Advertisements

Monthly Archives: October 2018

Permalink to single post

A Look At The NYX Cosmetics Machinist Collection

The Machinist Collection from NYX Cosmetics

NYX recently dropped a new collection called The Machinist, and I haven’t really heard many people talk about it. This is a limited edition collection. This collection is being sold on both the NYX website and Ulta website as well as in Ulta’s stores.

The collection has three shadow palettes, three highlight duos, three lipsticks, and three lip lacquers. Each palette, highlight, lipstick, and lacquer has three coordinating names  within the collection. One set is called Grind, one is Steam, and one is Ignite.

The Machinist Collection from NYX Cosmetics

 

Lets take a look at the individual parts of the collection, starting with the eyeshadow palettes. The description offered by the company is as follows:

Kick your look into high gear with NYX Professional Makeup limited-edition Machinist Shadow Palette. Available in steampunk-inspired color combos, the Grind, Steam and Ignite collections all include 12 highly pigmented tones that breathe new life into this retro-futuristic fantasy. Mix and match each amaze assortment of cool and warm metals with bold mattes to create an amped up effect. From grungy romantic to vintage beauty, all you need is a spark of inspiration to make the mood your own. Take things to the next level with the other collectibles in this edgy range.

I can’t seem to find any further description from NYX of the individual palettes. There doesn’t seem to be a list of color names either, but based on what I have seen on their website they may just be numbered. So I will just give my own thoughts on the color range and share a close up of the palettes.

Grind: This palette is going to be more of what the average person thinks of when thinking of steampunk. Bronze and dark smokey colors dominate this palette. While it’s not exactly the same, it does have a very similar feel to the Anastasia Beverly Hills Subculture Palette. So if you wanted the subculture palette but couldn’t afford the price tag that came with it, this palette may be of interest to you.

Steam: NYX took this palette very literal. Maybe too literal? This palette is filled with silvers, grays, smokey purples, and other colors that make you think of smoke, smog, and steam. It also has two bright pops of color that I am having a hard time understanding what they are doing in the palette. There is bright baby pink and bold teal. Not that I don’t think there is a place for color in steampunk, but it just doesn’t make sense in this palette.

Ignite: This palette seems to be a mix of fire and earth tones. In the pans they don’t look vastly different from Steam, just a little more warm tone leaning and more balanced. However, once you see some swatches on human skin, that is when you see the biggest difference.

 

Let’s move on and take a look at the highlighters next. Unlike the eyeshadow palettes, NYX does offer a color description as well as a product description for the highlight duos. First lets look at how NYX describes the actual product:

Build a brighter future with NYX Professional Makeup’s limited-edition Machinist Highlighting Duo. These powder highlighters are packed with pigment and leave behind a striking metallic-foil finish. Available in dynamic color pairings, each duo is inspired by a different facet of NYX Professional Makeup Machinist collection. Swipe on these velvety-smooth shades for killer shimmer, and dampen the brush to achieve a truly megawatt glow. Take things to the next level with the other collectibles in this edgy range.

For each of these I will share the description provided by NYX as well some of my own thoughts. I have seen these in person, though I don’t have my own yet, but a lot of the descriptions for the highlighters were not accurate in my opinion. My opinions are based on what I have seen, and not in me swatching them. I will have my own sets soon, but we will talk about that at the end.

Grind: This is described as a gold and a copper. I think that in person, and somewhat here in the picture, the colors appear more like a light copper and a peach.

Steam: This is described as a violet and a purple. The description seems accurate, but the violet looks slightly more blue to me in person.

Ignite: This is described as an opal and bronze. I don’t think this is accurate for either. I think it the picture is accurate to how they appear in person, but they seem more like a white and a pink to me.

 

Next up are the lip products. This collection has both lipsticks and lip glosses (or lip lacquer as they are called here). I have a few thoughts on the choices for lip products with this collection, but we will talk about that after we look at the actual products. Lets look at the lipstick first.

All three lipsticks in the collection are metallic. I think the color descriptions are pretty accurate for the lipsticks. The only difference you will see in the pictures from what they look like in person is how metallic they look. Here is how NYX describes the product:

Stud those lips in shimmery color using NYX Professional Makeup limited-edition Machinist Lipstick. This comfortably creamy formula is loaded with ultra-fine pearls that add over-the-top luster to your pout. Available in honey bronze, copper and bronze – representing the Grind, Steam and Ignite facets of NYX Professional Makeup Machinist collection, respectively – these high-coverage lippies are the perf accessories. Take things to the next level with the other collectibles in this edgy range.

Grind: This is described as a metallic honey bronze.

Steam: This is described as a metallic copper.

Ignite: This is described as a metallic bronze.

 

And finally we have the Lip Lacquers. If you aren’t familiar with NYX Lip Lacquers, they are essentially a full coverage lip gloss. Most of the colors are usually pretty opaque. Here is what NYX has to say about this part of the collection:

Go full steam ahead with NYX Professional Makeup Machinist Lip Lacquer. This limited-edition lippie is the Slip Tease Full Color Lip Lacquer you know and love – now in steampunk-inspired shades! Each grungy tone adds a glossy touch to the Grind, Steam and Ignite facets of NYX Professional Makeup Machinist collection. This perfectly plush lippie goes on silky-smooth and provides full coverage. Take things to the next level with the other collectibles in this edgy range.

Grind: This is described as a glossy wine.

Steam: This is described as a glossy blue. I would go a step further and call it a navy blue.

Ignite: This is described as a glossy nude.

 

I do have some of the items on the way, and I should have them in around the time this post goes up. You can my various social media for pictures and swatches. I will have all of the palettes as well as the lipsticks. I will be getting a couple of the highlighters as well. I completely skipped on the lip lacquers.

My general thoughts are that most of the collection is nice looking and cohesive, but there are a few selections that either because of color or texture doesn’t make sense to me. I skipped completely on the lip lacquers for this very reason. I think the colors are fine in general for the lip lacquers, but they don’t seem very steampunk to me. And why do the gloss colors not coordinate with the lipsticks? It’s not just the color, but just the fact that they are a gloss. Most people who I know that are into steampunk, or other types of cosplay, are looking for longer wearing lip product than a gloss. I suppose the general point I am getting to is that if NYX felt it necessary to include a second lip product in the collection, perhaps a lip liner or a liquid lipstick would have been a better choice.

I also skipped on the ignite highlighter duo. Not only do I think the color described as an opal would not look right on my skin tone, I found it to be very basic. I know I have something just like the other color offered in that duo. Ironically, that is the one color sold out on NYX website in the highlighters. Don’t worry, if you want it the last I checked Ulta still had it. They also have the collection in stores, so don’t forget to look there for these products.

The packaging on the eyeshadow palettes are amazing. I really wish they had carried this through for the whole collection. The lipstick packaging isn’t bad, but the highlights are in serious need of an upgrade.

So tell me in the comments below what you think of this collection from NYX. Will you or have you purchased any of it?

 

 



 

Advertisements
Permalink to single post

New Store Alert: The Black Ravens

Spellbook Handbag

We have a new store alert today. We will be taking a look at The Black Ravens.

About mid August some representatives of The Black Ravens contacted me and asked if I would like to pick out a few things and share them with my followers. The Black Ravens are a US and UK based store that focus on Alternative style clothing and accessories. They carry mostly punk, Goth and steampunk items, but there are a lot of items that would fall into other categories as well. They have been around since 2016, but they are now looking to add a plus size line.

This is pretty exciting because if you are into dressing in any of these styles, as a lifestyle or otherwise, then you know it is the hardest categories to find plus sizes in. The thing I get asked the most is where to find plus sizes in these styles, and its a really hard question to answer because there are few places that actually carry any selection at all of alternative clothing. And as most of you know I am very into steampunk, so I am often struggling as well.

The Black Ravens initially wanted me to try out their new plus size line. However, after looking at their site I realized they had China plus sizes and they would not fit me. (Keep in mind I am a US women’s size 20 usually.) But I had a few conversations with a couple of people from the company. I asked if it was okay to share their accessories with you for now, and they were good with that. And I sent over some info on American plus sizes, and I am happy to say they were very receptive to working on increasing their size range and me perhaps sharing their clothing later. And I have even spotted a couple of items that have popped up recently that are increasing in size.

So today I have a few pieces to show you that I selected. I will also be talking about some of the other things they have on the site that you might be interested in. I also want to share some of the pictures of the women’s misses size clothing and the men’s, as I know I have at least a few people who follow the blog who do not wear plus sizes. But also I thought it might give everyone an idea of some of the possible designs they may have in the future. And I encourage everyone who is plus size and wants alternative clothing to reach out to the company or me and say what you want, what size range you are looking for. I have told them there is a market that is interested, but I can not be the only voice expressing that if you want them to listen.

But before we go any further I want to be clear that this is not a sponsored post. I am not an affiliate of The Black Ravens. They did not ask me to say anything in particular about their products. They only sent me a few products and asked me to share them.

So with that being said, lets take a look first at the items I received.

Handbag available on The Black Ravens website

The first thing that I had no doubt I wanted to share, and that I had a purpose for in my own life is this Spellbook Bag.

Spellbook Bag from The Black Rvens

These are available in three colors. I have the red one, but it is also available in black and purple. The strap is adjustable and is long enough for me to slip over my head and wear it messenger style if I wanted. They can also be tucked in, like I have shown in the first picture, and used like a clutch.

For me personally I am going to be using this for one of my costumes at next years Steampunk Symposium. If you are into Steampunk and haven’t heard yet, next years theme is Steamtastic Beasts. I expect to see lots of Fantastic Beast and Harry Potter themed costumes. This will be the first year any of my own costumes will be on theme, maybe all of them will be. But I expect a spell book will fit quite nicely with one of my costumes I have planned, and its a huge bonus I can carry things in it.

 

cat mug

The next thing I picked out is their Adorable Kitten Mug. On it is printed, “I’m not crazy. My reality is just different than yours.”. You know I’m a sucker for anything with a cat on it anyway, and this one will fit right in with my oddball collection of mugs. I love that is kind of celebrating being different. Unfortunately this doesn’t seem to be available on the website at the moment. If it gets added back I will make sure to come back and link to it.

 

Full-Ear Slithering Earring in gold and black

And finally I picked out two of these earrings, or at least that is what they refer to them as on their website. They call them Cute Full-Ear Slithering Earrings to be exact. I personally think they are sort of hybrid of an earring and an ear cuff.

Snake Ear Cuff from The Black Ravens

The black and the gold earring are surprising two different sizes. The gold one is slightly smaller. It doesn’t seem to affect the fit for me, but it might be something to keep in mind if you have especially large ears.

 

Lets talk about the clothing and sizes. First of all, at least when it comes to what they have listed in their plus size section, the size charts are different for each item. When you look at size charts, if you are in the US and not use to the metric system, you will need a centimeter to inches conversion chart. The majority of their measurements are in centimeters, though there are a few items that have both centimeters and inches listed.

As I said previously, they are starting a plus size section. The section currently doesn’t have a lot to select from, just a couple of pages of listings. If you are a size 14W or smaller, you are probably going to fit everything. Alternatively a misses size 16/18. They do have a selection of corsets that will most likely fit an 18W or possibly a 20W depending on your body shape.

Since I originally talked to The Black Ravens, I have seen a couple of items pop up that are more plus size friendly. I wanted to make sure to share those with you first.

Plus Size Sexy Back Ladies Casual Top from The Black Ravens

This laced back tee is now available. It is also available in black, but I really like this gray color because I think the black laces pop against the color. Based on their size chart, this should fit up to a size 18W or 20W. It will depend a bit on your body shape and how you want it to fit.

Plus Size Off-Shoulder Gothic Halter Tee from The Black Ravens

And this Off-Shoulder Halter Tee has just recently been added. You won’t find this one in the plus size listing though, I am sure it is just an over sight. I found it because I saw it in one of their newsletters about new items. But it can also be found by just typing in Plus Size in the search box. This is by far their most generously sized item yet. It should fit around a size 22W or 24W.

Just browsing through what is in the women’s section, I found lots of things I would love to see them add in Plus Sizes. Rather than spending a bunch of time talking about them, I decided to just share the pictures.

 

The Black Ravens do also have a plus size men’s section as well, but I honestly don’t know men’s sizing well enough to tell you if the items run small or not. That section mainly consists of tees and hoodies, but there are a couple of really nice jackets. The straight sizes are very similar, but with the addition of jeans. I think where the men’s section really stands out is their jackets and jewelry. Below are some of my favorites.

 

I can’t wait to see what The Black Ravens add to their plus size line. And again, I encourage all of you who are interested in alternative clothing to reach out to them and express your interest. Let them know the sizes you need and the kind of styles you will buy. If this is something you want to see happen, make your voice heard.

Tell me in the comments below if this is a line you are interested in.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Permalink to single post

Why I Won’t Be Giving Eloquii A Second Chance

Eloquii purchased by walmart

Several years ago I wrote a mini review of my experience with Eloquii here on the blog. It wasn’t a whole post dedicated to Eloquii, but it was part of a post. It was quite a negative review and I had said at the time I doubted I would shop with them again. To this day it remains one of my most well ranked posts on Google and most visited pages here on the blog.

However, I do realize that given time a company can change. People get fired, new people take their place. Corporations make policy changes. So in three years a lot could have changed with Eloquii. And a few of you have taken the time to reach out to me and ask for me to give it a second chance. Some people were wanting the second chance because of how much they already love the brand, and the rest because you wanted to see a detailed review of the fit. And for the last month or so I had been seriously considering giving it another try.

Obviously by the name of this post, you know something happened to change my feelings on the matter. My guess is by the time you are reading this, many of you will already know what happened. But for those of you who haven’t heard I will share the email that was sent out by Eloquii.

 

Announcement 1

Announcement 2

That is right, Eloquii has been bought by Wal-Mart. If you read my post about why I would no longer be shopping at ModCloth, then you already know how I feel about this topic. But for those of you who haven’t read it, or for whatever reason don’t want to go back and read it, I will summarize here.

Essentially I don’t want to give my money to a corporation that consistently pays their employees less than a livable wage. I have no judgment for anyone who does shop there. I certainly have had lots of times in my life where I had no other option. But at this point in my life I do have options. I may not be rich, but I have enough money to get the things I really need and even if I didn’t I live in a city where there are many options at the same price point or less than Wal-Mart for plus size clothing and anything else I need. So I feel it is important to put my money behind what I believe in, and that is more important to me that picking up a few extra pieces of clothing at cheaper price.

I am sure that there are also a few people out there who are huge fans of Eloquii thinking I am not giving them a fair chance since they have said they are still going to be making their own business decisions. But the great thing about there being so many more places to shop for plus sizes these days is that we can all have the luxury of making decisions where we want to shop. And for me, just the fact that Wal-Mart would be getting even a percentage of my money as the corporate owner is enough for me not to want to shop Eloquii.

I believe in practicing what I preach, and I have from day one on this blog said that I believe equality for one is not equality. So even if this acquisition does make fashion more available to the plus size community, I always have to ask myself if it is worth achieving something by stepping on the backs of someone else to get there. Ultimately I feel if Wal-Marts has so much money to constantly invest in other businesses they should have the money to be paying their workers fair and livable wages first.

If you want more information on the business side of what happened, I highly recommend you read the post “Are you Sitting Down? WalMart to Acquire Eloquii” over on The Curvy Fashionista’s blog.

Tell me in comments what you think about this acquisition? Do you shop Eloquii? Will you continue to shop Eloquii?

Because of the nature of this topic, I ask that if you comment on this post you keep your comments polite. Everyone is allowed to have their own opinions here.

 

 

 

 

Permalink to single post

My Hair Went Crazy On Vacation, And What I Used To Tame It

The hair products I picked up at Sally Beauty

Right before I went on vacation I got a hair cut and color. This is pretty normal for me, but some different techniques got tried on my hair because I had went to someone new.

If you  follow me on Instagram then you saw this picture posted the day I got it cut.

Newly cut hair

The hairstylist had done a thinning technique with hidden layers. And those layers were not supposed to be noticeable and they were suppose to lay flat under the top layers. But that is not what happened. My hair was actually fine the first few days while I was home and then travelling. Once I got to New Orleans and got rained on my hair freaked out.

Don’t get me wrong, I am in not angry at the stylist. I do wish she had asked me about the layers before doing it. But I think there were a number of factors at play here that played into my hair going crazy like a different humidity level and maybe she isn’t use to cutting mixed girl hair. My hair texture isn’t really like anyone else’s I have ever known. My hair is wavy, with a tendency to frizz. I have learned over the years that intense moisture helps it a lot along with the right hair style.

This is what my hair ended up looking like after it went crazy. (Sorry I don’t have anything closer up to show you of my hair, this is the one and only picture of me that was taken that day. I think everyone will understand I wasn’t exactly in a picture-taking mood)

My hair looking frizzy in New Orleans

So I essentially had to walk around a day with my hair looking like a frizz ball because I did not have anything to fix it. I don’t typically put products in my hair because of my Balsam of Peru contact allergy. And I brought minimalistic amounts of products to wash my hair with on the trip.

So if you saw my vacation look book last week, you know I didn’t walk around with my hair looking this way the whole time. So how did I get my hair to go from this crazy mess to looking like this.

How my hair looked the last day in New Orleans

All I can say is thank goodness for Sally Beauty. I am so thankful that they carry a line of products that I have used for years and I know I am safe using for the most part. There are a few products in the line I can’t use, but overall it’s usually a safe choice for me. And that is the ION brand.

I pulled up Google Maps and found out there were quite a few Sally Beauty Stores in and around the City of New Orleans. One of them was less than a mile away from where we were staying. I was so thankful it was so conveniently close to us. The store itself was quite a bit smaller than my local store, but I still found a couple of products to tame my hair.

The hair products I picked up at Sally Beauty

I found the leave in conditioner I use on a semi-regular basis, and I found a new product I had not seen in my local Sally’s Beauty store. Each store has a slightly different selection of products in stock. Some of it is bases on space available and I am sure some is based on what sells in the area. But of course all products are available online if you can’t find something locally.

So let’s talk about each of the products and why I went with them.

Ion Reparative Leave In Spray availale at Sally Beauty

This is the Ion Reparative Leave In Spray. It is essentially a leave in conditioner with some extra pizzazz. So in addition to making your hair soft it is also supposed to strengthen and improve elasticity.

I have been using this product for close to 15 years now. It works great in my hair. I generally use this just for conditioning purposes, but I have always noticed it helps keep the frizz away a bit. So this was the first thing I picked up when I went in the store.

Ion Luxe Hair & Body OilThe second product I picked up was the Ion Luxe Hair & Body Oil. This is part of a brand new line from Ion, the Ion Luxe line. When I was looking around I didn’t see any of the other products I was familiar, but I saw this and thought  I would give it a try.

This can be used on wet or dry hair, but I used it on dry hair. On Sally’s website it doesn’t say this is for frizz, but you can see in the picture the bottle does. This contains several different types of oil, but the application is that of a dry oil. It definitely did not leave my hair looking greasy and oil like a wet oil would.

Both the Reparative Leave in Hair Spray and Hair & Body Oil do have fragrance. The fragrance mix used in most of Ion’s products do not cause me to have a reaction. However as I have said many times before if you are one of the people who are following me for allergy related issues, then you need to check for yourself. Any fragrance related allergy can be complicated, but a Balsam of Peru allergy is even more so. We all react to different things, so just because I don’t have a reaction to these products doesn’t mean you won’t.

Whether you have allergies or not, no review or recommendation can ever replace trying something out for yourself. So if you would like to try these or other Ion products for yourself, you can find them on the Sally Beauty website, or click here to find the closest Sally Beauty location near you.

Tell me in the comments what you use to help tame the frizz in your hair.

 

 

Enjoy this blog? Please spread the word :)

Facebook
Facebook
INSTAGRAM
Pinterest
Pinterest
RSS
Follow by Email