Thursday, August 1st, 2013

Zoya Chita Nail Lacquer
Zoya Chita Nail Lacquer

Zoya Chita Nail Lacquer ($9.00 for 0.50 fl. oz.) is described as a “forest green in a matte, textured, sparkling finish.” It’s a medium-dark green with cool undertones and warmer, champagne-gold sparkle. It has a matte, textured finish, as described, and some sparkle. I felt like the texture seemed to take away from the sparkle, and it was less dazzling as some of the other Pixie Dust shades have been. It was mostly opaque after two coats (and Zoya rates it as a four, with five being fully opaque). None of the following shades are that similar, given they lack the finish of Chita. Illamasqua Kink has a rubber finish, no shimmer. China Glaze Glittering Garland is warmer, not textured. Zoya Ray is darker. Zoya Logan is cooler-toned. Essie Going Incognito is a cream. See comparison swatches.

Sunshine Nail Lacquer ($9.00 for 0.50 fl. oz.) is described as a “Van Gogh navy blue in a matte, textured, sparkling finish.” It’s a medium-dark blue with blue and silver sparkle and a matte, textured finish. There’s a slight violet/purple tint to it. It was mostly opaque after two coats, and like Chita, Zoya listed it as four for opacity (five is fully opaque), so it is what it’s supposed to be. This shade sparkled a bit more, but it still seemed flatter than other Pixie Dusts. I couldn’t think of anything like this, and all that I could were two creams with a similar blue coloring (but they appear darker and more violet-tinted since they have no shimmer): MAC Blue Gaze and Deborah Lippmann I Know What Boys Like. See comparison swatches.

The consistency of both shades wasn’t too thick or too thin, though they run thinner than the average Zoya polish. The Pixie Dust formula wears really well; a nice seven-days of wear without chipping and very minor tip wear (which looks more like the sugary granules were sanded down on the edges).

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Sunday, July 28th, 2013

5 Must-Have Teals Under $10

Who says you can’t enjoy a vibrant teal without spending a lot? Here are five fabulous shades that are of good quality as well as being incredibly affordable. You can see them all side-by-side here.

Also! If you have any suggestions for a top 5 list, please comment with your idea! If you like this one, there are over two hundred more 5 Ways posts I’ve done in the past :)

Do you have a favorite budget-friendly teal-hued shade?

Saturday, July 27th, 2013

5 Must-Have Corals Under $20

Four of the five are under $10, even! :) You can see them all side-by-side here.

  1. Physicians Formula Warm — soft, glowy pink-coral
  2. Revlon Kiss Me Coral — warm, orange-coral gloss
  3. Zoya Tinsley — gold-shimmered coral
  4. Maybelline Shocking Coral — vibrant pink-coral
  5. Inglot #361 — matte orange-coral

Do you have a favorite budget-friendly coral-hued product?

Saturday, July 13th, 2013


Pixie Dust – Fall Edition ($9.00)

  • Tomoko Glowing champagne silver
  • Chita Emerald forest green
  • Sunshine Van Gogh navy blue
  • Carter Regal purple
  • Arabella Rich fuchsia pink
  • Dhara Dazzling copper orange

Cashmeres Nail Lacquers ($8.00)

  • Livingston Fall red cream
  • Pepper Brick red cream
  • Sailor Dark navy cream
  • Hunter Dark sea cream
  • Louise Chocolate brown cream
  • Flynn Camel brown nude

Satins Nail Lacquers ($8.00)

  • Channing Rust red copper metallic
  • Mason Red violet “Fandango Pink” metallic
  • Claudine Meteorite gray metallic
  • Neve Sapphire blue metallic
  • Giovanna Lush emerald green metallic
  • Maria-Luisa Sparkling cellophane gold topper

Availability: Now @ Zoya

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Tuesday, July 2nd, 2013

Will you be wearing your red, white, and/or blue on July 4th? I’m most likely going to sport a red lip, at the very least! Here are five of my picks for a little red-themed inspiration, and it was quite hard to narrow it down, because there are so many awesome red lipsticks and polishes in particular. So think of this as just a moment in time – surely if I picked a week from now, it would be different :)

  1. Fyrinnae Hitched — a bold, warm red with a beautiful satiny sheen
  2. Zoya Blaze — a deeper, cool-toned red with sparkle
  3. Maybelline Very Cherry — rich, cherry red with a matte finish for under $10
  4. Make Up For Ever #99 — pure matte red for those who dare to go big
  5. Guerlain Garconne — classic, sumptuous deepened red

And for fun, I pulled ‘em all up to compare here.

What’s your favorite red-hued product?

Thursday, June 13th, 2013


ZOYA is doing a buy one, get one free sale on any of the shades from the summer flashback page now through 6/16 (11:59PM EST) with code FLOGO. If you purchase four polishes, you’ll get four more for free, plus free shipping–that would make it $32 for eight polishes, shipped!

Here are some swatches of the cream shades and swatches for twelve of the frosted shades available!

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