Nars Audacious Lipsticks | Anna & Barbara

I love lipsticks! And some of the nicest (and most expensive, eek) I’ve tried are these Nars Audacious Lipsticks. They definitely ooze luxury with their magnetic, sleek, black packaging, high impact pigmentation and velvety soft satin feel. I also love that they are named after women’s names! How cool is that?! I wish there was a ‘Nicole’ but sadly not; although I was able to buy my best friend Natalie her namesake lipstick from the collection which was so cute.

Whilst they don’t possess an impressive lasting power they are just so beautiful to wear and apply, with a pretty, slightly glossy finish, that I don’t really mind. I think I’ve got used to being slightly spoilt by matte liquid lipsticks in regards to longevity and really it’s unfair to compare them as they are entirely different formulas and products. What you’re getting with these is a high pigment, luxurious and comfortable satin lipstick.

Anyway, I’ll get on to showing you the colours! If you’re even considering splashing out this much on a lipstick you’ll want to know exactly what to expect from the colours and whether they’ll suit you. I currently have two from the collection: ‘Anna’ and ‘Barbara’.

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Nars Audacious Lipsticks // Left: Anna. Right: Barbara.

 

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Wearing Nars Audacious Lipstick in Anna
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Wearing Nars Audacious Lipstick in Barbara

Barbara is an ultra wearable browny/pinky nude colour meanwhile Anna is definitely a more bold choice being a purple/mauve shade. I find Anna difficult to wear if I’m honest but it’s such a beautiful colour. I’ve just not found the perfect way to pull it off yet. Whereas Barbara I could easily wear every day… but I won’t because it’s far too precious I don’t want it to get used up quickly!

Have you got any Audacious lipsticks? Which is your favourite colour?

Love Nicole xxxx

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New Urban Decay Vice Lipsticks | Naked, Uptight & Backtalk Swatches

I couldn’t resist buying a few of these new Urban Decay Vice lipsticks! The new launches from Urban Decay cover 100 shades in 6 finishes: Metallized, Cream, Sheer, Sheer Shimmer, Comfort Matte and Mega Matte. I chose two Comfort Mattes and a Cream to try out first from this new launch. These are the first Urban Decay lip products I have tried and I really love them. You can purchase them from the Urban Decay website and Feel Unique, among others.

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Urban Decay Vice Lipstick in Naked (Cream) | Uptight (Comfort Matte) | Backtalk (Comfort Matte)
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Uptight | Naked | Backtalk

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Urban Decay Vice Lipstick in Naked (Cream finish)
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Urban Decay Vice Lipstick in Uptight (Comfort Matte)
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Urban Decay Vice Lipstick in Backtalk (Comfort Matte)

 

I especially love the Comfort Matte formula and the colours I chose (Backtalk is ❀ )! The Comfort Matte is not a true matte so it remains comfortable, as the name would suggest, on the lips and retains a slight sheen but is definitely not glossy or shiny. The Cream finish is one of those that is super easy to apply and feels smooth and hydrating while having great pigmentation. I’m sure I’ll be adding more from the range to my collection in the not so far off future! As I hoped, these are a gorgeous cruelty-free alternative to my beloved MAC lipsticks.

A word on the packaging: I am not totally in love with it. It’s quite typically Urban Decay with a bit of quirk and some colour but I prefer a more traditional MAC style lipstick design if I’m honest. However, that’s definitely not enough to put me off buying more as the formulas are fantastic and they are still pretty in their own way. πŸ™‚

Love Nicole xxxx

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NYX Collection, Swatches & Quick Reviews

Since NYX has become more readily available in the UK I seem to have amassed quite a collection. I think they offer great products at an affordable price, as well as being cruelty-free unlike so many other affordable high street brands.

The below picture shows most of the products but I discovered a few more I’d forgotten after taking it lol! I didn’t realise how much NYX stuff I had oops. xD

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I’m going to start with Lip Products as they are probably my favourites!

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NYX Soft Matte Lip Cream in Monte Carlo
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NYX Soft Matte Lip Cream in Stockholm

These two are in the Soft Matte Lip Cream Formula. This was the first lip formula I tried from NYX and it’s pretty good. They’re a light, fluffy, velvety texture which means they don’t dry to what I would consider a fully matte finish, but that isn’t necessarily a bad thing. They retain a light sheen and don’t dry out the lips. Longevity is not their strong point; they will wear off much like a normal lipstick and because of the way they dry they wear off evenly and are less likely to leave any horrible flaky patches. They surprised me with the intensity of pigmentation however and they have a lovely colour range. I feel they’re a good product for beginners or people that just want easy application and minimal upkeep.

 

Would I recommend? Yes

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NYX Liquid Suede in Tea and Cookies

 

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NYX Liquid Suede in Soft Spoken

 

These are in the Liquid Suede formula and I really love these! Unlike some other formulas you definitely don’t need a lip liner underneath these as the formula is so lovely and creamy that it doesn’t cling to any dry patches. I think this is my favourite formula for comfort and the finished look; however it does seem to take ages to dry down and because of this it is open to smudging. I wish Liquid Suedes came in the colour range of the Lip Lingeries because I just love my nude colours ❀ Similar to the Soft Matte Lip Creams, I wouldn’t say they dry completely matte but I’m discovering I prefer this to extremely matte products which can look so harsh and dry.

Would I recommend? Yes

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NYX Lip Lingerie in Lace Detail

 

This is from the Lip Lingerie range which has the most amazing shades that are right up my street. In the image I am just wearing the product without lip liner; I definitely think this product fairs better when layered on top of balm and lip liner as it looks and feels very dry otherwise! Alone this product has a much more matte appearance than the Soft Matte Lip Creams and Liquid Suedes which is probably why I feel the need to layer it over liner to escape that flaky, dry finish.

Would I recommend? Yes, for the beautiful shade range and as long as you’re willing to take the time to layer liner underneath

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NYX Matte Lipstick in Natural
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NYX Matte Lipstick in Euro Trash

 

Next are these Matte Lipsticks in Natural and Euro Trash. It confuses me slightly how on earth ‘Natural’ is in any way, shape or form a natural lip colour; I expected it to be a nude colour but it most definitely leans towards being purple! Euro Trash is a gorgeous colour and the closest dupe I’ve found so far to my beloved MAC Velvet Teddy. However, it falls short on the formula compared to MAC’s beautiful creamy consistency. That’s not to say I dislike these lipsticks though; they have good colour, easy to apply and have a pretty, non-drying finish. I am not a fan of the packaging, I’ve got a feeling I’ll be likely to hit the top of the bullet on the lid as it’s just so flimsy and twisty somehow! Definitely cheap packaging but they’re hardly an expensive option so we can’t be too fussy πŸ˜‰

Would I recommend? Yes, they’re worth a try

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NYX Slide on Lip Liner in Sugar Glass

 

Here we have one of the Slide on Lip Pencil Liners. I really love these! They are so smooth and creamy so you can fill your lips in with relative ease. I don’t know if I would personally wear it on its own but you definitely could. I think the Lip Lingerie I have would work well over the top of this. Something I worry about with pencils is how well they will sharpen but this one sharpened well, no problems!

Would I recommend? Yes

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NYX Retractable Lip Liner in Nude

 

Now onto not such a great lip liner; the Retractable Lip Liner… I love retractable products. They work well for my laziness when it comes to sharpening so I thought I’d grab one of these as well as a Slide on Lip Liner (above) to compare. The Slide on Lip Liner wins hands down. This retractable one is just annoying. It’s a lovely formula, similarly creamy and a nice colour. However it’s SO creamy that it just does not work well as a retractable product. I was getting really annoyed using this as it would just break off using the necessary pressure to apply it hence it’s been very wasteful. Now I know this I will try to be careful not to twist too much out at a time but you’d have to twist it up multiple times to do your whole lips because as it’s so creamy it goes down super quickly. It’s just not worth it tbh and you’re better off buying the sharpenable slide on pencil; it’ll be less hassle and last longer!

Would I recommend? No

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NYX Hot Singles Eye Shadow in Heat | NYX Illuminator in Ritualistic | NYX Hot Singles Eye Shadow in Zen
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Wearing some of the Ritualistic illuminator on my cheek

 

So let’s move onto some powder products. Here we have some Hot Singles Eye Shadows and an Illuminator. It’s hard for me to say much about these at the moment as I haven’t really played around much with them so it’d be unfair for me to make any bold statements. My feelings so far however are positive; the eyeshadows have good pigment and seem to blend well. The illuminator is not the smoothest nor the most pigmented but it is a beautiful white gold which I’m hoping will be flattering on my quite fair skin.

Would I recommend? I’ve not used them enough to say either way at the moment

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NYX Tame and Frame Tinted Brow Pomade in Brunette | NYX Micro Brow Pencil in Ash Brown

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Here we have some brow products; the Tame and Frame Tinted Brow Pomade and the NYX Micro Brow Pencil! I’m not going to spend too much time talking about these as the bottom line is I love them both! I know Anastasia Beverley Hills seems to be the holy grail of brow products for many but I honestly have no interest in trying those products at more than double the price of these ones when I love these NYX ones so much. They just do the job. The colour ranges are great, I think most people could find a shade to suit them. The pencil is great, I love to have a brush on one end. And the tinted brow pomade I probably prefer even more as I love the shape you can create with it. Just FYI, I use the Zoeva 317 Wing Liner Brush with the pomade to do my brows and it is PERFECT.

Would I recommend? Yes absolutely!

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L-R the Swatches: NYX Wonder Pencil | NYX HD Concealer in Fair | NYX HD Concealer in Light

 

Next we have some complexion products. Concealers are one of my favourite things to try as we’re all always searching for products to give us that flawless base. These HD Concealer Wands however for me are just not good enough. I firstly bought it in the shade Light which is a completely off shade! It is not by any means Light, it’s so orange and definitely not flattering in my under eye! So I recently picked up Fair which is a much better shade for me, the difference in the two is stark considering Light is the next shade up from Fair! Anyway, even with this better shade I do not like this formula at all, unfortunately. I will still use it up of course as I hate to feel I’ve wasted my money but it’s really not good enough. The coverage is not high enough for my under-eyes and it dries in a horrible way that looks powdery and crepey which I actually feel ages me! It’s a thin, watery consistency compared to concealers I prefer (I tend to prefer creamy formulas) like the Collection Lasting Perfection Concealer and the Nars Radiant Creamy Concealer. I will not repurchase these which is a shame as I had high hopes!

As for the Wonder Pencil, also pictured, I don’t have much to report. I bought it to use as an eye-liner in my water line but I haven’t used it much even for that. When it arrived I saw it had written on it many other purposes so it’s actually a very multiple use product! It suggests you could use it as a concealer, an eye brightener and a reverse lip liner. I really need to give it a go as some of these options as it could be great. I like the sound of using it as a reverse lip liner and it might be great for spot concealing! It’s definitely not one for around the eyes though (other than water line) as it would tug the skin.

Would I recommend (HD Concealer)? No

Would I recommend (Wonder Pencil)? Hmm it’s okay! Not much to say so far

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I have huge pores (in my opinion lol, they’re probably quite normal xD) on my nose and cheeks so anything that claims to get rid of them I am interested in! So in walked Pore Filler to my life. Unfortunately, I’m not a big fan and I do not find myself reaching for this very often despite having it a while. It is very very siliconey and I prefer a more creamy primer. As well as this I didn’t find that it did anything miraculous to hide my pores either; its slippery nature means your base goes on smoothly yes, but I could still see my pores through it hence I think I could get the same effect using primers I prefer the feel of which are creamier. It’s quite mattifying which as someone with normal/dry skin I didn’t really like, it just made my skin look so flat, but maybe an oilier complexion would get on better with it. But as far as the name suggests, I was not impressed.

Would I recommend? No

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Right, the last product I have to share is a Setting Spray! I have it in the Dewy Finish but it also comes in a Matte Finish; I’m not sure how much difference there is between the two. I use a setting spray mainly because I like the way it makes my makeup look afterwards; it tends to soften any cakiness and makes the finish look less powdery by meshing everything together with your skin. So if you’re interested in setting spray for the purposes of making your makeup last longer I can’t really offer an opinion. I’m lucky that my makeup lasts well when I do my normal base routine using primer, foundation, concealer where necessary and then I set my entire face with powder every time without fail. Powder for me really is the key to longevity. So who knows if this product helps my makeup last longer! But I do know I like using it and it’s a lot more affordable than other options available. I do want to try other brands though just to see if there’s any difference or if it is just a fancy bottle of water!

Would I recommend? Yes, I’d recommend just to try a setting spray in general and see if you like what it does for the finish of your makeup

And there we have it, my collection of NYX Products! I haven’t really got my eye on any other things from NYX so in theory my collection shouldn’t be growing anytime soon but ya know, these things just happen sometimes so never say never πŸ˜€

Best wishes, Nicole xxxx

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Naughty Space NK Buys | Nars, Diptyque, By Terry

Not too long ago Space NK did their thing they do every so often and offered Β£15 off a Β£60 spend. Whilst doing that they also bump up their free delivery threshold to Β£80 from Β£60. Naughty Space NK! I didn’t want to spend Β£80 so had to pay Β£5 delivery so I basically got a Β£10 discount, but I’m happy with my buys so whatever. I’d only ever bought something from Space NK once before so it’s hardly a frequent addiction. Unlike ASOS which I should probably go to some kind of rehab for. :/

Here’s what I picked up!

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Diptyque Baies Scented Candle

This was a bit of a risky purchase as I’d never actually smelt it before and when you’re spending a ridiculous Β£20 on a small candle you’re going to want to like the smell. However, as it’s so popular and beloved I thought it’s gotta be nice right?! I was initially a bit disappointed, it’s not what I would usually go for scent-wise BUT since it’s been sitting in my room above my bed I have grown to love it. I get a waft of it every now and then and it’s delightful ❀ I was also persuaded (by a silly reason) to go for it because my boyfriend and friends sometimes called me ‘Bays’ so I thought it was similar and it’d be cute. Make sense? Nope, I guess it doesn’t really but in my mind that was cute. Lol the things I do to justify spending money…

Nars Audacious Lipstick in ‘Anna’

I’ve loved everything Nars I’ve ever tried so I was desperate to try one of their Audacious lipsticks – and just look at that pigment! Wow. This colour is gorgeous but not what I’d usually go for, it’s very purpley, a bit out of my comfort zone and one I’d be more likely to wear on an evening out. In future I’d love to pick up a day-time nude shade like maybe Barbara or Anita. Any recommendations for the best nude from the range? Because the formula is beautiful.

By Terry Ombre Blackstar in ‘Misty Rock’

This was a painfully expensive eye shadow stick but they just looked so beautiful in all the blog posts/YouTube videos I’d seen them in! And it didn’t disappoint. Granted there may be cheaper dupes around but there’s no doubting this is a gorgeous product. So pigmented, creamy, blendable, long-wearing… And a quick, easy way to wear eye shadow – just swipe and blend. Misty Rock is a real mixture of hues, I’d say it’s mainly purple but in some lights it looks more brown or even grey. It’s a gorgeous colour anyway!

Thanks for reading!

Love Nicole xxxx

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Beauty Bay Makeup Haul | Eyes and Lips

One of my too frequent Beauty Bay purchases lately. This one arrived nearly a month ago and I’ve had another one since which I’ll show you soon πŸ™‚ As soon as I bought that Z Palette it was only a matter of time before I ‘had’ to fill it.

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Makeup Geek Shadows | Ice Queen and Confection
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Dose of Colors Liquid Lipsticks | Truffle and Bare with Me

 

Morphe E30 Blending Fluff Brush & Morphe G23 Soft Fan Brush

My brush collection is not vast but I do have the Zoeva Rose Golden Face Set as well as some Real Techniques brushes, all of which I love. Morphe are everywhere at the moment, largely through being promo’d by many big US YouTubers. I thought I’d pick up some brushes and see what I thought. I haven’t got too much use out of either of them yet but I’m not initially blown away. The blending brush is okay, it’s a bit big and I still like my Sigma one more. The fan brush doesn’t seem to pick up much product at all! So that’s a bit disappointing. It does keep the highlight subtle though xD But who wants that.

Morphe Lashes

I don’t wear lashes often, only on very special occasions when I can be bothered with the hassle/have the time. I’m pretty rubbish at applying them! But these seemed so affordable I thought I’d get a few in stock! I’ve worn one pair once already and they looked really pretty. You don’t get glue with these like you do with Eylure ones I’ve bought before, so you’ll need a separate tube of lash glue πŸ™‚ They seem good quality and I’ll buy more in future when these are used up.

Dose of Colors Matte Liquid Lipsticks in Truffle and Bare with Me

These were the main driver of the haul and the thing I really wanted! The colours I wanted seem to go out of stock so quickly so I was straight on it when I checked back to see they were in stock. I really wanted Stone and Truffle, but Stone wasn’t available 😦 I saw Bare with Me was though, did a quick google of some swatches, loved it, so bought that one too πŸ™‚ Still waiting for Stone to come back though. They’re a really lovely formula, as you can see in the swatches they go on really creamy and opaque. I should have done a picture when they’d dried too really, sorry! As per usual, you should make sure your lips are as smooth and exfoliated as possible with matte lipsticks as they will highlight any flakiness, but as long as your lips aren’t super dry, these aren’t too drying at all!

Makeup Geek Eyeshadow Pans in Ice Queen and Confection

I’d seen Makeup Geek shadows all over the blogs I read and I loved the idea of creating my own palette! I don’t own many at all, just a couple of Sleek ones as I’m really not big on eyeshadows and me being me (eg super rational), I don’t like buying things unless I know I’ll use every single thing. So many pre-made palette I talk myself out of because of that one shade I’ll NEVER wear. A palette curated by myself however would resolve this problem so I ran with that excuse and purchased these two along with a Small Z Palette. These two were chosen as I used to love wearing a wash of white eye shadow – the whites in my Sleek palette are completely gone while all others still remain. The next most used colours in those palettes were pinks, so I chose a pink too πŸ™‚ Ice Queen is a very pigmented gorgeous shimmery white which most people would probably use as a highlight shade. Confection is a matte pink which is a gorgeous colour, but to be honest it doesn’t really show up that much on my eye lid; I really have to pile it on to make it noticeable. My Small Z Palette is now full so I’ll do a complete post on what I filled it with πŸ™‚ I’ve already had to stop myself buying a new one to fill. And I still don’t wear eye shadow that much… LOL my life.

Love Nicole xx

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