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Zoya Matte Velvet Re-Release


I'm sure like most of you, I was THRILLED to hear that the Matte Velvets were back from Zoya. Not just a few but ALL of them!!! Do you already own any of these? I only had Savita from way back when. I'm happy to have completed the collection this time around!

Zoya Matte Velvet | Kat Stays Polished

Posh is a gorgeous red matte shade. I don't own very many matte polishes at all, so it's nice to see some bright colors with no shine. This one I was able to apply with just 1 coat. The nice thing about these Matte Velvet shades is that the formula is thin enough that you can pretty much get the polish where you need it to go. It also doesn't dry faster than you can work with it. This also makes it easier to paint with less brush lines once it's dry.

Zoya Matte Velvet - Posh | Kat Stays Polished

Zoya Matte Velvet - Posh | Kat Stays Polished

Veruschka is a gorgeous evergreen shade. There is a hint of metallic shimmer in it that gives a nice little pop on your nails. It's great for the holidays but I'd wear this any time of the year. I did use 2 thin coats of this for the swatch below.

Zoya Matte Velvet - Veruschka | Kat Stays Polished

Zoya Matte Velvet - Veruschka | Kat Stays Polished

Harlow looks VERY shimmery, even when dried. It's described as a rose plum shade, which I can agree with. If you're not completely into the matte finish, I'd definitely recommend this one because it almost looks as if it wasn't completely matte. Adding a top coat to this would definitely brighten up your mani! I used 2 coats for this.

Zoya Matte Velvet - Harlow | Kat Stays Polished

Zoya Matte Velvet - Harlow | Kat Stays Polished

Savita is the one I owned way back when. I loved it then and I still love it now. The deep purple color is simply stunning. I love the metallic specks in it and I will forever cherish this polish. Haha, so dramatic!

Zoya Matte Velvet - Savita | Kat Stays Polished

Zoya Matte Velvet - Savita | Kat Stays Polished

Loredana is a gunmetal grey with silvery shimmer bits in it. I love mattes like this because, again, it almost looks like I'm not wearing a matte shade. I applied 2 coats for the swatch below.

Zoya Matte Velvet - Loredana | Kat Stays Polished

Zoya Matte Velvet - Loredana | Kat Stays Polished

Last up is Dovima. There's something about a matte black polish that just looks so darn sleek. Having the hint of silver shimmer makes this appropriate for the holidays in my opinion. I may not do my entire mani in this color, but as an accent with maybe red and green...or blue and purple. I'm getting mani ideas brewing in my brain.

Zoya Matte Velvet - Dovima | Kat Stays Polished

Zoya Matte Velvet - Dovima | Kat Stays Polished

I'd recommend getting your hands on these before they disappear again. Not sure how long they'll be around but you don't want to miss it!

These shades are available now at $9 a piece or you can get the 6-piece sampler set for $54.

As always, check out Zoya's website to purchase and all of their social media to keep up with new releases and promotions!


*Products in this post were provided for an honest review. All opinions are 100% honest and my own.


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Zoya Ultra PixieDust - Swatches and Review


Yay, more Zoya! Today i have the Ultra PixieDust trio for you. This trio of pinky-reds will get you into the upcoming holiday season for sure. Let's get right into the swatches and review!

Zoya Ultra PixieDust | Kat Stays Polished

Noir is described as a "deep, vampy plum textured PixieDust with red Mega Hex particles" and I totally agree with that. So, i applied 2 coats of this as I usually do with the Pixies. The only thing is, these don't dry like the typical pixie. There is a jelly-like finish to it. It's gorgeous, but definitely not what you'd expect from a pixie polish.

Zoya Ultra PixieDust - Noir | Kat Stays Polished

Zoya Ultra PixieDust - Noir | Kat Stays Polished

Arianna has the same type of formula as Noir. This one is described as a "blue-toned red wine textured PixieDust with Mega Hex particles." I absolutely LOVE the color. The first layer is really sheer and doesn't contain a lot of the glitters. As you build up to the 2nd layer (and 3rd if you choose), the glitters become more dense.

Zoya Ultra PixieDust - Arianna | Kat Stays Polished

Zoya Ultra PixieDust - Arianna | Kat Stays Polished

If you're looking for a PixieDust that resembles that you're used to in a pixie, then Oswin is the one for you. This one applied like a pixie would and dried like a pixie should. This is a "true red textured PixieDust with crimson Mega Hex particles." I think this one is my favorite of the three just because of the way it actually dries. I applied all of the polishes directly to my nail with no base coat.

Zoya Ultra PixieDust - Oswin | Kat Stays Polished

Zoya Ultra PixieDust - Oswin | Kat Stays Polished

Have you gotten these yet? What do you think? Let me know in the comments!

These shades are available now at $10 a piece or you can get the 3-piece sampler set for $30.

As always, check out Zoya's website to purchase and all of their social media to keep up with new releases and promotions!



*Products in this post were provided for an honest review. All opinions are 100% honest and my own.

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Mia Mariu Review + Giveaway



Hey all! Time for more makeup but you'll actually get to win some at the end of this post! Mia Mariu is a new-to-me brand so let me begin by giving you some info on them as well as facts about their products. All info is coming straight from this brand.
  • Our mineral colors contain Vitamin A, C and E providing natural protection from the environment. They are Oil, Talc, Paraben and Fragrance Free and are suitable for all skin types.
  • Our Mineral Blushes are a light velvety powder that sweeps on silky sheer color easily and evenly providing a natural blushed skin tone. Its light-diffusing quality allows for a mistake-proof, flawless application as well as the color remaining true all day.
  • Our Mineral Bronzer velvet composition adheres to the skin providing a longer wear and the special pigments blend evenly into the skin. Our silky bronzer glides on evenly, giving the skin a soft luminosity and healthy, sunny glow.
  • Our Mineral Shadow Liners and Shadow Duos are made with pure minerals and luxurious color pigments. Their creamy powder texture provides an immediate release of intense luminous color with superior blending for a long-wearing, crease-resistant application. When mixed with water, you can use it as a beautiful long wearing eyeliner.
  • Our Hydrating Stick Gloss is a revolutionary hydrating product combining color and hydrating gloss in a stick form.  It has a buttery, creamy feel that nourishes your lips while delivering color in a sheer and sophisticated finish.
  • Our Volumizing Mascara extends and separates the thinnest, shortest, hard-to-reach lashes by lengthening each lash while delivering just the right amount of mascara without clumping.  Our formula contains rich dark pigments to enhance lash color for maximum drama. It is clump-free, fiber-free and is suitable for contact lens wearers. Enriched with vitamin B5.
  • Our Intense Black Eye Liner Pencil is a smoothly textured eye pencil that provides precise definition and easy, smooth application.  The pencil applies evenly without "dragging" or pulling the delicate eye area which produces a clean precise line without smudging.

The Mia Mariu philosophy makes the connection with Beauty and Health in Harmony. Mía Mariu’s high performance products are formulated with the most natural ingredients available helping you achieve vibrant beauty and health inside and out.  Each unique product fuses nature and technology by combining the highest quality botanicals, antioxidants, vitamins, minerals and peptides. The result? healthy products that provide a perfect balance that reflects itself through youthful, healthy, beautiful, glowing skin and renewed energy and vitality, at an exceptional value.  Mía offers natural skin care, professional makeup artist quality mineral cosmetics and brushes, fine fragrances and nutritional supplements to Reveal Your Unique Shade of Beauty!

Are you still with me? *phew* okay, now onto the products I have and some swatches!

The products that I was able to try and swatch for you are as follows:
  • Hydrating Stick Gloss in the shade Encanto | $15 each
  • Mineral Blush in she shade Maria Azucena | $17 each
  • Loose Mineral Eye Shadow Liner in the shades More and Azabache | $14 each
  • Eye Liner pencil in the shade Azabache | $11 each
  • Volumizing black mascara | $13 each
At the end of this review, 1 person will be able to win these same products in the colors of your choice!

Okay, so now down to the nitty gritty. This is a new-to-me brand of makeup but I'm so happy I got to try it. The formulas for these products is outstanding and I love that I could choose colors that best go with my skin tone.

Mia Mariu | Kat Stays Polished

First we have the Hydrating Stick Gloss. This is a few swipes and it is definitely glossy. Of course, with any sort of glossy lip product, there will be instances where you'll have to re-apply, but I'm certainly okay with that. I like to refresh the color on my lips throughout the day.

Mia Mariu Hydrating Stick Gloss - Encanto | Kat Stays Polished

This blush - oh my gosh this blush. This light pink shade is gorgeous. It gives my skin just a hint of color. The formula is very smooth too. When you first see this shade, it almost looks as if it's not going to be pink. If you apply a thin layer, you'll get more of a skin-toned shade. As you build it up, the color will appear more pink.

Mia Mariu Mineral Blush - Azucena | Kat Stays Polished

Next we have the loose mineral shadow-liners. In my opinion, these are a little tricky to use, but overall is a great dual-use product. Because it's loose product, you'll most likely be picking up the pigment from the lid. Use a wet angled brush to use this as a liner or use a small shader brush to pack the color on your lids.

Mia Mariu Loose Mineral Eye Shadow-Liner - Azabache and Mora | Kat Stays Polished

Finally, you've got your basic black eye liner pencil. Though I'm partial to liquid liners, this pencil is very smooth and allows you to build up the color if that's the look you're trying to achieve.

Mia Mariu Eye Liner Pencil - Azabache | Kat Stays Polished

Have you heard of this brand before? What are your initial thoughts? Mia Mariu has graciously offered to give one of my readers all of the same products you see above. You'll be able to choose one Mineral Blush or Bronzer (color of choice), one Mineral Shadow Duo (color of choice) or two Mineral Shadow Liners (color of choice), and one Hydrating Stick Gloss (color of choice) along with a Volumizing Black Mascara and an Intense Black Eye Liner Pencil. Enter via the Rafflecopter below. US residents only please! Good luck!

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I received one or more of the products mentioned above for free using Tomoson.com. Regardless, I only recommend products or services I use personally and believe will be good for my readers.


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FingerPaints Masquerade Affair Collection


A little late on this collection but you still might be able to find these shades at your local Sally Beauty stores. This is the FingerPaints Masquerade Affair collection. It consists of 4 beautiful, shimmery shades. I can definitely appreciate a good shimmer polish when I see one.

FingerPaints Masquerade Affair | Kat Stays Polished

Ball Gown Glamour is a gorgeous emerald green shimmery polish. I seriously LOVE the way this looks on my nails. I used 2 coats and top coat for the swatch. This is perfect for the upcoming holiday season, for sure!

FingerPaints Masquerade Affair - Ball Gown Glamour | Kat Stays Polished

FingerPaints Masquerade Affair - Ball Gown Glamour | Kat Stays Polished

Queen for a Night is a dark, midnight blue shade with specks gold and other glitters. It shows more of being a solid shimmer polish on the nail than a multi-dimensional polish. Still, it applied fantastically in 2 coats and looks great!

FingerPaints Masquerade Affair - Queen for a Night | Kat Stays Polished

FingerPaints Masquerade Affair - Queen for a Night | Kat Stays Polished

Okay, so this one is called Dance til Dawn. As pretty as it looks in the bottle, it definitely does not look like that on the nail. I tried so hard to get the color shift to appear, but I had no such luck. It's still a GORGEOUS purple shimmer polish though. This is 2 coats and a top coat.

FingerPaints Masquerade Affair - Dance Til Dawn | Kat Stays Polished

FingerPaints Masquerade Affair - Dance Til Dawn | Kat Stays Polished

The last one is called Masked Beauty. This actually reminds me of the golden eggs from the Willy Wonka movie. I used 2 coats and added top coat for the swatch. This is a beautiful gold shimmer polish that applies with ease. Definitely worth having in your collection.

FingerPaints Masquerade Affair - Masked Beauty | Kat Stays Polished

FingerPaints Masquerade Affair - Masked Beauty | Kat Stays Polished

Have you picked up any of these yet? You have until the end of October before they start to disappear. You can find them at Sally Beauty stores for $5.29.

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Barielle Me Couture Collection - Swatches and Review


I always look forward to Fall collections from brands because I love Fall colors. I love my Spring pastels, but there's something about Fall shades that help bring on the new season.

With that said, I have 6 Barielle Fall creams to show you today. I've always had great success with Barielle creams. Keep on reading to hear my thoughts on each shade!

Barielle Me Couture | Kat Stays Polished

Berry Posh is a creamy deep fuchsia and applies flawlessly. This and all of the polishes in this collection have a great formula which makes it easy to apply. The shine that you're seeing is JUST the polish - I didn't even add top coat!

Barielle Me Couture - Berry Posh | Kat Stays Polished

Barielle Me Couture - Berry Posh | Kat Stays Polished

Boho Chic is a creamy deep sea green. Again, 2 flawless coats and no top coat. I can't get over how super shiny these look with no top coat!

Barielle Me Couture - Boho Chic | Kat Stays Polished

Barielle Me Couture - Boho Chic | Kat Stays Polished

Moda Bleu is creamy dark navy-purple shade. Again, 2 coats, no top coat. Do you like to rock a dark navy polish? Sometimes I just get in the mood for a darker shade.

Barielle Me Couture - Moda Bleu | Kat Stays Polished

Barielle Me Couture - Moda Bleu | Kat Stays Polished

Soho at Night is a creamy grape purple. I've been loving all things purple lately (partly because we're doing lots of purple things in preparation for our little girl's arrival) and this shade is definitely one of my fave purple fall shades. Again, 2 coats, no top coat.

Barielle Me Couture - Soho at Night | Kat Stays Polished

Barielle Me Couture - Soho at Night | Kat Stays Polished

Taupe Notch is a creamy dark taupe shade...but really it just looks like a dark grey. In certain light, I suppose you can see the taupe come out a little. Either way, I still love the shade - 2 coats, no top coat.

Barielle Me Couture - Taupe Notch | Kat Stays Polished

Barielle Me Couture - Taupe Notch | Kat Stays Polished

Lastly, we have Vintage Gown. It's described as a creamy rust with a hint of pink. I love the subtle shimmer that's present in this polish. It applies just as well as the regular creams in the collection.

Barielle Me Couture - Vintage Gown | Kat Stays Polished

Barielle Me Couture - Vintage Gown | Kat Stays Polished

So what do ya think? Are you into these Fall shades? I really do love the formula for these. It makes doing a mani so much easier in my opinion.

These run $8 a piece on Barielle.com so get in on this fun Fall collection!

To buy these or any of Barielle's shades, visit their Where to Buy page.

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*Products provided for an honest review. All opinions are 100% my own.


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