Weekly Re-cap (Feb 13th to 19th)

Hello, hello!

Just a little re-cap of the week’s blog post in case you missed out.

Monday, February 13th – Nyx #nofilter Finishing Powder Review

Wednesday, February 15th  – Nyx Total Control Drop Foundation

Friday, February 17th – My A England Polish Collection

I’m still managing to do a daily yoga practice. Some days are better than others. I finally managed to do a side plank! Sure, I might have fallen over shortly after, but it is progress nonetheless!

Thanks for reading and have a beautiful day! ❤

Disclosure: I purchased all the things!

 

Nyx Total Control Drop Foundation Review

Hello, hello!

Today I’m reviewing the new Total Control Drop Foundation from Nyx. Here’s what it says on the website:

From sheer to full, your ideal coverage is just drops away with our new Total Control Drop Foundation! Fine-tune this velvety, matte foundation with the included dropper. Simply adjust the number of drops until you create the look you’re feelin’ today. Want more coverage? Add more drops! Buff expertly using the TOTAL CONTROL DROP FOUNDATION BRUSH for a seriously smooth finish

Available in 24 different shades – ranging from pale to deep espresso with warm, neutral and cool undertones. I chose to test out porcelain (neutral undertones), the third lightest shade in the range.

Nyx Total Control Drop Foundation

The foundation is super liquidy, and you can choose the level of coverage – in the instructions it says to use 2 or more drops for light, 3 or more for medium, and four or more drops for full coverage.

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I’ve tried applying with my Wayne Goss foundation brush, with my Real Techniques blending sponge, and with my fingers. I prefer applying with fingers and then blending with my brush, due to how watery the foundation is and being better able to control the application that way.

The finish really does feel velvety and smooth, but not super flat matte when applied on the sheerer side – hopefully that makes sense. I find that a really flat matte finish makes me look completely dead. Heavier application will cake up on dry areas, so I wouldn’t recommend this foundation if you have super dry skin and want full coverage. I have mostly normal and slightly dry skin right now.

Have you tried this foundation? Did you like it?

Disclosure: I purchased this!

 

 

Best of 2015 – the Make-Up Edit

Best BB/CC Cream:

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The CC+ Cream from It Cosmetics is my summer Holy Grail item since it contains SPF 50, doesn’t make my skin irritated or greasy, and it makes my skin feel like it can breathe (review). I plan on buying this again in the spring.

Best Foundation:

Nars 4

I’ve tried wearing liquid foundations over the years, and they’ve always made my skin feel like it is suffocating. The Sheer Glow Foundation from Nars is the first one that works for my sensitive skin that I’ve tried so far (review).

Best Concealer(s):

I have three that I use ALL THE TIME. And they are all from Nyx. The first one is for under-eye circles  – the Dark Circle Concealer (review), the second one is for general concealing and highlighting – the HD Concealer (review), and the third one is for any areas that need a little extra concealing power – Above & Beyond Full Coverage Concealer (review).

Best Lipstick:

I chose ColourPop Lippie Stix because 9 times out of 10, when I reach for a lipstick, it is one from ColourPop (reviews here and here).

Best Highlighter:

We have a tie for this one, the first being from ColourPop, and the second from Brazen Cosmetics (reviews here and here).

Best Blush:

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Without a doubt, I will have to choose Milani’s Baked Blushes as the best (reviews here, here, and  here), I love them all equally!

Best Eyebrow Pencil:

My holy grail brow pencil is from Crispy Brows, with the runner up being from Anastasia Beverly Hills (reviews here and here).

Best Palette(s):

To be honest, I don’t own very many palettes. But my most used two are mini-palettes from Urban Decay, one of which I had won in a giveaway from Hello Kaily (reviews here and here).

Best Single Shadow(s):

This is a tough one since I have so many single shadows. But I will have to say that my favourite single shadows of this year would have to be Birthday Girl, Empire and Dare from ColourPop, followed by Stereo, also from ColourPop (reviews here and here). I chose these ones for their pigmentation and staying power.

Best Mascara:

Essence Get Big Lashes

I never actually did a review, but my go-to mascara is from Essence – the Get Big Lashes in the waterproof formulation. Most mascaras irritate my sensitive eyes, and because my eyes water easily (if I laugh, if it is windy out, or if my allergies are acting up), I need mascara that will stay put and not smudge. The price is ridiculously cheap too!

There you have it, my Best of 2015 for Make-Up.

Thanks for reading and have a Happy and Beautiful New Year! ❤ ❤ ❤

Disclosure: Please see individual reviews for disclosure of each product.

 

Nyx HD Studio Photogenic Foundation Review

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Here’s what the Nyx website has to say about the HD Studio Photogenic Foundation:

You don’t have to be on camera to achieve flawless skin! Our peptide infused High Definition Foundation uses light-diffusing technology to enhance the appearance of silky smooth skin. Achieve a picture-perfect look anytime you’re in the spotlight.

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I’ve never really been a fan of wearing a liquid foundation, most of them make my skin feel like it is smothering. But since I’ve been wearing BB / CC creams all summer, I figured that I would test out a few liquid foundations in the hope that I could find one that my skin would tolerate. I purchased the HD Foundation in Nude, the lightest shade, which is described as porcelain as the next shade up (soft beige) was too yellow in tone for my pinky-peach toned pale skin now that my “tan” has completely faded. *Not that it would be considered to be a tan by most people’s standards, more of a slightly less pale, haha*

As per the packaging, the foundation is described as having the following properties:

  • lightweight
  • buildable coverage
  • mineral enriched
  • formulated without talc and parabens

Nyx HD

Shade-wise, nude is a pretty perfect match for my skin, not a stark, chalky, white and not too pink or yellow in tone. This foundation is available in eight different shades on the website: nude (porcelain), soft beige (light with beige undertone), natural (light-medium with beige undertone), sand beige (medium with beige undertone), medium (medium with golden undertone), natural beige, warm sand (deep with olive undertone), and california tan (deep with slight red undertone). That seems like an awful lot of beige tones to me. Not everyone is beige. Has anyone else tried this product? It seems to me that there should be a far larger shade range.

Nyx HD5

The HD foundation has a creamy liquid texture when applying, and dries down to a smooth, not quite matte, not quite satin, finish. I’ve been applying it with a dampened sponge for a sheer to light coverage which is my preference. It supposedly has buildable coverage, but personally, I really can’t see it as achieving more than medium coverage. For me, it is great for smoothing and evening out my skintone. Normally I can’t wear a liquid foundation for more than a few hours before needing to wash it off because my skin gets so irritated. But with this foundation, my skin feels like it can breathe.

As an added note – I feel that the main reason why a lot of foundations don’t work well on my skin is due to being sensitive to several ingredients, which often include combinations of: parabens, talc, alcohols and perfumes. This product doesn’t contain parabens or talc, but does include alcohol and perfume. So far, my skin has not shown any sensitivity issues, and usually if something triggers my skin, I know within the first couple of hours of use, if not immediately.

Summary and verdict: The Nyx HD Foundation works for me both shade-wise and coverage-wise so I’m happy with my purchase. But, in my opinion, the shade range is limited. I must repeat myself here, not everyone is beige. Those who want or need fuller coverage might not like this foundation.

Disclosure: I purchased this.

Thanks for reading and have a beautiful day!!! ❤ ❤ ❤

Nyx stay matte but not flat powder foundation

Today I’m going to show you my new HD powder foundation from Nyx, the stay matte but not flat powder foundation. Here’s what it says on the Nyx website:

Want a matte finish to help you achieve a flawless complexion? The Stay Matte Not Flat Powder Foundation comes in a variety of gorgeous shades that provide the perfect finish to flatter all skin tones! You’ll look naturally flawless with minimal effort!

 Let’s start off by taking a look at the packaging. On the back it says that the Nyx stay matte but not flat powder foundation is mineral enriched, and formulated without talc, is oil free, and water resistant.

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It is available in 20 different shades, I purchased the powder in shade nude because it was the lightest shade that was in stock at the time, but porcelain or creamy natural would probably suit my skin better once my “tan” (which is not a tan by most people’s standards) fades back to my normal pinky / peachy toned pale. Out of the 20 different shades that I saw online, they looked to be mostly in the light to medium shades, with only two options for darker skin tones, and three medium deep shades. This will pose a problem for those with darker skin tones.

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I’ve been wearing it over my e.l.f. BB cream, or just with moisturizer and concealer and it works great with both, providing me with a nice matte but not chalky finish.

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The powder is finely milled and blends well. I’ve been using my Sephora mineral powder brush for applying, but it comes with a round sponge that you can use wet or dry, depending on the level of coverage that you need. Since I use it dry, I would describe the coverage as light, but buildable to medium if I used the sponge (dry). On the packaging it say that you can achieve full coverage using the sponge dry, and to apply with a wet / damp sponge to achieve heavy duty coverage. Personally I think that you could probably achieve a medium to full coverage with a damp sponge. So if you want a full to heavy duty coverage then this is probably not the foundation one for you.

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Verdict: I really like this powder foundation as it blends well into my skin and gives a nice mattifying effect.

Disclosure: I purchased this!

Thanks for reading and have a beautiful day!!! ❤ ❤ ❤

Mini Haul X2

Just a short and sweet post for you all today – my two mini hauls:

The first is from well.ca.

mini haul elf and milani

e.l.f. BB cream in fair

Milani Baked Blush in Berry Amore

Milani Color Statement Lipstick in Sangria

Milani Color Statement Lipstick in Nude Cream

The second mini haul is from Jean Coutu (a pharmacy here in Quebec) that FINALLY carries Nyx.

I almost squealed out loud in the pharmacy when I spotted the display!

Nyx Mini Haul

I didn’t have much money with me, so I limited myself to just two things:

Nyx butter lipstick in Pops

Nyx stay matte but not flat powder foundation in nude

Reviews to follow once I’ve has a chance to try everything out!

Thanks for reading and have a beautiful day! ❤ ❤ ❤