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Holiday Gift Guide 2018: Zoya Edition

Christmas is coming up fast! Still out of ideas? For the beauty lover in your life, Zoya might just have what you need! And right now you can get a lot of what they have to offer at a deep discount. Just stick around til the end of this post to find out how. Whether you want to give something a small thanks or blow them away with a range of colors, check out these gift sets they have to offer this holiday season.

For the lip color lover, Zoya has 6 Gloss & Lipstick Duo sets available: Holly Days Duo, Believe in Magic Duo, Snow Kissed Duo, All The Glitters Duo, Taste of Winter Duo, and Fun & Frosty Duo. Each set retails at $15.

Zoya Gloss & Lipstick Duos

Zoya Gloss & Lipstick Duos (closer shot)

Don’t want the lipstick? Just want lip glosses? Zoya’s got this set for you — Kissmass Quad! This set retails for $24.

Zoya Hot Lips Gloss Quad

Their Nail Polish Quad gift sets are definitely the highlight, in my opinion. 10 colorful gift sets for any nail polish lover! Each set retails for $30. I have 4 of these sets to show you (plus a travel kit).

Zoya Nail Polish Quads

First up is All Wrapped Up.

Zoya All Wrapped Up Nail Polish Quad

Next is Happy Holo-Days.

Zoya Happy Holo-Days Nail Polish Quad

Then we have All Snuggled Up.

Zoya All Snuggled Up Nail Polish Quad

And finally, here’s Merry & Bright.

Zoya Merry & Bright Nail Polish Quad

A different kind of nail polish set is this Naked Manicure Women’s Travel Kit, which retails for $24.

Zoya Naked Manicure Women’s Travel Kit

Going big? Why not get the ultimate nail polish lover the entire Zoya Winter 2018 collection, Jubilee?

Zoya Jubilee Collection

Zoya Jubilee Collection (stunning shades)

Zoya Jubilee Collection (bottle shot)

Zoya Jubilee Collection (close-up)

Each shade retails at $10 each. You can purchase them in a preset set of 6 or pick and choose which shades from this collection you’d like to stick in someone’s stocking for Christmas!

As always, Zoya runs some great sales and promotions that you can score any of these for really good prices! Like right now, anything under their gift sets category is 70% off with code GIFT. That makes each Gloss & Lipstick Duo set $4.50, each Nail Polish Quad $9, the Kissmass Quad and Naked Manicure Women’s Travel Kit $7.20 each and each Nail Polish & Lipstick set (not featured in post) $5.40. That’s a really good deal! The smaller gift sets are perfect for stocking stuffers too or just a small token of appreciation.

You can view all their available gift sets here. You don’t have to wait for Black Friday or the last minute to get in on this deal. I’m actually going to a get a few sets with deals this good! Happy shopping!

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


Zoya Element Swatches

Hey guys! As the weather now cools and Fall is basically here, Fall colors is popping up around like crazy. Today’s post is on the entire Fall 2018 collection from Zoya! I had most of this photographed a few weekends ago but with a new camera, a lot of the shots didn’t turn out the way it should so I will have to add them in later. I thought I could get to it within the past few weeks but life happens. In random order, here are swatches for the Zoya Element Collection.

Let’s start off with Donnie.

Zoya Donnie

Donnie is my favorite crème in this collection. I tend to like magenta or fuchsia shades and this one is right up there. It is described as “a full-coverage purple-toned sangria cream”. Shown is 2 coats with no top coat.

Zoya Donnie (close-up)

Up next Jenna.

Zoya Jenna

Jenna looks to be the typical pink crème shade. It is described as “a full-coverage dusty rose pink cream with blue undertones”. Formula for this shade is nice. Shown is 2 coats with no top coat.

Zoya Jenna (in shade)

Zoya Jenna (close-up)

Next we have Leighton.

Zoya Leighton

I actually like this shade more than I thought I would. It’s a deep, dark eggplant purple crème with a nice shine. It is described as “a deeply saturated blackened aubergine cream”. Formula is nicer than I thought it would be as I always have difficulty with really dark purples and reds. Shown is 2 coats with no top coat.

Zoya Leighton (in shade)

Zoya Leighton (direct sunlight)

Zoya Leighton (close-up)

Then we have Rumor.

Zoya Rumor

Rumor was the one I thought I’d have the most difficult time with but it applied beautifully for a frost shade. It is described as “a full-coverage mauve taupe with a subtle shimmer – a perfect classic shade for Fall”. As expected, the finish shows brush strokes very evidently. Shown is 2 coats with no top coat.

Zoya Rumor (direct sunlight)

Zoya Rumor (close-up)

Next up is Kendra.

Zoya Kendra

Kendra is a beautiful crème shade that has a nice shine to it. Described as “a beautiful full-coverage marsala cream”, formula for this shade beautiful as it applied nicely on like butter. Shown is 2 coats with no top coat.

Zoya Kendra (close-up)

Then we have Gardner.

Zoya Gardner

Gardner looks more blue than I thought it would when applied onto my nails. It is described as “a deep periwinkle with a vibrant magenta shimmer in a dense foil finish”. Formula for this shade is on par with the rest in this collection. Shown is 2 coats with no top coat.

Zoya Gardner (direct sunlight)

Zoya Gardner (close-up)

Up next is Rachael.

Zoya Rachael

What a stunning shimmer Rachael turned out to be. It is described as “a full-coverage mulberry berry cream”. This shade screams Fall to me and makes me think of wine. Formula is beautifully smooth. Shown is 2 coats with no top coat.

Zoya Rachael (close-up)

Then here’s Ruthie.

Zoya Ruthie

Ruthie is a beautiful rose pink crème shade with a nice shine. It is described as “a full-coverage raspberry rose cream”. Formula for this shade is really, really nice. It applied beautifully. Shown is 2 coats with no top coat.

Zoya Ruthie (close-up)

Next up is Devin.

Zoya Devin

Devin is the other foil shade in this collection. It is described as “a steel blue with hints of multicolored shimmer in a dense foil finish”. Formula for this shade is really nice, giving it a smooth application. Shown is 2 coats with no top coat.

Zoya Devin (close-up)

One that’s slightly hard to capture in photos is Maryann.

Zoya Maryann

Maryann is one of my favorites in this collection. It is described as “a full-coverage pink-toned rose with soft glowing shimmer”. I will retake photos for this shade as it looked like it bubbled on me for some reason. I remember the formula for this shade is consistent with most in this collection. Shown is 2 coats with no top coat.

Zoya Maryann (direct sunlight)

Zoya Maryann (close-up)

Zoya Maryann (lighting changed)

Then there’s Maeve.

Zoya Maeve

Maeve is a nice prurple crème that I like a lot. It is described as “a full-coverage concord grape cream”. Shown is 2 coats with no top coat.

Zoya Maeve (in shade)

Zoya Maeve (close-up)

Last up is Alyssa.

Zoya Alyssa

Alyssa is a beautiful red crème that’s perfect for Fall. It is described as “a full-coverage red-toned purple cranberry cream”. Formula for this shade is very nice. Shown is 2 coats with no top coat.

Zoya Alyssa (in shade)

Zoya Alyssa (close-up)

Overall, there are a lot more pink shades in this collection than I thought it would but I feel like for the most part they’re different enough from each other. Most of these are perfect for Fall!

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


Zoya Sunshine Swatches

Hey guys! Today’s post is on the entire Summer 2018 collection from Zoya! I had most of this photographed 2 weekends ago but had to retake some shots due to the lighting on some shades were near the end of the day and it was too red. I haven’t been motivated enough to set some time aside to feature an entire collection this year until this collection came along. I have a surprising favorite from this bunch. In random order, here are swatches for the Zoya Sunshine Collection.

First up is Ellie.

Zoya Ellie

Ellie looks to be a dark magenta in the bottle. It is described as “a full coverage raspberry sorbet cream”. Formula for this shade is really nice and those that know me knows that I love fuchsia and magenta shades the most. Shown is 2 coats with no top coat.

Zoya Ellie (in shade)

Zoya Ellie (direct sunlight)

Zoya Ellie (close-up)

Next we have Saldana.

Zoya Saldana

It’s an icy blue glitter shade shade that applied beautifully. It is described as “a buildable, cotton-candy blue iridescent-holo topper with hints of pink and blue colored glitter with mega hex particles”. Formula is very nice for a glitter shade. Not too chunky and not sparse at all. Shown is 2 coats with no top coat.

Zoya Saldana (in shade)

Zoya Saldana (direct sunlight)

Zoya Saldana (close-up)

Then there’s Minnie.

Zoya Minnie

Minnie is a nice crème shade that I felt doesn’t scream summer to me. It’s like a neutral shade to me but the formula for this is great. It is described as “a full coverage pink toned coral cream”. Shown is 2 coats with no top coat.

Zoya Minnie (in shade)

Zoya Minnie (direct sunlight)

Zoya Minnie (close-up)

Then we have Karen.

Zoya Karen

Karen was one of the harder shades to capture in this collection. Then again, I have trouble with red shades in general. It is described as “a full coverage poppy red cream”. Formula for this shade is really nice, giving it a buttery smooth application. Shown is 2 coats with no top coat.

Zoya Karen (in shade)

Zoya Karen (direct sunlight)

Zoya Karen (close-up)

Next up is Nahla.

Zoya Nahla

Nahla is the other glitter shade in this collection. I think it’s a good glitter topper for darker shades like red ones, which this collection has a lot of. It is described as “a buildable, golden iridescent-holo topper with hints of multi-colored glitter with mega hex particles”. Formula for this shade is very nice, similar to the other glitter shade this collection. Shown is 2 coats with no top coat.

Zoya Nahla (in shade)

Zoya Nahla (direct sunlight)

Zoya Nahla (close-up)

Then we have Sandy.

Zoya Sandy

Sandy is a beautiful crème shade that has a nice shine to it. It’s the pink shade closes to what I call Barbie pink in this collection. Described as “a full coverage blue toned flamingo pink cream”, formula for this shade beautiful as it applied nicely on like butter. Shown is 2 coats with no top coat.

Zoya Sandy (in shade)

Zoya Sandy (direct sunlight)

Zoya Sandy (close-up)

Up next is Marigold.

Zoya Marigold

What a stunning shimmer Marigold turned out to be. I am in love with this shade so hard. It is described as “a bright and dazzling micro-shimmer red in a full coverage formula”. The finish makes me think of glass fleck shades and I long to pull those out from my stash now. Formula is beautifully smooth. Shown is 2 coats with no top coat.

Zoya Marigold (in shade)

Zoya Marigold (direct sunlight)

Zoya Marigold (close-up)

Then here’s Missy.

Zoya Missy

Missy is another pink crème in this collection. It is described as “the perfect summer pink in a full coverage cream formula”. Formula for this shade is on par with the rest in this collection. Shown is 2 coats with no top coat.

Zoya Missy (in shade)

Zoya Missy (direct sunlight)

Zoya Missy (close-up)

Here comes Delia.

Zoya Delia

Another beautiful crème shade with a nice shine, Delia makes me think of summer pastels. It is described as “a full coverage muted amethyst cream”. Formula for this shade is really, really nice. It applied beautifully. Shown is 2 coats with no top coat.

Zoya Delia (in shade)

Zoya Delia (direct sunlight)

Zoya Delia (close-up)

Next up is Clementine.

Zoya Clementine

Clementine is another shimmer in this collection. It is described as “a full coverage salmon toned coral with a pink and orange micro-shimmer”. Formula for this shade is really nice, giving it a smooth application. Shown is 2 coats with no top coat.

Zoya Clementine (in shade)

Zoya Clementine (direct sunlight)

Zoya Clementine (close-up)

Another one that’s slightly hard to capture in photos is Virginia.

Zoya Virginia

Virginia is a red shade that seems to have a semi matte finish in some shots. It is described as “a full coverage juicy coral red cream”. Formula for this shade is consistent with most in this collection. Shown is 2 coats with no top coat.

Zoya Virginia (in shade)

Zoya Virginia (direct sunlight)

Zoya Virginia (close-up)

And to see how the glitter shades will look over some others in this collection, here’s Nahla over Virginia.

Zoya Nahla over Virginia (in shade)

Zoya Nahla over Virginia (direct sunlight)

Zoya Nahla over Virginia (close-up)

Last up is Jack.

Zoya Jack

Jack is the nude crème in this collection. Shades like this generally don’t look good on me at all. It is described as “a full coverage nude cream, perfect to match your morning latte”. Formula for this shade is a little finicky for me. I kept having to reapply it for a nice, smooth finish. It’s just thicker than the rest of this collection. Shown is 2 coats with no top coat.

Zoya Jack (in shade)

Zoya Jack (direct sunlight)

Zoya Jack (close-up)

And here’s Saldana over Jack.

Zoya Saldana over Jack (in shade)

Zoya Saldana over Jack (direct sunlight)

Zoya Saldana over Jack (close-up)

Overall, there are a lot of red shades in this collection. I feel like they could’ve done with a yellow or lime green (or both) but the glitter topper works well on the red shades.

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


Walmart Spring 2018 Beauty Box

I got this box earlier but I didn’t get around to posting it. By now, I received another Walmart Beauty Box so I thought I’d post this one now. Here’s what I got in my Walmart Spring 2018 Beauty Box.

Walmart Spring 2018 Beauty Box

The most excited thing in this bunch is the peeling gel face mask. And I can’t wait to try the Aquaphor product. I hope it doesn’t come across as too greasy!

Degree UltraClear Black+White Antiperspirant Deodorant Stick

Aveeno Active Naturals Daily Moisturizing Lotion

Tarte Sex Kitten Eyeliner

AP2 Volume Gloss Gel Polish

Soo’Ae Purifying Brightening Peeling Gel

The contents of this bag is much better than many of the ones I got recently. I hope next month’s bag continues this trend!


Zoya Party Girls Swatches

Hey guys! Today’s post is on the entire Winter 2017 collection of Zoya! I had most of this photographed over a week ago but I wasn’t happy with the lighting in some of the shots so I had to retake them. In most cases, I got what I wanted but there’s one stubborn shade that just wouldn’t show up correctly in the pictures. But enough about that! This collection has a lot of reds but I could still see how it suits the holiday season. It’s supposed to be “mysterious, moody and electric” but man…..I wish there’s a Christmas green in here! Here are swatches for the Zoya Party Girls Collection.

First up is Isadora.

Zoya Isadora

Isadora looks to be a purple shimmer duochrome in the bottle. It is described as “a rich, refined pearl in magenta plum”. Formula for this shade is really nice, although it has the kind of finish that shows brush strokes. Shown is 2 coats with no top coat.

Zoya Isadora (in shade)

Zoya Isadora (direct sunlight)

Zoya Isadora (close-up)

Zoya Isadora (lighting changed)

Next we have Ming.

Zoya Ming

The name suits the shade. It’s a red crème shade that applied beautifully. It is described as “a sexy midtone, scarlet red cream”. This might be my favorite red crème shade ever. Formula is nice. Shown is 2 coats with no top coat.

Zoya Ming (in shade)

Zoya Ming (direct sunlight)

Zoya Ming (close-up)

Then there’s Danielle.

Zoya Danielle

Danielle is a beautiful crème shade that my youngest niece would surely love. It is described as “a deep, dark periwinkle cream”. Formula for this shade is really nice, giving it a buttery smooth application. Shown is 2 coats with no top coat.

Zoya Danielle (in shade)

Zoya Danielle (direct sunlight)

Zoya Danielle (close-up)

Then we have Solstice.

Zoya Solstice

Solstice is the hardest shade to capture how it really looks in this collection. Just by looking at the bottle, it looks like an orange-red to me. In direct sunlight on my nails, the color is a dark salmon pink. But that does not come through at all in the photos — it looks red. It is described as “a sparkling persimmon orange metallic”. Formula for this shade is really nice, giving it a smooth application. Shown is 2 coats with no top coat.

Zoya Solstice (in shade)

Zoya Solstice (direct sunlight)

Zoya Solstice (close-up)

Next up is Kelsey.

Zoya Kelsey

Kelsey is the pink crème in this collection. I can see how it’s a good shade with some cute holiday party dresses. It makes me think of Barbie. It is described as “a muted, cerise pink cream”. Formula for this shade is slightly thicker than a lot of the other shades in this collection but it feels like it’s more sheer. Shown is 2 coats with no top coat.

Zoya Kelsey (in shade)

Zoya Kelsey (direct sunlight)

Zoya Kelsey (close-up)

Then we have Tawny.

Zoya Tawny

Wowowowowowowowow! Tawny is ,y favorite shade in this collection. It has a glass fleck like finish to me. It is described as “a deep, coppery rose sparkling metallic”. Formula for this shade is similar to most of the other shades in this collection. Shown is 2 coats with no top coat.

Zoya Tawny (in shade)

Zoya Tawny (direct sunlight)

Zoya Tawny (close-up)

Another one that’s slightly hard to capture in photos is Landon.

Zoya Landon

Landon is an eggplant purple crème shade. It is described as “a mysterious, deep aubergine cream”. I have a pair of suede boots that is a cross between this shade and Danielle but leaning towards Landon more. I love it. Formula is beautiful like the rest of the crème shades in this collection. Shown is 2 coats with no top coat.

Zoya Landon (in shade)

Zoya Landon (direct sunlight)

Zoya Danielle (close-up)

Zoya Danielle (lighting changed)

Zoya Danielle (lighting changed again)

Then we have Blake.

Zoya Blake

Blake looks like a black or close to a black shimmer to me. It is described as “a deep, refined pearl in sapphire blue”. I can’t really see the blue unless under sunlight but rest assured it’s there. Formula for this shade is really, really nice. It applied beautifully. Shown is 2 coats with no top coat.

Zoya Blake (in shade)

Zoya Blake (direct sunlight)

Zoya Blake (close-up)

Next up is Sheri.

Zoya Sheri

Sheri is another red crème in this collection, just darker than Ming. It is described as “a must-have midtone, garnet red cream”. Formula for this shade is really nice, giving it a smooth application. Shown is 2 coats with no top coat.

Zoya Sheri (direct sunlight)

Zoya Sheri (close-up)

Zoya Sheri (lighting changed)

Then here’s Delaney.

Zoya Delaney

Delaney is a beautiful and stunning shade that shines like jewels to me. It is more red on the nails than I originally thought. It is described as “a royal multichromatic (pewter, blue, purple, green), metallic flip”. Formula for this shade is consistent with most in this collection. Shown is 2 coats with no top coat.

Zoya Delaney (in shade)

Zoya Delaney (direct sunlight)

Zoya Delaney (close-up)

Zoya Delaney (lighting changed)

Next is Nadia.

Zoya Nadia

Nadia is the sheerest shade in this collection. It is described as “a buildable, sparkling, gingery gold metallic “disco” topper”. Formula for this shade is thinner than the rest in this collection. Shown is 2 coats with no top coat.

Zoya Nadia (in shade)

Zoya Nadia (direct sunlight)

Zoya Nadia (close-up)

Last up is Fallon.

Zoya Fallon

Fallon is the pink shimmer in this collection. The shimmer in this shade is super fine. I generally like this kind of shades but this is a little brighter than the magenta shades I like. It is described as “a refined pearl, midtone, violet magenta”. Formula for this shade is a little on the brush stroke-y side but it all evened out with the second coat. Shown is 2 coats with no top coat.

Zoya Fallon (in shade)

Zoya Fallon (direct sunlight)

Zoya Fallon (close-up)

Overall, there are some nice jewel tone shades here that is very fitting for the holidays and lots of shimmers. Some of the crème shades I feel are a little more out of place but I could see it being suitable for holiday parties and such. The only thing I wonder about this collection is that I feel like it’s missing the more traditional holiday colors like a Christmas green or a lighter blue or a silver (they did give us a gold topper shade in this collection). But the formula is pretty consistent throughout the entire collection and the colors are bright and cheery that there’s something for everyone I feel.

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


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.*


Zoya Noah

Hey guys! It’s been a busy few weeks and I am finally getting back to blogging again. Today’s blog post is on another shade from Zoya’s Fall 2016 Urban Grunge Collection. Here’s Zoya Noah.

Zoya Noah

Noah is a nice creamy neutral shade. I’m not a huge fan of shades like this but it looked better than I thought against my skin tone. It is described as “a mid-range taupe evenly balanced between yellow and grey, with a full coverage and smooth application”. Formula is really nice and it passes as a one coater for me although I used an extra coat. Shown is 2 generous coats with no top coat.

Zoya Noah (in shade)

Zoya Noah (direct sunlight)

Zoya Noah (close-up)

This shade is growing on me. 🙂

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


Zoya Mallory

Hey y’all! I finally squeezed in some time to catch up on my blog. Lots of posts coming up! Today’s blog post is on a shade from Zoya’s Fall 2016 Urban Grunge Collection. Here’s Zoya Mallory.

Zoya Mallory

Mallory is a very beautiful blue crème shade. This is quite a unique blue shade for a nail polish in my opinion. It is not periwinkle but it certainly made me think of that color. It is described as “a full-bodied, Prussian blue with deeply saturated color”. Formula is really nice but this shade strikes me as a potential stainer. Definitely use base coat with this. Shown is one with no top coat.

Zoya Mallory (in shade)

Zoya Mallory (direct sunlight)

Zoya Mallory (close-up)

This is quite a unique blue shade for a nail polish in my opinion.

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


Zoya Courtney

Hey y’all! I finally squeezed in some time to catch up on my blog. Lots of posts coming up! Today’s blog post is on a shade from Zoya’s Fall 2016 Urban Grunge Collection. Here’s Zoya Courtney.

Zoya Courtney

Courtney is a pretty dark red crème shade. I am not a huge darker reds but this looks better than I thought it would. It is described as “deep red beet root shade with a full coverage, and smooth application”. Formula is on the thicker side and I can still see my nail line with 2 coats. Shown is 3 coats with no top coat.

Zoya Courtney (in shade)

Zoya Courtney (direct sunlight)

Zoya Courtney (close-up)

It’s one of the more unique ones in my stash.

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


Zoya August

Hey guys! I thought I’d feature a shade today that I personally think can be worn year-round. Today’s blog post is on a shade from Zoya’s Fall 2016 Urban Grunge Collection. Here’s Zoya August.

Zoya August

August is a pretty grey crème shade. I am not a huge fan of greys but this is one of my favorites. It is described as “a full coverage gray like a fine, expensive leather with mid-ranged, balanced tone”. Formula is on the thicker side but it is no one coater. Shown is 2 coats with no top coat.

Zoya August (in shade)

Zoya August (direct sunlight)

Zoya August (close-up)

I find this shade light enough to work with pastel-ish summer colors.

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


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.*


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.*


Zoya Azalea

Hey guys! It’s the weekend! I am so glad for the work week to be done so I can catch up on some sleep tonight. 🙂 Today’s blog post is on another shade from Zoya’s Spring 2016 Petals Collection. Here’s Zoya Azalea.

Zoya Azalea

Azalea is right up my alley! I love shades that are fuchsia or magenta! It is described as “a classic spring pink with a captivating white and fuchsia flash”. Formula is not as thick as other shades in this collection like Zahara but it’s more opaque. This is hands down my favorite shade from this collection. Shown is 2 coats with no top coat.

Zoya Azalea (in shade)

Zoya Azalea (direct sunlight)

Zoya Azalea (close-up)

I love it when nail polish companies makes shades like this! We need more of them!

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


Zoya Leia

Hey guys! It’s Tuesday! I stayed at home with a massive headache from last night. I just couldn’t shake it! I thought I could sleep it away but the few times I woke up it was there and it was bad. My husband gave me stuff that would help but would knock me out (we decided to go that route once it was determined that there was no way I was going to try to make it to work today). Today’s blog post is on another shade from Zoya’s Spring 2016 Petals Collection. Here’s Zoya Leia.

Zoya Leia

The name of this shade makes me think of Star Wars. 🙂 Leia is a beautiful duochrome shimmer. It is described as “a sheer, opalescent white with flecks of fuchsia, green and gold”. Formula is good and it would look great on its own or over other shades, especially in the same collection. I see flashes of mostly purplish pink but I do see the green and gold peeking especially under direct sunlight. Shown is 2 coats with no top coat.

Zoya Leia (in shade)

Zoya Leia (direct sunlight)

Zoya Leia (close-up)

Zoya Leia (lighting changed)

I love shades like this as they are very versatile!

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


Zoya Zahara

Hey guys! Happy Wednesday! Today I have one of the shades from Zoya’s Spring 2016 Petals Collection. Here’s Zoya Zahara.

Zoya Zahara

Zahara is a beautiful orange shimmer. It is described as “a brilliant shimmering coral made modern with an opalescent effect”. Formula on the thin side compared to the rest in this collection. It looks like a glass fleck shade to me although Zoya classified it as having a metallic finish. Shown is 3 coats with no top coat.

Zoya Zahara (in shade)

Zoya Zahara (direct sunlight)

Zoya Zahara (close-up)

This shade makes me think of a good ‘ol orange.

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


ipsy January 2017 Glam Bag

Happy Sunday! I got this in about a week ago but didn’t get around to taking pictures until this weekend. It’s not a bad start of the year with ipsy! Here’s my take on the ipsy January 2017 Glam Bag.

ipsy January 2017 Glam Bag

The bag is something out of the box for me. It grew on me though and I can’t wait to use it. It’s the material mostly but it grew on me more by now and it kinda looks sporty! First item that caught my eye is the -417 Hand Moisturizer. I haven’t used it yet but I’m a sucker for hand creams and moisturizers especially at this time of the year. Next up is the Pretty Woman Nail Polish. The shade I got this in is called I Can’t Deal. It looks to me like a greige type of shade, not really my thing but I know someone who would look good with this shade. Then we have the Smashbox Cosmetics Camera Ready BB Cream SPF 35. The shade I got this in is LIGHT/MEDIUM, which I think it the right one for me. I don’t use this type of product much but BB creams can be worn alone like a moisturizer, if I remember right, so I’ll give it a shot as such. Next we have the Trust Fund Beauty Lip Gloss. The shade I got this in is called Method To The Madness. It looks to be a pretty coral shade but I’m not sure if I’m going to keep this or not. As I said many times in my past ipsy Glam Bag posts, I have too many lip products open already. Last up is The Vintage Cosmetic Company Rose Gold Tweezers. I’m glad that I got this in my bag as everything about the product caught my eye — the packaging, the color, the item itself and more. I found out that it’s a brand that didn’t originate in the US, so I’m glad for the opportunity to try something from them. I will be putting these to the test tonight!

-417 Hand Moisturizer

Pretty Woman Nail Polish

Smashbox Cosmetics Camera Ready BB Cream SPF 35

Trust Fund Beauty Lip Gloss

The Vintage Cosmetic Company Rose Gold Tweezers

Overall, not bad! Next month is Valentine’s Day month and I think they usually do something around that theme for the bag. I’m really excited to see what it may be!


Zoya 4 Free 2017

Here we go again! Why not start this year with a bang? Today is the last day for this deal! Considering what you get, it’s a really good deal. I have some of their lipsticks and I can’t wait to get more! Code is ZOYA4!

Zoya 4 Free 2017

Promotional shipping & processing is $15 OR spend over $30 and get FREE Shipping! This deal is valid also for Canadian orders but note that an international processing fee will apply. Please allow up to 4 weeks for processing if volume warrants it.

This comes out to $3.75 per item if you just get the 4 free, which is a STEAL! Which shades are you getting?!


Finger Paints Umber-Ella

Hey guys! How was your long weekend? it sure went by pretty fast for me. I was able to squeeze in a stop at Bath & Body Works to get 2 candle scents I’ve wanted a few of to keep and give away. Today I have another shade from Finger Paints. It’s one of the new shades they released earlier this year as part of their core collection. Here’s Finger Paints Umber-Ella.

Finger Paints Umber-Ella

Umber-Ella is a glitter shade made up of gold holographic glitter. The glitter is pretty packed and you can get this to be opaque with a few coats. It is very pretty and struck me as a “princess-y” gold. Shown is one with no top coat.

Finger Paints Umber-Ella (in shade)

Finger Paints Umber-Ella (direct sunlight)

Finger Paints Umber-Ella (close-up)

I actually prefer to wear packed glitter shades like this alone. How about you?

These should be available in Sally Beauty Supply stores and online for around $4.99 each or less if it’s on sale.

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


ipsy August 2016 Glam Bag

I got this in a few days ago. While I knew I’d like the bag, I didn’t know that I’d like it this much! It’s quite beautiful really and I appreciate it even though it’s not my typical style. Here’s what I got with my ipsy August 2016 Glam Bag.

ipsy August 2016 Glam Bag

The bag is much, much prettier in person. The first item that caught my eye is the Global Beauty Care Dead Sea Wash Off Mask. I love face masks especially mud type ones. I haven’t been using any lately though as I introduced the use of the PMD in my skin care regimen so I pretty much kept my facial routine very simple while my skin gets adjusted to it. Next item that caught my eye is the Pacifica Sundreams Lotus Infused Bronzer. The shade I got this in is called Sunkissed. The packaging is so cute but I have too many bronzers open already and I don’t even use them so I’ll be tucking this into my extra gifting pile. Then we have Ciaté Paint Pot. The shade I got is in Dangerous Affair. It’s not really my type of shade so I’ll be throwing this in as an extra gift as well. Next we have OFRA x @DupeThat “You Glow Girl” Highlighter. Another item that I don’t really use as is so to the same pile it goes. Last up is the Beauty For Real I-LINE 24-7 Eyeliner. The shade I got is called Black Magic.

Global Beauty Care Dead Sea Wash Off Mask

Pacifica Sundreams Lotus Infused Bronzer

Ciaté Paint Pot

OFRA x @DupeThat “You Glow Girl” Highlighter

Beauty For Real I-LINE 24-7 Eyeliner

The bag wowed me more than the contents but that’s alright. I hope next month’s bag is better!


Zoya Seashells Swatches

Hey Guys! Today’s post is a longer one as it’s on an entire nail polish collection released for the summer. We’re still in summer so get these shades on! And if you know me by now, you will know that I’ll tell you to wear what you want no matter what time of the year. Here are swatches for the Zoya Seashells Collection.

First up is Levi.

Zoya Levi

Levi is a beautiful pale or light gold shade. It is described as “a beige gold, textured PixieDust with medium holographic hex glitter”. This is 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 Levi (in shade)

Zoya Levi (direct sunlight)

Zoya Levi (close-up)

Just to show how shiny and jelly-ish squishy it looks like with top coat on, here’s Levi with one coat of top coat over it.

Zoya Levi with top coat (in shade)

Zoya Levi with top coat (close-up)

Next is Zooey.

Zoya Zooey

Zooey is a pretty pink shade. This is described as “a classic pink, textured PixieDust laced with a fine thread of gold and medium-sized holographic hexes for an added layer of dimension”. Formula is very nice and the golden flash gives its stunning duochrome property. Shown is 3 thin coats with no top coat.

Zoya Zooey (in shade)

Zoya Zooey (lighting changed)

Zoya Zooey (direct sunlight)

Zoya Zooey (close-up)

Then we have Tilly.

Zoya Tilly

Tilly is the one I thought would be my favorite but it got beaten by Levi. It’s a stunning silver shade that is described as “a starry grey, textured PixieDust with a small holographic glitter interwoven with a darker gunmetal” and “perfect for hot nights out on the town!”. It makes me think of other super glittery shades like Color Club Magic Attraction except that’s purple. Shown is 2 coats with no top coat.

Zoya Tilly (in shade)

Zoya Tilly (direct sunlight)

Zoya Tilly (close-up)

Next we have Bay.

Zoya Bay

Bay is a an odd one. I like it in the bottle then didn’t really feel it when I applied it on my nails and I liked it even less in pictures. Thank goodness though it looks better in person than in pictures. The shade itself made me think or Frozen’s Elsa. It is described as “a sky blue, textured PixieDust with fine silver and gold glitter creating a dreamy effect”. Shown is 3 thin coats with no top coat.

Zoya Bay (in shade)

Zoya Bay (direct sunlight)

Zoya Bay (close-up)

Here comes Linds.

Zoya Linds

Linds is a red that — I’ll be honest — pictures horribly. I hated how it looks in the pictures under direct sunlight but it looks much better in person. In the picture, it makes me think of bright red candy and blood ala what you see in cartoons. It is described as “a red PixieDust with red and fuchsia glitter to mimic the look of maraschino cherries dipped in sugar!”. It doesn’t look as red as in the bottle really. This is actually one of my favorites in this collection (it just pictures horribly in my experience). Shown is 2 coats with no top coat.

Zoya Linds (in shade)

Zoya Linds (direct sunlight)

Zoya Linds (close-up)

Last up is Cece.

Zoya Cece

Cece is a meadow green shade that makes me think of cartoon frogs like Kerokerokeroppi from Sanrio. It is described as ” a full impact green, textured PixieDust with a thin vein of gold creating a fizzy lemon-lime effect”. Shown is 3 coats with no top coat.

Zoya Cece (in shade)

Zoya Cece (direct sunlight)

Zoya Cece (close-up)

Zoya Cece (different angle)

There are some shades here that I don’t recall them having, so I find this to be a balanced collection. I do wish there was something more that pops with these shades but it could’ve been worse so I’m satisfied with these!

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


Finger Paints I Am So Enameled By You

Hey guys! Today I have a shade from Finger Paints. It’s one of the new shades they released earlier this year as part of their core collection. Here’s Finger Paints I Am So Enameled By You.

Finger Paints I Am So Enameled By You

Finger Paints I Am So Enameled By You is such a pretty glitter shade. I was thinking it’s like any other glitter shade I have (and I have tons of them) but this manages to stand on its own still. This shade is made up of gold and purple larger sized hex glitters sprinkled with some iridescent pinkish smaller hex glitter in a slightly purple tinted base. Formula is good but note that glitter pieces can go on pretty sparse even though it evens out with a thicker coat. Shown is one with no top coat.

Finger Paints I Am So Enameled By You (in shade)

Finger Paints I Am So Enameled By You (lighting changed)

Finger Paints I Am So Enameled By You (direct sunlight)

Finger Paints I Am So Enameled By You (close-up)

I would layer this shade over something like fuchsia or magenta. I think all the glitter pieces in this shade will pop against that color.

These should be available in Sally Beauty Supply stores and online for around $4.99 each or less if it’s on sale.

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


Sinful Colors Teal Midnight

Hey guys! It’s Fri-yay! So glad it’s Friday again. It’s so weird that even though this is a short work week it actually felt like it was dragging. 😦 But I’m glad it’s all over now, here’s Sinful Colors Teal Midnight.

Sinful Colors Teal Midnight

I got this shade from my Influenster Bloom VoxBox 2016. Described as “shimmering deep turquoise”, this shade is made up of iridescent regular and hex glitter in a greenish blue-tinted base. The glitter is pretty sparse at just one coat. Shown is 2 coats with no top coat.

Sinful Colors Teal Midnight (in shade)

Sinful Colors Teal Midnight (direct sunlight)

Sinful Colors Teal Midnight (close-up)

And here it is with 2 thick coats over Finger Paints Vintage Vincent that I featured earlier in this blog post.

Sinful Colors Teal Midnight over Finger Paints Vintage Vincent (in shade)

Sinful Colors Teal Midnight over Finger Paints Vintage Vincent (direct sunlight)

Sinful Colors Teal Midnight over Finger Paints Vintage Vincent (close-up)

Sinful Colors is available at various retailers and drugstores such as Walmart, Target, CVS, and Walgreens. They have a list of retailers up on their website here. They’re usually priced at $1.99 but you can score some for as low as $0.99 each when there is a BOGO promo or some special pricing on these.

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


Zoya Sunset Swatches

Hey Guys! Hope that this long weekend is serving you well! I’m heading down to spend time with my husband’s family tomorrow. My friend’s yellow lab is keeping me busier than usual but I managed to squeeze in a good amount of gardening (well, pulling weeds….LMAO!). For today’s post, here are swatches for the Zoya Sunset Collection.

First up is Brynn.

Zoya Brynn

Brynn is a hot pink crème. It is described as “a popsicle pink with a densely saturated, buttery smooth application” and “the epitome of happy carefree color!”. When I see this, I think of it as Barbie’s older sister pink. It’s more fuchsia or magenta than the regular Barbie hot pink. Shown is 3 thin coats with no top coat.

Zoya Brynn (in shade)

Zoya Brynn (direct sunlight)

Zoya Brynn (close-up)

Next we have Ness

Zoya Ness

Ness is a an almost pastel-y jade green crème. It is described as “a softened jade green with a hint of blue to make it wearable for all skin tones” and “reminiscent of sea glass found on your favorite beaches!”. Formula is a little streaky or slightly chalky on the first coat but it evened out at the second coat. Shown is 2 coats with no top coat.

Zoya Ness (in shade)

Zoya Ness (direct sunlight)

Zoya Ness (close-up)

Next up is Dixie.

Zoya Dixie

Dixie is a red crème shade. It is described as “a juicy watermelon red with a densely saturated, buttery smooth application” and “a cool treat for hot summer days!”. Formula is thinner than others in this collection. Shown is 3 coats with no top coat.

Zoya Dixie (in shade)

Zoya Dixie (direct sunlight)

Zoya Dixie (close-up)

Then we have Dory.

Zoya Dory

Dory is a blue crème shade. It is described as “a vibrant cornflower blue with a densely saturated, buttery smooth application”. It reminds me of Sally Hansen Dive Bar but darker. The formula feels thinner and less opaque than Ness. Shown is 3 thinner coats with no top coat.

Zoya Dory (in shade)

Zoya Dory (direct sunlight)

Zoya Dory (close-up)

Next is Liv.

Zoya Liv

Liv is a pretty orchid purple crème. This is described as “a fun-filled purple that is seriously saturated and makes a statement!” and “great on any skin tone, with or without a tan”. Formula is very nice that it applied beautifully. Shown is 2 thinner coats with no top coat.

Zoya Liv (in shade)

Zoya Liv (direct sunlight)

Zoya Liv (close-up)

Zoya Liv (lighting changed)

Last up is Cam.

Zoya Cam

Cam is a bright orange crème that makes me think of neon orange shades. I surprisingly liked this more than I thought I would. It is described as “a deep, fully saturated orange with a densely saturated, buttery smooth application” and “rich and juicy like a ripe tangerine!”. It is thinner and less opaque than many other shades in this collection. Shown is 3 thin coats with no top coat.

Zoya Cam (in shade)

Zoya Cam (direct sunlight)

Zoya Cam (close-up)

I’m actually impressed with this collection from Zoya. I feared that it would be the same old shades that’s around every year but some of these are leaning towards being neon!

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


Finger Paints Vintage Vincent

Hey guys! I’ve been preoccupied with some non-blogging stuff and now I’m watching a friend’s dog for about 10 days or so. Today’s post is on a shade I’ve had on my coffee table for a while now. It’s actually one of the shades from last year’s Holiday collection from Finger Paints. Here’s Finger Paints Vintage Vincent.

Finger Paints Vintage Vincent

Vintage Vincent is a stunning teal shimmer shade. The shimmer in this is really fine and silver in color. It gives the shade much more depth and beauty. Teal is not one of my favorite colors but this one blew me away (just being honest here!). This shade is a stainer so make sure to use a good base coat with it. Formula is a dream — it applied seamlessly. Shown is 2 coats with no top coat.

Finger Paints Vintage Vincent (in shade)

Finger Paints Vintage Vincent (direct sunlight)

Finger Paints Vintage Vincent (close-up)

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