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NOTD: Playing with grays…

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Did an alternating manicure using a crème and PixieDust.

M.A.C. Hello Kitty Nail Polish in On The Prowl (light gray crème)

Zoya PixieDust in London (a light gray textured matte)

Want to sprinkle ah li'l PixieDust on your nails? Check out Zoya’s new collection.

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A few years ago, matte nails were all the rage in the nail art industry.   I loved having the option to have a non-shiny finish.  But sometimes, depending on the colour, matte nails could look a little…you know…flat.

Now companies have come out with textured nail polish – which is a matte base nail polish but it also includes glitter/shimmer that when it dries, it leaves a sandpaper-like texture to the nails.  Have you ever seen freshly laid asphalt in the summer?  The matte black surface appears to be littered with tiny pieces of shimmer.  Well that’s just what it looks like.  So the matte polish has a sparkly effect when the light catches it.  It actually looks different to a regular shimmer polish or the original Zoya matte polishes.  You could actually see the sand-like texture on the nail.  Very interesting!

For spring, Zoya has brought out a collection called PixieDust and it contains 6 new colours (which I received from Zoya).

From PR:

Infused with Magic and Wonder!
Featuring the latest “must-have” nail polish finish – Textured, Matte & Sparkling.

This newly developed formula is sure to captivate with a magical sparkle and sugary finish like no other. The color experts at Zoya have created six, long-wearing stunners for the introduction of this look…

As with all matte polishes, make sure that your nails are free of dust and oil (swipe some nail polish remover on them beforehand) and don’t use any base coat or top coat for best results.

Zoya recommends using 1-3 thin coats and for these,  and I used 2 coats for all the swatches.

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Is it a lipstick or a lipgloss??

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It’s a lip creme actually! I’m talking about the new Soft Matte Lip Cremes from NYX Cosmetics.  This is the last part of my mini haul.  These products came out earlier this year and there has been a lot of buzz surrounding these.  The Lip Cremes come in packaging similar to the typical lip gloss with matte, rubberized caps and the doe foot applicator.  The lip cremes are supposed to be more pigmented than a lip gloss but more moisturizing than a matte lipstick.  These come in 11 colours and I paid $4.50 each from beautyjoint.com.  What a steal!  These products are similar to the Stila Long Wear Liquid Lip Color.

I purchased 3 colours:

NYX Soft Matte Lip Cream in London, Amsterdam, Monte Carlo

Close up NYX Soft Matte Lip Creams

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