Monday, January 20th, 2014

Zoya Brigitte Nail Lacquer
Zoya Brigitte Nail Lacquer

Zoya Brigitte Nail Lacquer ($9.00 for 0.50 fl. oz.) is described as a “bombshell mauve cream.” It’s a soft, muted pink with warm undertones and a cream finish. It was fully opaque after two coats, and the texture was slightly thick but fairly easy to apply. MAC Midsummer’s Dream (LE, $16.00) is lighter. Chanel Morning Rose (LE, $27.00) is warmer, pinker. Rescue Beauty Lounge Plie (LE, $20.00) is lighter. Zoya Pandora (P, $8.00) is shimmery, less pink. See comparison swatches.

Normani Nail Lacquer ($9.00 for 0.50 fl. oz.) is described as a “sable mauve cream.” It’s a smoky, purple-tinged taupe with a cream finish. It was fully opaque after two coats. The consistency was just a bit on the thicker side, but it didn’t impact the application. Formula X Perfection (P, $12.50) is very similar. Rescue Beauty Lounge Be Humble (LE, $20.00) is lighter. Cult Nails Let’s Get Dirty (P, $12.00) is also a lot lighter. Zoya Jana (P, $8.00) is darker. See comparison swatches.

Odette Nail Lacquer ($9.00 for 0.50 fl. oz.) is described as a “orchid maroon cream.” It’s a pinky-mauve with a warm undertone and cream finish. It was opaque after two coats, and the consistency wasn’t too thick or too thin, so it was easy to work with. I don’t have anything quite like this that I could recall from past reviews–I pulled two of the “closest” shades, but I wouldn’t call them dupes at all. Cult Nails Love at First Sight (P, $12.00) is more lavender, less pink. Zoya Kieko (P, $8.00) is much darker, purpler. See comparison swatches.

I typically get a week of wear out of Zoya’s formula with minor tip wear and no chipping.

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Monday, January 6th, 2014

Zoya Awaken Collection for Spring 2014
Zoya Awaken Collection for Spring 2014

Open your mind to the beauty of color discovery; the new, the unexplored, the excitement! Awaken by Zoya – Six new, full-coverage, dew-drenched creams and gold-kissed metallic nail polish colors for Spring 2014. Full of pure pigment, intense color and modern complexity that will take you far beyond the hazy, barely there hues of seasons past into a new world of chromatic joy.

  • 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
  • Monet Multi-color, cellophane holographic topper ($10.00)

Availability: January 2014

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Sunday, January 5th, 2014

Now that 2014 has kicked off, and I’m sure you’ve heard that Pantone’s color of the year is Radiant Orchid.  I know we’ll see plenty of new introductions of the color throughout the year, but I know that we’ve seen the color before–and you may already have some in your stash!  Here are a few of my picks for wearing radiant orchid on your lips or your tips…

What are your favorite orchid-hued lip colors and nail polishes?

Monday, December 30th, 2013

I have to admit: this was a complete challenge. In fact, it felt unfair trying to narrow down favorites to a mere ten when I was considering around 300 different shades from the past year. As what tends to happen when I start to feel indecisive, I went for favorites across brands and weighted uniqueness slightly more heavily than other factors. But there were some really outstanding formulas released this year! At year-end, I have to give major props to Cult Nails and OCC, both of which had a lot of contenders.

What were your favorite polishes you tried this past year?

Sunday, December 22nd, 2013

One of my favorite colors of all-time is emerald green. It has so much depth, and I love that it can be cooler or warmer and be so, so different.

  1. Zoya Logan — a very cool-toned, glittering emerald green polish
  2. Milani Green Safari — an amazing emerald green cream eyeshadow that can be used as eyeliner or as a base
  3. Illamasqua Violate — because I can’t have a list that doesn’t include an emerald green lip color
  4. Zoya Holly — vibrant, warm-toned emerald green
  5. Make Up For Ever #80 — a smoky, slightly blackened emerald green eyeshadow

Have you worn any emerald green beauty products before?

Sunday, December 15th, 2013

Glittering golds… a go-to for New Year’s Eve, at the very least, but surely just as lovely throughout the winter–if only to brighten up some of those chilly days!

  1. Lit Cosmetics Rich & Famous — a holographic, glittering gold
  2. Zoya Kerry — bright, true yellow gold with glitter and sparkle
  3. Bobbi Brown Canary — a sparkling gold glitter gloss to be worn alone or layered
  4. Revlon Gold Coin — an almost-cool-toned metallic gold (or for a high-end, Illamasqua Swinger)
  5. Sugarpill Goldilux — a brightened, metallic, true yellow gold

What are your favorite glittery, sparkly, or metallic gold-hued shades?