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NYX Soft Matte Lip Creams: Part 3

I’ve been wanting to put this post up for so long hence why the photos of me in this post are from months ago! I go through phases with my lip products and, for most of this year, I’ve been using matte liquid lipsticks almost exclusively. I’ve already posted on some of the other shades in this range here and here so I’m not going to go into detail again here about texture, price, longevity etc so please check my older reviews for that information.

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The shades that I’ve swatched for today’s post were all new for 2014 except for the shade Monte Carlo which was part of the original release. The shades I picked up are swatched below and, from left to right, are: Cannes, Prague, Morocco, Monte Carlo, Copenhagen and Transylvania.

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Cannes is a gorgeous muted rosey mauve shade. It’s very pretty and something that would look quite natural (as opposed to nude) on most skin tones. I can see this be used as a good work shade or even a really pretty bridal lip.

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Some comparison swatches are, from left to right: Nyx soft matte lip creams in Cannes, Stockholm, Abu Dhabi and London. I’ve got lip and full face swatches of these shades in my previous reviews. For reference, Abu Dhabi is one of my favourite nude shades on my skin tone as it doesn’t wash me out or look too ‘concealer lips’ like. London is more nude on me but is still wearable.

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Prague is a muted bright (is that an oxy moron?) blue toned pink. There is another shade in this range called Addis Ababa and that is very bright but of a similar tone. Prague is like Addis Ababa’s more reserved sister and a more wearable option if you’re wanting to break into the bright pink lips look.

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From left to right: Soft matte lip creams in Prague, San Paulo and Milan. Prague is definitely my favourite out of the pinks swatched below. Milan is way to light for me and not very wearable unless I wear it over a darker lip liner and top it with a gloss.

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Morroco is a bright coral orange shade. This is so gorgeous and very flattering as it brightens the face instantly!

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From left to right: Soft matte lip cream in Morocco, Kardashian Beauty Enjoystick in Retro Red and NARS Heat Wave. Morocco is very similar to the other shades swatched below but the other two are more red toned than coral.
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Monte Carlo is a gorgeous blue toned red. I love this shade but you all know by now that I rarely meet a red I don’t love!

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From left to right: Soft Matte Lip Cream in Monte Carlo, Bourjois Rouge Edition Velvet in Grand Cru and Lime Cream Velveteen in Red Velvet. The Bourjois shade is deeper and more blue toned than Monte Carlo and is my favourite out of the three below with Monte Carlo coming up as a close second. Red Velvet is pretty but more of a cherry red and I’m very partial to a blue tone as they pop more against my warm toned skin.

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Aah Copenhagen, the shade that has my heart! I love this beautiful plum shade and have worn it constantly over the last few months. It’s going to be one of my staples this autumn and winter.

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From left to right: Copenhagen, Wet and Wild Megalast lipstick in Cherry Bomb, Rimmel Moisture Renew in Sloane’s Plum. I thought I’d have more shades in my collection that were similar to this but it was somewhat unique. What can I say about this shade except that you need it in your life! I’ve seen it on many different skin tones from light to dark and I love it on most people as it’s vampy without being too dark.

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Transylvania is a dark violet plum shade and it’s been named quite well! I think it’s a very sophisticated but super dark lip shade. It also tends to apply quite patchy so I wouldn’t use this without a lip liner underneath.

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From left to right: Transylvania, Rimmel Lasting Finish lipstick in 04 and Maybelline Color Sensational lipstick in Midnight Plum. The plum tone to this shade makes it more wearable than the other two shades swatched. I have yet to wear it out but I’ve earmarked it for this winter season!

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Have you tried any of these shades? Which is your favourite?

Lip of the Day- NYX Soft Matte Lip Cream in Morocco

I have a lipstick addiction like a lot of beauty bloggers and matte liquid lipsticks are especially having a moment right now. I have quite a few but the Bourjois Velvet Rouge Edition and the NYC Soft Matte Lip Creams are probably my favourites because they’re budget friendly and have a lovely texture and shade range.

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I decided to go for something bright today (as usual) so I paired NYX lip pencil in Orange with NYX Soft Matte Lip Cream in Morocco. Both are a vibrant orange.

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The lipstick looks a little drying but that’s the downside of matte lipsticks. It feels really comfortable to wear though.

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On the rest of the face I have: MAC Blondes Gold pigment on the eyes and Napoleon Loose Eye Dust in Mosaic Gold around the tear duct, Benefit They’re real mascara, Maybelline Master Precise Liquid liner, Burberry Brow Sculpting Pencil, Burberry Sheer Foundation Powder, Guerlain Rose Aux Joues Blush in Pink Punk and the Guerlain Meteorites in Perles d’Etoile from the Holiday 2014 collection.

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An ‘Aha!’ Moment

This is going to sound superficial (wow, imagine that from a beauty blog!) but I had a revelation of sorts today as I was leaving for work. I got dressed, had one last look in the mirror and then went to walk out the door. That’s when I realised I wasn’t wearing any makeup and my (most recent) ‘Aha! moment’, as Oprah likes to say, was that I didn’t actually care! This may not seem like a big deal but it’s a little thing that showed me that I’ve come a really long way from where I used to be.

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Here I am in my makeup free glory and I can honestly say, I don’t care!

There were quite a few years of my life that I spent covering myself in makeup because I hated the way I looked without it. I know that most of us feel better with a bit of makeup on but when it gets to a place where you use it because you hate what’s underneath, that is not a healthy place to be. I wish that I could go back with what I know now and talk to my younger self but I can’t so I’ve vowed instead to make this year the year I learn to get OK with me, the way I am.

 

What’s been one of your aha moments? I’d love to know so let me know below if you’d like.

2014 Blogging Resolutions

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Another year and another set of resolutions! I always resolve to post more every year but as the fourth year of my blog quickly comes to an end, I really want to change the way I view my blog. This has always been a hobby of mine but I want to take it to the next level and bring more professionalism into the blog. Which brings me to my first resolution:

1. Plan, Plan, Plan!

I’ve always posted when the mood struck me and when I was feeling inspired. This can be great but the reality is that it’s led to inconsistent posting with some months full of posts and then others completely silent. That’s why I decided to start an editorial diary. I know there’s lots of great online editorial calendars but I like to write things down so I purchased a cute diary from Kikki K (pcitured above) and will be planning out posts in advance.

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I went back over December and added in the posts I’ve already done and it really showed me at a quick glance what my frequency of posting is like. I’m hoping that by using this tool, I’ll be able to better monitor then types of posts I’m doing and manage my time in advance.

2. Get through the backlog!

Like a lot of beauty bloggers, I have so many posts that I haven’t gotten round to yet. I want to start clearing out a lot of the posts I have waiting to go and hopefully the step above will help with that. To help with this, I’m thinking of using a ‘beauty in-tray’ of products that have yet to be photographed or reviewed since I know this works for some other bloggers.

3.Get back to being a blog reader not just a blogger!

I used to be really loyal about reading other blogs and commenting and being a part of the bloggersphere. This changed once I moved from blogger to wordpress because that’s what I used to read the majority of my blogs. I’m going to finally take the step to use my Bloglovin’ account to follow my favourite blogs so I can get involved again and see what’s going on.

4. Use social media properly!

I have a Twitter, Facebook, Pinterest and Instagram account all linked to my blog but I hardly ever tweet, forget to use my Pinterest and can’t remember my Instagram password. I do try to post on Facebook but there’s definitely room for improvement. I want to set up a minimum post frequency for all these accounts so that I’m fully using social media.

5. Improve my photographs!

I’m pretty happy with the photos on my blog but I know they can be better so I want to improve my photography skills and learn how to use a photo editing software such as Photoshop or GIMP 2.

I’m sure there’s lots of other things I can be doing but these are the 5 main blogging resolutions I have. If there are any different ones that you have, let me know below. Also, thanks for all your support over the last 4 years and I hope you’ll stick with me through this next year!

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Give Some Hope to a Woman in Crisis with New Day Box

I love when people come up with really simple but amazing ways to brighten the life of someone they don’t know, even if just for a small point in time. That’s why I want to talk to you today about the New Day Box project and encourage you to take part if you live in Victoria (or maybe even other parts of Australia).

What is New Day Box?

New Day Box is an idea that started when one of the six founders read a story about a Canadian not-for-profit initiative called The Shoebox Project. The main idea behind that project was for people to fill shoe boxes with $50 worth of items that would be gifted to women living in shelters through out the Christmas holidays.

The day after deciding to start New Day Box, the Women’s Domestic Violence Crisis Service (‘WDCSV’) agreed to distribute these boxes across shelters and requests were received from  domestic violence shelters, housing and crisis accommodation around Victoria. Their goal is to have at least 500 boxes donated so that as many women as possible are able to receive one in time for christmas.

Why make a New Day Box?

Last year WDCSV placed nearly 1000 women into emergency accommodation due to domestic violence. Once these women, who have been living in some frightening and heart breaking situations, make the decision to flee they often leave without any items let alone things such as cosmetics and toiletries.

How can you get involved?

There are many ways to get involved such as

  • Making a box of your own along with a message of hope and support
  • providing new and unused products that can be used to make up a box
  • I found out about New Day Box after a friend posted it up on Facebook so putting the word out there on things such as blogs, Facebook, Instagram and Twitter is important so that as many people as possible are aware of the project
  • If you’re a company- you can sponsor the project

Products and finished boxes can be posted or dropped off by 12 December 2013 directly at Envato offices located at the following address:

New Day Box
c/o Envato PTY LTD
Level 1, 121 King St
Melbourne Vic 3000

What should I put in the box?

Let me tell you, one of the hardest thing about this project is trying to buy things that you hope will be useful to someone without knowing who they are, what they like or what they look like.The suggestions on the website are cosmetic items, toiletries, pretty notebooks and/or pens, nut free chocolate etc. When choosing cosmetic items, the key is to realise there is no one type of woman that is affected by family violence so you can’t choose products based on what will suit a particular skin tone. Pick things that are neutral but will still work for many different skin tones. This is why you should stay away from base products such as foundation, concealer or face powder.

Apart from that, I think just spend a little time thinking about the circumstances these women are in and what might offer some comfort in such a painful time. It would also be lovely if you included a message of with your box. When making mine, I decided that I wanted something that was mostly comforting and pampering but was also full of products I would use myself because cheap doesn’t have to mean poor quality. Apart from what’s shown below, I’ve also ordered the Elf blush and bronzing duo in St Lucia and the Real Techniques blush brush to be included.

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As a woman, a lawyer in the not-for-profit sector (where we assist many victims of family violence) and a beauty blogger, there was no way I could not take part in this. I’ve asked friends to fund a box or provide unused products or donate empty boxes. I’ve also purchased products so that I can make a few boxes of my own. So far I’ve purchased enough products to make 6 boxes but am hoping that, with some donations from friends, I’ll be able to get at least 15. I really hope that some of you decide to take part or at least spread the word because it really is a great cause. If you want to learn more about domestic violence click the link to be taken to the Domestic Violence Resource Centre Victoria website.

2013 Beauty Resolutions

Happy New Year! I hope you all had a great end to 2012 and are ready to face whatever 2013 has to offer. I’ve been absent on the blogging front which tends to happen when work gets a bit much. When you spend a good part of your time on a computer at work, the last thing you feel like doing when you get home is typing some more! Or at least that’s how I feel.

To ease myself into blogging again I thought I’d start off with a quick post about my beauty resolutions for 2013. There aren’t many but I hope I stick to them as best I can!

1. Shop my stash!

Like a lot of beauty bloggers and aficionados, I have a massive makeup collection. This is great as it gives me a big source to draw from for reviews but the negative is that it’s way too easy to forget what I own so things often go unused. Shopping my stash more means that I’ll actually (hopefully) start using things again that I might have been neglecting. One of the ways I plan on doing this is by using my lipstick bowl. This pink bowl is going to be filled weekly with a selection of lipsticks or glosses that I’ve been neglecting.

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2. Stop buying eyeshadow palettes!

In connection with shopping my stash, I’m also going to try and stop adding to my stash. One of the major culprits in my makeup collections are unnecessary eyeshadow palettes. I’ll often pick up a palette because the colour’s just look so beautiful together or the palette itself is gorgeous but, let’s face it, there’s really only so many variations of neutral eyeshadow’s that one girl needs!

3. Be more adventurous with my makeup!

I’ve become really utilitarian with my makeup of late and have stopped experimenting and having fun when I get ready. It’s harder to be very adventurous with makeup during work days but I plan on having fun with my makeup on the weekends and using all the amazing bright, glittery and fun lipsticks and eyeshadow’s that I’ve been ignoring. Case in point: my friend bought me this beautiful Urban Decay Vice palette with lots of fun shades but I’ve only used the neutral shades so far because they’re quick and easy to work with.

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4. Culling products when they’ve reached their end

Like a lot of people, I have a really hard time letting go of things from my makeup collection even when I know that they’re not very safe/good to use anymore. That’s why I plan on doing a cull at least once every 6 months to get rid of empties, dried up products, products that have gone off and stuff that I just don’t use anymore or never really used. Whatever I haven’t used will hopefully find a new home with a friend.

5. Blog more!

This isn’t a beauty resolution as such but I am honestly hoping to post more frequently. I haven’t been in the mood to post because of life and other things getting in the way but I’ve missed it and I have a stack of new products that I haven’t had the chance to share with you yet so stay tuned.

 

I’m sure there are a lot more beauty resolutions that I can make but those are my main ones. The major theme of this years resolutions is trying to get control of my collection, use what I own and stop buying what I really don’t need!

What are your 2013 resolutions (beauty or otherwise)?