NXY Soft Matte Lip Cream in San Paulo

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Matte lips are always big this time of year and the longevity they provide is always a plus for when you want your makeup to last. If you’ve read my lipstick diaries you know I have been trying to push myself the past few months with lip colour, and after the success of my dabble with the NXY Soft Matte Lip Cream in Copgenhagen (why not check out my review here) I decided to try another one from the range this time a pretty pink.

I must say I love the packaging, although its simple and there is nothing special I love the velvety matte sort of finish of the lid its nothing much but it makes the product feels like a little touch of luxury even though it isn’t really. I’m also so glad this is a doe foot applicator; it is easy to use and apply an even coat all over the lips. A thin coat with dry in about a minute, drying matte and dry while a thick coat with take two/three minutes to dry and leaves a slight tacky feeling that you won’t generally feel just mainly when you press you lips together.

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I love the finished look of a pretty matte pink lip, wearable and long lasting, I love the fact you just don’t have to think about it once it’s on its pretty much there for the long haul with the exception of food or drink. Drink its not so bad, just a little bit of fading in the centre of the mouth but this is pretty much expected. I have to say compared to the other NXY Lip Cream I own this fades easier and quicker with food, leaving only a very unflattering line around the edge or your mouth. Its light wearing strong lip liner and a pale lipstick, so if you want to wear this for a dinner date or lunch with friends I just recommend wearing something else unless you want to touch up.

This layers up nicely for reapplication purposes, you can reapply on top of what was there before and it looks perfectly fine. Although this is a drying product, because let’s face it what matte product isn’t drying it doesn’t split or stick to the dry areas of the lips it’s more of a comfort thing. Occasionally by the end of the day my lips start to feel uncomfortable and dry but 10 hours in, it’s a proper day wear just make sure you moisturise before and after to keep you lips happy and healthy.

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It’s a super pretty cover, offers longevity and I’m glad it’s part of my collection. I definitely recommend checking out the NXY Soft Matte Lip Creams as the availability and ease of trying in the UK increases, but if I had to pick one I’d go for the NXY Soft Matte Lip Cream in Copenhagen. The formula is slightly variable between products so I am not sure what others in this line shade up like, but some are better than others although none are awful.

Have you tried the NXY Soft Matte Lip Creams and if so what do you think? Have you tried NXY since the UK launch and what do you think of what’s on offer.

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Current Makeup Routine: Autumn Edition

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As the seasons change, we all like to mix up our makeup, so I thought I would share how I’ve mixed it up for the current season and what I am currently loving.

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Before I do any makeup I always cleanse my face again, as I’ve usually done a fully skincare routine by this point I just simply use a little bit of the Garnier SkinActive Oil-Infused Micellar Water on a cotton pad. To create a good base for my makeup I always moisturise and my current favourite is the Garnier Skin Active Moisture Bomb Super Hydrating Antioxidant Moisturiser, especially as the weather is getting cooler and the dry air of heating and temperature changes moisturiser is a must.

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I’d like to say I am using a primer but half the time I never remember it, so I am usually straight onto my foundation which I feel like it is included in every single one of the L’oreal True Match Foundation in Rosy Ivory. This is by far my favourite foundation, it’s one of the best matches I have ever found and it’s a nice medium but buildable coverage. Any blemishes I simply cover up with the Collection Lasting Perfection Concealer, it’s just one of those concealers that is good for anything. Then to add a little touch of definition and colour with the Sleek Face Form Pallet in Light bronzer and a touch of the MUA Blush in Cupcake, not adding anything dramatic just a touch of something.

Next up the brows, I don’t do anything fancy, I lightly build up and fill in the gaps with the Natural Collection Eyebrow Pencil in Medium Brow. I cannot believe how good this is, it’s so affordable the product is great and it even has a spoolie the colours are limited but if it is in your shade, definitely check it out. Then if I’m feeling it I finish up my brows with a touch of Benefit Gimmie Brow, I am still debating of forking out for the full price item.

I’m also enjoying keeping my eyes simple, just some liquid eyeliner something to simply define but with no blending or effort. At present I am loving the L’Oreal Paris So Couture Super Liner. Then finish it off with lashings of mascara which I grab which ever one I feel like wearing I am fairly non-committal with mascaras at the moment.

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Finally it is all about the lips, a mad thing for me to say really considering I have such a love hate relationship  with lipstick but I am trying to push the boundaries. So to complete the look for this post, I’ve finished off with the NXY Soft Matte Lip Cream in Copenhagen (see the review here). I don’t always commit to it but it does make me feel autumnal and feel like I am embracing this time of year.

What are your favourite makeup items this time of year, let me know in the comments below I’d love to know.

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Review: PS Love Primer Water

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Another day, another budget beauty item for when I want to dip my toes in the water but don’t want to part with my money, it’s also another opportunity to try out another Primark P.S product, which I haven’t found one product I haven’t liked yet Primark’s beauty range is well worth checking out there are some amazing products which are all affordable. You can check out some of my previous look at Primark’s beauty ranges by clicking the following links (P.S Love First Impression and Swatches, OTHER)

So today it’s time to take a at the P.S Love Primer Water, in the past I have always loved quick solutions when applying my makeup especially for day to day so a spray primer that is moisturising and extends the life of my makeup (or at least that’s the plan) has huge appeal.

The bottle itself is nothing special, simple and practical I feel like it could be prettier but for only £2.00 I can’t really complain it serves it purpose. The sprayer although it does not emit a super fine mist, like those that are higher end its not spotty and is a fairly decent mist spray too much though and it’ll your face will just feel wet. The one thing I wish is if the mist spready further as you do have to use a couple of sprays and it will cover your entire face. Then you wait a few minutes and it will dry fairly quickly and then you can get on with your makeup, it’s not as hydrating as a traditional moisturiser or moisturising primer but what do you expect it offers that little bit of moisturise but gives back speed and time. I am not convinced it extended the longevity of my makeup but it didn’t make it disappear any quicker, so all in all it probably works at least a bit. I’m not sold on this as a primer, I think it will be great it summer to freshen up, but it terms of priming there are much better products on the market.

Well at least priming in the traditional sense, I have found two great uses for the primer water. First is to use it to use on my blending sponge with foundation, without the real wetness of water itself it doesn’t sheer out or breakup the makeup too much. It’s so easy to use and keep with my makeup and use it when I need it, so it brings a huge amount of ease to my makeup routine. It’s also great for use with eyeshadows, a damp makeup brush can really pack a punch. As you can see from the swatches it provides a real ompf to some colours and making colours more vibrant or custom eyeliners. So, although I might not continue to use it for all the face there are many other uses for the primer water.

So is the PS Love Primer Water worth buying? If you are curious about primer waters, or fancy using it opposed to water with makeup application go ahead. Realistically at only £2.00 from Primark its not a lot of money. What have you got to lose.

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Review: NYX Soft Matte Lip Cream in Copenhagen

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If you’ve been reading my blog for a while you’ll know I’ve been pushing myself to wear lipstick and push myself to wear stuff outside my makeup comfort zone, you can check out my journey so far in my Lipstick diaries (find the first part “A Love Hate Relationship”, and the follow up “Pushing the Boundaries”), and thank you for all the support on this journey. At some point, I decided to push myself in at the deep end and buy the NXY Soft Matte Lip Cream in Copenhagen, so how did I find it.

I’ve heard mixed review about the lip cremes more for a hit and miss formula, but the colour was so beautiful I couldn’t resist. With NXY been a recent launch in the UK I ordered this from Feel Unique  (check out my haul here), but had never actually swatched it as the NXY counters in Boots are only just starting to stretch across the country. So, I went in a bit blind but was so happy to give it a go.

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I must say I love the packaging, although its simple and there is nothing special I love the velvety matte sort of finish of the lid its nothing much but it makes the product feels like a little touch of luxury even though it isn’t really. I’m also so glad this is a doe foot applicator; it is easy to use and apply an even coat all over the lips, As soon as I got it I had to swatch and play, it’s such a deep rich colour that you could wear a thin layer and make it more red or apply a slightly thicker coat and get a darker more vampy shade. Which I found to be a pleasant surprise, I never expected diversity with a product like this although how thick you apply it obviously makes a difference to the drying time. A thin coat with dry in about a minute, drying matte and dry while a thick coat with take two/three minutes to dry and leaves a slight tacky feeling that you won’t generally feel just mainly when you press you lips together.

So, the first day I wore it I went in at the deep end and wore it to work, if I didn’t I might never have done it and it was the best way to get some honest opinions. I work with a lovey group of girls, but they are also honest and will just bluntly let you know if something looks good or not. I was so please to get loads of complements on it. Wearing it to work also provided a good wear test, as you drink coffee, chat and eat lunch as well as the length of time you can wear as well as reapplication it is the perfect wear test as you must commit to the full work day.

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I must say it wears well, there is minimal transfer onto a mug when it dries and is definitely long lasting. The main place it wears off first is in the middle, this is mainly due to eating and drinking which is not unexpected if I used a straw and didn’t eat it could last hours. It also doesn’t crack so you’ve got no patchiness of unpleasant wear on the lips. I will say as the day wears long it starts to feel drying, I definitely couldn’t commit to matte everyday.

Overall this is a beautiful long lasting lipstick which I have fallen head over heels in love with, so much so that I now regret not going bold longer ago. Are there any other colours in the range you think I should try? Also let me know your favourite lip cremes or liquid lipsticks in the comments below.

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Millionaires Cheesecake Recipe

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It’s been a good long while since I’ve posted recipe on my blog, I think in 2017 I might try to make it a monthly thing but we will have to wait and see as lighting is difficult etc. Anyway I have a super decedent and tasty recipe today, since I’ve had to cut egg completely out of my diet after been diagnosed with an intolerance desert has become more difficult especially simply picking one up but since discovering how easy it is to make my own I’ve never looked back.

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This is a slightly stepped up cheese cake but skip the caramel and ganache layers and you have a tasty and simple cheesecake. Now onto the ingredients, you will need:

  • 200g Crushed Digestive Biscuits;
  • 100g Melted Butter;
  • 397g Can of Caramel*(*you can make your own from a second can of condensed milk and sugar, but this was easy. Find out the full recipe here )
  • 397g can of Condensed Milk;
  • 250g of Mascarpone;
  • Lemon Juice;
  • 200g Double Cream;
  • 200g Dark Chocolate.

You will also need a cake tin with a removable base Ii used a 20cm base), simply line with greaseproof paper, and a food processor is ideal for this task.

 

Biscuit Base

  1. Break up the biscuits into slightly smaller pieces and crush, either with a rolling pin or a food processor. Crush until split up into small pieces.
  2. Place in a microwave proof bowl and simply place in the microwave a few seconds at a time until fully melted. Then mix the butter and biscuit crumbs together, either by hand in a bowl or put the butter in the food processor and let it do the work.
  3. Once thoroughly mixed move the mixture into the cake tin, use your hands to press it down smooth and ensure the mixture reaches all of the sides. Chill for 10 minutes.

 

Second Layer

  1. Pour out the caramel onto the biscuit base, ensure its spread evenly. Return to the fridge for another 10 minutes.

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Cheesecake Layer

  1. Add the mascarpone and condensed milk together, whisk together once the mixture is smooth add in the lemon juice. Lemon juice is essential to make the mixture thicken, add a little bit at a time until the mixture starts to thicken up it should be thick and creamy.
  2. Pour the mixture into the tin and allow to cool for 1 to 2 hours.

 

Chocolate Ganache

  1. Pour the double cream into a pan and heat gently, once it started to warm through break up the chocolate and drop into the mixture. Keep the heat low and stir constantly until everything is fully mixed.
  2. Once satisfied with the mixture poor into a jug and leave on the side to cool down to room temperature.
  3. Once at room temperature and the cheesecake layer has stiffened in the fridge poor the ganache on the top and return to the fridge.
  4. Cool in the fridge for at least another 2 hours in the fridge, although this we’ve found it tastes best after being chilled for at least 24hours.

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Once fully firm, remove for the fridge and serve, nomnom. Enjoy and let me know if you try it out.

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Review: Garnier SkinActive Oil-Infused Micellar Cleansing Water

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What lazy girl doesn’t love a good Micellar Water, and I just couldn’t resist when I saw this recent launch from Garnier. I loved their original formula, and just couldn’t wait to see how this shaped up as I often found this mixed product a little hit and miss in the past.

According to the Garnier website this product promises to:

Micellar Oil-Infused Cleansing Water is an easy way to remove even waterproof & long-wear makeup. For the 1st time, Garnier Micellar technology is formulated with nourishing oils. The micelles (cleansing agents) capture impurities like a magnet & lift away dirt from the skin, whilst the oils instantly dissolve all types of make-up.  Cleanse and nourish the feel of skin, in one step without rinsing.”

Some big promises so how does it shape up? I must say I found it so much easier to shake up and mix than some other products of this type, for example the Nivea Daily Essentials Double Effect Eye Makeup Remover is super hard to mix up and separates so quickly. The Garnier Oil-Infused Cleansing Water shakes up and mixes up super easily, and stays mixed for a reasonable amount of time. Once on the cotton pad it doesn’t look or feel too oily and is refreshing on the skin. It feels closer to a micellar water than an oil based cleanser, which is a feel I prefer.

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The fact this micellar water is oil based means it is so much better than the original Garnier Micellar water, opposed to a bit of scrubbing or wiping the removal of waterproof makeup almost seems effortless with this oil based formula. For standard makeup like foundation and eyeshadow, it works like most other micellar waters just quick and easy removal but it’s not like you can complain.

So whats my final verdict? I think the Garnier Skin Active Oil-Infused Micellar Cleansing Water is worth checking out especially if you wear heavy eye makeup or waterproof makeup, as it’s that level up from the original micellar water. In general though I like them equally, and I think I will continue to interchange but this will be great for removing party makeup as we get towards Christmas and the associated festivities.

Let me know if you’ve tried the Garnier Skin Active Oil-Infused Micellar Cleansing Water in the comments below, what do you think about it? Also let me know your favourite micellar water in the comments I love trying out all the micellar waters.

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Lipstick Diaries: Pushing the Boundaries

lipstick-diariesAt the start of September I set myself a challenge to push myself to wear lipstick and embrace something I’ve always wanted to enjoy but have often lacked the confidence to wear it. So I thought it was time to update on how I have been getting on, how have I been pushing my personal boundaries. You can check out the first part of my lipstick diaries here.

I started somewhat simple and not too adventurous, just committing to wearing a lipstick or lip colour everyday is a huge ask. So I started off with a nice nude lipstick essentially a your lips but better shade, this helped me get used to the idea without having to do anything or constantly check to see if it’s still there. Throughout October I started to step up a little with slightly more obvious colours, still in the nude spectrum. It’s all about building up the confidence to rock whatever you want. I’m gaining make-up freedom unlocking new looks and styles to try and I’m loving it. I’m going to just go for it and start going bold, just one day wake-up and decide today’s the day.

I know these are all small things by it’s a great way to boost my confidence. Also rather stupidly it’s a great life lesson, of just go in for it and learning to boost yourself. So what is your make-up insecurity? And would you face it head on let me know in the comments.

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Empties #16

So I’m back and what is a better way to do it than with the good ol faithful empties post, the bag was just getting in the way so it seemed like the right sort of time to do a new post. So what have I used up in the past few months.

The Crème Shop Drink Up, Skin! Sheet Masks: In case you missed my review on these masks, I love these masks, so hydrating and fun. Would I repurchase: definitely!

Boots Simply Sensitive Gentle Micellar Water: Who doesn’t love a good micellar water, the lazy girls dream product. This was gentle and refreshing, I really enjoyed using it you can find my full review for it here . Would I repurchase: yes.

Boots Essentials Cucumber Cleansing Lotion and Facial Toner: These appear up in a few empties posts, I love these for removing makeup and simple skincare. I always repurchase these time after time, as they are great to have as part of an affordable skincare routine. Would I repurchase: yes.

Rimmel London Wake Me Up Concealer: Just another empties with another wake me up concealer, a great brightening concealer. Would I repurchase: yes.

Collection Lasting Perfection Concealer: I switched out my ol faithful wake me up concealer for the Collection Lasting Perfection concealer and I have to say I don’t know why I stopped using it while the wake me up mainly brightens the lasting perfection concealer hides everything. Would I repurchase: yes.

Soap & Glory Kick Ass Super-Blur Imperfections Eraser: When I swatched this in Boots and was amazed, then when I ended up actually using it this actually sucked. On top of that it ended up being done so quickly it’s insane, so this was a complete dub another soap and glory makeup item I am unimpressed with. Would I repurchase: definitely not.

Rimmel London Exaggerate Lip Liner in East End Snob: This is my all-time favourite lip liner, a perfect your lips but better colour I always have one on hand and it’s the only lip product I’ve ever repurchased. You can see it on with swatches in my review here. Would I repurchase: always.

The Body Shop Mango Body Scrub: We all love a body scrub and with a sugar scrub texture it definitely scrubs and clears up skin cells well but I have to say the scent is underwhelming. Unlike other Body Shop scents it is barely there and I don’t expect this from their products, so maybe pick up one of their other ones. Would I repurchase: Unlikely.

The Body Shop Blueberry Shower Gel: who doesn’t love a nice smelling shower gel? This is still from my birthday goodies in March, I’ve just got to wait until Christmas to stock up on more body shop products. Would I repurchase: yes.

Nivea Crème Coconut Shower Cream: I’m not sure there is ever much to say about a shower gel but this one smells amazing and is a nice change. Would I repurchase: why not.

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The Skin Systems Cocoa Body Butter: this was picked up on a whim in Asda when I saw it was super cheap on offer and im so glad I did. It’s thick and creamy but soaks in quickly and I love the smell of cocoa butter, a pleasant sent that’s not too over powering. Would I repurchase: definitely.

 So that’s everything and into the recycling they go, never forget to recycle. So have you guys used or tried anything good recently let me know in the comments I love to try new things.

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