My Purples

If you ask me – purple is my favorite color and whenever I see something of that color I instantly want to buy that. No matter how much I have. And when it comes to nail polishes this is where two of my passions meet. I love wearing purple – in summer I prefer brights and during the colder months I go for darker and deeper shades. I’ve prepared a nice variety for you – let’s have a look.

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Zoya Takeover

Nail polishes are my obsession – it’s not a secret and I have proof – look in my instagram here. I think this is the best way to spice up any outfit and improve bad mood – just paint your nails with your favorite nail polish either it’s a bright coral or edgy black.

Quite recently I’ve discovered a new brand for me and I’ve become obsessed with it – it’s such a nice quality, the packaging is vey sophisticated and they are big 5 free. Okay one step at a time…

Which brand I’m talking about? Zoya. Back in October I’ve tried my first Zoya nail polish – I’m talking about this post – and the love started. Over the months I’ve accumulated few new shades and a cult nail polish remover.

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Let’s start with nudes – Zoya in Jacqueline – milky yellowish nail polish. And it’s apparently dupe for OPI in My Vampire is Buff – the one that was released with Euro Collection. It looks incredibly flattering on the nails, especially with a tan. It doesn’t make you hands look either manikin or dead – a bonus for pale shade, right?

Another nude-ish is shade Kennedy – pale pink nude brown dustyshade – wow, isn’t it the best shade description … ever? – what I like to call this color is sophisticated pink. I like to have it on y toes, it gives a nice color and yet appropriate for any shoe color. You nails look polished, taken care of and when the polish starts to chip (after a good 5-6 days, btw) it won’t be so noticeable.

Purple is my favorite color so I just couldn’t pass on that one – purple with gold shimmer, it look so interesting an cool on the nails, in some light it looks just purple and in the sun it just sparkles and I’m talking about shade Tru.

And the brightest shade is Charisma – the neonest fuchsia shade I’ve ever seen. It does dry matte, like another neon polishes do, but another than that the application is smooth, two coats and you are done – no strikes, no lighter patches, nothing, just a pleasure to work with. 

As for that mysterious big5free thing – that means that the nail polishes are free from certain chemicals and toxins as Dibutyl Phthalate, Toluene, Formaldehyde, Formaldehyde Resin, and Camphor which is more beneficial not just for your nails, but whole body. Think about it – even when you’re panting your nails you get to inhale some of that cr*p… Something to consider here.

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As for nail polish remover I first spotted it on Anna’s blog here (everything she recommends I want to buy immediately, my poor wallet…) and it claims to be 3 in 1 product – polish remover, nail cleaner and nail prep. It’s very gentle but yet effective – it copes with metallics, glitters, neons – everything. It’s not stripping or drying at all and at the same time prepares your nails for polish by making it adhere better a.k.a. last longer. BUT the coolest thing about this remover is the pump. Isn’t it cool? It dispenses the right amount of liquid, you aren’t afraid you pour too much and ruin your working place and if you messed up one nail you get a change to fix it not messing the rest. Isn’t it dreamy?

Have you tried any of Zoya products? If you have some favorite shades, please do share. 

-S

Hello June

Those are my favorite posts to write. Honestly. I dig through my stash with such an excitement – trying to pick the perfect products.

And I cannot believe is already June. Damn, the time flies so fast.

This month is slightly different – instead of just selecting certain products, I’ve decided to go with certain color theme. Who doesn’t love a good pinky-coral orange type of shade, right?

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Complexion: I do love a good blush and I rarely skip it in my everyday routine, so this month my picks are the following – MAC MineralizedSkinFinish in Stereo Rose – the recent repromoted product. When I first saw that MAC was bringing it back for a season I made a promise to finally pick it up. I’m glad I did. I love it – highlighting blush is the best. It saves time, it gives glow and it brightens the face. Another option is my all time favorite Tarte Amazonian Clay 12-hour Blush in the shade Tipsy. It’s long lasting – definitely the quality you’re looking for in the summer. And it gives such a healthy glow like you are literally blushing. LOVE IT.

Eyes: I have a lot to talk about here. Let’s start from the budget bits? Maybelline Color Tattoo in Pink Gold. The perfect shade of pink for eyes. It doesn’t make you look ill, but still gives a nice wash of color over the lids. Also love apply a bit of it as a blush – look incredibly flattering. MAC Eyeshadow in All That Glitters – everybody’s love – is there anything else to say? Perfect pinky champaigny shade. Another option is INGLOT‘s eyeshadow in 361M – it’s way more orange than the MAC one, but too brightly, I’d say it lies more in the pastel-ish family.

Nails: Zoya nail polish in Charisma – the brightest magenta I’ve ever seen – may be doesn’t apply perfectly to the pinky-coral category, but I just cannot NOT mention it. So bright, so beautiful and so unique. Essie in Cute As a Button – the perfect shade for summer – make your look tanner and looks more sophisticated then usual pink or orange. And last but not least are my oranges – the red orange one and the peach pastel – Rimmel Salon Pro Lycra in Hip Hop (let’s just have some time to appreciate the name, shall we?) and KIKO in 359 (this one looks incredibly on the toes as well and even better with some tan).

Lips: Let’s be honest here – I’m not a lip product girl, like AT ALL. I barely use my few lipsticks, I don’t have a lip liner, not even one, so the only products I use on my lips are either lip balms or lip glosses. But I do have a favorite ones. Clarins Instant Light Natural Lip Perfector in 02 – probably the most talked about lip product in the blogging community and there is a reason reasons for that. Non-stickey, hydrating, squeeze tube, foam applicator, not shimmery. I can go on and on. The next ones are Tanya Burr Cosmetics lip glosses – the recent launch of everyone’s favorite YouTuber Tanya. I went for non-shimmery ones and more neutral ones – Afternoon Tea and Chic. I have to say, I’m really tempted to try the bright red one and bright fuchsia one.

What are you pinky orange picks for the June?

-S

And the award goes to …

Being a  nail polish junkie I’m always trying out new brands and color and want to use the puurfect match for each color category. The flattering green, the bright cobalt, the pastel-est pink, the pure black or the perfect burgundy shade. This time I think I found the nicest blue-jeans color. I think I will use it a lot this fall, especially that this color is pretty trendy this season. So the award for ‘sweetbounty best fall pick‘ goes to Zoya ‘Natty’.

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This is my first Zoya nail polish and I quite like it, honestly. I’m not sure whether it’s only this color or the while range, but I found that the consistency is more liquid-ish than any other nail polish I have – and it’s a cream formula, not a jelly one – bare that in mind. I didn’t have any application troubles what so ever. The drying time again average. Moreover the Zoya’s benefit is toxic-free composition: toluene, camphor, formaldehyde, formaldehyde resin and DBP (dibutyl phthalate). So if you worry about the ingredients and want to use only safe products – this should  be something to give a go. Now the price? 8$ on official web-site. Not bad, huh?

I bought mine offline, but I really want to know where I get hold of them online. If you have any ideas, please-please let me know!

-S