Zoya Lovely Collection Review and Swatches

Zoya Lovely Collection


Is winter really almost over?? Zoya says it is! I really love how Zoya is first out the gate to share with out their new Spring Collection for 2013. The Zoya Lovely Collection features a total of six shades containing a mix of shimmer/metallics and creams in eye catching spring colors that will have you ready to box up your winter clothes. This collection is set to start shipping on January 1st, 2013 and retails for $48 on Zoya.com.

My Thoughts: The Zoya Lovely Collection screams spring! First I thought it would be very sheer based on the promo photo’s that I saw, but it is quite the opposite. I found the both the cremes and metallics to be very thick. The creme’s were a little hard to work it, in that they did not lay evenly on the nail. I found that after applying two coats some areas would look as if I didn’t apply any there at all. The metallics on the other hand went on a lot smoother than the cremes but you could still see some areas where they didn’t lay evenly. I tend to favor the metallics more then I do the cremes however I did fall in love with Blu and Jacqueline from the creme side. Check out swatches below and let me know what you think of the collection

Zoya Lovely Nail Polish Neely Neely is a pastel creme green. It’s a bit too light to be considered a mint green.

Zoya Lovely Nail Polish Jacqueline

Jacqueline is a rich buttered cream color polish. I really like how this is a nude but not a true nude in the sense. The soft yellow undertone really make the polish stand out on your nails. I do believe this color may be a big hit for spring.


Zoya Lovely Collection Blu Blu is so pretty!!! I fell in love with this color right after putting it on. Blu is a soft Robins Egg. It reminds of Sations “Blue Skys the Limit” but a tad bit lighter.


Zoya Lovely Nail Polish Julie


Julie is a metallic lilac or wisteria purple with hints of silver shimmer throughout. This is a custom shade originally created for fashion designer Zang Toi. As you can see by some of the thin spots it doesn’t exactly lay evening on your nails

Zoya Lovely Collection Piaf Pifa is a golden pollen colored metallic yellow. It does have a bit of green in it’s undertones though it’s a bit too light be considered a mustard color.


Zoya Lovely Collection Gei Gei Gei Gei is my favorite out of the entire collection. Gei Gei is warm cherry blossom pink. The color sort of reminds me of Bubblicious. I never thought pink could look so good on my nails.


So what do you think of the new Zoya Lovely Collection? I think they hit the nail right on the head in regards to spring. Will you be adding these to your collection?




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Maybelline Master Duo Liners for Spring 2013

Maybelline Master Duo Header



Perfecting the cat eye and thick winged liners are on my list of things to do every single year. In 2013 I may finally be able to cross that off my list. Maybelline’s Master Duo Thin>>Thick Glossy Liner ($7.99) is the first two in one glossy liquid liner. Deep iron oxide pigments create  intense dramatic color that shiny, ulta glossy and never matte.

The Maybelline Master Duo Liners provide two eye liner looks in one with just a flip of the wrist. This s great for those who want to start off with a thin liner then finish with a thicker line to create that intense winged eye look. Six shades make up this new collection, I only have five to show you below. The one missing is Polished Green. It’s important that you shake these first before use.  The Navy Gleam and Violet Luster still seemed a bit watery after shaking but the other three were rich and pigmented.

I think the Maybelline Master Duo Liners are great! What I’m loving is that it’s not brush but more so a wand. I know I’m not the only one who struggles with putting on way to much when I try to do the thin part of my winged liner or cat eye. Here’s a great tip from Celebrity Makeup Artist Billy B.

“When lining your eyes, use a pencil first to create a stencil for where you want your eyeliner to go, then follow with a  liquid liner. This will aid in helping you to create the perfect lined eye.”

Maybelline Master Duo Liquid Liners



Navy Gleam

Maybelline Master Duo Violet Luster

Violet Luster Maybelline Master Duo Violet Luster

Glossy Teal Maybelline Master Duo Glossy Teal

Black Lacquer Maybelline Master Duo Black Lacquer

Bronzed Shimmer Mabybelline Master Duo Bronze Shimmer

Maybelline Master Duo Swatches


What do you think of the new Maybelline Master Duo Liquid Liners? Do you think they’ll be a revolutionary change in the way we line our eyes?


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Maybelline 24hr Color Tattoo Metal Swatches and Review

Maybelline 24hr color Tattoo Metal


Maybelline 24hr Color Tattoo pots were a big hit when the first hit the shelves. With several amazing colors that could be used as eyeshadows, primers or even gel liners these diverse creations sold at a record of one sale every 10 seconds around the clock! Five new shades make up the newest Metal collection in the Maybelline 24hr Color Tattoo repertoire .

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Maybelline 24hr Color Tattoo Open


The innovative technology creates intense saturated metallic color and the cream-gel formula smoothes on the for crease-proof color. Very similar to Mac Cosmetics paint pots these color tattoo shadows make the perfect primers to set your eyes for a crease free night on the town or with their 24 hour intensity make the perfect eyeshadow.


Four of the newest colors are swatched for you below. With a retail price of $6.99 these gorgeous beauties are going to fly off the shelves fast. Gold Rush is very reminiscent of a previous Color Tattoo called Bold Gold and Silver Strike looks like Too Cool. Barely Branded closely resembles MACs Bare Study while Electric Blue is in a field of it’s own.


Maybelline 24hr Color Tattoo Swatches



Will you be picking up the new 24hr Color Tattoo Metal Cream Gel Shadows from Maybelline? These products will be available at mass, drug and grocery retailers nationwide beginning January 2013.


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Maybelline Volum’Express Mascara “The Rocket” Review

Maybelline Volume Express The Rocket Mascara



There are several brands of Mascara that I like, but when it comes to Drugstore Mascara I’ve always been a huge fan of Maybelline.  New from Maybelline New York, the world leader in Mascara is The Rocket, Volum’Express Mascara ($7.77). This mascara is said produce lashes that are 8x Bigger Smoother and Even.Since I haven’t had to much luck with some of the new Mascara’s that have graced the scene this year I was eager to try these out.

Maybelline Volume Express The Rocket Brush up Close So what makes Maybelline’s The Rock mascara different from all the rest? The Bright Pink and blue packaging are really great eye catchers, but it appears to be the Exclusive Supersonic Brush and the Acclimed Volum’Express Formula.  The supersonic brush with a rigid core and micrio-bristles loads  on big, sleek volume instantly with zero clumps.The Rockets fast glide gellant  formula contains micronized pigments and thickening agents for smooth even volume across the entire lash.




Maybelline Volum' Express The Rocket Mascara After


I tried out this Mascara in the Blackest Black and after putting Maybelline’s The Rocket to the test I can honesty say that I am very suprised. Three coats of mascara and no clumping! The mascara glides on with ease, and while I was bit concerned with the size brush it was actually pretty easy to apply it to my bottom lashes. My lashes appeared fuller and thicker and I liked how the mascara was spread evenly throughout.

Compared to other Maybelline Mascara’s I feel like this one has blasted off right up to the top. Again, I’ve always been a fan of Maybelline Mascara’s but the lack of clumping in this formula really make this particular one stand out. My lashes did feel a bit stiff afterwards, but a lasher curler might help with that. This Mascara may already be in some stores but it’s set to hit mass markets nationwide beginning December 26th, 2012.

What do you think of Maybelline’s The Rocket? Will it Blast off to the top of your Mascara list?

This product was provided to me by a public relations company for consideration of review This in no way affects my thoughts and viewpoints of the product. For more information on my review policy please visit here. If you are interested in a review please feel free to contact me!


Maybelline Color Whisper Lipstick Collection Review X Picture Heavy

Maybelline Color Whisper Collection Lipstick


“Because a whisper can say more than a shout”

If the Maybelline ColorSensational Vivids collection was a bit to bright for you Maybelline’s Color Sensational Color Whisper might be right up your alley!
The Maybelline Color Whisper Collection ($7.49) is an assortment of 20 Whisper Soft pure color pigment shades suspsended in a weightless gel with no heavy waxes or oils. These are very reminiscent of the Revlon Lip Butters, so if you liked those you may very well like these. The colors are clean and light and offer a very natural hint of color depending on how heavily you apply them. Infused with nourishing honey nectar that help keep the lips feeling smooth and soft, the moisture level I have to say is about a 7. I was able to wear these for a long period of time without my lips feeling as if they were becoming dry or chapped.

Maybelline sent over 7 of the 20 Color Whisper colors to try and I must say that out of the ones I received I was very pleased with the color pay off. I’m usually a bright vibrant in your face type of gal when it comes to lip products but it was nice to see and try shades that were softer and still feel like I could really wear them.

Maybelline Color Whisper without tops

Maybelline Color Whispers Collage

Maybelline Color Whisper arm swatches

1. Some Like it Taupe is darkest of the three nude colors from the collection. In the picture at the top you can see a hint of shimmer in infused within the lipstick. This does show on the lips. I really liked how this went on more as a balm then a lipstick, giving my lips very subtle color and shimmer.

Maybelline Color Whisper Lipstick Some Like it Taupe

2.Orange attitude is a soft pastel coral toned liptick. While the color in the tube looks a bit bright it doesn’t show that way on your skin. Remember these are “Color Whispers” and the shades are very toned down. I liked how this one gave my lips more of a peachy flesh toned color.

Maybelline Color Whisper Lipstick Orange Attitude Swatch

3. Who Wore it Red-er is a watermelon pinkish red. It shows up a lot more pink than it does Red. I think if applied a bit heavier you may start to get more of the reddish color. Even though it wasn’t a true red I still thought it was one of the prettiest out of all the colors I received.

Maybelline Color Whisper Who wore it Red-er Swatch

4. Petal Rebel is a very sheer soft pink. Applying it a little heavier really gave my lips a bit more color. While this may be a bit pink on some this is a great color for those who are my complexion or a bit lighter.

Maybelline Color Whisper Petal Rebel Lipstick Swatch

5. Rose of Attraction it has a little bit more than Petal Rebel, but it’s a still a very nice natural color for those who want to add a little color to the lips.

Maybelline Color Whisper Rose of Attraction Lipstick Swatch

6. Ohla Lilac is a soft sheer lavender. It’s not as pink as Petal Rebel but it’s also not too light where you’ll have “Tyrone Biggum” looking lips. This is still a very nice shade for Women of Color around my complexion or a bit lighter.

Maybelline Color Whisper ohla lilac lipstick swatch

7. A Plum Prospect is the darkest of the 20 colors. This lipstick gives off just the right amount of pigment to create a nice soft berry toned hue. It does show up a bit brighter then expected but if applied lightly this is still a very nice shade for those looking for something a bit more natural.

Maybelline Color Whisper A Plum Prospect Lipstick Swatch

Of all the Maybelline Color Whisper colors, “Some Like it Taupe” and “Who Wore It Red-er” were my favorites. There are 13 more colors available so if none of these caught your eye one of them might. Some of these reminded of the lip glosses available from Tarte Cosmetics, very soft and natural. Keep a look out for these and the Vivid collection in your local stores as the Maybelline Color Whisper Collection is set to be released in early January.

Give me your thoughts, which ones did you like the best? Have you spotted any of the Maybelline Color Whispers yet?


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l Covergirl Lip PerfectionLipstick Finds at CVS

Cover Girl Lipstick


Last week I announced that CVS was having there annual Beauty Clearance Sale. Most of the CVS stores in my area don’t really have much on sale so I decided to grab my usual round of Mascaras. While I was there I couldn’t help to notice that the Covergirl lipsticks were on sale. I honestly don’t own much covergirl so I decided to grab a few of the lipsticks.


See Red is from the Cover Girl Queen Collection. It is a gorgeous reddish orange shade. It reminds me of MACs Lady Danger or Tarte’s Fierce. Temptress is a watermelon pink that looks great with my skin tone. Enamored is the deep merlot wine color that I’ve been looking for all season. All these colors a moisture rich and very pigmented, just one application is all you need for great coverage! You can find these colors at your local cvs and their on sale right now for the CVS Beauty Clearance Sale so go snatch em up!!


Cover Girl Lipstick Swatches

Maybelline ColorSensational Vivids Review x Picture Heavy

Maybelline Vivid Colors Lipstick

Ladies Rejoice!!! Maybelline is blessing us with some amazing new lipsticks due to hit stores in January 2013. The Maybelline ColorSensational Vivids Collection features ten eye popping colors in gorgeous rich and creamy hues that make you just wanna smack ya mama… Okay maybe that’s a bit much, but seriously If you don’t own many MAC Cosmetics lipsticks the Sensational Vivid Collection offers tons of look alikes and at a fraction of the cost!!

Maybelline Vivid Lipsticks Open


Vivid Up Close Collage Now don’t sit up here and tell me you dont want to run to the store and just grab them all!! The formula of these lipsticks are very creamy. Due to the creamy nature I had to lower my expectations on the amount of pigmentation that they would really provide. Check out swatches of the Maybelline ColorSensational Vivids and more information on each one listed below.


Maybelline Vivid Lipstick Arm Swatches

1, Pink Pop: Pink Pop is a vibrant bubblegum toned lipstick. This is the only lipstick out of the bunch that I would say may not be brown girl friendly. I am an NC45 (aren’t we all) and MatchMaster 7.5 in MAC and this lipstick came off very Tyrone Biggums on me. A friend suggested lining with a darker lip liner, but I doubt that would help. This color reminds me of MAC’s Candy Yum Yum but just a bit paler.

Pink Pop lips

2. Fuschia Flash is a rich watermelonesque shade. I’m a sucker for Fuchsia toned lipsticks and I was really pleased at how great this one looked on. Fuschia Flash is properly named because the color looks almost electric! This color is very comparable to Milani’s Rose Hips or MACs Quick Sizzle, Booyah or Dear Diary. You can find pictures of those colors here.

Fuchsia Flash on lips



3. Vivid Rose is definetely not your usual muted rose toned lipstick. This is a rich pink/magenta color.

vivid rose lips


4. Vibrant Madarin is a reddish deep coral orange shade. It’s very reminiscent of MACs Lady Danger, Good to Go or Milani’s Madarina. Surprisingly this color was a lot more red then Maybelline’s Neon Red Lipstick which is shown next, though you can see it has some pink undertones.

Vibrant Madarin



5. Neon Red is very much more so orange than red. This might be due to the electric warm hue of the lipstick. Neon Red look very much like Vibrant Mandarin except it has a more reddish orange undertone that really make bright.

Neon Red Lips



6. On Fire Red is the reddest of the bunch. I squealed when I saw this lipstick, but of course I have an unhealthy obsession with red. On Fire Red is a deep rich red shade. I wanted it to be a little more pigmented then what it was however since this is a “vivid” collection the brightness of the color is understandable. This color is reminiscent of MACs Red or Russian Red though without much of the blue undertones.

On Fire Red

7. Hot Plum is one of the two purple toned lipsticks in the group. This lipstick is a blend of purple and pink with a hint of shimmer throughout. This lipstick is a little deeper then Fuchsia Flash, the pink in this lipstick really takes over. With a name like Hot Plum I would have loved to see it be a little more purple.


Hot Plum Lips




8. Last but not least Brazen Berry. With Brazen Berry I had high hopes that it would show up as a more electric deeper purple, but it instead looked like what I expected Hot Plum to be. This is warm toned purple lipstick that kinda creeps along the line of being a dark lavender.

Brazen Berry

So what did you think of the new Maybelline ColorSensational Vivids Collection? For a spring collection I think they hit the mark as far as colors are concerned. The colors are very bright and the moisture content acceptable due to their enrichment with honey nectar. You may need to add a bit of gloss to keep your lips really moisturized throughout the day. Don’t see them in your store’s yet? Don’t worry, these guys are set to be in all stores starting January and are priced at $7.49 a piece! To read more about the Maybelline ColorSensatinal Vivids collection and other upcoming 2013 spring collections check out Maybellines site.


So what do you guys think? Let’s chat it up! Leave a comment below, and remember I do respond back!


* This product was provided to me by a public relations company for consideration of review This in no way affects my thoughts and viewpoints of the product. For more information on my review policy please visit here. If you are interested in a review please feel free to contact me!