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Friday, 21 October 2016

Sharing My Entire Nyx Lip Collection, including swatches

Hello, fellow beauty fanatics!

So here it is, the post you've all been waiting for - or at least I hope?!

When it comes to lipsticks from the drugstore, Nyx is one of my all time favourites brands for finding a whole variety of on-trend shades. I recently posted a picture on Instagram sharing all my Nyx liquids and lipsticks asking whether I should write a blog post on them, and going by the number of likes, it seems that idea was well received. If you're not following me on Instagram yet and like makeup themed photos, then do pop over and give us a nudge. As I too, am always looking for new makeup laden photos to follow.

The Nyx Lip range

If you've still yet to try Nyx, then where have you been? Nyx has developed several ranges of affordable lip-wear, which provide extensive shades and finishes to suit all moods; whether you want to inject colour for some added fun or neutrals for those subtle occasions and everyday wear - there is something for everyone, and I for one, would really like to try more. Since their arrival to the high street, this easier access to the forever growing range has proven to be a real hit for the L'Oréal owned US brand, (no, I wasn't happy to learn L'Oreal now owns them either!) as consumers of "all ages" can finally enjoy wearing on-trend shades without breaking the bank. This is not a sponsored post by the way.

I thought as Nyx Cosmetics seems to be pretty much everywhere now since arriving in Boots (although apologies if you're still waiting for yours) it would be a nice to share my collection since I have so many, and the swatches too, to give you some idea on the shades - whether you're shopping online or in-store, as we all know the swatches online are never that great.

What I've also added towards the very end of this post, is a photo swatch of all the Nudes and Neutrals together, (because I'm nice like that, haha) so you can compare and make your on mind up what's best for you . I may even post a Pink comparison as well. We'll see how I get on, eh!

The Butter Gloss

Way back in the days when you could only purchase these from the Nyx UK website and before their brief appearance in Next Stores, Butter Lip Glosses was my very first purchase and introduction to the brand because the shade Crème Brulee was raved about so much on YouTube.

There are an incredible 30 + vanilla scented shades to choose from, so there sure is something for everyone here. These are really light-weight formulas that give sheer pigmentation, although some are more pigmented than others, and are incredibly comfortable to wear without having to endure that stickiness that you can experience with some lip glosses. The doe-foot wand applicator ensures easy, even application, every time. I love to wear these on top of lipsticks to really amp up the shine and make my lips look BIGGER! Fill your entire lips with liner if you want to add extra pigmentation before applying. 

These are also great for people that are not heavily into lipsticks or are colour shy, but still want to wear a bit shine with a hint of colour. Also works great as a first lipstick for young teenagers too! The only down side is their wear doesn't last very long. 

Crème Brulee and Tiramisu are my faves, with Merengue being my least as it's too pink for me and comes off rather blue. It came as part of a 3 pack set. 

The Intense Butter Gloss

Oh my word - now you're talking! Same formula as the original Butter Glosses but the shades are much more pigmented this time. These are my newer purchases and have discovered I absolutely love the combined pigmentation these give with that same buttery feel. Plus they smell so good! Tres Leches is my absolute favourite shade out of my entire collection. I just love how this warm pink-y brown gives that "look like my lips but better look with the high shine!" Cookie Butter Biscuit turned out to be a little too pale for me, so I use this to highlight the centre of the lips when I'm wearing a deeper Brown. I think this is a great nude shade that will look gorgeous on paler skin tones. There are more than 20 shades to choose from, and I'm seriously considering dipping my toes into some berry tones for the Winter.   

Matte Lip Cream

It's a case of "name your destination" with this range as each shade is named after cities.With regards to their mattes, I'd consider these the best of the bunch, and the fact they're assisted with that sweet scented goodness (so good!) makes the wear much more enjoyable!

Once again - a bucket load of stunning shades to choose from (30+) that provide that light-weight creamy matte coverage that lasts a fair amount of wear. Like with every lipstick I wear, I always like to apply liner over the entire lips to increase longevity. 

My favourites from this stash is Abu Dhabi, a gorgeous soft Brown which I've been wearing a lot lately, and Antwerp, a bright Pink-y Coral that I love to wear in the evenings or during the Summer months. Tokyo was my first shade from the range and my least favourite. Just like a I mentioned about the dodgy online swatches, I didn't realise it was such a pale bubble gum pink when I ordered this. Milan is a gorgeous mid-tone bright pink, but once again proved to come off too blue for me!

The Liquid Suede & Lip Lingerie

With around 12 gorgeous Nude shades to choose from, a range that launched only this year in the UK, although I hate to say, not my favourite. I wrote a whole blog post on these earlier on in the year.

The soft mousse-like texture gives a matte finish that are extremely long-wearing but are unfortunately rather drying! So a little prep work may be need to prevent that dryness involving a lip scrub and a balm, which does help a little, although I've had friends claim it didn't make much of difference for them. I love all 3 shades with Bedtime Flirt proving to be my favourite out of the 3.

There are 24 mainly quite bold shades to choose from in this range, and if you're after some Blues and a Grey shade, you'll find it in this range. These share the similar long oval shaped applicator as the Lingerie, giving a cream formula this time, as appose to the mousse-like texture from the Lingerie. Again, the formula is light-weight and gives a matte finish but is infused with Avocado Oil and Vitamin E which proved to be far less drying, giving a much more comfortable feel to the lips. Unfortunately, the longevity isn't as great as the Lingerie. These are meant to be waterproof also although I saw no proof of this. They smell weird too!

Despite the weird scent, I like the formulas of these but the shade range proved to be way too bold for me, which is why I've only got 2.

12 shades are available in a range that was developed during their early days. I would consider these  more of  your tradition lip gloss. Pigmentation wise is variable - it all depends on the shade, really. Some give off a shimmery effect but are not glittery, and are slightly more thicker in texture than the butter gloss and slightly stickier too! However, they do last longer, and are also great for layering with lipsticks for added shine.

My favourites out of the 3 is Sugar Pie and Beige, which seems such strange name to give to a shade that's anything but a Beige shade, as it's Pink. Unfortunately, after I took the photo I realised that Pinky Taupe is no longer available. Sorry! 

The Round Lipstick & Matte Lipstick

The Round Lipstick 14g | £4.00

This range provides the largest selection of shades to choose from. Nearly 60 in total. Admittedly, I tend to over look these as I prefer their liquid lipsticks -  not that I'm suggesting these are poor quality. I have only 2 shades, Eros and Indian Pink. Despite only costing £4.00, these are creamy and very emollient formulas which are very light-weight and apply with a thin consistency without compromising on the intensity of the shade. You don't need to trowel it on with these!

Eros is beautiful warm Red that's deeply opaque. I originally bought this during a time when I was experimenting with reds to see if  any would suit me, as I feel my skin tone prevents me wearing them. Unfortunately, I don't share much confidence in wearing a reds which is a shame as this is a great bold Red! Indian Pink is more my kinda thing as the gold shimmery finish that accompanies this pink, add warmth and lifts my complexion. Unfortunately for this shade, that gold sheen tends to wear off during the course of the day leaving behind the pink.

Matte Lipstick 14g | £ 6.50

I only a the one shade, Nude, but very rarely wear it as it's too pale for my skin tone, so can't really give a true comment on the formula. But the few times I've worn this I though it was very comfortable to wear, considering it's a matte and costs so little! They come in 44 shades which is pretty impressive! I can't remember how long it wore for (sorry!) but for £6.50 you can hardly complain.

Swatches of all the Neutrals

Sorry! I left out Sugar Pie!

Swatches of all the Pinks

Do you own any lipsticks from Nyx? What are your favourites?

                                                                      Toni. xoxo



Monday, 17 October 2016

Lush | Lip Scrub & Shampoo Bar

Lush Seanik Shampoo Bar & Bubblegum Lip Scrub

Many moons ago, I worked near Lakeside shopping centre where there was a Lush store which I never visited, (it's still there by the way.)  As most shopping centre's are, everything was under one roof, which for me made the process to shop at Lush quite difficult and off putting, as I felt it contained the heavy scents from the store that much more! It was so overpowering, it would knock me for six every time I walked past.

Since moving to the East coast, my nearest is now Norwich - still heavily scented mind you but it's much more nose friendly as this ones on the high street, so that heavy scent is able to evaporate that bit more. On my last visit, I picked up a shampoo bar and a lip scrub.

Over time, I was finding I wanted something a bit more from your average shampoo and no longer wanted use the ones from the supermarket. Just like my skin, I suffer with Combination hair (talk about  awkward!) with oily roots and dry frizzy ends. My hair just didn't feel really clean, you know, that REALLY SQUEAKY CLEAN. If your hair is anything like mine and suffer with oily roots, you totally understand that frustration you get where your hair never feels clean for very long!

In the past, I'd used their other shampoo, "Big", a sea salt based formula that comes in a pot and it was really great to use for in-between washes, but stopped using it as I was concerned it may strip the hair colorant I was using in my hair - although I'm not sure if it does. So I went for this one, as the fragrance was very similar to Big but a bit lighter. That clean, spa-like scent that I find so refreshing. 

The environmentally friendly packaging

First of all, I really love the fact that its so environmentally friendly! No need to worry about the deposal of those ghastly plastic bottles, as it's just a bar of soap. And the fact that it's just a bar of soap make this brilliant for travelling. No more lugging around heavy bottles of shampoo in your holdall. You just pop it in a bag and Bob's your uncle!

The formula

It's formulated with Seaweed, Sea Salt and Lemon to help really clean the hair and scalp and helps give me volume with lots of shine to the hair too. It's lightly scented with Orange Flower, Jasmine and Mimosa. Like I just mentioned, the scent is similar to their other shampoo, Big, so if you enjoyed that one, then you'll enjoy this too!

At first, it may seem quite odd to be using a shampoo bar instead of pouring from a bottle, as we're just so use to it but you soon get into it. After you've wet the hair, all you do, is just rub the bar over your head a few times and you won't believe just much it lathers up. It's insane! It's just so beautiful and lush, if you pardon the pun! I felt the grainy bits that you see in the soap, helped to massage and exfoliate my scalp which makes such a massive difference to that cleansing experience. My hair feels so clean after every wash! I love it! 

The only other thing you'll need to remember, is to not leave it lying around in the shower after use as it'll just disintegrate and get wasted! I just pop mine in a glass tray and leave it on a shelf after use. I've been using this bar for a couple of months now and it's coming to that stage now where it'll soon need replacing.

Lush Seanik Shampoo Bar & Bubblegum Lip Scrub

BubbleGum Lip Scrub | £ 5.50

Next up. I was looking for a lip scrub to assist in keeping my lips smooth and soft, as I'd been trying out and wearing some matte lipsticks and liquids that are all the rage at the moment. When I  came across this gorgeous Pink, Bubble Gum scented one, I thought the Bubblegum scent would be fun and also ideal for my kids. Despite being high school age, they've yet to enter wearing that lipstick stage (and rightly so!) but do suffer with flaky lips! 

We all love this one! The sweet bubblegum scent takes me back to when I was a kid, when I use to drive my mum "mad" blowing theses huge bubbles (she thought that looked so common! Haha!) chewing on the likes of Hubba Bubba, Bubblelicious and Bazooka (remember those!) The exfoliating Castor Sugar (none of that plastic rubbish is featured in this!) along with the help of Jojoba Oil, helps to buff off any dry flaky bits, leaving your lips soft and smooth. What makes it even better is you can lick it off because it's made of castor sugar!

Have you tried any of these from Lush?

                                                                          Toni. xoxo


Friday, 14 October 2016

Discovering Sheet Masks and How I Got 11 For Under a Tenner!

Tony Moly Sheet Masks

Skincare treatments that involve you resembling something like "Phantom of the Opera" or a "horror movie" have become quite a regular scene on our shores for sometime now, and this is all thanks to the same region that brought you the original BB cream which is - Korea (South.)  


Monday, 10 October 2016

The Ordinary - the brand we're all talking about!

The Ordinary

Hi, everyone!

Skincare brand of the moment, Deciem, the umbrella company to other successful brands Niod, Fountain and Hylamide, has got everyone creating a lot of noise and excitement due to their latest creation, The Ordinary.


Friday, 7 October 2016

Autumn Wish List

Thanks to my kids, the little cherubs, I'm full of cold at the mo and sound like Darth Vader! Hopefully, this'll be long gone before I go away for a little holiday, and thought in the meantime I'll create my very first wish list full of expensive goodies to buy whilst away, here on the blog! I mean, who doesn't have expensive taste? Knowing my luck I'll probably end up adding some of these to my Christmas wish list. 


Monday, 3 October 2016

Product Empties #2

Product Empties #2

Product empties is a post I always forget to do!!! I keep a little gift bag under my dressing table just for these and is often filled with everyday skincare, as to actually finish a makeup product (unless it reached holy grail status for that moment) is a once in blue moon activity! There's quite a few to get through, so I'll try and make these short and sweet! 

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