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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).

Urban Decay Vice4 Look on Stephmulz

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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Rimmel Scandaleyes and Apocolips BIG Bang review

It has been a while since I treated myself to some new makeup (I say treated myself, the reality is that my mother pities me and my student poverty so bought me this trio) and after my flatmate Natalie got an amazing new Rimmel eye liner (which I kept borrowing) I just had to get one of my own.

Luckily, Boots were doing a 3 for the price of 2 offer (Is it just me or are the Boots Christmas time offers brilliant? So many points and discount combinations!) and I managed to nab the Scandaleyes Waterproof Gel Eye Liner in Black, Scandaleyes Mascara in Extreme Black and Apocolips in Big Bang.

I really like Rimmel as a more affordable and quality brand, especially for their eye products.

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So, what did I think of Rimmel Scandaleyes and Apocolips?

The Scandaleyes Mascara thickens and lifts lashes, the Extreme Black edition is very darkly pigmented, which I love. However, it may look a tad striking on those with lighter lashes. The MaxDensity™ brush is tapered in shape so lifts and volumises lashes. With this in mind, I tend to go over it afterwards with a straight brush to ensure no sign of clumping (I find clumps can happen with even the most expensive of mascaras). The formula includes collagen and keratin which plumps the lashes. I actually prefer this mascara to my Benefit They’re Real!, which seemed to dry out very quickly.

I would say the Scandaleyes gel eyeliner is for more experienced users as it comes as a pot and brush set.  The brush supplied is firm and the liner dark. The shape of the brush enables you to create thick and thin lines depending on your preference. It is also waterproof and I find it stays on throughout the day and doesn’t tend to smudge.

I have wanted an Apocolips Lip Lacquer for quite some time now and I adore their lovely matte texture. The shade I chose is Apocolips Big Bang and not only is it a lasting but it is a ridiculously bold red. It is just perfect for the festive season, nights out or for a more daring daytime look. However, be sure to keep your lips moisturised as I find mine often feel chapped in winter and cracked and dry lips never look good combined with a beautiful lipstick!

What is your favourite Rimmel product? What new makeup do you want this Christmas?

Stephanie xox

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I always get very excited when I find a new makeup brand to test out so I was delighted when I received this palette by Physicians Formula!

Physicians Formula is an American beauty company that is extremely ethical when it comes to skincare. All of their products have been created with sensitive skin in mind and are hypoallergenic meaning they do not irritate, are non-greasy and are given the dermatologists seal of approval!

I was gifted this beautiful Enhance Green Eyes palette (my eyes are in fact blue, but all of these colours are so beautiful and who can resist a good green eye shadow?) from the POP! Collection by my mother.

I have been rather stressed with my third year of university lately, so a beauty treat was in order apparently!

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My specific palette features nine colours, divided into ‘looks’ trios. These shades and colours include white, four shades of green, three shades of purple and black. These are placed alongside a professional eye shadow applicator, angled for “perfect blending and precise lining”.

Not only can you create a variety of looks with these bold and bright colours, they are also made to blend and can be used either dry or wet depending on how dramatic you desire your look to be.

I have fallen in love and will be investing in one of their more natural palettes in the near future. Have a look at the other Physicians Formula eye shadow palettes here.

What do you think of Physicians Formula? Do you like this POP! Collection palette?

Stephanie xox

Beautiful Brows Kit Before and After

Beautiful Brows Kit review

Beautiful Brows is a cosmetic company with the right ideals, knowing eyebrows to be ‘one of your most important assets’. A statement I agree with wholeheartedly.

The are dedicated to giving their customers the perfect eyebrow shape, definition and colour, manufacturing high quality and exclusive products for eyebrow maintenance and care. Something I believe to be essential to do as to frame the face and feel great!

The Beautiful Brows Kit* is their most popular product, an essential kit for any woman that contains the following items:

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So, what did I think of the BEAUTIFUL BROWS KIT?

  • Eyebrow powder – The powder is highly pigmented and does not crumble with use, giving a lovely rich colour with every use.
  • Three eyebrow shapes – The shapes are sleek, natural and bold reusable stencils to create your desired look, I opted for bold as I have quite naturally large eyebrows and wanted to maintain my own shape. These stencils give you the option to vary your look as you see fit and are each noticeably different in size.
  • Duo applicator brush – This labelled brush has a small and firm angled end and a soft rounded to create definition. I used the angled end first and the rounded afterwards to ensure even coverage across my brow.
  • Eyebrow highlighter – The highlighter is a soft and neutral shade to make your eyebrows stand out.
  • Highlighter brush – This labelled brush is soft, sweeping the highlighter under the brow to highlight the shape of the brows.
  • Soft grip tweezers – These tweezers are angled and made from stainless steel with a rubber casing to ensure precision when plucking your eyebrows into shape.
  • Magnifying mirror – The mirror is just perfect for doing your eyebrows on the go and contained within the kit.

All the above can be bought separately online and the kit is refillable so you can always keep the compact handy or take items out as you need them during the day! The compact is very sturdy so perfect for those always on the move.

The Beautiful Brows Kit is also offered in a variety of shades to match your eyebrows to your hair perfectly:

Beautiful Brows Kits Pigmented Colours

(Slate – blonde to fair, Light Brown – fair to medium, Dark Brown – medium to dark, Chocolate – dark and Black – black)

I opted for the Dark Brown as a person with auburn and brown hair and believed it to much perfectly, giving enough pigment to make my eyebrows really stand out. It was a good match, and as long as you follow the guide you should easily find your perfect shade for you.

Overall, I find this kit essential, it beats my eyebrow pencil any day and the powder is both long-lasting and wonderfully pigmented!

Do you do your eyebrows as part of your daily routine? What do you think of the Beautiful Brows kit? 

Stephanie xox

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This Beautiful Brows Kit was exchanged for an honest review