I’m excited to officially announce that I am now a Nerd Makeup Ambassador for Espionage Cosmetics!
EC offers a couple of neat subscriptions called Boom!Box and Nexus. With Boom!Box, subscribers get a new makeup item, a set of nail wraps, and other fun goodies. Nexus subscribers get advanced access to two different nail wraps based on a theme, and they get to vote for which one they like best. Whichever design wins will be made available for everyone on their website, while the other nail wrap becomes an exclusive just for the subscriber. And for just $15 a month, that’s a steal considering that one nail wrap set retails between $10-$12!
I received August’s Nexus subscription which was literary themed and involved two of my favorite stories: Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland and The Wizard of Oz. Okay, I have to be honest… I’ve never actually read the Alice in Wonderland books. – hides face in shame – I KNOW! I know! Buuuut, I just downloaded an audiobook with Christopher Plummer narrating both stories, so I’m looking forward to reading along with
Captain Von Hot Damn Captain Von Trapp. If it’s any consolation, I know most of “The Jabberwocky” by heart. 😛
Both designs were really cute, but at the end of the day I gravitated a bit more to “Paint the Roses Red,” which pays homage to the cards painting the white roses in the Queen of Hearts’ garden. That one was actually the winner, so you can pick up a set for yourself on EC’s website now! I haven’t used either set yet because I’m waiting for the perfect occasion, especially with the “Emerald City Attire” since I’ll never be able to buy another set again. O__O
If you’d like to get Nexus or Boom!Box, click here to subscribe. And don’t forget to watch my unpacking video to get a peek of the Boom!Box exclusive item that EC was kind enough to send to me too! 🙂
PS: You’ll most likely have leftovers or scraps after you use your nail wraps, but you don’t have to let them go to waste! I upcycled some extras from the “Computing” wraps I got at SDCC by cutting out hearts and sticking them on top of my painted nails. There was also enough left from the pinky wraps to place over my whole pinky nail again; all I had to do was trim it so it would fit the lining of my cuticle. Waste not, want not!
FTC Disclosure: This is a sponsored post as Espionage Cosmetics sent me these items for promotional purposes. Compensation are the items themselves and all opinions expressed are honest and my own.
outfit details – cardigan: Forever 21 // dress: Charlotte Russe // necklace: Swarovski Crystals // belt: Armani Exchange // ring + hair clip: vintage // purse: LeSportsac (buy here) // earrings: Zales // shoes: Report // glasses: Derek Cardigan (buy here) // wand: Disney Store (buy here)
Oz: The Great and Powerful was a bit of a let down for me. I’m a fan of many Oz related things, but I feel like Disney could’ve done SO. MUCH. MORE. Ugh! It wasn’t particularly terrible, just disappointing with its lack of character development on major characters. *cough*Wicked Witch*cough* It was entertaining enough for me to watch it a second time, though I have to say I mostly wanted to see Finely, the adorable flying monkey voiced by Zach Braff, again! He’s seriously the best thing in the movie. And China Girl is super cute as well. I watched it last week with Tim and then a few days later with Shanice and Jen. Before the movie came out, the girls and I talked about how fun it would be to go to the theater dressed up like the three witches in the film a la Disneybound. I already had the wand, so Glinda was my designated witch. I was inspired by the last outfit she wore in the movie since it had lots of pink, unlike the other two gowns she wore which were mostly white, gold, and silver.
Sooo… this isn’t exactly what I wore when I watched the movie with the two girls. I just made a couple of changes, like my vintage rhinestone clip and silver belt. I originally wore a white rose in my hair and a skinny brown belt. Just a few switches can really help change an ensemble! Plus the glitziness of the clip reflects Glinda’s crown much more than a white rose. I also tried to incorporate some of the elements from not just Glinda herself, like with the mixing of gold and silver accessories, but also from other characters/scenery with my my LeSportsac x Disney It’s a Small World purse featuring adorable little Dutch children that kind of look like Munchkins, and my big yellow flower ring 🙂
Would I recommend watching Oz: The Great and Poweful? Sure. Like I said, I found it entertaining, and if you’re okay with movies that don’t have amazing plot/character development, then you should be okay! It’s visually gorgeous and it has its good moments (Finely! Oh, and Michelle Williams made a good Glinda). But I dare you to try and not want to punch James Franco in the face. He was so schmoozy!