7.22.2024

NOTD: ZOYA Bloom Spring 2024 Collection Nail Lacquer in Hyacinth

Two coats of ZOYA Nail Polish in Hyacinth. Candy Pink w/ Holographic Pink and White Glitter.

Le sigh...this color is literally killing me.

Hyacinth is a cavity-inducing candy pink w/ holographic pink and white glitter that is ultra-cutie and so incredibly perfect for spring to summer {or anytime really because who doesn't love a good pink?!}. This one is gritty to the touch {think liquid sand}, but top coat gives it instant gloss and shine. Like with all glitters, Hyacinth took a bit of time to remove; but it was worth it because this mani lasted 7 days, and is just too pretty not to love!

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7.18.2024

BOOK REVIEW: House of Salt and Sorrows {Sisters of the Salt, # 1} by Erin A. Craig


"The High Mariner says Pontus created our islands and the people on them. He scooped salt from the ocean tides for strength. Into that was mixed the cunning of a bull shark and the beauty of the moon jellyfish. He added the seahorse’s fidelity and the curiosity of a porpoise. When his creation was molded just so—two arms, two legs, a head, and a heart—Pontus breathed some of his own life into it, making the first People of the Salt. So when we die, we can’t be buried in the ground. We slip back into the water and are home."

I rarely have good luck with gothic romantasy/fantasy/horror what have you, but something about Erin A. Craig's House of Salt and Sorrows immediately intrigued me, so I hit purchase, and believe me when I say that it was one of the greatest book buying decisions I have ever made! Though described as a dark retelling of The Twelve Dancing Princesses, for me it felt far more akin to The Haunting of Hill House, what with the moments of sheer madness combined with the ghosts and isolated manor; and I, for one, loved it.

Eighteen-year-old Annaleigh Thaumus looks as though she leads a life of privilege from the outside looking in. After all, she resides in a luxurious manor known as Highmoor; is granted anything her heart desires by her wealthy father {though she doesn't ask for much}; and shares her days with a veritable harem of beautiful sisters. But look a little deeper...

Though once there were twelve sisters, tragedy claimed four far too soon; thus, now there are eight. With one young life being claimed after another, always under mysterious circumstances, the family has been placed in a state of continual mourning; and the townsfolk keep their distance from the daughters, regardless of how lovely they may be, due to their belief that the family has been cursed by the Gods. Then there's Annaleigh's stepmother, who is sick of mourning - desiring to wear color and gaze upon her beauty in mirrors; and so, mourning is forgotten, and Annaleigh descends into a spiral of madness. Or is it?

Without warning, sweet, sensitive Annaleigh begins experiencing vivid ghostly visions of her deceased sisters. Though each of their deaths was written off as mere accident, through these visions Annaleigh begins to suspect that the so-called accidents weren't accidents at all. And just as she begins digging a bit deeper into their deaths, her remaining sisters start embarking on evening adventures wherein they dance at lavish balls in sparkling gowns until the wee hours of the morning, returning each day with their slippers worn straight through. Where they are going, and who they are dancing with, Annaleigh can't be sure; but it's an added layer to the mystery already plaguing the Thaumus' - and if she can't solve it fast, more harm will inevitably come to her family.

I'm honestly so shocked that I haven't found a single comparison to The Haunting of Hill House because Annaleigh's character is so very vividly reminiscent of Victoria Pedretti's Eleanor Crain in the Netflix series; and the vibe of the book - from the isolated manor to the unsuspecting father to the overall moodiness...it all feels like an extension of the show. But I digress...

House of Salt and Sorrows was such a welcome surprise, and the most incredible book to read at the start of summer {though let me tell you, reading it in the midst of a snowstorm would be every bit as thrilling}. The cast of characters keeps you engaged from paragraph one. Annaleigh is a wonderful protagonist who seems reserved, but is very strong-willed and determined as the story progresses. Her love for her youngest sister, Verity {you will adore her!}, really illustrates how devoted she is to her family; while her relationship with the mysterious Cassius is sweet and endearing. Though the two have a slight romance, it never overshadows the haunting storyline; rather, it builds upon it, adding to the suspense courtesy of the puzzles surrounding his own family, and how they intertwine and overlap with Annaleigh's, and...well, I'll just leave it at that. I, personally, am downloading the sequel, House of Roots and Ruin, as we speak, as I'm not ready to say goodbye to the Thaumus family just yet.



Star Rating: ****1/2


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7.15.2024

NOTD: ZOYA Beachy Brights 2 Collection Nail Lacquer in Cove

Two coats of ZOYA Nail Polish in Cove. Tropical Teal Holo w/ Flashes of Green.

OMG babes the mermaid vibes have arrived!

Cove is a tropical teal holo w/ flashes of green that will have you feeling like a cast member of H20: Just Add Water. #iykyk. And if you don't know, you need to get on that ASAP. Trust. This color y'all...ZOYA outdid themselves because it is per-fec-tion. You def need two coats with this beauty because one is super sheer; but just look how it builds! If you're looking to channel your inner mermaid you cannot be without this shade.

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7.11.2024

ZOYA Beachy Brights 2 Summer Nail Polish Collection Swatches + Review {Part 2}

Babes, as promised, here is Part 2 of ZOYA's Beachy Brights 2 Summer Nail Polish Collection, and this one is full of juicy pinks, purples, and strawberries that will have. you. swooning. If you haven't seen Part 1 yet, check it out here. Enjoy!

Brinkley is a Bright Raspberry Magenta Creme. Babes, I love this color so much, you have no idea. Is she pink? Is she purple? I don't even care - she is pure perfection! Brinkley is a bright raspberry magenta creme that gives all of the girly vibes! This beauty has a touch of blue undertone that almost makes it look like she has hidden shimmer; but, surprise, surprise, she doesn't! If you love a good hybrid shade this is the gorgeous you need in your life! This is 2 coats.

Georgie is a Strawberry Summer Red w/ Holo Glitter Finish. The strawberry vibes are strong with this one. Georgie is a strawberry summer red w/ holo glitter finish that gives all of the ripe strawberry vibes. Georgie gives off big-time crelly vibes, and would make for an incredible jelly sandwich - placing her over or between a shade like Alora or Loni. I am legit awestruck over how pretty this one is; and now I really want to wear her strawberry picking. True story.This is 2 coats.

Alora is a Red Creme w/ Deep Pink Undertones. Y'all this color as a transition from summer to fall is serving. Alora is a red creme w/ deep pink undertones that creates a bright cranberry-esque shade that is every bit at home paired with your itty bitty bikini or chunky sweaters. This one applies like a dream and is absolutely stunning to look at. Loving her for all of the seasons. This is 2 coats.

Yohanna is a Vibrant Knockout Pink Creme. Come on Barbie, let's go party... Had to. #sorrynotsorry. Yohanna is a vibrant knockout pink creme that will legit make you feel like a Barbie girl. Trust. Yohanna is a blue-toned pink that is blindingly bright and will leave you staring at your nails all. day. long. Formula here was amazing to work with {so on brand for ZOYA}; and if pink is your thing, you cannot pass this pretty up! This is 2 coats.

Loni is a Neon Salmon Coral Creme. When I tell you this shade makes me want to sing Harry Styles' Watermelon Sugar at the top of my lungs, I am not kidding. Loni is a neon salmon coral creme that gives juicy watermelon vibes and is just so playful for the summa-summa-summatime. This one is ultra-bright {far brighter than pictures reflect}, and dries down matte due to her neon qualities. I absolutely adore this beauty {she makes you look so tan}, and may have to classify her as one of my summertime faves for tips and toes. This is 2 coats.

Soraya is a Neon Fuchsia Grape Creme. Purple girlies y'all need this color for summer into fall! Soraya is a bright fuchsia grape creme that pulls pretty deep on me, which is why I pegged her as a summer to fall shade. This one is beautiful with a creamy finish that is simply lush. Soraya has red undertones which give her that grape feel; as well as a matte finish, so load up on that top coat! This is 2 coats.


AVAILABILITY: ZOYA.

PRICE: $144.00 for the standard size 12-piece collection; $12.00 for each full-size bottle



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7.08.2024

NOTD: ZOYA Beachy Brights 2 Collection Nail Lacquer in Taji

Two coats of ZOYA Nail Polish in Taji. Vibrant Lemon Yellow Creme.

I do love a good yellow, and Taji is bringing it!

Taji is a vibrant lemon yellow creme that is bright enough for your summer excursions, but would fit seamlessly with your fall fashions. This one is slightly darker IRL {think egg-yolk yellow} but is so intense and fun. If you don't have a yellow in your collection, I highly recommend grabbing this gorgeous girl!

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7.04.2024

BOOK REVIEW: We Were Liars by E. Lockhart


"If you want to live where people are not afraid of mice, you must give up living in palaces."

My greatest regret when it comes to E. Lockhart's We Were Liars is that I didn't read it sooner. This is a book that is quintessential summer, thus quintessential summer reading. It is a book reminiscent of bare feet perched on boat railings, tanned legs tucked into cutoff denim shorts, bikini tops and beach cruisers. A book that will haunt you long after the final pages are turned. A book that I can tell you very little about for fear of ruining even a semblance of the suspense that lies within.

The Liars are beautiful - clever, rich {aside from Gat}, intelligent; by all means, they are a group destined for greatness. There is seventeen-year-old Cadence 'Cady' Sinclair Eastman, her cousins Mirren Sinclair Shefffield and Johnny Sinclair Dennis, and Gatwick 'Gat' Matthew Patil {the latter being a very close friend of the family, and the apple of Cady's eye}. Each summer, the Liars join their families at Beechwood, a private island in Massachusetts, a mere stone's throw from Martha's Vineyard, owned by the Sinclair patriarch, Harris. And each summer they indulge by doing...little. Lazing about, swimming, going to dinner, falling in love, and keeping their secrets protected. Because, as would be expected with a family as affluent as the Sinclair's, secrets are part of the territory. But the Liars aren't the only ones harboring them.

You see, the Liars didn't earn their nickname from truthtelling. The Liars earned their moniker from doing things that they may or may not be proud of; some with serious repercussions. But the so-called adults on the island? They really aren't much better. Harris seems quite content watching his three daughters bicker over who will {or will not} inherit mansions, money, and heirlooms; while the daughters in question {Penny, Bess, and Carrie} play into his game while proffering up their children in a dance of manipulation executed in an attempt to inherit what they all feel they deserve. As the saying goes, be careful what you wish for.

We Were Liars is not your carefree, nonchalant work of summer fiction. It is a psychological thriller rife with plot twists that you won't see coming. It's a thriller told in a topsy turvy way that will grip you by the edge of your seat, sending unsuspecting chills up and down your spine even as you lazily dangle your legs over the arm of a lounge chair, further enraptured by each passing page. E. Lockhart has written a literal masterpiece with this unputdownable summer gem, and I, for one, cannot wait to see how she follows it up with the prequel, Family of Liars.



Star Rating: *****


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7.01.2024

NOTD: ZOYA Beachy Brights 2 Collection Nail Lacquer in Marisol

Two coats of ZOYA Nail Polish in Marisol. Bold Turquoise Blue Creme.

A thousand times yes for this temptress right here!

Marisol is a bold turquoise blue creme that is, quite possibly, one of my favorite blue turquoise shades of all time - I mean, just look at that brightness...I literally cannot get over it! Formula here is so good. This one literally dries in seconds, and has such intense opacity, I can't. Truly one of the best vacay shades ever!

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