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Zoya Spring 2011 Swatches and Review

Posted in glitter, Gold, Gray, Green, Shimmer, Uncategorized, Zoya with tags , , , , , on April 13, 2011 by ainamakeup

Spring still hasn’t completely sprung here in NYC.  But that hasn’t stopped me from bringing the spring to my nails with the Zoya Intimate collection for Spring 2011.

Zoya Gemma

Super pretty green this pic does not do this color justice.  There is a super subtle flash of violet here.  I don’t think I have anyy other green like this in my stash.

Zoya Marley

I’m glad this collection has taken a more sophisticated turn from the super bright pastels of last spring.  Marly is the most pastel-ish of the lot.  It looks a little pink, a little white and a little violet at the same time.  I’m not mad at it!

Zoya Caitlin

Yay another gray!  This one has a tinge of cornflower blue in it and even though it’s a pretty dark gray, it still feels spring-like to me.

Zoya Dove

This one is one of my faves.  A much lighter gray than Caitlin and I think it’s a good contract against my skin.

Zoya Dannii

I think this is the most unique of the collection.  A purple shimmer wish silver micro glitter.  Not my usual style but definitely a fun color to wear, particularly for spring.

Zoya Jules

A light gold shimmer.  I don’t wear alot of gold but I think I would wear this.

All in all i think this is a nice collection of wearable shades that could work on anyone.  You can get each for $8.00 on

Disclaimer – These were sent to me for review.


Zoya Sparkle Collection Swatches and Review

Posted in Blue, glitter, Green, pink, Purple, Red, Zoya on May 4, 2010 by ainamakeup

Good Day, Addicts!

Today I bring you the Sparkle collection from Zoya. I’ve never been a big fan of Glitter (I grew up in the 80’s), but I have to say I really like these.  What I love the most is how easy these are to remove.  No soaking for minutes at a time, because the glitter in these are small and much more modern looking that glitters from my childhood.   Now, on to the colors.

Zoya Gilda

Gilda is a bright pink that reminds me of fruit punch. The small flecks of glitter look gold in some lights, and mimic the pink base in different light.  I’m not a big pink fan when it comes to my fingers, but anything goes on my toes.

Zoya "Mimi"

What a pretty purple.  The iridescent glitter makes this one extra special.  I think this one is my favorite of the collection.  In the bottle this looks more of a red based purple.

Zoya "Charla"

I particularly like this one because my best friend has the same name.  And her favorite color is blue!  This a pretty aqua blue.  I like the way the color looks, but I think it’s too cool for my coloring.  I love the blue/green subtle duochrome.  This color is serving “Little Mermaid”

Zoya "Nidhi"

Red Hot with glitter that appears both gold and silver.  My tastes are changing since starting this blog.  Getting the opportunity to try all different colors of polish is great because I get to step outside my usual style of dark polishes; vampy purples and browns and moody grays.   I really like this color.  It’s so summer.  All I want to do is sip frozen margaritas on a rooftop bar.

Zoyz "Ivanka"

This is my other fave.  I’ve become a sucker for greens and this one is no exception.  I like to think of this as “Charla’s” cousin.  Ivanka is green with slight tinges of blue while Charla is blue with slight tinges of green.  Love it!

The application on these was great.  I always do three coats of polish.  Some colors applied more opaque than the others, but this did not bother me at all.  Don’t forget. You can pick up these gems and other fabulous Zoya Polishes during their Polish exchange.

Disclaimer: Samples were sent to me for review

My Essie Haul at IBS

Posted in Blue, Essie, franken, glitter, Gold, pink, Purple on March 27, 2010 by ainamakeup

Hi there Addicts!!!

I’m back after what seems like a marathon of non stop work.  I finally had some time to do some swatching so I can finally post some polishes I picked up at the International Beauty Show earlier this month.  If you’re in the beauty industry, this is the show for you.  All of the biggest brands of hair, makeup and nails are represented.  I was there on official business doing my job representing a cosmetics company, but I got a spare minute or two to hit up Essie and OPI as they had some great deals!  Essie offered 6 polishes for $20!  Here’s what I picked up!

Essie "Aruba Blue"

Very pretty ocean blue shimmer.  This is one of three blues I got at Essie.  This one caught my eye because I don’t have any blue like it.

Essie "Golden Nuggets"

I picked up this one because I didn’t have a gold glitter I could use on its own or to franken with.

Essie "Sexy Divide"

I bought a lot of purples during my polish buying free-for-all as well.  This one has a bright purple flash embedded in its shimmer that really makes it special.  I love it!

Essie "Midnight Cami"

Another blue.  This ones a dark vampy blue shimmer.  I passed over this color last winter but since I was in buying mode, I decided to pick it up.

Essie "After Sex"

Ok, so I mostly picked up this color because of the name.  I actually think this color is good for before sex.  It reminds me of a glossy candy apple.  It’s definitely a flirty shade – a pink based red with subtle shimmer.

Essie "Mesmerize"

I had already picked out my 6 polishes when I saw this dusty yet bright blue and decided it had to be mine as well.  What a pretty creme.  I’m looking  forward to the beautiful blue skies of spring and wearing this pretty blue polish!

Essie "It's Genius"

Well, I don’t know about genius, but this pinky purple with subtle gold shimmer sure is pretty!  I’m glad I added this one to my collection.

Stay tuned for swatches from my OPI haul coming soon!

L’Oreal Bijou Crystals

Posted in Blue, glitter, L'Oreal, Red, Yellow on January 28, 2010 by ainamakeup

There are a few places in the city I check out regularly to see if there’s any cool cosmetic finds.  Every now and then I’ll come across some cheap goodies, like these lovelies I got at Lots for Less in lower Manhattan.  Take a look-see!

B. Rebellious

B. Rebellious is multi colored glitter in a smokey base.  I needed three coats to make this opaque.  I think it’s neat.  If there was no such thing as OPI My Private Jet I’d probably be really in love with this.

B. Outrageous

Sunny lemon yellow shimmer.  Not a color I’d normally go for but since it was like .99 cents I figured why not.  If nothing else, I’ll wear it on my toes.

B. Fearless

Another multi-colored glitter in a smokey medium blue sheer base.  Again, this took three coats to get opaque but I really like this.  I think this one is my favorite of the bunch.

B. Brave

The first coat on this looked very raspberry red to me, but by the third coat, it became this bright violet shade.  I didn’t think I’d like this one as much as I do.  It’s probably a color I wouldn’t normally wear but for a fun night out I’d totally wear this!

The one thing I did notice about these was they really smelled of chemicals.  The bottles all say Formaldehyde free but I’m thinking these polishes came out before everyone converted to Big Three Free.

My Latest Haul & the Conclusion of the CND saga

Posted in China Glaze, CND, glitter, Matte, Orly, Purple, Red on January 22, 2010 by ainamakeup

My last post was about how I mistakenly received a CND color and effect set in my mailbox.  Once I realized the name on the package was incorrect, I (reluctantly) placed the box back directly on top of the mailbox that had the first name of the person I thought it belonged to.  When I arrived home the next day and the box is now at my front door.  What’s a girl to do?   I’m keeping it!  I figure it’s the same as the “found money policy”.  You return it.  If someone doesn’t claim it within 24 hours, its yours to keep.  Add to that the fact that someone went out of their way to put the box in front of my apartment door.  I think I can safely say it’s mine to keep!

CND Rhubarb

Rhubarb is a tomato red creme that I unexpectedly like!  I’m not really a red girl- it feels too obvious for a nail polish color, but I think I’ll be wearing this shade every now and again.  Especially on my toes. That’s the one place I love to wear red polish.  I have to say the formula on this was really great.  It was perfect in two coats.

CND Rhubarb with Copper Shimmer

This is a nice effect, but I think I prefer Rhubarb on it’s own!

I also decided to treat myself to a few goodies from 8ty8  Beauty.  I just love that site!  I received my shipment unbelievably  fast! I got one of the colors from China Glazes Up and Away collection, and a bunch of cool Orly’s too!

Orly Iron Butterfly

I was going to skip this one.  I thought I didn’t need it, but I’m glad I changed my mind.  I find it hard to let matte colors be and not add a top coat, but I think this is really nice!  Of course I did indulge myself and added a coat of clear.  It looks even better with a top coat!

Orly Iron Butterfly w/ clearcoat

I was afraid this was going to look similar to the color Goth by Orly, but it is different.  The glitter is denser, and not really glitter.  More than that, removing the polish was much easier than removing the OPI suede polishes.  Taking off the OPIs is just as hard as removing glitter polish.

China Glaze Grape Pop

I wasn’t 100% sure I was going to like this, but I LOVE it!  This picture just doesn’t do it justice.  It’s way brighter in real life. Not grayed out at all.  It’s a fun color for spring but I’d wear it now in anticipation of lovely spring weather that coming soon, right, Mother Nature?

Orly Wild Wisteria

I have so many dark and vampy nail polishes and I don’t care!  I love them all.  This one is a deep violet purple creme.  Somehow it still reads “spring” to me.  Maybe it’s because of the name.

Orly Wandering Vine

I was surprised Orly went with another green creme for spring when they released such a great (and similar) green creme for last fall, “Enchanted Forrest”.  Then again, did that stop me from purchasing this one?  Not so much…..

I really happy with my haul!  Off to pick a NOTD for tomorrow.  Until next time addicts!!

NOTD: OPI My Private Jet

Posted in Brown, glitter, NOTD, OPI, Purple on January 15, 2010 by ainamakeup

I bought this color a few months ago after hearing the incomparable Scrangie raving about it in an old post somewhere on her blog.  I left it in my stash unused until today and OMG.  I’m so in love with this color.  I can’t even describe what this is supposed to be. Sometimes it’s violety, other times it’s brown.  the multi colored micro glitter is a thing of beauty.  I kind of can’t stop looking at it.  I don’t even want to take a picture of it because I know I can’t do it justice.  I haven’t even seen it in daylight yet (it’s 10 PM here and my apartment does not get good light at all) and I can’t wait!

Here’s a pic with flash that shows off the multicolored micro glitter:

OPI My Private Jet w/ flash

Here’s one more…swoon!

OPI My Private Jet

China Glaze Wizardof Ooh Ahz

Posted in Blue, China Glaze, glitter, Purple on December 29, 2009 by ainamakeup

In my continuous effort to catch up on all the polishes I’ve been missing the last 2 years or so, I was thrilled to know that China Glaze had re-released their Wizard of Ooh Ahz collection.  One of the most acclaimed colors is “Dorothy Who” which is a beautiful blue glittery bottle of beauty!

China Glaze Dorothy Who

The shade of blue is just too pretty for words and the glitter is dense and a total show stopper.  I like it on my fingers but I think I like it even better on my toes!

China Glaze C-C-Courage

What an awesome color.  I have to admit I’m falling more and more in love with glitters every day.  I love that the glitter pieces are smaller than most glitters and purple is quickly becoming one of my favorite colors to wear.  I’m so happy!  Two of my nail polish cravings have been satisfied!