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Zoya Nail Polish Bevin: Swatch and Review



While I was at Salon Melbourne a couple of weekends back, I picked up a few polishes from the Zoya stand. I hadn’t used Zoya before, so I limited myself to 4 in case I didn’t like the formula. I really regret not picking up more of these at the 50% off trade discount, because I ADORE the Zoya polishes I’ve tried- the formula is long lasting and fast drying, and the colours I’ve tried are gorgeous.

Zoya Nail Polish in Bevin is described as a “dusty, medium sage green with teal tones and a creamy opaque finish”. That description is pretty much spot on most of the time, but I find that depending on the lighting sometimes Bevin looks like a darker version of  ‘Tiffany blue’.

I’m not usually a teal nail polish girl, but Bevin is delightfully wearable for both work and play.




Posted by on May 9th, 2013 in Nail Polish | 136comments

NOTD: Zoya Kate, Face Of Australia Glitterati polishes, and a cheeky cat cameo

Zoya Kate, Face Of Australia Glitterati polishes


Zoya nail polish in Kate is one of the polishes that I picked up from the Zoya stand at Salon Melbourne (see the others in this post). It is a cream finish polish described by Zoya as a ‘soft medium dusty mauve with hints of rose-pink and brown’ – a very long winded but spot on description.

Kate is my kind of pink- sophisticated but fresh. If Kate was a lipstick it would be Chanel Rouge Coco ‘Mademoiselle’.  The Zoya formula is fantastic- the Zoya polishes that I’ve used so far have been unbelievably long wearing and surprisingly fast drying to boot.


Zoya Kate Nail Polish NOTD


Zoya Kate Nail Polish NOTD




The Face of Australia Glitterati polishes are 8 limited edition disco themed shades. They retail for $4.95 each and are available at Priceline, Kmart, Big W, and 


Zoya Kate Nail Polish with Face Of Australia Glitterati NOTD


Accent thumb!

Face Of Australia Glitterati Polish in ‘ Studio 54 ‘ (2 layers) over the top of Zoya Kate.

Studio 54 is my favourite out of all the Glitterati polishes by Face Of Australia- I can’t wait to try it over a shiny black polish.


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Posted by on May 5th, 2013 in Dizzy, Nail Polish | 196comments

NOTD: Butter London Union Jack Black, Manicare, and a dash of the Green Fairy




I don’t always wear black nail polish, but when I do……


it’s always Butter London.




Here I am, posing creepily with Butter London Union Black Jack on my fingers.

I have a love- hate relationship with Butter London nail polishes- They dry so slowly I have to do the mani over 2 days; I’m useless the entire night while its drying; and I still end up with sheet marks in the morning. Yet, the beautiful colours and finishes from Butter London has me constantly coming back for more. There’s a sophistication about Butter London polishes that I can’t put my finger on, even if it’s a straight up black.

Top and Base Coats:

To prevent staining of my nails and to extend the life of the manicure, I’ve used Manicare Base Coat Plus Strengthener (rrp $13.50) underneath the colour + Manicare Beginning To End (rrp $15.50) on top. I find both products quite good as base coats so if you don’t care for a nail hardener I would say that the Beginning To End is all you need. As a top coat, Beginning To End performs well in terms of extending the life of my nail polish (by about 2-3 days longer than not using a top coat for Butter London on me)- however, it is not of the ‘quick dry’ variety of top coats.


I’ve also been trialling The Body Shop Absinthe Hand Cream. It has a pleasant aniseedy refreshing scent with a light texture that absorbs quickly with no residue which makes it great for the warmer months.


Note: The Body Shop Absinthe Purifying Hand Cream and Manicare products have been sent to me by PR for consideration. I purchased the Butter London polish previously. 

Posted by on Apr 17th, 2013 in Nail Polish, Skincare | 114comments

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L’Oreal Paris Colour Riche Le Vernis Autumn Collection: Review and Swatches



If you haven’t noticed, Autumn (or Fall, if you’re not from around these parts)  colours are my thing. I wear them all year round and I suspect they suit my skin tone better than than Summer or Spring tones- so when I saw these mini bottles of Autumn goodness land on my desk a couple of weeks back, I couldn’t wait to get them on my fingers.


L’Oreal Paris Colour Riche Le Vernis Autumn Collection includes 5 Fall shades:

Creamy Angora– creamy peach pink beige. 

Paris Avenues– dusty sky blue

So Chic Fox– sienna brown

Soft Chinchilla– classic greige

Rose Cashmere– dusty cool rose pink  

My favourite out of the lot is Soft Chinchilla, because I’m a square. I can see So Chic Fox being HOT on the runways (mahogany seems to be the colour du jour), but personally I don’t think I can pull off a brown nail polish.


The formula of the Colour Riche Le Vernis is supposed to be nail colour and top coat in one. On my nails, it performed quite well in terms of wear time and resistance to chipping; however I prefer the extra shiny finish of an additional top coat.

note: please excuse my shitty nail polish application. Can you understand why I’m not a nail blogger?




“Delicately nuanced with grey tones, the Colour Riche Le Vernis Autumn Collection offers mid shades with subtle colour balances inspired by precious jewels. A palette of ultra-chic classic colours with unprecedented, timeless sophistication” L’Oreal colour designer Orrea Light.

Price: $6.95

Availability: Priceline, department stores, selected pharmacists.


note: these products were sent by PR for consideration.



Posted by on Mar 9th, 2013 in Drugstore, Nail Polish, Reviews, Swatches | 159comments

Illamasqua Naked Strangers Collection reviewed: Naked Rose, Swinger, Stranger

Illamasqua Naked Strangers Collection Promo

Illamasqua Naked Strangers Collection Promo

It’s always an exciting time when a new Illamasqua collection comes out. Seeing the promo images and the story behind each collection is a huge treat for me and highlights the ‘art’ in makeup artistry.

The Naked Strangers collection by Illamasqua features a kind of nomad slash goddess slash warrior; she is adorned by an interesting mixture of brazen metallics and soft pinky nudes. Although it does feature some bold, editorial type products, Naked Strangers is one of the more wearable collections from Illamasqua.

Illamasqua says…

In this delicate tipping point between intimacy and pleasurable detachment, we revel in the unknown; exploring the distance between pure monogamous, gilded faithful and uninhibited swinger. Exposed nude tones, adorned with rich licks of gold, leave you gasping for more. Don’t restrain yourself. Unless, of course, you enjoy it.

Illamasqua Naked Strangers Collection

Illamasqua Naked Strangers Collection


Illamasqua Powder Blusher in Naked Rose


Naked Rose is described as a ‘neutral beige brown’, but on my cheeks it looks more like a dusty neutral rose. Quite a sophisticated cheek colour which goes well with almost any look.

Like the other Illamasqua powder blushes, Naked Rose is quite soft and highly pigmented so one swipe of the brush will pick up a fair amount of product; it also blends beautifully giving you a very natural healthy looking flush to the cheek. This is my favourite product in this collection.


Swatches: Illamasqua Powder Blusher in Naked Rose (left) Illamasqua Intense Lipgloss Stranger (right)

Swatches: Illamasqua Powder Blusher in Naked Rose (left) Illamasqua Intense Lipgloss Stranger (right)

keep reading after the jump!


Posted by on Aug 5th, 2012 in Blush, Illamasqua, Lip Gloss, Nail Polish, Reviews, Swatches | 205comments

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