NYX Cosmetics Haul

High Street make up has really upped it’s game in the last year or so, foundation wise there are now many brands that offer so many more shades plus they are now keeping on top with all the current trends offering many dupes at a more affordable prices.

I recently did a massive shopping spree at NYX cosmetics to see if their products were as good as I’ve heard. Here is everything I bought and all the details.

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Total Control Drop Foundation £14.00

This is like no other foundation I own, it has a dropper applicator which you can dot on the back of your hand or a make up plate and then apply. The £14.00 is for 0.43 fl. oz/ 13ml. which size wise is a little on the small size, the shade I have is porcelain and the range has a massive 30 different shades to choose from.

Formula wise this is very light and almost like a water solution. It applies well and I like the option of having a more sheer coverage but being able to build to a more full base with a few more drops of product. The shade is a very good match to my skin, the formula stays seamless as you build up and blend.

Word of warning if you are using a beauty blender or sponge to apply (due to the product being more water based) a lot of the foundation does get soaked up but the overall effect of the foundation once applied is beautiful. 

NYX Full Coverage Concealer £6.00

Available in 14 shades including colour correcting these pots contain 7g of thick, creamy concealer. These have good coverage power and covered all my dark circles immediately. The formula is easy to blend and I feel it lasted well throughout the day with only minor creases which were easily buffed out.

The only thing to throw me off was the shade. I ordered Porcelain, what looked like the same shade as the foundation but it is actually about two shades darker. I also found due to the strong coverage it looks a bit thick over the drop foundation. I will be using this with other thicker foundations.

It’s a nice concealer but not one of my favourites, I will be using this pot but not repurchasing.

Matte Bronzer £8.00

NYX Bronzer

I ordered the bronzer in light (5 shades available) as a lot of bronzer’s especially high street can come up orange on my fair skin. I’m a hoola lite girl.

This one is on the warm side but if I’m careful with the amount I use it looks good. The pan gets a little dusty but this is to be expected with bronzer. I was able to blend this really well during application and I found the overall effect to give a natural glow.

I will be using this a little bit more before deciding whether to buy again although so far so good.

Lid Lingerie Palette £9.00

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Six shades for £9.00 is a pretty good deal and they all compliment each other really well to create a look. This is a great day to day palette as you have all the shades available to create a neutral look perfect for the workplace or in my case school run. I don’t want to scare anyone with a bright look before 9am.

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The shades blend well and can be built up to achieve a more smokey look. I’m impressed by how much I have reached for this for my daily look.

Glitter Goals Liquid Eyeshadow £8.00

nyx glitter goals / swatches

I picked two of shades from the 8 available thinking these may be a great dupe for the Stila Magnificent Metals.

My favourite has to be the gold shade called Pin Up (the purple is retrograde). Both look quite sheer when they apply but once dried their reflective ability makes them look opaque on the eye. They don’t have as much glitter as the Stila but for a more affordable option do the job nicely. They are very smooth and don’t feel gritty on the eye whilst apply successfully over powder eye shadow without lifting of taking away your hard work. I will be buying more colours from the range and hope they expand it to more then 8.

Worth The Hype Mascara £9.00

The Worth The Hype mascara claims to be lengthening and volumizing and I feel like it achieves both these tasks. The wand is just the right level of thickness, I was able to coat nearly every lash with a few swoops whilst able to go into more detail on the corners without making a mess.

The product builds very naturally and I didn’t get any clumping as I added each coat. I was pleasantly surprised by this and it has been another item I have been keeping in my day to day bag.

Machinist Highlighting Duo £10.00

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One of the most expensive pieces from my haul and the one I least like. I bought the Ignite combo as it seemed like the lightest shade there and it has just been a flop since the start.

I’ll be honest I think it’s me and I’m using them wrong but the darker highlight is way too dark for my complexion looking a bit like shimmery mud and the lighter one is a bit too unicorn for me personally.

Nyx Machinist Duo Highlighter swatched

The formula is lovely, soft, creamy, easy to apply. When put together the shades compliment each other really well and blend like a dream. (Maybe I using it wrong because when I apply it just doesn’t suit my face).

High Definition Blush £6.00

I’m not really big into blush and don’t collect loads. The High Definition I purchased was in the shade Coraline which is a nice orange/ coral shade as i don’t have many of this colour and thought I would try something new.

I was impressed with the pan size, for £6.00 I have the feeling this will last me a while. The colour is pretty and can be applied lightly for a nice glow to the cheeks. If built up it will also achieve a more striking look.

Another product that has been added to my day to day bag as it applies well and is easily carried around without taking up a lot of space in my bag.

Soft Matte Lip Cream £6.00

NYX soft matte lip cream

Lastly, my favourite purchase from my Haul. I bought both Amsterdam (Red) and Stockholm (Nude) and they have saved my lips through the Autumn/ Winter period.

The formula is matte but they are no where near as drying as a full liquid lip. They do not dry down completely and leave transfer but they give the dry matte effect I love without being as harsh to my lips.

The shades they have available in this collection is amazing I may start buying all my nudes in this formula. I find them so easy to apply, the shades are fully opaque with one swipe and they dry down quickly.

One of my favourites available on the High Street I will be purchasing more from the range.

There you have it, everything I bought from NYX cosmetics. Do you have a favourite NYX product I haven’t mentioned? Let me know down below and we can start the conversations.

Next post will be Friday, have a lovely week everyone.

Kate x

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Essence Haul

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Essence : A First Impressions

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A recent trip to Wilko had me doing two things, one buying a lot of cute stationary and two taking a look at the essence make up range, buying a bulk of it to come home and engross myself in new products. I managed to get my hands on enough products to try a full face of Essence and here are my thought.

Essence soft touch mousse foundation £3.80

First thing to note is the shade range is minimal (there were only five at my local Wilko) Apart from this being completely the wrong shade the mousse texture is surprisingly nice, soft, smooth and applied well with my beauty blender. For me this is an very light coverage foundation which I would use on a “good skin day” and needed little coverage but a bit of a boost in glow. It struggled to cover pigmented areas of my skin and small blemishes but on clearer parts of my face it settled nicely.

Essence 16h long – lasting concealer £2.50

Again the shade range was not really as it should be since high street brands have really been upping their game with this recently.

Usually I apply my concealer around the areas of my face and blend afterwards but this was made slightly difficult as the formula dries quickly. Blending really became a task, the more I blended the more patchy it became and I was left with the areas where it had dried being more highlighted then others.

Essence Nude Faces eye shadow palette £4.00

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Inside are ten nude shades, five being matte and the other five metallic which for £4 is very reasonable.

Usage wise I found the eye shadows hard work! The mattes are very dusty and due to this have little colour payoff so you really have to build and blend up the colour which took a lot of time and effort. The metallic’s worked a lot better, although the formula was a lot more oily then other metallic’s I’ve used I didn’t have to work as hard as with the matte shades. Having the metallic shades available in the palette was how I held my eye look for the day together and made it a bit more bearable (Sorry).

Essence Lash Princess mascara £3.00

Before buying I had heard good things about Essence mascara and was hoping I’d love it.

The lash princess said to give lashes “sculpted volume” with a fanned out edge.

The applicator is curved which helped to grab and lift my lashes in one easy swoop and from root to tip. The wand was not saturated with product when I removed it which made coating even and not in the slightest bit clumpy. I really liked this mascara as I felt my lashes were given the boost they needed without being needing to curl, the dark colour and lack of clumping gave my lashes the illusion of great length. I was happy with how they turned out.

Essence Kajal pencil (£1.00)

I have been needing a white eyeliner and at £1.00 this is just what I was looking for. The colour is nice, the pencil is easy to use, soft, ensuring it glides on. It stayed on my waterline for a lot longer then I expected. Overall I will be continuing to use the pencil and I would even buy more in other shades.

Essence Matt Touch Blush £1.00

Has a nice range of colours available (the colour shown is 20 – berry me up), as with the matte eye shadows this does apply chalky and there will be a lot of dust. I also thought the colour was a lot brighter when applied to how it appeared in the pan which took me by surprise. Not one of my favourites or something I will be using again it was just to messy for a colour that I was not expecting.

Essence Holo Wow! stick £3.50

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Even as I write this I cannot make my mind up as to whether I love or hate this highlighting stick!

It’s a cream based highlighter with pink coloured undertones which glides on and blends out effortlessly whilst giving you an unbelievable reflective glow. I really, really like the effect but I can’t help feeling like I’ve crawled out of my eight year old niece’s make up box and transformed into a unicorn. It is safe to say I am just to old to use this product without looking like I am trying really hard to be current.

Essence Colour Boost liquid lipstick £2.80

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The liquid lip formula is thick and sticky, the colour is pretty but it applies streaky. As this is a vinyl effect the liquid does not dry down and therefore continuously has to be reapplied after eating and drinking etc. A little to high maintenance for me.

It is safe to say Essence has not really worked out for me although I will be holding on to the mascara and eyeliner I will be gifting the other items to my niece as she will love all the glitter and I think they are great products for her to start out with.

Let me know your thoughts on the Essence brand, have you found anything that works great for you? I’d love to know if anyone’s experience has been different to mine.

Next post will be Friday.

Kate x

The Good, The bad and the Really Good! Latest Revolution Spree

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A couple of months ago I popped into Superdrug and accidentally drop a bomb of money on a few Revolution products. Having never used the brand before I bought a range of products to test out as I wanted to really see if there was something I liked as their prices are so affordable.

I’m going to start with the product everyone has raved about recently and that is the Conceal and Define concealer. The basics are, it is £4.00 for 4 grams/ 0.14 fl oz and has a large shade range of 16 colours available (if you can get your hands on them). The shade I purchased was C2 which is not as light as I normally go for but C1 was out of stock. There is a lot of hype around this stating it rivals the Tarte shape tape which will cost you £22.00.

I’ve been using this for a few weeks and it has become my favourite concealer, the coverage is amazing. I can wake up with the darkest of circles under my eyes and feel confident that this product will cover them with no trouble. The consistency is lightweight, it blends like a dream without lifting the foundation underneath and once set with powder will last throughout the day. I’ve also used this for a cut crease as the coverage is there and its very easy to apply/blend. For £4.00 it’s a total must have.

Another product in my over flowing basket was the Soph x ultra eye shadow palette (this is the first release as I now know she has creates another palette with revolution that has recently gone on sale). For £10.00 it has twenty for shade with colours ranging from neutrals, a few warm shades and a good few foils. To look at I do like the setup of the palette and feel you have the option to create many looks with the colours available.

The shadows have a nice texture that blends well although the neutrals I did have to build up to get desired effect as they were very light on my skin. In comparison the brighter shades need little building as the colours are very strong. The foils were not as bold as I would have liked, they definitely perform better when using a wet brush or your finger but I would have liked more pop!! I think this is on the right price point, not one of my favourite palettes but you can get a good look and due to it size it was the only palette I took on holidays.

As we are currently talking palettes I also bought the Blush Goddess palette because you know.. I am one (a goddess that is not a blush). This contains eight shades two peach toned blushes and two pink toned blushes with four highlight colours along the top row all for £6.00.

I have used this a couple of times and again it is not one of my favourites. The blush colours are very subtle which I don’t mind to much as I do prefer to build my blush rather than look like I’ve been attacked with Krusty the Clowns’ make up gun. The blush does sit on the skin well, the colours are nice looking and I was able to blend them well, I am just against the powder flying everywhere when you dip the brush in the pan. It’s not awful though and I will be using these blush shades again.

The four highlighter shades are lovely to look at in the pan but didn’t do much for me. The first two colours when used I find hard to tell any difference between them (I think one has a more purple undertone). and the other two are just not for my skin type. As with the blush I think they may have gone a bit OTT with the talc because you will go up in a puff of smoke when you use these minus the genie three wishes. Due to their texture I didn’t like the way the highlight was on my skin it added texture and that is not something I wish to be highlighting.

In comparison the liquid highlighter is something I have fallen in love with! I purchased the Champagne colour and it really is complimentary to my fair skin tone. The applicator is a pipette and one drop is enough to have you golden so the 1.8ml will last ages. This colour is particularly reflective, giving a nice glow that can be subtle or built up to shining beacon.

Due to this being so easy to apply and blend onto the skin it has made me think about just using a liquid highlighter for the foreseeable. At just £6.00 this is up there with the concealer, being an item I now use whenever I do my make up routine.

My last two products I bought were complete impulse buys, the retro luxe matte lip kit in Grandee (£6.00) because you can never have enough lip kits in your life and the luxury powder in banana (£5.00).

The Lip kit I have no complaints with although I cannot comment on the lip pencil as for some reason there wasn’t one present in the box.

Check your boxes before purchase people.

The liquid lipstick has an easy to use applicator which dispenses the colour to lips evenly and without being streaky. The dry down time is around one minute and it’s texture once dry is alike to many other matte liquid lips. It is not sticky in any way but will need reapplying throughout the day once eaten or drinking. Over all this is a nice matte liquid lip for £6.00 it does what it needs to and looks pretty when applied. When I need to be a bit tighter with my make up funds I would purchase some more colours.

Moving on to my second impulse buy the luxury powder in Banana, I could not tell you why I even bought this. Before even purchasing this I know Banana powders are to yellow for me and make make me look like I’ve been projectile vomiting for a week so this is entirely the wrong shade. I may have lost my mind with this one, when I open my make up drawer and see it I shake my head and ask myself, “What in the hell did I do!”

Usage wise it is a screw top and the only place to put your product when using is in the screw top so a big mess follows wherever this powder goes. The product applies well and is ideal for baking and catching eye shadow fall out. It brushes away easily and leaves a light veil of powder that would add nicely to concealer highlight if it was the correct shade. Throughout the day I do feel like this did build up in my pores ever so slightly and made them even more visible so it won’t be going down on my hit list or must haves but if you only needed your make up to last about three or four hours this could help with oil control.

To sum up the conceal and define is a holy grail and not to be ignored, the liquid highlighter is another favourite of mine and is great if you really want to glow your face up. The soph x eye shadow palette is a good option for the price range and has a lot of looks available from the colours, I will also be purchasing a few more colours in their retro luxe matte lip kit collection as again for the price they are worth it. Massive no’s have been the luxury powder and the blush palette as they are just to messy for me to deal with.

What are your thoughts and feelings on Revolution? I love a good high street brand but often find they can be hit or miss with certain items. Have you tried any of their other products not mentioned that I need to add to my drawers? Let me know in the comment section below. I also spend a lot of my days on twitter talking life, make up  and beauty so you can also find me there @Katesbeautyhome.

All products mentioned are linked down below.

Next post will be Friday.

Kate x

Links

Revolution Conceal and Define  – https://www.superdrug.com/Make-Up/Face/Concealer/Revolution-Conceal-and-Define-Concealer-C2/p/751533

Revolution Sophx Palette – https://www.superdrug.com/Make-Up/Eye-Makeup/Eye-Shadow/Revolution-Soph-X-Eyeshadow-Palette/p/743038?gclid=EAIaIQobChMI-uTO482j3AIV1IbVCh2NgwhpEAkYASABEgKwlvD_BwE&gclsrc=aw.ds&dclid=CIjYgOnNo9wCFWgD0wod_CgNVA

Revolution Liquid Highlighter  – https://www.superdrug.com/Makeup-Revolution-Liquid-Highlighters/Revolution-Liquid-Highlighter-Champagne/p/741511

Revolution Blush Palette – https://www.superdrug.com/B-Blusher-and-Bronzer/Revolution-Blush-Palette-Blush-Goddess/p/704808

Revolution Luxury Powder – https://www.superdrug.com/B-Contouring-and-Highlighting/Revolution-Luxury-Banana-Powder/p/716130

Revolution Matte lip kit  – https://www.superdrug.com/Makeup-Revolution-Retro-Luxe-Lip-Kits-Matte/Revolution-Retro-Luxe-Lip-Kits-Matte-Grandee/p/716634

Tarte Shape Tape – https://tartecosmetics.com/EU/en_GB/makeup/face/concealer/shape-tape-contour-concealer/836.html?gclid=EAIaIQobChMIoKm3wsmj3AIVb7vtCh0sXgG0EAAYASAAEgJ5oPD_BwE&gclsrc=aw.ds

E.L.F Making Me High Street Happy

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I believe I may have been living under a rock for the last ten years as I have never taken the time to try any E.L.F cosmetics.

Until NOW!!

I had recently been browsing their website and thought to myself I may as well try some of this stuff out, so I ordered a bundle of different things to try out.

1. E.L.F Brush Shampoo (£4.50) – A clear shampoo to be used with water to clean all your make up brushes.

For me this did some of the job, on fan brushes and brushes used for lighter products this worked a gem and cleaned them right up, but for eyeshadow brushes and blush or anything where you have used stronger colours it did not remove all the discolouration.

It has a neutral smell with no chemicals and is very gentle to the brush itself leaving it with a soft fluffy texture.

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2. E.L.F Flawless Finish Foundation in Light Ivory (£7.50) – It is really surprising the range of foundation colours E.L.F has to offer for a high street brand. Normally I use a whitener to lighten my foundations but the Light Ivory was the perfect shade.

This formula is light and you really feel like you aren’t wearing anything at all. It blends smoothly and takes other products well.

Coverage is subtle, it’s a foundation I’d use for day to day wear when I don’t need something so full on. This would feel great when your on a good skin day as it enhances your skin more then covers the cracks. It has SPF 15 which is an added bonus when it’s such a high street price.

Recommendation wise, if you have good skin and want to show it off and if your not so into the full coverage look, this is definitely something to try out.

3. E.L.F Baked Highlighter in Moonlight Pearls (£5.00) – One thing I love in life is a bright ass highlight! As much as I wanted to love this (the colour in the pan looks so shiny) I just don’t.

The colour pay off is just not there and it is way too subtle for me, you can build the powder up to gain a stronger effect but this takes time and effort.

On the plus it has a really soft, creamy texture, blends well on the skin and creates little mess in the pan. Again like the foundation it is great for a subtle everyday look (I will be using mine as a body highlight).

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4. E.L.F Hydrating Face Primer (£7.50) – This is by far my favourite thing of the bundle! A clear liquid primer that has a gel like texture and feels extremely moisturising in a non greasy/oily way.

Considering this gives a matte finish it feels almost sticky on the skin (not Winnie the Pooh stuck in his honey jar sticky but tacky). I felt it gave a plump to my skin and made it feel super smooth.

Due to the texture it left on my skin once I added foundation it stayed in place all day. DID NOT MOVE!

For the price tag this is a great product that I will probably choose over my M.A.C primer and begin to use daily with or without make up.

5. E.L.F Lip Primer & Plumper (£4.50) – So this comes as a lip duo with one end of the stick being the primer and the other being the plumper and it is strange to say the least.

The primer is written on the box as a natural colour so I was assuming a light beige but no it is yellow. Yes LaLa Teletubbies yellow!

Despite the colour it isn’t bad and prepped my lips lovely before lip liner and lipstick. It helped create an even finish and prevented bleeding. I do advise exfoliating the lips before hand as if the skin is dry the primer will crack when applied, but I did like the effects of the primer side.

Here we get to the plumper side and I am about to sound like I need committing as it is really not going to make sense. As stated in the box the plumper is actually clear so we started well.

The smell is so strong “the husband” refused to come near me with it on. I think it’s aniseed smelling but I’m not sure. And despite my husbands repulsion, I love the smell (I think it’s a bit marmite for people love/hate).

Application became even more strange when I was expecting the product to tingle as with many other plumpers. No this thing feels like a wasps nest is living on your lips. It stings and don’t really feel there was much plumping going on but (and this may suggest something about my psyche) I love it but not for the faint hearted.

As I stated before I must have been living under a rock to have not tried E.L.F cosmetics before. They are great value for money and very fun to try. I have found some staple products and can’t wait to try more.

Let me know what you think in the comments or on twitter @KateL564.

Kate x

Links

www.eyeslipsface.co.uk