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NYC City Proof Twistable Intense Lip Color Roosevelt Island Red 052

Today’s blog post is on something new I’ve tried from NYC. If you remember my post on their fantastic lipstick here, this is basically a “wetter” or more moist version of that product. It’s not a lipstick but it’s not fully a lip gloss either. Here’s NYC City Proof Twistable Intense Lip Color.

NYC City Proof Twistable Intense Lip Color Roosevelt Island Red 052

This is described as the following on their website:

“Just twist, glide and go! NYC New York Color City Proof Twistable Intense Lip Color is here to give your lips a modern and fresh touch. Treat yourself to intense colors for hours with its wide range of amazing shades. With its shiny, stay-put finish, this lip color will become your go-to for an instant twist of color. You will love its beyond-cool pen format for an easy application. Feel the touch of silk on your lips!”

Swatches shown below shows a lone swipe then 2 and then 3 from left to right to show how buildable it is with more layers and pigmentation.

NYC City Proof Twistable Intense Lip Color Roosevelt Island Red 052 (in shade)

NYC City Proof Twistable Intense Lip Color Roosevelt Island Red 052 (direct sunlight)

NYC City Proof Twistable Intense Lip Color Roosevelt Island Red 052 (with flash)

NYC City Proof Twistable Intense Lip Color Roosevelt Island Red 052 (lighting changed)

Verdict? The shade I got is Roosevelt Island Red 052. While I love red shades this just simply does not hold a candle to their NYC Expert Last Lip Color line. With that said, I kind of mentioned earlier that this is almost like a cross between a lipstick and lip gloss. Formula is very moisturizing and slick. The slip is more than one would encounter with most lipsticks. It’s not sticky at all and is lightly scented just like the shade I got from their other line. Again, I can’t nail down what the scent is really but it reminds me of candy. Just like the lipstick, it’s not too strong and it dissipates pretty quick. I get about 4 hours of wear from this before having to reapply it. That’s not bad really for this type of product. I get less though if I eat or drink something. Color payoff is surprisingly better than expected for this type of product and the shine is simply amazing. Another thing I like with this is that I don’t experience as much feathering as I would when using a lipstick. It’s very easy to use and convenient — just apply and go.

I’ve posted on my Instagram account here what it looks like on me with several coats.

NYC City Proof Twistable Intense Lip Color Roosevelt Island Red 052 IG Post

It retails for about $2.99 or so and you can get them for an even cheaper price when they go on sale or you use coupons on them. 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.*

Physicians Formula Sexy Booster Ooh La La Sexy Eyes Trio

First thoughts on this product? Very cute packaging! Second thought? Hmmm, isn’t this a combination of the Physicians Formula Shimmer Strips Custom Eye Enhancing Eyeliner Trio and the Physicians Formula Shimmer Strips Custom Eye Enhancing Kohl Kajal Eyeliner Trio? Short, quick answer? Just about. With that said, I think the ones that would appreciate this set more are those that own neither of the eye liner trio sets I’ve mentioned. I picked this up at CVS during an ECB event with the Physicians Formula brand if I remember right. Here’s my take on the Physicians Formula Sexy Booster Ooh La La Sexy Eyes Trio.

Physicians Formula Sexy Booster Ooh La La Sexy Eyes Trio

The front of the box packaging it came in states the following:

“Up to 24 Hour Wear
Sexy Eyes
Eyeliner Pencil
Felt-Tip Eyeliner
Kohl Kajal Eyeliner”

The product packaging is simple and does bring the sexy factor to the table. The black and red lace or fishnet look of the case definitely gives it that sexy edge. The reason why I think it’s a cross of the other 2 eye liner trio sets I’ve reviewed in the past is that it features products that are covered by both sets. You get an eye liner pencil here as well as the kohl kajal eye liner. That’s basically what both sets are: an eye liner pencil set and a kohl kajal eye liner set. The only missing link is the felt-tip eyeliner. In my opinion, this set would be best appreciated by someone that is deciding on which type of eye liner to get from Physicians Formula. This will offer 3 different kinds basically — all in the shade black. In terms of performance, the eye liner pencil performed as reviewed here and the kohl kajal eye liner performed as reviewed here. There is no difference in my experience with the product even though they’re housed in different sets. So what’s left to review is the felt tip eye liner. In my experience with this, it gives me more precise lines than the other 2 but that’s about it. I prefer either of the other 2 over the felt tip eye liner. It’s more of a personal preference really. The wear is not as good compared to the other 2 types of eye liner. It is easier to remove as well, which would make sense with my previous statement. Swatches shown below are in the order of kohl kajal eye liner, felt tip eye liner, and eye liner pencil. Shown is one swipe of each product followed immediately by a thicker application of the same product.

Physicians Formula Sexy Booster Ooh La La Sexy Eyes Trio Swatches (in shade)

Physicians Formula Sexy Booster Ooh La La Sexy Eyes Trio Swatches (lighting changed)

Physicians Formula Sexy Booster Ooh La La Sexy Eyes Trio Swatches (direct sunlight)

Physicians Formula Sexy Booster Ooh La La Sexy Eyes Trio Swatches (with flash)

This retails for about $12.95 and is available at various mass retail and drugstores as well as online on their website.

Finger Paints Masquerade Affair Swatches

My love for the Finger Paints Masquerade Affair Collection isn’t close from being over. If you haven’t had a chance to pick them up last month, now’s a good time to. I have had various shades of these on my toes for a while now. The colors are rich and while they’re not jewel toned really….they’re vibrant. Here are swatches of the Finger Paints Masquerade Affair Collection.

First up is Ball Gown Glamour.

Finger Paints Ball Gown Glamour

If there were jewel toned shades in this collection, Ball Gown Glamour would be one of them. The direct sunlight shot shows this clearly. It looks perfect for the holiday season honestly. This green shimmer sprinkled with gold glitter flecks is almost a one coater. Formula is good and it dries pretty quick. Shown is 2 coats with no top coat.

Finger Paints Ball Gown Glamour (in shade)

Finger Paints Ball Gown Glamour (direct sunlight)

Finger Paints Ball Gown Glamour (close-up)

Finger Paints Ball Gown Glamour (lighting changed)

Next we have Queen For A Night.

Finger Paints Queen For A Night

Queen For A Night is a is a vibrant shade of purple that makes me think of actual masquerade balls and such. I also like the catchy name. The gold flecks in this just pops against the almost jewel toned shade of purple. It doesn’t look gold but in person, you will see that it is. The formula for this one lets you easily get away with just one coat but I used more. Shown is 2 generous coats with no top coat.

Finger Paints Queen For A Night (in shade)

Finger Paints Queen For A Night (direct sunlight)

Finger Paints Queen For A Night (close-up)

Up next is Masked Beauty.

Finger Paints Masked Beauty

Masked Beauty is a gold metallic shimmer sprinkle with orange-y gold glitter flecks. This one’s extremely easy when it comes to application. Formula is good and it dries pretty quick. Shown is 2 generous coats with no top coat.

Finger Paints Masked Beauty (in shade)

Finger Paints Masked Beauty (direct sunlight)

Finger Paints Masked Beauty (close-up)

Finger Paints Masked Beauty (lighting changed)

Finger Paints Masked Beauty (lighting changed again)

Lastly, here’s Dance Til Dawn.

Finger Paints Dance Til Dawn

Dance Til Dawn the shade with a slight duochrome look in the bottle. This shade is a true blurple in my book. You can see the swirls of blue and purple among the silvery gold flecks in it. Formula is good and it dries pretty quick. Shown is 2 coats with no top coat

Finger Paints Dance Til Dawn (in shade)

Finger Paints Dance Til Dawn (direct sunlight)

Finger Paints Dance Til Dawn (close-up)

Overall? Very nicely done. The shades do go well with the theme, which I happen to love cause of the shades involved. My favorite is Queen For A Night. I think I’m just read for the holiday season. Most of these are what I consider as shades having glass fleck finish really but the flecks in these are larger than the shades I classify in this category. Plus, I know that the glassy flecks in these shades are really actually silvery gold glitter. They just don’t look gold in some of these shades.

These should be available in Sally Beauty Supply stores and online for around $5.99 each or less if it’s on sale.

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

Holiday 2014 Shopping Ideas

I decided to do this one earlier this year since last year I was so late in posting that it became a last-minute guide here. With all the F&F sales and upcoming Black Friday/Cyber Monday events, I thought I’d post on some of these before they go out of stock. Now, this is what I personally would think be good gifts because I either like them and would love getting them (or I *cough* got them already) or I think that it would be a suitable gift for the holiday season. A lot of them are beauty related (no surprise there!) but there are a few that spill into various other categories. I’ll be keeping items of the same brand together for ease.

1) Tarte Bon Voyage Collector’s Set And Travel Bag – $59 at Sephora

Tarte Bon Voyage Collector’s Set And Travel Bag

If there is one holiday set I would want in the beauty department, this would be it. This limited edition, Sephora-exclusive set valued at $423 houses a beautiful palette of their famous Amazonian clay eye shadows along with some other beauty products. I’ve always been a sucker for palettes and the design and color of the entire set just caught my attention big time. I loved their set from last year, but the bag is even better this year. Last year’s bag struck me as polished and something I would take with me on any a business trip or something. It opens up to hang somewhere conveniently. This year’s bag is structured better for what I need. I like cases like this where it has a little bit more shape to it and such. And the print…..simply love! I was disappointed that this set didn’t come with at least one of their famous Amazonian clay blushes, but it’s a win other than that for me really. I received this set a few days ago in the mail since I purchased it online from Sephora during their F&F event and it did not disappoint.

2) Tarte Away Oui Go Portable Palette & Collector’s Set – $48 at ULTA

Tarte Away Oui Go Portable Palette & Collector’s Set

This is limited edition and available only at ULTA. I got the 20% off everything coupon this time around and I didn’t hesitate in taking the plunge with this set. I hemmed and hawed last year on this and missed out on it. I didn’t regret it a whole lot, but I definitely wished that it was still available after the holidays on sale. No luck there! So instead of this happening again, I went ahead and got it since I have other things I wanted to get from ULTA already. The shades seem to be more on the neutral side for me, but I need some neutral stuff. And the packaging is simply too pretty for words! Tarte hit it out of the park with their offerings everywhere for this holiday season it seems. I also didn’t hesitate in getting this set as I have last year due to the fact the set from Sephora didn’t have any Amazonian clay blushes and this set does. I should be getting this in today when I get home. Downside in ordering at ULTA online is they ship slower than Sephora for me. I was at my local ULTA store last weekend and they were already out of many of the holiday sets and kits. I would call before going or just order it online.

3) Tarte Pin Up Girl Amazonian Clay 12-Hour Blush Palette – $42 at Sephora

Tarte Pin Up Girl Amazonian Clay 12-Hour Blush Palette

I got this one on a whim. It was more of an impulse buy that’s valued at $110. I missed out on last year’s set because I kind of liked the Amazonian clay blushes in their own separate containers and this one houses several in one. But it’s such a good deal to pass up and most of the reviews I read are really, really good. Like really good. This would be a nice prettily packaged gift for a blush lover. I’m pretty sure this another Sephora-exclusive item.

4) Tarte Chic To Cheek Deluxe Amazonian Clay Blush Set – $35 at Tarte

Tarte Chic To Cheek Deluxe Amazonian Clay Blush Set

I’m pretty sure this was offered at least online at ULTA, but I don’t see it there anymore and can only find it at Tarte’s website here as of this exact moment. I wish I paid more attention to this one when I placed my ULTA order last week. I would’ve picked this up in a heartbeat, but I was just so focused on checking out with the Away Oui Go set that I didn’t even bother looking at the other Tarte holiday items on the website. For blush lovers, this set is another good deal! But at least I did end up with some of the Amazonian clay blushes from the Sephora-exclusive blush palette and in the other ULTA-exclusive set itself.

5) Too Faced Everything Nice Set – $56 at Sephora

Tarte Chic To Cheek Deluxe Amazonian Clay Blush Set

This set is valued at $450, making this one of the best buys in terms of holiday palettes really. With that said, this is the item that was just not meant to be for me. If the bag didn’t look that cute (I like glittery things) then I wouldn’t have even considered getting it until it goes on sale after the holiday season. With that said, I did want to get it but when I got the Sephora F&F code this item was out of stock. I chalked it up as it wasn’t meant to be. My local Sephora in JCPenney did carry it, so I figured maybe by a long shot it will be around until another sale or something (I know, wishful thinking). I got another Sephora F&F code a few days later and figured I’d check to see if there’s something else I want. This palette was still out of stock and I ended up ordering more Tarte items that I was afraid would be gone soon. On the last day the Sephora F&F code was good for, it came back in stock. Someone tried to provide me a last-minute Sephora F&F code but it wouldn’t let me use it saying that the code has already been redeemed. I took this as a sign that this is just not meant to be. It’s still in stock right now and it’s a gorgeous palette in my opinion. While the Tarte ones are more on the neutral side to me, these are brighter with more color. This palette looks flatter than last year’s and that’s the other thing that appealed to me. If you’re looking to get this for someone, I’d say grab it ASAP as it could go out of stock again pretty soon and this is a limited edition palette.

6) Freeman Beauty Mystery Bag – $30 at Freeman

If you hurry, there’s still time to snag this deal. It isn’t as good as last year’s deal for sure since you get up to $100 worth of stuff for $30 instead of up to $90 for $20, but what you get still makes a great gift as a whole or broken up into smaller groups for stocking stuffers or what not. I won’t go over this more since I already blogged about it here. You can just enter the keywords “mystery bag” in their search and it pops up. But grab it while you can because this is only good until end of today I believe!

7) Annual ipsy Subscription – $110 at ipsy

This might be a little tricky to do but it would be a neat gift. You can get a beauty product lover a yearly subscription to ipsy (or another beauty subscription program but I only have it with ipsy so that’s what I can only recommend). I love my ipsy subscription. I’m in my second year subscription currently and the last few bags have been better than ever for me. You’ll have to take a quiz for a profile to be built up so they have an idea how to craft your bags so to speak. It would be a neat idea but keep in mind there is a wait for subscriptions (not sure if it’s just for the monthly one or both monthly and yearly) so I’m not sure how it’ll pan out as a gift. Rain check? If it didn’t have any form of waiting period, it gets high marks from me as a gift for sure. To get a glimpse of what I get each month, check my posts here.

8) Philosophy Holiday Spice Rack Trio – $27 at Philosophy and various retailers

Philosophy Holiday Spice Rack Trio

Philosophy has been very good every year in churning out holiday sets and this year is no exception. Starting off with their Holiday Spice Rack Trio, this is the perfect holiday gift for someone that loves holiday spice scents in their bath products. This set includes 6 oz bottles of Cinnamon Stick, Creamy Cardamom and Vanilla Bean Nutmeg shampoo, shower gel & bubble bath. The packaging is quite cute as well.

9) Philosophy Making Spirits Bright – $23 at Philosophy and various retailers

Philosophy Making Spirits Bright

Continuing on with the Philosophy train, this set is sure to delight with 8 oz bottles of Holiday Lights Aglow and Twinkle Berry shampoo, shower gel & bubble bath. The colors are very festive and the packaging is good enough that all you need is stick on a bow with a note or gift tag.

10) Philosophy Iced Gingerbread Cookie Duo – $27 at Philosophy and various retailers

Philosophy Iced Gingerbread Cookie Duo

This is one kit from Philosophy that I’m very curious about in terms of scent. I usually love their scents but there has been a few that were misses for me. I was hoping for something like hot chocolate with this kit, but this comes close to what I’m looking for. This sweet kit includes 8 oz bottles of Spiced Gingerbread Cookie shampoo, shower gel & bubble bath and Sugary Cinnamon Icing body lotion. YUM! It’s a sweet treat for whoever the lucky recipient of this is!

11) Philosophy Holiday Handbook – $20 at Philosophy and various retailers

Philosophy Holiday Handbook

I noticed a lot of other brands having hand kits for the holidays and while I’m not sure if Philosophy has made one before…they do have one this year. This kit includes 1 oz tubes of Peppermint Stick, Fresh Cream and Cranberry Medley. The formula is supposed to be ultra-rich as it’s formulated with multiple butters and such. You can gift this as a whole or break it up for stocking stuffers! It’s the perfect gift too as winter can be very harsh on our skin, hands included.

12) Philosophy Hands Of Hope Ornament – $10 at Philosophy and various retailers

Philosophy Hands Of Hope Ornament

This item is something very cute as a gift and doubles up as a tree ornament. It’s their hand and cuticle cream in a 1 oz tube packaged ready to go right on your tree! Convenient and love the dual purpose of this item. One less ornament to get?

13) Philosophy Have A Cherry Christmas Ornament – $7 at Philosophy and various retailers

Philosophy Have A Cherry Christmas Ornament

Same concept as the previous item mentioned but a different product. Prettily packaged to go right on your tree, this festive scent of 2 oz shower gel will be sure to bring a smile to someone’s face. It’s very cute and there are other items available in the ornament style packaging instead of just the 2 mentioned here.

14) L.L.Bean Women’s Wicked Good® Slippers – $79 at L.L.Bean

L.L.Bean Women’s Wicked Good® Slippers

I own this and this is one of my favorite gift item received to date. It is super soft, warm and comfy. My husband actually has a pair and I loved it so much that he would see me trudging around the house in his pair (since it’s a much bigger size). He thought I should have my own pair so he bought me a pair. I’ll be slipping into them starting tonight since Halloween is usually when the cold weather starts with a vengeance here in OK.

15) Scarves – $?? at various retailers

Coach Scarves

More Coach Scarves

Even More Coach Scarves

Coach Scarves Still

Still More Coach Scarves

Doesn’t matter where you get it from or how much it cost as long as the quality is pretty good, scarves is a good gift item in my opinion. It will be well-used in the winter season so it’s actually a very useful gift. They come in various colors, materials, shapes and price range so there is room for putting thought into it as a gift really. I know that Ann Taylor has some that are stylish and made from different materials. Coach makes some too, but I usually only get those as a gift or at the outlets (I can’t bring myself to pay for one full-price still!). Compare and see what will work and if they’re not a scarf person then maybe the next item on the list is more up their alley. Shown above are some of my Coach scarves. All of them are from past seasons and no longer available, but this will give you an idea what they look like somewhat. I do use some of them but I usually save them for special occasions due to the nature of the fabric. I have lots of other scarves that I just throw on and use everyday, but they’re not made of silk like my Coach scarves are.

16) Gloves/Mittens – $?? at various retailers

Coach Red Leather Gloves

Gloves or mittens is another winter wardrobe staple. If you live in an area where winter is cold and could be harsh — this item is a must. There are many type of gloves out there but I do have a preference on what kind I have to have for certain reasons. I love wool and cotton gloves. They do keep my hands warm pretty good, but when there is ANY chance moisture comes into play….leather (or an even better water repelling material) is king for me. I only have one pair of leather gloves, but it has held up well and kept moisture at bag where my wool and cotton gloves failed miserably. The cotton is the worst when it comes to that of course. It just sucks up moisture and my hands are cold. The leather provides more protection. My hands will start to feel cold still but it stays dry. Now for longer periods of time, the leather will of course not hold up to the constant moisture still. I’m actually researching on gloves made of other types of material for this purpose. There are times when I have to unexpectedly battle the elements outside and use my hands a lot. I’d like to keep them warm and dry as long and as much as possible.

17) Charms/Keyfobs – $?? at various retailers

Coach Charms/Keyfobs

More Coach Charms/Keyfobs

Still More Coach Charms/Keyfobs

Another cute gift idea are charms or keyfobs. The ones I have are all mostly from Coach that I got as either gifts or from the outlets. These make neat little cute gifts for girls of all ages really. There is some room for making it a more personal gift depending on the charm or keyfob design and such. Shown above are only some of the charms and keyfobs I own. All of these are from past seasons, so the selection is different from what’s available now. This is just to give you guys an idea what they’ve made in the past. I try to pair them with some of the bags I own.

18) Candles – $?? at various retailers

Bath & Body Works Holiday Candles

I am picky when it comes to candle scents, but not overly picky as some. Still, take note of this when you’re thinking of giving candles as gifts. Just think of what they may or may not like. If all else fails, it’s the thought that counts. I know my neighbor friend loves candles that smell like baked stuff. I personally like some of those too like butter cookies or cake. I know my Didi doesn’t. In fact, she doesn’t like anything that smells like food in bath and body products as well. But holiday scents is a forgivable thing I would think for a recipient that just so happens to dislike such scents. It’s a seasonal scent and it’s something a lot of people would pick up so in case you did for someone that just doesn’t like it….I think they’ll live. Good deals can be found sometimes at Bath & Body Works or Yankee Candle just to name a few. There are a lot of seasonal candle scents at Bath & Body Works and the labels on them are so darn cute! Something simple like this would also make a good hostess gift during the holiday season.

19) Perfumes – $?? at various retailers

Now, the same thing I said to the item before this applies with the big disclaimer that this is more, more personal than that and that there may be some seasonal perfumes out there but I honestly wouldn’t recommend you giving someone that. Home scents are one thing but personal scent is a whole different category. A lot of people may tolerate a scent they just find borderline okay at home but not on themselves. It’s close quarters compared to scents for the home. This is your body! So unless you know they will love or probably love the scent, my suggestion is to steer clear in this category. It’s a lovely gift item but only if it’s a scent she loves. See what she uses and if she’s running low on that. Or if there is another scent you are pretty sure it’s similar that she would like….I say go for it. Use common sense and your judgment on this.

20) Gift cards/certificates – $?? at various retailers

Victoria’s Secret Gift Card

A lot of people will disagree with me and a lot of people will agree with me as well on this. Gift cards/certificates make great gifts. In my case, it is especially true for a person who tends to shop and stock up on sales and clearances like me. I would rather get a gift card to a place I like and get things that go on sale right after Christmas or the holiday season. I get more bang for the buck. If there’s something I really want that can’t wait, I would’ve gotten it as soon as I can. If I didn’t get it, then if it’s no longer available come day after Christmas or the holiday season then oh well. I can get what I want with it instead of possibly something I may like or not like at all. It’s a win-win for everyone (except for those that dislike giving gift cards/certificates cause they think it’s impersonal). My personal picks are ULTA, Victoria’s Secret, Target and Sephora.

Again, disclaimer here is that these are some of the things I think would make great gifts for the holiday season but it certainly doesn’t mean that everyone will agree. You know the recipient more than I do, so use your judgment on what will work best for them as a gift.

*All images used are either author’s or taken from the retailers mentioned.*

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.*

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