Zoya Professional Lacquer in Zahara, swatch

Zoya — Zahara (Professional Lacquer)

Collection: Zoya 2016 Spring, Petals

I posted three nail polish swatches on Monday in a 3 Spring Favorites post, and today I’m reviewing one of them.

Zahara (ZP838) is described by Zoya as a “brilliant shimmering coral made modern with an opalescent effect”. It’s from Zoya’s 2016 Petals collection, which included four shades with shimmery, glass flecked finishes. I love a glass fleck effect (some of China Glaze’s older ones are particularly stunning) so I bought three of the shades.

I describe Zahara as a gentle, translucent pinked peach with a mixture of pink and silver glass fleck shimmer. It is semi-opaque.

Zoya Professional Lacquer in Zahara

Zoya Professional Lacquer in Zahara

[Incidentally, Zahara is not the last of all Zoya’s polishes, alphabetically! There are not one, not two, but at least seven Zoya polishes that come after Zahara, though some are discontinued. Zoya’s Z polishes are: Zahara, Zanna, Zara, Ziv, Zoe, Zooey, Zsa Zsa, and Zuza. I’m waiting on Zelda and Zinnia… Seriously, how have they not done Zelda, yet? Or Zoya, for that matter? I guess the owner is a modest woman!]

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Cutex Care + Color Nail Color in Blues Fest, swatch

Cutex – Blues Fest (Care + Color Nail Color)

Collection: Cutex 2017 Spring, Care + Color Nail Color [Launch]

When Revlon—who also own SinfulColors—acquired classic nail brand Cutex from Coty late last year, it was only a matter of time that new nail colors would be released.

Cutex the brand dates back to 1911, when it was founded in Stamford, CT, USA.

Nowadays, Cutex is best known for its nail polish remover, but it’s had a long history of producing nail polish, too. In the company’s first few years, it developed a liquid nail polish based on auto paint. Prior to this, nail color generally came in powders and pastes; by 1925, virtually all nail polish sold had taken on liquid form. Three years later, Cutex started to sell acetone polish remover, and the rest is history.

Cutex vintage gold nail polish

Cutex vintage gold nail polish.
Faaaaancy!

Cutex vintage nail polish ad

Cutex vintage cosmetic ad.
They made lipstick, too!

Cutex vintage nail polish ad

Cutex vintage nail polish ad.
Check out the Art Deco styling. Circa 1920s? Depression era?

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fivezero, 3 Spring Nail Favorites (Collaboration)

3 Spring Nail Favorites (Collaboration)

Today, my blog is dipping a toe into uncharted territory! This is my first ever collaboration, with the lovely Kanza of Faded Rouge. We’re each sharing three favorite nail colors for the spring.

I’ll review each of these selections in more detail later this week, but here are my current top 3 picks for delightful, spring-inspired nail colors! I’ve selected them from Orly, SinfulColors, and Zoya.

Coming into spring from the icy winter, I always love pastels and brights on the nail, with a touch of crisp sparkle.

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Skin & Co Roma Truffle Therapy Boosting Anti-Aging Serum (sample)

Skin & Co Roma — Truffle Therapy Boosting Anti-Aging Serum

I received a 5 mL sample of Skin & Co Roma’s Truffle Therapy Boosting Anti-Aging Serum in an Ipsy bag a while back, and gave it a spin a couple of weeks ago.

The company’s truffle-based skincare line is based on research indicating that truffles contain strong anti-oxidants. The idea for such a product line originally came from the company founder’s grandmother, who sold her version of a truffle beauty oil from 1952–1980, in Rome, Italy. The truffles used are harvested from Italy’s Umbria region.

From Skin & Co Roma:

Formulated around the undiscovered properties of the truffle, Truffle Therapy Serum is infused with potent skin-renewing ingredients. Carefully handcrafted in Umbria, Italy, it restores skin with undetected radiance. Fine lines start to fade, roughness is surrendered and silky smoothness is immediately revealed and skin looks firmer and brighter, creating a healthy, youthful complexion with improved smoothness and tone.

The sample was fairly small, but I found that a bit of the serum went a pretty long way since it smoothed over the skin well and didn’t dry up too fast. It lasted me a little over a week, using it once each evening. I only applied it to my face, and not to my neck as well so as to stretch the sample a bit further.

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Urban Decay Nail Enamel in Sin, swatch

Throwback Thursday! Urban Decay — Sin (Nail Enamel)

Brand: Urban Decay

Finally this week, after posting about my Ipsy bag, doing a rare Award/Tag, and sharing my Sephora sale haul, I’ve got a nail polish for you all!

For Throwback Thursday today, I have quite an oldie! Urban Decay got their start with unusual shades of eyeshadow, lipstick, and nail polish. This particular polish is from their second revamp (c. early 2000s, maybe?) of their nail polish line, and it was simply called Nail Enamel, like the original.

The bottle was pretty similar to the first style, except the cap was changed to look a little less industrial and a little more luxe.

Urban Decay nail polish history: Curfew, Sin, Gash

Urban Decay nail polish history: Curfew, Sin, Gash

I was glad for the change, even though the new polishes contained 50% less product, because the original bottle caps were plain awful. They were awkwardly small to hold while polishing, and they never screwed on tightly enough so all of my original polishes dried out long ago (as you can see with my bottle of Curfew, above).

(Note how the bottles look progressively bigger, but the volume actually decreases! Ah, marketing.)

The new bottle was discontinued some time ago, though Urban Decay have occasionally reintroduced nail polish here and there as special editions. More recently, they’ve introduced more polish in nude (“Naked”) shades to go with their immensely popular Naked eyeshadow palettes, and they reissued some of their original colors, too. Despite the stupidly high Canadian price (C$18, the hell?!) I had to pick up Gash when UD ran a sale, since it’s one of my favorite red shimmers from back in the day! My original bottle, of course, dried out.

Sin is a pretty nude beige with a lot of silvery shimmer. Definitely one of the more conservative Urban Decay shades! It’s also one of UD’s most popular, as it still exists in eyeshadow form.

Urban Decay Nail Enamel in Sin

Urban Decay Nail Enamel in Sin

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Haulage! Sephora VIB Sale (April 2017)

Sephora’s annual spring sale started yesterday for VIB Rouge members, and the VIB sale starts today! I’m VIB so I just did my shopping. Everyone else (Beauty Insiders) can get 10% off starting tomorrow.

The sale runs from April 18 through 24, 2017.

VIB ROUGE (April 18–24)
15% off with the code: ROUGESPRING

VIB (April 19–24)
15% off with the code VIBSPRING

Beauty Insider (April 20–24)
10% off with the code BISPRING

My total order was over $100, so I split up my order into two $50+ orders so I could get twice the samples (you get 3 per order) and still receive free shipping in Canada. I waited a few hours in between the orders so that Sephora refreshed the samples and I could find three more I wanted.

Unfortunately, there weren’t any Rewards I wanted to redeem my Sephora Points for.

Here’s what I ended up getting (prices are in CA$ and are pre-15% off discount):

Order 1

Yeah, I couldn’t resist another lipstick!

  • Make Up For Ever Metal Palette ($16)
  • Stellar Infinite Lipstick in Dark Matter 04
  • tarte Tarteist Pro Custom Magnetic Palette in Wild Animal
  • Derek Lam 10 Crosby Rain Day (sample)
  • First Aid Beauty Hello FAB Coconut Skin Smoothie Priming Moisturizer (sample)
  • Elizabeth & James Nirvana Bourbon (sample)

Order 2

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Zoya Professional Lacquer in Tallulah, swatch

Throwback Thursday! Zoya — Tallulah (Professional Lacquer)

Collection: Zoya 2009 Summer, Ooh-La-La

It’s Throwback Thursday again, and here is one of my all-time favorite blue polishes. That’s saying a lot, because I have a lot of blue nail polish!

Tallulah (ZP481) is a beautiful, fairly true blue with a touch of cornflower. It doesn’t read overly cool, so it still works well on my warm skintone. The superfine silvery aqua shimmer also has an iridescent violet flash.

Zoya Professional Lacquer in Tallulah

Zoya Professional Lacquer in Tallulah

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