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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Tuesday, June 11th, 2013

Zoya Darcy Nail Lacquer
Zoya Darcy Nail Lacquer

Zoya Darcy Nail Lacquer ($8.00 for 0.50 fl. oz.) is described as a “full-coverage, sunny yellow cream.” It’s a bright, sunshine yellow with a cream finish. It was one of the better-applying yellow polishes I’ve come across, though it wasn’t flawless. There was some minimal streaking still apparent after two coats of polish, but it was hard to see at a distance. It was opaque in two coats. Cult Nails You’re My Dandy Lion is slightly lighter. NARS Amchoor is similar. Chanel Mimosa is lighter. Rescue Beauty Lounge Yellow Fever is similar. See comparison swatches.

Rocky Nail Lacquer ($8.00 for 0.50 fl. oz.) is described as a “full-coverage, serene blue cream.” It’s a cool-toned, muted, light-medium blue with a cream finish. It’s a muted take on sky blue. It was fully opaque in two coats. The consistency was slightly thick but not so thick that it pooled along the edges. I had some minor streaking with this shade as well, unfortunately. OCC Pool Boy is cooler. NARS Koliary is darker. Illamasqua Noble is darker, brighter. Rescue Beauty Lounge Faraway is darker, brighter, more shimmery. Deborah Lippmann On the Beach is darker, brighter. See comparison swatches.

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Rocky

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