathroom. This includes sample packets, and I was lucky enough to try something from Kiehl’s that summer. I wasn’t really into beauty and skincare items back then. My skincare items consist of facial wash or scrub and body lotion. I didn’t even care to moisturize my face! So it didn’t leave any impression on me other than this is one of the more “natural” skincare brands I’ve come across back then. This usually means it’s not as heavily scented like most skincare products I was into. Fast forward to the year before I had my son. It was winter. I was trying to find a moisturizing skincare line that wouldn’t harm my growing fetus (I cut out almost everything I’ve been using at this point just to be safe) and keep my skin moisturized at the same time. Kiehl’s came up and I took the plunge and purchased one of their special value holiday kits that included this. I didn’t get to try it until recently. Here’s my take on the Kiehl’s Creme de Corps Soy Milk & Honey Body Polish.

Kiehl’s Creme de Corps Soy Milk & Honey Body Polish

What I love about this product? Oh my….where do I start? The first thing that I notice after the packaging is the scent. The sweet scent of shea butter, almond and honey hits my nose in a very good way. If I was hungry, it would make me tempted to eat it (fun fact — when I was 7 or so I took a small bite out of a dolphin shaped soap while showering as it smelled nice, so I was curious how it tasted….that was the first and last time I tasted something that is not food). The standard squeeze tube packaging holds a thick, creamy mixture of this very moisturizing body polish that is peppered with apricot seed powder and luffa fruit. Following the directions on the tube, I applied a generous amount on wet skin to work into a lather and rinse when ready. When lathering up my body with this, it feels so creamy and luxurious. It felt sinful (and wasteful — it felt that luxurious to me!) as I feel like I’m bathing in shea butter body cream or something. I love it. It rinses off nicely, leaving my skin very soft and lightly scented of the product. It is gentle enough for everyday use.

What I don’t like about this product? The only downside for me is the price. This 6.8 fl oz / 200 ml tube retails for $30. I managed to get this in a holiday value set, so I didn’t pay that much. If it wasn’t for that set though I would’ve never tried this product. With sales, I’m willing to repurchase this. Right now, I’m waiting for the end of the upcoming holiday season to score some of the holiday sets from Keihl’s on sale. Hopefully there will be a set that includes this product.

You can get this or any of their other products here.

Curtain Call: BIORÉ® Rose Quartz + Charcoal Daily Purifying Cleanser

Hey guys! Happy August! Time sure flies by fast. Even though the summer heat can be punishing, squeeze in as much outdoor time as you can as Fall then Winter will be here before we know it! Today’s post is another entry under Curtain Call. Here’s my thoughts on the BIORÉ® Rose Quartz + Charcoal Daily Purifying Cleanser.

BIORÉ® Rose Quartz + Charcoal Daily Purifying Cleanser

Stated on the back of the tube:

how to use:
For optimal results use daily. Wet face. Squeeze cleanser into hands and work into a lather. Massage over entire face. Rinse thoroughly with water.

What I love about this product? The scent is familiar, pleasant and not too strong. It suits the scent for a cleanser — slightly herbal maybe? Reminds me of Elizabeth Arden Green Tea for some reason. Not really sure how close it is to that though. The formula is what is expected of a facial cleanser in viscosity. It is light pink in appearance, which suits the rose quartz in the name of the product, with a shimmer. It is easy to use and gives a tingly feeling when I’m massaging it on my face — similar to the sensation of using mint bath and body products. It leaves me feeling refreshed after use, which is a thumbs up in my book.

What I don’t like about this product? Nothing really. While I do prefer facial scrubs over facial cleansers, I LOVE the refreshing feeling I get from using this product that it is on my “will buy again” list. For the price and accessibility, it’s a no-brainer for me.

This product can easily be purchased in various retail and drugstores such as Walmart, Target, ULTA, CVS, and Walgreens. It is also available online at various websites that carry beauty and personal care products. More information on this item and other products this brand carries is available on their website here.

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