28 April 2016

Nyx Soft Matte Lip Cream | Review

When I heard that Nyx had finally arrived at my local Boots store I couldn't wait to go down and see what all the hype was about the internationally popular brand.

As I was on a bit of a budget, I had to control myself and so I only picked up 3 things, but believe me I'll be going back for more! I got a concealer, lip liner and a soft matte lip cream. Today I'm going to talk about the soft matte lip cream as it's such a lovely liquid lipstick and is a great drugstore alternative for brands like Mac and Anastasia.


I got the shade 'Stockholm' as I wanted to try a nude liquid lipstick as opposed to the brighter coloured ones I currently have in my make up drawer.


Along with a Nyx lip liner in the shade 'Nude Suede Shoes' I found that this colour was a perfect match for me. I'm always a bit cautious when it comes to nudes as I'm so pale that sometimes they can wash me out, as I mentioned in my Charlotte Tilbury lipstick review, but this has a slight peachy tone to it so it doesn't wash me at all. Plus, it smells like strawberries and cream, love it!



When applied this liquid lipstick feels very creamy and light which I love to find in a liquid lipstick as sometimes they can feel quite heavy and drying. When I compare it to my Mac liquid lipstick, the formula is a little bit drying when setting, but I think that's something you have to expect in most matte formulas and it's nothing uncomfortable, I barely noticed it after a few minutes.

The one bad thing is that this lip cream didn't have a very long lasting power. I'd say it'd last maybe 4-5 hours tops and then you'd definitely have to re-apply, but for just £5.50 I think that this lip product is the perfect option if you're looking for a drugstore liquid lipstick and I will definitely be going back to Boots to add some more to my collection.


Have you tried out any Nyx products before? If so, which ones? I'd love to hear your recommendations!

Lucy x
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24 April 2016

My First FROW Experience at The Bridges Fashion Week

A couple of days ago I got invited down to The Bridges shopping centre in Sunderland to attend the first catwalk show of their fashion week.

Me and the lovely Beth from Polished Couture got the train down to Sunderland and then made our way to the Bridges to have a little shop and something to eat before the show started. I opted for red velvet cake (obv) and just had to treat myself to a LUSH bath bomb.




I got the 'Avobath' bath bomb because it smelt amazing, it has avocado in it which is super moisturizing, but most of all because I liked the name. Beth and I had a little giggle because 'avobath' literally sounds like "have a bath" in our accent. Ahh, Teesside.

When we'd satisfied our LUSH obsessions and cake cravings, we made our way to the show in the centre where we then met up with Laura from Laura Jayne Online.


On arrival we were greeted with a glass of fizz and a complimentary henna tattoo which I loved and thought was a very unique touch. We also received a goody bag which included hair products, LUSH treats, gift vouchers and more.





Trying not to knock our henna tattoos while they dried we sat on our reserved seats (like real VIP's!) and prepared ourselves for the show.


The show was presented by Capital FM presenter Kelly Scott who explained that we'd be seeing previews for SS16 collections from Debenhams, Topshop, Primark, Select and Van Mildert. I was the most excited to see what Topshop had in store as it's one of my favourite shops.

Debenhams:


Select:


Primark:




I loved the way they put a twist on their catwalk walks as the models did dance routines as well as strutting their stuff. It put a really fun and energetic vibe on it. I also love the fact that they used models of all different sizes, such a refreshing thing to see on a catwalk.

Topshop:


Out of everything I saw this was by far my favourite outfit. It is, of course, from Topshop and I loved everything about the clothes from head to toe. Especially the bomber, it's such a lovely copper colour which is a colour I've never really seen before.

I had such a lovely time at The Bridges and unfortunately I couldn't get this post up in time to let you all know about their other shows but make sure you get yourselves down to the Bridges and check out the launch of all their new collections!

So what's your favourite outfit from the ones I've shown? Let me know in the comments I'd love to hear your thoughts!

Lucy x
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21 April 2016

Too Faced Chocolate Bon Bons Eyeshadow Palette

About a month ago I had a bit of spare money so decided to treat myself to the dreamy Chocolate Bon Bons eyeshadow palette by Too Faced. I'd heard so many bloggers rave about this palette with some even saying they preferred it to Naked. I didn't believe anything could be better than Naked at first, but I have to say after trying it out for myself, I think I agree.


First of all the packaging is just lovely. In a baby pink metal case and heart shaped eyeshadow tins, it looks so pretty and girly. I also love that you actually get a scent of chocolate when you open up the palette, if that's not dedication to the name then I don't know what is!


The reason the eyeshadow smells of chocolate is that they're actually made with cocoa powder, yum!

Moving on to the actual eyeshadow. The colours are so pigmented. I honestly didn't think I could find anything better than my faithful Naked palettes, but I have to admit it, Bon Bons takes the biscuit.


I love that there's such a range of colours. You could take this palette away with you on any trip and you'd have the right colours at hand for a natural daytime look or a smokey night out look.

I'm also liking the more 'out there' colours such as the pinks and teal green.



I didn't think I'd ever wear pink eyeshadow but then I saw Kylie Jenner wearing baby pink eyeshadow so I just had to recreate it with 'Cotton Candy' and it's become one of my favourite eye looks to date!




I seriously can't fault this palette. The only thing that I didn't like was that you don't get a brush with it, but I think most people will have enough eyeshadow brushes at home anyway. The colours blend so easily and nicely, and you even get a little guide with 3 looks to recreate. I found this really helpful when choosing which colours to use together.

Overall, I'd definitely recommend this palette and I think it's definitely worth the money.

Have you tried the Bon Bons palette? If so, what did you think? If not, do you want to try it? Let me know in the comments, I'd love to hear your thoughts!

Lucy x
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15 April 2016

1k Mac Giveaway!


Twitter is one of my social media sites, I love how much you can interact with people on there. My followers have been edging around the big 1000 for a while now and 2 weeks ago I finally hit the milestone! I also hit 100 followers on bloglovin', so as a way to say thank you to all my lovely readers I'm doing a giveaway.

I've decided to give away to one lucky winner a Mac lipstick of your choice. I've seen a few giveaways like this before and I think they're a great idea as it allows you to pick a shade that's good for you. Plus, how can you say no to a new Mac lipstick to add to your collection?!

The giveaway will be held on Rafflcopter. The only mandatory option is that you follow me on Twitter (since we're celebrating me reaching 1k on there!) and then the more options you follow the more entries you get.

Want to be in with the chance of winning? Just follow the link below!

a Rafflecopter giveaway


The giveaway ends 06/05/16, Good luck!

Lucy x
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3 April 2016

The Beauty Confessions Tag

Happy Sunday! Today I'm going to be doing the 'Beauty Confessions' tag which my friend Grace over on That Northern Lass tagged me in, be sure to check out her blog! I love doing tags, I think it's a great chance for readers to get to know the blogger. So, get to know a bit more about me and see my answers:


1. What is your biggest beauty product addiction (lippies, blushes, highlighter, bronzer, mascara etc.)?


It's definitely got to be anything that goes on my lips! From lipsticks to glosses to balms, I physically can't leave the house without some kind of lip product with me. I feel like it really completes my make up and I just don't feel right with bare lips.

2. How many products from your addiction do you have?


If I were to count them it'd take me forever! I'd definitely say more than 40.

3.What is one type of beauty product that you hate (highlighters, hairspray etc.)?


One thing I never use is hairspray. I normally leave my hair quite natural, but even if I curl my hair it tends to take to curls quite well and even without hairspray they'll still be loosely there the next day. I also don't like the sticky feel it can give, I like my hair to be nice and smooth.

4.What has been your biggest challenge in beauty (e.g. a technique you learned or leaving a beauty comfort zone)?

I'm going to go with eyeshadow! I used to be terrible at applying it, blending it, and even using more than one colour at a time, but with my trusty first eyeshadow palette Naked by Urban Decay to start me off and quite a bit of time spent watching Youtube tutorials by beauty guru's, I'm now blending like a pro.

5. What is one beauty comfort zone you don’t ever think you’ll leave?

Fake tanning. I was blessed (cursed) with classic British skin, white as a sheet! So if you're pale like me then you'll understand that fake tan is a god sent. Even though it can be a lengthy process to build a nice colour, I actually feel healthier with it on and I just can't go on a night out without any on! Plus, having a tan always makes me feel a bit skinnier which is a huge bonus.

6. What is one beauty thing you suck at (e.g. eyeliner like cat eye or taking your makeup off at the end of the day etc.)?


I'm really bad at highlighting. If I try to highlight certain parts of my face when contouring it just ends up looking the same colour as my normal foundation, and I just never caught on to the whole strobing craze. Beauty experts, teach me your ways.

7. What is one thing in beauty that you don’t understand the hype (technique, trend etc.)?

I'll admit it, I don't really understand the hype about this whole colour correcting technique that's recently come about. Applying 5 different colours to your face before even applying foundation seems like a lot of effort to me and I feel like foundation and concealer can pretty much cover up any blemishes or unwanted colour anyway? Maybe it's just me.


There are my answers for the 'Beauty Confessions' tag, I hope you enjoyed finding out a little bit more about me! I'm now going to tag my lovely friend Beth over on Polished Couture and anyone else who wants to do it.

Lucy x
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