Zoya Urban Grunge Nail Polish Collection Swatches + Review // Fall 2016

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The Zoya Urban Grunge Nail Polish Collection is the brands Fall 2016 launch, said to be full of “one coat creams and metallic holos”. The shades are completely stunning, particularly the holos… I’m such a sucker for that jewel toned sparkle! The cream polishes applied nicely but I found that only Mallory was a one-coater for me. The rest of the creams were perfect in two coats as were the holos, with the exception of Alicia which I used three coats for.

Mallory // “Prussian blue cream”
Alicia // “linear holo with a touch of gold”

August // “gray cream”
Finley // “deep royal purpe scattered holo”

Wyatt // “true racing green cream”
Merida // “lush evergreen scattered holo”

Courtney // “deep red beet root cream”
Ash // “vibrant cherry with a red and gold metallic shimmer”

Tara // “purple plum cream”
Britta // “berry metallic with a red and purple fuchsia flash”

Noah // “mid-range taupe evenly balanced between yellow and grey cream”
Troy // “liquid pewter with a foil finish and an edgy touch of black and gold”

My favorite nail polish shades from this collection are Alicia, Merida, Mallory, August and Ash. What are yours?

Zoya Nail Polish shades retail for $10.00 each and are available at top salons, spas and Zoya.com.

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POPSUGAR Must Have Box September 2016 Review + Coupon Code #MustHaveBox

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This month POPSUGAR sent me their Must Have Box to try out and I’m so excited to share the contents with you! Each month the POPSUGAR Must Have Box arrives full of goodies but this month proved to be not only full of amazing things, but practical ones as well!

Jack & Lucy // Bicoastal Wide Brim Hat.
This black hat + some oversized sunglasses = “model off duty” Fall gear. Suggested retail $58.00.

NCLA // MANI-ER Tool Kit.
Everything you need for an emergency, on-the-go mani! Suggested retail $16.00.

Briogeo // Don’t Despair, Repair! Deep Conditioning Mask.
Spa day for your hair – restore vibrancy and reduce breakage in minutes! Suggested retail $36.00.

Flint // Lint Roller.
This lint roller is practical, looks good and retractable. Perfect for travel + it’s refillable! Suggested retail $9.99.

Smith & Cult // Lip Lacquer in The Warning.
This lip lacquer is glossy and makes your lips look like you live for cherry flavored popsicles. Suggested retail $22.00.

The Gluten Free Bites // Dark Chocolate Coconut Bites.
Vegan, gluten-free indulgence! My husband went crazy for them and didn’t share. Suggested retail $4.99.

Sign up here for the next POPSUGAR Must Have Box! Save $5 on your first box using code SHOP5.

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What No One Tells You About Aging

*Thank you to Silk’n for kindly sponsoring this post. All opinions are 100% honest & completely my own.

Do you guys know that as you get older you’ll get more hair on your face? It’s one of those deals that no one talks about when it comes to aging but it happens to us all. You’ll hear people going on and on about skincare, which is certainly important, but no one speaks of those random coarse hairs that crop up literally overnight. They will not be there at all when you go to bed, but when you wake up you’ll have at least three. Hormones, y’all.

Plucking these hairs can irritate your skin and possibly leave bumps. Shaving them is okay, but it really doesn’t solve anything. When it comes to being someone who does not want facial hair, finding a more permanent solution is imperative. So, shave ’em, but afterwards get at the area with the Silk’n Flash&Go Express($299.00).

While many of us ladies (and some men!) like to de-hair all the things the face is a feature we can’t hide, therefore it’s more important to focus on permanent hair removal on that area. We can cover imperfections and blemishes with makeup, but not facial hair. Makeup tends to make the hair on your face be more noticeable as well as hinder makeup application. Since June I’ve been using the Silk’n Flash&Go Express on my face, particularly concentrating on the chin and upper lip. The pulsed light technology targets hair follicles at the root disabling future hair growth, making shaving a thing of the past. It’s the beautiful new way to remove unwanted hair forever. With continued use you can be silky smooth and stubble-free every day!

In these last three months with continued use of the device I’ve noticed reduced hair growth in the chin and upper lip areas as well as less coarseness. I intend to keep using thing until I see nothing at all. I’m also going to start on other areas like sideburns and armpits. Like I said previously I love that this device is small, easy to maneuver and hold, plus it’s quick (which is truly the number one thing I look for in any device). I can do an entire treatment with time to spare in less time than it takes to toast bread. Before work, after work, during lunch… any time, any where you can use this. It’s small enough to travel with and quick enough to use during a bathroom break. No excuses.

Check out the Silk’n website here and join the Silk’n not shaven revolution!

Silk’n products are sold in Bed, Bath & Beyond; Kohl’s, Ulta, and select Target locations. Join the Silk’n not shaven revolution now by following them on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram. Use #NoShaveWave to share your stories!

*Thank you to Silk’n for kindly sponsoring this post. All opinions are 100% honest & completely my own.

How to Quickly Salon Style Your Hair at Home feat. InfinitiPRO by Conair®

*This is a product-provided, sponsored conversation that contains affiliate links. I received the InfinitiPRO by Conair® Curl Secret® and the InfinitiPRO by Conair Diamond Brilliance Diamond-Infused Ceramic Smoothing Hot Brush for my own personal use. All opinions, text and experiences are my own.

Hair tools can be so intimidating. But we shouldn’t be allowing something different to keep us from being able to get our favorite look every single day – without the help of a salon stylist. For today’s post I have two hair tools to speak to you about – the InfinitiPRO by Conair® Curl Secret® and the brand NEW InfinitiPRO by Conair Diamond Brilliance Diamond-Infused Ceramic Smoothing Hot Brush.

I’ve spoken several times before about how much I like the InfinitiPRO by Conair® Curl Secret®. This device features a unique and patented curl chamber which allows your hair to be gently held and heated from all directions to create a consistent and perfect curl, every time. The Curl Secret® gently draws your hair into the heated curl chamber without clamping down. There are two heat levels and three timer settings. You’ll hear a few steady beeps as the chamber works its magic and then a more consistent beep when it’s time to release your hair. There’s a learning curve to it, but once you get it down it’s super quick and easy to get salon style curls that actually last all day.

While your hair is curling in the chamber a tourmaline ceramic coated surface will eliminate frizz and leave your hair feeling silky. Do note that there is a brushless motor and safety sensor for tangle free curls. The InfinitiPRO by Conair® Curl Secret® is good for all hair types and textures. It retails for $99.99 and you can find out where to purchase at www.curlsecret.com.

Now for the new InfinitiPRO by Conair Diamond Brilliance Diamond-Infused Ceramic Smoothing Hot Brush. This paddle brush has silicon bristles that grip and hold hair in place while the nylon bristles guide hair to give added shine and help control. These bristles also remove static and add visible smoothness and shine. The metal fins transfer the heat that straightens and smooths the hair without losing volume.

I used this brush with and without product (such as mousse or a styling cream) to see the effect and it still straightened and gave my hair shine. The entire process of using the brush and working it through my hair took half the time that a regular straightening iron would and did a better job. It’s incredibly quick and easy to use, particularly for the pieces at the back of the head that you can’t see. Tip: to get super close to your scalp run the brush on the top side and then at the underside of the section of hair that you’re working on. This technique will make it so you don’t miss any hair in the section and you’ll be able to get closer to the scalp.

Below is my before and after using the InfinitiPRO by Conair Diamond Brilliance Diamond-Infused Ceramic Smoothing Hot Brush with no product in my hair for styling/shine/frizz fighting… nothing at all.

The InfinitiPRO by Conair Diamond Brilliance Diamond-Infused Ceramic Smoothing Hot Brush has three heat settings and is suitable for all hair types. It retails for $49.99 and is currently available at your local Target, CVS, Walgreens, Rite Aid, Bed Bath and Beyond and ULTA stores, and online at Target.com, Amazon.com, Ulta.com and Walmart.com. Learn more about it here.

Learn more about Conair® by visiting their website, Facebook, Instagram, Pinterest and Twitter.

For more information about Conair’s full line of styling products, visit Conair at www.conair.com, and follow the brand on Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, and Instagram for great beauty tips and giveaways!

This is a product-provided, sponsored conversation that contains affiliate links. I received the InfinitiPRO by Conair Curl Secret and the InfinitiPRO by Conair Diamond Brilliance Diamond-Infused Ceramic Smoothing Hot Brush for my own personal use. All opinions, text and experiences are my own.

DermOrganic Hair Care Review + ULTA Beauty Promotion & Giveaway!

*This conversation is sponsored by DermOrganic. All opinions are honest and my own. This post also contains affiliate links.

Ever since I was introduced to the DermOrganic Leave-In Spray Therapy($20.00 // ULTA Beauty) last year I’ve been a major fan, particularly when I want to add extra shine and get second day hair out of my curls. I even included it in my Top 10 Hair Products to Try post. Because of this I was totally game for trying out more products from the brand – particularly from the Argan Oil and Color Care lines.

Now that you already know why I love the DermOrganic Leave-In Spray Therapy I’ll tell you what other products I tried out and why I’m working them into my hair care routine. The DermOrganic Daily Conditioning Shampoo ($18.00 // ULTA Beauty) is actually made with skin cleansers! It’s safe for color treated hair (YAY) and really helps to keep my frizz at bay without weighing it down. A lot of times when a product has Argan Oil in it I can get weary of trying it but this even worked well for cleansing the crown of my head, which is always the most oily.

Once a week I use the DermOrganic Intensive Hair Repair Masque($18.00 // ULTA Beauty) from the middle of my hair to the ends. This helps with damage and keeps my hair looking and feeling healthy. This product is okay to use daily but I’d only recommend that if your hair is thick, wavy, curly or super long. Mine is none of those things lol!

One other product from this line that I’m loving for daily use is the DermOrganic Fast Dry Shaping Spray Plus Hold($18.00 // ULTA Beauty). It’s perfect when you’re just looking to spray something on quickly for all-day hold and it’s easy to brush through. PLUS it’s humidity resistant. All of these products are made with Argan Oil of Morocco and are sulfate-free.

So the major new love for me from DermOrganic is their Color Care line. I get my hair highlighted quite heavily and recently I’ve gotten some greys so while getting highlights I have to get a base color done. I usually opt for a “color safe” line but because of the extra time and money it takes to get my hair done I’m even more diligent about what I’m putting on my head. The DermOrganic Color Care Shampoo($18.00 // ULTA Beauty) and Conditioner($18.00 // ULTA Beauty) have been my favorites to reach for because I really feel like it’s making my color look fresh as well as keeping it soft. Plus this duo smells salon-level amazing.

The DermOrganic 8-Way Thermal Spray($18.00 // ULTA Beauty) provides heat protection up to 450 degrees and helps control my frizz and fly-aways. I also like that it guards against harmful things like chlorine and environmental factors.

I’m going to continue to use all three of these products daily and let you know how well my color maintained using them vs my other hair care (this will likely be done via Snapchat, so make sure you’re following me).

All of the DermOrganic products mentioned in this post are cruelty free and vegan.

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*This conversation is sponsored by DermOrganic. All opinions are honest and my own. This post also contains affiliate links.

Too Faced The Power of Makeup By NIKKIETUTORIALS Swatches + Review

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Sure, I was excited for the BECCA x Jaclyn Hill collab. But when I heard about the Too Faced The Power of Makeup By NIKKIETUTORIALS($56.00 // Sephora) launch I learned how excitement can reach a whole other level. I’m not a fan girl by any stretch of the imagination, but I do really appreciate good artistry. While Nikkie may be what some call an “insta-artist” there’s no doubt that she is an artist, and an incredibly talented one at that. She’s got good technique and an excellent eye for color and trends. Of course I wanted her collab! Buy alllll the things!

All that being said I’m going to be real with you guys about this collection of products. I’ve had it for a few weeks now and really took some time with it. I played around with everything in here far more than I have with any other product that I’ve ever reviewed. Why? Because I wanted to be absolutely sure of how everything performed and how I felt about it – since the reviews online seemed so love/hate.

Starting off the packaging is love. Because I love leopard. The fact that they threw in some pink and mirrored gold accents. Honey, sign me up. The palette itself opens up like a thin book (and I do appreciate it being thin, which makes it an easy pack for travel) without a mirror (which saddens me because it sort of ruins that perfect for travel vibe) and inside you’ll see 9 x 0.004 oz eye shadow shades, 2 x 0.36 oz Love Flush Long-Lasting Blush shades, 1 x 0.11 oz Highlighter, 1 x 0.11 oz Bronzer, 1 x 0.035 oz Glamour Dust Glitter Pigment, 1 x 0.17 oz Shadow Insurance 24-Hour Eye Shadow Primer, 1 x 0.17 oz Better Than Sex Mascara and 1 x 0.015 oz Sketch Marker Liquid Art Eyeliner.

Let’s start in the palette, with the eye shadows, since they’re the main feature here. You’re getting 9 shades in Painkiller, Frosted Yum, Sugar Coated, Wham Bam, Makeup and Chill, Ivy, Wanted, Mystic Hour and Irresistible.

  • Ivy is a matte, pale white shade. A lot of pigment and perfect for under the brow. Love.
  • Sugar Coated is a frosty pale pink with a silvery look to it. It’s beautiful to look at and to swatch and it’s ok at the inner corner of the eye… but it’s pretty sheer when you wear it. It didn’t do what I hoped it would pigment-wise. This one could have been the star of the entire collection. Not a love.
  • Frosted Yum is a metallic silver. This one was also a shade that swatched beautifully but was a lot more sheer than I thought it would be (not as much as Sugar Coated). It works best pressed onto the lid with a firm, flat brush (think MAC 239) or blended into other shades. It was a like.
  • Irresistible is a metallic gold. Like Sugar Coated and Frosted Yum it was also a beautiful swatch but more sheer than I thought (yet not as much as Frosted Yum). It also worked best pressed to the lid with a firm, flat brush or blended into other shades. It was a like.
  • Painkiller is a matte, medium tan that is my most perfect transition shade. The pigment was fabulous and it performed like a dream. Love.
  • Makeup & Chill is a matte, warm brown with fabulous pigment. It also performed like a dream and was, shockingly to me, the star of the palette. Love.
  • Mystic Hour is a metallic deep teal and probably my biggest disappointment. Swatched it’s the color of my dreams. On the lid it faded out into a mostly light blue shade. I didn’t use it over any other color, just the primer on my bare lid. I used it to create a halo eye for the Meghan Trainor concert (side note, I did get to meet her in person and the first thing she said was that she loved my eye look, so at least it DID look okay lol) and the look didn’t crease, but it wasn’t the effect I envisioned for such a beautiful color. Not a love.
  • Wham Bam is a bright, metallic purple. Normally this is a shade I’d stay clear of. I love my purples but this one just looks so bright and almost flashes a blue when the light catches it right. I found the formula on it to be a bit dry and I had to press two coats of the shade onto the lid with a firm, flat brush to make it even and fully opaque. The color did fade slightly which ended up making it more wearable, which made me happy but likely won’t make you happy if you’re wanting that in your face purple. If the formula would have been easier to work with, for me, this would have been a love.
  • Wanted is a matte black. It was really easy to swatch and felt very smooth. On the eye it isn’t as pigmented but did work well blended into other colors. It’s not the best matte black out there, but it’s absolutely not the worst. It was a like.

Also in the palette are four cheek products – I Will Always Love You and Justify My Love Love Flush Long-Lasting Blush, Chocolate Soleil Bronzer and Champagne Truffle Highlighter. I found the blush shades to be very pigmented and on par with the full sized versions (full review on those here) and I also really liked Chocolate Soleil Bronzer and Champagne Truffle Highlighter.

There are some reports of the bronzer being dry and hard to get color from – I personally didn’t have that issue and liked both the bronzer and highlighter. I can’t say if the bronzer performs the same as a full sized version, since it’s been awhile since I’ve owned that (I have another small version here that I use quite a bit), but I was able to swatch, wear and use the palette bronzer without issue.

In addition to the palette itself you’re also getting a little bag of goodies which holds the Glamour Dust Glitter Pigment, Shadow Insurance 24-Hour Eye Shadow Primer, Better Than Sex Mascara and Sketch Marker Liquid Art Eyeliner.

Right off, if you’ve been around here for all the years (hayyyyyy) you know that Too Faced Shadow Insurance doesn’t work very well for me. My lids are incredibly oily and I’ve found with this primer that my shadows will crease within a few hours. For the sake of the review I did try it again and had the same results. I did find that it worked well at holding the Glamour Dust Glitter Pigment on my eye look. I did a halo eye using Mystic Hour and Frosted Yum then lightly dabbed a bit of TFSI over Frosted Yum, immediately followed by the glitter. It held all night.

By the same token, if you’ve been around awhile, you know that I am a fan of the Too Faced Better Than Sex Mascara formula. The shade you’re getting in this collection is a limited edition, not available anywhere else color called Purple. It’s purple and matches the shade of the Wham Bam eye shadow perfectly. I found that this mascara was on par with the original formula and did well with lasting volume and thickness. With colored mascaras I tend to like to wear them only on the tips of the lashes and/or the lower lashes.

One of the main reasons I splurged on this collection was because I’d wanted to buy the Too Faced Sketch Marker Liquid Art Eyeliner – which retails for $20.00 anyway and you are getting the full size product in this collection. You’re getting the shade Deep Black but, while that’s basic, it’s very much the most popular shade of liquid eyeliner and the one that Nikkie does use the most of. Stephanie Nicole had stated that the marker performs well over shadows but bleeds when on just your skin, which may or may not work for people that wear a cat eye – it just depends on how far you’re extending your eye shadow. I found that to be true but because of her review I made sure that I extended the shadow out a bit further than usual then cleaned up after I applied the marker so that the line wouldn’t bleed but would still look sharp.

I love the applicator on this eyeliner. The tip is perfect for precision. I’m not normally someone who does an extreme cat eye (my eyes are hooded and it’s a real PITA to do it) but this marker made it easy to get the exact shape I wanted with a precise looking tip at the wing. The liner dried quick enough so there wasn’t transfer above the lid and it stayed in place all day. I want them all now.

Finally, in this bag, you’re getting the main reason I bought this collection. Yes, friends, I did it all for the glitter. The Too Faced Glamour Dust Glitter Pigment is in the shade Glitterally (which is so much fun to say) and it’s a beautiful combo of gold, pink, blue… just *sigh*. It adhered well and lasted all day using TFSI (you’ll definitely need to use something to adhere it but it doesn’t have to be TFSI… I think any eye shadow primer or glitter glue… anything sticky…. will work well). My eyes are extremely sensitive and this glitter didn’t cause any sort of reaction and I had no issues with it falling into my eyes throughout the night (and I wore it to the Meghan Trainor concert). The only thing I don’t like is that there is no sifter. You don’t know fear until you’ve opened a glitter in your home with no sifter.

In addition to all of the above there is also a Glamour Guide which features three looks all created by Nikkie herself.

In short – it’s true… I don’t love everything, but I do still think that $56.00 is a good deal if you’re a fan of Nikkie and also love the shades/products in the collection. I’d absolutely buy it again even knowing that I may not be crazy about a few eye shadow shades. Everything else more than makes up for it.

I bought the  Too Faced The Power of Makeup By NIKKIETUTORIALS during a pre-sale at Sephora where it sold out online. Please call your local Sephora and ULTA Beauty for their availability or check toofaced.com in case there is any more info. I suggest if you see it and you want it, you snag it – this collab is limited edition and will absolutely sell out completely.

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Introducing SENNA Cosmetics // Brilliant Blush & Bronzer Collection

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Of course you know about SENNA Cosmetics. After all, Eugenia Weston (creator) is an Emmy nominated makeup artist who has worked with Bette Midler, Jennifer Aniston, Angelina Jolie and more. You know those brow kits around with the stencils? Eugenia Weston released the FIRST one back in 1992. I had the pleasure of meeting Ms. Weston at The Makeup Show this year in New York and she’s a wealth of knowledge on, not just brows, but all things makeup (Kevyn Aucoin has even referred to her as a muse).

While at the show I picked up some eyeshadows and then received the mascara in my “swag bag”. Later, when I got home, the company also sent me some of the new Brilliant Blush and Bronzer Collection to play around with.

There are seven products in the SENNA Brilliant Blush and Bronzer Collection*($42.00) and four are shown below. These duo compacts contain featherweight mineral powders that add a sheer but radiant illumination. Each are hand-made in Italy where they are “baked on a terracotta tile for 24 hours and hand finished and carved for the final product. Each compact is made with natural mineral pigments that are gentle to the skin, and cultivated fresh water pearls that contain amino acids and proteins to hydrate and nourish the skin”. They contains no oils, talc, parabens or fragrance.

Vanity Brilliant Blush
light petal rose blush and platinum pink highlight

Tango Marango Brilliant Blush
apricot peach blush and golden highlight

Dawn Brilliant Bronze
light bronze & seashell pink highlighter

Gold Star Brilliant Bronze
radiant, golden illumination

The swatches below are done dry on bare skin (no primers):

When you’re looking at the Brilliant Blush and Bronzers in the pan and even in swatches they do look rather sparkly but when you wear them on your cheeks the sparkle provides more of a glow rather than a glitter finish, making this wearable regardless of your age. My skin tone has deepened this Summer so I find all of these to currently be more of a highlighter on me, but I do think that when my slight tan fades the darker sides of the duos will make nice, light blushes.

It’s recommended that you use the Powderscope 110*($38.00) multitasking scoping powder brush for the Brilliant Blush and Bronzers – but it’s multitasking because you can adjust the size of the brush depending on what product you’re using – “Firm for powder concealer, softly precise for blushing or contouring, or full for applying pressed foundations, shimmer, or loose powders all over the face”.

I got the Lash Detail Mascara* ($20.00) in my blogger bag at The Makeup Show this past year. This mascara features a “3D Micro brush with triangular bristle design captures and coats lashes with no clumping or weight”. With detail mascaras like this I like to really get at my lower lashes as well as focus on the inner and outer corners to make sure every lash is coated. After that I go in with my regular, more dramatic mascara and the effect ends up giving me a bigger eye because I’m getting every single lash. If you already have long, full, gorgeous lashes this would be a fabulous mascara for you to use every day by itself.

While at The Makeup Show I stopped by the SENNA both to meet Eugenia Weston and check out all of the products for myself. One particular item I couldn’t bring myself to walk away from were the eyeshadows. Five finishes are available in matte, luminous, metallic, sparkle and glow. To not walk away with every single eye color at the booth was an incredible feat. After about an hour of swatching I settled on Chameleon Luminous Eye Color, Rebel Metallic Eye Color and Spark Metallic Eye Color(all retail for $18.00 each).

So smooth, so pigmented… just beautiful in every single way and they wear so well. Chameleon won my heart immediately with the light golden green shift in the purple.. if you buy anything in life it has to be this shadow.

Do you own anything from SENNA Cosmetics? What’s the best thing you’ve tried?

Shop SENNA Cosmetics online at sennacosmetics.com.

*Items marked with a * were received as PR at The Makeup Show or from the company. All of the other items were purchased by me.

Zoya Seashells & Sunsets Nail Polish Collection Swatches + Review // Summer 2016

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Zoya Seashells & Sunsets marks a breathtaking Summer collection of cream nail polishes and new Pixiedust shades. The gorgeous colors make me think of sunsets over a shimmering ocean and seashells buried in beautiful rainbow sand… Summer nail perfection.

Sunsets is a collection of six new “one coat creams”. I found these to look okay in one coat, but there was visible nail line so I added a second coat for complete coverage on the swatches.

“a popsicle pink”

“a deep, fully saturated orange”

“a juicy watermelon red”

“a vibrant cornflower blue”

“a fun-filled purple”

“a softened jade green with a hint of blue to make it wearable for all skin tones”

Seashells is a collection of six new PixieDust shades. I did two coats of each shade (one thin and one thick – no top coat) to make the coverage more opaque.

“a sky blue, textured PixieDust with fine silver and gold glitter creating a dreamy effect”

“a full impact green, textured PixieDust with a thin vein of gold creating a fizzy lemon-lime effect”

“a beige gold, textured PixieDust with medium holographic hex glitter”

“a cherry red, textured PixieDust with red and fuchsia glitter to mimic the look of maraschino cherries dipped in sugar”

“a starry grey, textured PixieDust with a small holographic glitter interwoven with a darker gunmetal”

“a classic pink, textured PixieDust laced with a fine thread of gold and medium sized holographic hexes for an added layer of dimension”

In addition to the new nail polish colors, Zoya has included two matching lipstick shades in Candy (a classic bright pink cream) & Mellie (a red-pink cream). You can buy the lipsticks on the Zoya website where they retail for $12.00 each.

My favorite nail polish shades from this collection are Ness, Dory, Cam, Levi & Zooey. What are yours?

Zoya Nail Polish shades retail for $10.00 each and are available at top salons, spas and Zoya.com.

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Beat the Heat // Summer Beauty Survival

*This post is sponsored by BabbleBoxx.com on behalf of Single Edition Media.

This is about the point during the Summer where I’m over it. Over the heat, over the bugs, over the sweat… In all fairness it hasn’t been that harsh of a Summer, but the last few weeks have been brutal and I’m ready to move on to Fall, which happens to be my favorite season. My plans of surviving the rest of Summer include many a beauty product so in this post I’ll be sharing a few of them with you, explaining why they’ll work and sharing a few deals!

Butter™ London Lost In Leisure Lacquer Set // NEW POLISHES! YES. New nail polishes in my collection, regardless if I need them or not, always make me happy. This limited edition set from Butter London contains four nail lacquers as well as a guide to get the “Lost in Leisure Nail Art Look”. The four shades included are Rock Candy, Marmalade Skies, Fit and Skive.

*Get 20% off your first purchase at butterlondon.com with code: BabbleBoxx2016!

Tempting by Sofia Vergara // This fragrance basically personifies sexy. It’s by Sofia Vergara, after all. When I first sprayed it I thought it was Summery candy sweet, but as it dried down a more sophisticated floral scent appeared. It’s the type of fragrance that’s perfect for Summer but can totally carry you into Fall. Pick the 1 oz. fragrance available exclusively at Perfumania online and in stores. The 3.4 oz. (as well as the 1 oz.) will hit major retailers nationwide in September.

LaCroix Cúrate Melón Pomelo // I probably got a little too excited when I saw this fanciness. Sure, everyone knows to drink water year round, but especially in the Summer where it’s way too easy to get dehydrated. When I want something a little more special, I like a bit of flavor – which is what makes the LaCroix Cúrate Melón Pomelo so perfect! It’s sparkling, 100% natural and my mom will be happy to hear a lot better to be drinking than my usual diet cola. 😉

Nad’s Exfoliating Body Wax Strips // Anyone that’s been around awhile knows that waxing is my preferred method of hair removal – particularly in the Summer. Nad’s I’ve heard of and used… but I had no idea that they now have Exfoliating Body Wax Strips! Using patented Xfol™ technology, these strips contain an exfoliator on the outside and wax on the inside to provide you with smooth, hair-free results. Since waxing I’ve learned how especially important exfoliating is – who wants in-growns?! No one, trust me. It’s awesome that you can use these easily at-home and DIY your hair removal.

Vichy Aqualia Thermal Mineral Water Gel Moisturizer// Maybe you think because it’s not cold out your skin isn’t getting as dehydrated, but it totally is. Dehydration is more than just tight skin, it can even be the cause of acne! The Vichy Aqualia Thermal Mineral Water Gel Moisturizer has a lightweight, oil-free formula that provides 48-hour hydration. Ingredients like mineralizing thermal water, hyaluronic acid, aquabioryl and y-carrageenans make this the perfect moisturizer for morning and night. I love a gel moisturizer in the Summer because it feels cool to the skin when you apply – which we all need a little bit of in these hot months.

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What beauty products help you beat the Summer heat?

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July 2016 Glossybox Review

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Are you ready to see one of the most fabulous Glossybox months ever? I have absolutely no complaints for July 2016… you’ll see why 😉

What is Glossybox?Glossybox is a “beauty discovery platform” designed to expose you to exclusive cosmetics, hair and skincare products from the best brands online. When you receive your box be sure to fill out the feedback surveys so that you can earn “GLOSSYDots”. For every 1000 GLOSSYDots you accumulate you can redeem them for a complimentary Glossybox. You can also earn these by referring friends.

How do I get it? There are three different types of Glossybox subscriptions: a monthly package ($21/month), a 6-month package ($126), and a 12 month package ($222). All regular subscriptions are recurring, unless cancelled within the term deadline. Shipping is free within the US and $5 for Canadian residents.

What’s inside?

From Nuxe, Dry Oil Huile Prodigieuse. A do-it-all dry oil… FULL SIZE. Great for split end repair, adding “glow” to your foundation, waves to the hair or as a body moisturizer.

From Leighton Denny Expert Nails, Miracle Mist. If you saw me unbox this Glossybox on Snapchat you totally (embarrassingly) heard me assume this was for hair. That’d have been bad. As a quick dry mist for your mani? It’s fabulousssss! Super easy to use, no funky smell and it actually works! Full size!

From Too Faced, Melted Liquified Long Wear Lipstick in Chihuahua. This is a mini-size of a cult fave from Too Faced. The color is gorgeous and one of those shades that just about everyone can wear.

From Fango Essenziali, Moisture Treatment Sheet Mask. I’m obsessed with sheet masks, they’ve been paramount in adding hydration into my skin this Summer. This whole box could be treatment masks and I’d be ecstatic. This mask has Avocado, Kelp and Acai Berry (all the good stuff) and is perfect for all skin types and those with sensitive skin. Full size!

From Eyeko, Fat Stick in Satin. A beautiful light greyed taupe eyeshadow pencil. So smooth and gorgeous for an easy, all-over eye look. Full size!

From Glov, Quick Treat. A reusable makeup remover that fits perfectly on your finger. You only need to add water, wash and re-use! (It’s good for up to 3 months). Full size!

Also inside is a sneak peek of next month’s box which will include the Too Faced Mascara Melt Off and a $50 off code for Hello Fresh.

The July Glossybox had some wonderful items in it, with my favorites being the Too Faced Melted, Eyeko Fat Stick, Leighton Denny Miracle Mist… ugh okay I basically loved it all this month! What were your faves?

Check out past boxes from May 2016 and June 2016. Sign up for Glossybox here to get in on next month’s box before it sells out!

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