October Glossybox Review

You know, I almost didn’t sign up for Glossybox because I thought it was too much money for not enough goodies.

As time has gone on, and boxes have come, I am loving Glossybox more and more. This month is another winner!

Let’s get to the good stuff!

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Chock-full of goodness!

Matte Top Coat from Nails Inc.: I have heard such good things about this company, so I’m looking forward to trying this out. What I have found with matte topcoats so far is that they shorten the wear of your nail polish like crazy. Now, I prefer the glossy look, but on nights where matte nails work better, I put in all this work for it to be ruined by the time I get home. I hope this top coat will be different.

Tarte Cosmetics Power Pigment in Flush: Oh, y’all. This is a creamy, bold, beautiful color. I love the texture and I love the fact I don’t have to sharpen it (just twist up at the bottom.) It’s minty, and matte, but not drying. Love!

Vince Camuto Amore Eau de Parfum: When it comes to scents, I am picky. I am very picky. I have a sensitivity to smell like you wouldn’t believe: anything too strong and I have an instant migraine that will. not. go. away! This scent is beautiful, like soft flowers and fresh, light fruits without being too sweet. A little bit of sandalwood deepens it, but without it being too rich or heavy. I’m surprised I like it so much, but I really do.

Sesha Botanical Hydro Mask: I’ve never tried a mask from this brand before and I’m looking forward to trying it out. Masks are my favorite thing in the world to give my skin a quick pick me up. This mask has cucumber, green team and marigold, according to the insert, so I know it will give a soothing effect as well as improved hydration.

Proganix Volume Root Boost Finish: So, this product is supposed to give hair body and volume with soy protein and caffeine. While the idea of this intrigues me, I know I won’t be using this product on my hair. I probably could have used this on my relaxed hair, though. It does smell nice, though, so I will probably take this to one of the girls at work and see if she can make use of it. Pay the good stuff forward!

Bonus goody: A card worth $40 off of HelloFresh.com. I’ve been considering doing something like this. Essentially, you pick the recipes you want to create, and they pack all of the ingredients and deliver them to your front door with a handy info card. I’d love to do this if I wasn’t in an apartment. I may pass this on to the girls at work too, if I don’t try it out myself!

Another awesome box this month! Watch my Instagram for a look featuring Tarte going up today!

Reviews

Nail Adventures: Mentality Nail Polish It’s A Baby! Palette Review

When it comes to nail polish, I tend to be pretty mainstream. I usually stick with OPI, Essie, Orly, and the like. For some time, Julep nail polishes were as indie as I got.

Until now.

Mentality Nail Polish reached out to me and sent me their It’s A Baby! Palette for me to try out. Just looking at the bottles, I was skeptical, but then I did my swatches.

The finish is a jelly creme. Jelly polishes tend to be super sheer, with opacity nigh near impossible without some sort of opaque base coat. Creme polishes tend to be super opaque, usually with a shimmer or sheen to them, like pearl. Jelly creme polishes combine the best of both worlds. You can get a sheer wash of color with one coat, like the traditional jelly polish, or add an extra coat or two to get a more opaque look. All swatches shown are two coats of color and a high gloss top coat.

I didn’t find the formula streaky with two coats, but if you prefer a sheer look you may find a bit more streakiness if you only do one coat. The wear time, as long as you have a good topcoat, is pretty good. Even with me slinging boxes around, I didn’t find as many dings and chips.

Spectacular!

But you came here for the color, right? Let’s go!

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This is Delivery, a deep blue.

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This is Bearing, a gunmetal green.

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This is Peek-A-Boo, a happy, bright pink.

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And finally, my favorite, Hopscotch. This is a bright cerulean. Y’all know I dig bright colors. :)

I actually decided, while I was swatching, to use Hopscotch for a remake of a previous nail look. I love that this polish layers well, without that gummy thickness that you can get with other polishes. Mentality does a stamping collection, and I can see how their formula lends well to doing excellent nail art with. Oh, and it’s five free as well. :) Here’s the nail remake:

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The confetti on my ring finger is Maybelline’s Color Show in Nighttime Noise.

All in all, I am very impressed with the formula, colors, and price ($20 for all 4 colors!). Definitely looking forward to trying some other colors from them!

Disclaimer: The nail polishes from Mentality Nail Polish were provided to me in exchange for my honest opinion. All opinions are my own.

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Nerdy Girl Adventures: Riddle Me This, Batman

I meant to have this post up Friday, but Life.

Then Hangover.

I had fun. :)

Anyway! I wanted to show you all the look I did for NYCC on Saturday (about a week ago.)

So, when we last left off, I’d changed my costume at the last minute.

I decided I wanted to be the Riddler. :D

I’d sourced new materials, and eagerly waited on them to arrive. I had two ways of doing it: either using paint, or using felt and a glue gun. I wanted the felt and the glue gun.

That didn’t show up until Friday afternoon. I didn’t procrastinate this outfit, though. It was already done by then.

I took this dress from Modcloth:

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Got some fabric paint (I used this), a sponge brush, and made a question mark stencil out of cardboard. About 3 1/2 hours later, I had this:

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Shoes are from Payless (I know!)

I also made myself a bowler hat. I just got a small party sized hat from Amazon (you could probably get them in bulk around this time of year) and added some rhinestones all over it:

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Now, the original design had the dress with black felt question marks all over it. But I have to admit, glittery just seems so…me. And of course, my nails had to coordinate:

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I really loved how everything came out! I also have a new respect for those cosplayers that actually do stitching and things. Just painting those question marks took absolutely forever, and taking the sleeves off the blouse I had on underneath the dress took another hour. That’s why I am already planning next year’s costumes. And next year? There WILL be Lady Joker.

Also: Jaime Bond.

:D

Crafting Nail Adventures NYCC

Nerdy Girl Adventures: Cosplay at New York Comic Con

I took pictures of damn near any/everything that moved at NYCC (with permission, of course.) And let me tell you, it took everything in me to cut down the pics I put in this post because it was well over 150 photos.

I’ll do my best to provide context and names of the characters listed. Ready? Let’s go!

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A beautiful Harley Quinn.

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I love the vibe this whole group gave off. My favorite would be the side-burned Joker there. Other characters include Batgirl, Green Lantern, Wonder Woman, Harley Quinn, Riddler, and Aquaman.

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Rita Replulsa and Lord Zedd. Brought me right back to elementary school, coming home to watch Power Rangers!

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Scarecrow, Batman (who is 75 years young this year–the character, that is) and Robin. Robin was quite the handsome guy in person, let me say. :)

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Sailor Moon and the Crew (totally NOT what they’re called, btw. :D ) There were quite a few Sailor themed cosplays, including a group of guys. The guys had a Tuxedo Mask included in their group (and yes, it was a woman.) So cute!

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A very dapper Penguin.

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Marvin the Martian brings you peace, man.

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So, the Captain America at the top of the pyramid is holding what looks like a classic Super Nintendo game. In fact, it’s a flask. How fancy is that?

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I was on my way to pick up my things from coat check, and saw these two on the way there. How spectacular is this Jareth  and Sarah cosplay?

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I actually interrupted the conversation I was having when I saw this crew come in. “OMG, is that Lego Iron Man?! I need a picture!” *zoom* Don’t worry, the person I was talking to was as excited as I was!

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Predator!

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This is Phoenix Wright. He’s a lawyer whose fighting tactics include throwing paper work and gavels (seriously!) I should note the cosplayer shouted “Objection!” as he posed, which made C and I crack up.

Oh, and the word “Objection!” will come up in the video game when he does that move. Here’s a video that shows it (you want to look about 58 seconds in):

Memes also made their way into NYCC. Here are my two favorites (with memes right next to them):

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When I first took a pic of this guy, he ended up having to answer the phone in the middle of my shot.  When he hung up his call, he graciously posed with the sign for me. I say he did a pretty good job!

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C and I saw this guy and immediately cracked up! Annoyed Picard is one of my favorite memes.

And finally, here’s the shot that C says perfectly captures the spirit of NYCC:

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I actually got to NYCC earlier than C and my nephew on Sunday, so I decided to meet up with a friend of mine I hadn’t seen since college. As he and I tried to figure out where the other was, Doc Oct there came walking past me. As I stopped him to snap a photo, I notice he’s looking behind me. Confused, I turn around. Who do I see?

Spider Man.

Doc: “Spider Man! I thought I killed you!”

Spidey: “Doc, you can NEVER kill me!”

And they jumped into the pose you see here.

Me: “OMG I NEED A PICTURE OF THIS!!”

And here it is. Two complete strangers hamming it up for people’s cameras and entertainment. They shook hands as they parted ways.

Man, NYCC is like nothing else. If you ever have a chance to come and experience it yourself, please do! You won’t regret it.

Tomorrow: the unveiling of my cosplay. See you then!

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Nerdy Girl Adventures: Makeup Of New York Comic Con

Usually, I can’t be bothered with putting a lot of makeup on. Even though I do makeup and sell skincare for a living, most of the time you’ll see me in tinted moisturizer, eyebrows, eyeliner, and mascara if I’m feeling fancy. That’s it.

But not for NYCC. No, no, I have to show off for that!

Each day saw a new look (of course!) Let’s get to it!

Day One: Meow!

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All eye shadows are Urban Decay (combination of the Electric and Rollergirl palettes), and lipstick is MAC’s Girl About Town. I was so happy to get there after a particularly rough morning. But once I was there? Happy place unlocked!

Day Two: Green Lantern Realness

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I definitely got in late and didn’t get much sleep the night before. :D NYCC will do that to you. Again, all shadows are Urban Decay (Electric and a older palette I don’t remember the name to…it’s discontinued. :( ), and lippy is MAC’s Heroine. I was on my way to Artist’s Alley in this shot. There, you can get custom art and prints from all of these different talented artists. Don’t worry, there will be a swag round-up post. :)

Day 3: Riddle Me That

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Definitely the most makeup heavy day, but was well worth it. I have on all Urban decay again (combo of Electric and Vice 2), and L’Oreal lippy in Orange Tempo. It comes out that glossy, by the way. It’s the Colour Riche Extraordinaire. Bonus shot of me and my friend C:

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I’m pretty sad none of the pics I took that day show I had on orange, green, and purple eye shadows. But that’s ok. The lippy more than makes up for it!

Day Four: Sweet And Simple

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For the final day, I threw on a Wonder Woman tee and my Clark Kents (glasses, lol!). I was there to take pics and enjoy the day with my nephew, so there was no need to get super dressy. Shadows (all neutral) are Stila, lippy is from Malin+Goetz that I got in my Glossybox a month or so ago. It tastes all minty and yummy. Also: uber glossy, and glossy things make me happy.

Tomorrow’s post is all about some of the awesome costumes I saw. You’ll get my costume Friday, and a bonus Saturday post will cover all of the swag!

See you then!

Makeup Looks NYCC

Nail Adventures: Nails of New York Comic Con

Hey folks!

So, I needed some time to recover from NYCC. I had SO much fun! There are like, a million pics I’m gonna share with y’all this week, but the organizer in me says I have to make it make some sense. So, since I normally do nail posts on Tuesdays, here’s a round up of all three looks I did.

Let’s get started!

Days One and Two: Gilded Fishnet

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Thursday I did a Catwoman themed outfit (tee, cat ears, leather skirt, leggings, and boots.) Friday it was Green Lantern (tee, leggings, denim shorts, sneakers). I thought the gold and black would be perfect to compliment those two themes. Random aside: if you have a good dollar store by you (Jack’s is the best here in NYC), you can find some good stuff. Those nail decals above? Sally Hansen, and I paid $1.99 instead of $11.99. Winning!

Day Three: Riddle Me This

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So, my showpiece costume on Saturday was the Riddler, and I thought it would be fun to play with texture. These nail stickers are from L’Oreal and they…were not the best. :( By the end of the day I was picking them off of my nails. But they looked great for a couple of hours. You’ll get shots of the costume later this week. Considering how close to the wire I cut it, it turned out pretty good!

Day Four: A Little Captain In Me

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The name to this manicure comes from my friend C, who asked that when she saw my fingers Sunday morning. :D Now, of course this is my favorite because blue, but it turned out better than I thought. The blue is Revlon’s Wild Card. After a day of work, I’ve knocked half of the rhinestones off. It was fabulous while it lasted!

Now, I’m off to edit some pics. Tomorrow’s post will be all about the makeup I sported. See you then!

Nail Adventures NYCC

Nerdy Girl Adventures: Things To Remember For NYCC

Last year, at my first Comic Con, I made several rookie mistakes.

1. I didn’t stop by the ATM before getting there.

2. I didn’t bring snacks.

3. I didn’t map out a planned touring route.

4. I didn’t bring my phone charger.

I did do a couple of things right, though.

1. Wore comfortable shoes.

2. Made a budget.

So tonight, when I get home from work, I am going to make sure I stock my bag with things I need to make it through NYCC unscathed. So, here are the dos and donts of NYCC:

1. Read this. If you think this is unfair or unnecessary, stay home. Don’t want to click? Here’s the short version of what’s at the link: don’t be an ass.

2. Bring water. Its $6 a bottle there. For the little bottle. Bring your own and refill at the water fountains.

3. Bring snacks. Pretzels are $4.50, and they aren’t the good kind. I keep bananas and such in my bag, and have a good breakfast before heading out.

4. Go to your bank’s ATM before getting to Javits. They do have ATMs there at the venue, but they pop you with a $3- $4 surcharge. Add on your bank’s fees, and it gets pretty steep. While we’re on the subject of money:

5. Make a budget. Particularly if you’re doing multiple days. There’s so many things and you want all of the things and the art and the books and and…you’re gonna be broke in an hour if you don’t budget. Seriously.

6. Make a plan for everything you want to see. There’s an app for that, and its really helpful for managing time. Running about all willy nilly will insure you won’t see everything. Honestly, I don’t think one CAN see everything, but there’s nothing wrong with trying.

7. Bring a charger or a backup battery. You will take pictures and video, you’re Instagramming and Facebooking and your phone will die. Now, there are plugs and charging stations, but please know you won’t be the only one caught out there with -5% battery trying to recharge. I have a quick charger like this that will fit right into my bag.

8. Wear comfortable shoes. Seriously. SERIOUSLY. I saw so many cosplayers (both men and women) who bought shoes to fit the costume but not optimal for walking about all day. There were quite a few barefoot Catwomen by the time I left one day. I’m doing combat boots, loafers, and sneakers. Semi-flat, plenty of cushion, and they match my outfits perfectly.

9. Make sure you pack your ticket. Don’t leave it at home and think they’ll let you in. Yes, I saw this happen. And no, they won’t let you in anyway.

10. Have fun! My experience last year showed that people were wonderful and friendly, and all people I asked for a picture willingly allowed me to do so. (But for the love of fluffy kittens ASK FIRST! It’s rude not to!) It’s an experience like no other that I’ve had, and I enjoyed it so much last year I added two more days onto my fun this year.

Tomorrow starts my first day of NYCC, and I am so ready!  Please feel free to follow me on Twitter (@fashion_amateur) and Instagram (@evolvingfatshionista) to see things as I experience them.

See you tomorrow!

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