Sunday, March 20th, 2011


Apple, Faye, Kimmy

Zoya Sunshine Swatches, Reviews, Photos

Zoya Sunshine Collection includes six metallic finish shades for the summer. The shades are: Apple (luminous yellow-toned apple green packed with gold metallic sparkle), Faye (bronzed mauve with purple and brown undertones flooded with rich gold sparkle), Kimmy (gleaming metallic candy apple red brightened by gold sparkle), Reva (cool-toned strawberry red with glowing golden metallic sparkle), Rica (warm light coral with pink and orange tones and heavy gold metallic sparkle), and Tanzy (light, bright tangerine orange with yellow gold metallic sparkle).

  • Apple is a lightened apple green with green and gold metallic sparkle. I used two coats, but I think three would have been better. Zoya’s Ivanka is a much darker shade of green — more emerald, while this is more spring-like.
  • Faye is a red-based a magenta mauve base with golden copper sparkle. I used three coats, but there was still some visible nail line. I couldn’t think of a dupe for this shade.
  • Kimmy is a bright pinky red (almost cherry red) with gold sparkle. This one was really rich and opaque–I used two coats but one was almost sufficient. It reminded me of Duri’s Bombshell but with more gold shimmer. It is similar to Zoya’s Nidhi though this has gold sparkle and is less orange-based. Nubar’s Rosso is also similar but it has less pronounced gold sparkle–more glass-flecked finish.
  • Reva is a plummy raspberry with red and copper sparkle. I used two coats. Zoya’s Alegra has a similar overall feel but they’re less dupes and more cousins–Alegra is lighter, pinker, and less nuanced. Zoya’s Gloria is a lighter, more multi-colored variation of Reva.
  • Rica is a darkened coraled pink with bright gold and copper sparkle. I used two coats, but the result wasn’t quite opaque. It’s a sparklier version of China Glaze Strawberry Fields.
  • Tanzy is a brightened, tangerine orange with orange-copper sparkle. I used three coats. It’s a sparkly version of China Glaze Cruisin’.

my thoughts on the formula: The formula here seemed a bit inconsistent. A couple–like Kimmy and Reva–were good with two coats while the majority needed three coats. I felt that these really required a full wait between coats, because otherwise the glitter looks patchy and some bald spots can appear–while shades from the Sparkle collection had a glitter formula that spread really evenly no matter what.  These seemed more finicky.

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Zoya Sunshine Swatches, Reviews, Photos

B+
I wish some shades were more pigmented--they tended to be on the sheerer side and several needed three coats for a more opaque look.  I like the shades themselves and the overall concept but the formula didn't feel as well-executed as Zoya's formula usually is.  The shades from the Sparkle collection (which was extremely well-done) did need three coats for the most part but the glitter spread so evenly that it wasn't difficult to do three even coats, and you could easily do thin or thick coats without concern.  I do like these quite a bit, but I'm a little less enthusiastic as they fall short of the Sparkle shades.

Product

8.5/10

Pigmentation

8/10

Texture

9/10

Longevity

9.5/10

Application

4/5

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Sunday, March 20th, 2011


Zoya Buy One, Get One Free Offer on Summer 2011 Collections!

Zoya.com account holders can take advantage of the BOGO offer* between March 21st and 25th, 2011. Colors included in the BOGO are any colors from Zoya’s ModMattes, Summertime and Sunshine collections! As an added bonus for taking part in the exclusive account holders only BOGO offer*, standard shipping will be only $2 (free shipping on $55+ orders)!  If you have questions, please head to Zoya’s Facebook page.  Official details are also posted on Zoya’s blog.

OFFER IS VALID: 12:01AM EST Monday, 3/21/2011 – 11:59PM EST 3/25/2011. AND IS LIMITED TO CONSUMER ACCOUNT HOLDERS IN THE CONTINENTAL US.

How it works:

  • SIGN IN – to your account** on Zoya.com
  • CLICK on MY ACCOUNT
  • Once you are in your account go to the left hand side of the page and CLICK on MY PROMOTIONS AND COUPONS
  • APPLY the code that reads ZOYA SUMMER BOGO*.
  • Then ADD – Any combination of polishes from the new summer collections to your shopping cart.
  • (This BOGO* you can buy up to 7 bottles and get 7 FREE(of the new summer collections)
  • ADD any additional items you would like to purchase
  • CHECK OUT (BOGO* applies to polish from Summertime, Sunshine and ModMatte collections ONLY!)
  • Please double check all information IS CORRECT and ALL FIELDS have been completely filled out PRIOR to submitting the order. There is NO WAY to issue a new code after the order has been processed.
  • SUBMIT – your order.

Restrictions

* Offer open only to those with active accounts** on Zoya.com, artofbeauty.com, Qtica.com and qticasmartspa.com as of 3/20/2011 at 5 PM ST. Offer open to consumers, Online promotion only. Continental US ONLY. BOGO Offer* is good on Open stock .5oz Polish ONLY from Summer 2011 collections. (Zoya Summertime, Sunshine and ModMatte) BOGO Offer good for up to 7 polishes. BOGO Offer* code is unique and non-transferable. One code per account. Code expires on 3/25/2011 at 11:59PM EST.

**Qualifying accounts are those with a valid username (email) and password that has been created and used in the last 3 years account must be made by 3/20/2011 at 5PM EST to qualify for the BOGO Offer. No purchase necessary to start an account. Customers are responsible for maintaining active accounts. If username or password have been lost we (Art of Beauty, Inc.) are not responsible for restoring accounts or giving out any account information.

Upgraded shipping not available for this promotion. Please allow standard time for processing and shipping, however if volume is higher than expected please allow up to 4 weeks for shipping and processing. Please allow 2-6 weeks for delivery

Sunday, March 20th, 2011

Video Review: Benefit for Brows

With Benefit’s announcement of free brow service on your birthday, they also included a few of their cult favorite brow products, which I swatch and talk about in this video–a bit of first impressions with some review, since I have used a few products mentioned in the video previously!  I posted reviews for both Brows A-Go-Go and High Brow this past week, and since the pencil isn’t my shade, I’m not reviewing it at this time.

Sunday, March 20th, 2011

Benefit b.right Skincare

Benefit B.Right Skincare

Triple Performing Facial Emulsion SPF 15 PA++ ($28.00)

You may not know you’re dehydrated, but your skin does. triple performing facial emulsion spf 15 pa++ hydrates, protects & comforts the skin with an oil-free, lightweight formula. Contains exclusive tri-radiance complex to help develop the skin’s reserves of water. SPF 15 PA++ protects the skin against sun damage with a broad-spectrum blend of UVA & UVB filters.

Total Moisture Facial Cream ($38.00)

Say good-bye to dry skin and hello to “total moisture”. This facial cream provides concentrated immediate & long-term hydration for an ultra radiant complexion. Contains exclusive tri-radiance complex to help develop the skin’s reserves of water & reinforce skin’s moisture barrier for a radiantly refreshed complexion. For normal to dry skin.

It’s Potent! Eye Cream ($32.00)

Your eyes can’t keep a secret…they’re the first to show signs of age & stress. it’s potent! eye cream fades dark circles & helps smooth fine lines for brighter, younger-looking eyes. Contains a peptide complex known to help restore elasticity & firmness, a blend of hydrating botanical extracts including apple extract, known to help boost collagen, & loquat extract, known to help protect the skin from free radical damage.

Foamingly Clean Facial Wash ($21.00)

There’s clean & there’s really clean. This 1-step facial wash effectively cleanses the skin & removes makeup & impurities with a soft, gentle lather. Formulated for all skin types.

Refined Finish Facial Polish ($22.00)

Dull skin from daily stress? refined finish facial polish beautifully brightens the complexion, gently exfoliating to purify the skin & help minimize the appearance of pores to reveal skin’s natural radiance. Contains natural clay & seaweed extract rich in minerals, nutrients & sugars, known to purify the skin.

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Saturday, March 19th, 2011

Urban Decay Good Karma Face Brushes
Urban Decay Good Karma Face Brushes

Urban Decay Good Karma Face Brushes

Urban Decay Good Karma Brushes ($32.00 to $39.00) are eco- and vegan-friendly brushes, which have bristles made out of recycled PET bottles and gunmetal handles made out of recycled aluminum.

  • Finishing Brush ($39.00) is a long, flared, flat-edged brush. It looks like a stippling brush, but the bristles were the same length. I felt like this brush was a little too long; it’s very dense, which is nice, but the length makes it a little too springy and floppy.
  • Blush Brush ($32.00) is an oval-shaped, angled brush. It is a bit too wide to be used easily for contouring, but it works well for blush. It is dense and soft.
  • Powder Brush ($36.00) flares outwards with a very subtly dome shaped edge. It has enough fluffiness to work well with powder but enough density that the product doesn’t get trapped within the bristles.  Though it works well as an all-over powder brush, it is quite large, so I did find it took some practice to maneuver around nooks and crannies (like the area around the nose).

Even though the outer packaging is made out of recycled egg cartons, I’m just not sure why it is necessary to have such oversized packaging for a brush few are going to actually keep in it.  Aside from that, I have no complaints regarding the actual packaging of the brushes.  The gunmetal handles look sleek, have a nice weight to them (not too heavy, not too light), and the shininess doesn’t take to fingerprints well.

final thoughts: The brushes themselves are all very soft and not at all scratchy, but I do find the length of both the Finishing and Powder Brushes to be on the long side, which makes me feel like I have less control over the tool.  I didn’t notice any difference applying finishing powder with the actual Finishing Brush over the Powder Brush, though — even though the former is supposed to be better at that particular task.

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Saturday, March 19th, 2011

Illamasqua Flare Lipstick
Illamasqua Flare Lipstick

Illamasqua Toxic Nature:  Flare Lipstick

Illamasqua Flare Lipstick (£15.50 for 0.14 oz.) is described as a “bright orange,” and it is new for spring/summer and part of the brand’s Toxic Nature collection, which should show up at Sephora in April. For now, though, it is available through Illamasqua directly.   It’s a vibrant, medium-dark orange–it’s almost neon but more like traffic cone orange.

And yes, that is a broken lipstick.  It arrived that way, with the entire bullet dislodged and stuck to the cap, and I used absolutely no finesse to maneuver out it would appear!  I haven’t had this issue with my other Illamasqua lipsticks, so I’m considering it a one-time deal and not a product defect.

my thoughts on the formula: Illamasqua’s Lipstick formula feels a little dry when applied, but let it warm up on your lips, because it really isn’t the drying kind. It does hug the lips, though, which makes it a much longer wearing lipstick (six hours or more).

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Flare

B+
It's a nice bright orange with a near matte finish, and it has a tendency to pull the yellowness out in my natural skin tone.  I think this is an orange best suited for warmer complexions.

Product

8.5/10

Pigmentation

10/10

Texture

8.5/10

Longevity

9.5/10

Application

3.5/5

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