Tuesday, April 28, 2015

Press Release - New Summer 2015 Collections from Zoya


Introducing two new Zoya Nail Polish collections for Summer 2015, Island Fun & Paradise Sun. All in the Big5Free* formula Zoya is famous for.
ISLAND FUN (creams)
Ready for an island vacation, these playful creams embody a tropical getaway! They are strong in color to balance the brilliance of the summer sun, with a flawless cream formula.

Jace (ZP796) - Modern tropical green in a full coverage and densely pigmented cream formula. A green that is more muted than lime and surprisingly wearable!
Cecilia (ZP797) - Classic teal in a full coverage and densely pigmented cream formula.
Talia (ZP798) - True turquoise in full coverage and densely pigmented cream formula.
Serenity (ZP799) - Summer purple in a full coverage and densely pigmented cream formula. Reminiscent of beautiful blooming irises, a harbinger of summer!
Nana (ZP800) - Deep summer fuchsia in a full coverage and densely pigmented cream formula.
Demetria (ZP801) - A vibrant poppy red in a full coverage and densely pigmented cream formula.

PARADISE SUN (metallics)
Fully saturated with a gorgeous micronized metallic sheen, these shimmering beauties are much like sunshine sparkling on water. Meant to be used as an independent color, these shades feature a full-coverage, densely pigmented formula.

Genesis (ZP790) - Crystalline white with a micronized metallic pearl finish. Designed to look like micro-fine diamond dust!
Selene (ZP791) - True teal with a micronized metallic pearl finish. A unique shade with an aqua fleck that resembles deeper
layers of ocean water.
Oceane (ZP792) - True turquoise with a micronized metallic pearl finish that reflects the clearest blue ocean waters.
Isa (ZP793) - Deep blue-based purple with a micronized metallic pearl finish and an aqua flash that embodies the beauty of exotic island flowers.
Mae (ZP794) - Warm magenta pink with a micronized metallic pearl finish, reminiscent of vibrant Mediterranean flowers.
Aphrodite (ZP795) - Vibrant summer red with a micronized pearl metallic finish and multi-hued flash that brings it to life.

AVAILABLE 05/05/15!
$9 (US)
Available in top salons, spas and on

Tuesday, April 21, 2015

Press Release: Zoya Earth Day Polish Exchange 2015

With over 300 shades rooted in a healthy philosophy, it’s no surprise that Zoya is committed to helping you green your beauty routine! That’s why each year we give you the opportunity to exchange any old nail polish bottles that you may have laying around your house collecting dust, or that are not BIG5FREE* formulas, for brand new toxin-free** Zoya Nail Polish shades. You can rest assured that your unwanted polishes will be disposed of in an environmentally friendly manner. Helping the earth is easy… all you have to do to get started is pick out your NEW Zoya colors at, follow the instructions below and checkout. Let us do the rest!


1.     Visit and add a minimum of 6 bottles of Zoya Nail Polish (no more than 24 bottles) to your cart. Minimum 12, maximum 48 for professional accounts.
2.     Apply Code: EARTHLUV and a 50% credit will be added to your exchange order - free shipping included!
3.     Complete checkout and you're all set! If you need further instructions (including info for our professional program) on sending back your unwanted polish click HERE.
The exchange runs on the honor system, which means you are not obligated to send in your unwanted polish - we assume you're going to do the right thing! Many people donate the polish to a local cause instead, which we fully support. If you choose to send back your polishes, please check with your carrier of choice for shipping guidelines and restrictions for nail polish. For full promotion terms & conditions and instructions on how to send in your polish, click HERE.
Offer valid 4/21/15 - 4/28/15 (11:59pm EST)

* **BIG5FREE, TOXIN FREE: Zoya Nail Polish Formula contains no formaldehyde, formaldehyde resin, dibutyl phthalate, toluene or camphor.

Friday, April 17, 2015

Welcome to Revo!


Hello, friends! Something I have not shared often on this blog (or maybe, not at all) is the fact that I.LOVE.LIPBALM! Like, a LOT. Kind of obsessed, to be honest. And one of my favorite lip balm brands is Revo. You have probably heard that word tossed around in the beauty world but you may not be familiar with this awesome brand. Let me give you a little introduction. Revo (parent company OraLabs, Inc.) is a spherical-shaped balm with a flat top and bottom. It is similar to another brand but is not in any way, shape or form affiliated with them. Let me show you some pics so you'll see what I mean. 
Here is how they look when you first get them.  They are sealed in plastic with the branding information, bar code and flavor name on them.  The flavors pictured here are Tangerine, Melon Mint, Pomegranate and Marshmallow Creme.

Here is how they look on the bottom.

Here is how they look on the top.

This is how they look without lids.  As you can see, you get a decent amount of product inside.

Now, you might be thinking, "Kari, what's up with those labels? Some say 'ChapIce', one says 'Techniq' and one says 'Well at Walgreens'. I thought you said these were Revos?" Yes, that is slightly confusing but let me explain. OraLabs markets Revo lip balms under several brands depending on where they are selling them. For example, the "Well at Walgreens" is only available at Walgreens. There are also Revos under the mantle "Beauty 360" (though none are featured in this post) that are available only at CVS. The "Techniq" one, to be honest, is one I had never seen before. Likewise, the "ChapIce". For more information on these, I suggest going directly to the OraLabs, Inc. website and clicking on the "Lip Balm" tab. 

These lip balms are, in my opinion, fabulous! They are not pigmented but they are super-moisturizing and the scents and flavors are terrific. I am not ashamed to say that it is my goal to eventually own one of every Revo sphere available. This will be a challenge as the Revos sold in Walgreens and CVS (with the exception of several "core" flavors, none of which are featured in this post, that are permanently available at Walgreens) are limited edition and, alas, I didn't start collecting until after several collections had already come and gone. (I am currently searching for the following flavors if anyone can help me: Berry Frost (Holiday 2013), Blueberry Popsicle (Summer 2014), Blue Razberry,
Bubble Gum (Summer 2014), Candy Cane (Holiday 2013), Grape Snow Cone (Summer 2014), Mint and Strawberry Banana (Summer 2014)...but I digress). The retail price for these balms vary depending on where you purchase them but they generally run about $3.00 a piece if not on sale.

My one major fault with Revos (other than their limited availability. Often, my local Walgreens stores do not get the limited edition collections at all) is that once you remove the plastic outer wrapping, there is no indication of the flavor name. However, I solve this problem by adding colorful office labels to the tops over the Revo name. They fit perfectly and stick well to the flat surface. In a pinch, it will do. Note the expiration dates on the spheres. A pretty cool feature, in my opinion.

Pros: moisturizing, flavorful, relatively low price point.
Cons: no flavor printed on actual sphere, limited availability

These balms are fantastic and I highly recommend them. Please note, I have also seen smaller versions of these (often referred to as "Mini Revos") in both Dollar Tree and Big Lots stores. However, they are only available in three flavors, Strawberry, Cherry and Watermelon. If you are on the fence about trying this brand, they are a great way to start.

The products featured in this post were provided to me for my honest review and consideration.