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NYX lip cream in Copenhagen review

I have found a new love in the form of lip creams. NYX, where have you been all my life? The NYX Soft Matte Lip Cream collection features a wonderful variety of 19 shades, each quirkily named after a capital city (I think that is pretty cool myself). My first adventure with the collection? Well, no other than the wonderful NYX Lip Cream Copenhagen.

Now, the soft matte lip cream is a tad confusing, it is not quite a lip gloss and not quite a lipstick. It is, in itself, a wonderful combination of velvet textured application, immensely pigmented and vivid colour, with a sensationally bold matte finish. At the end of the day, what is not to love?

Oh, and as for the colour of Copenhagen, it is to die for, almost like a burnt burgandy shade. Although it is very stand out – for all the right reasons may I add – it works in the daytime as well as the night, encouraging an array of complementary comments and questions. Yes, it really IS a fiver.

 

So, how do I feel about the NYX lip cream in Copenhagen?

However, this vivacious beauty product has a slight flaw when it comes to its lasting power, it isn’t amazing but it is in no way terrible. Considering the absolute steal when it comes to the price of the product, one can hardly complain. A few silky smooth applications throughout the day and this can be quickly overlooked.

Another wonder of this lip cream is that unlike many other similar products, it does not dry out your lips! How it can leave a pristine matte finish and hydrated lips is a tad baffling, it would seem that the lip cream gods and goddesses at NYX are certainly doing something right!

The NYX website is currently being revamped, but fear not, you can grab your own lip cream at SelfridgesBoots or ASOS.

Unfortunately, for now at least, this is as close to the city of Copenhagen as I am going to get. It would appear that my wanderlust will have to be satisfied with more NYX lip creams, but that is hardly a bad deal, is it?

Have you tried any of the NYX Lip Creams? Which shade is your favourite?

Stephanie xox

Urban Decay Vice4 Palette

Urban Decay Vice4 Palette review

I fell in love with the VICE4 Eye Shadow Palette by Urban Decay  the moment I saw it, referencing my desperate need for it in time for Christmas.

Well, my Christmas wishlist was well and truly satisfied, as thankfully, I am blessed with a wonderful boyfriend who (reluctantly he ensured to add) bought it for me and surprised me with it on Christmas day!

The limited edition VICE4 Palette is just beautiful, with “20 addictively gorgeous, never-before-seen shades of iconic eyeshadow.” I have said it before, and I will say it again, I love the mix of neutral and vivid tones, offering demure daytime to perfect-to-party looks in a flash.

It is truly a wonderfully colourful and vibrant palette. Unlike some other Urban Decay palettes, VICE4 handily comes with a huge mirror, double-ended shadow and crease brush and coordinating bag (even the casing and packaging makes my heart bleed, it is just so beautiful).

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So, what did I think of the Urban Decay VICE4 palette?

I have to admit, the shimmery greens (Grasshopper and Arctic) and orange (aptly named Flame) shades are my favourite, used alongside the flattering matte shade Framed. Although, with the variety of colours, the possibilities for different looks is endless. Check out some of mine here.

This is my favourite Urban Decay eyeshadow palette to date, even more so than the Naked ones. The variety of pigmented matte and shimmer shades just does it for me and they all blend together and remain on the face so perfectly.  I just need to get my eye make up application  down to a T!

What do you think of the VICE4 palette? Which Urban Decay palette is your favourite? 

Stephanie xox

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I’m always slightly dubious when a nail varnish company releases a makeup range. Saying this, I love Models Own as a brand. So, when I saw their Green Goddess Glitter Pencil, I kind of had to have it. Anything glittery, I want. It is becoming a serious problem…

These eyeliner pencils offer “instant glitz in seven shades”, dubbed by Models Own as “essential clubbing equipment.” This green glitter pencil is just lovely, a very highly pigmented and evidently, very sparkly eyeliner.

However, like many eyeliner pencils, I did find the application a little tricky at first. Heating the pencil over a candle flame for just a second, it glided on like a dream afterwards (do be wary not to burn yourself, scorched eyelids would just not be pleasant, allow some time to cool).

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The colour is a very deep, almost forest green, and unlike many other glitter eyeliners, the glitter does actually transition evenly and visually across your eyelid! It really does come out beautifully bold and bright. The smudging end is fabulous also, blending out to create a dramatic coloured smokey eye.

Each eyeliner pencil comes with its own smudger and sharpening end cap. You never realise how handy this is until you go without and you are desperately trying to get ready with the bluntest of eyeliner pencils!

Have you tried the Models Own makeup range? Would you go for this bold colour?

Stephanie xox

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When shopping around TK Maxx for makeup and clothes the other day I could not resist this cute trio of Hello Kitty lipsticks (there were more shades available in store but I could not justify the entire collection) alongside my now beloved Measurable Difference Face & Body Bronzer.

My Hello Kitty obsession has led to me purchasing an abundance of themed stationary, plush toys and crockery, so when I found Hello Kitty cosmetics I was very pleased with myself indeed.

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Considering the relatively low cost (from fifty pence to two pounds on sale), I found the lipsticks to be of a rather good quality and I selected a pink, brown and peach shade to take home with me.

The pink shade Baby Doll gives a lovely subtle shimmer, nice on its own or over a more bold lipstick. The brown shade Hittin The Block proves itself to be extremely bold, not really my colour as I am rather fair skinned but lovely on friends with a less pink skin tone (boo). Unfortunately, I found that the peach shade Urban Punk washed me out and proved to match my pale skin tone and hide my natural lip colour entirely!

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Some may find it tacky but I find the graffiti print packaging very cute (an infantile word but very appropriate). However, as these lipsticks are cheaper than other high street brand cosmetics the casing is a bit flimsy.

The iconic and adorable Hello Kitty faces atop the lipsticks really make them stand out from my other lipsticks upon my makeup organiser, a serious cute overload amidst the Mac, Soap & Glory and Rimmel.

Have you ever tried any Hello Kitty cosmetics? Which shade would you choose from the trio? 

Stephanie xox

W7 In The Nude-vert

Wandering around TK Maxx with my girl friends hunting out discount shoes recently our eyes crept towards the beauty products.

I have become a bit of a fiend when it comes to the discount store, seeking out makeup and delicious treats. I find that TK Maxx stock a lot of beloved UK brands as well as foreign, and all for a fraction of the cost (shipping fees are not kind when buying your makeup internationally).

Amidst Look Beauty, Physicians Formula and Calvin Klein cosmetics I found the tinned treasure which is the W7 In The Nude palette, a perfect Urban Decay Naked3 dupe.

This natural and nude eye colour palette is fantastic and  around a quarter to an eighth of the cost of the renowned Naked3 palette depending on where you purchase it.

The 12 shades come with a double ended applicator brush (the quality of the sponge applicator side is questionable, but the shades are so fabulous considering the price you cannot really complain) and include the following: Latte, Angel, Venice, Marilyn, Copper Pot, Sun Kissed, Alice, Bad Manners, Coffee Cup, Mud Slide, Tokyo and Fashionista.

My favourites have to be Latte and Copper Pot, the two compliment each other perfectly for a natural look with a little shimmer (glitter is a girls best friend, always).

W7 say themselves that the shades are “inspired” and the pigments are almost identical to the Naked2 palette. In The Nude is packed full of creamy colours, rich textures and a wonderful variety of matte and shimmery eye shadows.

W7 other palettes Lightly Toasted and In The Buff dupe Naked and Naked2, completing the copies of the original Urban Decay Naked trio.

I apply all my eye shadows with primer beforehand and find the In The Nude shadows last throughout the day or through the night (and we have some pretty wild nights out in Nottingham) without creasing or fading.

In my experience it lasts as long as my Urban Decay Book of Shadows Vol. II palette eyes shadows (I have adopted a friends but I am yet to invest in my own Naked palettes, impoverished student and all that).

In The Nude is available online at W7 here  and in some TK Maxx stores.

Are you a fan of dupe products? Which eye shadow brand is your favourite?

Stephanie xox

MyMix Foundation in Fair01

MyFace Cosmetics MyMix Foundation in Fair01 review

I find foundation to be the most basic and important product in any beauty regime, it can really make or break a look.

First step is to find the right colour for you. This is something I often struggle with, it would genuinely shock you the amount of money I have wasted with my naivety when on the hunt for the perfect foundation. The next step is deciding the type of foundation you want, be it liquid, powder of mouse. I opt for liquid, finding it to working better on my normal/dry skin.
I decided to try out MyFace Cosmetics MyMix Foundation in Fair01*. MyFace Cosmetics work via a simple and effective system when it comes to their products, placing them into one of three categories: fair, medium and medium/dark. With this in mind, they use well-known celebrities to give you an understanding of what tiers (labeled from 1 to 3, the latter being the darkest) you fall into within the category. I found this extremely helpful, matching my skin tone (Fair01) to the likes of Scarlett Johansson and Emma Watson in seconds.
I found the contents to be quite fluid and this was rather frustrating. This in mind, I applied the foundation using my finger tips and my well-loved ‘dot’ method (I shall show this one day!) and the coverage was lovely. It felt like a second skin with its matt finish and clean smell. After a day of wear it was still firmly on, and my skin looked bright and felt wonderfully smooth. I was amazed that it had not dried it out and left my face feeling hydrated.

So, did MyFace Cosmetics MyMix Foundation in Fair01 offer the healthy glow they promised?

My answer is yes!This is the perfect foundation for normal/dry/combination skin tones (I find liquid foundations on oily skin tend to wear off quickly but it may work with a primer). However, the ‘colour-correcting formula’ can only go so far. I believe the product to sufficiently reduce redness but am doubtful as to whether it would work as an entire cover up on acne prone skin.

I also adored the colour match method, it is as flawless as the foundation and guarantees a perfect match every time! The packaging is also a bonus, the tube is sleek, making it easy to slip into the smallest of bags. With impressive coverage and delightful texture, there is no need to worry about top ups!
You will feel the fairest of them all! If you are as pale as me that is…
 
Stephanie xox

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