NWP: Afternoon Snack 2019

Native War Paints is re-releasing their first collection, but with updated formulas.  This beautiful collection will be released on March 29, 2019 at 12pm EST.  Let’s dive in to the swatches, shall we?

Green Smoothie 2019 is a green crelly with multiple green glitters, turquoise glitter, green and teal hearts, and a turquoise shimmer.  Opaque in 2-3 coats depending on application and preference.  Top coat is recommended for a smooth appearance.  Removal will be difficult because it is a crelly.  For easier removal, I recommend a peel-off base coat.  Retails for $10 USD.

Original Green Smoothie

3 coats of Green Smoothie 2019

Green Smoothie 2019 in natural lighting

Grape Slushie 2019 is a holographic purple multichrome that shifts from violet to red to orange to gold.  This is opaque in 2 coats.  Typical polish removal with this one.  Retails for $13 USD.

Original Grape Slushie

2 coats of Grape Slushie 2019

Grape Slushie 2019 in sunlight

Marshmallows in Milk 2019 is probably the most reformulated of this collection.  Originally it was a topper, but Amanda has brought this one back as a crelly.  This is a mixture of holographic gold glitters, pink hearts, yellow stars, lavender triangles, green clovers, and blue moons in a white crelly base.  Honestly, this is Lucky Charms™ in a bottle and I love it!  Opaque in 2-3 coats depending on preference.  This one was a bit more tricky with application; I had to let this one sit upside down for 10 minutes to get a good mix of the glitters to transfer to my nails.  Don’t worry about glitter application on your first coat.  Focus on glitter placements on the second and third coats.  I recommend peel-off base coat and top coat to smooth out the glitters.  This will retail for $10 USD.

Original Marshmallows in Milk over Original Grape Slushie

3 coats Marshmallows in Milk 2019

Marshmallows in Milk 2019 in natural lighting

Raspberry Vinaigrette 2019 is a bright pink jelly with a blue shimmer, hot pink micro flakies, and purple to blue aurora pigments.  Opaque in 2-3 coats, and will retail for $12 USD.  This dries matte so I recommend a shiny top coat.  There is typical removal with this polish.

Original Raspberry Vinaigrette

2 coats of Raspberry Vinaigrette 2019

Raspberry Vinaigrette 2019 in sunlight

Raspberry Vinaigrette 2019 in natural lighting

Salad Mix 2019 is a topper with metallic green shredded glitter, holographic green glitter, red dots, yellow flowers, and blue hearts.  I highly recommend 1-2 coats of thick top coat to smooth out the glitters.  The shredded glitters have the tendency to stick up so pay attention during placement to avoid poking pieces.  Use a peel-off base coat for easier removal.  This topper retails for $10 USD.

Original Salad Mix over OPI “Did It On ‘Em”

1 coat of Salad Mix 2019 over Raspberry Vinaigrette 2019

Salad Mix 2019 in natural lighting

Salad Mix 2019 in sunlight

My favorites from the collection would have to be Raspberry Vinaigrette 2019 topped with Salad Mix 2019.  I do love all of the polishes, but that combination was absolutely captivating!

You can purchase the polishes individually or the entire collection for $50 USD here.

What are your favorites?  Will you be purchasing any of these?  Let me know in the comments below!

**Featured image is by @beckiesbottleimages on Instagram**

NYX Can’t Stop Won’t Stop Foundation Review

So I finally gave in.  I’ve seen so many positive reviews, and I have co-workers telling me how much they love this foundation that I had to give it a go.

For a little bit of background on me, I have very oily skin.  The kind of oily skin where if I go bare-faced, I am shiny within two hours.  My skin was not always this way; in high school and most of my active duty military career my skin was combination dry.  After having three children, my skin changed.  Not only am I oily, but my skin has a lot of redness.

I am not a full coverage queen, but I do enjoy products that will not only cover my redness but will also last for at least an entire work day.  I am a lead cashier at Ulta Beauty (they are in no way sponsoring my posts nor am I advertising for them) and my typical shifts range from 5-6 hours although I will wear my makeup for upwards of 14 hours.  This foundation retails for $15 USD for one fluid ounce.

Now that you know about my skin type, let’s get on to the product.  The NYX Can’t Stop Won’t Stop foundation claims to be lightweight, waterproof, transfer proof, and suitable for all skin types.  It also claims to be a 24 hour foundation, but I did not want to test it out for that long as I typically breakout if I sleep with makeup on.

The first wear test I used shade Light Ivory, and I did not use a primer.  I applied the foundation with my Beauty Blender™ sponge on top of my Mario Badescu Peptide Renewal Cream.  I did not set with powder because I felt that it set really well on its own.  I applied the rest of my face make up and then set with my Too Faced Cosmetics Hangover RX 3-in-1 spray.

Here are the photos from the first wear test:

Initial application in natural lighting

Initial application under bathroom lighting

6 hours after application in natural lighting

6 hours after application in bathroom lighting

6 hours after application in bathroom lighting

14 hours after application in bathroom lighting

14 hours after application in bathroom lighting

14 hours after application in bathroom lighting

I shade matched in store, but something about this shade felt off; after wearing and asking others’ opinions we came to the conclusion that it was the wrong undertone.  It was a little too pink.

The second wear test I used the shade Vanilla.  I applied this over the Ulta Mattifying primer and used my Luxie 532 brush.  I set my face with the Coty Airspun powder and the IT Cosmetics Heavenly Luxe #1 brush, then set all my makeup with Urban Decay All-Nighter setting spray.  Vanilla is definitely my perfect shade match.

Here are the photos from the second wear test:

Initial application in bathroom lighting

Initial application in natural lighting

5 hour check-in at work

10 hours after application in bathroom lighting

10 hours after application in bathroom lighting

10 hours after application in bathroom lighting

As you can see from these photos, the foundation held up beautifully.  I definitely recommend using a primer, setting powder, or both just to extend your longevity.  My face did not feel sticky to the touch, but did not feel overly tight or dry.  I agree with the claims that this foundation is lightweight even though it is full coverage.  It is definitely transfer proof, and I would like to say that this foundation is indeed 24 hour wear but I would not recommend wearing it for that long.  Even though I had some oils peek through, it still did not transfer and looked amazing at the end of the day.

I highly recommend this foundation if you’re looking for something new to try, want to explore, or just need a foundation for special occasions (i.e. prom, homecoming, that summer cruise, trip to Disney, etc.)  This foundation is available at Ulta and wherever NYX products are sold.

 

BoxyCharm January: Boxy and Chill

This month’s theme from BoxyCharm was “Boxy and Chill” so it was my impression that the items in the box would be for a relaxing day or easy to use products, and for the most part I agree.  I received a few items that are very new to me, and I also received an item already in my collection.  Let’s take a peek at my box variation, shall we?

First up we have the Briogeo Roscaro Milk Reparative Leave-In Conditioning Spray.  I normally don’t use a leave-in style spray because my hair is super fine, but I was happily surprised with this.  It smells heavenly, my hair was not frizzy after blow drying, and after straightening I had a great hair day.  Due to my hair being so fine, I tend to get oily but I was still able to keep my normal washing schedule.  I highly recommend this product if you’re looking for a multi-purpose spray that won’t weigh down your hair, but gives you heat protection and makes your hair look fantastic.


My hair after washing and styling using the Briogeo Conditioning Spray.

Next up we have an eyeshadow palette that I already had in my arsenal.  The Tarte Rainforest of the Sea Highlighting Eyeshadow Palette Vol. III, which, from other reviews I have read, was not a big hit.  However, given the nature of the palette, I love this.  The shadows are buttery and super metallic.  They are best applied with your finger.  I am pale enough to create an eye look using these shadows alone, but I typically use this palette in a supplemental way.  The shadows will crease and fade if you do not use an eyeshadow base or primer.  These shadows look amazing on your inner corner, under your brow, or on your lid for a halo effect.  I can see why others would be disappointed in this palette, but I do enjoy it.  You get a great variety of highlighting shades and some beautiful golds to add to the versatility if using this in a supplemental way.


My look at the beginning of the work day using the products from my BoxyCharm.

A new to me brand was the Billion Dollar Brows Universal Brow Pencil.  I have seen a few of their products at my local Kohl’s, but I’ve never tried anything from them.  This was a typical retractable style pencil with a spoolie on the other end.  It says its self-sharpening but once I used it I have yet to get that super fine point back.  This shade was not quite deep enough for me, but it did blend nicely and you can see that my brows do appear filled in.  The pencil is super creamy, so I would totally be willing to try this pencil in a darker shade.  Wear time was great, and removal was easy.

The weirdest product, in my opinion, this month was the Ofra Long Lasting Liquid Lipstick in the shade “Havana Nights.”  The shade choice is what I found odd; it’s January and this color red feels more of a shade I would wear in the fall.  I have not used their liquid lipsticks previously so I was excited to try this.  The formula is very nice.  It was easy to apply, but it did take some time to dry down.  I have oily skin so I don’t know if that had anything to do with it, but I did have transferring.  I did not have any feathering or wandering, and even though I had some transfer it did not affect how the lipstick appeared on my lips.  I was very pleased with how my lips looked at the end of the day, and the formula was very comfortable.  There was minimal staining upon removal, but that went away after using a lip scrub.  Not my favorite liquid lipstick formula, but if you’re looking for a comfortable formula to try this would be a great option.


The Ofra lipstick after 8 hours of wear.  Minimal fading, no feathering.

The last item in my box was the Tatcha Luminous Dewy Skin Face Mask.  These masks contain rice germ oil, vitamin E, green tea, and algae.  Because of my skin type, I did not try these sheet masks.  I am not a fan of anything luminous on my face because it makes me think I am more oily than usual.  From reading the packaging, if you have dry to normal skin I feel like you would love these sheet masks.

Overall, I was neither wowed or disappointed with this box.  For the value of the products versus what I paid for it I am not mad, but I do feel that my previous boxes have been better.  Did you receive BoxyCharm this month?  What products did you receive?


Total value of this box variation was $110.

If you are not familiar with BoxyCharm, it is a monthly subscription box service.  For $21 per month, you will receive 4 – 5 full sized products valued at a minimum of $100.  You have access to tutorials for the products you receive, and you earn Charms for reviewing your products.  Charms can be redeemed to purchase items listed in their Charm Room.

If you are interested in signing up for BoxyCharm, click here.  Thanks for reading my review, and I look forward to seeing you in my next post!

NWP Polish of the Month: January

Amanda and Brian are at it again! This year is the year of shimmer. Every month a new polish will be released, and each will have a beautiful shimmer. They have mentioned there will be unique formulations ranging from crelly to thermal to holographic and more. I can’t wait to see what shimmers are in store for us this year!

January’s polish is a beautiful mid-toned purple with a shifty shimmer that shifts from gold to green, and also has scattered holographic microglitters. This formula was opaque in two coats, and I experienced magnificent wear time with this polish. I wore this polish for 7+ days and only had minimal tip wear.

All photos shown are of 2 coats applied over KBShimmer’s “Basic Training” base coat and topped with SuperChic Lacquer’s Marvel Liquid Macro top coat. This polish was very hard to photograph, and depending on lighting will appear differently. I’m sorry my photos don’t quite capture the beauty of this polish. I did the best I could without editing my photos.

This polish will be available until 11:59pm January 31st EST on the NWP website and retails for $10. Also, be sure to follow them on Instagram for more information on upcoming sales and collections.

January Ipsy Glam Bag

Hello, lovelies!!!  Happy January to you!  My first review of 2018 will be on my January Ipsy Glam Bag.

For those of you who don’t know what Ipsy even is, its a monthly subscription bag that includes (5) beauty items ranging from skincare, hair care, beauty tools, and makeup items.  You fill out a profile that asks questions about your skin tone, hair and eye color, hair type, and beauty preferences and sends you products based on your responses.  The first few bags may not be entirely to your liking, but the more you review your products the better your bags become!

Photo of my Glam Bag products this month

My January bag consisted of this beautiful navy mesh bag with lime green and pink neon stripes.  I may use this in my gym bag to hold my facial wipes and travel toiletries.  It’s super cute!

My bag items included:

I created a look using all of my makeup products from my bag.  I think it turned out rather nicely!

My eyes were primed with Urban Decay Eyeshadow Primer Potion in Eden like I always do.

Eyeshadows used: ABH Modern Renaissance Raw Sienna (transition), Cyprus Umber (crease and outer v), Becca Shimmering Skin Perfector in Vanilla Quartz (inner corner and under-brow highlight), DLS Sangria (all over lid), and Wet ‘n Wild eyeshadow in Crème brûlée for blending.  I completed the eye look with the Ciaté London liner, Essence Lash Princess mascara, and Ardell Natural lashes in #110.

I was very pleased with how the Vasanti brush applied Cyprus Umber to my crease and outer v.  The bristles were extremely soft, and it grabbed a lot of product with the slightest touch.  I think it blended the shade beautifully.

Face products included: Benefit Porefessional Primer, Wet ‘n Wild Photo Focus Foundation in Shell Ivory, Tarte Park Ave Princess contour palette (Carat for contour, Princess Cut for bronzer),  and Japonesque blush in #01.

Lip color: DF from Hola Neon.  The lipstick had a very liquidy consistency, but had great opacity.  It did not take long to set and it was super lightweight on the lips.  My entire face was set using Urban Decay’s All-Nighter setting spray.

 

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After initial application in natural lighting.

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After initial application, in artificial lighting.

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First check-in, 3 hours later.

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Photos at the end of 10 hours, right before removal.

After 10 hours of wear, I was very pleased with how my makeup looked.  The DLS shadow had faded, but was still there.  It just wasn’t as vibrant as I would have liked to see.  The eyeliner was still as pigmented as upon initial application and had not budged or drifted.  I loved that I could create super fine lines with this liner.  The lipstick didn’t even feel like it was there.  After eating and drinking at the party and snacking while gaming, my lips still looked bomb.  I’d say all of these products are fantastic and worth looking into.

Of all my products this month, I was most excited about the charcoal mask!  I love skincare and I am always looking for great finds that work and don’t break the bank.  This mask was so creamy and mousy.  I applied this with a flat foundation brush that has been designated as a mask brush since I began my love affair with my BeautyBlender.  A little bit of this mask goes a long way.  It felt fantastic on my skin, and did not feel overly tight as it dried down.  Removal was a breeze!  I used a moist washcloth, and it was not difficult at all.  I did not need to wet the mask first.  After removal, my skin did not feel overtly dry or tight.  All of the excess oil was removed, like all of my other charcoal masks do, but without the feeling of needing to drench my face with a nightly moisturizer well before my bedtime.  I would highly recommend this mask!

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After application of the wash off mask.  Left is wet.  Right is dry.img_0007
My face after mask removal.

Overall, I’d say this month’s Glam Bag was a hit.  It’s not every month I get a bag that is full of products that I love and will use in its entirety.  My least favorite product would have to be the eyeshadow, but the color is gorgeous and I equate the fading to its being a metallic eyeshadow.

If you’d like to learn more about these cosmetic brands or Ipsy, just click on the hyperlinks within my post.  Feel free to leave comments about the products you’d like to try or any products you’d like me to review in the future.  I hope you all have a fabulous weekend, and I look forward to seeing you in my next review!

New Year, New Goals

It’s 2018!  Can you believe it?!  I am just in awe how time flies!  I have been neglecting my site as of late but this year I am going to change all of that.

This year, my goal is to not purchase anything unless it needs to be replaced OR only if I have purged an item or collection that I can replace with a new one.  I am trying to destash a lot of my collections so I can have a more manageable collection instead of being overwhelmed by it’s size like I am currently.

If there are any upcoming collections, looks, or skincare items you would like me to review, feel free to comment and let me know!  I will be reviewing the collections I already own as well as sharing nail art and makeup looks using products from my collection.  I am also diving in to some new skincare routines that I will be sharing my results as well as if I will continue to use them or if they weren’t worth it.

I hope all of you had a wonderful holiday season and are enjoying the new year!  I look forward to hearing from all of you, and sharing with you throughout this year.

It’s going to be amazing! 😘

ChapStick Total Hydration Review

I was browsing in my local Walgreens and happened upon a display for the new ChapStick Total Hydration products. I’ve been looking for a cheaper lip scrub and spotted they had one. I’ve always loved ChapStick products since I was a kid, so I grabbed a few products to sample and review for you.


Total Hydration Moisture + Tint in shade Merlot, Total Hydration Lip Balm in Fresh Citrus, and Total Hydration Conditioning Lip Scrub in Fresh Peppermint. 

The Total Hydration Conditioning Lip Scrub in Fresh Peppermint retails for $4.99. Claims to be made with “naturally sourced ingredients” and contains vitamin E and coconut oil. It already sounds promising! Packing is nice for a ChapStick brand; you get 0.27 ounces of product.


Total Hydration Conditioning Lip Scrub in Fresh Peppermint, $4.99. 

The smell is SUPER intense. If you’re not a fan of peppermint, you may not enjoy this. I ended up using too much on my first application. This is very buttery (took me by surprise) but feels very rough. It did a fantastic job of exfoliating my lips. I wiped with a damp cloth, and my lips were soooo smooth! Directions say to follow up with a Total Hydration Lip Balm.


Total Hydration Natural Lip Balm in Fresh Citrus, $3.99.

I followed my exfoliation with the lip balm in “Fresh Citrus.” Packing is sleek and I like the new look. It doesn’t look like my other classic ChapSticks. This one didn’t have a smell until I started applying. It was a light citrus scent that reminded me of oranges. The packing claims to “instantly smooth and moisturize, visibly renew lips,” and is “clinically proven for healthier looking lips.” My lips did feel moisturized and they definitely felt smooth. The lip balm retails for $3.99 for 0.12 ounces.


Total Hydration Moisture + Tint in Merlot, $4.99.

The Total Hydration Moisture + Tint in “Merlot” was heavenly. It had a light berry scent (I’m assuming it’s what Merlot would smell like, but I’ve never tried it) and a sheer, dark pink leaning purple tint. Retails for $4.99 and is 0.12 ounces. It’s just as moisturizing as the natural lip balm, but I don’t think you need both. It would be nice for a “no makeup” kind of day or for the summer if you’d like just a small splash of color to your lips.


After exfoliating. I’m wearing the Total Hydration Moisture + Tint in shade Merlot. 

I would get more use out of the lip balm because I would layer it over or under lipstick and liquid lipstick. Overall, I think the products a very good for being drugstore quality. You can exfoliate and moisturize for under $10! ChapStick has really stepped up their game! You can find these products at your local drugstore or at http://www.chapstick.com. 

Jamberry Nail Polish: Tropic

I have never used a Jamberry polish before, so I figured I’d give one a try. A friend of mine sells, so I thought I’d help her business out and give an honest review of the polish. 

I prepped my poor nubbins (they’re abused for nail school and an allergy to OPI Thin Set) using OPI Nail Envy and Ridge Filler to try and hide any roughness from my weakened nails. 

One coat of “Tropic” Jamberry nail lacquer. 

So, this is one coat.  Great pigmentation, but the formula is super thin and flooded my cuticles.  There was more clean-up then I had anticipated.  The brush is wide – definitely a great application brush – but with such a thin formula a smaller brush may have helped decrease the flooding of the nail over the base coat. 

Two coats of “Tropic” Jamberry nail lacquer, and HK Girl top coat. 

Two coats covered any thin spots and smoothed out the coverage.  I also found the polish stuck better to itself, so flooding wasn’t an issue on the second coat.  Dries semi-matte, so I was very pleased with the dry time; each coat took 2-3 minutes.  I wasn’t able to wrap my free edges seeing as I don’t have any, so I finished with a top coat.  I used Glisten & Glow HK Girl. 

Jamberry nail lacquers retail for $15 each. For such a hefty price tag, I was expecting a better polish.  Overall, I’d say this polish is a 3/5.  Drying time, pigmentation, and the application brush helped keep my rating higher.  I may change my rating based upon the wear; I’ll edit this post in a week and insert a photo after regular wear. 

Nine Zero Polish of the Month: March

March is here with all its rain making everything GREEN just in time for St. Patrick’s Day! ☘🌈💚

  
Shown above is two coats and one coat of Out the Door. 

Jess has yet again made a beautiful polish. Quick dry time, easy application, and lots of holographic glitters. Green is my favorite color so I’m just a tad biased towards this polish. 😉

  
You can order this polish on Jess’ site http://www.ninezerolacquer.com for $11 plus shipping. But good news! You can order March and April’s polishes together ONLY on April 1st which will reduce shipping costs for you. 

As always, be sure to follow Jess on Instagram @jessface90x and @ninezerolacquer!

Nine Zero Polish of the Month: February 

February is here and along with it comes Nine Zero’s February polish: a beautiful periwinkle holo with silver microglitters. This is my first periwinkle polish and I am in love!!!!!  Such a beautiful color!  Definitely a shade for dreary winter days as well as spring.

Two thin coats topped with one coat of Out The Door. 

This polish is just like January’s; dry time is super fast, and it does dry matte.  The polish is gorgeous without top coat, but the shimmer and holo stands out more with a glossy finish.


This polish is available on http://www.ninezerolacquer.com until February 29th at 11:59pm EST.  Cost is $11 plus shipping.


This is the polish in natural light.  In typical Seattle fashion it was overcast and rainy today, so I couldn’t get a sunshine photo. 

Be sure to follow Nine Zero on Instagram: @ninezerolacquer!