5.19.2015

Zoya Paradise Sun Swatches and Review

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I've got the other half of Zoya's summer collection today, called Paradise Sun. These polishes all  have a shimmer, though it's not all the same type like Zoya typically does in a collection. So that's kind of cool they are mixing it up but I do like when everything matches. ;)

Genesis is a shimmery white. I did 3 coats. It takes some care and effort to make sure this doesn't look streaky but the end result is so pretty!


Mae is a bright hot pink with a larger sparkle throughout. I did 2 coats.


Aphrodite is an orangey/red with some amazing shimmer flecks in it. This one has a ton of depth and  is almost a jelly. 3 coats.


Oceane is a mesmerizing bright blue. This one is borderline metallic and so gorgeous. 2 coats.


Selene is a bright emerald green. This shimmer in this one is a mix between Oceane and Mae. 2 coats.


And finally, Isa. I love this blue based purple and the blue shimmer it has. 2 coats.


Another fabulous collection from Zoya! You can find them at zoya.com for $9/bottle.

*Products sent for review in exchange for my honest opinions.
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5.14.2015

Zoya Island Fun Swatches and Review

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It's time for a new collection from Zoya! After all my years of polish collecting, I still look forward to what they have in store for each season. Today, I'm showing you the Island Fun collection and I'll have the Paradise Sun collection up soon!

The running theme I noticed in these is that they are all very saturated colors. Lots of depth. A cool take on the summer brights we usually see.

Jace is a grassy green. This was the wateriest of the bunch. I did 3 coats.


Cecilia is a gorgeous teal. This has a lot more depth to it than my camera picked up. So pretty. 2 coats.


Talia is a deep blue/turquoise shade. 2 coats. Since I was swatching these all at once, I took this polish off as soon as I was happy with a photo of it and in the maybe 5 minutes I had it on, there was some major staining happening. On the nail and on the skin during removal. Hopefully a base coat would help that issue (I don't use one while swatching).


Serenity is a lovely purple shade. It's leaning a lot more blue here than it is in person though. Darn purples are so hard to photograph! 2 coats.


Nana is a deep magenta. Love this one for the name...that's what my kids call my mom. ;) Also this is practically a one coater!


And finally, Demetria. A bright, tomato red. 2 coats.



The Island Fun collection is available at Zoya.com and retails for $9/bottle.

What shades are your faves?

*Polish sent for review in exchange for my honest opinions.
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5.07.2015

It's A Nail by Incoco Applique Review

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I'm a fan of nail appliqués when they are cute and easy to apply. In my experience, the ones made from real nail polish are the easiest to apply and most natural looking. 

Today I am showing you some designs from It's a Nail by Incoco. I had no issues applying these and I actually enjoyed the process...and that's not been the case with a number of other strips I've tried in the past! It wasn't difficult for me to find the correct sized strip for each nail and they smooth on quite nicely...no bubbles or ripples at the edges. Just remember to be careful when handling them because they are thin and can rip easily with too much adjusting. I only experienced that a couple times.

I can never find a nail strip that perfectly covers my very curved, wide nails. There's usually a little space left uncovered on the sides of some nails and while the It's a Nail strips still left an uncovered edge, it was minimal. That said, I always paint a matching base color with polish before I apply any strips. This also helps with keeping my tips wrapped, an area strips don't really cover.

I tried 3 designs and here they are!

Tea Party


Way to Go


Rock n Roll


I am currently wearing Rock n Roll. I applied them on Sunday, so it's almost been a week and there has been no chipping or peeling. Very impressed.

You can purchase the It's a Nail appliqués from itsanail.com. Besides nail art designs, there are solid colors and accent nails to choose from. Best part? A full manicure set is only $7.99!

I would definitely recommend these strips to anyone for ease of use, lasting power, and great price.

*Product sent for review in exchange for my honest opinions.


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4.21.2015

Jordana CatEye Liner Review

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More awesome new products from Jordana to share with you today! These are liquid liners in an 8 shade range. There are some really fun, bright colors along with some more wearable, everyday shades. 

I really love colored eyeliner for summertime. It's such a quick and simple way to add something to your face without all the blending and layering eyeshadow can require. And when it's super hot outside, you usually don't want to be piling it on anyway!


L-R: Orchid, Suede, Twilight, Caribbean, Envy, Future, Black Brown, and Black Leather



I've worn a lot of these shades and have been pretty impressed! They apply easily and smoothly and have lasting power all day. I will warn you that the shade Twilight stained my lids even over primer and shadow which I was surprised about but I love the shade so much I don't think that it's a deal breaker. ;)

If the brighter, lighter shades intimidate you or don't define your eyes enough, my favorite trick is to do a double liner look with a black liner closest to the lash line. That way you get the definition that makes only a dark liner can give, but you get the bright color pop as well. I did this on my eyes below using Orchid.




These retail for $2.99 each. They are available at jordanacosmetics.com and Walgreens.

See any colors that appeal to you?

*Products sent for review in exchange for my honest opinions.
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4.14.2015

Jordana Modern Matte Lipsticks Swatches and Review

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It's no secret Jordana has some serious gems hiding at the drugstore. I've got some new ones to show you today! 

Matte lipsticks have been a major trend this year and the Modern Matte line has got you covered! There is a huge range of shades to choose from and the formula is amazing. Matte lipsticks have really come a long way in terms of comfortable wear and these are right up there. Of course, you always want to exfoliate your lips and wear a light balm for a while before applying. If you do that, you get a pretty smooth application. 

Once on the lips, wear time for me is almost 4 hours before needing a touch up. Even then, it was just that- a touch up. Most of the color was still on my lips from my original application, even through eating and drinking! These are not extremely drying on the lips either. If I noticed my lips needed a little something during the day I would lightly apply a clear balm on top. 

Let's look at the shades! These first 12 were sent to me first, and I recently recieved 6 more shades to round out this collection to 18! I love the packaging. For a budget brand, it's not too cheap looking at all. I like that the tube perfectly matches the actual lipstick inside. 


The neutrals- Matte Bare, Matte Blush, Matte Frappuccino, Matte Tease, Matte Classy


The pinks- Matte Adorable, Matte Popular, Matte It Girl, Matte Dare


The oranges/red- Matte Pretty, Matte Caliente, Matte Style


These are the recent additions to the line:


Matte Whisper, Matte Innocent, Matte Goddess, Matte Divine, Matte Gorgeous, Matte Ambition


So many colors to choose from, definitely something for everyone! My top two are Matte Style and Matte Divine. But being the makeup addict I am, I love them all for one reason or another. ;)

Let me know which colors you are loving!

Pick these up in select Walgreens and on Jordanacosmetics.com for just $2.99!

*Products sent for review in exchange for my honest opinions.

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4.09.2015

New Blog Sale!

Hi guys!

I've revamped my blog sale and made everything into $15 lots! This is a great value for how many polishes are in each. Most polishes are hardly used. I'll be added a bunch of makeup lots hopefully very soon! Click *here* to view my blog sale page or click the blog sale tab at the top of my blog. All info you need will be there! Thanks for taking a look!!

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4.07.2015

Milani Fierce Foil Lipgloss Swatches

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Milani recently came out with a limited edition collection of lip glosses called Fierce Foil that pack a punch in the glitter/shimmer department! There are 6 in this collection and I have 2 shades to show you today. 

Venice and Sardinia



Sardinia is a coral shade. It's sheer but buildable to where you can cover most of your natural lip color.  With both these shades there is a lot of obvious glitter/shimmer so the look may not be for everyone.


 Venice is a light nude pink with lots of silvery shimmer. On me, I feel like it's very sheer and could add glitter and shine over any color without changing it. This has a very metallic look with all the silvery glitter particles. Very pretty!



Here you can see more of the texture of the shimmer/glitter.



I almost forgot to mention the scent! I am so obsessed with the way these smell! It's a yummy vanilla cake batter scent reminiscent of Lip Smackers Vanilla Frosting lip gloss which I worshipped as a 12 year old. haha I want to reach for these glosses for the scent alone.

As I mentioned before, the high glitter/shimmer content may not be for everyone's taste. It's not what I typically reach for but these aren't gritty or glittery in the traditional way that makes people shy away from them, so that makes them worth a shot!

Find the Fierce Foil collection at CVS!

*Product sent for review in exchange for my honest opinions.

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