Showing posts with label NYX Cosmetics. Show all posts
Showing posts with label NYX Cosmetics. Show all posts

Saturday, 17 June 2017

Review | NYX Away We Glow Liquid Highlighters

I've been hooked on any (and all) illuminating products lately and some of my favourites are from the .

(left to right above) Liquid Prism, Moon Glow, State of Flux, Golden Hour, Crystal Glare, Daytime Halo, Moonbeam, Gold Rush and Rose Quartz (£8/6.8ml)*  

Released earlier this year, the collection contains 9 shades in total with something to suit a range of skin tones. Each highlighter comes in a transparent plastic tube with a sponge-tipped applicator. They're a little reminiscent of the travel-sized BECCA Shimmering Skin Perfector (mentioned here) and as it's one of my favourite highlighters I was interested to see how these measure up. The tubes are a good size, small enough that they're easy to travel with but with enough product to last a decent amount of time. I swatched them below so you can get an idea of how pigmented these are though admittedly this photo doesn't do them justice - I'm not sure why I seem to always struggle with photographing highlighters! 

I tend to use highlighters on a daily basis (even on some days when I'm not actually wearing any other makeup) and these see a lot of use. I tend to dab the product directly onto the skin where needed or onto the back of my hands and then apply with my fingertips. Blending is easy with a few taps or I'll use a damp makeup sponge. They can be sheered out or built up pretty effortlessly so you have the option of a subtle or more intense glow. 

My favourite shades to use are Crystal Glare (white champagne pearl), Daytime Halo (true champagne pearl) and Moonbeam (soft pink pearl) which all give a natural-looking highlight and would work beautifully across a few different skintones. Daytime Halo and Moonbeam are the closest in tone to the BECCA Opal Spotlight Shimmering Skin Perfector but neither match it exactly so these aren't exactly dupes. They do match up in terms of quality and pigmentation however.

I also love to also use the shades Gold Rush (bronzed gold pearl) and Rose Quartz (rose gold pearl) which have a more metallic feel and are so gorgeous worn alone or over a light base for a subtle pop of colour. I reach for the other shades - Liquid Prism (white opal iridescence), Moon Glow (white pearl), State of Flux (lavender pearl) and Golden Hour (true gold pear) less often. Liquid Prism and Moon Glow have a more holographic look to them so these would be ideal if you like to be more daring with your highlight or for festival-inspired makeup looks. 

Overall I love this collection and have already grabbed another of the Crystal Glare shade in preparation for when it runs out! You can get them in-store or online at  and also at 

*samples - read my disclaimer .

Do you use highlighters?

Christine Stewart x

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Monday, 22 August 2016

Summer Beauty

This Summer I've been hauling like crazy. I mean really crazy. I actually like having a small makeup collection but working in beauty has given me an excuse to buy excessive amounts of makeup (and it's actively encouraged). It's also made me experiment more as until recently I bought and used mostly MAC makeup. I've now changed almost every item I rely on daily so I thought I'd share some of the products I've been reaching for most this summer.

Bases & Primers 
Priming my skin is now an essential step for me and I've been using most*. It's super hydrating which in all honestly I don't totally need (as I have naturally oily skin) but I'm less fussed about having a super matte face recently. I also made the switch to NARS foundation after pretty much only using MAC bases for years. MAC has just been far too pink for my skin recently (even though the same shades used to match perfectly before), which means I constantly have to adjust the tone (see for how). I'm used to foundations not matching straight out of the bottle so I wasn't expecting much but I'm using the NARS Sheer Glow Foundation in Barcelona and it's perfect. I also grabbed the radiant creamy concealer in Ginger as so many of you have recommended this concealer to me. I love the texture and have been using it to brighten my under-eye area.

A few months ago I didn't own a single highlighter. I now have 10. It's excessive and unnecessary but I've become obsessed with having glowy-looking skin. My favourites are the Becca Glow on the Go Minis I shared with you back in May () and the NARS Illuminator in Super Orgasm (I probably won't get over that name, it literally makes me blush). They're all richly pigmented so you barely need to use any to get beautiful glowy skin. I might actually get another of the NARS Illuminators but in a different tone. I love it but Super Orgasm is a peach/pink shade, so I prefer to use this on my cheeks only whereas the Becca minis look more natural applied anywhere.

Liquid lipstick 
I rarely reach for actual lipsticks anymore and instead liquid or glosses are the products I use most. There's a few brands I've been buying but I have bought more NYX lip colours than any other recently. They're so affordable (well they are until you buy loads at once) and I just love the colour range. I have a few of the Lip Lingerie shades and the Soft Matte Lip Creams but the Intense Butter Glosses are my go-to currently. The wear isn't amazing but the colour pay-off is absolutely gorgeous.

I've changed a lot of other aspects of my makeup routine (like how I do my brows) but I'll save the details for another post.

*sample - read my disclaimer .

What beauty products have you been using this summer?

Christine Stewart x

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Wednesday, 16 March 2016

NYX Lip Lingerie Lipstick in Teddy

Nude lipsticks are everywhere currently and my Instagram feed is full of photos of one lip range in particular - the (£6.50). It's a new offering from American beauty giant and was released in the States in January this year. For us Brits we've only just been able to get our hands on the Lip Lingerie range after  started stocking it online in the past week. Not too long ago I said to myself I would not buy any more lip colours for at least a few months (as I have so many already) but I couldn't resist.

There's 12 (mostly nude) matte shades to choose from in total which suit a range of skintones. I've been swooning over Instagram snaps of the brown tones most but I narrowed my purchase down to just one colour - Teddy - and it is such a beaut. Teddy is a deep chocolatey brown tone (though it looks a little purple on me), perfect for medium and darker skin. I don't own anything like it in terms of texture, wear and product type which makes breaking my own spending ban slightly more acceptable. Maybe.  

It's a liquid lipstick so has similar packaging to a lip gloss with a doe-foot applicator. Your lips definitely need to be smooth for this product to look good on so I've been giving mine a good scrub prior to application. It's fairly easy to apply though and coverage is buildable. It dries pretty quickly too so I've been applying one layer first and then go back in with more to ensure full opacity. I've found that 2 or 3 layers is usually enough for me. 

It's perfectly matte but it does feel slightly dry and a tad sticky on the lips. However it doesn't crack and lasts amazingly well throughout the day. You could put balm underneath but it lost staying power when I tried this. Instead, if my lips are feeling parched, I'll dab a teensy bit on balm on top after the lip lingerie is fully applied so it doesn't takeaway the matte effect or slip off. 

Overall it's an awesome product for the price and I can see why it's been so popular with many beauty addicts across the globe. I would definitely buy another even though I know I shouldn't! 

Have you tried anything by NYX?

Christine Stewart x

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Monday, 7 March 2016

NYX Bronzer & Blusher in Bora Bora

is fast becoming one of my favourite beauty brands especially now it's easier to buy some NYX products in the UK. I received a few of their products at an event back in June but it's only recently that I've been using this  ($9)*.

This duo compact is gorgeously pigmented and this shade (which is 1 of 5) is more suited to medium skintones. The blush is a beautiful terracotta tone whilst the bronzer is a shimmery gold. They complement each other perfectly though the sparkle in the bronzer means it acts more like a highlighter. The highlighter can emphasise imperfections though, so I avoid this when I've got any pimples on my cheeks.

It usually takes a few swipes for the perfect coverage. I tend to mix the two powders together and apply with a blush brush. The colour lasts fairly well throughout the day, despite my oil-prone skin. I've mostly been using this compact as a way of warming up my dull complexion in lieu of the sun! I'm definitely excitedly anticipating the summer months. 

Sadly I've not managed to find this compact available other than across the pond in the US and it's currently on sale so I hope they don't discontinue it! Fingers crossed that by the time I've reached the bottom of the pan more NYX product lines are available in the UK.

*sample received at an event - read my disclaimer here.

Have you tried anything by NYX Cosmetics? 

Christine Stewart x

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Wednesday, 20 January 2016

New In | NYX & KIKO Makeup

I've been taking a pretty minimalist approach to shopping recently but with a KIKO gift voucher from friends to spend and NYX cosmetics available from more retail outlets in the UK, I couldn't not acquire a few new beauty items.

My favourites of the items here are the two (£5.50 each) purchased from . I've heard good things about these and there's 21 different colours to choose from. Cannes and Prague appealed the most to me and are a good fit for my medium skintone. Cannes is a beautiful soft mauve and Prague is a bright berry shade. Both have a velvety finish which is matte but not too drying. I usually prefer to wear balm underneath matte products but I've found without balm the formula of these lip creams stays on better.

From KIKO I picked up a few more lip products - two (£3.90 each) in Mauve (915) and Rosewood (913) and a (£2.50) in Rosewood (703). I realised afterwards that I bought shades which were similar to the NYX products. I have a really bad habit of accidentally purchasing several products in similar or the same colours! I love these too though as they're easy to wear and the silky smooth finish of the lipsticks are so pretty.

Also from KIKO I got the (£8.90), a gel-like cream which claims to absorb sebum. I've tried a lot of primers on my naturally oily skin and none have really had a truly long-lasting effect. I love this product so far as it instantly removes shine and preps it perfectly to make my foundation last longer than usual.

Lastly I got the (£10.90). This product contains 3 colours which you can use alone or you can blend them together. The compact is perfect for my handbag as it snaps shut (and stays shut) magnetically and it's fairly small.

Overall I'm pretty happy with all of the items here and they're already featuring in most of my makeup looks.

What beauty items have you been using lately?

Christine Stewart x

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Sunday, 20 December 2015

Review | NYX Matte Bronzer in Deep Tan

I received a few NYX products at a event in June and this NYX Matte Bronzer in Deep Tan (£7)* is easily my favourite.

Deep Tan is one of 5 shades and it has subtle golden undertones which warm up my complexion. This product can be used for your face and body so can give your skin an all-over glow. This bronzer is beautifully pigmented and long-lasting. It has absolutely no shimmer and gives the perfect true matte finish.

It's a little on the dark side for me currently where my skin is paler from a serious lack of sun. As a result I prefer this as a contour shade rather than as a bronzer and I'll add a little blush afterwards. As it's quite pigmented I have to apply this bronzer gently. It has a silky finish though, which means it blends well and doesn't look chalky or muddy, defining my cheekbones nicely.

This is definitely one of the better bronzers I've tried and I would purchase it. Sadly the UK NYX website recently announced that they will cease trading but luckily NYX products are now available at . I haven't seen the products in the stores near me yet but NYX is stocked in some larger Boots and online. Whilst the packaging is a little different, this bronzer can be found .

I've got my eye on the  next, though I don't need it so I'll have to find a good excuse to buy it!

*sample - read my disclaimer .

Have you tried NYX products?

Christine Stewart x

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Sunday, 25 October 2015

Beauty | Favourite Nude Lip Colours

I've already spilled my favourite lip shades to wear this time of year  but I've also been loving a lot of nude lip colours recently too. Natural-looking makeup is my go-to most days so a nude lip usually works best.

 (Birthday Suit), (Notting Hill Nude),  (Natural Neige),  (Mocha) and  (Ginger Snap).

For something that can finish off an effortless makeup look, finding the perfect nude lip colour can actually be a bit of a struggle. You have to navigate carefully between tones which might wash you out or make it look like you've accidentally smeared foundation over your lips. As a result it took me a long time before I stumbled upon a few solid nude-toned favourites that work well for my medium skin.

I usually swatch several tones in-store before settling on makeup products and the same goes for nude lipsticks. My lips are quite dark and brown in colour so I usually have to pick tones that are similar or well pigmented. The best nudes I own have a hint of shimmer or colour to keep the look fresh and healthy-looking and less 'corpse-bride'.

I tend to favour creamy products for nude tones like Rimmel Manchester Lasting Finish Lipstick in Birthday SuitRimmel Manchester Moisture Renew Lipstick in Notting Hill Nude and KIKO Smart Lipstick in Natural Neige. I do have semi-matte nude tones too though, MAC Satin Lipstick in Mocha is my absolute favourite (reviewed ) and I also have the drugstore dupe of this - Revlon Super Lustrous Lipstick in Mauve It Over.

For some (usually sheer) products I apply a very small amount of foundation around the edge of my lips beforehand to stop my smackers showing through the product or I just use something that matches my lip colour already like NYX Butter Gloss in Ginger Snap*.

*sample received at an event - read my disclaimer .

What are your favourite nude lip shades?

Christine Stewart x

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Thursday, 23 April 2015

Review | Glowwbox April 2015

As a chocolate obsessive I was pretty excited about April's Glowwbox* aptly named the 'Cocoa Affair Edition'. Glowwbox is a beauty subscription service (£15 + P&P per month) aimed at women with darker skin. As it's the month of Easter and Spring, many of the products in this edition are rich in cocoa or are perfectly suited to the season. 

Inside my box was Mocha Orange Hand Cream (£7),  Nail polish in Sharp Rose (£6.95),  Cocoa Butter Formula Magic Foot Scrub (£4.99),  Cosmetics Glam Shadow Stick in Divine Amber (£4.50), Chocolate Face Mask (full size £45) and  Luxury Eye Shadow in Tiger Eye (£12.50). Most of the products were full size apart from the Inlight face mask.

Out of the Glowwboxes I've had so far this is probably my second favourite, mostly as the makeup products are similar to items would buy for myself. I don't wear much eyeshadow, but when I do I'm always drawn to neutral or gold tones. The NYX Glam Shadow Stick is a gorgeous gold shade but it's not overpowering on the skin. It's a creamy texture so it glides on and is easy to blend. I haven't tried the IMAN Eyeshadow yet but swatched the colour to get an idea of pigmentation and it's a really pretty metallic brown. I sense I'll be relying on this shadow to create a subtle smoky eye looks. The Benecos nail polish in Sharp Rose is a pale shimmery pink. It's exactly the kind of colour I reserve for my toes and I've already given myself a pedicure with this shade.

My skin has been so dry even with the (slightly) warmer weather so the Figs & Rouge Mocha Orange Hand Cream is now taking up residence in my handbag. It has a light fruity scent and smells more like orange than chocolate. It keeps my hands moisturised without leaving my hands too oily. My feet have been hidden in heeled boots for months and with sandal season around the corner I was definitely in need of a treatment like Palmer's Cocoa Butter Formula Magic Foot Scrub. Though a self-confessed chocolate fanatic, I'm not a huge fan of Palmers products as I don't really like the scent. As this is a scrub the scent doesn't linger too much and I love that it makes my feet so smooth.

Last month's Glowwbox reminded me to take out some time to pamper myself, so once a week I've been applying a face mask. I love the INLIGHT Chocolate Face Mask, mostly as the ingredients are totally natural. The mask itself smells so delicious it was a shame I could only put it on my face! Only two samples of the Chocolate Face Mask were included and this product is pretty pricey to buy. Luckily one sample is enough for 3 uses as a little goes a long way. I haven't seen a huge change in my skin after use, though it does feel very soft and looks slightly less dull.

The Cocoa Affair is available on the  website until 1st May 2015 
You can read my other posts on Glowwbox editions by clicking the below links:

*sample - All of the products in this box were provided courtesy of Glowwbox. See my disclaimer .

Have you tried Glowwbox or another Beauty Box Subscription service?

Christine Stewart x

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