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NYC Queen’s Jewels

Hey guys! I’m so glad it’s the weekend already. This week dragged a bit, but I think it threw me for a loop too cause it’s the first week where the weather is consistently cold. I’m a bit sad cause I enjoy warmer weather but the dog seems to love it! The heat from the heating units makes my skin dry in the house so you’ll be seeing some skincare reviews coming up shortly. Today’s post is on another pretty shade from NYC. Here’s NYC Queen’s Jewels.

NYC Queen’s Jewels

Queen’s Jewels is simply stunning. It’s the perfect Christmas green. Unfortunately it was very hard for me to show how bright and pretty it is no matter what lighting it is or angle I’ve tried to capture it with. The most accurate one is the one from my Instagram account. It’s basically a stunning green glitter shade with a green tinted base. Formula is slightly goopy but it dries to a smooth finish. One thing I hate about this shade is it’s a notorious stainer. Definitely use base coat with this. I’m actually kinda scared that just using it over base coat would still stain the nail. Shown is 2 coats with no top coat.

NYC Queen’s Jewels (in shade)

NYC Queen’s Jewels (direct sunlight)

NYC Queen’s Jewels (close-up)

Here’s the shot from my Instagram account here on how vibrant and pretty this green glitter shade really is.

NYC Queen’s Jewels IG Post

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 Maria

Hey guys! I haven’t Been posting here for the past few days due to work getting busy and it has gotten very cold all of a sudden. The onset of cold weather throws me off usually each year so it’s not much of a surprise that this happened. But I’m trying to catch up with blogging and resume to regular posting. Today’s post is on another shade from indie brand Shimmer Polish. Here’s Shimmer Polish Maria.

Shimmer Polish Maria

This shade is packed with blue glitter. It is described as “blues (light to dark)” according to the creator. I took these shots on a pretty cloudy day so lighting is out of whack. These are the best ones I got from everything I took unfortunately. 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 slightly thicker like Leslie but applies beautifully. Shown is 2 thin coats with no top coat.

Shimmer Polish Maria (in shade)

Shimmer Polish Maria (direct sunlight)

Shimmer Polish Maria (close-up)

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.*

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.*

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