CoverGirl Clean Whipped Creme Foundation Review

Hi all! I hope your weekend has been happy and productive (or not, if that’s what you want to accomplish!). I once again (twice, if you caught it earlier) changed my blog name. I’ll tell you, I’m such a lunatic perfectionist when it comes to these things. I’ll sit here and think and think trying to come up with something better, and then even better, and I don’t know why I do this because I’d be changing it at least once a month for the rest of my life at the rate I’m going.. I have. to. stop. I get into these modes where I just obsess about it and it’s sooo unhealthy and ridiculous. I don’t want to keep changing it and confusing people (and myself), so I’m going to try to just let it be, be happy with it, and put the obsessing over it to a halt because it’s just getting out of control. Also, for some reason when I’ve chosen to follow someone’s blog, I’ll check out a new post or something afterward and it gives me the option to follow the person when I already have.. I don’t know if my blog is automatically un-following people or if when I click follow the first time, it just isn’t registering correctly, but if I follow you and then all of a sudden I’m not, it’s not on purpose, I promise! It’s really starting to annoy me because it’s happening pretty frequently. Is this happening to any of you too or is it just me? Hmm.

Anywho, today I’m reviewing one of my more recent drugstore finds. I love searching through Walgreens’ cosmetic aisles for those bright orange stickers!! If you shop there, you know what I mean… CLEARANCE! The CoverGirl Whipped Creme foundations are on clearance at pretty much every Walgreens I’ve visited in the past few weeks. After debating maybe 3-4x during different visits, I decided to pick one up. I think they were about $4.50 or so and I had a coupon for $3 off a CoverGirl foundation, so I really only ended up paying around $1.50 which is pretty freakin’ awesome!

I ended up buying this in the color Soft Honey (#355). What’s funny is I was actually going to buy the CoverGirl Outlast Stay Fab 3-in-1 Foundation in this color (I used to wear Soft Honey yeeears ago in their Clean Liquid Foundation) but I didn’t go through with it because it looked way too light in the bottle. I don’t know how consistent the shades are between each of their foundations, but this specific foundation might be one of the closest color matches, if not THE closest color match I’ve ever had, which is saying a LOT because I’ve probably sampled at least 50 foundations in the past year.

The name of the foundation speaks for itself – whipped. So it’s pretty much what I expected. Thick and fluffy, not runny at all.

Covergirl Clean Whipped Creme Foundation Soft Honey 355

Covergirl Clean Whipped Creme Foundation Soft Honey 355

I wouldn’t say this was difficult to apply, but it was different and took some getting used to. Since it’s so thick, it wasn’t as easy to buff into my skin as my normal liquid foundations. I had to work a little quicker than usual to buff it out before it set in. The first time I tried it, I used my Real Techniques Stippling Brush and it was kind of hard to work with, I just feel like it didn’t buff out so well.  I think my Tarte Airbrush Foundation Brush actually works a lot better because it’s much more wide, thick and dense so it spreads the foundation around more easily and gives it a more even finish. I’m no foundation expert, but I would guess that this might not be great for those with dry skin, since it is such a thick consistency with such a matte finish. I have combination skin – normal skin around my cheek area and very oily around my nose and chin. I can’t do super dewy foundations due to that, but I do prefer a semi-dewy, natural looking glow over a pure matte. This is very matte, but it does a really good job of suppressing the oil for a longer period of time.

I have a before (don’t judge!) and after picture of the coverage. I did apply 2 coats as I usually do just to make sure I have all my freckles, scars, discoloration, and any breakouts covered as much as possible before I apply my concealer.

Covergirl Clean Whipped Creme Foundation Soft Honey 355L – Bare Face, R – Foundation just applied

The right photo is foundation only, no concealer or anything applied yet, so you can get an idea of the coverage. You can see it did even out my skin and covered my dark circles, scarring and freckles a bit. I could’ve built this up with another layer, but I’d rather use concealer to finish the job than cake on another layer of foundation and have it start to look unnatural or obvious. I think it does a good job, coverage-wise. I’m also satisfied with the lasting power – After 8 hours of wear, I do have visible oily spots around my nose and chin (without setting with powder) which is bound to happen with me, but my cheeks look as though they’ve been untouched.

I’m really surprised with this because foundations, whether they’re drugstore or higher end, usually never work out for me (color-wise). The first thing I’m always concerned with is color matching because it’s so hard for me to find a perfect match.. I always feel that if I do find one, I’ll work with it even if I don’t love the formula because a perfect match for me is extremely rare. Though I’m really thrilled about the color, that probably won’t last long since summer’s right around the corner – I tend to get about 2-3 shades darker during those months, so it kinda makes foundation shopping difficult and annoying. The formula, despite its matte-ness will probably grow on me, it’s just not what I’m used to. But it’s actually better aesthetically because of my oil issues. I could always mix in a bit of my tinted moisturizer to give my skin a little more glow too!

Final verdict: I will deem this one a drugstore win!

Have any of you tried this foundation?

Smashbox Ombré Eyes Set – Review + Swatches

Hi everyone!

Today I’m reviewing the Smashbox Ombré Eyes Set which includes a Photo Op eyeshadow/blush palette, full size Full Exposure Mascara and full size Lip Enhancing Gloss. Currently, Ulta is including a free full size Limitless Waterproof Eyeliner along with this purchase (all this for only $29). Helloooo, this was too good of a deal to pass up, I HAD to get it!

I don’t know if I’ve ever mentioned this before, but something about eyeshadows in the color purple call me. When I first started practicing with shadows again a few months ago, the first look I made that looked remotely decent was created with purples. Since then, I’ve become attracted to purples like a magnet. When I scope out new palettes and quads on Sephora, my mouse always clicks on those darn purple hues. It’s an instinct that I can’t help and I don’t realize it until after I’ve done it.. then I say to myself, ” Tasha, you HAVE to stop buying purples!” And it’s true, I do need to venture out! But c’mon, for $29.. how could one pass this up? So here we are, and I must say I’m pretty content with this purchase!

The purples in this palette are pretty pigmented (the Violet is to die for!). The light pink is somewhat chalky with not-so-great color payoff (it basically looks like a faded white on my skin) but when I bought this, I pretty much knew I wouldn’t be using it anyway. The black also isn’t the most pigmented black I’ve ever come across, but I almost never use blacks. I have a couple in other palettes that I own if I ever need them. I haven’t touched the blush yet, so I can’t comment on it’s wear or quality, however, it looks as though it may be too light for my skin tone. I will say after several hours of wear, the colors did appear more faded than when I first applied, but it’s not a significant difference – not enough for me to be bothered. Even if these aren’t *superb* in quality, the mascara, eyeliner and lipgloss together are still worth over $29 alone (approximately $60 combined if you were to buy each one separately). The mascara, I’ve used before – I have several samples of it and while it isn’t my HG, it’s decent enough. I’m not super picky with mascaras, so the more I can collect, the better. The gloss is a pretty pink which looks like it would be flattering on all skintones; semi-sheer, but buildable, moisturizing, and not too sticky. I haven’t used the eyeliner yet because I have a million that I need to use up first, but I’ve read that it’s quite good in quality – not budgy. It also has a built-in sharpener in the cap which I think is so cool! Hopefully it actually works! That would certainly make it great for travel.

Smashbox Ombre EyesSmashbox Ombré Eyes Photo Op Palette from L to R: Pastel, Lavender, Violet, Ebony and blush in Rosy

Smashbox Ombre Eyes, Smashbox Full Exposure Mascara, Smashbox Limitless Eyeliner, Smashbox Lip Enhancing GlossSmashbox Full Exposure Mascara, Limitless Eyeliner in Onyx and Lip Enhancing Gloss in Blush

Smashbox Ombre Eyes

Smashbox Ombre EyesWearing Lavender and Violet from the Ombré palette and Lip Enhancing Gloss in Blush.

I’m not one to follow the trends at all. This palette was released in fall of 2013, but to me, these colors are really pretty for spring despite the late-year release. I’m actually just now starting to understand that there are trends in color that vary per season, and while I’m not going to limit myself to wearing only THOSE colors, the colors in those seasonal collections strangely become more appealing to me. Darn that marketing! Either way, I think purples of any shade go great during springtime! Overall, despite the not-so-great quality in a couple of these shadows, I’m pleased with this. For the price of it all, I feel like I made out like a bandit! What do you think about these colors? Is following seasonal beauty trends important to you?

March Madness Haul/Purchases

Hello, guys & gals!

March is nearly over and April will soon be upon us! That means we’re inching closer to spring trends and weather! I gathered together all of my beauty purchases from this month (hopefully I can make it through tomorrow without caving in). I feel like this was a lot, but most of them are actually drugstore buys – Maybelline Color Tattoos and L’Oreal Paris Collection Privée products making up the bulk of that. I will be posting swatches and reviews of many of these in the days and weeks to come, so stay tuned! What were your beauty purchases for the month of March?

Inglot, L'oreal Privee, Smashbox Ombre, NYX Butter Lipstick, Sephora Glitterguard Primer, Maybelline Color Tattoo

Beautylish and Inglot Review & Swatches

Hi all!

So today, I wanted to post about my very first Beautylish and Inglot purchase! I’ve visited Beautylish.com from time to time over the past year or two, but never ordered anything. Since I started my beauty journey last year, I guess you could say I’ve kind of been a dedicated Sephora girl. I love the fact that I can use eBates, Swagbucks AND Shopkick (shameless plug, maybe, but I’m SO serious about getting free stuff when I can!) to earn cash-back or points towards MORE Sephora gift cards (and I’ve earned SEVERAL), and I also like accumulating Beauty Insider points (if you aren’t aware of their Beauty Insider program, I definitely recommend that you join – it’s free and at the very least, you’ll get a free birthday gift every year). However, being quite disappointed in how their Rouge program has materialized (it actually hasn’t) and how these issues been addressed by the company, I’ve been doing most, if any, of my shopping elsewhere.

That brings me to Beautylish! I don’t know how it happened, I just ended up there browsing again as I do every so often, and the Inglot products caught my eye more so than usual this time. I decided to order. It wasn’t anything huge, but I chose a lipstick, a gloss and a loose pigment (my first loose pigment ever!). Their makeup is fairly inexpensive and I’ve only read good things (mainly about their eyeshadows), so it was a done deal. When the package arrived, the products were charmingly tied and wrapped inside a small, brown paper bag, and a personal message written on a note card was included, thanking me for my purchase! So cute & thoughtful! I love when companies show great customer recognition, those kind of gestures really go a long way. It was a really sweet added touch which will definitely keep me coming back. I’d definitely recommend checking out Beautylish if you haven’t before. The shipping is quite reasonable – they offer free FedEx 2-day shipping with purchases of $35 and up and orders under $35 have a flat $5 charge, which still isn’t bad, IMO. Plus it’s not just a site to shop at, it’s also a community full of beauty lovers – there are tons of beauty-related videos, product ratings, advice, etc. It’s a really neat site, so check it out!

Inglot AMC Pure Pigment Eyeshadow 35

Pigment #35 – This color caught my eye almost immediately – the pictures definitely don’t do it justice. I’ve never seen anything like it! And I’ve never used a loose pigment before, so I was a bit hesitant to buy it in case I couldn’t figure out how to use it properly – but even if I hadn’t Youtube’d videos on it, I don’t think I could’ve passed it up because it’s just such a gorgeous, unique color. It’s a shiny duochrome pigment; a deep periwinkle/cornflower blue mixed with gold. When the light hits it, the gold really radiates and I think it’s just simply stunning. It turned out to be exactly the color I thought it would be, and we all know how makeup swatches and pictures on our phones and laptops can prove to be so deceiving and disappointing once we receive the actual product.

Inglot Sleeks Lipgloss 46, Inglot Lipstick 236 Cream

Inglot Sleeks Lipgloss 46, Inglot Lipstick 236 Cream

The lipstick I chose (#236) went on creamy and evenly. On my lips, it shows up as a maroon color with purple undertones, kind of like what I expected my Dior Lip Addict Extreme in Bonne Aventure to appear (that was one of those “disappointments” I was referring to earlier), so I was very pleased. It has a nice sheen to it too. The lipgloss (#46) is ahh-mazinggg! Okay, now I’m not a huge fan of sparkly gloss by any means. It’s just not my thing. I like my lips glossy, but they’re HUGE so I don’t need added sparkle to accentuate them. HOWEVER, this gloss has an amazing lustrous glow to it. It’s a bright, semi-sheer strawberry red with gold shimmer inside. I couldn’t stop staring at it when I put it on! I don’t look for sparkly glosses, so I don’t know if there is one like this out there – to me this is one-of-a-kind. It’s perfect for summer because it has that golden glow, it’s sheer but not so sheer that it won’t show up when worn alone and it has a nice texture, not too sticky. I know once this one runs out I’ll be buying another, I really, really love this color!

Here’s a little look I tried with the lips and eyes – I’m still on a bit of a learning curve with my eyeshadow.. sometimes it turns out okay, sometimes it doesn’t, so bear with me! I’m not creative at all when it comes to putting together different shadows and looks. I usually find a pictorial or video online to try to imitate, but this time I attempted it without that. I swear, my hooded, droopy eyelids are sooo hard to work with. I recently heard someone on a video say that hooded eyelids are actually the most common eyelids out there, but I have a hard time believing that. Whenever I Google a look, the pictures that pop up are almost always girls with full, visible lids and I get a bit jealous. I mean, they just look like they’re so much easier to work with than mine. There are so many techniques and odd things that I have to do to get the lid color to show, to get my eyeliner to wing out without getting caught on the hood, it’s just crazy. I feel like no matter what I do, it just doesn’t turn out the way eyeshadow should really “look”. Maybe I’ll get the hang of it one day and it’ll be like second nature, but it feels like that day will never come.

Inglot Sleeks Lipgloss 46, Inglot Lipstick 236 Cream, Inglot Pure Pigment Eyeshadow 35

Lorac Unzipped, Inglot AMC Pure Pigment 35

Before I even received these products, I went and ordered some more; 5 Inglot shadows from their Freedom System (the Freedom System is a system Inglot has where you can choose the size of the palette you want to purchase, from a 1-square palette to a 40-square palette, along with the products you want to add to your palette – eyeshadows, lipsticks, concealers, etc.; the freedom to add what you wish!). So I will have another review coming soon! All in all, I’m really impressed so far and I don’t know why it took me this long to try them out! Do you have any experiences with Inglot, or are there any products that catch your eye?

A Liebster Award – I’ve been nominated!

Hello everybody!

Today, I was nominated for a Liebster Award by Pascha at The Posh Blog. Thank you soo much Pascha!

Fleur de LiebsterI’m fairly new to the blogging community, so I took it upon myself to research the Liebster Award a bit before I began my post (even though it’s purpose may seem quite obvious). If you aren’t aware of what a Liebster Award is, it’s an award within the blogging community that’s given to other bloggers who have a certain amount of followers or less. This specific nomination states it’s to be given to those with 500 followers or less, but I’ve seen limits as low as those who have 200 and under. It’s a really good way to get to know newer bloggers out there and to have other bloggers get to know you! You post the Liebster Award in your new post (you can use the one you see here or Google one, which I did), and you can choose to add it to your page as a widget if you like. You can read a little more about the award if you’re interested to know more here.

The rules for this specific award are as follows:

Make a post about the Liebster Award & thank the blogger who nominated you

State 11 interesting facts about yourself

Answer the 11 questions asked by the blogger who nominated you

Nominate 11 new bloggers with 500 followers or less (make sure you tell them they’re nominated!)

Write 11 new questions for your nominees

 

11 Facts About Me:

1. I’m a mum! I have an amazing 9-year old daughter who is my world – I think this is a great time to mention this because I kind of like to keep my family life a little bit private. I had a bizarre incident happen to me where someone stole picture of her and I from my Myspace (yes, this was a LONG time ago) and used them as their own (crazy!)! So ever since then, I’ve been very careful about the things I put out when it comes to her. But I do love her dearly, she is the single most important person in my life.

2. I’m an Army wife – where my husband goes, we follow. After we married, my daughter and I packed up our lives on the east coast and moved to be with him half way across the country. This will happen every few years, and this year just happens to be that year for us. It’s tough, but that’s life in the military and we have to get used to it. Not for the faint of heart, that’s for sure!

3. I am OBSESSED with any and all things UK and Europe. When I say obsessed, that’s an understatement. I spend most of my days daydreaming about being there, it completely consumes me. I just think compared to the U.S. there is SO MUCH MORE to do and see, so much more culture, so much life, so much to learn and I won’t die happy unless I get there one day!

4. I’ve seen every episode of TOWIE (The Only Way is Essex – a British reality show) to this very day – I never miss an episode. I know it’s crap, but I can’t help what I love!

5. The origin of Koofa – if you’ve ever wondered what this is about, it’s a nickname started by my friend Jordan several years ago. My maiden name is Kufuor. One day, out of the blue, he shortened my name to Koof. Then he branched out to other variations like De Koof, Koofa, The Koof (he’s a comical person), and so on… it spread like wildfire and soon everybody started calling me variations of Koof or Koofa! I actually love it, so I’ve carried it with me throughout several social media platforms!

6. I’m a bit of a hypochondriac. I don’t know why or what brought it on, but I wasn’t always like this. One of my best friends is the exact same way, so I think it may have rubbed off on me. I’m always afraid something is wrong with me. Well, last year a blood clot was discovered in my brain. The first trip to the ER for the pain I was having, I was blown off and told it was the flu. If I hadn’t been a hypochondriac/paranoid about it and gone back the next day, who knows where I would be today. Everything is fine now, but as you can imagine, that doesn’t help my paranoia at all.

7. I have a horrid spending addiction. I can’t save money to save my life.

8. I’m VERY shy. I have been since I was young. Because of this I’m quite introverted and it’s very hard (much harder than it is for most people) to make new friends, which stinks because of the fact that we move around so much. I know it’s something that will never change, therefore I’m very blessed and thankful for the close friends that I do have. 🙂

9. I love musicals and old classic movies. Doris Day movies, Gone With the Wind, The Sound of Music, Seven Brides to Seven Brothers… The film industry is just not what it once was. I wish we could go back to those times.

10. I HATE bugs and insects of all kinds! I don’t care if they’re beneficial to the earth, I want them away from me!

11. I would love to graduate college one day. I’ve been out of school for so long, I feel like I’ve lost brain cells and I’m scared to try again for fear that I’ll fail (this has happened before). I don’t know exactly what I want to do, but I hope I can figure it out soon.

 

11 Questions:

1. Why did you begin blogging? I began blogging a while ago, but really had nothing to say, so I quit. Last year I became fascinated with beauty and I recently realized that now I have something to write about. I always go to blogs for swatches and photos when I look for makeup products I’m interested in, or to learn about products I never knew about. I just wanted to be able to do the same for other people. Maybe I can help someone make a decision on a potential purchase – and there aren’t a large number beauty bloggers with my skin color, so I figured maybe in the swatch department I could be a bit of help to those who are, but of course my blog is for everyone! 🙂

2. Favorite nail color? I honestly couldn’t say! Probably something in the pink department, I seem to flock to pink hues the most.

3. If money wasn’t an issue, what would most of your money be spent on? Well, even though it is an issue, I still find some way to spend it on makeup – if it wasn’t an issue, I would still more than likely be spending it on more makeup!

4. What’s your 9-5? At the moment, I’m a stay-at-home mom. Before I got married I worked for a very well-known company, and I’ll tell you those were the worst 5 and a half years of my life. I thought I would never be one of those people who wanted to stay at home, that I’d go crazy, but I swear working there ruined me and I never want to work again! Although I will be attempting to find a job once we move soon.

5. Do you collect anything? Ummm, does makeup count? Haha.

6. Last book you read? Well, this is sad. The last book I actually read was several years ago, probably 10 or more. I try to read my Bible, but that doesn’t happen nearly as often as it should. I attempted to read Orwell’s 1984 last summer (a dystopian novel, eerily spot-on to the days we’re living in now) and also The Marriage Trap, which I almost finished, but didn’t because I had to return it to my friend – I actually really liked that one.

7. Lipstick or lipgloss? Oooh, hard one, but I think if I absolutely had to choose it would be lipgloss and only because I need something moisturizing on my lips – I have a HUGE OCD when it comes to my lips being moisturized lol.

8. Do you have any tattoos? Yep, I have a big one on my forearm. It’s a broken heart with a knife through it and blood dripping down (gruesome, I know). I was going through a phase where I thought tattoos were so hot and I wanted fsomething that would always mean something to me – broken hearts are something that everyone goes through and at the time, I felt it was important to express that. Of course, I now regret it.

9. Are you in the USA or abroad? *sigh* USA. Does anyone in Europe want to adopt me? 🙂

10. What is your favorite place to shop for makeup? Well, I guess it’s still Sephora, but as recent I’ve been branching out to other places.

11. What is a store you think should be shut down? Hmm, this is an interesting one. I don’t really know but I guess if I had to say, it would be Sears – it just doesn’t seem that popular and I’m quite surprised it’s actually still around (no offense!).

 

 Now, I’m nominating the following blogs for the Liebster:

1. The Makeup Saga

2. The Pink Pout Blog

3. sammysalterego

4. Mimsy’s Blog

5. anyhowonly

6. nhieu.beauty

7. beauty bombs

8. Camera Kristen

9. Elese, Aesthete

10. Floating in Dreams

11. LATINOLOOK

Please show these girls some love and follow!

New questions:

1. When did you start your blog and what made you decide to start it?

2. What’s the wildest thing you’ve ever done?

3. Do you have a bucket list and if so, can you name some of the things that are on it?

4. What’s your favorite season?

5. If you could choose only ONE cosmetic item to use for the rest of your life, what would it be?

6. If you visit any place in the entire world, where would it be?

7. What country do you reside in?

8. What are some of your hobbies?

9. Who’s your favorite band and/or musician?

10. If you could choose anyone in the world to meet (dead or alive), who would it be and why?

11. What is your greatest passion in life?

Now make up 11 new questions for those who you decide to nominate!

Thanks so much for reading & hope you enjoy! I look forward to getting to know all of you more as well!

xoxo – Natasha

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?