NYX Machinist Steampunk Collection

I am so excited about the new NYX Machinist Steampunk Collection! This limited-edition collection has industrial inspired shades and lots of metallics.

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There are 3 new MYX Machinist eyeshadow palettes that have a “retro-futuristic fantasy” style.

  • Grind (browns, greens, golds and black tones)
  • Steam (cool blue, purple, grey and beige tones)
  • Ignite (warm pink, bronze, mauve tones)

Price: $25 each

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The Machinist Lip Lacquer comes in 3 shades: Grind (wine), Steam (blue), Ignite (nude).

Price: $7 each

The collection also has:

3 Highlighting Duos: Grind (Gold and Copper), Steam (Violet and Purple) or Ignite (Opal and Bronze). Price: $12 each

3 Lipsticks: Grind (Honey Bronze), Steam (Copper) and Ignite (Bronze). Price: $8 each

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NYX Gotcha Covered Waterproof Concealer Review

I received a full-sized tube of the NYX Gotcha Covered Waterproof Concealer in my June Target Box and I think it’s a quality product for a low price.

What’s to love?

I really like the NYX brand and the Gotcha Covered Waterproof Concealer does not disappoint. It comes in 20 shades and retails for $6. The shade I have is Medium GCC04.

I have to say that the formula consistency reminds me of the It Bye Bye Under Eye Waterproof Concealer in that it’s thick and covers anything! Gotcha Covered is infused with coconut oil and is super blendable so even though it goes on thick it blends out nicely. However being that it’s so thick I can’t use it on my entire face, I prefer BB or CC creams for that. I like Gotcha Covered for dark circle and blemish coverage.

It is very waterproof too, but easy to remove with make-up remover. For $6 I think this is an excellent prodcut and it’s going right in my make-up bag.

I was also excited to get this product in my Target Box which only cost $7 total and I got a whole bunch of other great things in the box.

Also be sure to check out my 2 June Target Box Unboxings on YouTube.

NYX Sculpt & Highlight Brow Contour Review

I picked up this NYX Sculpt & Highlight Brow Contour from target today because I love having a dual ended pencil like this, however I had mixed results.

What’s to love?

I love having a highlighter and pencil in one product so I was excited to see that NYX had this kind of product.  I got the Soft Pink/Auburn Shade because I wanted to try something with red undertones. The shades are very pretty.

But…this is the first NYX product that I’m not completely in love with. The Soft Pink side is great as a highlighter however the Auburn side is hard and brittle. I could barley apply it to my brows and it smudged all of the place. I kind of looked like an auburn lashed Grocho Marx which no one wants to see!

 

So the “good” is that I’m going to stick this into my make-up bag because I like the highlighter end and I can always use the other side as a pen! See turning everything into a positive there! The packaging is also great with twist ups on both sides and this product has very little scent. It is Made in Taiwan.

I have seen users who do love this product so it could just be me. Has anyone else tried one of these pencils?

 

2016 Beauty Advent Calendar Wish List

I am a huge sucker for anything that gives me a daily surprise so when I discovered the existence of beauty Advent Calendars I nearly jumped for joy. These gorgeous boxes are dangerous for for us beauty addicts but they are so pretty!

Here are 5 Advent Calendars that are on my wish list. Decisions. Decisions. Decisions.

Lush 12 Days Of Christmas

Price: $99.95

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Even though this calendar, err clock is only 12 days I still love the idea of getting a Lush product each day. You get some really neat products like the Snow Fairy Body Lotion and  the Candy Mountain Bubble Bar. I seriously wouldn’t mind this showing up in my mail box!

NYX Cosmetics Makeup Advent Calendar 

Price: $50

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I am seriously considering this the NYX limited-edition Wanderlust Advent Calendar. 24 days of make-up? Yes, please! You get a travel inspired NYX product every day for 24 days and I love that you have no idea what’s behind each door of the “map”. The surprise element is what is drawing me in on this one!

The Body Shop Ultimate Cheeky Surprises Advent Calendar

Price: $175

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The Body Shop Ultimate Cheeky Surprises Advent Calendar is pricey at $175 but it’s a $280 value and packed with 24 delightful surprises packed into a Christmasy box. They also have a Deluxe Version for $125 and a Basic Version for $105 so at least you have a few options.

Bare Minerals Countdown to Gorgeous

Price: $79

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This set would make a gorgeous gift for a girlfriend! The 24 red doors reveal a new product everyday and it’s a $205 value. I love the surprise element if you’re giving this as a gift and it looks super classy and Christmasy and of course you get so many pretty products and colors.

10 Days of Clinique at Sephora

Price: $39.50

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I think I can use my Sephora VIB coupon on this set as I want to get it for my mom for Christmas. This cute little Clinique Christmas set isn’t a true Advent Calendar but I love that you get 10 unique products worth $79 for only $39.50.

Also if you’re interested in just nail polish Sephora has the Ciaté London Mini Mani Month Nail Polish Set for $59 and it’s a $215 value with 24 products.

I think if I decide to indulge in a beauty Advent Calendar I’m going to splurge on the NYX set. I’ll let you know! Which one do all of you love?

 

NYX Pore Filler Review

I just picked the NYX Pore Filler and I am so impressed with this product. I have huge pores and this filler did just the trick to make my face smooth.

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What’s to love?

This beige gel-like filler is super smooth and feels silky and dry upon application. It blended into my face and definitely diminished the appearance of my very large pores. I was shocked at how well it worked. I used it under my Clinique BB Creme for a smoother appearance. I have combination skin and the formula blended well on both my oily and dry areas.

I also love that it has no scent and did not irritate my skin. It is Made in Taiwan and while I wish all NYX was Made in the USA I do like this product.

This one is on my “must have” list from now on.

Price: $14 for 0.67 fl. oz. tube.

NYX Bright Idea Illuminating Stick Review

Today I went to Ulta to get my free Laura Geller Baked Blush with purchase (review coming soon) and I picked up the new NYX Bright Idea Illuminating Stick and WOW am I so impressed!

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What’s to love?

I want to start off by saying that I give this product a 10.5 out of 10…really.  It’s an amazing illuminator for a great price. They are $7.99 at Ulta although many colors are sold out.

This chubby stick comes in 12 stunning colors. Mine is Chardonnay Shimmer which is a beautiful beige/gold with a gorgeous shimmer that works so well as a cheek highlighter.

I had hard time swatching this color because it is so light and shimmery but I have to say it looks so pretty on my face. I have over 40 skin and it brightens with out creasing or making me look like a teen. It’s also super smooth and not greasy at all.

The stick is Made in Canada and has zero scent. If I was doing a blind test I would swear it’s a high end product. I am so impressed with it that I want a least 3 more colors.  Next up is Rose Petal Pop, Coralicious and Pearl Pink Lace.

NYX continues to impress me and this new product has blown me away.

Ipsy August 2016 Glam Bag Review

*Spoiler Alert! I’m showcasing the August 2106 Ipsy Glam Bag today.

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The theme for the August 2016 Ipsy Bag is “Live That Fantasy” and the bag is super super cute with the Sugar Highness design. I have to say that I love the quality of the Ipsy bags. I always find great uses for them.

Please excuse the subpar photos my natural light is being eaten up by a thunderstorm outside!

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Are you ready? Here’s what I got for August.

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NYC Born To Glow Liquid Illuminator in Gleam I’m super excited to try another NYX product. Born To Glow looks amazing on my hand with lots of shimmer and it feels light and airy. Full-sized product is $7.50.

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Organic Surge Daily Care Perfecting Face Polish – I am not familiar with Organic surge but I’ll certainly give this one a try. It has zero scent and it says it can be used on sensitive skin. Full-sized product is $7.62.

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Lord & Berry Maxi Matte Crayon Lipstick – The Lord & Berry line is new to me too but I am loving this matte lip liner in Intimacy Lip Color which is is a dark rosy pink. It’s got great pigmentation and is super smooth. Full-sized product is $20.00.

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Beauty For Real I-Line in Black Magic Eyeliner – This is another line I have never heard of. Beauty For Real was founded by make-up artist Leslie Munsell. It does seem like a really nice eyeliner (I tried it on my hand and it goes an smooth and dark) and it’s Made in the USA which I like too. Full-sized product is $14.00.

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Josie Maran Whipped Mud Mask in Vanilla Apricot – You can buy this in a 5 pack set at Sephora for $48. The mask is supposed to hydrate and exfoliate. It has a very light scent and I will try it out.

I’m giving this month a 9 because although I liked the contents of the bag I felt that the Josie Maran sample was a bit too small. It would have been nice to have a little more product to try. I also would have liked to see at least one more bigger name product this month, but who knows, maybe I’ll end up really liking these lessor known brands. I’m up for the challenge!

So far the Birchbox is winning out for August but I’m still waiting for Allure and Sephora.

NYX Soft Matte Lip Cream Review

I decided to test out the NYX Soft Matte Lip Cream today and I’m pretty impressed. This is my first experience with matte creams and I had no idea what to expect.

I got San Paulo which to me looks like a watermelon shade for $5.99 at the grocery store.

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What’s to love!

This formula is super creamy and feels like a quality product, much nicer than the NYX Butter Cream Lipstick. The shade is highly pigmented and smells amazing, kind of like a vanilla cupcake.

My one challenge was applying it. I should have used a lip liner but I wanted to show the product by itself. I had a bit of trouble with bleeding but I think it’s because I’m over 40 and can’t see close-up (which stinks). My only comfort is that I’m not alone and my guess is that Adam Ant, Deborah Harry and even Simon LeBon need bifocals too.

I had no issue with this product being dry (I’ve heard that’s a problem with the matte lipsticks), it’s actually super moisturizing to me. When it drys there’s a tiny bit of stickiness left if you press your lips together but it doesn’t feel bad.

I did feel like the color was a bit dark at first but I’ve gotten several compliments so I think it’s OK. I have very little make-up on in this photo. Just some blush and mascara.

Overall I really love this product and would like to try more matte colors and brands. You definitely can teach this old dog new tricks! Mattes are not just for the younger generation!

NYX Butter Lipstick Review

There was an NYX Butter Lipstick in my Target Beauty Box this month and I was pretty excited to try it out. Unfortunately it was a “meh” for me.

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Why this wasn’t for me.

This my third NYX product. I loved the Ombre Lip Duo and the Jumbo Eye Pencil but this product didn’t impress me much.

First off, this isn’t my color at all. It’s basically a fleshy orange and looked completely washed out on my lips. So I would be willing to try another shade to see if I change my mind.

I also felt like the quality of the product was on the low end. There were air bubbles and a mold crease in the center and the texture didn’t feel at all buttery to me. It felt more like a cream, but it didn’t blend well on my lips.

On the plus side there is zero scent which I liked.

So while I didn’t like this product I’m excited to try more NYX products in the future. I think they are a great drugstore brand but there’s bound to be some hit or miss.

NYX Jumbo Eye Pencil Review

I got the NYX Jumbo Eye Pencil in Cashmere in the Summer 2016 Kandee Johnson Beauty Con Box and it worth picking up. At only $4.50 I want to try more colors, it comes in 32 amazing shades like Purple Velvet, Milk (white) and French Fries (bronze).

What’s to love?

First, I have to say that NYX is fast becoming one of my favorite drug store brands. Prior to getting a few sample in my Beauty Con Box I hadn’t tried them. I’m so glad I did.

Now for the Jumbo Eye Pencil. This sucker is so versatile. You can use it as eye shadow, eye liner and highlighter. I’ve tried all three.

I love how creamy the pencil is (I’ve always loved cream eyeshadow) and I get no creasing. There is zero scent and the product is super easy to use as it is a twist up. The Cashmere color is shimmery and smooth and looks great on my upper lids. My only wish is that it was made in the USA and not Taiwan.

Overall I am super impressed and will be picking up a few more.

My swatch is a bit weird from my Apple Watch tan line!

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This is a cool idea too! People are saying that the eye pencil works even better with a brush so they are putting the product in a pot! How creative is that?

How To Depot NYX Jumbo Pencils with No Heat!

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