Hi there, my darlings! So, I'm back from my month long vacation in the UAE! Back home (at least, temporarily in India). Which is a bit...whomp, for lack for a better term. The UAE surprised me--it's so much cleaner, more extravagant more exciting than India...so EXTRA! Which I absolutely love. So, coming home has been a bit of a let-down. Besides, I miss being with my sister. Yes, I know, I have a bit of the back-home blues! But, if there's one thing I missed while being away, it was my regular manicures. Now, having started my blogging journey exclusively doing nails, I take my manicures seriously. I prefer to do them at home and make sure I have all the proper tools to make not only my nails, but my cuticles look and feel good. Recently, I've turned to Sally Hansen for my nail care needs since they are affordable, easily available just about anywhere in the world and most importantly, easy to use! Take a look at some of my favorite products for an easy, DIY manicure from the comfort of my own home!


*STEP 1: 
All-in-one exfoliating treatment with rich gold formula that nourishes dry cuticles Instantly smooth cuticles and trap moisture into skin

Quartz granules buff and exfoliate cuticles. 18K Gold Cuticle Eraser is a must for healthy-looking, smooth cuticles. Exclusive gel texture combined with real gold trap moisture and nourishes cuticles.

Features an innovative applicator with a built-in cuticle pusher cap, for a luminous, healthy-looking, beautiful nails and cuticles!

Healthy cuticles is a must for me but I tend to get dry, flaky cuticles quite frequently. Oh and little, annoying hangnails. But a quick treatment with this easy-to-use cuticle eraser followed by a quick scrape of the dead skin and pushing back my cuticles goes a long way to maintaining my cuticle health. The applicator tip is so easy to use and really allows you to get the product into all those nooks and crannies. A total essential for me!

*STEP 2: 
File! I use a glass nail file to keep my nails in a square or squoval shape. I also lightly buff my nail beds to keep them smooth, although I do have ridges naturally which need a base coat to smooth out.

*Step 3: 

Moisturizing and nourishing oil
Instantly restores radiance to nails and cuticles
Promotes strong, resilient natural nails

This is such a light and super absorbent yet nourishing cuticle oil that I find just a couple of applications will bring about a noticeable difference in my nail and cuticle health. I love the delicate, almost chocolate-y scent to it--I'm usually not a fan of food scents in my beauty products but this one is light enough for me to enjoy.

Then, on to color! Shown below are two shades that are perfect for the upcoming holiday season!

Buffalo Nickel is a silver metallic polish. I found the application to be a bit on the patchier side and should have gone with 3 coats rather than the 2 coats shown below. Topped on the ring and pinkie fingers with their Miracle Gel topcoat. Metallics are always on trend for the Fall and Winter seasons and application aside, I love how pretty this silver is!

Red Eye is a classic, bright red creme with a warm orange undertone. Fabulous formula and application, this provides easy, full coverage in 2 coats. Topped with Miracle Gel topcoat on the middle and pinkie fingers, which I prefer because I get the smoothest finish and the ridges in my natural nails aren't at all visible. I'm a sucker for red nails and this one has become a fave with both myself and the mothership!

So there you have it, my darlings! You can find these and other Miracle Gel and Complate Salon Manicure polishes at your local CVSRiteAidWalgreensWalmartKmart or Ulta (among other fine retailers) for the price of $9.99 (prices may vary in different states) . Remember to follow Sally Hansen through the social media outlets below to learn more about their latest products :


Do you like to do your own manicures at home? If so, what are your go-to mani products? Tell me your favorite(s) 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, let's see now, it's been awhile, huh? With my last post and update, I mentioned that I was in the UAE, visiting my sister and brother-in-law, for about 2 weeks. Wellll, that 2 weeks changed to going on 5 weeks now and I gotta say, this impromptu hiatus was just what the doctor ordered! Now, don't get me wrong, I still love blogging and I definitely still love all things beauty! But the move to India has been a challenge in many ways and blogging just happens to be one of them. With the time difference, the completely unknown PR channels, the frustration of dealing with customs hassles, and the fact that many of the brands I had come to rely on are still not easily available (if at all!)... let's just say, motivation has been an issue. That being said, this trip to the UAE and my re-acquaintance with all things glitzy and glamorous really reminded me how excited I really am about the beauty world. I picked up a few new goodies and had a few things shipped to me while I was here so, refreshed and rejuvenated, I'll be back on a regular schedule as early as next week. And just in time for the holidays! YAY!
Now, I couldn't let this week pass without posting something about my favorite shopping day of the year, now could I? For a girl for whom getting a good sale is practically a moral code, Black Friday is the ultimate day of indulgence. So, today I'm going to share with you all a look at the recent additions to Zoya's Perfect Lipsticks collection...PLUS details on their Black Friday extravaganza! Buckle up, cos this is gonna be good!


Back to basics but even better; Zoya perfects the classic lipstick cream formula to allow lips to stay moist for hours without the mess. The medium wear formula is specifically designed to last 4 to 6 hours without cracking or drying. All this in a light weight yet well pigmented unflavored formula that you're going to love.

  • ADDIE: a pinky nude apricot in a hydrating cream formula
  • BRISTOL: a medium wine tone in a hydrating cream formula
  • IZZY: a deep fuchsia in a hydrating cream formula
  • LAYNE: a medium dusty rose in a hydrating cream formula
  • LUCKY: a vibrant cool toned pink in a hydrating cream formula
  • MAGGIE: a deep berry in a hydrating cream formula
  • TOMMY: a saturated blurple in a hydrating cream formula

Now, I'll start off by saying that, when it comes to lipsticks, I'm a hardcore matte, preferably liquid, lipstick kinda girl. I like bold lipstick shades but I definitely don't have the patience to want to re-apply my lipstick every couple of hours to keep it looking perfect. So, pigmentation is important to me, as is lasting power. I want a lipstick that'll stay with me through all the chatter and all the meals and basically all day.

So, admittedly, I don't reach for cream that much. These, being the exception. I love quite a few of Zoya's Perfect shades and there are 3 or 4 from this bunch that got added to my permanent rotation. These may be formulated as creams but they have the pigmentation and performance of some of my favorite mattes. They are incredibly comfortable on the lips, not being too sticky nor tacky. I just blot a little of the shine off with just a regular ol' tissue and these are almost as good as any matte when it comes to coverage and just how long they last. Yes, I do have to re-apply after a particularly heavy (read: oily) meal but other than that, I'm very impressed with the formula.

Favorites? Definitely Izzy, Lucky and Maggie. I'm not a hundred percent positive that I'll be brave enough to rock Tommy, especially since it is a bit patchy, but hey you just never know!

TOP, FROM LEFT TO RIGHT: Addie, Bristol and Izzy
BOTTOM, FROM LEFT TO RIGHT: Layne, Lucky, Maggie and Tommy

So there you have it, my darlings! The Zoya Perfect Lipsticks can be found now on Zoya's website HERE for the price of $12 each.

But wait! Black Friday is just a day away and Zoya has got an amazing deal up their sleeves! Check it out:

For one day only (11/24/17), fans can get 50% off ANY order on Zoya's website HERE PLUS Free Shipping! (This includes all Nail Polish, Holiday Kits, Lip Shades, Naked Manicure, Qtica, Smart Spa, and Treatments.)


Valid to US and Canada Consumers until 11:59pm ET on 11/24/17.
(International Shipping Fees Apply for Canadian customers).

For all the latest info, don't forget to follow Zoya through the social media outlets below :


Which of these gorgeous shades caught your eye? Will you be picking any of them up during the BF sale? 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.****
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