Nylon 16th Anniversary It Girl Palette Review

Memebox sent me the Nylon x Memebox XO #ItGirlPalette ($29) to review. This palette was created by Nylon Magazine in honor of their 16th anniversary and it’s definitely party girl oriented. It’s very sleek and minimal, and much like the Soothing Sista palette, it was smaller than I expected, but it makes the most of its diminutive size. It includes a decent sized blush and highlighter, six eyeshadows, a pretty big mirror and a double-sided brush/spongetip applicator with a surprisingly soft brush.

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The shade names are kind of hilarious. Each one is based off a different celebrity scene queen, and all of the colors make sense for their namesake personality, especially the matte white “LiLo” shadow (see what they did there?).

Shade names, L-R:
The Moment highlighter, LiLo, Mary-Kate, Mischa, Sweet 16 blush, Lana, Paris, Nicole.
nylon xo memebox face palette shades

There is also a really intense hot pink blush and a really sparkly highlighter. I was pretty scared of both of them (although they actually worked out just fine with a light touch).

I was a little disapointed with the initial swatches. These are not swatched over primer, but the color payoff was ok but kind of dull for most of them.
nylon xo memebox sweet 16 swatches

Luckily, they fared a lot better once I applied them to my eyes over primer! I had a lot of fun playing with these shades and they work well separately or together. I have prepared two looks for you using all of the shades.

First we have the “good girl” look in gold. I used the Lana and Mary-Kate shades on the lid, Nicole in the crease and Lilo on browbones. I also used a small amount of the blush and highlighter on my cheeks and was pleased with how wearable they actually were.
nylon xo memebox face palette gold look golden bronze eyeshadow look

Next is the “bad girl” look in red. I have Paris on the lid, Mischa blended heavily from the outer corner and lower lashline, The Moment highlighter in the inner corner, Sweet 16 blush blended into the crease for a halo effect and LiLo on the browbone.
nylon xo memebox sweet 16 eyeshadow look red and pink eyeshadow red fuschia eye makeup look

All in all, I was very pleased with the palette and since it is so tiny, I think it would be great for travel or for stashing at your desk. When packed with an eye primer, mascara and a blush brush, this kit has everything else you need for a weekend trip!

March Golden Tote

Due to a website makeover, GT launched a little late this month. I just got my March tote today, but it was completely worth it. I mean, I was really blown away, every single item was a keeper! I credit this to Golden Tote’s new profile that is so much more customizable (much closer to the stitch fix profile). There are fields for your measurements, body shape, proportions, etc. There are also 5 options to select the types of clothing you typically wear:
Golden Tote style profile selection
As you can see, I went with Edgy and Trendy, which are a much better fit for me than the broader style options under the old website. You also choose what types of occasions you typically dress for (work, lounging, night out, casual weekend, etc).

There’s even a dedicated space for comments that will automatically attach to every tote rather than re-typing them each time (where you risk forgetting to add them while in a frenzy to checkout). For my comments, I wrote “I prefer darker colors and am kind of gothy. I’m tall so I need longer hemlines on shirts and dresses. I also love prints, especially in black or dark blue!” I tried to keep it simple, but to the point. I guess it worked, because as you’ll see in the review below, my stylist KB took my recommendations very seriously! Thanks, KB, I owe you one.

Enough about the site, I know you want pictures. Here they are. For reference, everything shown is a size medium.

Embroidered Trim Top (chosen item)
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So flattering and the embroidery makes it look much higher end than it is. I could wear this in so many ways, and I’m glad that I went with  the navy option since I already have a ton of black.

I also got the Tiny Cube Necklace which I’m wearing in all photos. I think it’s adorable and I will undoubtedly be wearing it a lot.
delicate tiny cube blue gold necklace golden tote

Pineapple Top (chosen item)
pineapple print sweatshirt in black golden tote pineapple print sweater offset crewneck neckline

Oooooo, yes. I think this is so fun and cute. It’s nicely heavy, the offset neckline detail is fun and the bottom hem curves just slightly downward, which is very flattering.

Potter’s Pot High-Low Tie Waist Dress (surprise).
potters pot high low v neck black white geometric diamond print dress potters pot high low tie waist black op art print dress
This print is kind of like an optical illusion, but I think it’s cool. It’s full lined and has a nice weight to it. I also liked the lower back because I always need a little extra coverage in the back. No flashing, thanks!

Love Stitch Tassel Tank (surprise).
Love Stitch Tassel Tank Golden Tote Love Stitch Tassel Tank Black And White Mandala Print

I. Loved. This. It’s very much something I would buy for myself, and the twisted front detail is very flattering (although it doesn’t look it from the pictures). Trust me, it works IRL and the drape looks amazing. The crepe fabric is opaque so I don’t need a cami underneath (big plus in the summertime) and I adore the mandala-esque print.

Lime & Chili Diamond Hacci Top (Surprise).
lime and chili diamond hacci top with tassel

I was NOT SURE about this one. The dolman cut scared me and I didn’t know what to make of the pom poms. Once it was on I found it very flattering and different!

lime and chili diamond hacci top details
This has so many details and I’m terrified of cleaning it for the first time, but we’ll cross that bridge when we come to it.

lime and chili diamond hacci top tucked
It also looks cute tucked into a skirt.

Speaking of which…

Kerisma Black Skirt (surprise).
kerisma skirt too small
Cant. Breathe.
kerisma skirt texture kerisma skirt texture closeup

This was at least a size too tight, which is a shame because it’s made out of really nice, thick sweater material. I’m going to hang onto it for another month to see if my latest diet will help me squeeze into it, but if not it will get traded or given to a friend. A classic black skirt is too useful to let go to waste!

Cool and Casual Tank (chosen item).
orange naked zebra split neck twist front tank orange cool and casual tank naked zebra

I know I told them I love dark colors, but every now and then I pick a bright color and I actually love orange as an accent. This foldover detail is very flattering, although it doesn’t look it in these photos, much like the black and white printed tassel top. What is it with twist front tanks that doesn’t translate to two dimensions? I also love that it’s a little longer in the back to give me the extra coverage my awkward torso needs.

Promesa Jersey Dress (surprise).
promesa jersey cap sleeve t shirt dress in navy promesa jersey dress in navy side slitpromesa jersey dress keyhole slit back promesa jersey dress in navy

This is a cool twist on a classic jersey t-shirt dress. The cap sleeves have a slight structure to them, there’s a sneaky thigh slit on one side and a cute keyhole back. This is a surprisingly grownup version of the classic tee dresses I used to love and I can see myself wearing this for many different occasions.

So yay! The March tote was everything I wanted and then some! My December and January totes were sort of hit-and-miss (I never did review those thanks to megaschoolcrunchtime, but you didn’t miss much), so I’m really excited to get so many things that I loved this time around. The new site is great and the style profile system has made it easier to get a true personal styling experience if you customize your profile the right way. I can’t wait for the April Tote to launch, it’s dropping on April 13, 2015. Hopefully I’ll have a review on that one, too!