Friday, October 15, 2010

Haul of Fame: NYX Glitter Cream Palettes

Howdy Glories!
   I usually end up at Trincity Mall during my long Wednesday breaks between classes.  Naturally, I ended up at Wonderful World.  I was looking for products to spruce up my kit for the Carnival Season.  I had initially picked up some Splash Glitters which were $20 TTD each, when I came across these lovelies from NYX (pronounced "nicks" people, c'mon.. get it together!  The company is named after the Greek Goddess Nyx, who ruled the night and I'm pretty sure people didn't go around calling her "en-why-ex").  Ok, now that's out of the way, I don't remember how much I paid for these, but I believe it was $35 TTD.  I opted to purchase these instead of the loose glitters, because it seemed like the better bang for my buck AND the glitter is already in a cream state, so I don't have to worry about glitter adhesive as I would with loose glitter.

Fresh Greens, Royal Violets, Sweet Chocolate Browns

Fresh Greens, Royal Violets, Sweet Chocolate Browns

Swatches - No Flash

Swatches - Flash

I'll get back to you all with a full review, but as for now they seem pretty good.  If any one comes across the Ocean Breeze palette, holla at me please!  WWorld didn't have that one in stock at the time.


Monday, October 11, 2010

De-poting Series: NYX Jumbo Pencils

Hey Glories,
   So after watching some tutorials on YT on how to depot NYX's jumbo pencils using heat (microwave or blow dyer) and seeing how messy it got, I opted for a different method.  Besides, I'm weird about putting my cosmetics in the microwave (even though I have no problem putting my food in there, I know.. double standard lol).

What you need:
NYX jumbo pencil (duh!)
X-Acto knife
3 gram jar

I can't take full credit for this.  Matter of fact, I can't take any!  My loving boyfriend handled the entire process.
  1. Sanitize your hands, tools, and container.
  2. Take off the cap at the top of the pencil.  Mine twisted right off, but I've seen people use wrenches to get it off >_<
  3. Take off clear cap and mush the pencil tip into the empty container to get rid of any exposed product to essentially make it easier for the next step.
  4. Make one cut from top to bottom, being careful not to slice completely through.
  5. Make a second cut opposite the first, also from top to bottom.
  6. Pry apart your two halves and low and behold a long strip of product.
  7. Transfer product into jar.  You could microwave it at this point in order to melt the product so that it becomes more compact when it hardens, but I just smushed it all into the jar with a small spatula.

I couldn't find 5 gram jars in T'dad (go figure) so, I used my Splash jars (from Wonderful World) which originally housed glitters.  I saved them after transferring it's contents to a pill box: see blog entry here.

The pencil fit PERFECTLY into these Splash 3 gram jars.  I thought they were stackable, because there are threads at the bottom of the jar.  Unfortunately, when I tried to stack em, they fit but didn't align correctly and I got them stuck together (which required man power to undo) so stack at your own risk!

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-Waste not, want not my Glories-


P.S.  I purchased the hobby tool at Excellent Stores in Trincity Mall for $23.95 TTD
P.P.S. NYX start making this in an automatic pencil (like MAC's shade stick), so people won't have to go through all this! lol