Exploring NYX

NYX Lip Creams and Concealer MakeupNYX are a brand I’ve been desperate to try for so long. They are hugely raved about and their products are pretty darn affordable although sadly for us UK gals the brand was pretty difficult to get a hold of. That of course changed when Feel Unique and Boots became stockists of the brand making it easy for us to try out the well hyped products that we were all missing out on! I have to say I definitely got pretty excited when I seen they were coming over to the UK and I could finally try out those lip creams!

NYX Matte Lip Cream and Concealer SwatchesI picked up four products in total; a concealer and three of those Matte lip creams. Firstly starting with the concealer which is a bit of an unusual one. I picked up the HD Concealer in the shade Green, yes green. Green of course cancels out redness and suffering from a lot of redness on my cheeks I wanted to give this concealer a go. The consistency is quite thick and offers good coverage. The pigmentation is pretty intense as you might see in the swatches above. This for me was a bit of a problem though. It is definitely not a product I recommend for those quick morning makeup routines, this is more for when you’ve got a bit more time on your hands. You really need to work at blending this out to erase any hints of green from your skin cause no one wants to walk out looking like Shrek. It really does need a lot of time to blend out so its undetectable on the skin which is a bit annoying. I also found it sticking to dry patches which isn’t great especially when it is green as it left me with green patches of skin which isn’t nice at all. I am still working on this one but at £5.50 it is not something I will get too upset about!

On to a more positive note, I finally got my hands on those well hyped matte lip creams! I’ve been longing to try these for so long and at a bargain price of £5.50 they are a great little affordable option. In order of the swatches, I got the shade Copenhagen which is the darkest from the bunch. It is the perfect deep plum berry shade great for this time of the year. A more nuder option comes from Stockholm which made an appearance in my November Favourites. It is a gorgeous rosy pink shade great for everyday wear. Lastly, I picked up Prague which is probably the most interesting from the bunch. The shade is a gorgeous fuchsia plum-y shade not too far off the likes of Bobbi Brown Hot Raspberry mentioned in my favourites again. The formula of these are super lovely, as they suggest a soft creamy formula that applies wet on the lips and then dries down to matte finish. They don’t feel drying instead are quite comfortable to wear. They aren’t as long lasting as some other matte formulas but for the price they are pretty darn good enough! I now have my eyes set on Abu Dhabi and London!

Are you a fan of NYX?


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November Favourites

November Beauty FavouritesSince I started doing monthly favourites I don’t think I have ever had as many favourites in the one month. I picked up quite a few new bits and bobs for my beauty drawers over the past couple of months so I’ve been basically been wearing a whole new face this month and I am loving everything I’ve picked up. There is a couple of totally expected favourites that I spoke about in the last couple of weeks and a few others that I have been waiting to share with you all, so without further ado here is my November favourites…

Going to get the most obvious one of out the way first, the most gorgeous palette I’ve ever seen, the Hourglass Ambient Lighting Edit (check my full review here). Since I got this I have been using it every day and I just adore it. All of the powders are such great quality and beautifully finely milled so don’t look to heavy or overdone. My two favourites from the palette that I have been using the most is Diffused Light, one of the Ambient Lighting Powders which is a gorgeous pale yellow toned powder that I use to set my makeup all over and Mood Exposure, a gorgeous mauve plum blush. Speaking of Mood Exposure, another one of my favourites is a complete dupe for the mauve shade, Max Factor Creme Puff Blush in Lavish Mauve is total steal at a fraction of the price. I had been eying this one up for a while and I am so glad I got it as it is so gorgeous and such a bargain!

Another bargain blush I fell head over heels for is the Illamasqua Cream Blush in Zygomatic. After a little trip to my local TK Maxx I found this on one of the shelves at a bargain £4.99! The blush is actually still sold and isn’t discontinued so I definitely got a great deal there! I am not really one for cream blushes but I really like this. It applies beautifully with a stippling blush and has a gorgeous soft natural rosy pink hue that adds a little flush of colour to the cheeks.

After my rave review of the L’Oreal Infallible Matte Foundation how would I not mention it! This is without a doubt the best drugstore foundation I’ve ever used. This is pretty much the only base I’ve been reaching for during the month, it applies beautifully without a cakey or drying feeling despite being a matte finish. It has great coverage and is pretty lightweight too, I couldn’t ask for anything more!

I have heard so many people rave about the Lush Comforter and when I heard about their new shower cream I had to get my hands on it asap. It has the most dreamiest scent of blackberries which feels so warm and cosy. It has lasted me quite a while too despite being the small version of the bottle and whilst I absolutely adore Lush Snow Fairy I am slightly favoring this at the minute!

Lastly, I had a handful of lip product faves this month that I have to mention. Two of which surprisingly were lip glosses! Yep you heard me right, I am typically not a fan of gloss formulas but I may have been swayed by two products this month. The first being from H&M which I spoke about here, Tuscan Blush is a lovely mauve my lips but better shade and the other being from Fleur de Force’s makeup line and is her lip gloss in the shade Starry Starry Night which is a gorgeous deep pink berry shade perfect for this time of year. Both formulas are pretty similar, they are both quite thick in consistency but don’t feel overly sticky with a high pigment finish. They are great alternatives to my usual lipstick choices and I have even ordered another shade from the Fleur de Force line which I cannot wait to give a try!

I was also totally hyped to see the arrival of NYX to the UK this month. I pretty much couldn’t deal with all the praise from the US gals about how good the matte lip creams were so I was pretty darn happy to see they are much more available in the UK now! I picked up two lip creams but the one I’ve been wearing all month long is Stockholm, a gorgeous pink nude shade that is so perfect for everyday wear. Finally, my last lip fave comes from Bobbi Brown in the form of their Art Stick in the shade Bright Raspberry. I had been eyeing this up for so long and with some House of Fraser rewards points to use I had to make the purchase. It’s kinda like the lipstick version of the Fleur de Force lipgloss, a gorgeous fuchsia plum-y shade which adds a twist on the usual deep pink with a bit of purple tones in the mix. A gorgeous shade with a fab formula, I need more!

What did you love during the month of November?


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