Hi there, my darlings! Happy official first day of Fall! Although it's still crazy got in this part of the world, I fully intend to live vicariously through my readers in the Western World for the next couple of months. Because Fall is my absolute favorite season of the year! Not only do I love the cooler, cozier temperatures but the Fall fashion and the Fall color palette are both totally up my alley. So, in celebration of Fall, there's no better time to share the gorgeous new Zoya Nail Polish and Treatment's Sophisticates collection for Fall 2017!


The Wanderlust collection consists of 8 bright cremes, 2 pearlescent polishes and 2 beautiful shimmers.  Across the board, I found the formula of the cremes to be absolutely flawless--2 coats and done! As for the shimmers and pearlescents, unless specifically mentioned, 2 easy coats is all that was needed for full coverage. Unless specifically mentioned, all the swatches below show just 2 easy coats of each polish by itself, with 1 coat of topcoat on the middle and pinkie fingers, for the sake of comparison. It was super challenging for me to pick favorites in this collection so take a peek and find your own!


Mona is described as "a deep, burgandy plum cream". Rich and campy, this shade all but screams Fall!






Gal is described as "a smokey, iridescent, peridot gold metallic". This baby could have perhaps used another coat or better yet, layer a thin coat over your favorite creme for a beautiful, shimmery metallic effect that's all the rage for the season










Tabitha is described as "a refined pearl in a deep hunter green". If greens are your thing, this mysterious green will totally rock your world!








Beth is described as "a soft, sandy, champagne metallic". Despite my penchant for darker colors during the Fall, I fell hard for this gorgeous neutral!










Padma is described as "a deep, vermillion red cream". Another instant love, I adore this rosy, flattering creme






McKenna is described as "a refined pearl in a soft almond". I did find this one to be a tad streaky on the first coat but it levels out quite nicely with a second coat and happens to be much prettier in real life with the subtlest hint of pearly shimmer.








Yvonne is described as "a rich, bordeaux red cream". I can't be happier that Zoya included so many wine shades in this collection--I'm literally spoiled for choice!






Elaine is described as "a dark, umber brown cream". I'm not always a fan of browns but I found this dark brown incredibly intriguing!






Joni is described as "a deep, dusty plum cream". I love purples and this muted shade is such a unique way to wear purple!






Hera is described as "a muted, red mauve cream". Another muted shade that I'm really feeling, especially since it's so flattering on my tan complexion!






Presley is described as "a smokey, mauve taupe cream". Now this is the kind of neutral shade I like! So pretty!






Hadley is described as "a smokey, midnight blue cream". Beautiful, truly sophisticated blue!






So there you have it, my darlings! The Zoya Sophisticates collection is available now on Zoya's website HERE for the price of $10 for a full-size, 0.5 oz bottle or $60 for each set of 6. 


Don't forget to follow Zoya through the social media outlets below :

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Which of these beautiful Fall shades appeal to you most? I would love to hear from you in the comments section below!







****Products were sent to me for an honest, unbiased review. All opinions are my own.****



Hi there, my darlings! Welcome to another one of my involuntarily infrequent posts. Despite my best intentions, I'm increasingly finding managing my schedule with the huge time difference quite the challenge. Read: this night owl gets very sleepy! I must be getting old! But stick with me, my darlings, just until the end of the year when the move back to the Western World is scheduled. Things should get back to normal, or a close approximation thereof, by then! Anyways let's celebrate the fact that dawn is just around the corner in this part of the world and yet I have stayed up to share! Yay! Today, I'd like to introduce you to a new brand, Macy and Mia! The baby of DJ Victory, a long-time makeup artist, the brand is an independently run small business and proudly cruelty-free. All things I can totally get behind! So, without further ado, take a peek at some of the trendy, Instaready products I had the opportunity to test and review.


PASTEL UNICORN BRUSH SET ($45.99)

I may be getting too old to pull the all-nighters off my teenage years but is anyone ever to old for a little unicorn magic, especially when it comes to makeup brushes? I say not!

Since DJ started her line with makeup brushes, it goes to show that these, more than anything else, embodies the spirit of the brand. These brushes are not your cheap knock-offs but just by the feel and texture of them, you can tell a lot of love and thought went into sourcing these.

Now, I don't know if I'll ever really use these cos they're just too pretty...except for maybe highlighter! Because a little shimmer and sparkle on a rainbow-hued brush is nothing short of magical!






SILICONE SPONGE MAKEUP APPLICATOR ($7.99)

I've been DYING to try a silicone sponge applicator because it's all the rage on Instagram and you know, science and whatnot. So, I was really thrilled when this little beauty was included in my package.

My thoughts? I still prefer my beauty blender for full-face foundation application and my handy makeup brushes for blush. But I will say that I do like this sponge for highlighter application. A silicone sponge doesn't absorb product so you need to use much less. You just dab on the product and just about all of it transfers to your face, rather than sitting on the applicator. A huge win when we're talking about precious highlighter, especially if they are limited edition like some of my favorites. At this price, it's definitely worth a try!





LIPSTICK AND LINER SET IN TRISTAN ($25.99)

I have to admit that I was exactly blown away when I first saw this shade in the tube. I'm kinda traditional when it comes to lipstick favorites and stick to my berries/reds/pinks. Even brown seems a little too experimental for me at times. That being said, swatched, this is a beautiful, flattering brown. Perfect for Fall, especially if layered under a sheer, metallic topper or gloss. 

I also really love the smooth texture and easy application of both the lipstick and liner. Plus, it does NOT budge! You will need a good makeup remover to get this baby off. 





My review package came in this cute little bag, embossed with Macy and Mia's motto. While currently not on the site, I wanted to show it to you anyways in the hopes that she will add it to the site soon! Because who wouldn't want such a positively reaffirming little makeup bag?




So there you have it, my darlings! You can pick up any of these gorgeous product on Macy and Mia's site HERE.


NOTE: 10% of all purchases will be donated to Pay it Forward for Pets, a 100% non-profit organization.
10% of all purchases of the "Eden" lipstick/lip-liner set will be donated to independent, non-profit sober living facilities

You can find Macy and Mia through the social media outlets below for all the latest about their products:

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What are your favorite trendy beauty products? Tell me in the comments section below!








****Products were sent to me for an honest, unbiased review. All opinions are my own.****



Hi there, my darlings! So, it's September...but the heat just doesn't quit! Especially in this part of the world! You haven't experienced heat until you have lived through the mind-numbing Summer heat of a tropical country! I survived it...but just barely! As a beauty blogger obsessed with makeup, I all but gave up wearing any, sticking with the barest essentials. Unless a special occasion came up and this year saw plenty, as I spent time with my family after many, many years away. On those occasions, I made sure to doll up but the ever-present heat posed a challenge. What did I do, what did I reach for to make things easier for myself? Today, I'll share with you 4 products from Pixi Beauty that were nothing short of lifesavers this summer!


NOURISHING LIP POLISH ($12.00)

A multitasking lip exfoliator that treats, renews and perfects lips for a super-smooth finish.

• This 2-in-1 lip exfoliator + nourisher helps to repair & protect dry, sensitive lips
• Luxe, nutrient-rich formula smoothes lips with shea butter & a blend of sweet almond, apricot, and evening primrose oils
• The unique massage applicator stimulates circulation, giving a healthy, plumped effect
• Not tested on animals
• Paraben free



I'm all about exfoliation and matte lippies during the Summers so I really don't know how I survived without a good lip scrub in my life. So, I'm incredibly happy to have found this one this year! Not only does it leave my lips feeling softer and smoother but my lipsticks, particularly the mattes, go on easier and stay on longer after I have freshly exfoliated. Definitely a welcome addition to my skincare and makeup prep routine!




MULTIBALM in Baby Petal ($12.00)

2-in-1 cheek and lip colour stick. This multiuse, crème-powder formula awakens by adding a touch of colour to the face.

• The crème-to-powder texture is great for cheeks and leaves a natural finish on lips
• Infused with aloe vera, shea butter, and rose hip oil to protect
• Try one shade on cheeks & lips to look pulled-together instantly!
• Not tested on animals
• Parabon Free



Available in 5 shades, I tested the shade, Baby Petal, which much like its name, is a soft, light baby pink. Perfect to add the barest flush of color to your cheeks and lips before running out the door. Although a little too light for my skin tone, this particular shade would be beautiful on fairer complexions. I do love the convenience factor as well as the easy application and blending of this so I can't wait to add a couple of the darker shades to my stash!





QUICK FIX POWDER ($20.00)

Luxe no-colour finishing powder for a soft-focus finish.

• Invisible & lightweight, this powder creates a velvet matte, perfected look
• Buff on top of makeup to set & blend, or on bare skin for an air-brushed effect


As someone with combination skin that's prone to breakouts, Summers mean lots and lots of excessive oil production. I mean, I could fry an omelette on my T-zone! To try to combat getting super greasy, I only use a light BB cream, rather than foundation, and a setting powder on the particularly troublesome areas. I'm really enjoying this one, which is light with a very pleasing texture that goes on smooth and quickly absorbs any excess oil or product after I apply makeup. I toss it in my purse for quick touch-ups when I'm out and about--just a quick dusting on and then off does wonders to keep the oiliness at bay.


TIP: Want to set your cream lipstick or gloss into a perfect matte? Just hold a tissue over your lips after applying the lipstick of your choice and dust some of this powder over the tissue. It will absorb the oils/gloss and leave your lips with all the color! A easy hack I've been using for years!






MAKEUP FIXING MIST ($15.00)

All-over setting spray for longer-wearing makeup


• Prolongs makeup wear and keeps it from moving, melting, and settling into fine lines or pores
• The rose water and green tea infused formula comforts, protects and balances skin for a fresh face
• Extends and refreshes makeup, hydrates and balances
• Sets makeup adds a soft-focus finish



I have already RAVED about my love of this mist HERE but I just have to reiterate--this setting mist is a GODSEND in the heat. The last thing you want after taking your time to get your makeup just right is for it to smudge or, worse, melt off. Spritz on a generous bit of this mist, wait til it dries and go on your merry way, without worry!





So there you have it, my darlings! You can pick up any of these Summer essentials on Pixi Beauty's site HERE. Shipping, as always, is free over $25 within the US!


Not in the US? Pixi Beauty ships globally through their UK site HERE. Free shipping over £35 is a great bonus!


Don't forget to follow Pixi Beauty through the social media outlets below for all the latest about their products:

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What are your favorite beauty products to beat the heat? Tell me in the comments section below!









****Products were sent to me for an honest, unbiased review. All opinions are my own.****


Um...hi there, my darlings! So, your girl kinda totally went MIA on you, huh? I know, I'm sorry! August has been killer for yours truly, what with the mothership's never-ending birthday celebrations and the arrival of the Gummy (baby sister) before her departure to Dubai. Add in a couple of social obligations, a visit from a dear friend  and a vicious case of the lazies, and it's pretty much a recipe for falling asleep at the stroke of midnight. Anyways, I hope you guys are still with me as I ease my way back to a regular posting schedule because I have LOTS to share in September. Starting with today's post, where I test out all SIX of the new mascaras from Revlon and definitively pick a favorite--not an easy task by any means for a Libra blogger! Before I tell you my favorite, let's take a look at each of these mascaras--in particular, the defining characteristic of each AKA the unique wands!


DRAMATIC DEFINITION:

• Smooth, flexible formula coats lashes for clump-free separation.
• Revlon Lash Separator Brush™
- Tiered bristles for defining and separating every lash




MEGA MULTIPLIER:

Our unique fibers are sealed in 360° tubes that plump and extend lashes for mega volume and extreme length
  • Flake-free smudge-proof wear
  • Removes easily with warm water
  • Mega Lash Brush™ deposits formula from lash line to tip for mega volume and extreme length
  • Available in 4 shades



SUPER LENGTH:

• Luscious lengthening formula glides on easily and builds quickly for a beautiful, extended lash look
• Revlon Lash Stretch Brush™
- Long bristles designed to deliver plush length
- Tapered tip for coating even the smallest lashes




ULTIMATE ALL-IN-ONE:

• Our innovative, high-impact formula delivers 5 lash-transforming benefits, while our Revlon Power Mini Brush™ leaves no lash behind. Choosing the one has never been so simple.
• High impact formula delivers the ultimate 5 benefits in 1:
- Volume
- Length
- Definition
- Lift
- Intense Color
• Revlon Power Mini Brush™:
- Unique mini oval shape designed to reach every lash
- Hollow core designed to deposit formula for mega lash impact




ULTRA VOLUME:

• Conditioning, clump-free formula plumps lashes.
• Revlon Lash Plumping Brush™
- Triple grooves designed to hold formula for maximum volume
- Short and long bristles designed to comb every lash and eliminate
clumps




VOLUME + LENGTH MAGNIFIER:

• High shine black fiber formula provides amplified volume and length
• Revlon Magnifying Lash Brush™
- Square brush designed to anchor formula to lashes for intense volume 
+ length




THOUGHTS: So, which one emerged as the clear winner? Well, it wasn't the one I expected! My first instinct was that the Volume + Length Magnified mascara would rule them all but sadly, I was mistaken. For me, personally, the wand gave me pretty decent length but fell short on the volume part of the deal.

The winner for me was the Ultra Volume mascara with its thick, luscious brush that coated by lashes with lots of product without clumping up on me. I quite liked the performance of the Mega Multiplier too in my quest for thick, lush lashes.

Length or definition are not what I would rank as top priority when choosing a mascara so, as expected, the Super Length and the Dramatic Definition didn't blow me away. The first added length but not the drama I crave and the second separated my lashes but didn't do much else. If you have shorter lashes or close-set lashes, give these a whirl. I'd use these for more natural, daytime looks.

The final of the six, the Ultimate All-in-One has the most intriguing wand and is perfect for the lower lashline. You can coat every single little lash to your heart's content!

Best part? Each of these mascaras is priced at a very affordable $8.99 so you can try  a couple or try them all before picking your own favorite!


So there you have it, my darlings! Revlon products are available at fine retailers and mass merchandisers nationwide, such as Target, Kmart, Rite Aid and CVS, across the US as well as your local Ulta. To find a retailer near you, please visit Revlon's website HERE.


Revlon is a truly global brand and can be found at favorite retailers across the globe. While these haven't launched in India just yet, I would suggest my Indian readers keep their eyes peeled!


To discover more about their products, you can follow Revlon through the social media channels below :

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What do you look for in a mascara? Volume, length or do you want it all? Tell me in the comments section below!










****Products were sent to me for an honest, unbiased review. All opinions are my own.****
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