NYX Soft Matte Lip Cream

(Top to bottom: Addis Ababa, Amsterdam, Antwerp)

NYX Soft Matte Lip Cream  is very lightweight on the lips with a creamy velvety touch. Its non-sticky texture makes you feel like you are wearing nothing on your lips. One layer is just enough to brighten up your face and it is definitely buildable for an even more intense look. Its staying power is amazing due to its fast-dry matte finish. Try blotting your lips on a tissue or try kissing the cheek (or lips ;D) of a loved one…It doesn’t really transfer! You’ll be very impressed!

This impressive lip product can be found at a Rexall or Target near you. It retails for approximately $8.99 each.

If you get it now it’s “Buy One Get One 50% off” at Rexall until this Thursday, June 19, 2014! Hurry and get yours now! (I went to two Rexall locations and there selection was running low.)

LOTD: NYX Matte Lipstick

I like to wear my fave drink on my lips! Now all I need is the sun shining, warm weather and a patio! :-p

Here is my Lipstick Of The Day (#LOTD):
NYX Matte lipstick in “Strawberry Daiquiri”

Quick Review:

  • Matte finish – ensure your lips are moisturized prior to applying lipstick
  • Very pigmented
  • Long-lasting
  • Beautiful shade and flattering for most skin types

 

Bang for your Buck Palettes

Ready-made palettes are such a good way to get a ‘bang for your buck’.
It can add up to be much cheaper than to purchase these eye shadows individually.

Urban Decay’s Naked Palette 1 & 2 were a big craze in the beauty world, but here is an affordable dupe that has been recommended by other make-up lovers.


NYX
Nude-on-Nude
nyxcosmetics.ca
$26.99 CAD

20 neutral eye shadows and 10 lip colours

Nude On Nude Palette

The palettes I will show you below are beautiful neutral palettes that I have been hearing a lot about. These palettes can be found at Sephora

LORAC 
PRO Palette
Sephora
$55 CAD

Eight shimmer and eight matte eye shadows in all the shades

This set contains:
– 0.17 oz Mini Behind the Scenes Eye Shadow Primer
– 0.32 oz PRO Eye Shadow Palette (Top row matte colors: White, Cream, Taupe, Light Pink, Mauve, Sable, Espresso, Black; Bottom row: Nude (Shimmer), Champagne (Sparkle), Gold (Shimmer), Lt. Bronze (Shimmer), Pewter (Shimmer), Garnet (Shimmer), Deep Purple (Shimmer), Slate (Shimmer))

Laura Mercier
Artist Palette for Eyes
Sephora
$60 CAD

The top row features a range of dark to light shimmer shades in Chocolate, African Violet, Sable, Guava, Cameo and Sunlit, while the bottom row includes light to dark matte finishes in Vanilla Nuts, Plum Smoke, Café au Lait, Coffee Ground, Deep Night, and Rich Coffee.

This set contains:
– 12 x Eye Colours in Chocolate, African Violet, Sable, Guava, Cameo, Sunlit, Vanilla Nuts, Plum Smoke, Café Au Lait, Coffee Ground, Deep Night, Rich Coffee

Smashbox
The Master Class Palette
Sephora
$68 CAD

28 Photo Op Eyeshadows, four brow tech powders, eight cream eyeliners, two blushes, three soft lights, and four lip glosses.

This set contains:
– 28 x Eyeshadows (starting at top left corner) in Vanilla, Frost, Butter, Parfait, Ambiant, Frambois, Peacock, Cabernet, Serpent, Aubergine, Azure, Ash, Opal, Linen, Flirt, Nectar, Granite, Golden Orchid, Dusk, Cinnamon Toast, Blackout, Chestnut, Haze, Roast
– 4 x Brow Tech Powders in Bliss, Bare, Sable, Sumatra
– 8 x Cream Eyeliners in Ivy, Guilt, Picasso, Lava, Midnight Purple, Image, Midnight Brown, Caviar
– 2 x Blush in Posy Pink, Warm Apricot
– 3 x Soft Lights in Lens, Prism, Shimmer
– 4 x Lipgloss in Buff, Bitten, Guava, Mulberry

Have you tried any of these palettes?
What is your must-have palette?

* photos and information taken from nyxcosmetics.ca and sephora.com

Glitz & Glam New Year’s Nails

I don’t know about you, but there is something about glitter that just screams out the “HOLIDAYS” for me.

Here is my nail look that would look great for New Year’s!

 L-R: NYX Cafe Au Lait, Gold Sparkle, Sephora by OPI Blue Grotto

So this look was completely experimental!

I initially intended to paint my nails with only Cafe Au Lait but I thought it looked a bit plain against my skin. So I decided to jazz it up a bit by adding the Gold Sparkle. It was my first time using the two nail polishes so I wasn’t sure how pigmented they were. I ended up liking Gold Sparkle so much that I added a second coat. Pretty much to the point where you couldn’t really see the initial colour of Cafe Au Lait seeping through the glitter. I didn’t want my nails to be all glitter so I decided to add a solid colour to the mix. Since I haven’t used Blue Grotto in a long time, I figured I would just use that. Plus, I always liked gold and blue as a combo. [That’s what’s great about experimenting, you just never know how it will turn out at the end!]

A simple design of just a slant is almost mistake-proof. So I went with that. I started to do it freehand but for some nails it wasn’t as straight as I wanted it to be. So to clean-up and straighten my line, I took the french tip stickers (you can use reg. tape) and just taped it to my nail with the desired angle (the base colour is dry, of course).

Next time I think I’ll stick to using the french tip stickers or tape to begin with. It would’ve saved me so much more time! 😛

Anyway, this is the finally result. I LOVE IT!!

What is your New Year’s nails going to look like?
Let me know if you try this! 🙂

Happy Holidays!