Hey guys, I’m so excited to share with you my latest haul, from the Land of the Rising Sun: Japan!! I didn’t go myself (I wish!) but a friend of mine was visiting Japan and offered to pick up a few things for me, how fortunate, right?!
 

Granted, I was *supposed* to be on a no-buy, but it’s not every day I can ask a friend to walk into a shop in Japan and pick up some things for me. I gave him a budget of around 5000 Yen (~$53 USD) and a few specifications. I didn’t feel too picky because no matter what he bought I was sure I’d like it (if not, I could trade it). I was not disappointed!
 

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Dated: 6th April 2013
Filled Under: Beauty
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Hey guys, you remember a few weeks back when I posted about the Zoya deal where you could “buy 3 for $10 shipped”(normally $8 each)? I got my polishes last week and My Dear Roommate (another polish-olic) said she thought people should see what I did with it.
 

Image is a photo of  three zoya polishes: gilda (opaque pink glitter), luna (opaque silver glitter), and ziv (opaque gold glitter). They are pictured next to a black box with grey, pink, and white text that reads: the new color of fashion ZOYA.
 
Ta da! It’s here!! It came in this box.

 
 

It was very difficult to only choose three polishes from Zoya, I really wanted so many!! Their color selection is extensive. I settled on these three and after their arrival I feel like I made the right choice. I wanted to immediately wear Gilda and bask in the pink glory, but I invented a mani that I thought would be better because it incorporated two polishes instead of one.
 

Image is a photo of  three zoya polishes: gilda (opaque pink glitter), luna (opaque silver glitter), and ziv (opaque gold glitter).
 
Here’s all three sisters together. They’re so cute!

 
 

I also got a little booklet that shows all of Zoya’s polishes (sorry, not pictured). All of the Zoya swatches look good and I’ll tell you right now the product photos are great; in person these look exactly like they do on the website. They also have the best product descriptions. Have you ever ordered a glitter only to find out it was actually clear and you wanted opaque? Bought a color that turned out to be jelly? I hate that too, so the descriptions really helped for me. If you’re still scared that you’ll get a disappointment, you can order little swatch spoons.
 

Image is a photo of a manicure and the two bottles that are responsible for the manicure. They are zoya Gilda (pink opaque glitter) and zoya Ziv (gold opaque glitter). The manicure is a gradient that starts from the gold and gradually becomes pink. The nails are about half  of each color.
 
I know I’m not a nail artist or anything but I was proud of this. It’s sparkley enough for parties.

 
 

I wanted to try out a sponge manicure, and this one comes from Erika over at ErikaJjang. I very obviously made some changes, but the technique is about right. I used a tiny chunk of a soft makeup sponge instead of the kind Erika uses, and managed to do the whole mani with just this tiny part of a sponge. Very little wasted! I wish I had cute little gemstones but alas, I do not.
 
As for preventing a mess, I do something similar to what Erika does, but instead of Petroleum I use body butter. I think it doesn’t really make a difference which you use, I just grabbed what was closest, and they both work. I also clean up at the end using acetone and a concealer brush (mine is from ELF). Bam! Perfect manicure.
 

Image is a photo of a manicure. The mani uses zoya Gilda (pink opaque glitter) and zoya Ziv (gold opaque glitter). The manicure is a gradient that starts from the gold and gradually becomes pink. The nails are about half  of each color.
 
That isn’t a chip on my middle finger, I missed a spot.

 
 

I really REALLY loved this polish you guys. It was so easy to use, smooth, the glitter is gorgeous and not dotty, chalky, or clumpy. It shines so nicely. Now that I know these are of good quality, I want Zoya polishes in many more colors. >_> Oh no….
 

Image is a photo of a manicure and the two bottles that are responsible for the manicure held in the hand. They are zoya Gilda (pink opaque glitter) and zoya Ziv (gold opaque glitter). The manicure is a gradient that starts from the gold and gradually becomes pink. The nails are about half of each color.
 
My hand is eating all the polish!

 
 

The Good:

  • Smooth, even coverage.
  • Perfectly opaque, only one coat needed
  • Sparkles like the sun
  • Doesn’t clump, no dull glitters, not chalky.
  • Easy to buy the right colors thanks to good swatch and descriptions on the website
  • Perfect polish

The Bad:

  • You will hate wearing junky glitters from now on.
  • The price is higher than cheapie polish at $8 a piece

 


 
I don’t really think this is safe for work. It might also be too fabulous for certain viewers.

 
 

Bottom line: These polishes make me want to go to German Sparkle Parties. I would buy these EXACT colors again + probably empty my wallet buying several other naughty colors too. I would recommend them to anyone! These would be perfect for any party, summer mani, holiday, or whenever you want to make your nails glittery. This is what you might call “A Rave Review”, my friends.
 

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Dated: 24th January 2013
Filled Under: Beauty, Reviews
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Hey guys, you might be saying to yourself wow a second blog post? Sometimes Cake-pie makes 2 posts in a month, how crazy is it to see two in one DAY?? Well, ordinarily you won’t see this much posting, but there’s a DEAL you HAVE to know about if you’ve been interested in Pixi brand makeup but couldn’t afford their high prices.
 

Today on Hautelook you can get Pixi (and POP Beauty) products for huge discounts, some products are 70% off or more, and the majority are UNDER $10!! If you check it out and buy anything, use my link! It gives me a $10 credit if you do, and I will be very thankful to you for doing so.
 

I’ve been an Hautelook member for a while, but I’ve never purchased anything before (despite there being good sales before), timing wasn’t always right (their sales are limited time), or I didn’t have it in the budget (I’m on a fixed income).
 

The sale goes until THURSDAY AT 8AM PACIFIC, but I wouldn’t hesitate because shit is selling out already. It’s a popular brand and a lot of people are cheapskates like us and want the good prices, haha.
 

I hauled some stuff today, and I’ll share with you what I picked up!
 

image is a stock photo of the pixi nail polish in opal sheen, a pearly white color. It is in a clear glass bottle with a light green-grey cap.

image is a stock photo of the pixi nail polish in pink pirouette, a pearly neon pink color. It is in a clear glass bottle with a light green-grey cap, with a graphic of what looks like tinkerbell th fairy on the cover. She has blonde hair a white wings.

image is a stock photo of the pixi nail polish in fresh red, a pearly red color. It is in a clear glass bottle with a light green-grey cap.

image is a stock photo of pop beauty glitz blitz eyeliner in the color black blitz. Two pencils are shown, both are black with white lettering.

Image is a stock photo of a super pale green squeeze bottle of pixi brand fresh face healthy skin booster in peach. The cap is slightly goldish, and the lettering is a gold foil color.
Image is a stock photo swatch of the Pixi brand fresh face healthy skin booster in peach. It's a smooth peach colored silky liquid smudged across a white background.

Image is a stock photo of the Pixi brand brightening primer bottle. It is a very fair green, with a lighter green cap. The lettering is a sort of gold foil color.

Image is a stock photo of the pixi brand flawless beauty powder in shade #1, fair. Two packages are shown, one is closed the other is open. They are both light green with gold foil accent graphics and labels. The closed one features a silhouette of a fairy on the cove of  the package, the open one shows the contents and a small mirror inside. Both cases are square shaped.

 

Pretty nail polishes right? It’s like nail polish week with this and the Zoya Freebies I hauled a few days ago. I was interested in the powder because it looks fair enough to work on my stark white skin (my current powders are almost out, oh noes!). The eyeliner was pretty cheap, and I wanted to try at least one POP Beauty product from this sale. I’m not 100% sure what the Fresh Face skin booster does but I intend to see if it makes sense as a highlighter or maybe a totally natural blush look. I already have a few brightening primers, but they’re both a bit pinkish and I want to see what a pearly white one will do with my already white face (hopefully make it glow like the moon, not make it ghostly!).
 

That’s my selection, did you haul anything from this sale? If not, does anything look exciting or interesting to you? Tell me what you think of Hautelook.
 

This post is not sponsored, everything was purchased with my own money. See my Disclosure!
 

Posted by Cake-Pie
Dated: 8th January 2013
Filled Under: Beauty
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Image is a promotional ad for Zoya nail polish. It reads: Let zoya color your world in 2012 get 3 free*, code zoya2013, 01/7/2013 (10 am EST) - 01/13/2013 (11:59 PM EST) ONLY, *Restrictions apply, continental US only, Limited time offer on zoya.com only, s/h charges apply, see zoya.com for complete details, The new color of fashion, zoya, zoya.com, copyright 2013 art of beauty inc, all rights reserved

 

NOTE: The poster says it starts on 1/7 but the code works now (I already ordered mine).
 

NOTE: This promotion seems to be US only >: Let me know if it works for you if you’re outside the US!
 

There’s a new promotion right now from Zoya, you can get 3 polishes for “free”, but you have to pay $10 for shipping… still, do the math here:
 

Zoya nail polish $8 each x 3 = $24
Then add $6.95 (Standard Shipping regular price)

Total: $30.95
 

OR
 

3 Zoya Nail polishes for $10.
 

It’s still a deal even though they’re hiking up the shipping price for this offer, might as well be “3 polishes for a dollar + shipping.” Who cares? That’s cheap!
 

I picked up:
 

image is a stock photo of the zoya nail polish named Ziv. It's an opaque gold with gold glitter in a clear bottle. No bottle lid is pictured.
Ziv
 
 

image is a stock photo of the zoya nail polish named Luna. It's an opaque silver with silver glitter in a clear bottle. No bottle lid is pictured.
Luna
 
 

image is a stock photo of the zoya nail polish named Gilda. It's an opaque hot pink with hot pink glitter in a clear bottle. No bottle lid is pictured.
Gilda
 

What polishes did you get? Let’s share what we got!
 

Posted by Cake-Pie
Dated: 5th January 2013
Filled Under: Beauty
Comments: 5 Comments

Image is a photo of 10 products, each one is numbered. 1 is Softsoap body butter coconut scrub, 2 is softsoap body butter strawberry smoother, 3 is freeman feeling beautiful clay mask, 4 is freeman feeling beautiful peel-off mask, 5 is sinful colors nail polish in glass pink, 6 is sally hansen diamond strength nail polish in wedding crasher, 7 is wet n wild lipstick in fuchsia with blue pearl, 8 is wet n wild nail polish in white, 9 is wet n wild nail polish in black, and 10 is revlon nail art stencils in bows.Today I’ll share with you some goods I purchased recently from Walgreen’s drugstore. I shop anywhere I think I can buy good products, and this time I wanted to check out what Walgreen’s had. This was my first time in a Walgreen’s, actually, and I found it to have a good selection, about what you’d expect at any drugstore. I bought these products almost a month ago, so I’ve had a chance to try most of them out, so I’ll also be including my first impressions of many of the products. As always, note my special circumstances that may affect reviews or impressions of products, they may affect my opinions. Even better, you may share some of my circumstances! Read more…
 

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Dated: 10th November 2012
Filled Under: Beauty, Reviews
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