NYX Lip Lingerie – Beauty Mark

NYX Lip Lingerie is marketed as a weightless liquid lipstick with a plush matte finish in a range of colour kissed nudes with a creamy finish. Sounds good right? So when I saw that Boots had these liquid lipsticks in stock I just had to try one. I chose Beauty Mark which is a chocolate frosting colour brown.

I’d not tried a liquid lipstick before so wasn’t entirely sure what to expect but I’d watched numerous YouTube reviews of these to decide which colour to buy and they gave me an idea of what the product would be like. Beauty mark is a stunning colour but I would not describe it as nude. It’s very stand out & bold, quite different to anything that I would usually wear. I think maybe I picked the wrong colour for my skin tone, however, that doesn’t take away from what is a beautiful colour.

I found application quite difficult as the doe foot applicator was so long & just not what I’m used to (hence the messy lip line in my photographs!). It was perfectly opaque after one coat, however, I do feel it was very sticky on my lips, not what I personally would call a creamy finish. Beware also – you must exfoliate your lips before wearing this product! If you don’t it will show up every crack, crease & dry spot; not attractive. It does look very matte once it’s taken a couple of minutes to dry which was true to its word. I like the matte look so I was pleased about this.

Beauty Mark wears quite well, it’s pretty kiss proof & it’s also buildable so if it wears off slightly around the centre of your lips after eating or drinking it’s easy enough to reapply. What’s not easy though is removal! You will have to really scrub if you’re using a make up wipe to remove it like I attempted to!

Overall this isn’t a bad product but at the moment just not for me. I’ll probably try to wear it a few more times before deciding whether I like it or not but its not immediately a favourite of mine. I liked the colour but application & removal were difficult, it felt sticky on my lips & if I wanted a nude I can think of better ones. However it is matte as it claims to be, it wears well & is long lasting. For the price I can’t really fault it, it’s just a personal opinion.

NYX Lip Lingerie Matte Liquid Lipsticks are available to buy here.

   
   

MAC Honeylove & Hover

I’m loving the current trend for beige / nude lips, so thought I’d give it a go for myself. I usually like to wear a muted lip tone anyways as I have quite full lips, I don’t like my daytime look to bring lots of attention!

I have been wearing the MAC Honeylove matte lipstick and Hover lip liner for about a month now and I really like the way they look with my daytime makeup. I have quite a prominent Cupid’s Bow and I think the using the Hover lip liner along with the lipstick really accentuates this.

The one thing I find about wearing a matte lipstick is that if your lips are slightly dry or cracked this will be highlighted, so it is important to have moisturised and exfoliated lips in order to pull off this product. Honeylove and Hover are available to buy on the MAC website and are both well worth the money in my opinion 🙂 thanks for reading!

   
 

La Roche-Posay Effaclar Anti-Blemish System

I have really oily skin so a friend recommended I try using the La Roche-Posay Effaclar Anti-Blemish System to try to keep it matte under my make up during the day. The set contains a cleanser, toner and moisturiser to be used twice a day.

I found this set to be effective from the get go in reducing shine, the products are easy to use and have no particular smell to them, which I appreciate as I’m not a fan of perfumed skin care products. The purifying gel cleanser leaves skin feeling soft and clean after even just the first use. This is followed by the clarifying toner which is applying using a cotton wool pad, I like the fact it claims to reduce the appearance of pores, as my large pores are something I really worry about. The duo [+] anti-blemish cream is a non oily, non greasy moisturiser and is a good base for make up. However, I found after a few weeks of using these products my skin was painfully dry, and the skin on my chin and around my mouth was flaking and peeling, so I use the duo [+] anti-blemish cream in the morning as a base for my make up and on a night time I have been using Soap & Glory Make Yourself Youthful Super Serum and my skin is returning back to normal. I think this set may be slightly too harsh for my skin, although it is oily, it’s obviously not as oily as I think it is! I will continue using these products until they are finished though to see how it goes. 

Once a week I also like to use a scrub, to remove any dirt or makeup I might have missed and to avoid getting any blackheads. I like to use Clearasil Daily Care Vitamins & Extracts Scrub and the obvious staple of everyone’s skin care regime – the infamous St Ives Naturally Clear Apricot Scrub. These products are both available to buy at Boots along with the La Roche-Posay Effaclar Anti-Blemish System which has amazing reviews, so don’t let my weird skin reaction put you off!

If you have any tips on what products I could try on my oily / not as oily as I think / mega dry skin, please let me know in the comments! Thanks for reading!

   
     

Best foundation for oily skin

So I suffer from mega oily skin and I always have done. Ever since I was a teenager I have been looking for a perfect foundation/powder combo to keep my skin matte and shine free all day. Well lasses, at the age of 29 I think I’ve finally found it!

I had previously been using the Bobbi Brown Long Wear Even Finish Foundation in ‘honey’ along with the Bobbi Brown Sheer Finish Pressed Powder in ‘soft honey’ as I had been told over and over that Bobbi Brown is the best cosmetics firm for black skin here in the UK. I liked the matte finish that the powder gave me but after a few hours I was having to top up with powder and every few hours after that. Also, I found the colour to be slightly too dark as I had to go a shade up due to the limited availability of colours in the Long Wear range. This fact coupled with hourly powder top ups often left me slightly orange by the end of the day, not a good look I’m sure you’ll agree. Although it was the best foundation for my oily skin I’d came across til that point.

Step forward Estée Lauder! My mate (and fellow West End Girl) Alison had raved about how good the Estée Lauder Double Wear foundation was for a while, so after some umming and ahhing I thought I’d give it a go. I went along to Boots in Eldon Square and had my make-up done by a fellow Lucy at the Estée Lauder counter. I really liked the effortless, natural matte look it gave me and the colour match is perfect, the best colour match I’ve ever had on my long quest to find the perfect foundation. I went ahead and bought the Estée Lauder Double Wear foundation and the Double Wear pressed powder both in ‘shell beige’ (which looks lighter in the bottle but goes on just right) and I can say I’ve never been happier with my make-up. I’ve had numerous compliments on it and it actually does what it says on the bottle – stays in place! It’s also slightly cheaper than the Bobbi Brown products as a bonus!

Have any of you got any tips for dealing with oily skin? Feel free to leave them in the comments, cheers lasses!

20140614-114841-42521214.jpg