Latest Makeup Empties with Mini Reviews

I am back with another makeup empties post! I never know how popular these are but I personally find it really interesting to see what people think once they’ve finished a product. Finding out whether they would buy it again, or not, is surely one of the most indicative pieces of info to help you decide whether something is worth buying.

First up is a trio of base products.

Let’s start with the Essence Stay All Day 16h Concealer (£2.50). I was hoping this would be an affordable gem but I did not get on with this. In fact, I didn’t even finish it because I found it did nothing, but I did give it to my sister to try to see if she likes it; we all have different preferences so who knows, it might work for her. I used it under my eyes and I personally found it to have very poor coverage! It was quite a liquidy, watery formula and I do tend to prefer concealers that are quite creamy and thick. It was a fail for me.

Next up, the bareMinerals Illuminating Mineral Veil (£21). I bought this to use as an all-over setting powder and I actually quite liked it! However, if I were to buy it again I think I would get the non ‘illuminating’ version. I didn’t find it ridiculously ‘sparkly’ or anything, but it was just a little bit too much for me. However, the formula is great and it helped my makeup to last all day and it didn’t look cakey. I also like the packaging, which has a twist closure to keep the product locked in so it doesn’t go everywhere like many loose powder products are prone to.

Something I was very sad to find in my empties was the eye wateringly expensive Hourglass Ambient Lighting Powder (£40) in the shade Diffused Light. These are truly gorgeous powders and I used it all over my face as a setting powder, similarly to the bareMinerals one I spoke about above. It ensured I never looked too matte or powdery but it helped my makeup to last. It did give a luminous effect, I won’t go too crazy with hyperbole because it’s not a complete miracle worker, but it does give you a pretty, natural looking glow and doesn’t look too ‘made up’. If I was feeling flush I would buy again but I would probably try a different shade, just because I love trying new stuff! If you saw my recent Space NK Haul you’ll see I bought the new Hourglass Ambient Lighting Edit Palette which has a new shade of the Ambient Lighting Powder, so I’m covered for the time being. 🙂

I think I discussed this NYX Dewy Finish Setting Spray (£7) in a previous post I did on my NYX Collection, so I’ll keep it fairly brief. I did really like this setting spray. I haven’t tried loads of others so can’t say it’s the best in the whole world but for the price it does pretty much everything I would want it to. The main thing for me is to keep my face looking as fresh as possible and not too powdery which I felt this did. It helped my makeup to all mesh together. I probably would repurchase!

Onto mascaras I’ve finished and I’ll begin with the best – the Too Faced Better Than Sex Mascara (£19. I’m not one to venture frequently into high end mascaras as I don’t think it’s a product you need to spend loads of money on for results. However, I will definitely buy a full size of this in the future! It is a brilliant mascara that makes your lashes so thick and full! The brush is pretty big and it took me a while to get to grips with, but once I learned to apply it and not get it all over my eyelids I fell in love. If you love big lashes then I definitely recommend trying this.

An affordable mascara that unfortunately did not impress me and I would not repurchase was the SEVENTEEN Falsifeye HD Mascara (£6.99). I like big lashes and this didn’t give me them. I feel like the brush just doesn’t pack enough product onto the lashes and the plastic bristles are quite short and insubstantial.

I bought this Kiko Unforgettable Mascara (£7.20) last year when they had a deal on their website. It was okay. I had high hopes for it as the brush looked promising however it didn’t wow me and I wouldn’t repurchase. I think the brush was maybe a little too dense so that it couldn’t quite grab and completely envelope the lashes to make them reach their full potential.

I’m pretty sure I’ve raved about this next product before on my blog. NYX Micro Brow Pencil (£7) is an excellent, fuss-free eye brow pencil. It’s twist up so no need to sharpen (perfect for the lazy among us, *guilty*) and has a brush on the other end to tame your brows. I had the shade Ash Brown which was a pretty perfect match for me and I have already bought another one.

The next product is very similar and equally as good. The Soap & Glory™ Archery™ 2-in-1 Brow Filling Pencil & Brush (£8) is likewise a twist up pencil with a brush on the other end. The application and formula is just as good as NYX’s. The only downside is that there is only two shades so unless one of these suits you, you’d be stuck.

Last up, I’m afraid it’s another Seventeen product that I really thoroughly disliked and didn’t actually finish because I just couldn’t bare to use it. The SEVENTEEN Make Your Mark Soft Eyeliner Pen (£3.99) is just not comfortable to use at all! The tip of the pen is just far too stiff and rigid and scrapes against your eye! Eyes are sensitive things and I don’t want to feel like I’m scratching my eye out, it was genuinely painful at times! Additionally, it was not super black either and I couldn’t bare to press any harder to see if I could get better colour pay-off. I definitely wouldn’t buy this again, but I do actually like Seventeen as a brand so despite having a bad experience with two of their products I’ve talked about in this post I will continue to keep up to date with things they release and try new things.

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NYX Liquid Suede Cream Lipsticks | Sandstorm, Soft Spoken, Tea & Cookies

Another post on the items of makeup I own the most of – lipsticks! These are from NYX and are called Liquid Suede. I have three colours in this formula and I love them!

‘Sandstorm’ (which is my favourite) is a browny, pink nude , ‘Soft Spoken’ is a red, brown nude and ‘Tea & Cookies’ is what I would consider a true pink colour!

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NYX Liquid Suede in (L-R) Tea & Cookies, Soft Spoken and Sandstorm

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NYX describe them as a cream lipstick that glides on like silk and sets to a velvety matte finish. I agree with all of this. The formula is creamy and smooth and the applicator is great and makes it easy to apply. Pigmentation is good and I generally find one layer is perfectly adequate. It’s quite a thick formula so I find it takes a while to set, longer than most other liquid lipsticks I’ve tried, however because it remains so comfortable on the lips I really don’t mind that it takes longer to dry down. Once dry, I think velvet matte is an accurate description of the finish. It’s definitely not completely matte and retains a little bit of sheen. I think calling these liquid suedes was spot on and I absolutely love the finish it gives.

Due to this not-super-matte finish I find they wear very nicely, even on their own with no lip liner underneath. Once dry I find they can last a good few hours comfortably on your lips. It can sometimes be hard to know when they are completely dry so I have had a few transfer issues on occasion but this doesn’t really bother me!

The shade range is decent but I personally love nude colours so I’d love if they expanded the range with more nudes as I love the formula so much. I have seen on their website that they’ve launched a few new shades, one of which called ‘Brooklyn Thorn’ looks appealing to me so I might have to snap that up if it’s available in the UK.

These sell for £6.50 each and are available from Boots, Feel Unique and ASOS. I think they are well worth the money and they are definitely one of my favourite liquid lipstick formulas that I’ve ever tried.

Love Nicole xxxx

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This Evening’s Face

This is a bit of a rushed post as I had nothing scheduled or planned for today, but I’d been doing so well so far managing to post every day in October I didn’t want to let a day slip by with no post.

So I thought seeing as I’m going out tonight I’d share what makeup I’m planning on wearing. It could change but this is what I’m planning on trying and hopefully it’ll look good! My partying and drinking every Saturday is behind me but tonight I am going for a meal with my two best girl-friends to celebrate their birthdays (which are a week apart). We’re going for an Indian so I’m looking forward to that!

Here’s what I’m planning on chucking on my face…

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Nars Semi Matte Lipstick in Scarlett Empress
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Nars Semi Matte Lipstick in Scarlett Empress

For my face I’m going to use Becca Backlight Priming Filter (£32) all over face and then some Too Faced Primed and Poreless Primer (£24) on my nose and apples of my cheeks, as this is where my pores are largest and most noticeable. For foundation I’m going with Nars Sheer Glow (£31) which I have in the shade ‘Mont Blanc’. My favourite concealer is still Collection Lasting Perfection Concealer (£4.19) in the shade ‘Fair’ so I’m going to use that under my eyes and on any redness that’s still peaking through. I’ll then set my under eye area with the NYX HD Finishing Powder (£8) in the shade ‘Banana’ which is brightening. I’ll then set the rest of my face with Hourglass Ambient Lighting Powder (£40) which I have in the shade ‘Diffused Light’ (this is virtually empty now, can’t bring myself to repurchase it with that insane price tag)!

To add some colour and life back to my skin I’ll use the Nars One Shocking Moment Cheek Studio Palette (this was a limited edition palette). It has the  Laguna (£28) bronzer and a great shade for contour. My favourite blush is the palest pink one so I’ll probably go for that one. For highlight I think I might go with this one called ‘So Hollywood’ from Anastasia Beverly Hills. This too was unfortunately limited edition and I can’t find it anywhere linked online, sorry!

For eyes I’ll go in with the Urban Decay Primer Potion (£16) and curl my lashes with these cute eyelash curlers from Primark. To line my upper and lower water line I use the Lily Lolo Eyeliner Pencil (£6.99) in black. I don’t like faffing around with eye shadow so I think I might go for my fanciest eye shadow stick which is By Terry Ombre Blackstar (£29) in ‘Misty Rock’. I’ll then probably just define my crease with Makeup Geek Eyeshadow (£5.50) in ‘Creme Brulee’ which I always do as it looks so pretty and defines the eyes beautifully. For mascara I am absolutely loving theBalm Mad Lash Mascara (£15) which I wrote a whole post about which you can read here if you would like! I might add some falsies but we’ll see how I am for time! Got so much to do… paint nails, straighten hair, do makeup, choose outfit! And I can never be without some eyeliner, so I’ll just line my upper lash line with some Soap and Glory Supercat (£6).

For eyebrows I absolutely love NYX Brow Pomade (£5.50) which I use in ‘Brunette’. This stuff is awesome and can still look really natural or you can go bolder. Great stuff.

I’m still very unsure on which lip colour to rock, but I’ve yet to don a dark, berry lip shade this Autumn (how criminal of me) so I am considering going for the Nars Semi-Matte Lipstick (£20) in ‘Scarlett Empress’. But, let’s be honest, no lipstick is going to last the course of me eating an Indian meal anyway so a top up will be essential!

So that’s my current thinking for tonight’s makeup… What do you think? I hope you enjoy your Saturday night whatever you’re doing.

Love Nicole xxxx

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Highlighter Collection

Compared to many I’ve seen on YouTube and blogs I don’t have as many highlighters as some, but to me, I feel I have more than enough lol! It’d have to be a really unusual colour or exceptional formula for me to be able to justify getting another one… That doesn’t mean I won’t be buying a new highlighter in the near future as I am weak but what I’m trying to say is you really don’t need that many so maybe I can help you to decide whether any of these ones I own would be up your street! Wanting more is a whole other ball game though lol, they are so pretty to look at ❤

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NYX Illuminator in Ritualistic | The Balm Mary Lou Manizer | Becca Shimmering Skin Perfector Poured in Moonstone | Anastasia Beverly Hills Illuminator in So Hollywood | Sleek Contour Kit in Light | Becca Shimmering Skin Perfector Pressed in Champagne Pop

 

NYX Illuminator in Ritualistic – £8.50

I got this one as I really wanted a pale, almost white highlighter. I liked the look of Pearl by Becca but I couldn’t bring myself to splash out the £32 at the time so when I saw this I impulse bought it on the spot! It’s a nice colour that I would say is a white gold although it is not the most pigmented and takes a bit of building up (I use a fan brush to apply highlighter). It’s not the smoothest of formulas and is slightly chalky, but this is compared to formulas like Becca’s which are a lot more expensive. If you don’t have a lot of money to spend on a highlighter this would not be a bad choice! It catches the light, can be built up or worn more subtly, it does all you need.

theBalm Mary Lou Manizer Luminizer – £17.50

This purchase was completely induced by YouTube and blogs as it is so popular and raved about! I can see why as it’s a beautiful colour and can give a rather intense sheen to your skin! This one is more pigmented than the NYX and you don’t need to apply much to get the highlighted effect. A very pretty highlight which almost gives a  ‘wet’ look. The Balm do the best packaging too.

Becca Shimmering Skin Perfector Poured in Moonstone – £30

I bought this in the summer thinking I would get loads of use out of it but the truth is I’ve barely touched it. I think my preference at the moment is for powder highlights as they pack much more of a punch. That being said I do love how natural this can look, it’s like a glossy sheen, but it’s one of those things where I get carried away and I know I can be so much more glowy so I reach for a powder highlight and this one is left redundant. If I ever fall out of love with the more obvious highlight look then this is really pretty, but until then I think it’ll just be sitting in a drawer… 😦

Anastasia Beverly Hills Illuminator in So Hollywood – £28

This was the first expensive highlight I ever bought and at the time I couldn’t believe I’d spent £28 on one. Because of this, I had super high expectations and these were unfortunately not met. I think a lot of this was to do with first impressions and packaging; the packaging is virtually the same as the NYX Illuminator packaging just with the different branding so it just felt really cheap for the £28 I’d spent on it. The product itself now I’ve gotten over the splurge (I hadn’t bought that much high-end makeup before at the time so I was adjusting LOL) is actually really pretty. It’s a sheeny, pale gold that also provides that ‘wet’ look. I think this was the first illuminator ABH brought out and it is almost impossible to find this shade anywhere online now. However, ABH seems to be bringing out hundreds of highlighting palettes at the moment so you’re bound to find one you like. Packaging: cheap, product: good.

Sleek MakeUp Face Contour Kit in Light – £6.99

I’ll be honest and say I’ve not used this highlight from this palette much as I get distracted by all the prettily packaged separate ones I have. However, upon swatching I remembered how nice it actually is. In colour it’s probably most similar to the Mary Lou Manizer which means it’s a gorgeous colour for highlighting. It is however, more glittery which some people really don’t like but it’s nothing that bothers me too much. For travelling or if you’re on a budget, this 2 in 1 is a good buy. The contour powder is great btw.

Becca Jaclyn Hill Shimmering Skin Perfector Pressed in Champagne Pop – £32

This colour is gorgeous and who doesn’t love Jaclyn Hill – she’s infectious! Becca’s pressed formula is smooth and very pigmented and I love it. This is probably my favourite highlighter that I own. I think that’s for a number of reasons. Firstly is that it was so hyped up and coveted that by the time I got my hands on it I’d already given it such a great value I had to love it, secondly everything about using it just feels good and luxurious, from the packaging to the way it applies to just staring at it in the pan. And thirdly, it’s Jaclyn isn’t it! When someone you love loves something, you love it too ya know, especially when it looks like Champagne Pop. 😉

So there are my highlighters! What’s your favourite highlighter?

Love Nicole xxxx

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Current 5 Favourite Everyday Lipsticks

Lipstick is one of my favourite things. It’s got to a point where I have so many that I don’t wear so I’m going to try to make a conscious effort to rotate what I’m wearing so they all get some love. However, at the moment there are certain ones I just can’t help myself but wear all the frickin time! So maybe the rotation thing won’t be happening any time soon…

Here is the current squad…

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Gerard Cosmetics Buttercup | Urban Decay Uptight | Urban Decay Backtalk | NYX Liquid Suede Sandstorm | Dose of Colors Bare with Me Matte Liquid Lipstick

Gerard Cosmetics Lipstick in Buttercup £10.50

This is a really easy to wear nude pink. It’s one of those lipsticks you can chuck on without having to think about it as it looks great and will go with most makeup looks. The formula is buttery and I’d say the finish is satin, it’s not glossy but there’s definitely shine.

Urban Decay Vice Lipsticks in Uptight and Backtalk £15 each

I’ve previously done a whole post dedicated to these lipstick when I first got them. You can read that here. Since writing that I have only grown to like them more. The comfort matte formula is so creamy and smoothing and one of the nicest I’ve ever tried. I’ve also grown more fond of the packaging which I initially didn’t really like lol.

NYX Liquid Suede Cream Lipstick in Sandstorm £6.50

This is probably my most worn lipstick out of all of them the past couple of months! It’s a real struggle to not wear this every day! I just love the colour and the formula of these is fantastic. It definitely leans towards being a cool brown/beige which I love because of the 90s vibes, however I’d still class it as a nude because it has pinkish tones. It’s just a gorgeous colour that allows me to wear brown on my lips but in a way I am very comfortable with. Liquid suedes also last well on the lips providing you allow them to dry down fully, which does take a while.

Dose of Colors Matte Lipstick in Bare with Me £14.50

I’d call this colour a peachy, nude pink. The formula of these is also brilliant and really long-lasting. They look more matte on the lips than the NYX Liquid Suedes but this means they can make your lips look dry and enhance all the lines and cracks! However despite this they manage to actually not feel drying or uncomfortable! Bare with Me is a really pretty colour and I feel I neglected it at first because I love the other shade ‘Truffle’ so much, but I am making up for it now. 🙂

Love Nicole xxxx

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