Tuesday, November 3, 2015

Zoya Stamped Paisley Flowers

Hello, everyone!

As you may have noticed on Facebook, I've finally gotten the hang of stamping now that I've found my ideal stamper, the Creative Shop Stamper! So now, I'm a stamp-a-holic!

Today's look features an early plate from when I purchased the Salon Express kit, which basically was an epic fail. However, the plates were still decent quality and featured replicas of Konad plates. This was one of those plates, so I'm not sure what the corresponding Konad plate is. If anyone knows, please comment and I'll update this post.

My favorite color is purple, so I wanted to do something monochromatic for work this week. I wound up using Zoya Julie as the base and Zoya Belinda for the design. I think I would have liked the design to be a bit darker, but I really attribute that more to the thinness of the lines in the pattern, rather than the polish itself.

What do you think of this color and design combo?

Everyone at the office went crazy over it this morning!

Friday, October 30, 2015

Swatch and Review: Elemis Pro Radiance Illuminating Flash Balm (Pink Ediion)

Greetings, all! Today's post is a little different than normal because not only will you read the insights of Princess Polish, but Queen Polish (aka: my mom) will be chiming in, as well!

In honor of Breast Cancer Awareness, Elemis has released a special pink edition of their Pro Radiance Illuminating Flash Balm. According to Elemis, this product helps skin glow and is a hybrid moisturizer packed with vitamins to protect, hydrate, and add radiance, allowing you to look and feel good at the same time. They also suggest using it as a primer.

I put it to a one-week wear test, mainly using it as a primer, but occasionally as a moisturizer after washing my face at night.

The balm was packaged in what's billed as a pink tablet case, but also functions rather nicely as a makeup kit!

The tube IS rather small (no smaller than the average tube of foundation), but you're only using a pea-sized amount at a time, so a little goes an exceptionally long way.

 That is roughly the amount I used each time I applied the Flash Balm to my face. It isn't as thin as my regular primer, but I found that while it's definitely thicker, it isn't greasy. I do feel like it gets better coverage.

At 25, anti-aging isn't much of an issue for me, but I can say that we're at the season where dry skin is becoming a problem here in the northeast. Not only did this keep my skin hydrated, but over the course of a week, my makeup lasted longer than usual. 

I also was good and sick with a bad cold at the start of this past weekend and dabbing a little bit on my nose kept the skin from flaking like it does when I sneeze a lot or blow my nose. A tad gross I know (sorry!), but nobody wants to look like their nose is shedding at work!

Queen Polish's take: Mom has always used a tinted moisturizer for as long as I can remember, so this was applied underneath. She LOVED IT. It was nice and thick for her and she found that her skin didn't dry out by 2pm. Plus, her skin still looked fresh and hydrated when she took off her makeup at the end of the day.

Elemis Pro Radiance Illuminating Flash Balm is part of Elemis's £10,000 donation to Breast Cancer Care, a registered charity in England, Wales, and Scotland. The price is £60 via Elemis.com for UK sales or $50 in the US via Dermstore.com (where you can currently use the code OCT20 for 20% off your purchase!).

Will you be picking up this awesome product?

Saturday, October 3, 2015

What's in My Travel Bag

For a beauty blogger, narrowing down what I bring on vacation to just the essentials is a chore. After all, I have over ten deep drawers full of polish, blushes, foundations, and other bath and body products.

When I went to London, the struggle was real. I was going to be spending many days in another country and while I was certain that if I was missing anything, one of their drug stores would have me covered, I didn't want to have to go hunting down any stores or figuring out which brands were comparable. Plus, the exchange rate from USD to GBP is not favorable, so I wanted to avoid spending money unnecessarily. (AKA: have more money to bring back British cosmetics!)

So here is everything I packed below:

The Hawaii lotion, Pantene root boster bottle, dry shampoo, and face wipes were packed in a gallon bag in my suitcase on their own. However, everything else fit into my Victoria's Secret double-sided cosmetics case.

So what exactly did I bring?

Let's break it down!

Tuesday, July 21, 2015

Swatch and Review: Zoya Naked Manicure System

Long time, no see, everyone! I'm ten days away from taking the NY and NJ Bar Exams (AHHHH!), so hopefully, I'll have more time to get back to swatching and my nail art once that stupid test is over!

In other news, as you may have seen on Facebook, I received the Zoya Naked Manicure System a little under a month ago. Since then, I have been testing the various shades of the collection, as well as the wear of both matte and glossy looks.

Here is what Zoya says about the Naked Manicure System: "The Naked Manicure System is a simple, highly effective system that gives clients instant, gorgeous natural looking nails. It also provides the intense therapeutic, long term benefits for stronger, healthier nails."

Because of what was posted on their website, I approached product testing with three goals in mind:

1) How natural does it look?
2) How long does it last?
3) Does it make my nails stronger or healthier?

Sometimes, from all the swatching, my nails can be a little yellow and I have issues with ridges. I'm also going to be starting a new job in the fall and I wanted a few more professional-looking options that I could wear every day and know they're appropriate for both day and night work events.

You can also layer different Perfector shades to get a more customized color based on your skin tone and condition of your nails, as demonstrated below:

I'm happy to report that I've now gotten the whole collection swatched and tested for wear!

How Natural Does it Look (The Perfector Shades):

Below, you'll find a comparison between my natural nail, the satin (matte) look, and the glossy look.