NYX Lid Lingerie

A few weeks ago I was sent one of the relatively new to the market NYX Lid Lingerie cream eyeshadows. I was sent the shade Morning Sky, it was one of the pieces they were highlighting as part of their St Patrick’s Day celebrations.

I’m not going to lie, I was a bit tentative about using this product at first because at 37 years old I am quite afraid of cream eye shadows especially teal ones!! I decided that I wanted to base an entire makeup look around just this one product, but making sure that it was the star of the show.

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You can clearly see the Metallic finish here

I used it in conjunction with a beautiful jewel colour palette that I have from Sleek Makeup called Arabian Nights because I thought it suited it perfectly. I applied the NYX eye shadow using the wand that comes with it, little by little and then blended it in to the lid using a fluffy blender brush. I found the eye shadow blended beautifully, it was so soft and didn’t go a bit dry on the lid which I think was my biggest fear with it.
As I thought the Sleek palette matched it beautifully, accentuating the stunning teal colour of this shade. It has a bit of a metallic finish to it which you will see from the photos but again that wasn’t an issue on my eye, it didn’t look garish or over the top and I was complemented continuously yesterday about my makeup so that’s always good!!

So happy with the finished result

The best part of all for me though was that the eye shadow was still 100% in tact when I was going to take it off last night, there wasn’t even a sign of a crease in it and personally I find that absolutely incredible. They come in a variety of shades too just in case green really isn’t your thing and you can find them on here on Boots.ie priced at €9.00 each.
 

This item was sent to me to try but all opinions are my own. I was not asked to write a review and there are no affiliate links in this post. 

 

 

 

 

 

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I’ve found a little gem

Well now when I bought this humble palette last weekend I never for one minute expected to have such a positive experience with it. If I’m honest I bought it simply for one colour which is the beautiful reddish brown shade in the second row on the right and I thought €2.50 was a good deal if that turned out to be nice. When I got home and swatched the colours I was so pleasantly surprised with the depth of colour I got from them and that reddish brown colour that drew my eye to the palette to begin with did not disappoint.

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Now I know some who would absolutely turn their noses up at even trying an eye shadow that is that budget but to me all make up is fair game. My make up bag is a plethora of MANY different brands both budget and high end. I’m a big believer in giving something a try regardless because you’ll never know when you’ll find a gem and I think I found one in this.

Last night’s look was a blown out plum smoky eye which I went on to upgrade to a glittery finish and I’ll show you both. I started off by using a eye shadow primer and for this I used “I 💜 stage from Essence cosmetics. This is a great primer if you don’t have a big budget as it’s less than €4 and most Penneys stores these days have an Essence stand. To create the look I used 6 out of the 9 colours starting off with my favourite colour of the palette as the high point and blending in the darker shades lower down. To create a really blown out look I always use the colours I use on top under the eye too, this really adds to the continuity of the look and this is why I always start with my eyes before I do any concealing or foundation. It means that you complete the all over look of the eye first and there’s no fall out on to your foundation and you can also tidy up any mistakes under the eye more easily.

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To finish the eye I used the felt tip liner from Penneys once again which I have used every day since I bought it instead of my regular Rimmel Exaggerate liner and it rocks!! So soft and easy to apply, doesn’t drag the eyelid at all and I’ve been successfully able to recreate both a thin and thicker look with it. If I was to have a little gripe with it it would be that it is difficult to remove, you have to give it a lot of welly to get it off but on the bright side of that at least you know it’s not going to wear off during the day!!

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Last night’s contour colour came courtesy of Sleek, I used the dark shade from the Face Contour Kit in “Light” but I used a new product for highlight and that was the “Blusher” colour from the PS Strobe Crayon Trio again from Penneys.  I also picked these up when I was in there on Sunday because I was so intrigued as to what they were and how they’d look on. They come in a set of three and include a sharpener, there’s a Highlight, Blusher and Bronzer shade in the box and I’ll give you a close up view of them below. Out of the three I would say the “Blusher” colour is by far my favourite,  it’s a beautiful soft pink shade that gives the skin a lovely lift when applied. I tried the “Highlight” shade with the eye look I created last night and ended up taking it off as I thought it was way too harsh, it’s bright, bright white and unless you’re a Drag Queen or on Toddlers and Tiaras nobody needs that much highlight under their brows!! I’m yet to try the “Bronze” shade because with my colouring it’s not a colour I’d naturally gravitate towards so maybe during the summer when I have some tan on it might be something I’d go for then. The texture of the crayon is nice and soft but they go on quite thickly, I would definitely not recommend applying them directly to your face, I would either use a brush or your fingers. I used my finger last night, I took some of the product off of the crayon and gently patted  it on the cheek area I wanted to highlight. Pat instead of rubbing as you’ll gently build the colour this way whereas if you rub all you’ll achieve is patchy foundation with highlighty bits!!

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My foundation was courtesy of WetnWild, it’s their Coverall foundation in E816 Fair/Light. I love this foundation, it’s got great coverage without feeling too heavy, blends well and has a satin finish. The only negative with it is that it doesn’t have an SPF but that would be a lot to expect from a product that’s under €5!!

To upgrade the look to a glitter finish I applied some of the WetnWild cream glitter eyeshadows that I picked up AGAIN in Penneys a few weeks back when I fell in love with their beautiful jewelled tones. These take a lot to work to get any colour pay off with, I had to use a lot of product in that small area to get the desired look and I think next time I might try applying some Duo glue to the area first to see if this helps the glitter to build up a little easier.

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Finally the lip, this is courtesy of Sleek and their beautiful Matte Me liquid lipsticks, the shade is “Shabby Chic” and I teamed it with “Mulberry” lip pencil from Natural Collection, all of which are available in selected Boots stores and the Sleek Matte Me lipsticks are currently on 2 for €11….BARGAIN.

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I absolutely love this look, I’m so excited that it was created with “budget” brands and I can’t wait to create even more looks using this absolute bargain buy. Get yourself to Penneys pronto!!!

Urban Decay Masterclass

Well last night I attended the Urban Decay Masterclass in Debenhams Patrick Street with the wonderful Danielle Roberts in attendance.  In case you don’t know who Danielle is, she’s the Regional Make up artist for Urban Decay and IMHO an absolute genius. Last night wasn’t my first time seeing her work in person as I had already attended a Masterclass she held in Mahon Point back at the start of April and from that moment on became an absolute #fangirl!!

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The look last night focused on the launch of the Alice through the Looking Glass palette which launched in stores on Thursday the 5th of May. Now if you follow me on any of my social media platforms you’ll already know how obsessed I am with this palette and expect a blog post really, really soon dedicated to the palette alone.

What I loved about last night’s look was the wearability of the look she created even though she used, purple, bright green and pink glitter eyeliner!! Check out the final look below modelled by the lovely Carolyn. This is a palette that on first glances you might think “ya that’s not for me” due to the brightness of some of the colours but as Danielle quite rightly pointed out, if you take away the 4 or 5 bright colours you’re left with a very subtle, wearable every day palette. In fact this was the angle I wanted to take for my own dedicated blog post because I couldn’t get over how subtle it could be when I used it first. Don’t get me wrong I’m dying to try an over the top look like those used on the promotional posters but obviously I won’t be doing that on a day when I need to pop to Aldi for butter!!

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Another super point that she made last night was if you were heading away for a weekend or a night away #alicethroughthelookingglass is your perfect one stop palette as you can use the shade “Lily” as a highlighter and “Paradox” as a gorgeous peachy tone blusher.

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After the Masterclass was finished we were all invited downstairs to make our purchases and we were told that there was a special deluxe goody bag for the first 15 people who spent over €60….Challenge accepted!!! This turned out to be a beautiful box full of really well sized Urban Decay samples and miniatures. These are such a great way of trying products before you buy and some of them have a lot more than one use in them!! Along with that everyone got a Debenhams goodie bag that had a few other samples from different counters within the store as well as a green fluorescent bag from Taylor by Taylor Swift perfume. All in all a really good value night for the €20 a ticket price, seeing as this €20 could also be used against any item you purchased on the night.

My purchases last night were two planned ones which were the Eyeshadow Primer Potion and the All Nighter Makeup Setting Spray, both of which came in my goody bag at the last event and I was very impressed with both. My other purchase was a complete impulse buy to be honest, I bought the Afterglow Powder Highlight in “Fireball”. I already have this in “Sin” and it is seriously AWESOME and the Fireball is such a unique colour for a highlighter I honestly couldn’t resist it!! To be honest I’m glad I didn’t resist because the box of sample goodies absolutely made it worthwhile investing in it.

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A truly enjoyable evening getting to see a true master at work. I love Urban Decay as a brand so much, they’re a little bit left of the middle while still being a very wearable brand. Roll on June for the launch of their 100 new lip colours #lipstickismyvice. I’m going to be stoney broke 🙈🙈🙈🙈