Thursday, 25 August 2016

MASSIVE NYX HAUL | Beauty


This NYX haul is so long overdue however I seem to keep adding to my collection. A while back now NYX  launched in a wide range of Boots stores and now a few near me (hurrah!) and oh my I have gone mad! I am in love with this great quality and affordable brand and it is definitely becoming my new favourite! I definitely seem to be going back for new products! This is what I have bought and what makes my collection so far:

Soft Matte Lip Creams £5.50 in the shades; 06 Istanbul, 08 San Paulo, 10 Monte Carlo, 18 Prague, 19 Cannes
NYX Soft Matte Lip Creams £5.50
I LOVE the soft matte lip creams! They are ever so moisturising and very pigmented and also appear matte which is an excellent bonus as I've noticed a lot of lip products don't usually appear matte which can be disappointing but not these! I love the massive selection of colours. Featuring around 26 different shades. They all apply silky and smooth with a matte finish. I wouldn't say they're super long lasting because they're not drying on the lips however that usually isn't a problem. A little top up now and then the same as you would with any usual lipstick should do the trick.


First things first I apologise for the quality of my swatch, it's my first attempt and I really wanted to give it a go! Anyway, above are the colours I chose. As you can see I love my pink shades! Istanbul is definitely the colour I've been reaching for the most, it's described as a 'clean pink' and its just utterly gorgeous! San Paulo is a 'plummy pink' which is slightly brighter than Istanbul but definitely everyday wearable! Monte Carlo is a gorgeous red shade described as 'deep cranberry red' I was so excited for this as I've been looking for a gorgeous red matte shade for quite a well. Next is Prague which is described as 'matte merlot' I would definitely say it appears pink with some purple undertones, I recommend lining your lips before applying! Finally I picked up Cannes 'Muted Mauve' which is similar to the Liquid Suede Soft Spoken (below) however I would say it has more of a orangey nude tone rather than brown. I will definitely be popping by to pick up some more in the near future!

NYX Liquid Suede Cream Lipstick £6.50 in the shades: 04 Soft Spoken & 09 Tea & Cookies
NYX Liquid Suede Cream Lipsticks £6.50
I hadn't heard too much about these although I have definitely had a good look at the gorgeous range of colours! The only thing I was slightly wary about before buying is that these are actually 6ml, larger bottle and higher price at £6.50 rather than the Matte Lip Creams which are 8ml which is more product for a lower price. (Something to perhaps consider when choosing which ones to buy?) Aside from that I love the formula of these! Ever so smooth and moisturising, makes it a pleasure to apply! My favourite thing is how pigmented they are and because they're not quick drying it makes it a lot easier to get rid of any mistakes when applying with no trace left behind! The two colours I picked up were 04 Soft Spoken which is described as a Mauve Nude and for me is the perfect slightly darker nude and then 09 Tea & Cookies which is a muted rose pink. Unfortunately I haven't done any swatches for these two colours.

NYX Pore Filler £11, NYX Slide On Lip Liner: 02 Bed Rose £5.50, NYX HD Green Concealer Wand £5.50 & NYX Eye Shadow Base £5.50
NYX Pore Filler £11
I've seen the pore filler in Boots several times now and haven't really seen any reviews of it yet so I took a chance and picked one up! I can definitely say I'm in two minds about it. It does an amazing job of smoothing the skin and giving a 'photoshop blurred' effect however when put it on top of foundation or sometimes underneath it makes my foundation look patchy and wear off which I am definitely not loving however I have found that sometimes it's completely fine and works a dream  so I think it takes some persistence and is something which I'm gonna have to keep going back to! I do wonder how well it would work with the NYX Foundation and wonder if it doesn't make that foundation separate.

NYX Slide On Lip Liner: 02 Bed Rose £5.50
My best friend actually bought one of these lip liners and used it all over her lips and it had such great staying power and all round looked amazing so I thought I definitely needed one too! I haven't yet actually tried mine but I'm super excited too! I think it will match many lipsticks I've got if not a great wear alone product!

NYX HD Green Concealer Wand £5.50
I also picked this up as its supposed to reduce the appearance of redness and I feel it definitely works and does what it says however I do find it very drying and not very moisturising so I don't want to use too much at a time. However recently I've been dabbing a little moisturiser onto the back of my hand, mixing the concealer in with a brush and then applying. I've found this makes it a lot easier to go onto the skin without any drying. (Side note: The black writing comes off the packaging of the product almost instantly, you will probably end up with black ink on your hands!)

NYX Eye Shadow Base £5.50: 01 White
After a recommendation from a friend I decided to try the eyeshadow primer base. I picked up the 01 White colour as I wanted to be able to see where I had applied it making it easier when applying eyeshadow. There is also a white pearl colour choice however I found this too glittery. I've never really been one for wearing eyeshadow however recently it is something which I've been bringing into my make up routine and I love it. However I realise how important it is to use a eyeshadow primer first. I can't fault this one at all, you only need a small amount and it really does increase the amount of pigment that you actually get as well as making your eyeshadow long lasting. I'm a unbelievably happy with the results and have been recommending it to everyone! Although it looks like its a small pot, I've been using it for around 2 months and barely made an indent into the product!

I definitely think everything lives up to the huge hype at the moment! I completely recommend trying the Soft Matte Lip Creams if nothing else! The price is just so affordable and amazing for the quality of a drugstore/highstreet products! Have you got your own collection? If so what's your favourite product and colour? 

As always all the links to the products mentioned are listed below incase you want to check them out:
- NYX Soft Matte Lip Creams £6.50: 06 Istanbul08 San Paulo10 Monte Carlo18 Prague19 Cannes
NYX Liquid Suede Cream Lipsticks £6.50: 04 Soft Spoken | 09 Tea & Cookies |
NYX Pore Filler £11
- NYX Slide On Lip Liner £5.50: 02 Bed Rose 
- NYX HD Green Concealer Wand £5.50
- NYX Eye Shadow Base £5.50: 01 White


- Love always, Hanney xo



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Thursday, 18 August 2016

Feel Unique Pick 'N' Mix Sample Service | Beauty



I am a huge lover and believer of try before you buy which is why I think this new service from Feel Unique is amazing! I briefly read about this in an email then forgot all about it until I came across HannahHeartss blog post here and thought it was definitely time to place an order.

Feel Unique Pick 'N' Mix sample service is something which you can order 5 free samples each month (1 selection per person, per month) and only pay £3.95 for delivery however you receive a gift voucher which allows you to receive £3.95 off your next order. (If you spend over £15 you end up saving money because of free delivery!) 

My favourite part about choosing the samples is you can refine your search, for example choose what kind of sample you want such as, in a sachet, bottle or on a piece of card. I found this so useful because I never feel you get much product in a sachet or on a card. It's definitely worth taking into account the sizes of the samples so you're not disappointed when they arrive in the post.

There is such a huge selection of samples to choose from, I'd definitely recommend selecting your preferred area such as make-up or skincare and having a good scroll. I spent so long doing that and was completely spoilt for choice!

These are the 5 samples which I picked up and a quick review of what I thought of them:

theBalm Mary-Lou Manizer Luminizer 0.57g
I've heard a lot of good things about this product especially as a highlighter and was super excited to try a sample of it! I have definitely been caught up with the huge highlighter hype at the moment! Now although this product does give a gorgeous glow on the skin I wasn't as impressed as I thought I was gonna be so at the moment I'm not sure I would purchase the full size version. Although I feel I may have to give it another go, maybe using it as an eyeshadow or as an all over glow.

Origins Clear Improvement Active Charcoal Mask to Clear Pores 7ml
I was excited to try this as I've heard thousands of good reviews about Origins products. I've also found myself loving charcoal face masks at the moment. I found that the instructions weren't that easy to understand as they were very minimal. It doesn't tell you how long to leave the mask on for or how often to apply? When first applying to my wet face it felt the same as any other charcoal mask however as it started to dry it felt like it was burning the sort of feeling that thermal face masks have however this one didn't say that so I was a little concerned! I waited 5 minutes and it had mostly dried on my face, with a very stiff and uncomfortable feeling although it felt so soft and really pleasant to wash off. No immediate visible difference apart from super soft skin. The next morning however I did definitely feel like my face looked and felt clearer. So maybe after another go with clear results it might be worth the investment!

St. Tropez Gradual Tan In Shower Lotion 50ml
I actually chose this sample due to the size because I am already OBSESSED with this product! One of my holy grail items which I've re-purchased so many times! When I saw it was 50ml I was very surprised because that sounds like a travel size not a sample! It's such a great size to carry around for on the go (as in travelling not an everyday item in my handbag!) considering the full size is 200ml! On to what the product is actually like; its such an easy simple fake tan lotion, pop it on after a shower and 3 minutes later wash off and watch it develop throughout the day, no patchiness or uneven colour, so build able and long-lasting and of course the best thing about it is that it looks unbelievably natural! (Definitely will follow up with a full blogpost because it 100% deserves it!)

Jane Iredale Longest Lash Thickening and Lengthening Mascara - Black Ice 3g
I'd never heard of this brand before, I came across it whilst seeing what others had most ordered and thought I would give it ago because I loved the sound of thickening and lengthening the size of my lashes! I have to say first impressions weren't great a I pulled out the mascara wand from the tube and questioned how it ever possibly fitted in there! I was definitely sceptical because of the huge brush however I was ever so pleasantly surprised! It's amazing! I could instantly see a difference they looked so much longer, the best way to describe it was my lashes just about 10x better! I don't feel you could tell they had much product on them, such a natural finish. 

Benefit Goof Proof Brow Pencil 06 Deep 0.03g
I was unsure how this product was going to arrive because of how small the sample size guide was but my oh my its small! I actually found it super difficult to hold to try and apply it (about half the size on a ikea pencil!!) However once I mastered it, I loved it! Such a difference, so full and gorgeous! Although after not using a brow pencil in so long I'm unsure whether its as good as any other brow pencil out there?!


Overall I was super happy with my first 5 samples and look forward to it each month. Let me know if you've ever tried this sample service or are thinking of doing it next month. 

As always all the links to the products mentioned are listed below incase you want to check them out:
theBalm Mary-Lou Manizer Luminizer - Full size - £17.50 (Currently on sale at £14.85)
Origins Clear Improvement Active Charcoal Mask - Full size - £24.00
St. Tropez Gradual Tan In Shower Lotion - Full size - £14.50 (Currently on sale at £11.60)
Jane Iredale Longest Lash Thickening and Lengthening Mascara - Full size - £26.00
Benefit Goof Proof Brow Pencil 06 Deep - Full size - £18.50


- Love always, Hanney xo
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Thursday, 11 August 2016

Current Beauty Wishlist | Beauty


This week's blog post is something a little different but as I was scrolling through Bloglovin' the other day I realised how many people create these posts and how interesting I find them myself and whilst my blog prepares for many more photo make overs what a great way to upload an in the middle post!

Looking over this wishlist its clear to see that I've been loving eyeshadows and palettes at the moment. I've recently spent many hours on the Beauty Bay website and reading so many swatch reviews for Makeup Geek eyeshadows and I feel its coming to the point now where I definitely need to place an order! 

One of the most beautiful highlighter palettes at the moment, the swatches look even more beautiful. I don't currently own any of the ABH Glow Kits but I'm hoping this one will be mine very soon! I fell even more in love with this palette after watching Shaaanxo's opal tutorial. I'll leave the link here if you haven't yet seen it. 

I've heard a lot about this and had high expectations when I recently saw it featured on QVC, the on air tutorial made it look flawless and amazing however I was unsure whether it was an impulse buy or whether I would actually thank myself in the long run for buying it. In the September issue of Elle Magazine (out now) they are giving away free samples of the product so I'm looking forward to trying it first before making the splurge.

I've always hugely been a fan of Zoeva palettes and this one just looks as beautiful, the colours look so everyday wearable and are definitely similar to a lot of the colours I've found myself reaching for lately.

I am hugely obsessed with the Tarte brand as a whole right now. I could've made this whole wishlist just consisting of Tarte! I've been following the brand on snapchat; tartecosmetics where you get to see daily tutorials, sneak peaks of products and discount codes! I have really found myself wanting this limited edition palette however with the shipping and tax fee as high as it is I can see it being on my wishlist for quite a bit longer sadly!

Having seen this regularly used on snapchat I've fallen in love with this little skincare product. It seems so simple to use with such great results using it as an exfoliator and/or a treatment mask. However it is definitely on the higher end of the scale for what I would pay for a cleanser. 

I've really been loving the matte liquid lipsticks hype at the moment and almost getting my hands on whatever ones that I can! However the Sleek range are ones I haven't yet tried but have had really great reviews so I'll definitely be looking out for some swatches of which ones I should choose. They're just so affordable as well, I can see myself building quite a collection if I like them! 

I haven't heard as much about these however as soon I saw them on the Beauty Bay email I knew I wanted them. The packaging and the colours look so beautiful however I have been struggling with the swatches as I feel they look different in the bottles so a little more research is needed before a final order!

A makeup setting spray is something which I have never yet tried (eeeekk!) However I am hoping that this is the year for change! I've seen some great reviews about UD although I am debating whether it is still worth the splurge.


I hope you've enjoyed seeing what is on my current wishlist, please let me know in the comments if you've tried, tested or got anything on my list and what your experience was of it!

- Love Hanney xo

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Thursday, 4 August 2016

What I've been loving throughout July | Favourites ♡

Featured above (from left to right): 3 Kylie Cosmetics Lip Kits in the shades; Candy K, Posie K & Koko K. Revlon Ultra HD Lip Colour in the shade Seduction, Sanctuary Spa Overnight Face and Neck Creme, Tea Tree & Witch Hazel Facial Mask, Pink and Purple Tangle Teezer, Urban Decay Naked 3 Palette & Victoria Secret Fragrance Mist - Temptation.


I can't believe here we are at the start of August already, that's crazy! This year really has gone super fast! But on a slightly lighter note here's my monthly favourites! I'll pop all the links at the bottom of this post so if theres anything you fancy you can find out where you can get your hands on it! Enjoy!
 

Urban Decay Naked 3 Palette
This palette has always been a gorgeous stop and stare palette to me however in the recent few months I've really found myself reaching for it everyday and now becoming part of my everyday make-up. I've especially been loving the shades; Limit, Nooner, Buzz & Burnout. I feel this is such an easy wearable eyeshadow palette and there really isn't a colour which I dislike and haven't yet used.  


These next two products I picked up with having no intentions of them being my new favourites and really becoming part of my skincare routine! 

Sanctuary Spa Overnight Face and Neck Creme
I picked up the Sanctuary Spa Overnight Face and Neck Creme before I went to Vancouver as a travel size mini. I thought it would be a good idea to have an extra moisturiser for the plane however I also found myself using it before bed each night (revelation that I used it for what it was actually for!) It smells delightful and exactly like turkish delight which I was slightly put off with to being with however I have soon learnt to love it! As for how well it works I love how smooth it is to apply, doesn't leave my face with the sticky feeling that some moistures often do. I will definitely be re-purchasing however this time the full size version! 

Boots Tea Tree & Witch Hazel Intense Deep Cleanse Facial Mask (with active Charcoal)
I have really missed using a charcoal facial mask so I thought it was definitely time I treated my skin to a new one. Whilst having a quick wonder in Boots I noticed this one and on a buy one get one free offer I thought why not give it a try! I absolute love this! It has definitely been a savour and I really have seen a difference. I only use it once a week in the evening when I feel my skin isn't looking too great and could definitely do with a boost. You smooth it and cover your face, leave it for 15 minutes to work its magic and then wash off! Nice and simple. The following morning I always find that my skin is softer and reduces the appearance of any blemishes.


Revlon Ultra HD Matte Lipcolour in the shade 'Seduction'
I actually bought this one and 2 others to use in a photoshoot. I first tried these out whilst on FaceTime to my best friend and it was really not the greatest first impression they felt sticky and didn't go matte at all (even after 3 hours of talking) however I really liked the shades so I persisted! I eventually found that you have to apply a really small amount, you definitely don't get as much pigment but they are super moisturising and slightly matte. If you're looking for a bold pigmented matte then this is not the liquid lipstick for you however for a subtle matte with most of the time having a glossy appearance without the stickiness and gorgeous colour then this is the one for you! There are 7 shades in total in the collection. Let me know if you've tried them out and what your result/experience was! 

Kylie Cosmetics Candy K Lip Kit
My Oh My, hasn't there been the craziest hype for these lip kits! I promise to follow this short but sweet review up with a complete blog post dedicated to my lip kits in much more exciting detail and my experience very soon! I've been wearing Candy K loads this month! It's been ideal to wear for work especially working 10 hour shifts with only one lunch break to top it up! It definitely lasts the whole day without budging, sometimes with a little top up after some food but I'm so impressed. The colour is so wearable for everyday as well as receiving multiple compliments from customers which is always a bonus! 

Side note; comparing these two liquid lipsticks they almost look as if they could be dupes however sadly that isn't the case! Candy K is much more pigmented and slightly darker! The packaging for Revlon is very deceiving for colour! 



Pink and Purple Tangle Teezer
This is much more of an all time favourite rather than just through July however I realised I'd never really mentioned this little beauty on my blog before! Since owning the tangle teezer I completely understand why its drawn so so many people in! It's amazing! I honestly haven't used another brush since! It's so smooth going through hair and makes it feel super nice and relaxing (is that a weird thing to say?!) It's such a handy and portable size to carry around, really is my life saver! 

Victoria Secret Fragrance Mist - Temptation
I picked this up in Vancouver and oh boy I wish I picked up 5 bottles! It smells incredible, (here goes a completely terrible description of what something actually smells like!) its a refreshingly fruity fragrance, probably not at all how they would describe it but theres definitely only one way to find out what its really like and that to go into the wonderful store to smell it! I hugely recommend it! I've used far more that I expected to use by now! That must say something! 


You can get your hands on the items mentions in this post here:
  1. Urban Decay Naked 3 Palette
  2. Sanctuary Spa Overnight Face and Neck Creme (Full Size) 
  3. Boots Tea Tree & Witch Hazel Intense Deep Cleanse Facial Mask (with active Charcoal)
  4. Revlon Ultra HD Matte Lipcolour in the shade 'Seduction'
  5. Kylie Cosmetics Candy K Lip Kit
  6. Pink and Purple Tangle Teezer
  7. Victoria Secret Fragrance Mist - Temptation

I hope you've enjoyed reading about what I've been loving this month! I hugely enjoy seeing what everyone has been using and what I should put on my next wishlist! Have any of you tried any of these products/items? What did you think about them?


- Hanney xo

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