Showing posts with label Nudestix. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Nudestix. Show all posts

Monday, 7 August 2017

Nudestix #BABEBOSS Faves Box

I've been obsessed with 's easy to apply makeup crayons since last year and they recently released the limited edition #BABEBOSS Faves Box (£59/$59)*. It contains a mix of 6 full size bold and nude lip pencils curated by Nudestix Co-Founders (and sisters) Ally and Taylor Frankel with 5 Nudestix 'Babebosses'. If you're a Nudestix fan or want to try the pencils at a slice of the usual RRP this kit has got you. 

As I've posted about a number of Nudestix makeup crayons already , here and here, I'm only loosely reviewing these shades in this post, focusing on swatches so you can get an idea of how these look on medium skin. 

The basics
1 13x10cm tin with a built in mirror, 6 lip pencils and 1 sharpener

The shades
Purity Intense Matte Lip + Cheek (soft matte nude) picked by Jalessa Moses @saythelees
Pulse Gel Color Lip + Cheek Balm (glossy nude) picked by Samantha Ravndahl @ssssamanthaa
Sin Lip + Cheek Cream (buttery pink) picked by Ally & Taylor Frankel
Boho Magnetic Matte Lip Color (matte brown) picked by Lynette Cenée @lynettecenee
Burgundy Magnetic Matte Lip Color (matte red/purple) picked by Cydnee Black @cydbee
Stiletto Intense Matte Lip + Cheek Color (soft matte red) picked by Karen Yeung @iamkareno

Lip Swatches 

Shades top to bottom: Purity, Pulse, Sin, Boho, Burgundy and Stiletto 

Arm Swatches 

Shades left to right: Purity, Pulse, Sin, Boho, Burgundy and Stiletto 

The Tea

There's a real mix of shades and finishes including Magnetic Matte, Intense Matte, Gel Color and Cream so if you've not tried Nudestix before and love pink/red tones this is a great tin to start with. I love all of the finishes though I'd say the Intense Matte finish is the most versatile as it's long-wearing, feels moisturising and can be used as a blush too. Consequently the Intense Matte pencils are my favourite Nudestix lip pencils to wear and I've reviewed them more in depth . The Magnetic Matte finishes last a lot longer but are more on the dry side which you'll be able to tell from the swatches as I didn't apply any balm underneath the lip colour to give a true reflection of the finish. The gel color has more of a wet, glossy look whereas the cream lip + cheek pencils apply more like your standard buttery lipstick. All of shades are very pigmented and can be worn on medium skin, though I would say Boho can make me look a little washed out now that my skin has tanned a little. Most Nudestix lip pencils retail at £24/$24 each so at £59/$59 for 6 full size pencils this is one of only a couple of their kits which gives you the most bang for your buck.

It's a limited edition so you can get it whilst stocks last directly from if you're in the UK or  (the code 'FRESHLENGTHS10' gives you 10% off orders) and  if you're in the US.

*samples - read my disclaimer .

Have you tried Nudestix?

Christine Stewart x

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Tuesday, 29 November 2016

Nudestix Intense Matte Lip + Cheek Pencils

Nudestix pencils have been a regular feature of my makeup routine for the past 6 months. I've already posted about the eye pencils and some of the first shades I received from Look Fantastic here and here so I'll try not to repeat myself too much in this post. 

The brand's whole ethos is about easy-to-use, fun barely-there makeup which will give you a pop of colour without covering up your natural beauty. I'm definitely embracing more natural makeup looks lately and this brand just nails it with creating products for 'no makeup makeup'. Their pencils are created with skin-loving ingredients like Shea Butter, are fragrance free and are not tested on animals. Each pencil also comes in it's own tin with built in mirror and sharpener which doubles as a pencil cap.

I've mentioned a couple of the Intense Matte Lip + Cheek Pencils (£24 each)* before but I now have 11 of the 12 shades, some of which are newly released to the US only currently. The colours range from nude pinks to deep reds. Vintage, Icon, Retro and Pixi are the newest shades to the Intense Matte collection. These are dual-use products to add some colour to your pout and cheekbones. The pencil works as a liner too so you just draw around your lips and fill in.

(shades left to right) Icon, Vintage, Retro, Raven, Royal, Stiletto, Kiss, Belle, Entice, Purity and Pixi 

The pencils are all very pigmented and the texture is creamy but it dries matte. As with most matte lip colours these look much better applied to exfoliated lips but these are more moisturising than some other similar products I've tried. Initially I loved these more as just a lip product but I have been using them more recently as a blush too. There's something really pretty about having your lips and cheek match and it adds to that effortless beauty look. When I'm wearing these on the cheeks I tend to keep my base/foundation to a minimum as these work beautifully when buffed into bare skin. I've found the red tones work better as blushes for my skintone and I tend to reach for the shade Retro most.

(shades top to bottom) Stiletto, Royal, Raven, Retro, Icon, Vintage 

(shades left to right) Pixi, Purity, Entice, Belle and Kiss

The main drawback of these pencils is that they are a little pricey and with every sharpen you do lose a bit of product. I absolutely love these though and I will pick up a few of the shades I'm missing from the other collections. There's also dual-ended lip colours available in the US which I think give a bit more bang for your buck.

You can grab most of these from Cult Beauty  and the newest shades if you're in the US directly from the brand's website . You can also use the code 'FRESHLENGTHS10' for 10% off orders on the brand's website.

*samples - read my disclaimer .

Have you tried Nudestix?

Christine Stewart x

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Sunday, 28 August 2016

Nudestix Magnetic Eye Pencils

I blogged about a few Nudestix pencils I received from Look Fantastic last monthand since Nudestix sent over more from their range including 10 shades from their Magnetic Eye collection. Ideal for oily lids, the Magnetic Eye pencils are stated to provide intense colour and prime the lids for all day wear. It's quite a claim but when I first received these I quickly swatched a few of them () and was stunned when the shades wouldn't budge at all when I tried to rub them off with my finger. I haven't worn them all yet, but I have been playing around with a couple of simple eye looks to get a feel for these.

Satin shades - Queen Olive, Twilight, Rustique, Copper Foil, Angel & Gilt

The Magnetic Eye pencils now come in two finishes - satin and matte - with the matte range newly launched across the pond in Sephora this month. Each pencil comes in an individual tin with a built-in mirror and a pencil sharpener. As mentioned in my last review, the brand's whole concept is using makeup to enhance rather than cover up your natural beauty and the crayons are intended to be foolproof - so you don't need to be a makeup pro to use these. I'm trying to experiment more with makeup in general but I always find blending eyeshadow shades tricky. I find powders in particular difficult to work with and I don't have the patience to take my time when applying eyeshadow.

Matte shades - Chocolate, Fig, Army & Taupe

Usually eye pencil products of this type tend to slip and slide around on my oily skin but, like the swatches I made on my arm, these colours don't budge once on my lids. They are so easy to use too. I was a bit dubious at first at whether I'd get the hang of these, but all I've been doing is scribbling the colour onto my lids and blending in with my fingertip or a brush. The result looks like I've put in far more work and the pigmentation of the shades are stunning. All of the colours I have could flatter a wide range of skintones and work great mixed together too. These pencils work as an eyeshadow, eyeliner and lid primer. The satin finishes have a metallic feel to them too so also double as a highlighter. Win.

The Magnetic Eye pencils are available for £24* from a few places in the UK like ,  or  and in the US on the brand's website  (you can get 10% off orders with the code 'FRESHLENGTHS10')

*samples - read my disclaimer .

Have you tried Nudestix pencils before?

Christine Stewart x

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Sunday, 24 July 2016

Review | Nudestix Pencils

Until recently beauty brand Nudestix was only available from a few select places in the UK. Now it’s easier than ever to get your hands on their makeup crayons. I already have the  which I loved the idea of but found the darkest contour colour slightly too light for my tanned skin. I’ve now been able to get my hands on the Concealer Pencil in Light 2, Blur Pencil and Lip + Cheek Pencils in Whisper, Purity and Kiss - which all retail at £24 each - thanks to Lookfantastic*. 

The brand was created by sisters and models Ally and Taylor Frankel with their mother Jenny Frankel. The 3 are pretty knowledgeable in beauty industry and mother Jenny has over 20 years experience working with beauty brands including helping develop products for MAC and Cover FX. Ally and Taylor say they like to keep it simple when it comes to applying makeup in everyday life and prefer a natural, barely-there face. Their brand has grown from strength to strength expanding into a variety of lip products, eye pencils and bronzing crayons to name a few. Their products are designed to be an easy way to enhance features without covering your skin in makeup. They’re made with skin-loving ingredients like Shea Butter and Vitamin E too. 

I love anything that makes applying makeup simple and these crayons are great for on-the-go application. Each crayon comes in a tin with a built-in mirror and a sharpener so it's easy to throw them in your bag for easy touch ups during the day. Ally and Taylor prefer to apply products with their hands and these crayons mean there’s no need for brushes. You literally just dab on and blend with your fingertips. The crayons here (apart from the blur pencil) have a creamy texture and give a good amount of coverage. The concealer is far too light for my skin (I’d probably need one of the medium tones) and it looks a little ashy on me as a highlighter too. It does help with covering dark areas but the colour is so off for me this pencil probably won’t see much use. The blur pencil is supposed to smoothe pores, lines and wrinkles but I didn't see much of a difference on my skin. I love the lip + cheek pencils apply easily and actually last fairly well too. Whisper is probably a tad lighter than what I’d normally go for but all of the shades work perfectly for my skintone and cover my darkly pigmented lips well. Purity and Kiss matte formulas but are still moisturising on the skin. I definitely prefer these products on my lips rather than cheeks, but it's great to have a multifunctional product so it's one less thing to carry around with me.

It is refreshing to see a brand which embraces the natural look and have provided a simplified way of wearing makeup to enhance rather than cover up our features. I utterly love the concept but I get that £24 can seem pretty pricey for a single pencil so if you're buying from directly from the brand's  you can get 10% off orders with the code 'FRESHLENGTHS10'.

*samples - read my disclaimer .

Have you tried Nudestix before?

Christine Stewart x

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Monday, 21 September 2015

Urban Outfitters Beauty USA

I was sent some of Urban Outfitters' top beauty picks for September through to October from their US website. The US UO online beauty department is filled with an eclectic selection of unique and often exclusive offerings from across the globe. It's been great to get a taste of some products us Brits can't always get our hands on or are much more expensive over here. This post rounds up a few of my favourites from the ones I was sent.

I say it often, but I really love using milk-y products on my hair so I was happy to see ($42)* sent over. It boasts an impressive ingredients list with lots of natural oils and flower extracts. The scent is pretty natural too - you can really smell the sage and rosemary in this! I've only used it a handful of times but it's left my hair smooth, soft and it's so light. I like it so far but this leave-in is hella pricey. I don't mind paying a bit extra for a great product but I do have my limits. This product would probably suit someone who uses minimal product and doesn't mind paying the extra buck for a quality leave-in.

Eau De Parfums and ($18 each)* also made their way from across the pond. The Matcha smells absolutely gorgeous. I really love floral, feminine perfumes so it suits me to a tee. Oud Sahara has more earthy, woody notes which are often my second choice. Both perfumes seem high quality and are long-lasting. It's a shame these aren't available in the UK as I'd definitely buy these.

The  ($24)* is something I've been wanting to purchase but the UK £24 price tag is just a bit too high for me especially as I rarely contour. It's been great to try this product which makes sharpening those cheekbones a breeze. Blending is effortless and there's none of that chalky, dirty finish which can sometimes happen if contouring isn't your forte (like me). The Nudestix colour range isn't great though. I was sent the darkest tone and it only just about works for my skin. I really love the concept though so I might just have to find a better medium skin friendly dupe when my skin inevitably gets darker in the summer.

I do love a face mask but rarely make the time to enjoy one. I tried the Pearl Brightening Facial Mask from ($12)* as I typed up this post. Korean beauty brand The Skin Lounge has attained a cult-like status in the last year for their sheet masks. The ingredients, which include witch hazel and castor oil, are soaked onto sheets which you peel the backing off of and apply to cleansed skin. It feels (and looks) pretty strange on but after removal my skin seemed 'fresher' and I'm definitely excited to use another. It's suggested to use these mask sheets 2-3 times a week but as I'm acne prone I'm always careful not to 'overdo' my skincare routine in case I cause inflammation. This set is available in the UK for about £18 though and I would buy these to use every now and again.

Receiving these products has definitely made me realise there was more on offer at Urban Outfitters between the edgy fashion, quirky homeware and gifts. My blog has a pretty diverse readership so for those of you in the US that have tried any of the products here or have bought beauty products from UO what did you think? UK ladies the UO equivalent here isn't as vast but there's definitely a lot more than I realised despite frequenting the UO website often. Have you purchased from them or other stores like Topshop, ASOS and H&M who also sell fashion and beauty?

*Sample. See my disclaimer .

What beauty products have you been using lately?

Christine Stewart x

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