Sunday, 27 October 2013

NYX collection.

Hi ladies

Back in the summer I went to IMATS and got a little excited by the NYX stand. I have heard lots about the brand and went armed with a list of shades and products I wanted to try. Annoyingly they didn't have some of the most popular shades but I still managed to get a few things which I thought I'd share with you.

NYX round lipstick - Fig (£4)
This is something I bought for a friend because I thought this sort of bright pink was very her. The swatch she sent me showed it was quite a bit lighter than it looks in the bullet.

NYX Mega Shine Lip Gloss - £6
This smells gorgeous! I love the fruity scent and it is not sticky in the slightest. It feels light on the lips and gives a transparent colour.

Jumbo Eye Pencil - Milk (£5)
This is quite the cult product!I am going to dedicate a whole review to this but in short it is very creamy, extremely pigmented and adds vibrancy to eye shadows. There was a time when this was one of the only brands doing these sorts of jumbo eye pencils but now they are everywhere. I might compare this with the collection version which is half the price.

NYX High Definition Eye Shadow Base - £8
This has a very thin texture. It feel very different from other primers especially the UDPP. Due to the thin, watery texture I found it creased quite quickly. I haven't used it much but I might give this a more in depth review when I have a primer battle blog post.

Cream Blush - £5.50

I really like this cream blush -  I use it with a stippling brush, it has quite a firm texture and the pigmentation is spot on. This shade is very natural on medium-darker skin tones. Neither of the photos above are entirely accurate (annoyingly) but I'd describe it as a rosy brown.

Top to bottom -  gloss, cream blush, jumbo eye pencil, primer.
Overall, I would like to try more products from NYX. They have a huge selection of products and shades. I think women of colour would definitely find something to suit them. The prices are decent for the quality (having said that now there are even cheaper brands with good quality) and although NYX is hard to come by in the UK, they have a website to order from. Excitingly though news came out this month that Next stores now stock the brand! Time for swatches galore me thinks.

Have you ever tried anything from NYX?

Till next time...Toodles! :)

Sunday, 6 October 2013

Bourjois Cream Blush - Nude Velvet 01.

Hi ladies

Today I have a review about the Bourjois cream blush in Nude Velvet 01. I received this in the one off British Beauty Blogger Box and it retails for £7.99 (but is currently on sale for £5.99 in Boots). I was really excited to receive this because I had heard great reviews from some of the more well known bloggers. However as you'll see from this review, it didn't live up to the hype for me.

I love the cute little round packaging. It is really light and thin, making it perfect for make up bags.

I was surprised that despite being so small it had a cute little mirror making it perfect for on the go.

My biggest problem with the blusher is the shade which I know is pretty unfair because it came in a beauty box and shade selection is very much luck of the draw. I got the lightest shade which I can imagine would look so pretty and natural on fairer skin but on my medium skin it just doesn't show up. As you can see with the swatch below it looks quite ashy on my skintone and it took a lot of building up to even get it to show up.
That wasn't the only thing I didn't like. I think of cream blushers as dewy, creamy products perfect for my dry skin but this is a cream to powder finish. I personally just don't get the point of blushers that end up with a powder finish when you have to put in the effort of applying a cream formula. They aren't the easiest thing to apply, definitely not as easy as powder blushers so why not just apply a powder blush to begin with?

All in all, I wasn't a huge fan. It might have been different had I received another colour but like I said, I wasn't keen on the formula either.

What do you think about cream to powder blushers?

Till next time...Toodles! :)