Fatshionista Cooks: Hatchery Tasting Box Review

Hello my lovelies!

I am back with a review of deliciousness.

It’s Thanksgiving week here in the States, otherwise known as “Eat all of the things and Buy all of the things week.”

We’ll discuss the buy all of the things aspect later on this week, but for today? Today is about eating all of the things.

So, I love to cook. I really love to cook. Part of the reason I even have cable is for Food Network and the Cooking Channel. I have a list of food bloggers that I love to visit regularly to get new ideas on what to try next.

And it was from The Kitchenista (the AMAZING chef that runs The Kitchenista Diaries) that I saw that there was a subscription box for cooks called Hatchery. Needless to say, I was quite intrigued.

I finally took the time to order one, and it came today. The best part about foodie subscription boxes is that you don’t have to wait to see if it works, like with beauty things. You can just eat it and know immediately if it’s the best! Here’s what I got:

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All wrapped up in brown paper…

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And all of the goodies!

Each box comes with a tasting guide that gives information about the folks who make the edibles, and even give recipes that showcase each sample sized ingredient. I received Whole Spice Paella Spice Mix (I can smell it through the baggie and OMG, y’all), Bill’s Best BBQ Sauce, Glico’s Pasta Gravy (gravy=sauce), Mustard and Co.Mustard sauce, Other Brother Olive Oil, and Potlicker Kitchen Spiced Wine Jelly. The Paella Spice Mix is going in my black beans. It has a smoky smell (smoked paprika, mmm) that I know will work well with them. Can’t wait to hook it up and report back!

I’ll totally give you the recipe for the black beans if y’all want it, by the way. It involves a slow cooker and not standing over a stove. Always the best recipe, in my book.

Now, I’m off to finish my sweet potato pies. My coworkers heard I bake an amazing one…and so now I’m baking four. 😀

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Baby, It’s Cold Outside: 5 Coats I’m Loving This Season

Naturally, I’m writing this when it’s a balmy 60 degrees outside.

NYC, please pick a season. *side eye*

Anyhow! I love coats, and even coat weather. I use them like accessories, mixing and matching them with my outfits like I do my shoes and bag. This year, there are so many different coats to love and play around with. Here’s a look at what I’m loving so much this year.

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From Lane Bryant.

Peacoats make me happy. Wool peacoats make my body happy (and warm), and a wool ombre peacoat? Clothing nirvana! I have to wear black to work every day, so I try to make my outerwear as not-black as I can. This fits the bill. Also, I’d want to do my nails to match.

Don’t judge me! 😀

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From Eloquii.

Char, didn’t you JUST say that–

Yes. I did say I like my outerwear to be as not-black as possible. But do you see how cute this is?! This would be more of a special occasion/going out somewhere fancy type of coat. And as much as I hate to admit it: fancy wear tends towards black because it’s classic. I’d probably switch up the belt or make a new sash to go with it and coordinate it with my outfits, though.

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From Simply Be.

Y’all, I really, REALLY want a cape. Now, when it finally does decide to get and stay cold up here in NYC, it’s probably not going to be the most practical without plenty of layers. So why even want it? Arm room! I have large arms, and I have to often size my tops and coats to fit them, at the expense of fit everywhere else. Capes help alleviate that problem, as there’s plenty of arm room, so I can still get a really nice fit everywhere else. As for the layering, I’m always putting a giant sweater under my coat, so that wouldn’t be an issue.

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From Torrid.

I also really want a moto jacket. This is more appropriate for the weird shifty weather we’re having now. Not only that, it also feeds the tough tomboy side of me, while still being elegant. This is another coat I wouldn’t mind doing in all black, because it just adds to the bad-ass persona.

Hey, dress for the personality you have, or the personality you want! (Or both!)

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From Old Navy.

Normally, if I’m looking for a coat on a budget, I head to Old Navy. Now, they don’t carry plus sizes in the store (*side eye*), but I’ve had great success getting the 2xl (and no issues with the arms). This particular coat comes from the plus size collection, and I just got it in the mail a couple of days ago. I got the 4x, thinking about layering, and I could have just as easily done the 3 or even 2x and had plenty of room for both my arms AND my chunky sweaters. I picked this up because of the hood. When the wind whips around up here it can cause an instant migraine, and my ‘fro is starting to get too big for a proper hat. This hood is nice and warm, and it keeps the wind out of my face. Also handy for the snowy days that will soon be upon us.

So there you have it! My picks for elegant and warm coats for the season. Coming up soon: boots!

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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!

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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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New Goodies: Glossybox Review

I love it when I come home to a box of goodies. Makes me feel like Christmas came early. 🙂

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And this month’s box was curated by Harper’s Bazaar. Which means bring on the luxury items!

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Jackpot!

So, I got some things I already own (*giggle*) and some things I have been wanting to pick up but hadn’t. SO excited about this box. So, I’ll separate this into stuff I have, stuff I didn’t, and stuff I’ve been wanting to try. Let’s get to it!

First up: Vichy LiftActiv Night. I have this. I have the day, the night, the eye, AND the serum. Why is that? Because I work in beauty, I have the opportunity to sell this everyday. So, if you got this in your Glossybox and you’re wondering if it’s worth it to get it: GO BUY THE DAMN THING. And get the day cream, eye cream, and serum while you’re at it. While this is not for me (my focus when it comes to my skin is acne and oil control), my clients have had some amazing results from it. If you’re in the market for some powerhouse anti-aging skincare, go get it. You won’t regret it.

Second: Essie Nail Polish in Madison Ave-Hue. Of course I own this. I even have two other Essie colors dangerously close to this shade. And I am excited as I don’t know what because if it’s discontinued: I’ll have spare bottle! 😀 Score!

Stuff I didn’t have: did y’all know Bulgari had conditioner? I sure didn’t. And this smells so good, omg! I’m due for my weekly hair washing, and I cannot wait to comb this through my curls. It smells like green tea and sunshine.

Stuff I’ve been wanting to try: Benefit’s It’s Real! Mascara. I have been hearing so many mixed reviews on if it’s worth it, I’ve been hesitant to try it. And now I don’t have to get a full bottle of something I may not want.

And finally, OCC Lip Tar. Now, the insert said that I was supposed to get a different color, but this one is just perfect. I swatched my hand and fell in love, and hopefully will get to showcase a look with it soon.

That’s it! This box was an all around win. 😀

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Happy Birthday, Glossybox!

This month’s Glossybox brought announcement of their third birthday. With this came an awesome box of goodies (including nail polish!)

Ready? Here we go!

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What did I get? Here’s the full rundown and initial reaction:

1. Eyeko Skinny Mini Liquid Liner—I am pretty excited to try this. Liquid liner is my favorite liner to use because it looks so good on and it lasts a long time. Pencils confound me; I always end up stabbing myself in the eye with them, but liquid gives me the crisp lines I love. I have a fashion show to attend *checks clock* tomorrow evening, so I’d like to see how it holds up for the day. For those of you who happen to be liquid liner rookies: I recommend a liner like this one (it looks like a magic marker) because it’s easier to use. If you can draw a line on paper, you can draw a line on your eye!

2. Lamoon Beauty Precision Nail Lacquer in Trillion Dollar Red—The packaging reminds me of Orly a bit. And I love Orly polish. In my non superficial (*snicker*) opinion, I bet it’ll be awesome! I’m looking forward to working this into the rotation. Bonus: the insert tells me that it’s 4 free, cruelty free, and eco-friendly.

3. Kryolan for Glossybox Highlighter in Cashmere—I got to wear this when I was out the other day, and it’s so beautiful! It gives the most delightful glow without looking wet or greasy. I tend to have that problem because of my oily skin–as much as I love shimmer, the moment I put it on my face I look like an oil slick. Not sexy. This goes on smooth, with a powdery finish that gives a beautiful glow.

4. Eslor Firming Collagen Day Cream—Since skincare is what I do best, I was excited to try this out! This product is hydrating without feeling heavy, and it did make my skin feel firmer. Bonus: it doesn’t smell perfume laden; it’s rather fresh smelling.

5 & 6. Uberliss Hydrating Shampoo and Conditioner—It’s wash day this week, so I’m taking these for a test drive later on this week. The insert tells me it has royal jelly, blueberry, apple, sugarcane, green tea, lemon peel, and keratin. All of this fruit and it doesn’t smell like the fruit basket! Hooray! It’s also supposed to detangle, and that’s a great thing because I eternally have knots in my curls. I’ll report back!

And there you have it! The rundown of this month’s Glossybox. Loving everything sent; hoping everything is a winner!

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Nail Adventures: Semi-Matte

I have done all types of nail art styles: from Lego to flowers to glittery bits. The last frontier for me: matte nails.

I love all things sparkly. I have matte lipsticks; I put gloss over them. I have matte eye shadows; I use them as base for shimmery shadows. Glossy things make me happy, and matte nails, for me, do not make me happy. It feels as though it is unfinished.

Yet, one does not grow without change. My hiatus has taught me that. Even if it is painful, even if it is the last thing one wishes to do, one has to embrace change for what it is–better or worse.

So, I decided to grab myself so matte topcoat and give the look a try. If I don’t like it, well, that’s what nail polish remover is for. 🙂

Since I am in Texas on vacation, I had the chance to stop by Wal-Mart and see their nail polish selection. I do love a good deal. I picked up a new to me brand called Salon Perfect. I grabbed their matte topcoat and a beautiful bright blue called Bermuda Baby. It took me 3 coats to get it opaque. I also picked up some Maybelline Color Show polish in Nightlife Noise. This is from their Street Art collection, and it’s full of matte confetti that looks like paint splatter when layered over a polish. This one is a mix of black and royal blue confetti.

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The result?

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I opted to keep the ring fingers glossy, and I applied Nightlife Noise over two coats of Essie’s Licorice.

The verdict? It’s ok. I’m not 100% sold on it, but I think if I try it again I may use the matte topcoat over actual glitter and see how that effect strikes me. I am glad I gave it a try. 🙂

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