Empties February 2020

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Another month of empties – I’m making slow but steady progress at using up the products in my stash! Becuase I’m on a low buy, I’ll let you know if I plan to re-purchase eventually, and link to my original reviews. Let’s take a look!

Skincare Empties:

Empties February 2020

Lowen’s Natural Skincare Classic Lime Margarita Lip Balm and In Yo Face! Natural BB Cream – these were both from an amazing PR package from Lowen’s – I LOVED both the lip balm and the BB Cream so much! I have a stash of lip balms and facial moisturizers to use up but would replace. Reviews are here and here.

Leahlani Bless Balm – this was from my Petit Vour subscription. I used it both as a lip balm and as a cuticle balm. It was really awesome. I have a few more multi-purpose balms in my stash to use up, so no need to replace just yet. Review was here.

Sothys Paris / Sothys Canada Hydra Smoothing Mask, Energizing Serum, and nO2ctuelle Detox Resurfacing Overnight Cream – all three of these were PR samples. All are excellent high end, spa quality skincare products, that despite being more scented than my personal preference, all worked well for my sensitive skin. I still have a few more masks, serums and moisturizers / creams to use up, so I do not need to replace these right now. Reviews are here, here and here.

Haircare, Makeup and Essential Oil Empties:

Empties Feb 2020

Briogeo Curl Charisma Defining Crème – I bought this ages ago (almost 2 years!), and I finally finished it! I really like this curl cream a lot, but have a few more hair products to use up, so I won’t be replacing right now. Review is here.

Now Essential Oils Cheer Up Buttercup! – I bought this last year I think. And the mister liked it so much, that he bought a replacement for me! I never did review this essential oil, but it is such a bright, sunshine-y citrus scent.

Nyx Total Control Drop Foundation – I really like serum type foundations because they feel so light on the skin. I’m currently using one from Juice Beauty and one from Nyx, so I won’t be replacing right now. Review is here.

Have you finished up much this past month? I’m super close to finishing up a shampoo, a conditioner, and two facial moisturizers already this month.

Thanks for reading

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Disclosure: This empties post contains a mix of PR samples and products that I purchased myself (all identified above). My opinion is my own regardless!

Nyx Cosmetics Born to Glow Naturally Radiant Foundation Review

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Today I’m reviewing the Born to Glow Naturally Radiant Foundation from Nyx Cosmetics – I purchased it a few weeks ago, and have been trying it out. [info in italics taken from the Nyx Canada website]

Nyx Born to Glow Naturally Radiant Foundation

We. Can’t. Even. The brand-new Born to Glow! Naturally Radiant Foundation is so glowrious. Available in an inclusive range of 45 truly flattering shades, our covetable formula delivers buildable medium coverage and a naturally radiant finish that lasts. This liquid foundation blends like a dream and even works with your skin to help create a smooth, even-toned look. Turn up the luminosity with our other Born to Glow! must-haves.

Nyx Born to Glow Naturally Radiant Foundation

This foundation is available in 45 shades – pretty great range for a drugstore foundation! ranging from Pale to Deep Ebony, with cool, neutral and warm undertones. I purchased the shade light porcelain – which is a great match for my pale winter skintone.

Nyx Born to Glow Naturally Radiant Foundation

The coverage feels light on the skin, but the coverage is medium. The finish is radiant and natural looking. Just make sure that your moisturizer and / or primer has fully absorbed into the skin before applying the foundation – or else you might get some pilling – which I did once or twice when in a hurry! But when I take the time to let things absorb, this foundation plays nicely with my skincare.

I think that it is a great budget friendly foundation if you want a natural, radiant, healthy skin look!

Have you tried this foundation?

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Disclosure: I purchased this!

 

Nyx Born to Glow Radiant Concealer Review

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Today I’m reviewing the Born to Glow Radiant Concealer from Nyx Cosmetics – I purchased, and have been trying it out for a few weeks now. [info in italics taken from the Nyx Canada website]

Nyx Born to Glow Radiant Concealer - Fair

Carefully calibrated to match our Born to Glow Naturally Radiant Foundation, NYX Professional Makeup Born to Glow Radiant Concealer will give you instantly brighter eyes in a puff! This micropearl-infused radiant concealer covers up blemishes, blurs imperfections, and boosts radiance. Also great as a contour concealer, the built-in puff blender allows for quick, precise, no-fuss application and lets you dab, blend and beautify on the go.

Nyx Born to Glow Radiant Concealer - Fair

This concealer is available in 24 shades, ranging from pale to deep espresso, with cool, neutral and warm undertones. I chose the shade fair which is a perfect colour match for my winter paleness.

Nyx Born to Glow Radiant Concealer - Fair

This concealer helps conceal redness, and any uneven pigmentation without leaving the skin looking flat. It adds a radiant finish to the skin, and works well for brightening. I like it a lot!

I’ll be reviewing the Born to Glow Radiant Foundation this week as well.

Have you tried this? Do you have a favourite concealer?

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Disclosure: I purchased this!

 

Nyx Cosmetics High Glass Finishing Powder Review

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Today I’m reviewing the High Glass Finishing Powder from Nyx Cosmetics that I recently purchased online because I finally managed to finish my last pressed powder! [info in italics taken from the Nyx Canada website]

Nyx High Glass Finishing Powder

Blur imperfections and keep it glassy all-day long with our new High Glass Finishing Powder! As Step 2 of our 3-Step High Glass Skin Regimen, this versatile formula was designed to be worn over High Glass Face Primer or the foundation of choice. Available in three light-reflecting shades which stretch across light to deep skin tones (light, medium, and deep), each shimmering setting powder sets your makeup and gives the complexion a sleek and polished glass-like glow. Glass skin, defined: Evolving from K-Beauty’s dedication to a healthy, glowy, hydrated-looking complexion, “glass skin” refers to skin that looks translucent, smooth and reflective—just like a pane of glass.

Nyx High Glass Finishing Powder

This powder is available in three shades: light, medium and deep. I purchased the shade light.

Nyx High Glass Finishing Powder

I had though that this finishing powder would probably give my skin a radiant glowy finish, but wow, this is mega glittery, when I use it, it looks as if I did my whole face with a highlighting powder. Way too shimmery for every day usage for me! I will however use it as a highlighter, because it is really pretty.

Nyx High Glass Finishing Powder

Have you tried this powder?

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Disclosure: I purchased this!

Nyx Slip Tease Lip Lacquer (Strawberry Whip) Review

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Today I have a little review and swatching of one of the Slip Tease Lip Lacquers in the shade Strawberry Whip from Nyx Cosmetics. I purchased this one just before Christmas, and have been wearing it since then. [info in italics taken from the Nyx Canada website]

Nyx Slip Tease Lip Lacquer in Strawberry Whip

Put the moves on your pout with our new Slip Tease Full Colour Lip Lacquer. From seductive nudes to bold berries and more, this luxurious lippie delivers full coverage in 24 pigment-rich and seriously plush shades that shine.

Nyx Slip Tease Lip Lacquer in Strawberry Whip

Featuring an hourglass-shaped applicator that makes lining your lips a cinch, each weightless hue slips on comfy-smooth and glossy for a knockout finish. The soft vanilla-mint scent is also pretty irresistible.

Nyx Slip Tease Lip Lacquer in Strawberry Whip

This is a glossy liquid lipstick, and is super hydrating. Fairly long wearing, but not smudge or transfer-proof. I love the shade that I bought.

Nyx Slip Tease Lip Lacquer in Strawberry Whip

Very hydrating, and pigmented. Not sticky like a regular lip gloss.

Nyx Slip Tease Lip Lacquer in Strawberry Whip

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Disclosure: I purchased this!

Nyx Machinist Ignite Palette Review

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Nyx Machinist Palette - Ignite

A few days ago, I reviewed two of the Ignite Lip Products from the recently launched Machinist Collection (inspired by Steampunk) and today I’m swatching and reviewing the Nyx Ignite Eyeshadow Palette from the collection. There are three palettes in the Machinist Collection – Grind, Steam and Ignite [info in italics taken from the Nyx Canada website]

Nyx Machinist Palette - Ignite

I don’t buy eyeshadow palettes very often because I have a fairly large collection of single shadows, but this palette had some shades that I didn’t already own.

Nyx Machinist Palette - Ignite

Kick your look into high gear with our limited-edition Machinist Shadow Palette. Available in three steampunk-inspired color combos, the Grind, Steam and Ignite collections all include 12 highly pigmented tones that breathe new life into this retro-futuristic fantasy. Mix and match each amaze assortment of cool and warm metals with bold mattes to create an amped up effect. From grungy romantic to vintage beauty, all you need is a spark of inspiration to make the mood your own.

Now onto the swatches, and my thoughts on each (faves will be marked with *). The shades do not have names, only numbers – so I’ll do them in order.

First row – shades 1 through 4:

Nyx Machinist Palette - Ignite

Shade 1 – matte.  I had to swatch this light cream shade heavily to make it visible on my pale skin. This one is great as a base shadow, or a browbone highlight.

Shade 2* – metallic. I love this taupe shade, been wearing it a lot! It looks even nicer on the eye than it does in the swatch.

Shade 3* – metallic. I have similar copper toned shades in my collection, but I really like this one as well. Copper tones work really well with my blue eyes.

Shade 4* – matte. This was one of the shades that drew me into this palette as I don’t own a similar shade. Love love love this one!

Second row, shades 5 through 8:

Nyx Machinist Palette - Ignite

Shade 5 – metallic. This shade is a letdown, it is such a pretty bronze shade in the palette, but applies horribly (even with primer).

Shade 6 – matte. I have similar shades in my collection, but it applies nicely.

Shade 7* – matte. This is one of the shades that drew me to the palette. I love this one in the crease.

Shade 8* – metallic. This was another one of the shades that drew me to the palette as I don’t already own a dupe for it.

Third row, shades 9 through 12:

Nyx Machinist Palette - Ignite

Shade 9* – matte. I love this shade a lot. I don’t already have a similar shade in my collection. I love this one as a crease shade!

Shade 10* – matte. Another great shade, I like this one for my outer corner or as a liner. I need to play with this shade more.

Shade 11 – metallic. This metallic shade takes a little extra time to make it work. It swatches more brown in tone that it looks in the pan.

Shade 12 – metallic. This is similar to many shades in my collection, I know I’ll use it.

Nyx Machinist Palette - Ignite

Overall: The matte shades are all great, but the metallic shades are hit and miss. Some are good (shades 2, 3 and 8), some are just ok (shades 11 and 12), and one is terrible (shade 5).

Since I started writing this review a few days ago, I have discovered that the metallic shades are a lot more workable if you use a wet brush application. This is not something that I would do for an every day look, but would take the extra time if I was doing a full on glam look.

What do you think of this palette? Have you tried the other two (Grind and Steam) from the Machinist Collection?

Nyx is cruelty free, but their parent company is not.

Thanks for reading and have a beautiful day! ❤

Disclosure: I purchased this.

 

Nyx Machinist Collection – The Lip Products Reviews

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Today I’m reviewing two of the lip products from Nyx’s recent Machinist Collection (inspired by Steampunk). The Machinist Collection has three themes: Grind, Steam and Ignite. There are two lip products for each of the three themes – the Machinist Lipstick and the Machinist Lip Lacquer. I purchased both in the Ignite shades. [info in italics taken from the Nyx Canada website]

The Lipstick:

Nyx Machinist Lipstick in Ignite

Stud those lips in shimmery color using our limited-edition Machinist Lipstick. This comfortably creamy formula is loaded with ultra-fine pearls that add over-the-top luster to your pout. Available in honey bronze, copper and bronze—representing the Grind, Steam and Ignite facets of our Machinist collection, respectively—these high-coverage lippies are the perf accessories. 

Nyx Machinist Lipstick in Ignite

The Ignite shade of the Lipstick is a dark, vampy, metallic bronze shade. In the tube it looks like it would be more wine toned, but on me it pulls more brown. I do find it a little on the drying side, not terribly so – comparable to a mildly drying matte lipstick. I find that most metallic lipstick shades feel like when I wear them.

Nyx Machinist Lipstick in Ignite

The Lip Lacquer:

Nyx Machinist Lip Lacquer in Ignite

Go full steam ahead with Machinist Lip Lacquer. This limited-edition lippie is the Slip Tease Full Color Lip Lacquer you know and love—now in steampunk-inspired shades! Available in wine (Grind), blue (Steam) and nude (Ignite), each grungy tone adds a glossy touch to the Grind, Steam and Ignite facets of our Machinist collection. This perfectly plush lippie goes on silky-smooth and provides full coverage.

Nyx Machinist Lip Lacquer in Ignite

The Ignite shade of the Lip Lacquer is a very wearable nude shade that is super comfortable on the lips – and surprisingly long wearing for a glossy finish liquid lipstick. I’ve been wearing this one a LOT lately!

*In the photo below I’ve swatched the Lip Lacquer rather thick to show the colour*

Nyx Machinist Lip Lacquer in Ignite

I’ve also been testing out one of the Machinist Palettes – swatches and review to follow in a few days.

Have you tried anything from the Machinist Collection?

Nyx is cruelty free, however their parent company is not.

Thanks for reading and have a beautiful day!

Disclosure: I purchased these things.

 

 

ipsy Glam Bag February 2017 Unboxing & First Impressions

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This month’s ipsy Glam Bag arrived a little later than usual this month, but better late than never! Especially since I think that this month’s bag was a good one!

The bag itself is a cute little denim number with bright orange trim. Not overly Valentine themed as I was expecting, but it is still cute.

Ipsy Glam Bag Feb 2017

So what did I get? This post is just an unboxing and first impressions full reviews to come later.

First up is a Nyx Butter Lipstick in shade Ripe Berry:

  • Right now this satin finish is our goldilocks texture. Glossy is too much. Matte isn’t doing the trick. But this is just right!

  • These are so insanely creamy that there’s no need to use lip balm beforehand.

  • Ripe Berry is a totally appropos name; the hue (which has cool, purple undertones) reminds us of crushed raspberries.

Ipsy Glam Bag Feb 2017

This is a great creamy lipstick, in a nice sheer berry shade. I love the Nyx Butter Lipsticks, so I was happy to get this one. A cruelty free brand, yay!

Up next is a Hikari Cream Pigment Eye Shadow in Latte:

  • Don’t be fooled by the name, there’s nothing milky about this metallic copper.

  • It’s so richly pigmented that even a tiny bit makes your eyes pop.

  • You can use it three ways: Brush it on for a bold metallic shadow, swipe on with your fingertips for a messier smoky look, or use a liner brush and create a gleaming cat eye.

Ipsy Glam Bag Feb 2017

This is a beautiful coppery shadow. I love copper tones, and it is a cruelty free brand, so I’m super happy with this one as well. The packaging though is terrible – flimsy plastic – I’m going to depot this once I buy a z-palette (or something similar).

Swatches of the Nyx Butter Lipstick and Hikari Cream Pigment Eye Shadow:

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Up next is a True Botanicals Resurfacing Moisture Mask:

  • Go from a dull complexion to one that’s insanely glowy in five minutes, flat.

  • It both exfoliates (with lactic acid) and hydrates (with avocado butter), the ultimate dream team for scoring radiant skin.

  • This is totally splurge-worthy. The full size tub costs $$$ at high end department stores. (But you get to try it for like….nada.)

Ipsy Glam Bag Feb 17

Ipsy Glam Bag Feb 17

I am unsure if this brand is cruelty free or not. I was initially excited about this facial mask, but it is really strongly scented – to my nose it is very jasmine – one of my most hated scents, so I will be passing this onto someone who doesn’t mind scented products.

Up next is a Bellapierre Cosmetics VolumeLash Waterproof Mascara:

  • You could be watching The Notebook while taking a swim on the most humid of summer days, and this smudge-free formula wouldn’t run.

  • The flexible brush perfectly separates and coats every single lash, so your fringe looks completely full and defined.  

  • Even though it’s waterproof, a makeup removing wipe will take it right off, no tugging or rubbing (or lash damage) required.

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Finally a waterproof mascara! I’m super excited to try this one out! Another cruelty free brand!

The final product is a Luxie Beauty Rose Gold Blush Brush 514:

  • The bristles are vegan, synthetic, and cruelty-free.

  • Soft and fluffy bristles combined with the small domed shape make this great for dusting on highlighter.

  • Is it just us, or does rose gold make everything look dreamy?

Ipsy Glam Bag Feb 17

I have a few Luxie brushes, they’re really great, and they’re cruelty free and vegan. I love getting brushes from Ipsy.

All in all, I think this month’s bag was a good one! What did you get in your ipsy glam bag?

Ipsy Glam Bag Feb 17

I cashed in a few of my Ipsy points to get the Briogeo Curl Carisma Rice Amino + Avocado Leave-In Defining Crème (description taken from the Briogeo website):

Curl Charisma Rice Amino + Avocado Leave-In Defining Crème hydrates, defines, and weather-proofs curls while maintaining touchable movement and light, flexible hold. Mollis leaf and tomato fruit ferments smooth and seal the hair cuticle to lock out frizz-causing environmental moisture to promote consistent curl formation. Ultra-hydrating avocado oil helps hair retain moisture and increases elasticity to protect against damage. For added hold, cocktail with Curl Charisma Frizz Control Gel to create the perfect blend of hydration and hold custom-suited for your hair type. 

Ipsy Glam Bag Feb 17

This was on my wishlist so I jumped at the chance to get it with my points! Can’t wait to test it out. Another cruelty brand!

Thanks for reading and have a beautiful day! ❤

Disclosure: Monthly subscription that I pay for!

Weekly Re-cap (Feb 13th to 19th)

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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!