Wednesday, April 18, 2018

Jesse's Girl Lipstick Swatches

Hey!!!  I hope you have had time to read my Jesse's Girl Glow Stix review.  When I received the PR package for the Glow Stix, Jesse's Girl also included a lot of their lipsticks!



I did a quick swatch of all the shades for you.



The formulas are creamy, some are matte, but all wear comfortably.  These are great lipsticks and they come in several shades.

They will look amazing with Jesse's Glow Stix as a topper!

Thursday, April 12, 2018

Jesse's Girl Glow Stix Holographic Lip Gloss Swatch and Review

I am a huge fan of holographic anything, so I was excited to be asked to try out Jesse's Girl Glow Stix Holographic Lip Gloss.

These glosses have liquid crystal technology and holographic effects that make them look magical!



I did not know holographic lip gloss actually existed.  When I opened the package my daughter and I both were like, whoooaaaa.  The really do look like they're glowing in the bottle.



As you can see from my swatches, some are more pigmented than others.  There's a Glow Stix for any occasion.


From Top to Bottom:
Red Dawn
Wicked
Nova
Astrid
Cassiopeia
Pandora
Titania
Aurora

These can be worn alone or over one of your favorite lip colors as a base.  The new sleek packaging contains over twice the previous volume of the original packaging.  

Jesse's Girl Glow Stix line retails for $9.95 each.

Wednesday, April 11, 2018

Hard Candy Plumping Serum Swatch and Review

Hard Candy has launched a new lip gloss line for Spring 2018!

Hard Candy Plumping Serum is a volumizing lip gloss that comes in a 24 shade range.  I have seven to show you!

Press Sample





Hard Candy Plumping Serum is super shiny, volumizing, hydrating lip gloss that is formulated with Hard Candy's exclusive Plumping Serum System.  Formulated to deliver hyaluronic acid to plump skin and quickly minimize the appearance of fine lines while fruit extracts add hydrating volume.  



Top to Bottom:
Sugar Sugar
Barely There
First Kiss
Dirty Mind
Skin Deep
Max Pout

All of the glosses have that ticklish feeling as the hyaluronic acid works to plump your lips.  It's not super intense, just a slight tingle.  I did notice a fullness to my lips about 10 minutes after I applied the gloss shade.  In my opinion, these are great lip glosses and I prefer to use them on their own.

Let's talk about the Max Pout Serum Shade.  It is way more intense than the tinted glosses.  If you're looking to plump your lips before applying you favorite lip stick, this is the one you want.  Apply this ONLY to your lips, let it sit for about five minutes, then blot it off and apply your lipstick.  It will sting for a little bit as it works, but it's worth the payoff of a plump pout.

Hard Candy Plumping Serum is available at Walmart and are $6 each.  There's a shade for everyone!

Thursday, March 29, 2018

Zoya Naked Manicure Hydrate and Heal System

Winter is, hopefully, over and it's time to repair the damage to dry winter skin.

Zoya has formulated a system to improve dry hands and body with the Zoya Hydrate and Heal System.




The idea is to spray your hands with the mist, massage into hands and/or body, and follow with the lotion.

I have tried this system and do enjoy the formulas of the spray and lotion.  The scents are very light and pleasant.  I tend to use whatever lotion that's on sale at the grocery, and I can definately tell Zoya s lotion is a lot better than what I have been using.  Just using it one time improved my dryness, where I usually have to reapply my other lotion a few times to see improvement.  This is my first experience with a spray before lotion, and it's a great combination.

The Zoya Hydrate and Heal System is really fantastic.  

The polishes I used in my picture are Zoya Lux and Jordan....speaking of, I did this mani using Jordan and I don't ever want to take it off!


Friday, March 16, 2018

Zoya Thrive Collection Spring 2018

Hey everyone!

Are you excited for spring?  I know I am.  Schools were just called out for snow, again, and the snow day excitement has worn off.  So, c'mon spring!

I have the Zoya Thrive Collection for Spring 2018 to show you today!  It's just what I needed to put me in a spring mood.



All of my swatches are shown in two easy coats.  I did not have any problems with formula or application.

ZOYA DARBY


ZOYA LEISEL


ZOYA TRUDITH



ZOYA LEISEL OVER TRUDITH



ZOYA HARUKO


ZOYA BRANDI


ZOYA MONROE


I'm sure you can guess which one are my favorites: Haruko and Brandi!  I'm really liking that Zoya is adding shimmer top coats in their collections.  If you don't have Leisel or Leia in your topcoat collections, you really need them!

The Zoya Thrive Collection can be purchased through Zoya.com.




ZOYA.COM $10 ea.(US)

*10 FREE FORMULA: FORMULATED WITHOUT FORMALDEHYDE, FORMALDEHYDE RESIN,
DIBUTYL PHTHALATE, TOLUENE
, CAMPHOR, TPHP, PARABENS, XYLENE, ETHYL TOSYLAMIDE and LEAD.

Wednesday, March 14, 2018

Madam Glam Polygel Review

Hey everyone!  

I have a pretty exciting product to show you today!  Polygel is a fairly new product that you've probably been seeing all over social media, and my favorite gel brand, Madam Glam, has their own line!

I was lucky to be asked to sample/swatch their line of polygels, and I hope I convey a comprehensive review for you.




Polygel is a combination of both liquid and powder acrylics and LED hard gels.  They are so light but still very strong.  The formula comes in a premixed tube, so all you have to do is place it on the nail and glide it on.  You don't have to work fast, just take your time to get the perfect application and cure!  

I'll have my experience with the formula and application explained after my swatches.

This turned out so clear!  I was so surprised it ended up looking so glassy.  I did top this one with a no wipe topcoat, so I believe that helped preserve the glassy appearance.


This is a very light and sheer rosy shade.  This is my preferred sheer shade with my skin tone.  If I were doing a french tip or just a clean nail look without a color over top, I would chose this one.


Not as pink as Blush Peony, but still has that somewhat sheer  nude effect.



This is not as sheer as the others.  It's not pink, not nude, but a great combo of the two.  I used this one as my experimental full set and got so many complements!  If I didn't paint my nails so much, I would just use this and a top coat for daily wear.



A beautiful warm brown that will be a great nude shade for women of color!


I have been experimenting and wearing polygel since the first of February.  While this is my first experience with polygel, I do have somewhat of a background in acrylics and hard gel.

APPLICATION

I had seen a few videos showing how incredibly easy and effortless it is applying polygel with dual nail forms.  I've also seen these called pop its. That's not 100% accurate in my experience.  You really have to develop your own technique when using the nail forms.  There's a learning curve in eyeballing the amount you need.  Too much product, and you have a squishy mess that gets around and under the nail that has to be cleaned up or filed to get it to your liking.  Too little product and you have to go back over the nail to apply more product creating extra work.  However, once you've practiced, figured out the perfect amount of product per nail, it is an amazing technique.

Regular nail forms are easy to use with this product.  Once you have the form placed, you can take your time to sculpt out your perfect nail.

I like to combine both techniques.  Dual forms work better on my thumb, middle, and ring finger.  Then I use nail forms for my pinky and forefinger.  

As with any other nail product, you have to prep your nails in order to have the optimal staying power.   Here is a review linked to the Madam Glam website.


FILLS

I wore a set of nails long enough to do a fill in, and yes, it was really easy.  I love how easy it is to manipulate the formula and file.  It does take practice to get comfortable with filling in if you are not used to doing acrylic/hard gel/polygel.


REMOVAL

Filing polygel is really easy.  I filed off the bulk with my e file, and then went back in to do the rest with a hand file.  I did not have any damage to my natural nail!

Now that I have finished experimenting with polygel, I'm going to do an overlay to protect my natural nail to facilitate growth and prevent brackage.  Nail extensions are pretty, but it's hard to unbuckle car seats!  However, if you're a nail enthusiast that would like to wear a full set for a short time for social media pictures, use Madam Glam peel off base and pop them off when you're finished with your project!  That's what I intend to do for nail art.

You can purchase Madam Glam Polygel at madamglam.com.

You can use my discount code for 30% off regular gel polish and other products with tpp30!

Check out my Instagram account for more nail looks!


Wednesday, February 14, 2018

Zoya Bridal Bliss Collection

Hey everyone!
Zoya is gearing up for wedding season with this awesome collection of nudes and pastels.
These were sent to me by Zoya, and I'm excited to show you my swatches.

First thing you should know, I do have on a nude pink polygel base, but I do not feel it changed the shades of these polishes.  

Let's take a look at Zoya Bridal Bliss Collection.







All of my swatches are shown in two coats.  All the formulas were good and I did not experience any problems with formula or application.

ZOYA SNOW WHITE


ZOYA BLU


ZOYA ABBY
This is one of my favorite orchid shades ever!  How can you not love this shade?!


ZOYA RUE


ZOYA AVRIL
Out of all the opaque nudes, this is definately my favorite because it is the most flattering on my skintone.


ZOYA BELA
This is one of two nude sheers in this collection.  If I had to choose between the two, it would be this one because I like that it leans pinky nude.


ZOYA ERIKA


ZOYA LORETTA
This is the other sheer nude.  It's more of a nude and what I would choose for a "clean" nail look, or the base for a French tip.  Bela, to me, would be too pink for a true French tip look.


ZOYA LEIA
One coat over Loretta.  I've used this topper several times over different shades and this combination is my favorite.  If you have noticed the unicorn gel glitter around, this would be a similar effect but in polish form.  You're not going to get that smooth, chrome like finish, but the shimmer looks similar to me.


ZOYA LEIA AND LORETTA SANDWICH
I added another coat of Loretta over Leia to make the effect more subtle.  What do you think?  I really, really love how this one turned out.  Going back in my head, thinking about what I would want on my nails if I got married today, this is what I would choose.  Ten years ago, I chose French tips!  My tastes have changed so much!


ZOYA CHANTAL
Something happened here.  I think the combination of my skin tone plus the lights I'm using made this one pull way too mustardy.  Take this swatch with a grain of salt.  Or maybe it is this mustardy?  I guess I should ask around because I know this one is really popular with some of my nail friends.


ZOYA MCKENNA
This one isn't a flat creme as it does have some shimmer to it.  Unfortunately, you can't see that with my pic.

My daughter pulled out my "nail jewels" so she could have pretty nails for Kindergarten, so I put some on a matte McKenna while I was at it.



ZOYA BRIGHTON
I saved the best for last!  I absolutely loooooooove nude holos and this nude scattered holo is beautiful.

INDOOR

SUNLIGHT

BOTTLE SHOT

I think this is a great bridal collection.  There's undertones that will suit a lot of people.  There are toppers, holos, and shimmers to combine to make a unique nude look.  There's even great polishes to make a pretty French tip.

The Zoya Bridal Bliss Collection is long wearing, vegan friendly, and has a 10 free formula.

You can purchase these through Zoya.com.

While I was typing this up, I received a delivery of the Zoya Thrive Collection.  I can't wait to show you!



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