NYX Favorites!

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Hello! I hope you are well. NYX is a makeup brand I have been finding myself gravitating towards. When I think of which brand I have more makeup from, it’s NYX. So why not talk to you about all of the products that have made an good/bad impression on me?

I have to do my brows with some kinds of brush to get them in the direction I want them to stay in. I got this in a charcoal color to fill in any gaps I have. The shape of the product is in one that helps me create the strokes of hair. The only thing I wish it had was a sharper end to better achieve the look of natural hair. The brush is perfect to blend it all out. For me this product is a 8/10. nyxeyebnyxbrowbrush

Lipstick is something I would wear a lot but these days I tend to only reach for it on special occasions. Lip liners are a must when I want a bold lip. It holds the color longer and shapes my lips. This one in London is the partner to my all time favorite lip product London in NYX soft matte lip creams. When I want it to last throughout the nightt, this lip liner is perfect. 10/10nyxlipliner.jpg

I’m a a sucker for single shadows. When I can’t invest in a palette, I can easily pick up a few of their single shadows and make a lil dupe palette myself. These Hot Single Eyeshadows could use some variety in shades and I have gotten a few that were to chalky to use. I looked past those and have loved them!  8/10nyxmattteshadow.jpg

Highlight for all! To me, this Duo Chromatic Illuminating Highlight is the dream of drugstore highlighters. I have this one in Synthetica and it has a peachy nude shade that gives a summery bronze look. I love the light pop of color it brings to a look. It almost glows like the skin is dewy. So lovely! 10/10nyxhdchrome.jpg

This Stay Matte Not Flat foundation got really feels like a higher end foundation! I loved the coverage it gave. The shade range is very small and I had to mix in some concealer to lighten it up. I hope they add to this collection because I really liked how Matte it kept my skin. I barely had any oils come through. 8/10nyxmattnoflat.jpg

Moisturize, protect and prime! This HD Studio Perfect Anti-Redness primer in green was something I didn’t really care for at first. It felt really slippery and I didn’t see any difference. I recently started using it again and have noticed that it does lighten up those red areas and covers those pores. It also keeps my makeup looking extra Matte as that is another claim of this primer. However, It does feel a bit heavy so I only apply a small dot in my entire face. 7/10nyx green primer.jpg

I love Nude Liners. I found that I can correct liner mistakes, conceal spots and brighten up my eyes. This Wonder Pencil is perfect for all of that. On those days when I need to look a bit more awake, applying this to my waterline is magic. My eyes instantly look brighter and it stays on for hours. I mess my liner up almost everyday and when I do, I can easily cover it up with a swipe of this. As for concealing, I have a shade too light for my skin but have tried it and it does made the spot less visible, but I would not say I solely use this to conceal. I do wish it was creamier. It tends to drag my waterline and eyelids. This wonder pencil comes in a few shades. A wider range of colors and a creamier formula would make this amazing. 8/10nyxwondereye.jpg

Last is the HD Eyeshadow Base. I’ve been using this for a few months and have definitely seen my shadow look brighter and  crease less. I have noticed that when I apply too much, it will make my eyelids look about cakey so I make sure to only apply a small amount. Over than that this is a good eyeshadow primer.9/10nyxeyeprimer.jpg

What are you favorites from Nyx? Tell me in the comments below!

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-Sam

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What’s In My Makep Bag?

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Hello!I hope you are well. Let’s dive into my makeup bag and see what I’ve been using lately! I love seeing/reading what’s in my makeup bag posts. Whenever I get a chance to take a peek at my friend’s bags, I am a happy gal. Let’s jump in!flatlaymake.jpg

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I am not going to talk about each and every product and how I like it because I don’t want it to drag on for too long, but I will say that if it makes it into my makeup, it is a good product for me. Definite essentials are an eyelash curler, eyebrow gel, highlight, liner and concealer. Mostly everything that is photographed will be linked below.

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Essence Lash/Eyebrow Gel
Nyx Automatic Eyebrow Pencil
Anastasia Dipbrow Pomade
Nyx Faux Whites Liner
HD Eyeshadow Base
Nyx Matte Eyeshadow 
Maybelline Fit Me Matte+Poreless
Maybelline FaceStudio Master Conceal 
Tarte Lights, Camera Lases 4-in-1 Mascara
Eyeko Eye Do Liquid Liner

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-SAM

Everyday Makeup Routine!

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Hello! I hope you are well. Today I am super excited to post my everyday makeup routine.  My everyday look is super focused on the eyes with fake lashes, winged liner and orange hued lids so here we go!

I like to prep my skin with lots of moisture and SPF especially in the summer. Next its time to prime. I like using this one from NYX. It wards off any redness I have. Once absorbed, I spray Urban Decay’s All Nighter spray. Next is foundation! This one from Maybelline is amazing. Matte and poreless Fitme is amazing. The color is such a  perfect fit! Next I color correct a bit and conceal with Maybelline’s age rewind concealer. Now it’s time to slightly bake with my Air Spin Transcluent powder. I am so in love with this because it is such a big bang for my 6 bucks.baseeveryday.jpgpowdereveryday .jpg

Eyeshadow here I come! I like doing a slightly subtle eye with a hue of warm toned colors. Winged liner is an absolute must for me. I love this one from Eyeko. I believe I recieved it in one of my Ipsy bags several months back. It is so dark and does not smear.shadoweveryday.jpglinereveryday.jpg

Contour officially makes me look more sculpted and less round and I love the power that a simple  and light contour has. I contour my cheekbones, nose and jawline. I just love seeing what contouring can do. This one from Kat Von D is the Shade and Light palette. It has seen better days but I am determined to use it all up!contourevery.jpg

Then it is to my eyebrows. I have started using this 2 sided Automatic Eyebrow pencil helps me fill in my brows while the Anastasia Brow Pomade brings my eyebrows to their perfect shade. This pomade has lasted me several years and I am just now finishing it! I like using these both to not have them looking too dark or overdone.browevery.jpg

A light coat of mascara from Tarte and it is my falsies. I have been wearing fake lashes since highschool and have never looked back since. I never have to worry if my lashes are falling. I am using these Kiss lashes “Shy” and love how natural they look while also adding depth. They are always ready to make my eyeliner look darker and make my lashes look full and long. Then I like to line my waterline with a nude liner from NYX. I like to alternate between the Faux whites and the Wonder Pencil. Then I add a coat of mascara to my bottom lashes.

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Highlight really brings my look together. Placing it on the high point of the face brings out the contour I worked on earlier. This one from Jeffree Starr is so increibly pigmented. I love how it looks if I spray it with the All Nighter Spray.highlighteveryday.jpgSome days I add a lipstick to my look, other times, I just can’t be bothered with it. Today I thought I would add Shroom from Lime Crime to my lips. I also love London from NYX.lipeveryday .jpg

And we are all set!

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Go To Lipsticks!

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Hello hello! I hope you are well. I recently made a lipsitck post of all of my favorite lip colors, but I want to make a post about my go to, everyday lipsticks. Like most, I love my standard nude color but I also have one shade that gives a 90s brown spin on the everyday lip color. So let’s get to it!

Shroom from Lime Crime is such the perfect nude brown color. It has quickly become a staple in my lipstick collection. I love the staying power of this product and the 90s tone it has when applied with a darker eye. This color is so versatile that it matches with everylook. I wore this with orange hued eyes and that color combo was perfect. The one thing I will mention is the smell. At first, it wasn’t too bad, but after a bit, that is all  I can smell until it dries on my lips. After that, the smell is gone.lcshroom.jpgshroomswatch .jpg

The first is from NYX. It is from their soft matte lip cream collection. London is the perfect color for me. It is the color of my lips but it enhances it so much more. I love that it feels like a lip balm when applied but once dried, it feels so light and creamy. I wear this color so much and have it in my bag at all times. It matches every look I am wearing that day and looks so natural. abudhabilipcream.jpg

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This lip color is also from NYX. Abu Dhabi is also from their soft matte lip cream line. It has more of a pink shade. I don’t tend to go for the pink shades because my skin color is towards the olive color. However, this color has just the right amount of pink. It’s such the perfect shade for my skin color. I go for Abu Dhabi when I have more of a neutral lip and want to add a bit of color. lipcreamlast.jpg

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-Sam

May Favorites!

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Hello! May has come to a close, but I have been left with sooo many favorites from the month. From books to fashion…so here we go!

TV Shows

Hasan Minhaj: Homecoming King – This standup was such a breath of fresh air for a comedy act.  Hasan is a comedy genius that made me laugh out loud one second and made me tear up the next. I went on a rollercoaster ride along with him and the things he lived through. From talks about family, racism, prom to being hired to be on The Daily Show Hasan Minhaj is a fireball of talent and sincerity. Favorite comedian status?…..Uhm yes. 

Better Call Saul – Yeah, yeah, I know what you’re thinking. There’s like 3 seasons and you are just getting into the show? Yes and I have been missing out. Better Call Saul is taken from the life of Walt White’s interesting Lawyer, Saul Goodman. It goes through “Saul’s” life of becoming an establised lawyer and the obstacles he has to go through. Season 2 ended on a cliff hanger and I cannot wait until Season 3 hits Netflix.

Master Of None: Season 2 – I loved the first season and thought it couldn’t get any better this time around for season 2, but I was so so wrong. Season 2 of MON connected to me in such deep way. The cinemetography was a work of art as it was focused on people and the way they live, love, work, and become happy with their truest self. This show is so much more than trying to date in New York while trying to land an acting job. Aziz Ansari and Alan Yang are the creators and writers of this masterpiece and do such a good job at making this show so deep that makes you truly feel something. Aziz Ansari directed several episodes and does such a beautiful job at it. 

Books

Into the Wild – I have read this book before, but it’s just such a good book that while sad, has such a deep message. Happiness is only real when shared. We all as humans, want to share happiness, because then, we know it is real and we know that it’s not just a dream. Getting that new job, graduating highschool/college, overcoming that obstacle you’ve been fighting to defeat. Sharing that feeling of happiness and spreading it all over, creates happiness that in turn, multiplies. 

#Girlboss – Another book that I’ve read but I have to talk about. This book is going to get yourself off of that couch and go after what you want. After this school semester, I struggled to get back to blogging, but after reading this book again, that fire and motivation to get back to writing posts, taking photos, editing and posting was came alive again. I love taking photos, I love writing and I love creating. This book was the firewood that reignited that flame in me again.

What I know For Sure : Oprah Winfrey – I remember coming home from school and going into my sister’s room. We’d always watch Oprah together as I’d do my homework. Since then, Oprah has been a huge source of inspiration for me. I came across this book and I became that much more inspired to be postive, work hard and keep going no matter what gets in my way. This book is one that will make you look at your life and see that you are not your past. You can do better if you don’t look at the negatives. You can do better if you love, live and work hard at life. Go Oprah. 

Makeup/Skincare

NYX Cosmetic Duo Chromatic Illuminating Powder – This highlight called Synthetica is described on the site as being a pink based highlight with gold. It is such a rose gold goddess color that screams summer. I love that hue it leaves on the tip of my nose or the high points of my cheeks. The formula is super pigmented and while it is a pink based highlight, it doesn’t look pink or orange on my cheekbones. It just looks glowy. DSC_1508FullSizeR (1)Urban Decay Afterglow Highlight in Sin- This 8 hour powder highlight makes me look like such a disco ball and I am all about it. A simple tap of this product will give such a strong highlight. It is the longest lasting highlight I have had in a long minute. 

FullSizeR (2).jpgFullSizeR (3).jpgDeciem Hyaluronic Acid – I made a post about this product a few weeks back so I l, of course am going to add it to my monthly favorites. This product absorbs so quickly and leaves my skin feeling plump and smooth. To read more about my thoughts on this product go back in my page and read all about it!

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Garnier Micellear Water- I now understand the hype with these micellear water products. I get it, I get it. This does not leave the slightest residue of product that coconut oil, or makeup wipes leave on my skin. I have tried them all and I cannot stand that residual gunk. This on the otherhand, leaves my face feeling soft, makeup free without the over rubbing, etc, and pretty clean. The love is real for this stuff. 

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Fashion

Forever 21 Faux Suede Buckled Mules in Rose- While this item may be my only fashion favorite of the month, it is a step outside of my comfort zone. I got these shoes for my birthday which was April 30th, but I have been wearing these shoes nonstop since then in May. I am someone that does not wear color and much less pink. However, when I laid my eyes on these babies, I had to have them. They elevate an outfit and make a casual t-shirt and jeans look so feminine put together and classy. My love for these shoes makes me step out of my neutral color wardrobe and add a pop of color. 

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-Sam

May Newbies

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Hello Hello! After months of non-stop homework, writing papers and working on projects, my Spring semester is finally over and I am now on break for a few months so why not celebrate with new makeup!?

I made my first Makeup Revolution purchase today and I’m pretty excited about it! Their Liquid Eye Primer and Sealant has an oil consistency. It feels quite light so I hope it does the job of keeping my shadow and liner all together!

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The next is one that has been talked about for years and I am just now trying it out! Maybelline Instant Age Rewind Eraser Concealer is one I have been hearing about for so long, so I have no idea how I’ve never tried it! 

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NYX cosmetics is my favorite brand and I am always elated when I buy a new product from them. This time around I picked up an eye shadow base and an eyebrow pencil. I am so antsy to try the eyebrow pencil! 

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New makeup always makes my day so I will be trying all of these products tomorrow morning even though I have no plans but to clean my apartment. It’s the little things in life. If you have tried any of these products let me know how you liked them!!!

Much love, 

Sam 

Review: NYX Faux Whites Eye Brightener

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Hello, hello! Spring has sprung and so has NYX’s liner game. Using nude liners in my waterline is the step that always brings my look together. Lately, I have been using this chunky white liner from Wet N’ Wild because I needed SOMETHING to make me look awake. However, this product made my eyes water and it would fade within the hour. Then I made a visit to Ulta (My mothership)

NYX is the first isle I go to when I head over to Ulta. I planned to restock on mascara and a basic nude liner. Then the seas parted and my eyes steer to these beautiful pastel packaged liners. I didn’t even question it and grabbed a few colors. The pigment on the back of my hand was super pigmented and did not easily rub off my skin. 

The next day I got ready to work a 12 hr shift and thought this would be a good test to see how these bad boys work. I wear contacts and working such a long day, they tend to water and refafter so long but these liners really did the job. I am so impressed with the staying power these have without making my eyes water. The color stayed in my awaterline and never fully faded. These are the strongest nude liners to stay in my waterline.

I wore Vanilla in this picture and it stayed on during my 12 hr shift:

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These liners come in 8 lovely pastel hues from pinks to greens and beyond. They are the standard white liner but with a touch of baby pink, blue, lavender, yellow, etc. 

I purchased Seashell which is a pale pink:

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And Vanilla, a pastel yellow:

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The colors do not show too much, it’s simply a gentle wash of color. I love these little liners. It’s an Easter spin on white/nude liners. 

Buy one or all of them here!