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I have been contemplating writing this post for a while now, and I can't put it off any longer. I have been blogging for a long time, si...

Monday, March 24, 2014

Zoya Magical PixieDust Collection Spring 2014 Swatches & Review

Today I have a trio of texture polishes from Zoya, called the Magical PixieDust collection. They have the Zoya PixieDust texture with added chunky holographic bits making them more blingy and "magical". Zoya does texture polishes super well so I was eagerly anticipating what these would look like and how they would be to wear.

Cosmo is a silver glitter with multi-sized bits and holo sequins. It was a little thicker than normal PixieDusts but I expected that. It wasn't hard to apply but I did take a little more care in application so it wouldn't get too thick. This is two coats.
Zoya - Cosmo

Next is Lux, a pale rose metallic color with the same texture and holo glitter bits. I thought I would like this the best out of the three but the color wasn't as rich as I thought it would be on the nail. This is two coats. It's not as opaque as the others.
Zoya - Lux

And last is Vega, a light aqua metallic glitter. I love how the holo bits in this come alive, like glistening tide pools or something. This one was probably the most opaque out of the three. This is two coats.
Zoya - Vega

You can get these from for $10 each. What do you think of these supercharged mega textures? I was pleasantly surprised that they weren't super chunky or that hard to apply, which was a concern. I think if you go slow and let them dry a bit in between layers you'll be just fine. They also didn't feel as thick or any grittier than any other texture polish. I love them and I hope Zoya comes out with more.

Product samples were provided for consideration.

Tuesday, March 18, 2014

Three Shades from the China Glaze Sea Goddess Collection

Hi folks! Today I have three of the six shades from the China Glaze Sea Goddess collection for Spring 2014. The collection has four metallic sparkle texture glitters and two creme based texture glitters. It looks like the texture trend is here to stay for a while!

First is Tail Me Something, a beautiful metallic lavender with lots of silver hints throughout. There are some multi-sized glitter in this so it doesn't give off a solid look, it's nicely faceted. I love how blingy it is! I used two coats.
China Glaze Tail Me Something

Next is Sand Dolla Makes Me Holla, a white creme based texture with multicolored sprinkle-like glitters. I first saw images of this polish on instagram and I knew I had to have it! I like the cake frosting look of this, but it was difficult to apply because of the thickness. And it dries to look almost gummy, blech. I used three coats.
China Glaze Sand Dolla Make You Holla

This is Seahorsin' Around, a turquoise blue metallic texture. This is super duper pigmented, like whoa. It has bits of gold glitter in the turquoise that makes it look a little deeper. The finish on this one reminds me of solid color textures, a more dense look than Tail Me Something. I used two coats here. 
China Glaze Seahorsin' Around

You can buy China Glaze at retailers like Sally Beauty Supply and Ulta, and for around $6 each. What are your thoughts on this collection? Are you a texture fan or not so much? I really love these metallic finishes, but I can't say the same about the creme hybrid finish of Sand Dolla. Have a great one!

Product samples were provided for consideration.

Friday, March 14, 2014

Bliss Kiss Pure Nail Oil Review

I first told you about Bliss Kiss Pure Nail Oil in a picture I posted back on January 10th (if you're following me on Instagram). Then I mentioned it in my Nail & Hand Care Essentials post at the beginning of February. I have to talk about it again. It's that good!
If you have been a reader of mine for a while, you might know that I have cuticle issues. They've always been thick and hard and rather ugly. I've tried everything, chopping them off, dissolving them away, basically trying to get them to disappear. I tried to quit cutting them because apparently that creates a cycle of thickness and hardness that only exacerbates the problem. Plus you can get infections hella easy when you cut live skin. The cutting has slowly but surely crept back into my life lately so I decided to look for another solution. My previous cuticle oil of choice, Famous Names Dadi'Oil had run out and being a professional product, wasn't easy for a non-professional like myself to get easily.

Another problem I have with my nails is splitting. My nails have always been pretty hard and are prone to splitting due to that. My beloved Duri Rejuvacote has formaldehyde resin in it which can contribute to the brittleness/dryness issue that can cause splits in hard nails. Major sad times. So even though it helps my nails grow long, I've stopped using it for now. They do make a formaldehyde free version, so I might try that in the future.

Anyway, in looking for a readily available, affordable solution to my issues, I found Bliss Kiss Pure Nail Oil. Basically it hydrates the nail to a ideal level of moisture for flexible healthy nails. Brittle nails don't have enough moisture, while thin and soft nails have too much. This oil has the ability to penetrate the nail plate and seal together the keratin fibers making your nails strong but flexible. It also helps cuticle skin become healthier and more hydrated because it creates the perfect blend of our body's natural oil (sebum) and moisture.

Here are the ingredients: Jojoba Wax Ester, Grape Seed Oil, Extra Virgin Olive Oil, Tea Tree Oil, Vitamin E Oil, Vitamin A Oil, Essential Oil Blend. Notice there is an absence of any nut oils because owner/creator Ana is allergic to them and with them being prevalent in many cuticle treatments, she created her own.

I have been using the nail oil daily for the past two months and I am insanely impressed. My cuticles and the skin around my nails is incredibly healthier, softer, and more moisturized than I can ever remember them being. The skin on the corners of my fingers have NEVER been anything but hard and thick, but now they are soft and feel so healthy! I have also never had visible eponychium that actually look healthy and natural before! My instinct was to always cut that part away. My nails are still a work in progress, but since I've stopped using a treatment with formaldehyde resin I expect them to become even better soon.

If you haven't tried Bliss Kiss Pure Nail Oil yet and you have some nail and/or cuticle issues you're struggling to remedy, it might be just the ticket. You can order it through their website starting at $5.99 for a click-able pen. I recommend their Starter Kit or Refill Kit, you're going to get more for your money and if you try their 3-Day Hydration Challenge, you're going to use up the entire pen in those three days for sure.

I really love this product and am so happy with my results that I wanted to share it with all of you! Let me know if you have tried this product and what your results were, or even if you're just interested in it. Take care and I'll be back soon with more nail polish, I've been incredibly busy this month!

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