NYX Eyeshadow Collection

NYX eyeshadow collection, thegirlinspired, swatches, review

I did one of these posts a little while back on my MAC eyeshadow collection, and since I also have quite a few NYX eyeshadows I thought I’d do a similar post on those too. NYX are an affordable brand with great quality products.

Quite a few of their eyeshadows are dupes for the MAC ones at a fraction of the price. They may not be spot on dupes but they are pretty close, so if there are any that I think are similar I will list them along with a description next to each shade.

I have the regular single eyeshadows, which I depotted into a Z Palette – video on that here. The only real downside with NYX is that they are only available online in the UK, as far as I know. It would be nice if they came to the drugstore so we could swatch them, but then again my bank balance would probably hate me for that! You can find NYX on Amazon and Very, however I’ve found the best price is on NYX’s own website. The eyeshadows are £5 each and come in a range of colours.

Let’s get into the swatches!

Highlight

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Described as a Matte this actually has a bit of a sheen to it – not glittery at all, just glowy. Highlight is a pale yellow shade and I love wearing this in my inner corners in summertime. All these shades are so soft and easy to blend.

Aloha

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This is a shimmer. It has that same glowy sheen as Highlight but with a little bit of fine glittery shimmer in it. Aloha is another great neutral, this one is more on the cooler side of the palette with a hint of pinky taupe. I love using this as an inner corner highlight as well and it reminds me a little bit of MAC’s Naked Lunch.

Nude

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This is another creamy matte shade, but again with that slight glowy sheen. It’s a warm yet pale apricot colour which works great over the lid, as a brow highlight, or even as a cheek highlight depending on your skin tone. It’s such a smooth creamy formula too.

Taupe

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Another glowy matte, this ones got quite a bit of sheen to it but is still not glittery. As the colour would suggest, it’s a brown taupe, quite light in shade, but makes a great all over the lid colour for every day and works well in the crease for something a little more natural, or as a transition colour for darker shades.

Silk

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This is a close dupe for MAC’s All That Glitters. A light tan shade that is described as a Shimmer but has a similar finish to the Mattes, so again, more of that sheen going on. This is a tad more peachy and brighter than All That Glitters and looks great in the summer-time with a tan and works lovely with light eyes.

Opal

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Mine is a little dirty just from the fall out of other shades it has been stored near. It’s a slightly off-white colour with a blue duo-chrome. This one doesn’t seem to be on the NYX website so I’m not sure if it’s just sold out or has been discontinued. Not one of my most reached for eyeshadows as I tend to reach for more neutral brown tones but it’s still very pretty. 

Brown

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NYX aren’t overly creative with their eyeshadow names.. Brown is a matte teddy bear brown shade. Another one that’s good in the crease or as a transition colour. I’d say it’s very similar to Taupe in shade, just without the taupiness if that makes any kind of sense! I tend to reach for Taupe more but this also looks really nice swept all over the lid and up into the crease a little bit if you want a simple makeup look.

Peach Bronze



Another one not on the NYX website, although Copper looks like a similar shade. I would say this is like a cross between MACs Woodwinked and Mulch. It’s a gorgeous coppery shade which would again being out light coloured eyes and look particularly lovely in the summertime and autumn.

Dark Grey

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Another imaginative name.. This is a cool toned dark matte grey without looking blue. Dark Grey is more matte than others from my collection but this is one of the worst out of the bunch I have. It’s not completely awful it’s just that the colour pay off isn’t great so this goes on a little sheer and needs to be built up. 

Dark Brown

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This is one of my favourites. A lovely matte, dark brown colour with the slightest hint of red, that is perfect in the crease. I used to wear this ALL the time!! I actually have a tutorial of one of my go-to everyday makeup looks using some of these eyeshadows so I’ll put that below if you want to check that out.

Iced Mocha

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A shimmery alternative to Dark Brown. This one is a lot like MAC’s Satin Taupe and another great colour for the crease or all over the lid if you wanted a darker, smokier look.

Black

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This one is actually the worst eyeshadow I have from NYX. It’s another matte shade but this one is quite sheer and needs some building up to get the intensity you see in the pan. It’s also quite chalky, kind of reminds me of soot, so you need to be careful of fallout when applying this. If you don’t want a super intense look and are careful when applying this might be a good shade for you to try.

NYX eyeshadow collection, thegirlinspired, swatches, review

Even though a couple of the shades aren’t as great as the rest I have still gotten wear out of all of them and love them for different reasons. Hopefully you liked this post and found it somewhat useful. If you would like me to do more posts like this in the future let me know in the comments and tell me what you would like to see next, ie my lipstick collection, blush collection etc.

 

MUA Undressed Palette – Swatches & Looks

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I’m assuming most of you reading this will have come over from the video that just went up on my beauty channel so I’ll jump straight in with the swatches. If you haven’t seen that video and want to hear me talking about what I think of this palette on the whole, and to see how I created the 4 looks below, the video is embedded at the bottom of this post for your viewing pleasure!

I’ll start with the swatches:

 

 

 

All of these eyeshadows are super pigmented, especially considering the palette is only £4! (Available at Superdrug by the way!)

So these are the 4 looks I created using this palette, for anyone that is maybe just getting into makeup and are a bit unsure of how to use the colours, or if you’re just looking for a little bit of inspiration, I hope this helps.

These are all very easy looks to do that anyone should be able to create.

Simple Everyday Look:

MUA Undressed Palette Simple Everyday Tutorial thegirlinspired

 

MUA Undressed Palette Simple Everyday Tutorial thegirlinspired



What I used:

  • Make Up For Ever Mat Velvet + in Shade 30
  • Maybelline Eraser Eye Concealer in Light
  • MAC Studio Finish Concealer in NC15
  • Avon Shimmering Lip and Cheek Balm in Powder Pink
  • Rimmel Stay Matte Powder in Transparant
  • The Body Shop Honey Bronzer in Light
  • NYX Blush in Natural
  • ELF Studio Blush in Candid Coral
  • ELF Eyelid Primer
  • MUA Undressed Palette:
    • Shade 1 all over the lid
    • Shade 3 through the crease
    • Shade 5 on outer half of lower lash line
  • Model Co Eyeliner in Black on upper lash line
  • L’Oreal Volume Million Lashes Mascara in Black
  • L’Oreal Caresse in Dating Coral

Office Appropriate Look:

MUA Undressed Palette Office Appropriate Tutorial thegirlinspired

 

MUA Undressed Palette Office Appropriate Tutorial thegirlinspired



What I used:

  • Make Up For Ever Mat Velvet + in Shade 30
  • Maybelline Eraser Eye Concealer in Light
  • MAC Studio Finish Concealer in NC15
  • Avon Shimmering Lip and Cheek Balm in Powder Pink
  • Rimmel Stay Matte Powder in Transparant
  • The Body Shop Honey Bronzer in Light
  • NYX Blush in Natural
  • ELF Studio Blush in Candid Coral
  • ELF Eyelid Primer
  • MUA Undressed Palette:
    • Shade 3 all over lid and into crease
    • Shade 5 through crease and across outer half of lid
    • Shade 10 into the crease and outer corner to deepen, and lower lash line
  • Rimmel Exaggerate Liquid Liner in Black on upper lash line
  • L’Oreal Volume Million Lashes Mascara in Black
  • Miners Matte Factor Lip Paint in Peach

Darker Bronze Look:

MUA Undressed Palette Darker Bronze Tutorial thegirlinspired

 

MUA Undressed Palette Darker Bronze Tutorial thegirlinspired



What I used:

  • Bourjois Healthy Mix Serum in Vanilla
  • Maybelline Eraser eye Concealer in Light
  • MAC Studio Finish Concealer in NC15
  • Rimmel Stay Matte Powder in Transparant
  • MUA Bronzer in Shade 3
  • Bourjois Blush in Rose D’Or
  • Maybelline Color Tattoo in On and On Bronze (this step is optional)
  • MUA Undressed Palette:
    • Shade 7 all over lid and up into the crease a little
    • Shades 3 and 5 mixed together through the crease to blend and add definition
    • Shade 5 on lower lash line
  • Rimmel Scandaleyes Waterproof Khol Kajal in Black on upper lash line
  • L’Oreal Volume Million Lashes Mascara in Black
  • MAC Lipstick in Patisserie

Fun Gold & Blue Look:

MUA Undressed Palette Fun Gold and Blue Tutorial thegirlinspired

 

MUA Undressed Palette Fun Gold and Blue Tutorial thegirlinspired



What I used:

  • Bourjois Healthy Mix Serum in Vanilla
  • Maybelline Eraser Eye Concealer in Light
  • MAC Studio Finish Concealer in NC15
  • Rimmel Stay Matte Powder in Transparant
  • ELF Blush and Bronzing Palette
  • ELF Eyelid Primer
  • MUA Undressed Palette:
    • Shade 6 on inner half of lid and inner lower lash line
    • Shade 12 on outer half of lid, outer lower lash line and into the crease a little
    • Shade 11 on outer corner and outer corner of lower lash line
    • Shade 3 above crease to blend
  • Rimmel Scandaleyes Waterproof Kohl Kajal in Black on upper lash line and waterline
  • L’Oreal Volume Million Lashes Mascara in Black
  • Benefit Gloss in On The A List

Let me know if you try any of the looks!

Review: Bourjois 123 Perfect CC Cream

For the past couple of years I have been obsessed with the Bourjois Healthy Mix Serum. It’s my all time favourite foundation and so far I haven’t found anything else that I like more. Recently I saw that LauraLovesBeautyx had picked up the Bourjois 123 Perfect CC Cream and decided I wanted to try it myself and see if this Bourjois base was as good as my holy grail foundation. I got the shade 31 Ivory which looks to be a shade lighter than my Healthy Mix.

For those that might not know, CC stands for Colour Correction and this cream has apricot, green and  white pigments which supposedly help with fatigue, redness and dark spots respectively. The 123 Perfect CC Cream also claims to hydrate your skin for 24 hours and has an SPF of 15.

I picked this up for £9.99 on a recent trip to Boots and tried it out the very next day. My skin has been playing up again recently so I didn’t have high expectations for the 123 Perfect CC Cream but I was pleasantly surprised. It definitely evened out my skin tone, blurred out the redness in my cheeks, toned down my dark circles and also seemed to brighten up my skin.

I do have to mentioned that even though I have oily skin this does seem to cling to the few dry patches I have. The formula is very thin however so I’m thinking maybe I’m just applying it too heavily. The coverage is light but the pigments really do help to blur out any imperfections so I don’t feel like I need anything more heavy duty than this and my trusty MAC Studio Finish concealer.

I can’t say that I like this as much as my Healthy Mix Serum, but I do like this for days when I want a lighter base. Plus I like the fact that it contains SPF to help protect my face from all this lovely sunshine we have been getting recently.

Have you tried any CC Creams? Which one would you recommend?

Hot Cloth Cleanser Comparason

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Hey guys today I am going to be comparing two hot cloth cleansers for you. The two I have tried are the Sanctuary Polishing Hot Cloth Cleanser (available at Boots

for £10.50) and the Vitamin E Hot Cloth Cleanser (available at Superdrug for £4.99)

Just quickly I wanted to mention that I used both cleansers only at night and used each of them consistently. I applied them to my dry face after removing most of my makeup with a face wipe, then used a hot damp face cloth to remove the product and exfoliate my skin. Both come with a muslin cloth but I prefer using face cloths.


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I tried the Sanctuary one first, back in August whilst it was on offer for around £6. It contains 125ml of product and it lasted me a good 3 months. I liked the simple, plain packaging and the squeezy tube made it easy to get the product out. The cleanser itself had a lovely thick consistency that spread surprisingly well and felt so luxurious. That meant a little of it went a long way and I guess that’s why it lasted me so long. It didn’t sting my eyes at all, to the point that after rubbing the cleanser on them I could actually open my eyes to be able to find my face cloth! It also didn’t irritate my skin at all and had a lovely subtle scent. This cleanser removed all last traces of makeup and left my skin feeling smooth, clean and comfortable. I thoroughly enjoyed using this cleanser.

 

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Once I had used up the Sanctuary cleanser I decided to try out a cheaper alternative so I picked up Superdrug’s Vitamin E Hot Cloth Cleanser. This one comes in a similar style tube but it costs less (over half the price!) and you get more product – 200ml of product actually, so compared to The Sanctuary one this seems like a really great deal. Again, I used this consistently at night but despite getting more product with this it only lasted me 2 months. I think the reason for this is the product is  thinner in consistency and it just doesn’t seem to go so far. It almost slides around and emulsifies into nothing so I find myself using more each time. Another down side is this does sting my eyes a little bit. It’s not so bad if I keep my eyes closed but I definitely wouldn’t want to be opening them whilst this was on my face *cue me blindly feeling around my shower for my face cloth….there’s an image you didn’t need!* One thing to note with this is that it smells like suntan lotion.. Not necessarily a bad thing, I’m just not keen on it but that is personal preference. One more thing, this didn’t remove every last trace of makeup. When I used my toner after my shower I could still see a little bit of makeup coming off on the cotton pad. Not a tremendous amount but I thought it was worth mentioning. Again, this did leave my skin feeling smooth, clean and comfortable.
All in all I definitely prefer the Sanctuary Polishing Hot Cloth Cleanser. It’s the one I keep going back to and everything else I have tried just doesn’t quite compare to this one. I’ve heard the Sanctuary cleanser is good for oiler skin and the Vitamin E cleanser is good for drier skin, so maybe that’s why I prefer the Sanctuary one as I have combination/oily skin.
If you have tried either let me know your thoughts in the comments below, or if you have any recommendations for future hot cloth cleansers to try let me know!

 


~x thegirlinspired

NOTD: Barry M Peach Melba & White Crackle

Barry M Peach Melba

It feels like Spring may have sprung already! The weather is gorgeous today so I though I would break out my white crackle effect nail polish for a light and bright Spring manicure.

Barry M Peach Melba
This is Barry M’s Peach Melba, which is such a gorgeous cream finish peach colour, as you would imagine, but unfortunately the formula is very thin and streaky. I think you would need 4 or 5 coats to make this completely opaque and even, and I just don’t have the patience for that! Which is a shame as it is such a lovely colour, particularly for this time of year.

Barry M Peach Melba
To try and cover up the streakiness I applied a coat of Barry M’s white Crackle Effect polish over the top and it looks lovely and bright and fresh. I’m really enjoying my Barry M nail polishes at the moment since most of the colours I have from that brand are very appropriate for this time of year.
If you want to see an Easter inspired tutorial using more Barry M polishes you can check out the video below!
Barry M nail polishes are available in Boots and Superdrug for a very affordable £2.99

Collective Drugstore Haul

Collective Drugstore Haul

I went on a little bit of a shopping spree the other weekend and picked up a few bits from Superdrug and Boots. I don’t think I went too crazy overboard with my purchases and I’m really happy with everything that I got, plus I started my Christmas shopping a little bit. All in all it was a successful trip!

If you don’t mind listening to me ramble my way through the below video, you can watch to see what I got and why. But if you just want to know what I got, from where and how much then here is a list of everything. Bear in mind that both Superdrug and Boots had a 3 for 2 offer on so I didn’t spend as much as it looks like!
From Primark:
White face cloths, pack of 3 for £2.50
From Superdrug:
Superdrug Vitamin E Hot Cloth Cleanser for £4.99
L’Oreal Micellar Solution for £3.32
Rimmel Lasting Finish Lipstick in Heather Shimmer for £4.99From Boots:
Boots Botanics All Bright Cleansing Toner for £2.69
Boots Double Faced Cotton Pads for £1.89
Sally Hansen Complete Salon Manicure Nail Polish in Peachy Keen for £6.99
Rimmel Space Dust Nail Polish in Aurora for £3.99
Rimmel Space Dust Nail Polish in Moon Walking for £3.99
Rimmel Scandaleyes Khol Kajal in Nude for £3.99
Rimmel Lasting Finish Lipstick in Drop of Sherry for £4.99
Rimmel Lasting Finish Lipstick in Pink Blush for £4.99
Dove Wonderful You Gift Set for £15
L’Oreal Men Expert Wake Up Gift Set for £15
Beauticology Stacking Gift Set for £10

~x thegirlinspired

Mini Drugstore Lipstick Haul & Swatches

Mini Drugstore Lipstick Haul

I have another haul for you guys today. I know, I know, I seriously need to cut down on my spending. It all started with IMATS and it’s gone downhill from there (which is really bad considering I bought my first house just before IMATS!) I promise my spending habits will improve…. just as soon as I’ve checked out the new season clothes that stores all seem to be getting in right now… hey, a girls got to look good ya know!

 
Anyway, onto the haul. I did a video on this as well, so if you want to see that you can watch it here:
I rarely wear lipsticks, but I think part of the reason for that is because I don’t have a great deal to choose from, and I’m not entirely sure the shades I have in my collection suit me all that well. So I figured Boots was a good place to pick up some inexpensive lippies and here they are.

Mini Drugstore Lipstick Haul
Seventeen Supreme Shine in Barely Blush £4.99
 
Mini Drugstore Lipstick Haul
This is a natural pink colour that is fast becoming an everyday favourite for me. The finish is more of a sheen than a shine but the pigmentation is decent – not totally opaque but the colour is buildable. It glides onto the lips very smoothly and feels really moisturising and lightweight. To be honest, it feels a lot like a lip balm which means it doesn’t dry your lips out and I really like that about it.
Seventeen Supreme Shine in Deep Secret £4.99
 
Mini Drugstore Lipstick Haul
This is the same creamy formula as Barely Blush but the colour is a deeper, darker pinky-plum. Deep Secret is my vampiest lipstick so this will be lovely in the upcoming Autumn/Fall season and for nights out.
Seventeen Lasting Fix in Mulled Wine £4.29
 
Mini Drugstore Lipstick Haul
 
Another creamy lipstick from Seventeen, although not quite as creamy as their Supreme Shine range. This is a deep muted red shade that leans more towards berry red than true red. When you want something a little more intense on your lips, Mulled Wine is an easier to wear daytime lipstick than the typical in-your-face red. Another great point to mention is that when this lipstick wears off it leaves behind a stain so you don’t have to worry about constantly reapplying this colour, and it doesn’t look dry either.
Rimmel Lasting Finish in Heartbreaker £4.99
 
Mini Drugstore Lipstick Haul
 
Heartbreaker is a lovely berry pink shade, similar to Mulled Wine but with a definite pink tone. Again, this lipstick is creamy and non-drying, and will look beautiful in the colder months as an everyday colour.
Rimmel Lasting Finish by Kate in 01 £5.49
 
Mini Drugstore Lipstick Haul
 
From Rimmel’s Kate Moss range of lipsticks, this is a lovely bright red with a hint of pink running through it. It’s a blue toned red so it makes your teeth look whiter and it’s more of a matte/satin finish so it lasts a bit longer on the lips. The only problem is that it’s the most drying out of the ones I picked up, but that’s the only downside. It’s rather intense so I will be saving this one for special occasions and may have to pick up a red lip liner to go with it to give it real lasting power.
Mini Drugstore Lipstick Haul
 
I think Barely Blush is my favourite of the bunch and the one I’ll get the most wear out of, but I can’t wait for the colder months to really try out the darker shades.
Which colour is your favourite?~x Jenna

Mini Drugstore Lipstick Haul
All lipsticks purchased from Boots