Zoya Wanderlust Summer 2017 Swatches, Review


Zoya Wanderlust
Zoya Wanderlust
Zoya Wanderlust
Zoya Wanderlust


We are right in the middle of summer, and what better way to celebrate gloriously warm (and okay, sometimes unbearable and stifling) summer days than to wear rich, bright colors on the tips and toes?  Zoya comes up with 12 shades of summer in its 2017 summer collection called Zoya Wanderlust.  Unlike previous collections, only one name is given to this collection, whereas in the past, two names were given to two sets of sub-collections (they are now simply called Set A and Set B).  As per usual, though, the summer collection is divided into 12 shades, but notably, they're not evenly split up into creams and shimmers.  They're an eclectic collection of creams, shimmers and glistening flecks.

Swatches of the collection are below, and each color have been swatched under natural (direct sunlight) and artificial light (indoors with flash).  Let's dive right into the swatches!


Zoya Sawyer
Zoya Sawyer


Zoya Sawyer
Zoya Sawyer


Zoya Sawyer


Zoya Sawyer is described as a soft taffy orange cream.  I thought this would make my skintone look muddy, but it's actually very pretty against my warm medium skintone.



Zoya Cora
Zoya Cora


Zoya Cora
Zoya Cora


Zoya Cora
Zoya Cora

Zoya Cora is a beautiful coral cream.  Just perfect for summer.  This is one of my favorites from this collection.



Zoya Arbor
Zoya Arbor


Zoya Arbor
Zoya Arbor
Zoya Arbor
Zoya Arbor


Zoya Arbor is described as a rich olive green creme.  This is a very pretty olive color, and this really applied well; formula is smooth and creamy.


Zoya Scout
Zoya Scout


Zoya Scout
Zoya Scout
Zoya Scout
Zoya Scout
Zoya Scout is a shimmery moss green with gold flecks.  I don't think it flatters my skintone, but I am loving the gold shimmer.

Zoya Journey
Zoya Journey

Zoya Journey
Zoya Journey


Zoya Journey is such a pretty shimmery strawberry red!  This would be a perfect pedicure color.



Zoya Sonja
Zoya Sonja


Zoya Sonja
Zoya Sonja
Zoya Sonja

Zoya Sonja is my top favorite from this collection, hands down.  I love the smooth creaminess of the formula, and the color is so flattering on my skintone.  It is also a joy to apply.  It is described as a summery crimson red cream.


Zoya Byrdie
Zoya Byrdie


Zoya Byrdie
Zoya Byrdie

Zoya Byrdie is one of the multiple pinks in this collection.  It is a very pretty fuchsia cream.  I wore this a lot during the past month.


Zoya Esty

Zoya Esty
Zoya Esty

Zoya Esty is also a pretty pink, but a Barbie-ish pink cream.  Very cute, very girly and very summery.

Zoya Winnie
Zoya Winnie


Zoya Winnie
Zoya Winnie


Zoya Winnie
Zoya Winnie

Zoya Winnie is described as a soft watermelon pink cream.  This one is very bright on the nails, and will make a great poolside nail color.  Under direct sunlight, this seems almost neon to my eyes.


Zoya Lois
Zoya Lois


Zoya Lois
Zoya Lois
Zoya Lois is a mid-tone red-based purple cream.  Since I am a sucker for purples, this is right up my alley.

Zoya Mandy
Zoya Mandy


Zoya Mandy
Zoya Mandy
Zoya Mandy is a shimmery berry pink.  The photo above is taken by the poolside, so again, this looks great beside any body of water (i.e. perfect summer color).


Zoya River
Zoya River


Zoya River
Zoya River

Zoya River is a beautiful shimmering cobalt blue.  Such a head-turner.  Zoya Estelle is still my favorite blue from Zoya, but River is a close second.

All in all, this is a solid summer collection.  My favorites are definitely Sonja, Cora, Esty, Byrdie and Journey.  Zoya Wanderlust is available on the Zoya website for $10 a pop.

(Media sample was provided by PR for consideration.  All opinions are completely mine.)

IT Cosmetics™ IT’s Your #ByeByeBreakthroughs 5-Piece Kit is QVC's Today's Special Value!



IT Cosmetics™ IT’s Your Bye Bye Breakthroughs! 5-Piece Kit

IT Cosmetics™ IT’s Your Bye Bye Breakthroughs! 5-Piece Kit
IT Cosmetics™ IT’s Your Bye Bye Breakthroughs! 5-Piece Kit

IT Cosmetics™ IT’s Your Bye Bye Breakthroughs! 5-Piece Kit



IT's that time again, folks!  IT Cosmetics has always been really good in coming out with great QVC kits, but what I really like about this one is that it has a skincare item called the IT Bye Bye Lines Serum, a serious anti-aging skincare product.  I also like that it has not one, but two illuminating products for those with dull, sallow skin, or those that just want to create the look of youthful, glowing skin.  It also comes with a huge tube of a makeup melting product for those stubborn makeup that you don't really care for at the end of the day.  Finally, what IT Cosmetics QVC kit doesn't have a makeup brush?  IT Cosmetics is always thoughtful enough to throw in a makeup brush, this time the perfect tool for the Bye Bye Pores Illumination powder - the Heavenly Skin™ Bye Bye Pores™ Powder Brush.


Here's what the 5-piece kit includes:

1-fl oz Bye Bye Lines Serum
2.82-oz Bye Bye Makeup Cleansing Balm
0.28-fl oz Bye Bye Under Eye Illumination Concealer
0.31-oz Bye Bye Pores Illumination
Heavenly Skin Bye Bye Pores Powder Brush

Let's discuss each item separately, shall we?

Check out the products and the QVC Today's Special Value Deal after the jump!

NARS Velvet Matte Lip Pencil Review, Swatches Part 1


NARS Velvet Matte Lip Pencil
NARS Velvet Matte Lip Pencils

NARS Velvet Matte Lip Pencil
NARS Velvet Matte Lip Pencil 

NARS Velvet Matte Lip Pencils in (top-bottom) Get Off, Intriguing, Let's Go Crazy, Famous Red, Do Me Baby, Pussy Control, Dirty Mind, Endangered Red, Unspoken, Lonely Heart

NARS Velvet Matte Lip Pencils in (top-bottom) Get Off, Intriguing, Let's Go Crazy, Famous Red, Do Me Baby, Pussy Control, Dirty Mind, Endangered Red, Unspoken, Lonely Heart




NARS Velvet Matte Lip Pencil in Do Me Baby, Pussy Control, Dirty Mind, Endangered Red, Unspoken

Even before this review of the NARS Velvet Matte lip pencil, I've always been so into the NARS Velvet Matte lip pencil, especially the darker reds.  NARS Cruella Velvet Matte lip pencil has always been my go-to red lipstick for nights out and special occasions.  The reason?  Just like the rest of the NARS Velvet matte lip pencil line, it goes on really smooth, pigmented, amazingly matte (although some have a very slight sheen to them), but most of all, it stays put even after a meal.  These lip pencils obviously double as a liner, and I like that these are very light and are very travel-friendly.

This is the first of a series of three NARS Velvet matte lip pencil posts.  I have 29 of these gorgeous shades to show you, but these are the first ten.

See swatches and a look using the NARS Velvet matte lip pencil after the jump!

Zoya Spring 2017 Charming Collection Swatches, Review

Press Sample

Zoya Spring 2017 Charming collection


Zoya Spring 2017 Charming collection

Zoya Spring 2017 Charming collection
Zoya Spring 2017 Charming collection
Spring is definitely upon us!  What better way to celebrate it than to wear soft, creamy shades on the tips and toes?  Zoya heralds the coming of spring with six creamy, soft shades (and one shining shimmering purple) in its new spring collection called Charming.  Charming also features three spring shades of lipstick called Violete, Belle and Brooke which I will be featuring and swatching in a separate entry, so stay tuned for that!

Check out my review and swatches of the entire Zoya Charming collection below the cut!