Nyx Soft Matte Lip Cream Review and Swatching (Stockholm)

Nyx Soft Matte Lip Cream - Stockholm Swatch

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Today I have a little review of another goody from the package that I won from Rossy’s recent giveaway (Ayr Galaxy) – the Nyx Soft Matte Lip Cream in the shade Stockholm. [info in italics taken from the Nyx Canada website]

Nyx Soft Matte Lip Cream - Stockholm

Our velvety smooth Soft Matte Lip Cream delivers a burst of creamy color and sets to a stunning Matte finish. Surprisingly durable, lightweight and delightfully creamy, it’s no wonder this sweetly scented formula is a NYX Professional Makeup fan favorite.

WHAT IT DOES – Envelopes the lips in creamy, highly pigmented matte color.

WHY WE LOVE IT – This fan-favorite formula is light on the lips and heavy on the pigmentation –a perfect combination. Enriched with skin-smoothing silicones, our Soft Matte Lip Creams keep your pout looking and feeling soft with a creamy whipped texture.

Nyx Soft Matte Lip Cream - Stockholm Swatch

The shade Stockholm is described as a mid-tone beige pink  (pink toned nude shade). I feel that it is slightly too light, and pulls quite pink on my lips since I’m so pale, but if I combine it with a slightly darker nude lip crayon from my stash it makes the perfect shade for me. I do love the formula, it is super creamy and doesn’t dry my lips out.

Nyx Soft Matte Lip Cream - Stockholm

Have you tried this one?

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Disclosure: In case you missed it at the beginning, I won this in a giveaway (thanks Rossy!)



Empties August 2019

August 2019 Empties - Bath & Body - Lavido, Alba Botanica, Andalou Naturals

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Can you believe that August is already finished? It feels like the summer has gone by so quickly! I’ve managed to finish up a few more products from my stash this month – not as many as I had hoped to finish, but progress is progress.

I’ll include links to my original reviews as well as a comment on whether or not I will eventually purchase a replacement.

Let’s take a look – Bath and Body:

August 2019 Empties - Bath & Body - Lavido, Alba Botanica, Andalou Naturals

Lavido Thera Intensive Foot Cream – this was a Petit Vour subscription sample. I liked it a lot, but the scent made the Mister sneeze every time I used it, so I probably won’t purchase a full size. Review is here.

Alba Botanica Hawaiian Body Oil – This might be my second bottle of this body oil. I love it, and will buy it again eventually once I finish up a few other body products. Review is here.

Andalou Naturals Kukui Cocoa Nourishing Body Butter – Another Petit Vour sample. I liked this one a lot, but I think I prefer the rose scented one more. Review is here.


Empties August 2019 - Hair Care - Kristin Ess, Wise Men's Care

Kristin Ess Sea Salt Air Dry Spray – I used this wave spray a lot since I purchased it last summer, it worked amazingly well for my wavy hair. I’m currently testing out another wave spray, so I don’t need to repurchase this one right now, but I probably would get this again eventually. Review is here.

Wise Men’s Care Simple & Natural Men’s Shampoo / Birch Bark Daily Shampoo – This was part of a PR package. I loved the scent of this shampoo, it is very woodsy, and gentle on the scalp. I still have the travel size of this shampoo to finish up, and a few other shampoos in my stash to use up, so no need to purchase a replacement at this time. Review is here.


Empties August 2019 - Skincare - Lowen's, Goldfaden MD

Lowen’s Get Toned! Vegan Facial Toner – This was from a PR package. I kept this spray toner in my fridge, and used it whenever I needed a spritz of refreshing hydration. I have at least one or two toners in my stash to finish, so I don’t need to purchase a replacement (but I would like to eventually). Review is here.

Goldfaden MD Detox Hydrating Gel – Another Petit Vour subscription sample. I liked to wear this light gel moisturizer under sunscreen. I have so many moisturizers / creams in my stash to use up, that I really cannot purchase a replacement. Review is here.

Lowen’s Bee Local Lip Balm – This is from the same PR package as the toner. I’m a lip balm addict, so you know that I loved this! I still have two more lip balms to finish (and the Mister claimed the third one), so I don’t need to replace just yet, but I would like to before winter. Review of some of the Lowen’s lip balms is here.


Empties August 2019 - Makeup - Essence, Nyx

Essence I ❤ Colour Intensifying Eyeshadow Base – I had this for way too long (shamefully – since 2016), so I am decluttering it. I’ve recently gotten another shadow base / primer in a recent Petit Vour box. I’d buy this again, it works great and is super affordable. Review is here.

Nyx Tinted Brow Mascara – Another one that I had for way to long! i really liked this brow mascara and will probably buy it again eventually. I’m currently using and loving the Essence Make Me Brow, so no need to replace right now. Review is here.

Did you finish up very much this month?

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Disclosure: Post contains products that I purchased myself and PR samples (all PR samples are identified).

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!

Empties January 2019

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I’m still working my way through my stash and using things up. I managed to finish up a few things this month. Let’s take a look and I’ll let you know if I’ve repurchased or not, or if I plan on repurchasing eventually, and I’ll include a link to the original review(s).

Empties January 2019

Native Deodorant in Lavender Rose and Cedar Sea Salt – Both myself and the mister finished our first natural deodorant sticks from Native. I’ve already purchased replacements, but this time in Hibiscus and Mint for me, and Eucalyptus and Mint for him. I’m also alternating using the sensitive formula in Cotton and Lily scent. Reviews are here and here.

LaCoupe Moroccan Rose Volume Loving Shampoo & Conditioner – This set took me six months to finish up because I can’t use it all the time as I need more hydration for my hair, nor did not give my hair any added volume – both of which I need in the winter time. I won’t be repurchasing as I have a few other shampoo & conditioner sets in my stash to use up. Review is here.

Empties January 2019

Nyx HD Concealer in Porcelain – I’ve purchased this several times since my original review in 2015, and will probably purchase it again once I use up the concealers in my stash.

Tarte Lights Camera Lashes Mascara – This got lost in my stash, and I’ve had it open for too long. It wasn’t the one for me as it didn’t hold a curl for my stick straight lashes so I won’t purchase this one. Review is here.

Farmacy Beauty Green Clean Makeup Meltaway Cleansing Balm – I love this cleansing balm, and plan to repurchase once I finish up another cleanser in my stash. It is super gentle and removes makeup really well (even waterproof mascara). Review is here.

Goldfaden MD Brightening Elixir / Antioxidant Serum – I really liked this serum sample from December’s Petit Vour box and would love to own a full size. But I have a few serums in my stash to use up, so it is going on my wishlist for now. Review is here.

Maison Jacynthe Eau Florale de Rose *PR sample –  I love facial mists / toners. This one is beautiful and a definite wishlist item for me as I have a few facial toners / mists to use up in my stash. I actually finished this one up a few months ago, but the bottle was hidden in my refrigerator so it kept getting left out of my monthly empties. Review is here.

Did you finish up much this month?

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Disclosure: Please see original blog post reviews for individual disclosure details. However my opinion is my own, based on my experience with the products.

My Highlighter Stash

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Since the Holiday Season is rapidly approaching, I thought I’d share my highlighter collection with you all, since the Holiday’s are a great time to sparkle and shine!

I’ll be showing you my highlighter stash and linking to the original reviews.

Highlighter Stash - Nyx, Essence and Kani Beauty

Nyx Duo Chromatic Illuminating Powder in Lavender Steel – I’d recently re-discovered this highlighter in my stash. Because it is so cool toned it is perfect for this time of year! Review is here.

Essence Bloom Me Up Shimmer Powder in Rose It Up – This is an oldie in my collection. If I don’t start to use it more, I’m going to de-stash it. I used to use it daily but as I added more highlighters to my collection, I kind of forgot about it. Review is here.

Nyx Born To Glow Liquid Illuminator in Gleam – Another forgotten gem in my stash. This is over two years old and will be de-stashed as I don’t like to keep liquid formulations around for a long time. Review is here.

Kani Botanicals Prismatic Highlighter in Rose Quartz – this is the newest highlighter in my collection, it came in my October Petit Vour Box, very icy in tone, perfect for winter! Review is here.

Highlighter Stash - ColourPop, Soap + Glory, Nomad, Maison Jacynthe

ColorPop SuperShock Cheeks in Stole The Show – Another one of my favourite highlighters, so wearable! Review is here.

Soap and Glory Glow All Out Cheek Stick in Ice Shimmer – I won this in a giveaway back in December 2016, this is starting to dry out, so I will de-stash it. Review is here.

Nomad Illuminating Highlighter in Midnight Sun – I never did a full review fo this one, but it is very similar in tone to the Maison Jacynthe one. It is super small, so great for travel! First impressions here.

Maison Jacynthe Illuminator in Sparkling Sun* – This is one of my favourite highlighters, it can be worn for a subtle glow, or for a full on glow effect. I probably use this one the most! Review is here.

Highlighter Stash - Mica Beauty, ColourPop

Mica Beauty Highlighting Powder in #3 – This one is super golden. I don’t use it often as a highlighter because it is so intense, but I do like to use it as an eye shadow! First impressions is here.

ColourPop SuperShock Cheeks in Butterfly Beach – I can use this one as either a highlighter or as a bronzer depending on how much I use / how much I blend it out. I tend to use this one more in the summer, as I’m super pale in the winter so it takes a lot of blending to make it work for me this time of year. Review is here.

Do you have any of these highlighters? What is your fave highlighter?

Thanks for reading and have a beautiful day!

Disclosure: PR products identified with *.


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.



Fall Shadow Edit – Shop My Stash

Fall Shadow Edit

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I was digging through my eyeshadow stash looking for a green shadow the other day, when the inspiration struck me to set aside a few for fall. With the temperatures (very slowly) starting to cool off, I’m more inclined to go for richer, deeper, smokier shades.

Here are a few of my picks:

Fall Shadow Edit

Zoeva Cocoa Blend Palette – I’m still in love with this palette, I use it year round, but seem to go for the darker shades in the fall / winter. Original review and swatches are here.

Fall Shadow Edit

Urban Decay single shadows in Mildew, Cobra, and Loaded. I’ve had these for a long time but you can still buy Mildew and Loaded. Sadly Cobra seems to have been discontinued.

Nyx Prismatic Shadow in Jaded. I got this in an Ipsy GlamBag and it has been lost in my eyeshadow stash for ages, and I forgot that I had it!

What are your shadow picks for fall?

Thanks for reading and have a beautiful day!

Disclosure: I won the palette in a giveaway in 2016, and the rest were purchased by me.

Ipsy GlamBag June 2017 Unboxing & First Impressions

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Today I have my unboxing and first impressions on the June Ipsy GlamBag. The theme for this month is “Volume Up” – to fearlessly express yourself. All text in italics taken from the Ipsy website.


The bag design this month is a super cute, canvas bag. Let’s see what was inside:

Beaute Basics Travel Face Blender



  • Streaky makeup is so not ok! This blending beauty helps you apply all your liquid and cream formulas like a boss—so your complexion looks airbrushed, filtered, and totes flawless.  
  • Brushes can be so tricky. We love how this super easy-to-use sponge gets all up in the hard-to-reach places (like the edge of your nose and inner corners of your eyes).
  • This small wonder is great for travel, and the #millennialpink shade happens to look really cute in your makeup kit.

I actually needed to replace one of my makeup sponges, so this came at a perfect time. This travel face blender is a firmer, bouncier sponge than what I’m used to, but I’m sure that I can make it work.

Dr. Lili Fan Probiotic Recovery Cream

Ipsy GlamBag June 2017

  • We already know that probiotics are good for our insides (that’s why we OD on yogurt, right?), but they’re also AMAZING for our skin. That’s why we’re super obsessed with this probiotic-infused moisturizing miracle cream!

  • It’s also made with ultra powerful peptides and Vitamin C, which brightens up dull skin and enhances natural collagen reproduction (AKA makes us look younger.)

  • This stuff is legit. Aside from “skincare queen/anti-aging specialist”, Dr. Fan’s job titles ALSO include biochemist, microbiologist, and practicing ophthalmologist. NBD.

I haven’t tried this, but I did open it enough to smell it – it is highly scented, so I will be passing this onto someone who doesn’t mind using scented facial products. It is cruelty free though, which is awesome!

Make Up Forever Aqua XL Eye Pencil in M-10 Matte Black


  • The cutting-edge formula is insanely creamy, so it glides on like buttah with no tugging or dragging.

  • Because YOU draw the line, and YOU get to call the shots, this waterproof baby literally stays put until you decide it’s quitting time. (Just make sure you have some good makeup remover on deck!)

  • Wanna try a blurred-out, rock n’ roll liner look? This perf pencil gives you plenty of time to smudge up your lines before it sets for good.

Another black eyeliner. Joy. I have enough black eyeliners to last a lifetime. I’ll be passing this onto someone who will use it.

Kokie Cosmetics Nail Polish in Atlantis at Last

Ipsy GlamBag June 2017