Monday, March 31, 2014

Zoya - Dillon and Cosmo

You may have seen me post about Zoya's Magical PixieDust and also Zoya's spring Awaken collection. Both are gorgeous alone, but I'm finding that several of the polishes look amazing together! I was feeling in the mood for mint, so I paired Dillon from the Awaken collection with Cosmo from the Magical PixieDusts. 


Dillon is an amazing minty color. I'm a big fan of mints, teals, and aquas, and this one falls somewhere between mint and aqua for me. It's pretty light like a mint, but it's actually pretty bold at the same time. This one will bridge over to summer colors well. 


For an accent, I decided to use the Magical PixieDust Cosmo. I love this polish and it's quickly becoming one of my favorite Zoyas - I've put quite a dent in this bottle already! I applied two coats of Dillon on each nail except for the accent nail, which I applied two coats of Cosmo.


While Dillon is shimmery on its own, Cosmo is still so sparkly and shiny that it still really stands out. I actually applied it to my thumb too, and both are just stunning! I actually like wearing it as an accent more than wearing it on all nails since it's so intense. It's still certainly attention-grabbing though, even just on one or two nails.


I've already reviewed both of these, but I'll say it again: I love these polishes! Both applied super smooth and both had full coverage in two coats. These are easily two of my new favorite Zoyas. 

Wednesday, March 26, 2014

Zoya Magical PixieDust

As usual, Zoya has been releasing amazing collections! I'm always wowed by both their colors and formulas, and they're always on top of what colors and trends are hot. While people may be a little used to the idea of textured polishes now, I don't think the trend is dying yet. And to help keep it alive, Zoya released these amazing Magical Pixies.
Products sent for review. All opinions are my own. 
There are only three in this mini collection:
  • Cosmo - Silver Crystal Sparkle
  • Vega - Blue Opal Sparkle
  • Lux - Rose Quartz Sparkle 
All three are textured PixieDust polishes with "Mega Hex Iridescent Particles." All of them also cover completely - they are not topcoats!

First up is Cosmo. I think the name is fitting for this polish - it makes me think of the cosmos! The large hexes shine like stars. I was immediately impressed with this polish. One coat was a little sparse, but the second made it almost completely opaque - all with glitter! This is truly an amazing glitter bomb polish.

Cosmo is very textured though. While I love textured polishes, both the look and feel, sometimes it can be a little intense and snag clothing though. I applied one quick coat of a thin topcoat (not a thick one like Seche Vite)and it helped fill in the gaps a little, while keeping it textured to the touch after drying. It soaked the topcoat right up!



Vega is another stunner. It looks pretty silvery-blue or grayish-blue in the bottle, but it appears a little more blue next to my skin. I don't think the holographic hexes in this one catch the light quite as much as they do in Cosmo, but it's close! Vega is super sparkly under any light, both natural and artificial. 

Two coats gave me full coverage with Vega. I did not apply any "undies" or any layer of polish underneath. I'm impressed with how two coats doesn't leave any gaps! 



Lux is another one that looks a little different next to skin than in the bottle. It looks pretty pinkish in the bottle, almost like a dusty rose color. On skin, it still remains pretty pink, but it blends with my skin - it almost makes it look more like a nude! Either way, this color is gorgeous. 

Like Vega, I don't think the holographic bits are as intense as in Cosmo, but they're still super shiny! Two coats gave me full coverage with Lux just like the other two as well. 


I'm very impressed by these three polishes! Like any Zoyas, I got full coverage in two coats. I just think it'd crazy how there is so much glitter for it to cover so well! I love it. I will definitely be getting good use out of these polishes, especially for accent nails.

You can purchase Zoya's Magical Pixies from zoya.com for $10 each.
Products sent for review, all opinions are my own. 


Sunday, March 23, 2014

Influenster - J'adore VoxBox

For the past few weeks, I've been playing around with some items that I received, courtesy of Influenster. The box I received is the J'adore VoxBox, and contains some special Valentine's Day related goodies. I received my box a little late though, and also wanted to spend plenty of time to actually use the products, so I'm posting a little late!
Products sent for review. All opinions are my own. 


My J'adore VoxBox contained the following items:

  • Kiss - Looks So Natural Lashes ($3.99)
  • Red Rose - Simply Indulgent Teas ($4.49 / 20 bags)
  • Boots Botanics - Shine Away Ionic Clay Mask ($9.39)
  • Frizz Ease - 3-Day Straight Flat Iron Spray ($9.99 / 3.5 fl oz)
  • Hershey's Kisses - Milk Chocolates ($5.29 / 18.5 oz bag)



Kiss - Looks So Natural Lashes ($3.99)
I don't typically wear false lashes since my natural lashes are pretty thick and long, but I gave these a shot. I've worn false lashes a few times before, so I'm no expert with them. However, these were super easy to apply and get the hang of. 

Application was alright. The lashes come with some lash glue or adhesive. It isn't the easiest to apply since it has a stick applicator instead of being in a small squeeze tube or brush on, but it was workable. The lashes themselves even had some mild adhesive already on them from where they were stuck in the packaging, so they didn't require too much extra to apply. 

The lashes themselves are pretty impressive. They are very soft and look and feel much more natural than some other false lashes. The ends are tapered so they look very real. The strips were also more than long enough to fit across my eyes, so I had to nip off a bit to make them fit. The lashes are a little long though!


Red Rose - Simply Indulgent Teas ($4.49 / 20 bags)
I was intrigued by these tea bags, as it's a brand I've never actually tried before. I've been getting more into various types of coffee and tea, so I was pretty excited to try something new! I prepared each of these ones at home with hot water from my Keurig. I received four bags: three Creme Caramel, and one Lemon Chiffon.

As per the instructions, I let each tea bag steep for about five minutes. Since I got three bags of the Creme Caramel flavor, I tried preparing it a few different ways. I drank the first "normal" with nothing added into it, and it was quite good. The flavor wasn't too strong, but it was indeed caramel was nice. The second I added some milk into, which the package also suggests trying. It made it much smoother, though the taste was about the same as it was without the milk. 

The lemon chiffon one was great. There was only one bag, so I tried it without honey at first, but then added a bit after. It was delicious either way! I thought I'd prefer the caramel one over the lemon, but I actually liked this one more. It was great without honey, and even more amazing with an added bit of sweetness.



Boots Botanics - Shine Away Ionic Clay Mask ($9.39)
I'm always interested in trying new face masks and various facial scrubs and the like, so this product piqued my interest. This clay mask is designed for normal skin to help absorb excess oil and deeply cleanse skin without overdrying. It has a hypoallergenic formula and is unscented to avoid any irritation. 

The mask says to use it once weekly, so I did just that. I applied it and left it on for 10 minutes at a time. The clay squeezes out of the tube easily, as it isn't too thick. It's much thinner than most masks I've tried, so it was easy to work with and smooth out. The product itself is gray, which you can see at the top of the tube. 

After using the mask, my skin did feel softer. It also says it helps fight acne, and I did notice that my face was a little clearer after a couple weeks. I had no irritation from it, and it actually felt quite soothing. Upon drying after 10 minutes, it rinsed off easily.


Frizz Ease - 3-Day Straight Flat Iron Spray ($9.99 / 3.5 fl oz)
Being someone who has very thick, coarse, unruly hair, I'm all for trying products meant to help tame it. This Frizz Ease flat iron spray promises to help keep hair super flat for three days, or until you wash your hair next. Living in humid Florida, keeping my hair relatively straight for more than 12 hours can be a challenge, so I took up their challenge. 

I typically don't wash my hair daily since it dries out too much, but I try to at least every other day. So I used the flat iron spray as directed (applying to damp or wet hair, not to dry hair) and then went about my usual business for a couple days. Between sleeping on it and dealing with the Florida humidity, it actually fared quite well. My hair stayed frizz-free, and stayed relatively straight. Since my hair is very wavy, if not curly, I was surprised since it normally starts to revert back to being wavy. While it wasn't exactly stick-straight by the end of the second day, it definitely kept the frizz in check and kept my hair looking more than presentable.


Hershey's Kisses - Milk Chocolates ($5.29 / 18.5 oz bag)
Let's be honest - Hershey's Kisses are pretty legendary, and you've probably had some before. If you haven't had the Kisses in particular, you've probably had a Hershey's bar. And if you haven't had either, then what are you waiting for?!

Hershey's chocolate is a classic. It's an affordable indulgence that you can get just about anywhere. I love their Kisses since they're individually wrapped and make a perfect quick snack. They often come in festive colored wrappers for various holidays, such as the red, pink, and silver ones for Valentine's Day. They look adorable in candy dishes for any holiday, or the classic silver ones look great all year long. 

As for the chocolate, I received a family size bag of classic milk chocolate Kisses, so I had plenty to try out. To be honest, I hadn't had Hershey's chocolate in a while, and this was a great reminder of how good it is. The chocolate melts in your mouth and is a quick way to have a little something that's sweet, and have a little smile along with it. I'll be indulging in many more after this too!

Products sent for review. All opinions are my own. 

In general, I'm satisfied with all of the products I was sent from Influenster. If anything, the products exceeded my expectations, especially the Red Rose tea, Frizz Ease flat iron spray, and even the Hershey's Kisses. I'll definitely be using the Frizz Ease to fight frizz all summer, and indulge in some Red Rose tea!

Saturday, March 15, 2014

Zoya Awaken Collection

Today I have a very special post to share with you all! I'm very excited about the Zoya Awaken collection since I love pastels. I also love cremes, and a couple of these polishes are gorgeous cremes. But there are plenty of shimmers and also an amazing topcoat, so check them out!
Products sent for review, all opinions are my own. 


The Awaken collection consists of six shades, but I'm also including the transforming topcoat Monet in this post. I used Monet as an accent nail on each of the following:
  • Dillon: Green Mint Shimmer Metallic
  • Rebel: Blue Sky Shimmer Metallic
  • Hudson: Purple Orchid Shimmer Metallic
  • Dot: Pink Petal Cream
  • Cole: Peach Whisper Cream
  • Brooklyn: White-Gold Shimmer Metallic


Dot is a cute, light pink creme. This is one of those colors that just screams "spring" to me. It's a perfect pastel and would be very versatile on a wide range of skin tones. 

I used two coats of Dot and got very impressive coverage! For being a light color, it covered easily and I got no streaks.  I used Monet as a topper on my accent nail, and I absolutely love how it looks over Dot. The pinks, yellows, and purples in the iridescent glitter match it perfectly, and they really stand out against a flat creme.



Brooklyn is a very unique shade to me. In the bottle, it looks pretty plain - almost like a typical light gold or champagne polish. However, on the nail, Brooklyn is entirely different. It looks much more like a pastel yellow metallic, and what shimmer it has! You can see in the photo above that it has very fine holographic flecks of green, purple, and orange in it.

I applied two coats of Brooklyn and got great coverage. However, it was a tad streaky on my index finger, but smoother on my other fingers. Apply it carefully, but be sure to not overwork it. As for Monet over Brooklyn, I think it looks very unique, but doesn't stand out as well as it did over Dot.



Hudson is a purple shimmer metallic. The shimmer in it is much more silver based, and while it catches the light, it doesn't have quite the same holographic flecks as Brooklyn.

I applied two coats of Hudson and got amazing coverage and no streaks. I'm also loving Monet over this shade! Monet doesn't stand out like it does over Dot, but it still looks amazing - it really transforms Hudson for an entirely different look.

 

Rebel is probably the brightest and boldest of the bunch. While the others lean much more pastel, Rebel is true to its name and stands out.  In person, it is slightly lighter than it is pictured here, but it is still between "pastel" and "bold." At least this shade will carry over into summer as well!

I applied two coats of Rebel and had no issues. The shimmery flecks in it are gorgeous and really make it shine. The holographic shimmer in it is a little more obvious than it is in Hudson, and it really gives Rebel some depth. Monet looks completely different over this shade and leans more to the yellow and green side. It makes me think of mermaid scales!



Dillon is definitely one of my favorites from the Awaken collection. I'm always a sucker for minty shades, and this one is just perfect. The shimmer in it is amazing, and leans to the silver side. Dillon is a pastel that is perfect for spring, but being minty, it's still very trendy in general! 

Two coats of Dillon did the trick, and I had absolutely no streaks with it. The Monet topper doesn't stand out too much on this shade, but it adds a little texture and interest to it.



Cole is also one of my favorites from this collection. Along with mints, I love corals and similar peachy colors too. Cole is unique to me since it is a gorgeous orange pastel, but is also pretty bright. It's almost like a pastel neon. In some light it looks a little more subdued, but in other light it looks much brighter. 

For a light colored creme, Cole covered great. Two coats covered perfectly, and I didn't get any streaking with it. I'm also loving how the Monet topcoat looks over it! Being a creme, Cole allows for Monet to stand out more as an interesting accent. The pinks, yellows, and oranges from the Monet glitter match it perfectly while adding some sparkle.


Products sent for review, all opinions are my own.

In general, I am loving the Awaken collection! As I said, I'm a fan of pastels and bright colors, especially mints, corals, and peaches. I also tend to love cremes more than shimmers, but the shimmery metallics of this collection are just stunning. They all apply wonderfully and the Monet topper makes them all even more interesting. 

You can purchase the Awaken collection from Zoya.com for $54, or buy each color separately for $9 each. The Monet topper is also available for $10.