A ‘Beauty-ful’ Christmas; NYX & Other Picks

Hellooo! I realise that I’m a little slow on the uptake since we’re almost half way through January but I thought I may as well share a few updates/reviews on some beauty gifts that I got for Christmas since I was going to to another NYX haul post anyway…

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Nude on Nude Natural Look Kit; ‘Diaphane’
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Liquid Suede Cream Lipstick; ‘Sandstorm’ & ‘Soft-Spoken’
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#4 / #7
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Dark, Bold & Smokey brush set
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‘Almond’ roll-on shimmer
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Dewy finish setting spray / ‘Sex Bom’ eye shadow pallette
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Dark, Bold & Smokey brush set

As of yet I haven’t had a chance to use the ‘Sex Bomb’ or ‘Nude on Nude’ eye shadow palettes properly but I literally LOVE everything that I have tried so far! The roll on eye shimmer is the quickest, easiest product to apply to your eyes, ever. It take zero effort (which is a god send as I’m not the best at doing make-up to start with) and the best thing is that it looks amazing either as a subtle day-time look or built up with other products for a heavier, more glamorous eye. I tend to just roll and dab with my finger when I’m in a hurry or use the fattest brush (shown on the far right) to pat and blend, easy, easy, easy. I also love the ‘almond’ colour and intend to purchase more of these in the near future!

The ‘dewy’ setting spray seems to be working great for me as I’m quite active at the minute and don’t really top up my make-up when I’m working so it helps that it stays in place for longer- although if you’re after a real dewy finish, I would not recommend this. I was dubious at first as I would have personally chosen the matte if it wasn’t a gift, due to my oily skin, but it really doesn’t seem to make a difference in that respect.

I actually chose the shades of the suede lip creams myself  and surprise, surprise, they are two fairly neutral shades to add to my collection (not planning to stop this pattern anytime soon either). The pigments are true to what they look like in the tube and again, I love this type of product as they aren’t sticky like the glosses and glide on easily. One little negative is that they need to fully dry otherwise they just slide off, understandably if you have at least one coffee every morning like me, I suppose.

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If you’ve never tried a tangle teaser brush, you’re missing a trick. This particular one by ‘star’, which I believe you can pick up at hair and beauty wholesalers (although you may need a trade card in some cases) is so gentle on my hair even when it’s been in a messy bun and needs a good sorting out. I am still getting used to using the wand on my short hair, not just this one but curling tools in general- if anybody has any tips for styling short hair with a ‘waver’ wand, please share! However, this one is easy to use as far as curling wands go as it has very good heat and safety settings. I was lucky enough to get both of my favourite perfumes for Christmas also, Dior’s ‘Poison Girl’ and YSL’s ‘Black Opium’, although I also received an  extra one which is a variation of the poison variety; ‘Pure Poison’. The first two are very sweet just how I like them and the last is a little more musky which is always nice to change with. The Calvin Klien set came with a thong, boxers and a sports bra and they are just so comfortable but just to warn- these are quite small fitting as I am a size 12 and my sister was advised to buy these in L/XL and they fit nicely so I would at least go for the size up! Last but certainly not least, I’m not going to lie that I was a little bit chuffed when I got two new diaries as I absolutely love being organised, planning, writing and making lists (explains why I chose to do my degree in events management!).

Thanks for reading, feel free to let me know what you think if you got any of this stuff too!

Lauren x

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A ‘Beauty-ful’ Christmas; NYX & Other Picks

FIRST IMPRESSIONS- NYX COSMETICS

Hi! So, I’m not quite sure why/how I’ve reached November 2016 and not tried any NYX make-up (I know, right?) especially since I’ve heard nothing but positive things about the ‘budget brand’. I think people are referring to it as this because some of the products are amazing dupes for the pricier Kylie range, especially the lip glosses, etc. However, I think I might finally be down with the kids now, as I purchased a few things from the Boots store in Eldon Square in Newcastle…

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‘Matte but not Flat’ liquid foundation, ‘Sculpt and Highlight’ face duo visage (almond), ‘Cosmic Metals’ lip cream  (08 speed of light), ‘HD Studio Photogenic’ finishing powder.

Firstly, I opted for this foundation in particular as I have been using the Maybelline ‘FIT ME Matte + Poreless’, which is great for my skin that is generally quite oily (the joys), as it does what it says on the tin- mattifies and reduces the look of my pores and scarring. I was pleasantly surprised that the NYX foundation does much the same thing but I personally find that the same amount goes further on my face and is slightly more buildable- and all for a couple of pound extra at £10. I chose a light/medium cool tone as I have yellowy/olive undertone to my skin and I love how true the pigments are so I will be purchasing more shades in the future!

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The Highlight and Contour duo stick is very much like having two contrasting concealers-which is a positive as they are easy to apply for someone that is fairly new to the contouring game, plus there is a little example photo on the box which demonstrates where to use the different shades for the best result. I find that the darker shade is harder to blend as I’ve tried with both my fingers and a brush, however the highlighter is great for around the eye area and does seem to brighten it. For some reason it hasn’t shown up in photos too much which tells me that I’m probably not applying enough- note to future self!

The ‘HD’ finishing powder is very fine, pure white powder which claims that it does not affect the colour of your foundation, even if you have darker skin. However, I mentioned earlier that my skin and foundation is usually yellow toned, after applying this powder my skin definitely has a chalky/talc powder sort of look (maybe this is why my contouring doesn’t show up too well). This being said, it also does mattify and set your foundation and I will still be using this powder either just in the ‘highlight’ areas or for paler make-up looks!

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Last but not least, the ‘Cosmic Metals’ lip cream- I would firstly describe more as a gloss as it has that sticky feel and I find it slips out of place even with liner on. However, the pigment is amazing and this particular colour gives an orangey, reddish, bronzy effect, which is actually something that I would prefer on my eyes (I’m pretty sure people actually use this for a metallic eye)! Overall, great product for those who are more daring with their make-up, whereas I think I prefer/suit a more natural look so will stick to dabbing this onto my eyelids for a more subtle bronzed feel.

On an end note, I personally think that these products are a great buy for the price and quality and I literally cannot wait to get back to the Boots store in Newcastle and pick up some of the lip lingerie’s, eye shadows and more foundation! Thanks for reading-

Lauren x

FIRST IMPRESSIONS- NYX COSMETICS