ZOYA Fall 2013 & Winter/Holiday 2013 Collection Swatches

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I recently placed an order from Zoya and, as they usually do, they included acrylic nail trays of their recent and upcoming collections. I find these really helpful, so I thought I’d share them for anyone who might be curious about their Fall and Holiday collections.

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Light Pink & Nude Nail Polish Wheel

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1. Zoya Amanda

2. Zoya Portia

3. Zoya Sabrina

4. Zoya Melodie (my review)

5. Zoya Ava (my review)

6. FLOWER That’s Just Dan-De-Lion (my review)

7. Inglot 301

8. Inglot 718 (my review)

9. Inglot 715 (my review)

10. OPI My Very First Knockwurst

11. OPI Mimosas for Mr & Mrs

12. OPI Samoan Sand

13. Essie Topless & Barefoot*

14. Essie Fiji*

15. Essie Minimalistic*

16. Essie Au Naturale*

 

*Company no longer cruelty-free. Included for comparison only. CONTINUE READING…

Top 5 New Products I’m Loving | A CF Beauty Blog Collaboration

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Last month, I teamed up with Christine at Makeup Guinea Pig and Liza at Makeup Matters to show you our Top 5 Favorite Brushes. This month, we’re keeping the the cruelty-free beauty blog collaboration going. Christine, Liza, and I are each sharing our Top 5 new products. These are products new to our collections, not necessarily the beauty world. I have to say, I’m pretty impressed with my list (thank you, Sephora VIB sale!) My Top 5:

1. Hourglass Ambient Lighting Powder in Radiant Light

2. NARS Blush in Madly

3. Zoya Nail Polish in Sabrina

4. NARS Velvet Gloss Lip Pencil in New Lover

5. IT Cosmetics French Boutique Luxe Blush Brush

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Eye-Catchers of Winter 2013 – Part 2

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Zoya Nail Lacquers – Ava, Melodie, Gia

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Ah, Zoya… definitely a favorite in the beauty community. I don’t know if they still do this, but once yearly they used to have this crazy sale, where you could get 3 polishes for free, just pay shipping. Any brand that’s willing to give discounts like that, I’m a fan of. But the main selling point for me is their huge selection of colors and finishes. I picked these three shades off the website, not having seen them in person, but I ended up being happy with all three. CONTINUE READING…

6 Cruelty-Free Nail Polish Favorites

Amazing Makeup That’s Still Cruelty-Free: Nail Polish

I used to wear nail polish non-stop for years.  I remember I was so used to having it on that when I didn’t, my hands would look weird to me!  Last year, my schedule got super busy, and I consciously decided to stop wearing nail polish on my fingers, because I really just didn’t have time to deal with keeping it up. I’d still always paint my toes though (why does polish last triple as long on toes?). Anyway, I’m just starting to get back into wearing it on my fingers regularly. But, because I’d been out of the polish-loop, I wasn’t up-to-date on brands’ testing policies. When I checked into two major brands, OPI and Essie, I found disappointing news.

Up until a year or two ago, both Essie and OPI were cruelty-free, but both have since been bought by parent companies that do test on animals. While I don’t necessarily write off a brand for that reason (I actually want to write a post on that topic), I do err on the side of caution. So until I hear definitive confirmation that OPI and Essie will maintain their no animal testing practices, I won’t be purchasing from them.

Frankly, with brands like Inglot and Zoya as cruelty-free alternatives, I’m definitely not sacrificing quality or selection.

 

So, here are six of my cruelty-free nail polish favorites! I’ll warn you, I’m definitely partial to certain colors for nails.  Light pinks, taupe-y neutrals and nude tones, occasionally red. As much as I love seeing everyone else’s blues and greens, I personally tend to keep it pretty basic.

As with my 7 Top Foundations post (clearly I’m not so great at sticking to the “top 5″ format), reviews are coming soon. I’ll link to them once they’re posted.

 

1. Inglot Nail Enamel #715

2. Inglot Nail Enamel #718

3. Zoya Gia

4. Zoya Melodie

5. Zoya Ava

6. LA Splash Sparkling Jellyfish

 


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L-R: LA Splash Sparkling Jellyfish, Zoya Ava, Zoya Melodie, Zoya Gia, Inglot #715, Inglot #718