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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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Caronia Orange Pop

Hey guys! It’s almost Friday! I’m looking forward to it once again partly because I may hit the mall for one last go at Bath & Body Works. They keep marking their sale stuff up and down every few days so I’ve been holding off after my initial purchases. Today, I have a bright shade for you guys. Here’s Caronia Orange Pop.

Caronia Orange Pop

Orange Pop is classified as a frost according to them and I say it’s accurate. The streaks left with each brush stroke says it all. It’s prettier and more vibrant on the nail than I thought it originally was. This red orange just pops in my opinion. It dried really fast but is extremely easy to apply. It’s almost opaque at just one coat for me. Shown is 2 coats with no top coat.

Caronia Orange Pop (in shade)

Caronia Orange Pop (direct sunlight)

Caronia Orange Pop (close-up)

Caronia Orange Pop (angle changed)

This is available in all leading department stores, supermarkets, drugstores, and health & beauty shops in the Philippines nationwide. You can also check out other shades from their core collection online. They also carry some hand and foot care items.

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


Caronia Blue Chill

Hey guys! What have y’all been up to? I’ve been trying to get my fill with the Bath & Body Works semi-annual sale this time around. My local store doesn’t have as much stuff marked down as most of the country so I’m just gonna sit tight until it does. If not, oh well. I made 3 transactions already in the first 2 days for the hand creams from their Southern line. That was one of the things I really wanted to get. I almost placed an order online but didn’t. I’m not quite regretting it so I guess it’s all good. Today’s post is on a shade from the Filipino brand Caronia. Here’s Caronia Blue Chill.

Caronia Blue Chill

Blue Chill is classified as a frost according to them and I say it’s spot on. It’s a little lighter or paler when on the nail than I originally thought by just looking at the bottle. I remember this being patchy even at the second coat and of course it shows brush strokes being a frost and all that. Shown is 3 coats with no top coat.

Caronia Blue Chill (in shade)

Caronia Blue Chill (direct sunlight)

Caronia Blue Chill (close-up)

Caronia Blue Chill (angle changed)

This is available in all leading department stores, supermarkets, drugstores, and health & beauty shops in the Philippines nationwide. You can also check out other shades from their core collection online. They also carry some hand and foot care items.

*Products in this review 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.

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


No-Miss Biscayne Blue

Hey guys! Hope you’re all having a good day so far. I have a brighter shade to show y’all today. Here’s No-Miss Biscayne Blue.

No-Miss Biscayne Blue

Biscayne Blue is an icy white blue frost. It looks like a frost, but it doesn’t act like one really. It does have that brush stroke property that most frosts are known to have. Formula is very pleasant for a frost and dries really fast. Shown is 2 thin coats with no top coat.

No-Miss Biscayne Blue (in shade)

No-Miss Biscayne Blue (direct sunlight)

No-Miss Biscayne Blue (close-up)

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

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