Review: Zoya's Naturel Collection

July 22, 2014

Hello lovelies! Zoya has officially announced the sequel to their Natural collection! Zoya's Naturel Collection from last fall was one of my favorites and this fall they have a brand new set of natural neutrals that will look gorgeous on many nails. To celebrate their new release, I give you my review of the original Natural collection. I've had these for a while, I just hadn't gotten the chance to review them.

Brigitte is a very nice mauve neutral color that leans a lot towards mauve. I know this entire collection is more rose toned neutrals, and this color is exactly that. I really liked this color and it complimented my skin tone very well.

Chantal is a nice vanilla cream color that although nice, it's a little too yellow for my skin tone. It almost looks like I left some foundation on my skin

Normani is a nice gray-brown color that was so easy to apply. Actually, all of these colors were easy to apply but Normani was nice because it was pretty opaque after one coat for me. I really like this color; it's a much deeper mauve than Brigitte but still very nice.

Unlike Normani, Odette is a brighter version of Brigitte, with tons more purple in it. I like this color, but it seems a little outdated to me. It's like a creme version of the frosty plum nail polish my grandmother used to wear. This is probably my least favorite in the collection.

Rue is my perfect neutral color. It's so pretty on my nails and compliments my skin very well. It has a nice blush undertone but isn't too pink or yellow for me. This one is my favorite of the entire collection.

Taylor is in the same vein as Chantal, a creamy vanilla/beige color. I am actually not a fan of this one either. Although it's not as unappealing on my nails as Chantal, it's still a bit too yellow for me. 

Honestly, I'm not that much of a fun of this collection. In the same way that I'm not a fan of Naked 3 by Urban Decay. Rose toned neutrals just aren't for me. The new Naturel Collection or Naturel 2, looks to be more of a mix of berry toned neutrals and chocolate toned neutrals, so here's hoping.

You can place a pre-order for the Naturel 2 Collection and pick up the original here for $9 per bottle.

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Lip Thrill Thursday: Rimmel Moisture Renew

July 17, 2014

Hello lovelies! Today I bring you Rimmel's Moisture Renew Lipsticks. I usually have really good luck with Rimmel lipsticks and after the horror that was Revlon's Colorstay Moisture Stain, I needed a good buy.

The Moisture Renew lipsticks aren't necessarily new, but they are revamped with vitamins A, C and E. They are also super pigmented and almost work as a lipstain.

I picked up four colors out of the twenty-five that they offer in Diva Red, Mayfair Red Lady, Back to the Fuchsia and As You Want Victoria. The colors go on very creamy and are easily applied both straight out of the tube or using a lip brush. The color is super pigmented and none of the colors I had left my lips feeling tacky or dry.

As You Want Victoria is a rich pink almost fuchsia shade that looked lovely on my skin tone. It isn't as bright as I thought it would be, but it still packs a punch for the upcoming summer months. It was probably my second favorite of the ones that I purchased.

Back to the Fuchsia is a really pretty fuchsia/hot pink shade that is pow in your face. The color is a little too creamy for my taste but it still looks nice. Even though it's pretty on, it's probably my least favorite of the bunch that I purchased.

Diva Red is a beautiful red that's deeper than the other red I picked up, but still bright and beautiful for many different skin tones. This is my favorite of all of the other colors I picked out

Mayfair Lady is a traffic-stop bright orange red color that can be seen from a mile away. The color is absolutely beautiful and is officially my perfect summer red. It's got just the right amount of orange in it for a bright summer lip.

All of these colors went on perfectly. The formula was easy to use and build-up on, if desired. The only problem I had with these is that since they're so creamy, they transfer very easily and eating with these on is not advised. The absolute best thing about these lipsticks is that since they go on almost like a liquid, they do act like a tint so even when the color fades throughout the day, you're still left with a nice tint of color on your lips.

The new Moisture Renew lipsticks by Rimmel are available at most of your local drugstores and retail for around $7.

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Review: Zoya's Bubbly Collection

July 13, 2014

Hello lovelies! Today I bring you the long awaited review for Zoya's Bubbly collection. This collection is probably one of my favorites from Zoya in a very long time. I am totally in love with the colors in this collection because they're so bright, fun and sparkly.

The Bubbly collection is one part of Zoya's two collections for the summer. The collections work well together, with each Bubbly color having a "corresponding" Tickled color.

First up there's Alma. Alma is the lighter of the two orange shades in the collection, going towards more of a yellow orange color. Alma is super pretty and very sparkly. All of the colors in this collection have the same holo glitters that are almost a little on the sheer side.

Next up is Binx. Binx is the violet color in the collection and like Alma, is easy to apply and very sheer. All of these colors need two coats to be somewhat opaque, but three would be needed if you wanted a true opaque color.

Harper is a gorgeous sparkly pink color that is one of my fave in the collection. It's so pretty paired with pretty much any pink and really adds an extra oomph applied on top of another pink or even white.

Jesy is the deeper of the two oranges, more like a blood orange. Jesy was a little tricky for me, even though it was deeper, it required three coats to get the same opacity as the other colors. I would use four to get a true opaque.

Muse is probably my favorite color in this collection. It defines summer for me. It's bright, it's fun, it's pretty and super sparkly. I've been repainting my toes with this for the past month.

And finally there's Stassi. Stassi is a color that I didn't really like, up until I paired it with it's Tickled partner. By itself, it's a little on the sheer side, it's pretty but just doesn't have that nice punch of some of the other colors in the collection.

This entire collection was totally fun and it was fun creating different rainbow looks with it. Stay tuned for the Tickled collection review coming soon!

Zoya's Bubbly collection is available here.

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Mixed-Drink Mani Monday: Watermelon Margaritas

July 07, 2014

Hello lovelies! I'm so very sorry I've been gone for an entire week, but It was my birthday on the fourth and we went on a little vacation. Which included a ton of watermelon inspired drinks including very yummy watermelon margaritas! Watermelon margaritas are my favorite, especially the frozen kind.

This manicure is super simple, like always, but it does use a lot of colors

What You Need:
Base Coat & Top Coat (I used Seche Vite Base Coat and INM Out The Door Top Coat)
Glittery/Textured White/Silver Color (I used Zoya's Tomoko)
Glittery Green Color (I used Zoya's Stassi)
Glittery Pink Color (I used Zoya's Harper)
Coral/Pink Color (I used OPI's Live.Love.Carnaval.)
Green Color (I used Zoya's Tilda)
Black color (I used OPI's 4 in the Morning)
Nail Polish Remover
Orangewood Stick

1) Apply the base coat of your choice.
2) Apply one coat of your peachy/pink shade.
3) Using the top of your brush, apply your white glittery/textured color to the tips to almost the middle of your nail.
4) Apply the green color to the very tips of your nails.
5) Use the tip of your orangewood stick and apply black dots onto the pink part of your nail.
6) Apply your glittery pink to the pink and white color.
7) Apply your sparkly green over your green color.
8) Use a piece of cotton wrapped around an orangewood stick and soak it in nail polish remover for easy cleanup.
9) Show off your nails

Before cleanup and topcoat
Even though this has a lot of colors and a lot of steps, it's still super easy and didn't take too long. Make sure to let all of your colors dry before applying another color on top of it. Have fun and keep enjoying your summer!

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Mixed-Drink Mani Monday: Bomb Pop Cocktails

July 01, 2014

 I love blue curacao, and since I love glitter just as much, you know I had to do something glitzy for the fourth of July Mixed-Drink Mani! It's my birthday! So I took a page out of Zoya's book and did this bomb pop/fourth of july cocktail inspired mani using all PixieDusts! I used Liberty, Tomoko and Chyna to create this gorgeous, patriotic mani.

What You Need:
Thick top coat (I used Seche Vite)
Glittery/Textured White/Silver Color (I used Zoya's Tomoko)
Glittery/Textured Blue (I used Zoya's Liberty)
Glittery/Texture Red (I used Zoya's Chyna)
Nail Polish Remover
Orangewood Stick

1)I applied a layer of the white/silver all over each one of my nails and let that dry.
2) Once that was dry, I used the tip of my nail polish brush to apply the blue on the bottom of my nail on each of my nails.
3) I then applied the red on the tips of all of my nails.
4)I went back and filled in the middle part of my nail with the white/silver color, overlapping a bit with the blue and the red to make it look more blended.
5) Apply top coat. You can skip this step if you want a more textured look but I wanted it to be shiny. Depending on the type of top coat you use, you might need to let it dry and reapply to fill in the textured polish.
6) Use a piece of cotton wrapped around an orangewood stick and soak it in nail polish remover for easy cleanup.
7) Show off your nails!

Before cleanup/top coat
This was super easy and super patriotic so if you're rooting for team USA tomorrow, try out this sparkly mani!

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