L’Oreal Paris Collection Privée

Hello everybody! I hope everyone had a great weekend! It’s snowing here… 70+ degrees one day and snowing the next. Just one of the many reasons why I can’t wait to leave this place! I’ve pretty much been lounging around and putting off packing which I totally need to get on ASAP, as we’re moving in about two weeks. I’m tellin’ ya, as many times as I’ve moved, you’d think it would get easier but that just isn’t the case. If anything, I’m getting lazier! Oooh, I just cannot wait until it’s all over!

Today I have some swatches of this spring’s new L’Oreal Paris Collection Privée. This collection was created by L’Oreal with the goal of having a match for women of every skin tone. Inspired by seven beautiful actresses/entertainers, the women who make up the faces of this line are J-Lo, Julianne Moore, Eva Longoria, Freida Pinto, Doutzen Kroes, Liya Kebede and Cheryl Cole (which I believe is only available in the UK if I’m not mistaken). I think there may be a few other shades, but these are the only ones I’ve actually seen or heard of. Each line is geared towards women whose skin complexion resembles their own – Julianne’s would be most fitting for those with light complexions, Freida’s is most fitting for those with darker tones, but of course we aren’t confined to those shades only. As you can see, I’ve chosen a couple that were out of my “range”. I purchased Freida, Julianne & Doutzen’s polishes and Freida and Liya’s lippies. The lipsticks actually look somewhat high-end and if you’re familiar with NARS products, they’re that same rubbery sort of packaging.

L'Oreal Collection Privee
From L to R: Freida’s polish, Freida’s lipstick, Julianne’s polish, Liya’s lipstick, Doutzen’s polish

L'Oreal Paris Collection Privee Doutzen

L'Oreal Paris Collection Privee Freida

L'Oreal Paris Collection Privee Julianne

L'Oreal Paris Collection Privee Julianne, Laura Mercier Nude Silk dupe
Left – no flash, Right – with flash

I also unintentionally discovered a dupe! The reason I bought Julianne was because I didn’t think I had any polishes that resembled that color. As soon as I started applying it, something clicked in my head. I went and grabbed a Laura Mercier polish (in the color Nude Silk) I bought a while ago and sure enough, it looked like an exact match! It took three coats to get Laura’s to full opacity, Julianne’s was only two. It’s soo hard to tell, but Julianne’s is just a smidgen more pink toned than Nude Silk, but on camera, it’s nearly undetectable. So if anyone owns & loves Nude Silk and is looking for a similar color, Julianne is it!

L'Oreal Collection Privee Freida
L’Oreal Collection Privée Lipstick – Freida’s Nude

L'Oreal Collection Privee Liya
L’Oreal Collection Privee Lipstick – Liya’s Nude

The lipsticks are really moisturizing and glossy-like (like a Laura Mercier Stick Gloss, but with a bit more color). You do have to layer them a bit to get the full color out of ’em, but I don’t mind because what I’m more concerned about is the formula & texture. They’re very smooth and easy to apply!

I have to say, the celeb endorsements got me. I don’t think I would’ve purchased any of these if it weren’t for them, but I’m happy I did! The lipsticks and polishes retail for around $6 each, depending on where you get them. If you hit up Walgreens when they have a L’Oreal sale, they’re usually BOGO 50% off, plus I always ask the beauty advisor if they have coupons behind the makeup counter to make it even more worth while! More often than not, they’re happy to look for me! What do you think of this collection? Are there any of them that you’d like to try?

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Zoya Polish Swatches

Hey, everybody! So as promised before, I’ve done some swatches of the Zoya polishes I’ve acquired recently. A few of them I won through their fashion week contests and a few of them I purchased myself. All of these colors are beautiful, but there are some I really take to more than others and that’s just my personal preference. I’m not a HUGE polish person. Though I love my nails painted, I HATE painting them and also hate how horrible the condition of my nails has gotten within the last few months. They used to be really long and healthy and I’d have to clip and file them down every few weeks because of the growth, but lately they’ve been really dry and a bit brittle. Does anyone else have this problem? I think it’s because I’ve been painting my nails more than usual, but how do girls keep them in such pristine condition? Even with base coats and top coats they still seem to degrade in quality after every wear. Let me know your secrets!

On to the swatches:

Zoya DovimaZoya Matte Velvet in Dovima – a matte black with silver shimmer I want to say? To me, it looks a lot like Zoya’s Claudine, but matte instead of shine. This is 2 coats of polish. This is the first and only matte polish I own and I can’t say I’m a huge fan, but that’s only my personal opinion. I don’t know, matte polishes just look like chalk boards to me and they make me cringe because I can’t help but to think about nails running down a chalkboard – just not my cup of tea. I’m a creamy, shiny polish person.

Zoya JacquelineJacqueline – Zoya describes this as a “full coverage, perfect magnolia nude cream. A light creamy beige with slight warm undertones and a glossy finish”. I would describe this as French vanilla. I love the color but it applied pretty streaky for me. This took 3 coats to make it opaque. Not full coverage in my opinion.

Zoya DahliaDahlia from Zoya’s PixieDust collection – Zoya describes this as a “black beauty with a sugared sparkle”. This is intensely sparkly (which I like) and gritty like sugar, but what I don’t like is trying to get it off! I avoid glittery polishes for this reason only, although I own quite a few because glitter is simply irresistible! I think it has a hold on many of us!

Zoya DemiDemi – Zoya describes this one as “a medium dusty mauve-purple creme with strong red undertones”. This took 2 coats to reach opacity and applied smoothly. To me this is a great color for fall.

Zoya PippaPippa – described as an “ultra-bright, sunny and cheerful medium lemon yellow creme”. This color reminds me of sunflowers and smiley faces! Not a color I would normally wear, but if you like bright colors, this would work for you. This color also applied streaky and took 3 coats to make opaque.

Zoya AveryAvery – “a full coverage blonde-beige cream”. This is a unique nude that reminds me of a beigy version of the Crayola crayon, Apricot (that’s the first thing that came to mind when applying this). This was pretty smooth to apply and took 2 coats.

Zoya Naturel Collection - BrigitteBrigitte – part of Zoya’s Naturel Collection. I’m in love with this collection! I’ve only gotten 2 of them so far (if only I were rich), but the 2 I got were the ones that appealed to me the most. Zoya describes Brigitte as a full coverage bombshell mauve cream. This color is just stunning, the pictures don’t do it justice at all. It applies like a dream, fully opaque with 2 coats.

Zoya Naturel Collection - NormaniThis is Normani – “a full-coverage, sable mauve cream”. It was hard to capture the mauviness of this in my photos, but this color to me is just so unique and rich. This one also applied like a dream – so creamy and nearly opaque with just 1 coat, but I applied 2 just to be safe.

Zoya SailorLast but not least is Sailor – “a classic dark navy cream”. This to me is kind of a muted navy color – hard for me to explain, but not truly as navy as navy usually is. And I love that because I wanted something that was just a tad bit toned down and not as dark and bold. This was very creamy and smooth to apply, again, almost fully opaque with 1 coat, but I’ve done 2 just to be on the safe side.

Have you tried out any of these colors? What are your current favorite polishes at the moment?

full-coverage, perfect magnolia nude cream. This light creamy beige has slight warm undertones and a glossy creme finish – See more at: http://www.qtica.com/content/item/New_Qtica_Brand/Zoya-Nail-Polish-Jacqueline-ZP654.html#sthash.B0vQIFyL.dpuf
full-coverage, perfect magnolia nude cream. This light creamy beige has slight warm undertones and a glossy creme finish – See more at: http://www.qtica.com/content/item/New_Qtica_Brand/Zoya-Nail-Polish-Jacqueline-ZP654.html#sthash.B0vQIFyL.dpuf

Zoya Polish Swatches

Hey, everybody! So as promised before, I’ve done some swatches of the Zoya polishes I’ve acquired recently. A few of them I won through their fashion week contests and a few of them I purchased myself. All of these colors are beautiful, but there are some I really take to more than others and that’s just my personal preference. I’m not a HUGE polish person. Though I love my nails painted, I HATE painting them and also hate how horrible the condition of my nails has gotten within the last few months. They used to be really long and healthy and I’d have to clip and file them down every few weeks because of the growth, but lately they’ve been really dry and a bit brittle. Does anyone else have this problem? I think it’s because I’ve been painting my nails more than usual, but how do girls keep them in such pristine condition? Even with base coats and top coats they still seem to degrade in quality after every wear. Let me know your secrets!

On to the swatches:

Zoya DovimaZoya Matte Velvet in Dovima – a matte black with silver shimmer I want to say? To me, it looks a lot like Zoya’s Claudine, but matte instead of shine. This is 2 coats of polish. This is the first and only matte polish I own and I can’t say I’m a huge fan, but that’s only my personal opinion. I don’t know, matte polishes just look like chalk boards to me and they make me cringe because I can’t help but to think about nails running down a chalkboard – just not my cup of tea. I’m a creamy, shiny polish person.

Zoya JacquelineJacqueline – Zoya describes this as a “full coverage, perfect magnolia nude cream. A light creamy beige with slight warm undertones and a glossy finish”. I would describe this as French vanilla. I love the color but it applied pretty streaky for me. This took 3 coats to make it opaque. Not full coverage in my opinion.

Zoya DahliaDahlia from Zoya’s PixieDust collection – Zoya describes this as a “black beauty with a sugared sparkle”. This is intensely sparkly (which I like) and gritty like sugar, but what I don’t like is trying to get it off! I avoid glittery polishes for this reason only, although I own quite a few because glitter is simply irresistible! I think it has a hold on many of us!

Zoya DemiDemi – Zoya describes this one as “a medium dusty mauve-purple creme with strong red undertones”. This took 2 coats to reach opacity and applied smoothly. To me this is a great color for fall.

Zoya PippaPippa – described as an “ultra-bright, sunny and cheerful medium lemon yellow creme”. This color reminds me of sunflowers and smiley faces! Not a color I would normally wear, but if you like bright colors, this would work for you. This color also applied streaky and took 3 coats to make opaque.

Zoya AveryAvery – “a full coverage blonde-beige cream”. This is a unique nude that reminds me of a beigy version of the Crayola crayon, Apricot (that’s the first thing that came to mind when applying this). This was pretty smooth to apply and took 2 coats.

Zoya Naturel Collection - BrigitteBrigitte – part of Zoya’s Naturel Collection. I’m in love with this collection! I’ve only gotten 2 of them so far (if only I were rich), but the 2 I got were the ones that appealed to me the most. Zoya describes Brigitte as a full coverage bombshell mauve cream. This color is just stunning, the pictures don’t do it justice at all. It applies like a dream, fully opaque with 2 coats.

Zoya Naturel Collection - NormaniThis is Normani – “a full-coverage, sable mauve cream”. It was hard to capture the mauviness of this in my photos, but this color to me is just so unique and rich. This one also applied like a dream – so creamy and nearly opaque with just 1 coat, but I applied 2 just to be safe.

Zoya SailorLast but not least is Sailor – “a classic dark navy cream”. This to me is kind of a muted navy color – hard for me to explain, but not truly as navy as navy usually is. And I love that because I wanted something that was just a tad bit toned down and not as dark and bold. This was very creamy and smooth to apply, again, almost fully opaque with 1 coat, but I’ve done 2 just to be on the safe side.

Have you tried out any of these colors? What are your current favorite polishes at the moment?

full-coverage, perfect magnolia nude cream. This light creamy beige has slight warm undertones and a glossy creme finish – See more at: http://www.qtica.com/content/item/New_Qtica_Brand/Zoya-Nail-Polish-Jacqueline-ZP654.html#sthash.B0vQIFyL.dpuf
full-coverage, perfect magnolia nude cream. This light creamy beige has slight warm undertones and a glossy creme finish – See more at: http://www.qtica.com/content/item/New_Qtica_Brand/Zoya-Nail-Polish-Jacqueline-ZP654.html#sthash.B0vQIFyL.dpuf

Happy First Day of Spring! + a Spring Nail Look

Ahhh, the first day of spring is finally here! Although I know that probably most of the country isn’t really feelin’ the spring time weather yet, it’s here and you can’t deny the feeling is in the air. We’ve had a bit of a long winter, but I know it’s going to warm up soon because there is no other choice but to! Being in Colorado, I don’t get to experience the spring that I’m used to. Spring to me is the sun shining down, GREEN, green grass (something you definitely don’t see out here with the dry climate), the sights and smells of colorful flowers blossoming everywhere and birds & bees buzzing throughout the air! Spring to me, is this:

Cherry Blossoms - Winterthur, DelawareThis is Winterthur Museum and Gardens in Delaware – former home of Henry Francis du Pont. The gardens and land are free to walk (after you’ve paid admission or acquired a membership) and it is simply one of the most gorgeous, immaculate, serene places to be in the spring and summer. This is probably my favorite place to be in the spring time, ever. There are so many gorgeous sights and scenes here! With benches available in several places, you can choose to sit and read a book or just to sit and admire the absolute beauty and wonder of this place. I’ve been spoiled by it and my heart aches a little because I won’t be able to see the true beauty of spring this year. *sigh*

Alright, alright, enough daydreaming! I’ve done my nails for the first time in a bit because I feel so spring-y today! I’ve chosen pink and purple because those colors remind me of the spring flowers that I’ll be missing out on (sad face). Hey, I have to live out my daydreams somehow! This is a light glitter gradient look I tried, using Essie’s French Affair which is a pale pink cream (both coats applied very smoothly) and Sephora by OPI Sugar Plum Fairies Gone Wild (love that name!), which is a glitter polish that consists of a chunky lilac/bluish, holographic glitter and a fine lilac glitter.

Essie French Affair, Sephora by OPI Sugar Plum Fairies Gone Wild

What do you think about this look? Are you excited for the spring season to come?

Thank you, Zoya!

So this isn’t much of a post because I haven’t gotten a chance to try any of these polishes out yet, but I just wanted to mention how sweet Zoya is. Within the past two weeks I won TWO of Zoya’s fashion week contests. During fashion week they had a contest just about every day – I think even more than one on a couple of those days – and I entered about 3 or 4 of them. Not long after, I received a message from them on Facebook telling me that I won one! I was super stoked because even though it’s just nail polish, I never win ANYTHING. Except for ONE time like 10 years ago when I entered these contests online at the WB.com (back before it was The CW) and won One Tree Hill the first season twice – I think that I seriously had to have been the only person who entered them because it didn’t make any sense to me how I could win two. Anywho, enough rambling. After I found out I won, I didn’t enter any more of the contests. Well about a week later, I got a message on Twitter from them telling me that I won yet again! I couldn’t believe it.. because like I said, this NEVER happens. So now I’ve won twice? Well the second contest I won I believe had already passed so I think perhaps one of the winners never claimed their prize or something and I happened to be the lucky chosen one. I felt a bit guilty though because I had already won one – I told them so, but they insisted it was okay, so I said what the heck.. probably the only time this will ever happen!

This week I received both of my prizes. The first one was a trio containing the colors Dovima (my first matte polish), Jacqueline and Dahlia. The second was the Rolando Santana trio which contains the colors Demi, Pippa and Avery. All these colors are gorgeous, but I’m most excited for Jacqueline because I’ve been wanting to try her out for a little while now. Swatches coming soon!

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