Nyx Ultimate Eye Shadow Palette – Warm Neutrals

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This is my new favourite daily eye shadow palette! 

This eye shadow palette boasts sixteen beautiful warm neutral shades with a variety of finishes. There is a lovely selection of shimmery and matte shades.

These shades are so interchangeable you can use countless combinations to achieve the desired look. Because of this, it has become my favourite daily palette and is perfect for travel due to it’s size!

Bottom Line: A perfect, travel sized daily palette with a large array of complementary colours and finishes!

Price: £16.00 @ Cult Beauty

Rating: *****

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#MOTD: Panic! At The Disco

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This is my makeup I wore to see Panic! at the Disco at the Motorpoint Arena in Cardiff!

I started off by tackling my eyebrows – I used my Goof Proof Brow Pencil in Dark to define and shape, and set my brows with the Ready! Set! Brow! clear gel – I’ve stopped using my L’Oreal Brow Artist brow gel when I’m drawing my eyebrows more defined.

For my eyes I did a gold cut crease over a grey smokey eye using my Urban Decay Naked 2 palette. For my crease I used Tease from my Naked 2 and blended out – I love using this shade to add warmth to my smokey eyes – and went over with Pistol and Blackout. I cut my crease using my NYX Concealer Jar in CJ01 – Porcelain, which helps define the cut of my crease and eyelid. I layered over the concealer my favourite shade from the Naked 2 – Bootycall!

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I then used my Kat Von D Ink Liner in trooper to do wings, and added my false eyelashes – as I didn’t want to go over the top for my gig with large eyelashes,  so I used my subtle Fleur de Force 3/4 lashes from Eylure. I used my Urban Decay Perversion mascara to blend my natural lashes to the falsies.

I did my usual; for my foundation I used the NYX Angel Veil primer to prime my skin ready, and used my NYX Stay Matte Not Flat in Ivory as my base. I used my Bourjois’ Blur The Lines concealer in Ivory under my eyes and as my highlighter. I used Bourjois’ Mat Illusion Bronzer in Hale Clair to define and contour my cheekbones and nose. I set my concealer and foundation using my Rimmel Stay Matte pressed powder in Transparent. To add my glow, I used my NYX Strobe of Genius palette in the light gold to highlight  along my cheekbones, nose, cupids bow and temples.

My lipstick is from my Sleek Makeup Matte Me Mini Collection – in the shade Birthday Suit! I then finished off using my Urban Decay All Nighter Setting Spray.

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#MOTD: Stunt Lads

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This is my makeup I wore to a small family meal whilst I was back in Cardiff!

I started off by tackling my eyebrows – I used my Goof Proof Brow Pencil in Dark to define and shape, and set my brows with the Ready! Set! Brow! clear gel.

For my eyes I did a rose gold smokey eye, using my Urban Decay Naked 2 palette, my Clionadh Cosmetics highlighter, and my Sleek i-Divine Eye Palette in Storm. For my crease I used Tease from my Naked 2 and blended out – I love using this shade to add warmth to my smokey eyes. I used the shade Snow Storm to define my inner eye, and as a base for my eyelid and layered Perfect storm on my outer eye lid and blended the two together, to create a transition shade. I layered my Slaine highlighter from Clionadh on top to add the rose gold sparkle to it. I used my Kat Von D Ink Liner in trooper to do wings, and added my false eyelashes – as I didn’t want to go full haul for the meal I used my Fleur de Force 3/4 lashes from Eylure. I used my Urban Decay Perversion mascara to blend my natural lashes to the falsies.

For my foundation I used the NYX Angel Veil primer to prime my skin ready, and used my NYX Stay Matte Not Flat in Ivory as my base. I used my Bourjois’ Blur The Lines concealer in Ivory under my eyes and as my highlighter. I used Bourjois’ Mat Illusion Bronzer in Hale Clair to define and contour my cheekbones and nose. I set my concealer and foundation using my Rimmel Stay Matte pressed powder in Transparent. To add my glow, I used my Clionadh Cosmetics Llyr to highlight using both the pink and blue shade – as it matched my top, along my cheekbones, nose, cupids bow and temples.

My lipstick is from my Sleek Makeup Matte Me Mini Collection – in the shade Birthday Suit! As usual, I set it all using my Urban Decay All Nighter Setting Spray.

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NYX Lip Lingerie Lipstick – Exotic

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Firstly, the colour is very pigmented, vivid, and applies insanely easily!

This lipstick, just like their Liquid Suede Cream lipsticks have staying power to some extent – giving vivid lip colour for a few hours.

This lipstick applies easily and with great coverage – although it can get patchy if you layer it on too thickly so easy does it! It lasts for a few hours before getting clumpy and smudging. It can withstand eating and drinking to some extent with only minimal touch up – I was able to devour a pizza and it still look presentable!

Bottom Line: Just like their Liquid Suede siblings, they’re a perfect drugstore equivalent to other liquid lipsticks!

Price: £6.50 @ Cult Beauty

Rating: ****

#MOTD – Gig time!

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This is my makeup I wore to see Bring Me The Horizon at the Bournemouth International Centre!

For my eyes I did a cut crease, as they’re my favourite at the moment, using my Urban Decay Naked 2 palette. For my crease I used Tease and blended out, and layered Busted over the top and blended that out too. I used the shade Blackout to define the outer corners, and to define my crease.

I whited out my eyelids using my NYX Concealer Jar in CJ01 – Porcelain, which helps define the cut of my crease and eyelid. I set the concealer using my Rimmel Stay Matte pressed powder in Transparent. On top of my eyelid I used YDK and Verve– to create a silvery, pale pink shade. I used my Kat Von D Ink liner in Trooper to create a classic wing.

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I added my falsie, which were my Eylure x Fleur De Force Fleur Loves 3/4 lashes, full review here – these are my fave for not looking OTT! I used my Urban Decay Perversion mascara to blend my natural lashes to the falsies. For my eyebrows I opted to draw them in, using my Benefit Goof Proof pencil in Dark, and my Ready, Set Brow! in clear.

For my foundation I used the NYX Angel Veil primer to prime my skin ready, and used my NYX Stay Matte Not Flat in Ivory as my base. I used my Bourjois’ Blur The Lines concealer in Ivory under my eyes and as my highlighter. I used Bourjois’Mat Illusion Bronzer in Hale Clair to define and contour my cheekbones and nose. I set my concealer and foundation using my Rimmel Stay Matte pressed powder in Transparent. To add my glow, I used my NYX Strobe of Genius palette to highlight using the light shimmery shade, 4th shade clockwise from top left, along my cheekbones, nose, cupids bow and temples.

My lipstick is the amazing Studded Kisses by Kat Von D in Magick – I love this lipstick as it is a beautiful shade with a purple tint and glitter!! As usual, I set it all using my Urban Decay All Nighter Setting Spray and it lasted the entire gig!

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NYX – Strobe of Genius Palette

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My favourite highlighting palette for day to day glow!

The palette, unlike the Solstice highlighter palette from Sleek,  doesn’t come with it’s own brush applicator –  so I use my Eco tools fan brush as it’s narrow enough to get the smaller pans. When applied using my fan brush these highlighters have great pigment and don’t come off too strong from the get go – allowing me to build my desired glow!!

These highlighters are all powders and come in a variety of shades – my two favourites are the purple one as it reminds me of Moon Child, and the light golden shade! The pink shades are so pigmented you can use them as a blush and get a lovely rose shimmer.

The packaging is functional and very sleek, but sadly doesn’t contain a mirror or a brush for on the go application – which would have given it a 5 star rating!

Bottom Line: One of my favourite highlighter palettes for day looks!!

Price: £15 from Cult Beauty

Rating: ****

#MOTD: Vamp

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This is my makeup I wore to my local quiz at Sixty Million Postcards – so excited my team came 4th out of 22!

For my eyes I did a cut crease, that wasn’t so darkly defined, using my Urban Decay Naked 2 palette. For my crease I used Tease and blended out, and layered Snakebite over the top and blended that out too. I used Blackout to define the outer corners. Using my NYX Concealer Jar in CJ01 – Porcelain, I cut my crease and eyelid, setting it using my Rimmel Stay Matte pressed powder in Transparent. On top of my eyelid I used Bootycall – I’m currently obsessed with this shade – it is such a lovely glittery, pale gold shade.

I added my falsies – this time it was my Eylure x Fleur De Force Fleur Loves 3/4 lashes, full review here! I used my Urban Decay Perversion mascara to make my eyelashes blend. For my eyebrows I opted to not draw them in, instead I used L’Oreal’s Brow Artist Plumper in Dark to define and set them without going over top.

For my foundation I used the NYX Angel Veil primer to prime my skin ready, and used my NYX Stay Matte Not Flat in Ivory as my base. I used my Bourjois’ Blur The Lines concealer in Ivory under my eyes and as my highlighter. I used Bourjois’Mat Illusion Bronzer in Hale Clair to define and contour my cheekbones and nose. I set my concealer and foundation using my Rimmel Stay Matte pressed powder in Transparent. To add my glow, I used my NYX Strobe of Genius palette to highlight using the light shimmery shade, 4th shade clockwise from top left, along my cheekbones, nose, cupids bow and temples.

My lipstick is the amazing NYX Liquid Suede in Cherry Skies – my ultimate favourite shade. I set it all using my Urban Decay All Nighter Setting Spray – I swear by this spray! It is so good for nights out or long days!

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#MOTD: My Essential Products

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These are the products I cannot bear to live without, and are a constant staple in my makeup bag!

Starting off is my base. I always use NYX’s Angel Veil as my primer – it helps keep my makeup flawless and is a stable base. I have dry and combo skin, and I find it perfect for me – it does however leave a silicon type feel which might put others off. My foundation is NYX Stay Matte But Not Flat in Porecelain, and use NYX Dark Circle Concealer in Fair (which is a perfect Pixi Correction Concentrate Brightening Peach dupe!) under my eyes and on my eyelids. If I feel I need extra coverage I can always rely on Bourjois’ Healthy Mix and Blur The Lines concealer. The former is for light coverage days, and the latter is perfect for high coverage due to it’s thick creamy formula!

For my cheeks I’ll either use Benefit’s Rockateur or Bourjois’ Little Round Pot Blusher in Rose Frisson or Healthy Mix. I mix it up depending on my chosen lip colour and desired look. My highlighters change daily but they’re always from NYX’s Strobe of Genius palette. For more glam looks I use my Sleek’s Solstice Palette as I find that these are more pigmented – review of which you can find here.

For a daily look I go nude eyelids – or a rose gold if I’m feeling fancy – with black cat eyeliner for which I use Kat Von D’s Ink Liner in Trooper. I curl my lashes daily and use Urban Decay’s Perversion mascara on my top lashes and the Bourjois’ Volume Glam Ultra Curl on my lower lashes. I define my eyebrows using NYX’s Eyebrow Push Up Bra, as the colour is a universal match – so it suits everyone! I set them using L’Oreal’s Brow Artist Plumper, which is a fibre infused gel so it adds a bit more definition and volume as it sets!

To finish it all off I use my MAC Viva Glam Ariana Grande 2 lipglass (review you can find here!), as it gives a subtle pink/mauve sheen or I use NYX Matte Lipstick in Sierra.

(All products mentioned have been linked to!)

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NYX Liquid Suede Cream Lipstick

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Top to Bottom; Tea & Cookies, Lifes a Beach, Cherry Skies, Vintage.

Firstly, absolutely beautiful vivid colours – and they’ve just released 11 new shades which are all to die for!

These lipsticks have staying power to some extent – when I have worn them they’ve lasted about 2 hours before bleeding along the lip line even when using a lip liner, which was very disappointing. My only one big downside on this product is that it goes clumpy when you try to touch it up, and the applicator can cause some trouble when trying to get a clean line – but nothing a bit of concealer can’t correct!

Bottom Line: Great drugstore equivalent to other liquid lipsticks though and that’s why I have bought 6 of these shades. My favourite is Cherry Skies!

Price: £6.50 @ Boots.com

Rating: ****