Wednesday, March 23, 2011

Pretty Zoya Nudes: Review, Photos, Swatches

Zoya Ginessa, Ella, and Danielle

Work Friendly Nudes with Zoya Ginessa, Ella, and Danielle

Zoya is a brand that I just recently got into. They are not as widely available as some other brands, which is perhaps why I had not heard of them before. Their polishes are toluene, formaldehyde, DBP (phthalates) and camphor free. They are also vegan friendly. They offer a wide variety of over 300 colors, plus they release four (4) seasonal collections each year. Each polish retails for $8.00 US, however Zoya is constantly offering promotions to it's loyal customers!
  • Ginessa is a gorgeous sheer white base packed with shimmering silvery white microglitter. It applied smoothly and evenly, though it was a little more sheer than I expected given the intensity rating on Zoya's website. I used 3 coats and you can still see my nail line. I suspect 4 or 5 coats would be needed to reach total opacity. (This could just be on my nails though, as I have rather thick nails, so the free edge is pretty white.)
  • Ella is a light peachy nude with very subtle microshimmer. This shade is meant to be very sheer and it definitely holds to that. I applied 5 coats and you can still see my nail line. I found that this shade didn't apply as evenly as the others, but that might have been because I applied so many coats.
  • Danielle is a pale soft pink with a very very subtle silver shimmer. It's noticeable in the bottle, but on the nail it's almost nonexistent. This shade is also meant to be very sheer. I applied 4 coats and found that they applied very smoothly and evenly.
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Tuesday, March 22, 2011

New OPI Shatter Collection: Coming May 2011

OPI Shatter Collection for Summer 2011

OPI fans rejoice! The brand revealed today that they will be launching an entire Shatter collection this May! With the huge success of the Black Shatter polish that was released in January with the Katy Perry collection, I am not surprised that OPI decided to create more colors in this formula. The polish will be available in six (6) colors: black, white, red, blue, turquoise and navy. As one of the many people who have been unable to get my hands on the original Black Shatter, I am really looking forward to trying these out! What color are you most looking forward to?
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MAC Surf Baby Collection: Summer 2011

MAC Surf Baby Collection for Summer 2011 

US Launch Date: May 26, 2011
International Launch Date: June 2011

At this time, this is just preliminary information. All color descriptions are approximate and will be updated once the official information is released from MAC. There is also word that there will be bronzer sticks, blush sticks and lip tints included, but I have been unable to find any additional information on that. As soon as I receive the official collection details, I will update this post.

Blush ($18.50 U.S. / $21.50 CDN)

  • My Paradise Coral orange with champagne gold flower

Lipstick ($14.50 U.S. / $17.50 CDN)

  • Bust Out! Soft violet
  • Hibiscus Bright coral
  • Mocha Peachy yellow-brown (Satin) (Permanent)
  • Naturally Eccentric White nude (Repromote)

Lipglass ($14.50 U.S. / $17.50 CDN)

  • Girl on Board Sheer gold
  • Good Lovin’ Peach pink
  • Krazy Kahuna Medium brown
  • Strange Potion Pink coral (Repromote)

Crushed Metallic Pigment Stacks

  • Summer Stash Pale pink, gray pink, purple, taupe
  • Surf the Ocean Silver, aqua, gold, navy blue

Eyeshadow ($14.50 U.S. / $17.50 CDN)

  • Saffron Coral (Repromote)
  • Short Shorts Whte champagne
  • Sun Blonde Yellow with gold pearl
  • Surf U.S.A. Aqua with teal pearl
  • Swell Baby Medium gray

Nail Lacquer ($13.50 U.S. / $17.00 CDN)

  • Hangin’ Loose Beige
  • Ocean Dip Aqua teal

Eye Liner ($14.50 U.S. / $17.50 CDN)

  • Blue Noon Teal
  • Gilded White Shimmering off-white

Bronzing Powder

  • Solar Riche

Studio Careblend Pressed Powder

  • Gold-go-Lightly

Tan Tint

  • Billionaire Bronze Soft gold
  • Guilty Bronze Copper bronze
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Monday, March 21, 2011

Zoya BOGO Offer on Summer 2011 Collections!

Between March 21st and 25th, 2011, account holders can take advantage of a buy one, get one free offer on any polish from Zoya's three new Summer 2011 collections. The collections included are Summertime, Sunshine, and Mod Mattes. As an added bonus, you can also get $2 standard shipping when you take part in the promo! For additional details and restrictions, visit Zoya's Facebook page or their blog.

My First Post

I don't know about you, but I am always on the search for the next greatest beauty product; my HG if you will. I probably own 30 concealers, but every time I see or hear about a new one, I have to try it. It doesn't matter that the one I am currently using works great, I still feel like maybe there is something out there that will work better... and I just have to find it!

Because of this desire to seek out the best of the best, my collection has grown quite a bit over the last two years. I guess I didn't quite realize how large it was until I had some friends over a few weeks ago and they were shocked when they finally saw my much hyped collection. (Now my collection probably pales in comparison to many others, but to my friends that own only a few eye shadows and a few lipsticks, it was huge!) When they asked how I could ever possibly use that much makeup, I simply said that I couldn't. I have tons of products that have never been used or have only been swatched that are just sitting there.

That got me thinking and I decided that I would start a blog, partially to swatch all of my current collection (which I hope will be a way to put my unused products to some use by helping others to see what they look like) and also to keep up with new releases and upcoming collections. I also plan on reviewing tons of products as I continue my search for my HG products.