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NYC New York Color - City Samba Liquid Lipshine


Hey guys! I have some lippie products from the NYC New York City Samba Collection! I am a fan of the Liquid Lipshine products so I was very excited to try these!

NYC New York Color - City Samba - Liquid Lipshine | Kat Stays Polished

There are 3 colors in this collection - Guava, Passion Fruit, and Papaia. They are all pretty sheer, they smell sweet, and they add a really nice shine to your lips. As with most glosses, you'll have to reapply every few hours and most definitely after eating and drinking.

NYC New York Color - City Samba - Liquid Lipshine - Guava | Kat Stays Polished

NYC New York Color - City Samba - Liquid Lipshine - Passion Fruit | Kat Stays Polished

NYC New York Color - City Samba - Liquid Lipshine - Papaia | Kat Stays Polished

My favorite is definitely Papaia. I think because I can wear it every day no matter what my outfit is. It's nice and neutral and adds just a hint of shimmer. Even the Guava color isn't too pink for me. Definitely something to wear if I'm feeling a bit more girly.

NYC New York Color - City Samba - Liquid Lipshine - Swatches | Kat Stays Polished

You can get these for $1.99 wherever you find NYC New York Color products! Which one would you wear most often?

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NYC New York Color - City Samba Sun 'n' Bronze Bronzing Powder


Today I have some more items from the NYC New York Color City Samba Collection. Let's take a look at some bronzers! As much as I really don't NEED these...I really do NEED these. They are two very different palettes but they can be made to work with almost every skin tone. The two colors in this collection are called Rosa Rio and Coral Samba.

NYC New York Color - City Samba Sun 'n' Bronze | Kat Stays Polished

The first one up is Rosa Rio. This is the lighter bronzer in the collection. The swatch below shows all 3 colors separately and then the combination of the bronzer, blush, and highlight.

NYC New York Color - City Samba Sun 'n' Bronze - Rosa Rio Bronzer | Kat Stays Polished

The formula was a little powdery and dry, but I love the way they swatch. The colors are nice and light. Since I have darker skin, if I just wanted a little bit of color on my cheeks, I'd go with this one.

NYC New York Color - City Samba Sun 'n' Bronze - Rosa Rio Bronzer Swatches | Kat Stays Polished

Coral Samba is the darker combination and swatches VERY smoothly. I really love it and it doesn't seem too dark for my skin. Of course, I'll have to go at it very lighthanded but it adds some color and a subtle glow. This one will be helpful as I get tanner during the summer.

NYC New York Color - City Samba Sun 'n' Bronze - Coral Samba Bronzer | Kat Stays Polished

NYC New York Color - City Samba Sun 'n' Bronze - Coral Samba Bronzer Swatches | Kat Stays Polished

You can get these for $4.99 wherever you find NYC New York Color products! I hope you'll pick these up! Like most bronzers and blushes, these will last you a good while.

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Maybelline: The Smokes - Quick Swatches


Hey guys! I know a lot of you have seen and gotten your hands on the new Maybelline - The Nudes palette, but have you gotten The Smokes? The last one on my list to get is The Brights, which my Walgreens did not have. I did buy The Nudes and The Smokes [the last 2 on the display] for BOGO 50% off which was great. I also got some bonus points on my Walgreens rewards card. Anyway, I wanted to show you some quick swatches of this palette. I can't wait to play around with this and create some smokey looks!

Maybelline - The Smokes Eye Shadow Palette | Kat Stays Polished

There are 12 colors in this palette that contain a few matte shades but mostly shimmers. I like the variety of base colors, silvers, and the darker blues/purples.

Maybelline - The Smokes Eye Shadow Palette | Kat Stays Polished

I've split my swatches up into 2 parts - top row and bottom row. Overall I like the performance of these shadows when just doing these basic arm swatches. I do feel like the top row is not as pigmented as the bottom row, but you also have VERY shimmery and metallic shades on the bottom row.

Maybelline - The Smokes Eye Shadow Palette | Kat Stays Polished

The top row of this palette is your "base" row. These are good for starting out your smokey look and even carving out your crease. The first and last shades are also good for smoking out your outer corners. That's how I see myself using this palette anyway.

Maybelline - The Smokes Eye Shadow Palette | Kat Stays Polished

The bottom row I'd use mostly for my "lid colors" because there are 3 very shimmery shades that would work perfectly. The 4th shade in could also be use as an inner corner highlight. 

Maybelline - The Smokes Eye Shadow Palette | Kat Stays Polished

For basically $8.99, this palette is great to take on the go or even when you're traveling. It's compact enough and there are a good variety of shades. Even if you didn't want to do a smokey look there are enough neutral shades in this palette to do a very natural look.

Let me know if you want me to do a similar review on The Nudes palette or if you've seen enough, haha.

Make sure you check out your local Walgreens or Target to get this palette.


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Milani Bella Blue Collection


Hi friends! Long time no see! Today I have a quick post on the Milani Bella Blue collection. I love blue stuff...and actually, blue makeup brings me back to my middle school days, haha. I tried to do actual swatches other than my arm but my camera wasn't having any of it. In the Bella Blue Collection, there are 3 blue mascaras, a blue polish, and a blue lipstick.

Milani Bella Blue Collection | Kat Stays Polished

So, I thought this lipstick would be super pigmented and super colorful. It turns out to be a really sheer formula. It hardly showed up on my lips. I tried to layer it but I was sevrely unsuccessful. Such a shame because I totally would have rocked this!

Milani Bella Blue Collection - Lipstick - Bella Blue | Kat Stays Polished

Milani Bella Blue Collection - Lash Art Colored Mascara | Kat Stays Polished

The mascaras have a very pigmented but thick formula. The wants are silicone which I like but it makes it hard to swipe it on difficult lashes like mine....or my arm for swatches. I was very impressed with the color though. I attempted to take eye swatches but sometimes things just don't work out. I will say though, I seriously enjoyed having blue mascara on!

Milani Bella Blue Collection - Lash Art Colored Mascara - Azure | Kat Stays Polished

Milani Bella Blue Collection - Lash Art Colored Mascara - Bella Blue | Kat Stays Polished

Milani Bella Blue Collection - Lash Art Colored Mascara - Mediterranean Blue | Kat Stays Polished

Milani Bella Blue Collection - Lipstick and Mascara Swatches | Kat Stays Polished

Last, here is Bella Blue in nail lacquer form. There are so many dimensions to this polish! I seriously love it. I used only 2 coats for the swatches and topped it off with HK Girl.

Milani Bella Blue Collection - Nail Lacquer - Bella Blue | Kat Stays Polished

Milani Bella Blue Collection - Nail Lacquer - Bella Blue | Kat Stays Polished

So, is blue your thing? When was the last time you rocked some blue makeup?

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NYC New York Color City Samba Nail Color


Hello! Today will not be a 4th of July post but it will definitely be summer related! Today i have 6 of the 8 polishes in the NYC New York Color City Samba Collection. The City Samba Collection is more than just polish though so keep an eye out for a few more posts! I am seriously loving everyone's bright summer shades. For this and all of the polishes at least 2 coats were used. Though they are fast-dry polishes, they are not one-coaters. All of them had a pretty good formula and I am pleased with the results. Let's take a look at these 6, shall we?

NYC New York Color - City Samba | Kat Stays Polished

Carnival Red is up first. It looks almost jelly-like in this pic but it's definitely very creamy. I think I have enough reds to last me a lifetime but I still love how this one looks on my nails.

NYC New York Color - City Samba - Carnival Red | Kat Stays Polished

NYC New York Color - City Samba - Carnival Red | Kat Stays Polished

Tropicoral is one of my favorites from this collection. I love coral shades because they aren't quite pink but still girly enough. Obviously I'd love to pair this with a minty shade. Who doesn't love those two colors together? 

NYC New York Color - City Samba - Tropicoral | Kat Stays Polished

NYC New York Color - City Samba - Tropicoral | Kat Stays Polished

Melons! Sweet Melons, that is! How perfect is this name for this color? Want to know the first thing that comes to mind? Those Jelly Belly jelly beans that taste like melon. Simply in love with this color!

NYC New York Color - City Samba - Sweet Melon | Kat Stays Polished

NYC New York Color - City Samba - Sweet Melon | Kat Stays Polished

I admit...I giggled a little bit when I saw the name of this next shade - Copabanana! Seriously?! Get out of town! I like this because it has a very subtle shimmer to it. You can't fully tell on the nail but if you look at the bottle carefully, you can see it in there. I used 3 thin coats for this to make sure I didn't have any streaks. Looks good to me!

NYC New York Color - City Samba - Copabanana | Kat Stays Polished

NYC New York Color - City Samba - Copabanana | Kat Stays Polished

Amazon Green is sort of a minty shade. It leans towards the metallic side which is fine, but I'd kinda prefer it to be like Copabanana. Sometimes it's inevitable to get brush strokes and I think this is one of times but I DO love the color.

NYC New York Color - City Samba - Amazon Green | Kat Stays Polished

NYC New York Color - City Samba - Amazon Green | Kat Stays Polished

Last up is Jacaranda Flower. Yes, this one applied the BEST out of all 6 shades I tried. Again...what's up with all of the fantastic purple shades? Maybe it has something to do with the color of the year!

NYC New York Color - City Samba - Jacaranda Flower | Kat Stays Polished

NYC New York Color - City Samba - Jacaranda Flower | Kat Stays Polished

These polishes are available at Walmart, CVS, Rite Aid, and Target for just $1.99. These are a STEAL so I highly recommend picking them up!

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