How ready are you for summer? Because while I’m not particularly craving sweating the second I’m outside of the AC and going through sunscreen like it’s my job, I am excited for beach parties and more margaritas than usual. So I was super excited to get my hands on Zoya’s new shades for summer. There are two new collections – Island Fun and Paradise Sun – and both of them will make you giddy for the sun and fun of warmer weather.
All of the Island Fun shades are super pigmented (so make sure you wear a base coat to avoid staining your nails) and have a cream formula. My favorites in this collection are Demetria (sooo pretty!) and Cecelia, but if you like greens, Jace is really interesting and different than anything already in my (vast) stash of polishes. Here are the shades you’ll find in it: READ MORE
I’ve learned firsthand that as a mom, my hands go through major manual labor- from washing bottles to folding laundry, to the point of cracking and rough skin. So when I was brainstorming gifts for my mom, I decided it was high time to treat her hard-working hands to some extra TLC with replenishment and fresh nail color to reward them for making it through the toughest and often thankless tasks.
My Molton Brown Coco & Sandalwood Replenishing Hand Cream and I have been inseparable for weeks since my hands won’t let the tube get out of sight. The fresh scent has a touch of the tropics mixed in to remind me of summer travels to come. Amino acids and minerals effectively moisturize, and I find the thicker texture is more satisfying than so many runny lotions. The size is great since it’s compact and light enough to throw into any size bag and go! The light fragrance reminds me of an exotic white sand beach, a daydream any mom can indulge in.
I don’t think my nails have seen the light of day for years- they’re perpetually painted! It’s still a thrill to find new colors that bring some excitement to looking down during daily tasks. A new collaboration from Yotel + Habit Cosmetics has yielded two perfect shades that are environmentally friendly and toxin-free. The first bamboo-capped bottle is a bold plum color which is bright but not tween-y, and the second is a cool blue-grey flecked with a fine smattering of silver shimmer. The polishes are infused with exotic myrrh extract, which naturally strengthens nails and is also an anti-inflammatory, anti-bacterial and anti-fungal. Nails not only look chic but are healthy underneath!
The two-shade collection captures the innovation and energy of New York, which is where Yotel thrives two blocks from Times Square. The space is inspired by first class travel so hotel living takes on an entertainment aspect kicking it to the next level.
This is the time of year when, as much as I love summer nail polish shades, I start to get sick of them and get ready to put on winter colors again. I don’t know what it is, but I just feel like they look better on me. Especially creams. They’re my jam (…is what I would call them if anyone still used that phrase!) So of course I was super excited about Zoya’s new fall collection, Natural Deux (2). It has exactly the kinds of shades I’ve been craving and can’t wait to put on. Here’s what you’ll find in the collection:
I love that these are all full-coverage – two coats is all you need of these (and some you could definitely get by on one). Spencer and Chanelle are my favorites – they’re basic neutrals, but just look so great on. You could wear them to work or for a night out and it would look equally as good. (I love polishes that are versatile like that. You don’t have to worry that you’re ever wearing the wrong thing). I also really like Marnie. I’m not usually a plum girl, but this one just looks gorgeous on. The entire collection is just really wearable – definitely one to covet for when the weather gets a little cooler. (Or now!)
I have a lot of nail polish. Like, A LOT of nail polish. (Ask any of my friends who’ve seen my stash. Especially the men…their reaction is usually something along the lines of “Why do you need so many of one color?” Foolish, foolish men…)
So I always get excited when I can discover a new brand–one that I don’t buy every month that has shades that are new to me. One such brand I’ve recently stumbled across is Lauren B Beauty. The brand is 5 free, which means that it doesn’t have any formaldehyde, toluene, DBP, formaldehyde resin, or camphor and they’re vegan friendly and cruelty free. You couldn’t ask for anything more in a polish, really. And I love the fact that all the shades are named for things in Los Angeles or places around the city that I call home. There’s even a dark grey called L.A. Smog, which totally makes me giggle because it’s a gorgeous color that represents one of the most joked about attributes of the cit. My other favorite shade is Hollywood Blvd., also known as a party in a bottle. So. Much. Glitter. And it looks just as good on its own as it does layered over other polishes, so it’s almost like getting two colors for the price of one.
I also find it super, super adorable that when Lauren was little, she already loved nail polish so much that she would set up a nail salon in her garage and give her relatives manicures. So sweet. (A girl after my own heart!) Isn’t discovering great new products the best thing ever?
With the temperature hovering around what can only be described as “hotter than hell” in Los Angeles as I’m writing this, I’m taking the time to enjoy all the inside activities that I can right now. This includes mani-pedis because not only does it involve air conditioning (sweet, sweet air conditioning…) but it’s also a relatively inexpensive way to pamper yourself. And for my next mani-pedi, I’m taking along Zoya’s new summer shades – the Tickled and Bubbly collections. The Tickled collection is made up of all creams, which I personally really love for my fingers. Here’s what you’ll find in that group:
For my toes, I’m all about the Bubbly collection, which is made up of holographic sparkly shades that look fabulous peeking out of open toed shoes. They’re all so, so pretty that you’re going to have a hard time picking a favorite (I’m not even going to try). Here’s what you’ll find in the Bubbly group:
The new shades are all in stores now. Get them before they sell out!
I’m not one to talk smack on any reds (truly, I love all the shades) but lately I’ve been feeling like my go-to classic blue red could benefit from an extra dose of sass–a bit more heat. In response, I’ve gravitating towards fiery tomato hues that strike just the right balance between the season’s it-color orange and the glamour of a bold crimson. On my lips, I’m wearing Votre Vu French Kiss Lipstick in Social Death, a thrilling red that injects a bit more intrigue into daily life. Inspired by Tatiana Boncompagni’s book of the same name, the moisture-rich lipstick is meant to reflect the complex and glamorous intrigue of the story’s leading ladies. On my tips, I’m slathering on multiple coats of Jin Soon’s Pop Orange. Part of her new Color Field collection, the bold, creamy hue is inspired by mid-century pop culture but modernized for today’s fashion forward pack. Like all of Jin Soon’s polishes, this hue imparts a can’t-look-away high shine finish and long lasting color that’s already on its third week running. Try wearing both the limited editor lipstick and nail polish for a coordinated look that’s sure to turn heads and inspire conversation.
Oh, Zoya. You really do know how to satisfy my glitter loving heart! The new Magical Pixie Collection is a trio of shades with their trademark Pixie Dust finish pumped up even more with bigger glitter and their first ever holographic pixie particles. Does that sound amazing? Because it really, really is. Here are the three shades you’re going to be coveting:
I’m currently wearing Cosmo on my toes and it is a glitter explosion–you can see the different sizes of glitter (it sparkles an insame amount) and how holographic the finish is. The woman who was doing my toes at my salon couldn’t stop talking about it and even pulled a few of the other people there to look at it too. And the other two are equally as pretty, just in different colors. If you like sparkly polishes at all, you REALLY need these.
Also new for spring from Zoya is their Awaken collection. With delicious sherbet shades of purple, green, blue, pink, orange and gold, it’s the perfect collection to take you into the warmer weather. All of the shades just beg to be worn on a picnic or with a cute dress. The collection also includes a top coat called Monet, a multi-colored, cellophane holographic special effect topper and you can wear it over any of the shades in the collection (or any others you already own) for a super cool effect. Love this one. Bring on spring!
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