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NYC Fashion Queen

Hey guys! Hope your week had a great start. I took advantage of the last day of Sephora’s F&F sale and am currently waiting on it to come in. I’m also waiting for my ULTA order to come in, but ULTA has always been slower than Sephora so it will have to wait until the end of the week. I stopped by my local ULTA store last Saturday and they are wiped clean with most of the Holiday sets from all of the brands pretty much. It sure feels like Holiday shopping has started earlier this year! Today’s post is on another shade from the NYC Fashion Queen Collection. This collection is still available in stores that carry NYC. Here’s NYC Fashion Queen.

NYC Fashion Queen

Fashion Queen, the namesake of the collection, is a gold glitter in gold shimmer base shade. It’s basically gold on top of gold. First coat is on the thin side and it dries completely smooth — no grittiness here at all unlike how some glitter shades could be. Formula for this is good overall. Shown is 2 coats with no top coat.

NYC Fashion Queen (in shade)

NYC Fashion Queen (direct sunlight)

NYC Fashion Queen (close-up)

This can be found in chain drugstores and mass merchandisers nationwide.

*Some products in this review may have been provided by the PR company or manufacturer for an honest opinion.*

Shimmer Polish Jasmine

Hey guys! I haven’t featured Shimmer Polish lately and I have a few more on hand left to share with you guys. I don’t color correct my photos at all, so I just pick the one that’s best in my opinion for each type of shot. The unfortunate part is sometimes the lighting is just wrong and there’s nothing I can do to correct it (without actual editing it and such). It happens more often on cloudy days like the day I took for this shade. Here’s Shimmer Polish Jasmine.

Shimmer Polish Jasmine

This shade is simply beautiful. The colors are so cool and relaxing. It is described as “aquamarine blue & green” according to the creator. It makes me think of a vacation by the beach like in Tahiti or some exotic place. Just like other Shimmer Polish shades I’ve used and reviewed, glitter pieces are abundant and no sinking glitter at all even though I’ve had this bottle for more than a year. Formula is thin but applies beautifully. Shown is 2 thin coats with no top coat.

Shimmer Polish Jasmine (in shade)

Shimmer Polish Jasmine (direct sunlight)

Shimmer Polish Jasmine (close-up)

Simply stunning it is.

Shimmer Polish retails for $12 each and you can purchase them on the website or through their Etsy store. If none of the shades are quite right, you can request a custom polish to be made in any name you want for $15 each.

*Some products in this review may have been provided by the PR company or manufacturer for an honest opinion.*

ipsy October 2014 Glam Bag

Hey guys! It’s almost the weekend again and I’m very much looking forward to it! I’ve done some major damage in terms of shopping the past few days, but how can I resist with all these F&F and 20% off everything sales? I placed an order already with Sephora and ULTA (and that’s on top of my recent ULTA run to take advantage of the BOGO Freeman masks in-store). I also got the second Freeman Mystery Bag I ordered and this one came with the “mystery treat for feet” items. It definitely made me wish I ordered some last year cause it was so much better in terms of being a deal, but at least I got in on the deal this year. I’d regret it even more next year if the price goes up again! But anyway, here’s everything that I got from my ipsy October 2014 Glam Bag.

ipsy October 2014 Glam Bag

The first item that caught my eye is the ECRU New York Acacia Protein BB Cream Beauty Balm for Hair. BB Cream for hair? The packaging looks so elegant that thoughts about it being a gimmick stopped screaming in my head (it’s still in the back of my head, but I’m trying very hard to be unbiased without trying it out first). I’ll be using this shortly and provide a review on this for sure. The next item is the Starlooks Lip Gloss. The shade everyone got is Guilty Pleasure. It looks to be a pretty shade, but I’ll save this up for my niece that loves lip products. Up next is Skyn Iceland Mini Glacial Cleansing Cloths. To be honest, this is the item I wasn’t too thrilled that I got initially. I never really use products like this, but I’ve heard a few girls rave about it so far after getting this in their ipsy bags that I’m actually looking forward to using this now! And this leads to the item that looks the most unassuming: MicaBeauty Mineral Eye Shadow. The shade I got is in Harlequin, which is a deep teal-ish green shimmer it seems. I have too much eye makeup that I’m saving this one for my niece that loves turquoise and similar shades. The first item I ended up trying is the Figs & Rouge Hand Cream. The scent I got is Mango Mandarin but it doesn’t smell anything like it in my opinion. I can smell a hint of shea butter in it. I ended up using it first as my dog seems to like this item the most out of this month’s bag. He tried to eat it!

ECRU New York Acacia Protein BB Cream Beauty Balm for Hair

Starlooks Lip Gloss

Skyn Iceland Mini Glacial Cleansing Cloths

MicaBeauty Mineral Eye Shadow

Figs & Rouge Hand Cream

If you read my review on last month’s bag here, you know that I am so in love with the bag itself that I wasn’t sure how they can top it with the next one. They kinda almost did actually! I LOVE everything about this month’s bag. I love the color and the material of it. It’s simply perfect. Keep up the great job ipsy!

Zoya Fall Ultra PixieDust Swatches

Hey guys! The weather has cooled down a lot that the tomato plants my husband planted are now actually producing tomatoes. Go figure! I hope we get one decent batch before the cold weather rolls in and is here to stay. Today’s post is on a collection that I was really excited about initially but it fell short in my opinion. Here are quick swatches for the Zoya Fall Ultra PixieDust Collection.

First up is Oswin.

Zoya Oswin

This is my favorite shade among the 3. I love how this ones looks. It kind of makes me think of crystallized candy. The close-up shot of this one just mesmerizes me. It is described as “a true red textured PixieDust with crimson Mega Hex particles”. I don’t usually apply glitters until they’re opaque. I like to show how they look on their own, but I felt that this looked better with more coats for sure. Shown is 3 thin coats with no top coat.

Zoya Oswin (in shade)

Zoya Oswin (direct sunlight)

Zoya Oswin (close-up)

Zoya Oswin (lighting changed)

Next up is Noir.

Zoya Noir

Noir is the blackened purple version of Oswin basically. It’s packed with the same glittery goodness and bears the same texture finish, although I don’t think it looked good honestly. I really thought it would, but it fell short of my expectations. It is described as a “deep, vampy plum textured PixieDust with red Mega Hex particles”. What sticks out about this shade is the almost blackened base in this purple shade. I stuck with the same number of coats as Oswin just to keep it consistent. Shown is 3 thin coats with no top coat.

Zoya Noir (in shade)

Zoya Noir (direct sunlight)

Zoya Noir (close-up)

Zoya Noir (lighting changed)

Lastly, here’s Arianna.

Zoya Arianna

I thought this was originally going to be my favorite of the 3. I kept going back and forth with this and Oswin, but it didn’t mesmerize me as much as Oswin did. Oswin has a little more oomph and I’m not sure if it’s just the color of the shade or what. This is described as “a blue-toned red wine textured PixieDust with Mega Hex particles”. I’m actually surprised the description did not mention about it being a berry shade because that’s what popped into my head when comparing against Oswin. Shown is 3 thin coats with no top coat.

Zoya Arianna (in shade)

Zoya Arianna (direct sunlight)

Zoya Arianna (close-up)

I will say that while I do like these shades, I like the Zoya Summer Magical Pixie shades better. Oswin looks more matte than the other 2 and that may be why I like how it looks a lot. If the other 2 dries more matte then it’s possible I would’ve liked it more. I wish I thought of that earlier when I had them on, but it’s something to experiment with when I get home I guess.

*Some products in this review may have been provided by the PR company or manufacturer for an honest opinion.*

Walmart Fall 2014 Beauty Box

I was very excited when I first heard about Walmart having a beauty box just like Target, but I did not sign up to get one due to their internet security issue. The URL of the site to get the beauty box was “http” and not “https” when it first went live and that raised a huge red flag to me. After talking to several people who knows a lot about internet security, I decided that it wasn’t worth the risk to sign up for it. A month or so went by and I happen to just randomly check it again and the URL now shows “https”. I signed up that day and here’s what I got with mine:

Walmart Fall 2014 Beauty Box

Everything came in a sturdy cardboard box. Everyone else I know that got the beauty box either has the exact same one as mine or another version. Mine is I think for the older age group or something like that. I like my version to begin with anyway because there’s more stuff I can use from this.

L’Oréal Glossy Balm

Secret Clinical Strength Invisible Solid Deodorant

CoverGirl Outlast Glossy Days Glosstinis Nail Polish

Dove Oxygen Moisture Shampoo & Conditioner

Dove Pure Care Dry Oil

Nicki Minaj Pink Friday Fragrance, Neutrogena & L’Oréal Samples

It’s definitely worth the $5 price tag to me. Items I am most excited about are the ones from Dove. They are currently in use right now as I figure out which ones are worth repurchasing the full size version. The L’Oréal Glossy Balm is reserved for my niece that loves lip products and the nail polish is a bright yellow that’s right up my alley. The deodorant itself pays for the beauty box prize. The other small samples are nice to have, but they’re not that applicable to me currently.

Overall, not bad and I can’t wait to see what they have to offer in their next beauty box.