September 17, 2017

Zoya Sophisticates Fall 2017 Swatches, Part 1!

*Sent for review*

I look forward to the Zoya fall collection every year. It's always so well done and really puts me in the mood to start wearing fall colors. This year is no exception- the Sophisticates collection is a group of rich, cozy, and slightly moody polishes that will kick your fall off right. Zoya Joni is a deep purple mauve creme. It has hints of pink in it's dark plum base and it reminds me of a comfy fall sweater! It's dark enough to feel a little edgy, but still classy.

I'm only going to say this once so that I don't sound like a broken record- all of these polishes only needed two coats. They are very nicely pigmented and the formula for all of them ranged from good to superb. Joni's formula was in the superb category, just flawless application.

Leave it to Zoya to get me excited about a taupe! Zoya Presley is a "smokey mauve taupe creme" and it's that smokiness and hint of plum that are setting this one apart from countless other taupes. It almost could be a dusty lavender when you look fast, but it's a little more neutral. Great shade for the fall and should be work safe, without being boring.

Very good formula, nice smooth application.

Zoya Beth is the color of wet sand on a stormy beach. It's a shimmering deep champagne with a little ribbon of gold here an there. Very pretty and a little understated. 

I did two coats of Beth, but the formula was a little thinner feeling. So depending on how you apply, it's possible that you could need a third coat. Still a good formula though, very easy to apply.

I always love a good berry hue in the fall and Zoya Padma is an excellent fall berry creme. Zoya calls this a "deep vermillion red", but I always think of vermillion as having some orange tones. This definitely leans toward the pink side of red.

Superb formula again, A+ Zoya!

Zoya Hera is a classic mauve creme. It's a nice rosy mauve, not too grayed out, and should be flattering on a number of skin tones.

Great formula and application here. I really have no complaints about any of these!

Zoya McKenna is a surprising favorite for me in this half of the Sophisticates collection. It's a beautiful almond off-white with a smooth pearl shimmer. Usually I am not too excited about colors like this, but the pearl shimmer makes this so gorgeous and soft looking. The almond hue is very flattering too.

I am also surprised that this light of a color was perfectly even and opaque in two coats! I had no problems with streaks or any of the typical off-white struggles. Love!

I think my top picks from this half of the collection are Joni and Presley. But you can't go wrong with any of these. They are great fall colors and all have a stellar formula.

The Zoya Sophisticates collection is available now at!

September 15, 2017

Lynnderella Friday, Vol. 79!

 *Sent for review*

I'm trying to get back into a regular fall schedule... seems difficult this year! I'm also trying to get back to a regular blogging schedule! I know I have been letting the blog slide for sure. Today's post contains some stunning recently released limited edition Lynnderellas. Lynnderella Juicy Ruby Rainbow Juice is a striking red purple holographic microglitter. Lynnderella describes it as "multishimmered magenta violet holographic microglitter with green shimmer and red metallic flakes. Translucent violet base.". Somehow this color is better and more exciting than just magenta to me. It's like a rich purple that glows hot pink from the inside. Love this one a lot!

This is two coats of Juicy Ruby Rainbow Juice and it was a dream to apply. I used two coats of top coat to really bring out the shine. It was smooth to the touch with one coat, but I think the holographic sparkle shows up better with two.

Lynnderella Pink Sandcastle is a unique and complex shade. It's a warm pale pink holo microglitter with hot pink shimmer, but in some lighting it leans more taupe or even more like a copper pink. On the right skin tone, it might even read like a nude. The holo sparkle really pops in this one too.

 Two easy coats again! This was nicely opaque and only needed one layer of top coat for smoothness.

I already posted Lynnderella Picnic awhile back, but I revisited it and wore it for a few days. I was able to get some pictures of it in the sunlight, so I thought I'd share those. Picnic is a juicy watermelon holo microglitter. A perfect shade of pink with some bling!

This is two coats of Picnic with two layers of top coat. Again, it was pretty smooth with one layer of top coat, but the second layer really brings out the holographic flare.

These lovely Lynnderellas are available now at Lynnderellas are also available at and Amazon.

September 3, 2017

Zoya Wanderlust Lipsticks!

 *Sent for review*

I can't believe that I am just getting around to showing you the gorgeous lipsticks that came out with the Zoya Wanderlust Summer 2017 collection. I had a weird bout of really dry lips this summer, which is very strange considering summer is usually not a time I get dry skin. Luckily, these lipsticks are great for any time of the year!

Zoya Kay is described as a "creamy sheer red". It's a nice "my lips but better" type of color, just adds a hint of color and shine. It leans more pink on me than true red. The finish is a really lovely healthy looking shine. I typically wear stronger eye makeup rather than bold lip colors, so this is the kind of shade I will use a lot.

Zoya Kirby is described as a "bright sheer watermelon pink". It's a gorgeous juicy pink, very flattering! Kirby packs a bit more pigment than Kay, but it's still not an in-your-face type of color. If you're looking for a nice hint of bright color, this is a great lipstick for you.

Zoya Kitty is described as a "neutral shimmering pink". The shimmer is almost like a metallic looking shimmer, which is pretty on trend right now. The color leans a little purple-y pink on me, maybe like mauve almost. I found all three of these lipsticks to be very comfortable to wear and moderately hydrating, more so than the average lipstick.

All three of these lovely lip colors are available at!