Saturday, September 18, 2021

Zoya Cosmic Trio 2021 Limited Edition Swatches and Reviews

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Hello hello! Zoya has their seasonal collections as well as a few others like the Naturel line that usually comes around once a year. They also do some limited edition shades, and the trio I have to share with you tonight just so happens to be limited. I'm not sure how long these will be available, so if you find any that catch your eye, please don't wait too long to pick them up. This Cosmic Trio contains "holographic shades that are inspired by the unique star clusters of outer space. These astral shades are created with a blend of metallic glitter, and holographic particles in 5 different sizes to give a dynamic effect creating a soft textured finish, but can be paired with Ultra Glossy Top Coat to create a smooth and shiny surface." These retail for $12 each, but if you purchase the set for $36, you get all 3 polishes, 3 of their Z-wide brushes, and their glossy topcoat as well. Swatch time! 






Zoya Celestia (3 coats)

Shall we start with my favorite of the 3? Celestia is a silver that leans a bit taupe with blue/purple shifting shimmer and a scattered holographic finish. I just love that pop of shimmer that contrasts from the lighter base. These are a bit sheerer, but they are designed to be that way. I didn't try them as toppers, but a few other bloggers did, and they work great as long as you use really thin coats. They dry with a little texture, but not as much as I expected. I do recommend a thick topcoat to smooth it all out though. 






Zoya Eradani (2 coats)

Eradani is a bit different than the other 2. The finish isn't quite the same (the pure holo finish like the others isn't there), but that doesn't mean it isn't beautiful all the same. Eradani is a magenta microglitter with indigo shimmer and a slight holo finish. This one was more opaque, but I found the formula to be a bit gummy, so work slowly. 






Zoya Polaris (3 coats)

Last, but not least we have Polaris which is a rose gold microglitter with pink/purple shimmer and a scattered holo finish. I really wanted to love this one, but I just don't think it looks great with my skintone. It's not the polish's fault...I really think this will look beautiful on lots of other people. The formula was good in 3 coats. 

There you have it, a short and sweet trio. This is why I love Zoya; most mainstream brands don't do holographic polishes, especially ones with contrasting shimmers. Remember, these can go away at any moment, so pick yours up while you can. 

Zoya polishes retail for $12 and you can find out more about them on their websiteFacebookTwitter, or Instagram pages. Keep an eye out for them in your local Ulta store if you want to see the bottles in person before you buy. They often have sales, so check their social media pages periodically. 

*These polishes were provided by the company or PR representative. All reviews are based solely on my opinion. For more information, please see my full disclosure at the bottom of the site*

Wednesday, September 8, 2021

Noodles Nail Polish Fall 2021 Collection Swatches and Reviews

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Hi everyone! I hope you had a great Labor Day weekend! I spent the time resting up since I traveled for the first time in a year and a half. Honestly things have been quiet around here otherwise. My husband teaches college, and he's been doing online classes exclusively since March 2020. Classes just started up again for the fall semester, and some of his colleagues have in-person classes now. I just want things to proceed as safely as possible. In case you didn't know, Natalie from Noodles Nail Polish is also an elementary school teacher, and I have no idea how she juggles it all. I think every teacher deserves the upmost respect and a huge raise for their hard work. 

I know that fall happens to be Natalie's favorite season, so I'm always extra excited to see what she comes up with. This 8-piece collection is full of crellies, jellies, flakies, and toppers so there's something for everyone. This set will be available this Friday, September 10th (my husband's birthday! ­čÄë) at 5 PM EST. All polishes besides the glitter topper (Crushed Leaves) will retail for $10 each. I'll make sure to mention the price on each set of photos as well. You know this is going to be a long post, so we should get into it. 

Wednesday, September 1, 2021

Polish Pickup September 2021 Trick or Treat Swatches and Reviews

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Wait, you mean to tell me it's September already? And did I hear recently that I should be buying Christmas presents NOW because things are going to be a mess near the end of the year? I'm just not ready for any of that! Please tell me I'm not the only one. I just got back from San Francisco a couple days ago for work, and I also forgot how hard a 3 hour time change messes with your sleep. I haven't been out of the Eastern Time Zone since 2019! This month's PPU theme is aptly Trick or Treat.  Wishlisting is up now on the website and I'm blown away by the variety of inspirations. New to PPU? If so, here's how it works:


Definitely join the Polish Pickup Facebook Group. You don't necessarily need to actively participate in the group, but it will give you a look at the polishes that will be available in the coming month. PPU themes are chosen by the people, often a few months in advance (brands need time to find their inspiration and test their polish). Any indie brand that has been around for at least a year can participate and each has their own specific inspiration picture and polish for that month. All you need to do is go to the Polish Pickup site during the pre-order window (the first Friday-Monday of the month) to make all of your purchases of these exclusive polishes. There's no need to pay for multiple shipping charges; since this is a pre-order, all polishes get sent to Polish Pickup and they send you the polishes you ordered. Yup, it's that simple. Oh, and shipping is a flat-rate of $3 to the US (more for international and they just had to increase the pricing to Canada). Since all orders are pre-orders, shipping will take place about 3 weeks after the end of the pre-order.

PPU starts Friday, September 3rd at 11:00 AM ET and ends on Monday, September 6th at 11:59 PM (but if a polish has a bottle limit and sells out before the end of the pre-order, it's gone, unless you get lucky and the cap gets raised...which is rare) on the PPU website. Shall we get to some pictures? 

Wednesday, August 11, 2021

Noodles Nail Polish Beach Trio 2021 Swatches and Reviews

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Hi everyone! It's a crazy world we are still living in, huh? Just when people thought there was a light at the end of the tunnel, the delta variant had to rear its ugly head. Please be safe, wear a mask, and get vaccinated if you can. On a much lighter note, I have a brand new trio to share that is releasing this week from Noodles Nail Polish. I would love to be at the beach, so at least these polishes can bring me there in spirit. These will be available this Saturday, August 14th, at 12 PM EST. The trio includes a glitter crelly, a micro glitter, and a shifty shimmer shade. Shall we get a better look at these warlocks? 


Sunday, August 1, 2021

Polish Pickup The Elements (Earth, Air, Fire, and Water) August 2021: Swatches and Reviews

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How is it August already? August is traditionally my busiest month of the year for my job, and the whole delta variant thing really has me scared, despite being vaccinated. I'll have to be around groups of people, but at least they are requiring social distancing and masks for everyone. After last month's Polish Pickup Rewind, makers are back with all new shades inspired by The Elements (Earth, Air, Fire, and Water). Wishlisting is up now on the website and I'm blown away by the variety of inspirations. New to PPU? If so, here's how it works:

Definitely join the Polish Pickup Facebook Group. You don't necessarily need to actively participate in the group, but it will give you a look at the polishes that will be available in the coming month. PPU themes are chosen by the people, often a few months in advance (brands need time to find their inspiration and test their polish). Any indie brand that has been around for at least a year can participate and each has their own specific inspiration picture and polish for that month. All you need to do is go to the Polish Pickup site during the pre-order window (the first Friday-Monday of the month) to make all of your purchases of these exclusive polishes. There's no need to pay for multiple shipping charges; since this is a pre-order, all polishes get sent to Polish Pickup and they send you the polishes you ordered. Yup, it's that simple. Oh, and shipping is a flat-rate of $3 to the US (more for international and they just had to increase the pricing to Canada). Recently they also opened a UK site which you can find here. Since all orders are pre-orders, shipping will take place about 3 weeks after the end of the pre-order.

PPU starts Friday, August 6th at 11:00 AM ET and ends on Monday, August 9th at 11:59 PM (but if a polish has a bottle limit and sells out before the end of the pre-order, it's gone, unless you get lucky and the cap gets raised...which is rare) on the PPU website. The website is now open for wishlisting, so go check out this month's offerings STAT. My wallet hopes I can bring my list down a little bit.







Noodles Nail Polish Colors of the Wind (3 coats)
Inspiration: Pocahontas Song "Colors of the Wind"
Price: $12
Bottle Limit: none 


Up first we have Colors of the Wind by Noodles Nail Polish. You know I'm a sucker for glitter and flakie polishes. It's a deep violet crelly (leaning jelly) with matte red/pink/lavender glitters, lavender holo glitters, and violet/red/orange color-shifting flakes. I used 3 thin coats for my photos, and it dries with some texture due to the glitter, so either use 2 coats of thicker topcoat, or a layer of glitter-smoothing topcoat followed by a quick-dry topcoat to smooth it all out. That topcoat will also bring out that squishy look from the polish. 








Starlight and Sparkles The Breeze and the Storm (1 coat) over 2 coats of black
Inspiration: the element of air, which can be as gentle as a softly blowing breeze, or as powerful as a howling storm. It can also combine with other elements (water, fire, and earth) to incredible effect. As someone who loves to play element-wielding mages in RPGs, people really underestimate the power and flexibility of air, which is why that is my inspiration for this polish!
Price: $9
Bottle Limit: 150 bottles


Up next we have a beautiful effect topcoat from Starlight and Sparkles. The Breeze and the Storm is a topcoat full of turquoise and teal shimmer, and delicate green and blue translucent micro flecks. This is one of those polishes that will look great over a variety of base colors, but I used black since it shows the shimmer the best. I used 1 coat for my swatches, but 2 coats will intensify the effect even more. 








Starlight and Sparkles Five Elements Page Marker Set
Inspiration: the idea of the five classical elements – air, fire, water, earth, and aether.
Price: $11
Limit: 65 sets

You're gonna laugh at me, but the first thing I thought of when I saw the page marker set was the infinity stones from the Marvel Universe. Oops! The Five Elements Page Marker set has five page markers, each with a different colored faceted glass stone, in a silver-colored frame. The five pieces are yellow (air), red (fire), blue (water), green (earth), and clear (aether). These are simple, but simply adorable.  

These sets use rectangular paper clips, stainless steel rings, silvery iridescent glass beads, and faceted glass stones. Due to the shape of the paperclip, the charms can’t freely slide all around the paperclip, and I find these type of paperclips to be quite secure, able to reliably hold quite a few sheets, and I usually find they’re less likely to leave paperclip imprints in the page they’re attached to. I use these for my recipe books, organize ink swatch cards, and in books I'm reading. 

There you have it, folks! Don't forget to start your wishlist now. The Starlight and Sparkles items have a low cap, so you may want to add it to your list and check out early to make sure it doesn't sell out. What are you picking up this month? Have a great week! 


*These polishes were provided by the company or PR representative. All reviews are based solely on my opinion. For more information, please see my full disclosure at the bottom of the site*