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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.*

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Finger Paints Once In A Wild Collection Swatches

This one’s overdue but you can still catch these shades in your local Sally Beauty Supply store. I spotted them at mine recently! Here are swatches for Finger Paints Once In A Wild Collection.

First up is Titian Tint.

Finger Paints Titian Tint

Titian Tint is not quite rose gold but it’s a gold with a hint of rose metallic shade. It’s very pretty but not something new. Shown is 2 coats with no top coat.

Finger Paints Titian Tint (in shade)

Finger Paints Titian Tint (direct sunlight)

Finger Paints Titian Tint (close-up)

Next we have Amazon Sky.

Finger Paints Amazon Sky

Amazon Sky is a surprise winner for me in this collection. I didn’t expect the texture finish in this shade. It’s a gorgeous shade of blue that I absolutely adore. Formula is very thick and it’s opaque. Shown is one coat with no top coat.

Finger Paints Amazon Sky (in shade)

Finger Paints Amazon Sky (direct sunlight)

Finger Paints Amazon Sky (close-up)

Next have my favorite, Vermillion $ Painting.

Finger Paints Vermillion $ Painting

Vermillion $ Painting is a the reddish orange in this collection. It leans a bit more towards the red, which I like more than the other way around. It’s so bright and gorgeous with the gold shimmer. Shown is 3 coats with no top coat.

Finger Paints Vermillion $ Painting (in shade)

Finger Paints Vermillion $ Painting (direct sunlight)

Finger Paints Vermillion $ Painting (close-up)

Then we have Once In A Wild.

Finger Paints Once In A Wild

Once In A Wild is a purple shimmer with a formula that’s slightly on the sheer side. It applied very well onto my nails though. Shown is 2 coats with no top coat.

Finger Paints Once In A Wild (in shade)

Finger Paints Once In A Wild (direct sunlight)

Finger Paints Once In A Wild (close-up)

Next we have Exotic Emerald.

Finger Paints Exotic Emerald

Exotic Emerald has the same texture finish as Amazon Sky but with a sheer formula compared to that. It dried pretty fast. Shown is 2 coats with no top coat.

Finger Paints Exotic Emerald (in shade)

Finger Paints Exotic Emerald (direct sunlight)

Finger Paints Exotic Emerald (close-up)

Last up is Amethyst Accent.

Finger Paints Amethyst Accent

Amethyst Accent also has a texture finish and the formula is in between Amazon Sky and Exotic Emerald. It’s not as thick or opaque as Amazon Sky but it is definitely not as sheer as Exotic Emerald. Shown is 2 coats with no top coat.

Finger Paints Amethyst Accent (in shade)

Finger Paints Amethyst Accent (direct sunlight)

Finger Paints Amethyst Accent (close-up)

Overall? I love the shades in this entire collection. A lot of these shades seem like it would suit well for the Holiday season like Amazon Sky and Exotic Emerald.

These should be available in Sally Beauty Supply stores and online for around $5.99 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.*


Zoya Fall Ultra PixieDust Swatches

Hey guys! The weather has cooled down a lot that the tomato plants my husband planted are now actually producing tomatoes. Go figure! I hope we get one decent batch before the cold weather rolls in and is here to stay. Today’s post is on a collection that I was really excited about initially but it fell short in my opinion. Here are quick swatches for the Zoya Fall Ultra PixieDust Collection.

First up is Oswin.

Zoya Oswin

This is my favorite shade among the 3. I love how this ones looks. It kind of makes me think of crystallized candy. The close-up shot of this one just mesmerizes me. It is described as “a true red textured PixieDust with crimson Mega Hex particles”. I don’t usually apply glitters until they’re opaque. I like to show how they look on their own, but I felt that this looked better with more coats for sure. Shown is 3 thin coats with no top coat.

Zoya Oswin (in shade)

Zoya Oswin (direct sunlight)

Zoya Oswin (close-up)

Zoya Oswin (lighting changed)

Next up is Noir.

Zoya Noir

Noir is the blackened purple version of Oswin basically. It’s packed with the same glittery goodness and bears the same texture finish, although I don’t think it looked good honestly. I really thought it would, but it fell short of my expectations. It is described as a “deep, vampy plum textured PixieDust with red Mega Hex particles”. What sticks out about this shade is the almost blackened base in this purple shade. I stuck with the same number of coats as Oswin just to keep it consistent. Shown is 3 thin coats with no top coat.

Zoya Noir (in shade)

Zoya Noir (direct sunlight)

Zoya Noir (close-up)

Zoya Noir (lighting changed)

Lastly, here’s Arianna.

Zoya Arianna

I thought this was originally going to be my favorite of the 3. I kept going back and forth with this and Oswin, but it didn’t mesmerize me as much as Oswin did. Oswin has a little more oomph and I’m not sure if it’s just the color of the shade or what. This is described as “a blue-toned red wine textured PixieDust with Mega Hex particles”. I’m actually surprised the description did not mention about it being a berry shade because that’s what popped into my head when comparing against Oswin. Shown is 3 thin coats with no top coat.

Zoya Arianna (in shade)

Zoya Arianna (direct sunlight)

Zoya Arianna (close-up)

I will say that while I do like these shades, I like the Zoya Summer Magical Pixie shades better. Oswin looks more matte than the other 2 and that may be why I like how it looks a lot. If the other 2 dries more matte then it’s possible I would’ve liked it more. I wish I thought of that earlier when I had them on, but it’s something to experiment with when I get home I guess.

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


Finger Paints Enchanted Mermaid Swatches

Hey guys! Today I have another collection from Finger Paints that got me pretty excited when I got them in the mail. The colors are so pretty and the shades look very promising. I love vibrant colors of the sea. Here’s Finger Paints Enchanted Mermaid Collection.

First up is Underwater Enchantress.

Finger Paints Underwater Enchantress

Underwater Enchantress definitely wowed me just by looking at the bottle. It actually made me think of shades like Chanel Peridot and such. It’s vibrant and stunning, but I wish they left the shades that way and not add in anything else for the texture. They were trying to get the texture to be kinda like fish scales. Formula is good and it dries pretty quick. Shown is 2 coats with no top coat.

Finger Paints Underwater Enchantress (in shade)

Finger Paints Underwater Enchantress (direct sunlight)

Finger Paints Underwater Enchantress (close-up)

Next up is Tails Of Love.

Finger Paints Tails Of Love

Tails Of Love is the one I thought I’d love the most initially. It’s a beautiful teal shade with the same texture finish. They achieved this finish with round glitters that I think are clear. You can see them pretty clearly in most of the shots. Formula is good and it dries pretty quick. Shown is 2 coats with no top coat.

Finger Paints Tails Of Love (in shade)

Finger Paints Tails Of Love (direct sunlight)

Finger Paints Tails Of Love (close-up)

Next we have Sailor’s Lure.

Finger Paints Sailor’s Lure

Sailor’s Lure is a nice duochrome shade….with the same texture finish. While the shade is pretty, I think the duochrome property would be prettier and more evident if it didn’t have the texture finish. Formula is good and it dries pretty quick. Shown is 2 coats with no top coat.

Finger Paints Sailor’s Lure (in shade)

Finger Paints Sailor’s Lure (direct sunlight)

Finger Paints Sailor’s Lure (another shot)

Finger Paints Sailor’s Lure (close-up)

And lastly, here’s Sea Temptress.

Finger Paints Sea Temptress

Sea Temptress is another duochrome that would fare better if it didn’t have the texture finish. This white opal shade is the one I have most trouble with picturing myself using it. I can see myself using the other shades, but not this one as much. I usually wear light duochrome shades by itself or over a dark shade like black and I can’t see myself doing either with this. Formula is good and it dries pretty quick. Shown is 2 coats with no top coat.

Finger Paints Sea Temptress (in shade)

Finger Paints Sea Temptress (direct sunlight)

Finger Paints Sea Temptress (close-up)

Overall? This is one collection I definitely think it looks better in the bottle than on the nails. Some can actually pass to my liking to actually wear them, but not as a full mani. Something more along the lines of an accent nail or something. My favorite is Underwater Enchantress. These shades should be available in Sally Beauty Supply stores and online for around $5.99 each.

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


Zoya Summer Magical Pixie Swatches

Hey guys! It’s another new week! I hope this week flies by fast since I’m already looking forward to the upcoming weekend. I’ve been cooking much more lately and not quite sure why. I just got the urge to do so. My poor husband just eats whatever I cooks, but at least he’s giving me pretty honest feedback! I did manage to squeeze taking pictures of this collection in — Zoya Summer Magical Pixie. Here they are shown in the order of the press release.

First up is Arlo.

Zoya Arlo

This shade is pretty packed with glittery goodness. One coat is enough to partake in its awesomeness even though it’s not quite opaque yet. It is described as “a glittering violet amethyst in the best-selling ultra textured, matte, holographic MagicalPixie formula”. Another coat and it will be just like what you see in the bottle. I don’t usually apply glitters until they’re opaque. I like to show how they look on their own. Shown is one coat with no top coat.

Zoya Arlo (in shade)

Zoya Arlo (direct sunlight)

Zoya Arlo (close-up)

Next up is Ginni.

Zoya Ginni

Ginni is the light pink version of Arlo basically. It’s packed with the same glittery goodness and bears the same texture finish. It is described as “a glittery pink tourmaline in the best-selling ultra textured, matte, holographic Magical Pixie formula”. Formula is great to work with. I stuck with the same number of coats as Arlo to show the color difference between the 2. Shown is one coat with no top coat.

Zoya Ginni (in shade)

Zoya Ginni (direct sunlight)

Zoya Ginni (lighting changed)

Zoya Ginni (close-up)

Lastly, here’s Bar.

Zoya Bar

Holy cow! What can I say about Bar? Bar is basically the same exact thing as Arlo and Ginni except in this stunning color that I wish I had earlier so I could’ve worn it on my nails for my wedding. This is described as “a glittery nude topaz in the best-selling ultra textured, matte, holographic Magical Pixie formula”. Formula is great to work with and it dries really fast. The base for this one is less tinted, so I used an extra coat for this (I kind of wanted to see too what could’ve been on my nails that day as I wore 2 coats of Cosmo). Shown is 2 coats with no top coat.

Zoya Bar (in shade)

Zoya Bar (direct sunlight)

Zoya Bar (close-up)

I was originally very excited about this collection and Bar definitely sealed the deal for me on that sentiment. As with the earlier Magical Pixies, I like the formula for these as I didn’t have to pat or strategically place the glitter on the nail like some other hex glitter polishes from various other brands.

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