NYX 24 Days of Lips – Week 2

In my most recent NYX Haul I purchased a NYX lippie countdown advent calendar. I have been loving testing out new colors and formulas so far this month!

My Week 1 post is here. This week had some very neutral colors and a couple bold colors. My favourite formula is definitely the Liquid Suede and the Butter Glosses!

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Day 8 was a Butter Gloss in the shade Creme Brulee. It is a pretty neutral pink lip gloss. This formula is not very pigmented or long lasting but it is moisturizing and adds a little color to your lips!

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Day 9 was a Matte Lipstick in the shade Up the Bass. This color was streaky but the formula was moisturizing for a matte shade. I would never wear this shade again though and it was definitely my least favourite lippie so far.

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Day 10 was a NYX Lingerie lippie in the shade Corset. It is a very light nude. I like wearing this under a lip gloss to even out my lips! I will definitely wear it again but likely not on its own as the formula is very drying.

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Day 11 was a Soft Matte lip cream in the shade São Paulo. It was a very bright magenta color. I like this formula and have owned quite a few lippies in other shades. It is light on the lips and not as drying as the Lingerie’s.

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Day 12 was a Matte Lipstick in the shade Indie Flick. I usually hate orangey red lipsticks but I actually really liked this one. The formula was creamy for a matte lipstick and it did not bleed or smear as much as I expected. This color was much more pigmented than the purple shade on day 9. I highly recommend this one!

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Day 13 was by far my favourite formula and shade of the week, it was a Liquid Suede cream lipstick in the shade Vintage! My sister actually owns the full size of this one and I love it. I wore it to our family Christmas. I highly recommend this formula and this shade. The formula is light but fairly long wearing and wears well under a lipgloss.

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Day 14 was a Butter Lipstick in the shade Root Beer Float. This formula is a sheer hydrating lipstick that wears off nicely without staining the lips. I personally do not wear a lot of sheer lipsticks but I really liked this shade and the extra color it added to the lips. I would definitely wear this one again!

I hope you enjoyed this weeks lippies! I really love how I get to try so many different types and shades of NYX lippies with this calendar. I found quite a few gems so far and I am excited to try the rest of them this upcoming week!

Let me know what your favourite NYX lippie is in the comments!!

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NYX 24 Days of Lips – Week 1

I was really excited for December because I decided I wanted to get through all of the lippies in the NYX Advent Calendar that I bought in my last NYX Haul. Many of the colors are way out of my comfort zone so I knew I likely would not wear them out but I was still excited to try them out and see which ones I would add to my collection.

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The lippies themselves are mini versions but NYX stayed very true to the same packaging that is on the full size products. I think they are the perfect size to throw in your pocket or purse and I rarely use a whole lip product so this way I may actually get a chance to finish them!

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Here is the mini Intense Butter Gloss compared to the full size. The packaging is almost identical, even down to the detail of the metallic lid!

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The first lippie for Day 1 is a Matte Lipstick in the shade Eden. I was a bit worried because the box and tube showed it to be a true red but it was actually more pink toned than it looked. I love pinky reds because I feel they brighten up my makeup without being too harsh. I actually really liked this formula, it was comfortable and went on extremely opaque. I did not find it too drying and it looked creamy on the lips despite being matte. I would definitely wear this lipstick again!

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The second lippie is a Liquid Suede cream lipstick in the shade Soft-Spoken. I LOVE this color but I didn’t really love the formula. I wore it to a supper out and after eating it had completely worn off and it didn’t fade nicely. I like the color enough though to wear it again, I just won’t wear it when I know I will be eating or drinking much.

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The third lippie is the Simply Vamp lip cream in the shade She Devil. I do not usually like vampy colors because I find them patchy and this lip cream was no exception. It was very patchy and hard to apply. The formula itself was nice and creamy but it could not be built up so it never looked fully opaque. I do not recommend this formula at all.

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The fourth lippie is a Lip Lingerie in the shade Push Up. I originally thought this color would be way too light on me but I actually ended up loving it! It is the perfect “my lips but better” nude color and I have found myself wearing it a few times already. I have reviewed this formula before here. I still feel the same way about the formula being dry and not long lasting, but I like the color enough to wear a gloss over it and this color wears off nicely. I highly recommend this one!

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The fifth lippie is a Soft Matte Lip Cream in the shade Paris. I have a lot of these in my collection but luckily didn’t have Paris already. I like this color and the formula of Matte Lip Creams. They dry down fairly quickly and are not too drying on the lips. I find them quite long wearing but not fully transfer proof. I recommend any of the Soft Matte Lip Creams as I have five or more already in my collection.

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The sixth lippie is a Butter Lipstick in the shade Seashell. I had my sister try it because I felt it would be way too light for my skin tone. She did not like how light it was on her either. I have tried Butter Lipsticks before and do not love them. They are creamy and comfortable but not long wearing and depending on the color they can stain your lips. I think my sister pulled this color off but I do not think its for everyone.

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The seventh lippie is an Intense Butter Gloss in the shade Berry Strudel. I have a couple Intense Butter Glosses and I LOVE them! They are fairly hydrating and really pigmented and they last quite awhile. They wear down well without staining your lips, even the darker colors. I am not a fan of purple lip products at all because they are often patchy but this one was really pigmented and buildable. I do not see myself wearing it out of the house but it was fun to try with a purple eye look! I do recommend this formula if you are looking for opaque lip glosses.

So that concludes Week 1 on my NYX Lippie Countdown! I am really excited to try the rest of them in the upcoming weeks. This advent calendar is such a great way to try different shades and formulas of NYX lip products! Let me know in the comments if you purchased any Advent Calendars this season.

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Christmas Inspired MOTD

 

Today I decided to try a Christmas inspired makeup look. I have been loving red plaid lately, mostly due to this festive blanket scarf! My sister recently bought the Jaclyn Hill Morphe palette when we were in Arizona so we used that to create the eye look. Everything I used was from the drugstore except the blush!

Todays Makeup:

Foundation: Fit Me Matte and Poreless in shade 310

Bronzer: Physicians Formula Butter Bronzer

Blush: Tarte Blush Palette in Fortunate

Eyes: Jaclyn Hill Palette in Hunts and Little Lady

Eyelashes: Single Ardell Lashes

Mascara: Essence Volume Stylist Lash Extension mascara

Eyeliner: NYX Matte Liquid Liner

Brows: NYX Precision Brow Pencil in Ash Brown

Powder: Marcelle Face Powder

Lips: NYX Matte Lipstick in Eden

 

 

NYX Cosmetics Canada Haul and First Impressions

I know I have not been posting as often this month. Mom life is definitely more busy than I imagined and I have been focusing on things around the house as well as some volunteering lately. I hope to get back to blogging a bit more though!

I have been on the hunt for a great makeup Advent Calendar that is accessible to Canadian’s! I got an email telling me about this NYX set being available on the Canadian website so I HAD to have it. I had originally decided to go on a spending freeze in October but seeing this quickly ended that. Most advent calendars that appeal to beauty lovers are mostly skincare related and often come with a high price tag, so I appreciated that this one was makeup and was quite affordable!

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My online haul from NYX Cosmetics included:

Lippie Countdown Advent Calendar $65 CAD

  • This set is so beautiful. The packaging is really nice for its fairly affordable price point. You get 24 small lip products that vary in collection and color. I am excited to try these out, I likely won’t be able to wait until December. I may try these out in November in order to give a good review and a chance for beauty lovers to purchase this if they are interested!

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Liquid Creme Suede Lipstick – Holiday Set $19 CAD

  • I really like this formula and like that they offer holiday sets. You pretty much get one lipstick free so its definitely worth it! I also really like all 3 of these colors. Some of these may end up being gifts for some of my girl friends though.

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Precision Brow Pencil $12 CAD

  • I saw this in the NYX store in Edmonton but they were all sold out of my color. I have been using it for a few days and I really like it. The applicator is a bit thicker than the micro brow pencil and I like that because I already have full brows. I can do my brows quickly but precisely and I am really loving this so far. I also appreciate how it has a spoolie!

I hope you enjoyed this post! I really love NYX Cosmetics because they are affordable and good quality. They are a part of L’Oreal Group and I feel they compare in quality and price but often come out with more fun colors and ideas. Let me know in the comments if you are excited about any of these products, or if you have tried some of them out yourself!

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Ulta Haul – Shipping to Canada

I have been eyeing the Ulta website for awhile now but just recently decided to place an order. They offer free shipping to Canada when you spend over $100 CAD so I decided to splurge and order a big haul of makeup goodies.

They had a sale going on that was BOGO 50% off for most of their drugstore brands. I can access most of those brands at Shoppers and Walmart here so I tried to grab products that are a bit harder to find here. No 7 skincare is sold at Shoppers Drug Mart but not their makeup so I thought I would try it out as I had heard good things.

 

 

Pictured above is everything included in my haul: 

No 7 Stay Perfect foundation

No 7 City Light tinted moisturizer

Fiona Stiles & NYX blush

L’Oreal Beauty Sponge

NYX liquid eyeliner

Catrice concealer

Physicians Formula Eye Booster eyeliner

Eylure falsies

Real Techniques blush and powder brush

 

I have been trying a few of these products since arriving back from my vacation and I already have a few favourites. I will post a haul update next week to let you know my thoughts on the haul and what I would recommend!

Have you tried any of these products? Let me know what you think and if any of these are your favourites!

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First Impressions – L’Oreal Lash Paradise Mascara

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On the weekend I was really excited to do a drug store haul because Shoppers Drug Mart was having a Spend Your Points event and I had $200 worth of Shoppers Optimum Points. I only spent $85 worth of points but I was excited to buy a few new things to try out.

This morning when I woke up I decided to try a couple of the products I purchased and write about my first impressions. Here is how I felt about the products:

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I was especially excited to try the new L’Oreal Lash Paradise mascara as I heard it was a dupe for Too Faced Better Than Sex mascara, which I really like. The wand on this mascara is straight with lots of dense bristles to help hug every lash. This mascara has a thicker drier formula which I personally like. I could build this mascara up to three coats without it looking too spidery. This mascara gave my lashes a lot of volume and some length. I curled my eyelashes before applying it and it held the curl throughout the day. 8 hours after I did my makeup my lashes still looked great and there was no smudging or flaking.

My only complaint about this mascara is that because the applicator is quite large I got a lot of product on my eyelid when I applied it. This is not usually a problem for me and it was a bit frustrating having to touch up my eye makeup after I applied it.

Despite the product getting on my lid I would still definitely recommend this mascara. It keeps my eyelashes looking voluminous all day!

NYX PORE FILLER ($16.99)

This product claims to reduce the appearance of pores. It can be used underneath or on top of makeup. Today I used it as a makeup primer under my BB cream. I found it definitely minimized the look of my pores on my cheeks. Usually my pores are very visible and combined with the BB cream my skin looked really smooth.

I will have to see how the looks when I apply full coverage foundation on top as I find full coverage foundations tend to exaggerate my pores, but so far I really like this product. The price tag is quite expensive for a drug store product but I have yet to find a good drug store primer so if this continues to work I will consider it a great find!

RIMMEL LONDON BB CREAM ($6.99 CAD on sale)

I purchased this BB Cream because I was looking for a matte BB cream that provided decent coverage and was perfect for an everyday summer base for my makeup. I bought the color medium because I get quite tanned in the summer. The medium shade is quite orange but it blended well into my skin and was not too noticeable. It was light coverage but better than many other BB creams I have tried in the past. I put NYX Pore Filler as my primer underneath and I felt the primer and BB cream together gave my skin a smooth appearance. I could easily put bronzer and blush over top and set it with a powder.

I do not think this BB cream is anything mind blowing but it will still likely be one of my staples this summer!

MAYBELLINE COLOR SENSATIONAL INTI-MATTE NUDES LIPSTICK ($5.99 CAD)

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I picked up this lipstick in shade 565 Almond Rose because I was looking for a matte rosey nude lipstick for the summer. I have owned Maybelline lipsticks in the past and find they have a moisturizing formula. This lipstick was great! I applied it at 9 am and it lasted past lunch. It was really easy to apply without a liner so I could reapply it easily throughout the day.  This lipstick also has a sugary scent which smells amazing! This lipstick is a perfect summer nude and I highly recommend it.

 

Here is a picture of these products in today’s makeup look. I really like how the mascara makes my lashes look!

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I was really excited about these new products and can not wait to try the rest of my purchases from this weekend and review them in future posts!

Let me know in the comments if you have tried any of these products and enjoyed them as well!

xoxo Sarah