Gerard Cosmetics Hydra Matte Liquid Lipstick in Skinny Dip

I wanted to share this absolutely gorgeous shade of liquid lipstick. It is one of the Gerard Cosmetics Hydra Matte Liquid Lipsticks (£11.50) and is in the shade ‘Skinny Dip’. I don’t know exactly how to describe the shade, it’s a nude that leans towards pink and brown but I feel like there’s a hint of mauve too. Whatever it is, I think it’s one of my favourite shades!

The formula of these is really nice. It’s not at all drying for a liquid lipstick. The application is lovely; it’s creamy and opaque and you can do your entire lips with one dip. It takes a few minutes to dry down to a matte finish. When it does it gives a velvety, plush appearance and I find it doesn’t enhance the lines on my lips as much as some other liquid lipsticks. It’s not completely faultless, I have had a few incidences where it’s broken apart slightly or formed that weird white line around the inside of your lips, but this isn’t the norm and is probably caused by me not exfoliating my lips beforehand or eating something! So I wouldn’t let that put you off and I say definitely give them a go if you love the matte lip look. It is a very nice formula and not too expensive. The frosted glass packaging is also a nice touch. 😉

What do you think of the colour? If you have any questions on the formula, please feel free to ask me in the comments!

Love Nicole xxxx

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Ending Blogtober with a Beauty Haul!

I’ve made it to the end of October and have managed to get a post up every day bar three, which I’m very satisfied with! Having the time and ideas to blog about something everyday is quite a feat and respect to those who do it every day, all year long! If you’d like to catch up on all my Blogtober posts then you can do so here. 🙂

Anyway, onto the haul. I’d actually gotten through most of October with very minimal spending. I think I bought some things at the start of the month and then when it got into the last week of the month my addiction was kicking in and I needed some deliveries to my door. Beauty Bay released a discount code and I knew it was time. Here’s what I got.

beauty bay haul milani baked blush dolce pink foundation and concealer light beige mario badescu face mist zoeva wing liner brush makeup gerard cosmetics skinny dip hydramatte lipstick

I got one of the Milani Baked Blushes in Dolce Pink. These are so pretty! The gold packaging is cute and the pigmentation is insane. You have to be very careful not to put too much on, literally just a dab in the pan with a brush is enough.

After seeing so many positive reviews I also got a foundation from Milani – the Milani Conceal and Perfect 2 in 1 Foundation and Concealer. I’m always really wary of buying foundation online and despite obviously looking at swatches the shade I bought – 03 Light Beige – is not quite the right shade for me. The lighter shade 01 was not in stock so my options were limited. 03 Light Beige is just a little bit too dark for me and it’s slightly too yellow toned despite the description saying it was for “light skin with neutral undertones”. Notwithstanding the shade issues, the foundation does seem to give good coverage and last all day. I might buy some of The Body Shop’s shade adjusting drops to use with this and see if that improves the shade match. Has anyone tried them and if so, are they any good?

The only skincare item I bought was the Mario Badescu Facial Spray with Aloe Herbs and Rosewater. I love a good face spray but I don’t like spending a lot of money of them so this one seemed like a nice one to try out!

I also bought another Beauty Blender just so I’ve got one in stock for when my current one gets too manky. Another beauty tool I got was the ZOEVA Rose Golden Vol.2 317 Wing Liner Brush. I already have this brush but in the black and rose gold colour scheme and I love it; it’s such a good shape. I use that one for brow pomade but I wanted to get another one to use for eyeshadow and liner.

Lastly, I finally got a Gerard Cosmetics Hydra Matte Liquid Lipstick after toying with buying one for so long. I went for the shade ‘Skinny Dip’ and it is gorgeous and I’m so glad I finally bought one! I’ve only worn it twice so far but so far I love the formula; it’s not drying at all and is creamy and pigmented with good lasting power. So pretty much everything you could want from a liquid lipstick. The packaging is cute also, gotta love anything in frosted glass.

That’s everything! Now Blogtober’s over I’ll be back to my usual routine and just posting as and when I can, but hopefully that’ll be at least once a week.

Love Nicole xxxx

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NYX Liquid Suede Cream Lipsticks | Sandstorm, Soft Spoken, Tea & Cookies

Another post on the items of makeup I own the most of – lipsticks! These are from NYX and are called Liquid Suede. I have three colours in this formula and I love them!

‘Sandstorm’ (which is my favourite) is a browny, pink nude , ‘Soft Spoken’ is a red, brown nude and ‘Tea & Cookies’ is what I would consider a true pink colour!

nyx liquid suede cream lipstick lipstick review sandstorm tea and cookies soft spokennyx liquid suede cream lipstick lipstick review sandstorm tea and cookies soft spoken swatches swatch (2)

NYX describe them as a cream lipstick that glides on like silk and sets to a velvety matte finish. I agree with all of this. The formula is creamy and smooth and the applicator is great and makes it easy to apply. Pigmentation is good and I generally find one layer is perfectly adequate. It’s quite a thick formula so I find it takes a while to set, longer than most other liquid lipsticks I’ve tried, however because it remains so comfortable on the lips I really don’t mind that it takes longer to dry down. Once dry, I think velvet matte is an accurate description of the finish. It’s definitely not completely matte and retains a little bit of sheen. I think calling these liquid suedes was spot on and I absolutely love the finish it gives.

Due to this not-super-matte finish I find they wear very nicely, even on their own with no lip liner underneath. Once dry I find they can last a good few hours comfortably on your lips. It can sometimes be hard to know when they are completely dry so I have had a few transfer issues on occasion but this doesn’t really bother me!

The shade range is decent but I personally love nude colours so I’d love if they expanded the range with more nudes as I love the formula so much. I have seen on their website that they’ve launched a few new shades, one of which called ‘Brooklyn Thorn’ looks appealing to me so I might have to snap that up if it’s available in the UK.

These sell for £6.50 each and are available from Boots, Feel Unique and ASOS. I think they are well worth the money and they are definitely one of my favourite liquid lipstick formulas that I’ve ever tried.

Love Nicole xxxx

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NYX Collection, Swatches & Quick Reviews

Since NYX has become more readily available in the UK I seem to have amassed quite a collection. I think they offer great products at an affordable price, as well as being cruelty-free unlike so many other affordable high street brands.

The below picture shows most of the products but I discovered a few more I’d forgotten after taking it lol! I didn’t realise how much NYX stuff I had oops. xD

nyx collection and reviews

I’m going to start with Lip Products as they are probably my favourites!

nyx soft matte lip cream liquid suede matte lipstick lip linernyx lip swatches 2

nyx soft matte lip cream in monte carlonyx soft matte lip cream stockholm (3)

These two are in the Soft Matte Lip Cream Formula. This was the first lip formula I tried from NYX and it’s pretty good. They’re a light, fluffy, velvety texture which means they don’t dry to what I would consider a fully matte finish, but that isn’t necessarily a bad thing. They retain a light sheen and don’t dry out the lips. Longevity is not their strong point; they will wear off much like a normal lipstick and because of the way they dry they wear off evenly and are less likely to leave any horrible flaky patches. They surprised me with the intensity of pigmentation however and they have a lovely colour range. I feel they’re a good product for beginners or people that just want easy application and minimal upkeep.

Would I recommend? Yes

nyx liquid suede lip cream tea and cookiesnyx liquid suede soft spoken

These are in the Liquid Suede formula and I really love these! Unlike some other formulas you definitely don’t need a lip liner underneath these as the formula is so lovely and creamy that it doesn’t cling to any dry patches. I think this is my favourite formula for comfort and the finished look; however it does seem to take ages to dry down and because of this it is open to smudging. I wish Liquid Suedes came in the colour range of the Lip Lingeries because I just love my nude colours Soft Matte Lip Creams, I wouldn’t say they dry completely matte but I’m discovering I prefer this to extremely matte products which can look so harsh and dry.

Would I recommend? Yes

nyx lip lingerie liquid lipstick lace detail

This is from the Lip Lingerie range which has the most amazing shades that are right up my street. In the image I am just wearing the product without lip liner; I definitely think this product fairs better when layered on top of balm and lip liner as it looks and feels very dry otherwise! Alone this product has a much more matte appearance than the Soft Matte Lip Creams and Liquid Suedes which is probably why I feel the need to layer it over liner to escape that flaky, dry finish.

Would I recommend? Yes, for the beautiful shade range and as long as you’re willing to take the time to layer liner underneath

nyx matte lipstick natural (2)nyx matte lipstick euro trash

Next are these Matte Lipsticks in Natural and Euro Trash. It confuses me slightly how on earth ‘Natural’ is in any way, shape or form a natural lip colour; I expected it to be a nude colour but it most definitely leans towards being purple! Euro Trash is a gorgeous colour and the closest dupe I’ve found so far to my beloved MAC Velvet Teddy. However, it falls short on the formula compared to MAC’s beautiful creamy consistency. That’s not to say I dislike these lipsticks though; they have good colour, easy to apply and have a pretty, non-drying finish. I am not a fan of the packaging, I’ve got a feeling I’ll be likely to hit the top of the bullet on the lid as it’s just so flimsy and twisty somehow! Definitely cheap packaging but they’re hardly an expensive option so we can’t be too fussy 😉

Would I recommend? Yes, they’re worth a try

nyx sugar glass lip liner

Here we have one of the Slide on Lip Pencil Liners. I really love these! They are so smooth and creamy so you can fill your lips in with relative ease. I don’t know if I would personally wear it on its own but you definitely could. I think the Lip Lingerie I have would work well over the top of this. Something I worry about with pencils is how well they will sharpen but this one sharpened well, no problems!

Would I recommend? Yes

nyx retractable lip liner in nude

Now onto not such a great lip liner; the Retractable Lip Liner… I love retractable products. They work well for my laziness when it comes to sharpening so I thought I’d grab one of these as well as a Slide on Lip Liner (above) to compare. The Slide on Lip Liner wins hands down. This retractable one is just annoying. It’s a lovely formula, similarly creamy and a nice colour. However it’s SO creamy that it just does not work well as a retractable product. I was getting really annoyed using this as it would just break off using the necessary pressure to apply it hence it’s been very wasteful. Now I know this I will try to be careful not to twist too much out at a time but you’d have to twist it up multiple times to do your whole lips because as it’s so creamy it goes down super quickly. It’s just not worth it tbh and you’re better off buying the sharpenable slide on pencil; it’ll be less hassle and last longer!

Would I recommend? No

nyx hot singles eye shadow zen heat illuminator ritualistic 4nyx hot singles eye shadow zen heat nyx illuminator ritualistic

So let’s move onto some powder products. Here we have some Hot Singles Eye Shadows and an Illuminator. It’s hard for me to say much about these at the moment as I haven’t really played around much with them so it’d be unfair for me to make any bold statements. My feelings so far however are positive; the eyeshadows have good pigment and seem to blend well. The illuminator is not the smoothest nor the most pigmented but it is a beautiful white gold which I’m hoping will be flattering on my quite fair skin.

Would I recommend? I’ve not used them enough to say either way at the moment

nyx tinted brow pomade brunette micro brow pencil ash brownnyx tinted brow pomade tame and frame micro brow pencil brunette ash brown

 

Here we have some brow products; the Tame and Frame Tinted Brow Pomade and the NYX Micro Brow Pencil! I’m not going to spend too much time talking about these as the bottom line is I love them both! I know Anastasia Beverley Hills seems to be the holy grail of brow products for many but I honestly have no interest in trying those products at more than double the price of these ones when I love these NYX ones so much. They just do the job. The colour ranges are great, I think most people could find a shade to suit them. The pencil is great, I love to have a brush on one end. And the tinted brow pomade I probably prefer even more as I love the shape you can create with it. Just FYI, I use the Zoeva 317 Wing Liner Brush with the pomade to do my brows and it is PERFECT.

Would I recommend? Yes absolutely!

nyx hd concealer light fair wonder pencil fair

Next we have some complexion products. Concealers are one of my favourite things to try as we’re all always searching for products to give us that flawless base. These HD Concealer Wands however for me are just not good enough. I firstly bought it in the shade Light which is a completely off shade! It is not by any means Light, it’s so orange and definitely not flattering in my under eye! So I recently picked up Fair which is a much better shade for me, the difference in the two is stark considering Light is the next shade up from Fair! Anyway, even with this better shade I do not like this formula at all, unfortunately. I will still use it up of course as I hate to feel I’ve wasted my money but it’s really not good enough. The coverage is not high enough for my under-eyes and it dries in a horrible way that looks powdery and crepey which I actually feel ages me! It’s a thin, watery consistency compared to concealers I prefer (I tend to prefer creamy formulas) like the Collection Lasting Perfection Concealer and the Nars Radiant Creamy Concealer. I will not repurchase these which is a shame as I had high hopes!

As for the Wonder Pencil, also pictured, I don’t have much to report. I bought it to use as an eye-liner in my water line but I haven’t used it much even for that. When it arrived I saw it had written on it many other purposes so it’s actually a very multiple use product! It suggests you could use it as a concealer, an eye brightener and a reverse lip liner. I really need to give it a go as some of these options as it could be great. I like the sound of using it as a reverse lip liner and it might be great for spot concealing! It’s definitely not one for around the eyes though (other than water line) as it would tug the skin.

Would I recommend (HD Concealer)? No

Would I recommend (Wonder Pencil)? Hmm it’s okay! Not much to say so far

nyx pore filler primer

I have huge pores (in my opinion lol, they’re probably quite normal xD) on my nose and cheeks so anything that claims to get rid of them I am interested in! So in walked Pore Filler to my life. Unfortunately, I’m not a big fan and I do not find myself reaching for this very often despite having it a while. It is very very siliconey and I prefer a more creamy primer. As well as this I didn’t find that it did anything miraculous to hide my pores either; its slippery nature means your base goes on smoothly yes, but I could still see my pores through it hence I think I could get the same effect using primers I prefer the feel of which are creamier. It’s quite mattifying which as someone with normal/dry skin I didn’t really like, it just made my skin look so flat, but maybe an oilier complexion would get on better with it. But as far as the name suggests, I was not impressed.

Would I recommend? No

nyx dewy finish makeup setting spray

Right, the last product I have to share is a Setting Spray! I have it in the Dewy Finish but it also comes in a Matte Finish; I’m not sure how much difference there is between the two. I use a setting spray mainly because I like the way it makes my makeup look afterwards; it tends to soften any cakiness and makes the finish look less powdery by meshing everything together with your skin. So if you’re interested in setting spray for the purposes of making your makeup last longer I can’t really offer an opinion. I’m lucky that my makeup lasts well when I do my normal base routine using primer, foundation, concealer where necessary and then I set my entire face with powder every time without fail. Powder for me really is the key to longevity. So who knows if this product helps my makeup last longer! But I do know I like using it and it’s a lot more affordable than other options available. I do want to try other brands though just to see if there’s any difference or if it is just a fancy bottle of water!

Would I recommend? Yes, I’d recommend just to try a setting spray in general and see if you like what it does for the finish of your makeup

And there we have it, my collection of NYX Products! I haven’t really got my eye on any other things from NYX so in theory my collection shouldn’t be growing anytime soon but ya know, these things just happen sometimes so never say never 😀

Best wishes, Nicole xxxx

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Black Friday Feelunique and Amazon Beauty Bits

emma hardie moringa cleansing balm bare minerals mineral veil nyx micro brow pencil mary lou manizer the soft matte lip cream wonder concealer

I definitely treated myself, probably a bit too much, during the Black Friday weekend sales! I got beauty bits from feelunique.com and beautybay.com (which haven’t arrived yet sadly), as well as one beauty thing from Amazon. Every thing I bought here is from cruelty free brands in line with my aim to go cruelty free.

Everything I got from feelunique was from a brand I’d never tried before; how exciting!

bareMinerals® Illuminating Mineral Veil® £21

I got this to use as a setting powder on top of foundation as my current one is running out. I’m excited to try it, however I am slightly worried it’s a bit sparkly, but hopefully that will translate as a glow on the skin.

Emma Hardie Merrily Moringa Gift Set £10

This cleanser is so raved about and a favourite of many like Zoella and Caroline Hirons, so naturally I really wanted to try it. Cleansers are one of my favourite new things to try for some reason! I definitely didn’t want to splash out on a full size so this 15ml pot was perfect to give it a try. I’ve used it once already and it’s lovely, not sure I would ever pay the full price for this or any cleanser, but I sure am going to enjoy using it. It’s a perfect size for travelling in luxury.

(Edit: Upon further use, I frickin love this stuff! Why’s it have to be so expensive 🙁 It’s beautiful).

NYX Wonder Pencil in Light £4

While I was trying to find excuses to buy things, I thought how I don’t have a nude coloured eye liner to line my waterline! Shocking. So I got this, with the idea of it brightening my eyes and neutralising any redness. It’s good.

theBalm Mary Lou Manizer Luminizer £17.50

Black Friday was the PERFECT excuse for me to buy the much hyped about Mary Lou-manizer. I haven’t used it yet but it’s beautiful; I love the packaging. theBalm are such a cool brand and I am sure I’ll enjoy using this.

NYX Soft Matte Lip Cream in Monte Carlo £5.50

I think I am going to love this! I haven’t used it yet but if I like it I can see myself buying so many colours. I’m such a matte lip girl, I really don’t like lipgloss. I love all lipsticks, but gloss just doesn’t excite me. This colour was not my first choice, I naturally gravitated towards the nudes but all my faves were sold out so I thought I’d just go for it and go bold! I’ll report back.

NYX Concealer Wand in Light £5.50

I think I should’ve gone for the shade Porcelain instead as this one seems too dark and orange for me! However I’m always open to trying new affordable cruelty free concealers so we’ll see how we go. I tried it yesterday and initially impressions were not the best, however I think that’s a lot to do with the colour. Coverage was medium.

NYX Micro Brow Pencil in Chocolate £7

I wanted to get the brow pomade but unfortunately it was out of stock. So I thought I’d get this one to compare with Soap and Glory’s Archery pencil as they look very similar! I go through brow pencils fairly quickly so I don’t mind having a few in my stash as back up. I usually like to finish things before buying something new. So far so good, it’s so similar to Archery!

real techniques setting brush

Real Techniques Setting Brush

Amazon have some great deals on Real Techniques at the moment! I wanted to get this one as a dedicated highlighter brush as I didn’t have one; I was just using an eyeshadow one. It’s the perfect shape for highlighting them cheekbones!

There’ll possibly be a few other Black Friday posts, like the beautybay.com order which has yet to arrive. Hopefully I’ll be able to do some outfit posts soon, clothes are as much if not more of a passion for me than beauty, but showing them is so much more difficult 🙁 I’ll try.

Best wishes,

Nicole

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