Monday, March 23, 2015

One Year of Pocketderm + Other Skincare Goodies Giveaway!


Hi all!

As you may already know, I'm a huge fan of Pocketderm (you can see my reviews here and here). So when they contacted me asking me if I would share this giveaway with my dear readers, of course I jumped at the chance! 
 *To Celebrate PocketDerm's 1st Birthday we’re hosting a special #giveaway! 1 year of PocketDerm + 4 top skincare favorites our dermatologists absolutely love!!! Did we mention TWO lucky winners? Details on how to #win below. To enter,​ head to the "Giveaway" tab on our Facebook page (http://on.fb.me/1CFMiIC). Entries will be accepted until Monday March 30th at 3pm PST/ 6pm EST*

Here are the products that are being given away (2 winners)
1. One free year of PocketDerm 
2. Neutrogena Healthy Defense Daily Moisturizer
3. Sebamed Clear Face Care Gel
4. La Roche Posay Anthelios 60
5. Neutrogena Ultra Gentle Hydrating Cleanser
They are only accepting entries through the giveaway tab linked here: http://on.fb.me/1CFMiIC 

Thanks for stopping by!

  

*Post sponsored by Pocketderm. Lost in Lacquer is not responsible for this giveaway.

Friday, March 20, 2015

Zoya Delight Spring 2015 Collection Swatches and Review


Hi everyone! With it being the first day of spring today, it seems like an appropriate time to show you this lovely new spring collection from Zoya. This collection consists of three cremes and three polishes with a subtle light blue shimmer.
Zoya Eden. One coat. Eden is a bright pink creme.This polish is extremely opaque. I'm really impressed with the formula as well. It's not the most unique shade of pink, but in terms of formula and opacity it's likely one of the best of its kind.
Zoya Tiana. Three coats. Tiana is a mint creme. Comparing this to Zoya Neely, it is very similar but slightly more green. Of all the polishes in this collection, I had the hardest time working with this one. That's not to say that it has a bad formula by any means, it's just relative to the excellence of the rest of the polishes.

Zoya Lillian. Two coats. Lillian is a lighter robin's egg blue creme. I absolutely adore this shade of blue. I can't say I have another one like it. The formula was good and easy to work with.
Zoya Leslie. Two coats. Leslie is a pink-leaning lilac shade with the subtle blue shimmer I mentioned earlier. I am a fan of this shade, it's so perfect for spring with its pastel coloring of purple and blue. The shimmer is a lot easier to see in person and much harder to capture on camera. :(

Zoya Daisy. Three coats. This is a pastel yellow polish with same blue shimmer. I'm not a fan of yellow polish with my skin tone (jaundice hands...) but I could see other people pulling this one off.
Zoya Rayne. Two coats over Lillian. I was curious to see how this looked over Lillian since the base blue color of Rayne was really close to Lillian. Maybe I'm just bad at distinguishing between different shades of blue, but this looked like a slightly darker shade plus blue shimmer.

Overall, I think this is a lovely spring collection. My picks from the collection are Lillian and Leslie! You can find them this collection here for $9 a piece on Zoya's website. Thanks for stopping by!

*The products in this post were sent for review. To see my disclosure policy, please click here.

Monday, February 9, 2015

Pocketderm Update - Seven Months

 Hi all!

I wanted to update you guys on how Pocketderm has been working for me. The last time I posted about Pocketderm was back in October, so check that out if you want to see my original review.  Pocketderm provides you with online access to a dermatologist. This dermatologist will consult with you through photographs and some medical background provided by the patient. Then, your Pocketderm dermatologist will create a custom prescription lotion to apply to your face once a day.
Here are my results!
Before                                        After
After                                       Before
I also have a new formulation for my medicated lotion. It is as follows:
 7% azelaic acid
1% clindamycin 
0.04% tretinoin 
I am so pleased with Pocketderm! I haven't had any active acne for nearly two weeks. That's a pretty foreign concept for me!  If anyone is interested in trying this incredible service, you can use my referral link to get your first month free (regularly $20/month)! So go ahead and try it out - cancel if you don't like it or don't think it's worth the cost. 
 
Thanks for stopping by!
 
Masha

Tuesday, January 27, 2015

Snowed In.

Or so they claimed. The university was closed today due to the storm of epic proportions that was predicted to tear through the North East today. I can't speak for others in the tri-state area, but the weather isn't so bad here in central Jersey. I'm always thankful for a free day of sleeping in, though. It also gives me a chance to take some pictures of my nail art.
Lighting has always been a challenge for me. I find the best lighting for me is outside on a sunny day. However, there hasn't been a good sunny day in a while, so I struggle with these things. The first photo is too bright, and the one below it is too dim. I hope you enjoy the nail look anyway. This was based on some nail art that I saw on Pinterest, but I can't seem to find the pin. I started with Venique Gel-Like Base Coat, then painted on two coats of Zoya Dovima. I heard that Zoya re-released their matte velvet collection, which is awesome! This is one of the older ones though, and it has held up really well. I then stamped on this design from the BM-314 plate using Konad Stamping Polish in Silver. I topped it all off with nails inc. Matte Top Coat.

Thanks for stopping by!

Sunday, January 25, 2015

Zoya Naturel Satins Swatches and Review (Part 2)

 Hi all! Today I have the second half of the new Zoya Naturel Satins collection to share with all of you. I've included a collage of all the shades above; you can see part one here. Again, these are the winter/spring translation shades, and they come in a special satin finish. According to their website, "[the] Satin formula is a hybrid between matte and glossy polishes and is not intended to be worn with a top coat."
Tove. Two coats. This is a blue leaning slate grey color. I absolutely love this shade. It is beautiful, opaque and applies like a dream. Definitely my favorite of the collection.
Ana. Three coats. This is a really light nude pink. Much like other light pink shades, it's kind of a pain to apply. It is very opaque though, so if you're really careful applying it could come out really smoothly. My nails have been peeling a lot lately, and I found that this polish made that fact extremely obvious. 
Brittany. Three coats. This is another pink polish, but is a lot more mauve and darker than Ana. I had the same issues as with Ana where the polish was pretty opaque, but I needed more coats to smooth it out. The color is a bit unexciting for me, but if you're in the market for a pink polish like this, I say go for it!

As I've mentioned previously, these are really unique because you have the option of three finishes: satin, shiny with regular top coat, or matte with matte top coat. The problem with the satin finish, though, is that imperfections that are often not seen when top coating are easily visible, so you have to be a bit more careful painting with these. This issue can be avoided altogether if you just treat them like any other polish and put the top coat on. At the very least, they are gorgeous cremes! If you're interested in picking any of these up, you can find them here for $9 a piece.

*The products in this post were sent for review. To see my disclosure policy, please click here.

Friday, January 23, 2015

Zoya Naturel Satins Swatches and Review (Part 1)

Hi all! Today I have the first half of the new Zoya Naturel Satins collection to share with all of you! (See the second half here!) These are their winter/spring translation shades, and they come in a special satin finish. According to their website, "[the] Satin formula is a hybrid between matte and glossy polishes and is not intended to be worn with a top coat." I apologize for the indoor swatches (everything looks so much better taken outside...wishing I lived in a eternally sunny place right...), but there is a snowstorm coming so it's not really an option!
Sage. Three coats. This is a mossy green shade. I really love this color. I don't love a lot of green polishes with my skin tone, but more neutral ones like this I find very flattering! The formula on this polish was thick and the polish itself was super opaque, but I found it the hardest to work with out of the three I have tried so far.
Leah. Two coats. Leah is a lavender tinged taupe color. It's hard to tell, but it leans a lot more taupe than I was able to photograph. Again, a very opaque and thick polish. I did have problems with streaking though.
Rowan. Two coats. This polish is the quintessential "taupe" color; one of my favorite shades of nail polish ever. This is really similar to a lot of other taupe shades, but the finish is definitely unique. This was by far the easiest to work with of the three.

So far, I'm really liking these! The finish isn't quite matte and its not shiny either, so that makes the finish on these polishes really unique. Besides, it's easy to convert it to a normal/matte creme polish with regular and matte top coats. I bet these look really cool with holo top coat too...But basically it's like having three finishes in one available at your disposal. I'm also a sucker for the matted glass bottles these come with. <3 What do you guys think of the satin finish?

If you're interested in picking any of these up, you can find them here for $9 a piece. I'll be posting the remaining three polishes soon, so don't forget to check back! Thanks for reading!

*The products in this post were sent for review. To see my disclosure policy, please click here.