Wednesday

Questions I Ask Myself: Does contouring my nose mean I have to hate it?

Kevyn Aucoin diagram on contouring and highlighting. 
For those of you new to contouring, in a nutshell it is a way to enhance some features (which in turn downplays others) to give your face a more defined, attractive appearance. Essentially, shading provides the appearance of shadows and highlighting makes it look as though that plane is higher because the light is superficially hitting it first. I contour my face daily, but not nearly as drastically as some. And I don't tend to change my features so much as enhance what's there. I think how you choose to contour depends on your personal preference to a degree.

One area I constantly seem to waver on is my nose I know how to contour my nose to tweak its shape ... but do I really want to? Does it mean I hate my nose if I do? What if I like my nose?

These are the crazy-person thoughts that I ponder when debating whether or not I want to contour it. Naturally, the bridge of my nose isn't super wide, but it's not super thin. Between my Asian and Italian roots, the tip of my nose is slightly rounded and a little wide. I know many people prefer graceful, thin noses, but I've always liked noses with character. Personally, I'm sure if my nose was different in some ways I would probably like it less--if my nose was super bulbous or extremely hooked (like some family members) I would probably do what I could to change it, not that there's anything wrong with noses with these characteristics, but that would be my preference.  As it stands, I actually don't have an issue with my nose. In fact, when I play around with contouring it to make it a hair thinner down the bridge or slightly more pointed, I don't like the effect on my face. Maybe it's because I have a heart-shaped face and my slightly rounded nose suits it ... I'm not sure. Perhaps others disagree!

Personally, I think when it comes to contouring (as with just about anything else) it really comes down to proper application and personal preference. I don't think you have to go all out if you don't want to and it's fine if you do! Maybe you want to define your nose in such a way that it changes its shape. Maybe you don't. Maybe you only want to shave a hair off its width. Maybe you have a super thin nose and want to make it look a tad wider. I don't think you have to dislike your nose or cheeks or chin in order to want to change them a bit. I also don't think it's a bad thing if you do dislike one of your features and choose to manipulate it closer to what you prefer.

This is what I love about makeup! There is such an art to being able to manipulate, enhance or slightly beautify your face and features. Having control like that is just ... fun!

So what's your preference when it comes to contouring? Do you contour or do you prefer to leave your face as it is? Do you contour all of your features or just a few? Do you like to go all out or do you tend to slightly enhance what you have? Inquiring minds want to know!

Here's a pic I recently posted for the 50's inspired Memorial Day look I created. I have not contoured my nose here (just my forehead, cheeks, jawline, etc.).  

Saturday

Review Babyliss Pro Tourmaline Ceramic Curling Iron (1-1/2")

FlatIronExperts.com recently gave me the opportunity to review one of their fabulous curling irons. My hair is incredibly thick and textured and given my Asian roots, it is notoriously hard to curl. It generally takes a fairly high-quality hot tool to do much with it and I'm happy to say that I had amazing luck with the Babyliss Pro Tourmaline Ceramic Curling Iron with 1.5" barrel.
If you're not familiar with 1.5" barrels they are quit large! The tip is actually rubbery and stays cool to the touch, making it easier to work with. This is not a curling wand--it does have a clip. It's easy to work with and avoid strange kinks if you know how to work a traditional curling iron.
I believe this picture is of the slightly smaller 1" barrel, but mine was identical aside from the  size of the barrel. The cord actually swivels as you work so you won't get tangled up like you would with older models.


This is one of my favorite features (aside from its awesome performance). It has a heat gauge that you pop out to adjust and then push back in after. Super handy and you don't accidentally hit it and adjust the heat while you work.


Before: This is actually my hair a day after straightening it. My hair is fairly crazy if I do nothing to it, so if I'm wearing it down and straight I have to straighten it to avoid looking like a maniac.
Curls! Before showing you the "after" I wanted to show you a close-up of the banana curls I was able to achieve with the Babyliss Pro Tourmaline Ceramic Curling Iron. These are impressive for my hair and they were nice and large--perfect for my hair!
After: After finishing all of my curls and shaking them out and loosening them a bit (I wasn't going for a straight banana curl look that day haha) this is what they turned into. I love it! Excuse the weird head pose, it's hard to take a pic of your own head lol.
Price
This is priced at $119.99 on FlatIronExperts.com, but it is currently listed with a sale price as of the day this review was published of $84.99!

Where to Buy
This curling iron can be purchased at FlatIronExperts.com HERE.

Final Thoughts
If you're like me and you need a bigger barreled curling iron this is absolutely one I would recommend. I've used it a few times since my first attempt and really like it. It heats up quickly and curls my hard-to-curl hair well. I actually recently used it for another look and after 3 hours of extreme heat and humidity my curls were still in place. All in all I would definitely recommend this curling iron for anything looking for a large barreled curling iron that gets the job done.

What do you think? Will you be giving it a try?

Note: This product was provided by PR for review. All opinions stated above are my own based on my personal experience. The brand/PR did not influence my opinions.

Friday

1950s Inspired Memorial Day Weekend Look

I love the 50's. Love, love, love! Of all of the beauty time periods I think I'm definitely most inspired by the 50's (and surrounding decades). I've been planning this Memorial Day look for a while, but thought it would be fun to give it a whirl at my youngest's pre-k graduation today. It's hot as heck and super muggy (yes, even in New England where we get snow and ice), so I'm a tad frizzy despite plenty of product, BUT I'm still happy with it!

Here's what I used 

You can use anything comparable obviously if you don't have these products!

Hair:
  • Hair smoother (I use a really fabulous smoothing serum that my salon actually has manufactured for them, but you can use anything that works on your hair)
  • Joico K-Pak Protect & Shine Serum (this has done a great job so far of protecting my hair)
  • I used my 1.5" Babyliss Pro Tourmaline Ceramic Curling iron which was sent to me by FlatIronExperts.com. (I suggest using a large-barreled curling iron like I did. This is a fabulous curling iron if you like curling irons with a clip, especially if you're trying to achieve this kind of a look! I'll be reviewing it separately soon).
Face:
  •  Algenist Pore Corrector Anti-Aging Primer (previously reviewed HERE)
  • Youngblood Liquid Mineral Foundation (This is one I'm currently testing to see if I want to stock my kit with it. It photographs beautifully and is void of many ingredients health-conscious beauty lovers prefer to avoid. I do recommend using a finishing powder if you prefer a matte look or have oily skin ... or if it's 80+ degrees out. If you want me to review it I can later on! I chose not to use a powder over it to see how it would hold up.)
  • Inglot AMC cream blush #84
  • Laura Gellar Blush-n-Brighten in Como - highlight highest planes on face as well as cupid's bow
Eyes:
  • Benefit Stay Don't Stray Primer
  • Inglot #395 (frosty cream) for upper lid, inner corner and brow arch
  • Dark matte brown from TheBalm Nude'tude palette for crease and outer v
  • Inglot #358 (matte taupe) for blending out crease
  • Inglot #351 (matte cream) for blending out edge of color
  • Mirenesse inside out 27hr kohl in Osiris (my absolutely favorite budge-proof pencil - even better than MUFE or UD in my opinion)
  • Faux Lash in Estelle (These are literally the most wispy falsies I have ever tried in my life! They're actually almost a little to delicate as I prefer a more dramatic lash (like Faux Colette and Chloe), but they worked perfectly with this look and they are so flexible--any lash novice could use them. 
  • Revlon Luscious Growth waterproof mascara in blackest black
Lips:
  • Lip balm
  • Hip-n-Happy pink liner (I wanted to make my lips a teeny, tiny bit more red-pink than straight red to keep them bright)
  • MAKE Colour Scarlet matte lipstick (this is by far my favorite matte red formula - it is AMAZING)
And when you're done you should look something like ...

Excuse the slight frizz and flyaways. I didn't have time to take too many pics prior to the graduation ceremony, so this is after 3 hours of insane heat and humidity! The fact that my hair held a curl speaks volumes for this curling iron as my hair normally looses curl quickly.
Here's the original pic I took really quick on instagram right after I had finished curling: http://instagram.com/p/ZsrEKLHKmF/

So, what will you be wearing this Memorial Day weekend? 

Thursday

Brushes, brushes, brushes ...

I'm in the process of revamping my brushes for my personal and professional use, so I thought--what better time to review some fabulous lines and share them with you! Keep your eyes peeled in the near future for the first review to go up ;) And if you have any specific question (I've got a list of ones I've already been asked, but want to hear what you want to know as well) feel free to send them to me or comment below!

In the meantime let's have a little fun ...

What was the first makeup brush or set you purchased when you decided to take your makeup application a little more seriously?

And if you want to share; what was the last brush or set you purchased?


Mine was a MAC 213 when I was 16 and to this day it is actually one of my favorites and I own several (I'm actually thinking a post on just this brush may be in order since I feel it's so underrated!).




What about you?

Tuesday

Moore Tornado Hit Close to Home at BeautyPopShop - Can you Help?

Update: (5/23/2013)We have stopped the giveaway fundraiser early as we reached $305 donated and felt between that and what we were able to give that we would be able to sufficiently help my dad get through the aftermath of the tornado in Moore. Winners of the giveaway have been drawn and we are BEYOND grateful to those that supported our efforts. My dad was incredibly shocked and humbled and is grateful to each person. He was very embarrassed to even need any help and didn't expect any. The way I've always looked at things, people are people no matter how old or young; things happen outside our control and there's nothing wrong with needing help or accepting it when people are willing to offer it. We personally try to help others when we can and we're floored so many people were willing to help us. Sometimes you feel as though your efforts are just a drop in a giant ocean, but individuals really do make a difference on their own and together. Thank you a million times from the bottoms of our hearts. You are all AMAZING! <3

Most of you know what has gone on in Moore, OK. The tornado that devastated this area along with quite a few others has been horrific ... and that's putting it lightly. Though we are located in New England, my (Doria) father moved down to Oklahoma City several years ago for work. He is/was actually located in Moore. While thankfully the tornado's edge stopped about a block (literally) away from where he lives, his entire area is completely ravaged and people have been forced to leave their homes due to damage, lack of power, lack or water, etc. We spent the better part of last night trying to maintain communication with him over text and feeding him information as little to now made it through to much of his area. Phones are down, internet is down, cell phones were touch and go. Priority for shelters is being given to those with families and to those whose homes were demolished. While my father's home still stands, there is no electricity and no water. It is unfit for someone his age (62) to remain and as of right now, no solid estimates on when all of that will be up and running again have been provided. Sadly due to priority being given and over-crowding in shelters he's been forced to stay in a nearby motel, which for now, has power and water. While the first night was free, they are actually having those forced to stay there pay. A few food stations had been created last we checked around Oklahoma City but getting to them is hard and again, there is huge demand. Traffic was gridlocked last night as people tried to get out of their homes and neighborhoods.

We are doing what we can to help and we know times are tough, but as we regularly give to other causes we hoped some would be willing to help us with ours. We are trying to raise funds to help my father (who is on his own down there) stay in the motel he's currently located in until a more viable solution can be found...if there is one to find. As a thank-you to those that donate, we will hold an international giveaway (specifically for those that donate) and 1 randomly chosen winner will win a prize that includes: 1 bottle of Maya H2pOp (a BeautyPopShop exclusive), 1 bottle of limited edition Glitter Gal Transfusion, 1 bottle of limited edition Glitter Gal Hot Chili, 1 tube of MAC Feel My Pulse lipstick, 1 jar of Concrete Minerals Charm School, and 1 jar of Concrete Minerals Bulletproof. And because we are so incredibly humbled and thankful for those willing to donate, we have added a second prize of 1 set of our exclusive Sonnetarium Moonlight Fight sailor moon-inspired polishes--Daydreams & Moonbeams, Crescent Kitty, Dark & Darien. These are some of our best selling polishes and very hard to get a hold of. Thank you so incredibly much to all that have or plan to donate!

This giveaway was originally set to end in several days, but we've decreased it to end at midnight tonight (the 22nd) in hopes he will be able to return home this week or we can figure something else out by then if he can't. We obviously don't want people to donate more than we can make due without. Thank you so much for your continued support it is AMAZING.

Prize 1 - LE Glitter Gal Transfusion, LE Glitter Gal Hot Chili, exclusive Maya H2pOp, MAC Feel My Pulse lipstick, Concrete Minerals Charm School loose shadow, Concrete Minerals Pro Matte Bulletproof


Prize 1 - BeautyPopShop exclusive Moonlight Fight Collection by Sonnetarium (Daydreams & Moonbeams, Crescent Kitty, Dark & Darien)


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Saturday

Makeup Tutorial Featuring Make Colour Salt Flat Shadow & Face Gloss

One of my favorite new-to-me cosmetic companies of 2013 sent me one of their new shadows and one face product--Salt Flat shadow and Face Gloss--which are both a part of their new Aether Collection. Here is some information from MAKE Colour on this collection:

"...the newest concept collection from MAKE: the Aether Collection, which launches today on WeSeeBeauty.com. Collaborating for the second time, London-based interior and furniture designer Faye Toogood and make-up artist Ayami Nishimura have created the Aether Collection, inspired by spirituality, rebalance and ceremony and designed to reflect eternal beauty."

The Products

Make Colour Salt Flat Eyeshadow - matte white.
Brief Overview
White shadows are always difficult for me with my skin tone. It is a rarity that I get opaque white coverage unless it is a thick cream or super opaque shimmery or frosty shadow--even then it's sometimes debatable. This shadow is very soft and while I wouldn't call it chalky, it is slightly powdery--as many mattes are. I personally could not get opaque coverage with this due to my skin tone and partially due to its texture. It is, however, a fabulous color for blending out the edges of an eye color as it is very delicate and almost translucent. I actually used it below in my tutorial for another purpose.

Price
 This is priced at $18 retail

Where to Buy
You can purchase this shadow at We See Beauty HERE


Make Colour Face Gloss
Make Colour Face Gloss - instructions


Make Colour Face Gloss on skin
Brief Overview
When I first saw this I began wracking my brain trying to figure out if I'd ever used a product similar. While I regularly use highlighters (powder, cream, etc.), I can't think of anything identical. I would say its purpose is almost comparable to that of Dinair's Moist & Dexy finish, which gives your skin a dewy rather than super flat finish. Application and consistency are entirely different obviously. Make Colour Face Gloss is a thick gel that is slightly tacky. It almost has the consistency of a tacky vaseline. When I used it I found that a little goes a long way, but it really did give my face a dewy finish that lasted. I've come across different people that hate dewy looks as they equate them to oiliness (this is often what I find with those that struggle with oily skin especially) and much prefer matte finishes. If this is you, this product is most likely NOT for you. However, if you hate a completely matte finish then give this a try! I personally recommend only using this on the planes of your face that naturally hit the light the most/first (cheek bones, bridge of nose, etc.) as I feel it's a bit much to cover your entire face with it, but that's my personal opinion. Figure out what works best for the look you're going for.

Price
This is priced at $18 retail.

Where to Buy
You can purchase this on We See Beauty's site HERE

Make Colour Tutorial

I used the following in this tutorial (obviously you can use anything comparable):
  • Benefit Stay Don't Stray Primer
  • MAC Soft Ochre Paint Pot
  • Make Colour Salt Flat matte shadow
  • Sugarpill Flamepoint matte shadow  
  • Concrete Minerals Pro Matte in Ember
  • Fyrinnae Pop Art Mini Skirt loose shadow
  • Inglot #395 (inner corner highlight and brow arch highlight)
  • Mirenesse Inside Out 27hr Kohl in Osiris
  • Urban Decay 24/7 Glide-On Shadow Pencil in Clash
  • Revlon Grow Luscious waterproof mascara in Blackest Black
  • Faux Lashes in Bianca
I want to preface this tutorial by saying it has been brought up in past tutorials that you can't see orange extremely well on my skin compared to other skin tones. That is absolutely true. I am of primarily Asian and Italian descent and have a good deal of yellow in my skin, so unlike someone that is fairer or has less yellow in their skin, orange doesn't tend to stand out quite the same way on my skin as it would on someone else. Just a heads up, should you try this look using the same colors I used. I was recently asked to do a tutorial for Remington Ready and created a different orange look for them. If you'd like to view it you can do so HERE.

Begin with...

I suggest starting with a clean, moisturized eye prepped with your favorite primer. I tend to favor Benefit Stay Don't Stray with non-finicky shadows. I find it doesn't always play well with everything, though.

Step 1

Step 1 - Pat MAC Soft Ochre Paint Pot to your lid. I occasionally use this as a base for neutral eye colors because it is similar (but by no means the same) in tone to my skin. I'm not a huge fan of most of the paint pots as I find them a tad thick and they tug at the skin a bit (something I am incredibly picky about), but occasionally I like the smooth, matte finish I can achieve with them when layered with matte shadow. I know it looks a tad uneven here, but you'll see in the next step how it transforms.

Step 2

Step 2 - Pat and blend Make Colour Salt Flat shadow into the soft ochre to achieve a smooth, even finish. See the difference between step 1 and 2? Salt Flat blended perfectly into Soft Ochre and gave it a lovely even appearance.

Step 3

Step 3 - Using a pencil brush or crease brush (I prefer a dense pencil brush for this part) create a "c" shape by starting at the outer edge of your eye and sweeping up and around your crease towards the inner corner of your eye using Sugarpill Flamepoint. Darken the outer v with Concrete Minerals Ember. As you can see, I tend to concentrate the color in the outer edge so that the final effect will be a more wide-eyed look--very important with my almond eyes not to make them smaller).

Step 4

Step 4 - Blend Fyrinnae Pop Art Mini Skirt into the crease over Flamepoint and Ember (pulling the color up a bit towards the orbital bone and blending it out) and then pull a tiny bit of color under the lower lashline.

Step 5

Step 5 - Tightline upper lashline and line lower waterline with Mirenesse Osiris. Because my upper lids are so limited for space, I tend not to line them above the lashline often as it leaves very little color showing when my eyes are open. Also, because my eyes aren't super wide, I tend to concentrate liner (especially on my upper lashline) to the outer 2/3 to further widen them.

Step 6

Step 6 - I wanted to make this a little bit more interesting, so I added some Clash shadow pencil over the black, just to give it a tiny flash of blue without overpowering the rest of the look. You could certainly skip the black liner on your lower waterline and just do blue, but I prefer it in this look this way.

Step 7

Step 7 - Add the finishing touches! Highlight the inner corner of your eye and just below your brows with Inglot #395, fill in your brows, and apply Grow Luscious mascara and/or Faux Bianca false lashes. Voila! All done!

And when you step away, you look like this...

The white behind me and the sun shining directly onto me makes me look a tad lighter than I am in person (for those that have been following my blog because we have similar Asian skin tones), but that doesn't really make much of a difference. When creating wearable looks I personally think it's so important that the completed look on your face has a great effect and isn't just pretty on its own. After all, people will be looking at your entire face, not viewing you through a cropped, macro square of vision. How many times have you created an amazing eye look that looked fabulous up-close in the mirror, but when you stepped away you went ... what the heck happened?! Been there! I try to make sure that even when applying fun colors (like orange) I'm mindful of things that will and won't enhance the overall appearance of my eyes. My goal here was wearable and complementary. Do what works for you!

Note: I am wearing Make Colour Face Gloss over my Inglot #84 cream blush, on the bridge of my nose, and highest point of my forehead. I don't have oily skin and like the effect of using a minimal amount of it on the highest planes of my face. I applied a tiny bit of traditional highlighter on my cupid's bow. I did minimal contouring under my cheek bones and jaw line, too. I'm not wearing foundation. Oh! And of course I should mention my lip color--MAC Pink Pearl Pop over an organic lip balm.

What do you think? Would you try this look?

Note: Some of the products reviewed/mentioned above were provided by PR for review. All opinions stated above are my own and are based on my personal experience. They were in no way influenced by the brand or PR.

Friday

Mirenesse Glossy Kiss Lip Cheek Colour Review and Swatches

I posted swatches of these lippies a few weeks ago on Instagram shortly after I received them for review because I was beyond excited, but I wanted to make sure I did a full review here regarding my experience with them because they are that fabulous--which is saying a lot given how picky I am!

Mirenesse's Glossy Kiss Lip Cheek Colours are similar in size to the Revlon Just Bitten Kissable Balm Pencils, but they are incredibly pigmented, smooth, and can be used on your cheeks and lips. I haven't tried them on my cheeks yet, simply because I haven't had a chance to, but I can absolutely see how some of these could double as cheek tints. Let's dive into the swatches then discuss performance...

Mirenesse Glossy Kiss Lip Cheek Colour in Air Kiss - A wash of pink shimmer

Mirenesse Glossy Kiss Lip Cheek Colour in Angel Kiss - a deep neutral brown-pink

Mirenesse Glossy Kiss Lip Cheek Colour in Butterfly Kiss - this looked very similar on my lips to MAC Creme d'Nude

Mirenesse Glossy Kiss Lip Cheek Colour in Electric Kiss - a vampy brown-red (it skewed a bit more brown in pictures than in person)

Mirenesse Glossy Kiss Lip Cheek Colour in First Kiss - a gorgeous pinup red (this skewed a tad more orange in pictures than in person)
Mirenesse Glossy Kiss Lip Cheek Colour in Romantic Kiss - a copper-penny pink

Application/Wear

These are incredibly smooth and glide onto your lips like an amazing balm with fabulous pigmentation. I easily got as much opacity as each offered with one swipe. These were not drying at all, I'm happy to say!

Price

These are priced at $26.95 USD each.

Where to Buy

These are available on Mirenesse's website HERE and HERE.

Final Thoughts

I am incredibly impressed by these! They are far more opaque and hydrating than my former favorite lipstick pencils. The price is a tad pricey for us here in the states, but I think if you find a color you plan to wear over and over (and you're a lipstick junkie like me) it's worth giving one a try! Also, I've noticed Mirenesse does a lot of sales through their facebook page so I recommend following them there to take advantage of one if you can. I'd love to try some of their other reds and pinks, it looks as though there are some fun, bright shades--and you know me and bright colors!

Note: These products were provided for review. All opinions above are my own based on my personal experience and have not been influenced by the brand that provided them.

Wednesday

50% off Conscious Box?! Heck Yes!

I have tried so many subscription services it's insane, but of all the ones I've tried (which vary from beauty to general household stuff; food to lifestyle) Conscious Box is my favorite. Not only do they have several options now (classic, vegan, and gluten free), but their boxes consistently have the best variety and value in my opinion. AND I actually receive stuff I've never tried before and it varies every month! Stuff I've gotten ranged from household to beauty, food, etc.

I first tried Conscious Box last year and since then I've bought quite a few boxes. Well, for those of you that are not incredibly curious I have good news! I just received an email with a promo code for 50% off a 1 or 3 month subscription!

Promo: SMARTSHOPPER
I highly recommend giving them a try if you like natural products. I almost always get the gluten-free one since we're a gluten free family, BUT I've gotten the classic a few times for specialty boxes and those are always great as well.

You can subscribe at: www.consciousbox.com

If you give it a try let me know!

Friday

Talika Cream Booster - Mixing Beauty & Science!

I was given the opportunity to test out Talika's Cream Booster and jumped at the chance! I love skincare, but given how sensitive my skin is it's often hard to find products I can use. The Cream Booster is actually a device that uses both "...LED phototherapy with micro-vibration technology and ionotherapy to stimulate cell function and increase cellular exchange." (according to their site).

Given how much information is involved in this device and the fact that Talika states a number of facts and claims I thought it best to share the press release before moving on to my review:




Talika Cream Booster - that metal strip that says "Talika" is where your finger has to make contact on the device at all times to keep it going as you use it.


This is the part of the device you press to your face. When your finger is on the metal strip (show above) and this is pressed to your face you'll feel a vibration.


Application/Use

This is a very simple device to use and since it only uses 1 battery and doesn't require being plugged in or charged, it's easy to travel with as well. When using this, the instructions stated that you are to begin towards the center of your face and move in outward strokes. This is not for use on your lids by the way, but can be used near where you would develop crow's feet. The first time I used it my face felt a tad funny from the vibrations (which aren't unpleasant or super strong to me), but nothing uncomfortable. The more I've used it over the course of the last few weeks the more I've noticed myself barely taking notice of it anymore.

My Experience

I'm sure the question on everyone's mind is - did it work? It is so hard for me to judge things like this and while I didn't have much for wrinkles at all to start with (just some teeny hairlines on my forehead that I like to fixate on), I can say that when used in addition to my daily skincare routine I did think that my skin seemed a bit more hydrated and healthy looking than usual. I have very dry skin naturally and use products to help with that, but I did feel I got a bit more out of my routine than usual while using it. Granted my skin is actually pretty healthy on its own, it does get dull and dry if I'm not careful. I'm actually still using the Talika Cream Booster as part of my routine because I did feel it helped a bit!

Price

This retails for $149 on Talika's site, though the press release stated $145 above. 

Where to Buy

You can purchase Talika's Cream Booster on their site HERE. You can also purchase it through Nordstrom's website HERE.

Final Thoughts

All in all I'd say this might be a good addition to anyone's daily skincare routine if it fits their budget. I think it would really depend on your personal experience based on your skin type, products you use in addition to it, etc. I would recommend contacting Talika directly if you have any questions regarding its performance or whether or not it will work on your skin type. For me, I did feel it was a good addition to my skincare routine and plan to continue using it.

Note: This product was provided by PR for review. All opinions stated above are my own based on my personal experience. They have not been influenced by the brand/PR.


Thursday

Zoya Irresistible Swatches Summer 2013

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Before I get into my review, I have a slightly sad story to tell. Well, not super sad, but frustrating for sure. I had swatched all of these and taken pics not too long ago. When I went to transfer my pictures I somehow managed to delete all them off the memory card of my computer! Now, usually I don't delete pictures off my memory card until reviews have gone live just in case. Ironically, I've never had anything like this happen ... but I suppose it was bound to someday (over 2 years of nothing like this happening prior). Anyway, I spent the better portion of the day intermittently freaking out and researching the best photo recovery programs that can be used to recover media off memory cards. By later that evening I had finally found one program that worked, but unfortunately it only recovered half of my photos and half of the ones that weren't recovered included all of the pictures for 2 shades. Since then I've tried 4 additional programs to see if I could recover pics for those 2 shades. No luck. Now, the reason I didn't just pic those bottles up and swatch away is that I have very sensitive skin. When I swatch 6 polishes in a row like this my skin literally cannot handle any more. This is one reason I tend to only put out larger swatching posts like this once a week. I tip my hat to all of the amazing bloggers that can do more--I wish I was one of them and I regularly am in awe of them! Anyway, that's my whole deal that I thought I'd share so that when you see these pics and say ... why are there only swatches for 4 shades? There's your answer. I'll try to swatch the other two and add them in later on! On to the swatches...


Zoya Summer 2013 Irresistible Collection (left from top to bottom): Rikki, Hazel, Bobbi
(right from top to bottom): Kerry, Amy, Tinsley

1 Coats Zoya Hazel - This is a gorgeous blue foil with little bits of brass-colored glitter sprinkled in.

2 Coats Zoya Kerry - luxe yellow-gold foil

2 Coats Tinsley - rose foil with gold flash
Rikki - deeper green foil with brass-colored bits of glitter sprinkled in (similar to Hazel)

PriceThese retail for $8 per bottle.

Where to Buy

These can be purchased on Zoya's website HERE.



Final Thoughts
As with all of Zoya's foils that I've ever worked with, these apply smoothly and only require 2 coats for full opacity. You could probably get away with 1 coat with some of them, but I think the second coat gives them just the right amount of depth. These are all gorgeous in person (including the 2 I wasn't able to recover swatches of). I find that foil polishes tend to be love/hate with many people. If you like foils you'll love these! Kerry and Tinsley were my favorites of the bunch. Kerry is a perfect yellow-gold and Tinsley was the most unique in my opinion because the gold flash almost gave it a duochrome effect. While I don't think all of the colors are necessary summer-only, I do think they'll appeal to a number of people looking for more unique summer polishes.

What do you think? Will you be purchasing any of these?

Note: These products were provided by PR for review. All opinion stated above are my own based on my personal experience.