Wednesday, April 24, 2013

Zoya - Irresistible Collection 2013

Products sent for consideration. All opinions are my own. 

I'm finally just about done moving and settling into the new place! That means I can get back into swatching and also not worry about breaking my nails too horribly. I'm really excited that my first swatches at the new house are the Zoya Irresistible Collection.


This collection is really amazing. I know not everyone is into the cremes that make up the Stunning Collection, but these should catch your eye if you like some sparkle or shine! I tend to prefer cremes, but I'm really loving these shades. Since they're all so shiny, I think this collection should have been called "Stunning!"

I used a base coat but no top coat for all swatches.

Tinsley: 

Tinsley is a rosy pink color. This one is pretty pale and is somewhat of a jelly - it's a little on the sheer side. I used three coats of Tinsley because I wanted to make it look like how it is in the bottle. I got pretty close! Two coats was almost opaque, and three was perfect for this one. The gold sheen looks great with the rosy color. 


Amy:
 

Amy is probably the brightest of the bunch. This orange is super bright and summery! I think this one pairs well with the gold foil finish that the Irresistible collection has. This one is very saturated and covered pretty well in one coat, but two made it look perfect. 


Kerry:  

Kerry is a little on the boring side to me. It's still a very stunning goldish yellow, but I don't think it stands out as much as the others since it's yellow with gold flakes - they're a little too similar. Still, it's very shiny and sparkly. This is almost like the non-PixieDust version of Solange! They're a very similar shade. Also for being such a light color, it covered well. This is two coats, and it was really opaque! 


Rikki: 


Rikki is one that I knew I would like right off the bat. As you know, I love green and blue polishes, and this one is gorgeous. The shade of green is a little difficult to describe. I think it's somewhat of a forest green. Rikki is a pretty subdued shade since it isn't very bright for summer, but it's still very eye-catching. The gold flakes in it contrast well and it just looks stunning! (Or it looks irresistible, I should say!)
I used two coats of Rikki


Hazel: 


Hazel is also somewhat of a subdued shade. Like Rikki, it isn't very bright for summer, but is still gorgeous. This one is like a metallic denim blue, and looks like the sun shining on the ocean when the light hits it. I think it's funny that this one is called "Hazel" since I think Rikki looks more like hazel colored eyes to me. But regardless of name, Hazel is a beautiful shade of blue. The gold flakes contrast well with it, and it's really a unique shade of blue in my collection! I used two coats of Hazel


Bobbi: 

Bobbi is an amazing summertime color. This one is a bright magenta, but it doesn't have the same gold metallic shine that the others do - instead this one is silvery. Bobbi is almost a one coater, which is impressive. One coat was almost entirely opaque, but I applied two just to be sure. I'm really loving this shade a lot more than I thought I would! 


Overall, I'm very impressed by the Irresistible collection! All of the colors are beautiful, and I like how half are more subdued, and half are brighter and bolder. I think it adds some nice diversity to the collection without them all being super bright or being too bland. 

They all applied smoothly, and were opaque with two coats, with the exception of Tinsley which took three thin coats for me. Still it is gorgeous and I would recommend that polish! 

The Irresistible polishes are $8.00 each or $48.00 for the entire set of six, and you can buy them from Zoya's website. You can also get them for 50% off if you take advantage of Zoya's Earth Day promotion! The promotion continues through the 26th, so grab them for a discounted price while you can. You can read about the details of the promotion here


Products sent for consideration. All opinions are my own. 

Friday, April 19, 2013

2013 Zoya Nail Polish Exchange

Just like last year, Zoya has an amazing promotion going on for Earth Day. You will be able to buy almost all Zoya nail polishes for 50% off! Check out the details below.


Hooray for Earth Day! Once again, Zoya is helping you do a little spring cleaning with the return of the Earth Day Zoya Nail Polish Exchange* for 2013. Clean out your nail polish wardrobe and get rid of old nail polish that may not be BIG5FREE (Free of Formaldehyde, Formaldehyde Resin, Toluene, DBP and Camphor) and exchange it for a greener alternative - long lasting, award winning, healthy Zoya Nail Polish bottles!

Now's the perfect time to make the switch to an eco-chic beauty routine! From April 19, 2013 - April 26, 2013 (11:59PM EST), exchange your old, unwanted nail color for toxin-free ZOYA Nail Polish for only $4 per bottle plus shipping and handling fees. Rest assured - ZOYA will properly dispose of your old polish.

Here's all you need to do!
  1. Go to www.zoya.com and pick out the polishes you would like (excludes all Zoya PixieDust™ Collection shades) and add them to your cart. You must select at least 6 bottles and no more than 24 bottles of polish (Salon accounts minimum 12 maximum 48 bottles.)
  2. Apply the code (copy and paste for best results):
    ZOYAEARTH2013
  3. Your order value will be adjusted to reflect a 50% discount (we use these funds to properly dispose of the old nail polish).
  4. SUBMIT your order!
Then Zoya will ship out your NEW polish! HOORAY! This is how your order should look like...


Once you get your order
Here's where the exchanging* happens...
  1. Ship back the equivalent number of bottles you received to the return address below (ie. If you ordered 6 bottles of Zoya – you would send us 6 NON-ZOYA polishes). Please check with your carrier on the proper way to ship nail polish.
  2. Include a copy of your order. 
To clarify the exchange: You do not have to send us the exact amount of bottles that you are ordering. You can send any quantity up to that amount. You can also donate. If you decide you don't want to do either, it's ok "Offer is not contingent on customer returning polish" we will still love you and will send the Zoya polishes... we'll just send you on a guilt trip for a while :)

Ship Your Old Nail Polish To:
Art of Beauty, Inc.
c/o Polish Exchange
5060 Taylor Rd, Unit D
Cleveland, Ohio, 44128, USA

Once we receive your polish, we do the rest! It’s that simple!

IMPORTANT!
The bottles you send in cannot be Zoya, Qtica or Nocti polishes (but they can be any other brand). We are using the honor code here folks! We want to make sure you get your Zoya Nail Polish! We send you the polish first then you send your old polish back to us! If you do choose to send us your old polish we promise to properly dispose of it according to EPA guidelines. This offer is only good for 1 week so hurry – Don’t Wait!

That's it! So you don't actually have to send any back, but you can still get the discount! I think it's really nice that Zoya offers this promotion. I took advantage of it last year and got several bottles. The discount works on at least 6 and up to 24 bottles. 

*Offer valid online at www.zoya.com only. Offer expires on 4/26/2012 at 11:59PM EST. Continental US ONLY. Not valid with any other codes, coupons or promotions. Shipping and handling fees apply. Consumer accounts must exchange a minimum of 6 polishes with a 24 bottle maximum. Salon accounts must exchange at least 12 with a maximum of 48 bottles. Polish can be from any brand EXCEPT Zoya, Qtica or Nocti and can be exchanged for in-stock .5oz Zoya Nail Polish. Excludes all Zoya PixieDust™ Collection shades. Offer is not contingent on customer returning polish. Zoya Exchange code is unique and non-transferable. One code per account. Art of Beauty is not responsible for incorrect addresses, credit card entry errors or errors associated with declined credit cards. Please allow standard time for processing and shipping, however if volume is higher than expected please allow up to 6 weeks for shipping and processing. Art of Beauty, Inc. reserves the right to remove any polish that is out of stock from your order. You will not be charged for this polish. Backordered polish is not included in this promotion.

Thursday, April 18, 2013

Zoya - Stunning Collection 2013

Products sent for consideration. All opinions are my own. 

Along with the Summer PixieDusts, Zoya has some other wonderful summer collections coming out. I know last year I was very excited about the Beach and Surf collections, so I was really eager to see what this summer's collections would be like!


This collection is called the Stunning Collection. The collection looks like a set of six cremes at first glance, but up close most of them actually have a hint of shimmer. It's very subtle though, so these would still be considered cremes to me. I love cremes though, so I was really excited to try them out!

Yana: 

First up is Yana. This was interesting for my camera to try and capture - you can see the color of my skin looks a bit off. At least it just about got Yana right! Yana is a bright magenta creme. It has a very subtle shimmer to it. This one is the darker pink in the set, but is still very bright and summery.


Micky: 

Micky is another beautiful shade, but my camera struggled a bit with it too! It seems to have the most trouble with pinks for some reason. Micky is a light bubblegum pink shade. These photos make it look like it's more coral, but in person it is very pink. I would almost call this one a Barbie pink! Micky has some subtle shimmer up close too.


Thandie: 

Thandie is a beautiful shade of orange. I was never really a fan of orange polish until I found the shades that Zoya makes. Arizona is one of my favorite oranges, and this one reminds me of it but with some slight shimmer to it. Thandie is a bright orange but also has a hint of coral to it. This one might be my favorite out of the six!


Darcy: 

Being the lightest of the bunch, Darcy gave me a bit of trouble. It was a little streaky, but not too terrible. I used three coats to even it out with no topcoat. I love the color though. I have Zoya Creamy which is similar, but Darcy has the slight shimmer that the others above have. I'm really loving yellow for this season, so I can't wait to pair it with some summer fashion or swimsuits!


Josie: 

Unlike the others, Josie has no subtle shimmer. This one is a full-on creme. Josie is somewhat of a grassy green. It is bright, yet subdued at the same time. It is a very interesting shade of green in my collection, as I don't really have anything else to compare it to!


Rocky:

Rocky is surprisingly unique as well. Like Josie, it has no shimmer and is a true flat creme. I thought that Rocky may be similar to colors like Zoya Yummy or Robyn, but it's not too close. Rocky is another shade that is bright yet subdue. It is light and cheerful, but at the same time it is dusty and almost grayed a bit.


Altogether, I really like this collection! Like I said, I'm a big fan of cremes, so I figured I would love them no matter what. The colors are very nice though - I love how they're bright and summery, but very wearable unlike some neons. I like the variety and how even the two shades of pink are very different from each other.

As for the formula, it was good, but not great. Any streaks sort of worked themselves out, and the polishes turned out very smooth as they dried - all of these swatches are with no topcoat. Though, I had to use three coats for each color. Two made them pretty opaque, but there were still some thin spots or minor streaks. Three coats did the trick! 

The Stunning Collection is available now from zoya.com! The polishes are $8.00 or $48.00 for the entire set of six. 


Products sent for consideration. All opinions are my own. 

Wednesday, April 17, 2013

Ipsy - April Bag

I'm trying to get back into the habit of sharing my monthly Ipsy bags with you. I remembered to post this month's bag, and it's a pretty good bag too!


This month's theme is Pretty in Pink. Pretty much every item, including the bag, is pink. While I like pink, I don't wear too much for pink aside from lip colors, so I thought this would be interesting! 


Here's what was in my bag:

  • Sexy Hair soy renewal
  • Sation nail polish in Of Corset I'll Call You
  • MicaBeauty mineral eyeshadow in Earth
  • Be A Bombshell blush in Beach Please



Sexy Hair soy renewal: As someone with very frizzy hair, I'm always excited to try new hair products. The soy renewal says to apply to damp hair to speed up blow drying, or to apply to dry hair to help reduce frizz. I don't blow dry my hair (though I flat iron), so I applied it to dry hair. It has a strange feeling to it - the product itself feels very slippery. I would say it's oily to the touch, but it is much lighter than oil, and not as shiny. It did help keep some stray hairs down and add a little shine without overdoing it though.


Sation nail polish in Of Corset I'll Call You: I've tried a couple of Sation polishes before, but not too many. The formula in all of them so far has been nice, including this one. Of Corset I'll Call you applied smoothly, but took a little while to dry. It was a little sticky, but not unbearable, although I did not use a topcoat to help it dry. This shade is pretty sheer though. I applied three generous coats for the photos, and it's still a little see-through. It's a nice, delicate color, although it's not something I would normally buy myself, but I like it.


MicaBeauty mineral eyeshadow in Earth: I'm sort of glad that I got this eyeshadow instead of the possible pink one. While I like pink, sometimes it's difficult for me to wear it, especially around my eyes. I like this shade since it's more neutral, though it's very shimmery. While it's called Earth, it's more like a shimmery warm mauve. It's somewhere between light brown and pink. 


While it looks very brown in the photo, it catches the light and sparkles pink, purple, silver and more in person. I swatched it on my hand below, on the right.


Be A Bombshell blush in Beach Please: The name of this blush certainly made me laugh. Beach Please is a hot pink matte blush. I was afraid of this being a little too bold since I'm so fair skinned, but it actually works out pretty well. I like that it is matte and not shimmery too. I swatched it with my finger onto the back of my hand above. The swatch is more bold than I would wear it, but it's a quick swipe onto my skin. It blends easily, which is nice, so even if you're a bit heavy handed with it, it's not too hard to blend it out and make it more subtle. 


Once again I'm pretty pleased with my Ipsy bag. I'm still amazed that this is only $10 per month! There were only four products this time, but the Sation nail polish and Be A Bombshell blush are full size, and even the MicaBeauty eyeshadow is a good size. I will get plenty of uses out of each product. 

If you would like to join Ipsy, you can subscribe or join their waiting list on Ipsy.com

Subscription paid for by me. All opinions are my own. 

Tuesday, April 16, 2013

Wet n Wild - 2013 Limited Edition Spring Palettes

In my search for the Wet n Wild Spring Forward palettes, I found a couple different limited edition eyeshadow palettes. These ones are labeled as "Color Icon Eyeshadow Medley," and don't have individual names. I think they may also be called "Get Your Look" palettes.


There were only two different palettes from what I could see, so I grabbed both. They were only $4.99 each, and both came packaged with Wet n Wild Mega Liner liquid eyeliner. I thought I couldn't go wrong getting an eyeshadow palette and eyeliner for $5!


The liquid eyeliner isn't anything too special. It isn't the easiest to apply, but it wasn't terribly difficult either. I probably struggled a bit more since I tend to use Urban Decay 24/7 pencils instead. The eyeliner is very opaque though and the brush was pretty easy to get the hang of.


As for the palettes, I'm still sad that they don't have names. I love when beauty products have names for the colors instead of just numbers! The one above (I will refer to it as the gold one) is number 34120. The one below (I will refer to it as the green one) is number 34121. They are exactly the same size as the other Wet n Wild palettes, such as Comfort Zone (8-pan palette), and come with an applicator that is half sponge, half brush.


At first glance, the colors are very appealing in both. I was guessing that I would like the green one more though since I tend to like greens, browns, and have been in love with minty and aqua shades recently. The gold palette is a bit more neutral with more gold and a lighter brown though. 


I did some swatches on my hand over Madison Street Beauty eyeshadow primer. I laid them out as they appear in the palette so you can see which color is which, since they don't have names.

  • The top row is super shimmery. They look almost invisible at some angles, but then light up silver in the light. They were a bit difficult to apply and control since they're not just shimmery, but almost have flakies inside. You may experience a bit of fallout with these. 
  • The middle row is shimmery, but controllable  These are the main attraction in the palettes, so I'm glad that they're pretty pigmented but don't have a ton of fallout. The pink was probably the least pigmented, while the gold was pretty impressive for how light it is. 
  • The bottom row is a couple of matte colors, a medium brown and black. These would be for defining the outer corner or for under the eye I suppose. I love these two, but sometimes it's difficult to blend a matte eyeshadow and a shimmery eyeshadow together. 



I also swatched this palette over Madison Street Beauty eyeshadow primer, and laid out the swatches as they appear in the palette. 
  • The top row is the shimmers. Again, these are a bit difficult to get the hang of. I love the tinted shimmers, especially the minty and pinkish ones. These ones are also almost more flakie than shimmery, meaning they're not just metallic but have tiny shimmery flecks. It doesn't really show once it's applied, but they start to get everywhere while applying, so you will have little flakie fallout. 
  • The middle row is interesting. I didn't think the greenish color would be as pigmented as it is. I'm glad though, since this color had my attention the most. The reddish and pink shades were also pretty impressive. They're all slightly shimmery.
  • The bottom row is a couple of matte colors. The brown is very dark, and the other one is almost purple. It looks more purple/blue in the palette, and then looks more black/purple on the skin. Once again, these would be used as your definers in the outer corner, but blending matte shadows into shimmery ones may be a little difficult. 
I'm pretty happy with these palettes. They're not the most amazing colors, but I like them for the price. Even though I'm not a huge fan of the shimmery top rows, I'll be getting more use out of the middle and bottom rows. I think that's alright though since each palette was only $4.99! I like the green one more than the gold one, but I'll probably end up mixing and matching colors from both. 

Products purchased by me. All opinions are my own. 

Monday, April 15, 2013

Zoya - Summer PixieDust

I am so excited to have the new summer PixieDust polishes from Zoya! The colors are beautiful, but unfortunately my nails are currently down to nubs! My middle finger nail decided to break really far down. So far down, that I can't even make the others short enough to match it. So I hope these swatches still do the Pixies justice!


Like the previous PixieDust polishes from Zoya, they're just stunning to look at. Each color is very sparkly, and even the bottles are a bit unique - the tops are a matte finish.


There are six colors (left to right): Destiny, Beatrix, Solange, Miranda, Stevie, and Liberty. The top three are super bright and perfect for summer! I'm also very excited about Liberty since it is such a beautiful shade of blue.

I used two coats of each PixieDust polish with no topcoat.

Solange: 

Solange is a unique shade of yellow. At first I was unsure of how this one would look on the nail since it's pretty sheer. It ended up turning out different than I had imagined, and is much more a yellow gold color than just yellow. I still can't quite put my finger on what shade it is exactly, but it's very bright! The name also makes me think of the word "solar" and the color makes me think of the summer sun. Solange has a "foil twinkle formula."


Beatrix: 

Beatrix is a beautiful tangerine shade. It's a light orange, and has a very "citrusy" feel to it. The texture almost makes it look like the surface of an orange or tangerine too! This polish turned out to be a little lighter than I thought it would be. It seems that it happens with most of the PixieDusts though since they also dry somewhat matte, and they turn out to be lighter than they are when wet. This one was pretty sheer in one coat, but two made it perfect. Beatrix has a "foil twinkle formula."


Destiny: 

Destiny is a unique shade to me. At first glance I thought it was just red, but it's almost a reddish watermelon color. The PixieDusts are more jelly than anything, so this one is sheer and almost on the pinkish-red side. It's almost like a PixieDust version of Zoya Belle since it's so shimmery too, though more red. It's difficult to describe this shade since I don't have any others like it! I guess I'll just sum it up as "a coral metal sparkle," as the Zoya website says. Destiny has a "foil twinkle formula."


Miranda: 

Miranda is another shade that I was excited about. It may not be as bright or summery as the previous three, but it reminds me of summer fruit juice. I would describe Miranda as being a cranberry or rose color. It is pinkish but somewhat subdued. It appears lighter on the nail than it does in the bottle since it is also a jelly, and dries a bit lighter as well. I'm really loving how it is a beautiful feminine color, but isn't too bright and girly. It's a wonderful shade and I think it will be versatile for any season. 


Stevie: 

Stevie is a little different from the other colors as well. It is a very light violet, almost lilac. This one is more of a spring color than a summer color to me, but it is gorgeous nonetheless. Stevie is very sheer in one coat, but turns pretty opaque in two coats. It isn't as much of a jelly as the others too, so while it is very sparkly and pretty, I just feel that it doesn't have the same amount of depth to it. 


Liberty: 

Liberty is probably the most stunning shade out of the bunch to me. Something about the super saturated blue just really intrigues me. Liberty almost reminds me of Chyna from the previous PixieDust collection - the color is very intense compared to the others. The shade of blue is very unique too: I would describe this one as a cerulean jelly. I thought it was going to be darker, almost like a navy blue,  but I'm quite happy with how bright it is. I suppose if you wanted it to appear darker, you could apply it over a dark blue polish.


Thoughts: I really like all of the shades in this collection! I was unsure of a couple like Solange and Stevie, but I ended up liking them on the nail more than I thought I would. A few of them appear lighter in person than they look on Zoya's website too, and also dry a bit lighter since they are slightly matte. 

As for the texture, I really enjoy it. It isn't too intense, so it doesn't feel like rough, gritty sandpaper. Instead it has an interesting look and feel to it, and all of the colors are very shimmery and sparkly. I didn't apply topcoat to them like I did last time, but I'm sure these ones are just as versatile and would look great with it too, if you prefer smooth, glossy nails. 

For removal, they come off much easier than expected. I applied a cotton ball with nail polish remover on each nail and let it sit for a couple minutes, and then the polish slid right off. It is much easier to remove than glitter polish. 

You can currently purchase the summer PixieDust polishes from Zoya's website for $9.00 each. 

Products sent for consideration. All opinions are my own.