Thursday, June 26, 2014

[Review+Swatch] Zoya Tickled Collection - Summer 2014



Hey guys! It's been too long. :( But I'm back with Zoya Tickled for summer 2014 - a collection of bright cremes perfect for wearing out in the summer sun. I had fun trying these out, so I hope you enjoy this post! :)


Kitridge, 4 coats: bright "summer bubblegum cream." The consistency was great, but I found that it applied a little patchy. Otherwise, it could have been opaque in three coats, but I need the fourth to even out some bald patches.



Wendy, 3 coats: "juicy summer melon" creme. I love corals, and this was no exception. It applied better than Kitridge and the consistency was great.



Rocha, 2 coats: "classic folly red cream with warm undertones." I swatched this one earlier in the month, which is why my nails are shorter. This one applied flawlessly in just two coats.



Rooney, 2 coats: "mid-range magenta pink creme." It leans a touch more purple than what my picture shows. I had no problems with the application. It flowed right onto my nail in two buttery coats.



Ling, 2 coats: vibrant, pigmented sky blue creme. Doesn't it look like a very saturated sky blue color? This one also applied easily without any problem.



Tilda, 3 coats: "warm mantis green cream." Tilda was a bit hard to capture. It's not as yellow-green as my pictures and a bit darker (closer to this). The color is gorgeous and very bright- I'd say it's the perfect lime green color. I thought it looked okay in two coats, but I did a third for pictures.


Verdict: I loved how bright these looked. Some of the cremes did apply a little patchy or streaky, but there were also some that really stood out with their easy two coat formulas. Overall, it's a fairly nice set of brights from Zoya.

Availability: This collection is currently available at Zoya.com for $9 each. Zoya polishes are also available in stores at Ulta. I recommend calling ahead to see if they carry this collection.

Wednesday, June 4, 2014

Zoya Rue Giveaway Winner!

And the winner to my unannounced Zoya giveaway is...


Ashleigh! Congratulations! I already sent out an email, so please respond within 48 hours to claim your prize. :)

Thank you to everyone else for entering! I love doing these, so there will more in the future. :D

Liz

Saturday, May 31, 2014

People Magazine: World's Most Beautiful VIP Box



Hi everyone! I hope you're all enjoying the weekend. :) I recently got this VIP gift box from People Magazine as a Klout perk. It was really well put together, and I'm enjoying a lot of the stuff in it, so I thought I'd share them with you.


Here's what was in the box: Hungry Girl recipe cards, detangler brush, Zoya nail polish, blue bracelet, and 3 makeup pouches. I was happy to see the detangler brush and use it every day now. I was actually going to buy it before, but ended up buying the 2.5" version of this brush instead (which is pretty awesome too).

This Klout perk also came with three free issues to People magazine. So far I got two, and they're fun to flip through during my spare time. I don't usually read entertainment magazines, because I prefer the more beauty/fashion centric ones.


A closer look at the Hungry Girl recipe cards. I've looked through her cookbooks before, but I haven't tried any of her recipes yet. Some of her recipes use processed foods as short cuts or ingredients I generally avoid, so I've always put them back. Maybe I'll find something I like from these. :)


I must have a million makeup bags, but I'm always excited to get more. These came in three sizes, and I love that they're short and wide. Both my Lorac Pro and Naked 3 palette fits snugly into the medium and large pouches. It's great, because I'm always worried the Lorac palette will open in my bag.


The largest pouch also fits this beautiful palette I bought from Book of Shadows on Etsy. It's a magnetic makeup palette similar to those Z palettes. When I got it, I was really surprised by the quality. It's sturdy and really well designed. I read all the good reviews, but I was still blown away. If you're looking for a nice magnetic palette, I highly recommend these. The range of designs is pretty extensive as well.

I'm currently filling mine with indie eye shadows - my current obsession. I still need to press a lot of my shadows, so I'll show you the contents another time. :)


You're probably most curious about which Zoya was in the box. It's Rue from the Naturel collection! I already swatched Rue in the past, so here's a pic of it on the nail:


Since I already own Rue...I'm giving away the new bottle to one lucky reader! Aren't you glad you read this post now? :P

The giveaway is open to both US and international readers. There are no requirements for this giveaway. Just click enter in the Rafflecopter widget below - that's it! Don't forget to read the terms and conditions. Good luck! ♥

Also, if you liked what you saw in this VIP box, you can use this invitation link to get the VIP box for yourself. The subscription is for 13 magazines (print & digital) for $4.31 an issue. The box comes with your sub with full payment. There are some other stuff too, so if you're interested you can read about it in the link above. It's not an affiliate link, just a share link. :)

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Thursday, May 29, 2014

[Review + Swatch] Zoya Magical Pixie - Summer 2014


Hi guys! I'm excited to share Zoya's newest Magical Pixie collection with you today. These textures are just like the ones released in spring, but with much better formulas this time. It's still a chunky texture, but the formula was perfect. Not all thick and goopy like the spring collection, but thin and easy to use.


Bar, 3 coats: nude/beige texture with very fine to medium holographic glitters. As expected, these sparkle like crazy as soon as you step out into the sun. I found this to be the sheerest of the bunch, but it's hard to tell when it's blinding you. :P Personally, this was my least favorite. Something about this shade of nude doesn't flatter me. But if you're a fan of Zoya Godiva, I think you'll like this one as well.




Ginni, 3 coats: medium pink texture with very fine to medium holographic glitter. This is one of those colors that should flatter everyone.




Arlo, 3 coats: red-toned purple texture with very fine to medium holographic glitter. This is hands down my favorite out of all the Magical Pixies released so far. I wish Zoya did more vibrant colors like this for the summer set. How gorgeous is that shade of purple? *drool*



Arlo gets an extra picture because it's gorgeous.

Verdict: First off, I love that Zoya perfected the formulas on these! They glide on so easily now and the colors are all super sparkly. If you liked the spring Magical Pixies, you definitely won't be disappointed with these. My favorite is Arlo - no contest.

Availability: Magical Pixies are available at Zoya.com and retail for $10 each. Zoya polishes are also available in stores at Ulta. I recommend calling ahead to see if they carry this collection.

Wednesday, May 28, 2014

[Nail Art] Mani Swap with Vaniliamamor


Hi everyone! I recently did a mani swap with the lovely Bella of Vaniliamamor. This was actually my first time doing a mani swap! I was drawn to this mani Bella did inspired by Zachary Brown's painting: "Lilli’s Poppies". This is my version of it. :)

Polishes Used
OPI Coca-Cola Red
Milani White On The Spot
Zoya Suri
Barielle First Class Ticket
Sinful Colors black striping polish


I think I could have done a better job with the ring finger, but overall I love how this turned out. Who knew mani swaps could be so much fun? Apparently everyone but me. -.- *makes mental note to do more*


If you'd like to see which mani of mine Bella recreated, visit her blog here! Thank you, Bella for doing this with me! ^^

Until next time,
♥ Liz

Sunday, May 25, 2014

[Pretty Jelly x Sticky Nails Collaboration] Maleficient Inspired Polish + Stencil Sets

Hi everyone! Hope you're all enjoying your Memorial Day weekend! I have some more exciting news from Pretty Jelly, so I wanted to share them with you.

I've been working behind-the-scenes with another Iona of Sticky Nails to create Maleficient inspired polish and stencil sets. You can see the stencils below, but they're super detailed and easy to work with. Iona was so wonderful to work with and so amazingly talented! I'm really excited to finally reveal these sets to you.

We created these sets to pay homage to the upcoming release of Maleficient. One of the sets is inspired by Maleficient, while the other is inspired by Princess Aurora. We named the sets after the Once Upon A Dream song, and the dark new rendition by Lana Del Rey.

The following images are courtesy of Sticky Nails.
Enlarge this pic to see all the stencil images!


The I Know You set comes with a blackened green linear holo and a sheet of stencils featuring iconic images of Maleficient like her headdress, crow, and dragon transformation. This set will be sold exclusively at Sticky Nails Etsy store.
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This one's Once Upon A Dream on my nails. It's a light blue linear holo with pink sparkles reminiscent of Aurora's dress. This set also includes a sheet of whimsical stencils with images like forest animals, flowers, crowns, and dresses. Once Upon A Dream is available exclusively at the Pretty Jelly Etsy store.

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Isn't the squirrel the cutest thing ever? x)

Both sets will be released in our respective Etsy stores tomorrow, Monday 5/26. Each set will retail for $18 each and ships internationally. They're limited edition, so grab yours before we run out!

5/26 edit: Now Available: listing links below!
I Know You Holo Polish + Stencil Set (limited edition)
Once Upon A Dream Holo Polish + Stencil Set (limited edition)

If you're abroad and you're worried about the shipping costs, I encourage you to visit the Pretty Jelly fan group. I know some of the ladies there are putting together a group order. :)

If you'd like to see more swatches and nail art examples, please visit the following links! I'll update this as more blogger reviews pop up. :)

Wondrously Polished: I Know You + Once Upon A Dream Set Review
@Lissamel Maleficient dragon nail art

Summer-Ready Giveaway Winner!!


And the winner is...Amanda L! I already emailed you, so make sure you email me back within 48 hours. :)

Thank you to everyone who entered my giveaway! I have more fun giveaways planned for the future, so don't worry if you didn't win this time. I really appreciate having all of you as readers. ♥

Liz