Beauty

The Products I’m Currently Testing

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As a blogger I’m lucky enough to receive beauty samples left, right and centre but I have to be careful because if I throw them into my blog basket (yes, the products have taken up residence in their very own designated space) then I can easily forget about all the new, exclusive luxuries I have to trial and eventually indulge in. That is until I give myself a shake and my room a revamp and rediscover those bits and bobs absent from my routine. Recently, I’ve been testing out a random bunch from various brands and I’ve loved the alternative introduction to my usual. It’s been a while since I’ve mixed it up and I’ve really valued the change as well as the advances.

First up are a couple of items from a popular non-invasive advocate – Transformulas. Their skincare, bodycare and cosmetics range is extensive, specialising in anti ageing but revitalising your natural beauty in a flash. The revolutionary Arm Lift is the perfect addition to my regime not just because I’m a demotivated mare who can’t be bothered with those intense tricep dips but because I lack the strength and ability, too. My arms are probably my least hated feature, they’re certainly not a cause for concern in the ‘why am I sooooo flabby’ thought department but there’s always time to keep your skin firm and it’s best to start young! The product aims to sculpt, hydrate and lift and I must say in terms of the smooth layering I’ve noticed a refreshed softness in the short time period I’ve been using it. I was sceptical at the thought of a lightweight, absorbing lotion making any difference opposed to exercise but I feel if I keep this up over the years, the elasticity will result in less bingo wing and more solid swing.

The Kylie Jenner lips are becoming more sought-after by the minute and the rage of lip fillers by both the general public, the influencer industry and the celebrity world has got me questioning my own pair. I’ve never had a problem with my lips, they’re shapely and can be filled by the magic of lip liner but in comparison to the luscious pouts spreading the nation, mine are quite tame. If you haven’t jumped into the surgical route just yet, the LipVolume by Transformulas is an incredible alternative. In the style of a gloss it’s simple to apply but provides such a high performance boost. The powerful combination of nourishing and volumising ingredients really gets to work straight away, you can feel the amplifying progressing with a tingling sensation which forms into a heavy defined contour. It’s my current go to product to smear underneath my fave lipstick, my absolute handbag essential and acts as both a plumper and moisturiser so you get a two in one bonus!

Moving away from products and onto tools, the L.A.B.2 (live and breathe beauty) Strokes Of Genius brush kit for the eyes has been my holy grail for a month or so, now. It features five brushes that are must have basics to hold in your collection. An eyeshadow brush which I use to cover the base and distribute the colour evenly, a crease brush which I use to blend the hues and harsh lines seamlessly, a pointed eyeliner brush that I use with my gel liner as it’s the ideal thinness to produce a precise line moving into a flick and both the brow & liner brush and brow & lash groomer that have enabled my brows to be defined naturally, I’m so much happier with my brows since finding this combination and all five brushes are saving me a good ten minutes on a morning with their high quality finish. Amen to the creators.

Finally we have the eco-friendly Shea Moisture Fruit Fusion Weightless Texture Spray that has been a life saver for me as the winter fog and drizzle frizzes my hair to the extreme as soon as I step foot out of the house (you know my problem, gals). I spray it all over my hair – from root to end – when it’s half way between damp and dry and it delivers a balance of body and definition for an effortless, ‘I just woke up like this’ look; augmenting that natural tousle, energising the shine and aiding that manageability when my long hair seems more troublesome than usual. As well as pampering the hair, I’ve also been treating my face to a Vitamasque firming and lifting face mask. This mildly sweet pomegranate scent is delicious, not too forceful and nice and serene once applied. With it being a singular sheet sample I’ve only used it the once but that night was filled with a fresh glow with no discomfort and for the price, it’s absolutely one of those underrated gems!

What are you testing and simultaneously loving, lately?

Bridie x

*some of these items may have been sent for me to review, please see my full disclaimer for more information.

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What I Got For Christmas

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We’re nine days into January now so Christmas seems like a distant memory, or at least to the people who have actually found the time and place to store their gifts instead of just staring at the heaped blockade hoping it’ll eventually rearrange itself (ahem, I’m totally not referencing myself, here). I haven’t seen many of these posts lurking around this year (or last year, whichever you prefer as you program your brain functioning) so that made me even more hesitant to list my presents but I figured if you’re anything like me, you won’t take sharing as bragging but instead sharing as caring because if there’s ever a time to demonstrate curiosity meets nosiness it’s in the post Christmas – still finding an overkill of glitter all over the house – period.

 

Despite me claiming beforehand that in 2016 I wouldn’t be over-lavished due to the lack of funds and me being completely okay with that because never is it about the gift, but about the thought, the gestures and the time spent together; of course my family and friends – who carry too much kindness in their hearts – proved once again that I am the luckiest lady on earth. Along with the random bits and bobs that make Christmas what it is, I was showered with all my favourite treats; from skincare, to makeup, to nightwear and even a fraction of fashion.

So, what did I get? I got chocolates (because what’s Christmas without Ferrero Rochers in a tree shaped box?). I got more candles to add to my exalted collection. I got the most beautiful ombre pastel daily journal which makes my daily blog outlining that little bit more snazzy. I got a phone case because a) I am not to be trusted with an unprotected iPhone 7 and b) ALL THE MARBLE AND ROSE GOLD. I got a premium looking Tangle Teezer because my previous one was on its last legs and my mum can just sense these things. I got my first ever clean eating meets cookbook in the form of Niomi and her motivating lifestyle, I’ve had a quick browse through and already I’m excited to learn how to spice up my food choices and become an all round healthier person.

I got my traditional new set of pyjamas, this time a gorgeous silky top and shorts with a matching kimono style gown in a silvery violet shade – both comfortable and super classy! I got some fluffy socks because they were not only the cutest design but I can now do something about those cold feet of mine that are always a reason for me to get complained at. I got some more YSL Black Opium (my ultimate number one perfume) to make up for my just recently finished bottle, this time in a body lotion duo set so now I can smell like a dream at every turned corner. I got my annual Lush supply; The Night Before Christmas gift set, the Rose Jam Bubbleroon and Santa Baby lip scrub – I’m yet to use those indulgent bath bombs but I am looking forward to unwinding in a wave of colour.

I got the Too Faced Cocoa Contour kit as my ‘main present’ you could call it. I’ve already boasted about this in my latest makeup tutorial so you can read an in depth breakdown on how it’s fast become my most loved product, there. I also was blessed with the Smashbox Light It Up face, eyes, and lip set which I was really excited about. Smashbox is one of my preferred makeup brands with its holy grail primer so I can’t wait to be reintroduced to the familiar cosmetics and to try out the accompanied illuminates. I also got another first – a Michael Kors nail varnish from my lovely friend Charlotte who really shouldn’t treat me as much as she does at Christmas time.

I got a huge and I mean hu-uge set of Sanctuary pampering products that is definitely gonna be my go to box when I want to relax and freshen up whilst the rest of the world goes by. Then I got another body pampering set but oh my god it’s the most pleasantly scented shea butter I’ve ever come across, it reminds me of being on holiday so I think I’ll probably save it for the summer months. I got my accustomed treatments for my troublesome skin from my darling mother as unfortunately I can never take control of those pesky spots even as each year passes. The trusty REN clearcalm system is something I’ve deeply missed in my routine so the Hit The Spot set is going to be beneficial for those breakouts. Then there’s the mask I’ve been dying to get my hands on since forever, the Antipodes Aura Manuka Honey Mask. I don’t know why I didn’t branch out sooner to be honest but I’m so glad I have it to hold now, I’ve used it once and saw a difference to my skin straight away. Aaaaand finally, I got my most current coat in my wardrobe as an extra from my grandma – a pretty pink Primark gem that adds so much depth to every outfit choice.

What did you get for Christmas this year? Send me your posts over to read as that can feed my goal to engage more with comments and my desire to have a gander.


Bridie x

 

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A New Years Eve Party Glam Makeup Look

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In my eyes, even as I grow to become a bit of a scrooge – Christmas isn’t over until it transcends into New Year. The tree and the trimmings aren’t taken down until you’ve ended the festive celebrations with that final piece of sparkle and glam, and once the clock strikes midnight it’s a chance to show off the potential of your passed year as a whole. Whether you’re out partying, with the company of prized friends, following on with family bonding, embracing the fireworks, or you’re sat at home in your pyjamas with zero plans telling yourself you’ll start your diet in January (like me most years), the option is still open for you to make the most of the last day of the year. If your decision is to go wild, or enjoy it from your home comforts, you can still use the 31st as an excuse to make yourself look and feel amazing to ensure you go out with a bang!

 

Dressing up in my gladrags is an orthodox situation for me. I’m very rarely dressed down, even if I’m only heading out to the supermarket, I’ll put on a full face of makeup and my best gear. That’s just me, I like to make an effort, I like to feel confident and appear well formed even if I’m feeling rubbish on the inside. But when it comes to New Year’s Eve, I prefer to go that extra mile. Up the glitter, up the heel size, and up the enhancement of the makeup selection. The more out there and the more risque, the better. So, to reflect that, I created a heavy appearance that showcases party season with the help of some of my favourite products I’ve discovered and been drawn to throughout the year. If you want a go to look that is a level up from simple but still manageable on one of the busiest nights of the year then stay with me…

To start, on top of my NYX Angel Veil primer that keeps my oily skin at bay and my Chanel Base Lumiere (to subtly smooth out and illuminate my face so there’s more of a glow in this crisp, cold weather), I used a base that has fast become my trusty one and only. I’m up and down with finding a foundation suitable for my skin but the Too Faced Born This Way in the shade nude is the perfect match to my skin tone which is also buildable for a durable coverage that is going to last all night long. After my face was fully covered and applied with a beauty blender, I went in with my NYX colour correcting palette to work on my visible dark circles, any blemishes – combining all six shades to both conceal any flaws and accentuate my features. On top of that, I also used my holy grail Rimmel Wake Me Up concealer in my ordinary shade True Ivory and a lighter shade to highlight my bone structure ready to contour once I completed my eyes and brows.

Eyeshadow application on a statement, glitzy design is the longest part of the process. It’s the section I start to get precise, paying closer attention to the finer detail but an extra five minutes or so is worth it for the final result. For this entire look I worked with the Sleek All Night Long Palette which holds a variety of wearable nudes, metallics, golds and shimmery browns to take you from dusk till dawn. I was aiming for the trademark smokey eye, which is always my preferred look as it’s so current yet so versatile. I began by applying a sample of the Urban Decay Primer Potion (I definitely need to purchase the full tube as I adore the sealed effect and pale under layer it gives) and proceeded with a mix up of the palette. The first, and darkest shade I used was Negroni to cover my entire lid right up to the socket. It emerges messy at first but when blended outwards and the harsh lines are fused with a fluffy brush right into the crease it begins to execute neatly. I then moved in with a copper glitter in the shade Manhattan into a small segment of the inner corner and formed the two colours to highlight the eyelid. I then followed with the main lustre shade, Prosecco, to dust the outer corner right into the centre. This was the core, then enhanced with an NYX Glitter Pot in a vibrant gold pigment which I slightly dampened first to make it more tacky. I applied this to the entire middle of my eye and set with the original brush used to pat the colour into place and make it pop.

For this specific look, I like to experiment with my eyeliner, framing a winged edge but going in thicker. I used the Maybelline Gel Liner and a pencil liner brush to intensify the black hue to my desire. Typically, I’d stick to just my loyal Maybelline Lash Sensational mascara and my natural curled lashes but with an all glam look I think false lashes add to the effect and radiate a certain strike as they merge together. I was kindly sent the *Ardell Double Lashes from a site made to please those lash lovers – https://falseeyelashes.co.uk/ – for me to trial and I have to say, for an amateur, they’re some of the easiest I’ve used. Not fiddly and straight on there; beautifully bold, amplifying the drama but keeping that natural state. I then propelled to the lower lash line where I took a dust of each colour and a pencil brush to apply the combination and focused on the centre and the corner with the gold glitter. Once the eyes were done I filled in my brows with my current favourite Illamasqua Brow Gel in Awe and a winged liner brush that does the job efficiently and creates defined brows even with my sparse hairs. Afterwards, I set everything with my Miracle Matte Powder before the final step.

Contouring and highlighting was next on the agenda and along with the liquid based concealer I used for the initial part, I polished off a chiselled look with my brand new Too Faced Cocoa Contour Highlighting Kit. Too Faced is slowly but surely becoming a well loved brand for me, the quality is amazing, long lasting and really compliments the face and this is no different (especially to disguise the double chin formed over Christmas). I used a flat brush and an angled brush to sweep the darkest sculpting shade and blend in all the pinpointed areas; beneath the cheekbone up into an L shape, round under my jawline and chin, on top of the forehead and on the forefront of my nose and then followed on with the lighter cocoa. I then fan brushed my actual cheekbones with the Illamasqua Beyond Powder highlight in OMG which is an absolutely beautiful, delicate shimmer and once again lead the way with the curving of my line structure and topped up with a small amount of the Topshop Glow where the outer corner of my eye and my heightened cheek meet and along the brow bone to make it shine. Last but not least on the contouring, I coated my nose with the LA Girl Concealer in Bronze and the highlighter within the Sleek Solstice (my ultimate palette) and blended with both my finger and a sponge.

 

Then finally, my cheeks were coated in the New CID Cosmetics i-glow Compact Shimmer Powder which acts as a powerful bronzer and secured with the Nars Light Reflecting Pressed Powder to emphasise that fresh, healthy glow. My lips were then traced with the NYX Slide On Lip Pencil in Nude Suede Shoes and filled with Rimmel Only 1 Matte lipstick in High Flyer which is a gorgeous brown nude with a slight tint of red.

 

 

Aaaand there you have it, glammed up and ready to go. You’ll find during the duration of this, having falling glitter amongst your makeup can’t always be helped but it becomes acceptable because your face can twinkle as it catches those disco lights!



What’s your ideal party look? How will you be seeing 2017 in?


Bridie x


 

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Five Paul Mitchell Gift Sets You Need In Your Life This Christmas

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If you’re an avid reader of my blog you’ll know I’m extremely fond of Paul Mitchell and their luxury hair care range and I’m lucky to receive a bi monthly box featuring a variety of their products – so the discovery of new favourites to add to my ‘this will certainly be an indulgent treat to make my locks feel, smell, and look deluxe divine’ continues to increase as I speak. I have many gift sets lying around waiting to be trialled and adored (because one duo seriously does go hell of a long way and they’re all queued up ready to be used when the other is finished) and I don’t think I appreciate the quality of them enough. Not only is the inside contents bound to sensually uplift your hair spirits, but the outer packaging of the Paul Mitchell kits are always so fetching and full of character. Totally supreme for providing the gift of beauty to any loved one as Christmas rolls in, or even ideal for treating yourself once the period of buying for others is over (because let’s face it – purchasing, then watching your neatly wrapped present be ripped open followed by lightened eyes and a ton of gratitude is the most satisfying part). Christmas is a time for joy, peace, love and giving, and there’s nothing like some sparkle in the form of heavenly hair care to make that happen.

Starting with the smallest first – Volume On Deck, a handy duo created to lift your hair to its fullest potential. Flat hair around Christmas party season certainly isn’t desired from my point of view (the bigger, the better in my eyes) so this is the solution for all those woes. In the twin set you get an Extra Body Sculpting Foam 200ml and Extra Body Daily Boost 250ml; one designed to condition, style, and shine, the other to spritz, hold and volumise and both in bottles that will last you until Christmas seems a distant memory. You can’t ask for more!

We’d usually consider Christmas a time for humans united but Paul Mitchell are on board with pleasing your pets as well as your pals, thanks to the foundation of John Paul Pet. Those with a dog that make a home a home naturally maintain its involvement in family gatherings so to have a present waiting for the little (or big) hound on Christmas morning is priceless. The Oatmeal Shampoo and Conditioning Rinse is suitable for deep cleaning sensitive, irritated skin on your furry friend as well as leaving its coat smooth, silky, shiny and huggable. All without the harsh chemicals and odour free meaning your dog can stay healthy on the outside without even blinking an eye!

Moving back to mankind, both the Tea Tree Give It All and Wild Ginger Ultimate Indulgence are my absolute firm favourites. With these two you’re not just limited to a couple of items, the sets are a combination of shampoos, conditioners, sprays, oils, treatments, creams, gels, and even skincare investments. Although Tea Tree has an extremely strong minty herbal scent, it works wonders for troublesome hair. I don’t know where I’d be without my usage of this miracle in a bottle! It leaves my hair freshly nourished, squeaky clean and invigorated with that swish feeling and it even helps with the overload of oils in my hair meaning I can usually leave my hair an extra day without washing it! As well as shampoo and conditioner pairing, you are also blessed with an Infused Cleansing Bar for the body, a defining, Shaping Cream to style your hair with a strong hold and matt finish and a lightweight Firm Hold Gel that you can use on both wet and dry hair. This gift set is bound to cater for those sumptuous needs!

 

The Wild Ginger Ultimate Indulgence is just as gorgeous – if not more where the marbleised packaging and premium black design is concerned. I absolutely adore the scent, it’s almost like a cinnamon and gingerbread themed Christmas summed up and the range of products are exactly as they claim to be – an ultimate indulgence perfect for some pampering whilst hydrating, protecting and helping to build back manageability, amplifying shine, and strength. This one contains a Moisturising Lather Shampoo,  a deep conditioning Keratin Intensive Treatment, a Hydromist Blow Out Spray for flawless and damage preventing blow dry styling, and finally a Styling Treatment Oil to use on the ends of your hair leaving them feeling polished.

 

Aaand, lastly, we have Paul Mitchell’s collaborative set United In Pink which is a four piece collection campaign presented to support Bright Pink; helping to fight and improve awareness of breast and ovarian cancer in young women – meaning not only are you getting great value enhancing hair products in a pretty zipped up travel bag, but you’re aiding an important charity, too. Fit to transform lack-lustre fine locks into an uplifted, bouncy ensemble, the set contains: Extra Body Daily ShampooExtra Body Daily Rinse conditioner, a Thicken Up plumping spray, and a Sculpting Brush. Making fragile turn powerful in both hair and health and well being.

 

I love to express my praise for a brand in the exchanging of gifts and the versatility of Paul Mitchell gift sets is the best way to introduce someone. If you’re on the hunt for those last minute presents for someone who takes great care of their hair all year round – then these are just what you need to pick up to ensure they’re sorted right through to 2017!

 

Are you familiar with Paul Mitchell? Do you have a favourite? Are hair care gift sets on the top of your list this year?

 

Bridie x

 

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My New CID Cosmetics Collection

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Hello you fine folk, remember me? It actually feels like I haven’t blogged in years (okay, it’s only been 13 days but still) I seem to have slipped off the wagon for a while and I’m not putting the blame on anyone but myself. October has been a manic month; I’ve been caught up in real life, I’ve sat down at my laptop numerous times with a page open in front of me only to stare back at a loss of motivation and a blank mind, and truthfully, my innovative ideas were second to none. BUT I’m back, and it feels so good to get back into the swing of things.

 

I’ve had these photos saved in my drafts since July and now it’s October with a certain change in the weather conditions it feels odd to publish bright whites and pretty flowers. However, makeup is an all rounder and you don’t need to rid of the glow and the pop of colour just because it’s darker and duller outside (the clocks go back this weekend – how about that for a daunting thought!)

You’ve probably heard me talking about New CID Cosmetics before as the first time I discovered them were through the Paul Mitchell team as they link closely to their brand. I’ve been completely hooked ever since and have implanted many of their burgeoning, widely available and high quality collection of products into my daily necessities in my beauty routine. When I attended a press dinner all those months back I was lucky enough to receive a generous bag full of treats that have had their fair usage now and I wanted to share just how much praise I have for them and their eminently appealing chrome packaging.

 

Starting off with the famous i-pout Lipsticks which are not only rich in intensity and hydrating on the lips but totally practical to whip in and out of your handbag on these grim days due to the light up mechanism and the handy side mirror. I have the shade Dusk which is a very light hue suitable for those neutral, bare faced, effortless days but which still allow your face to come alive. I also have Ruby Red which is exactly what it says on the tin, a gorgeous classic shade that is made to suit every kind of skin tone – ideal for when you’re glamming it up or as a statement, bold lip contrary to your fresh face. I adore the smooth, moisturising application of these lipsticks and I love how long lasting they are – I can apply in the morning and there’s still a touch of colour there by the late afternoon. The i-gloss Lipgloss products are on the same level, they also contain a light and a mirror and they’re not your typical gloss (you know ones that feel heavy, tacky and way too sticky – especially for us long haired gals who step out into the wild wind). I have a few pinky nude/rose textures (the one on show is Blondie) and I can’t fault them at all. If I fancy something a little more lightweight but still warm, I’ll always go for this formulation as it’s so absorbing you almost feel as though you’re wearing nothing but the shiny, stand out lips say otherwise.

 

My ultimate favourite holy grail is the i-glow Compact Shimmer Powder that not only appears perfect with its marbleised appearance but which makes all the difference with a sweep of a brush when the swirls of golden and bronze are combined. It’s such a versatile product that can be used alone for that focus of highlight that bounces off the skin or as a finishing touch of bronzer (which is mainly the tactic I take with the shade Sirocco). Its hand baked formula allows the skin to ooze a subtle radiance and a natural tan colour without looking too cakey and brash!

 

The final three products that in my opinion are worth the hype are the i-prime Foundation Primer which comes in a full size or mini form (I did have the mini – it’s all gone now), the i-smoulder Smoky Eye Pencil and Shadow and the Limited Edition i-groom Eyebrow Grooming Pencil and Brush. The primer is ah-mazing and I love the pump application that is rationally beneficial as you won’t waste too much; the gel like formula soaks into the skin instantly and provides a gentle base which doesn’t tend to irritate – always a bonus for someone with sensitive, spot prone skin. The blurring features evens out the complexion ready for a silky smooth foundation layer and a brightening effect. My skin always looks at its best when I wear this primer, it’s not crying out for quench and my makeup glides on without any patches interrupting that flawless look I aim for.

 

The eyebrow pencil contains everything you’ll ever need, a thick brush on one side and a triangle shaped creamy pencil on the other to the balance the two as you’re enhancing the perfect brow. I’m not gonna lie, my brows are terrible, I’m not blessed with an arch, the hairs are extremely sparse and I can never fix them to how I’d like but this certainly helps me to achieve that natural fine look in a short space of time as it captures the angle as I align. The only thing I would prefer is a larger colour choice as it only holds a three way light, medium and dark but it’s easily buildable and controllable. Lastly, the other two way product which New CID Cosmetics are brilliant for is the Eye Pencil and Shadow in the shade Ember which is a smoky dark brown ideal for creating that stand out cat eye. I love the context of these pencils – the cushioning sponge with a buttery consistency on one side and a standard pencil on the other. You can direct each one to the bottom and the top of the lash line and blend them until you’re happy. It’s a simple technique that stops all that faffing about with a full palette (and it’s more neat and spacious).

 

I’m really eager to try out some more of New CID’s variety, though I am blessed to receive a few products within my bi-monthly Paul Mitchell boxes (reviews coming on those soon) so I don’t think I’ll ever be stuck for choice and am always provided with my essentials. I’m set up for life! Have you ever purchased anything from New CID?

 

Bridie x


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NYX Cosmetics: A Shameless Splurge

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Ever since NYX Cosmetics arrived in the UK I’ve been sucked into the hype; no longer do I have to yearn from a northern distance or consider jumping on a plane to America, I can just head down to my local Boots’ and there’s an entire stand dedicated to my habit of breaking the bank with nothing but beauty. I’d heard a lot about NYX but was dying to try them out for myself – with the wide range available, all at an affordable price with prime quality I got stuck in well and truly and the entirety of ,my makeup stash has been filled with nothing but. I’m not even gonna apologise.

 

 

The first must have on my list was the Angel Veil Primer, word is it’s an Hourglass dupe and although I haven’t tried the Hourglass Veil, I can speak highly of the NYX version. The creamy texture which transforms into an easily absorbed smoothing finish soaks up the oil and general grubbiness on my face and replaces with a fresh coat – balancing both my shine and my dry patches that lasts me for the majority of my day. Secondly, there’s the concealer duo I apply to those horrendous dark circles of mine. The 3c Correcting Palette is utterly wonderful, a holy grail to the area of my face that has been way too in touch with the insomniac side of me. From the eye bags, to the red patches, to the pesky spots and even the contouring of my cheekbones. The different shades mean I can combine and create with the lightweight Concealer Wand in Light adding that HD flawless appearance as a complete routine for those imperfections.

 

The Wonder Pencil and the Jumbo Eye Pencil are the only eye products I picked up but I’ve been impressed thus far. Whilst I’m on the subject of tired eyes, the Wonder Pencil in the shade light is fabulous for brightening the inner eye with just one application as you would ordinary eye liner along the water line. It doesn’t just stop there though, use it as a base for the outline of your lip and as a method of concealer or highlight for those awkward places too. The Jumbo Eye Pencil in the milk colour is the ideal white to use as a foundation for a heavy eye-shadow, it glides on effortlessly, holds into place and somehow brings out the subtlety of powder.

 

I kind of went a little crazy overboard with the lip products whilst they had the shades I was craving all in stock at the same time (a miracle, I know). Naturally they’re a lot less photograph worthy after some frequent usage but that can only be a good sign, right? I’d say NYX are most recognised for their lip virtue and they tick all the boxes for the nude shades I desire. Apart from the Lip Lingerie in Exotic which has a pretty red hue, the rest are very similar/almost identical neutral tones. The Intense Butter Gloss in Tre Leches and the Soft Matte Lip Cream in Stockholm are my absolute favourites because although the naturally light colours more or less match I can mix the two so I’m left with a sheen and an added secure muted matte. I found it hard to get on with the Liquid Suede at first but now I couldn’t do without it. They are quite drying so it’s best to hydrate and moisturise the lips beforehand but the powerful. long lasting pigmentation outweighs anything else and Soft Spoken is the perfect cliche vibrant pinky brown-nude.  The collection of lip pencils NYX Cosmetics have are also amazing, both the Slide On Lip Pencil in Nude Suede Shoes and the Mechanical Lip Pencil in Nectar are versatile in providing an arch around the lip and are feathery enough to wholly smother on to form a rich pinky nude colour made to focus. I also find with NYX lip products they seem to plush the volume a smidgen so I can work on that pout.

 

Have you picked up anything from NYX Cosmetics now they’re easily accessible? 

 

Bridie x

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