Saturday, 19 April 2014

NYX Powder Blush Review

NYX Powder Blush Review in Pinched

Hi everyone! This is my first review on a NYX product, so I'm pretty excited. NYX Cosmetics is a very popular (and super affordable) drugstore brand. NYX has everything you can imagine, and at some of the most inexpensive prices I have ever seen. Don't let the low prices fool you - NYX's products are very high quality and are saturated in color. 

NYX doesn't stand for anything, the name is actually derived from Greek mythology and means "Goddess of the Night". Interesting! The brand has been around since 1999, and what is really cool about them, is they never discontinue their shades. Ever. So you can always be guaranteed that your favorite colors will be available. 

NYX Cosmetics products can be found all over the world and they keep getting more and more popular over the years, mostly because of their richly pigmented products and affordable prices.

Here we go with my review on one of the NYX Powder Blushes!

NYX Powder Blush in Pinched

There is an enormous total of 29 shades in the Powder Blush line. This amazes me, because most brands don't have even half of that for their blush shades! 

Here are all 29 shades to choose from:

NYX Powder Blush shades

With these shades, you've pretty much got every possible kind of color you'd want, from beiges and bronzes, to peaches and corals, to berry colors and pinks. And they are all stunning and come in different finishes.

I chose Pinched, which is actually one of NYX's most famous blush shades. It is described as a "coral pink with gold glitter and iridescence", which pretty much sums it up. It's a pretty bright punchy pink with peach tones to it. It also has tiny little micro sparkles in it and it definitely gives a radiant glow.

NYX Powder Blush in Pinched

The texture of this blush is really nice. I find that it's very silky, smooth and soft. The NYX signature quilted design helps to easily transfer the product onto your brush.

This blush is insanely pigmented. The first time I used this, I had to take a bunch of it off my cheek because the color is so saturated and rich that it's easy to over-do it and make yourself look like a clown (and we don't want that). This is soooo pigmented! I can't say that enough. The tiniest little bit of this will give your cheeks the perfect flushed color. So you need to go really easy on this and pick up a small amount and also use a very light hand. As for blending, I found it a little harder to blend out than my other blushes, but for the beautiful color it's worth it to have to put a little more work into blending now and then. This would be the only downfall of the blush for me.

NYX Powder Blush in Pinched

This shade is also well known for being a dupe for NARS' iconic Orgasm blush. I have to say, it really is almost completely identical - at a fraction of the cost.

This color is also universally flattering, no matter how pale or how dark your skin is, this will look beautiful. And it's very long lasting. I don't have any issues with this blush fading away as the hours pass. It seems to stay put and look the same all day. 

In my opinion this color goes best with an overall cool makeup look, but it can still work with warm colors, especially neutrals. But anything will work, from bright eye colors to nudes. As I said, it's really pigmented and I find it's a very punchy pop of color, so I usually use this if I go easier with things on my eyes, that way I can be heavier and more bright on my cheeks without overdoing it.

Swatch: Pinched

This blush is gorgeous. It definitely delivers a healthy, radiant glow. I love this color and its beautiful pearly sheen and iridescence. It's nice to have this in my collection. It's certainly one of a kind. 

NYX is also a cruelty-free brand, something I really appreciate.

If you are looking for a bright, rich and very pigmented blush, this would be an excellent choice. 

You can get this blush HERE

Ingredients: Mica, Talc, Zinc Stearate, 2-Ethylhexyl Palminate, Mineral Oil, BHT, Methylparaben, Propylparaben, Yellow Iron Oxide, D&C Red No. 6, Mica, Titanium Dioxide.

Have you tried any of the NYX blushes? What are your favorite colors and what NYX products do you love? Let me know in the comments below!
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Saturday, 12 April 2014

Korres Lip Butter Glaze Review

Korres Lip Butter Glaze Review in Pomegranate

Hi everyone! I really love Korres cosmetics. This Greek company uses tons of top-notch and pure natural ingredients in their formulations. I'm a freak about ingredients when it comes to lip products, so there are only a few brands that I will actually use. Korres is one of my favorites. I love their lip products.

Korres has Lip Butters, Mango Butter Lipsticks, Greek Yoghurt Nourishing Lip Coolers, Lip Butter Glazes and Cherry Lip Glosses.

Today I will be reviewing one of the Lip Butter Glazes. Here's what I think!

Korres Lip Butter Glaze in Pomegranate

The Korres Lip Butter Glazes come in five beautiful colors: 

Wild Rose

It was hard for me to choose a color because they were all so pretty. The Raspberry interested me, but I have always wanted an orangey-coral lip color, and Pomegranate seemed to fit the bill, so I got that one.

Here are all five Lip Butter Glazes:

Jasmine, Pomegranate, Quince, Raspberry & Wild Rose

Korres Lip Butter Glaze in Pomegranate

I have never had a lip color in this type of formula before. It's very creamy but not in the sense that a gloss would be. It is much thicker and more rich. I like the name of these because they really do go on like butter and feel very buttery and soft.

It comes in a sweet little tube and is very easy to apply. You can apply directly on your lips, use a brush, or just use your fingers. I am so happy with the texture of this and it's one of a kind. So creamy and succulent. Yes, I said succulent! It's so yummy. There is a delicious vanilla scent to this, and because it is completely naturally derived, it doesn't irritate my sensitive lips. I just love the smell and I love how soft it feels on my lips. If I end up tasting a little of it, it also tastes nice!

Korres Lip Butter Glaze in Pomegranate

These glazes contain Certified Organic Sugar Cane to improve lip texture and condition the lips. They also contain Organic Bee Waxes as well as Safflower and Sunflower Seed Waxes to nourish the lips. And last but not least, they also have Pomegranate Fruit Sterols to hydrate the lips and provide antioxidant protection.

I was so impressed by the color payoff with this lip butter. It is super pigmented! I never expected something in this type of formula (creamy texture) to have so much pigment and vibrancy. This thing is packed with color and it's so rich and beautiful. The color is also not clear like most lip glosses or butters. It's quite opaque, I was really surprised. I don't even use this over lipstick or other lip colors, because it is so pigmented and amazing on its own. I only use a very small dab of this and that's it. If you want a more light wash of color, you can just lightly swipe it on without squeezing too much out - you'll get a gorgeous shade from it. You can also go more bold and use more, because it's buildable and will be even more intense and opaque. It also turned out to be the exact shade I was hoping for on my lips - and orangey-coral color. Perfect!

Korres Lip Butter Glaze in Pomegranate

Something else I am loving about this lip butter glaze is that it is long lasting. I don't have to reapply often, it stays on for hours without any need for retouching. Also, it stays moisturizing all of that time. It nourishes and hydrates my lips all day. I love this stuff.

And it also leaves my lips feeling more supple and moisturized at the end of the day when I take it off. I would say this doubles as a lip treatment.

Swatch: Pomegranate

See how gorgeous and rich that color is?? Amazing!

I am totally in love with this product. I would love to get my hands on more of the shades. I can imagine I will be crazy over those too, after seeing how pigmented and beautiful Pomegranate is. It's such a fresh and pretty shade too.

I definitely recommend this to anyone who wants a new vibrant lip color. And don't be afraid by the swatch, you can sheer it out by using less if you don't want it as rich looking. This is excellent for those with dry lips, it is so soothing. It lasts long. It's just an all around excellent lip product!

You can get this lip butter glaze HERE

Ingredients: Bis-Diglyceryl Polyacyladipate-2 , Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride, Beeswax, Stearalkonium Bentonite Silica Silylate, Helianthus Annuus (Sunflower) Seed Wax, Propylene Carbonate, Ethyl Vanillin, Helianthus Annuus (Sunflower) Seed Oil, Punica Granatum Extract, Carthamus Tinctorius (Safflower) Seed Oil, Saccharum Officinarum (Sugar Cane) Extract, May Contain: Titanium Dioxide, Mica, Red 6, Red 7 Lake, Iron Oxides. 

Have you tried the Korres Lip Butter Glazes before or any of Korres' lip products? What did you think? Any favorite shades? Let me know below!
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Sunday, 6 April 2014

The Best Eyeshadow Shades For Your Eye Color

The Best Eyeshadow Shades For Your Eye Color

Hi lovelies! Today I'm going to discuss which eyeshadow shades help to enhance and complement your eye color. I'd like to first point out that I don't at all believe in any rules for makeup for the most part. I think we should do whatever we want and whatever we like. No rules! Pretty much all colors can work on everyone. But, there are some shades on certain eye colors that don't look nearly as nice as other shades. There are shades that definitely bring out your eye color more and can complement you beautifully. 

I thought it would be a fun idea to go over which colors best suit your eye color, and will make the most of your eye makeup look.

So here we go!

Blue Eyes:

They say that everyone with blue eyes shares the same ancestor with every other blue-eyed person in the world! Interesting.

Coppers, peaches, corals and rust colors go wonderfully with blue eyes and would be a top choice. This is because orange based eye shadows provide a contrast that make blue eyes pop. They can also help to bring out any yellow speckles that you may have in your eyes.

Cool toned shades look excellent on blue eyes. A cool toned color that looks great is pale pink. Blue shadows can also bring out the blue in blue eyes. Dark and very deep blues are best, because they will help bring out the hue in your eyes even better for a brighter and more intense look.

On the more neutral side of things, taupes and greys tend to make blue eyes stand out. If you are looking for a more muted and natural look to bring out your blue eyes, greys would be your best bet!

Hazel Eyes:

Hazel eyes are one of a kind and the hue can look completely different from one lighting to the next! 

Those with hazel eyes (green-brown-yellow eyes) can wear an array of shades that will complement their eye color. Because of the fact that shades that go great with both green and brown eyes look amazing on hazel eyes, there are even more options. Hazel eyes do have some specific shades though that go the extra mile in enhancing this eye color.

Although they are more neutral, bronze and gold shades are a top choice for making hazel eyes pop, because of their ability to accentuate many brown tones and hues, as well as any yellow tones that they may have. Since there is a little a green in hazel eyes, greens can bring out those speckles. Emerald and olive colors especially are gorgeous on hazel eyes and will definitely make them stand out. 

For more cooler and bright shades, purple is actually the perfect choice. Because purples complement green eyes so well, they will do the same for the green that is present in hazel eyes. Since the green in hazel eyes tends to be darker than the green in green eyes, richer purples work best (and go better with brown), and even burgundy and maroon hued shades, because they better enhance the deeper green.

Brown Eyes:

Brown is the most common eye color. It is believed that 10,000 years ago, everyone's eyes were brown!

Blue is the top choice for enhancing brown eyes. But mostly dark, navy hued blues and blues with very rich vibrancy. They help to bring out the beautiful brown tones in the eyes. Blues will also make the whites of the eyes in brown eyes appear whiter as well.

Neutral peaches, taupes and chocolates bring out brown eyes and make them pop. It may seem odd that brown would bring out brown eyes, but it does, especially if it's a lighter brown shade, and also browns with shimmer. Another great choice is a golden-based eyeshadow, because for those with golden/yellow speckles in their brown eyes, this color will enhance them big time and really intensify the yellow. Charcoal greys and silvers also look great on brown eyes.

Pinks, including soft and deep pinks, are an excellent choice for brown eyes. Pinks create a beautiful contrast and really enhance the brown. Pale champagne is a beautiful color for brown eyes.

Green Eyes:

Green eyes are the rarest eye color. Only 1-2% of the world's population has green eyes! (I guess I am special... ha!)


Purple is definitely the very top choice for green eyes. You can't go wrong with purple on green eyes, no matter what the shade of purple. Plums, eggplant, light violets, regal purples, everything. Light purples and lavenders may go a little better with darker green eyes and darker more rich purples may go a little better with lighter green eyes. But any and all purples will look amazing on green eyes, because it makes them pop more than any other color.

Green looks beautiful on green eyes too and is very complimentary. Moss colors, sage, forest greens, and green-golds are great choices. They all bring out the green in green eyes. Warm colors tend to go best with green eyes, so bronzes, coppers and golds are perfect. They will make the green pop, and for those who have some yellow/gold tones in their green eyes, golden hued shadows will really make them stand out.

Earthy shades, like browns, beiges and taupes, also look extra nice on green eyes. Grey is also a wonderful choice. Another beautiful and popular color to use on green eyes to bring them out, is pink. Pinks really liven up green eyes and make them pop. Paler pinks seem to have the best effect.

I hope you enjoyed this post! For those who have blue-grey eyes the colors that work best are shades for blue eyes, and for those with blue-green eyes the colors that work best are shades for both green and blue eyes. 

One generalization I can make is that neutral/nude colors will look amazing on every eye color. Nudes always complement everyone and are so easy to use, and also great for those who are a little shy to use color and more vibrant hues.

I hope you all have a beautiful and fantastic day!
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Sunday, 30 March 2014

Sigma Eye Shadow Base Review

Sigma Eye Shadow Base Review in Awake

Hi my loves! Today I'm reviewing something from a brand that I have completely fallen in love with: Sigma Beauty. I got one their eyeshadow bases recently. There were many nice ones to choose from, and I picked Awake.

Sigma was founded in 2008 and has become one of the fastest growing beauty brands out there, and is also one of the top-rated companies in the beauty industry. They are known for their professional and high quality products. I think Sigma is amazing and you'll see a review from me in the near future on their incredible Warm Neutrals Eyeshadow Palette as well, which has actually become my favorite eyeshadow palette in my entire collection. Their well-known brushes are also my very favorite makeup brushes to use.

Here we go with the review on Sigma's Eye Shadow Base in Awake!

Sigma Eye Shadow Base in Awake

There are 12 colors of the Eye Shadow Bases altogether. They range from nudes to brights to deep shades. They also range from sheen to matte to shimmer finishes.

Here are some of the shades available:

9 of the Sigma Eye Shadow Base shades

Sigma Eye Shadow Base in Awake

There is a bit of a debate as to what exactly an eyeshadow base is. Some say it's the same as an eyeshadow primer. Really, eyeshadow bases are kind of like primers in a way, but still not the same. Bases are designed to both enhance the look of the eyeshadow that you put on top of it, and also to provide a "sticky" surface for the eyeshadow to adhere to. This makes the shadow both look better and last longer. Primers are designed to do the same thing, but tend to be clear or more skin colored, and they stop creases from happening, are not usually opaque and they soak up oils in the skin and are not sticky. They are usually a thin cream in a tube that you smear on. Bases are usually in a pot and have color and are also thicker. Bases come in any and every color possible. Many people use the cream-consistency Maybelline Color Tattoos as a base. If you are wanting a darker look, you can use a rich brown base and then use your darker shadows on top. It just makes the whole eye-look better and deeper and more vibrant. Bases are used to increase the intensity of shadows. You can also use more than one base shade for your shadows. And again, it provides something for the shadow to adhere to. So, it's very similar to a primer, pretty much the same thing, but still not quite. I sometimes kinda just like to consider bases as colored primers, although they still don't provide as much crease-protection as primers do. That's pretty much a primer's main feature.

Another form of a "base" is a regular eyeshadow color that you use all over your lid before starting your eye look. I almost always do this.

Sigma Eye Shadow Base in Awake

I love that this base comes with a little lid on the top. This is not meant to be thrown away. It should always be on the product to seal it up when you are done using it and while it's stored away for next time. Cream products like these bases tend to dry up really quickly and easily. The protective lid on this stops that from happening, so I always keep it on!

Awake is described as an "airy, light pink", and that's exactly what it is. It's one of the sheen finishes. It's a gorgeous light pink shade. It goes on almost like a white pink. It's perfect for so many eye looks. I like using this when I am going to do a pink or purple look. Because it is light, it makes whatever you put on top of it brighter and more vibrant. This can really be used for any eyeshadow colors, but I prefer to use it mostly with my pinks and purples.

Sigma Eye Shadow Base in Awake

Isn't the color just beautiful? I also adore the packaging of this. It's very strong and sturdy. Because it's glass it looks quite luxurious too. It's a neat shape as well.

This is so creamy and silky. It goes on very smoothly. I just use my finger to apply this but you can also use a brush. Like a primer, these have a formula that reduces some of the surface oils on the lids (not all bases are like this). It is also very light-weight. I do still get a little creasing with this if I don't use a primer underneath. My purpose for using it is to make my shadows more vibrant.

Sigma Eye Shadow Base in Awake

This definitely works at making my eyeshadows more intense. I can always see the difference when I go with or without this. It's amazing! I always just apply some with my fingers, let it dry a little bit, and then pat on my first eyeshadow color (since it's sticky underneath). It's the perfect super-light pink color, and it creates this pearly iridescence under my eyeshadow which shines through. It definitely makes eyeshadow last longer and look better.

It also blends wonderfully!

Swatch: Awake

I'm completely happy and satisfied with this eyeshadow base. I think it's extraordinary and I definitely recommend it. Awake is a gorgeous and perfect color for a base. It is very brightening. I'm sure the other colors are probably just as awesome as this one. I will have to try them in the future.

If you want something to make your eyeshadows pop more, this is a great product for that. It also helps to cancel out any discolorations that you may have on the lids. And it's so creamy yet so light on the lids. Beautiful sheen. It's a great one!

You can get this eyeshadow base HERE

Ingredients: Mica, Isododecane, Ethylhexyl Palminate, Hdi/Trimethylol Hexyllactone, Crosspolymer, Dimethicone, Silica, Triethoxycaprylylsilane, Polyethelyene, Sorbitan Monoleate, Tocopheryl Acetate, Phenoxyethenol.

Have you tried any of the Sigma Eye Shadow Bases? Which is your favorite? Let me know in the comments below!
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