raspberry love

umba box number one
I’ve acquired a deep love for all things raspberry. It’s a perfect “not pink, but kind of pink” color for winter. While I’d love to wear red lips and a-line dresses everyday (I was made for the 50’s), raspberry has been the perfect modern alternative to a classic.
Last summer I had the opportunity to design a nail polish color for Zoya through Birchbox. I created a mood board full of rich corals and pinks, and Zoya created the little beauty shown below.
I have no idea where any of the items pictured are from. If you know, let me know in the comments.

It’s also named “Kate”.
You can buy a trio of polishes (including Kate) here.
My go-to nail polish this winter is Miami Beet by OPI. I layered 1 coat of Kate on top of 2 coats of Miami Beet and was left with a brighter, punchier raspberry color. You should try it.
The Zoya polish is made to be layered in that it’s more of a gelly formula instead of a highly pigmented shade like Miami Beet. It is not gel nail polish, it’s just thinner and slightly more translucent than other polishes.

Even more raspberry love:
1. Embrace the pale face this winter and add a bright blush.
2. Benetint is the perfect solution for lip color on date night! It’s not as heavy as lipstick, but will give you a great flush of color.
3. I love the consistancy of Sugar lip balm. It’s creamy and moisutizing without being waxy. 
4. For a more vibrant raspberry gloss, try Korres Lip Butter Glaze.
5. Miami Beet is the perfect deep raspberry shade.
6. Nothing smells quite as delicious as Philosophy shower gels


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Hailey says · 01.17.13

Thats one of my favorite lip colors! I love Tarte and that BeneTint is amazing as well!
Hailey @ Love, Laughter and Lipstick

pretty little things says · 01.17.13 Reply
Alissa says · 01.17.13

I love Philosophy’s raspberry color, it looks so good on so many people!

Dumb Bunnie says · 01.17.13

I love Sugar balm but I hate that it melts so easily. Do not put it in your pocket ladies!


Kate says · 01.17.13

good tip!

ade@fortheloveofpainting says · 01.17.13


Tasha Lee says · 01.17.13

My fave raspberry-y lipstick is Revlon Colorburst Lip Butter (that you featured a few months back) in Raspberry Pie. Feels SOOO good, and looks even better!

Maria Larsen says · 01.17.13

I love Zoya nail polish! I actually have Kate, and love it.
xo, Maria

Laura @ Chaotic Domestic says · 01.17.13

Gorgeous lipcolor. It looks great on you. How cool that you have a nailpolish named after you!

sarah welsch says · 01.17.13

I’ve always loved Philosophy lip products!



Deva says · 01.17.13

I love sugar lip balm! It was the Sephora birthday gift last year and was and IS awesome.

Lauren T. says · 01.17.13

if you can find it (i got mine this week on target clearance so hurry!) but l’oreal le gloss in “the queen’s shine” is great. looks dark purple in the tube but it is a stain/gloss in a bright raspberry!

Mrs. Williams {Persnickety Plates} says · 01.17.13

great picks! I’m going to keep my eye out for Miami Beet & that tarte looks awesome on you. I never wear lipstick but I do love the Sugar lip balms. & i love Benetint.

Lauren | My Polished Side Blog says · 01.17.13

Beautiful color!!

*CPA* Su says · 01.17.13

I just discovered Sugar lip balm with my bday gift from Sephora this year and I love it!! Interested to try one of the other colors when my samples run out! 🙂

Jenn D says · 01.17.13

Raspberry is one of my favorite colors. I don’t think I’m bold enough to go for the full on lip color, but maybe the bene tint would be a nice upgrade!
With Luck

Sarah says · 01.17.13

Love those colors!

amanda says · 01.17.13

How do you get your nail polish to last so long? Mine chips in a few days. I am trying to get it to extend to a week.

Sofie - Little Makeup Face says · 01.17.13

Love the nail polish. Def trying this color out for my next mani and pedi. 😀

Rebecca says · 01.17.13

Yes to all the things! I will definitely be trying that nail color combo. I have another OPI color that’s similar.

Revlon’s lip butter in Raspberry something-something is really great, too.

SH says · 01.17.13

I think I have those exact nail polishes, or at least very similar shades. I’ve never even thought to layer them! Great idea 🙂


Jamie @ Polish, Please! says · 01.17.13

One of my favorite raspberry polishes is Zoya Blaze from the Ornate collection – it’s a perfect raspberry red with a scattered holo!

Emily Beth says · 01.17.13

Beautiful color!

Emily Beth

Kristin says · 01.17.13

Did you know there is a show on now (I think on TLC) that is about women who live like it’s the 50’s? It looks interesting. You should watch : )

Kate says · 01.17.13

Oh my, that does sound interesting. I’ll have to check it out!

Kristin says · 01.17.13

I guess it was just one episode : (
It was called “Wives with Beehives”. Nice name huh? Ha ha.

Heather says · 01.17.13

The trio of nail polishes (the one that includes yours) is going on my birthday wish list!

Siena in Style says · 01.17.13

wow love the lipstick!!
kisses from Milan

....... says · 01.17.13

I too am loving all things berry colored. that is so cool that you designed a polish I had no idea. will have to check that out. had never heard of miami beet either! thanks! xx. gigi. food and beauty blogger @ http://www.gigikkitchen.blogspot.com

Andrea B @ Vegvacious says · 01.17.13

That lip colour is bold, but looks so pretty for winter! I love raspberry everything too – flavour, smell, colour – I’ll take it all!

Shannon says · 01.17.13

I love it too! Beautiful lips.

sandie says · 01.17.13

i got the blogger collection from zoya when it came out! LOVE it! i’m totally going to try it over a raspberry shade, i hadn’t even thought of that! i often times do a “jelly sandwich” with them over a glitter tho…it looks like hard candy 🙂

LoveCaroline says · 01.17.13

Love the lipstick! Looks like a great winter lip color!



Marianne B. says · 01.17.13

Love the Zoya collection! Just placed an order & it’s on the way!,!


Kate says · 01.17.13

I hope you enjoy it!

littlebittyprettylife says · 01.17.13

I love Miami Beet. I’ll need to order some Kate to layer with it 🙂

Molly from littlebittyprettylife.blogspot.com

Laura says · 01.17.13

That color of lipstick looks so awesome on you. I’m jealous! I feel like I’m so pale that nothing except light colors look good on me. I also have the Kate polish and love it!


Sara Ellis says · 01.17.13

I got Miami Beet for Christmas and am loving it also! Great post!:)

Kristina says · 01.17.13

So cool that you have your own nail polish!!


Kristina does the Internets

ajl2870 says · 01.18.13

I can definitely relate to wanting to have been born in the 50’s! I subscribed to Birchbox after a co-worker showed me your blog. I have been a follower ever since! I bought the nail polish collection, and I love how versatile it is. Layering is so great! I might just have to buy Miami Beet!



Marissa Sexton says · 01.18.13

Kate, the coral/berry covered headboard in back is from Caitlin Wilson. She is one of my favorite designers. You can shop her textiles here – http://caitlinwilsontextiles.com/

Lidia Wright says · 01.18.13

Do you think that gorg raspberry color would look good on someone who is say Salma haters skin color?

Lidia Wright says · 01.18.13

Do you think that gorg raspberry color would look good on someone who is say Salma haters skin color?

adirondackinspired says · 01.18.13

I love the ’50’s too! I was disappointed when I finally started watching Mad Men because people told me it was set it the 50’s, when in actuality it is the ’60’s. Well, I love ’50’s fashion, let’s clarify. I don’t ‘keep house’ in a way my ’50’s housewife grandmother would ever approve of. ANYWAY…love the lips. I just need to spend a little extra time exfoliating and moisturizing mine (The NE is so DRY in the winter), so that it doesn’t get scary.

MICHELLE CURRY says · 01.18.13

I absolutely adore Miami Beet, after seeing your post I picked up a bottle and it is so beautiful on the nail.

Lindsay Logic says · 01.20.13

I tried this today and got complimented by the male at the Italian ice parlor. 🙂

Misty Friedrichs says · 01.26.13

Kate! Just got my Zoya trio kit…LOVE LOVE LOVE the Kate color. Great job! The other two are nice too, but you nailed the perfect “cheer me up” color. This is my first time using Zoya brand. I’m so glad to have found…thank you!

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