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Monday, July 7th, 2014

Zoya Bubbly Nail Lacquers
Zoya Bubbly Nail Lacquers

Zoya’s summer collection, Bubbly, features six shades with holographic sparkle. I reviewed the first three shades here, and this post showcases the remaining three. I’m usually drawn to Zoya’s summer collection, because they have such a magical sparkle to them. This year was no exception in that regard, though opacity was lacking. Two shades were less pigmented than described, and they would need at least three coats or underwear to achieve full coverage. The formula was slightly thin but not watery or difficult to apply, and I had exceptionally good wear out of this finish from Zoya. (Keep in mind, however, that almost nothing chips on me.)

Zoya Alma Nail Lacquer ($9.00 for 0.50 fl. oz.) is described as a “warm golden peach metallic.” It’s a brightened, tangerine orange with gold shimmer and holographic sparkle. It was semi-opaque after two coats, though Zoya describes it as “fully opaque in 2 coats.” It applied evenly, but if you want full color coverage, I would recommend three coats. Zoya Beatrix (P, $9.00) is darker and has a different finish, but it was the closest I could think of. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Zoya Harper Nail Lacquer ($9.00 for 0.50 fl. oz.) is described as a “cotton candy pink with a spun gold shimmer.” It’s a light-medium cool-toned pink with warm, gold shimmer and holographic sparkle. It was mostly opaque after two coats, though there was some visible nail line at certain angles/lighting conditions. Zoya describes it as “fully opaque in 2 coats,” though. This shade wore well for ten days with minor tip wear but no chipping. Zoya Binx (P, $9.00) is darker. Formula X Astrolady (P, $12.50) is lighter, less holographic. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Zoya Jesy Nail Lacquer ($9.00 for 0.50 fl. oz.) is described as a “fiery coral orange metallic holo.” It’s a muted, medium orange-coral with warm undertones, gold shimmer, and holographic sparkle. It was semi-sheer with visible nail line, though Zoya describes these as “fully opaque in 2 coats.” Though it wasn’t as pigmented as anticipated, it didn’t streak when applied. Illamasqua Marquise (P, $17.00) is darker, more opaque, no holographic shimmer. Zoya Tanzy (P, $9.00) is darker, more opaque, no holographic shimmer. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

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Monday, July 7th, 2014

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Sunday, July 6th, 2014

Temptalia Asks You


What beauty advice would you give your younger self? Share!

Temptalia's AnswerDitch the bangs, they were not helping the acne situation! Start a skincare regimen earlier (particularly SPF!!!!). Wear sunglasses sooner. Talk to primary care doctor sooner about skincare concerns.

Thanks to reader Jill for today’s question idea Do you have a question idea? Submit yours here.

Sunday, July 6th, 2014

Zoya Bubbly Nail Lacquers
Zoya Bubbly Nail Lacquers

Zoya’s summer collection, Bubbly, features six shades with holographic sparkle, and this is a review of three of those shades. I’m usually drawn to Zoya’s summer collection, because they have such a magical sparkle to them. This year was no exception in that regard, though opacity was lacking. Two shades were less pigmented than described, and they would need at least three coats or underwear to achieve full coverage. The formula was slightly thin but not watery or difficult to apply, and I had exceptionally good wear out of this finish from Zoya. (Keep in mind, however, that almost nothing chips on me.)

Zoya Binx Nail Lacquer ($9.00 for 0.50 fl. oz.) is described as a “spicy orchid purple dappled with gold metallic and holo sparkles.” It’s a brightened, medium pink with gold shimmer and holographic sparkle. It was mostly opaque after two coats, but it had a bit of translucency and visible nail line. Zoya lists the intensity as 3 (with 5 being opaque), but then the description says it has 2-coat coverage and the brand-provided swatch shows opaque color. This shade wore well for almost ten days with minor tip wear when I tested it. Formula X Astrolady (P, $12.50) is lighter. Illamasqua Fire Rose (P, $17.00) is warmer, less holographic. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Zoya Stassi Nail Lacquer ($9.00 for 0.50 fl. oz.) is described as a “brilliant citron green with a gold metallic glaze and holographic finish.” It’s a medium, yellow-toned green with gold shimmer and holographic sparkle. It was semi-sheer after I applied two coats, though the color went on evenly. Zoya lists the intensity as 3 (with 5 being opaque), but then the description says it has 2-coat coverage and the brand-provided swatch shows opaque color. China Glaze This is Tree-mendous (LE, $7.50) is more glittery. Zoya Rikki (P, $9.00) is darker, cooler-toned, different finish. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Zoya Muse Nail Lacquer ($9.00 for 0.50 fl. oz.) is described as a “blue raspberry holographic fizz with a subtle vein of gold.” It’s a medium-dark blue with aqua green and gold shimmer and holographic micro-glitter. It was semi-opaque after two coats, but there was visible nail line. If you want more opaque color, I think you would need three coats. Zoya lists the intensity as 3 (with 5 being opaque), but then the description says it has 2-coat coverage and the brand-provided swatch shows opaque color. This shade wore well for ten days with minor tip wear but no chipping. Revlon Radiant (LE, $4.99) reminded me of the glittery bits but is almost clear in color (more of a top coat). Zoya Maisie (P, $9.00) has similar holographic sparkle but isn’t the same. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

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9.5/10

Pigmentation

9.5/10

Texture

9/10

Longevity

10/10

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5/5

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8.5/10

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8/10

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9/10

Longevity

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5/5

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7/10

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9/10

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Sunday, July 6th, 2014

Happy Sunday!

Hope all my stateside readers have been having a lovely holiday weekend! :) Mellan made it through not too much worse for the wear. Luckily, sitting next to him helped to calm him down quite a bit! Later today, I need to stop by my parents’ house so I can pick up tiramisu (one of my favorite desserts) that my mom made for me. What have you been up to this weekend?

Sunday, July 6th, 2014

I’m often asked for recommendations for blushes, and I thought I’d put together an updated, three-part series on blushes for fair, medium, and dark skin tones (I’ve done this at least once before). I’d love for you to share your favorites for your skin tone as well :) The more suggestions, the better! (Keep in mind, this is only a jumping off point–five recommendations at various price points, finishes, and undertones, but there are certainly many more that would suit!)

  1. NYX Flamingo — a cool-toned, matte pink
  2. Illamasqua Peaked — a cool-toned, pink-plum
  3. Tarina Tarantino Neopolitan Lane — a muted, rosy brown with a matte finish
  4. Makeup Geek Spellbound — a soft, warm-toned pink with a satin finish
  5. Make Up For Ever #310 — a medium, warm-toned pink

>> See side-by-side swatches! <<

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