Friday, May 15, 2015

Zoya Island Fun Summer 2015 Collection Swatches and Review

Hi all!
This lovely Friday evening, I've got half of Zoya's new summer collection for 2015 called Island Fun to show you all! This half of the collection consists of beautiful and bright cream polishes. All swatches were taken indoors and I used one coat of Venique Gel-Like Base Coat and one coat of Out The Door Top Coat.
Zoya Cecilia. Two coats. I suppose there's no reason not to start with my favorite polish from this half of the collection! Cecilia is a lovely teal cream.
 
Zoya Talia. One coat. Although a lot of polishes in this collection approached almost complete opacity with one coat, this was the only one that I was able to apply with just one coat. Isn't it beautiful? I love this bright shade of blue.

Zoya Jace. Two coats. Jace is almost like a dark lime green. I wasn't really a huge fan of this one...it's too murky of a green for my liking. I would pass on this one, but maybe greens like this strike your fancy!
Zoya Serenity. Two coats. I also really adore Serenity, which is gorgeous bright purple polish. I did some nail art with this one that I will be showing you all later.
Zoya Demetria. Two coats. Sorry for the weird lighting, but taking pictures of really bright red nail polish is actually pretty challenging. In a bunch of my other pictures, it came out looking really orange! But I digress, Demetria is a bright red polish. It's a staple for any polish collection; a nice, bright red.
Zoya Nana. Two coats. This is a deep fuchsia color, and very opaque. I think it's a flattering summer color. It reminds me of a non-jelly version of Zoya Paloma.

The formula on all of the polishes was perfect! I highly recommend this collection. You can check out and order the collection from Zoya's website for $9 a piece!

Thanks for stopping by!

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

Friday, May 8, 2015

Blue Butterflies For Spring

Hi all!

My apologies for the delayed absence - I have been studying like a mad man for generals exams. Good news, I passed! :D So life should be a lot less stressful now...and that means more time for blogging!

Since it's spring and super nice out, I was in the mood for springy blue nails. I found this butterfly stamp image and tried some metallic on creme stamping.
The base is two coats of China Glaze Sea Spay. Then I stamped on the butterflies using Sparitual Navigate and BM-205. I must confess, getting back into stamping is really difficult after a long hiatus. I need to practice a lot more before I reach the level of skill I had over a year and a half ago.

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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.

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