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 – June 2019

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Another month seems to have flown by, and I have once again managed to finish up a few things. Let’s take a look, and I’ll let you know if I plan on re-buying (either right away, or adding to my wishlist to purchase eventually) or not at all. I’ll also link to any reviews.

Empties June 2019 - Hask, EVOLVh, Nova Scotia Fisherman and Native

Hask Chia Seed Volumizing Dry Shampoo – I already have a replacement in my stash. I like this one because it doesn’t smell too strong, and it doesn’t make my hair feel weird. Review is here.

Evolvh Smart Curl Hydrating Wash and Conditioner – This was part of the EVOLVh Love Your Curls Discovery Kit that was PR Gifted. The bottles are tiny but I got a surprising number of uses from them. Both are going on my wishlist, as I have other shampoo and conditioners to use up in my stash. Review is here.

Native Deodorant Sensitive Formula in Cotton + Lily – I already have a replacement in my stash, in the Rosé Scent, and the regular formula in Vanilla + Rose. I’ve been using Native Deodorants for over a year now. Review for the sensitive formula is here and the regular formula is here.

Nova Scotia Fisherman Naturally Moisturizing Hand & Body Cream – The only reason why I haven’t replaced this is because they were sold out at my local pharmacy the last time that I was buying body lotion, so I bought something else instead. I’ll definitely buy it again because it works so well and the scent is mild. Review is here.

Empties June 2019 - The Ordinary, Milani

The Ordinary Argireline Solution – This was in my recent mini project pan, it took me longer to finish than I thought it would. I have so many serums on my wishlist that I want to try, so I probably won’t re-purchase for awhile. Review is here.

Camille Beckman Glycerine Hand Therapy English Lavender – This was part of a birthday gift that I received. It was a great hand cream for winter, the glycerine made it long lasting. This was never reviewed.

Milani The Multitasker Face Powder in shade 02 Light Medium. This took me so long to finish after hitting pan. I even re-pressed it! I have other face powders to finish in my stash, so I won’t re-purchase right now. Review is here.

Not pictured: Le Prunier Plum Beauty Oil – this was a Petit Vour sample. I managed to finish it up, and dropped it in the sink while rinsing it out. I really liked this facial oil, but have a few in my stash to finish up. Review is here.

Empties June 2019 -Makeup De-Stash Essenece, Stila, Tarte, Nyx

De-Stash / De-Clutter of Old Makeup: These are all more than two years old (the white eyeliner is way older than that) – time to de-stash!

Did you manage to finish up much this past month?

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Disclosure: Post contains two PR gifted items identified above. However my opinion is my own.

 

 

 

Monthly Empties – November 2018

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Another month of products that I’ve managed to finish up. Let’s take a look and I’ll tell you if I plan on repurchasing (or not).

Haircare:

Empties November 2018

Attitude Super Leaves Shampoo in Color Protection (Avocado Oil & Pomegranate) – I finished up the conditioner awhile back. I really like the shampoos and conditioners from Attitude, I’ve tried a few of the formulations in the Super Leaves line, and in fact, I’m testing out another one right now, so I won’t be re-purchasing right away. (Reviews for the Color Protection and Nourishing & Strengthening)

Ouai Wave Spray – This wave spray worked so well for my hair – I love the beautiful beachy waves that it gives, but unless they come out with a milder scent, I probably won’t re-purchase. If you aren’t sensitive to scents, you will probably love this one. Review is here.

Skincare:

Empties November 2018

Formulary 55 Rosehip & Clay Facial Mask – this came in a Petit Vour box. I really liked this clay mask, I think that I managed to get six uses from the package. I have a few facial masks in my stash to use up so I don’t plan on purchasing at this time. Review is here.

The Ordinary Alpha Arbutin Serum – This was nearly finished when I knocked it over and the bottle shattered on my bathroom floor! Oops! I have so many serums to use up, that I am not buying any at this time until I finished up several more. Review is here.

Personelle Brand Facial Cotton Squares – I use these for removing mascara and swatches. I tend to buy whatever is on sale. These ones were not soft, and tended to leave cotton fibres in my lashes, so I’m going to try to remember not to buy these ones again.

Olverum Bath Oil – Another Petit Vour box gem – I absolutely LOVED this bath oil! I managed to get five or six baths from this bottle. This bath oil is at the top of my wishlist! I’m only buying necessary things for myself right now and this one is a luxury splurge. Review is here.

Poetic Blend The Cosmic Serum – I received this in a mega awesome giveaway package that I had won from Poetic Blend. This is a beautiful hydrating serum, it is on my wishlist to purchase after I use up a few more serums from my stash. Review is here.

Nova Scotia Fisherman Cuticle Rescue – This is a must have for nails  / cuticles! I’m currently using up a cuticle oil from my stash, so I don’t need to repurchase this yet, but again, it is one that I have on my wishlist. Review is here.

Makeup Decluttering:

Empties November 2018

I liked all three of these products, but it is time to let them go as I’ve either had them way too long, or they’ve dried out. The two highlighters Nyx Born to Glow and Soap & Glory Glow All Out were featured recently in my Highlighter Stash, but sadly they’ve started to go off or dry out. The ColourPop Ultra Satin Lip was in the shade Frick n Frack – which I LOVED – has also started to dry out, so it is high time to let it go!

Did you finish up a lot this month? I’m pretty happy with the progress that I making in working my way through my stash and using things up whenever possible, and decluttering when products have been kept too long.

Thanks for reading!

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Nyx Total Control Drop Foundation Review

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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.

Nyx Total Control Drop FoundationNyx Total Control Drop Foundation

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!

 

 

Nyx #NoFilter Finishing Powder Review

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Today I have a little review of the Nyx #NoFilter Finishing Powder. I picked this up in my recent Nyx haul because my Too Faced Cocoa Powder Foundation is so close to finishing.

Here’s what it says on the website:

Introduce us to someone who doesn’t love a good photo filter, and we’ll introduce you to our secret herd of pet unicorns. Our point? When it comes to getting our picture taken, we all love a good filter. That’s why we created #NoFilter Finishing Powder–our amazing new product that delivers a finish as flawless and soft as the most flattering filters on Instagram and beyond.

This finishing powder is available in fifteen different shades: alabaster, porcelain, ivory, light, light beige, beige, medium olive, classic tan, honey beige, caramel beige, sand, golden, deep golden, mahogony, and cocoa. I picked the shade porcelain since it was one of the lighter shades, but not the absolute lightest, and I had already tried the concealer in this shade.

When I first opened this powder, I thought that it would be way too dark for me because it is so much darker looking than the concealer in the same shade. Thankfully, it actually swatches to match my skin tone perfectly.

Nyx #NoFilter Finishing Powder

This is a really silky smooth powder, and it gives my skin a really nice finish. I’m very happy with this one.

Just FYI – this powder does not come with a brush or a sponge-puff. I’ve been using a brush for applying.

Have you tried this finishing powder? Did you like it?

Thanks for reading and have a beautiful day! ❤

Disclosure: I purchased this!

Weekly Re-cap (Feb 6th to 12th)

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Just a little round-up of the week’s blog posts:

Monday, February 6th – Spring Cleaning Project (Spring Project Pan Collab)

Wednesday, February 8th – Nyx Lip Lingerie Review (Embellishment)

Friday, February 10th – Nyx Duo Chromatic Illuminating Powder Review (Lavender Steel)

Thanks for reading and have a beautiful day! ❤

Disclosure: Please see original posts for product disclosures.

Nyx Duo Chromatic Illuminating Powder

Nyx Duo Chromatic Illuminating Powder

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Today I’m reviewing the new Duo Chromatic Illuminating Powder from Nyx. Here’s what it says on the Nyx website about this highlighting powder:

Light up your features with our new Duo Chromatic Illuminating Powder. Available in five glowing shades, this silky Powder blends like a dream for a fresh-faced look. Our breathtaking formulas light-catching pearls deliver a luminous finish that looks different from every angle. Brush this illuminating wonder along the highest points of the face – such as the cheekbones, bridge of the nose and Cupid’s bow.

The five shades are Twilight Tint (white with blue duochrome), Lavender Steel (lavender with pink and lavender duochrome), Crushed Bloom (dusty rose with pink and blue duochrome), Snow Rose (white with pink and lilac duochrome), and Sythetica (pink with gold duochrome).

I decided to pick the shade Lavender Steel. Trying to capture the duochrome flash is really difficult with overcast February light – the photo on the right was taken in my bedroom window (between the glass and my curtains).

This highlighting powder is very soft and fine, you can build up the highlight to go from a subtle glow, to full on disco ball depending on your preference.

Nyx Duo Chromatic Illuminating Powder

I really like this highlighter. I’ve been wearing it paired with my Super Shock Cheek blush from ColourPop in the shade Sticky Sweet. I’d like to try Crushed Bloom next.

Have you tried any of the Nyx Duo Chromatic Illuminating Powders? Did you like them?

Thanks for reading and have a beautiful day! ❤

Disclosure: I purchased this!

Best of 2016 – The Makeup Edit

Hello, hello! Today I’m showing my picks for my “Best of 2016 Makeup” picks, a few are faves from last year, and most are new for this year.

Best BB/ CC Cream:

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This one made my faves list again this year – the Your Skin But Better CC+ Cream with SPF50 from IT Cosmetics. I only use it in the warmer months because the shade Light is too dark for me this time of year. I want to try it in shade Fair, but I have some things to use up first.

Best Liquid Foundation / Best Powder Foundation:

My fave liquid foundation is the Nars Sheer Glow yet again this year. But I have a tie for best powder foundation – the Urban Decay Naked Skin Ultra Definition Pressed Finishing Powder (that I recently panned) and the Too Faced Cocoa Powder Foundation (that I’m close to panning). I’m trying to decide whether or not to re-buy, or to try something new.

Best Concealer:

One of the concealers is a fave from last year, the Nyx HD Concealer in Porcelain, and the other one is the Becca Under Eye Brightening Corrector, both of which I use daily!

Best Lipstick:

This was a tough one to pick since I have so many faves, but I’ll go with my two most worn lipsticks – both are ColourPop Ultra Satin Lip in shades Dopey and Frick n Frack.

Best Highlighter:

ColourPop SuperShock Cheek - Butterfly Beach

Another ColourPop Super Shock Cheek, this time in the shade Butterfly Beach – the PERFECT rose gold highlighter.

Best Blush:

Nyx Ombre Blush

My most reached for blush is from Nyx Ombre Blush in shade Mauve Me, with an honourable mention going to the Essence Silky Touch blushes.

Best Brow Product:

Nyx Tinted Brow Mascara - Espresso

This year I have two picks that I’ve been using sometimes on their own, sometimes together – the Nyx Tinted Brow Mascara and the classic Anastasia Beverly Hills Perfect Brow Pencil.

Best Palette:

I only purchased one palette in 2016 because I own so many single shadows. I use the Tarte Tartelette Matte palette more than any other shadows in my collection!

Best Mascara:

This year I have a tie between the Essence I ❤ Extreme Volume and the Annabelle Big Show Mascaras – both in the Waterproof versions. Both give my lashes volume, are super black, hold a curl, and don’t clump or flake on me.

So there you have it, my picks for the Best of 2016 Makeup! Thanks for reading and have a beautiful day! ❤

Disclosure: Please see original reviews for disclosures, all are identified.

Ipsy Glam Bag Dec 2016 Unboxing & First Impressions

Ipsy Glam Bag Dec 2016

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This month’s Ipsy Glam Bag is a good one in my opinion. Let’s take a look:

Ipsy Glam Bag Dec 2016

This month’s theme was Carpe P.M., and the bag is supposed to double as a little wristlet. It is a pinky red fuzzy fabric, with a gold metallic interior lining. It is kind of cute in a tacky way, but not something that I would use.

Ipsy Glam Bag Dec 2016

The first product is the Ren Glycol Lactic Radiance Renewal Mask. I’ve tried this product before, and it works well for my sensitive skin. Cruelty free brand, owned by a parent company that is not cruelty free.

A fruity cocktail to brighten us up. Glycolic acid from pineapple, lactic acid from passion fruit, citric acid from lemon, and tartaric acid from grape work together to exfoliate and leave our skin looking its most radiant.

  • Let’s add one more fruit to that. Papain from Mexican papayas helps reduce the appearance of fine lines.
  • Downplay. Minimizes pores and diminishes hyperpigmentation.
  • 10 out of 10 of us here at ipsy HQ said our skin felt firmer after a single use.

Ipsy Glam Bag Dec 2016

The second product is the Nyx Prismatic Shadow in shade Jaded. The photos just don’t do this one justice, it is a beautiful metallic green shade. Cruelty free brand owned by a parent company that is not cruelty free.

Razzle dazzle ‘em. We’re in awe over how pigmented this shadow is, delivering rich color with gentle metallic shimmer in a single swipe.

  • Go it alone. No primer necessary to turn on the glitz and get a look that lasts.
  • Standout formula. Soft texture makes the shadow easy to blend, without flecks falling onto our cheeks.

ipsters who sample this shadow in their Glam Bag will receive Bedroom Eyes (chestnut)Fireball (reddish rose)Jaded (green) or Punk Heart (amethyst).

I really like the one that I received, but all four shades are gorgeous.

Ipsy Glam Bag Dec 2016

The third product is the Symphony Beauty Snow Cream Moisturizer. I’ve only tested this on my wrist so far, but it has such a cool texture. Cruelty free brand.

Zero gravity. This weightless whipped gel moisturizer feels as light and fluffy as fresh snow—and has us dreaming of a white Christmas.

  • Instant gratification. Absorbs immediately and leaves our faces looking fresh and hydrated.
  • Cut the grease. No sticky or tacky residue left behind. Just super smooth skin.
  • Oh, do glow on. Vitamin E nourishes and helps brighten up our complexions.

Ipsy Glam Bag Dec 2016

The fourth product is the Ciaté Liquid Velvet Matte Liquid Lipstick in Pin Up. I like how this one applies smoothly and evenly. It actually feels comfortable! Way better than the one from last month’s bag (here). Cruelty free company.

We’re matte about it. One of the most comfy liquid lipsticks we’ve ever tried.  And trust us, we’ve sampled hundreds here at ipsy HQ. Creamy and moisturizing, it dries down to a soft finish that lasts and lasts.

  • Berry nice. Purplish-pink shade looks fan-freaking-tastic with any skin tone.
  • Hyaluronic acid conditions lips (buh-bye, dryness and flaking) and makes them appear fuller and smoother.
  • Stay inside the lines. Precision tip makes it easy to apply and totally goof-proof, even for liquid lipstick newbies.

Ipsy Glam Bag Dec 2016

Ipsy Glam Bag Dec 2016

The fifth and final product is the Tarte Maracuja Oil (aka Barracuda Oil, right Cat and Stashy, haha!)  I’m super happy about this one! Cruelty free.

Oils can seem scary (um hello! who wants to look greasy?!) but this multitasker left our skin quenched, nourished, and dewy—not shiny. You’ll want to have a bottle on you at all times. 

  • Packed with complexion heroes like skin-brightening Vitamin C and repairing fatty acids
  • Use it for a zillion other things like frizz-fighting, on-the-go manis, makeup removal

I’ve had several samples of this oil over the years, I think that it might be the first facial oil that I’d ever tried.

Overall, I think that this month’s Ipsy Glam Bag was great! I got three skincare products and two makeup products that I really like. What did you get in your bag? Were you happy with what you received?

Ipsy Glam Bag Dec 2016

Thanks for reading and have a beautiful day! ❤

Disclosure: I pay for this subscription, my opinions are my own.