NYX Cosmetics Matte Lipsticks + My Little Trick To Help Lipstick Stay On Longer

NYX Cosmetics have a wonderful range of Lipsticks at amazing prices as they are all under £10. I love how affordable the brand is and also the array of colours you can choose from. I always prefer Matte Lipsticks, and the NYX Matte Lipstick range is priced at £6.50. Despite being matte, the lipstick formula does not dry lips out and are highly pigmented so does not require reapplication very often. 

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Naturally however, after eating and drinking lipstick starts to fade so I do a little trick to make my lipstick stay on longer. I have written a post before about Gosh Velvet Touch Prime n’Set Primer and Mattifying Setting Powder
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Mac Satin Lipstick Retro- Perfect for Indian Skin

I tend to buy Lipstick colours that are brighter shades so I wanted to pick a warm deeper shade for my next purchase. I decided to try the shade Retro from the Mac Satin Lipstick range.

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I picked this colour because I wanted a peachy brown shade and this lipstick fit what I was looking for perfectly. The warmth of the shade made my lips stand out and complimented my skin tone as it made my skin look brighter instead of making me look washed out as some dark lipsticks do.

 

It is a really pigmented lipstick so I only needed to apply over my lips once, but it did tend to fade after about 4 hours and then needs reapplication if you eat or drink while wearing it.

My lips felt a little dry so I prefer wearing lip balm underneath, therefore I personally did not find the quality of this lipstick to be that great. However, I adore the shade and this colour is really hard to find so for that reason alone I would purchase this lipstick again.

I was in New York when I bought this so I purchased it at a MAC counter at Macy’s for $17. It is available online in the UK for £15.50 at MAC.

Kiko Velvet Mat-Satin Lipstick- Shade 612 Strawberry Pink (Great for Indian skin)

I really wanted to look for a nice subtle pink lipstick for daytime wear and since I adore Kiko Makeup, I picked up the shade 612 from Kiko’s Velvet Mat Satin range.

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This shade is a lovely soft colour and compliments warmer skin tones. It is really perfect for everyday wear, it looks natural but is still noticeable and pretty. This is a mat lipstick which I prefer but the velvet satin texture keeps my lips moisturised and does not dry my lips out. The packaging is really high end looking with its beautiful gold colour, and can be closed securely so it doesn’t open randomly in my handbag.

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The lipstick contains anti ageing ingredients so is good for your lips and keeps them healthy and youthful. I have small lips, and this shade of pink makes my lips look more bigger and fuller. I highly recommend this lipstick as it looks great with my Indian skin tone without leaving my skin looking washed out. They also have a range of colours for just £6.90 so go ahead and try it out!

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My 3 Favourite Purchases This Week- Perfect For This Season

No7 Gel-Look Shine Nail Colour- Deep Wine

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This gorgeous nail polish is a stunning colour and it is perfect for this season as it’s deep and warm. The nail polish is long lasting and didn’t chip easily. The brush applicator is quite wide so it’s easy to apply on your nail with just one coat, however I found that the shine was enhanced with a second coat. I also loved that it dried quickly so is convenient when you’re in a hurry. I highly recommend this nail polish, particularly this shade! Available at Boots priced at £7.00

MUA Trio Eyeshadow Chocolate Box
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These eye shadows really compliment warmer skin tones and they are nice and shimmery which is perfect for the festive season. The eyeshadows are very pigmented and are easy to blend. I like how the different shades all work well with each other and help enhance the look. The lightest shade can also be used as a highlight which is another plus point for this set. It comes with a little applicator but I prefer to use my own. These are all pretty colours and come with a very affordable price tag at £2.50 from Superdrug.

Bourjois Rouge Edition 12 hour lipstick Cherry My Cherie
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Firstly I picked this lipstick because it Is Semi Matte. I find that glossy lipsticks don’t suit me and I don’t like the texture whereas completely matte tends to make my lips look to dry so this lipstick is a great balance of the two. It is enriched with Shea Butter so the texture leaves lips feeling moisturised and the matte finish leaves lips looking vibrant with out the over the top glossy shine. This shade is warm and beautiful and would suit a lot of skin tones and I felt it complimented my skin well. I did not have to reapply until after 6 hours so it lasted pretty long not exactly the 12 hours it claimed though but still it’s pretty impressive. This is a stunning colour and ideal for this season so it’s my current favourite lipstick! It is available at Boots for £7.99

Chapped Lips – Lip Balm Reviews

My lips tend to get dry and chapped unfortunately and as the weather gets colder, it gets worse 😦

I exfoliate my lips once a week with sugar and honey which leave my lips feeling soft and smooth. The sugar buffs away dead skin and the honey soothes and softens my lips so I make sure to do this regularly! Alongside this however, I love using lip balms so in this post I’m going to talk about some I have tried, the good and the bad.
Collection Lip Balm Green Apple £1.99
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I picked this up randomly as it was on offer. The smell is really refreshing and lovely. It glides on smoothly and feels light. However, it did not leave my my lips feeling moisturised for very long at all so I would not purchase again.

Nivea Lip Care Essential £1.65
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This balm is unscented but Nivea also have a range of fruit scented ones too. My lips felt very moisturised and protected when I used this however, the texture feels thick and somewhat waxy. Also its very soft so it is hard to apply on lips lightly or evenly.This lip balm is a good one to use at night before bed rather than for daywear but I still feel this lip balm despite the texture, made my chapped lips feel soothed and protected.

Carmex Moisturing Lip Balm Classic £2.69
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I really love this lip balm except I’m  not a fan of the smell as it is a bit strong. It is really effective on my chapped lips and I really noticed that since using this lip balm, the condition of my lips improved considerably. The texture is light while still feeling moisturising and makes a good base for matte lipstick and makes lips shine. It is one of my favourites and I highly recommend it.

Palmer’s Cocoa Butter Lip Balm £1.89
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This lip balm smells lovely and is another favourite of mine. The texture is nice and I do not need to reapply very often. My lips feel hydrated for hours and it works well with lipstick without feeling heavy. I use this regularly and the applicator is a nice shape so  product can be applied evenly.

Burts Bees Beeswax Lip balm £3.60
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This balm contains oils and vitamins so your lips feel nourished and healthy. My lips are really soft and hydrated when I use this balm and it lasts a few hours without needing to be reapplied. I’m really glad I found this lip balm because my lips feel more repaired and the texture is smooth and glides on easily.

Maybelline Baby Lips Lip Balm £2.99
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This lip balm is wonderful. It’s very moisturising and lasts ages. This is another balm where I have noticed a real difference to my lips as it feels softer naturally after using it for a month. The lip balm has SPF20 protection so is also perfect for sunny weather too. It’s a really nourishing and softening balm and the texture is so light and nice to wear. This is my current favourite and a must buy!

All these products are available at Boots and Superdrug.
Have a lovely weekend 😀
Xx

Affordable Nude Lipstick great for Indian/Medium/Dark Skin

I love the MUA range at Superdrug since it’s so affordable but great still quality. I tried a lipstick from the range and the colour really suited my skin. It is hard to find good nude lipsticks so this shade was a great find. I think the brown undertone in the lipstick is why it blended with my skin tone so well. The colour is Shade 11 and costs only £1.

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This is a great colour and does not wash out darker skin tones which is ideal. It’s a mild nude shade which is perfect for everyday wear or you can perfectly balance the subtle lip colour with heavy evening wear make up. This shade is also nice because it makes my small lips appear bigger which is always a plus point. So go ahead and try it out! 

Great Lipsticks for Indian, Olive, Medium and Dark Skintones

The make up item I find the most difficult to buy are lipsticks! I always find shades to be too dark or too light on my indian skin so I’m constantly changing brands in hope of finding my perfect match. So while I’m continuously going through trial and error, the good thing is I find some great ones so here are my top lipsticks picks for Medium to Dark skin.

MAC Cosmetics (Taupe) £15.50
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This lipstick is a beautiful warm shade and is an ideal nude lipstick for those with a medium or olive skin tone. I love it because the texture is Matte and I prefer this to shiny or glossy lipsticks since those ones sometimes make my skin look washed out. The lipstick lasts very long so I don’t have to constantly reapply and is one of my favourite nude shades.


Yves Saint Laurent Babydoll Kiss and Blush (Shade 10 Nude Insolent) £28.50
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This one is interesting since its designed for both lips and cheeks but I only use it on lips. This is another warm nude shade ideal for medium and dark skin tones. I like its versatility as it Is very buildable. I can apply it lightly to give myself a soft and natural daytime look but can apply more heavily for an intense and sultry evening wear look (it would look great with a Smokey eye look). The applicator is nice and easy to use as the colour glides effortlessly onto lips and provide a matte finish.


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Kiko Unlimited Stylo (Shade 13 Cocoa) £6.90
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This is a perfect matte lipstick and a great nude shade for medium and dark skin. It’s the best affordable nude shade from my list and I highly recommend it. I wasn’t sure if it would be too dark but it is a nice subtle pink with a brown undertone. It really lasted all day with no need to reapply. I sometimes have dry lips but the texture is really soft and creamy so my lips felt moisturised and smooth. It is also  hypoallergenic and paraben free so another plus point.

Kiko Unlimited Stylo (Shade 02 Pearly Vintage Rose) £6.90
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I was looking for an everyday subtle pink shade and this lipstick fits the criteria perfectly. As mentioned above, the texture is creamy and soft whilst still providing a semi matte finish. It is a soft pink colour that contrasts beautifully with warmer skin tones. It’s ideal for day wear and looks pretty and natural but still remains vibrant and noticeable.

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Kiko Smart Lipstick (Shade 912 Crimson Red) £3.90
I picked this colour for when I want to be a bit more daring and want my lipstick to be the focus point of my look. It is vibrant but I have to say it’s more pink than red. It stood out a lot on my skin and I am normally hesistant about picking strong colours. This is because I have small lips so lighter shades make my lips look bigger but this shade despite being a deeper colour, still complimented my features and since it was more pink than red, it made my lips look bigger. This colour is great for day or night and is really affordable at such a great price.

Kiko Smart Lipstick (Shade 913 Rosewood) £3.90
This is a nice casual lipstick for everyday wear. It’s really perfect if you just want a hint of colour for a soft natural look. It is is a good nude shade and leaves lips feeling moisturised.
Where to buy
Mac Cosmetics Lipstick Shade Taupe £15.50
Yves Saint Laurent Babydoll Kiss and Blush Shade 10 Nude insolent £28.50
KIKO Unlimited Stylo Cocoa (13) Pearly Vintage Rose (02) £6.90
KIKO Smart Lipstick Crimson Red (912) Rosewood (913) £3.90