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Friday Easy Listening: On the Nature of Daylight

Here we are again, another Friday! Today’s Friday Easy Listening song will be one that I’ve come across not too long ago in not just one….but 2 movies! It’s an instrumental piece by Max Richter. I first heard it in The Arrival (which I loved!) and this song gives me the goosebumps (and brought me to tears). On Netflix I watched Jiro Dreams of Sushi and this was playing in a part of the movie. I can listen to this over and over again. I’ve always loved the sound created from playing the violin and this song embodies everything I love in the violin.

Happy Friday y’all!


Zoya Aster

Happy Thursday!!! This week has been interesting and I’m glad that the weekend is almost here so I can take a break from thinking about it. Today’s blog post is on a stunning shade from Zoya’s Spring 2016 Petals Collection. Here’s Zoya Aster.

Zoya Aster

Aster is so, so pretty! This lavender-lilac shade with such beautiful glass fleck-ish microshimmer is really something else! It is described as “a fresh periwinkle with flecks of fuchsia to create a dewy finish, mimicking the look of spring flowers in the morning”. Formula is really nice and thicker than most shades in this collection. Shown is 2 coats with no top coat.

Zoya Aster (in shade)

Zoya Aster (direct sunlight)

Zoya Aster (close-up)

It’s definitely perfect for Spring and even as an Easter shade!

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


CoTZ Face

Summer is right around the corner. I wish I paid more attention to this item I’m reviewing today. It actually worked really well for me! Today’s post is on a product I got from my ipsy May 2015 Glam Bag. Here’s my thoughts on CoTZ Face.

CoTZ FACE

What I love about this product? The formulation I got this in is Natural SPF 40. The scent is what is expected from a sunscreen product although not strong at all. I usually dislike the scent anywhere near my face when it’s strong but I didn’t notice this shortly after applying it onto my face after I have my moisturizer on. I applied a thin even layer over my entire face except for the eye area and lips. The formula is of good consistency, making product application really easy and nice. It’s light and airy — fluffy almost like some mousse dessert or something. It does dry fast and is matte in finish. I was a little worried as the color of the product was darker than my skintone but it blended onto my face really well. I originally thought this was a face cream and used it on top of a serum but it worked just fine. The matte formula is a huge bonus as my face, especially my forehead, is usually oily by the afternoon on a regular day. None of that with the use of this! 🙂 The best thing is it doesn’t feel heavy on my face at all! I hate how my face feels when using heavy face creams and most sunscreens.

What I don’t like about this product? Nothing at all! It is priced fairly I think for something that I really love using! I can’t wait to get more when I run out. I think this might be my go-to sunscreen for my face from now on!

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


Zoya Tulip

Happy Tuesday! I’m hoping it would be a productive day today at work since I have a lot to do. Sometimes I wish I still had a planner but I usually start diligently with one then slack off. I didn’t want to start with it again unless I’m committed to it. Today’s blog post is the last one I have from Zoya’s Spring 2016 Petals Collection (Zoya Laurel broke in transit sadly). Here’s Zoya Tulip.

Zoya Tulip

Tulip looked to be a crème shade initially but it’s actually a shimmer. It is described as “a pure pastel salmon cream with the slightest hint of sheen to mimic a petal soft finish”. Formula is the one I liked the least in the entire collection. It’s quite sheer and went on patchy but evened out eventually with more coats. It looks so squishy in person almost like a jelly shade! Shown is 3 coats with no top coat.

Zoya Tulip (in shade)

Zoya Tulip (direct sunlight)

Zoya Tulip (close-up)

I ended up liking this shade more than I originally thought I would.

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


The Organic Pharmacy Lip & Eye Cream

Hey y’all! Today’s post is on a product I got from my ipsy February 2016 Glam Bag. Here’s my thoughts on the The Organic Pharmacy Lip & Eye Cream.

The Organic Pharmacy Lip & Eye Cream

Verdict? No beuno both as a lip and eye cream for me. As a lip cream, I didn’t like the scent or feel of it on my lips. It feels like a slightly thick, waxy layer coating my lips. I think that’s the perfect word to describe what I feel on my lips with this — “coated on”. The feeling does subside eventually but it’s so undesirable to me that I didn’t want to use it on my lips after a few tries. The scent isn’t appealing to me as a lip cream either. As an eye cream, it fared slightly better but not by a lot. The formula is white in color and is quite tacky in consistency compared to other eye creams I’ve used in the past. I was apprehensive to apply this on my eye area, especially the under eye area. It does seem to help the area I applied to plump up more slightly after a week’s use so far, but here’s what works best for me — either applying it to the eye area with a lot of tapping motions to thin it out over that area or thinning the cream out with something else suitable for under eye application. The skin around the eyes is quite delicate and this would prevent the tugging I experienced the first time when using this in that area. Scent does not bother me as an eye cream. Taking all this into consideration and the price it goes for, I won’t be purchasing this after I run out unless there’s a good sale or deal going on.

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