NYX Prismatic Shadows Review, Swatches and Makeup Look

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NYX Prismatic Shadows – Shown from left to right: PS 04 Girl Talk, PS 09 Fireball, PS 02 Punk Heart, and PS 06 Smoke & Mirrors

I am like a magpie of the makeup world, I love anything shiny and sparkly. Enter NYX Prismatic Shadows.  This new line of eye shadow comes in 12 shades, ranging from light silver to a deep aubergine and are priced at $6.00 a pot. They are advertised as an eye shadow that possesses extra sparkle and dimension with a fully pigmented metallic texture.

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A close-up view of NYX Prismatic Shadows cute packaging <3

I purchased four colors from the range. In the pots they appeared sparkly and beautiful (minus Punk Heart which arrived broken to pieces…grrrr). However, I have to say when I swatched them, they weren’t near as shimmery/sparkly as I had thought or wanted them to be, especially the colors Girl Talk and Punk Heart.

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Swatches (no flash used) – Left to Right: PS 04 Girl Talk, PS 09 Fireball, PS 02 Punk Heart, and PS 06 Smoke & Mirrors

 

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Swatches (flash used) – Left to Right: PS 04 Girl Talk, PS 09 Fireball, PS 02 Punk Heart, and PS 06 Smoke & Mirrors

Also, I found the consistency to change from shade to shade. Fireball was extremely buttery and pigmented, it’s formula is by far my favorite of the four I picked up. While Girl Talk and Smoke & Mirrors formula is quite dusty and dry. The pigment of Girl Talk was also a let down, it is very sheer and took a lot of layers to get the shade as it appeared in the pot (that is why my swatch of this shade is so much larger, it took several applications to get it to show up), I would definitely suggest using this shade with a damp brush (as I did in my look) to get the best results from this shade.

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For this eye look, I applied Girl Talk from my lash lash to crease (I later went in and reapplied this shadow with a damp brush, since using it dry, I wasn’t achieving the desired intensity and shimmer that I had wanted) and all along my lower lash line. Next, I applied Punk Heart to the outer V of my eye and blended into the crease. For added definition and to keep the eye liner in my water line from moving, I used a flat liner brush to place Punk Heart all along my lower lash line. To add more depth to the look I applied Smoke and Mirrors with a small eye detailer brush to the very outer corner of my upper eyelid and the outer third of lower lash line.

 

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I didn’t want a total shimmery eye look, so I applied a matte mauve eye shadow above my crease and blended well. For my brow bone highlight, I added a matte white eye shadow with pink undertones. To highlight and open up my eyes, I applied a shimmery champagne eye shadow to the inner corner of my eyes. To add more definition to my eye, I applied a black gel liner to my upper lash line and smudged it out using the Smoke & Mirrors shade.

Pros:

  • Super cute packaging
  • Price
  • Staying Power

Cons:

  • Inconsistent formulation of shadows
  • Differing pigment from shade to shade
  • NYX line not widely available in stores
  • Only 12 shades in line
  • Fallout from shadows

Bottom Line:

I find these shadows to be okay. Maybe I have been spoiled by my Colour Pop eye shadows with their awesome pigmentation, super creamy formulation and no fallout. All in all, I am happy with the colors I have purchased, but I don’t see myself purchasing any more shadows from this line, they are way to hit and miss.

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My finished makeup look.

 

Products Used:

YBF Perfect Prep Face Primer, Make Up For Ever Mat Velvet + in Shade 30, NARS Pure Radiant Tinted Moisturizer in Alaska (mixed these 2 products together to create my base), Maybelline Fit Me concealer in 10 and 20, NYX Above and Beyond Full Coverage Concealer in Light, Rimmel Stay Matte Long Lasting Pressed Powder in 011 Creamy Natural, Sephora Bronzer in 3 Los Cabos, wet n wild Fergie Centerstage Collection Shimmer Palette in To Reflect, Marvin Westmore blush in Blush and Mocha, Urban Decay Primer Potion in Original, wet n wild Creme Eye Pencil n 130 Pixie, NYX Prismatic Shadows in 04 Girl Talk, 02 Punk Heart and 06 Smoke & Mirrors, Lancome Sensational Effects Eye Shadow in Sultry Mauve and Daylight, wet n wild Color Icon palette in Walking on Eggshells (used browbone shade), Sephora Flash Liner in 10 Deep Black, Urban Decay 24/7 Glide-On Eye Pencil in Crash, Dior Show Mascara in 090 Noir, Sephora Atomic Volume Mascara in Black, Make Up Professional eyebrow pencil in Dark Brown, Anastasia Beverly Hills Brow Pomade in Medium Brown, Anastasia Beverly Hills Clear Brow Gel, Jordana Easyliner for Lips in Rock N’ Rose and Anastasia Beverly Hills Liquid Lipstick in Pure Hollywood

Rimmel Provocalips 16 Hour Kiss Proof Lip Colour Review

Rimmel Provocalips in  110 Dare to Pink (top) and 310 Little Minx (bottom)

Rimmel Provocalips in 110 Dare to Pink (top) and 310 Little Minx (bottom)

 

With the recent rise in popularity of long-wearing liquid lipsticks, many drugstore brands are jumping on board with their versions. The formula I was most interested in trying were these, the Provocalips by Rimmel London. Unlike the Anastasia liquid lipsticks, I reviewed previously, these are a two step formula. First, apply the highly pigmented lip colour and let it set up on the lips, then follow up with a clear “Lock & Shine” gloss. The Provocalips line comes in 10 shades ranging from a lighter neutrals (Skinny Dipping, Pucker Up) to gorgeous reds (Kiss Me You Fool, Heart Breaker).

 

Provocalips have a double sided wand. One side supplies the color, while the other locks the color in and adds hydration and shine.

Provocalips have a double sided wand. One side supplies the color, while the other locks the color in and adds hydration and shine.

 

One immediate problem I faced, when wanting to purchase this product, was finding it in stores. It was nearly impossible. If I did locate a display, the colors had entirely been picked over and the only one or two tubes that remained had already been opened. I decided to take a gamble and order my colors, sight unseen, online at Ulta. I chose Dare to Pink, which I thought would be a cool toned, icy pink and Little Minx a bright fuschia with blue undertones. The Little Minx ended up being spot on what I hoped it would be, unfortunately, while pretty, the Dare to Pink ended up being more of a warm peachy pink shade (very similar on the lips to Anastasia Pure Hollywood).

 

Swatches of Dare to Pink (left) and Little Minx (right)

Swatches of Dare to Pink (left) and Little Minx (right)

 

Both lip colors last an extremely long time, although, I think the 16 hour claim is a bit of a stretch. I am able to eat and drink and have the Lip Colour stay amazingly in place (while wearing Little Minx, I did notice a little wear in my very inner lip area after eating some pizza). After applying Step 1 (Intense Colour) of the product my lips felt tight and somewhat dry, this feeling does go away after applying Step 2 (Lock & Shine), the Step 2 needed to be reapplied throughout the day to keep the tight feeling from resurfacing. The fragrance in this product is quite bothersome to me, especially the Lock and Shine, it has a cloying bathroom cleaner mixed with floral scent that seeps into your mouth when wearing it. I definitely would not recommend eating soon after applying this step.

 

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Dare to Pink – A perfect every day nude lip color.

 

The doe foot applicator makes for easy application and disperses just the right amount of product. When wearing the darker shades (see below), the applicator can be turned on it’s side to line the lips with product.

 

Little Minx - The perfect bright fuschia for spring and summer.

Little Minx – The perfect bright fuschia for spring and summer (this color is much more vibrant in person).

 

Pros:

  • Very long lasting lip product.
  • If you don’t like a matte lip look, gloss provides a beautiful satin finish.
  • 10 shades to choose from, with a wide variety of colors.
  • Affordable at only $7.99 each.

Cons:

  • Lock & Shine’s yucky smell and taste.
  • Requires a 2 step application process.
  • Some might consider product too long lasting.
  • Hard to remove from lips (especially Little Minx), must use oil based makeup remover and scrub a lot.
  • Very hard to find in stores.

Bottom Line:

If you can get past the Step 2 fragrance, I think these are an excellent product and would definitely recommend them. In the near future, I plan on picking up one of the red shades to add to my collection. Hopefully, by then, they will be more easily accessible in stores. Happy Kissing XX

Hidden Gems from the Drugstore: DeLaCruz Sulfur Ointment

My Miracle Worker

My Miracle Worker

 

For as long as I can remember, I have had problematic, acne prone skin. The only time in my post-puberty life that I have been free from the zit curse, is when I was taking the oral contraceptives Estrostep and Yaz (both have been clinically proven to help with acne). Ever since going off Yaz, I have been struggling to find skincare products to help with my ever-occurring acne flare ups and keep my skin looking consistently clear.

Last November, I had the “pleasure” of experiencing cystic acne on my chin and jaw line for the first time in my life. To put it mildly, this sucked! They hurt, mass produced at lightning speed, were extremely hard to disguise with makeup, and took forever to go away. No product I was using seemed to help. Then, in early January, I was perusing the Walgreens’ website looking at different skincare items and came across the DeLaCruz Sulfur Ointment. It showed a nearly perfect 4.5/5 star rating, I decided to give it a second look and read the ratings. Many of the reviewers had mentioned the same problems with their skin as I was experiencing, which gave me a glimmer of hope. At only $6.29 for a 2.6 ounce jar I knew I had to try it.

Although, the application is messy (the product is quite sticky and shiny once applied) and smells faintly of sulfur (not rotten-egg sulfur, more lit firecracker sulfur), I did notice an improvement to my skin after the first application. Fast forward to today, my cystic acne on my chin and jaw is gone. When I run my fingers around my jaw line, it is actually smooth! I cannot recommend this product enough and hope if you have acne prone skin you give it a shot. At such a reasonable price point, what do you have to lose?Besides nasty zits, of course.  www.walgreens.com

 

Before applying i gently clean my face with warm water and a washcloth to remove any dirt (I cleanse my skin AFTER using this product, to more effectively remove the sulfur smell.

Before applying , I gently clean my face with warm water and a washcloth to remove any dirt. I cleanse my skin AFTER using this product, to more effectively remove the sulfur smell.

 

I dab my finger into the jar and then spread the product over areas of concern (for me my cheeks, jawline and chin). I leave on for 10-15 minutes and then wash with my nightly cleanser, to help remove the sulfur smell. I appy the product nightly, however, the direction say it can be applied up to 3 times a day.

I dab my finger into the jar and then spread the product over areas of concern (for me: my cheeks, jawline and chin). I leave on for 10-15 minutes and then wash with my nightly cleanser, to help remove the sulfur smell. I apply the product nightly, however, the directions say it can be applied up to 3 times a day.