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Nyx Soft Matte Lip Cream in Amsterdam (with higher-end comparisons)

Hey friends,

I always love a good swatch post, so I figured that’s what I would do here today. I picked up my very first NYX Soft Matte Lip Cream in Amsterdam, a warm peachy color. I’d heard good things about the formula – matte, but not too matte – and since NYX is becoming more available in Canada, I figured I’d pick it up and give it a try.

My lips are pretty sensitive to anything drying, so I always struggle with mattes. Because of that, I feel like I’m always on a quest for a good matte!

NYX Soft Matte Lip Cream in Amsterdam

Here it is on my lips (no lip liner):

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Nyx Soft Matte Lip Cream in Amsterdam

And here’s a further back shot:

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Nyx Soft Matte Lip Cream in Amsterdam

Amsterdam is such a cute color – very peachy and summery. When I put it to the wear test (and the lips-not-shriveling-to-prunes test), I went about 5 hours without a touch-up. I was eating some oranges while I wore it, and I’m not talking nicely-segmented tangelos – I’m talking messy navels.

It lost some definition at the edges after 5 hours and 2 oranges, but it passed the chin-smear test. Does that happen to anyone else? If I’m eating something large or awkward, like a burger or something, my lipstick tends to smear on my chin. But not with this one!

NYX soft matte lip cream also didn’t dry out my lips (too much). It never dried down to a complete matte – there was always a feeling of something sitting on my lips – which is probably why it wasn’t too drying. But because of that, you will get some transfer with these.

After 5 hours, my lips were a little dry in the inner edges, but nothing a bit of balm wouldn’t fix.

Formula-wise, these actually remind me a lot of Too Faced Melted lipsticks – liquid but not matte, a little drying but not as much as a true matte.

Comparison Swatches

I actually have a couple shades in my collection that come close to the color of NYX Soft Matte Lip Cream in Amsterdam, so I wanted to swatch them all together and compare.

The other two shades in question are ones I really like: Bite Mimosa and Nars Lana. Sadly, Bite has discontinued the Luminous Creme line, which means I’ll be looking for a replacement of my beloved Mimosa.

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Bite Mimosa Lipstick

Mimosa is semi-matte, so the wear of it and NYX Amsterdam are very similar. Mimosa does wear longer, but still needs a little babysitting throughout the day to combat encroaching dryness. Mimosa is also more creamy and opaque – Amsterdam needs a little layering to get the color right, but Mimosa only takes one swipe.

Here’s Temptalia’s review for Bite Mimosa.

The only problem I have with Mimosa is that since it’s so thick and opaque, it’s not very forgiving to apply, and it doesn’t create a smooth line on my lip line on initial application – it needs lip liner on my lips to really apply well.

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Nars Audacious Lana

Nars Audacious in Lana is more of a satin finish. I find it the most comfortable of the three to wear for long periods of time because of that, but texturally it’s like comparing apples and oranges.

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I thought it was interesting that when I first tried on NYX Amsterdam, I thought it was quite bright, but compared to Mimosa and Lana it’s actually fairly muted.

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It’s a very flattering color, even with pale skin and purple hair (which sometimes makes lipstick look strange, like Nars Lana). And as long as you’re not looking for a transfer-proof matte, it’s definitely worth the $10. I’ll be looking to pick up some more shades this month – I would say my first tentative foray into NYX lip products was a success!

xo,
Allysia

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Makeup Graveyard: Brushes I Don’t Love

In the last Makeup Graveyard post, I talked about Blushes I Don’t Love. To be extra-confusing, today I’ve decided to change just one letter and turn it into Brushes I Don’t Love.

I don’t have a big collection of brushes (yet). I have some (cruelty-free) Real Techniques and Hakuhodo x Sephora brushes, and that makes up about 95% of what I use on a daily basis.

Brushes were one of the last things I came around to. I’ve always loved lipstick, and it doesn’t take me much convincing to splurge on a new one (as is evidenced by my large lipstick graveyard post). Brushes just don’t seem like a “fun” purchase the way lippies do.

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Makeup Graveyard: Blushes I Don’t Love

Hi friends!

It’s time for another installment of Makeup Graveyard, where I show you the products that I’ve phased out of my vanity, to either be sent to the garbage, or to a new and loving home.

The previous installment in this series was all about the lipstick I don’t love, so definitely check that out if you haven’t already.

Today we’ll be looking at blushes I don’t love. Let’s hop to it!

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Makeup Graveyard: Lipsticks I don’t love

Hi Friends!

Welcome to my first installment of the Makeup Graveyard! I’ve been gradually decluttering my house and my life, and recently went through all of my makeup and skincare products. I put the products I’m either trashing or giving away in a box, and left the products I really love in my vanity.

So since I’m a little obsessed with lipstick, I thought I’d show you all of the lipstick in my makeup graveyard. These are lipsticks that, for one reason or another, I don’t love.

I got rid of lipsticks based on this criteria:

-Low quality/cheap packaging
-Not cruelty-free (making my collection almost exclusively cruelty-free now)
-Unwearable colors

So let’s get on with it!

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Emilia Clarke Makeup Look from the Golden Globes 2016

Hi all!

Today I wanted to show you my take on the Emilia Clarke makeup look from the Golden Globes (More on my favorite looks from the 2016 Golden Globes here).

It’s more of an “inspired by” as opposed to a direct replica – I wanted to create a soft look that would be appropriate for work. Since her look was so soft and simple to begin with, this wasn’t a challenge, and I really like the way it came out. Read on to see how I got this Emilia Clarke makeup look!

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Urban Decay Spectrum Palette
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Urban Decay Spectrum Palette: Review and Thoughts

During Sephora’s VIB/Rouge sale in November, I picked up a few things that I was really excited about, including the Urban Decay Spectrum Palette. This palette is/was limited edition, and has 15 colorful, jewel-toned shades.

This isn’t a practical palette if you don’t have a lot of space for makeup storage, or if you travel a lot – it doesn’t seal tightly, so I wouldn’t take it with me anywhere. The idea is that the packaging can be re-purposed once you’re finished with the eyeshadow, and turned into jewelry storage.

I’ve tried multiple looks with this palette, but since I’m a colorful makeup n00b, some of the attempts have been a little disastrous. So far, my favourite of the bright shades are Omen (lilac purple that works really well with my new purple hair), and Backlash, a bright and punchy pink.

Playing with my new #urbandecay #spectrumpalette!

Playing with my new #urbandecay #spectrumpalette!

Pinks can look a little sickly without some eyeliner (which creates a barrier between your eye and the pink color), so I made sure to apply a thin line of gel liner when I did this look.

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Omen is such a beautiful color, and definitely my favorite from the Urban Decay Spectrum palette. For the most part, I’ve been sticking to one color at a time – wild rainbow looks are a little beyond my skillset at this point.

Temptalia has a thorough review and swatches, if you’re interested in checking that out.

If you’re a beginner to eyeshadow I probably wouldn’t recommend the Urban Decay Spectrum palette, simply because of the wild colors. And since all of the shades are shimmery, it might be necessary to use a different palette or shadow if you need matte colors (I often use matte colors for the crease or shading).

But if you’ve got a bunch of nude shadows and are interested in trying out some new vivid shades, I’ve been really enjoying playing with this palette. Most of the colors are flattering and more wearable than the colors in, say, Urban Decay’s Electric Palette.

Have you tried the Urban Decay Spectrum Palette? What are your favorite bright and colorful eyeshadows?

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Favorite Makeup Looks from the 2016 Golden Globes

Good morning!

I tend to be a sucker for awards shows and red carpet events, partly to ogle celebrities, and partly to ooh and ahh at the fashion and makeup choices. Seeing the makeup looks from the 2016 Golden Globes has given me fresh inspiration, and now I’m eager to go play with my makeup this week. The following are my favorite looks, I hope you enjoy!

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Annabelle Swatches and Haul, Dec. 2015

Good day!

In a previous post, I swatched a bunch of my Annabelle lip liners, and shortly after, I received a package in the mail full of more Annabelle goodies!

Wanting to sample a variety of their products, I jumped on their 40% off Black Friday sale. With much excitement, I waited. And waited. And waited.

Midway through December, receiving this package felt like Christmas (especially since I forgot some of what I ordered)!

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Pastel Purple Hair – Merry Christmas To Me

Hello, friends!

Over the Christmas holidays, aside from having deep thoughts while cleaning, I also headed to my friend’s salon to get my hair done. It’s been a while since I’ve done a non-natural colour (hot pink a few years ago), and I was getting restless to try something new.

As laughable as this may seem, I think pastel purple hair is a step in a more mature direction (as compared to hot pink), and a little more fashionable too. I was also thinking that in several years my face won’t be so young anymore (I’m 29), which will make pulling off any colour with grey tones more difficult. Not to mention that my job, working for myself as a piano teacher, doesn’t come with a dress code. So I figured, no time like the present!

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Annabelle Lip Liners: Review & Swatches

Happy Wednesday, friends!

Today’s post features a fairly popular Canadian drugstore brand, Annabelle. Outside of Canada this brand is less-known, so it’s sometimes hard to find reviews and swatches – hence this post!

Today I’ll be swatching/reviewing Annabelle lip liners, of which I have 7 (there are 10 in the regular lip liner range). These retail for $5.95 CAD, which is a great price if you’re willing to sharpen them yourself.

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