Wednesday, July 20, 2011

NYX Round Lip Glosses - Ballerina Pink and Sorbet

I've been wanting to try some NYX lip products since I bought 2 of their 10 colour eyeshadow palettes from Ebay ages ago..
I'd heard so many good things about the brand but never saw any products in stores near me, so I had a little look online again.
Anyone who knows me will tell you I'm a complete lip product junkie - I have so many glosses and lipsticks but I can't seem to get enough of them!
I really do think they make a look complete.
Anyway, I found my the round lip glosses here on Amazon and after Google image searching for ages, I finally decided on Sorbet, a soft peachy pink, and Ballerina Pink, a bright pink with blue undertones.

Both glosses have fine multicoloured shimmer in them which I personally like (sparkly things have always been an addiction of mine!) but I know that some people might find glitter irritating.
One thing that does bother me about these glosses is the smell - it's almost like washing up liquid!!
I don't notice it so much once they're applied to the lips but if you sniff the applicator directly it is a bit unpleasant, haha!
Other than that I don't have anything negative to say - the glosses aren't very sticky at all, still manage to last a decent amount of time and I bought them for a very reasonable £3.94 each with free p&p :)

Are you a fan of NYX products?
If so, what are your favourites?

Hugs as always,

- Nikki xo

Sunday, July 10, 2011

Sleek: A little something special?

I'm aware that everyone and their mother has done a blog post or YouTube video about this, but I have been so excited to get my hands on this palette that I had to throw in my two pennies worth! :)

I am of course talking about the Sleek "Oh So Special" palette.
When I heard about it I was instantly intrigued - you know I love my neutral eye looks and I've wanted the Urban Decay "Naked" palette for a long time but have resisted..
A lot of people have said that if you want something similar on a budget then this is your best bet, so I hurried to my mum's local Superdrug as that's where I was at the time.
I found the tester straight away but they'd sold out, so I ordered my palette directly from the Sleek website for £6.49 plus £2.95 p&p.
It is part of the permanent line so there is no rush to buy it, unless you're over-excited like me, haha!

Now time for some pictures (click on them to enlarge)..

I love the box it comes in, so pretty..

The actual palette is just the standard black though, was slightly disappointed about that :(

And here are the 12 shadows - a mix of matte and shimmer shades..

Some swatches..

For some reason "Gateau" didn't show up very well in the photo, but it is a really pretty shimmery golden pink in person, just the kind of colour I love!
I'm sure it would look even more gorgeous with a base underneath, but so far I've just put the shadow straight on to the lids and I am so happy and impressed with it so far.
As always, these mineral shadows are buttery smooth, easy to apply and blend and have great pigmentation.
There are also plenty of matte shades here for those of you who like a good mix - personally I like the shimmers best of all, I love the sparkle!
There is enough of a variation in colours to create many looks and I'm really excited about using it more and sharing my experiences with you :)

Do you have the "Oh So Special" palette or are you skipping this one?
If you have it, what do you think of it - do you think it's worth the hype that surrounds it?


- Nikki xo

Tuesday, July 05, 2011

Revlon Apricot Chiffon and Benefit Sippin' n Dippin'

Hi again all!
I don't know if anyone is reading this as I'm losing followers, but I enjoy blogging so I'll carry on writing whenever I can :)

Things have been busy as ever; my mum is moving from London to a house literally opposite mine here in Essex and I can't wait!
It's been manic helping her pack and deciding what I wanted to keep from my old bedroom at her house, as well as all the usual mummy/ housewifely duties but I'm so excited, it's worth the tiredness ♥

I've been using pretty minimal make-up the past week or so and looking through my collection to find little hidden treasures that will make my life easier.
One thing that I've really been appreciating is cream shadows..
My skintone is pretty uneven on my eyelids and they get a little bit oily at times, so I need something I can apply quickly that will stay put!
Some time ago I was in the local Poundland looking at the make-up (you never know what goodies they'll have, although it is completely hit and miss) when I found a cream shadow by Revlon called "Apricot Chiffon".
I couldn't see much through the packaging but I figured that it wasn't the end of the world if I didn't end up liking it very much as it was so cheap!
I ended up really enjoying it in the end, as it's a pretty colour, makes a good base for powder shadows and looks nice and simple on its own to boot.
More recently I purchased the Benefit Creaseless Cream Shadow/ Liner in "Sippin' n Dippin'".
When I put it on it reminded me of something I already had, but I couldn't remember what..
Then I rediscovered my Apricot Chiffon, and I thought I'd compare the two:

As you can see from the photos, the two pots are almost the same size and both are pretty shades of peach with golden shimmery undertones.
I would say the Benefit shadow is much more gold, whereas the Revlon is much more peachy.
They both offer a similar amount of coverage and both last well when worn alone on the lid.
The Benefit shadow is of a slightly higher quality/ standard as you would expect, but to be honest I think that if you're on a budget and want a pretty cream shadow like these ones, you'd be more than happy with the Revlon - I've made a big dent in my pot and I know I'll be a bit sad when it's gone as I haven't seen it for sale anywhere since - fingers crossed it can be found online :)
I am tempted to try MAC's Paintpot in "Rubenesque" but keep stopping myself from buying it as there are only so many peachy cream shadows a girl can justify having, haha!
We'll see..

If you have any questions about these products or would like to see swatches on my eyes please ask away!

Big hugs,
- Nikki xo