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Zoya Sophisticates Swatches

Hey guys! Today’s post is on the entire Fall 2017 collection of Zoya! I haven’t done full collection posts in a while so bear with me on this one! Here are swatches for the Zoya Sophisticates Collection.

First up is Tabitha.

Zoya Tabitha

Tabitha is a beautiful green shade that makes me think of Christmas. It’s not as light and bright as Christmas green but it sure makes me think of it. It is described as “a refined pearl in a deep hunter green”. This is probably my favorite shade in this collection. Formula is good as with the rest of this collection. Shown is 2 coats with no top coat.

Zoya Tabitha (in shade)

Zoya Tabitha (direct sunlight)

Zoya Tabitha (close-up)

Next is Presley.

Zoya Presley

Presley is a pink mauve crème. It is described as “a smokey, mauve taupe cream”. Formula for this shade is really nice, giving it a smooth application. Shown is 2 coats with no top coat.

Zoya Presley (in shade)

Zoya Presley (direct sunlight)

Zoya Presley (close-up)

Next we have Padma.

Zoya Padma

Padma looks like dark Barbie pink to me. It is described as “a deep, vermillion red cream”. I don’t really see it as a red shade — this is more pink than red to me. Formula is slightly thinner than the other crème shades in this collection but still applied beautifully. Shown is 2 coats with no top coat.

Zoya Padma (in shade)

Zoya Padma (direct sunlight)

Zoya Padma (close-up)

Then we have Hadley.

Zoya Hadley

Hadley is a dark blue crème shade. It is definitely a Fall shade to me. It is described as “a smokey, midnight blue cream”. While I’m not a huge fan of this shade, it is certainly not one of my least favorites in this collection. Probably cause I feel like there’s not much variety in terms of shade color in this collection. It was tough to capture the shade accurately. Formula is good and it is both creamy and opaque. This is almost a one coater to me. Shown is 2 coats with no top coat.

Zoya Hadley (in shade)

Zoya Hadley (direct sunlight)

Zoya Hadley (close-up)

Here now is Joni.

Zoya Joni

Joni is a darker version of Presley to me. It is described as “a deep, dusty plum cream”. It makes me think of vintage colors and patterns. Formula is on the thin side but nice. Shown is 3 thin coats with no top coat.

Zoya Joni (in shade)

Zoya Joni (direct sunlight)

Zoya Joni (close-up)

Onto a lighter shade, here’s McKenna.

Zoya McKenna

McKenna is a nude shade with a slight shimmer. It is described as “a refined pearl in a soft almond”. It is a shade that shows brush strokes like frost shades. Formula consistency is nice. Shown is 2 coats with no top coat.

Zoya McKenna (in shade)

Zoya McKenna (direct sunlight)

Zoya McKenna (close-up)

Up next is Yvonne.

Zoya Yvonne

Now THIS is a red shade to me. Yvonne is described as “a rich, bordeaux red cream”. Formula is slightly thicker than the other crème shades in this collection but still very nice. Shown is 2 coats with no top coat.

Zoya Yvonne (in shade)

Zoya Yvonne (direct sunlight)

Zoya Yvonne (close-up)

Then we have Gal.

Zoya Gal

Gal is a stunning olive-green shimmery shade. It is described as “a smokey, iridescent, peridot gold metallic”. This is one of my favorite shades in this collection. Formula is good but definitely more sheer than I thought. I feel like you can use this shade as a shimmer top coat over other shades. Shown is 3 coats with no top coat.

Zoya Gal (in shade)

Zoya Gal (direct sunlight)

Zoya Gal (close-up)

Next we have Mona.

Zoya Mona

When I hear the name Mona, I think of the character Mona in the series Pretty Little Liars. I finished that entire series in a span of a few weeks about a month ago. This shade is definitely a Mona to me in that context. It is described as “a deep, burgandy plum cream”. I find this shade to be sort of the in-between of Yvonne and Elaine. Formula for this is pretty opaque and applied beautifully. Shown is 2 coats with no top coat.

Zoya Mona (in shade)

Zoya Mona (direct sunlight)

Zoya Mona (close-up)

Another beautiful shade we have is Beth.

Zoya Beth

Beth looks like it would be a duochrome shade to me just by looking at the bottle but it’s actually not. It is described as “a soft, sandy, champagne metallic”. It is a shade that shows brush strokes as well but more so than McKenna. Formula is pretty good. Shown is 3 thin coats with no top coat.

Zoya Beth (in shade)

Zoya Beth (direct sunlight)

Zoya Beth (close-up)

Here now is Hera.

Zoya Hera

Hera is a pretty pink crème shade. It is described as “a muted, red mauve cream”. Again, I don’t really see it as a red shade — this is more pink than red to me but what do I know? Formula is nice and creamy. Shown is 3 coats with no top coat.

Zoya Hera (in shade)

Zoya Hera (direct sunlight)

Zoya Hera (close-up)

Last up is Elaine.

Zoya Elaine

I hate most brown shades. One of my closest friends love them. They don’t look horrible on me — I just don’t really care for the color brown. Elaine is a brown crème shade. It is described as “a dark, umber brown cream”. Formula is really nice and creamy. It is pretty opaque but certainly not a one coater as evidenced in some of the following shots. Shown is 2 coats with no top coat.

Zoya Elaine (in shade)

Zoya Elaine (direct sunlight)

Zoya Elaine (close-up)

Overall, I’m not really impressed with this as a collection. I feel like there are too many shades in the same color family (like reds and pinks). They could’ve done an orange or a purple for Fall. But this certainly makes me look forward to their Holiday offering as they have released nice Holiday collections over the years.

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

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Friday Easy Listening: Nightcall

Friday is finally here once again! One of the first songs that started me back on putting songs on replay all day long — here’s Kavinsky’s Nightcall.

I’m giving you a night call to tell you how I feel
I want to drive you through the night, down the hills
I’m gonna tell you something you don’t want to hear
I’m gonna show you where it’s dark, but have no fear

There something inside you
It’s hard to explain
They’re talking about you boy
But you’re still the same

There something inside you
It’s hard to explain
They’re talking about you boy
But you’re still the same

I’m giving you a night call to tell you how I feel
I want to drive you through the night, down the hills
I’m gonna tell you something you don’t want to hear
I’m gonna show you where it’s dark, but have no fear

There something inside you
It’s hard to explain
They’re talking about you boy
But you’re still the same

There something inside you
It’s hard to explain
They’re talking about you boy
But you’re still the same

There something inside you (there’s something inside you)
It’s hard to explain (it’s hard to explain )
They’re talking about you boy (they’re talking about you boy)
But you’re still the same


Curtain Call: SABON Shower Oil

Hey there! Today’s post is another edition of Curtain Call. I got this product from an Amazon Luxury Box last year. Here’s what I think of SABON Shower Oil.

SABON Shower Oil

Stated from their website:

    Sabon’s shower oil is a gentle and moisturizing daily body cleanser. The shower oil is based on natural oils derived from Olives, Avocado, Jojoba and Wheat Germ all rich in essential Omega-3 as well as vitamin A & D. SLS & PARABEN MINERAL FREE.

What I love about this product? The packaging is simple and nice. The product is transparent and clear with the consistency of most regular shower gels. I’m not quite sure why they are marketing it as a shower oil, as I’ve used many in the past and this is NOT a shower oil. Maybe it just sounds more luxurious. The scent I got this in is called Delicate Jasmine. While it does smell like jasmine, I wouldn’t say this scent is an accurate representation of the lovely flower as you would encounter in nature. There is an artificial tone to it. But it does the job in cleaning well during shower as a shower gel.

What I don’t like about this product? Probably the price. For $23, you get 500 ml worth of product to stay fragrant and squeaky clean.

More information on this item and other products the brand carries is available on their website here.


ipsy August 2017 Glam Bag

Better late than never! Here’s my take on the ipsy August 2017 Glam Bag.

ipsy August 2017 Glam Bag

While the bag is cute, I am more interested in the makeup items I got. First item that caught my eye is the Formula 10.0.6 Pores Be Pure Skin-Clarifying Mud Mask. They can attribute that to the bright eye-catching packaging color. I use face masks at least twice a week now so there will be a post on this in 2 months or so. Next is SUGAR Cosmetics Stroke Of Genius Heavy Duty Kohl. The shade I got is 01 Back to Black. I think this is the only shade this particular product item comes in for now though. Then we have the Hey Honey Come Clean: Propolis & Minerals Facial Scrub. I’ve been using this about thrice a week and will be posting about it in the next few days. Next we have the MAKE UP FOR EVER EXCESSIVE LASH Arresting Volume Mascara. I have used products from this brand with fairly good results so I’m keeping this one to try out later. Last up is theBalm Voyage Vol. 2 Eyeshadow. The shade I got this in is Kuwakaribisha. It’s a nice, light shimmery shade that is quite versatile as it can also be used as a highlighter.

Formula 10.0.6 Pores Be Pure Skin-Clarifying Mud Mask

SUGAR Cosmetics Stroke Of Genius Heavy Duty Kohl

Hey Honey Come Clean: Propolis & Minerals Facial Scrub

MAKE UP FOR EVER EXCESSIVE LASH Arresting Volume Mascara

theBalm Voyage Vol. 2 Eyeshadow

Overall, very nice. My next bag should be coming soon and I can’t wait to see what I get!


Curtain Call: L’Oréal REVITALIFT Triple Power Deep Acting Moisturizer

Today’s Curtain Call post is on a product that I got from Influenster a few months ago. Here’s what I think of L’Oréal REVITALIFT Triple Power Deep Acting Moisturizer.

L’Oréal REVITALIFT Triple Power Deep Acting Moisturizer

The box it comes in states the following about the product:

    DEEP-ACTING MOISTURIZER
    1. REPAIR WRINKLES
    2. RE-FIRM
    3. REDENSIFY
    PRO-XYLANE + HYALURONIC ACID

And on the back:

1. REPAIR WRINKLES
Revitalift Triple Power with Hyaluronic Acid rapidly penetrates skin to help fight each wrinkle.
2. RE-FIRM SKIN
Revitalift Triple Power with Concentrated Pro-Xylane firms and tightens skin.
3. REDENSIFY SKIN
Revitalift Triple Power with Concentrated Pro-Xylane re-volumizes to strengthen skin.

What I love about this product? The packaging is very nice and sturdy although I do worry about it being made of glass. I did drop it once accidentally onto my bathroom tile floor and ut didn’t break. I considered that dumb luck really. I can see some people finding the scent to be on the strong side. I personally didn’t mind the scent and it dissipates after a while. The scent makes me think of soap for the most part. I find it pleasant. The formula of the product is a little bit thicker than most moisturizers I’ve used. Some consider it a face cream and I can see that. To me, it’s something in between a facial moisturizer and face cream. The product goes on nicely and is absorbed really well into my skin. I don’t find it to be greasy at all, which is a big thing for me in my facial care regimen. It definitely keeps my face well moisturized throughout the entire day and every night. It’s perfect to use after I use my PMD, as that requires intense moisturizing after use. Other than that, I can’t really say anything about their claims of repairing wrinkles, re-firming and “redensifying” skin. My skin does feel soft with use. This entire tub lasted me for about 4 months.

What I don’t like about this product? I tested this product for approximately 4 months and the major con for me is that I believe this facial moisturizer is the cause of the breakouts I encountered in 3 separate occasions. The first time it happened, I was a week into trying this product out and I thought to myself “Nah, it’s could be what I’m eating or some other factors…” so I continued with use to determine that. Well, I’ve never had breakouts happen this much in a period of 4 months in over 10 years. So something in the formulation doesn’t really agree with my skin. I know that I’m not the only one who has noticed this but honestly every person’s skin is different so you might actually not encounter this with use. Because of this, while I was glad I had the opportunity to try it out at no cost — I will not be purchasing this in the future.

More information on this item and other products the brand carries is available on their website here.

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