Monthly Archives: May 2013

Zoya Vespa

Rating System:  Poor, Okay, Average, Good, Excellent

Brand:  Zoya

Collection:  Pixie Dust Special Texture Edition Spring 2013 

Finish:  Matte, Glitter, Texture

3 Free:  Yes

Cruelty Free:  Yes

Animal Tested:  No

Vegan: Yes

Formula:  Excellent

Application:  Excellent

Durability:  Excellent

Coats:  3

Base Coat:  Essie Sensitivity Base Coat

Top Coat:  *No top coat

Price: $8 – $9 USD, $8.75 CAD, €6,30 – €12,95 EUR, £5 – £8.95 GBP

 

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Availability:  I was lucky to have snagged my bottle from Ulta during my U.S. visit (Zoya nail polish is not available on the Ulta site). However, you can order direct from Zoya, Amazon, Nail Polish Canada and Ebay.

My Two Cents:   I am really loving the matte texture trend and Zoya has done a superb job with their Pixie Dust range.  While I appreciate other companies take on the trend, I just really like how Zoya has done them with finer particles and glitter making them easy to apply, wear and remove.  The formula is great, there is a variety of colors that seems to be expanding with each new seasonal release and once I paired them with my  good stand by base coat, they seemed to be really durable and long lasting.

Tips:  I know I must sound like a broken record, but I swear by a good base coat and after having to use a lesser base coat initially while traveling, I will never stray from my favorite base coat (Essie Sensitivity Base Coat).  *Also, please be aware that Zoya advises that you not use a top coat with these.  Most top coats provide a glossy finish which will render the natural matte finish of the Pixie Dust polishes null and void.  However, if you’d prefer a high shine finish, go for it.

Something Similar:  No dupes for this one just yet.  If you’d like to get the look on a budget though you could always try experimenting with a matte top coat combined with a lighter green glitter or by sandwiching a more sheer light green over a silver glitter depending on what you have on hand.

I’m having such a difficult time getting motivated still, I think it has everything to do with the weather as we are still waiting for the warm sunny weather to make an appearance for more than just a day at a time here in the upper Franconian region of Germany.  In the mean-time we taking each opportunity we have to get out on our bikes and hole up in the house with the Incredibly Bullie Duo during the frequently cold and often rainy days.

If you’ve not entered my “Blogiversary Giveaway” yet then click the link for more information and get on it.  As always, thanks for reading and check back soon.

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Blogiversary Giveaway

As I mentioned earlier in the month, my blog celebrated it’s first anniversary at the beginning of May and I wanted to do a little giveaway to show my appreciation to all of my followers.  There will be two prize packages up for grabs, both will include an eyeshadow quad, lip product and a nail polish.  I’ve listed each prize package and it’s specific contents below.

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Catrice Cosmetics Prize Package:

  • Smokey Eyes Set in 010 Smoking Area
  • Lip Appeal Moisture & Shine Smoothing Lip Gloss in 180 Little Red Dress
  • Ultimate Nail Lacquer in 875 It’s all I can Blue

Kiko Make Up Milano Prize Package:

  • Color Seduction Eyeshadow Palette in 03 Unusual Lavender
  • Sheer & Creamy Lipstick Duo in 01 Matita Rossetto
  • Holographic Nail Lacquer in 400 Steel Grey

So here is the deal, if you’d like to be in the running for either prize you simply need to follow my blog via e-mail and comment on this post letting me know what prize package you’d most like to get your hands on.  One entry per e-mail address and this is open internationally.  Entry for the contest ends June 9, 2013 at (CET).  The winner for each prize package will then be chosen at random and announced on June 10, 2013.  I will also contact the two winners via e-mail that day and they will have 24 hours from the time I send the e-mail in which to respond with their mailing address, otherwise an alternate winner will be chosen.  Click a Rafflecopter giveaway to access the widget.

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Color Club: Harp On It

Rating System:  Poor, Okay, Average, Good, Excellent

Brand: Color Club

Collection:  Halo Hues

Finish:  Holographic

3 Free:  Yes

Animal Tested:  No

Vegan:  Yes

Formula:  Good

Application:  Good

Durability:  Good

Coats:  2

Base Coat:  Seche Vite Crystal Clear Base Coat

Top Coat:  Seche Vite Fast Dry Top Coat

Price: $6.99 – $10 USD, $8 CAD, €6,30 EUR, £5 GBP

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Availability:  I stumbled across the Halo Hues collection on an end cap in the cosmetic section in Meijers while I was in the States.  However, you can also find this on Amazon.com and the Color Club site.

My Two Cents:  I only own one other bottle of Color Club polish, but this one sold me on the brand.  I had been wanting to get my hands on Harp On It since I had heard about the Halo Hues impending release ages ago and I was very happy to find it.  Perhaps the holographic trend isn’t for everyone, but I am loving all the holo nail polishes that have been coming out and Harp On It does not disappoint.

This is such a true holographic nail polish and really comes to life when accompanied with a super glossy top coat.  While I like to wear Harp On It on it’s own, I could definitely see it being fun as accent or for nail art.

Tips:  Start with a good base coat.  If your nails have ridges you might even want to use a ridge filling base coat since an even surface will give you the best results with holographic polish.  Be sure to finish with a high shine top coat which will not only protect your manicure but it will also give the holographic effect a little extra dazzle.

Something Similar:  Nfu Oh – #61, Layla , GOSH – Holographic, OPI DS – Coronation, China Glaze – OMG, Glitter Gal 3D Holographic – Silver, Sally Hansen Nail Prisms – Diamond, Boots 17 – Holo, Urban Outfitters – Silver Holo.

I’m hoping to get my giveaway posted this week so keep an eye out for that.  I’m trying to work out how I want to go about doing it as I’m a bit torn between using Rafflecopter again or not.  Any thoughts?  As always, thanks for reading and check back soon.

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One Year Blogiversay!

Exactly one year ago today, I registered on WordPress!  I can’t believe it’s been a whole year since I started my blog to be honest.  I have thoroughly enjoyed blogging and interacting with readers and other bloggers alike.  Just recently, while in New York, I even had the pleasure of meeting up with Product Hoochie for an afternoon of fun, product stalking and worshiping at the alter of Sephora.

Since I feel that my one year blogiversay needs celebrating, I have a little something in store for my followers.  I don’t want to give too much away just yet, but lets just say that my giveaway stock pile is begging for a purge.  Once I work out the details I will have that information up.

I would like to thank all of my followers as well as everyone who has passed through.  It’s been a fun journey so far and I look forward to the next year and all the new products it will bring.  Be sure to check back soon.