Thursday, September 28, 2017

Zoya Fall 2017 Lipstick Review - 7 New Colors!

Just last Thursday, I shared summer lipsticks from Zoya...and realized what I slacker I had been! I received these Fall lippies just about a week ago, so I wanted to post them ASAP!

Here are the 7 hydrating creme lipsticks that I received. Although it seems helpful to have color-coded stickers on the top, the stickers hardly match the bullet color. Why bother to print anything besides the name if the colors are so off? Shrug.


The Zoya lipstick case is a sleek black with Zoya on it.


Here are all 7 swatched on my arm in alpha order, same as the boxes above. The colors, from top to bottom, are:

  • Addie
  • Bristol
  • Izzy
  • Layne
  • Lucky
  • Maggie
  • Tommy


Close ups! This is Addie, Bristol, and Izzy:


Here are Izzy, Layne, Lucky, Maggie, and Tommy:


There is no reason for me to keep 7 lippies and not share with family and friends, so I picked 4 to keep that I think I will actually reach for. Addie is creamier than Layne, but they do look quite similar on my lips. Izzy is an almost metallicy red, so I may end up passing her along, too. Tommy is NOT my normal, at all, but I have secretly wanted an outrageous color lippie but never wanted to actually purchase it. Thank you, Zoya!


Are you picking up any of these lippies? What do you think of Zoya's Hydrating Creme formula?


Tuesday, September 26, 2017

Mani Round Up: September 26, 2017

Last Tuesday in September! Crazy! I have some gorgeous polishes from last week to show you, so let's jump right in.


OPI DS Extravagance: Sigh. Angels sang when I put this color on my nails. This is three thin coats to build up the depth and sparkle. Love!


Julie G Birthday Suit: I love the peachy pink tone to this neutral polish. It is the perfect french manicure color...


Julie B Birthday Suit & Wet & Wild Blank Canvas: I keep reading that french manicures are out...lemme tell ya what I think about that...


That's what I think about that! I love me a good french!


SuperChic Lacquer Fuchsure Drive Me Insane: I was in the mood for this polish! Out of all 52,428 (slight exaggeration) polishes that I own, I went melmer hunting just for this one. I love the icy blue shimmer mixed with the rich purple base. This is two coats and holo bows because I realized I was OUT of black bows (gasp!).


Rescue Beauty Lounge Sunny Skies: Can we pour out a lil' sip of somethin' for the departed RBL brand?! Such a good polish line, great colors, wonderful formula. This is my one and only RBL that was gifted by my pal Vienna and I love it! This is just two coats and G&G topcoat.


SinfulColors Black on Black: I needed a quality, opaque, single coat needed base coat for a more fun polish. This is your basic black creme, it is perfectly fine, so if you need a budget black creme just to HAVE it, this is a good one to pick up at your local drugstore.


Sinful Colors Black on Black and Ludurana Aurora Boreal: I totally forgot about this gorgeous polish! It was hiding in the back of my melmer, which I was cleaning out and de-stashing so I could bring polishes to my besties' kiddos (thank you for having 3 girls amongst you!). AB is staying with me, at least for a little longer. And yes, I promise, this whole grid of photos is the same polish in different lights!!

I started with a quick coat of Sinful Colors Black on Black, two coats of AB. It is a metallic and yes, there are serious polish stroke lines but who cares when the polish is this pretty?


Sinful Colors Black on Black and Ludurana Aurora Boreal and OPI Spotted: Well, adding the Spotted wasn't a good idea now, was it? It covered up the chromey color changing special-ness of the Ludurana. Ah well, that is the fun of polish - I am just going to change it in 24 hours.

That is it for this week! I consider this a successful week of polishes, with a couple of indies, a sprinkle of nail art, and not only using my Zoya cremes. Can you tell I am super single at the moment and have a lot more ME time!? Womp, womp.


Thursday, September 21, 2017

Zoya Lipstick Review - 3 New Hydrating Creme Colors

In addition to the new Wanderlust collection, Zoya has released 3 new hydrating creme lipsticks! With all of the liquid lippies, mattes, and metallics on the market, Zoya decided it is time to get back to basics!

Info: "Back to basics but even better; Zoya perfects the classic lipstick cream formula to allow lips to stay moist for hours without the mess. The medium wear formula is specifically designed to last 4 to 6 hours without cracking or drying. All this in a light weight yet well pigmented unflavored formula that you're going to love. Trust us!"

Let's take a look!


Quick FYI: The boxes do not, not, NOT match the bullets! You're ordering online, so trust swatches more than the boxes, which you don't see until they arrive, but still.

The new shades are, from L to R, Kay, Kirby, Kitty:


Kay: "Kay by Zoya is a creamy sheer red."


Kitty: "Kitty by Zoya is a neutral shimmering pink in a hydrating cream formula."


Kirby: "Kirby by Zoya is a bright sheer watermelon pink in a hydrating cream formula."


Top to Bottom, Kay, Kirby, Kitty: 


Hmm.. well. These are just preliminary swatches, after all.

They are beyond sheer, almost a balm like consistency. I tried Kay at work (no pics, sorry!) and it disappeared off my lips in felt like it sunk in, again like a balm. It was soft on the lips, almost gel-like, and kept a balm like shiney finish.

Bottom line, in my opinion, if you like the loud, matte, vibrant lipsticks, you won't like these. If you like soft, gel-like, semi-shiny lipstick that feels very light on the lips and are hydrating instead of a BAM impact on the mouth, I suggest trying these! Good for summer!


Tuesday, September 19, 2017

Mani Round Up: September 19, 2017

Tuesday - Aaah!! Is September racing by or what?


NARS Ratin Jot: I believe this was my first higher end polish? I love this one, even 5 years later. The formula is still perfect, too. Two coats and done!


Smith & Cult She Said Yeah: My Gogo (Grandmother) gifted me this a few weeks ago when my Shelby (dog) wasn't feeling well. :) This is my first S&C polish and it is flawless in formula and shiny in finish. I did two thin coats of this buttery creme.


Literary Lacquers This is Your Treasure over Smith&Cult She Said Yeah:  Welcome to another addition of 'I wanted my nails to look different but I didn't want to do my nails.' TiYT matches perfectly with the SSY base. Lit Lac polishes never NEED base colors, as they are flawless and opaque on their own, but I had a headache and didn't want to break out the acetone. How pretty is this?

Answer: SO pretty that you also need to see a sparkly macro!



Zoya Hannah: Hands down, Zoya Hannah is my favorite red polish. I love the color with my skin tone. I love that it is a candy paint color, so glossy, too. It is a thinner formula, but doesn't pool in your cutes at all. It does need 3 coats so you see no VNL, but I used two here. LOVE this polish.

Thursday, September 14, 2017

June, July, and August Favorites!

I have been trying to stream line my beauty products lately, and even more so after hearing about Hurricane Harvey. I need to really ease up on material possessions and focus on family, love, safety, and preparedness.

That is a story in the works. You will see an upcoming purge post and throwaway post coming soon.

For now, let me show you what I have been loving for the past few months.


Gold Bond Ultimate Eczema Relief: I admit, I bought this from a Shaq commercial. I get light bumps up and down my upper arms, so I figured this was worth a shot to combat them. This really helps! It is a thick but easy to spread formula, has no smell at all, and leaves my arms feeling instantly soothed.

LUSH Cosmetics Ultrabland Cleanser: I possibly talk about this rich balm cleanser too often on the blog. It removes everything, from waterproof mascara to a long lasting liquid lip. It smells great, too.

Murad Hydrating Toner: This is fairly new to be, but I've been using it daily since I picked it up at Ulta. It has a light fresh scent, and the spray bottle is super convenient for toner application.

Neulii Greentea BHA Pore Tightening Serum: I bought this on a whim from RoseRoseShop, and I am very happy with my purchase. It has a typical tea tree string to it, but my pores do look better now that I've been using this for a few weeks.

Cover Girl The Super Lengths Mascara: I may have finally found a mascara to replace my beloved Miss Manga (pours out a lil liquor for Miss M). The brush is tiny, practically has no bristles, and catches every lash. This is a very recent purchase but so far, so good.

It Cosmetics Anti-Redness Creme: Hand's down, this is my favorite product find in the past few fact, probably all of 2017 so far. A thick, tinted creme, this goes onto the skin to mask redness and even out skintone. It is ridiculously expensive for the amount you receive, but it is amazing. Worth it 100%.

Boscia BB Cream: I discovered this when I went to Arizona in late June. This cream melted into my skin as it is very creamy, but covered my imperfections very well. It stayed on and looked good through 110 plus degree heat. The little sample last 10 days for me, through plane rides, swimming, and wandering around. I immediately purchased a full size when I got back to the east coast.

Boscia Hydrating Essence: When I HAD to run to Sephora for a full size BB cream, I also picked up this hydrating essence in a gorgeous bottle. I use this after the toner step in my regimen. It is so incredibly silky to the touch and simply melts into the skin.

Ok! So those were my favorites from the past few months. What have you been loving?? Let me know in the comments!


Tuesday, September 12, 2017

Mani Round Up: September 12, 2017

Here is what I wore last week on my nails:


Zoya Chantal: Is there a better neutral polish than Chantal? I had a busy week at work last week, so I had to have some professional nails. This is two perfect coats and topcoat.


Zoya Chantal and China Glaze Fairy Dust: I used to love the Mercurial Magpie blog, and I remember Kirby was a huge fan of Fairy Dust! I think she coined the hashtag #fairydustthatshit LOL. Even professional nails can get a dose of fairy dust, right? This is just one coat over Chantal to give the mani a lil' somethinsomethin.


Zoya Brynn: It has been an unintentional Zoya week here but the formulas are just always so perfect and reliable that it is easy to make this brand my go-to. I got these awesome flower pants from Target, they have a black background and muted floral print ($20 - amazing, silky, so comfy) so I wanted a polish to match. This is actually a lot brighter than the pants, but whatever, it still goes. Lastly, please note that I did this mani 10 mins before bed and woke up with perfect nails, thanks to my HK Girl topcoat.

Hmm...Looks like that is it, LOL. It happens!


Thursday, September 7, 2017

Empties Report: June, July, August 2017 (159 empties in 2017!)

I have been such a slacker in regards to my Empties Reports, but I have been collecting empties the whole time. On vacation the end of June, I put off my birthday was the beginning of I put off my post...but now! I will get back on track.

Here is my gigantic pile of empties from June, July, and August.

Group shot:


I also kept my empty packets, too.


I am not going to go through each one! We would be here forever. Instead, I gathered my top favorites and items I would definitely re-purchase. I'll tell you about each one of those.


LUSH Cosmetics Lemony Flutter Body Conditioner: This is a LUSH Kitchen product, meaning it is made special and not available in store. The only permanent LF scented product is a super thick cuticle product that I dislike, but the smell is just heaven.

LUSH Cosmetics Ultrabland: I constantly have this on hand. It is a thick balm that takes off all makeup. It soothes dry skin in an instant, has no smell, and just works so well.

LUSH Cosmetics Ro's Argan Body Conditioner: Ro's is a permanent item, and thank heavens for that, because it smells SO good. If you love LUSH Rose Jam shower gel, you will love this.

Boscia BB Cream: I used this sample during my vacation in Arizona, and it held up to the intense heat. It isn't full coverage, but good coverage. This one adjusts to your skin tone and helps to perfect your complexion.

Rhonda Allison Cucumber Spritz: I finished this bottle in perfect timing to get a replacement from the Spa at Essex in Essex, CT. I don't know if this has actual skin care purposes, but it smells amazing and is so soothing and refreshing.

Bath & Body Works Limoncello Hand Cream: I know B&BW adds some artificial and less than desirable ingredients to their products, but again, the smell. I love this in candle version and the handcream version.

L'Oreal Miss Manga Mascara: Sigh. This has been discontinued for some time now, and I am running out of back ups. I recently discovered Cover Girl's The Super Sizer and it is the best replacement I have found, so you know that'll be discontinued soon, too.

Essence All About Matt Powder: Under $4 holy grail! I am all about this powder, which puffs lightly on your skin and mattes you without giving your skin any sort of a whitish cast. My only qualm is that it is super breakable and soft, which means you cannot travel with it without it breaking all over your makeup bag.

Now for the totals.

Monthly Totals: 53 empties and 24 sample packets. 

Yearly Totals: 159 empties and 65 sample packets.


Tuesday, September 5, 2017

Mani Round Up: September 5, 2017

I guess I shouldn't be shocked that we are in the first week of September when I was already shocked that last week was the last week of August, but here we are again!

You may notice something slightly different this week - my nubbins! When one breaks, for me, they all have to go. So, they went. Oh well, they do grow!!


Pacifica Crystal Orchid: I was sent this to try from Pacifica last year, and I remember not liking it and stashing it at the back of my pink drawer in my melmer. Yep, there's a pink drawer - an overflowing pink drawer at that. Anyway, I am not sure what changed except my opinion on this polish! Two perfect coats and topcoat for this look. This polish is getting moved to the front of the drawer.


China Glaze Budding Romance: Let's define UGLY PRETTY, shall we?! This. Three coats of this and topcoat. What do you think of this color?!


Zoya Tiana: Is there a prettier sea foam green polish than Zoya Tiana?? If so, I haven't met it yet. This is just two coats, which as quite impressive for a pastel. I added topcoat for extra glossiness. I love colors that make me look tan. This was also the color of my bedroom in middle school, so I do adore this polish!


Orly Prelude to a Kiss:  Here is a friendly warning to not attempt a mani in semi darkness. It is getting dark outside much earlier than a month ago, isn't it? I am not ready for fall. This sloppy mani was two coats and topcoat.


March 2019: Empties & Tossed Report

I am continuing to try to use up products that have been laying around, including perfumes. So far, so good. Let me show you what I used in ...