#TRIED’N’TESTED – NYX MATTE LIP CREAM


After trying purchasing the Kylie Jenner Lip Kit I thought I’d try these NYX matte lip creams to compare as they’re only £5.

I ordered 2 shades, Athens and Stockholm. Athens from ASOS and Stockholm from Feel Unique. Being honest though, I don’t think I’m going to bother buying make up from ASOS again. A friend of mine purchased a NYX Mascara and it arrived all dried up as if it had been opened. It wasn’t until my lip cream from Feel Unique arrived did I realise how dried up my ASOS lip cream was. I don’t know if it’s cause it’s old stock they want rid of or what? Weird.


In the pictures the shades looked slightly different but when they arrived I realised how similar they were! Athens has more of a peachy under tone to it than Stockholm. They can be blended with so many different nude lip liners and brands to create a block colour or ombré effect on the lip.

On the lips they feel creamy and slightly moisturising. I always apply my NYX Lip Primer underneath to create a base and keep the product on longer. The pigment isn’t as good as the Kylie Lip Kit, if you apply a second layer you get slight streaks on your lips. But what I love about these is that they’re the perfect affordable everyday lippy. They do have a soft creamy texture which feels lightweight on the lips and doesn’t dry your lips out at all.

(Left ATHENS right STOCKHOLM) 

Since writing this I’ve purchased more, London and Abu Dhabi (both nudes) and Copenhagen (deep burgundy colour). London is my absolute favourite and I think it might be my perfect go to nude! Copenhagen is nice but it really doesn’t suit my skin tone, it would look beaut on a darker skin tone.

These are cheap and cheerful and an absolute bargain! Perfect to keep in your handbag of desk at work for a pop of colour on your lips.

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#FULLYRATE – HAIR REHAB LONDON 

#BeckyWithTheGoodHair


So when I died my hair from blonde to brown, I thought that I’d get some hair extensions because before I started dying my hair it used to be really long and brown, and I miss it. Lesson being, don’t buy box dyes when you’re 15. I’d used clip in extensions before and thought I’d up my game and get some bonds or something but being realistic, in London can afford that? Absolutely not. Clip ins it was. But to be fair, I thought may aswell start with clip ins and take it from there.

CHOOSING THE BRAND

I didn’t want clip in extensions that would look like rats tails after a month so I researched into many different brands. I chose Hair Rehab London because I was stalking Lauren Pope’s (the founder of the brand and TOWIE star) Instagram and I didn’t even realise that her hair was all extensions and sometimes clip ins, they look INCRED. So I looked on the Hair Rehab website and made sure they were real hair and how good the quality was etc. They have a really strong FAQ section which lit answered my questions which is so good if you’re a first time buyer (I’m making this sound like you’re buying a house). They’ve also got a mix of synthetic and real hair, for mine I wanted real.

CHOOSING THE COLOUR

Buying extensions online was tricky because I wanted the get the right colour match, but Hair Rehab had an amazing colour match tool where you simply just upload a photo of your hair and you guide the colour swatches next to it to find your shade. If you get stuck on that, you can email them a few selfies of your hair and they can match you up for you.

So I went for 16″ extensions, but they were out of stock so the customer service team emailed me straight away the next morning asking if I wanted to wait until they were back in stock or if I wanted 20″ at no extra cost. If you’ve read my last post then you’ll know how analytical I am about customer service. I decided to go for the 20″ because I was going to get them cut anyway.

(My hair before my extensions)



WHEN THEY ARRIVED

When they arrived the colour was absolutely spot on, I received 4x one clip strips, 1x 2 clip strips and 2x 3 clip strips. This is the perfect amount of not more for my hair. If you have really really thick hair then you may want to order 2 packs. However they were waaaaayyy too long. 20″ is longer than I thought. Luckily my BFF is a hairdresser so I took them to her and she cut them into my hair for me and shaped them etc. I fully recommend that you do this with extensions as it makes them look way more natural. I got quite a lot cut off them, we just did it inch by inch until we found the perfect length.

STYLING


When they were cut into my hair they were obviously straight, and they looked so realistic it was CRAY. They added nice healthy thickness and length which was just what I wanted. When wearing them straight, I usually straighten my hair and extensions separately and then place the extensions in my hair and briefly run through them with straightners to smooth out the ends.


They look so good when curled. I place them into my hair first and curl my hair and extensions together. I just feel like they look more natural this way because the curls form together more. Although it’s completely up to you and you can curl your hair separately and then place the pieces in. I just use my curling wand to curl them. Sometimes if I’ve just washed my hair and it’s that annoying smooth texture where it lit won’t do anything, I just spray my roots with dry shampoo to add texture giving the clips something to grip on to.

I don’t wear my extensions everyday, only about 2-3 times a week. Therefore I wash them about every 2 weeks or whenever I feel like they need washing. I use my usual shampoo and I only condition the ends, however I do use a conditioning treatment on the ends which I just leave in. Never blow dry them! Leave them to dry au naturale. If anyone’s got any tips on maintaining  and treating extensions, let me know!

#FULLYRATE – NYX COSMETICS

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I’d heard about NYX on YouTube, and it wasn’t until my friend bought their liquid matte lipsticks did I realise the brand had launched in the UK. I’ve seen a lot of coverage on their Instagram about launching in Boots, but I still haven’t seen them in a Boots in London?! I bought some product from ASOS so I could use my student discount, but the majority of the good stuff is sold out. Therefore I bought some more in Selfridges as they have a pretty large and well stocked concession space which seems to be expanding.

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Powder Highlight & Contour Palette: I’ve used the Anastasia Beverly Hills contour palette for a few months now and if I’m honest I thought it was good, but not as amazing as everyones makes it out to be. I find the colours quite hard to blend out. There’s so much competition right now with contour palettes to the point where I don’t think you really need the Anastasia Beverly Hills one anymore to slay. The NYX palette had been doing the rounds on YouTube and it’s so cheap I thought I might as well try it. Well, I FULLY RATE IT. With 4 contour shades you can get a really good match to your skin tone. If you’re a contour beginner then I’d recommend you this, it blends out so easily. The highlights I’m not really fussed about however they have NAILED the dupe of banana. Available at FeelUnique.com.

Lip Primer Base: Never seen the point in lip primers as I thought there’s no way they could work. I added this to my basket as it’s cheap and if it doesn’t work then at least I tried it. I was proven so wrong! This makes such a difference, especially with matte lipstick! It definitely helped keep my lipstick on for an extra 2 hours or so. It’s a large pencil with a slightly tinted creamy formula which is available in 2 shades. Purchase at FeelUnique.com.

 

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Wonder Stick: In Paris my friend introduced me to this. She’s the kinda gal who doesn’t want to faff on with a whole palette just to get some cheekbones. She just drew 2 lines under her cheekbones and blended with a damp beauty blender, and then built up if necessary. Then used the highlight end to highlight her face. It was such a quick and easy way to contour. I bought mine in the shade ‘universal’ which is formulated for various skin tones. My skin tone changes weekly depending on how much fake tan I wear so this shade is perfect for me as I can build up the contour when needed. Available from Selfridges.

HD Primer: This works perfectly under my Make Up Forever Ultra HD foundation! Both are formulated for your skin to look flawless on camera. I only wear these when I’m going on a night out or to somewhere where I know there’s going to be lots of pictures taken. However when using products like this, remember that your setting powder has to be HD based also, otherwise you will loose the HD effect. Available from ASOS.

Mineral Stick Foundation: Recently I’ve been LOVING foundations and I’ve never used a stick based foundation before so I’m eager to try. It was quite thick and creamy when I tested it on my arm, I feel like it might blend well with my Marc Jacobs brush. You can purchase this at FeelUnique.com.

Lip Liner: Super creamy texture similar to the Sephora ones. The pigment is AMAZING and they do great dupes of MAC shades. Purchased from Selfridges.

Full Coverage Concealer: This is very thick and I’m not planning to use it under my eyes! I’ve been on the lookout for a thick concealer to help hide the acne on my face. I know spots are textures on the face and you can still see them, but I have a lot of scaring that needs covering up. Available at ASOS.

Wonder Pencil: This caught my eye because it’s a gorgeous nude shade that would look beaut in the waterline of a brown smokey eye. It seems like it’s quite a multi purpose product that could be used to highlight under the brow or in the inner corner. Purchase this from FeelUnique.com.

#FULLYRATE – BECCA HIGHLIGHTER

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Jaclyn Hill is my favourite YouTuber and it used to drive me mad when she would talk about her Champagne Pop highlighter in collaboration with Becca Cosmetics. At first it was limited edition in the US and was like absolute gold dust to get a hold of. It finally got made permanent and I had no idea you could purchase it in the UK! I was in SpaceNK in Nottingham when I stumbled across it and freaked out.

I got to the till and nearly died when the lady said it was £32, I would never dream of spending this much on a highlighter but I majorly wanted it so so bad! It was possibly the best £32 I’ve spent on make up. When I opened it I didn’t think you got much in there, however a little really goes a long way with this product.

Before I had this, I was using theBalm Mary Lou Manizer, which I still love and use. Champagne pop has much more of a warmer undertone than Mary Lou Manizer so if I’m wearing fake tan it’s perfect where as if not then I’ll stick to Mary Lou Manizer. I apply this with my Morphe M501 brush.

You NEED this product in your life!