Wednesday, March 31, 2010

Chinese Laundry Evening Shoes on Sale 20% off

I love seeing things like this in my mailbox:


Now through April 9th, evening wear shoes are on sale at Chinese Laundry. Use code: EVE410 at checkout (At least I think that's what the image says - it's illegible in that small pink font even on the original email).

My Picks:


Frenchie - Regularly $89




Daze - Regularly $69
(I actually prefer the Silver to the Purple)



Head Over Heels - Regularly $99
(I think it looks tacky in white but might work for a wedding)

I think I may have to grab myself of pair of silver evening shoes - I am sorely lacking after I tossed out my horribly painful ones (too painful to give away).

Tuesday, March 30, 2010

Face of the Day Using Bobbi Brown Cosmetics Shimmerbrick for Everything!

I have been wanting to try this for a while - Use my Bobbi Brown Shimmerbrick in Nectar as the basis for pretty much every color on my face. I had the feeling it could possibly be the ultimate "Travel Companion" and I think I'm right about that. This was an easy look - too easy.


For reference in this breakdown you need to know which strips out of the Shimmerbrick I used. The image below is of my Shimmerbrick. It may not represent your Shimmerbrick however as I noticed the image on Bobbi Brown's website is the inverse of the way my Shimmerbrick is set up.

Styrch's Nectar Shimmerbrick Key


Isn't that just one of the prettiest things ever? I love this Shimmerbrick!

Breakdown

Eyes
  • Urban Decay Primer Potion
  • Bobbi Brown Shimmerbrick in Nectar - Strip 4 all over lid, Strip 5 in crease, Strip 2 as brow highlight
  • MAC Pearlglide Eyeliner in Wolf
  • Mac Plushlash Mascara in Plushblack
Face
  • MAC Studio Fix Fluid in NC15
  • Mac Mineralize Skinfinish Natural in Light
  • Bobbi Brown Cosmetics Shimmerbrick in Nectar - All strips, just swirled my blush brush around in it.
Lips
  • MAC Creamstick Lip Liner in Pink Treat
  • MAC Clear Lipglass - put this down on top of the lips
  • Bobbi Brown Shimmerbrick in Nectar - Strip 1 patted over the Clear Lipglass
Disclaimer
I do not know if Bobbi Brown Shimmerbrick in Nectar is approved for Eye and Lip use. Use with caution, at your own risk!

Polish - OPI Changing of the Garnet

*Sigh* They don't make 'em like they used to, right?

When I first received my bottle of this lovely red through a swap it had already been long discontinued. It's one of those polishes that sits in my drawer unused because I'm afraid of using it up. It's a fairly standard shimmery red, but oh so gorgeous.

Color
Deep Red, almost berry, with shimmer. Being a Garnet loving girl, I'd say it's relatively true to it's namesake (though Garnets can come in any shade of the rainbow but blue, but we usually think of a red). The shimmer looks almost gold in the bottle but it comes off as a berry red shimmer on the tip. The closest OPI match I've found is Suzi Loves Sydney, if you have it (another LE). But Suzi Loves Sydney is a touch darker.

Application
Wow! The old brush and the old formula. I wasn't aware how much I love the new brush until I pulled this one out. Anyway, two coats will be enough.
Wear
I wore this over Qtica Nail Growth Stimulator and topped with Zoya Anchor and OPI Drip Dry Drops. Yes, I forgot momentarily that this polish is NOT Big 3 Free, so I don't think I made the best choices here. But it is wearing well, even if it did not cooperate totally overnight.

Bottom Line
If you love reds and you ever see this baby, snatch her up!

Monday, March 29, 2010

Dupe Hunting - Comparing a few of my OPI Reds...

I was in the mood to put on a red polish last night and immediately went to my OPI drawer. I have some of my favorite reds in there, as well as few I haven't tried. But when I was looking I was struck by how similar Changing of the Garnet, Suzi Loves Sydney, It's a Doozi Says Suzi, and Russian to a Party looked in the bottle. But bottle comparisons can be very deceiving... so I swatched on a wheel!

Under bright flash...


Left to Right: OPI Russian To A Party, OPI Suzi Loves Sydney, OPI Changing of the Garnet, and OPI It's a Doozi Says Suzi

Under obscured Flash

Left to Right: OPI Russian To A Party, OPI Suzi Loves Sydney, OPI Changing of the Garnet, and OPI It's a Doozi Says Suzi

The Verdict
As you can see, none of them are complete dupes of each other. I would say that Russian to a Party is extremely Similar to It's a Doozi Says Suzi. The only real difference between Changing of the Garnet and Suzi Loves Sydney is that Suzi Loves Sydney is a touch darker (and I think prettier for it). But they are definitely sisters. The sad thing is, I don't think any of these are currently offered by OPI, though I suspect you can find Doozi and Sydney around. Ebay Prices on all of them aren't terrible, though obviously the older ones are a bit more expensive: Doozi and Sydney look reasonable.

Friday, March 26, 2010

Look - Playing with my New Milani 3D Glitzy Gloss

My little hairs I burned off my head while trying to blow out my birthday candles are finally starting to fill in. But it's making it impossible for me to tame my hair!


After I saw Vampy Varnish's review of the Milani 3D Glitzy Glamour Glosses I had to go out and get a couple of them myself. This look I just sort of came up with while trying out "Leading Lady".

I must say this - while the Milani 3D Glitzy Glamour Glosses don't seem to have a lot of pigment, they sure feel nice on the lips. NOT STICKY AT ALL! I could totally give up my MAC Dazzleglasses for these if they had a wider range of colors and a touch more pigment.

Eyes
  • Urban Decay Primer Potion
  • MAC Eye Shadow in Shale - All over lid
  • MAC Eye Shadow in Shadowy Lady - In Crease
  • MAC Eye Shadow in Naked Lunch - As brow highlight
  • Urban Decay 24/7 Pencil in Rockstar - I frakking love this pencil
  • MAC Plushlash Mascara in Plushblack
Face
  • MAC Studio Fix Fluid in NC15
  • MAC Mineralize Skinfinish Natural in Light
  • Bobbi Brown Shimmerbrick in Nectar
Lips
  • Milani 3D Glitzy Glamour Gloss in Leading Lady

Polish - Misa Embroidered Emerald

I fully admit, I could have a dud bottle. But this is a polish I pretty much completely dislike:


You can sort of see the duochrome here:


Why I hate this polish:
  • It takes about 4 coats for full opacity - I thought I had it at 3 here but sadly, no.
  • The duochrome is not very pronounced.
  • The colors in this polish are kind of ugly by themselves, why would they be pretty together?
I have seen some pictures of this polish where it is down right spectacular. I have never gotten the same effect. I think it's discontinued (correct me if I am wrong please) and I can see why.

I acquired this polish through a swap. I am almost inclined to swap it away. I keep hanging on to it because I keep thinking I will see the love others have for it someday. Am I kidding myself?

Color
Sort of a maroon/brown base with green blue duochrome. Remember when I talked about Rescue Beauty Lounge Scrangie having a duochrome that didn't quite mesh well with the base in that it looked like the duochrome particles sat in the base instead of blending int a cohesive polish? Same thing here. But Scrangie is way prettier.

Application
The brush isn't bad but the handle is long. I didn't like that.

Formula
This mani was done with 3 coats. On some nails it is still uneven and not opaque. It could have used a fourth coat.

Bottom Line
I am not a fan.

Thursday, March 25, 2010

Polish - Zoya Reece, A Lovely (non-chipping) Jewel!

I can't believe I'm wearing Zoya Reece for the third day and only one chip on the thumb of my right hand in a place that is hardly noticeable.


Color
As I mentioned yesterday, this is a dead ringer for OPI Senorita Rose-alita but with far more duochrome power. It's a slightly magenta, pink base with gold duochrome. I like to think of it as "old gold" as it can have a slight green tint in certain light. Overall, it just reminds me of looking at a sunset through my tropical drink in Belize. I love it.

Application
Two coats. No issues as usual. I love Zoya's formula.

Wear
Using Qtica Nail Growth Stimulator as a base with Zoya Armor on top and OPI Drip Dry Drops I've gotten the best wear out of this polish that I could possibly hope for. Awesome.

Bottom Line
If you like her, get her. But you don't really need both Reece and Senorita Rose-alita (unless you're me of course). Perfect shade for spring/summer!

Wednesday, March 24, 2010

Making MAC Viva Glam Cyndi Lipstick Look More Like the Promo Pic

Preface:
This is something that's going to make you laugh - I went through the process of creating this series of images before I realized that the face chart on the MAC Cosmetics website for Cyndi actually had the exact same products listed that I was going to use. How crazy is that??? I immediately thought "Ok, I'm not as creative as I thought I was...". My friend Kara had a much more optimistic outlook: "You just have a really good eye." Oh well... either way, I'm writing my post anyway even though you can get the same instruction from the MAC site directly.

On with the post!

I was really excited when I received my MAC Viva Glam Cyndi in the mail a few weeks back. I tried it out almost immediately and was a little let down. Not that it wasn't a good lipstick - it is. But when I see a promo where lips look THAT candy red, I want my product I'm purchasing to produce lips that are THAT CANDY-FRAKKING RED! Right?

For reference, here's the promo photo with the candy-frakking red lips:


Image from The Style And Beauty Doctor, via Google Images

Here are my lips using Viva Glam Cyndi without any doctoring up:


See the discrepancy? It's a nice shade, but it's a bit of a "My Lips But Redder" shade. So what would I do if I wanted RED lips like Cyndi's? I came up with the following plan:

Step 1: MAC Prep + Prime Lips

I swear by this product. I really do. It conditions, and for me it seems to help my lipstick apply more smoothly. Simply apply it like a lip balm. In fact, in a pinch, I have used it like a lip balm, though I it doesn't meet my hydration standards on a regular basis. It is one of the few products I repurchase on a regular basis.

Step 2: Choose Your Weapon! The Red Lip Liner

I chose MAC Cherry Lip Pencil. Line your lip with the lip pencil. Then fill in the lip. This will give the lipstick a base and also help it last a little longer in addition to the Prep + Prime.

I don't use MAC Cherry Lip Pencil a lot because I don't do super red lips a lot, but in this case I'm very happy I had it on hand. It's also excellent under Clear Lipglass by itself if you don't have a super red lipstick.

My lips looked like this after Step 2:

Almost a little "Rocky Horror" no? Yeah, not quite there yet...

Step 3: Apply the Viva Glam Cyndi

Self-explanatory step. The lipstick will fill in any gaps you may have missed with your Lip Liner as well, turning the base color a little creamy and mixing in. Sometimes I go back around my lips with the Lip Liner after this step because I'm usually messy. No, I don't usually use a lip brush, but you can if that's your preference.

See the big difference already just putting that lip liner under it as a base? Huge difference really. What you are seeing is the power of Cherry.

Step 4: Apply Clear Lip Gloss

Ok, here's where I usually do use a brush. MAC Clear Lipglass comes in a completely different packaging than anything else. It's got this round end with a hole, similar to Lip Gelees but not slanted tip. I squeeze a bit onto the end of the ball and dip my lip brush into it. Then I apply onto the lips. The reason - that tip would get so messy if I applied directly and it would be annoying to clean. As it is, I often get transfer from the brush if I go back again for a second pass with the gloss.



And there you have it - Cyndi's lips! You could, instead of using Clear Lipglass use a red lipgloss (I love Dior Addict Red Stockings Lip Gloss). This could pump that red color into an even more dramatic look. But that's entirely up to you.

I still think it's hilarious that they used this exact combo on the face chart... what an idiot I am for not looking there first! I could have saved myself the time and effort (not to mention a morning of walking around the office feeling like I was broadcasting "look at my lips! over the loud speaker).

Regardless of Cyndi's power (or lack there of) by itself, a Viva Glam lipstick is always worth the purchase.

Look - Mauve Smokey Eye Using MAC Young Punk and Mercurial

@glowyjoeybunny gave me the idea for trying an atypical color for a smokey eye: Mauve. I immediately went to my drawer to find that eye shadow that is the perfect blend of pink and purple and would create some mauvey-goodness. I found MAC Mercurial Mineralize Eye Shadow. I so rarely use my Mineralize Eye Shadows, so I was surprised I pulled out two for this look...

Also decided that if I'm going to have fallout from using Mineralize Eye Shadows I might as well go for it so I put Mercurial EVERYWHERE around my eye. I really like how this turned out. I might have used a touch more purple...

Breakdown
Eyes
  • MAC Eye Kohl in Smolder - Shade heavily on upper lashes, smudge out later with shadow. Also along lower lash line.
  • MAC Mineralize Eyeshadow in Mercurial - Above the smolder on the lid, but it's ok if it ends up mixing a bit. It's a Smokey Eye - you can be messy! Also used this on my lower lid since I had a good amount of fall out anyway.
  • MAC Mineralize Eyeshadow in Young Punk - Used my pencil brush with this shadow to smudge the Smolder up the lid. A tiny bit around the lower lid.
  • MAC Richmetal Highlighter in Rare and Refined - I should have left this out but I stuck this in the crease just a touch to try to pink it up. But the Richmetal highlighters are a little hard to work with and this was much harder... may be time to toss this beauty. She's old!
  • MAC Eyeshadow in Phloof - Pretty sure I used Phloof though I admit it could have been Shore Leave... But either way it was a brow highlight.
  • MAC Plushlash Mascara in Plushblack
Face
  • Mac Studio Fix Fluid in NC15
  • MAC Mineralize Skinfinish Natural in Light
  • MAC Beauty Powder in Pearl Blossom
Lips
  • MAC Pencil Lip Liner in Dervish
  • MAC Lipstick in House of Style - Another oldie from the Couture collection of '06. Great color.
  • MAC Lipglass in All Woman
By the way, I think of "mauve" I usually end up thinking of my first lipstick ever - Clinique Crystal Mauve. My mom always got it as a "gift with purchase". It's the most non-scary lipstick ever (and as I recall, the consistency was not great). I loved it because it was my first lipstick, I hated it because it was so dull. But I will always think of it fondly. Mercurial was a perfect "Crystal Mauve" type color for the eyes, and it is hardly dull.

Tuesday, March 23, 2010

CoverGirl Smokey Shadow Blast Review

Last week I was caught with an urge to do a sudden Drugstore splurge. Probably this was a result from watching America's Next Top Model and reading Glamour. The target of my splurge: CoverGirl's Smokey Shadow Blast Eye Shadow.

For those of you not familiar with the product, CoverGirl's describes the product on their website:

"The two different, specially contoured ends of our ShadowBlast stick make it easy to create a bold, colorful, smoky eye. A duo of expertly paired shades provide the bold, spotlight-ready looks loved by today's hottest makeup artists."

So does it do what it was designed for? Let's find out.

Shades

I chose Smokey Shadow Blast in Silver Sky - a purple/silver smokey eye. I thought the rounded end (as you can see from the picture above) was actually going to be a redder shadow than what it turned out to be. The shade is really more of a true purple rather than being a maroon, so from that aspect the color of the shadow on vs. off was a miss match. But the two shades together did blend very well, and were obviously well-matched. I do wish, however, that the darker shade had been a matte shade, or not so shiny.

Texture

If you're like me, you would be expecting Mac Shadesticks, right? Well, at first this Smokey Shadow Blast was similar. I had to rub hard with the silver shade to get it to deposit on my poor abused lids. But after a few swipes it the stick seemed to glide on smoother. I would recommend swiping these on your hand first before attacking the eye just to save your lids some trauma.

Application

The rounded end vs the pointy end made it really easy to identify which shadow was meant for which purpose. I tried to use the pointy end the way I usually use my Mac 242 brush (or similar flat brush) where I cover at least one side (sometimes two) and just swish back and forth across my crease. I found it a little difficult to work with Smokey Shadow Blast this way, but in the end I did get my color. I also tried to use the pointed end along the lash line (as directed on the box). The color deposit was easier this way (using the pointed end very directly) but the shade blended way more easily with the silver shade than I wanted. I like to do a little bit of work, I guess.

The Pros
  • No agonizing over color choices
  • No brushes involved
  • Intuitive design for shadow application
The Cons
  • Some difficulty to work with texture-wise
  • Can not customize the color options
  • My eyes honestly started to burn as the day went on and the color wore into my eyes.
  • Formula creases easily (I suspect using a base might help - I did not here)
Bottom Line

Probably great for people starting out or who don't have a lot of time. But beware the creasing and sting in the eyes.

See how it looked with my eyes open: Not really all that smokey... Plus I look tired. Ugh.

Comparison: OPI Senorita Rose-alita Vs. Zoya Reece

Just in case I wasn't the only one wondering...


OPI Senoria Rose-alita (left), Zoya Reece (right)


The Similarities

  • Both are magenta- pinks with gold duochrome (slightly green depending on the light)
  • Both are incredible colors.
  • Both have names I never spell correctly the first time ("Rosalita", "Reese" are my common mistakes... where did that hyphon com from?).
  • I am in love with both of these beauties!
The Differences
  • Reece is has a slightly darker base, maybe a slightly thicker formula
  • Reece's duochrome is more pronounced
  • Zoya is $7 and OPI pricing depends on where you by but can be anywhere between roughly $4 - $8.
Which do you buy?
Honestly, I think the decision comes down to how much duochrome you want. For me the answer was clearly "buy both!"

Monday, March 22, 2010

Blue Eye Shadow Phobia - Wrap Up

By now you've seen all the looks I was able to pull together last week using Blue Eyeshadow. I wish I had a little more time (or less time at work) and I would have pulled out some crazy ones. But overall I learned a few things for myself that may or may not help you:
  • For Dark Shadows, I prefer using blue as a liner to the crease.
  • I think using too many fosty colors together with blue makes the blue very scary.
  • If you're going to use the blue, really GO FOR IT. Pack that color on. Being too timid makes it look like a mistake.
  • Not every shade of blue looks good on everyone. The one that looks good to you, might not be your best. I love light blues, but Silverbleu shadestick looks a bit tacky on me I think.

There are several shadows I did not get to use this week and I would have liked to include them:
  • MAC Parrot - I've professed my fear of this shadow before, and it is truly beautiful.
  • MAC Mutiny Pigment - If you've been following me you've seen me use this before.
  • MAC Blue Storm Pigment - Honestly, if you have Contrast eyeshadow, I don't see a reason for owning both unless you have a need for a pigment vs. a shadow.
  • MAC A Bluer Blue - this is in the first Mac Palette I ever purchased (a holiday collection, many moons ago). It's almost greenish, though.

The Roundup:



Saint Patrick's Day Eye
Featuring Mac Contrast Shadow



Soft Blue Look
Featuring Mac Silverbleu Shadestick


Blue as Liner (my Favorite of the bunch)
Featuring Mac Birds & Berries Eye Shadow



All Out Frosty Blue
Featring Mac Birds & Berries Eye Shadow

And that's all folks! What do you think? Do you think I should try this again? Should I do blue again, or try a different color? Personally, it could be worth doing blue again. I don't think I've mastered that color at all. But really, I'm open to just about any color. Let me know what you want to see (if anything).

Coincidentally, today Bobbi Brown Cosmetics also posted tips for working with Blue Eye Shadow on Facebook. They must be reading my mind...

Blue Eye Shadow Look 3: MAC Silverbleu Paintstick Inspired

My frakking paint sticks! I never use them. Mostly I don't use them because they just aren't worth the trouble if there's a shadow in a similar shade. But MAC Silverblue really is too pretty to be shoved away in a corner getting even more dry than it already is. I had to use it...

Can you tell I was wearing my glasses a moment before this? I sure can. I hate that. Grrr... Anyway, I chose to tame the Silverbleu this time by playing off the slight purple undertone. I used it in conjunction with MAC Thunder Shadow and got this. I'm not totally unhappy about it either.

Breakdown

Eyes
  • Urban Decay Primer Potion
  • MAC Paintstick in Silverbleu - All over the lid. Several times. Try about 20. I couldn't get the color to transfer.
  • MAC Eye Shadow in Thunder (LE) - Corner and Crease
  • MAC Eye Shadow in Sunday Best (LE) - Brow highlight
  • MAC Pearlglide liner in Wolf (LE) - I wish this were perm.
  • MAC Plushlash Mascara in Plushbalck
Face
  • MAC Studio Fix Fluid in NC15
  • MAC Mineralize Skinfinish in Light,
  • MAC Blush in Don't Be Shy (LE)- I still think Barbie Loves MAC was my favorite collection ever.
Lips
  • MAC Creamstick Liner in Pink Treat
  • MAC Lipstick in High Top (LE) - I wanted to do something with the purple/green tone of this without making it too harsh
  • MAC Lipglass in Pink Meringue - been using this a lot lately to make things more pink or to tone things down.

Blue Eye Shadow Look 2 - MAC Birds & Berries as a Liner

I don't know what I think about this. I think I'm having foundation and powder issues right now. And I'm not entirely sure how to solve them.

On the whole, I loved using Birds & Berries MUCH more as a liner than as a corner/crease shadow. Considering my bright lips, I think of this as a "Subdued Mimi".

Breakdown

Eyes
  • Urban Decay Primer Potion
  • MAC Eyeshadow in Sunday Best(LE) - All over lid to brow
  • MAC Eyeshadow in Brids & Berries (LE) - heavily as a liner both upper and a little lower.
  • MAC Plushlash Mascara in Plushblack
Face
  • MAC Studio Fix Fluid in NC15
  • MAC Mineralize Skinfinish Natural in Light
  • Mac Pearl Blossom Beauty Powder (LE)

Lips
  • MAC Lipstick in Rose Maiden (LE)
  • MAC Strawberry Blond Lipglass (LE)

Overall, just an easy look. Didn't spend too much time on it. But I didn' t want to go too crazy. I'm particularly happy about the color I got when using the two lip products, even if it's a little sloppy.

Blue Eye Shadow Look 1: Working with MAC "Give Me Liberty of London" Birds & Berries

As fate would have it, MAC's Birds & Berries eye shadow arrived on my door the day Ms. Joeybunny brought up the strange fear of blue eye shadow. My first challenge!


I was really hesitant to show these images after I saw how horribly my lipstick wore. Yes that's MAC Viva Glam Lady Gaga lipstick - I wasn't happy with it. I think it doesn't wear well. It looked good for about the first minute, then just moved itself into all the unflattering nooks and crannies of my lips even though I layered it over MAC Prep + Prime Lip. I have to learn how to tame it though - it's my only light pink lipstick.

Breakdown

Eyes
  • Urban Decay Primer Potion
  • MAC Pigment in Your Ladyship (LE) - Layered on like crazy over the whole lid.
  • MAC Eye Shadow Birds & Berries (LE) - corner and crease
  • MAC Eye Shadow in Vex - I put this mostly right on the center of my lid trying to make it reflective.
  • MAC Fluidline in Lithograph (LE) - lined upper eyes
  • MAC Liner in Steelpoint - tried to do the lower water line.
  • MAC Plushlash Mascara in Plushblack
Face
  • MAC Prep + Prime Skin Refined Zone - This was suggested by @MAC_Keri_B on Twitter. Jury is still out on whether or not it was a worthwhile purchase.
  • MAC Studio Fix Fluid NC15
  • MAC Skinfinish Natural in Light
  • MAC Mineralize Blush in Love Thing
  • MAC Beauty Powder in Pearl Blossom (LE) - Love Love Love this beauty powder!
Lips
  • MAC Creamstick Liner in Mother Pearl - This was the lightest I had
  • MAC Lipstick in Viva Glam Gaga
  • MAC Lipglass in Pink Meringue
I wore this look to a good friend's wedding on Pi Day. Mr. Jason Maddox married the lovely Lauren Simmons at 1:59 pm that day... how cute! Take a look at their awesome cake!

I still think they should have had Pie if they were getting married on Pi but that's another story...

The Blue Eye Shadow Phobia - What is THAT all about?

Do you want to know what I think of when I hear the words "blue eye shdaow"? Take a look on the right (Image from Atypical Musings via Google Images). Yes, I usually think of the Drew Carey Show character Mimi. I didn't even watch the show, but this image somehow ingrained in my consciousness and screams at me "NOOOOOOOOOOO! BEWARE!!!!" So naturally, I thought of Mimi when the wonderful GlowyJoeyBunny brought up the topic of Blue Eye shadow and being afraid of it on Twitter (Joeybunny also posts on The Pink Sith which I adore).

This Twitter conversation got me thinking - is Mimi really the reason why I am afraid of Blue Eye Shadow or is it something more? My friend Kara said it just evokes thoughts of scary 80s makeup, and I agree. I also think I've heard so many times that I shouldn't wear it because of the color of my eyes (somehow it would be too matchy-matchy and unflattering. But should I really fear the Blue?

So I decided to challenge myself - I would wear a shade of blue in my eye shadow every day I wore makeup for a week. I made it four looks before I finally gave up. St. Patrick's Day was one of those days, and you've already seen that look... But here are the rest for you. Stay tuned... It's blue eye shadow day!

Saturday, March 20, 2010

Polish - Zoya Adina (you already know this is awesome!)

Zoya Adina has to be the most elusive polish to photograph. The reason I say this is because for every frame I snapped it was only the truth part of the time. So you'll get a few pictures here.



The next one was in my car because I noticed the green flash was showing off nicely:



In my office under Flash...


And the worst possible picture ever, just because you NEED to see how green this can look. My office lighting without flash:

Didn't realize she could look that green did you? Well she does. Adina is that green in most office lighting in my experience.

Side Note: Why does it seem to me that the only truly successful duochromes are purple/green ones? I would really like to know the answer to that. Zoya tried duochromes on other polishes in the Reverie collection but the duochrome nature was not as strong.

Color
Zoya Adina joins the list of successful Purple/Green duochromes. She's like the sister to Zoya Ki, Cousin to Revlon Khaki Zing (which I got rid of Ki because it reminded me too much of the Revlon) and the cousin by marriage to Rescue Beauty Lounge Scrangie. Where Zoya Adina is more successul than RBL Scrangie is in the treatment of the reflective particles that make it duochrome. I felt that RBL never successfully integrated those particles - it seemed like they just sat in their base, as though the base wasn't connected at all the the relectiveness. In Adina the base and the reflective shimmer mesh so well it's seamless.

Application
Two coats. Three if you really want. I would recommend a ridge filler with this one. I didn't use one and I can definately tell.

Wear
I wore this on top o Qtica Nail Growth Stimulator and with Zoya Anchor on top. Used OPI Drip Dry Drops. I have tip wear after 3 days but that's good for me.

Bottom Line
If you feel you want ANOTHER purple/green duochrome, go for it. Adina is gorgeous. But I'm dying to see other color combos in duochrome that are just as successful.

I believe Adina was named for the blogger KraseyBeauty. Please correct me if I am mistaken.

Zoya Nail Polish is available on their wesbite.
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